Archive | November 12, 2013

Deanna Guruge: My Letter In ‘The Sun’ About Parent Participation In The Alton Central School (ACS) Strategic Planning Committee.


Deanna Guruge

Related posts:
>> Composition of ACS Strategic Planning
>> Committee
 — Nov. 11, 2013.
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Just because I am married to a man of letters does NOT mean that I can’t write my own letters and have my own opinions.

Check my Facebook where I have my own say
— and had words yesterday to say about folks that think that I am NOT capable of having my own opinions!
Yesterday’s post, as it said right at the top, was done at MY behest.

That might be the case with others, but NOT in our marriage.
My husband lets me have my own say and own opinions.

Click to ENLARGE. On Page 7 of Tuesday, November 12, 2013, 'The Daily Sun'.

Click to ENLARGE. On Page 7 of Tuesday, November 12, 2013, ‘The Daily Sun’.

Remembrance Day, Armistice Day, Poppy Day 2013 — A Final Look.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

.by Anura Guruge

Related posts:
1/ King George V’s ‘Great Silence’ proclamation … — July 9, 2013.
2/ Origins Of “Armistice Day” (a.k.a “Poppy Day”) — June 11, 2013.
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Please check dedicated ‘Red Poppy’ PAGE
above (↑↑) with tons of pictures and history.

Click on each image to original coverage.






Let us please conclude our honoring of Remembrance Day 2013 with a fine rendition of ‘The Last Post’, the British way.

Thank you for all of your interest of and support for my ‘Poppy Day‘ initiative. We had 3,000 hits on the last two days on just the ‘Poppy Day‘ posts
— and over 10,000 since November 1.
So that was worth it. Thank you.
Of course we will do it again in November 2014.

Click for quite brilliant British 'The Last Post' (American 'Taps) video from YouTube.

Click for quite brilliant British ‘The Last Post’ (American ‘Taps) video from YouTube.

Sri Lanka CHOGM 2013: Some Sri Lankans Appear To Oppose It Too, For Cost (& Corruption) Reasons I Think.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

.by Anura Guruge

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On average I get 3 to 4 e-mails a day from Sri Lankans, that I do not know, with various political, propaganda and op-ed messages. Some are in Sinhalese, which is a shame — because it is pearls before swine.
[I can no longer read Sinhalese though my first 10 grades of schooling was all in Sinhalese and I did ace an ‘A’, at A-level (from the University of London exam board), for Sinhalese in 1970 when I had to get at least an ‘O’-level in a second language in order to apply for any Universities in the U.K.]

Today I got an e-mail with a picture of malnourished kids, who I assume are meant to be Sri Lankan (though I am skeptical of that) alongside a fleet of what looks like bloody German Mercedes Benzes. Picture reproduced below. It had a link to a Facebook page ‘Ape Rata. OK. I am sure ‘Ape’ means ‘OUR’. My Sinhalese isn’t that rusty. And I think ‘Rata’ means ‘country’. So it, I think, means ‘Our Country’. I visited (and yes, given that computers were my life for over 40 years) I do have ways and means of getting to things I want — THOUGH I do not have a Facebook account (to Deanna’s increasing ‘annoyance’ or amusement).

Interesting Facebook. It is all in Sinhalese BUT the pictures are worth a MILLION RUPEES. They cracked me up. The guy with the moustache, in white (our national dress) with a red stole (like the pope, because his wife is Catholic) is the current President — the one that put an end to the three decades old civil war. I do not know him. I think he is the FIRST President that is a total stranger to me. I knew, personally, all of the early ones and even a fairly recent one. This one, I have no personal experience. I have heard good, bad and the ugly.

Well, the cartoons and pictures, all from facebook/aparata tell their own story. I think we can all work out what they are saying. I assume that they must have imposed a 7% tax to cover CHOGM costs. Yes, I had heard about the corruption — but the way I look at it is corruption is all around us and third-world countries like Sri Lanka learned from the best, the West. So, as I like to say, in my pidgin English: ‘It is like the pottle calling the kettle brown’.



Click any of the images to access facebook/aperata


If this is TRUE it is criminal. Why Sri Lankans like bloody German cars is beyond me. Yes, the Germans didn’t bomb us, the Japanese did. What can I say. I can’t apologize because I am not Sri Lankan anymore.


Not much more to add here. Make up your own minds. I really have no skin in the game here.

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