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The Royal Baby, My Future King, ‘Baby Cambridge’ — Some Random Thoughts.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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A frame grab from a BBC (UK) video of the Royal Baby, 'Baby Cambridge'.

A frame grab from a BBC (UK) video of the Royal Baby, ‘Baby Cambridge’.

Though I have written quite a bit about Kate Middleton and the Royals, I was not going to do a post on the Royal Baby. I assumed that there was nothing I had to add that hadn’t already been said, gushingly, by the ‘gone gaga’ media. Well, I was wrong. Last night somebody did a search on: ‘Royal Baby Anura Guruge‘! So, somebody, who could correctly spell my name, thought that I must have added my 3 cents into the fray. So, I will.

1. Of course, I am delighted. I am, as ever, delighted for the parents. Having a baby is always so wonderful. I can remember. So, no question, I am delighted for them. I am also happy for the Country. A great day. A great few years. The wedding. The Olympics. The Jubilee and now the Royal Baby.

2. I fully realize that he is 3rd in line but I will confess that doesn’t do anything for me. I think I have worked out the reason. I have seen popes come and go, BUT I have yet to see the transition of a British monarch and I am just a few weeks shy of my 60th birthday! This Queen, Elizabeth II (February 6, 1952 —>), has been my Queen ever since I was born. The first passport I had, in 1967, was issued in her name. So royal transition is not something I can relate to, though I was (and probably still am) an expert on papal transitions.

3. Unless something very, very bad happens, I will never see this baby as my King. I, given my dodgy health, might not even live long enough to see his grandfather become King. So, that adds another level of abstraction.

4. My now ardent belief in monarchism only came with age. In my 20s I never really appreciated its value. That said, my monarchism is deeply rooted in THIS QUEEN. I have grown to have enormous respect for her as an unparalleled world leader and an exceptional human being. But, that respect and affection is not automatically transferred per the ‘King is dead, long live the King‘. I still remember, each time with a shudder, his puerile ‘I want to be your tampon‘ remark! That was crude. It would be bad enough coming from a pimply, 14 year old boy just discovering sex. But, Charles was married and in his 30s. Yes, I lived not just through the Queen’s annus horribilis but through two decades of it.

5. I am not in favor of the current rules of succession, i.e., that it always goes down through the eldest offspring. I think that that dilutes the supposedly sacrosanct Royal blood. I would prefer to see it go sideways first … i.e., through all the living children of the prior monarch before it goes down to the next generation. So, I would rather see Anne take over from William. Actually I would prefer to see Princess Anne as Queen rather than Pr. Tampon! As with the Queen, I have warmed to Anne (who is close to my age) over the years. Yes, I know she has had her scandals too, but in my eyes she has more credibility. Nobody will ever convince me that Pr. Harry is the offspring of Pr. Tampon. I ‘knew’ his mother’s lover James Hewitt. Harry looks more like James than my son looks like me, and people say that my son looks like me. Not that it matters. Royal blood lines have never been pure.

6. The obsession in the U.S. for this media, particularly by the media, confuses me. Don’t they appreciate the irony! This country was founded on its opposition to the British monarchy. If the Americans are so much in love with this baby it can be arranged, quite easily, for him to be King. I am sure the U.S., as a former colony, is eligible to join our prestigious Commonwealth. Yes, I know that some will oppose it but I am sure the U.K., Canada, Australia etc. will vote for the U.S. to join.

Another ‘This Makes It All Worthwhile’ Review On One Of My Books.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.Anura Guruge Next Pope book at Amazon

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Click to ENLARGE.

Click to ENLARGE.

Click here to access comment at Amazon U.K.

Just happened to see this, this morning — since I do not check Amazon U.K. listings of my books that often.

As I said previously this is why I write books — because I do NOT make any money from them. Purely a hobby.

I think every author, who has written more than one book, knows deep down which of those books is the best one he has written.

Anura Guruge SNA Theory and Practice book at AmazonFor the longest time I knew that my first book, written in 1983 (and published in 1984), “SNA: Theory and Practice” was the best book I had written.

Writing that book was magical. I was 30 years old and my semi-photographic memory was at its peak. I wrote that book, which is very technical,
basically from memory and definitely indexed it from memory. I did not use a computer. I wrote it longhand by pencil. It is 550 page book!

But, I now know that “The Next Pope: 2011” is now my Magnum opus. It is THE book that I want to be remembered for.
Looking back I can’t actually believe that I wrote it. I amazed myself. The research that I did for that book was
beyond painstaking and extensive. Four years later I think back and go: ‘Wow, I did all that?

It is an amazing feeling.

GoDaddy E-Mail: A New User Interface & File Folder Integration.


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I just noticed a ‘button’, top right, that said ‘Updated View’. I checked it out.

It is striving for a pane-based layout, with a preview pane, as used by G-mail etc. It is OK. It is different. It will take some getting used to. Yes, you can opt to go back to ‘classic view‘.

New compose editor. That appears, finally, to have built-in image attach capabilities. There is a FORMAT Undo, but I still can’t find a all-purpose undo (or go back).

They have monkeyed around with File Folder integration. They have tried to merge it in but it doesn’t work too well.

In the meantime you will find that you can no longer get to File Folder from e-mail!

Plus, yes, e-mail has been slow.

So, this is just a heads-up.