Archive | February 3, 2017

Google Doodle For Ceylon/Sri Lanka ‘Independence Day’ 2017 — February 4.

by Anura Guruge

Permanent access, independent of date,
provided via the Google Doodle Archive.

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Use link on image to access Google original.


I got Sri Lanka its first ‘Independence Day‘ Google Doodle in 2013. That was, understandably, a BIG deal.

Then there was nothing, much to the chagrin of Sri Lankans, worldwide, in 2014.

There was an insipid Google Doodle in 2015 and Google called it ‘National Day’ — as it has done again.

C’est la vie.

The 2013 Google Doodle at MY request — and I have, published, proof.

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by Anura Guruge

Ahead Of February 4, 2017 Sri Lanka ‘Independence Day’ Some Drawings From 1950s Ceylon.

by Anura Guruge

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This drawings are Copyright protected.

Yes, these are MY drawings, in crayon, when I was about 6 or 7.

For those that are familiar with Ceylon/Sri Lanka the scenes should be recognizable! The beach, with the ships and a kite flyer is Galle Face, in Colombo.

The top picture is of Sri Lankan devil dancers.

A car on the 2nd floor of the house was NOT some aberration. That was actually the case. The house, the house that I lived in, was built on the side of a hill. So there was a level below the car porch, if you viewed the house from the back!

The hunter is a genuine Vedda — the original indigenous folks of the island. I had been out to see them.

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Donald Trump & Australia — Lets Not Forget That Australia Was Also An Ally In WW I.

by Anura Guruge

Over the last 2 days I have kept on hearing that Australia has fought alongside the U.S. in every war in since WW II.

Well, that OMITS the HUGE involvement of Australia in WW I — albeit fighting as part of the ‘British Empire‘. Nonetheless, it was Australians who fought and died.

Over 420,000 Australians served in the military during WW I
and over 60,000 DIED.


Click to access the Wikipedia entry.

I give you this haunting song which is about the sacrifice of an Australian soldier in WW I in Gallipoli.

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February 3, 2017: A Sad Day, 69th Anniversary Of Mahatma Gandhi’s Funeral.

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE. “Raj Ghat” in New Delhi: The memorial in – Memorial marking the cremation spot of Mahatma Gandhi

I only discovered a few years ago, quite accidentally, that February 3, 1948 had been the day of Mahatma Gandhi’s Funeral.

The following day, February 4, 1948 was Independence Day for Ceylon. I was looking for newspaper clippings from February 4, 1948 when I came across a picture of the funeral pyre from February 3.

I was quite taken aback.

His funeral pyre hardly had time to cool before Ceylon was celebrating its Independence. How ironic. We got our Independence on his back. India’s and Ceylon’s independence, 6 months apart, was essentially a joint deal, though it is never portrayed as such.

So, now, ahead of Independence Day I make a point of observing the anniversary of the GREAT MAN’s funeral.

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