Ah, the end of another year - full of joys, heartaches, realising dreams and breaking diets.
But before we launch full steam into 2013 let’s stop for a second to look back at what we’ve learnt these last 12 months.
Australian politics is still an ugly slag fest with both sides being led by someone infinitely less popular then one of their former leaders.
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The details of the crime are unspeakable. But we need to speak about them, or more precisely, the reasons why we continue to live in a world where a young woman can get viciously gang-raped on public transport, thrown out of a moving vehicle, and die of her injuries.
Earlier this month a 23-year-old woman was attacked on a bus in New Dehli. She was eventually flown to a Singapore hospital after a series of local operations in a desperate attempt to save her life from the injuries she sustained from allegedly being repeatedly raped by six men and then pushed from the bus.
The reaction in India and now around the world has been collective outrage. There have been high profile Indians expressing their anger, shame and disgust on Twitter, candle-light vigils, protests, and social media campaigns, all on a scale never before seen about an issue that is apparently endemic in the country.
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So you survived the end of the Mayan calendar and a string of other apocalyptic forebodings in 2012. But as we look to 2013, how will you live through one of the more certain transformations on the horizon?
For most of us, our working life plays a big factor in defining who we are. I was talking to a smart and resourceful Generation Y woman the other day and mentioned I was going through my third round of redundancy in six months.
The last two times, unlike some of my dear friends and colleagues, I have been fortunate to be redeployed in another role matching my broad experience. I hope it will be third time lucky again in 2013.
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You’ll welcome in the New Year in a better way than these families, who received whopping electricity bills from AGL on Christmas Day.
“People probably aren’t in a good frame of mind on Christmas Day to be receiving an account,” a Salvation Army spokesperson said.
It’s Monday and it’s the last day of 2012. What’s on your minds? Any resolutions for the New Year?
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There has never been another cricketing story like Tony Greig’s and there never will.
The son of a Scottish migrant was a South African-born, England-finessed, Australian-residing citizen of the world, a Test captain who loved stirring the pot, a revolutionary who fought the establishment, losing some battles but spectacularly winning others.
At times throughout his colourful life all of nations mentioned above claimed and cursed him but that was the essential flavour of his story as a man who followed in no other man’s steps.
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Yet again it’s that time of year when having over-eaten, over-drunk, over-spent and generally over done it in the last few months you’re supposed to open a fresh Word document and draft up a blueprint for The New You.
After one last hurrah tomorrow night, it’s all going to change.
You’ll exercise more, sleep more, home-cook more and concentrate more on the things that count: seeing family and friends, making time for other people, giving more, really experiencing the moment instead of rushing crazily about (possibly due to the fear of missing out).
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A few months ago, when Max was safely out of the country, I did something so shocking that it’s turned our 10-year relationship on its axis.
I pensioned off our flame-throwing, four-burner, char-beast from hell and bought a WeberQ (with built-in thermometer and a higher lid to allow for the baking of large roasts).
The time had come. While it had been nice to sit back and watch Max reducing scotch fillets to crusts of carbon, I always dreamed of a better way.
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How could a seven-year-old chubby redneck beauty queen be named as one of 2012’s Most Fascinating People?
Eyebrows were certainly raised when Alana Thompson, star of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, made it onto US TV journalist Barbara Walters’ famous list alongside US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and actor Ben Affleck.
And yet at the same time, her reality TV show, a spinoff from Toddlers and Tiaras, is being slammed by others as evidence of “the decay of Western civilisation”.
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Welcome to this weird little weekend between Christmas and New Year’s. What are you up to?
And how do you cope with hangovers? Do you avoid them altogether, or do you have a secret fix?
Discuss your plans and anything else that strikes your fancy here.
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Not a vintage year, 2012. Only destined to be remembered by the Brits who suddenly, sadly, became good at sport, even Andy Murray.
Did we learn anything that 2013 might find useful?
The bloodshed and madness in Syria continued. America once again tried to absorb more reports of gun carnage in a classroom. The National Rifle Association decided the solution to more dead kids was more guns.
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