Posted 7th November 2014 | By Philippa Gosling, Account Coordinator

Halloween is old news, the bonfires are almost over and the Christmas adverts and starting to appear. It's officially that time of year again when the 'countdown to Christmas' begins.

However before we get completely enveloped by the festive season and all the things that come with it (latest Hobbit movie anyone? – AKA Peter Jackson's last instalment of the epic adventures of Middle Earth), here is my top 3 other, really cool things to look forward to this year.

Halloween is old news, the bonfires are almost over and the Christmas adverts and starting to appear. It's officially that time of year again when the 'countdown to Christmas' begins.

However before we get completely enveloped by the festive season and all the things that come with it (latest Hobbit movie anyone? – AKA Peter Jackson's last instalment of the epic adventures of Middle Earth), here is my top 3 other, really cool things to look forward to this year.

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Formula 1: the final Grand Prix of the season
On November 23rd, Formula 1 fanatics will be watching with bated breath as the final race kicks off in Abu Dhabi. The race is on for the coveted, and very controversial, double points, which the global media have gone crazy over. At the time of writing Lewis Hamilton is leading with 316 points, with Nico Rosberg hot on his trail with 292. With 25 up for grabs in Brazil and 50 in the final race it's still anyone's game (or race). The new points system has been widely criticised, and widely covered, not least by the drivers themselves – Hamilton has publicly disapproved of the decision but has since said, "It is the way it is, and we have to deal with it and hope for the best". Although this may not have been intended as a marketing tactic, it's certainly got everybody talking about it and eager to tune in to witness the final showdown. Maybe this is the proof that there is no such thing as bad press.

blog3-turner-prizeThings shared, 2014, by Ciara Phillips. Photographs: Graeme Robertson and Lucy Young

Turner Prize 2014
This year the Turner Prize is celebrating it's 30th year and the annual exhibition of nominees is already well underway at Tate Britain, but the main event, announcing the winner, is still a while off. Filmmakers James Richards and Duncan Campbell have both been nominated for their contribution to the Venice Biennale last year, but don't get these two mixed up. While Richard's films are emotive, nostalgically exploring themes of 'looking', Campbell's are challenging and questioning, focussing on controversial figures such as political activists. Fellow nominee Tris Vonna-Michell has been nominated based on a solo exhibition, Postscript, where he performed live spoken word pieces. And lastly, printmaker and girl-after-my-own-heart, Ciara Phillips has been nominated for her solo exhibition, in which she turned London's The Showroom into a print workshop, where designers, artists and local women's groups could come and work alongside her. I have my favourites, but I'll have to wait and see until the winner is announced on December 1st.

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Orion's debut flight
This December NASA have scheduled the much anticipated flight test of their new space craft, Orion – the first spacecraft designed to take humans out into deep space. Flight Test-1 is intended to ensure the craft can handle the extreme conditions of deep space missions (such as 4,000 degree Fahrenheit temperatures). During the test, Orion will travel 3,600 miles from Earth (further than any crewed spacecraft has gone in more than 40 years), at speeds of up to 20,000 mph before returning to Earth just 4 and a half hours later. Orion will lift off into space fixed on top of the United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy Rocket, before separating and completing two orbits around the Earth. Once it's time to land, air friction will slow the craft down to around 300 mph, which is still too fast for a safe splash down, so the capsule will deploy an impressive sequence of parachutes before landing in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of California, where the US Navy will recover it. The next step: deep space!

So hopefully there's something for everyone here. Admittedly, I'm one of Christmas's biggest fans, but before donning one of my many Christmas jumpers and reaching for the mulled wine, I'll be celebrating some of the other exciting things this season has to offer!

Written by Philippa Graham, Lead Online Editor at ExtraMile Communications.

At ExtraMile we try to take an hour out each week to look around us at what others do and to gain inspiration and to admire people's creativity. Each post in this series is one staff member's take on the world of web, design and things online. We hope you enjoy it.

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