FASTEN your seat belts for it is bound to be a fast, action-packed year ahead.
With the recession expected to deepen, at least for the first half of the year, and unemployment unlikely to improve, there will inevitably be plenty of trouble and strife.
So to cheer you up, we thought we would offer you 13 rather more lighthearted predictions for 2013.
1 Art museum opens in Zaragoza in tribute to pensioner Cecilia Gimenez after her world-famous restoration of a church fresco makes her Spain’s most Googled artist after Picasso
2 Disgraced former MP Margaret Moran allows her Orgiva estate to become the venue for this year’s infamous travellers’ shindig, the Dragon Festival
3 DJ Maurice Boland finally gives up his job on the airwaves and becomes a reclusive goat-herder in the Serrania de Ronda, only to be heard occasionally yodelling his opinions to his herd.
4 The Costa del Sol’s enfant terrible Tony Muldoon escapes prison in the UK and returns to open a soup kitchen and charity shop to help the coast’s most needy expats
5 Kylie Minogue has a secret Costa Brava wedding to Andres Velencoso before moving to cottage in the Pyrenees where she has her first baby
6 President Putin of Russia finally decides Moscow is too cold for an ageing leader and throws in the towel for a new life as a Costa emigree in his mansion in Zagaleta
7 Real Madrid striker Cristiano Ronaldo offloaded to Harry Rednapp at QPR in the January transfer window, while Lionel Messi becomes a saint in Barcelona
8 After much debate over whether it should have an escalator to reach it, the authorities decide that the Alhambra should instead have a zip wire to get down quicker
9 Inaki Urdangarin (the king’s son in law) becomes the first Spanish royal to see the inside of a modern Spanish prison after being convicted of corruption
10 New road rules mean that the locals must say thanks when being let in at junctions
11 After five-and-a-half years of living in their garage, a brainwave in Madrid leads to expats the Priors being offered a pick of any of the million empty homes around Spain.
12 Marbella declares itself an independent state in a bid to distance itself from the deepening recession dragging down the rest of Spain.
13 After posting record half year figures,
Inditec (owners of Zara) snaps up Walmart in the US and Tesco in the UK.