Daily Archives: October 21, 2017

First ‘Dotard’, Now ‘Daft Twerp’ — Do They Both Apply & Fit?

by Anura Guruge

From “The Hill”. Click image to access original. Google ‘Nicholas Soames’ for more.

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Having grown up in Britain, and having gone to Public School (i.e., private school) there, I am extremely au fait with all three words: ‘daft‘, ‘twerp‘ & ‘dotard‘.

Both ‘dotard‘ and ‘daft twerp‘, though alluding to different personality traits, apply in this case. I am sure he was a ‘daft twerp’ most of his life and then as he got older he also became a ‘dotard’.

Unlike ‘dotard’, which goes back 500-years or more, ‘twerp’ is a relatively recent word and is NOT even hundred years old as yet.

The Oxford English Dictionary‘, the final arbitrator on all words English, believes that ‘twerp’ was a creation of the famous,  by J R R Tolkien (of “Lord of the Rings”). In a letter to his son in October 1944 he talks of his times with T.W. Earp, a one time President of the Oxford Union, and refers to this T.W. Earp, as ‘the original “twerp”‘). Get it? T.W. Earp, who probably was a right royal twerp. Interesting.

So what do YOU think? You think ‘they’ got it right? I think so.

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The Picture Of The Day (Sony a6500) + 6 Also-Rans — October 21, 2017.

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Lake reflected sunlight between two tree limbs New Hampshire Anura Guruge Sony a6500

The also rans:

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The ‘Battle Of Trafalgar’, A Glorious British Naval Victory, Took Place This Day, 212-Years Ago.

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Click to ENLARGE and read. Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Trafalgar

Those were the DAYS, my friend. Yes, our magnificent navy still rules supreme BUT I am not sure that we can now claim to rule the waves. Pity.

But, that we just launched the HMS Queen Elizabeth, the Royal Navy’s largest ever ship is something to be happy and proud about.

The ‘Battle of Trafalgar’, something we all know about intrinsically. That we do have, smack dab in the middle of London, Trafalgar Square with Lord Nelson rampant, is always a reminder.

So, a day to rejoice. As such, PLEASE join me in this rousing rendition of ‘Rule Britannia, Britannia rules the waves ..

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Sri Lankan’s Use Fireworks To Rescue Elephant That Fell Into A Canal!

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Click here for the original U.K. “Daily Mail” article.

Click to ENLARGE and read here. Use link above to access the “Daily Mail” original.

Few things of note here.

We Sri Lankans, as I have mentioned here often, have a special relationship with elephants. That has to be the first thing to take away from this story.

The second thing to take away is that we are very fond of fireworks and will find any excuse to use them.

Third, while we are noted for, and taking pride in, our sloth, we can be very resourceful.

This story captures all of that in one neat package.

This is the 2nd dramatic elephant rescue
by Sri Lankans in the last 4 months!

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Rare & Nice To See A Young International Cricketer Wearing Glasses, Pakistan’s New Imam-ul-Haq.

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Click to ENLARGE are read here. From ‘cricinfo.com’ — of course.

The ultra-famous uncle. Click to ENLARGE and read here. Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inzamam-ul-Haq

Click to ENLARGE are read here. From ‘cricinfo.com’ — of course.

Glasses or no glasses this ‘boy’ can bat. Hundred on ODI debut! Only the 13th batsman to have done that. Pretty select group with some famous names — but also conspicuous by the names that are not on the lost. Only one West Indian, dear Desmond Haynes, Gordon Greenidge’s longtime opening partner. Imam-ul-Haq is only the second Pakistani. No Sri Lankan has done it — as yet.

I watched the highlights reel for that 3rd ODI. Pretty gutsy, gusty and increasingly entertaining innings. At first I couldn’t be sure, underneath the helmet, whether he was wearing glasses. He was. I can’t remember the last batsman I saw batting in glasses.

Of course we all remember Clive Lloyd. He always wore glasses.

Gordon Greenidge wore glasses for a short time in the 1980s (when he was going through a rare rough patch). I remember him in his glasses. Here is a picture. You have to look carefully to see the glasses. Like so many others he then switched to contacts.

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