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Sri Lanka CHOGM 2013 Thankfully Ends On A Positive Conciliatory Note. Hurrah For Our Great Commonwealth!

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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The Commonwealth leaders, to my delight and gratitude, demonstrated our
shared, inherent,
British ingrained CLASS.

Disagreements aside this is still one heck of ‘strictly by invitation only’ club.

This was good.

Long Live THE Commonwealth
in all its Glory.


Click to access original coverage from the Australian Broadcasting Corp.

Click to access original coverage from the Australian Broadcasting Corp.


Click to access coverage and the other pictures from the Sri Lanka 'Daily News' --  my newspaper when I was a boy in Ceylon. See below.

Click to access coverage and the other pictures from the Sri Lanka ‘Daily News’ — my newspaper when I was a boy in Ceylon. See below.



Talking about the ‘Daily News‘ got me thinking about their iconic ‘Lake House‘ — their headquarters in Colombo, Ceylon when I was growing up.

I used to visit ‘Lake House’ on a fairly regular basis and it was also a ‘meeting place’ for the family if we were in different cars or taxis. It would be, lets meet outside ‘Lake House’.

I just went looking for a picture. I found one below. Wow.

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There was NO big tree there when I was a boy! Can you see the steps? I still can see myself running up and down those steps in shorts. They seemed much bigger. I could be wrong but I remember some kind of water feature in front. Possibly a fountain. Does anybody remember that? I think there was a round-about.

Sri Lanka CHOGM 2013: Apparently Deranged Sri Lankan Journalist Blasphemously Bad Mouths Churchill After David Cameron Remarks!

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Click to ENLARGE. From the ‘London Evening Standard’. Use link below to access original.

Click to ENLARGE. From the ‘London Evening Standard’. Use link below to access original.

Click to access the ‘London Evening Standard’ original.


Click to access BBC coverage.

Click to access BBC coverage.


This is the same obviously misguided and indubitably uneducated female who has been ranting about Sri Lanka leaving THE Commonwealth. I will not mention her blackened name because the last thing I want is to give this ‘disgrace’ any more publicity.

I have NEVER been so glad and relieved that I have not been Sri Lankan for 30 years! IF I believed in a god, I would thank that god that I am not Sri Lankan.

Churchill, like so many other OUTSTANDING world leaders, and U.S. Lincoln and Grant also come to mind, did solemnly believe in “in peace, magnanimity”. It is even possible that dear Winston borrowed that from Lincoln.

It is no great secret that in my personal pantheon of gods Dear Winston is the Babylonian ‘Anu’!
(You will have to look that up if your Babylonian mythology is rusty).

Of course, in always 20/20 hindsight, Winston did make some huge blunders in WW I and WW II. But so did Lincoln. That does not make either a bad person. They were doing their best per what they had and what they were told was best.

I really despair. Such arrant nonsense make Sri Lankans look bad.

I am also NOT happy that Cameron mentioned Winston and the Sri Lankan president in the same sentence. Yes, they were both victorious but Sri Lanka’s 30-year civil war, despite how bad it was, was NOT WW II! Other than that the only similarity that I see in the two are that they are both corpulent — albeit with Winston, as ever, doing it in style.

This to me was the most inglorious moment, so far, re. CHOGM 2013.

German Evangelical Floating Bookstore ‘MV Logos Hope’ Visits Sri Lanka.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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I had an e-mail this morning from one of my (many) cousins in Sri Lanka that he had visited the ‘Book Ship’ “Logos Hope”, at the (famed) Colombo harbor, and had bought himself an Atlas. He asked me whether I was familiar with the ship. I was not. I knew of the various floating universities, and even remembered visiting one in that very same harbor, 50 years ago.

He, as is his wont, send me an URL to a local newspaper with a story about the ship.

Click to access ...

Click to access …

Being the cynical soul that I am, I needed more ‘G2’ especially given the name. So, as is my wont, I Googled it.

Wikipedia, had all that I needed to know:

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click …

All was clear and I fully understood the motivation and name.

I find it amusing that the ‘Daily News‘, that used to be quite a newspaper when I was young (albeit that being 50 years ago), totally missed the point.

My cousin too had not noticed. Not that it matters.

Missionaries, of all flavors, have been visiting Sri Lanka, with mixed success for nearly 3,000 years. All the major religions in Sri Lanka are obviously imports, viz. Buddhism (˜70% I think), Christianity, Islam and Hinduism. We don’t have many from the Judaic persuasion as this true story (retold by me (and you really must read it)) exemplifies — though there is a movement afoot (supported by a couple of my cousins) to prove that the (last) Buddha was born in Sri Lanka (as opposed to India). Yep, pigs will fly. My ‘immediate’ family, though I now realize I was adopted (actually a mix up at the hospital à la ‘The Other Son, was a mix of Buddhists, Baptists and Catholics, with my surrogate father (as opposed to my adoptive father), a Baptist.

OK, I will confess. Efforts to evangelize Sri Lankans, into any religion, bothers me. As the newspaper article indicates we tend to me ‘trusting’ folks, easily swayed. It is like giving candy to kids. But … My cousin was happy. He paid about $5 (in Rupees) for an good world Atlas from the U.S. He got a deal.

Three Chinese In Space Right Now, In A Chinese Space Station. Did YOU Know That?

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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As somebody who grew up with Sputnik, actually met, and shook hands with Yuri Gagarin, and write about astronomy I have always known about Russia’s, Europe’s and Japan’s exploits in space. And yes, of course, I knew China had an ambitious space program too.

But, despite being a news junkie and following news about space on a daily basis, I had no idea that China has their own Space Station, not that dissimilar to the ISS, and that, right now, they have three Chinese ‘taikonauts’ on board. Not sure why but I kind of feel strange that their are 3 Chinese up there looking down on me.

I heard about this when I got this story in my e-mail from Spaceweather.com — who sends me e-mail updates. Stopped me in my tracks. I went scurrying around to check. Wow. Wow. Wow.

I, like so many others, are resigned to the fact that China will become an even greater Superpower. This sure is a major step for the Chinese towards that goal.

Wow, ‘taikonauts’ looking down at me. 

Just think of the possibilities. Maybe I could hold up a big sign that says: ‘2 #5, 1 #7, 1 #6, 1 #48 and extra helping of hot mustard‘. 


Click to access 'spaceweather.com'

Click to access ‘spaceweather.com’





Yuri Gagarin, in 1961, in Colombo, Ceylon, with a very youthful looking Aunty Bandaranaike, the 1st Female Prime Minister ever. I would have been 8. This was the time when my first conversation for the day, nearly every day, would be with Aunty Bandaranaike, albeit on the phone. This from a 2011 article in the Sri Lankan ‘Daily News’ to commemorate this historic visit. That was when I met him and shook hands. Click for ‘Daily News’ article.



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