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Nelson Mandela

Postby The Egg Man » Sun Jun 23, 2013 9:43 pm

It seems Madiba has taken a turn for the worse. He's an old man and I wish him no more suffering.

Few who were there will forget the day Mandela danced in the Square.

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image from the Glasgow Caley Archive.
I hear the people sing.
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Re: Nelson Mandela

Postby Lucky Poet » Sun Jun 23, 2013 10:05 pm

He can't last forever. What a lovely photo, though.
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Re: Nelson Mandela

Postby Vinegar Tom » Sun Jun 23, 2013 10:37 pm

I'm old enough to remember the disgraceful output of the Federation of Conservative Students in the 1980's:
"Hang Nelson Mandela" badges. What a bunch they were. Don't let their successors sully NM's legacy .
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Re: Nelson Mandela

Postby The Egg Man » Sun Jun 23, 2013 10:37 pm

Ian Davison's song

We'd sung about him for years,
And there were speeches everywhere.
But I'll never forget the cheers,
When Mandela danced in the square.

When Nelson came to Glagow, after all his pain,
Ten thousand people met him, and listened in the rain.
The big umbrellas folded, and many heads were bare.
But every face was shining, when Mandela danced in the square.

We'd sung about him for years,
And there were speeches everywhere.
But I'll never forget the cheers,
When Mandela danced in the square.


When Nelson talked of duty, you could feel us hold our breath,
We were just a bit uneasy, when Nelson talked of death,
And when he talked of trouble, there was tension in the air,
But we faced the future smiling, when Mandela danced in the square.
We'd sung about him for years,
And there were speeches everywhere.
But I'll never forget the cheers,
When Mandela danced in the square.


When Nelson came to meet us, we made our feelings clear.
We heard the songs and speeches, and we clapped and stamped and cheered.
We heard of peace, and justice, and the freedom that we share,
But we shook the City Chambers, when Mandela danced in the square.

We'd sung about him for years,
And there were speeches everywhere.
But I'll never forget the cheers,
When Mandela danced in the square.

Well, Nelson came to Glasgow, to show us he was free,
The greatest man in Africa, and gave us his decrees,
A giant with a suit and tie, and sober face and hair,
But the welcome seemed to move him and Mandela danced in the square.

We'd sung about him for years,
And there were speeches everywhere.
But I'll never forget the cheers,
When Mandela danced in the square.
I hear the people sing.
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Re: Nelson Mandela

Postby banjo » Mon Jun 24, 2013 9:42 am

that song makes me smile every time i hear it,a great calypso beat as well.
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Re: Nelson Mandela

Postby Celyn » Mon Jun 24, 2013 5:40 pm

Ooh, great song! :D And it was a great day, although I seem to recall it being dreich and rainy but that didn't matter at all. I've just realised - it's not at all often one goes to join a big load of people in the Square to be happy - more often to protest that things are wrong. :)

Oh well, it seems that his end is nigh. Very sad. I hope he will be allowed to go in peace, surrounded by his family.
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Re: Nelson Mandela

Postby The Egg Man » Mon Jun 24, 2013 10:32 pm

Ian Davison is a regular at Dram's Sunday night session.
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Re: Nelson Mandela

Postby InkMan » Thu Jun 27, 2013 10:26 am

Vinegar Tom wrote:I'm old enough to remember the disgraceful output of the Federation of Conservative Students in the 1980's:
"Hang Nelson Mandela" badges. What a bunch they were. Don't let their successors sully NM's legacy .


Though I agree completely with your sentiments VT the final sentence can be used against many people or groups. Some of those who supported Rose Gentle's brave campaign have a long and recorded history that show their sudden concern regarding welfare of British Service Personnel was no more than sickening political opportunism. Similarly George Galloway has regularly highlighted a similar hypocrisy regarding the appointment of John Reid to the Secretary of State for Defence.

As for sullying Mandela's legacy there are a fair number of Daily Mail online posters who seem happy to do this now. It's the same trolls who would post similar bile whether the ailing person was the Queen, Pope or US President but it is a sign of a sick mind.

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Re: Nelson Mandela

Postby Vinegar Tom » Thu Jun 27, 2013 10:17 pm

InkMan wrote:Though I agree completely with your sentiments VT the final sentence can be used against many people or groups.


Thanks for pointing that out IM. There was no need for that last sentence of mine. It doesn't make a lot of sense in the cold light of day.
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Re: Nelson Mandela

Postby InkMan » Thu Jun 27, 2013 10:43 pm

Always wondered what happened to the wee girl he did that dance with; I wonder is she even remembers him. I suppose a quick Google search could bring an answer. Reason I don't is that it would break my heart to find is she had become some sort form of casualty to our societies and wonderful city's many ailments.

I remember the moment was highlighted (read plugged) in the councils' own video release of that day.

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Re: Nelson Mandela

Postby Bingo Bango » Thu Dec 05, 2013 10:21 pm

RIP Nelson
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Re: Nelson Mandela

Postby Celyn » Fri Dec 06, 2013 12:29 am

Not unexpected but it's very sad all the same. :( Gey few people like him.
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Re: Nelson Mandela

Postby Bridie » Fri Dec 06, 2013 8:35 am

Ne'er see his likes again.

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Re: Nelson Mandela

Postby The Egg Man » Fri Jul 18, 2014 6:30 pm

I hear the people sing.
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Re: Nelson Mandela

Postby James89 » Thu Jul 27, 2017 11:06 am

He will remain alive in our hearts, always. RIP Nelson Mandela
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