Tag Archive | Centenary

Barack Obama’s Inspirational Speech On “Mandela Centenary” In South Africa.

by Anura Guruge

Short, abridged ‘5-minute‘ version from NBC News.

Longer ’90-minute’ version also from NBC News.

This is quite the speech. You really should try and listen to at least a part of it. So, inspirational.

The GREAT Nelson Mandela, whom Obama referred to as a ‘Giant’, would have been both proud and happy with this speech. They liked and respected each other. Can YOU imagine what Nelson would make of Donald Trump?

Though he and I had a few major disagreements (and even some blowouts) over ‘Obamacare‘, I have always liked the man and enjoyed watching him speak. (And, yes, I did campaign for him, like a black, going door-to-door, three times.)

It is so refreshing to see Obama SMILE and look happy when he speaks. Trump looks like he is in urgent need of Extra-Strength ‘Preparation H‘.

Obama has a tremendous sense of humor. Listen to the opening.

The South African audience, ALAS, totally misses one of his BEST punchlines. He talks about it being cold in South Africa and how he is wearing long johns. Then, he says, deadpan: “You know I was born in Hawaii“. They didn’t get it.

Great speech. Tremendous for “Mandela Day”.

Two GREAT men. What an honor and pleasure.

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by Anura Guruge

100 Iconic Image Video, By ‘USA Today’, For The GREAT ‘Nelson Mandela Centenary’ — Tomorrow, July 18, 2018.

by Anura Guruge

Click image to access the official Website for this momentous Centenary.

Spend 1:40 minutes JUST savoring this. It will do you a power of good.

Today, more than any other day we need to remind ourselves what a GREAT LEADER, A GREAT MAN looks like — and acts like.

Yes, he had flaws, but by golly he was A MAN.

What an inspiration, even today.

Please, please just let this just wash over you. [No, you don’t need to thank me. {Smile}]

Did I tell you that I am a HUGE Nelson Mandela fan?

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by Anura Guruge

Our “White Mountain National Forest” Celebrates Its Centenary TODAY.

by Anura Guruge

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Click to ENLARGE and read here. Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_Mountain_National_Forest

So, the park was established on May 16, 1918. Neat.

This was just 2-years after the U.S. National Park Service was established — and around the same timeframe as the founding of Acadia.

I am not sure how widely this was marked and celebrated in New Hampshire. It should be a BIG deal. We, the State, make a LOT of money from the Park.

Well, the next time I am there, and I am sure to visit this year, I will tip my hat and remember that this is the Centennial Year.

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by Anura Guruge

“Nelson Mandela Centenary 2018” Is This July — And Here Is A Great Video To Tee Things Up.

by Anura Guruge

Click image to access this great video on Vimeo.

Click image to access the official Website for this momentous Centenary.

July 18, 2018, will be the 100th anniversary of the GREAT man’s birth.

Hence this ‘Be the Legacy‘ Centenary.

It is going to be a huge, global celebration with gala events in many cities around the World, starting soon. I plan to keep you apprised of some of the key ones — such as President Obama’s speech, in South Africa, on the day, i.e., July 18, 2018.

But, in the meantime get into the swing of things by watching this very informative and well put together video.

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by Anura Guruge

Sad Centenary Of The Sinking Of The RMS Lusitania By The Germans.

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by Anura Guruge

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The “massacre of the innocents” by the dastardly Germans.
1,198 killed (94 children) — 128 Americans.
Another reason I will NOT own a German car and
openly ridicule those that do —
including my own family members.

This sinking, and their are valid theories that the Lusitania was sacrificed for the ‘better cause’,
was what got the U.S. into seriously thinking about getting involved in WW I
— and even then it took another ‘2 years’.


Click to ENLARGE. From Wikipedia attributed to “Bundesarchiv, DVM 10 Bild-23-61-17 / CC-BY-SA”. you should ponder this and other pictures of the sinking to appreciate what a dastardly deed this was.


Click to ENLARGE. From Wikipedia.


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Click to access BBC coverage.


Click for ‘History Channel’ coverage.

A sad and sobering anniversary. The Lusitania does not get the same attention that the Titanic commands — though historically the Lusitania was a more significant event. Much more interesting too. My now 22-year old son, Matthew, aged 3, following a visit to the Maritime Museum at the Greenwich Observatory (London, U.K.), became, overnight, a maritime disaster buff — an avid interest he maintained well into his teens. Thanks to his interest I learned a lot and still have a fairly large ‘Titanic’ library and memorabilia. Matthew was into the Lusitania too and I would watch documentaries with him. I remember all the stuff about the zig-zag course it tried to follow when it entered the war-zone around Ireland and people on shore seeing the disaster.

Please take a minute to reflect and RESOLVE

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