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‘Idi Amin’ Has Been Haunting I Of Late — I Can’t Explain. Can You?

by Anura Guruge


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Growing up in Britain, c. 1970s, as I did, YOU could NOT avoid or ignore Idi Amin Dada. He was in the news daily. There were books about him and I am sure even a TV series.

Initially his antics captured all of our collective imaginations. He was the reprobate that none of us ever dared aspire to.

The story that resonated with I the most was Idi and his checkbook (or ‘cheque book ‘ in Britain). Idi was a CREATION of the British! Yep, we groomed him and guided him to power. He was expected to be a good, ‘BIG’ puppet leader. Well, best laid plans of mice & men. As part of that grooming, the British administration in Uganda, opened a bank account for Idi Amin and gave him a checkbook. Idi promptly started writing checks — willy-nilly. He was overdrawn within hours.

‘They’ (us, the Brits) tracked him down and asked him why he was writing checks …

He was puzzled. He was confused. Idi really was an IDIOT. He did not understand that a check corresponded to money in the bank. He could NOT make that connection.

So … that was Idi.

Yes, then he turned into a murderous, bloody maniac. He was no longer funny. He was no longer just the village idiot that became a President.

I have NO IDEA why I keep on thinking about Idi Bloody Amin.

Idi Bloody Amin.

He was funny before it all became NOT funny at all, at all.


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A Happy 4th Of July 2019 — From The Brits.

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SMILE.


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Us Brits Are Having Less Sex & Drinking Less — Of Course, There Is A Connection.

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Click to ENLARGE and read here. Use link below to access the U.K. “Daily Mail”.


Link to access the U.K. “Daily Mail” — U.K. Section.


That these two stories, coincidentally or not, were juxtapositioned cracked me up. That though, alas, was the only thing I found amusing.

Not getting plenty of sex, AT LEAST ONCE A DAY, when you are in the your prime is criminal. Distressed me no end. Of course was not the case in the Britain I grew up in and enjoyed the early years of my adult life. Sex, thankfully, was always plentiful. SMILE. Less than once a week when you are in yours 20s & 30s! Jesus wept. Wow. Wasn’t I lucky.

As for the boozing. We drank much too. But, I started late (i.e., when I was 21) and stopped drinking excessively a few years later. But, drinking was very much a part of life. And boy didn’t we have a great time in Britain in the 1960s, 1970s & 1980s?

I hope this will self-correct soon. It has to. Not getting plenty of sex is not normal — for a Brit.


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Today, November 5, 2017, Is, Of Course, ‘Guy Fawkes Day’ — ‘Pope Day’ In Boston At One Time.

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Good article in this month’s “National Geographic” “History Magazine”. Click image to access online version.





Quite the holiday — and obviously very much my kind of holiday in that it involves bonfires and fireworks.

Of course it roots are religious — Catholics vs Protestants (in Britain) — though it is also seen and portrayed as a political ‘coup’ that went wrong.

That it was celebrated in Boston as an anti-Catholic ‘Pope Day’ is cute.

Well, I have reminded you … “Remember, Remember, the 5th of November“. Guy Fawkes Day — and Guy Fawkes night.


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GREAT Britain Became A Nuclear Power This Day, 65-Years Ago; October 3, 1952.

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


HMS Plym (K271), built in 1943, that served as a detonating platform. Click to ENLARGE.




The U.K. thus became the 3rd Nuclear Power after the U.S.A. and Russia.

It was just over 11-months before I was born. I think many people now forget that WE, THE BRITISH, are a very capable Nuclear Power.

That the explosion was conducted aboard a ship was interesting — befitting us being an Island nation. They, the U.S. and us, wanted to see what would happen if a nuclear bomb was detonated aboard a ship — in harbor. That was a real fear during the Cold War.


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Idi Amin Died This Day 14-Years Ago; 16 August 2003.

by Anura Guruge


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Idi Amin was a legend in Britain, in the 1970s, during my formative years. I used to subscribe to ‘Punch‘ and they had a weekly Idi Amin column which resulted in this book — which I HAD (and I hope I still have somewhere (though I have a horrible feeling that I lost it along the way).


You know what is frightening?

We now have another President who is no different to Idi — other than being white! SCARY.


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Emperor Haile Selassie I, Revered By Rastas, Was Born This Day 125-Years Ago; July 23, 1892.

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To be honest I really don’t know much about him. Yes, growing up in Britain in the last 1960s & early 1970s his name would come up as a ‘figure of importance‘ much like Nelson Mandela who was in prison at the time. I know that he was controversial in the later part of his life. But, then again Rastas revere him and even think that he may be divine. So, it would be wrong and churlish not to mark this birth anniversary — especially since it is the 125th.


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‘Battle Of Jutland’, Between The Glorious British Grand Fleet & The Germans, In WW I, Started This Day 101-Years Ago.

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


As with the Bismarck, this is stuff that all those that were fortunate enough to receive an education in Britain knows about.

We lost a LOT of people and ships. But, as ever, we PREVAILED in the end. {SMILE}


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U.S. Copyright Act Was Signed Into Law, This Day 227-Years Ago; May 31, 1790 — By George Washington, No Less.

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Click to access the U.S. ‘copyright.gov’.


227-years ago. Good to know that they were concerned about it that long ago — though, to be fair, the U.S., at this juncture, was trying to catch up with Britain’s Copyright Act, a.k.a. ‘Statute of Anne’, passed 80-years earlier.

I am, as a writer and photographer, a great believer in copyright. So far I have contested and won three copyright cases involving my books. Didn’t make any money but justice was done.


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The Dreaded British ‘Driving Test’ Came To Be This Day 83-Years Ago; March 26, 1934.

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83-years ago. So I doubt that anybody that took the test in 1934 is still around today — given that that would put them at, a minimum, 101. BUT, I could be wrong.

Wow. Just thinking of it gives me the shivers.

Took it in 1971, in London.

Well, something for us Brits to think about.


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