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‘Pakistan Super League’ (PSL) 2020 Opening Ceremony — Only Decent Bit That I Found.

by Anura Guruge

YouTube video.

Start at 27-minute mark.

There was no International cricket of interest — and the South Africa v. Australia starts tomorrow — and I was curious to see if the Pakistanis would be able to march the drama of the IPL Opening Ceremonies. It would appear not. I assume the budgets (and for that matter the crowds) are vastly different.

To be honest I found the program flaccid and rather poorly put together. Yikes.

But, I did enjoy this musical part. ‘North Indian’ music. In Ceylon we used to call it a ‘Sakili Band’. I am sure that is not the right name. But, you may enjoy this trumpet and drum routine.

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by Anura Guruge

Vivo IPL 2018 ‘Opening Ceremony’ Is On “Hotstar (US)”.

by Anura Guruge

I am still finding my way around “Hotstar” when it comes to their Vivo IPL 2018 coverage. I haven’t had much time to devote to it given that I only signed up late last night.

I have watched a few short clips from prior years, the auction and lead-up to 2018 etc. In general the video quality is good — though the clips tend to be quite short.

I did watch about 20-minutes of the 2018 ‘Opening Ceremony‘. It was all there — at least in those 20-minutes — without anything omitted. Quality was good.

I am going to try and watch the highlights of the first game shortly — while I have my dinner. I will let you know.

This was to give you a quick heads up.

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by Anura Guruge

Valentina Tereshkova, This Day, 54-Years Ago, Became The First Woman & Civilian To Fly In Space.

by Anura Guruge

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

The early milestones of the ‘manned’ space race. Click to ENLARGE.

I was 9-years old at the time and totally captivated and fascinated by space and the space race. Those were exciting days to be a kid. I followed all the news. We didn’t have TV in Ceylon at the time so it was all through newspaper, radio and Pathe News.

I remember learning about Valentina Tereshkova flight. Wow. A woman in space. It was pretty exciting. I also remember reading that she suffered mental illness as a result of this flight! That proved to be false. But, an indication as to how some people wanted to mar her achievement.

Unlike Yuri Gagarin who I was lucky enough to meet, Valentina Tereshkova is still alive today — 80-years old.

Valentina Tereshkova one of the eight distinguished Olympic flag bearers at the Sochi Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony in 2014.

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by Anura Guruge

Some Unbelievable, And Yes ‘Spectacular’ Catches From The IPL — A Sling Compilation.

by Anura Guruge

Click image to access the video at ESPN Cricinfo.

This video is worth watching even if you don’t follow cricket.

The catches are just amazing.

How the level and quality of fielding has improved in cricket, quite literally in leaps and bounds, over the last 20 years has been a revelation to I. I used to think — and comment — that the degree of athleticism in baseball (putting aside their need for girlish gloves to catch a ball) was much higher than in cricket. NOT ANY MORE. These catches are as good as anything you would see in a baseball park and many of them by fielders sans gloves.

I have cricket on SLING and have had so for years and years. So, I could have watched all or some of the IPL. But I don’t! I watch the opening ceremony or ceremonies and that is it. I just don’t know. The IPL matches leave me cold. I guess it is the razzmatazz. I watch T20s and ODIs — but not the IPL.

Anywho …

Watch this video.

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Sri Lanka At The Rio 2016 Summer Olympics — Down To 7 Athletes.

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE and read here. Use link below to access the Sri Lanka original.

Click here to access the official Sri Lanka Olympics Website

The Google Portal had listed 9 athletes.
But the two marked with a cross
do NOT appear in the ‘official’ list.


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Click here to access the Google original from their ‘Olympic portal‘.

Would appear that the official squad is even smaller than what had been initially portrayed.

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by Anura Guruge

Sri Lanka At The Rio 2016 Summer Olympics.

by Anura Guruge


From Google. Click to ENLARGE.

Click here to access the Google original from their ‘Olympic portal‘.

At every recent Olympics, whether Summer or Winter, during the Opening Ceremony I get the notion that I should check the Sri Lanka squad to see what they are representing (– suffice to say that equatorial Sri Lanka does not normally put up much of a showing at Winter Olympics).

Appears, per Google’s Olympics portal, that Sri Lanka is fielding a 9 person squad. That Google cannot find the picture for 3 of them is NOT promising nor good. That is bad.

Seems like a small squad for a country that now has a 20 million population. Yes, I will have to go digging for the squad sizes by country.

I expected to see some participation in golf and tennis — both played quite extensively by Sri Lankans. Also no boxing.

Appears, per the official Olympics site, that Sri Lanka, has only ever won two medals (and I think I vaguely remember the 2000 medal):


Click to ENLARGE. From http://www.olympic.org

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Rio 2016 Olympics Opening Ceremony Was Clever, Way Cool & Creative.

by Anura Guruge


Click to access short highlights package on YouTube. I assume more videos will make it to YouTube, NBC permitting, over the next 24 hours.

