Tag Archives: Empire

The Infamous ‘Caligula’ Became The 3rd Roman Emperor This Day 1,980 Years Ago — March 18, 37 AD.

by Anura Guruge


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‘Caligula’ was a nickname — meaning ‘little (soldier’s) boot’. His real name was Gaius Julius Caesar Germanicus. He was well connected at birth. Hence his ascendency.

He was only emperor for 3 years and 10 months. He has assassinated when just 28 years old.

He has been described as being crazy.

The blood seen dripping from his eyes is to symbolize his deadly vision for Rome and the Empire.


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Rejoice, Give Thanks, Sundays Became The Sundays We Love, March 7 — 1,696 Years Ago!

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He, viz. Constantine The Great, was quite the guy.

Was a pagan all of his life, only agreeing to be baptised on his deathbed when he was 65 (in 337 AD).

‘Battle of the Milvian Bridge’, where he saw THE SIGN in the sky took place in 312.

The ‘Edict of Milan‘, which made Christianity an officially recognised and tolerated religion in the Roman Empire came in 313.

This edict making Sunday, into Sunday in terms of how we know it, came 8-years later.


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Dedicated Page To Chronicle Our “Poppy Day” & Related Information ….

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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1/ King George V’s ‘Great Silence’ proclamation … — July 9, 2013.
2/ Origins Of “Armistice Day” (a.k.a “Poppy Day”) — June 11, 2013.
3/ Canadian ‘Remembrance Day’ Poppies … — July 11, 2013.
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Part of My “Poppy Day” series on this Blog.

Nancy alluded to the fact that it would be nicer if all the ‘posts’ were in one place.

Her wish is my command.


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Poppy Story: The Evolution From The Great War, Through Armistice Day — Per ‘Nancy’, From Ontario, Canada.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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1/ King George V’s ‘Great Silence’ proclamation … — July 9, 2013.
2/ Origins Of “Armistice Day” (a.k.a “Poppy Day”) — June 11, 2013.
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Part of My “Poppy Day” series on this Blog.

This post, as with other recent related posts, at the behest of  ‘Nancy’,
the lady from Ontario Canada who sent me the original, side on, picture of the ‘Poppy Plaque’ in Thunder Bay, Ontario.


From Nancy. Click to ENLARGE. Refer to above links, especially for the proclamation and  Edward George Honey letter ...

From Nancy. Click to ENLARGE. Refer to above links, especially for the proclamation and Edward George Honey letter …


Please refer to the above links for more background & context.

British Commonwealth Troops & Uniforms From World War I — Including The Indians & Gurkhas.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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1/ British WW I recruitment efforts …
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2/ King George V’s ‘Great Silence’ proclamation … — July 9, 2013.
3/ Origins Of “Armistice Day” (a.k.a “Poppy Day”) — June 11, 2013.
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Part of My “Poppy Day” series on this Blog.

This post, as with other recent related posts, at the behest of  ‘Nancy’,
the lady from Ontario Canada who sent me the original, side on, picture of the ‘Poppy Plaque’ in Thunder Bay, Ontario.


I am a bit offended by this. Where are the Indians? 

What about the Gurkhas? 200,000 served, bravely, in WW I and nobody, but nobody will question the commitment of these soldiers.

In the recruitment call they don’t mention South Africa. But in this ‘uniform’ poster (sent to me by Nancy), the white South Africans are included. But, this was very much the case at the time.




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British Recruitment Efforts From The Commonwealth For World War I.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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1/ King George V’s ‘Great Silence’ proclamation … — July 9, 2013.
2/ Origins Of “Armistice Day” (a.k.a “Poppy Day”) — June 11, 2013.
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Part of My “Poppy Day” series on this Blog.

This post, as with other recent related posts, at the behest of  ‘Nancy’,
the lady from Ontario Canada who sent me the original, side on, picture of the ‘Poppy Plaque’ in Thunder Bay, Ontario.


Strange that South Africa is not included, especially none of the 4 countries mentioned had any 4-legged lions (by then)!






