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As Expected “Great British Bake Off” Moving From BBC To (Independent) ‘Channel 4’ — But Sue & Mel Won’t.

by Anura Guruge


Click here for the U.K. “Daily Mail‘ original.

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This sad outcome had been anticipated going back to March of this year. I actually did a post about it on March 15, 2016.

Another blow to the poor license-fee supported BBC.

That Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc have confirmed that they will NOT present for the ‘Channel 4’ version is very heartwarming and makes me VERY PROUD. The right British thing to do. I like those two ladies and rooted for Sue to be on “Top Gear“. And this has reaffirmed that they are class acts. Bravo.

Read the nearly ‘1,000’ comments on the “Daily Mail” article.



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Darker Side Of Sri Lanka Buddhism, Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) — The BBC.

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Θ All Buddhists should be ashamed re. Myanmar.
Θ Extremist Buddhist violence …                Θ Appeal to all Buddhists
Θ Curb Buddhist extremists …                    Θ Curbing the Extremists

** Misconception of Buddhist prayer.

∠∠ Buddhists can be funny.                ∠∠ Buddha’s descendants.
∠∠ Blaming earthquake on animal sacrifice.

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Click here to access very good BBC original by Colombo-based Charles Haviland.


This extremist Buddhists muck-stirring, ably spurred on by unscrupulous hard-line Buddhist monks, this opportunistic yellow-robed reprobate, Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara,  the chief culprit, have become totally out-of-control in Burma and Sri Lanka.

His statement, above, that “white people created all of the problems” is pure unadulterated TRIP. This is the ignorant Sri Lanka rhetoric ‘of late‘. I am NOT white, never have been and never will be. I was born brown in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka). Though I left Ceylon in 1967, a week ahead of my 14th birthday, I had already made up my mind that the “whites”, Europeans, had GOT us to where we were. My adoptive mother, as I have often stated, was an out-and-out Anglophile. I just assumed that my adoptive father, who did VERY well from the education he got under the British, felt the same way. It was only 20 years ago, when I was reading his first nonfiction book, that I found out that he claimed to be vehemently anti-British.

IF NOT for the whites there probably would be
no Buddhism in Sri Lanka.

IF NOT for the whites ‘we’ would all be (heaven forbid) circumcised, praying 5 times a day, observing Ramadan and a growing bloody beards! [Yes, of course, we have Muslims in Sri Lanka and as I pointed out in this post my adoptive father, who, at least on the surface, supported BBS, was best friends, inseparable, with a prominent Muslim, who he talked with, if not met, every day!] So don’t get this wrong. All I am saying is that Buddhists who spout this tripe about the whites forget that it was the British that made sure that the Buddhists remained a majority on the Island.

IF not for the whites we would not have had, in the mid-1900s, the health system, the education system, the transport system and governance that ENABLED the extremist Buddhists of today to have the platform they have.

I am NO LONGER a Buddhist either. No, I am NOT a Catholic either — despite being an avid papal historian who again is writing a book about popes now that my first book on orgasms is out.

I do NOT believe in any religion. I do not believe in life after death. Simple as that. So I have NO axe to grind.

It is JUST that, given the unprecedented exposure I had to Buddhism and Buddhist monks while growing up (because of my adoptive father’s involvement with the ‘movement’), I KNOW that Buddhism is not a religion of violence.

Buddhism should NOT have a Darker Side.
Simple as that.



This is my adoptive father, in 2014, a few months ahead of his death, endorsing Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara and the BBS. I only became aware of the YouTube video, when a relative forwarded the link, a couple of months after his death. He and I had not been close for decades. We were very different people with radically different views and values. I eschewed religion when I was 18 (and formed an inordinate fondness for white females). He was extremely religious and did not fully appreciate my preferences — though to be fair to him he never interfered or told me to change. And contrary to what many think, especially those in the family, he was actually rather PROUD that I was writing ‘scholarly’ books about popes! Despite his foibles there was one constant in his life. He was an academic to the core and appreciated academic pursuits — even if they were outside of his value-system. Plus, he had made a point of meeting with John Paul II multiple times — exploiting his credentials as an ambassador.

Four years prior to his death, when we were STILL on speaking terms, I asked him — verbally and via e-mail — to speak out about the extreme Buddhist movement in Sri Lanka and in particular the GARBAGE that they were trying to propagate that the Buddha was born in Sri Lanka. He admitted to me that HE KNEW that this was WRONG but he was unwilling to say so publicly. And that in a nutshell sums up why we could NOT get along and why I was never his son. I have to stand up and speak for or against the things I believe in and things that are important to me. Hence this post, hence this blog. Yes, I was never a diplomat or a politician.

Anywho … here is the video. In a way it cracked me up. It epitomized why we could not get along. Something else about this video that is spooky. Watch it. Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara TOWERS over him as he speaks. It looks like an HOSTAGE video and some have commented on that aspect. I love some of the comments that have been posted on YouTube. Anywho, you make up your own mind. And PLEASE remember you cannot pick your parents and to make it worse I am adopted. [I am as it happens a Ceylon version of the “Other Son“.] But that is life.

