Daily Archives: May 31, 2020

I Am Truly Torn As To The ‘Proposal’ To Give 2.9 Million From Hong Kong U.K. Citizenship.

by Anura Guruge

Click image to access the BBC coverage.


Click to access my post from February 2020.

As a (full (with right-of-residency)) British citizen, of long standing, & one heck of a British Patriot, I feel quite strongly about who should & should not be getting British citizenship — as the above post will amply testify.

I strongly believe that, as it was in the 1950s, 1960s & 1970s, those from the British Commonwealth — as I was — should be given priority & precedence when it comes to being granted British citizenship.

From that standpoint, I empathize with my (semi-)Brits in Hong Kong. I would like you to get citizenship & have the option of fleeing Hong Kong.

I like Hong Kong. I have visited twice. I like the Chinese — and of that there can never be any doubt or debate.

But, …..

I am TORN.


Hong Kong was NEVER a British Commonwealth nation. Yes, I know that that wasn’t their fault per se. So, technically, they don’t meet my #1 criteria. I can overlook that. Bit of a technicality. They were pseudo Commonwealth. I will acknowledge that.

But, here is my real concern & fear.

Hong Kong is NOT A TRUE cricket playing country!

There is more genuine cricket in Afghanistan than there is in Hong Kong!

I do NOT expect everyone applying for British citizenship to be a current — or former — cricket player. Heavens no. I am NOT that unreasonable.

But, I would like them to LIKE cricket!

I can even make an exception to that. I just expect them to come from a country where cricket is a major sport.

That is fair. Very fair.

Think about it.

As far as I am concerned cricket is what differentiates us (from the rest of the world) & also unites us.

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by Anura Guruge

2nd Batch Of Pictures From My New Panasonic ZS80 — May 31, 2020.

by Anura Guruge

Click to ENLARGE — any & all.

Also check 7 posted in today’s ‘Pictures of the Day‘.

Do NOT panic! This will not be a daily feature. More than likely this is the last. Yes, I will still do the daily 7 pictures, but not this ‘check out my new camera‘ post. SMILE.

So, what do I think of the Panasonic ZS80. Ambivalent. Cheapest camera I have owned in years — & it feels it. SMILE.

It costs me about $325 & it takes pictures worthy of that price bracket.

Yes, I have NOT spent enough time with it. My fault. I will rectify that.

The user manual for this supposed ‘pocket’, compact ‘point-&-shoot’ weighs three times that of the camera!

Panasonic user manuals are dense & hard to read. Too much auxiliary ornamentation & redundant ‘do-hickeys‘. Very hard to plough through, Shame.

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by Anura Guruge

As Comet C/2020 F8 (SWAN) Makes Its Flacid Swansong, I Bring You Comet C/2017 K2.

by Anura Guruge

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As I say in my ‘Comets’ book it is a very atypical comet.

Read the little blurb on it.

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More on this comet in the coming days.

Click to access the Amazon listing. Thanks.

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by Anura Guruge

Have Camera — See Flowers.

by Anura Guruge

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Combination of our yard & the greenhouses we visited today.

All taken with my latest camera — a Panasonic ZS80. Its first outing. SMILE. This camera supposedly has a very fine macro feature. We will see.

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by Anura Guruge