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In Sri Lanka Women May Not Be Allowed To Buy Alcohol, But They Can — And Have Been — President Or Prime Minister.

by Anura Guruge

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I did not know about this ban — or its reinstatement — until a friend e-mailed me a link Monday morning. It was all news to I. I never knew that there was such a ban — primarily because I have never tried to buy alcohol in Sri Lanka.

Anywho … anybody who thinks that this ban reflects badly on Sri Lanka’s treatment of women obviously is not familiar with what makes Sri Lanka truly GREAT.

The World’s first democratically elected female Head of State (i.e., Prime Minister)
— in 1960. My aunty Bandaranaike.

Got that. FIRST female Prime Minister in the World.

We have also had a female President.

I am sure Hillary Clinton would have gladly forgone her right to buy alcohol if she could have been President. {Smile}

Something else to consider. This ban is said to have been instituted in 1979 — by Sri Lanka’s increasingly rabid Buddhists.

OK. Since then there have been two female Heads of State (albeit mother and daughter). They obviously did not see this as a major women’s issue — i.e., being precluded from buying alcohol.

Yes, Sri Lankans are funny — real funny — about everything to do with alcohol.

It is a Buddhist thing — though all that Buddhism asks from you is that you TRY and refrain from partaking in intoxicating substances.

Growing up in Ceylon (the prior name of Sri Lanka) in the 1950s and 1960s, alcohol was a taboo subject among middle- and upper-class Sinhala buddhists (such as my adoptive family).

My adoptive parents (and grandparents) were genuine teetotalers. Alcohol was never served at our house — even when my adoptive father was an Ambassador in Paris (France) and Washington D.C. My parents really frowned upon those that drank and had a hard time coming to terms that I was basically a hopeless wino.

Some of my uncles drank — and we all knew of their penchant for drink. But, they drank in private! It was a crazy society.

Yes, women not being allowed to serve or make alcohol is a problem.

But, not being able to buy alcohol should not really be a problem. For all of our faults, Sri Lankan males tend to be a gallant, chivalrous and RANDY bunch of buggers. We would never dream of letting a female buy a drink. We would always get them one. {Smile}

So …

Not good, BUT not the end of the world.

Yes, Sri Lankan Buddhists are a dangerous bunch. I have said that before.

But, do NOT extrapolate this to mean that women are downtrodden in Sri Lanka.

Just remember. Just remember: Sirimavo Bandaranaike — the World’s first female prime minister.

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Donald Trump, Against-The-Grain, Makes Martin Luther King Jr. ‘Birthplace’ & HQ A ‘National Historic Park’.

by Anura Guruge

Click image to access CNN coverage. Google for more.

Click image to access the official ‘National Park Service’ pages.

Click to ENLARGE and read here. Wikipedia:

For a list of the other
“National Historic Parks” in the U.S.

With all of the other news swirling around Trump and Michael Wolff’s “Fire and Fury” book, this did not get that much coverage — on Monday, January 8, 2018.

To be fair, it is NOT as great and monumental as it sounds.

The original site has been a ‘National Historic Site‘ since October 10, 1980.

What Trump did was upgrade its status from ‘Site’ to ‘Park’ and extends its borders to include the Prince Hall Masonic Temple that King once used as an HQ.

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by Anura Guruge

Michael Wolff’s “Fire And Fury” Gets This “Fake News” Review On Amazon — Sounds Familiar?

by Anura Guruge

Click to ENLARGE and read here. Real review on Amazon. I kid you not. Go an check under the 1-star reviews.

I did buy the book yesterday
i.e., Friday, January 5, 2018,
as soon as it was available.

Click to ENLARGE.

I couldn’t wait.

Amazon does NOT have it in paper form!

So downloaded the Kindle.

I read about 12 pages this ‘morning’ — i.e., around 2 am, before I finally went to bed.


Couple of glaring — an editor should have spotted that — typos and the English is sometimes muddled and even incorrect. But most Americans will not notice the latter. {Smile}

I enjoyed what I read so far.

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Trump’s Telling “Dumped Like A Dog” Tweet — Who In The U.S. Dumps Dogs?

by Anura Guruge

Click to ENLARGE. Donald Trump TWEET from yesterday, January 5, 2018.

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I saw the above tweet last night and it bothered me — much.

Dumping Dogs‘ is NOT something that I have much exposure to. Ironically, just yesterday, I volunteered on Facebook, to go out, in subzero temps., in deep snow to find a Golden that had gone missing!

So, what is this with dumping dogs?

So, I got thinking. Like I said, I only know of one person who has done something like that and he was ….

So, is this common among Republicans. Wow.

I will have to keep an ear to the ground.

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One Christmas Tree Already Denuded & Planted In The Snow — 4 Days Ahead Of Epiphany 2018.

by Anura Guruge

Today, January 2, 2018.

Christmas Day, 2017.

This is a RECORD first.

We are never this early in getting rid of the two Christmas trees — the third is artificial, and gets packed away.

As a Brit I am into the 12-days of Christmas tradition, with Epiphany, and January 6 as the last day by which to take down Christmas trees. Most years we are scrambling on January 6 to get this done.

This year was different. The trees were bothering our eyes. We had to look that up. Yes, Christmas trees can have LOTS of allergens, especially those that irritate eyes — especially in a household of contact lens wearers. Plus, this tree, despite getting watered daily had got very dry and brittle and we already have friends that have DIED from a Christmas tree fire — 3 years ago!

So, out it went.

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