I can’t help but think about this phrase as I have been reading about poor Talitha. For those of you who haven’t heard about Talitha, it makes for interesting reading here in The Netherlands. In the press Talitha is best described as a ‘glamour model’, however with a display of spectacular stupidity she found herself to be in Tripoli as it was overtaken by the rebels. Talitha became convinced that she was going to be burnt alive, so she launched herself off of her hotel balcony, breaking her arm and injuring her back.
This of course begs the question “Why were you there”? Well Talitha was making use of her best asset and for the avoidance of doubt, that is not the space between her ears! You see Talitha was a very good “friend” with Gaddifi’s fifth son, having been his former girlfriend until she made the personally shocking discovery that she “was not the only woman in his life”. Of course the direct benefit of this friendship were jet setting holidays in the Caribbean, dinners in Monaco and weekends in Paris and London. Along the way Talitha was “showered with gifts”. This of course begs the question, “what exactly is it about Talitha that prompts such a generous response from Libyan playboys. Well it could be of course her considerable intellect which becomes apparent with revelations such as;
“Of course I knew that it was not right to spend so much money like that,” she said. “I asked him many times about the welfare of the Libyan people, and he said the schools and hospitals were free, that rice and flour were cheap. It was hard for me to judge life in Libya for ordinary people – I was always staying in a gilded cage when I visited. They looked happy enough.”
Call me a cynic, but suspect that it might be more closely related to what Talitha looks like stark naked and on all fours, but that is just me guessing. Anyway getting back to the central question, what would motivate someone with considerable talent to travel to Tripoli just as the city was about to be over-run? It would seem that Talitha was being driven by true altruism;
‘Assured by Mutassim that the regime was prevailing in its battle for survival, she was also hoping that he would help pay for treatment for her father, who has Alzheimer’s’.
Wonderful stuff, particularly living in a country where medical care is accessible to all.
Researching this a little further I found Talitha’s blogspot page which in itself is quite interesting. There is only the one entry dated August 16, but I was encouraged to learn that if I wanted a holiday in Ibiza I should contact Talitha and if I want to do business with her I should contact her via her linkedin account.
Life is always interesting 🙂