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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.


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by Anura Guruge

Remembrance Sunday 2019, London Cenotaph Ceremony Videos, With My Queen Resplendent With 5 Poppies — Brushing Away A Tear.

by Anura Guruge


All images courtesy and with thanks from my favorite newspaper,
the incomparable U.K. “Daily Mail

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For the 3rd time, The Queen, now 93, watched from a balcony and let two generations of her male progeny lay the wreaths. This year, with time, alas, ticking away, she was more emotional than her usual calm, composed, regal self. She brushed away some tears. That was poignant. That she no longer lays the wreath herself is perfectly fine. We all understand and appreciate. She has done her duty — plenty.

This was her 68th Remembrance Sunday. Wow. See b&w image below when she attended with her dad, before she was queen.





For those unfamiliar with this holiday & tradition
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Thank YOU.


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by Anura Guruge

Remembrance Sunday 2018, London Cenotaph Ceremony Video, With The Queen Resplendent With 5 Poppies.

by Anura Guruge


From the U.K. “Daily Mail” — my main newspaper.


For the 2nd time, The Queen, now 92, watched from a balcony and let two generations of her male progeny lay the wreaths. That is cool. She has done her duty — plenty.

This was her 67th Remembrance Sunday. Wow.



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


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by Anura Guruge

Remembrance Sunday 2017, London Cenotaph Ceremony Video With The Queen, Prince Philip & Prince Charles.

by Anura Guruge



This year, as had been announced by Buckingham Palace a month ago, Prince Charles, rather than the Queen, laid the first wreath (i.e., the Head of State’s wreath) at the Cenotaph.

The Queen (91) & Prince Philip (91), suitably decked in red poppies, watched from the balcony of the Foreign Office.

Contrary to what you may read or hear (including in the description of the above video) this is NOT the first time that the Queen has not laid the ceremonial wreath. It was the 7th time. TWICE (1959 & 1963) were when she was pregnant and the other four were when she was out of the country on state visits abroad. In 1983, Prince Charles performed the same role as he did today, while the Queen was on an official visit to Kenya.


Also check the BBC for another video
plus some gorgeous pictures.

Click image to access the BBC post …


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


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by Anura Guruge

Joe Biden Receiving Presidential Medal of Freedom (With Distinction) — Full Video Coverage.

by Anura Guruge


This was without doubt the BEST THING that has happened today,
Thursday, January 12, 2017.

Please watch it. It will make YOUR DAY.

Full 41-minute YouTube video from ABC News.


Shorter, 4:50 minute C-SPAN version.


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Obama, Ahead Of RNC Convention, In Lt. Col. Kettles’ Award Ceremony, Shows Trump What ‘Presidential’ MEANS.

by Anura Guruge


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Click to access CNN coverage with VIDEO. Google for more.


This was a COMMAND PERFORMANCE of what it means to be ‘Presidential‘.

President Obama, as ever, was eloquent, empathetic, ‘even-keeled’, humorous and engaging. Wow. He has been in exceptional form the last couple of weeks …

I didn’t get to watch all of this brilliantly orchestrated “Medal of Honor” ceremony since I was out running. But what I saw was piquant. So refreshing after all the never ending turmoil of late.

Such a contrast with Trump. There is NEVER, EVER even a hint of anger and contempt. It reminded me why 9 years ago I started actively campaigning for Barack Hussein Obama II.

We, the WORLD, is going to miss these masterful orations. In my opinion he is up there with JFK and Lincoln!

The medal recipient, Lt. Colonel Charles Kettles is also QUITE the man. A genuine hero. It was a good distraction from the Convention and Baton Rouge


by Anura Guruge

National Park Service Not Planning Anything For Acadia National Park July 8, 2016, Centennial (100 Years)!

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They do have this nice banner (showing the ‘Precipice Trail’). Click to ENLARGE. You can find it here: nps.gov/acad/index.htm


What happens when you click the “Join Us“.

It takes you to the non-NPS Website which I have already shared with youtwice.

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And here is that Website:
Click here for the ‘official’ Acadia Centennial 2016 Webpage
— by the ‘Friends of Acadia’ as opposed to U.S. Park Service.


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Acadia National Park July 8, 2016, Centennial (100 Years) — BUT No Public Ceremony At The Park!

by Anura Guruge


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Click here for the ‘official’ Acadia Centennial 2016 Webpage
— by the ‘Friends of Acadia’ as opposed to U.S. Park Service.


Quite a few events listed BUT NOTHING
on Friday, July 8, 2016,
the actual centennial at the Park itself.

I thought there would be a public ceremony say
atop Cadillac Mountain by the
Stephen Tyng Mather plaque.

Seems a ‘poor show’.
Possible that the Rangers will still do something.
I guess I should check around.

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Picture taken by Deanna during our June 2014 visit (our 2nd visit).

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From above Website. Click to ENLARGE and read.


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Sri Lankan Devil Masks At the 2012 Laconia Multicultural Day.

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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by Anura Guruge


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Michnel Folsom demonstrating one of his Sri Lanka Devil Masks. Click to see the picture in FULL SIZE.



Sri Lankan (or Ceylonese) Devil Masks are iconic, increasingly rare works of art. They are used in a form of exorcism to drive away ‘naughty’ devils that may have infiltrated susceptible humans. Usual ‘possessed by the devil’ belief that transcends religions and cultures and goes back thousands of years.

There are different masks to scare off different devils. The real ones, used in the ceremonies, are full size in that they are strapped onto the face of the dancer (who is typically male). Loud, pulsating drumming, incense, fire and lots of noise augment the shock value of the masks. I remember at least two ceremonies that I attended — and NO they were not for me. [My father ONLY started using the expression: ‘THE Devil takes good care of his own‘ to describe ME, his only progeny, after we left Ceylon (a week before my 14th birthday) and the teenage hormones kicked in.] In both cases they involved cousins. In addition to the Devil Dancing there was another ceremony, not as colorful or boisterous, to keep spirits away from a house. That involved burying little pots of ‘treasure’ in the four corners of the property. It was all superstition and mumbojumbo.

Click to watch a fairly representative video, on YouTube, of a Sri Lankan devil dance. There are more at You Tube.



Here is a picture gallery of masks at Flickr. I have the first one they show and the 5th. Click to, with luck, get to Flickr.

I have three or four show masks — i.e., smaller masks made for tourists! These were the ones for sale in Laconia at the Multicultural Day. I have mine mounted (other than in the winter months) in our covered deck, facing towards our famous neighbor in the hope that they will, by some miracle, stop him from trespassing (in every sense of that word). They don’t, alas, seem to work that well.

These masks are worth collecting. Mr. Folsom, like Mr. Johnson of ‘Fibonacci Letterpress‘, is another that does not have a Web presence, though he claimed that he had one but gave up when it did not bring him any business. I understand and sympathize. On average, across my many Web sites and blogs, I get, each and every day an average of close to 1,000 hits — but as Deanna loves to point out I make no money from those hits. Yes, I have had days, typically when there is a cardinal creating consistory or when Rome Reports or Vatican Radio mentions me by name, when I have had 6,000 hits in  a day. But, still no nothing monetary to show for it. C’est la vie.

His prices are good. I saw a few for under $30. You might definitely want to get one. If you are interested contact me. My contact information is on the sidebar >>>>. I will coordinate with Mr. Folsom. [If you are wondering WHY that names sounds familiar click for this YouTube video, sit back and enjoy. Yes, I am a big Cash fan.]