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December 31, 2012


The new South African flag against the back-drop of Table Mountain




For a shining moment on a brilliant day, the country that had been disowned by the world became its favourite child.

At the Presidential inauguration at the imposing Union Buildings in Pretoria, South Africans of different races, strangers in so many ways, came face to face with the gulfs their history had created…togther with the means to bridge them.

Nelson Mandela opened with the words:
“We enter into a covenant that we shall build a society in which all South Africans, both black and white, will be able to walk tall…a rainbow nation at peace with itself and the world.
The new President urged forgiveness in Afrikaans, a language viewed by many black people as ‘the language of the opressor’: “Wat is verby is verby.” (‘what is past, is past’).
So let us now work together to make this country a great country. However, be patient. Riches will not come overnight and could take as long as a decade. There is no easy road to freedom. We must therefore act together as a united people, for national reconciliation, for nation building, for the birth of a new world.

We have triumphed in the effort to implant hope in the breasts of the millions of our people. Their dreams have become reality. Freedom is their reward.”

To resounding applause and cheers, the new President of the Republic of South Africa closed with the words:
“The moment to bridge the chasms that divide us has come. The time to build is now upon us.”

United States Vice President Al Gore endorsed the bright light,
that was the spark of hope in the birth of a new nation:
“This inaugeration ceremony of your new President has been  a resounding success for South Africa, and an example to the world of potential race reconciliation. However, the pressure is now on the citizens of South Africa to become a shining example to disasters in other countries, like Mozambique, Angola, Haiti, Rwanda, Bosnia and the like (and now especially Iraq, Somalia, and Sudan). The nation that was pariah will now become a beacon of hope to the world. It will allow us the opportunity to hope in a world, which often crushes hope”,
(as adapted from a report in the Argus, May 11th 1994 by Shaun Johnson, Kaizer Nyatsumba and Chris Whitfield)

thanks, dearest mom (your spirit will live on forever)


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“Violence breeds violence, repression brings retaliation, and only a cleansing of our whole society can remove this sickness from our soul.” So eulogises Robert Kennedy after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr in April 1998.


The political process can and needs desperately to change.
The leaders need new horizons and the critical issue is having the political will to reduce violence on both sides. More freedom of movement will reduce poverty.
This in turn will give rise to a new dawn of security and stability…for everyone, people and nations.


The military approach can never be productive in the long term. On the moral scale it was a disaster, as the endemic cycle  of violence only serves to feed hatreds that are already too fierce. You can’t use bullets and rockets to solve what is essentially a social and political problem. The solution, which we all agree is peace will never come from the barrel of a gun.

“I am what I am because of what we all are.”




The 20th century’s most remarkable humanitarians. Take inspiration from the African concept ‘ubuntu’. Each book is founded on the work and example of one of the 20th century’s most remarkable humanitarians. Royalties to Tygerburg Children’s Hospital and Philani Clinic in Cape Town, the beautiful ‘mother city’ of South Africa.

“And you shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.”
Jesus’s words in John 8:32
Our goal must be to illuminate the hearts and minds of humanity (through raising the collective consciousness) and offer a compelling alternate vision for the world – one that banishes the fanatical ideology of hatred to the darkness from which it emerged.”
– craig (as adapted from Wahid, former president of Indonesia)

(Our goal must be to illuminate the hearts and minds of humanity, and offer a compelling alternate vision of Islam, one that banishes the fanatical ideology of hatred to the darkness from which it emerged.”
Wahid, former president of Indonesia)

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“Some people come into our lives, stay for a while and leave footprints on our hearts.”

To live on in hearts we leave behind
is not to leave at all.

What can I do?: If all of us make a small ripple, this would turn into a torrent.

“Success is being the YOU that you want to be.”

“There are are only two ways to live life”, wrote Albert Einstein. “One is as though nothing were a miracle. The other is though everything were a miracle.”

