2012 highlights and 2013 predictions
The media is awash with 2012 review and 2013 predictions so I thought it only right to give a few of my own. No doubting that it was an action packed year of sport in the UK, so much so that the UEFA European Cup is a distant memory behind the Olympics, Ryder Cup comeback, Murray Grand Slam win – I could go on, but I won’t. Then there are major world events like Barak Obama securing a second term, Gagnam Style going global and Greece still not sorting out their financial woes.
But as I look back on 2012 three things stick out for me:
- Mo Farah winning the 5K and 10K at the Olympics – I know Jessica Ennis was the poster girl of the Olympics but there was something about seeing a Brit win the long distance track that made the hairs on the back of my neck stand up. The relief and emotion all over Mo’s face when he crossed the line summed up perfectly what he had sacrificed in order to get where he is now.
- Felix Baumgartner's space jump – absolutely unbelievable. The whole thing was a drama from start to finish. The preparation Felix and his team endured before the jump, then on his way up it was touch and go as to whether he could achieve the right height and then when he finally did jump… the world watched in awe online. It was a Neil Armstrong walking on the moon moment for me.
- The Queen’s Jubilee – you can’t mention 2012 without thinking of the Queen’s Jubilee. On the day of the river pageant, when it poured with rain, I took to the streets of London with my family to wave my Union Jack! That day made me realise that although us Brits like to moan and grumble – and we are pretty good at it to be honest – when it comes down to it we are a fiercely proud nation. Whilst there is a lot to grumble about at the moment, there is also a lot that we can be proud of.
So what lies ahead in 2013? Hard to tell really seeing as the world should’ve ended a few weeks ago, so I guess we are entering unchartered territory. I predict that at least two of the following will come true in 2013:
- Microsoft will enter the mobile phone market with its own device. Let’s face it, it has to happen. Windows 8 has been warmly received even by the harshest critics; therefore Apple may have a real battle on its hands in the mobile space. A Microsoft handset with a 4G Windows 8 operating system will pack a significant punch.
- The Press will become under increasing pressure and greater scrutiny. Lord Justice Leveson’s inquiry into how the press behaves off the back of the News of the World phone hacking scandal and inquisition of Rupert Murdoch will probably result in the Press having an even tougher time in 2013. The rise of social media in recent years has resulted in average person on the street having the power to scrutinise the media more than ever. PROs are also in for a tough time also with us outnumbering journalists 4 to 1 – meaning that we are going to have to work even harder to make sure that the news we supply is on the money.
- Messi will win the Ballon d'or – again! OK, so not the most dramatic of predictions, but the way he is scoring goals and breaking records at the moment I think he could win the Ballon d’or and beat his own record of 91 goals in 2012. I think he has the talent to score over 100 goals in 2013. If he achieves that then there is surely no denying that he is the greatest player ever – even better than my hero, the great Pele.