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Free Flight By Humans Is Now 234-Years Old — Thanks To The French Montgolfier Brothers.

by Anura Guruge



Click to ENLARGE. Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Montgolfier_brothers



The very first untethered flight by a human took place, on the outskirts of Paris (France), yesterday (i.e., November 21), 234-years ago, i.e., November 21, 1783.

So free flights by humans is now 234-years old. That is impressive.

The first human tethered flight, performed by the younger brother, Jacques-Étienne Montgolfier (6 January 1745 – 2 August 1799), took place just under a month earlier.

I am a great fan of the Montgolfier brothers and their hot air balloons — having always known their pioneering status in the field of aeronautics. I just to have a pair of real neat, ceramic cufflinks featuring one of their balloons.

I thought it was important for us to commemorate this great event in human history.


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The World’s Largest Blue Sapphire, “Star Of Adam”, 1,404 K ($100 M), Discovered In Sri Lanka.

by Anura Guruge


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From Reuters. Click to ENLARGE and read short extract here. Use link below to access Reuters original.

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I have always considered, biased as I will admit to being, that the ‘Blue Sapphire‘ (especially if it displays a star) is the world’s most beautiful gemstone and that Sri Lanka is the home to the world’s best, bluest, brightest and biggest blue sapphires. Growing up in Ceylon, 50 years ago, I saw lots of blue sapphires. Alas and alack we don’t have many anymore. I got Deanna a small stone when we got married 13 years ago, but I am not sure whether she wears it that often. That is the only blue sapphire we now possess. 18 years ago I was give a $3,000 pair of blue sapphire cufflinks — but I gave them back.

This is good for Sri Lanka. Somebody is going to be an even richer gem mine owner. 


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by Anura Guruge