Dec. 19th, 2011

lloll4: ice lolly shaped like Mickey Mouse (woodpecker)
Vaclav Havel, first president of the Czech Republic, died on 18 December 2011. Obituary here.

I just.

I've never been to the Czech Republic (but reading about him made me want to). I'm not that interested in European politics. When I first learnt about how he became president (first of Czechoslovakia and then the Czech Republic), it was simply a fascinating, dramatic tale of how a absurdist playwright and dissident became the head of his country. I think just for that, he became one of my favourite politicians - if one can have favourite politicians.

Well. Good journey, Mr Havel.

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