Friday, 11 January 2008

Sir Edmund Hillary: 1919 - 2008

image As I was driving over the bridge today on the way to pickup Ange from her last day of work, I noticed the flags were flying at half-mast.

I immediately thought of Sir Ed: he was easily the most worthy recipient of this recognition and as a frail 88 year old, also the most likely.

Surely his famous remark on conquering Everest could just as equally apply to his life. He lived it: in grand style.

For every New Zealander his passing is a loss, for the man himself and the era he represented. Perhaps we can take some comfort in the fact that he can still buy each of us a drink - I hope I can remember my thoughts and emotions of today each time I use the $5 note in future.

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