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Click to access this hard to believe YouTube video — and PLEASE remember YOU can’t chose your parents (and I am adopted to boot).

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The comments that follow this video, by and large, reflect my feelings. When I first encountered this video it was the comments that sustained me. Click to ENLARGE and read.


Pope Francis Makes Surprising Decision To Put On Display “St. Peter’s Bones”! Second Incongruity In 2 Days.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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>> Rugby NOT violent
>>Nov. 22, 2013.
>> “Prayer of ‘WHY'”
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Click to access CNN coverage.

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One day ago it was the most amazing statement that Rugby was not violent.

Then this today. As the CNN article points out, up front, this is beyond controversial. There is absolutely no basis to believe that these are the bones of St. Peter.

In reality, there is no historical or Biblical documentation or evidence that St. Peter ever came to Rome! Plenty of documentation that St. Paul did. So that alone raises questions. Why was St. Peter not mentioned if he was there along with St. Paul?

That St. Peter was the first ‘pope’, which he really wasn’t, is a tradition rather than a fact. That is known.

Yes, many, many relics are not obviously what they claim to be.

But, this, in the 21st century, is a definite test of credulity.

I had NOT expected this pope to have gone along with this.

Actually this is the 3rd VERY STRANGE thing the pope has done just this week. That “prayer of “WHY”‘ was very strange too!

Hhhhmmm! Not good.

Has Pope Francis Ingested Too Much Incense? ‘Rugby Is NOT Violent’?

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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This pope has made quite a few ‘interesting’, actually incongruous, statements about gays, abortion, God etc. I even, in this post, got a good, Catholic priest, with a doctorate from Rome in Sacred Theology, to explain how his words don’t change the Catholic doctrine. Yesterday’s remarks about asking God ‘WHY’ blew my socks away. And then there was the Gold Pins on the Pallium incident.

But today’s statement that Rugby is NOT A VIOLENT sport really takes the cake!

What is the Pope SMOKING?

I used to play Rugby — albeit just in school in Mill Hill, London, U.K. I like Rugby. If Rugby isn’t violent then the Pope isn’t Catholic!

In hindsight I now realize that we were a barbaric bunch at Mill Hill! We went out to maim and injure. But, it was a two-way street. Much later on, when I was in my 30s and had platinum private health insurance in the U.K., called BUPA, because I was a high-flying corporate executive, a doctor had both my hands X-rayed. He calls me in and says: ‘How did you do it. Every one of your knuckles has been broken at sometime in your life … some of them multiple times’. I also had a broken, unmended, bone in my right hand — which was also a Rugby injury, that I refused to have treated.

Well, don’t take my word on Rugby and violence. Kind of funny that just this year a book came out called “Rugby Violence”!

I have been worried about this pope from Day 1. Now I am getting really worried, but for different reasons.


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The New Zealand ALL BLACK’s famous HAKA at the start of Rugby games. This picture does NOT do it justice. Check it out on YouTube. Ladies LOVE it.


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Another ‘This Makes It All Worthwhile’ Review On One Of My Books.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.Anura Guruge Next Pope book at Amazon

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Just happened to see this, this morning — since I do not check Amazon U.K. listings of my books that often.

As I said previously this is why I write books — because I do NOT make any money from them. Purely a hobby.

I think every author, who has written more than one book, knows deep down which of those books is the best one he has written.

Anura Guruge SNA Theory and Practice book at AmazonFor the longest time I knew that my first book, written in 1983 (and published in 1984), “SNA: Theory and Practice” was the best book I had written.

Writing that book was magical. I was 30 years old and my semi-photographic memory was at its peak. I wrote that book, which is very technical,
basically from memory and definitely indexed it from memory. I did not use a computer. I wrote it longhand by pencil. It is 550 page book!

But, I now know that “The Next Pope: 2011” is now my Magnum opus. It is THE book that I want to be remembered for.
Looking back I can’t actually believe that I wrote it. I amazed myself. The research that I did for that book was
beyond painstaking and extensive. Four years later I think back and go: ‘Wow, I did all that?

It is an amazing feeling.

A ‘Fellow Of The Royal Astronomical Society’ (FRAS) Writes A Nice Review On My Comet ISON Book.

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I did not know this gentleman till yesterday when he sent me a very nice e-mail complimenting me on the book.

[He also flagged a typo, where I had IOSN rather than ISON, which I have now fixed on both the printed and Kindle versions, this being the joy of today’s digital, on-demand, publishing.]

It is comments like these from folks that you don’t know that drives me to keep on writing books though I don’t really make a dime on these books!
It is but a very indulgent, expensive hobby — albeit, 99% of the cost really just in terms of my time since I don’t pay to have these books published
and I do, with Deanna’s help, all the work.

So, this was nice.

Writing another ISON book. Yes, that will be my 3rd on ISON and 4th on comets & 6th on astronomy.

Who would have thought that I would end up writing books on popes and astronomy.

But, that has always been the beauty of my life. I never know what I might be doing in a couple of years.

Well, must go. There is another book to be finished.

Thank you, Mr. Corneille.

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