Nelson Mandela Remembered: A London Farewell

Anais Mutumba | Posted 16.02.2014 | UK
Anais Mutumba

Nelson Mandela's friends and comrades paid tribute to the late former president on Wednesday in a London memorial service that was both distinctly Bri...

Tributes Have Flooded In

Mark Steel | Posted 09.02.2014 | UK
Mark Steel

I wonder if it was like this 2,000 years ago. If it was, when Jesus died, Pontius Pilate would have appeared on Sky News moments after the cross was taken down and said "The world mourns today a man of great integrity. It was an honour to have known him, and even when I sentenced him to crucifixion, he showed great forgiveness, and that shows what a great figure he was."

The Week That Was

Carla Buzasi | Posted 06.02.2014 | UK
Carla Buzasi

In the modern age, we mark the passing away of world-famous figureheads not by our personal connection to their messages, or how our lives were affected by their action, but so often by the 'where I was when I heard' moment. For previous generations, it was the moment when JFK was shot or John Lennon gunned down. For mine, when Princess Diana died, and now the sad passing of Nelson Mandela. Except of course, that's not really the case with Madiba. As Jon Snow most eloquently wrote this week, "The impact of his death will reach far beyond the frontiers of South Africa. There will be tears, but celebration for one of the most remarkable lives of our time."

Mandela's Magic Was His Practice

David Mochel | Posted 05.02.2014 | UK
David Mochel

What did Mandela practice? Among other things, it seems to me that he practiced courage, patience, forgiveness, and compassion. However, even these are still concepts. What exactly did he do?

Nelson Mandela's Phony Fanclub

Matt Carr | Posted 06.02.2014 | UK
Matt Carr

Nelson Mandela's legacy shouldn't be left in the hands of hypocrite politicians, 'global leaders', millionaires and moronic celebrities who seek to bathe in the light that he left behind him, and his funeral shouldn't become a Hello-style watch-the-celebrity event that obscures the struggle he fought so bravely.

Mandela and Me

Rafiq Rohan | Posted 06.02.2014 | UK
Rafiq Rohan

I arrived at the Robben Island prison on a wintry and cold day and was escorted to my prison cell in B-Section from the admissions section by a fellow comrade and prisoner, Tokyo Sexwale. By then, Nelson Mandela had been removed to Victor Verster Prison outside Cape Town in preparation for his release... Other prisoners and comrades beamed at my presence and welcomed me very warmly and it was almost by-the-way that one of the remarked that I was allocated the cell from which someone famous had departed - a Mr Nelson Mandela.

The Truth About Nelson and Me

Grant Feller | Posted 05.02.2014 | UK
Grant Feller

Today - if the evidence of Nelson Mandela's sad passing is anything to go by - the focus is now on the me, me, me. I've listened to, watched and read celebrities blithely talking about 'When I met Nelson he instantly recognised me'... Well I really don't care about you. Sorry, but I don't.

Mandela Will Never, Ever Be Your Minstrel

Musa Okwonga | Posted 05.02.2014 | UK
Musa Okwonga

Dear revisionists, Mandela will never, ever be your minstrel. Over the next few days you will try so, so hard to make him something he was not, and you will fail... Well, try hard as you like, and you'll fail. Because Mandela was about politics and he was about race and he was about freedom and he was even about force, and he did what he felt he had to do and given the current economic inequality in South Africa he might even have died thinking he didn't do nearly enough of it.

What We Can Learn From Nelson Mandela's Death

Karin Sieger | Posted 04.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Karin Sieger

Celebrating a life can lighten the pain of loss - sharing special moments of meaning, private and public. Mixing numbness, heart break, tears of pain and the longing to hold, talk, see, hear the other just on more time with pride, joy and gratitude for what we have experienced with and because of the other, who has gone.

Should We Be Grieving Mandela's Death on Facebook and Twitter?

Andy Lopata | Posted 05.02.2014 | UK Tech
Andy Lopata

Mass grieving is nothing new, social networks are merely a new medium. We will, I'm sure, be reminded of how much we, as human beings, need to share our grief when Mandela's body is laid to rest.

Nelson Mandela: The Man Who Inspired My Generation

Jon Snow | Posted 04.02.2014 | UK
Jon Snow

Over two decades after his "walk to freedom", Nelson Mandela has walked his final mile. The impact of his death will reach far beyond the frontiers of South Africa. There will be tears, but celebration for one of the most remarkable lives of our time. Madiba, as he was fondly known, leaves us with a memory of the best in public life to which any human can aspire. His signal contribution to humankind, the embrace and sustaining of forgiveness for his own, and for his people's oppression.