2012 really set the benchmark for what makes a good year – the London Olympics and Paralympics of course being the highlight for most. For those with slightly different tastes the Queens Jubilee might have reached the top of their list. 2012 will also be remembered for the lack of rain in April leading to widespread water shortages while in the minds of others it will be remembered for the disastrous flooding in the West country.
We aren’t going to attempt to predict the weather but do endeavour to bring you some of the biggest (and also less well known) events that 2013 will hold.
Far far away…
Starting far away the biggest 2013 event in the solar calendar has to be the solar cycle 24. This is the term given to the point where the suns intensity reaches its peak and will be giving off the highest number of solar flares. Its not going to be as big as previous years but will peak in May 2013.
A little closer to home, NASA are intending to launch probes (MAVEN) within close proximity of the planet Mars to try and gather data to establish how it lost its atmosphere. There will also be multiple supply missions to the ISS (International Space Station) In the second half of 2013, China intend to launch a probe to the moon to transmit back a survey of the moon’s surface. Plus an HD continuous feed camera should come online live from the ISS via UrtheCast.
The skies above us
In the skies above us 2013 will continue to see the production of more Airbus A-380s, the world largest passenger plane carrying over 520 people. Boeing meanwhile are selling Dreamliners like hot-cakes – the worlds most fuel efficient long range aircraft featuring new cabin lightning, larger windows, lighter materials and new noise-reducing engine technologies.
The military world-wide are continuing to improve their drone technologies and unmanned aerial surveillance vehicles (including autonomous mid-air refuelling) while farmers are using American military drones to protect their Rhinos! On the ground, robots are walking shoulder to shoulder with troops and guns are being made using 3D printers!
If PIXAR is more your thing, you might be eagerly awaiting Monsters University or if you got engrossed in The Hunger Games trilogy you will be pleased to know Catching Fire is set for release in November.
Books, DVDs and Games
Over to books. One of the most anticipated from Amazon in the next 3 months is Daring Greatly: How the courage to be vulnerable transforms the way we live, love, parent and lead.
Other books around a self help theme include The Antidote, To Sell is Human, Be A Free Range Human and The Greedy Girls’ Diet. Further anticipated fiction titles include Gone Girl, Close to the Bone and Until the End of Time
This years big games includes Dead Space 3, Gears of War: Judgement and of course the mighty Grand Theft Auto 5 (already on pre-order.) Other major titles currently available or soon to be released include Fifa 13, Halo 4, Far Cry 3, Pro Evo 13 and Call of Duty 2 Black Ops Hardened Edition!
2012 has played host to some fantastic music from some big artists including Bruno Mars, Rihanna, The Lumineers, Flo Rida and Will.I.AM. In the next few months there are numerous hotly anticipated albums including Opposites – Biffy Clyro, Graffiti on the Train: Stereophonics, Exile: Hurts and Holy Fire: The Foals.
Technology and Gadgets
Technology in 2013 is where things get really exciting. Take for example the Google Glass project. Wearing these can give you an augmented reality heads up display in real time. Check out the Google Video of the test trials earlier last year. The XBox 720 is set to be unveiled in the summer (or Autumn) as is the new PS4, find out more about those here.
Other exciting technology for 2013 release includes the Learning Thermostat, gaming headwear – Oculus Rift, and the totally cool new heart rate sports monitor, BASIS. Also anticipated is the iPhone 5S, the Apple iTV, and the Amazon Phone.
A few random things
Moving subtly away from the world of technology, gadgets and geekiness you may be interested to know that Croatia are joining the EU, there are numerous Testicle Festivals being held in the USA, Australia is withdrawing its troops from Afghanistan and September will be the month Japan find out if they are hosting the 2020 Olympics.
Also, did you know 2013 is composed of four different digits. The last time that happened was in 1987! Also, 2013 contains four sequential digits (albeit not in order!) The last time this happened was 1432, but will happen again in 2031.
Electric cars still haven’t really taken to UK streets but the Vauxhall Ampera amongst others might be set to swing the tide. Other big releases to look out for in 2013 include the new Renault Clio, VW UP, Renaults Twizy and the new Ford Focus ST.
For Golf fans, the PGA Championships begins 23rd May in Surrey while for Motorsport fans the Grand Prix commences in March racing in Melbourne.
The biggest event from a media coverage standpoint has to be The Royal Baby. Will it be a male or female? Will it have a traditional name? Who knows (and for some, who cares?!) One thing is for sure it will be a huge event whether you follow the Royal Couple or not.
Something really exciting we are very much looking forward to is the opening of the viewing platforms on The Shard. Get a view across London from 800 feet up from Europe’s tallest skyscraper. On a clear day you will be able to see up to 40 miles. Tickets are to be £24.95 each! Also in London, One Direction are playing at the O2 in April, Milton Jones and Lana Del Ray are at the Hammersmith Apollo and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory will be one of the bigger 2013 shows at the Theatre!