With just days till the end of 2012, there is no denying it has been an eventful 12 months; a sporting summer with both the Olympics and Paralympics, a soggy festival season with one diva being booed and another bottled, the epic return of 007 with “Skyfall” and Rock ‘N’ Roll coming of age as The Rolling Stones celebrated 50 years . . .

However, there are a few definitive moments for me that 2012 just wouldn’t have been the same without . . .


Goodbye, Twilight . . .

Love it or loathe it, there is no denying that the finale of “The Twilight Saga” was a definitive moment of 2012.
The summer scandal of Kristen Stewart’s infidelity only heightened the anticipation before “Breaking Dawn (Part 2)” hit the silver screen in November.
If you’re not a fan of the franchise then this instalment was the same as it’s predecessors; NOT for you. The concluding part was a fitting ending to Bella and Edward’s much-loved tale, with movie-goers kept on the edge of their seats thanks to an alternative scenario not included in Stephanie Meyer’s best-selling novel. Twi-Hards got their happy ending, as did Bella and Edward.

Long Live The Queen

Madonna reigned supreme in 2012; her latest studio effort “MDNA” showcased slick, electro pop at it’s best and featured guest vocals from MIA and Nicki Minaj and her accompanying tour took her across the globe playing over two decades of hits to millions of fans.
The Queen Of Pop owned the Super Bowl half-time show (despite being upstaged by MIA and her middle finger) with a little help from Gnarls Barkley and LMFAO, and proved that she can, in fact, shuffle.
Madonna’s “MDNA World Tour” was dogged by harsh reviews and she caused controversy by flashing her bum and brandishing a gun onstage but it didn’t stop her outselling Lady GaGa’s “Born This Way Ball World Tour” by three to one making her “MDNA World Tour” the highest-grossing tour of the past 12 months.
All Hail Madonna, The Queen Of Pop.

Mummy Porn

“Top-Shelf Reading” became something of a phenomenon this year when erotic trilogy “Fifty Shades . . .” hit sales of over 20 million.
I may be one of the few, but I haven’t read the escapades of Christian and Anastacia, the whole concept of “Mommy Porn” which America dubbed the series was enough to put me off (and make me heave). However, there was no escaping its influence on the literary market and beyond (The Card Factory stock a “Mr Grey Merchandise” including mugs and chocolate).
However, with plans underway to translate this titilating tale onto the big screen and Robert Pattinson’s name being thrown into the mix for the male lead, I might just have to catch the silver screen take on the goings-on of “The Red Room”, after all . . .

The Killers, Ready For Battle

2012 brought the much-anticipated return of The Killers after almost two years on hiatus.
Singer, Brandon Flowers and drummer, Ronnie Vannucci Jnr filled the time with solo sidelines before the band reconvened in the summer of 2011 to begin work on their fourth studio album.
Following the somewhat disappointing disco-driven, “Day & Age” from 2008, The Killers had a lot to prove, the pressure was undoubtedly on.
“Battle Born” was released in September and brought The Killers back to their Springsteen-inspired best, sounding better than ever before.
I saw the band play live in Glasgow in October and it felt like they had never been away; The Killers were refreshed, focused and hungry,cementing their status as one of the most exciting and influential bands of our generation.
The band announced plans to play Wembley Stadium next June; I’m already counting down the days . . .

The End Of The World As We Know It

The Mayan calendar ended on 21st December 2012 as did life as we know it (according to them, at least).
With “doomsday” already been and gone, I think it’s safe to say they were wrong, or, the best practical jokers ever!
An alternative theory (tailor-made for the optimists among us) is that the end of the Mayan calendar is not an end at all but a beginning; the dawning of the Age Of Aquarius where war and conflict no longer exist and love and peace rule all (a welcome return to the Hippy era, no less).
However, with yet another Armageddon predicted for 2017, we’d better make the most of it . . . just in case!