Pass Gently, Giant

A large crowd of supporters sing the South African national anthem outside the Mediclinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria where former President Nelson Mandela is being treated


BBC: South African President Jacob Zuma has cancelled a trip to Mozambique on Thursday after visiting former leader Nelson Mandela, 94, who remains critically ill in a Pretoria hospital.

Mr Mandela, South Africa’s first black president, has been in hospital since 8 June with a recurring lung infection.

Mr Zuma was briefed by doctors who were doing everything possible to ensure Mr Mandela’s well-being, a statement said.

On Tuesday, a cleric prayed for Mr Mandela’s “peaceful end”….

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A boy holds a picture of Nelson Mandela during a candle lit vigil outside the Mediclinic Heart Hospital


Two wellwishers arrive carrying placards in support of Nelson Mandela, whose clan name is Madiba, outside the entrance to the Mediclinic Heart Hospital

Well wishers place painted stones with messages and flowers outside Nelson Mandela’s residence in Johannesburg

A woman from a community group from Pretoria sheds a tear as she holds a candle during a vigil on the street outside the Mediclinic Heart Hospital

A large crowd of supporters sing songs of support outside the Mediclinic Heart Hospital

A group of police cadets from Pretoria leave flowers outside the entrance to the Mediclinic Heart Hospital

One of the dozens of hand-made messages of support for Nelson Mandela posted to the wall outside the Mediclinic Heart Hospital

Children play by an information board at a house Nelson Mandela stayed in during the 1940s in Johannesburg’s Alexandra township

Locals stroll past a mural outside the house Nelson Mandela stayed in the 1940s in Johannesburg’s Alexandra township

A child from a community group from Pretoria holds flowers and sings religious songs to show appreciation and support for Nelson Mandela on the street outside the Mediclinic Heart Hospital

151 Responses to “Pass Gently, Giant”

  1. 1 99ts
    June 26, 2013 at 9:47 pm

    Wonderful wonderful man

    • 2 99ts
      June 26, 2013 at 9:50 pm

      I can almost think that God is conspiring with Mr Mandela to get people to join together as one – and celebrate his wonderful life – and leave behind the hate and gossip spread by the media over the past many months. A true man of peace – no wonder he is so loved.

      • 3 arkluvspbo
        June 26, 2013 at 10:47 pm

        I have no doubt you are correct 99ts. He has passed the torch to our president who will complete MLK’s dream. We are extremely fortunate to be living at this time in our human history.

        • 4 99ts
          June 27, 2013 at 1:37 am

          We sure are – I am glad both men achieved much in my lifetime. President Obama has much more to achieve – his time outside politics will give our children/grandchildren much to love.

    • 5 arapaho415
      June 26, 2013 at 10:24 pm

      Congrats on #1, 99ts.

      Any thoughts you’d like to share about the goings on down under, with Gillard out and Rudd back in?

  2. 9 ouapiti
    June 26, 2013 at 9:48 pm

    beautiful photo and an apt tribute to a great man.

  3. June 26, 2013 at 9:48 pm


    “CBS/AP/ June 26, 2013, 4:11 PM
    Nelson Mandela on life support

    Daughter Zindzi Mandela, right, receives a hug from an unidentified woman, left, as she arrives at the Mediclinic Heart Hospital where former South African President Nelson Mandela is being treated in Pretoria, South Africa, Wednesday, June 26, 2013. / AP PHOTO
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    Updated 5:48 p.m. ET

    JOHANNESBURGNelson Mandela is on life support.

    The former South African president’s condition has worsened over the last couple of days. Well-wishers and supporters continued Wednesday to gather outside of the Pretoria hospital where the former South African president has been receiving treatment for nearly three weeks and the South African president canceled a Thursday trip amid worry about his health.

    On Sunday, President Jacob Zuma said the 94-year-old former leader is “well-looked after and is comfortable” but the South African government has been relatively tight-lipped regarding Mandela’s health status.

    • June 26, 2013 at 9:50 pm

      Sorry, I had highlighted one paragraph to copy/paste and apparently copy/paste had ideas of its own. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ I had wanted to share this part: “One nugget of wisdom about the arc of life and death came from Matthew Rusznyah, a 9-year-old boy who stopped outside Mandelaโ€™s home in the Johannesburg neighborhood of Houghton to show his appreciation.
      โ€œWe came because we care about Mandela being sick, and we wish we could put a stop to it, like snap our fingers,โ€ he said. โ€œBut we canโ€™t. Itโ€™s how life works.โ€”

  4. June 26, 2013 at 9:48 pm

    Many tears will be shed when he leaves this world.

    • 13 utaustinliberal
      June 26, 2013 at 11:07 pm

      Wiping some away now because I just never thought a day like this would ever be around. It’s heartbreaking.

