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Posted: 15 Mar 09, 14:10 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Hey guys! I just want to share this with you...its a true life experience!

Around 10 days ago, thanks to a really virulent flu bug doing the rounds in college, I fell seriously ill..I had a fever of 101 degrees celcius, I couldn't eat, I couldn't sleep, I had absolutely no energy what so ever, in fact my parents even considered admitting me to hospital as they thought I had contracted pneumonia! I had to miss a week's worth of classes! And to add to all this, these past few weeks have been really stressful, what with seminars, research papers and projects to present, I thought I was in for a nervous break down! One thing I've come to realise is that persuing an M.A degree in Economics aint a joke! As luck would have it, a really important quiz was coming up and it formed a large part of the assessment and I thought that what with my illness and all the classes I had missed, I was bound to fail! Then, while trying to take a nap to get my fever down, my thoughts drifted to Freddie, more specifically his last days while suffering from AIDS related complications...I remembered something I read about the album Innuendo....Freddie was actually recording songs for the album from his death bed..I remembered reading about a conversation between Brian and Freddie which took place while they were recording the last studio album Innuendo...

Brian: "Fred, I don't think this is going to work!"

Freddie: "I can fuckin' do it darling!"

After recalling that, I thought to myself: "Wow! When a man suffering from the symptoms of one of the most deadliest diseases in the world (AIDS) has the grit and determination to record powerful ballads like "The Show Must Go On" and sing his heart out eventhough he knew that death was inevitable, why in the world can't I overcome my illness (a flu bug)and study hard for this so important quiz??!!"  With this in mind, I just concentrated on my preparation with all the energy I could muster and I attempted the quiz! And guess what???!! I got an A+!!!

Moral of the story: "Hard Work Never Goes To Waste!"

And

We need more people like Freddie Mercury in this world!

I know some of you might think its ridiculous to be inspired y a man who died 17+ years ago, but I beg to differ!
Freddie is a hero in my book! [img=/images/smiley/msn/regular_smile.gif][/img]   God bless you Freddie! May you rock on in heaven!!! [img=/images/smiley/msn/regular_smile.gif][/img]


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Posted: 15 Mar 09, 14:28 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Wow! First of all, congratulations on getting an A+ on your quiz. I'm not even a Queen die-hard but I liked your post. Seeing the topic title I was expecting this to be another run-of-the-mill post by an obsessed fan, but I was so wrong.

In my eyes too, Freddie was an inspirational hero. I admire those who march on till the bitter end. So he did and died in harness and became the salt of the earth.



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Posted: 15 Mar 09, 15:22 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

It's never ridiculous to get inspired. And it's never too hard to understand being inspired by the best. Congratulations for your exam.

Freddie is my hero of all times too.

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Eliza


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Posted: 15 Mar 09, 23:01 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

A very nice story, I'm glad I read your post!!!
Freddie is an inspiration to many people in this world as a professional in music and also as a human being he dedicated his life to do what he loved and always tried to give to best of him!!!
Think about it Freddie helped you to get that great grade, you are a very lucky guy!!!
Cheers!!!



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Posted: 15 Mar 09, 23:12 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

It's me again, the page is not working properly so I couldn't edit my previous post!!
You are a very lucky girl!!!
I didn't payed much attention to the name of the person that started the topic!!!
Cheers again!!!


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Posted: 16 Mar 09, 01:14 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Brilliant post.

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Posted: 16 Mar 09, 02:08 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Very inspiring story. ^.^
Freddie is inspirational and he's one of my heroes as well.



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Posted: 16 Mar 09, 04:45 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Thanks for all the replies guys! Much appreciated! [img=/images/smiley/msn/regular_smile.gif][/img]


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Posted: 16 Mar 09, 13:18 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Freddie Mercury is my hero too.  He was such a determined man, with such a wonderful appetite for life.  Even in the face of death, he kept rocking with a grin on his face.


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Posted: 16 Mar 09, 15:16 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I'm not the kind of person who has heroes and idols and all this stuff. The only pics I have on the school's bedroom is from family. At home, I have a painting I did myself trying to replicate one of Isaac Newton's portraits - it's ugly and disastrous, but it's the hommage I could make to this man. Now it's there because people find it cute and it's part of my history, but it doesn't have much meaning to me anymore. :)

Your post is a witness of the extent to which Freddie's death turned him into a myth. He had the illness come to him - he knew it was there and yet he was not careful enough. He caused his own death and harmed, no doubt, many people who liked him.  

Fact is that, at the end of his life, and suffering the way he was, he did what many people I met in my life did: he didn't lose his bond with life. He was very attached to life. But that doesn't make him a hero, in my view: millions of people go through that, people we wouldn't even know the name if a friend didn't tell us or if it hadn't happened to someone we liked.

People might say I'm passing a moral judgement. It may be, because it is a moral question which is still relevant in the world today. Very relevant. 

