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‘Lady Jane’ (1986) Movie — Outstanding, Enthralling & Entertaining.

by Anura Guruge


Available on Amazon Prime. Click to access.


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Available on YouTube.


Yes, it is old, but it does not come across as such. Right at the start I detected that the picture ‘quality’ was not 21st century, but it is very, very well shot and produced. Once you are in it you get caught up in how luxuriant the cinematography is.

It was on my Amazon Prime watch list. There is no new cricket because of the virus! So, I am forced to watch movies.

I am GLAD I watched this. I really enjoyed it and I learnt a LOT. And to I that is always a bonus and pleasure.

I am invariably shamed and embarrassed that my grasp of British history is rather tenuous. I know a million times more about papal history than I know of British. I would like to rectify it, but, alas, I think it is too late. So, movies like this, which are educational — in addition to being entertaining — are much appreciated and valued.

They do a good job trying to explain the historic context and what the issues are — i.e., trying to keep England from going under a Catholic monarch.

Though it is an historical story, onc can really watch it and enjoy it as a well-produced, lavish, period romance.

It was good. Very good. Highly recommended. Enjoy.


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Pope Francis Deservedly Is ‘Time’ Person Of The Year — Many Will Applaud, As They Should; U.S. Conservative Catholics Might Be Cringing.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Click to access ‘time.com’ coverage — from the horse’s mouth so to speak.


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Vatican gloating over the honor. Click to access the Vatican VIS coverage.


As I always point out these days, at the very top of most posts, I have a unique ‘claim’ on this pope in that, unlike ANYBODY else, I cited him, in print, in my 2011The Next Pope 2011, as one of the Top 10 papabili. So I can truly say this is ‘my pope’.

I do like him. As a papal historian who knows more about papal history that I really should he amuses me. And that is always a bonus.

In reality, so far, he has really been a superficial, all ‘PR’ little of tangible substance, pope. But, that is OK. He is indeed a breath of fresh air and he has, indubitably, made millions very happy.

But, those that understand the vagaries of the worldwide Catholic world and the workings of the Vatican do realize that this pope has often skated on very thin ice.

I happen to see a very devout, very conservative local Catholic (and he might even be a Deacon) every Thursday night. Often, if there is time, he will come up and we will talk pope ‘politics’. But here is the funny and most telling part. If he doesn’t have the time he will walk by me and make a point of ‘rolling his eyes’ — given that he knows that I will understand why he is doing so!

So, I join the billions rejoicing Pope Francis, my pope, as the ‘Time’ Person of the Year.

Damn sight better than if they had picked that bloody reprobate ‘Snowdon’.

But, let us not forget that clerical sex abuse in the Catholic Church is still here …

Let us not forget that the ‘Vatican Bank‘ is still under suspicion of money laundering …

Let us not forget that this Pope makes some amazingly incongruous, hard to reconcile remarks …

Let us not forget that this Pope continually harps on about charity but is, himself, remarkably cheap ….

Second U.S. Catholic Bishop Has Hepatitis — This Time In Tyler, Texas. This Is Scary.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Not good. Could give the Church a bad name.


I checked to see how prevalent Hepatitis, a notifiable disease over there, actually is in Italy.

These two bishops supposedly caught it, in Rome, in September. They don’t, of course, have the numbers for that period — which was only last month.

But here are the numbers for Jan. – May 2013. 352 cases. So, I guess, and I could be wrong, you have to be damn unlikely to catch it — especially if you are a Catholic Bishop, a direct successor of the Apostles. What chances do mere mortals have if Bishops go around catching hepatitis in Rome.

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North Dakota Bishop POTENTIALLY Exposing Catholics To Hepatitis: Where Does “Free Will” Come Into This?