Origins Of “Armistice Day” (a.k.a “Poppy Day”).

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Plaque in memory of Australian Edward George Honey in “Kings Domain”, Birdwood Avenue, City of Melbourne, Down Under.


Part of My “Poppy Day” series on this Blog.

This post, as with other recent related posts, contributed by ‘Nancy’
the lady from Ontario Canada who sent me the picture of the ‘Poppy Plaque‘ in Thunder Bay, Ontario.


London Evening News in 1918.

On May 8, 1919, a letter to the editor signed ‘Warren Foster’ appears in London Evening News proposing the first anniversary of the armistice ending World War I 1918 November 11th, be commemorated by several moments of silence.

The author, actually an Australian journalist named George Edward Honey, living in London (U.K.), after being invalided out of the in the British army with a leg injury, was concerned about the huge celebrations on the streets on “Victory Day” 1918.

He suggested a silent commemoration of the sacrifices made and the lives lost during the war would be a far more appropriate way to mark the first anniversary of its end – the first “Armistice Day” in 1919.

Placement of the above plaque.

“Five little minutes only, silent minutes of national remembrance.  A very sacred intercession. Communion with the Glorious Dead who won us peace, and from the communion new strength, hope and faith in the morrow. Church services, too, if you will, but in the street, the home, the theatre, anywhere, indeed, where Englishmen and their women chance to be, surely in this five minutes of bitter-sweet silence there will be service enough.”

Honey’s letter did not immediately bring about a change but a similar suggestion was made to Sir Percy Fitzpatrick that October, reaching King George V, who on November 7, 1919, made an official proclamation, practicality setting it as a 2 minute period of silence (as opposed to ‘5’), beginning with the first stroke of the hour of 11 am November 11th across the Empire.

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We today are used to gatherings at local cenotaphs but most weren’t up yet in 1919. These monuments seem to have killed the brilliant idea of a stoppage in ordinary places to reflect individually, no dignitaries and school children and old guys having photo ops.

Map Of The British Empire In 1910. Has To Do With My Coverage Of ‘Poppy Day’, WW I Having Started 4 Years Later.

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From the 'Encyclopedia of New Zealand' at www.Teara.govt.nz.

From the ‘Encyclopedia of New Zealand’ at http://www.Teara.govt.nz. Click for original.


Original size. Click for original.


At the behest of ‘Nancy’ the lady from Ontario Canada who sent me the picture of the ‘Poppy Plaque‘ in Thunder Bay, Ontario.

The countries marked in Blood Red formed the British Empire over which the Sun never set.

Nancy, like I, also liked the Pacific (as opposed to Atlantic) centered orientation of the map. To be fair, growing up in Ceylon in the 1950s, I was fairly used to this representation which had India and Ceylon towards the centre (sic) though I notice, with amusement, that this map does a fairly poor job of getting Ceylon’s, fairly simple, but elegant, shape wrong.

Enjoy. 

Map of Ceylon from 1914. The red in this map denotes the areas where coconuts are grown. The green denotes tea, which is grown upland in the hills.nuts

 

We Went Apple Picking At ‘AppleView Orchard’ Pittsfield, NH — Colombus Day Monday, October 8, 2012.


Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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Dennis Straight, Co-Owner of ‘AppleView’, a full-time pharmacist in Vermont and all around nice guy. He is there most weekends. Seek him out and talk to him. Lots of information. Lots of fun.


Prior post:
Apple Picking At ‘AppleView Orchard’ Pittsfield, NH – The Best Apple Fritters In The Universe! — Sept. 28, 2012.
Related post:
1977 MGB (BMC) In Pittsfield, NH — Oct. 8, 2012.

Appleview Orchard Website.



It was a very pleasant way to spend a couple of hours on a very typical Colombus Day Monday. Temperature in the low 60s was just right. It was cloudy, but not gloomy. Though we had lots of rain last night the ground was quite firm, so not mud to contend with. That is always a bonus.

The apples are getting picked, though there is a lot on the ground. I know that that gets picked up and used, but it distresses me. The apples, in general, were good.

