For those wanting to learn something new in the New Year, why not sign up for Oxford University's online course on "Pompeii and the Cities of the Roman World".
The course overview says:
"Pompeii is one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world. Its fame and uniqueness are,of course, due to the remarkable way in which it was preserved by the eruption of Vesuvius in AD 79. Using evidence from Pompeii, you can study public buildings, monuments, inscriptions and painted posters that reflect public life, houses and gardens that reveal how the people lived, shops, markets and streets where they earned their living, and tombs where they buried their dead."
Applications are currently being accepted for the January course start. For more information see the Department for Continuing Education's website.
[I've heard the tutor is quite good too!]