A man called Nelson


There really isn’t anything else to discuss this week apart from Mandela.

All my life, as far as I can remember, I have had two men whom I have held as heroes.

Winston Churchill, who, against all odds and criticism, steadfastly stuck to his beliefs, and delivered the free world to victory in a worldwide conflict between 1939 and 1945.

The other was a man who steadfastly held to his beliefs against unbelievable abuse and personal hardship to deliver his country to common sense and freedom. Nelson Mandela.

The legacy of Mandela will never disappear from the world, or our lives. Here was a man who suffered 27 years in prison. 27 years…. !! Yet when he was finally released, shook the hands of his jailers and those who had sent him to prison. A man who could hold back his emotions, his anger and his frustrations, yet still have the burning desire to tear apart a system of tyranny in his homeland and build something new.

Mandela showed the world that long-held obsessive beliefs could be over-turned, yet without him gloating at those who he forced into change. He knew that as change evolved in South Africa, the eradication of those who needed to change was futile. He knew that all people must be embraced and respected and listened to.

I found this piece about Mandela and South African Rugby which I gladly share :-

He emerged into bright winter sunshine, stepped onto the lush field and pulled on a cap. His long-sleeve green rugby jersey was untucked and buttoned right up to the top, a style all his own. On the back, a gold No. 6, big and bold.

Within seconds, the chants went up from the fans packed into Ellis Park stadium in the heart of Johannesburg: “Nelson! Nelson! Nelson!”

Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s first black president, was wearing the colors of the Springboks and 65,000 white rugby supporters were joyously shouting his name.

It was 1995. The Rugby World Cup final, rugby’s biggest game. And yet it was much more. It was nation-defining for South Africa, a transcendent moment in the transformation from apartheid to multi-racial democracy.

GERALD IMRAY, Huffington Post.

It would be comforting to know that his legacy will be adhered to by those who, all over the world today, still seem determined to squash those who they disagree with them, now that they have the power to do so. We may never forget, but in some respects maybe we can forgive.

Thank you Madiba.


A little bit of Olderhood, if I may ………..

This week also saw the production of our first Olderhood video. Just a little introduction piece about the Olderhood International Club. It was great fun to produce. There have been literally thousands of views of it. More to follow,


We blasted through the 10,000 Facebook Fans level, and now well over 11,000


Lastly, check out our Transition to Retirement Series at Olderhood.com. It discusses a range of topics about the migration from a busy working life, to the thoughts, feelings and emotions experienced in retirement. This week’s title is “Cold Turkey or Warm Rooster”.      I hope you like it.

We appreciate your continuing support, comments and suggestions. Thank you.

Bye, Bill

Quote of the week :-

Frame every so-called disaster with these words, ‘In five years, will this matter?’

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