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A Hero's Departure

This is not a biography. This is merely an emotion. There is very little I can already add to the wonderful and fitting accolades given from around the planet to the extraordinary Nelson Mandela.Much has been said of his character and his legacy. But even though he was a shrewd politician and articulate negotiator, he transcended all politics. For me, his legacy is that he represents what we aspire to when we look for the very best in ourselves. He embodied and defined what it means to be truly human; to have compassion, forgiveness and tolerance. And who better to champion the cause of human freedom and human dignity.I remember watching his release from prison live on television in 1990, and I knew it was a monumental moment. As we witnessed then the release of his person to the planet, last night we witnessed the release of his spirit to the ages.Another one of the inspirational heroes of my lifetime has now passed. And so I took it upon myself to capture a little flavour of the tributes being paid to him in London tonight. I first visited South Africa House in Trafalgar Square, and then the Nelson Mandela statue in Parliament Square. The atmosphere was one of celebration, rather than mourning, of a life that continues to inspire so many around the planet.May he rest in peace. 

Apr 07, 2016

A Hero's Departure

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This is not a biography. This is merely an emotion. There is very little I can already add to the wonderful and fitting accolades given from around the planet to the extraordinary Nelson Mandela.

Much has been said of his character and his legacy. But even though he was a shrewd politician and articulate negotiator, he transcended all politics. For me, his legacy is that he represents what we aspire to when we look for the very best in ourselves. He embodied and defined what it means to be truly human; to have compassion, forgiveness and tolerance. And who better to champion the cause of human freedom and human dignity.

I remember watching his release from prison live on television in 1990, and I knew it was a monumental moment. As we witnessed then the release of his person to the planet, last night we witnessed the release of his spirit to the ages.

Another one of the inspirational heroes of my lifetime has now passed. And so I took it upon myself to capture a little flavour of the tributes being paid to him in London tonight. I first visited South Africa House in Trafalgar Square, and then the Nelson Mandela statue in Parliament Square. The atmosphere was one of celebration, rather than mourning, of a life that continues to inspire so many around the planet.

May he rest in peace. 
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