“Some men see things as they are and ask ‘Why?’.
I dream of things that never were and say: ‘Why not!’”
– Robert Kennedy

“And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.”
– TS Eliot (‘Four Quartets’)

“An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individual concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.”
– Dr Martin Luther King Junior

To build a better world,
although you are small,
just build a better you.



Lions Head, Cape Town, the beautiful Mother City of South Africa with Table Bay and Robben Island in the distance (where Nelson Mandela, “a true champion of justice, peace and reconciliation” made huge sacrifices being imprisoned all those long years in his pursuit of his cause, his ideals, his dream for a “unified Beloved Country”)

“The greatest mountain we need to climb lies in our our own minds”. It’s not the highest mountain that we conquer, but ourselves, our own mentality. Overcoming perceived limits to reach (attain) the pinnacle of our own minds.”

– craig (as inspired by the words of Sir Edmund Hillary, conquerer of Mount Everest (1919-2008) 

“It always seems impossible…
until it get’s done.”
– Nelson Mandela (Madiba his clan name as he is affectionately known by South Africans)

The Choice (from a New Book by Craig Lock)

December 30, 2012

                      Helicopter Ride Perth Western Australia

This is a helicopter ride over Perth Western Australia on Heli West. It goes over the city up to Hillarys, Scarborough beach, Cottesloe beach

Perth – Australia

Official Video from Western Australia State, showing the wonderful city of Perth. (video from

Move to Australia? – Move to Perth – Views from Kings Park

Move to Australia? – Move to Perth Promo

See what life is like in Perth, Australia. Jobs, climate, houses, schools – a picture says a thousand words! Tessa Steven a UK migrant has filmed


December 18, 2012

SA NEW rainbowAngolan Dawn (kindle)



Craig’s various novels on South Africa have led him to this point “on the writing journey”




 Angolan Dawn by Craig Lock (Jan 31, 2012)




The various books* that Craig “felt inspired to write” are available at: and
* Hard copies and e-books – fiction and non-fiction: novels on South Africa, self help, personal growth, inspiration, travel, humour and money books.
All proceeds go to needy and underprivileged children – MINE!


December 15, 2012

Seven Great Quotes from Nelson Mandela’s Auto-biography ‘Long Walk to Freedom’

December 13, 2012


Picture: Nelson  Mandela age 19

Article Title: Seven Great Quotes from Nelson Mandela’s Auto-biography ‘Long Walk to Freedom’
Shared by: Craig Lock

Key Words (Tags): Nelson Mandela, Inspirational Quotes, Inspiration, Inspirational books, Africa, Asia, China, Israel, Middle East, Palestine, Politics, South Africa, Tibet

(enough there now)

Web sites:

The submitter’s blogs (with extracts from his various writings: articles, books and new manuscripts) are at


(obsessive or WHAT!)
Publishing Guidelines
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Seven Great Quotes from Nelson Mandela’s Auto-biography ‘Long Walk to Freedom’

Submitter’s Note:
I’m passing on these thoughts from this ícon of magnanimity…and am forever touched by and am eternally grateful for ‘Madiba’s’ (his clan name as most South Africans affectionately term the great man) immense generosity and nobility of spirit.

Craig’s brand new e-book A Tribute to Nelson Mandela (Madiba) is already available at


1. The nature of freedom

“A man who takes away another man’s freedom is a prisoner of hatred, he is locked behind the bars of prejudice and narrow-mindedness. I am not truly free if I am taking away someone else’s freedom, just as surely as I am not free when my freedom is taken from me. The oppressed and the oppressor alike are robbed of their humanity…. For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others

2. Inequality

“A nation should not be judged by how it treats its highest citizens, but it’s lowest ones…”

3. The importance of majority rule

“Majority rule and internal peace are like the two sides of a single coin, and white South Africa simply has to accept that there will never be peace and stability in this country until the principle is fully applied.” – from a letter Mandela wrote to Pieter W. Botha, while still in prison.

What if this concept was true in Israel-Palestine, too??!!!

