I think it almost blasphemous to mention these two people in the one blog, but here goes.
My eldest granddaughter Caitlin, like millions of young girls the world over, simply adores Justin Bieber. It does not seem that long ago that Justin was a fresh-faced kid just starting out in the music industry, he came across as a lovely young man who was highly thought of by his peers and his fans, Ellen DeGeneres sang his praises for his charity work. Look at this boy now, a spoilt brat on a one way course to self-destruction like so many others before him. Many of his fans are too young to read about his antics, all they care about is the music and his “pretty” face which will soon fade if he continues on this path.
At the other end of the spectrum today the world lost a truly great man in Nelson Mandela. I remember at school learning about historic figures like Julius Caesar and Genghis Khan, in the years to come school children the world over will learn about Nelson Mandela, a hero not only to the people of South Africa but to everyone that believes in racial tolerance and freedom. The world is a better place for Nelson Mandela, and a poorer place for his passing. Rest in peace Madiba.
More in the news today about boat people, asylum seekers that have landed on Christmas Island in search of a better way of life, who can blame them. I hear all the knockers sprouting about the flaws in government policy, but just think about it, it is a big world out there and our navy cannot possibly be everywhere at once, boats are going to slip through. Get a grip.