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President Trump Should NOT Have Been Permitted To Hold A Dinner At Ever So Historic ‘Mount Vernon’.

by Anura Guruge

Click to access CNN original. Google for more.

Google “JFK Mount Vernon” for lots of stuff about this historic dinner — way back in 1961.

There has to be limits. It is bad enough that he is in the White House, but to let him desecrate lovely, historic ‘Mount Vernon‘. That is bad, that is sad.

While the ‘State Dinner’ is at the White House on Tuesday, all of us who know history knows what he is trying to emulate. JFK’s famous State Dinner at ‘Mount Vernon’.

I did not know JFK, but I do know that ‘Donald Trump is NO JFK‘ — other than possibly in one department, and even there I am sure that JFK was better and far classier.

I am a loyal Brit and this bothers ME! I have only been to ‘Mount Vernon’ once, 20-years ago, but I was greatly impressed. Amazing place.

The notion of Trump’s obese self lording it up at ‘Mount Vernon’ makes me feel sad.


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by Anura Guruge

This Day, 56-Years Ago, Yuri Gagarin Became The First Human EVER To Enter Space (And Orbit The Earth To Boot)!

by Anura Guruge

I got to meet him when he visited Ceylon
(now Sri Lanka) in 1961.

I was 7 years old. But, of course, knew who he was.

I got to shake his hand.

To this day, I consider this one of the highlights of my rather uneventful life.

Yes, we commemorated his birthday which was on March 9 (1934).

So he went to space 34-days after his 27th birthday.

He died, tragically, when he was 34.

Wikipedia entry. Click to ENLARGE and read here. Link: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yuri_Gagarin

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Three Chinese In Space Right Now, In A Chinese Space Station. Did YOU Know That?

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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As somebody who grew up with Sputnik, actually met, and shook hands with Yuri Gagarin, and write about astronomy I have always known about Russia’s, Europe’s and Japan’s exploits in space. And yes, of course, I knew China had an ambitious space program too.

But, despite being a news junkie and following news about space on a daily basis, I had no idea that China has their own Space Station, not that dissimilar to the ISS, and that, right now, they have three Chinese ‘taikonauts’ on board. Not sure why but I kind of feel strange that their are 3 Chinese up there looking down on me.

I heard about this when I got this story in my e-mail from Spaceweather.com — who sends me e-mail updates. Stopped me in my tracks. I went scurrying around to check. Wow. Wow. Wow.

I, like so many others, are resigned to the fact that China will become an even greater Superpower. This sure is a major step for the Chinese towards that goal.

Wow, ‘taikonauts’ looking down at me. 

Just think of the possibilities. Maybe I could hold up a big sign that says: ‘2 #5, 1 #7, 1 #6, 1 #48 and extra helping of hot mustard‘. 

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Yuri Gagarin, in 1961, in Colombo, Ceylon, with a very youthful looking Aunty Bandaranaike, the 1st Female Prime Minister ever. I would have been 8. This was the time when my first conversation for the day, nearly every day, would be with Aunty Bandaranaike, albeit on the phone. This from a 2011 article in the Sri Lankan ‘Daily News’ to commemorate this historic visit. That was when I met him and shook hands. Click for ‘Daily News’ article.