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My ‘Mill Hill’ 1971 School Picture — A Few Months Before I Was Expelled.

by Anura Guruge


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So, can YOU spot me. I have NOT changed. Honest. Still as dark (in every way & sense) as I was then — 49-years ago.



This picture was sent to me by a classmate, in 1971, from Mill Hill. He is in this picture.

He found me, on the Web, a few months ago. So, we reconnected after 49-years. He had gone onto become a very well respected doctor. Good for him.

It has been great chatting with him.

Wow. 1971.

A momentous year. I got expelled, from Mill Hill, around May or June. All I know that it was 2-weeks ahead of the A-level exams. They let me come back, to take the exams — but could only stay for the exams. I was well are truly expelled for being ‘an undesirable influence’! Haven’t changed, have I. Just think of ALL the people who would still like to expel me from their lives for being ‘an undesirable influence’.

My 2nd expulsion, from a school, in 2-years!

I was good — at getting expelled.

Got expelled in 1969 (around May/June too) from the prestigious ‘English School of Paris’ in 1969. Why. Because I refused to have my haircut for the upcoming prize giving. Mary Soames, Winston Churchill’s daughter was attending to present the prizes. I had (per what used to my wont) won a few. They wanted me to look presentable. I refused. They called my parents. I still refused. I was expelled & banned from attending the prize giving. My parents went. My mother collected my prizes.

I will be honest, in my old age, as a HUGE FAN of Winston, I regret not getting to shake Dame Soames’ hand. C’est la vie. I didn’t want to get my hair cut. SMILE. Haven’t changed, have I.

This was also from Mill Hill, but the prior year. I am wearing tinted glasses. I must have got my contact lenses between these pictures. I know I started wearing contacts when I was around 16.

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The Eiffel Tower Was Open To The Public This Day, 127-Years Ago — March 31, 1889.

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I have a long personal relationship with the Eiffel Tower given that I have spent a lot of time in Paris (or its suburbs).

I first visited Paris in 1967 on our way from Ceylon to Buffalo, New York.

I lived, full-time in Louveciennes, a town between Paris and Versailles, full-time, and attended the ‘English School of Paris‘ from August 1968 to September 1969.

Then, after a stint in New Delhi, my adoptive parents moved to Paris, full-time, as diplomats, from 1978 to 1992. I was living in Britain at the time and would visit at least 3 times a year, typically for at least a week at a time. My parents lived in two different apartments in Paris. Both had views of the Eiffel Tower. In one, I could lay in the guest bedroom bed and see the Tower. That was cool.

As of about 1984 my THING was to CLIMB the Tower. Yes, you were able to climb up to the 2nd floor observation deck and climb down. So, rather than taking the elevator I would climb. There were days when I would climb it twice. Climbing is fun because you really get to enjoy the scenery. I can’t remember the ‘deal’. I want to say that it was FREE to climb BUT I could be wrong there. Cost was not a factor in those days. Typically my mother insisted on paying for everything and my adoptive parents were rich.

You weren’t allowed to climb above the 2nd platform THOUGH there is, of course, stairs going ALL the way to the top. Gustave Eiffel had his office right at the top and would CLIMB to/from there multiple times a day.

Ahhh! The Eiffel Tower.


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English Grammar Quiz From Britain (For You Native English Speakers).

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Hey, English is my Second Language. I struggle just to speak it so that people understand 25% of what I am saying. Grammar is way beyond me — though it is funny that I have, over the years, in school, won a few ‘English’ prizes — the most priceless being that I won the ‘English’ prize, in 1969, at the “English School of Paris” [in Paris, France] (along with that for math and physics), though I was basically the only wog in the class. Cracked me. All these Brits and Americans in the class, and they give ME the English prize. I think it was a joke. This quiz? Aaah.

But try it. Let me know. Maybe you could help me with the English. Thanks.


From, of course, the U.K. ‘Daily Mail’.
My only daily news source.
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197′ Rusted Metal “Queen’s Vagina” At Versailles Is An Outrage — Akin To “Butt Plug” Christmas Tree.

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This is beyond diabolical. It is atrocious. It is totally uncalled for. This cannot be fobbed off as a mistake. This was very deliberate and calculated. It could, alas, have been an April Fool’s joke, but it isn’t. It is very real, and HUGE.

Yes, I understand. It is a very graphic way of calling Marie Antoinette by the ‘C’-word. But, even that, is unnecessary and puerile in that she was guillotined 221 years ago.

This makes me angry. I am VERY fond of Versailles Palace and Gardens. I am very familiar with them. I have visited Versailles dozens of times. 1968 – 1969 when I lived in France full-time and attended the “English School of Paris” (ESP) we lived in Louveciennes — which was on the outskirts of Versailles. Then during the 1978 to 1992 period when I would visit France at least 3 times a year I would invariably visit Versailles. Towards the last few years of that period we used to make a point of going to Versailles on weekend just for the pleasure and privilege of uniformed guards smartly sliding open the huge golden gates to let us in! Yep. It was a prerogative afforded to cars with diplomatic plates that had “CD 1” or “CD 2” on them. Essentially a car belonging to an Ambassador.

This is stupid. There was no need for this. As was the case 220 years ago heads should roll.