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Though my ongoing work on papal history is now widely followed and accepted, I, never having been a Christian (adopted by a prominent Sri Lankan Buddhist family and then giving up on anything spiritual altogether), am often all at sea when it comes to Christian theology — despite having a number of scholars, including Fr. Anthony Churchill of the U.K., a Licentiate of Sacred Theology (S.T.L.) from Rome no less, at hand to answer my questions and TRY to steer me in the right direction (which is never an easy task).

I saw this story on CNN yesterday. It has been widely reported all over the place since. That he supposedly caught it from contaminated food in good ol’ (and ol’ indeed) Italy has me raising my eyebrows. Of course, possible. You would normally associate hepatitis from food from a Third World country — but then again, I know that there will be folks in Europe who will gleefully claim that Italy is now a Third World country. Shame.

But, this is where I get so confused and befuddled. What did these poor folks in N.D. do to deserve this? They go to Mass and now they have all this anguish. I haven’t pinged any of my theology experts as yet BUT I have a fairly good idea of the two themes that I will get back from them: ‘no micro-management’ and ‘free will’. I can understand the ‘no micro-management’ part — just look at Obama and ObamaCare (and yes, I do appreciate that Obama thinks he is God too — which is a problem). But, the ‘free will’. Don’t get it. These are the dilemmas that occupy my mind most of the day — precluding me from getting anything productive done or earning any money.

‘Big Chief Elizabeth’ by Giles Milton: The Earliest British Colonies In America, Roanoke Island etc.

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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I didn’t buy this book. I must have picked it up for free somewhere. I am glad I did. I just finished reading it. It enlightened me, gloriously, on a whole new chapter of U.S. history that I knew nothing about — the earliest British attempts at American colonization, predating Jamestown, Va. I am not sure how many Americans actually know this or remember it from a history book or class. Where did ‘Virginia‘, U.S.A., get its name from? Though those religious might claim that it must be in honor of ‘Mary‘, that is not the case. It is a different virgin, or one that claimed that she was (though as is inevitably the case doubts have been raised): Queen Elizabeth I [1558 – 160], ‘The Virgin Queen‘, ‘Gloriana‘, ‘Good Queen Bess‘ or as she was introduced to the (Red) Indians, ‘Weroanza Elizabeth‘ (‘Big Chief’ Elizabeth, the title of the book).

It is a compelling tale, well told by a gifted, adroit British writer, Giles Milton. I never studied history in school or college after the age of 12. So all of the history that I learned in school was limited to Ceylon history, which I knew quite well; my father, a history buff, inordinately proud of Ceylon’s culture, making sure that I knew Ceylon’s place in world history. My interest in history is thus quite new, not even a decade old, much of it devoted to papal history. So, I had no idea who ‘John Cabot’ was and what he had done in 1497. Do you know who John Cabot was and if so what was his nationality? [I will have to find out if the cheese is related to him.]

I, a good Brit, of course knew of Sir Walter Raleigh, but mainly the story of his cloak and his exploits as a ‘pirate’. I will confess, that though ‘Raleigh‘, N.C. was kind of my second home for many years, I had never put the two together. My bad. But, in those days history wasn’t my thing.

What I knew of ‘Pocahontas‘ I had learned from Walt Disney! Well it appears that they took some poetic licenses and sugarcoated much. I have seen the movie a few times and I am sure that they never showed Pocahontas, as a 12 year old doing cartwheels, naked, to entertain the British colonist — apparently her favorite party trick, that she delighted in undertaking whenever she visited the colony, which was quite often. Yes, she indeed did intercede and save the life of ‘John Smith‘ multiple times. But, there was a big age difference between the two. When she first met John she was probably only around 10, her naked cartwheeling starting a couple of years later, after Smith had left. She did end up marrying a Brit, a ‘John Rolfe‘. She even visited England and met the King. All this and more I learned from the book. It also has contemporaneous illustrations and maps made by some of those early colonist. If you are interested in this period of U.S. history you might want to check out this book.


Pocahontas, a British engraving done during a visit to England, 1616 to 1617.