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‘Tower of London’ Ceramic Red Poppies For WW I Centenary Available For Sale — I Am Getting One.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.
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Related posts:
1/ Centenary of British involvement WW I — July 3, 2014.
2/ NZ kicks of 100 year remembrance — Aug. 4, 2014

a/ King George V’s ‘Great Silence’ proclamation … — July 9, 2013.
b/ Origins Of “Armistice Day” (a.k.a “Poppy Day”) — June 11, 2013.

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Buy directly from the ‘Tower of London’ gift shop. Haven’t checked what the shipping is. Click to access.


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Lots of pictures, especially of Kate Middleton and background. Of course from my all time favorite newspaper, the U.K. “Daily Mail” — the best newspaper in the entire world. Click to access.


When I wrote about these evocative ceramic poppies on August 3 I did say that I would like to get one. Given the number involved, i.e., 888,246, I knew that at least some would be for sale. Well they are.

I told Deanna that I want one for my birthday. That should be nice.

This this, Wednesday, August 6, 2014 UPDATE that gives you a heads up that shipping to the U.S. will be expensive.


Today, August 4, Was Centenary Of British Involvement In WW I, Wednesday, August 6, Will Be 69th Anniversary of Hiroshima Atomic Bomb.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.
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Related posts:
1/ Centenary of British involvement
>>WW I — July 3, 2014.
2/ NZ kicks of 100 year remembrance — Aug. 4, 2014

a/ King George V’s ‘Great Silence’ proclamation … — July 9, 2013.
b/ Origins Of “Armistice Day” (a.k.a “Poppy Day”) — June 11, 2013.

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Click to access 'Wall Street Journal' coverage.

Click to access ‘Wall Street Journal’ coverage.


Kind of spooky, or at least a tad disconcerting, that two major anniversaries pertaining to two very different wars take place 2 days apart! Sobering.

Quite a long time ago I spend close to a year studying the whole ‘Manhattan Project‘ and the first two Atomic drops. Fascinating. Given my ultra-PRO Allied leanings I have no qualms about the two bombs. I do believe that it expedited the end of WW II. Period. Might even have saved lives. So, I don’t fret about it. I only have one nagging question in the back of my mind. Did the Allies shun away from using the Atomic option in Europe? Have you thought about that? Japan in every sense of the word is far removed from Europe. Could they have used in Berlin? We will never really know.

As far as I know Colonel Paul Tibbets, the HERO pilot of the ‘Enola Gay‘ had — or probably still has — relatives around here; i.e. New Hampshire Lakes Region. I knew someone who knew them. He had some ‘neat’ memorabilia, mainly signed pictures and paintings, from Paul Tibbets.

But, any way, August 6, 2014 — 69 years.

Remember.


Click to ENLARGE. The historic, iconic 'Enola Gay'.

Click to ENLARGE. The historic, iconic ‘Enola Gay’. From Wikipedia. Check it out. Beautiful plane. So phallic.


100 Year, Centenary, Anniversary Of British Commonwealth Involvement in WW I — August 4, 2014.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Related posts:
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
above (↑↑) with tons of pictures and history.

Given our commitment for remembering and glorifying ‘Poppy Day‘,
my dedication to the British Commonwealth and my well known
pride in my British citizenship
IT is only right that I mark this anniversary
— though it is a sad one.

A terrible war.

5,525,000 dead on the Allied side, 888,246 British.

Sobering.

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This is QUITE THE memorial at the Tower of London. 888,246 ceramic poppies. I would LOVE to buy one of these. I will have to look into that. Click to access UK ‘Metro.co.uk’ coverage with some stunning photographs. Remember. Reflect. You do know that Hitler fought in WW I.


Thank YOU, Canada.
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Click to read how Canada entered The War the same day as Britain. Thank YOU, Canada.


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Click to access Wikipedia entry for WW I which explains how the War started on July 28, 1914 but how it was August 4, 1914 when Britain and our PROUD Commonwealth entered the fray. Remember.


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Click to access original — which you can see at full size. From the UK ‘Metro’ listed above. Dramatic.


A Cheap Jensen Record Player Rounded Off My ‘Now You Are 60’ Christmas Of Nostalgia.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.



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>> Queen’s Coronation Cover …
>>December 27, 2013.

