by Anura Guruge
A full update, refresh and augmentation to ‘The Last 9 Conclaves‘ I published during the sede vacante. Here is the TOC. 152 Kindle pages. Available all platforms: PC, Mac, iPhones, iPads, Andoroids …
by Anura Guruge
My dear wife, who is my eyes and ears on many matters since she knows that I tend to be obsessively focused on whatever I am working upon at any given time, brought this, very important awareness week, to my attention yesterday evening. [Without Deanna giving me a heads up on Comet ISON, I would not have ended up writing two books about it.]
She knew that I had been a longtime disciple, a devotee. And remember Deanna wants me to write a book on my other creed: ‘An “O” a day sure will keep the doctor away‘.
So, she realized that I would appreciate it. And I am glad.
But, as far as I am concerned, how can anybody ever forget? It is so fundamental to world happiness and peace! OK, I guess maybe they have a point. If more people paid more attention, year around, the world will definitely be a better place.
So, please let us all take a few minutes, and by all means feel free to spend more time, savoring and revelling in this awareness week. If you need to, spend some time getting really up close and familiar with the subject at hand, please feel free to do so. It will pay manifold dividends.
So, let us celebrate. Let us give thanks. Let us never, ever forget. It is the FONT of world happiness — and trust me, the world can never be happy, unless the women agree to that happiness!
Oh. You want to know what the heck I am waxing lyrical about (and DO NOT misinterpret the ‘waxing’ because that is not natural).
..by Anura Guruge
I did not know that he had started blogging. Deanna found it.
Matthew is studying English at Wheaton (MA). So he is into this stuff.
He is very much, with no margin whatsoever for doubt, my son. Kind of scary. The only major difference is that he is a few orders of magnitude smarter than I, and I have noticed of late that this kind of embarrases him, though it shouldn’t.
Just under a year ago, realizing that he has an intellect than enables him to leap over large quantities of knowledge with consummate ease, and that he had mastered chess to a very high degree, I told him that he should start looking into financial investing. Over the next 4 months he was constantly calling me up to ‘pick my brains’ — the only advantage that possessed being that I had been trying to be an investor, with dismal success, for three decades. Then Matthew was off. As I had suspected he just crunched through facts, data, trends, principles, theories like there was no tomorrow. To me, as the father, it is pretty amazing to watch. Of course, I am delighted. Yes, the stock market has been very kind to him in that it has been all bull, bull, bull since he started. But, he is beating the market with consummate ease ONCE he got into his stride. He is making all the right calls, picking the IPO winners. He is studying English because he intends to be a lawyer. But, I see his future in hedge funds. He probably should set up his own hedge fund in the next 5 years.
So watch this space …
P.S.: He is Matthew Gordon Guruge. I am NOT into middle names, though I was, when born saddled with a few. Just feel that with ‘Guruge’ as your last name you don’t really need any qualifiers. But, my first son HAD to be named ‘Gordon‘! That was a ‘promise’ I had made to myself, though at the time I made that ‘promise’ I am not sure whether I ever thought I would have kids! I was not ready for kids till I was in my early 30s. I was having way too much fun. So why ‘Gordon’? I think I would still have to say that when it comes to men, no other man has given me as much palpable pleasure as ‘Gordon’ — Cuthbert Gordon Greenidge, Hampshire, Barbados and West Indies. Gordon played for Hampshire when I lived in Hampshire. In my early days Gordon opened the batting with Barry Richards! I saw Barry score a century before lunch one glorious Saturday morning with Gordon at the other end. We then found out that lunch that Barry’s mother was visiting from South Africa and that this was Barry’s treat for her. But, I have seen more brilliant innings from Gordon. And such a nice guy. Always a smile. I didn’t know him that well. He knew me by sight. I would sometimes see him in the shops. We would chat. Yes, Isaac Vivian Alexander Richards, no relative to Barry, was a close second. He played for Somerset and though I would sometimes go and watch Somerset, I never saw as much of him as I did of Gordon. But, I was shouted down when I wanted to name him ‘G.G.’ — Gordon Guruge. Somebody, a Catholic, even had the gall to tell me that it sounded too Jewish (as if that was a problem)! But … And ‘NO’, ‘Matthew’ is not a Biblical reference. The ‘Matthew’ in his name comes from what used to be one of my favorite groups when I was young (and for the longest time I drank that sweet bourbon because of the association).
..by Anura Guruge
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This is what they said about the pivotal meeting that they chose NOT to cover. Basically they are still dragging their feet on covering it. Always disingenuous excuses. They are so gauche it is embarrassing if not for the fact that it is so sad.