This week after a very interesting talk at work about fossils (yes honestly) some colleagues were chatting away and I was called over to join in. There was background music plus lots of other ambient noise going on and so my hearing was not at its usual owl-like quality which is why there was a slight little mix up.
One VERY senior member of our jolly group was talking about how excited she was to be flying to Auckland at the weekend for an exhibition she’d been desperate to come to New Zealand for ages. An exhibition, which, quite frankly seemed a little at odds to her office persona – a committed conservationist who is highly academic – but each to their own, what you do in your spare time is no business of mine.
She asked me if I had any thoughts about the exhibition, inquiring as to my own experience on the legacy left behind. I stood there smiling and nodding, playing for time as I raced through the empty corridors of my mind looking for something intelligent and vaguely articulate to say and I thought I did OK.
Told her that whilst at the beginning of their career the impact was nothing short of astounding with brave decisions made, taking risks that weren’t always necessary but unfailingly successful, their place in the history books was rightly justified. However towards the end, like every other revolutionary they sold out for corporate bucks and had become a bit of an embarrassment both to themselves and the industry they once spearheaded.
She stared at me in amazement “you really believe that?” she asked. Looking around I could see everyone one staring at me wide-eyed, and conceitedly thought I must be making a great impression, so (in my usual mis-guided fashion)I carried on.
“Yes, I do and I don’t believe I’m in the minority here – total sell out, not to mention showing their private parts to all and sundry, that’s got a bit old hat too.”
“You believe President Mandela is a corporate sell out who exposes himself?”
“Oh my God NO NO NO, of course I don’t think that, the man is a Saint. I thought you said Madonna, that you were going to a Madonna exhibition.”
Like I say she didn’t look the type and I was right!
Ooops – would it come as a surprise if I told you my contract hasn’t been renewed!
For more information on the exhibition documenting the life of the inimitable Mr Mandela visit https://www.mandelamylifeexhibition.com/…
And wishing him a very Happy Heavenly Birthday on July 18th.