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James Michener Accuses Us Singhalse Of Being Renowned International Thieves As Way Back As 1820!

by Anura Guruge

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This will be around page 369 of “The Covenant” depending on which version you have. It is at the end of the long, pivotal chapter, titled “The Missionary”.

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Yes, I am wading through the 1,000+ page ‘The Covenant‘ by James Michener with my usual enthusiasm for Michener’s writing. I learn so much from Michener that I have no choice but to forgive him his occasional fobile. Indubitably, I think the world of him. How I wish I could be 1/1,000,000,000,000,000,000 of the writer he was.

But, James confounds me every once in awhile and he takes my breath away.

This statement, that us, the Singhalese (and I spell it without the ‘g’) are well known thieves caught me by surprise. And way back in the 1820s.

We have many shortcomings but thieving isn’t high among them — I think.

Of course, we have thievery BUT I had never thought it was anywhere beyond average.

James has a thing about Ceylon.

He, extensively travelled, must have visited Ceylon at some stage. He mentions Ceylon often,

But, I am not sure about this reference.

Not a big deal. Just amusing. He might even be WRONG!

The ‘Michener Corner’ in my study.
Separate from all the other books.

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by Anura Guruge

U.S. Copyright Act Was Signed Into Law, This Day 227-Years Ago; May 31, 1790 — By George Washington, No Less.

by Anura Guruge

Click to access the U.S. ‘copyright.gov’.

227-years ago. Good to know that they were concerned about it that long ago — though, to be fair, the U.S., at this juncture, was trying to catch up with Britain’s Copyright Act, a.k.a. ‘Statute of Anne’, passed 80-years earlier.

I am, as a writer and photographer, a great believer in copyright. So far I have contested and won three copyright cases involving my books. Didn’t make any money but justice was done.

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by Anura Guruge

Bust Or No Bust, What Would Churchill Make Of Donald Trump?

by Anura Guruge


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steve-benena3ad864a-ba41-514d-1740-6b5d3c9c5b10That Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill KG OM CH TD PC DL FRS RA is one of my GREATEST HEROES should not come as a surprise to any regular readers of this blog.

While I am glad that Donald Trump appears to share my admiration for this GREAT MAN, who was half-American (in that his mother was indeed an American), I, who know a fair bit about the demi-god, have some major doubts where he would have thought highly of Trump.

First and foremost Churchill would have HATED the “America First” remarks. Winston SUFFERED manly as a result of such sentiments in the 1030s when Europe was entering WWII and the U.S.A. wanted to remain neutral. Winston visited the U.S. to beg the Americans to change their attitude. That alone would be a huge sticking point between the two. Churchill was BIG on Allied partnerships.

Though Winston was known to be fond of women and greatly enjoy hetrosexual sex, it is well documented that he (despite his enormous power) was NEVER a sexual predator. He, true to his genuine aristocratic roots, was a good British Gentleman who treated women with respect (other than on a few humorous occasions when provoked by upper class ladies). He would not have tolerated Trump’s crudity. He would have found that vulgar.

Winston was also a GREAT scholar and a brilliant writer. He would have been appalled by Trump’s ignorance and lack of knowledge.

Winston also served in the military, in active duty, MULTIPLE times. He would not have been impressed with Trump’s 5 defferements.

And then there is Public Service. Winston served the British public in some capacity ALL his adult life! He would have found it hard to fathom that Trump, until becoming President, had not done any public service.

So, I think, my hero Winston will look down on Trump with disdain.

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by Anura Guruge

Christmas Revels North (Dartmouth) 2015 Goes Scottish — The Details.

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by Anura Guruge

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Christmas Revels 2015: Cambridge.
>> Christmas Revels North, 2015Scottish Highland Bash.

>> Christmas Revels 2014: RAVE.
>> Christmas Revels 2013 at Dartmouth.
>> Christmas Revels 2012 at Dartmouth.

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See this introductory post about the
“Christmas Revels Scottish Highland Celebrations”

Pictures from prior Scottish Revels
— supplied by the Dartmouth HOP.

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Write up for the Revels North Scottish Revels
provided by Rebecca A. Bailey, Publicity Coordinator/Writer,
Dartmouth College, Hopkins Center for the Arts.

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read the first few paragraphs here.

Click here to access the complete write up as a small and safe PDF.


Recent, Non-U.S. Google Doodles Since April Fool’s Day. One, Hong Xun Tao’s Birthday, Very Cute & Different.