I worked with poor local communities, and helped in hospitals too, and I saw people finding out meaning in their lives in the most delicate things one could imagine and, when confronted with pain and death, even if they had lived their lives in miserable conditions, they struggled hard to keep doing what was important to them and to give signs of life and fight for life. 

Is it possible that he knew or suspected he had the disease and even so didn't take enough precaution not to pass it on to Jim? It is, I think, and asking it is fair, to my mind, because it's a relevant moral question when it comes to such an influential figure as Freddie: a question which is still very important and affect thousands of lives around the world in the exact same way.

I hope you don't need to remind of people almost dying to get over a flu and do your job, which is studying and struggling hard for what you want. In my mind, it's a duty everyone has to himself: fighting for your goals and valuing your own life. 

We, and I include myself here, often use perfectly manageable illnesses as a pretext to just give up.
 
I hope I didn't sound harsh. I'm just sharing my experience and sometimes it's helpful, sometimes it's not. 

In any case, congratulations for the A + !!! 

I'm happy for you. Many times I had to play or study while trying to overcome a flu or something like that. Sometimes it was even funny. Tiresome, yes, but always made me feel better and helped me feel stronger and, more importantly, happier! :))

Of course, it only applies to this kind of mild illness which we can manage without lying in the bed the whole day - just part of it - and taking a huge amount of medication.
 
Best regards! 
  

 



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Posted: 16 Mar 09, 17:06 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Saif wrote : "Seeing the topic title I was expecting this to be another run-of-the-mill post by an obsessed fan, but I was so wrong."

I don't get you... what the fuck is wrong with being a die hard fan of Freddie Mercury... it' a bloody Queen Forum. You say it as if these people have a problem? If you don't like hearing about people's fascination with Freddie Mercury then GTF!

You really are an odd ball... you've said before that you used to be obsessed with Queen, so why the fuck can't anyone else be without you judging them? Think about if before replying, how rude do you sound? How hypocritical do you sound? I;m not just having a go for the sake of it remember, I am honestly baffled to why you keep taking digs at people on a Queen forum for thinking Queen were the best band ever or that FM was the best singer. Sure there are many other great great artists that i love listening tooout there, but if someone else decides that Queen were THE best and that nobody gets close to them then that's there fucking personal opinion.

I love Queen. I listen to them EVERY DAY and have done for the last 17 years. I think FM was the best thing that ever happened to music. I can't think of any other entertainer that makes me feel as happy as FM did? So should I get the SAIF vote of disapproval? Grow the fuck up.


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Posted: 16 Mar 09, 18:29 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Hey Emma :)

That's awsome that you felt inspired!! Just between you and me...I think Freddie has inspired many a soul including myself. He is one special spirit!
Congratulations on the A+! [img=/images/smiley/msn/teeth_smile.gif][/img]



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Posted: 16 Mar 09, 20:26 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Hi Emma!,

You know, I had misread your post and thought you were talking about something that had happened 10 YEARS ago, and was thinking it was a little silly everyone congratulating you since it has been so long ago... then as I saw everyone was saying the same, I thought I might have read it wrong... so... Congratulations for your A+![img=/images/smiley/msn/thumbs_up.gif][/img] .

I think I know what you mean, you know?.  I am a fan of Queen since some months ago... and reading about how he kept writing music and playing music until the end...  it's inspiring, indeed, and I find it really challenging as well, you know?.  It really got me thinking about my life, it made me wonder if what I am doing with my life is really something that I love SO much that it is what I would want to keep on doing if I would find out that I have only some years or months left.  If what I'm doing is really what want to do the most.  It made me want so much to do what I really want to do and to find out what is that I want to do!.
I don't know, one takes so many other things into consideration... money, for example.  I'm studying law and I am into heavy doubt to pay for it, so I couldn't just leave it because I wouldn't have money to pay the loans.  And my parents will need money.  And I think I might like to work in things like human rights, animal rights or ecologist organizations... but they wouldn't pay much (if anything at all), so I don't know if I will be able to...
I'm not saying I don't want to be a lawyer, I think I do, it's a decision I made on my own quite some years ago...  but thinking about Freddie - how it seems he just decided he was gonna be a "rock star" and that was it... and by any account he was a shy, insecure person, so he was not the kind of person that you would expect to do something like that AND be that successful... - has made me wonder if maybe I haven't discarded other possibilities simply because I thought I couldn't do it, that it just "wasn't my thing" or whatever...

Well, so he got me into quite a vocational crisis, really [img=/images/smiley/msn/regular_smile.gif][/img] .

I'm rambling far too much!.


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Posted: 16 Mar 09, 21:37 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Calm the fuck down dude(Disabled Jester). I have no problem with people thinking Queen is the best band ever so long as it doesn't border on Treasure Moment level of obsessiveness.



