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Netflix “The Dig” (2021) Movie — Superbly Showcases WW II-Era British Human Decency, Class Snobbery & Homosexuality.

by Anura Guruge

Click to access ‘IMDb.com’ listing for this outstanding movie.

YouTube trailer

I watched this Netflix movie, with awe, last night & did NOT want it to end. I kept on wishing & hoping that it was a SERIES rather than a solitary movie because I wanted MORE. Much more. It was that good.

Netflix has done it again. They really have found the touch. This was a GREAT movie. Yes, IF you are NOT an Anglophile you might complain that it was a tad slow. But, it needed that pace to SHOWCASE & dramatize its touching take on what used to be quintessential British HUMAN DECENCY. Britain used to be famous for it & I think we can still find it there. Wow. So many examples of how decent we were. Brought tears to my eyes.

Also, alas, but realistically portrayed what used to be — & probably still is, but not as blatantly — British CLASS warfare. Wow. Working class against the TOFFS. Smile.

Though many might not notice it, the movie also cast quite the light on what used to be rampant male homosexuality among the ‘Oxbridge’ crowd. I, even in the late 1960s, saw it first hand. I got expelled from Public School because I went to extraordinary lengths to bring this (among some of the Masters) to the attention of the parents. Thanks to my efforts quite a few kids managed to convince their parents to take them away from Boarding School. So, this theme amused me, no end. SMILE.

Good movie. IF you liked ‘Downton Abbey’ you probably will ENJOY it. Watch it. You will THANK ME. Based on a TRUE STORY.

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We The Brits, Always GREAT, Are Truly FREE Again, Jan. 1, 2021 — I Waited A Very Long Time For This.

by Anura Guruge


THE Referendum, the 2nd Referendum, was in 2016. That was 4 years ago.

YES, we separated from the EU on January 1, 2020 (Brussels time) — BUT the final divorce decree was NOT until today.

But, now it is all done & dusted.

23:00 (11:00 pm) London time (mid-night in Brussels, Belgium) Brexit becomes totally & irrevocably FINAL. This is IT.

After nearly fifty years we are FINALLY FREE again.

The last 4-years, post the referendum, was torturous.

So much drama, so much duplicity, so much incompetence, so much heartache, so much intrigue.

But that is all in the past.



We the Brits, Always GREAT, are totally FREE Again.

I am so, so happy & relieved.

What a great day.

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by Anura Guruge

“The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society” (2018) Movie On Netflix — Outstanding, Heartwarming & Funny.

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Yes, I loved it. But, then again it was like bespoke for I. All the elements that appeal: British, historical, pigs, books, London & islands.

Great story. Haven’t checked whether it is based on a true story. But, the German occupation of Guernsey was very real & painful. This story very could have happened even if the name of the Society is a tad contrived.

I even recognized — & even more surprisingly correctly placed two of the cast. That is very unusual for I.

Yes, I am sure it is not for everyone. But, if you are into WWII period drama, literature, humor, pigs & a bit of romance you can’t go wrong. Yes, it is predictable, but that doesn’t detract. SMILE.

I enjoyed it. Not sure it can be repeated per se.

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by Anura Guruge

Remembrance Sunday 2020, London Cenotaph Ceremony Videos, With My Queen Resplendent Her Now Usual 5 Red Poppies — Looking Very Alert.

by Anura Guruge

For the 4th time, The Queen, now 94, again watched from a balcony and let her male progeny lay the wreaths. She looks very alert & you can see her following all that is taking place below her. She knows this ceremony better than anyone there! She has taken part in it for 69-years. Yes, 69-years. That is longer than I have been alive (albrit, just).

Remembrance Day is on 11/11/2020. 3-days from now.

For those unfamiliar with this holiday & tradition
please refer to my EARLIER post.
Thank YOU.

>>>> Search ‘Remembrance Sunday’ for many other posts from prior years.

by Anura Guruge

‘A Confession’ (2019) On ‘BritBox’ — True Story. Amazingly Brilliant. Riveting. Best Of BritBox?

by Anura Guruge

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Click image to access IMDb.com listing.

True Story. Click to read an article about this case in the U.K. ‘The Guardian’.


Best series I have watched on BritBox,
& I have watched a LOT!

Amazing. It would have been an amazing story IF it had been invented. But, that this is ALL TRUE & it happened makes it just so, so, riveting.

Wow. In some ways it makes me so proud to be British. Doubt this would ever happen in the U.S. Here they let policeman kill suspects. In the UK, a suspect’s rights are so sacrosanct.

Towards the end I was riveted. Time be damned. I had to watch. I had to know what happened.

I can’t recommend this any higher than saying it is BLINKING BRILLIANT. Wow. I am still moved. Yes, I gather there is even a book now. But, alas, I know how it ends.

Please try & watch. You will thank me. Of that, I am sure. SMILE.

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by Anura Guruge


So Proud Of My Fellow Brits For Feeling The U.S. ‘Pain’ From Across The Pond — THANK YOU.

by Anura Guruge

Click to access the U.K. “Daily Mail” coverage.

I was AMAZED then touch to see these U.K. demonstrations on TV.


Thank YOU.

I am so proud of you.

If only we could get Boris to say some meaningful words. But, I understand why it is BEST if he stays silent.

Things are not good. It is a sad situation.

Thank YOU for the support. I truly appreciate it.

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I Am Truly Torn As To The ‘Proposal’ To Give 2.9 Million From Hong Kong U.K. Citizenship.

by Anura Guruge

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Click to access my post from February 2020.