Impressive. We watched the first hour (with the interminable NBC commercials and drivel) and it was GOOD. I liked it.

The smaller ‘scale’ (than London & Beijing) worked. Made it more approachable and intimate. Very clever. Way cool. Bravo Brazil. You exceed my expectations (which are always quite high for modern Olympic opening ceremonies). The NBC coverage is being DVRed as I write. I can ONLY tolerate Olympics on NBC if it is taped and I can skip the commercials and the fluff.

Ironically, thanks to our Roku and the “UK TV” channel we actually watched 25 minutes of it, on BBC 1, WITHOUT commercials — and with an interesting running commentary. However, it was NOT in HD (and I am a sucker for HD).

Enjoy. As we have done in the past we will probably watch the whole opening ceremony again a few months later for the sheer nostalgia.

Not sure about the plane! I know a fair amount about early aviation history and that was new to me. SMILE.

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Pepsi 2015 IPL Opening Ceremony — Pritam Chakraborty Singing Tagore’s ‘Anandaloke’.

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The entire 2015 Pepsi IPL Opening Ceremony, videos of which are available at iplt20.com, ESPN and YouTube, on April 7, 2015 was an eye-opener. It was VERY Indian, mainly Bollywood but compelling, with some outstanding sequences. It was not on par with an Olympic Opening Ceremony, e.g., London 2012, but it was still, nonetheless, very well produced. I happened to catch it, serendipitously, on ESPN. Actually, from what I can see, the BEST place to get the entire video of the opening ceremony, is the ESPN APP — in my case the Roku ESPN APP. (Not the ESPN Cricket 2015 APP — just the straight, U.S., ESPN APP.) The official “Indian Premier League” site, iplt20.com, appears to have GOOD clips — but not the entire 2 hour ceremony as one video clip. [Much of what is on YouTube and other Internet outlets is garbage and some are showing other unrelated video under the ‘opening ceremony’ title!]

The opening ceremony, which I gather was delayed due to a rain storm, started with this Pritam Chakraborty sequence and the song being performed is ‘Anandaloke‘ by India’s famed polymath and Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore [1861 — 1941] — who among other things inspired the National Anthems of India, Bangladesh and even Sri Lanka!

This, I found, to be quite mesmerizing, cleansing and soothing (as I invariably do with stuff done by Rabindranath Tagore). Listen to it. Savor it. It will uplift you and make you, at least for a few minutes, see the world in a different light.


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Sri Lanka CHOGM 2013: Opening Ceremony, Prince Charles Arriving … — The Video.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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London Olympics 2012 Closing Ceremony: Indian (Punjabi) Segment Makes Slightly For Empire Snub.

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

by Anura Guruge

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Click for YouTube video of this uplifting dance segment with Eric Idle.

Other than for the stupid, uncalled for Winston Churchill blunder, the remainder of the London Olympics Closing Ceremonies ROCKED! Thank You. Bravo. Way to go. I am so happy and proud.

The opening and closing ceremonies of the Beijing Olympics were pretty amazing and I have to think that the opening ceremonies with all those drums etc. will continue to be hailed as one of the greatest of events for decades to come.

I was worried that MY London would come up short. That they said at the start that they decided that they were not gong to compete with the Chinese kind of upset me. I am always into forward and upward.

We made up for it with the Closing Ceremonies — though, now old, I have to confess, I had NO IDEA who some of the performers were! Neither did Deanna. But, they were good. The Pinball Wizard segment was spectacular. We have watched it three times so far, with the speakers blasting. Of course, I would have liked to have see the WHO perform it, but c’est la vie.

Click for YouTube video of the Pinball Wizard segment.

That they finally showed some Indians (^^^^ above) was gratifying — albeit it was in the COMEDY segment with Eric Idle! Was that a dig at the Indians? That is OK with me. A favorite pastime in Ceylon (Sri Lanka) where I come from is to poke fun of Indians. The dancing and music was good. The kids, who love Indian music, thought it was great. Some of the dancers (if not all) were Sikhs. That was poignant given what took place in Wisconsin during the Olympics. NBC did not make that connection. They wouldn’t know. They probably thought the turbaned dancers were from Pakistan!

Loved seeing the Rolls Royces. We make some of the most awesome cars in the World (and these days most of them are reasonably reliable and don’t rust that much). I am glad they featured British cars and didn’t insult me by using any German ones. All said, I am delighted. I e-mailed a friend of mine in the U.K., a Catholic priest named ‘Churchill’ (though alas not a relative), about how proud WE should all be. London and the U.K. did good. Demonstrated, once again, that we are still a world power to be contended with — even sans the Empire.