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As 2012 draws to a close, we’ve started reminiscing about the events that have dominated the news and our interests in the past 12 months…


January: Sydney kick started the world’s New Year celebrations with an impressive display of fireworks (perhaps in anticipation of the usual clutch of gold medals). Later in the month, the world was shocked by the news that the cruise ship, Costa Concordia, had run aground upon hitting a reef in Tuscany after the Captain deviated from the ship's computer-programmed route to treat people on a nearby island to the spectacle of a close sail past, requiring the evacuation of the 4,252 people on board.


February: The death of Whitney Houston left the music world in shock while protests erupted in Athens as Greek MPs voted to accept new austerity measures in return for a £110 billion bail out.


March: As Sport Relief raised a record on-the-night record of £50 million in public donations (beating last year’s donations by £21 million!), the same month saw Japan mark the first anniversary of the devastating tsunami and earthquake which left 20,000 dead or missing.


April: In the same month as Cambridge won the 158th Boat race following a restart prompted by a rogue swimmer in the Thames, it was announced that the UK economy had returned to recession, after shrinking by 0.2% in the first three months of 2012.


May: This month marked the beginning of what turned out to be the wettest summer in 100 years, with heavy rain and flash flooding causing millions of pounds of damage across the region and the country.


June: After an amazing first year of business, we at 3volution celebrated our 1st birthday with a party at Aspire. A great time was had by all as the 3vo team mingled with clients over cocktails and canapés.


July: Despite the vocal misgivings of many (including whether the country would be ready, the likelihood of strikes and the notoriously bad English weather – see May!) the 2012 Games got off to a flying start with Danny Boyle’s splendid Opening Ceremony (even if a rival artist did accuse him of copying the idea!). On a less splendid note, the bad weather prompted organisers of the Great Yorkshire show to abandon the last two days of the famous event as car parks become mudbaths.


August: Continuing with the Olympics theme, as the Closing Ceremony kicked off, something which we in ‘God’s own country’ already knew became clear to the world…. Yorkshire is BRILLIANT! The region’s athletes racked up an amazing 7 golds, 2 silvers and 3 bronzes, placing the county 12th in the medals table (if regarded as an independent country)! Sadly, the London riots rather ruined the country’s warm fuzzy feeling and left many surveying the burnt out remnants of their homes and businesses, with a potential cost to the UK tax payer of £100 million.


September: We at 3volution toasted the addition of 5 new fee earners to our ranks after experiencing a summertime employment boom, welcoming Eloise Bailes, Ryan Gracey and Sam Dowgill to Louise Handley’s IP team, Clementine Hill to Jonathan Priestley’s Corporate team and Samantha Wragg to Tim Stone’s Commercial Litigation team.


October: As we (and over 4.5 million others) watched, Felix Baumgartner fell from space to Earth, breaking the speed of sound as well as the world record for highest ever free fall, whilst in the same month, Leeds showed its sporting prowess once again as defending Super League champions Leeds Rhino’s beat Warrington in the Grand Final to claim a record sixth title. 3vo’s Clementine Hill even managed to get a pic with the trophy on the day!


November: Despite a closely fought race, America's first black president, Barack Obama, was re-elected to a second term as US President. In the same month, former X-factor runners-up were the first act announced to perform at the shiny new Leeds arena (JLS for those of you over 15!), which is due to open next year (however, just to avoid any confusion, Elton John has subsequently been announced as being the opening act for the Arena).

December: Whether you are a sports fan or not, it was hard not to get emotional whilst watching Sport’s Personality of the Year (well done Bradley Wiggins – well deserved!) and it’s even harder not to be excited by the announcement that Leeds will host the start of the 2014 Tour de France!

What a year! Have a good break, wherever you're spending it. And to show that we're not backward-looking, come back in a few days' time to see our predictions for 2013...

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