Cat's Eyes on Glasgow: twelve reasons to look forward to 2014

This week: Time to say cheerio to the year that was and 'Hiya Pal' to the new yin...

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2013 was a good (but slightly awkward year) and one that, I suspect, will not go down in history. Twerking, the Harlem Shake and NASA accidentally drawing a man's dangly bits on Mars (true story) were entertaining, but probably best for everyone if forgotten before the bells. Now, Hogmanay might not be everyone's cup of tea - or dram for that matter - but there's no doubt the year ahead will be a memorable - and historical - one for Glasgow and Scotland, so worth celebrating.

So, in the manner of counting down to the bells, here are the 12 things I'm most looking forward to in the year ahead...

In 2014, Glasgow will show it's sporting prowess by hosting The Commonwealth Games. Alongside the games there's also going to be a host of cultural events that will see our city flourish: Celtic Connections, projects from The National Theatre of Scotland, The National Galleries and Scottish Opera and in May the biggest ever celebration of Malt Whiskey the world has ever seen. Cheers to that!

One of the success stories for Glasgow in 2013 was surely the completion and opening of The Hydro. It had a shaky start, there were rumours the new venue was to be called 'The Cupcake' and let's face it, naebody wants to be called 'cupcake' in Glasgow. But that was 2013. In 2014, this awesome venue will bring us The Ryder Cup Opening Concert, the MTV Europe Music Awards, Sports Personality of the Year and will be one of the venues for the Commonwealth Games themselves. Oh, and how could I forget (given that I've already been offered unprintable things for my ticket), Beyonce will also shake her booty on it's stage. So, bottoms-up to that as well!

Another venue I'm excited about opening this year is the revamped Kelvinside Bandstand. This old school amphitheater is going to be a 'live site' during the games, so there will be a lovely outdoor spot to catch all the action, along with some great live acts. Fingers crossed it's not wet, wet, wet...

And finally - as the clock strikes 12 - the backdrop to the year is likely to be The Referendum. The debate will continue to gather pace - it did in my house over Christmas - but by September we will know the fate of the country - yay or nay. So, in true Hogmanay Auld Lang Syne style, in 2014, will auld acquaintances be forgot?

Happy New Year Glasgow - whatever you're doing for Hogmanay, I hope you have a lovely one... and here's a wee kiss and a hug from me for when the bells come!

Wee Bird are celebrating their first New Year with a huge gift giveaway - we're counting down the 12 Days of Christmas with competitions to win awesome prizes from some of the best Wee places in and around Glasgow. So this week, Wee recommend you check out our Facebook page for details on how to get involved...!

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