      • 14 veryslowwriter
        June 27, 2013 at 12:35 am

        I remember when he was sent to prison. If I knew anything at that age, I knew he’d never leave that place alive. When he was released….well, THAT was surely a day I thought would never come. It was like a dozen Christmases rolled into one. Now he’s 94 and lived many decades beyond what anyone would have predicted. I’m just grateful to have been alive to witness a big chunk of the life of a great man.

  5. 24 amk for obama
    June 26, 2013 at 9:56 pm

  6. June 26, 2013 at 9:56 pm

    thank you, Mr. Mandela.

    it’s time for you to go home. Your journey is complete…you have given the world so much

    • 28 yardarm756
      June 26, 2013 at 10:13 pm

      Only the ‘Creator’ knows. I will,however agree. He must be tired and it is time to rest……..Peace my brother, PEACE!

    • 29 arkluvspbo
      June 26, 2013 at 10:51 pm

      Rikyrah, I have a feeling, with Mr. Mandela’s passing, we will reach a new era in our history — very exciting times. He looks peaceful and well-rested in those pictures.

  7. June 26, 2013 at 10:00 pm

    I donโ€™t agree w/ Frank Rich 80% of the time.. or the reason he went off in this instanceโ€ฆ but his point is 100% spot on.

    • 31 99ts
      June 27, 2013 at 1:43 am

      I still don’t agree with him – I don’t think Gregory has ever pretended to be anything other than a right wing apologist. Seems to have taken Frank Rich a long time to discover something everyone else has known for years. As for making GG the reason for wanting Gregory out – lots of better reasons than that one.

  8. 32 MightyPamela
    June 26, 2013 at 10:01 pm

    http://www.gratefulness.org/candles/candles.cfm?l=eng&gi=PBO Good night, my dear friends. Light, Light, and more Light for the First Family, many Blessings on Nelson Mandela as he walks into the Light of our True Home. Goodnight.

  9. June 26, 2013 at 10:04 pm

    Two can play this little game, Mr. Paul.

  10. June 26, 2013 at 10:06 pm

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  11. June 26, 2013 at 10:09 pm

    Apparently that Guardian Express is an L.A. gossip rag?

  12. June 26, 2013 at 10:12 pm

    He has lived a life of purpose and we are all the richer for it.

  13. June 26, 2013 at 10:13 pm

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  15. June 26, 2013 at 10:26 pm

    • 86 theo67
      June 26, 2013 at 10:54 pm

      What does this mean? I feel clueless… ๐Ÿ˜•

      • June 26, 2013 at 11:00 pm

        Edith Windsor was at a huge rally at Stonewall tonight, and she out of the blue endorsed Christine Quinn(who just married her partner when NY pass gay marraige this year) for mayor of NYC over A. Weiner among others. Apparantely b/c she was in such a good mood after winning the DOMA case…. hope that explains it…. my understanding anyway!

        • 88 theo67
          June 26, 2013 at 11:01 pm

          Thanks for explaining, LovelyPlains. I was scratching my head at the references, because I thought Stonewall had happened 20 years ago… Much appreciated!

  16. 90 arapaho415
    June 26, 2013 at 10:28 pm

    Here’s my contribution to the #Snowden fugitive story today.

    Looks like Congress may be involved in applying pressure on Ecuador, if his fate hasn’t been determined by then.

  17. 91 arapaho415
    June 26, 2013 at 10:29 pm

    From AP today… as #Benghazi winds down as a scandal:

    • 93 99ts
      June 27, 2013 at 1:54 am

      And what wonderful diversity among them – somewhat different to those who voted to put women back in the 1950s

  18. June 26, 2013 at 10:32 pm

    I feel like a won something today…….. got some awesome retweets…. by https://twitter.com/HMilkFoundation and

  19. 100 anniebella
    June 26, 2013 at 10:33 pm

    Is it true about Mandela?

  20. 103 arapaho415
    June 26, 2013 at 10:35 pm

    I posted this yesterday, but there’s been a couple of new developments in Egypt, which makes me very nervous:

  21. 104 arapaho415
    June 26, 2013 at 10:37 pm

  22. June 26, 2013 at 10:37 pm

  23. June 26, 2013 at 10:40 pm

    IDK, if SnowWhite has been thoroughly interrogated by Russian intelligence, I don’t see how they release him to talk about that.

    • 112 99ts
      June 27, 2013 at 1:58 am

      I think they want him to leave Russia – but difficult finding someone to take him (other than the US) – if an airline lets him board without valid papers there can be serious problems in getting rid of him.

  24. June 26, 2013 at 10:40 pm

    All right everyone, I’m beyond bushed. Time to curl up with a book and the BBC on in the background. See everyone tomorrow. If it’s Mr. Mandela’s time to go, may he find his peace.

  25. 117 WilTal
    June 26, 2013 at 10:40 pm

    Hello everyone,

    Chips, thank you for this wonderful tribute to Nelson Mandela, our Hero of the World.

