The news on the radio at 12pm to day announced that Sir Edmund Hillary is to receive an award today – the auspicious May 22.

Again & again this year, this man who has not been left to rest in peace, is trotted out in one form or another.
It seems 2008, which was his 88th year is of major importance. Today his wife will receive the Padma Vibhushan in his name. The Padma Vibhushan is India’s second highest civilian honour, it consists of a medal and a citation and is awarded by the President of that country. Apparently it was awarded two weeks after his death. India’s minister of commerce and industry is in New Zealand no, so it’s happening to day.
I gues he can join that other famous adventurer & explorer – oh bloody hell I nearly missed it – I was just going to say Indiana Jones but of course it should read – Indiana Jones.

Just what are they going to call on him for next.


May 22, 2008. Uncategorized.


  1. Ben Emlyn-Jones replied:

    What is it with Hillary? As you’ve pointed out, he keeps appearing on the scene again and again, and with recurring symbolism. He must be very signficant in more ways than just ther bloke who climbed Everest.


  2. aferrismoon replied:

    I guess he’s ‘untouchable’ , in that there seem no outward signs of corruption, favouritism, no ‘comments’ on politics- the mark perhaps of a true monarchist, thus a knight. A blessing on the news within the regular diet of things that alwaays seem ;inevitable’ or shit or criminal.Neither does he appear vacuous like a great deal of celebs at least on the surface


  3. Ben Emlyn-Jones replied:

    Actually he seems a man of great integrity and honour. He could have gone along with the scheme to write Tensing out of the Everest story. It would have been the easiest thing in the world. What could a simple Nepalese peasant do to stop the powers of the Western media? Hillary chose not to and scuppered the scheme; sharing the achievement with his friend Tensing Norgay.


  4. Michael Skaggs replied:

    Nice Catch Wise!More mystical universe weavings on the “8”‘s ;) and explorers and the “Indian(a)” theme! Peace.


  5. wise woman replied:

    Thanks one & allBen & Aferrismoon – for my part I agree with you. I think Hillary was a man of integrity – I believe I read somewhere that the knighthood was sort of thrust on him & he didn’t feel he could refuse (but I’d have to check that) – I have a feeling that knighthood = ownership. I think a claim was made on him. I feel his birthdate both date & year are very significant – 20th July, 1919. 1919 is 88 years ago & I’ve had a little look and found some interesting events from that year.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1919 – if I get the time & inclination I will go into it further.Aferrismoon, I thought, no I know this will interest you from today’s news:”Sir Edmund was New Zealand High Commissioner to India from 1985 to 1989 – “when we were there, there were two Hs – Hadlee and Hillary,” said Lady Hillary.””The Hadlee was New Zealand cricketer Sir Richard Hadlee, known throughout India for his exploits on the cricket field and Sir Edmund was much admired for his conquest of Mt Everest in 1953 and his work in India and Nepal since then.”This is the second time Hillary’s wife has been used to accept awards – remember she is intimately connected by being the wife of his great friend who was killed on Everest.Also read your Mercury article – funny old world isn’t it?MichaelThanks – I was interested to spot the 88 reference on your post for 22 May.


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