As a (full (with right-of-residency)) British citizen, of long standing, & one heck of a British Patriot, I feel quite strongly about who should & should not be getting British citizenship — as the above post will amply testify.

I strongly believe that, as it was in the 1950s, 1960s & 1970s, those from the British Commonwealth — as I was — should be given priority & precedence when it comes to being granted British citizenship.

From that standpoint, I empathize with my (semi-)Brits in Hong Kong. I would like you to get citizenship & have the option of fleeing Hong Kong.

I like Hong Kong. I have visited twice. I like the Chinese — and of that there can never be any doubt or debate.

But, …..

I am TORN.


Hong Kong was NEVER a British Commonwealth nation. Yes, I know that that wasn’t their fault per se. So, technically, they don’t meet my #1 criteria. I can overlook that. Bit of a technicality. They were pseudo Commonwealth. I will acknowledge that.

But, here is my real concern & fear.

Hong Kong is NOT A TRUE cricket playing country!

There is more genuine cricket in Afghanistan than there is in Hong Kong!

I do NOT expect everyone applying for British citizenship to be a current — or former — cricket player. Heavens no. I am NOT that unreasonable.

But, I would like them to LIKE cricket!

I can even make an exception to that. I just expect them to come from a country where cricket is a major sport.

That is fair. Very fair.

Think about it.

As far as I am concerned cricket is what differentiates us (from the rest of the world) & also unites us.

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by Anura Guruge

‘Anna Alma-Tadema’, YET Another AWESOMELY Talented Female British Painter.

by Anura Guruge

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I have been a long-term subscriber to this Facebook page:

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I no longer get daily posts from them, BUT today I lucked out to get the post (way up top) about Anna Alma-Tadema. Wow. I was mesmerized. Spellbound. It looked like a high-resolution photograph. I still can’t believe it is a painting. Wow.

I had to share it with you. And I am.

Quite the lady. A suffragette as well.

Appears that her father, a knighted ‘Sir’, was quite famous too.


She reminded me of her … from November.

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by Anura Guruge


‘Scott & Bailey’ (Detective Series) On ‘Britbox’ ( & YouTube) — Another Winner; Very Clever Interwoven Plot Lines.

by Anura Guruge

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We have been engrossed & entranced. We just finished watching all 6 episodes of Season 1.

Very clever. Interwoven plot lines — two underlying that ran through all six episodes, and then one new plot/story, involving a murder, for each episode. You get caught up in that per episode plot and forget that it is all part of a bigger picture — one in this case involving a serial killer. Very well done.

We liked it. Did not realize, till I was looking at BritBox on my PC, that there are other Seasons. That makes me happy.

It is also available on YouTube. That is good for some of you. I am glad.

Highly recommend. Good, British detective/crime series. You will enjoy it IF you like that genre — as we do.

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by Anura Guruge


An Inexcusably Callous & Unfortunate Incident With The New Hampshire Red Cross.

by Anura Guruge

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Not just my wife.

Others too.

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This is SPECIFIC to this 1 incident
New Hampshire Red Cross.

This does NOT apply to the Red Cross as a whole.

My wife is a Red Cross blood donor. During this COVID-19 pandemic she has been trying to do her bit by giving blood (as often as she can).

She had two appointments cancelled. We understand. In each case, however, she received an e-mail the day before telling her of the cancellation.

She was all excited when she got today’s appointment — though it was on a Saturday, in Wakefield. Wakefield is a 50-minute drive, one-way. But, she was fine with that.

She tends to have a low iron count, so she for the last week she was doing all these things the Red Cross tells her she should eat: like eating bowl fulls of Cheerios, taking more multivitamins, drinking even more water etc. etc.

She was checking her e-mails for cancellations. NOTHING.

She checked again this morning. NOTHING.

We left around noon for the 1pm appointment in Wakefield.

We get there. The parking lot is EMPTY. Nobody there.

She calls the Red Cross. It is 1pm. They CONFIRM she has a 1pm appointment in Wakefield.

The building we are at — standing outside — happens to also house the Wakefield Police. I tell my wife to talk to the police. They won’t let her come in. She has to talk through an intercom. They make some calls. They said that others had called too. They eventually tell her that it is CANCELLED. It is now 1:30pm.

She is very upset. She is close to tears. I am glad I went — and I did so hoping to walk around Lovell Lake while she gave blood.

She is very upset. (Did I already say that?)

We come home. We have wasted OVER 2 hours.

She calls the Red Cross again. She gets an Arizona call center.

They initially CONFIRM that she still has a 1pm appointment. It is now past 2pm. Then they check another system and says: “Ooops! Sorry. It was cancelled this morning!

She then gets the above cancellation e-mail. It is time-stamped 2:36pm — for what WAS a 1pm appointment.


Very inconsiderate.

Very incompetent.

Not impressed.

Not happy.

She is very upset. Ruined her whole day.

Yes, we understand that in the scheme of things, this is relatively minor.

But, it would have been so easy to avoid it.

At best they would have had 60 appointments — BUT, I doubt that. It was probably under 40.

If they sent that gentleman an e-mail at 9:33am they could have sent my wife one too in that time period.

Somebody at New Hampshire Red Cross should explain. Somebody at New Hampshire Red Cross should be …

And in case YOU are wondering why I do not donate blood.

They don’t WANT MY BLOOD. Not good enough. I used to give blood, here & in the U.K. And NO, I do NOT have ANY infections. My blood is GOOD. They just don’t want it.


Have a guess. It is because I am British. I kid you bloody NOT. Go check. They will not accept blood from anyone who has any connection with Britain.


Try and remember. Remember? Mad Bloody Cow!

by Anura Guruge