Meryl Streep’s Eulogy for Margaret Tatcher
Margaret Hilda Thatcher (13 October 1925 – 8 April 2013)
Margaret Thatcher was a pioneer, willingly or unwillingly, for the role of women in politics. It is hard to imagine a part of our current history that has not been affected by measures she put forward in the UK at the end of the 20th century. Her hard-nosed fiscal measures took a toll on the poor, and her hands-off approach to financial regulation led to great wealth for others. There is an argument that her steadfast, almost emotional loyalty to the pound sterling has helped the UK weather the storms of European monetary uncertainty.
But to me she was a figure of awe for her personal strength and grit. To have come up, legitimately, through the ranks of the British political system, class bound and gender phobic as it was, in the time that she did and the way that she did, was a formidable achievement. To have won it, not because she inherited position as the daughter of a great man, or the widow of an important man, but by dint of her own striving. To have withstood the special hatred and ridicule, unprecedented in my opinion, leveled in our time at a public figure who was not a mass murderer; and to have managed to keep her convictions attached to fervent ideals and ideas — wrongheaded or misguided as we might see them now — without corruption — I see that as evidence of some kind of greatness, worthy for the argument of history to settle.
“How often do you look back and really reflect on what you’ve done? The insignificance of it all. Pointless arguments. Inside jokes. Funny haircuts. But do you ever wonder how you’ll be remembered? Or if what you’ve done and what you’re doing means anything at all? What will your songs sound like when you’re dead and gone? Will tears fall when the last note is sung? And how will your story be told? Will your words leave a bitter taste in their mouths or will they even remember you at all?
Compassion. The concept is rather simple, most know what it means to be civil, but there truly is a fine line between sweet and sour.
Give too much of yourself away, and you’ll be all used up. Not enough, and no one will be around to share this with. So what is it that motivates us to be better, gentler, more refined, I’d like to think it’s those close to us, close to the heart and soul. Those who carried you to the car after you puked on their shoes, those who took the blame for breaking the window when it was you who cast the stone, those who will be by your side when reality knocks on your door both good and bad, but more importantly, those whose stories you will share with your kids, and grand kids and their kids and their grandkids in hopes to somehow keep this all alive.
Chivalry. Decency. Kindness. Compassion. Desire. Strength.
How will you be remembered?”
— John O’Callaghan, Said and Done
“I do believe in simplicity. It is astonishing as well as sad, how many trivial affairs even the wisest thinks he must attend to in a day; how singular an affair he thinks he must omit. When the mathematician would solve a difficult problem, he first frees the equation of all incumbrances, and reduces it to its simplest terms. So simplify the problem of life, distinguish the necessary and the real. Probe the earth to see where your main roots run. ”
― Henry David Thoreau
Like any morning, I would pick up my phone and start scrolling down the twitter timeline to catch a glimpse of what happened on the other side of the world. Today however, is no ordinary morning. My tweets are filled with Habemus Papam! An exclamation that a pope has been chosen!
Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio has been elected by the cardinals electors. His Eminence takes the name Pope Francis after a saint of peace and poverty. The first pope from Latin America. The first Jesuit to become pope.
Habemus Papam! We have a new pope!
ACI-KL Chapter warmly invites you to participate in Highest Early Strength Concrete Cube Competition – HESCCC 2013 on 19th and 20th April 2013 at UiTM Shah Alam. ACI-KL is organizing this event in collaboration with Concrete Society of Malaysia (CSM) and Universiti Teknologi Mara Malaysia (UiTM).
The details of the Competition and its rules and regulations are provided in the brochure. Also attached is the registration form. Please fill the registration form and send it back to us through email/fax by 28th March 2013. According to the program, since the casting of the concrete will be done on Friday the 19th April and the testing on Saturday morning the 20th April with the closing ceremony to be held on the same night, the participants are advised to arrange any accommodation to stay at Shah Alam at least for one night. For this purpose a list of available accommodations in Shah Alam is also attached. Students can also rent out the accommodations in UiTM hostels.
You can also visit our website www.acikl.com for furthur details and registration regarding HESCCC 2013.
You are also welcome to forward these details of competition to individuals or students at Universities and the Corporate sector.
Your gracious support will be much appreciated in making this event a success.
American Concrete Institute Kuala Lumpur Chapter