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Google Doodle For Sri Lanka February 4, 2019 Independence Day — Recycled From Last Year.

by Anura Guruge


Permanent access, independent of date,
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Last Year’s


As with last year Google INCORRECTLY refers to it as
“Sri Lanka National Day”.

Nope. It is INDEPENDENCE DAY.

 


Though it is RECYCLED from last year, this will, nonetheless, make a LOT of people, like 14 million, very happy.

Having snubbed them in 2016 & 2014, Google has again honored Sri Lankan Independence Day, 2019 — 71th anniversary.

I, as the World knows, got the very 1st Google Doodle for Sri Lanka, for Independence Day, in 2013. So, I have connection …

For reasons that I cannot fathom, Google, as they also did (incorrectly) in 2015, again calls it “National Day“. NOT SO! Google should Google that. It is INDEPENDENCE DAY — 70-years.

My 2013 Google Doodle & the one in 2015.


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by Anura Guruge


Standout Google Doodle For Sri Lanka 70th Anniversary, Independence Day — February 4, 2018.

by Anura Guruge


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Use link on image to access Google original.


This will make a LOT of people, like 14 million, very happy.

Having snubbed them in 2016 & 2014, Google has honored Sri Lankan Independence Day, 2018 — 70th anniversary at that — with a Google Doodle. A standout one at that — featuring the Maroon & Gold of the Ananda College colors. I am glad.

I, as the World knows, got the very 1st Google Doodle for Sri Lanka, for Independence Day, in 2013. So, I have connection …

For reasons that I cannot fathom, Google, as they also did (incorrectly) in 2015, again calls it “National Day“. NOT SO! Google should Google that. It is INDEPENDENCE DAY — 70-years.

My 2013 Google Doodle & the one in 2015.


Last Google Doodles:
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by Anura Guruge


Short-Sleeved Cricket Sweater Knitted For Me By My Former Workmate Patrice Bourgeois During Her Cancer Treatment.

by Anura Guruge




Earlier this year as Patrice was getting ready for her ‘3-months’ of cancer treatment she did a Facebook post asking if anybody wanted anything knitted since she had run out of ‘projects’ and ‘ideas’ and she wanted to have something to knit in the coming months.

I told her that I did not have any cricket sweaters that fitted and would love one in my ol’ Ananda College (Colombo, Sri Lanka) colors of maroon and gold. Patrice went to work, as she is wont, researching patterns, colors, wool types, needles etc. etc.

Over the months she gave all of us pithy updates on the progress of this sweater. It took her slightly longer than she had expected. But, it was always going to be for Fall 2017 in New Hampshire.

It arrived today — in the nick of time. The temperature is 58°F as I write this post.

It fits beautifully and all she requested from me was a measurement of my chest size.

I am impressed, amazed and very grateful.

Thank YOU, Patrice.

I will wear this with pride and joy in the months to come. She informed me that it is washable. That is good. I do spill stuff.

So more pictures to come.


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My ‘Ananda College’ (Sri Lanka) Prefect’s Badge From 1966.

by Anura Guruge


Getting an e-mail from the “Prefects’ Guild of Ananda College“, which I had never heard of before, yesterday morning, about this event (below), prompted me to go rescue my old Prefect’s badge from 1966 (which is now 50 years old).

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Anura Guruge Ananda College Prefect Badge


I think that this is from 1966. I don’t think it was from earlier. Though I only left in August 1967, I don’t think I got this in my last year.

I was an Ananda College Prefect twice (as far as I recall) — once in Lower School and then in Middle School. I am fairly sure I was “Head Boy” of Lower School. Have a vague idea that I might have been “Head Boy” in Middle School too — but that could be my mind playing tricks.

I do know that this badge was a RARITY! It was from a batch that was cast wrong.

The background should have been GOLD, maroon and gold our proud school colors.

Gray/silver was the WORST color possible. Maroon and silver the colors of our arch rival (at cricket) Nalanda College.

I remember that the staff were rather sheepish when they handed out these wrongly minted medals. But, it was the only I was given.

So …

C’est la vie. I just did a quick check on eBay. None for sale.

I just checked my Ananda College prize list (which I had posted online (and will duplicate below)). Appears that I won the “Best Prefect” Challenge Cup in 1965. So I was definitely a prefect in 1965. [I was also a House Prefect at Mill Hill, a post I resigned.] 

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March 31 Is ‘National Bunsen Burner Day’ & March 30 ‘National Pencil Day’.

by Anura Guruge


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Click to ENLARGE and read here. From Wikipedia. See link in image.


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The quintessential lab scene from my youth in the 1950s & 1960s. Flask on a stand bubbling away atop a Bunsen Burner. Click to ENLARGE and enjoy.