    Zizi2, thank you for the excellent post on the economies of Africa…a pleasure to read .

  26. June 26, 2013 at 10:41 pm

  27. June 26, 2013 at 10:41 pm

    I know that feelings about Nate Silver are mixed, but this is an interesting article about the numbers around same-sex marriage in the States and around the world. Feels like inevitability to me.


  28. June 26, 2013 at 10:42 pm

    I was up til past midight STANDING WITH WENDY last night and I can barely keep my eyes open.

    So I’m gonna say good night for now.

  29. 121 susanne
    June 26, 2013 at 10:44 pm

    president zuma sings for mandela (video)


  30. June 26, 2013 at 11:05 pm

    If you want a nice chuckle, google the word “gay” minus quotes.

  31. June 26, 2013 at 11:54 pm

    Earlier I meant to post this on LL’s post – songs about cities. Well, the post doesn’t seem to be around any more and this is not exactly a city, but in honor of Chips, I give you…

  32. June 27, 2013 at 12:00 am

    Please do the google thing (search ‘gay’ w/o quotes) It’s good ๐Ÿ™‚

    • 139 vcprezofan2
      June 27, 2013 at 1:23 am

      Hi Maryl! I notice you have been enjoying your ‘freedom’ – good for you!

      • June 27, 2013 at 1:25 am

        Yes, I seem to have forgotten the word “bedtime”. Also, twitter. However! This Must Change! Gotta get my summer Have Done list going! ๐Ÿ™‚

        • 141 vcprezofan2
          June 27, 2013 at 1:31 am

          You make a ‘list’ for summer? That’s so teacher-y! It’s probably a list like Chips’ time-ish – you’ll get to each item when you get to it.

          • June 27, 2013 at 2:21 am

            I have a MUCH better system. I do something, then put it on the list and cross it off! Very satisfying!

            • 143 vcprezofan2
              June 27, 2013 at 4:04 am

              I really, really like your style, Maryl! I would never have thought of doing it this way, yet this way would definitely increase my sense of accomplishment. Thank you! ๐Ÿ˜†

              • June 27, 2013 at 10:13 am

                Yep, it’s all about the ‘sense’ of accomplishment. Although to increase that you really have to have more to add than “Sat with kitty on lap while twittering” which was pretty much my entry for yesterday (taking care of ex’s sick kitty).

                • 145 vcprezofan2
                  June 27, 2013 at 11:03 am

                  Morning, Maryl!
                  No worries in the ‘add’ department for me. I love words, in particular their nuances! ๐Ÿ˜†
                  ‘Sat with kitty on lap while twittering’ on *my* list would be…

                  1. Tend sick feline ………………………….. Check
                  2. Monitor feline’s periodic intake. .. ……….. Check
                  3. Give feline body massages as needed……. Check
                  4. Investigate Africa’s financial growth………. . Check
                  5. Ensure the Obamas met flight safely … …Check
                  6. Verify the illegality of the Texas SB5 vote…..Check
                  7. Learn what’s what in Australia today ……….Check
                  8. Participate in world peace (TOD interaction) Check

                  Hey, I could probably make it to #10 (I never even addressed the actual tweeting) and in retrospect feel a real sense of accomplishment because I did indeed do ALL that! ๐Ÿ˜† ๐Ÿ˜† ๐Ÿ˜‰

                  • June 27, 2013 at 11:40 am

                    You have got style! Suddenly yesterday seems much more productive! I think we could market this system, vc! (See, now my list will read “Explored new income opportunities”!)

                    • 147 vcprezofan2
                      June 27, 2013 at 11:44 am

                      โ€œExplored new income opportunitiesโ€!

                      There you go!!! ๐Ÿ˜† ๐Ÿ˜†

                      Very empowering your creative approach to list making. I am VERY HAPPY you shared it with me. Now when friends ask ‘ What did you DO today/ALL week?’ I know how to frame my answers. ๐Ÿ˜› THANKS!

                    • June 27, 2013 at 11:53 am

                      “Shared communication strategy with friend” Check.
                      By the way, your love of words and nuance comes through in every post you make. ๐Ÿ™‚

                    • 149 vcprezofan2
                      June 27, 2013 at 12:03 pm

                      ๐Ÿ˜ณ TY

                      I have no plans today to go anywhere except in front of my laptop, so your sharing your approach to the ‘To Do List’ has been quite timely and quite, quite mentally helpful. I wish I had been briefed on it before last night when a friend dropped by unexpectedly and asked what have I been doing – being so scarce and all. She had time to kill before picking up her teenager from work ๐Ÿ™„ so I missed being online for a good couple of hours. Sharing ALL I had done might have changed the tone of our visit some. ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜›

                    • June 27, 2013 at 12:26 pm

                      Haha! You’ll be prepared next time!

                    • 151 vcprezofan2
                      June 27, 2013 at 12:37 pm

                      ๐Ÿ˜› ๐Ÿ˜›

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