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Another battle that should have been but never was.

this time I bring to of history’s greatest women leaders Margret Thatcher and Cleopatra the iron lady and the snake charmer, but what is a proper test of their power their cunning and their spirit you ask why what else, but a game of tennis!


but first a quick look at their history to see which will come out on top

Margaret Thatcher born 13 October 1925 science degree  in chemistry barrister and first female british prime minister. she has a legendary reputation as an unbreakable will and intense mind as shown by this

“The Russians are bent on world dominance, and they are rapidly acquiring the means to become the most powerful imperial nation the world has seen. The men in the Soviet Politburo do not have to worry about the ebb and flow of public opinion. They put guns before butter, while we put just about everything before guns”

remembered as a hero or villain depending on what side of government you sit, she had undoubtably will and desire but being an academic and Pollition would she have the physical physic to win a game of tennis against…


Cleopatra (Cleopatra VII) the last of the pharos and claimed to be the goddess Isis married her brother as well as Julius Ceaser and then Mark Antony, considered to be one of the most beautiful women who ever lived and killed herself by snake bite after the death of her third husband.

well we have a spoiled princess with a god complex V’s the Iron lady this is how i see the match playing out.

the first set would go to Cleopatra even as a pharaoh she comes from a tougher time and would have the physical advantage but Thatcher’s unkillable will would continue to test her and she would give up and Thatcher would win in three sets.


So this is the first of Epic Battles that should have happened, where I pit two great historical figures in an epic battle to once and for all decide who is the greatest.

First up: Mohammed Ali vs Gandhi

This would be to obvious a result if it were merely a fight.  No, it is in fact a debate pitting the smooth talking, the self-proclaimed, the prettiest and greatest against a soft-spoken man who started a revolution.

So to back up the credentials of these two great debaters we shall have a quick look at the history of each.

Mohammad Ali ‘The Greatest’

Born 17 January 1942

Three time heavyweight champion winner of gold in the 1960 olympics,  light heavyweight division he was drafted and refused to serve in the Vietnam war due to his objection of the war on religious grounds.  He had an amazing professional record of 56 wins 5 losses  and amaturer record of 100 wins 5 losses.

So to understand the eloquence of Ali here are some of his quotes:

“A man who views the world the same at fifty as he did at twenty has wasted thirty years of his life.”

“At home I am a nice guy: but I don’t want the world to know. Humble people, I’ve found, don’t get very far.”

“Hating people because of their color is wrong. And it doesn’t matter which color does the hating. It’s just plain wrong.”

“I am the astronaut of boxing. Joe Louis and Dempsey were just jet pilots. I’m in a world of my own.”

“I am the greatest, I said that even before I knew I was.”



Born 2 October 1869

Officially honoured as the Father of the Nation, started his history of non-violence in South Africa as a lawyer. He then became the starter of the non-violent revolution that eventually earned India it’s sovereignty.

And now some quotes:

“A ‘No’ uttered from the deepest conviction is better than a ‘Yes’ merely uttered to please, or worse, to avoid trouble.”

“A coward is incapable of exhibiting love; it is the prerogative of the brave.”

“A man who was completely innocent, offered himself as a sacrifice for the good of others, including his enemies, and became the ransom of the world. It was a perfect act.”

“A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history.”

“A weak man is just by accident. A strong but non-violent man is unjust by accident.”

So what is the outcome? Which of these men wins in a debate? While Gandhi undoubtably has the reverence and respect, but the pure charisma and quick wit of Ali wins out in the end.

Besides, if I was leader for non-violence, I’m not sure I’d start an argument with the greatest boxer of all time.