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Sri Lanka, To It Credit, Now Teaching Kids How To Deal With A Tsunami.

by Anura Guruge

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This is a great move and the Sri Lankan authorities should be commented.

It is not a case, in this instance, of ‘too little, too late‘. There was no precedent in living memory for the 2004 tsunami that devastated southwest Sri Lanka and claimed so many lives. You can’t be prepared for something that you never knew could happen.

But, now we know and they are taking action.

I have always maintained, since 2004, that SO MANY kids lost their lives in the tsunami because we are NOT accustomed to TIDES. Though it is an island in the middle of Indian Ocean, due to the shape of the Continental Ledge in that area, Sri Lanka has minimal — to negligible — tides. Around 6″, both in height and reach. You can’t detect that. So we grow up not knowing about tides. That was definitely the case with I. I would read about tides in the English books I devoured and ASSUMED (wrongly) that we didn’t have tides because we were by the equator,

So, prior to the tsunami coming in, the ocean went out. That was NEW to all. They had no experience of the ocean ebbing and froing. Yes, of course, they should have known/realized that something MAJOR was awry. But, we are not very smart either. So adults and kids went out on the beach and were picking up the fish that were getting left behind in the sand. Then the tsuami came in at great speed. Too late.

So this training is good.

For those of us in the U.S. SPOT the irony. In Sri Lanka they have tsunami drills at school. In the U.S. we have active shooter drills! Wow. I know what I would prefer.

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by Anura Guruge

Ananda College, Sri Lanka Pays Homage To American Colonel Henry Olcott, Its Founder.

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by Anura Guruge

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List of prizes at Ananda.
>> Ananda College prize giving 1969.

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Colonel Henry Steel Olcott [2 August 1832 – 17 February 1907], born in New Jersey, an officer during the Civil War, and a member of the committee that investigated Abraham Lincoln’s assassination, is NOT a well known figure in the U.S.

Not so in Sri Lanka (once Ceylon).

Henry Steel Olcott is a well known and well respected legend. His greatest and justified claim to fame is that he founded a number of Buddhist schools in Ceylon, my old alma mater, Ananda College, in Colombo, with 6,000 students in my time [i.e., 1958 to 1967] and now [per Wikipedia, 5,000], the largest. We were ‘taught’ about Olcott and his picture hung in the school (and I must admit that he comes across as being a bit scary, when you are a 6-year old boy in shorts, not used to men with such luxuriant beards).

Olcott other claim to fame was that he, with his ‘good friend’, Russian-born Helena Petrovna Blavatsky [1831 – 1891], converted to Buddhism in Ceylon — at that time the highest profile Westerns to do so. They were also the founders of the (to me the always very strange and confusing) Theosophical Society.

Anywho, I just thought I would share this with you. Checkout the Theosophical Society. It might appeal to YOU.


Blavatsky and Olcott in 1888 (from Wikipedia). Ananda College was founded 2 years prior to this picture being taken.

‘Laconia Daily Sun’ Goes Off At Halfcock About ‘Pizza & Cupcake Police’ Trying To Be Sensationalistic.



 ..by Anura Guruge

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Friday, May 24, 2013, cover story in 'The Laconia Daily Sun'. Click to access.

Friday, May 24, 2013, cover story in ‘The Laconia Daily Sun’. Click to access.

Deanna was reading this and, understandably, getting very agitated. Though I didn’t read all of it, I realized quickly that this was spin and bad spin. I also appreciated that this had to do with the new anti-obesity policies. So, I decided that I would do some quick research before going to bed.

Just as I suspected. Poor, irresponsible journalism on the part of the Sun. This is not law as yet. Nobody will be fined. It is still in the proposal stage and the USDA is still accepting input.

This provides a good overview of the issues. Click  to access.

This provides a good overview of the issues. Click to access.

Here is the actual USDA Proposal. Click to access the PDF.

Here is the actual USDA Proposal. Click to access the PDF.

Good Friday, March 29, 2013, Is A Holiday For Kids In Alton. I Am Glad. Happy Easter.


U.S. public holiday vs. those in the U.K. Click to ENLARGE.

Anura Guruge

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Good Friday, nor Easter Monday are public holidays in the U.S. — though the Stock Market is closed on Good Friday, which as far as I am concerned makes it a key holiday.

But, there is postal delivery, in theory, on Good Friday. It is not a general holiday in NH or for NH schools.

I have lived in 4 countries and the U.S. is the only one of those where Good Friday and Easter Monday are not holidays. Took me the longest time to get used to that. A four day holiday, at the start of Spring, with obligatory ham and chocolate, is a nice break for all.

I am glad that the Alton kids have Good Friday off. Nice touch. Yes, it is one of those handy ‘teacher conference‘ days. If I had my way they would have Monday off too. I can’t remember whether this happens in Alton each year.

But, this is good. Happy Easter.

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