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President Abraham Lincoln Signed The U.S. ‘Homestead Act’ This Day 155 Years Ago; May 20, 1862.

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE and read here. Wikipedia entry: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homestead_Acts#The_act_in_practice


I had always thought that this was a real neat and ‘romantic’ notion. I like to think that if I was of that time I might have considered this. Sure was quite the deal. Wow. All those open spaces. I do NOT think I know of anyone who has told me that their family owned ‘Homestead’ land. Of course there must be millions.

I guess it was inevitable that it would come to an end, and it did, in two parts — the first in 1976 bar Alaska and ten-years later in Alaska.


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Spare A Moment: Hitler Was Eliminated THIS DAY 72 Years Ago — April 30, 1945!

by Anura Guruge



IF you did NOT know this about me.

Click to access blog post for more …


Not sure how widely the date of this momentous event is known. I must confess that if you had asked me prior to now I would not have know the date.

I would have worked out that it was 1945 and had to have happened before May/June of that year.

Just wanted to make sure that you all knew and got a chance to reflect and give thanks. The world would have been a very different place …


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THE Circus. Ringling Brothers/Barnum & Bailey, Coming To Manchester, NH, For The Very Last Time This Friday.

by Anura Guruge


Click image to access the ‘SNHU Arena’ Website.


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This is going to be SAD.

Yes, of course, we have tickets. {SMILE}

We have been going to this circus, in Manchester, without fail, for the last 7 or 8 years. It was a cherished annual ritual.

I will miss it. It was always fun. Often quite the spectacle.

Yes, we noticed that the audience size kept on shrinking. I worried that they would stop coming to New Hampshire. Never expected them to close shop altogether. Ironically there has been a RUN on the tickets for this last appearance. Typical.

I suspect ‘they’ will be back, in a few years, under another name with a scaled-down operation.

Of course I will let you know how it was.


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This Day, March 23, In Space: First U.S. Gemini Manned Launch, 1965, & End Of Russian Mir Space Station, 2001.

by Anura Guruge


The INTENTIONAL, re-orbital disintegration of Mir. Click to ENLARGE.


Recovery of the Gemini 3 capsule. Click to ENLARGE.


The Gemini space program was the second U.S. manned program and the first to be able to carry TWO astronauts. Hence the name ‘Gemini’ for twin (or double)!

Gemini 1 & 2 were unmanned trial efforts.

So Gemini 3 was the first manned launch.

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It was in space February 20, 1986 to March 23, 2001. It was occupied in space for 4,592 days and made 86,331 orbits of the Earth. A total of 104 people, from 12 countries, spent time on Mir.

It was for a time the largest man made object in orbit — until superseded in every way by the International Space Station (ISS).




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Ringling Brothers/Barnum & Bailey Circus To Close Forever In May 2017, After 146 Years — A CRYING SHAME!

by Anura Guruge


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Click to access “Washington Post” coverage. Google for more.


This is a CRYING SHAME.

I like the Ringling Brothers/Barnum & Bailey Circus. We have been going to their Manchester, NH, performance, each year, without fail, for the last 7 or 8 years. Maybe more.

We were at the Sunday, May 8, 2016 performance. That could very well have been the last performance in New Hampshire.

This is a shame.

I am going to try and get in ONE LAST SHOW before they close. They are supposed to come to Manchester, April 21 to 23, 2017. We will have to go to that, IF that is still on.

I had worried for a few years that they would stop coming to Manchester because attendance was so low. Never thought it would come to this.

So now we have ‘Cirque du Soleil’ and the ‘Big Apple‘. Though we love ‘Cirque’ it is not your old-fashioned, traditional circus and the ‘Big Apple’ no longer comes to New Hampshire.

This is a SHAME.


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Tonight Is The 2015 Winter Solstice — Tomorrow THE SHORTEST DAY. Winter Is Retreating.

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My FAVORITE DAY of the Year!

Rejoice! Revel!

Days start getting LONGER.

We turn the corner, Summer is on THE WAY.

Welcome YULE.

