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Scottish Independence Referendum On Sept. 18, 2014 With SIMPLE Majority: I Fear Violence, Bloodshed & Ireland Redux.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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The-aftermath-of-an-IRA-car-bombing--which-killed-five-soldiers-and-seven-horses-in-Hyde-Park--London--20-July-1982-GETTY-IMAGES There are so, so many things wrong with this Referendum, morally, politically and logistically, BUT, indubitably, the most asinine aspect of it is that it will be decided by a SIMPLE majority — i.e., ONE VOTE either way will make the difference.

P1-BQ028_LIONDO_G_20140505180712That is crazy.

For something of this magnitude, with such far reaching consequences affecting millions, the majority should at least have been 60% — ideally a Supermajority of 66%.

It was way back in 1179 that it was decided that popes must be elected with a two-thirds majority [i.e., 66%] for the election to be valid. They knew even then that you needed at least 66% majority to have a credible MANDATE.

My fear is that we are now, 3 days ahead of the dreaded day, talking about “too close” to call. Basically 49-51.

One way or the other close to 50% of the electorate is going to feel they lost.

I know the Scots. In many ways I am one of them. I might have even been married to one, a bona fide article from Aberdeen — ‘common law’, albeit. They do have a bit of a ‘temper’ — with or without the ‘juice’.

It is NOT as if we, the Brits, are strangers to this stuff. We have had Ireland and I talk as one that lived through the ‘atrocities’ in England and London — even having been in Harrods, and parked on the same street, the day before!

I won’t even mention the partitioning of India and what a disaster it has been ever since — not to mention the cleaving off of Bangladesh.

Do I have to carry on. We have Ukraine as a very topical example and my earlier post that drew attention to that scenario was widely re-posted on the Web.

I am very happy and very proud that there has NOT been any violence in Scotland so far. That is, as we say, ‘brilliant’.

But ….

Past performance is no guarantee of future performance and we all know what the Scots can get up to.

This is so STUPID.

The simple majority was the stupid thing of the lot.

At least if a 60% majority had been called for, those that left would not feel as bad and cheated.


Colombian (Bogota Humana) Women’s Cycling Team Outfit: Funny, Provocative & I Am Sure Pictures Were ‘Doctored’.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Click to access coverage from the U.K. “The Guardian”. Google for more. Check the U.K. “Daily Mail”. They, as ever, have more pictures — better ones too.


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Of course as is to be expected I saw the story, online, this morning, around 8:40 am, on the U.K. “Daily Mail“, my all time favorite newspaper, when I was reading it, on my 10.2″ pad, while lying in bed, drinking my coffee ‘listening’ to CNN, BBC America World News (recorded) and CNBC. << Click here for “Daily Mail” coverage of this story. >>

Cracked me up. I knew that I would have to write about it.

My first reaction was “what were they thinking?”  This is hilarious even for Colombians and we don’t even have to start asking “what are they smoking?”  Reminded me immediately of the vulva-shaped stadium in Qatar.

But then when I was scrolling through the pictures it struck me that the costumes, or more to the point, the crucial parts of the costumes, don’t look exactly the same in all the images. That is why I used “The Guardian” coverage at the top. To me the uniforms look different in that picture, to the “Giro Toscanna” one shown above — where I have to admit ‘it all’ look pretty bad. As a cricketer it looks like these fairly decent looking women are wearing, what we call, a ‘box’.

But it is funny. But, then again, I find nearly all cycling shorts, whether on men or women, funny and in the case of men, I am convinced, that they cause some physiological, if not actual physical, issues.

Enjoy. 


I Am Very Cross That ‘Cross Insurance’ Is Closing Down The Alton, N.H. Office As Of October 2014.

crossinslogo1a Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Not sure how many folks are aware of this but ‘Cross Insurance’ (of Maine), that in the last few years bought up so many small, local insurance offices like ‘Wainwright Insurance’ of Alton, New Hampshire, now plans to close down the Alton office as of month-end October 2014. The Alton ‘business’ (and policies) are to be moved to Wolfeboro, N.H.

I am very cross about this on multiple fronts and have already fired off one of my patented ‘Anu is far from amused’ e-mails to the Cross Management — albeit mainly to do with my utter distress about losing my wonderful local agent Robin Lund — who pretty much walks on water, as far as I am concerned, on a daily basis.

This is another affront to Alton! Distressed me that we appear to lose businesses on Main Street rather than attracting more.

Plus this one-Wainwright office was GOOD: friendly, helpful and above all very competent. I know that a lot of Alton folks rely on them for insurance.

Yes, with e-mail etc. one can argue that you no longer really ‘brick-and-mortar’ (or in this case ‘wood-and-siding’) insurance offices, but it sure is nice to be able to interact with some real people when dealing with insurance matters.

I am Cross. Really Cross.

I could be mistaken, but I think I recall a letter or e-mail from Cross, when they bought out Wainwright, telling us how they will maintain, if not improve, the LOCAL service we had come to accept and rely on from Wainwright. I feel that they have let me down.

To be honest I have not been with them for that long. Maybe 4 years, possibly 5.

But during the last 2 years I didn’t bother to try and get any competitive prices — which as anyone who knows me will immediately know is very unlike me. I am not sure whether I was getting the CHEAPEST possible insurance BUT I was pretty sure I was getting decent value for money. When we did have an accident in June that proved to be the case. No hassle. No drama. We had a check in our grubby paws within 48 hours of the accident and it proved to be for a good amount! I am no stranger to Insurance. I have over the years known many agents and many agencies. Given the coverage we need and seek most companies are fairly happy to talk to me.

IF Cross does move the office and I lose Robin Lund as my agent, because Wolfeboro is too far for her to commute, I am no longer wedded to Cross. I know I can change. And if I have to I will change.

Cross Insurance really should not have made me cross. Never works out. I do not like being cross.


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