Tag Archives: Johannesburg

“Global Citizen Festival — Mandela 100”, From South Africa, Broadcast On MSNBC This Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018.

by Anura Guruge

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Link to ‘Global Citizen’ Website.

Another gala extravaganza to commemorate the GREAT Nelson Mandela’s centennial — i.e., ‘Mandela 100‘. It is, as it should be, in Johannesburg, South Africa. So, not something that most of us and pop down for.

But, MSNBC is broadcasting it, starting at 9pm, on Sunday, December 2, 2018.  Definitely worth watching, recording or both. I plan to record it.

Did not want you to miss it.

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by Anura Guruge

South Africa v. India 3rd Test (Johannesburg) — The Pitch Was ‘Spicy’, But Didn’t Warrant Umpire Intervention.

by Anura Guruge

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In South Africa’s 2nd innings Dean Elgar got peppered and it was him getting hit on the helmet that resulted in the umpires taking the players off.

Today’s cricketers, with their helmets and American football like padding, are getting SOFT and act like SISSIES.

The umpires are worse. Yes, we don’t want players getting unnecessarily hurt BUT cricket, especially at the International level, is meant to be a CONTACT SPORT. And we played without helmets.

The umpires continually checking the pitch and then taking the players off on the 3rd Day of the 3rd Test match between South Africa and India was WRONG. Totally uncalled for. There was no valid reason. The ball that hit Dean Elgar on the helmet was SHORT and he played it badly. Come on.

We have seen cricket been played in much more VICIOUS conditions. I am old enough to remember that GLORIOUS Summer of 1976 and the West Indies quickies peppering the English batsman, Brian Close in particular. And they did NOT wear helmets like they now do.

Brian Close, sans helmet, ducking another short ball.


Brian Close shows off his bruises from getting hit …

The consensus is that on this dodgy pitch South Africa, already 1 wicket down, will be incapable of scoring the requisite 241 runs and will lose — though they have already won the series.

Yet again, as they did on Day 4 of the 2nd Test, South Africa made a LOT of mistakes, dropped catches and bowled BADLY. They deserve to lose.

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by Anura Guruge


Johannesburg, South Africa, Came To Be This Day 131-Years Ago; September 20, 1886.

by Anura Guruge

Click to access original … which explains the September 20, 1886 date.

A bit like California and the Gold Rush. It had to do with a gold rush. Gold was found in a farm nearby in July 1886. Reminiscent of Sutter’s Mill and Sacramento. Reflect.

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by Anura Guruge

‘Remembrance Day’ In South Africa Where Wearing Red Poppies Is NOT Prevalent.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

.by Anura Guruge

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Please check dedicated ‘Red Poppy’ PAGE
above (↑↑) with tons of pictures and history.

I learned something new today. Wearing poppies is NOT universal across the old Commonwealth!

Found this on Yahoo.


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Here is a picture from that visit (I think). From 2011. Pictures one of my FAVORITE people — no, no, not the ‘tampon’ Prince.
My MAN! Just seeing his picture makes me feel good. What a person. South Africa was blessed to have him and Nelson.


Click for ‘The Telegraph’ original with the Poppy in the banner.

I looked for pictures of Nelson with a poppy. Couldn’t find any. There are some with Nelson with the Prince — but they are PLASTERED with copyright notices. So I won’t bother to show them.

Two other Newspaper reports, both from the ‘Digital Journal’, about Remembrance Day in Johannesburg, South Africa. In the first you can see Poppy wreaths BUT nobody wearing the blessed symbol.


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Click to access original …

The Australian cricket team, in 2012, while playing South Africa, wore the Poppy.


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To the Americans that think Boston won a ‘world series’, IT helps if the competition is between TWO different countries.