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Today’s Insightful Desmond Tutu Words Of Wisdom Compliments Of Meghan Markle, Duchess Of Sussex.

by Anura Guruge



I am a huge fan of Desmond Tutu. I think he is the cat’s whiskers. I know and appreciate what he has done and continues to do for South Africa, the world and the human race.

He is quite the man. He and my other LION, Nelson Mandela, were quite the team.

I did not realize that Meghan Markle routinely posts inspirational Desmond Tutu quotes on her Snapchat page. I just happened to hear about this quite today. It touched me. I liked it. It is very true. Very apropos. So, I wanted to share it with you. Read it. Think about it. Live by it. SMILE.


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by Anura Guruge

The Delectable & Irrepressible Desmond Tutu Was Born This Day, 86-Years Ago; October 7, 1931. Rejoice!

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE and read here. Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Desmond_Tutu






Desmond. Desmond. Desmond.

One of my FAVORITE human beings EVER. What a man. What a character. What inspiration.

I just have to see a picture of his face and it cheers me up and inspire me.

He did a LOT for South Africa — much of it behind the scenes.

He was a good and loyal friend to Nelson Mandela and I know that Mandela, like so many, thought the world of him.

I am glad that he is still with us. Wish he could do MORE.

He is one of the TRULY GREATS.

Happy Birthday Archbishop Tutu. We need more like YOU.


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by Anura Guruge

BBC & My Man ‘Desmond Tutu’ SLAM Sri Lanka Ahead Of Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) 2013 Meeting.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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2/ Origins Of “Armistice Day” (a.k.a “Poppy Day”) — June 11, 2013.
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Please check dedicated ‘Red Poppy’ PAGE
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Click to access BBC's controversial coverage.

Click to access BBC’s controversial coverage.


Click to access U.K. 'Daily Mirror' coverage.

Click to access U.K. ‘Daily Mirror’ coverage.


I don’t really know why I feel the need to defend Sri Lanka given that my links to that country are now tenuous at best — especially since I now realize I am adopted and have no real idea as to who my parents were other than my biological father ‘was a gambler’ (which I take as typical Sri Lankan talk to mean that he was a ‘playboy’ — which I think is real neat and goes to prove that it is indeed very true that ‘the acorn doesn’t fall far from the tree’. I have not lived in Ceylon/Sri Lanka since August 1967, and I relinquished my citizenship in 1983. So, whether they believe it or not in Israel, I have not held a Sri Lankan passport since then.

So that said, I find the BBC allegations a bit hard to swallow. Yes, I appreciate that most Sri Lankan men are ‘reprobates’ when it comes to ‘lusting after women’. A genetic trait. I also think that the first real crush I had, when I was but 8, was for a tamil girl who lived nearby — at least 6 years older than me, lily white(!) and a national musician; but then again, all my male cousins had a crush on her too and my adoptive parents treated her as another one of their adoptive kids. So, I appreciate that there can be exceptions.

But, I find it hard to believe that most Sinhalese men would rape tamil women unless they were ordered to do so — and even then would only do so under tremendous coercion! It is also a terrible crime. Many of these Sinhalese men will also be Buddhists. So, putting all of this together I am skeptical about the allegations. I AM SURE that there has been isolated incidents — Sri Lankan men, like Clinton, often having trouble keeping their lust in check. But, widespread …. I am skeptical, though I have no evidence either way. Just my perception of things.

As to my man, Desmond, slamming Sri Lanka. What can I say. Desmond really should think about going out in a blaze of glory and the top of his game rather than getting involved in issues that he is not an expert and as such can say things that he will later regret. That is my take.

‘Remembrance Day’ In South Africa Where Wearing Red Poppies Is NOT Prevalent.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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1/ King George V’s ‘Great Silence’ proclamation … — July 9, 2013.
2/ Origins Of “Armistice Day” (a.k.a “Poppy Day”) — June 11, 2013.
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Please check dedicated ‘Red Poppy’ PAGE
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I learned something new today. Wearing poppies is NOT universal across the old Commonwealth!

Found this on Yahoo.

