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Weekly Edition - Publication date:- 2017-30-12

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Predictions for 2018
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WITH China's economy steadily expanding over the last few years, we will probably see them taking more advantage of the lower Pound and increasing opportunities for fire sale deals, as Brexit comes ever closer. This could see more firms on Merseyside becoming Chinese owned, especially as Liverpool has extremely close ties to China and is pushing hard to develop business opportunities with them.

A bit of relief from Brexit issues will be the wedding of Prince Harry to American actress fiancée, Meghan Markle, on 19 May 2018, in Windsor Castle. Expect lots of Royal related headlines and events, locally, nationally and internationally... Also will Trump attend or even visit the UK in 2018?

A building in Liverpool, which was designed in such a way, that it became the nerve centre of a UK Government agency that intercepted and censored mail to break enemy codes during World War 2 is getting yet another use of life. If you don't know what this building was, the iconic former Littlewoods building, on Edge Lane will become more and more famous as the redevelopment towards becoming "the Pinewood of the North" gets closer to reality. More and more films and TV programs will be shot in the Merseyside area, as film studios take advantage of the lower Pound and fantastic talent on offer within our region.

Well it will deficiently be a CGI, latex and spandex film year...  In 2018 we will see many amazing films:- Avengers Infinity War, Ant-Man and the Wasp, Black Panther, Pacific Rim, Deadpool 2, The Incredibles 2, Ready Player One and Aquaman. These are just a few of the many films due for release in 2018. For kids, the top films will likely be Peter Rabbit and Sherlock Gnomes, but don't thing you're finished with Star Wars, as Solo, A Star Wars Story is heading to the big screen, so this will definitely become a must see film for all ages... Depending on its classification mind... It has been rumoured that it might get a 15 rating... The biggest of all the films to be pushed in 2018 will be Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom. Will Fallen Kingdom rebuild the Jurassic Park image, or will it loos the magic of the ordinal, just like the others have...? We can't wait to see... We have to say that 2018 will also be an interesting year for horror fans, as Predator will be back, and for kids, Hotel Transylvania looks like it will be a fantastic film for the School's summer holidays...

Next year, we could see a significant increase in numbers of severe earthquakes. No, that's not due to fracking, but geologists, in 2017, revealed research that linked the fact that periods of slightly slower rotation of the Earth, occurring in the last 100 years, have coincided with more earthquakes. 2018 sees the Earth's rotation slowing once again. So if that correlation reoccurs, we could see a 30% increase of earthquakes, over magnitude 7. Oddly, the French prophet Nostradamus, who lived in the 16th century, is reported to have mentioned that the US will be hit by a major earthquake in 2018. Let's hope he is not correct, particularly as he says World War 3 might take place! Sadly, that might not be as improbable as its sounds, as North Korea and a few other nations might yet make his numerous predictions for doom, in 2018, happen. 2018 will also perhaps have the most predictable election in recent years, which will take place in Russia. Vladimir Putin's re-election is seen by many now as a formality, meaning, should he be re-elected theoretically his term will come to an end in 2024. This would mean he will have been the dominant force within Russian politics, as either president or prime minister, for almost a quarter of a century. Quite how this will play out globally is yet to be written in the history books, but expect lots of posturing with the Russian Military in the run up to the elections that are due to take place on 18 March 2018.

For us on Merseyside, we expect winter will take hold hard in 2018, with a very short, but extremely hot summer. This will lead to an increasing in storms. That will lead to more flooding and other major issues, including problems increasing with erosion of the sand dunes along the Merseyside Coastline. Pressure will also be on greenbelt land as the housing crisis continues, but this will not be addressed by building new homes, as most young people are too overloaded with debit to afford them. This increased building, on areas that are flood plains will be of massive concern for local communities in 2018. In Sefton, the National Trust will see the first full year of its test take over of land on Formby Point, on the Sefton Coastline, so watch out for lots of developments from them within local news, throughout 2018. Other issues will be the building of the new Port Road, the redevelopment plans for the rail network, in particular Merseyrail and HS2, will be featured in news headlines locally a lot in 2018.

2018 will see Liverpool pushing harder for the chance to host the host the 2022 World Gymnastics Championships, at Liverpool ACC.

But in 2018, in sport headlines, we will not escape the Football World Cup, which is set to be held in Russia. Sorry, Russia, but you will not become the first host to win since 1998, should you win. Talking football, in November 2017, Everton Football club agreed a 200 year lease on the land, Bramley Moore Dock, so it's safe to say that their plans for a £300 million new stadium will dominate lots of headlines for the next few years. As too will be what will happen to the club's Goodison Park, which has been its home for the past 126 years.

It is set to be good news for the Tourism industry in 2018, with the likes of VisitBritain forecasting a massive growth within the tourism industry, thanks to the UK lower Pound. Its also good news for Liverpool as it wants to build a new "turnaround" facility will allow cruise ships carrying up to 3,600 passengers to start and end their cruises in the City, boosting the cruise industry still further. But watch out for more objections to be raised by Southampton, who are worried about Liverpool's extremely successful re-emergence into the industry it founded.

2018 will have lots of amazing events on Merseyside, from Woodvale Rally, to the British Musical Fireworks Championships in Southport, to Liverpool's not to be missed, as it marks, with many celebrations, the 10th Anniversary of becoming European Capital of Culture, back in 2008. Now with Brexit, a title that no other UK City is likely to hold, as in 2017 the EU halted European Capital of Culture bids from UK Cities due to Brexit. That move dashes hopes of Cities, such as Dundee and Leeds, which were preparing bids costing hundreds of thousands of pounds.

2018 marks the 100th Anniversary of the end of the First World War. Liverpool will be 1 of the major Cities to be heavily marking it with many poignant and extremely moving and exhibitions taking place throughout the year. These as with so many of the other commemorative ceremonies and events over the 2014 will be both extremely educational and also thought provoking.

2 of the most anticipated international events on Merseyside are the end of the 2017/18 Clipper Race, in Liverpool and the Grand National.

To see some of them, please use our event Calendar via clicking on HERE and if you're running any that we have missed, please do let us know...

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