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Britain’s TV Viewers On “Red Poppy” Watch — Hurrah, Hurrah.

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From, of course, the U.K. ‘Daily Mail‘.
Click here for original.

I had to look up who this ‘Sienna Miller’ is.
American-born British actress.

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My Red Poppy collection — 2015.

Love it. As it should be. Nobody should be appearing in PUBLIC without a Red Poppy.

I blame the TV producers. They should have made sure she wore one — or told her she can’t appear on the show (irrespective of her American roots).

Oh, how I would LOVE to see American’s appearing on TV with Red Poppies. ‘The American Legion’ DOES have a ‘Legion Family Flower of Remembrance‘ program. They, i.e., American Legion, even used to sell a ‘Poppy Puppy. I know. I have one.

I have written to Obama twice asking him to wear a Red Poppy on Veteran’s Day.

The ‘Veterans of Foreign Wars’ (VFW) actually have a ‘Buddy Poppy‘ program. But you rarely see a Red Poppy, in November, in the U.S.

I no longer have ANY British poppies with the two green leaves. I only have Canadian poppies.

U.S. “Buddy” Poppy Puppy — that I bought on eBay.


British ‘Spies’, Patriotic To A ‘T’, Create Human ‘Red Poppy’ To Kick Off 2014 Remembrance.

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Related posts:
>> Canadians start wearing 2014 poppies.
>> 2014
Poppy Pin collection.
>> 2014 ‘Watch’ has begun.

1/ Buying Tower of London poppy.
2/ The Tower of London poppies
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3/ Will NOT ship till Jan. 2015.

a/ King George V’s ‘Great Silence’ proclamation.
b/ Origins Of “Armistice Day” (a.k.a “Poppy Day”).

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Click to access coverage by the U.K. “The Independent”.


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Click for coverage by the U.K. (local) “Stroud News”.

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From the same “Stroud News” article as above. Cut isn’t it.


This took place on Friday, October 24, 2014. I am not an expert of the British GCHQ  but I think, and I could be dead wrong, that it is somewhat analogous to the U.S. NSA.

But this was touching. Very nice. I am very happy and proud. Way to go.

British patriotism at its best.

Wear your Red Poppy in 2014 with pride.


Canadians, In Light Of What Happened, To Start Wearing Their “Red Poppies”, With Pride, EARLY.

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Related posts:
>> 2014
Poppy Pin collection.
>> 2014 ‘Watch’ has begun.

1/ Buying Tower of London poppy.
2/ The Tower of London poppies
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3/ Will NOT ship till Jan. 2015.

a/ King George V’s ‘Great Silence’ proclamation.
b/ Origins Of “Armistice Day” (a.k.a “Poppy Day”).

ΔΔΔΔ Check ‘Red Poppy’ tab above ↑ ↑ ↑ ↑ 

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Click to access original, albeit with some very annoying and intrusive ads by a bank (whose U.S. stock I do own).


As I have already noted “Remembrance Day” 2014 is going to be, alas, very poignant to the Canadians. I stand with them, shoulder-to-shoulder, this year. Canada has an unique standing when it comes to November 11 given the role that their citizens played in making this day STAND OUT. Thank YOU, Canada.

I started wearing my poppies on Thursday, October 23 — which coincided with the start of the ‘The Royal British Legion’ countdown.

I think it is a grand idea for Canadians to start wearing poppies now. When I wear mine this year I will think of YOU. Go for it, with PRIDE. Send pictures. I will post them here.

IF I can only get more Americans to follow this honorable and lovely tradition.

IF any Canadians actually see this, and per the stats provided to me by WordPress (and you can look at the ‘Flag Counter’ on the sidebar, right at the bottom), Canadians are my third best constituents next to my home countries of the U.S. & U.K. — I, please, need another Canadian poppy — PLEASE. I lost one last year. I was devastated.


My Poppy Pin Collection For ‘Remembrance Day’ (‘Poppy Day’) 2014 Has Grown.

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Related posts:
>> 2014 ‘Watch’ has begun.

1/ Buying Tower of London poppy.
2/ The Tower of London poppies
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3/ Will NOT ship till Jan. 2015.

a/ King George V’s ‘Great Silence’ proclamation.
b/ Origins Of “Armistice Day” (a.k.a “Poppy Day”).

ΔΔΔΔ Check ‘Red Poppy’ tab above ↑ ↑ ↑ ↑ 

++++ Search for ‘Poppy’ using sidebar  >>>>


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Now that the countdown for 2014 ‘Remembrance Day‘ has started, as of yesterday, I went looking for my Poppy Pin collection — as opposed to the actual ‘paper’ poppies that I also have. I couldn’t remember what I had! That is par for the course. I buy stuff, online, and then kind of lose track of them.

