Tag Archives: Canada

Happy Sinhala New Year, Avurudu, 2018 To You All & Happy “Vaisakhi” Too.

by Anura Guruge


Painted by me when I was between 6 – 8 years old,
i.e., 1959 to 1961, while still living in Ceylon.
Kind of ‘Mount Lavinia‘ are I would think.


Dawning of the 2018 New Year will be TODAY,
in the U.S. & Canada —

Friday, April 13 at 4:34pm.

[2:04am in Sri Lanka on April 14].


Happy Sinhala New Year 2017.

The 3rd New Year of the Year for I.
But you can never have too many.

Enjoy. Rejoice.


This year, now that I know, I am also including my Sikh friends in this
with their “Vaisakhi“.


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Winston Churchill & Franklin D. Roosevelt Met In Quebec This Day 73-Years Ago To Discuss Post-WW II Plans.

by Anura Guruge


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


 Compelling YouTube video from 1944


This was the second time dear Churchill and FDR had met in Quebec (Canada) — just 11-months apart.

This September 1944 meeting was just 98-days after D-Day but Churchill knew that victory was ‘THEIRS’ — though it would be another 238-days BEFORE VE-Day. Nonetheless, Churchill and FDR discussed how and who would control areas of defeated Germany. But, who was MISSING. Uncle Joe (Joseph Stalin)!

From what I can piece together Churchill took the RMS Queen Mary to Canada — sailing a very southern route to avoid lurking German U-boats.


It was also his 36th wedding anniversary to Clementine.


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The 1st Of The Historic Lincoln-Douglas Took Place This Day 159-Years Ago; August 21, 1858.

by Anura Guruge



Click to ENLARGE and read here. Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lincoln–Douglas_debates


If you are a Abraham Lincoln devotee (as I am) you will know the pivotal significance of these debates which revolved around the crucial issue of slavery. Wow. What would Lincoln think of what is happening in the U.S. today?

The first debate was in Ottawa, Illinois — NOT Canada. I marked it on the ‘map’ above.

Think. Reflect. Give thanks. Now THAT was A PRESIDENT.


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My “Cousin” Upali With Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau During His Visit To D.C. On February 13, 2017.

by Anura Guruge


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Click to ENLARGE.


OK, just for the record he is not my real cousin though he is definitely considered very much family. He has been in the family for over 35 years, ever since he was 12. He lived with my parents for a long time.

He has worked in D.C. Embassies since 1992 — starting when my father was the Sri Lankan Ambassador to D.C.

He now works for the Canadian Embassy (and loves it).

This picture was taken Monday afternoon at the Canadian Embassy and includes some of the support staff.

It, as proclaimed by the seal at the bottom, is an official, ‘Office of the Prime Minister’ photograph. So, I think it is very much public domain — though Upali sent it to me and said it was ‘OK’ to post. I blurred out the other faces out of a surfeit of caution — given today’s sad climate.

Just thought it would be cool to share.


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Nice Enough Google Doodle For Canadian Geneticist & Activist Carrie Derick.

by Anura Guruge


Permanent access, independent of date,
provided via the Google Doodle Archive.


Click to ENLARGE and read here.

Use link on image to access Google original.

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Only displayed in Canada.


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Attractive Google Doodle For The Canadian, Sandford Fleming, Who Standardized Time.

by Anura Guruge


Permanent access, independent of date,
provided via the Google Doodle Archive.


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This is what he gave us. THANK YOU. Click to ENLARGE.


Click to ENLARGE and read here.

Use link on top image to access Google original.

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Yet again, inexplicably, this important Google Doodle is
NOT shown in the U.S. or for that matter, Sri Lanka.

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Paddy Kelly (Of ‘The Brigadoons’), Canada’s Celtic Music Maestro, Has A Christmas CD For 2016.

by Anura Guruge


CD Cover

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Song List

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Order from his Website.

You can pay with PayPal, US $20.

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Related Posts:
>> Paddy Kelly: An Introduction.
>> Paddy Kelly: East Hawkesbury Church.
>> Paddy Kelly: Ottawa Hogmanay 2015.

>> Paddy Kelly: The Maestro


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Poppy Day/Remembrance Day — Canadian Plaque For Madame Anna Guérin, The Lady Who Invented The ‘Red Poppy’.

by Anura Guruge


Madame Anna Guérin plaque Anura Guruge

Click image to ENLARGE.


Click here for more information about Madame Anna Guérin.



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I Think I Am, After 17-Years, Done (Finis) With The New Hampshire “Highland Games” At Loon.

by Anura Guruge


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Since I discovered it in 1998, serendipitously by happening to drive past, the New Hampshire “Highland Games” was a much anticipated highlight of my year. For a number of years I used to go for the entire weekend, borrowing a condo from a friend. I marked my year in terms of the “Highland Games” — before the “Games” and after the “Games”.

Between 1998 & 2015 I only missed two “Games” — both because of high dudgeon. One was the second year when it was in Hopkinton and I just could not stomach going there rather than to Loon. The other time was more recent, viz. 2013. I had had enough. It had just become sheer exploitation of the punters — i.e., folks like us.

And I am boycotting them again, expect I don’t think I will ever be going back! Enough is enough. Yes, we had a GRAND TIME last year. One of the best. But when I look at the schedule it is deja vu all over again with one new band, i.e., “Skerryvore“, thrown in. I could have even overlooked that IF not for the conspicuous shortage of Pipe Bands, especially the lack of bands from the Mother Country. In the late 1990s and early 2000s they always paid to have a decent band from the U.K. fly over. No more. And it isn’t as if they have reduced the prices.

This is exploitation. It is banking on us loyal ‘Scots’ truding up there and ‘paying the piper’, irrespective, even if they just keep on watering down the show. I had it. I, as ever, studied the schedule. Found but explicit references to two pipe bands: “Hampshire Pipes & Drums” and “Kiltie Pipe Band“. Two fine bands and there will, of course, be five or six from around New England and possibly even as far as Pennsylvania. But I don’t even see a Canadian band on the schedule and they have some fine bands up there.

So I am DONE. Through. Kaput. Finis.


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Today August 28, 2016, Is “Go Topless Day”/”Free The Nipple” — Not Just In Vancouver, BUT 60 Cities Including New York.

by Anura Guruge


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Do what needs to be done.

I have already done my part. I went TOPLESS, in public, for nearly 50 minutes, this morning — though, alas, nobody, but nobody, appreciated what I had on show.

I doubt whether I will see any female toplessness in public, in New Hampshire today, though I plan to be travelling around 100 miles through the State. SMILE. C’est la vie.


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