History of the World - something different from Rugby
January 25, 2013, 09:16:59
Under one of the threads Hakwa posted a pic of Bill Clinton about his affairs while President. Let me be more explicit on that one. The Republicans made a big song an dance about it - but I think it was really silly - since it was a real reflection about the history of powerful men and women through many centuries - and we all know that history repeats itself.
There is in fact no stronger aphrodasiac that power - it attracts people like nothing else - but it always had a major impact on wars and other undesriable elements. Lets get some examples from history:-
* Helen of Troy - the face that moved a thousand ships
* Anthony and Cleopatra
The Seven Year War during the 18 th century between Prussia, Austria and Russia resulted from a major insult by Frederick the Great of Prussia when he said that the Empresses Catherine the Great of Rusia and Maria Theresa of Austria were [removed]s. Not really complimentary was it - true in all respects of Catherine - but defnitely not of Maria Theresa. Maria Theresa had 16 children - but no affairs at all since she was like A girl as per Mozart - she was 5'1" tall and when she died she weighed 120 kgs. Nobody - but her husband would take on such a vast undertaking.
However, Catherine the Great was really something else. She had her husband murdered by generals she had affairs with and indications are that her son the later Tsar Paul - who succeeded her - was in fact the result of her affair with General Potemkin. Be it is it may - once she was Empress she really did her thing - she would line up the soldiers of her Guards in front of her bedroom and let them in one after another. If they failed to perform they would be sent to Siberia. Easy to dispose of resultant babies as well - they would be sent to America with nannies and some prominent American families have royal Russian ancestry.
The most famous philanderer of the 16th and 17th centuries were Henry IV of France - he was the leader of the Huguenots prior to becoming King of France and is specially cherished in SA History as a model king. He was known in France as Henry the Great - but that was partly due to his prowess in bed. He admitted that he was the father of 252 children with 49 mistresses - the first child being borne when he was 14 years of age. That after he had no children with his first wife - Margueriette of France - and he had to divorce her and marry a Medici princess to have legitimate children. His grandson was Charles II of England - who tried desperately to emulate his granfather's escapades - but could not really manage the vast success levels of his grandfather - but though he also had no children with his wife Catherine - there is quite a number of noble descendants around.
Now lets get to some more modern examples in the political sphere. When a new lady hit the social scene in Paris about 20 years ago - there was vast interest amongst the politicos in her. That lasted until they were informed that she was alredy a mistress of Jacques Chirac. He was the scoundrel that was with his misstress the night Princess Diana lost he life in a motor vehicle accident. The French Police tried to inform him of the situation - but he was missing. His wife knew where he was - but did not tell even the Police.
Then there was the classic remark of the Prince of Wales (Charles) that he does not want to be known in history as the first Prince of Wales that did not have affairs with mistresses. One of those were Camilla and looking at her he must have been desperate.
After this fine history lesson - lets get back to RUGBY. There is no doubt that top rugby players and other famous sportsmen are really classified as Powerful Men. The latest catch was McCaw - but the youngsters also have to watch out constantly - not to get caught. Etzebeth has to run for cover to stay out of the scandal sheets and has been quite successful in that. Le Clos's father realized that he could not fight fire - and he capitulated early. Beckham was in serious trouble at one stage and had to run for cover. The list is virtually endless and the danger of distraction from performance is evident. Dan Carter loves Cape Town - probably because of the cir[removed]stances similar to the one described in the next paragraph.
I can remember a famous rugby case that happened in the late 1960's. A French rugby side came to SA and on a Tuesday had to play a combined team of WP, Boland and SWD. On the Sunday before they collected all the most glamourous ladies of the night in Cape Town and send them into the hotel where the French was staying. By Tuesday the players were finished and they could not do anything like playing rugby - they lost by over 30 points. Problem was that in the first Test afterwards the same team gave the Springboks some real problems.
And then the All Blacks claim there was SUZIE - but nobody really think she was around.
The moral of the story is - don't over-indulge - it can lead to serious career and perfomance problems. After all history repeats itself - there has been nothing new for thousands of years and what happens today already happened previously.
And we can get Carter to be the future Backline coach of the Springboks!!!!!!!!