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The Picture Of The Day (Google Pixel 2) + 6 Also-Rans — December 2, 2018.

by Anura Guruge


NO post-processing whatsoever.

Taken with my Google Pixel 2 Phone.

Click pictures to ENLARGE.

Attribution WILL be enforced.

decorated christmas tree Anura Guruge Google Pixel 2


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Barack Obama’s Inspirational Speech On “Mandela Centenary” In South Africa.

by Anura Guruge


Short, abridged ‘5-minute‘ version from NBC News.


Longer ’90-minute’ version also from NBC News.


This is quite the speech. You really should try and listen to at least a part of it. So, inspirational.

The GREAT Nelson Mandela, whom Obama referred to as a ‘Giant’, would have been both proud and happy with this speech. They liked and respected each other. Can YOU imagine what Nelson would make of Donald Trump?

Though he and I had a few major disagreements (and even some blowouts) over ‘Obamacare‘, I have always liked the man and enjoyed watching him speak. (And, yes, I did campaign for him, like a black, going door-to-door, three times.)

It is so refreshing to see Obama SMILE and look happy when he speaks. Trump looks like he is in urgent need of Extra-Strength ‘Preparation H‘.

Obama has a tremendous sense of humor. Listen to the opening.

The South African audience, ALAS, totally misses one of his BEST punchlines. He talks about it being cold in South Africa and how he is wearing long johns. Then, he says, deadpan: “You know I was born in Hawaii“. They didn’t get it.

Great speech. Tremendous for “Mandela Day”.

Two GREAT men. What an honor and pleasure.


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100 Iconic Image Video, By ‘USA Today’, For The GREAT ‘Nelson Mandela Centenary’ — Tomorrow, July 18, 2018.

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Click image to access the official Website for this momentous Centenary.


Spend 1:40 minutes JUST savoring this. It will do you a power of good.

Today, more than any other day we need to remind ourselves what a GREAT LEADER, A GREAT MAN looks like — and acts like.

Yes, he had flaws, but by golly he was A MAN.

What an inspiration, even today.

Please, please just let this just wash over you. [No, you don’t need to thank me. {Smile}]

Did I tell you that I am a HUGE Nelson Mandela fan?


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“Nelson Mandela Centenary 2018” Is This July — And Here Is A Great Video To Tee Things Up.

by Anura Guruge


Click image to access this great video on Vimeo.


Click image to access the official Website for this momentous Centenary.


July 18, 2018, will be the 100th anniversary of the GREAT man’s birth.

Hence this ‘Be the Legacy‘ Centenary.

It is going to be a huge, global celebration with gala events in many cities around the World, starting soon. I plan to keep you apprised of some of the key ones — such as President Obama’s speech, in South Africa, on the day, i.e., July 18, 2018.

But, in the meantime get into the swing of things by watching this very informative and well put together video.


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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.

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