Daily Archives: November 2, 2015

‘6 images for the day’ — November 2, 2015.

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Taken with my brand new Sony RX100 II.


Original 5472 x 3648, ~4Mb,
JPEGs reduced to 1024 x 683, 220Kb, for display here.
So v. low resolution. Sorry.
NO post-processing whatsoever.
Straight JPEGs out of the camera

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Attribution WILL be enforced.







Enjoy. Thank YOU.


Sri Lanka Got 0.02% Of The $35 Billion U.S. Spent On Foreign Aid! Yes, Just $6.9 M.

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I saw this map on ‘marketwatch.com’ on Friday. Of course I checked to see how Sri Lanka was doing. I was pretty amazed BUT not that surprised.

Sri Lanka has never figured much in U.S. politics or aid. Some of it goes back decades, even to the 1950s, when Ceylon (as it was then), was a leading light in the so called ‘Non-Aligned Nations’. Well, the U.S. never liked that. It was, in those days of the Cold War, “if you are NOT with us, then you must be AGAINST us”. They never appreciated “Non-Aligned”. To be fair Ceylon/Sri Lanka did get a lot of USSR and Chinese aid. The ‘Russians’ sent n to Ceylon in 1961 — which is how I got to shake his hand! I do not think the Americans sent Alan Shepard or John Glenn to Ceylon.

Yes, it cuts both ways. It is very much a ‘you scratch my back, I will scratch yours’ when it comes to the U.S. and foreign aid. I know some of this first hand in that my adoptive father was the Sri Lankan Ambassador to the U.S., in D.C., from 1992 and 1994. U.S. Congressmen would approach him will all sorts of requests on the understanding that in return they will help Sri Lanka get more aid. That is all part of the diplomatic culture. Yes, he had his K-street accounts to entertain whoever warranted entertaining. One Congressman asked him, point blank, whether ‘he’ (meaning Sri Lanka) would pay the rent, for ‘x’ number of years, for the Congressman’s mistress in D.C. My adoptive father could not oblige. This was during the Civil War and Sri Lanka didn’t have that kind of money.

Anywho, here is the map. You can do the maths.


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Eye-Catching, Eye-Candy, Concept Cars From Tokyo Motor Show, 2015.

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Pictures from this “MarketWatch.com” article.

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Just caught my eye. Not saying that I would be interested in any of them — with the possible exception of the Toyota KIKA that looks totally impractical. I would, of course, rather get a Jaguar over any of these. SMILE. Enjoy.


English Grammar Quiz From Britain (For You Native English Speakers).

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Hey, English is my Second Language. I struggle just to speak it so that people understand 25% of what I am saying. Grammar is way beyond me — though it is funny that I have, over the years, in school, won a few ‘English’ prizes — the most priceless being that I won the ‘English’ prize, in 1969, at the “English School of Paris” [in Paris, France] (along with that for math and physics), though I was basically the only wog in the class. Cracked me. All these Brits and Americans in the class, and they give ME the English prize. I think it was a joke. This quiz? Aaah.

But try it. Let me know. Maybe you could help me with the English. Thanks.


From, of course, the U.K. ‘Daily Mail’.
My only daily news source.
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Vatican ‘Vatileaks’ Mk. II — Two Arrested On Suspicion, One A Monsignor Who Is A Curialist.

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IF you have not noticed things are way out of control at the Vatican. No, it is NOT business as usual. This is outright internecine warfare. Pope Francis appears to revel in being an Agent provocateur. This crazy. Great for me. More grist to the proverbial mill but I feel bad for devout Catholics. The ground is shifting under them.


George Boole, Of Boolean Algebra Fame, Gets Technical Google Doodle For 200th Birthday — Nov. 2, 2015.


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The “Day of the Dead” Google Doodle,
for the SAME day
will rob this Doodle of much visibility,
though it is meant to be seen Worldwide.


Sombre, But Haunting “Day of the Dead” 2015 Google Doodle — November 2.

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This Blogs “Red Poppy” Page Updated With “Tower of London” & “2014” Posts — In Readiness To ‘Remembrance Day’ 2015.

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I think we are all set and in good shape to start the countdown to the
2015 Poppy Day — Remembrance Day.