It is 6:15am on Saturday, April 14, 2018 in Sri Lanka and still NO Google Doodle for Sinhala New Year — Avurudu.
They have already done one for Bangladesh (above) and Thailand — for 2018.
It could still happen, BUT it is NOT looking good.
I feel bad for the Sinhalese. Google really is giving them the finger! Shame.
Well, I did my bit 5-years ago and got Sri Lanka its VERY FIRST Google Doodle. And I am not even a Sri Lankan anymore — legally.
There are Sri Lankans that work for Google They obviously don’t care.
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This could BE THE year.
It would be the FIRST.
But, it is a bit too early to tell. Not April 14, 2018, in Sri Lanka as yet.
I will keep an eye. But, they have already done and posted a “Songkran 2018” Google Doodle for the Thai equivalent.
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So, what do you think? Still relevant, still germane, still applicable?
I think over 50% of the ‘electorate’ will have no problem with it.
So, when was this first published? In March 1949 — 69-years ago.
Yes, the pictures I show is of the ‘March 1959‘ issue and that is where I found it. But, if you read the bottom of the picture it says the image was first published ‘ten years ago this month‘ … and that the image has during that time being reprinted over a billion times. Wow.
A few years ago I picked up two BIG boxes full of OLD Reader’s Digests — some from the 1950s. This was cool because I grew up in Ceylon, in the 1950s and 1960s reading Reader’s Digests that my father had shipped to him, every month. So, this was nostalgia.
The boxes had lain untouched in the attic for years. The other day I grabbed a copy, at random, to peruse. What a difference 59-years make. Today’s ‘RD’ is so superficial, insignificant and SLIM. RDs of the 1950s and 1960s had gravitas and GIRTH.
I hate to see these go a waste. So, if any of you are interested, let me know.
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Honestly, YOU did NOT expect to see my picture … right?
‘Handsome’ is NOT a word associated with I, by others, especially, and even by I.
For a start, these stud-muffins are considerably thinner and fit-looking compared to I. Plus they have more hair.
I do NOT, thankfully, know any of them — and they, I.
This was from an unsolicited Sri Lankan e-mail ‘newsletter’ I get, fairly regularly, from some dude in California. Don’t know him. I guess he found my e-mail on the Web.
I just thought you would like to see what truly handsome Sri Lankans look like. You can now see why Indians and Pakistanis so resent Sri Lankans because we have stud-muffins like these.
This is a great move and the Sri Lankan authorities should be commented.
It is not a case, in this instance, of ‘too little, too late‘. There was no precedent in living memory for the 2004 tsunami that devastated southwest Sri Lanka and claimed so many lives. You can’t be prepared for something that you never knew could happen.
But, now we know and they are taking action.
I have always maintained, since 2004, that SO MANY kids lost their lives in the tsunami because we are NOT accustomed to TIDES. Though it is an island in the middle of Indian Ocean, due to the shape of the Continental Ledge in that area, Sri Lanka has minimal — to negligible — tides. Around 6″, both in height and reach. You can’t detect that. So we grow up not knowing about tides. That was definitely the case with I. I would read about tides in the English books I devoured and ASSUMED (wrongly) that we didn’t have tides because we were by the equator,
So, prior to the tsunami coming in, the ocean went out. That was NEW to all. They had no experience of the ocean ebbing and froing. Yes, of course, they should have known/realized that something MAJOR was awry. But, we are not very smart either. So adults and kids went out on the beach and were picking up the fish that were getting left behind in the sand. Then the tsuami came in at great speed. Too late.
So this training is good.
For those of us in the U.S. SPOT the irony. In Sri Lanka they have tsunami drills at school. In the U.S. we have active shooter drills! Wow. I know what I would prefer.
From the U.K. “Daily Mail” …
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The “Channel 4 News” video (on YouTube) …
the ‘Sri Lanka‘ part starts at the 9 minute mark,
i.e., nearly half the way through.
Sri Lanka is just being used here as a ruse — BAIT — as far as we can tell. But, we will never know whether ‘Cambridge Analytica‘ was involved in prior Sri Lanka elections or the ‘current’ one — in that elections are always on the cards in SL.
Kind of ironic that this is the 2nd time in a week that Sri Lanka and Facebook have appeared together in the same headlines. An unlikely duo.
Sri Lankans, from what I know, are unlikely to have needed expensive foreign help to ‘play dirty’ in elections. We seems to be very good at doing that on our own — with our own local touches, which involve (let’s just call it) bodily harm. Yes, politics are VICIOUS in Sri Lanka. It is certainly a blood sport.
But, cracked me up to see Sri Lanka getting mentioned on U.S. television. Wow. Fame again.
Sri Lanka needs to be BETTER than this.
Sri Lanka, for all of its convulsions for the last 70-years, is meant to be PROUD democracy.
It is NOT China, Egypt or some tinpot African dictatorship. I was disappointed to read about this. I though ‘we’ (though I gave up my Sri Lanka citizenship 35-years ago) had put media censorship behind. [More on that in a second.]
The ban on Facebook was during the latest spate of violence against the Muslims. The Government, rightly or wrongly, believed that Facebook posts were inciting the troubles. They had declared a 10-day State of Emergency, so everything, including closing down Social Media was game.
Ceylon/Sri Lanka and ‘State of Emergency’. I remember them well though my life there, 1953 – 1967 was during a relatively peaceful time!
Following the wildly and widely successful ‘Schools Takeover‘ [i.e., forced nationalization] program, Prime Minister (Aunty) Sirimavo Bandaranaike and her then favored henchman, my adoptive father, mounted a ‘Newspaper Nationalization’ program. My Adoptive Father, a conflicted fish as I came to learn, had a strong socialistic streak. He was all in favor. I remember though that unlike with the ‘Schools Takeover’ (where they was no dissent within the circles we moved), he got got a bit of pushback from friends and family. He used to argue vehemently that we needed it for the good of the country. Thankfully that program never came to be. I think Aunty B. ceased to be P.M.
So, let’s not try and revisit past ghosts.
I worry that this is the INCREASING Chinese influence on Sri Lanka.
If I was still Sri Lankan I would do whatever I could to make sure this didn’t happen again.