“Tot Facienda Parum Factum.” “So much to do, so little done.” These were the last words of Cecil John Rhodes on his deathbed and the motto of my High School, Prince Edward. I have often become quite exhausted at the thought of all the things I would like to have done/would like to do in my life that remains unaccomplished. Maybe Rhodes died with the same view in his mind. The exciting thing is this. Rhodes’s many achievements and scholarships were accomplished and are still being performed today without his presence. I hope that it will work out this way for me one day. Do you feel the same way?
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I was all of twelve years old and very impressionable; we were in 1954 Southern Rhodesia, an exciting country, wide open spaces, not many towns and even these were spread, miles apart from one another.
My father was the sole representative for a brewing company and travelled around the country a great deal, often taking me on trips along with him during my school holidays.
As long as I live, I will never forget the sight of one of the greatest water falls in the world, Victoria Falls. That was such a notable experience that I remember writing an essay about it at school. I was fascinated by the history we were taught at school regarding David Livingstone who was the first European to discover the falls and Cecil John Rhodes after whom The Rhodesia’s were named.