Prime Minister of Australia, Kevin Rudd, apologised to the victims of the ‘Stolen Generation’. That, for me, was the biggest news of the year and a very emotional moment.
Edmund Hillary, who together with Tenzing Norgay was the first man to reach the summit of the Everest in the Himalayas, died in New Zealand. I had had the enormous pleasure of interviewing him back in 2003. Then Australian actor Heath Ledger also died in New York. And, in Australia, the oldest blogger in the world, Olive Riley, at 108 years of age.
José Ramos Horta, then President of East Timor, was shot and wounded in an attack in his house in Dili, and was flown to a hospital in Darwin.
Australia and Japan clashed again over Japanese whaling. Elections were held in New Zealand and Helen Clark was defeated by multimillionaire John Key. Chile was back in the news after signing an FTA with Australia.
The Pope came to Sydney. I covered it with my colleague from Rome, Antonio Lafuente, and had lots of fun, mainly because I focused more on the social side of the event and he did the more ‘serious’ stuff, although he sent me to hear Cardinal Rouco Varela’ mass. I discovered what the Neocatechumanal Way was, learned language that up until then was foreign to me and also met, hangout with and was encouraged by Miguel Mora, who worked at El País.
Catalan chef Ferran Adrià visited Sydney and Spanish choreographer Rafael Bonachela, from La Garriga, became the new director of the Sydney Dance Company.