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Royal British Legion Unveils Striking Poppy Dress For 2015 Poppy Day/Remembrance Day.

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by Anura Guruge


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Labor Leader Jeremy Corbyn Refusal To Sing National Anthem Is A REAL Problem.

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by Anura Guruge


Related posts:
>> Mhairi Black, SNP …
>> I am OK with Cameron win.
>> Does Ed Miliband have Indian?
>> Doodle for 2015 U.K. elections.

++ Scottish referendum results.
++ Scottish referendum. …


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I knew nothing of him, not even his name, until he was elected the new Labor Leader replacing the Indian-looking Ed Miliband. But over the last few days I have watched a few ‘clips’ about him on “Sky News” and done a bit of reading. He seems like decent, genuine bloke — that I can relate to. We are of the same generation.

However, this claim that he refused to sing the National Anthem at a memorial service to remember the heroes of the Battle of Britain bothers me greatly. What I do NOT know is whether this was specific to the occasion or whether he, known to have been a vehement anti-monarchist, refuses to sing the National Anthem, point-blank. Either way this is a PROBLEM. I can sympathize with his pacifist agenda. But HONORING the HEROES of the GLORIOUS Battle of Britain transcends pacifism. We are talking straight PATRIOTISM. IF not for all those that sacrificed all they had to fight WW II the World would be a very different place. So please let us NOT confuse pacifism with the sacrifices and bravery of those that gave their all in WW I and WW II.

It is also ‘OK’ to be an anti-monarchist. I was one a long, long time ago, before the Queen won me over, head-over-heels.

My problem is that YOU cannot be Her Majesty’s Leader of the Opposition and refuse to sing OUR Glorious National Anthem (and yes, I do have issues with its theme and words, especially now that Britain is very much multireligious and multicultural). The National Anthem is symbolic. It, like the flag, parliament, and the monarchy, HAVE to be RESPECTED for what it is. That is not negotiable. This is a problem.

I do not give a monkey’s about his dress. That is up to him and yet again I appreciate. But the National Anthem is a whole different matter. I am NOT amused. I will keep an eye, and ear, open on this.


Mhairi Black (20), 20, SNP Member Of Parliament (MP), Youngest Since 1667 — Is A Riot. Good For Her.

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by Anura Guruge


Related posts:
>> I am OK with Cameron win.
>> Does Ed Miliband have Indian?
>> Doodle for 2015 U.K. elections.

++ Scottish referendum results.
++ Scottish referendum. …


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I saw her (for the very first time) on Thursday night, on SkyTV, ebulliently acknowledging (and celebrating) her momentous victory. How could you NOT be glad for her? She was this one big toothy smile of a face. I was happy for her. I was happy for the U.K. It is wonderful that we can elect somebody so young (and also so raw). I applaud the Scots for their courage and conviction in electing her.

I was NOT sure how she stacked up in terms of age. I wasn’t sure whether we had had 18 year old MPs. Now, thanks as ever to the peerless U.K. “Daily Mail“, I know. Youngest since 1667.

Her vocabulary bothers me somewhat. Yes, until I was 23, and did so overnight, cold-turkey, I used to swear — every other word that came out of my mouth was a swear word and some of them were quite graphic. So she is 20. She is entitled, BUT I hope she tones it down. I have a 26-year old daughter and a 23 year old son. They probably having seen that I don’t even use the (to me dreaded and disgusting) ‘s-word’ don’t swear much. I never talked to them about it. They just don’t.

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I also hope she rethinks her dress code. She, from what I could see, wore a man’s gray suit. Confused the heck out of me. Maybe she was trying make a statement (and yes, I can read something into that), but I think she will look better if she dressed a tad more femininely. From what I can see her ‘boss’, the head of the SNP, Nicola Sturgeon (and that name conjures up caviar for me), dresses very snazzily in bright female attire.

I have since read that her dad is a retired teacher and was very instrumental in her very successful campaign. Maybe he will, like us dads do, start having some quiet words with her.

But, I am happy. Way to go. I would be proud to have her as my daughter.

And in case you were wondering, ‘Mhairi‘ is Gaelic for Mary, i.e., much loved and longed for child.


Sri Lanka Have To Have Thrown Away Christmas Day 4th ODI Against Pakistan — In Protest Of Being Forced To Play On A Holiday.

