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I Am Channelling My HERO, Winston Churchill — “V” For ‘Victory Over Virus’.

by Anura Guruge


“V” for “Victory Over Virus”.

Screw the Virus.



Well somebody, a GOOD Brit, has to do it.

I am honored to step into the breach.

Poor Boris. Well, Boris will he happy.

Winston is MY MAN. A source of near daily inspiration and resolve.

“V” for VICTORY.

Trump, don’t EVEN THINK about it. This is US. Not you. SMILE.



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“Churchill” Movie (2017) On Starz — 97% Sheer Travesty!

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Click image to access IMDb.com listing for this movie.


Click to access original.



This was a TRULY horrible movie! Yuk!

The whole premise of the movie, i.e., that Winston Churchill was totally opposed to D-Day even at the bitter end, is bunkum. Yes, Winston had concerns and alternate ideas early on by as D-Day approached he was behind the plan. He did not try to ‘sabotage’ it.

An important subplot, i.e., that Winston had talked King George VI to accompany him on the HMS Belfast and make the D-Day crossing so that they could be with the troops, was totally misrepresented. Winston had NOT asked the King to come with him. Instead the King said that he would come with Winston in order to STOP Winston from making that crossing! Huge and key difference.

Also South African Field Marshal Jan Smuts was certainly on Winston’s staff BUT he never was as close to Winston as portrayed. That was poetic license.

Read the above cited articles from very credible sources. They will tell you what I just said, but in more detail.

The 3% that was bearable was the bit involving Winston’s rousing speech to the Nation post D-Day. But, there they used the Great Man’s exact words.

This movie was an insult. I regret watching it!


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Today The 70th Anniversary Of GLORIOUS WW II VE Day. Remember & Rejoice.

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MY MAN, Churchill, waving to the crowds in London with them ROARING back “It was YOUR victory” once he had told them that “It was YOUR victory”. THEY knew who had won the WAR for whom.

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From (of course) the U.K. Daily Mail (my favorite paper of all times). Click to ENLARGE and savor. The day after the Parliamentary Election. Beautiful site. So British. Makes me SO proud but also very homesick. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/ushome/index.html


It is good that Google remembered
BUT how can THEY get it so, so wrong!

VE day, Victory Europe, was NOT, I repeat NOT,
the end of World War II.
The bloody Japanese still had to be subdued!
There was a bomb involved. Doesn’t Google know U.S. history?

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Google’s “Remembering WW II” online exhibition. Check it out. Do a Google and go to footnote.


Braxton: What The Name Means; It Is Really A Last Name As Opposed To A First, But I Am Sure The Puppy Won’t Know The Difference.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Names have always intrigued me, more so now that ever before after I wrote my groundbreaking book on pope names: “Popes and the Tales of Their Names“.

I was not familiar with ‘Braxton‘. So I had to check.  Got pretty good at tracking down names when I was researching the pope names, I had no choice. So didn’t take me long.

Interesting. No famous ‘Braxtons’ so the puppy could make a name for himself.

When I was at University in the early 1970s it was all the rage to come up with pretentious names for dogs. So that is why I have had: Rousseau (after the Swiss philosopher, after coming back from a holiday in Geneva where my hotel was opposite Rousseau’s island), Winston (Churchill), Maggie (Thatcher), Ulysses (Grant) & Monty (Montgomery as in the brilliant British WW II general). In between I also had: Bonzo, Peanut and Shamrock (the shelter given name for this huge, magnificent Golden who also answered to ‘Badger’ a name from a prior shelter).

Now it is Maya (after the ‘people’, and Deanna picked that) and Braxton — also picked by Deanna. I was given ‘heck’ by a Buddhist about ‘Maya’! I was asked whether I had forgotten who ‘Maya’ was. I obviously had. I could not remember. The Buddha’s mother was ‘Maya’. Yes, it came back when I was reminded. I did NOT see the big deal. To me naming a dog after a person is NEVER an insult, always a compliment. I assume that people name dogs ‘Mary’. Not that I really cared whether I offended Buddhists or not. If they want to get upset that I have a dog called ‘Maya’ they really have major issues.


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Royal Baby, George Alexander Louis. I Had A Hunch About ‘Louis’. I Am Delighted. Another Of My Heroes.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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From my all time favorite newspaper, the one and only, the great, U.K. Daily Mail. Click to access Daily Mail original.

Click to access U.K. Daily Mail pictures and story.


I had an inkling that ‘Louis’ was going to be in there in some way.

I like the whole name, but am very gratified by the ‘Louis’ part. Yes, most Americans don’t know him though he was, of course, Supreme Allied Commander, South East Asia Command (1943-1946).

One of my heroes, alongside the likes of Churchill, Mandela, Tutu, Montgomery et. al.

Admiral of the Fleet Louis Francis Albert Victor Nicholas Mountbatten,
1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma,
KG GCB OM GCSI GCIE GCVO DSO PC FRS


I never met him though we both lived in the same state, Hampshire, prior to his tragic assassination by the cowardly, dastardly IRA.

There is a Ceylon connection. He moved the South East Asia Command headquarters to Ceylon (Kandy) in August 1944. 

He used to stay at this hotel, Mount Lavinia, just south of Colombo, on the coast.