The fritters, when hot, are divine. Make sure they are hot. If they are not, insist that you want freshly fried ones. They can palm off the cold ones to those that don’t read this blog.

We had, has we invariably do, bought 1/2 peck of apples at the Sandwich Fair (on Saturday). This year, the ‘Apple Tent’ (or at least the only one we know off, which is by the ‘Craft Buidling’), only had Jonamac apples: a cross between a Jonathan and McIntosh. The ‘kid’ who was selling them said they were combined the taste and sweetness of the McIntosh with the crispness of the Johnathan. Boy, was he right! So, I wanted more.

AppleView didn’t have any Jonamac but they had ‘Empire‘, a cross between McIntosh and Red Delicious. I tried one. They were good. They only had 6 Empire trees available for picking and there wasn’t much left. But, we managed to pick enough.

We bought 3 big bags of apples, 2 medium size pumpkins, a very small apple pie, a small ice cream and 12 apple fritters. Came to about $52. That is OK — I think. It was fun. The folks, especially Dennis, his wife (who works for UNH) and the Farm Manager (who always get the plumb job of driving a hay ride), are delightful. We had a good time. Teischan did her ‘I want to be difficult for the sake of being difficult’ act and got sent to the car sans ice cream. But, that is Teischan.


About Apple View Orchard
(per Dennis Straight)

Owners: Dennis (pharmacist) and Mary (UNH) Straight, who have owned it for the last 5 years. Prior to the 1980s it was a potato field.

Size: Main farm is 12 acres and they just got an additional 10 acres one mile up the road. So, 22 acres in total. In the 12 acre main farm they have 3,000 apple trees in 20 different varieties, some of them new ‘exotics’ they are experimenting with over the last couple of years.

They are growing other fruit trees, peaches, pears and cherries in the new 10 acres. They also have 3,000 strawberry plants.

Hannaford and Shaw’s supermarkets sell their apples.

London Olympics 2012 Closing Ceremony: Indian (Punjabi) Segment Makes Slightly For Empire Snub.

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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Click for YouTube video of this uplifting dance segment with Eric Idle.


Other than for the stupid, uncalled for Winston Churchill blunder, the remainder of the London Olympics Closing Ceremonies ROCKED! Thank You. Bravo. Way to go. I am so happy and proud.

The opening and closing ceremonies of the Beijing Olympics were pretty amazing and I have to think that the opening ceremonies with all those drums etc. will continue to be hailed as one of the greatest of events for decades to come.

I was worried that MY London would come up short. That they said at the start that they decided that they were not gong to compete with the Chinese kind of upset me. I am always into forward and upward.

We made up for it with the Closing Ceremonies — though, now old, I have to confess, I had NO IDEA who some of the performers were! Neither did Deanna. But, they were good. The Pinball Wizard segment was spectacular. We have watched it three times so far, with the speakers blasting. Of course, I would have liked to have see the WHO perform it, but c’est la vie.



Click for YouTube video of the Pinball Wizard segment.


That they finally showed some Indians (^^^^ above) was gratifying — albeit it was in the COMEDY segment with Eric Idle! Was that a dig at the Indians? That is OK with me. A favorite pastime in Ceylon (Sri Lanka) where I come from is to poke fun of Indians. The dancing and music was good. The kids, who love Indian music, thought it was great. Some of the dancers (if not all) were Sikhs. That was poignant given what took place in Wisconsin during the Olympics. NBC did not make that connection. They wouldn’t know. They probably thought the turbaned dancers were from Pakistan!

Loved seeing the Rolls Royces. We make some of the most awesome cars in the World (and these days most of them are reasonably reliable and don’t rust that much). I am glad they featured British cars and didn’t insult me by using any German ones. All said, I am delighted. I e-mailed a friend of mine in the U.K., a Catholic priest named ‘Churchill’ (though alas not a relative), about how proud WE should all be. London and the U.K. did good. Demonstrated, once again, that we are still a world power to be contended with — even sans the Empire.