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‘National Geographic’ In December 2015 Issue, Featuring ‘Virgin Mary’, Includes Another Topless ‘Tribal’ Picture.

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by Anura Guruge


Related posts:
>> 2 x topless Aug. 2015.
>> NatG
topless Jan. 2015.
>> NatG back printing
>> topless pictures?


>> 
NH contribution to
>>  the ‘Topless Tour’.

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 Tastefully topless.
>> Going topless in NH.
>> Topless protests of the pope.

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December 2015 issue.

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In the feature article about the Virgin Mary
“The World’s Most Powerful Woman” — pages 48 – 49.

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This is the 4th topless picture that NatG has published in 2015.

All the females (as is invariably the case) have been highly tanned.
I, from old habits, call them ‘tribal’.
Interesting that I can’t remember seeing topless pictures
of pale skinned women. Not that I care.

Interesting that this picture actually was in the
Virgin Mary‘ article.

The prior two topless pictures appeared in the issue
featuring the pope.

Coincidence.

As anybody familiar with this blog will know, have no compunctions about
female toplessness or nudity.

So I have no problems whatsoever about NatG.

If anything I am kind of glad.
As I mentioned in the very first post on this topic,
this to so many of us is NatG NOSTALGIA.
NatG used to have much, much more topless pictures
— albeit decades ago. All dusky ladies.
I know the first topless pictures I saw were in NatG
in the 1950s, when living in Ceylon.

IF you are wondering why I obliterated
the topless on two pictures shown here it had
NOTHING to do with censorship or prudity.
In those two pictures I am just NOT sure how old
the young ladies are!
Nudity/topless is one thing BUT I will not be party
to any that cross important ‘borders’.

This might be a last Hurrah now that conservative Fox News
own NatG.


Gallery of the National Geographic topless pictures since 2014.
Reverse chronological order.


Yes, I am indeed keeping count because NatG, for the longest time, due to some false sense of propriety, stopped printing pictures of topless tribal women — its well known hallmark, for long, in its ‘early days’.

As far as I can see these are #3 & #4 since January 2014 — though I might have missed some, despite my efforts to read each and every issue cover-to-cover. The prior two are at the very top of this post with links.

Have a chuckle. It is good for you.


‘Old Spice’, ‘Brut’ Or ‘Bay Rum’ As Aftershave Astringents & Aroma.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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This morning watching MSNBC we discovered that ‘Old Spice‘ was back in circulation due to a very cute and clever viral video on YouTube. Deanna just loved it — though nearly all of her experiences is mainly with daughters. 

Click to access IF you haven't seen it. It is quite funny and cute.

Click to access IF you haven’t seen it. It is quite funny and cute.


oldspicebottle112What amused me about this new interest in ‘Old Spice‘ was that of late, and by that I mean the last 3 months (or so), I have been occasionally using ‘Old Spice’ as an aftershave. A few months ago I, with a penchant for collecting old bottles, saw an old, classic ‘Old Spice’ bottle, more than likely at the (ever delightful) Alton dump swap shop, and picked it up. It was not empty. It was nearly full and it smelt authentic and ‘good’. Well aftershave doesn’t spoil plus I have very thick skin. So I put the bottle on my bathroom sink and use it — not every day, but maybe a few times a week. I have used ‘Old Spice’ in the past but I was never into it — much. I wasn’t that enamoured with its smell.

brutFor as long as I can remember ‘Faberge Brut‘ was my goto aftershave, definitely in my 20s, 30s and 40s. The green bottle, with the suspended badge, was very much a part of my life. I, of course, remember the ‘tall’ brown box, just like in this image. I think the Brut had to do with me having been a ‘Diplomatic Brat‘ in the 1970s. There are certain things whose prices are kind of upside down if you can get them ‘duty-free’ at true, diplomats-only prices — ideally from a specialized store (such as in the UNESCO building in Paris) or from a specialized catalog. Brut must have been ‘cheap’ duty-free, as was good caviar. When I was attending University in Swansea in the early 1970s I could get caviar for cheaper than I could buy cans of sardines. So I would have bottles and bottles of caviar sent to me. I think ditto for Brut.

I had really not given much thought at all to my affectation for Brut until I got an e-mail, in 2001, from a lady who wanted to determine whether I, like her, had worked for Wang, at the iconic Wang Towers in Lowell, MA. She had seen me on the Internet and was trying to place me. Her description of me was: ‘were you the guys who always wore a three-piece suit and smelled of Brut. Us secretaries always knew you were around from the Brut …’. To begin with I was mortified. I had not realized that Brut had become a trademark. Then I started laughing. Well, that had to have been me. The three-piece suit reference alone was a dead giveaway. At that time I lived in three-piece or double-breasted suits from London. So, after I got that e-mail I went and checked. I didn’t have any Brut! Next time I was in Manchester I stopped and got a bottle.

I don’t have any Brut right now either — and that is OK. Deanna used to get me men’s fragrance, usually ‘Perry Ellis’. I think I still have three bottles, of light blue stuff, in various stages of use, in the bathroom. Yes, women have told Deanna that her husband smells good. I am glad — though I am also known to take the occasional shower, whether I need it or not.

BayRumDuring the last 5 years or so, old age having crept in, nostalgia played a major role in my life. I used to remember the Bay Rum they used to put on my head, in Ceylon, after a hair cut. I always liked the smell of Bay Rum. Very robust and masculine. I went looking for Bay Rum. Of course, thanks to the magic of the Internet, you can find anything. I have been using this ‘Ogallala‘ (and what a name) ‘Bay Rum‘, from this blue bottle, for the last few years. I can use it on my hair and on my face. Twofer. I really do like the smell. Yes, I also have a bottle of ‘Brylcreem‘! Yep, this nostalgia thing has bit deep. I am the retro man, 1950s all over again.