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Related posts:
>> No Christmas miracle for SL
>> — Dec. 25, 2013.
>> Surprised that President
>> permitting cricket on Christmas
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Dec. 24, 2013.
>> Sri Lanka playing
>> on Christmas Day Dec. 23, 2013.


Click to ENLARGE. Santa is NOT happy. From 'cricinfo.com'.

Click to ENLARGE. Santa is NOT happy. From ‘cricinfo.com’.

Even by Sri Lanka’s often erratic standards this was quite a thrashing.

8 wickets and 8.5 overs to spare. It wasn’t even close. They were not even in the same league.

Lost the series too.

Then it occurred to me … and, as ever, I am the first to admit it. I am slow on the uptake. Always have been.

The Sri Lankan players, used to having Christmas off, irrespective of whether they worship their balls or not
(or even worse try to French kiss their bats) as you can often see on TV, must have decided to throw the match
— call it a day early.

He puts the ball on the ground and worships it too. I gag each and every time!

He puts the ball on the ground and worships it too. I gag each and every time!

Nearly 9 overs short. That is like 45 minutes

Bravo to them. Well they showed that they have balls.

But, to be fair, it was probably done within the wider more
institutionalized framework of match fixing!

So that was a bonus for many.

Oh, dear … what has the world come to?

The Pakistani’s, who don’t celebrate Christmas, nonetheless got a wonderful Christmas present.
No wonder they are prancing around.

Click to access photos from 'cricinfo.com'

Click to access photos from ‘cricinfo.com’


Barring Christmas Miracle Sri Lanka Will Be THRASHED By Pakistan For The Audacity Of Playing Cricket On Christmas Day.

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Related posts:
>> Surprised that President
>> permitting cricket on Christmas
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Dec. 24, 2013.
>> Sri Lanka playing
>> on Christmas Day Dec. 23, 2013.


It is just NOT cricket.

Sri Lanka, contrary to what the misguided, delusional Buddhist fundamentalists might claim, is still a multicultural, multireligious country with even a Catholic cardinal.

Sri Lanka has always celebrated Christmas. Acting like uncivilized heathens is so unbecoming.

They deserved to be thrashed in every sense of the word for this affront to the norms.

The President should be ashamed, groveling to the cardinal and pope one minute, then permitting this. Am I glad I am not Sri Lankan (other than by the accident of birth).

Barring a Christmas miracle Pakistan should cruise home. Click to access CricInfo if you need updates.

Barring a Christmas miracle Pakistan should cruise home. Click to access CricInfo if you need updates.

 


Rather Surprised That Very Pro-Catholic Sri Lankan President, Married To A Catholic, Is Permitting Sri Lanakan Cricket Team To Play On Christmas.

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Related posts:
>> Sri Lanka playing
>> on Christmas Day Dec. 23, 2013.
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I do not know this president on a personal basis. I actually can’t even remember his name. I knew two of the early presidents quite well: J.R. and Wijetunga. In my youth I had spent a fair amount of time at the later’s house — and my most vivid memories are stopping by there, on the way back from Kandy, after elections.

What I do know is that this president, who in my opinion, with his habitual red stole likes to look like a pope, is very pro-Catholic. He is good friends with Sri Lanka’s cardinal, the ‘Tanned Ratzinger‘. You can see that he met with the old pope.

So, I am kind of surprised that HE, who is no stranger to Christmas given that his wife is Catholic, permitted the Sri Lankan cricket team to play on Christmas Day. Possible that he didn’t know. From the little that I hear, he has a fair amount on his plate. To me this is very strange.

Growing up one of the most amazing things about life in Ceylon was our tolerance of other religions. My adopted family were Buddhists but I spent all my holidays and weekends with an Uncle, by marriage, who was a Burgher (Dutch descended, and hence white) and a Baptist. He didn’t have any children and he was a lawyer — actually the lawyer for the Ceylon Food Ministry. His wife, my adopted aunty, was the Assistant Principal at Royal College — Ceylon’s then largest and most prestigious boys school (which I didn’t attend). They were well off. They did a lavish, no expense spared Christmas lunch for the whole extended family. But, I stayed with them and got a ton of Christmas presents each Christmas. We celebrated all holidays. That Sri Lankans are acting like we, as a nation, don’t know anything about Christmas is insulting and demeaning.

Yes, I shouldn’t complain. I am not Sri Lankan. So, I probably don’t have the right. But, I was born there.

The President’s letter to the ‘Tanned Ratzinger‘ in 2012 for the cardinal’s birthday:

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