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“Good Friday” Is A Holiday …

by Anura Guruge



At least in the Guruge household in New Hampshire.

I work all holidays, whether it is Christmas or Thanksgiving, so holidays per se have little meaning to I — other than the gluttony and the presents.

But, NO HOMESCHOOLING! I am giving her a break to her intense delight.

Other than the U.S., in every country I have lived in, viz., Ceylon (now Sri Lanka), France & the U.K., Good Friday & Easter Monday have been holidays.

So, it is only fitting that I propagate the custom over to here.

Happy Easter.


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I Have Never Had A Tetanus Vaccination — And I Was Told, In My 40s, That I Probably Didn’t Need One.

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE. Google. Lots of stories about this poor boy.


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


Growing up in third-world Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) 1950 — 1967 we did not get many vaccination. The only one I know, for sure, that I got was the oral (i.e., in a sugar cube) polio vaccine c. 1962. As I have chronicled many times on this blog, we, the brown kids of Ceylon, unbeknownst to us were used to try out the vaccine. Well, we did fine (thank you). My maternal uncle was the then Director of Health for Ceylon and this probably was his doing. He was far thinking. I, alas, never got to talk to him about this.

As I child I caught and suffered through measles & mumps — and, quite memorably, typhoid from drinking some unboiled water before my adoptive mother could stop me. I caught chicken pox from my elder kids when I was in my late 30s — and nobody told me that it is pretty serious in adults. All I knew was that my doctor did not want me to come in!

Now to tetanus. Never was vaccinated for it in Ceylon — and as a raggamuffin who played a lot of street cricket I got plenty of cuts and scratches. I probably had some exposed injury every day. Vaccinations also were not big in the U.K. in the 1970 – 1980. I don’t recall anybody asking me whether I had had a tetanus vaccination in the UK.

The question as to my tetanus shot only started to come up in the U.S. — particularly after the mid-1990s. I would get asked at my physical. I would decline.

Eventually, over the years, I had two conversations with U.S. doctors — who were friends of mine at the time. They both said that it was probably pointless for me to get a tetanus shot post-40. According to them my body probably had built up enough antibodies to tetanus over the years. “If you haven’t had tetanus by now, and you grew up in a tropical country … you are probably safe by now.” That made sense to I.

So, I am just sharing this for the record.

Also, for the record, I have nothing against vaccinations. All the kids have had all the required vaccinations and a FEW optional ones. Yes, I have said no to a few that seemed superfluous. And for the last 6 or 7 years, I and the two youngest kids, have also got the flu shot every year — without fail. Last year, upon turning 65, I even got a pneumonia shot. So, do not accuse me of anything. Just stating the facts about tetanus.


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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,
provided via the Google Doodle Archive.


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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August 27 — An Anniversary That Is Only Important To I.

by Anura Guruge



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I try to mark this day, viz., August 27, every year with a post. To be honest it is only meaningful to I and I am the only one that cares,

Wow. I left Ceylon 51-years ago. As I get older the percentage of my life I spent in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) shrinks.

Left from Katunayake Airport which in 1967 was pretty small — just one, ‘one-room’ building. Quite a few people came to see us off. It was night. I think the flight left around 9pm. We left on a Pan Am 707. My first time in a jet — though I had flown quite a bit on DC-3s. I had always liked the 707 and it is still one of my favorite planes today. First stop, for a day, for Athens, Greece.

44-years, to the day, I walked into IBM! Wow. Much water has flowed under the bridge in Romsey.

P.S., Lord Mountbatten’s assassination was on August 27 — in 1979. I was still at Hursley and remember it well.

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Trump, As Ever, Got The Facts Mangled, BUT South Africa Is Indeed Planning To Seize White-Owned Farms.

by Anura Guruge


On Google News search for ‘south africa white farmers
more stories like these.

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NO KILLINGS of white farmers, as yet, from what I can tell.

But, the PLANS for seizing White-owned farms is indeed being talked about. Not sure if any have been seized as yet. I had heard that this was on the cards. This, for us in the know, is nothing new. It happened, as one the stories above points out, in neighboring Zimbabwe. Wasn’t pretty and their were dire consequences.

But, this type of ‘grab’ is something that ex-colonial countries think is their right. My own adoptive father spearheaded the ‘Schools Takeover‘ in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) during 1950 – 1960. It wasn’t farms, but mainly church owned schools. The Christians were NOT happy. They tried to assassinate my adoptive father, multiple times, and supposedly to kidnap me.

I need to look into this more. This was just to give you a head’s up and point out that Trump’s tweet was not all kosher.


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Somebody’s “Enid Blyton” Collection.

by Anura Guruge


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Not mine (though I bought them all). My Enid Blyton collection, when I was that age, and living in Ceylon, was COMPLETE — starting with Noddy and extending all the way to all the series. Not a book missing. So, my collection was probably 6 – 8 times larger. It was also in a glass fronted, bookcase. They, my adoptive parents, gave the books away when we left Ceylon in 1967. They broke up the set. To be fair, it must have cost them a pretty penny to get all those books in Ceylon — some would have to have been ordered from the U.K. But, my adoptive father never had any problems spending money on books.

These books came out yesterday. This is a whole new setup. New shelves … she put up etc. She used to keep her Enid Blyton books in a drawer for safekeeping. It made me happy to see them out.

IF you are sharp-eyed you will notice a Richmal Crompton ‘Just William’ book amongst these. She treats that book as part of her collection — given that it is British!


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The True Dangers Of Consuming Coconut Oil Finally Exposed — Quite Dramatically.

by Anura Guruge





Having grown up in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) in the 1950s — 1960s I have ALWAYS known the true health dangers of coconut oil. People in the U.S. sometimes get coconut milk confused with coconut oil. Coconut milk is CLEAR and comes from inside the nut. Coconut oil is MADE from the thick white ‘meat’ inside of the coconut, attached to the shell.

Ceylon used to have an extremely high incidence of heart disease and by my time it was well known and understood that it was because we cooked everything in coconut oil.

Coconut oil is mainly saturated fat. There are no ‘if and buts’ about that.

I never understood how anybody, in good faith, could claim that coconut oil can be good for you. That was rank nonsense.

At last sense is prevailing. I am glad. I am so fed up arguing with people about this.

Yes, I do use coconut oil and we have some large jars of it. I used it on my head!


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