Daily Archives: April 10, 2015

Sri Lanka Sinhala New Year — Racing Elephants!

.Anura Guruge December 2014 thumbnail.
.
.
.
.
.
by Anura Guruge


Related posts:
>> 
Sri Lanka Calendar 2015 Android APP.
>>
Sinhala New Year 2015 cakes & hampers.
>>
Happy New Year by Ministry of Defence.
>> Pinterest
page for Sinhala New Year.
>>
Google Doodle for Sinhala New Year 2015?
>> Maryland 2015
Sinhala New Year.
>> Old Year 2014 — Apr. 13, 2014.
>> Sinhala New Year: Background.

>> Goodies cart.
>> 1st Sinhalese New Year 2014 post.kapruka2015ahssaffa
>> 
Google Doodle For Sri Lanka
>> Independence Day
.

++++ Check Category ‘Sri Lanka’ & ‘Holidays’ for more >>>>


ytsrlraceselephasnas

Click to access YouTube video.


Before anybody gets on their high horse and even starts to think about ‘animal anything’ let me please assure YOU that tamed elephants in Sri Lanka are treated much the same way as pet dogs are treated in the U.S. or Britain. They are pampered and cherished. They are also a very expensive investment and commitments. So there is no hanky panky when it come to elephants. They do not get mistreated. If they are running that is NO DIFFERENT to having a dog run. These elephants will do, just like a dog, just about anything to make their ‘leader’ happy. So this would have been great fun.

There is an article about working elephants in Burma, in the 1920s, in the April 2015 issue of the “Reader’s Digest” that I have been meaning to talk about. Though it is written in praise of elephants the incident talked about bothers me — though it was done voluntarily by the elephants. They used their rumps to divert HUGE logs to teak timber floating down a fast flowing river. I don’t know about YOU, but an elephant using his rump to divert huge, 40 foot, logs bothers me. It has to have hurt.


Disney Movie “Monkey Kingdom” Filmed Entirely In Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka.

.Anura Guruge December 2014 thumbnail.
.
.
.
.
.
by Anura Guruge


Related posts:
>>
Sinhala New Year 2015 cakes & hampers.
>>
Happy New Year by Ministry of Defence.
>> Pinterest
page for Sinhala New Year.
>> Independence Day.

>> “The Angriest Man in Brooklyn”
>> “Grand Budapest Hotel”
>> “Paddington”

>> “Penguins of Madagascar”

++++ Check Category ‘Sri Lanka’ for more >>>>

++++ Search ‘movie’ & ‘Disney’  for other related posts using the sidebar options >>>>>>


monkeykingsadsadasd

Click to access Disney’s homepage for the movie “Monkey Kingdom”.


monkeykinimdb

monkeykingsl1

Click to access IMDB page for “Monkey Kingdom”.


monkeykingsl1556as

Click to obtain official videos from Disney.


polasdadkkasASD

Click to ENLARGE and read. From Wikipedia. Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polonnaruwa


Polonnaruwa along with the older Anuradhapura are two ancients and (justly) much celebrated (not to mention venerated) Buddhist capitals in Sri Lanka. I know both of them well. Spent a lot of time, at both places, in my youth. I last visited in 1980. They both have iconic, impressive and sobering Buddhist artifacts — stupa, statues, remains of monasteries and libraries. This movie will do much to get the world to appreciate the beauties and magic of Sri Lanka. I am glad.

Note not the ONLY major movie filmed in Sri Lanka. “The Bridge Over River Kwai” and “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” were ALSO filmed in Sri Lanka.

6423876_f520


We Would Be Beyond Delighted If The BBC Picked Comely Sue Perkins As Replacement For Boorish Clarkson.

.Anura Guruge December 2014 thumbnail
.
.
.
.
.
.
by Anura Guruge


Related posts:
>> BBC fires
bloody Clarkson.
>> BBC suspends
Jeremy Clarkson.
>> Clarkson’s 982 FKL Falklands stunt.

>> “The Great British Bake Off”.

++++ Search ‘MGB’, ‘MG’, ‘Stag’, ‘Jensen’, ‘Jaguar’ & ‘cars’ for many other posts>>>>

++++ Search on ‘British’ & ‘U.K’ for many other related posts >>>>


 I would go even further.

Use the entire cast from
“The Great British Bake Off”.

They would be great.

Paul Hollywood (and what a GREAT name)
can provide ALL the male interest needed
while Mary Berry will add even MORE class to the show.

