Mandela missed

ALTHOUGH I never had the privilege of meeting Nelson Mandela, I found it extremely moving just listening to the experiences of many people who had.

From that I feel it is possible to gauge the sheer aura of the man who cared so much about the ordinary person.

During the dark days of apartheid it was easy to believe that the only way that the evil regime would end was by descending into a bloodbath.

What a huge tribute to the qualities of Nelson Mandela that a man who had been locked up for 27 years and subjected to hard labour on Robben island worked tirelessly and led by example to steer a peaceful future for South Africa.

Not everything in South Africa is yet how Nelson Mandela would have wished but the progress that has been made since apartheid is testimony to the great man. In many ways he was the most significant individual of the 20th Century.

He will be sorely missed but certainly never forgotten.

Colin Mann Leader Plaid Cymru Group Caerphilly County Borough Council

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1:18pm Tue 10 Dec 13

Vox Dei says...

Surely Adolf Hitler is the most significant individual of the 20th century?
Surely Adolf Hitler is the most significant individual of the 20th century? Vox Dei
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1:54pm Tue 10 Dec 13

GardenVarietyMushroom says...

Vox Dei wrote:
Surely Adolf Hitler is the most significant individual of the 20th century?
Straight from the voice of....God.

You couldn't make this up.
[quote][p][bold]Vox Dei[/bold] wrote: Surely Adolf Hitler is the most significant individual of the 20th century?[/p][/quote]Straight from the voice of....God. You couldn't make this up. GardenVarietyMushroom
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3:51pm Tue 10 Dec 13

Llanmartinangel says...

I'm guessing that it just depends on how you see the word 'significant'.
I'm guessing that it just depends on how you see the word 'significant'. Llanmartinangel
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4:21pm Tue 10 Dec 13

Vox Dei says...

Llanmartinangel wrote:
I'm guessing that it just depends on how you see the word 'significant'.
Indeed. The Oxford English dictionary defines it as: sufficiently great or important to be worthy of attention; noteworthy.
[quote][p][bold]Llanmartinangel[/bold] wrote: I'm guessing that it just depends on how you see the word 'significant'.[/p][/quote]Indeed. The Oxford English dictionary defines it as: sufficiently great or important to be worthy of attention; noteworthy. Vox Dei
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4:38pm Tue 10 Dec 13

Stevenboy says...

Vox Dei wrote:
Llanmartinangel wrote:
I'm guessing that it just depends on how you see the word 'significant'.
Indeed. The Oxford English dictionary defines it as: sufficiently great or important to be worthy of attention; noteworthy.
Quite. And by that definition you could include a few more.
[quote][p][bold]Vox Dei[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Llanmartinangel[/bold] wrote: I'm guessing that it just depends on how you see the word 'significant'.[/p][/quote]Indeed. The Oxford English dictionary defines it as: sufficiently great or important to be worthy of attention; noteworthy.[/p][/quote]Quite. And by that definition you could include a few more. Stevenboy
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9:30am Fri 13 Dec 13

Mervyn James says...

The big issue regarding Mandela online is about the sign language interpreter at his wake, not the man. Whohas gobe viral as the faker of all fakers who fooled the world's top politicians, then again America asks for it don't they !
The big issue regarding Mandela online is about the sign language interpreter at his wake, not the man. Whohas gobe viral as the faker of all fakers who fooled the world's top politicians, then again America asks for it don't they ! Mervyn James
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