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What is to come in 2013

December 29, 2012

With 2013 right around the corner, what do we have to look forward to? We have lived through 2012, a year of wonders with the Olympics, Queen’s Jubilee and the end of the world, does that mean 2013 is going to be a bit boring? Hopefully not, and here are some things to look forward to in the upcoming year.

Museum Exhibitions

The British Museum – Life and Death in Pompeii and Herculaneum

The British Museum always put on good exhibitions and it looks like 2013 is going to be no exception. Based in Russell Square in London, the museum is easy to get to, a simple walk from Kings Cross will have you there in 20 minutes, alternatively, Russell Square tube station on the Piccadilly Line is not far away at all. Entry to the museum itself is free and it is so big you could probably spend all day there, with the added bonus of the café to keep you refreshed. The exhibition I like the look of is Life and Death in Pompeii and Herculaneum. The exhibition itself will cost you £15 unless you are a member and runs from the 28th or March to the 29th September. The exhibition looks at the two cities in Italy that were devastated by Mount Vesuvius is 79 AD. This appears to be a once in a lifetime exhibition; it is the first exhibition regarding these cities in London in 40 years. So I would recommend taking a look – I certainly will be.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art – Photography and the American Civil War

The Metropolitan Museum is a fantastic museum and is well worth the visit if you are ever in New York, well, one can but dream! The entry to this exhibition is free with the entry fee to the museum, which is $25 for an adult. There is a massive amount of history to be covered in the museum, and so the $25 is worth it and of course there is somewhere to eat. The exhibition itself runs from the 2nd April to the 2nd September 2013 and brings together many photos taken during the Civil War. Much like the above-mentioned exhibition, this one is also probably a once in a lifetime thing, so if you are interested, I wouldn’t miss it.

The Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum at the National Mall – Time and Navigation

I have visited this museum in Washington DC twice now and have had a good time while seeing different things because there is so much on. There are two air and space museums in the area, this exhibition is occurring in the museum at the National Mall, a museum very easy to find by going to the Smithsonian metro station, on the blue line. Being a Smithsonian museum, it is free, and unfortunately they haven’t got set dates for the exhibition yet, but it will be on some time in March 2013. This exhibition looks at historical time keeping and navigation. It has sections on navigation at sea, in the air and in space and how navigation is used in day-to-day modern life. If you are in DC there are so many museums to choose from, and most are free, but if you are into anything that flies then definitely get yourself to the air and space museum.

Movies

There are so many movies coming out in 2013 that I would love to see, it appears it will be a good year for them, but I only have the space to look at 3 of them in this post.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Having seen the first part of the Hobbit over the Christmas period I have mixed feelings about this trilogy. I had high hopes going into the film, especially after being a fan of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, however, I left the cinema with mixed feelings. The scenery, costumes, actors, storyline, music, special effects were all amazing, as you would expect. The one thing that lets this set of movies down is the length; I feel the Hobbit could have been made into just one film, two at a push. That it is three films makes me think there is greed involved with the making of them and it is a bit disappointing. Having said that I am very much looking forward to the second instalment of The Hobbit, due for release in December 2013, and will probably be reordering tickets for it!

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

I have read the books and seen the first film and am anxious to see the second. I thoroughly enjoyed the books and the film was not a let down in any way. I think that Jennifer Lawrence is a fantastic actress and proves it in this film. I just hope they keep the quality up for the second film, which is due for release in November 2013. This is a film that has to be watched at the cinema, and so I will be queuing to get my ticket in November.

Les Miserables

I’ve seen the musical 3 or 4 times in various places and loved it, I even performed a couple of the songs when I was at school. I know all the words and now it will be on the big screen, I can’t wait! Les Miserables is one of the most famous musicals around the world and is loved by those who go and see it. The actors and actresses cast as the famous characters in this story are an excellent choice and I do hope the hype will be worth it. I don’t think the cast could have been better with Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Amanda Seyfried, Eddie Redmayne, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter and Sasha Bareo Cohen. I’m not sure how I will persuade my husband to take me to see this one and with the release date just around the corner I don’t have much time. Hopefully though I will see it on the big screen or when the dvd is released, either way I will be singing along, enjoying the whole thing.

I hope I have given you some things to look forward to in 2013 and I wish you a Happy New Year!

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