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January 07, 2013

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Updated: 8 January 2013

Rawson household sketch 1877 Champagne toast

Sketch from a diary entry on the 1 January 1877 showing the New Year's celebrations at the Rawson household at The Hollow near Mackay, Queensland, Australia.

Hopefully you’ve had a pleasant Christmas and New Year sojourn or at the very least a respite from the rigours of the rest of the year. If you’re now looking for informative entertainment that’s more highbrow than ‘That Dog Can Dance’ or less scary than the snowmen in the Doctor Who Christmas special, then the Knowledge Centre is happy to keep giving.

Both the Knowledge Centre and I have our own resolutions for the New Year as, over the next twelve months, we both aim to improve ourselves (although, in the case of the Knowledge Centre, this will be for your benefit and won’t involve a gym membership).

Like all good resolutions, The Knowledge Centre is looking at an evolution rather than a revolution. We will still continue to bring you insights and ideas from academics at the University (starting with Professor Mark Harrison’s discussing the cost of secrecy in the former USSR) and we will cover the major academic events, such as TedxWarwick and One World Week. Nevertheless, we’re looking to broaden our horizons (as well as yours) so we’ll introduce articles around the impacts Warwick, and its academics, make through world leading research, local and global responsibility, medical research and our work with business. While the Knowledge Centre adds these strings to its bow, I hope to teach myself British Sign Language (BSL), learn the guitar and pick up some more work-based skills through the Centre for Lifelong Learning.

During the brief periods when I’ll not be writing, studying or strumming away, I’ll hopefully get a chance to get involved in some of the following highlights I’ve added to my calendar.

It’s Oscar time! My money is on Argo for best picture at this year’s Academy Awards. January 20 is also World Religion Day and the following week sees the start of Warwick’s One World Week so there’ll be some interesting events going on around campus for us to report on for the Knowledge Centre.

Asteroid 9387 ‘Tweedledee’ will make its closest approach to Earth. There’s nothing overtly special about this apart from the asteroid’s cute name.

The 120th anniversary of Wilfred Owen’s birth is this month so a trip to his home town of Oswestry might be in order.

And that’s only the first quarter. What are your plans and hopes for the next year? Feel free to post comments below or tweet us @WarwicKnowledge about your own hopes and resolutions for 2013.

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