The Winter Solstice is tonight for us in New England.
11:49 pm.
IF you are TRULY ‘in-tune’ YOU will feel IT.
The slight ‘jolt’ as the Earth turns the corner.

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To celebrate, I give YOU, “Jethro Tull”
‘Songs from the Wood’ — very pagan.

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Click to access YouTube video. Enjoy.


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 Also ‘Global Orgasm Day For Peace’.


For the ‘Winter Solstice 2015‘ I SHARE with YOU,
as we always do at the annual ‘Christmas Revels
Dona Nobis Pacem (Give Us Peace).

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Click for a 1:56 minute YouTube video of this HAUNTING traditional song, in Latin.


Welcome Yule! 

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‘Armistice Day’ 2015 Videos — My Wrap-Up.

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Absolutely brilliant and moving video with music by ‘Tubella Bells’, Mike Oldfield. The song is “Flowers of the Forest”. Click to access and watch YouTube video.


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STIRRING. Our BRITISH troops from AROUND the World. Please watch. Click to access YouTube video.


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2015 2 minute silence in London for Armistice Day. Really nice. Click to access YouTube video.


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From U.K. ‘SkyNews’. Click to access.


For THOSE that do NOT understand
the UNDERLYING significance of
why 11/11, every year, is SPECIAL.

World War officially came to an end at 11 am Paris (France) time
on Monday, November 11, 1918, i.e., 11/11/1918.

“The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month”.

That was when the ARMISTICE was signed.

Hence 11/11.

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November 11 Is First & Foremost ‘Armistice Day’ — Remembrance, Poppy & Veterans Days Ensued.

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World War officially came to an end at 11 am Paris (France) time

on Monday, November 11, 1918, i.e., 11/11/1918.

“The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month”.

That was when the ARMISTICE was signed.

Hence 11/11.

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Comet ISON Gets Zapped By The Sun? Kaput? The Sad End? R.I.P. etc.? Another Cometary Dud? THE END?

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.ISONPrintCover150206
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Note the ‘?’s.

ISON may have not got totally zapped!

Now scenario #2 below
looks like what really happened.

Stay tuned.


I did say this was on the cards, from day ONE.
Check my book.

From Page 8 of the BIG, black 'Comet ISON' book no less. So, c'est la vie. Click to ENLARGE.

From Page 8 of the BIG, black ‘Comet ISON’ book no less. So, c’est la vie. Click to ENLARGE.

This NASA SOHO LASCO C3 image shows the EXPLOSION as ISON disintegrates.

Click to NASA video. Very compelling.

Click to NASA video. Very compelling.


Sri Lanka CHOGM 2013 Thankfully Ends On A Positive Conciliatory Note. Hurrah For Our Great Commonwealth!

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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The Commonwealth leaders, to my delight and gratitude, demonstrated our
shared, inherent,
British ingrained CLASS.

Disagreements aside this is still one heck of ‘strictly by invitation only’ club.

This was good.

Long Live THE Commonwealth
in all its Glory.


Click to access original coverage from the Australian Broadcasting Corp.

Click to access original coverage from the Australian Broadcasting Corp.


Click to access coverage and the other pictures from the Sri Lanka 'Daily News' --  my newspaper when I was a boy in Ceylon. See below.

Click to access coverage and the other pictures from the Sri Lanka ‘Daily News’ — my newspaper when I was a boy in Ceylon. See below.



Talking about the ‘Daily News‘ got me thinking about their iconic ‘Lake House‘ — their headquarters in Colombo, Ceylon when I was growing up.

I used to visit ‘Lake House’ on a fairly regular basis and it was also a ‘meeting place’ for the family if we were in different cars or taxis. It would be, lets meet outside ‘Lake House’.

I just went looking for a picture. I found one below. Wow.

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There was NO big tree there when I was a boy! Can you see the steps? I still can see myself running up and down those steps in shorts. They seemed much bigger. I could be wrong but I remember some kind of water feature in front. Possibly a fountain. Does anybody remember that? I think there was a round-about.