The psychobabbling food-loving seamstress.

Mansour Bahrami!

Posted in Uncategorized by Ambs on January 30, 2010

Where do I find good in other human beings?
I think it is my hope to see the best in all people no matter their background, or their circumstances.
Certain people shine a light, while others become the worst part of the system.
I’ve been sitting here reading about Mansour Bahrami, wondering if I think he is a coward, or an incredibly smart man, I think the latter.

While I think what is going on in Iran at the moment is incredible (RIP Arash Rahmanipour and Mohammad-Reza Ali-Zamani, and those who follow to such a despicable fate behind you), the citizens are incredible and so very brave.  I’m coming to the conclusion that sometimes in some situations it is best to keep your mouth shut and work from the inside out.
Also things that have made my ears prick up in recent times, and I’m looking for more information on, is the inquiry that Geoffrey Robertson QC is working on into the Iranian Prison Massacres of 1988-1989.
The complexities in Iran as outlined by Dr Robertson in the following video:

I would love to see more information from Geoffrey Robertson’s inquiry.

Away from those complexities, back to Mansour Bahrami, who I think is an incredible human being.
A man of 53, all he ever wanted to do as a young boy was play tennis, it was his passion.  He was a ball boy in Iran for many years, but was never allowed to play.  He did sneak out onto a court once and subsequently his racquet was broken, and he was severely beaten by a guard.
He resorted to learning the game, by watching players, and resorting to mimicking them with frying-pans or broom handles.
There came a time when the Iranian team was short of players, and Bahrami was allwed to play.  His talent was obvious from the start, he made it to the Davis Cup Tennis team by the time he was 16.
As the Islamic Revolution of the 1980s came down, so did the governments views on things that were viewed as having a western base.  The Tennis Courts were closed down, and Bahrami played backgammon for three years.
He so desperately wanted to leave Iran, that he fled with his life savings to France, which he unfortunately gambled away at a casino.
His singles days were behind him by this stage, but he did very well in Doubles, although this came from his inextricable thirst to entertain the crowd.
Bahrami gave up professional competition in the 1990s, but found a permanent home and niche on the champions tour in the early 90s.  His most memorable matches when being teamed up with Henri Leconte during doubles matches.
My favourite thing about Bahrami however is that despite all that he has been through, he has the most amazing sense of humour, and loves to entertain his audience, it’s a beautiful thing to watch.
But I think I’ll just let the video’s speak for themselves:

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