Plus, PLEASE note that on March 26, 2015, I mentioned how great
The Great British Bake Off” was for the BBC
while talking about the firing of bloody Clarkson.


topgearbakeasas1
My vision. My graphic.


Click image to access original coverage.

sueperkinstopgear
** ** ** **
perkinsgayedsas

I only know Sue Perkins from the 2014 “Bake Off“. I like her. Reminds me of, just in terms of looks, Rachel Maddow — and I am a huge fan of hers too. Sue Perkins to me is the antithesis of the bloody Clarkson. She is pleasant, self-deprecating, personable and witty. Clarkson was but an ignorant yob. Sue, with her glasses and teeth, reminds me of the British girl next door. Clarkson reminds me of the goons you see in MSNBC’s ‘Lockup‘ series. Sue will bring much needed CLASS to the show.

They really should have the ENTIRE cast of “Bake Off”. It would create a CROSSOVER sensation. They will be great and the BBC will have TWO winners. Synergy at its best.

Sue (kind of like Rachel) is no slouch. Cambridge educated. Does doltish Clarkson even have an ‘A’-level?

sueperkingswiki

Click to ENLARGE and read here. From Wikipedia. Here is the link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sue_Perkins


What I said on March 26, 2015, when talking about the
firing of the crotchety Clarkson. 

mybaketopcomments


Sri Lanka Calendar 2015 Android APP With Auspicious Times For Sinhala New Year (Avurudu).

.kapruka2015ahssaffaAnura Guruge December 2014 thumbnail.
.
.
.
.
.
by Anura Guruge


Related posts:
>>
Sinhala New Year 2015 cakes & hampers.
>>
Happy New Year by Ministry of Defence.
>> Pinterest
page for Sinhala New Year.
>>
Google Doodle for Sinhala New Year 2015?
>> Maryland 2015
Sinhala New Year.
>> Old Year 2014 — Apr. 13, 2014.
>> Sinhala New Year: Background.

>> Goodies cart.
>> 1st Sinhalese New Year 2014 post.

>> Google Doodle For Sri Lanka
>> Independence Day
.

++++ Check Category ‘Sri Lanka’ & ‘Holidays’ for more >>>>


srilankacalendarasdsd

Click to access this FREE Android APP at Google PLAY.


I didn’t download it because a lot of it is in Sinhalese (which I, alas, can’t read anymore) and, everything said, I don’t really have a need for a Sri Lankan calendar.

Despite, what should have been bitter lessons learnt about the fallacy and idiocracy of mumbo-jumbo astrology from the last elections and the last ICC World Cup, millions of Sri Lankans, superstitiously, believe in all the auspicious time palava. Growing up I was all caught up in that too. Now I know better. Well it gives a lot of comfort to a lot of people. Shame, but it is true. Well this APP should help them.

Happy New Year, auspicious times or no auspicious times.


Richie Benaud, As A Sagacious Cricket Commentator, Kept Me Enthralled For So Many Hours.

willowcricketaprl2015.Anura Guruge December 2014 thumbnail
.
.
.
.
.
.
by Anura Guruge


Other Related posts:
a/ WI v England 2015
on Willow.
b/ Host v Host Final?

c/ South Africa did not prevail.

d/ ICC WCC 2015 memorabilia.
e/
Picking SA over NZ in 1st Semi.
f/ SA v SL — match fixing?
  
 … … …

>> Sling TV, DishWorld & Willow Cricket.wcc2015logo
>> ICC World Cup 2015 with Roku.

++++ Check Category ‘Cricket’ for many other related posts >>>>


Though I haven’t heard his effortlessly articulated and paced mellifluous voice in decades, I will sure miss Richie. He was a great cricket icon of my time. He was knowledgeable, astute and always fun.

His playing career, in 1963, was over before my time. It is possible that I did see him play in Ceylon. Australian and English Test teams, on the way to/from either country, by steamer, would stop in Colombo and, often, play an exhibition game (typically at what we then used to call the ‘Oval’). I remember Ken Barrington from one of those games. But if I saw Richie, I do not remember. I was young. I have seen him around Lord’s during Test matches.

Obviously a nice guy. Class act. He had a good innings though. For that I am glad. Thank you, Richie. I will always remember you, as will millions of others.

richiesaasas

Click to access BBC coverage which includes some good historic pictures. Google for more.