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Aretha Franklin’s Ostentatious Gold Coffin Does Her An Injustice.

by Anura Guruge



She does NOT need a $40,000 gold coffin (and all the handles etc. are indeed real gold) to make her look good or enhance her image or reputation. This tawdry looking casket diminishes her. Yes, by all means dress her well and put jewelry on her — but she didn’t need such a casket.

I would have thought her upbringing in a religious family would have ensured humility in death. Yes, this could be her family rather than her. But, you would think they would have known better.

There is plenty of poverty in Detroit. It has one of the highest poverty rates among the 20 largest U.S. cities. I had expected better from her. C’est la vie.


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by Anura Guruge

A Better Ending For The “Downton Abbey” Finale — Leave Us In Suspenders.

by Anura Guruge


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We, with great trepidation and a mounting sense of loss, watched the ‘Downton Abbey‘ Finale last night — having recorded it on Sunday.

It was good. Not as dramatic as I had expected. In the end a very British, kind of Victorian, possibly Jane Austenish, ending. Very positive. Upbeat and sentimental.

I gather (see below) that people expected more. Well I definitely would have introduced Michael Gregson back in that Finale. I kept on waiting for him to come and stop the wedding. And when that didn’t happen I would have closed out the SERIES with Carson announcing that Michael Gregson was at the door. Boom! Wouldn’t that have left everybody shocked.

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Click here to access the U.K. “Daily Mail” original for the above.


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by Anura Guruge