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Saturday, April 11, 2009


Originally uploaded by willinggabor

A great woman, 1898

A great woman, 1898
Originally uploaded by bobster1985
Photo of Eleanor Roosevelt, from the National Archives.

FDR says America must help Great Britain - 1940 film

This is an excerpt from Franklin D. Roosevelt's famous 'Arsenal of Democracy' speech, in which he explains why aiding Great Britain against Nazi Germany is so important to America's security.

I was born 10 years after FDR's death, so I have no memory of him, but through reading and watching films such as this I've come to believe that he was easily the greatest U.S. President of the 20th Century, with only Washington and Lincoln rivaling him in importance. He restored the nation's hope in its worst economic crisis ever, putting millions to work through government programs that did great things for this country. He helped keep Britain free by persuading a reluctant nation to support Lend-Lease programs. And as commander-in-chief, he successfully led America through a great war in Europe and the Pacific. The only man to serve more than two terms as president, FDR was a giant.

Jacques Brel

Jacques Brel
Originally uploaded by B.Mahmoud

Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Elizabeth Barrett Moulton-Barrett was born March 6, 1806, in Coxhoe Hall, Durham, England. In 1809, her father Edward, having made most of his considerable fortune from Jamaican sugar plantations which he inherited, bought "Hope End", a 500-acre (2.0 km2) estate near the Malvern Hills in Ledbury, Herefordshire, England. Elizabeth was the eldest of Edward and his wife Mary Graham-Clarke, who had 12 children. Elizabeth was educated at home, attending lessons with her brother's tutor and was consequently well educated for a girl of that time.

Her first poem on record is from the age of six or eight. The manuscript is currently in the Berg Collection of the New York Public Library, but the exact date is doubtful because the "2" in the date 1812 is written over something else that is scratched out. A long Homeric poem titled The Battle of Marathon was published when she was fourteen, her father paying for its publication. Barrett later referred to her first literary attempt as, "Pope's Homer done over again, or rather undone."

During her teen years, she read the principal Greek and Latin authors and Dante's Inferno in their original languages. Her appetite for knowledge led her to learn Hebrew and read the Old Testament from beginning to end. By the age of twelve, she had written an "epic" poem consisting of four books of rhyming couplets.

(Source: Wikipedia)

Suzanna Arundhati Roy

Suzanna Arundhati Roy (born 24 November 1961) is an Indian writer and activist who won the Booker Prize in 1997 for her novel, The God of Small Things, and in 2002, the Lannan Cultural Freedom Prize.

Roy was born in Shillong, Meghalaya,India, to a Keralite Syrian Christian mother, the women's rights activist Mary Roy, and a Bengali father, a tea planter by profession. She spent her childhood in Aymanam in Kerala, and went to school at Corpus Christi, Kottayam, followed by the Lawrence School, Lovedale, in Nilgiris, Tamil Nadu. She then studied architecture at the School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi, where she met her first husband, architect Gerard da Cunha.

Roy met her second husband, filmmaker Pradip Krishen, in 1984, and played a village girl in his award-winning movie Massey Sahib. Until made financially stable by the success of her novel The God of Small Things, she worked various jobs, including running aerobics classes at New Delhi five-star hotels. Roy is a niece of prominent media personality Prannoy Roy, the head of the leading Indian TV media group NDTV, and lives in New Delhi.

Early in her career, Roy worked for television and movies. She wrote the screenplays for In Which Annie Gives It Those Ones (1989), a movie based on her experiences as a student of architecture, directed by her current husband, and Electric Moon (1992); in both she also appeared as a performer. Roy attracted attention when she criticised Shekhar Kapur's film Bandit Queen, based on the life of Phoolan Devi, charging Kapur with exploiting Devi and misrepresenting both her life and its meaning.

Roy began writing her first novel, The God of Small Things, in 1992, completing it in 1996. The book is semi-autobiographical and a major part captures her childhood experiences in Ayemenem or Aymanam.

The book received the 1997 Booker Prize for Fiction and was listed as one of the New York Times Notable Books of the Year for 1997.It reached fourth position on the New York Times Bestsellers list for Independent Fiction. From the beginning, the book was also a commercial success: Roy received half a million pounds as an advance, and rights to the book were sold in 21 countries.

The God of Small Things received good reviews, for instance in The New York Times.

After the success of her novel, Roy has been working as a screenplay writer again, writing a television serial, The Banyan Tree,and the documentary DAM/AGE: A Film with Arundhati Roy (2002).

In early 2007, Roy announced that she would begin work on a second novel.

Activism and advocacy
Since The God of Small Things Roy has devoted herself mainly to nonfiction and politics, publishing two more collections of essays, as well as working for social causes. She is a spokesperson of the anti-globalization/alter-globalization movement and a vehement critic of neo-imperialism and of the global policies of the United States. She also criticizes India's nuclear weapons policies and the approach to industrialization and rapid development as currently being practiced in India, including the Narmada Dam project and the power company Enron's activities in India.

(Source: Wikipedia)


It is time to have a group in flickr that acknowledges the greatness of man, whoever that man is, whether that person is a she or a he. What is important is that you perceive that person to be YOUR HERO.

YOUR HERO can be your neighbor next door who went out of their way when you and your family needed help the most. He or she can be the teacher in your school, your officemate, friend or a kin.

YOUR HERO can also be your family members, government leaders, writers, journalists and more.

YOUR HERO can also be yourself.

Share photos that speak of "heroism" done at any given moment in your life or in the lives of the people known to you.

You can also post the portraits and biographies of your heroes too.

This is the group that will acknowledge them for whatever positive things they have contributed to your community or to the world.