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Haile Selase was a humanitarian and I am proud of his Legacy and as a part of my history.
Any who may wish to profit himself alone from the knowledge given him rather than serve others through the knowledge he has gained from learning is betraying knowledge and rendering it worthless.
H.I.M Haile Selassie
As a true heart rastafarian I was a little suprised to hear of H.I.M's time in Birmingham.
I knew of his time in Bath in the 1940's.
I find it intruiging that he came so close to my dwellings.
Him every inch a king despite the attempts of the media to tarnish his name. everything about the emperor paints a picture of a positive man who cared for his people.
My name is Eddie Price and I now live in Malvern.
In 1944 I and 5 other Armament Staff Sergeants were posted to Malvern for a few weeks.
Walking on the hills one day we came across two young girls being troubled by a flock of sheep. They were very scared and Jack Marshall drove the sheep away.
We were most surprised to find that the girls were Haile Selasie' daughters.
Check out the White Hart Hotel in Okehampton Devon. Haile Selassie stayed there for some time and there are some great photos in the lobby and corridors of the hotel.
I know people who are connected to Haile Selassie's family in England and know Ruth Desta, his granddaughter, whose photo was on the programme.
She went to the Christian Girls Boarding school in Malvern which was run by my friend's aunt, and she was the guardian for Selasssie's grandddaughters.
As a youngster living in Newbridge Rd, Bath, Haile Selassie lived in a large estate about a quarter or maybe a half mile away from me.
I used to see him taking his animal (leopard, I think) for a walk on a lead. Thought you might be interested this.
Perhaps the area has changed since last I saw it (during the Second World War), but I'm sure I could now find it.
Benjamin may already know about Wilfred Thesiger, featured by BBC radio 4 in the last year or so.
I have just read his autobiography - a boys-own old school adventurer who attended Emporer Haile Selassies coronation and was a personal friend. He is, I think still alive.
"The life of My Choice" is a fascinating read, evoking VERY differnet times.
I first came across this story by reading the book "An Idler on the Shropshire Borders" by Ida Gandy.
Haile Selassie's visit to Walcot Park in Shropshire is mentioned on Page 31. The question that arose in my mind was "Why Malverm and Why Shropshire ?"
Of all the places in the country, why did he choose this area in which to spend his exile.
I might have a part of the answer. There may be a connection here with the explorer Wilfred Thesiger who was born in Abyssinia and knew the Emperor personally.
In Michael Asher's biography of Thesiger he states that Thesiger did meet the Emperor in London when he arrived first in exile.
this would be an interesting avenue to explore especially as Wilfred Thesiger is still alive (I think) and might help if the BBC was to make contact with him. Thant's if you wanted to pursue this story further!