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Sri Lankan Cricketers And The Kissing Of Balls!

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by Anura Guruge


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4/ Sri Lanka’s Christian cricket captain.

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Ball kissing my Sri Lankans. This is Lasith Malinga, after he has put it on the grass and worshipped it.

Yes, yes, I know given that I grew up over there that Sri Lankans, by nature, are a superstitious bunch — and nobody could be more so than my adoptive mother. She had the whole repertoire. So, I am no stranger to the practices — like putting spit on any discarded hair so that a curse, upon you, cannot be put through that discarded hair. The discreet, head turned away, mouth-covered spitting sounds made to ward off ‘evil words’ were classic.

But, I still can’t get over Sri Lankan cricketers kissing their balls and for that matter bats. Yes, nearly all kiss the national emblem on their helmet upon reaching a 50 or 100, BUT I am talking about the habitual kissing of inanimate cricketing paraphernalia. Some, Lasith Malinga in the fore, would WORSHIP the ball before giving it tongue. He would place the ball on the ground, pay devotion to it and then take it to his mouth. Yikes.

Dhammika Prasad, who must be another Christian like the captain Angelo Matthews, given that he crosses himself before he starts to bowl, also worships the ball — Christian style — and then sticks it in his mouth. GROSS.

I understand that it is common within sporting circles to seek divine intervention and give thanks when something good happens. But worshipping a cricket ball. Yes, I understand that a hard, gleaming virgin cricket ball is a thing of beauty and awe. But to worship it and kiss it? And then there was that opener, who name I can’t remember, who would kiss the handle of his bat, through the grill of his helmet, each time he survived a ball. He never kissed the bat when he got out.

Very strange and it looks even stranger. It does make me cringe and I now try to look the other way. Maybe I should start practicing my adoptive mother’s, head turned away, mouth-covered ‘thuup, thuup, thuup’, spitting motions and sounds, each time Prasad kisses his ball.

Kate Middleton (Future Queen): Latest Pictures, Prank Call, Gossip & The Drunken Kiss.

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.


..by Anura Guruge

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  Kate Middleton Pictures — The Link … — Sept. 16, 2012.

Per a habit among us Brits I tried counting backwards, but it would appear that it is possible that they made the baby in France around the time the pictures were taken.

So here is the prank call to the hospital, and it cracks me up that a British hospital, in London no less, would actually think that the Queen will make a call:

Click to access 'ABC News' video and story.

Click to access ‘ABC News’ video and story.

A recent picture, probably post-pregnancy from 'NDTV'. Click to access story ...

A recent picture, probably post-pregnancy, from ‘NDTV’. Click to access story …

For Kate Middleton and Prince William gossip from Kate’s school friend Jessica Hay, including a tantalizingly salacious titbit about a shared drunken kiss — made out as if this is something that most girls haven’t done sometime during their youth.

The Must Read Gossip.

Auguste Rodin’s Birthday: November 12, 1840.

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

by Anura Guruge

Google, in their always cute ‘top left‘ motif, started giving us the head’s up on this birthday since late last night. Yes, I use Google even past midnight. 172nd birthday.

Most know him, deservedly, for his iconic, deeply visceral ‘The Thinker‘. He was, however, ultra prolific in multiple forms, also been a painter in oils and watercolor. Something that many may not have appreciated was that Rodin invariably made multiple copies of his work, actually having mechanical ‘duplicating arms’ to help copy the outline from a finished sculpture to a new block of material. He also employed an army of assistants to help with the copies. So there are supposed to be at least 20 Rodin authorized copies of ‘The Thinker’. That took me by surprise when I saw one at ‘California Palace of the Legion of Honor’ in San Francisco.

So lets take this birthday as an excuse for a little bit of Rodin indulgence, he considered the ‘Father of Modern Sculpture‘.

Rodin watercolor from 1905. He would have been 65.

The Kiss, 1901 – 1904. Multiple authorized copies exist.

My favorite, maybe second favorite, Rodin, ‘The Burghers of Calais’ by at the Victoria Tower Gardens, London, England. Again there are copies including one at the New York Met.

Temple of Love, undated.