4. The power of music

“The curious beauty of African music is that it uplifts even as it tells a sad tale. You may be poor, you may have only a ramshackle house, you may have lost your job, but that song gives you hope… [African music] can ignite the political resolve of those who might otherwise be indifferent to politics.”

Music is very powerful

5. The beauty of a stolen land

“From Durban I drove south along the coast past Port Shepstone and Port St. Johns, small and lovely colonial towns that dotted the shimmering beaches fronting the Indian Ocean. While mesmerized by the beauty of the area, I was constantly rebuked by the buildings and streets that bear the names of white imperialists who suppressed the very people whose names belonged there.”

6. Newspapers

“Although I read a variety of newspapers from around the country, newspapers are only a poor shadow of reality; their information is important to a freedom fighter not because it reveals the truth, but because it discloses the biases and perceptions of both those who produce the paper and those who read it.”

7. Violence

“A freedom fighter learns the hard way that it is the oppressor who defines the nature of the struggle, and the oppressed is often left no recourse but to use methods that mirror those of the oppressor. At a certain point, one can only fight fire with fire.”

from Nelson Mandela’s Auto-biography ‘Long Walk to Freedom’

Thank you, Madiba for everything you have done, for the immense sacrifices you have made in your personal life in pursuit of a free and democratic, a better New South Africa for all its diverse inhabitants
Shared by Craig Lock (“Information and Inspiration Distributer, Incorrigible Encourager and People-builder”)

‘Many tiny (yet significant) steps by many órdinary’ (what’s that!) people will ultimately reach their destination, their unique destinies.’

‘The seemingly impossible journey of a thousand miles on the long march to peace starts with a single tiny step.’
– craig

‘Education is`the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.’
– Nelson Mandela

About the submitter:
Craig believes in (and loves) sharing information and insights to try to make a difference in the world: to help and especially encourage people along life’s magical journey … and that brings him the greatest joy.

Craig’s brand new e-book A Tribute to Nelson Mandela (Madiba) is already available at

The various books* that Craig “felt inspired to write” are available at:

His latest novels ‘The Awakened Spirit’ and ‘From Seeds of Hate to the Bonds of Love’, based on some true and inspiring stories of the unquenchable, the indomitable human spirit, that lies within each one of us. Stories of ‘Endless Possibilities, Far and Unlimited (Grand) Horizons’ and these books are already available at
The submitter’s blogs (with extracts from his various writings: articles, books and new manuscripts) are at and

(obsessive or WHAT!)
“Together, one mind, one soul, one small stepMANdela (first trip to London 1962) at a time, let’s see how many people we can impact, empower, encourage and perhaps even inspire to reach their fullest potentials. Change YOUR world and you help change THE world.”

“If you think you’re too small to have an impact, try going to bed with a mosquito.”

(Anita Roddick, Founder of the Bodyshop  

Madiba (his clan name as most South Africans affectionately term the great man) on his first visit visit to London in 1962

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December 8, 2012

Nelson Mandela: My Inspiration (and "Inspirator")

Article Title: A Tribute (Short) to Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King and and Sharing a few Thoughts on Reconciliation, Forgiveness and Peace
Submitted by: Craig Lock
Category/Subject: Nelson Mandela, ‘Madiba’, Martin Luther King, Desmond Tutu, forgiveness, peace, social and political issues/problems

Craig’s new blog with thoughts and extracts from various writings is at and

Other Articles are available at: and (Personal growth, self help, writing, internet marketing, ‘spiritual writings’ (how ‘airey-fairey’), words of inspiration and money management (how boring now, craig!)
Publishing Guidelines:
These thoughts (as with all my articles) may be freely published, electronically or in print
“Those who say that religion has nothing to do with politics, don’t know what religion is.”
– Mahatma (Mohandas) Gandhi
Like Mohandas Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jnr stood for the universal rights of humanity.
“Martin Luther King had developed a sophistocated strategy of war fought with race, not…

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