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New Zealand’s Win Over Pakistan By 4-Runs, In The 1st Test, In Abu Dhabi, Was A Doozy.

by Anura Guruge


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Wow. What a last day (the 4th). I have been following the whole series, the T20s, ODIs & now the 1st Test, with interest and joy. Some good, exciting cricket.

I had watched the Test match highlights each day — some while having lunch and the rest at night, over dinner. Exciting Test match.

Hats off, most certainly, to New Zealand. A totally unexpected win — against the grain. It only became a possibility right at the end. Poor Pakistan. They showed one of their fans, a middle-aged man, crying.

Amazing spin bowling by the debutant — Ajaz Patel. This was good for cricket.


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The Incomparable BBC Expands On My Theme Of Sri Lanka’s Political Soap Opera.

by Anura Guruge


Click image to access the EXCELLENT BBC coverage.


Click to access my post from last week.


As the BBC also points out, what is happening in Sri Lanka is beyond the pale. It is even beyond what even Donald Trump could conjure.

Just puerile. Plain puerile. I am so, so glad that I am no longer a Sri Lankan citizen! I would be so ashamed. This is a country with a proud heritage.

This is unbecoming.

‘Temple Trees’, the Prime Minister’s official residence — I know it well. I have been there a number of times, with my adoptive father, when I was a child. I even had lunch there once.

I will keep you posted.


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The Silly Soap Opera That Is Sri Lankan Politics Starts A New Season — The Silliest Yet!

by Anura Guruge


Click to access the U.K. “The Guardian” original.


Click image to access “The New York Times” coverage.


This is so stupid, pointless and childish. This has been now going on for 40-years and we have only been Independent for 70.

But, here is the IRONY.

Sri Lanka is still a third-world country and you expect histrionics from the likes of it. But, compared to Donald Trump, and the totally mockery he is making of the U.S. Presidency, this does not look that bad. If anything it is still MORE civil and constrained compared to the carryings on of Trump.

So, I no longer can tell my dear compatriots — and in many cases contemporaries — to grow-up and act us adults.

I live in a country run by a buffoon with a mental age of a 9-year old!


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Distressing To Discover That ‘Skin Whitening’ Is Becoming Popular In Sri Lanka.

by Anura Guruge


This appeared on my Facebook as being from ‘Colombo, Sri Lanka’. Name caught my eye. Click image to access.


The claims being made for Glutathione.

Click to ENLARGE and enjoy here. From above Facebook page.


Oh, dear! I guess it was inevitable. Brown people wanting to be white. Yikes.

Well, I of all people, cannot claim to be surprised. My adoptive mother, as I have mentioned before, so hated being dark. She would have opted for this like there was no tomorrow.

A shame.

I had never heard of ‘Glutathione’. I knew that there were drugs that claimed to make you whiter but it was not something that was of import to I. So, you live and learn.

Did some quick Googling on ‘Glutathione’. Appears that it is not harmful per se and MIGHT do some of what is claimed above. But, whitening skin is not on the list of things it is good at doing.

Yes, my life would have been very different if I had been white. But, having been born brown I would never have considered any kind of chemical treatment to make me white. But, that is I. Maybe I should have.

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Test Matches Should NOT Be Played In Empty Stadiums — It Is NOT Cricket.

by Anura Guruge


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I have already talked about this. Click image to access my post.


I have just been watching the highlights of the Pakistan v Australia 1st Test in Dubai, UAE.

It is bloody amazing. TOTALLY EMPTY STADIUM.

Just a sea of empty blue seats.

I do NOT think there is even 100 people there if you don’t count the teams and the support staff.

You cannot play Test cricket in an empty stadium. It just kills your spirits.

There should be an asterix in the record books for all Tests played where the average attendance was less than 10,000/day.

This is a travesty.

The ICC should NOT permit this. The umpires should call the match off. I am NOT kidding.


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Sri Lanka In The News Again With “The Bridge On The River Kwai” — BUT I Covered It 4-Years AGO!

by Anura Guruge


Click image to access the U.K. “Daily Mail” story.


But, I covered basically the SAME story
4-years ago.


Moreover, as I explain, I have been to BOTH sites —
the REAL ONE in Thailand and the
make believe movie set in Sri Lanka!

Click to ENLARGE and read here. Use link above to access MY original post.


Happened to see it in the U.K.Daily Mail“, which I read online, on my tablet, first thing in the morning, in bed, while drinking my first cup of coffee. Daily ritual going back decades.

Caught my eye. Made me smile. I knew I had done the same story some years ago. So, I am sharing. Enjoy.


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