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I Am Truly Torn As To The ‘Proposal’ To Give 2.9 Million From Hong Kong U.K. Citizenship.

by Anura Guruge


Click image to access the BBC coverage.

 


Click to access my post from February 2020.


As a (full (with right-of-residency)) British citizen, of long standing, & one heck of a British Patriot, I feel quite strongly about who should & should not be getting British citizenship — as the above post will amply testify.

I strongly believe that, as it was in the 1950s, 1960s & 1970s, those from the British Commonwealth — as I was — should be given priority & precedence when it comes to being granted British citizenship.

From that standpoint, I empathize with my (semi-)Brits in Hong Kong. I would like you to get citizenship & have the option of fleeing Hong Kong.

I like Hong Kong. I have visited twice. I like the Chinese — and of that there can never be any doubt or debate.

But, …..

I am TORN.

Why?

Hong Kong was NEVER a British Commonwealth nation. Yes, I know that that wasn’t their fault per se. So, technically, they don’t meet my #1 criteria. I can overlook that. Bit of a technicality. They were pseudo Commonwealth. I will acknowledge that.

But, here is my real concern & fear.

Hong Kong is NOT A TRUE cricket playing country!

There is more genuine cricket in Afghanistan than there is in Hong Kong!

I do NOT expect everyone applying for British citizenship to be a current — or former — cricket player. Heavens no. I am NOT that unreasonable.

But, I would like them to LIKE cricket!

I can even make an exception to that. I just expect them to come from a country where cricket is a major sport.

That is fair. Very fair.

Think about it.

As far as I am concerned cricket is what differentiates us (from the rest of the world) & also unites us.


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by Anura Guruge

Watch Mighty Parade & Celebrations For China’s 70th Anniversary ‘National Day’ — Oct. 1, 2019.

by Anura Guruge



3-minute highlights.


3-hour HD version
from Chinese TV.


October 1, 2019 marked the 70th anniversary of ‘modern’ China — i.e., 70-years since Communist Rule.

They marked it with a huge parade. Some claim the largest military parade — at least in recent times.

I am fortunate enough to watch British news — typically Sky News on my Roku — many nights a week. Last two nights British news has started off showing parts of this parade before cutting off to talk about the protests in Hong Kong. I did not see the parade covered at all on CNN and MSNBC news. So, I wanted to make sure YOU at least heard about it.

Definitely worth watching. Lots of high-tech military innovations.

You can thank me later.


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by Anura Guruge


‘Mysteries of China’ (2016) IMAX Movie (Boston, Museum Of Science) — Short, But Enlightening.

by Anura Guruge


Click image to access the IMDb.com listing for this IMAX movie.


Click to ENLARGE and read here. The Boston ‘Museum of Science’ description.



The Emperor responsible. Click to ENLARGE and read here. Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qin_Shi_Huang


The army in terracotta. Click to ENLARGE. From Wikipedia.


Click to ENLARGE and read here. Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terracotta_Army


Yes, this happened in the U.S. Click to access this NBC News coverage. Google for more.


Though I have been to Hong Kong twice, and associate with a number of Chinese, I am ashamed to admit that my knowledge of Chinese history is cursory at best.

Yes, I knew they had Empires and Emperors, was familiar with the famous ‘Terracotta Army‘, even knew about the ignoble thumb stealing incident in Philadelphia. But, I could NOT have told you anything about the ‘First Emperor‘ until I saw this IMAX movie yesterday, at the BostonMuseum of Science“. Kind of apropos in that we had gone to Chinatown (in Boston) to celebrate the Chinese New Year 2018.

I had wanted to see this movie and it also happened to be the only one that worked in with our schedule, yesterday, given that we did not get to the museum till around 2:15pm.

It was SHORT. It is NOT 50-minutes. That 50-minutes includes the usual 10-minute PLUS preamble introducing the technology of the Mugar Omni Theater.

I learnt a lot. Did not know they had that much mercury in China that long ago.

Definitely worth watching IF you can.

This movie, alas, also highlights some of the negatives of IMAX projection on 180° curved screens. All the tall buildings in modern-day China appeared bent and in danger of keeling over!


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by Anura Guruge


Recent, Non-U.S. Google Doodles Since April Fool’s Day. One, Hong Xun Tao’s Birthday, Very Cute & Different.

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by
Anura Guruge


A Few Related posts:
>>
Two legit April 1, 2013 doodles — Apr. 1, 2013.
>> Google’s SCRATCH Doodle for April Fool’s — Apr. 1, 2013.
>> 
Google’s April 1, April’ Fools Doodles — Mar. 30, 2013.
>> All Of Google’s Doodles & Games … — Jan. 16, 2013.
>> Bing background vs. Google doodle — Mar. 31, 2013.

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Would appear that Google, atypically, appears to be gun shy after all the flack they received about the Cesar Chavez Doodle on Good Friday.

Other than the amazing SCRATCH Doodle they did on April 1, April Fool’s Day, they have stayed away from U.S. Doodles.

But they have been doing Doodles for their overseas markets. I was particularly struck by the April 9, 2013 one, in Hong Kong, for Hung Xun Tao’s 85th birthday. I have never heard of him. Appears he was a famous famous Chinese children’s literature writer and theorist. Also appears that Google, as they have done in the past, got his name wrong! It is supposed to be Hong Xuntao. Look at that Doodle, which I reproduce above. Notice anything unusual? ‘Google’ does appear, somewhat, BUT it is unusually muted and blurred. They never do that?