Michel de Nostredame, usually Latinised as Nostradamus, was a French physician and astrologer who lived in the 16th century.
According to his followers, he predicted a lot of things that have actually happened in the last few centuries; including the French Revolution, Adolf Hitler’s rise to power and 9/11.
There is even evidence of him predicting Trump’s presidential win, whom he referred to as “the great shameless, audacious bawler”.
His prophecies, which he wrote in four-line verse, are of course open to interpretation – but here are some verses that could possibly shed a little light on what we can expect in 2017:
1. Floods and drought
For forty years the rainbow will not be seen.
For forty years it will be seen every day.
The dry earth will grow more parched,
and there will be great floods when it is seen.
2. Thunder and conflict
The great man will be struck down in the day by a thunderbolt.
An evil deed, foretold by the bearer of a petition.
According to the prediction another falls at night time.
Conflict at Reims, London, and pestilence in Tuscany.
3. A battle at sunset
Shortly before sun set, battle is engaged.
A great nation is uncertain.
Overcome, the sea port makes no answer,
the bridge and the grave both in foreign places.
4. A little break
Pestilences extinguished, the world becomes smaller,
for a long time the lands will be inhabited peacefully.
People will travel safely through the sky (over) land and seas:
then wars will start up again.
5. A royal scandal
Letters are found in the queen's chests,
no signature and no name of the author.
The ruse will conceal the offers;
so that they do not know who the lover is.
6. A weird version of Animal Farm
A fox will be elected without speaking one word,
appearing saintly in public living on barley bread,
afterwards he will suddenly become a tyrant
putting his foot on the throats of the greatest men.
7. A weakened West
Twice put up and twice cast down,
the East will also weaken the West.
Its adversary after several battles
chased by sea will fail at time of need.
Fingers crossed 2017 is a slightly improvement on 2016.