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I did not know about the toy tin train or the Queen’s coronation cover,
but I had asked for a big Poppy Pin from the U.K.
and a Jensen record player (turntable).

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Why I hadn’t got a Jensen earlier is just another one of those inexplicable mysteries that litter my life.

Yes, I have two (I think) turntables and a few old amplifiers and speakers stored in various nooks and crannies
but they have never been hooked up.

I did have a record player when we lived in Gilford but I gave it away
because I planned to get a new one. Well that was 7 years ago.

My last real system was my Linn Sondek, Naim and Linn Isobarik
system, which I had bought in the U.K.,
in 1981 when I first started doing public seminars.

I just checked eBay. The prices are crazy.
I think they were crazy in 1981 but my finances were different.
I don’t need a Linn right now — or ever.

There was a time when I had over 600 LPs.

I whittled that down to about 300 when we lived in Gilford.

Then I decided just to keep the very special ones and threw the others away.

I now have about 60 — most from the late 1960s and early 1970.

They have seen a lot of use.

I would cringe have a $500 Klyde cartridge traversing those grooves.

Actually haven’t bothered to check what the cartridge situation
is with the Jensen.

OK. I just checked. ~$35. Hhhhmmm.

I had, and still have, some very esoteric, eclectic, kind-of-folksy
taste in music. Here are some of the LPs that I have
been listening to, again, with the Jensen.

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Click to ENLARGE.

I had genuinely missed the ‘Strawbs‘.
‘The Man Who Called Himself Jesus’ still does numbers on me.

I saw the ‘Strawbs’, kind of by mistake, in 1969.

‘If it was so simple’ by ‘Longdancer‘ is my theme song for life.

Pentangle‘ should have been bigger.

I saw ‘Quintessence‘ in Swansea in 1972 or 1973.

“Matthew’s Southern Comfort”.
That is WHY my son is called “Matthew”!
That tells its own story.
I wanted to call him ‘Gordon’ after my all time hero Gordon Greenidge.
I was told I couldn’t because it sounded too Judaic!
Never understood that. So the compromise was: Matthew Gordon Guruge.
The only child that I named that has a middle name.


My Remembrance Day, “Poppy Day” Pin Collection Grows, Slowly. Now Up To 5.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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1/ ‘Poppy Puppy’ & Two Pins …
>>Nov. 19, 2013.

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


Click to ENLARGE. 2 from the U.K., 1 from the U.S. and two from Canada.

Click to ENLARGE. 2 from the U.K., 1 from the U.S. and two from Canada.

The big poppy, furthest to the left, is from the U.K. and was another Christmas 2013 present — at my request.

This might be the pin that I wear in November 2014.

I have two more pins coming from the U.K.
Got them from eBay after Christmas.
Given my rather limited means I can’t just get what I want,
I have to carefully pick out the CHEAP ones, i.e., under $5, that I can afford.


My ‘Poppy Puppy’ And The First Two Pins For My Remembrance Day, Poppy Day Collection.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Related posts:
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
above (↑↑) with tons of pictures and history.


As I stated in this post, I was getting a ‘Poppy Puppy‘ irrespective of whether people thought it was ‘politically correct’ or not.

Just check them out and go ‘aaaaahhhh‘. 

Click on the pictures to ENLARGE.

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I decided to also get a few pins a year to hopefully start a collection.

I got the 2nd one because I knew that it HAD to be saved and preserved. I got the first one because I just loved it. I will wear that, the ‘Union Jack Poppy‘, next year.

So here is the strange thing. I do NOT think the ‘National Award’ pin should be sold on eBay. But here is the irony and kicker. After I bought the ‘Union Jack’ pin and payed for it, via PayPal, I get an e-mail from eBay saying that they DELISTED that pin because it was ‘inappropriate’! Ah! Then it gets even stranger. They said that IF I HAD PAID for it … then I should wait for it to be delivered. IF I hadn’t paid for it, they suggested that I didn’t! It was all very messed up. Didn’t say that I had to return it. I think I know what the fuss is all about. Has to do with some concentration camp items listed on eBay from Europe. They had to, quite rightly, yank those off. The ‘Union Jack’ pin was from the U.K. So, I think eBay is now confused about all ‘war’ memorabilia from Europe. That is crazy. 

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