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… and a happy new year


Photo: Marleena Forward

Photo: Marleena Forward


And so we come to the end of another year.

A year of the Higgs boson, the London Olympics, continuing economic crisis,  mega elections, natural disasters and a space-jumping daredevil. We said a sad goodbye to Lonesome George, the last surviving Pinta Island Tortoise, and laughed along with a South Korean determined to show the world how to ride an invisible horse.

Throughout the year we mourned, and continue to mourn, the victims of conflicts around the world. On a personal note, I would like to send my love and hopeful wishes to my friends in Syria.

For a domestic take on the past year, head to The Monthly website. They’ve put together some great ‘Best of’…’ reads, videos, cartoons and photographs from 2012.

I hope 2013 will be safe, memorable and rewarding for you all. Here’s to a new year filled with rich experiences, peace, learning and creativity.


سنة جديدة سعيدة     Godt Nyttår     新年好

sretna nova godina      с Новым годом

Gelukkig Nieuwjaar    onnellista uutta vuotta

masaya bagong taon      heureuse nouvelle année

שנה טובה       ευτυχισμένο το νέο έτος

glückliches neues Jahr    नया साल मुबारक

boldog új évet     Hamingjusamur Nýtt Ár

Buon anno          明けましておめでとうございます

새해 복 많이 받으세요      happy new year

ປີໃຫມ່ຍິນດີທີ່      gembira tahun baru

Szczęśliwego nowego roku    גליקלעך נייַ יאָר

سال نو مبارک      feliz ano novo  

срећна Нова Година      புத்தாண்டு

Srečno novo leto      feliz año nuevo

heri ya mwaka mpya       bhliain nua sásta

gott nytt år      ปีใหม่มีความสุข

mutlu yeni yıl     з Новим роком

نیا سال مبارک ہو        Chúc mừng năm mới


… from The Melbourne Local.



If you’re looking around for something to do in Melbourne this eve, here are a few sites that might provide some inspiration:

Only Melbourne

That’s Melbourne

Couchsurfing — Melbourne

Have a good one!



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