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Sri Lankan Cricketers And The Kissing Of Balls!

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by Anura Guruge

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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.


Zebras Necking (Rather Than Kissing) At The Philadelphia Zoo — YouTube Video.

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This was beyond cute. I have seen videos and pictures of zebras kissing but this was NECKING in its classic sense. Cracked me up.

We had gone to the zoo, Philadelphia Zoo, on Sunday, May 17, 2015, so that Devanee could at last see some giraffes. We had been to the National Zoo in Washington D.C. but they didn’t have giraffes. We tried to do ‘Animal Kingdom’ at Disney last year, given that they do have giraffes BUT were foiled by the rain. The zebras were in the African savanna section of the zoo sharing the enclosure with a huge rhino.



Sri Lanka Have To Have Thrown Away Christmas Day 4th ODI Against Pakistan — In Protest Of Being Forced To Play On A Holiday.

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Click to ENLARGE. Santa is NOT happy. From 'cricinfo.com'.

Click to ENLARGE. Santa is NOT happy. From ‘cricinfo.com’.

Even by Sri Lanka’s often erratic standards this was quite a thrashing.

8 wickets and 8.5 overs to spare. It wasn’t even close. They were not even in the same league.

Lost the series too.

Then it occurred to me … and, as ever, I am the first to admit it. I am slow on the uptake. Always have been.

The Sri Lankan players, used to having Christmas off, irrespective of whether they worship their balls or not
(or even worse try to French kiss their bats) as you can often see on TV, must have decided to throw the match
— call it a day early.

He puts the ball on the ground and worships it too. I gag each and every time!

He puts the ball on the ground and worships it too. I gag each and every time!

Nearly 9 overs short. That is like 45 minutes

Bravo to them. Well they showed that they have balls.

But, to be fair, it was probably done within the wider more
institutionalized framework of match fixing!

So that was a bonus for many.

Oh, dear … what has the world come to?

The Pakistani’s, who don’t celebrate Christmas, nonetheless got a wonderful Christmas present.
No wonder they are prancing around.

Click to access photos from 'cricinfo.com'

Click to access photos from ‘cricinfo.com’


24 Days Till Hogmanay (New Year’s): An Explanation Of The Tradition & The ‘Dark Stranger’ (ME) First Footing (Kissing) Tradition.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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From ‘Scotland.org’. Definite must read. Click to access.


So, this is the part where I came in.

There was a need, in the early 1980s, for DARK strangers in Glasgow to fulfil the ‘tall, dark, handsome …’ part.

Well, tall and handsome I am not, though at 5′ 9.5″(+) I was above average for Brits in that time. So, my only qualification and saving grace was that nobody could deny that I was ‘dark‘.

This ‘tall, dark, handsome …’ requirement, as you can see from the 3rd image below morphed into ‘chimney sweeps‘. They were also scarce in the early 1980s.

So the poor Scots had to do with average height, funny looking wogs like me.

I wasn’t complaining. It was a night of great revelry (and I can’t remember who paid … not that it mattered in those days … before I had kids … plus I had very generous expense accounts to cater for my entertainment costs since my job, as a Customer Support Manager, was to entertain).

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Where the chimney sweep tradition came in. Click to access.

27 Days Till Hogmanay. ‘Auld Lang Syne’ In French, Very Soothing And Non-Raucous.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Click to access YouTube video. Audio is a bit rough. Sorry,

Click to access YouTube video. Audio is a bit rough. Sorry,


The French, like the Scots, celebrate the New Year and New Year’s Eve with gusto — with lots of champagne and kissing.

Before I started going up to Glasgow for Hogmanay — since they, at that time, had an acute shortage of the ‘dark men‘ very necessary for the merriment, I used to spend quite a few New Years in Paris.

The folks who had adopted me lived in central Paris for 17 years. So I always had free accommodation — quite luxuries at that. So that worked out.

So I have spent a few New Year’s Eves on the Champs-Élysées — which in those was well within my jogging range.

But we used to take the car. It had diplomatic plates which helped.

A New Year I remember well is me playing traffic cop on the Champs-Élysées.

Once the revelries had died down and folks started to go home, the Champs-Élysées was 6 lanes of hardly moving, bumper-to-bumper cars. We had parked on a access road that ran parallel. But, there was no way we could cut in. So I jumped out strode into the middle of the traffic and started stopping cars. It worked. I had fun. I even stayed on and directed traffic after our car pulled in. I knew I could catch up with it in that traffic. I was very fit in those days — given that I used to run 7 miles, six days a week.