A Kiwi who was truley on top of the world.

As all Kiwis know, today is the 50th Anniversary of Sir Edmund Hillary reaching the top of Mount Everast. When it comes to pioneering, Kiwis are always up there with the rest of the world. First man to reach Mount Everast, First man to fly a plane (Yes, it's true. 8 months before the Wright brothers) First man to split the atom. Being the first country in the world to allow women to vote. We're a country not afraid to show the world that we maybe a small country but we sure can be the best. Sir Edmund Hillary is proof of that, so many people have tried and failed but Hillary and his sherpa Tenzing Norgay never gave up and on the 29th of May 1953 Hillary reached the top and "Knocked the bastard off" as he put it. Everyday i wake up being more proud to be a Kiwi and knowing that everyone may thing that we're just a small country but a lot of the times we're the king of the world.
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Originally posted by iarla:
[qb] as for 1st man to split the atom, i do believe albert einstein was from tazmania, not new zealand. the boy put bubbles in our beer and invented rock n roll though, so you have to give him credit. [/qb]
LOL!! "Young Einstein" -- best cinematographic representation of an Icehouse song ever! I fournd the rock climbing to "Great Southern Land" inspirational and awe-inspiring.

I had a few chuckles for the rest of the movie too... maybe this post should be in a thread of "dopey movies, no shame!"

Razzer
No no no no! This was a tribute to Sir Edmund Hillary who is one of the greatest Kiwis ever and it gets ruined with talk of the most crappiest movie and actor in the history of the world! Yahoo Serious and Young Einstein is visual poop and has no place in a post about something every Kiwi holds dear to our hearts. I was trying to share a very special NZ moment with you and you throw it back in my face. I'll tell you what, you write about something that means a lot to your country and i'll chat about how Pauly Shore should win an Oscar for best actor in Biodome. Smiler
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Originally posted by Melmo:
[qb] No no no no! This was a tribute to Sir Edmund Hillary who is one of the greatest Kiwis ever and it gets ruined with talk of the most crappiest movie and actor in the history of the world! [/qb]
Sorry Melmo -- my venture into off-topic-land was certainly not meant to demean Sir Edmund, or his achievement.

Please accept my apologies...
I'm well aware what you intentions were, and i'm sorry if our further discussion annoyed you. but there is humour in everything. (I happen to find the Young Einstein movie so stupid it's funny).

My sister would kill me for making a joke of the Everest anniversary, she's a complete outdoor head, and it means something to her. After all it took the irish 40 years to conquer everest after Hillary.

But there really is no need to get so angry about it. Threads will wander.
There's no question that NZ/Sir Ed indeed rock and it's nice to read your post, Melmo...it oooozes with national pride.
I dunno, I think I'd prefer "visual poop" to "invisible poop"...but that's just me, Melmo.
p.s. I really dug Pauly in "The Son In Law". Big Grin
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Originally posted by iarla:
[qb] as for 1st man to split the atom, i do believe albert einstein was from tazmania, not new zealand. the boy put bubbles in our beer and invented rock n roll though, so you have to give him credit. [/qb]
What does Einstein, young or not, have to do with splitting the atom? ERNEST RUTHERFORD came from New Zealand:

http://www.orcbs.msu.edu/radiation/radhistory/ernestrutherford.html
http://www.rutherford.org.nz
i knew that, i was just being a smart ass as usual, it backfired and i offended a large percentage of ppl doing it.

sometimes i wish i was as patriotic about my country as you kiwis seem to be, but being patriotic in this country means u risk being put under surveillance (i'm deadly serious here). Don't get me wrong, I love our language, and i'm very proud of some of the achievements of our people, and it annoys the **** out of me that Colin Farrell has been nominated for Best British Actor in the MTV Movie Awards, but i live in a country which has spent so long trying to catch up with the rest of the world (kissing the asses of the US, and the UK-which is ironic), has conistently let foreign businesses triumph over homegrown ones (selling every succesful irish one to a british or german multinational), that it's lost sight of our heritage. It was even considered backward to teach your children to speak irish when i grew up.

