Tag Archives: 1910

Jacques Cousteau, The Famous Diver, Was Born This Day, 107-Years Ago; June 11, 1910.

by Anura Guruge

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

I always liked and admire Jacques — and what was there, ever, not to like. I used to watch the “The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau“, in the 1970s, with undisguised fascination. Diving is not my thing. I swim and I like to swim but coming from the island nation of Ceylon I did not learn to swim until I left Ceylon aged 14! So, while I do swim, near daily in the Summer, it is not something that comes naturally to me. Diving is another matter. I have no issue with snorkeling, though it is something I rarely do. Going way down in the water does not appeal! So, I lived vicariously through Jacques.

Today’s so called ‘open-circuit’ scuba technology
was created by Jacques in the 1940s.

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by Anura Guruge

A Bit Of British Nostalgia For The Holiday.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.
 by Anura Guruge

I, as is no secret, miss my traditional British Holidays — Boxing Day and Hogmanay in particular. So I am going to indulge.

I got a bunch of these historic pictures from Sri Lanka earlier this week.
I shared all of them, via e-mail, with the 4 people I have on my ‘friends & family’ distribution lists. They loved them.

I checked the copyright — yet again.
Pictures before 1923 are now definitely out of copyright — in the U.S. of A.
So, if anybody claims copyright on these I would dearly like to see
their credentials for claiming as such.

A genuine ‘Muffin Man’ in London in 1910.

Click to ENLARGE.

Click to ENLARGE.

Now some of you may know the nursery rhyme. So here is the real thing that went with that rhyme.

'The Muffin Man' from Wikipedia. Click to access.

‘The Muffin Man’ from Wikipedia. Click to access.

Real Estate in London was expensive even in 1910.

A 13 square feet shoe shop in London 1910
— at the bottom …

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Click to ENLARGE.

More pictures in coming days, if I have the time and I remember.
Crazy busy. Another book is nearly at an end. But, I won’t publish it this year.

Map Of The British Empire In 1910. Has To Do With My Coverage Of ‘Poppy Day’, WW I Having Started 4 Years Later.


Anura Guruge

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From the 'Encyclopedia of New Zealand' at www.Teara.govt.nz.

From the ‘Encyclopedia of New Zealand’ at http://www.Teara.govt.nz. Click for original.

Original size. Click for original.

At the behest of ‘Nancy’ the lady from Ontario Canada who sent me the picture of the ‘Poppy Plaque‘ in Thunder Bay, Ontario.

The countries marked in Blood Red formed the British Empire over which the Sun never set.

Nancy, like I, also liked the Pacific (as opposed to Atlantic) centered orientation of the map. To be fair, growing up in Ceylon in the 1950s, I was fairly used to this representation which had India and Ceylon towards the centre (sic) though I notice, with amusement, that this map does a fairly poor job of getting Ceylon’s, fairly simple, but elegant, shape wrong.


Map of Ceylon from 1914. The red in this map denotes the areas where coconuts are grown. The green denotes tea, which is grown upland in the hills.nuts