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"He was indeed man of great charisma, which he used very effectively. I was once in a group of guests at a book launch at Parliament in Cape Town and he was there as a speaker. As he entered the room he glanced around like the boxer he was entering the ring and as his eyes fell on you, you felt that he had taken an assessment and filed it away for future use. A man who's intellect and emotional strength will not easily be found in South Africa again.
By beachcomber on Nelson Mandela: the meaning of the Madiba magic
"That part of the world used to have raptors keeping balance. Being a confluence of rivers, London most likely had a thriving falcon and eagle population. What isn't natural is a land without balance that makes pigeons and crows a pest. There should be many more hawks, falcons and owls in London."
By Serfdom Is Nice, Thank You on One man’s flight from the City