Nelson Mandela, July 18, 1918 to December 5, 2013: “one of the outstanding human victories of our century.”
“It always seems impossible, until it’s done.”
Nelson Mandela, who led the emancipation of South Africa from white minority rule and served as his country’s first black president, becoming an international emblem of dignity and forbearance, died Thursday. He was 95. …..
Mr. Mandela’s quest for freedom took him from the court of tribal royalty to the liberation underground to a prison rock quarry to the presidential suite of Africa’s richest country. And then, when his first term of office was up, unlike so many of the successful revolutionaries he regarded as kindred spirits, he declined a second term and cheerfully handed over power to an elected successor, the country still gnawed by crime, poverty, corruption and disease but a democracy, respected in the world and remarkably at peace.
The question most often asked about Mr. Mandela was how, after whites had systematically humiliated his people, tortured and murdered many…
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Beauty: Marilyn Monroe
One of my favourite photographers of all time, is Helmut Newton. I (lucidly) remember picking up a newspaper 9 years ago, to read, that he had been killed in a car accident. His cadillac sped out of control and crashed into a wall, in Los Angeles. He was 83, died on January 23, 2004. His black-and-white (risque) images were known throughout the world, appearing in the tabloids and fashion magazines, such as Vogue and Elle. He pushed the boundaries with gender, fashion and art. His most famous photo, the ‘Self Portrait with Wife & Models, 1981’ was valued upto (US)$140,000 apparently auctioned last year at Christie’s London. I can only afford his collections, in books.
Ten years of silence, and now David Bowie has resurfaced, with his latest single, “Where Are We Now?” released (yesterday) on January 8, which also happens to be his 66th birthday. What an incredibly poignant, thought provoking song. The video is set against an interchangeable Berlin backdrop, apparently reminiscent of his time spent there in the 70’s. ‘Ziggy Stardust’ was a strong influence in my life, along with his androgynous style and unconventional attitudes. He vanished into obscurity for sometime due to (possible) health implications, and focused on his family. This song was tweeted to the world, and the world liked it.