Sunday, December 31, 2006

2006: As I Remember It

6 January: I witness a Coptic liturgy for the first time, during the Feast of the Nativity held at St Mark's Coptic Church
25 January: Pope Benedict's first encyclical, Deus Caritas Est, is promulgated
27 January: 250th anniversary of the birth of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

11 February: US Vice President Dick Cheney accidentally shoots his friend, Harry Whittington
27 February: Carmen, my godmother, returns to Romania after a 3 year stay in Singapore

11 March: Slobodan Milošević is found dead in his cell at the Hague
22 March: ETA declares a permanent ceasefire in their campaign for Basque independence from Spain

22 April: I am received into the Orthodox Church on Holy Saturday; my good friend Maria represents Carmen as godmother

9 May: Bishop Basil of Sourozh is retired by the Moscow Patriarchate pending an investigation into the disruption of Holy Week services
12 May: ROCOR confirms its willingness to reunite with the Russian Orthodox Church
20 May: Finnish heavy metal band Lordi win the Eurovision song contest in Athens
23 May: Edward, Norman & I watch 'The Da Vinci Code' - much laughter ensue
27 May: The first gay rights demonstration in Moscow is broken up by police

3 June: Serbia and Montenegro is dissolved as Montenegro declares independence
8 June: Bishop Basil is received by the Ecumenical Patriarchate
16 June: Dinner at Norman's for the first time; Edward makes Polish Hunters' Stew

1 July: Smoking ban extends to outdoor cafés and stalls in Singapore, angering many
9 July: Italy wins the 2006 FIFA World Cup, beating France 5-3 on penalties
10 July: Notorious Chechen warlord Shamil Basayev is accidentally killed while escorting a truck filled with explosives
12 July: Israel invades the Lebanon, on the pretext of rescuing two kidnapped soldiers

13 August: Norman, Ernest, Michael and I visit several farms in Singapore
Later that day, I finally cut my hair short after 2 years
14 August: The 2006 Israel-Lebanon conflict ends, leaving 1400 Lebanese dead and 975,000 displaced
24 August: The International Astronomical Union demotes Pluto to the status of 'dwarf planet'

6 September: Prince Hisahito of Akishino is born, the first male child born to the Japanese Imperial family since his father 41 years ago
12 September: Pope Benedict delivers lecture; quoting Byzantine Emperor Manuel II on Islam, sparking mass protests and acts of violence against Christians worldwide
19 September: The Royal Thai Army stage a coup d'état, removing Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra from power
23 September: Edward's 25th birthday is celebrated; many of us invited sample Shanghainese cuisine for the first time

29 October: I sample Beijing cuisine for the first time, with Edward, Norman & Michael

3 November: I turn 19 years of age
8 November: Film composer Basil Poledouris passes away at 61 years of age
28 November: Pope Benedict arrives in Constantinople for a 3 day visit

11 December: The Holocaust Conference is opened in Tehran
13 December: The baiji, or Chinese River Dolphin, becomes extinct
21 December: The first polyphonic mass is held in Singapore; I am hired as photographer (more on this later)
30 December: Saddam Hussein in executed in Baghdad


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy New Year! Fr. Teo is looking forward to the photos from the polyphonic mass. Don't worry if you're busy, do take your time.

-Paul M.

Sun Dec 31, 08:43:00 pm 2006  
Blogger Mimi said...

It was certainly an eventful year! Happy New Year to you!

Wed Jan 03, 04:20:00 am 2007  

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