so i apologise for making fun of a great great achievement.
*a-hem* When Hillary climbed Everest he was actually doing it as part of the British expedition to climb Everest in 1953, led by British mountaineer John Hunt and 400 others.
Hillary and Tenzing Norgay got picked as they were the stongest team at that point.
Not to take anything away from you Kiwi's Wink
Go Hillary!(but the Brits helped a little too Big Grin )

Sorry its been on tv alot Wink
I've just seen a reprint of the original British paper 'Daily Express' from this day 1953 and the Headline is 'Briton first to climb Everest' So surprisingly he was classed as a Brit back then!! Old British colonies and all.

Razzer Razzer Damn we are so good to you Kiwi's! Razzer Razzer

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Originally posted by iarla:
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sometimes i wish i was as patriotic about my country as you kiwis seem to be, but being patriotic in this country means u risk being put under surveillance (i'm deadly serious here). [/qb]
As comedian Alexi Sayle pointedly put it, "In America, you're innocent until proven guilty. In France, you're guilty until proven innocent. In the UK, you're innocent until proven Irish."

That said... I'm being off-topic. Congrats to Sir Edmund Hillary though. And while we're on New Zealand achievements, (and since it's 100 years since the Wright Brothers' Kitty Hawk flight), anyone recall that NZ fellow who may or may not have beaten the Wright boys into the air? (My memory's hazy, it was 20 years or so ago that I went to the MOTAT museum in Auckland and learned that factoid.)
A few posts removed from here... if your day is incomplete without insulting someone else here or being unnecessarily (and counter-productively) picky or bickery, post that privately to the intended victim and keep it out of the public forum. Thanks, and carry on! Smiler
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Originally posted by kia kaha:
[qb]Congrats to Sir Edmund Hillary though. And while we're on New Zealand achievements, (and since it's 100 years since the Wright Brothers' Kitty Hawk flight), anyone recall that NZ fellow who may or may not have beaten the Wright boys into the air? (My memory's hazy, it was 20 years or so ago that I went to the MOTAT museum in Auckland and learned that factoid.) [/qb]
That would be Richard Pearse. He flew for about 140 metres and then crashed into some gorse which must've been extremely painful for him as gorse is really prickly. Pearse flew 8 months before the Wright brothers took to the air.
I am a major Mt. Everest freak. I've read several books both about the mountain, and accounts of those who have climbed it. We went to see the IMAX film, and I burst into tears when they played the bit where Rob Hall (stranded just below the Hillary Steppe, I believe) was patched in via satellite phone to his wife (who was pregnant with their first child)for the last conversation they would ever have. I well knew the story, and I knew the heroic effort and contribution that the IMAX team made to the rescue effort in May, 1996, but I wasn't expecting to see such real-life drama played out like that. I would never attempt to climb a mountain---getting up above three steps on a ladder makes me woozy---but to have that drive to accomplish such a feat would be a wonderful thing to have inside.

Sir Edmund has done much to better the lives of those who live and work on the slopes of Everest, and his humanitarian works and humble attitude are an inspiration.


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Originally posted by Melmo:
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Originally posted by kia kaha:
[qb]Congrats to Sir Edmund Hillary though. And while we're on New Zealand achievements, (and since it's 100 years since the Wright Brothers' Kitty Hawk flight), anyone recall that NZ fellow who may or may not have beaten the Wright boys into the air? (My memory's hazy, it was 20 years or so ago that I went to the MOTAT museum in Auckland and learned that factoid.) [/qb]
That would be Richard Pearse. He flew for about 140 metres and then crashed into some gorse which must've been extremely painful for him as gorse is really prickly. Pearse flew 8 months before the Wright brothers took to the air. [/qb]
Cheers Melmo. Maybe the "excess of fat on my (newly) American bones" has caused my memory to "sink like a stone"... but yeah, that was the bloke. As one who has been picking desert vegetation out of my feet for the past 5 weeks, I sympathise!!!!

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