2012 was the year that the divide between the people and the powerful became dangerously wide. The tragedy is there"s still so much to be proud…

2012 was the year that the divide between the people and the powerful became dangerously wide. The tragedy is there’s still so much to be proud of in Britain..

Ghosts of the mountains: Natural light phenomenon leaves haunting halo around shadow

Just what did this photographer capture in this 'Ghostly' man of the mountains Brocken Spectre is actually a person's shadow cast onto low-lying cloudsLight diffraction causes figures to be surrounded by a multi-coloured 'halo'Stunning examples photographed in Ukraine's Chatyr-Dag mountain regionAccording to climbers' superstition, whoever sees one will die the next day | UPDATED: 18:48 GMT, 19 December 2012 This eerie ghost-like figure left a group of trekkers stunned when it suddenly appeared over a mountain range, but it was nothing more than the rare natural phenomenon known as a Brocken Spectre.

Look out! Here comes the spider dog… Boston Terrier called Echo parades itself in bizarre fancy dress outfits

Look out! Here comes Spider-dog: Terrier with the best fancy dress wardrobe in the world Owner Kristin Kittle spends months designing each fancy dress costume | UPDATED: 16:54 GMT, 11 December 2012 At first glance, you'd be forgiven for thinking you'd stumbled across a giant spider in the wilderness. But it is, ahem, in fact a dog – posing in fancy dress.