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The Passing Of ‘Prince Philip’: Not My Favorite Royal, But It Is A Sad End To An Era.

by Anura Guruge


During their visit to Ceylon in 1954. My parents met them & my mother got to know the Queen.



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He was NOT my favorite Royal. I ONLY became a Monarchist late in life & that solely for MY QUEEN, & my Queen alone. I used to be quite the anti-monarchist in my youth & some traits stayed on.

Philip was OK, but I recall that his less than diplomatic comments mainly to US colored colonials. Watching Netflix’s excellent series ‘The Crown’ reminded me of some more, like making fun of an African tribal king wearing an elaborate crown. And here is a link to some of his non-racial barbs.

Plus, I thought he was supposed to have had a number of affairs while married to the Queen. Now he is being portrayed as this ultra-faithful & dutiful husband. To I he never came across as that.

Given my admiration for the Queen I give him some deference as her husband & consort.

But, he has, until his death, ‘ruled’ my entire life. Hence, why I see it as the end of an era.

I am also now acutely aware that we are all going to wait for that OTHER SHOE to drop. That will not be fun.

He, however, was NOT my least favorite Royal. That, hands down, is Charles. I do NOT like Charles. Period.


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San Diego Zoo, Elephant Close-Call With 2-Year Old & Brain-Dead Father — It Was An African Elephant.

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What puzzles me most is how he managed to get into the enclosure. Two things here. I would have thought that the zoo would have had enough barriers to keep a person way. Plus, I would have thought that at least one ‘zoo keeper‘ would always be within striking distance of this enclosure. It is not as if they would not have enough to do.

In the YouTube videos you can see images of the brain-dead dad. He looks drugged & I detect some ‘Asian’ in him. Obviously he was NOT thinking straight — BUT then again I used to go & pet a wild, fully-grown Bengal tiger at an open air zoo in England! But, in my case I was only putting MY ARM at risk — & I had spent days building up a ‘rapport’ with that tiger.

However, what struck me the MOST was that it was an African elephant, most likely a bull at that. How can you tell? The ears. Yes, African elephants, bull or cow, are markedly more aggressive than Indian elephants.

Watching the videos I learnt that they had both African & Indian (also called ‘Asian’) elephants in the enclosure. I find it interesting that none of the other elephants came to see what was going on. They tend to be curious animals.

I am by no means an expert, but having grown up in Ceylon I know a bit about Indian elephants — given the nearly daily exposure we would have to domesticated one. I like elephants. But, I am partial to Indian elephants. To I, they are better looking & have far better temperaments.

Bottom line here. Do not try to break into elephant enclosures — full stop. Exposing a 2-year old to an elephant you do NOT know is beyond stupid. Yes, in Ceylon, with a domesticated elephant that I already knew, I would have no compunction about offering a 2-year old baby for them to pet! Yes, they will PET a baby with their trunk with GREAT AFFECTION. They are BIG cuddly puppies! Very loyal & affectionate. SMILE. But, I did STRESS domesticated — & Indian.


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Sri Lanka February 4, 2021, 73rd Independence Day — Stories From The Past.

by Anura Guruge


Happy Sri Lanka (or Ceylon)
Independence Day 2021.

73-year anniversary.

Wow.

It has sure been a chequered seven-decades.


Google yet again has recycled a previous
Google Doodle for this year.
Well, it is better than nothing.
At least this year they got the title right.
‘Independence day’, NOT ‘National Day‘.


Do NOT forget that it was I, 7-years ago, that contacted Google & requested a Google Doodle for Independence Day. SMILE.

My 2013 Google Doodle & the one in 2015.


Some of my prior posts well worth revisiting.

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Click to access related post, from 2015.


Click to access this post, with some great newspaper clips.


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My ‘Exercise Books’, From Ceylon, From The 1960s.

by Anura Guruge




These are mine from the mid-1960s, when I was still in Ceylon. I would have been between 9 – 11 during that time.

I saw a post on Facebook earlier when someone was asking whether you remembered ‘exercise books’ with multiplication tables at the back.

I had not realized that I had both the ‘English’ & ‘Sinhalese‘ versions. Made me SMILE.

I used to be a fairly decent artist in my youth, now, as many will attest, I am but a poor piss artist. SMILE.


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The New ‘Lanka Premier League’ (LPL) T20 Cricket Tournament Is So Futile & Meaningless.

by Anura Guruge


Yes, we have a well-earned reputation for ‘monkey see, monkey do‘. So, we HAD TO DO a ‘Premier League‘ whether it made sense, was needed or was going to be productive.

