Friday, December 13, 2013

Selfie in Johannesburg


Photograph: Roberto Schmidt/AFP/Getty Images

No matter how famous (or infamous) you are, it would appear that few can resist the appeal of the selfie. At Tuesday's memorial service for Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg, three politicians who should know better but didn’t, cast aside the solemnity of the occasion by posing for a self-portrait and grinning like little tots in a kindergarten. 

Yup. Barack Obama, David Cameron and Helle Thorning-Schmidt (the Danish prime minister, in case you didn’t know) were the trio having a lark. On the other hand, Michelle Obama maintained her dignity and refused to join in the antics. 

The Obama-Cameron-Thorning-Schmidt selfie went viral online, leading to a backlash from some who felt it was inappropriate behavior for a funeral. But others remarked that the dignitaries were simply joining in the South African spirit of celebrating, rather than mourning, Mandela. 

I was on Level 25 of the Gardens South Tower in MidValley City – the Alcatel-Lucent Malaysia office – to attend the Metro Toastmasters meeting yesterday. It was great to meet up with old friends and I even delivered a speech (CC #3 – 13th round). A fun meeting was had by all especially since you have the comedic duo – Stephen Siow and Mohammad Shukur – together. However, members were delinquent insofar as time management is concerned. I would give this meeting a 6 over 10 score. 

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