Tag Archives: Asia

Latest Vatican Statistics For Catholics Show Non-Stop Growth Around The World.

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by Anura Guruge


Some Related Posts (click to access):
>> Francis has a dig at gay marriage.
>> Francis nixes gay French ambassador.

* Visits by popes to the U.S.
* Prior Pope – U.S. President Meetings.

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Pope Francis co-writes song.

† Appointment of Juan Barros in Chile.
Francis does NOT shelter the homeless!
† Weak Francis chokes re. Keith O’Brien.
† Keith O’Brien benighted title Ss. Gioacchino …

Francis says the darnest things 
Francis airport -> Colombo
† Topless protests

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Search on ‘pope‘ for many other posts >>>>


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Click to ENLARGE and read here. Use link below to access the ‘Vatican Information Service’ (VIS) original.

Click here to access the original
‘Vatican Information System’ (VIS) coverage.


Well these statistics indubitably contradict the anecdotal ‘evidence’ that more and more people, especially the young, are adopting a ‘non-affiliated’ lifestyle. However, what is key and interesting in these annual numbers from the Vatican is that the BULK of the growth is coming from Africa and Asia. What these numbers do not state is church attendance. A lot of these Africans and Asians are but Catholic in name. If questioned carefully they will also admit to other affiliations. So the only real accurate measure is how many of these so called ‘Catholics’ regularly attend Mass. That the ‘number of priests, diocesan and religious’ increased, albeit just by a 1,000, while ‘candidates to the priesthood – diocesan and religious – dropped’ is difficult to reconcile at the moment. But this makes interesting reading.


Benghazi, Libya Is NOT In The Middle East. WMUR Is Wrong, Kuster Is Right. Politics Does Not Change Geography.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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I nearly choked when I heard it on WMUR. No, Benghazi is NOT in the Middle East. If it is, so would be Athens — that the capital of Greece.

Yes, I understand that 35% of adults in N.H. cannot place either Maine or Vermont on a map. So, it is very hard when you are dealing with far away foreign countries.

So let me help out here with a map. This is the Mediterranean. Benghazi is further west than Athens — and that is Athens, Greece!

Istanbul, Turkey (that being where all the Thanksgiving birds are shipped over from), is the demarcation line between Europe and Asia, i.e, the East (where all those wogs come from).

Click to ENLARGE. Of course from Google Maps -- where else?

Click to ENLARGE. Of course from Google Maps — where else?

So here are the WMUR reports. Poor WMUR. They can’t help it. Most of them were educated in N.H. pre-Common Core. I just want to make sure that we have the facts right. That is all.
Don’t get me wrong. I am not a huge fan of Annie Kuster. She is way TOO PLAIN for my liking. I am very superficial like that. I like my female politicians, well if the truth be known, all females (and even the men) to be halfway decent looking! Sorry. But, at least I am honest. That is why I always liked Michele Bachmann despite her crazy politics! Well at least I have SOME standards.

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Click for screwed-up WMUR coverage.

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Ditto, as above.

The Next Billion Internet Users: Graphics From An ISP Organization.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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A lady by the name of Shannon Hamilton contacted me yesterday and asked whether I would be willing to share some graphics about the demographics of the next billion Internet users.

I agreed and she sent me a link today. They are from: http://www.internetserviceproviders.org/blog/

You can find all the graphics here.


Here are a few snippets from their site, reproduced here per permission from Shannon Hamilton.

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Radio Ceylon: The Radio Station Sir Edmund Hillary Listened To While Making The 1st Known Successful Summit Of Mt. Everest.

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Two Related posts:
>> Google Doodle For Sri Lanka Independence Day … — Jan. 26, 2012.
>> I Went To A ‘Montessori’, in Ceylon, In 1958 — Aug. 31, 2012.


This is a precursor article to one that I want to write on Ceylon (Sri Lanka) Independence Day on February 4.


The ‘old’ Radio Ceylon building in the 1950s and 1960s. I remember it well. Visited it a few times with my father. Click IF you are interested to read a British-bashing article related to Radio Ceylon.

The ‘old’ Radio Ceylon building in the 1950s and 1960s. I remember it well. Visited it a few times with my adoptive father. Click IF you are interested to read a British-bashing article related to Radio Ceylon.


Note the claim, said boldly, ‘most powerful Commercial Radio Station in Asia’. Quite a claim for a small country, albeit with a big heart. But, this explains the Mount Everest connection. Only English broadcast that reached that far — all the way across India. Click to ENLARGE.


Another confirmation of its transmitting power, its radio waves making it to the U.S.A. in 1959.


Radio Ceylon, originally known as Colombo Radio, is the oldest radio station in Asia.

It was started on an experimental basis, within the Telegraph Department, in 1923.
The original transmitting equipment came from a captured German submarine.
The 1923 inception puts it just 3 years behind the start of radio broadcasting in Europe!

As the above images attest, it claimed to be the most powerful Commercial Radio Station in Asia.

My goal here is just to provide a head’s up on this historic radio station, the only one that I had access to until I got my hands on a shortwave radio when I was about 8.


Over the last few years I have met two young Americans, both with degrees, that had spent 3 months or more in New Zealand, one of them a member of the U.S. Ski Team had gone there to ski. I had asked both of them as to who was the most famous New Zealander. Neither could give me a name. That surprised me. They had never heard of Sir Edmund Hillary, though as far as I know he still appears on their $5 bill. I would have also accepted Richard Hadlee, Glenn Turner or Bev Congdon.


Edmund Hillary, on May 29, 1953, became the first CONFIRMED person to reach the summit of Mt. Everest, with and Tenzing Norgay (as he has later stated) a few steps behind. The reason that the first ‘confirmed’ has to be used is that it is possible that the British George Mallory and Andrew Irvine, who both perished on the mountain in 1934 trying to summit, might have succeeded individually or together before their deaths. Edmund and Tenzing were well aware of it and it has never been an issue.

In my mid-20s, i.e., mid-1970s, I was totally fascinated by Mt. Everest. My father tells me that I have seen it, from the air, in 1956 when he took us all on an extended jaunt around India. But, I was only 3. I do remember getting on the first plane from Colombo to India. It is my first real memory. I remember bits, but not Mt. Everest (assuming we actually went that far North, i.e., to the Nepal border). I think I have read every major book, written in English, about Everest. I still have a few Everest books, three of which, one by Edmund, the other by the team leader Colonel Hunt and another about Tenzing, are quite old, and I assume are rare by now.

In my readings I remember reading that Edmund listened to Radio Ceylon while he was camping, atop the mountain, close to the summit. I wanted to make sure I captured that. But, I didn’t have to worry. Somebody else had also made sure that it would be captured and stored on the Web for posterity.

So I can conclude this post. I will refer to it, with luck, in the next few days.

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