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I Watched & Celebrated Brexit, LIVE, On Sky News, With My Likeminded Compatriots.

by Anura Guruge


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Though a reluctant ex-pat (for way too many decades) Brexit is dear to I. I never wanted my GREAT Britain (in which I had lived very contentedly since 1969) to join the E.U. As I explained in my earlier post of today, I wanted GREAT Britain to put MY COMMONWEALTH first and foremost. Commonwealth first. All other countries well below those of the Commonwealth. That is how it used to be. I am the proud & patriotic product of the British Commonwealth. I will not betray my roots and values.

I wanted to mark the occasion.

6pm Eastern was perfect. I was in front of our big TV at 5:58pm to celebrate. Made sure Teischan was with I. She understands Brexit. It was good.

I am GLAD. A relief.

But, I fully appreciate that the heavy lifting starts as of now.


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WE The British Are FREE Again; ‘Brexit’ Has Finally Come — British INDEPENDENCE Day, 01/31/2020.

by Anura Guruge


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Unlike many I am NOT a new Brexiter. I was always against MY beloved GREAT Britain joining the E.U. I wanted ‘Brexit‘ way back 44-years AGO in 1975. Yes, 1975 — 44-years ago. I proudly voted ‘NO’ in that 1st ‘Brexit’ referendum in 1975. I was among the 20% who wanted to leave at that juncture. But, WE, obviously, were RIGHT. It took the others 40-years to realize what we already knew.

I, for very obvious reasons, is a ‘Commonwealthist’. I want union, I want trade deals, I want mutual aid, I want ‘open’ borders — BUT with OUR GLORIOUS and proud British Commonwealth, first & foremost. Unlike, say Poland, we never, especially in 1973, needed a new trading block. We had the Commonwealth. We still do.

So, that has always been my primary rationale. British Commonwealth, first & foremost WITH GREAT BRITAIN always at the top. Never, first among equals.

Brexit is a good thing. Yes, I appreciate that we now have many hurdles ahead of us. That does scare I. I do NOT want GREAT Britain broken up! I want us united and standing firm with OUR Commonwealth.

I like open-borders BUT do NOT agree that being part of the EU is good for my Britain. I would rather have controlled immigration from Africa than from Ukraine. All immigrants to Britain must understand how to play cricket! That should be the criteria.


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Boris Johnson is going to be GOOD FOR I. The UK Sterling Pound will be stronger which means that the two pensions I get from the UK will be slightly higher. It is not much so the increase will be marginal. But, better than a kick in the teeth. Boris will also be good for the stock market.

But, Boris scares I. So, I will have to keep an eye on him. Let’s start with Brexit. Lets see if he can make it happen.

Fingers crossed.

For NOW I am happy.


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Fiona Hill’s Denigration Of Great Britain Unfair & Uncalled For.

by Anura Guruge



Yes, of course, as everyone is raving about, she was impressive and I was proud that she was British by Birth. But, I was disappointed and saddened about her comments, at the start of her public testimony, when she tried to ingratiate herself with the public, by claiming that she would not have had the opportunities that she had if she had stayed in Great Britain — because she was a miner’s daughter and had a strong working class accent. Balderdash. Tripe. Garbage.

I am 9-years older than her and ALSO grew up in Great Britain and went to University there (x2). I was even MORE disadvantaged than her — and I still have a wog accent. I was NOT white, I had no family at all in Britain. I grew up, on my own, in Great Britain from the time I was 16 — my adoptive parents a continent away.

But, I never lacked for opportunity in Great Britain. I, given my limitations, got all the opportunities I needed and MORE. I never felt that I was held back when it came to opportunity.

So, yes, you are dying to say, ‘BUT you also came over the U.S. of A.’ Yes, very true.

But, I did NOT come over looking for opportunity! There were THREE (3) reasons I came over in 1985 and by far the MAIN one was to pay less taxes on my earings! Kind of the opposite of looking for opportunity. I was in the same boat as the famous British pop stars of that era. We were getting taxed way too much. How come in my case given that I was not a famous pop star. My first book (which did very well (thank you)) and the tons of seminars I was doing — on top of holding some very nice jobs with all the perks, including company cars. I did OK in the UK. Thank you.