I have NEVER relied on aftershave as an astringent. As I once heard, famously, slapping your face alone does as well. I am sucker for LOTION. For 40 years, without fail, day-in, day-out, I used ‘Oil of Olay‘ original on my face. I still use some form of lotion on my face everyday, without fail. I can’t face the day without it. So, the lotion takes care of the skin conditioning. So, for me, the aftershave is just for the smell. For now, I am cool with the Ogallala Bay Rum. But, now that I am thinking of it, I will have to get some Brut and start buying some old, iconic Brut bottles on eBay.

From a 1988 Wang marketing brochure ‘Wang on Networking’. Guess which one I am. And PLEASE don’t ask me about my other hand. It is but a bad optical illusion. I got so much ‘shtick’ for that when the brochure came out. None of us saw the proofs. I now dread that I probably intoxicated that poor lady with my Brut!

A Cheap Jensen Record Player Rounded Off My ‘Now You Are 60’ Christmas Of Nostalgia.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.



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Related Posts:
>> Queen’s Coronation Cover …
>>December 27, 2013.

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I did not know about the toy tin train or the Queen’s coronation cover,
but I had asked for a big Poppy Pin from the U.K.
and a Jensen record player (turntable).

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Why I hadn’t got a Jensen earlier is just another one of those inexplicable mysteries that litter my life.

Yes, I have two (I think) turntables and a few old amplifiers and speakers stored in various nooks and crannies
but they have never been hooked up.

I did have a record player when we lived in Gilford but I gave it away
because I planned to get a new one. Well that was 7 years ago.

My last real system was my Linn Sondek, Naim and Linn Isobarik
system, which I had bought in the U.K.,
in 1981 when I first started doing public seminars.

I just checked eBay. The prices are crazy.
I think they were crazy in 1981 but my finances were different.
I don’t need a Linn right now — or ever.

There was a time when I had over 600 LPs.

I whittled that down to about 300 when we lived in Gilford.

Then I decided just to keep the very special ones and threw the others away.

I now have about 60 — most from the late 1960s and early 1970.

They have seen a lot of use.

I would cringe have a $500 Klyde cartridge traversing those grooves.

Actually haven’t bothered to check what the cartridge situation
is with the Jensen.

OK. I just checked. ~$35. Hhhhmmm.

I had, and still have, some very esoteric, eclectic, kind-of-folksy
taste in music. Here are some of the LPs that I have
been listening to, again, with the Jensen.

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I had genuinely missed the ‘Strawbs‘.
‘The Man Who Called Himself Jesus’ still does numbers on me.

I saw the ‘Strawbs’, kind of by mistake, in 1969.

‘If it was so simple’ by ‘Longdancer‘ is my theme song for life.

Pentangle‘ should have been bigger.

I saw ‘Quintessence‘ in Swansea in 1972 or 1973.

“Matthew’s Southern Comfort”.
That is WHY my son is called “Matthew”!
That tells its own story.
I wanted to call him ‘Gordon’ after my all time hero Gordon Greenidge.
I was told I couldn’t because it sounded too Judaic!
Never understood that. So the compromise was: Matthew Gordon Guruge.
The only child that I named that has a middle name.


Queen’s Coronation June 1953: First Day Cover.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.



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>> 6oth anniversary of coronation …
>> — June 2, 2013.

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This was my first Christmas since turning 60 in September.

So the theme, in terms of what I got this Christmas, was nostalgia. 

The vintage, tin train engine was a bonus and delightful surprise.  Wasn’t expecting that.

Also got this First Day cover. Deanna found it in the same shop, in Alton no less, where she found the train engine.

She knew I would want it … plus the coronation was 60 years ago … the year of my birth.

It is neat. Delighted with it too.

I used to have a TON of First Day covers — nearly a full set of all that were released in Ceylon
from about 1950 to 1970.
My adoptive grandfather used to be a postman.
He would get those First Day covers for me.
I also used to, as all proper ‘British’ boys were supposed to do, collect stamps.
Had all of the stamps, albums and First Day covers in a huge metal box.
The older kids now have it and won’t even let me have a look at the box.

So this is the ONLY First Day cover I now have.

Maybe I should make an attempt to get some more.


A Bit Of British Nostalgia For The Holiday.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.
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I, as is no secret, miss my traditional British Holidays — Boxing Day and Hogmanay in particular. So I am going to indulge.

I got a bunch of these historic pictures from Sri Lanka earlier this week.
I shared all of them, via e-mail, with the 4 people I have on my ‘friends & family’ distribution lists. They loved them.

I checked the copyright — yet again.
Pictures before 1923 are now definitely out of copyright — in the U.S. of A.
So, if anybody claims copyright on these I would dearly like to see
their credentials for claiming as such.


A genuine ‘Muffin Man’ in London in 1910.

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Now some of you may know the nursery rhyme. So here is the real thing that went with that rhyme.

'The Muffin Man' from Wikipedia. Click to access.

‘The Muffin Man’ from Wikipedia. Click to access.


Real Estate in London was expensive even in 1910.

A 13 square feet shoe shop in London 1910
— at the bottom …

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More pictures in coming days, if I have the time and I remember.
Crazy busy. Another book is nearly at an end. But, I won’t publish it this year.