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Click to ENLARGE and view. Labs of my ERA c. 1960. You can see 2 Bunsen Burners in the foreground — right — with flasks, with multiple tubes emanating, above them. I truly can relate to this THOUGH the labs I attended were not as crowded and ALAS had NO girls.


Yes, March 31 is designated ‘National Bunsen Burner Day‘ — March 31, 1811 having been the birthday of its eponymous inventor.

Bunsen Burners are very much an evocative part of my teen years, in Ceylon and Britain. The British education system, also used in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka), was BIG on hands on chemistry labs starting when you were around 11. Ananda College, in Colombo, with close to 6,000 kids had, for the time, impressive and well equipped labs. Though I, for winning all those educational prizes, was granted a small chemistry lab in my room at home, replete with bench, sink and ‘kit’, I could not have a Bunsen Burner because we didn’t have ‘the gas’. So the best I could do at home was alcohol burners that can’t match a Bunsen for heat.

Well, happy ‘Bunsen Burner’ Day.

[Here is my ‘National Pencil Day‘ Post.]


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Ananda College, Sri Lanka Pays Homage To American Colonel Henry Olcott, Its Founder.

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List of prizes at Ananda.
>> Ananda College prize giving 1969.

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Colonel Henry Steel Olcott [2 August 1832 – 17 February 1907], born in New Jersey, an officer during the Civil War, and a member of the committee that investigated Abraham Lincoln’s assassination, is NOT a well known figure in the U.S.

Not so in Sri Lanka (once Ceylon).

Henry Steel Olcott is a well known and well respected legend. His greatest and justified claim to fame is that he founded a number of Buddhist schools in Ceylon, my old alma mater, Ananda College, in Colombo, with 6,000 students in my time [i.e., 1958 to 1967] and now [per Wikipedia, 5,000], the largest. We were ‘taught’ about Olcott and his picture hung in the school (and I must admit that he comes across as being a bit scary, when you are a 6-year old boy in shorts, not used to men with such luxuriant beards).

Olcott other claim to fame was that he, with his ‘good friend’, Russian-born Helena Petrovna Blavatsky [1831 – 1891], converted to Buddhism in Ceylon — at that time the highest profile Westerns to do so. They were also the founders of the (to me the always very strange and confusing) Theosophical Society.

Anywho, I just thought I would share this with you. Checkout the Theosophical Society. It might appeal to YOU.

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Blavatsky and Olcott in 1888 (from Wikipedia). Ananda College was founded 2 years prior to this picture being taken.


Sri Lanka: Birth Certificate From 1953 & A Birth ‘Chit’ From 1960.

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I too am “The Other Son”.
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Ananda College: prize list.
>> Ananda College prize giving 1969.

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This is my birth certificate (hospital mix up, that made me also “The Other Son”, notwithstanding). It was issued on September 15, 1953 — 9 days after the day of birth. Actually, if you want to be pedantic, it is a certified copy made on January 3, 1959 — probably when I was ready to go to school. Wonder what happened to the original.

Note some very interesting things:

1. It was issued at a office in “Slave Island“! (That is at the top.) Yes, that was a fairly well known part of Colombo, Ceylon (now Sri Lanka).

2. It asks for the race — Sinhalese — of each parent.

3. It asks whether the parents were married.

4. It asks for father’s “rank or profession”. Mine says “Assistant Secretary to the Prime Minister“. [This is why the first car I was ever in was a Rolls Royce! The Prime Minister’s car. He lent it to my father, with the official driver, to bring me home from hospital — safety — given that there was some communal disturbance going on in Colombo.

5. The hospital mix up happened at the “Private General Hospital“, Colombo 7 — which is a rather ‘exclusive’ part of town.

6. The ‘tattooed’ “IBM WIN 06” denotes that I must have made this copy while working for IBM (at Hursley, the ‘Win’ indicating Winchester, the nearest city — while the ’06’ was the number of this copying machine. IBM had this ‘id’ engraved on the glass so that it could keep track of copies that were made!).


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This is a Birth ‘chit’ — issued by a midwife to certify the birth. The birth certificate would have come later. This is not mine. It is for my new friend, from Sri Lanka, who went to the same school as me, Ananda College, Udeni Wijegunaratne. He is a lawyer. We were talking about my birth certificate and he sent this over (and gave me permission to post it). You can make out his mother’s name.

It is hard to make out at the top because it is ripped but he was born at the “De Soyza Lying in Home“. That is SO British — Victorian era. “Lying in Home” for pregnant women. How brilliant. I remember that term. Weight of the placenta? Wow. I notice it is not filled in. 

I guess you have worked out what I am doing. I am preserving these documents for posterity.


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