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Posted: 17 Mar 09, 04:40 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote



 



Yara wrote:



I'm not the kind of person who has heroes and idols and all this stuff. The only pics I have on the school's bedroom is from family. At home, I have a painting I did myself trying to replicate one of Isaac Newton's portraits - it's ugly and disastrous, but it's the hommage I could make to this man. Now it's there because people find it cute and it's part of my history, but it doesn't have much meaning to me anymore. :)

Your post is a witness of the extent to which Freddie's death turned him into a myth. He had the illness come to him - he knew it was there and yet he was not careful enough. He caused his own death and harmed, no doubt, many people who liked him.  

Fact is that, at the end of his life, and suffering the way he was, he did what many people I met in my life did: he didn't lose his bond with life. He was very attached to life. But that doesn't make him a hero, in my view: millions of people go through that, people we wouldn't even know the name if a friend didn't tell us or if it hadn't happened to someone we liked.

People might say I'm passing a moral judgement. It may be, because it is a moral question which is still relevant in the world today. Very relevant. 

I worked with poor local communities, and helped in hospitals too, and I saw people finding out meaning in their lives in the most delicate things one could imagine and, when confronted with pain and death, even if they had lived their lives in miserable conditions, they struggled hard to keep doing what was important to them and to give signs of life and fight for life. 

Is it possible that he knew or suspected he had the disease and even so didn't take enough precaution not to pass it on to Jim? It is, I think, and asking it is fair, to my mind, because it's a relevant moral question when it comes to such an influential figure as Freddie: a question which is still very important and affect thousands of lives around the world in the exact same way.

I hope you don't need to remind of people almost dying to get over a flu and do your job, which is studying and struggling hard for what you want. In my mind, it's a duty everyone has to himself: fighting for your goals and valuing your own life. 

We, and I include myself here, often use perfectly manageable illnesses as a pretext to just give up.
 
I hope I didn't sound harsh. I'm just sharing my experience and sometimes it's helpful, sometimes it's not. 

In any case, congratulations for the A + !!! 

I'm happy for you. Many times I had to play or study while trying to overcome a flu or something like that. Sometimes it was even funny. Tiresome, yes, but always made me feel better and helped me feel stronger and, more importantly, happier! :))

Of course, it only applies to this kind of mild illness which we can manage without lying in the bed the whole day - just part of it - and taking a huge amount of medication.
 
Best regards! 
  

 




Hello Yara, just so you know, my posting this had nothing to do with me whinning about my illness or complaining...I just wanted to express myself by saying that Freddie is my hero as I got the grit and determinaion to get through the day and do weel in my college work! I just wanted to praise Freddie and nothing else!






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Posted: 17 Mar 09, 15:54 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote



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Saif wrote : "Seeing the topic title I was expecting this to be another run-of-the-mill post by an obsessed fan, but I was so wrong."

I don't get you... what the fuck is wrong with being a die hard fan of Freddie Mercury... it' a bloody Queen Forum. You say it as if these people have a problem? If you don't like hearing about people's fascination with Freddie Mercury then GTF!

You really are an odd ball... you've said before that you used to be obsessed with Queen, so why the fuck can't anyone else be without you judging them? Think about if before replying, how rude do you sound? How hypocritical do you sound? I;m not just having a go for the sake of it remember, I am honestly baffled to why you keep taking digs at people on a Queen forum for thinking Queen were the best band ever or that FM was the best singer. Sure there are many other great great artists that i love listening tooout there, but if someone else decides that Queen were THE best and that nobody gets close to them then that's there fucking personal opinion.

I love Queen. I listen to them EVERY DAY and have done for the last 17 years. I think FM was the best thing that ever happened to music. I can't think of any other entertainer that makes me feel as happy as FM did? So should I get the SAIF vote of disapproval? Grow the fuck up.


Stop that. You sound ridiculous.








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Posted: 17 Mar 09, 19:35 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Idolizing Freddie Mercury is a personal opinion Yara.He's a Icon,loving him or admiring him is a universal emotion,that cannot be control by anyone.You have your own opinion,its yours but give freedom to others for their  own expression...


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Posted: 17 Mar 09, 21:37 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Hi, dear. Of course! In no way I wanted to imply that she's not...entitled to her own feelings and views! God forbid! I don't want to control anything - on the contrary, I found her post so interesting that I felt myself comfortable enough to share my personal experience too. I found it really great.
I'm all for emma expressing her feelings and views about Freddie. Seeing how differently people from various parts of the world relate to the same subject is exciting and I hope there were more sensitive, delicate and interesting posts like that!
Way to go, Emma!
And congrats again for the A + ! : -))))


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Posted: 18 Mar 09, 09:58 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I tend to look up to people like Carl Sagan, Bill Hicks, Bruce Lee, for varying reasons. 
Freddie's not exactly one of my 'heroes', but you could choose far worse...  he definitely qualifies as unique and inspiring.


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