The other two reasons had to do with the weather (given that I had not seen the sun in three full-months) and a divorce that was never-ending. The plan, however, was to restructure my finances and go back. What happened? Two American wives (one ex-) and four American children. That is my story.

IF I am to be brutally honest, Fiona Hill hasn’t done that great! She, in reality, is a mid-level Federal employee. She could have, easily, accent or not, reached similar heights in the U.K. government.

I know plenty of folks from poor backgrounds that have done Brilliantly in the U.K.

And we all know the poverty and the homelessness in the U.S.

I don’t want to make a Federal case out of this. All I want to stress is that the U.K. is not a third-world country where opportunity is hard to come by. That is all I want to stress.


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GREAT Britain Became A Nuclear Power This Day, 65-Years Ago; October 3, 1952.

by Anura Guruge


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HMS Plym (K271), built in 1943, that served as a detonating platform. Click to ENLARGE.




The U.K. thus became the 3rd Nuclear Power after the U.S.A. and Russia.

It was just over 11-months before I was born. I think many people now forget that WE, THE BRITISH, are a very capable Nuclear Power.

That the explosion was conducted aboard a ship was interesting — befitting us being an Island nation. They, the U.S. and us, wanted to see what would happen if a nuclear bomb was detonated aboard a ship — in harbor. That was a real fear during the Cold War.


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British Rugby Giants “London Irish” & “Saracens” To Play In U.S. For St. Patrick’s Day.

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Click to access “London Irish” Webpage for this historic match.


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Saracens are the current Aviva Premiership Champions. Also the holders of the Anglo-Welsh cup. Click image to access their Website.


This is big, actually HUGE, by any measure. Two European, albeit British, Rugby legends cum giants, playing an actual Premiership fixture in the U.S. — at the Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey.

Yet another attempt to familiarize Americans with the sheer beauty of true British sports — cricket & Rugby. IF American audiences would JUST watch some good Rugby for 20 minutes they will realize that American football is so flaccid. So slow, so stop-start. I hope this match is televised.


Rugby in Britain is VERY EXCITING.


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British ‘National Health’ (NHS) Choir “Bridge Over You”, Christmas 2015 #1 — Beating Justin Bieber.

by Anura Guruge


IF unlike I, you do not follow U.K. news you might have missed this. Ameteur choir of British National Health Service (NHS) employees wins the 2015 Christmas #1 spot with “Bridge Over You”. All proceeds to CHARITY. Even Bieber pulled for them.

Great story. Very heartwarming. Very British. Shows everybody in a GREAT Light. A lovely way to wrap-up Boxing Day.

So I share it with you. Two videos, both (of course) on YouTube. Click to access.

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Remembrance Sunday 2013 In The U.K., Getting A Jump On Remembrance Day, A Heart Warming, Very British Ceremony.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Please check dedicated ‘Red Poppy’ PAGE
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YOU MUST WATCH BBC video and coverage. Click, sit back and be ready to be impressed.


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As ever brilliant coverage and video from the U.K. ‘The Telegraph’ my #2 favorite newspaper in the whole world. Click …


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The lovely Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, at the ceremony — with a poppy. From a wonderful picture gallery from the U.K. ‘Mirror’. Click to access gallery.


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The cerebral U.K. ‘The Guardian’, as ever, makes a good point. Got me thinking. Do Catholics do anything about Remembrance Day?


Now please, stand up, erect, and join me in a rousing rendition of ‘Rule Britannia’.

Trust me you will feel rejuvenated and righteous after that.

Please click to access this divine YouTube video.

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92 Year Old Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Queen’s Consort, Sporting ‘Red Poppy’ Along With 17 Bona Fide Service Medals.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Please check dedicated ‘Red Poppy’ PAGE
above (↑↑) with tons of pictures and history.



Click to access 'The Telegraph' coverage.

Click to access ‘The Telegraph’ coverage.

I have always liked the “ol’ devil”. My kind of guy. Quite a rake in his time and even now I think.

Wow. 92!

I always check, each year, for a picture of him with the mandatory red poppy.

He never fails me.

He is THE MAN.

The embodiment of the traditional Commonwealth service man.

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