Letters: A good head and a good heart
* Anyone who has grown up rearing stock among the rush-filled fields of the West of Ireland comes to view death as they do the rain. Sometimes it is an infernal nuisance and at other times a most welcome sight. It is as natural as sunshine and just as guaranteed.
Nelson Mandela felt what at his age – and given the political posturing at his bedside – must have been the welcome and soft touch of the Reaper's blade.
He had a full, eventful and politically inspirational life. He had children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and had a great age clocked up, as they say.