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MY Queen, Elizabeth II, Was Crowned This Day 64 Years Ago — June 2, 1953.

by Anura Guruge

The famous 1953 Coronation.

Elizabeth II,
Dei Gratia Britanniarum Regnorumque Suorum Ceterorum Regina,
Consortionis Populorum Princeps, Fidei Defensor

Her Majesty Elizabeth the Second,
by the Grace of God of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
and of Her other Realms and Territories Queen, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith

I do not have to be remembered that she was crowned in June 1953. That was my year of birth. Also the year of the first known ascent of Mount Everest — just ahead of the coronation.

So she has been Queen all my life.

As I have said before I was NOT always a Monarchist. But, she has WON me over. She is special. Not sure what we will do when she is gone — which, alas, is going to happen at some point. But, not thinking of that today.


Longest currently reigning monarch — and the ‘currently reigning’ is key.

At present only #42 in the list of longest reigning monarchs! #42. Wow. Record is 82! 82. Lot that reigned 70+ years. Impressive.

For more delightful insights into THE Queen
and the British Royal Monarchy
visit their OFFICIAL site.


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Queen’s Christmas Speech.
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by Anura Guruge

This Day, 974 Years Ago, April 3, 1043, ‘Edward The Confessor’ Was Crowned ‘King Of England’ In Winchester Cathedral.

by Anura Guruge

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

I am not that au fait with all of the early English kings BUT I have read about ‘Edward’ and like what I have learned. Essentially the last but one English King prior to the Norman invasion of 1066.

I lived near Winchester from 1974 to 1981. Winchester Cathedral is very dear to I and I have spent a lot of time in it. Had a friend at IBM who was a campanologist at the Cathedral. He took me, for than once, up to bell tower to ring the bells with him and his other campanologists. That was always an experience.

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by Anura Guruge

A Cheap Jensen Record Player Rounded Off My ‘Now You Are 60’ Christmas Of Nostalgia.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

Anura Guruge

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>>December 27, 2013.

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I did not know about the toy tin train or the Queen’s coronation cover,
but I had asked for a big Poppy Pin from the U.K.
and a Jensen record player (turntable).


Why I hadn’t got a Jensen earlier is just another one of those inexplicable mysteries that litter my life.

Yes, I have two (I think) turntables and a few old amplifiers and speakers stored in various nooks and crannies
but they have never been hooked up.

I did have a record player when we lived in Gilford but I gave it away
because I planned to get a new one. Well that was 7 years ago.

My last real system was my Linn Sondek, Naim and Linn Isobarik
system, which I had bought in the U.K.,
in 1981 when I first started doing public seminars.

I just checked eBay. The prices are crazy.
I think they were crazy in 1981 but my finances were different.
I don’t need a Linn right now — or ever.

There was a time when I had over 600 LPs.

I whittled that down to about 300 when we lived in Gilford.

Then I decided just to keep the very special ones and threw the others away.

I now have about 60 — most from the late 1960s and early 1970.

They have seen a lot of use.

I would cringe have a $500 Klyde cartridge traversing those grooves.

Actually haven’t bothered to check what the cartridge situation
is with the Jensen.

OK. I just checked. ~$35. Hhhhmmm.

I had, and still have, some very esoteric, eclectic, kind-of-folksy
taste in music. Here are some of the LPs that I have
been listening to, again, with the Jensen.

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I had genuinely missed the ‘Strawbs‘.
‘The Man Who Called Himself Jesus’ still does numbers on me.

I saw the ‘Strawbs’, kind of by mistake, in 1969.

‘If it was so simple’ by ‘Longdancer‘ is my theme song for life.

Pentangle‘ should have been bigger.

I saw ‘Quintessence‘ in Swansea in 1972 or 1973.

“Matthew’s Southern Comfort”.
That is WHY my son is called “Matthew”!
That tells its own story.
I wanted to call him ‘Gordon’ after my all time hero Gordon Greenidge.
I was told I couldn’t because it sounded too Judaic!
Never understood that. So the compromise was: Matthew Gordon Guruge.
The only child that I named that has a middle name.

Queen’s Coronation June 1953: First Day Cover.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

Anura Guruge

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This was my first Christmas since turning 60 in September.

So the theme, in terms of what I got this Christmas, was nostalgia. 

The vintage, tin train engine was a bonus and delightful surprise.  Wasn’t expecting that.

Also got this First Day cover. Deanna found it in the same shop, in Alton no less, where she found the train engine.

She knew I would want it … plus the coronation was 60 years ago … the year of my birth.

It is neat. Delighted with it too.

I used to have a TON of First Day covers — nearly a full set of all that were released in Ceylon
from about 1950 to 1970.
My adoptive grandfather used to be a postman.
He would get those First Day covers for me.
I also used to, as all proper ‘British’ boys were supposed to do, collect stamps.
Had all of the stamps, albums and First Day covers in a huge metal box.
The older kids now have it and won’t even let me have a look at the box.

So this is the ONLY First Day cover I now have.

Maybe I should make an attempt to get some more.

The Queen’s, My Queen’s, Elizabeth II’s, 60th Anniversary Of Coronation. Happy Anniversary. Many Happy Returns!


QueenDoodle …

 ..by Anura Guruge

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Click to access 'The Telegraph' article.

Click to access ‘The Telegraph’ article.

Click again. Again 'The Telegraph'.

Click again. Again ‘The Telegraph’.

This time the Mirror. I was never a reader of 'The Mirror'. I was a 'Daily Mail', 'Sun' (of course) and Broadsheet reader. But, this is a decent article. Click.

This time the Mirror. I was never a reader of ‘The Mirror’. I was a ‘Daily Mail’, ‘Sun’ (of course) and Broadsheet reader. But, this is a decent article. Click.

That THE Queen (and as far as I am now concerned there is really only one) was crowned in June 1953 is something that I have ‘always’ known. It was the year of my Birth, though the coronation did not wait for me. I also, being the Everest buff, know that the first KNOWN ascent of Everest took place just prior to the coronation — the British-led, Commonwealth-heavy team wanting to honor the new Queen. So, the 60th anniversary of the Tenzing-Hillary ascent always comes a few days ahead — as we celebrated.

I am a born-again Royalist. In my ‘youth’ I really didn’t see a need for the Royals. But, I have, with age, become a huge fan of THIS Queen. She is a treasure. Can’t say the same about all the Royals, but this Queen, indubitably, stands alone. I, like millions of others, will be sad to see her go. She has been my Queen all my life!

Happy Anniversary.