page 13 - NMF_File-15_085

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NMPP-PC-NMPP-PC-2009/5.2-5.2.12-13

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NMF_File-15_085

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  • ? (Creation)

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Inside pages; 1 image

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(18 July 1918-5 December 2013)

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Deposited by Nelson Mandela

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Inside 2 pages of the 1990 CNA diary. Mandela wrote on 13 January 1990

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Access by permission of the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory

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Flock of ducks walks clumsily into the lounge and loiter about
apparently unaware of my presence. Males with loud colours,
but keeping their dignity and not behaving like playboys.
Moments later they become aware of my presence. If they
got a shock they endured it with grace. Nevertheless, I detect
some invisible feeling of unease on their part. It seems as if
their consciences are worrying them, and although I feared that
very soon their droppings will decorate the expensive carpet,
I derive some satisfaction when I notice that their consciences
are worrying them. Suddenly they squawk repeatedly and
then file out. I was relieved. They behave far better than my
grandchildren. They always leave the house upside down.

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