2003 was quite a dark year, for me personally but also in current affairs.
On 18 January in a matter of ten hours, bushfires ravaged the capital city, Canberra. 500 homes were destroyed or severely damaged and four people died.
On 18 March ignoring the strong opposition from Australian citizens over sending troops to Iraq, Prime Minister John Howard announced he was going to do precisely that, even before ‘his friend’ George Bush did.
In May the authors of the Bali terrorist attacks were tried. In Denpassar, Australian journalists and Balinese fixers helped me to get through the red-tape and corrupt methods.
Those were very, very sad days…
Spanish writer, Manuel Vázquez Montalbán, who I greatly admired, came to Australia. I met, interviewed him, had dinner with him and a bunch of other nice people. It was therefore shocking to learn that he died during a Bangkok airport stopover, on his way back to Spain.
Cyclones Ami, Beni and Erica hit Australia.
Some articles published in La Vanguardia (open pdf in a new window on image click)