The year 2010 will be remembered for many things. On a personal level, the past 12 months were a bit of a waste of oxygen, energy, and calendar paper. Well, the first six months that it. With the World Cup landing on my doorstep 2010 improved significantly since July – which was necessary 🙂
News wise, it has been an incredibly interesting year. We had of course the 2010 FIFA World Cup, the atrocious BP oil spill, the volcano eruption in Iceland, the rescue of the Chilean mine workers, the death of 30 of their New Zealand counterparts, Chinese political prisoner Liu Xiaobo winning the Nobel Peace prize, the release of Burma’s opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi and the US congress’ dismissal of the so-called ‘don’t ask, don’t tell law’, which from now on allows gays and lesbians to serve openly in the U.S. military.
Among other things.
Anyway, here is my personal news breakdown of 2010:
Decision of the year: I vote for the decision to release Aung San Suu Kyi. On November 13 2010, Burma’s opposition leader was finally set free after she had been held in custody or under house arrest for 15 out of the past 21 years. An amazing moment.
Sports moment of the year: For me, the sports moment of the year was the soccer match between Bafana Bafana and France during the 2010 FIFA World Cup. I was hanging out on the Grand Parade in Cape Town and the atmosphere was simply amazing. Although South Africa’s national team did not manage to win the match, they did however manage to send home former World Cup winner France.
Person of the year: Julian Assange, founder of Wikileaks, is my person of the year. He first made headlines this year with the release of video footage showing two Reuters employees being fired upon by the U.S. Military. In July this year, WikiLeaks revealed thousands of documents with regards to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. In November this year, Wikileaks released ten-thousands of U.S. diplomatic cables. He was arrested shortly afterwards, for rape and sexual misconduct. Wikileaks in the meantime has come under pressure after various American banks stopped processing transactions for the organization.
Mother Nature’s moment of the year: That would be the eruption of the Eyjafjallajökull volcano in Iceland. Despite the fact the eruptions were small, they caused massive disruptions of Europe’s airspace. Between April 15 and April 20, most of Europe’s air space was closed due to enormous ash clouds.
Event of the year: The event of the year is without a single doubt the 2010 FIFA World Cup, which took place in South Africa between June 11 and July 11 2010. It was amazing having the world watching and coming to South Africa for the event. Look, it is a feeling I simply cannot put into words. You simply had to be here in order to understand.
Fuck-up of the year: The BP Oil Spill. I am not even going to explain myself, honestly.
* More to come. If you have any ideas yourself, please drop me an email*