New year, new start

As a world, we have overcome some of the challenges in 2012, witnessed some of the breath-taking events that may or may not have changed lives. As our calendar ticks over into a new year, 2013, people look to make a new start. Now I’m not talking moving somewhere or changing your career or starting your life over again, although some people might be doing that. I’m talking about cleaning the slates with your 2012 burdens, and starting fresh, looking forward to the new year.

Some of the events that took place around the world and made headlines…

February 6 – The Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II marks her accession to the thrones of the UK, Australia, Canada and New Zealand.

March 15 – A year after the uprising in Syria began, the violence is still escalating and the UN has estimated over 8000 deaths.

Aida cries as she recovers from severe injuries after the Syrian Army shelled her house in Idlib, Syria, on March 10, 2012. Aida’s husband and two of her children were killed in the attack. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

April 13 – A North Korean Earth Observation Satelite, explodes shortly after launch.

June 5-6 – The century’s second and last solar transit of Venus occurs.

July 27 – August 12 – the 2012 Summer Olympics were held in London, with USA winning the medal tally, 104 in total. (My reflection on the games What about the Olympics)

September 11-27 – A series of terrorist attacks are directed against the US diplomats worldwide following the trailer release of the film Innocence of Muslims on Youtube.

October 14 – Austrian sky diver Felix Baumgartner does a record space dive out of the Red Bull Stratos Helium Balloon from 39 km over Roswell, New Mexico.

Image by Red Bull Stratos

November 16 – Far North Queensland was engulfed in darkness as the total eclipse took place. (You can read my article and view some pictures Solar Eclipse: A wonder of our solar system)

December 14 – Connecticut shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School which had 26 victims. (A poem for the Sandy Hook Victims)

Twenty-thirteen will of course be a new working year and a new schooling year. What awaits us in the year 2013 is a mystery but looking at what we have witness in 2012, I’m sure it will be an exciting, life changing and possibly a sorrow filled year.

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