He used to stay at this hotel, Mount Lavinia, just south of Colombo, on the coast.

Obviously, if you know your history, he was the Viceroy and Governor General of India during the period of Independence. He is the one who created Pakistan. Yes, it is also true (and I have never been able to reconcile this) that it was during this time that my other hero (and dinner guest at our house), Jawaharlal Nehru, was having a very open affair with his wife.

The Mountbattens with Gandhi, 1947.

The absolutely breathtakingly beautiful, Mountbatten Estate, in Romsey, Hampshire — just 4 miles from Hursley (where I worked for IBM). One of my favorite destinations.

London Olympics 2012 Closing Ceremony: Indian (Punjabi) Segment Makes Slightly For Empire Snub.

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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Click for YouTube video of this uplifting dance segment with Eric Idle.


Other than for the stupid, uncalled for Winston Churchill blunder, the remainder of the London Olympics Closing Ceremonies ROCKED! Thank You. Bravo. Way to go. I am so happy and proud.

The opening and closing ceremonies of the Beijing Olympics were pretty amazing and I have to think that the opening ceremonies with all those drums etc. will continue to be hailed as one of the greatest of events for decades to come.

I was worried that MY London would come up short. That they said at the start that they decided that they were not gong to compete with the Chinese kind of upset me. I am always into forward and upward.

We made up for it with the Closing Ceremonies — though, now old, I have to confess, I had NO IDEA who some of the performers were! Neither did Deanna. But, they were good. The Pinball Wizard segment was spectacular. We have watched it three times so far, with the speakers blasting. Of course, I would have liked to have see the WHO perform it, but c’est la vie.



Click for YouTube video of the Pinball Wizard segment.


That they finally showed some Indians (^^^^ above) was gratifying — albeit it was in the COMEDY segment with Eric Idle! Was that a dig at the Indians? That is OK with me. A favorite pastime in Ceylon (Sri Lanka) where I come from is to poke fun of Indians. The dancing and music was good. The kids, who love Indian music, thought it was great. Some of the dancers (if not all) were Sikhs. That was poignant given what took place in Wisconsin during the Olympics. NBC did not make that connection. They wouldn’t know. They probably thought the turbaned dancers were from Pakistan!

Loved seeing the Rolls Royces. We make some of the most awesome cars in the World (and these days most of them are reasonably reliable and don’t rust that much). I am glad they featured British cars and didn’t insult me by using any German ones. All said, I am delighted. I e-mailed a friend of mine in the U.K., a Catholic priest named ‘Churchill’ (though alas not a relative), about how proud WE should all be. London and the U.K. did good. Demonstrated, once again, that we are still a world power to be contended with — even sans the Empire.

London Olympics 2012 Closing Ceremony: The John Lennon Segment Was Inspired. Thank You.

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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Click image to see YouTube video of the brilliant, inspired John Lennon segment from the London Olympics closing ceremony.

Click image to see YouTube video of the brilliant, inspired John Lennon segment from the London Olympics closing ceremony.


Imagine that!

After screwing up so badly in the Opening Ceremonies with poor Muhammad Ali and the snubbing of the Empire, and then the horrible goof at the start of the Closing Ceremonies with the Winston Churchill faux pas, the London 2012 Olympic organizer got the John Lennon segment just right. Bullseye. A perfect ’10’. Bravo. Read the comments on the (above) YouTube clip. Spot on.

I am so thrilled. So uplifted. So proud. That was a great moment for all of us. Thank you.

The crowd in the stadium knew at once that this was special. The applause was louder, faster and more sustained. It was as if Usain Bolt had set another record.

All that we all wanted to see was real Lennon. No actor. No imitator; like Winston, Lennon is inimitable. To see him at the start on that grainy 1970 video was to capture the true essence of the Beatles and Britain in the 1970s.

The whole segment including the creation of his face was magical. Bravo. The song … immortal. It was John as we knew him and loved him.

I still remember where I was when I heard that he had been shot and had died. I was driving a car, to work, in North London … not that far from where the Olympics were held. I was at an intersection. I was stopped waiting for a break in the oncoming traffic. I had Radio One. The news came on. I was stunned. My legs froze. They say you will always remember where you were when you heard that JFK had been assassinated. Well, I remember that too. We were in Ceylon and my father got a phone call with the news and he said: ‘I am not surprised’. Well, to me it is where I was when I heard Dear John was dead. Yes, I have been to Strawberry Banks in Central Park, NYC to pay my dues. [I have a couple of rare pictures of him here.]


So where was Ringo?

Sir Paul, as is his due, got star billing in the Opening Ceremony. That is how it should be. Here is a YouTube video of that … ‘Hey Jude’.

George, alas, can’t make it. But, Ringo, as far as I know, is still with us and doing fine. So why SNUB him. He may not be a great drummer but he is not a bad guy, and he was a Beatle. I think that it was rude to not have him do something. People still adore him.

But, I will close with one of my favorite Beatles stories. Lennon, in the early 1970s was asked by a music reporter whether he thought Ringo was the best drummer in the world. Lennon, who could play the drums, as could George, replied, brilliantly: ‘Heck, Ringo isn’t even the best drummer in the Beatles‘. That is John Lennon. We got to see him and enjoy him at the Closing ceremonies. Thank you.

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