Daily Archives: April 9, 2021

The Passing Of ‘Prince Philip’: Not My Favorite Royal, But It Is A Sad End To An Era.

by Anura Guruge

During their visit to Ceylon in 1954. My parents met them & my mother got to know the Queen.

Click image to access this page & VIDEO.

He was NOT my favorite Royal. I ONLY became a Monarchist late in life & that solely for MY QUEEN, & my Queen alone. I used to be quite the anti-monarchist in my youth & some traits stayed on.

Philip was OK, but I recall that his less than diplomatic comments mainly to US colored colonials. Watching Netflix’s excellent series ‘The Crown’ reminded me of some more, like making fun of an African tribal king wearing an elaborate crown. And here is a link to some of his non-racial barbs.

Plus, I thought he was supposed to have had a number of affairs while married to the Queen. Now he is being portrayed as this ultra-faithful & dutiful husband. To I he never came across as that.

Given my admiration for the Queen I give him some deference as her husband & consort.

But, he has, until his death, ‘ruled’ my entire life. Hence, why I see it as the end of an era.

I am also now acutely aware that we are all going to wait for that OTHER SHOE to drop. That will not be fun.

He, however, was NOT my least favorite Royal. That, hands down, is Charles. I do NOT like Charles. Period.

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by Anura Guruge

The Picture Of The Day (Google Pixel 5) + 6 Also-Rans — April 9, 2021.

by Anura Guruge

NO post-processing whatsoever.

Taken with my Google Pixel 4 Phone.

Click pictures to ENLARGE.

Attribution WILL be enforced.

The also rans:

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by Anura Guruge

Netflix “The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind” (2019) Movie — Inspiring & Invigorating, With A New Hampshire Connection To Boo.

by Anura Guruge

Click to access ‘IMDb.com’ listing for this WOW, fancy-that, inspirational movie.

YouTube trailer.

True story. Click to ENLARGE & read here. Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Kamkwamba

Quite the story. Netflix had been trying to get me to watch it for weeks. But, I kept on ignoring the suggestion thinking that it would be trite — a glorified documentary. I was wrong. It proved to be QUITE the movie. Extremely inspirational. Wow. Talk about grit & graft to overcome adversity.

Also made me realized, acutely, that even though I grew up in a third-world country, I have NEVER had to face or experience long-term hunger, let alone starvation. Seeing a pet dog die of malnutrition is distressing.

I loved this movie. Knew it was a true-story. Not 100% sure whether he really used a bicycle dynamo as his first generator. I remember those dynamos from MY youth 50-years ago. Rugged & reliable but I do not think they produce that much power.

So, what is the New Hampshire connection. He attended Dartmouth. Wow. I am proud.

Yes, another “thinking-person’s” movie. In the end it is definitely a feel-good movie. Well, the title tells it all — & it is set in a poor African country. That is all you need to know in order to decide whether this might be YOUR kind of movie. I hope it is.

Thank YOU, Netflix.

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by Anura Guruge