The Genie out of the Lamp

My Heros

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Here I let you in on the people that I most admire and why.

Desmond Tutu

Archbishop Desmond Tutu These days I think most people think about Nelson Mandela when they think about what was happening in South Africa in the struggle against Apartheid. And yet, my memories are mainly about listening to Artchbishop Desmond Tutu being the voice against the regime in the 1970s and 1980s. While Nelson Mandela was in jail, Archbishop Desmond Tutu was the one that carried the struggle against this tyrany. Despite knowing what could happen to him, he continued to battle against the white government and in the end won the day. He deserves far more of the credit for resolving this than most people give him credit for.

He has also put his name to the Desmond Tutu Peace Foundation.

Margaret Thatcher

Margaret Thatcher Mikhail Gorbachev I am old enough to remember what a bad state the UK was in in 1979 at the point that Mrs Thatcher came to power. What Britain so needed at that point was strong leadership to fight the control that the unions were exerting over a powerless Labour government. And she did just that and made everyone feel proud to be British again. To do this she had to make a lot of very unpopular decisions and despite being very unpopular at times, she had the strength of her convictions and drive to see them through. She also helped end the cold war, with Michail Gorbachev (who I also admire a great deal) and Ronald Reagan.

Lisa Simpson

Lisa Simpson I am not a great fan of The Simpsons and my best friend is, so I have seen a few episodes.
Lisa is one of my heroines as she shows that is ok to be female and smart. And her and I have a lot of similar values as well as a fair amount in common as well.
Lisa Simpson picture: The Simpsons TM and (c) 1999 20th Century Fox Film Corp., USA. All Rights Reserved.