Anura Guruge

A Few Related posts:
Two legit April 1, 2013 doodles — Apr. 1, 2013.
>> Google’s SCRATCH Doodle for April Fool’s — Apr. 1, 2013.
Google’s April 1, April’ Fools Doodles — Mar. 30, 2013.
>> All Of Google’s Doodles & Games … — Jan. 16, 2013.
>> Bing background vs. Google doodle — Mar. 31, 2013.

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Would appear that Google, atypically, appears to be gun shy after all the flack they received about the Cesar Chavez Doodle on Good Friday.

Other than the amazing SCRATCH Doodle they did on April 1, April Fool’s Day, they have stayed away from U.S. Doodles.

But they have been doing Doodles for their overseas markets. I was particularly struck by the April 9, 2013 one, in Hong Kong, for Hung Xun Tao’s 85th birthday. I have never heard of him. Appears he was a famous famous Chinese children’s literature writer and theorist. Also appears that Google, as they have done in the past, got his name wrong! It is supposed to be Hong Xuntao. Look at that Doodle, which I reproduce above. Notice anything unusual? ‘Google’ does appear, somewhat, BUT it is unusually muted and blurred. They never do that?

Interview With Me On The Front Page Of Laconia ‘The Citizen’ Today Talking About Next Pope.


Anura Guruge

Related posts:
ABC News Quotes Me … — Feb. 12, 2013.
>> What A Day. Pope Announces Retirement … — Feb. 12, 2013.
>> The Last 9 Conclaves Kindle ebook — Feb. 15, 2013.

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This was a neat interview. I have been interviewed by The Citizen before, but this was the first time I had met John Koziol. Impressive guy. A better writer than I am! Given my struggles and travails I admire those that can write well and do so quickly. John is one of those folks. We hit it off well. He is a Catholic and admits that he still goes to Mass when his mom tells him to. We plan to meet again in mid-March after the conclave.

New Hampshire Stories: Laconia Rotary Club and Arthur C. Clarke Being American.

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

  by Anura Guruge

Arthur C. Clarke in Sri Lanka with the famed Sigiriya rock fortress with its fabled images of topless beauties behind him.

What Arthur C. Clarke is MOST famous for though this was BUT just a small part of his huge legacy … Click image to read about Arthur in Wikipedia.

“New Hampshire Stories” sets out to chronicle noteworthy, but mostly amusing, events from my 3 decades in New Hampshire.
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Please read this post
for more about my induction to the Laconia Rotary Club ….

So per President Kinney’s instructions I did my two presentations to the club about my life, the first devoted to my early days.

A few weeks later, per the club edict that you really must mingle, I sat at the informally designated ‘head table’ for what was always an outstanding buffet lunch. The professional dignitaries invariably gravitated to this table.

On of those at the table was a recently retired surgeon from Laconia. Big guy in every sense of the word, but very nice. He had just recently been the President of some prestigious board of NE surgeons (possibly doctors). His brother was a dentist (in Laconia) and a member of the club. They always sat at the same table. The dentist was a chair-smoker. Whenever I saw him I would have these images of him, in the 70s (when I assumed there were no laws against where you smoked), leaning over his patients with a cigarette dangling from his lips.

I am seated diagonally from the surgeon; his brother seated next to him.

The surgeon puts down his cutlery, looks up at me and says: ‘So Anu, who is the MOST famous American author living in Ceylon … Sri Lanka?

I am stumped. I don’t know. I THOUGHT that maybe he was getting Arthur C. Clarke confused, but dared not mention that name.

I had, in my 1st presentation mentioned Arthur C. Clarke. Pointed out that he had moved to Ceylon in the late 1940s for the sunken shipwrecks that he dove (and for some other local ‘attractions’). Mentioned that my father knew him and that the very first telescope that I had seen (and used) belonged to Arthur C. Clarke. It was a brass telescope and Arthur had lent it to my father for a couple of nights. My father managed to find Saturn with it. Was I impressed and hooked. Wow. Yes, I could see the rings. I am sure Arthur gave my father directions as to where to point as my father, though an expert in many fields, is not an expert when it comes to the night sky. So I had covered Arthur in my presentation. So you can blame Arthur for my abiding interest in astronomy.

So, I am hesitating.

The surgeon by now is visibly getting excited. He goes: ‘Hhhhmmm. I thought you would KNOW. It is Arthur C. Clarke‘.

I am shocked. I am amazed. But, I have a knack of always hedging my bets …

So, I say: ‘You know, I am fairly sure Clarke is BRITISH‘.

This is a TRUE story with no embellishments whatsoever. But, can we PLEASE have a drum roll here …

He turns a bit pink and splutters:
Ha … He writes DAMN WELL for not being American’!


That to me will always be how I remember Laconia Rotary.

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