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Here is a picture from that visit (I think). From 2011. Pictures one of my FAVORITE people — no, no, not the ‘tampon’ Prince.
Desmond.
My MAN! Just seeing his picture makes me feel good. What a person. South Africa was blessed to have him and Nelson.

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Click for ‘The Telegraph’ original with the Poppy in the banner.

I looked for pictures of Nelson with a poppy. Couldn’t find any. There are some with Nelson with the Prince — but they are PLASTERED with copyright notices. So I won’t bother to show them.



Two other Newspaper reports, both from the ‘Digital Journal’, about Remembrance Day in Johannesburg, South Africa. In the first you can see Poppy wreaths BUT nobody wearing the blessed symbol.

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SARD1

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The Australian cricket team, in 2012, while playing South Africa, wore the Poppy.

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To the Americans that think Boston won a ‘world series’, IT helps if the competition is between TWO different countries.



For The Last 48 Hours, Especially This Morning, I Have CRINGED For South Africa.

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Anura Guruge


No, I have not been to South Africa. But, I am no stranger to S.A. Obviously it is part of MY Commonwealth and they are Test playing nation — that is also pretty damn good at rugby. In the 1980s I was ‘associated’ (that is probably the best word) with a South African living in London, an ex-IBMer like me. I have also known a few others from there, one of them being my primary contact for a company in MN that I did a load of writing. Moreover, four (4) of my all time heroes are South African. Nelson, of course. I watched his release (and I still remember all 2 hours of it). I cried when he walked out. I cried when he was elected President. I will cry when he dies, as he must — though I am not known for crying when people die (firmly believing that death is an integral part of life). I am also particularly fond of Desmond Tutu. I have this picture of Desmond on my PC — and trust me, you have to be special to have your picture saved on this PC. And then there is Barry Richards and Mike Proctor.

DesmondTAs soon as the Blade Runner was arrested for the alleged murder of his model girlfriend, I told Deanna: ‘He will walk‘!

Two days after the famous ‘White Bronco’ chase I told my ex-brother-in-law, a lawyer, that OJ will walk. And walk he did. My brother-in-law was pretty impressed.

South Africa, alas, does not have a sterling record when it comes to violence against women. But, before we start crowing, neither does New Hampshire. I have been meaning to tackle this at some point. I am aware of three women that have died in NH, in the Lakes Region, in the last 6 years — and nobody has gone on trial as yet. Who am I talking about: the nurse murdered in Wolfeboro, the ex-wife of the car dealer shot in Gilford and I am referring to this accident in 2009 when the Former Miss NH was killed in a car crash. We actually knew the driver involved. He was an (ex-)pilot. As soon as I heard of the accident and the conditions in which it happened — I was mortified. There were things I worried about. So, we have to search our souls about what is happening in NH before we criticize S.A. too much.

BUT, you might find it interesting to read about S. Africa’s current President, Jacob Zuma, a confirmed polygamist and a serial-parallel adulterer. [And at this stage Deanna will start laughing.]

Anyway, why was I cringing?

CNN’s, obsessive, non-stop coverage of the bail hearing has cast S.A. in a very poor light. I feel bad about that.

They have come a long way. There is still a long road that they have to walk.

I am happy to see black natives in power. But, many of them are still learning the ropes. I saw and heard the Police Commissioner for S.A. yesterday. I was so embarrassed for her. I can relate. English is not my first language either, and I too speak with a heavy accent. But, I am not the Commissioner of Police. She should have spoken in Afrikaans and let the media translate. Same this morning with the RAMBLING, egocentric babbling of the magistrate. Oh, dear. I felt so bad for the South Africans. They are not bad people. Invariably they are fun, good people. Many have hearts of gold. Yes, that magistrate made O.J.’s Judge Ito look and sound like a scholar and that takes some doing.

A shame. So, the blade runner will walk. We in NH need to do something about these women that have got killed. Nelson, alas, will die and I will cry. So too will Tutu. I will probably cry too. South Africa is on the right track. But, they have a long way to go. One piece of advice to the officials: IF Afrikaans is your mother tongue, talk in Afrikaans when you are being interviewed. It will give you some credibility.

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