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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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by Anura Guruge


Bidets Are Making A Come Back, And I Am Tickled Pink.

by Anura Guruge


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Growing up, we had bidets in Ceylon — and we are talking 1950s & 1960s.

OK. I should be more precise. Growing up I had bidets.

The two main bathrooms in our rambling, rather large, 3-story house had bidets.

I used to spend all my weekends and holidays at the house of a maternal aunty & uncle. They had a bidet in their main bathroom — the one I used since I slept in their room, with them.

All three were of the ‘shower type’ and since we used roof mounted water tanks you got a good ‘head’ of water from the shower head.

It is true that bidets were not universal in Ceylon. Most bathrooms did not have them.

But, we never used paper! I never knew of toilet paper until I came to the West in 1967.

We used water, even if we didn’t have a bidet.

Paper seems so unsanitary compared to water.

We discovered, during the long years we lived in France, that French bidets were different. They didn’t have a shower head! We could not see the use of a bidet UNLESS it did the work.

Not sure how we ended up with bidets. My adoptive mother was quite the socialite and my adoptive parents were the classic nouveau riche, while the aunty & uncle I spoke up, who didn’t have any kids, were plain rich (he a government lawyer and she the assistant principal of Ceylon’s largest school). Both houses were built c. 1954/1955. I think my mother must have seen them in a magazine.

Well, since I really am NOT into scatology I am going to leave this at this. SMILE.

Ah! Bidets.


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‘Tetley Tea’, 183-Years In Business, And Still Can’t Get Its Instructions For Making A Basic Cup Of Tea Right!

by Anura Guruge


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Brewing instructions at the back.

I kid YOU not.

How is this possible?


Coming from Ceylon I like STRONG, black tea. I prefer coffee, but in deference to keeping my hypertension in check (which it is), I try not to drink too much coffee. So, after prodigious quantities of coffee prior to noon, I switch to black tea for the afternoon, evening & NIGHT. It is 11:33pm and I am drinking black tea. Does it keep me awake? Heck NO. Nothing keeps me awake! 

I had it with tea bags. Just couldn’t get my tea strong enough and towards the end I was using 4 to 5 bags per mug of coffee.

So, I switched to loose leaf tea and started with this box.

Good tea. Robust. Makes a nice cuppa.

I, of course, had never bothered to read the instructions. I do know how to make tea.

Happened to see the instructions today. Cracked me UP.

Don’t these companies have QA anymore?


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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


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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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