Thursday, 5 December 2013
This is for Madiba. No time to find African material so R has constructed a narrative around a favourite piece - with bars to represent the incarceration, purple for mourning, grey for old age, but with all that colour coming through. I am watching rolling BBC news and they're dancing in the street on Soweto outside his old house. It seems right even if Huw Edwards seems confused by it. What is there not to celebrate? He achieved perhaps more than any other human being in recent history and he's died at home in the presence of his family aged 95. What a relief that Africans have a much better sense of perspective on death and mourning. Only sadness I feel is that I haven't heard from Tutu - the only person no one seems to have interviewed yet. Perhaps he will be following in his friend's footsteps soon?