I was delighted to see that I had bought 4 new ones, rather nice ones at that, since Poppy Day last year. These are the 4 four to the RIGHT. The one with the concentric circles, in case you don’t know, is the British “Royal Air Force” (RAF) insignia with a poppy. The one next to that is a Rugby Union pin. The oval, yellow one, with a border of poppies is from Australia and honors their fallen — and they had a LOT that sadly fell.

If you don’t know who is featured on the last pin I feel bad for you. I think it is my favorite. I wore it with pride yesterday. My plan is to always wear a Poppy Pin between yesterday and November 11, 2014 when I am out. Yesterday I had teacher conferences at ACS. I wore it on a black sweater. So it was fairly noticeable. Nobody, other than my two kids, commented on it. They spotted it at once. First time they had seen it. Devanee, at once, knew who it was. I was happy.

I haven’t looked at nay pins recently. I have been idly looking at lens for the camera. I just want to get a feel for the lay of the land. I don’t really need a lens for the Canon T3i, but then again I can convince myself, without too much trouble, that I need two or three to give me decent coverage from 28mm to 300mm. But I might, right now, go and do some Poppy Pin shopping.

Please wear a Poppy with pride. It will make you feel righteous. 


October 24, 2014 Is “United Nations Day” — Whether You Like It Or Not.

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Click to access the official “United Nations Day” webpage at the U.N.


I am, unashamedly, a United Nations (UN), or to be more precise UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), brat. My adoptive father worked for UNESCO from 1967 till 1985, and then was an Ambassador to UNESCO from 1985 to 1992 and then was a consultant/affiliate of UNESCO till his death a few months ago.

So UNESCO came into my life when I was 15. UNESCO paid for my education and would have done so till I was 23 (I think). They were very generous THOUGH it meant that I was packed off to boarding school in Britain. I could have exploited it more BUT I didn’t. I will confess though that I used what was available to me to feed my passion for books. They had a funny rule. Not sure of the exact number but it might have been $100, $250 or $250. Whatever that number was they, i.e., UNESCO, would not reimburse me for books that I bought up to that number — with receipts, of course. BUT, if and when you went past that number they reimbursed, 100%, everything for what you could show a bona fide receipt. So if the number was $100 and I only spent $99 on books, I would get nada. But, if I had receipts to show that I bought $600 worth of books that I needed they would pay me all $600! And as you all know I love books. So I never had to economize on books when I was going to Uni — in Swansea.

So my feeling about the UN (and UNESCO) are obviously more tempered and complex than with those that only know of these organizations by what they hear on the news.

I do not think that the UN is all bad or all good. Yes, I can shock you with all of the waste (and I will not use the word ‘corruption’) that used to take place — and probably, of course, still does. But that is the nature of a beast like that. I know it does some good and that there are some very committed, dedicated and good people who work for the UN and all of its other organization. Yes, it is intensely political and 95% of the work done involves negotiating the politics and ‘taking care of themselves’. To be fair they all, rightly to an extent, feel that they are making a sacrifice by working for UN. Definitely was the case with me. My life, I am sure, would have been much better if my adoptive parents didn’t abandon me, all on my own, in Britain so that they could devote the rest of their lives to the UN and the rather nice lifestyle that it provides.

But, we shouldn’t begrudge them their day.

So, Happy United Nations Day, 2014.


‘Remembrance Day’ (‘Poppy Day’) 2014 Watch Starts Today — With 19 Days To Go.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.
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Related posts:
1/ Buying Tower of London poppy
Aug. 6, 2014.
2/ The Tower of London poppies —
Aug. 5, 2014.
3/ Will NOT ship till Jan. 2015 Sep. 30, 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 “The Royal British Legion” Website — really the mothership for ‘Remembrance Day’, at least as far as I am concerned. Great place to start. Always inspirational.


I am very fond of ‘The Royal British Legion‘. In my book they can do no wrong. Of course I grew up buying poppies from them come November. So even now I, around to this time of year, start with them when I want to get ready for 11/11.

I am glad I visited today. Today starts their WATCH — and with that mine.

I was going to start my countdown today and it is great that it coincided with the official WATCH. Sometimes the stars do align themselves propitiously.

Please note that this year is going to be SPECIAL because it is the 100th year anniversary of the start of WW I — which gave rise to this always moving, and IMPORTANT, memorial day. Hence why it was such a shame as to what happened in Ottawa (Canada) yesterday in front of their ‘National War Memorial’. So we are going to make 2014 even MORE special.

Please check the Red Poppy” tab above and please search on ‘Tower’ for all the posts on the 888,246 ceramic Red Poppy extravaganza in London. Yes, one of those ceramic poppies is MINE. I have already bought it. It won’t be shipped till after the event, i.e., 11/11/2014 — and as such I will not get it till 2015. That is OK.

Please support THE cause. Wear a Red Poppy with PRIDE — even IF you are American. I am doing my best to get more and more Americans to wear a Red Poppy ahead of November 11. I have written twice to Obama but he has snubbed me. ThankYOU.


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