Oh, NO. ‘Monkey See, Monkey Do‘.

We have just finished the Indian IPL — the 1st & best of its kind. Others have tried, but the IPL remains preeminent.

We already have ENOUGH Franchise T20 leagues. There is only so much you can watch, only so much you can take.

This is TOO MUCH. Too much. STOP. STOP.

I for one am NOT watching. Why bother watching it when there is plenty of INTERNATIONAL cricket, SA v Eng & Aus v Ind.

The LPL is a STUPID IDEA. Let it die after this inaugural season.

Monkey See, Monkey Do


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August 27 — An Anniversary That Is Only Important To I (2020 Edition).

by Anura Guruge


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Adoptive Parents got married August 27, 1952 (68-years ago).


I have spent TOO much time in the U.S.

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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 53-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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The 1947 “The Laws Of Cricket” Booklet, Published 1952 By The MCC For 1 Shilling.

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My daughter found this buried in one of our many bookshelves. Easy to get lost. It is TINY; 4″x5.4″ & just 30-pages. So, it is incredibly thin.

Cute. My name, written rather shakily, cracks me up. I think this was when I was about 8. That would mean I got this sometime around 1961. Somebody must have got it for I.

1 Shilling in the U.K. No idea what it cost in Ceylon. It was sold by “Diana & Co. Ltd.” in Colombo. WOW. I just looked it up. They became “Cargills“!

I do not recall any other books that were STAMPED with the name of a shop. Strange. Kind of defacing it. Maybe this was their shop copy!

I knew a new Code of Cricket had come out ‘recently’. I had to go check. So, that was 2017.

Wow. Not many since 1788.

I am glad I have this cute little booklet.


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‘British Pathé’ Archives & Coverage Now Available From Streaming — Including Roku.

by Anura Guruge


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What interests I the MOST (SMILE).

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I grew up in Ceylon, in the 1950s & 1960s, seeing the 10-20 minute ‘British Pathe‘ newsreel each time we went to ‘the films‘.

It was MY precursor, all those decades ago, to today’s CNN & MSNBC.

So lots of nostalgia when it comes to deal ol’ ‘British Pathe‘.

PLUS, they are plugging the railroad documentaries they have. Have to watch this.

Right now, with LIVE cricket back, I do NOT have the the time. But, the 1st lull in the cricket … Here I come. SMILE.

Enjoy. This should be good.

Yes, I will get it on my Roku. That is what makes sense for I.


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Nature Does Freud! (Smile)

by Anura Guruge


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Attribution WILL be enforced.


Growing up in Ceylon, half a century ago, I was familiar with a cute saying: “those that know, know“!

It was used by meat sellers when they were selling PORK to Muslims. They would not advertise the pork as pork since that would make it difficult for the Muslims to buy it openly.

So, they left the pork unlabelled & told people who asked: “those that know, know“.

Muslims knew it was pork & they could buy it without the word pork ever coming up or getting mentioned.

So ….

Those that know, know“.

I have always told you that I have an irrelevant & irreverent (British) sense of humor. SMILE.


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That Tourist Elephants In Thailand Are Suffering Because Of Coronavirus Is Absolute Bloody Poppycock.

by Anura Guruge


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From ‘Google News’. See search bar.


Yes, of course, tourism has been badly hit and coffers are drying up. That we all understand.

But, when it comes to Thailand & elephants we need to factor in some other criteria.

Elephants, in Thailand or anywhere else, are NOT fussy, picky eaters. They do not need grains, elephant food, supplements or anything fancy.

They will just eat foliage. Any foliage. Yes, they will eat lots of it. Yes, LOTS. They will tear down and eat most green or yellow (think banana) foliage that they can get their mighty trunks on.

Yes, I know my elephants. I grew up in Ceylon where we had plenty of wild and domesticated elephants. I know my elephants.

I also spent 3 Summers in Thailand. So, I know Thailand better than most.

Elephants in Thailand cannot BLOODY starve. There is too much food ALL around them. Yes, the Thai will have to manage how the elephants get access to that food.

NO. NO. NO. They should NOT be let FREE! They are domesticated elephants used to being with & around people. You can’t cut them loose. Yes, they can and should be taken to parks, open wilderness that Thailand is (still) full off or vegetation should be shipped to them.

They have the money. They made PLENTY when the tourists were coming.

Plus, Thailand is NOT a poor country. They can well afford to take care of the poor elephants.

OK?

Got that. SMILE.


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