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I Used To Like Boris Johnson When He Was Mayor Of London, But He Has Prime Minister SCARES Me.

by Anura Guruge


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This really scares me. He is another Trump — and not just that mop of hair. Yikes. What have we wrought?

This could be the end of the civilised world. I kid you not. This is serious. I am real concerned.


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I Can’t Get Over That My ‘Buddy’ Imran Khan Is Now Prime Minister Of Pakistan.

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Click to access this post from 2-years ago. It tells YOU the whole story.


Alas he is NOT really my buddy. I met him a couple of times when we both lived in Britain BUT we were in two very different worlds. He was already a world famous superstar and I was just a pleb. I did know one of his ex-girlfriends — but, here again, he had many and she was but one.

This post, from 2-years ago, tells you the whole story vis-à-vis Imran and I.

I wish him well as P.M. He is a very clever and talented man. He probably could be the BEST Prime Minister Pakistan has ever had. Give him a chance. He is not a bad sort — I think.


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Confused As To Why UK PM Theresa May Is Concerned About Trump’s New Tariffs — UK Hardly Makes Any Cars!

by Anura Guruge


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OK. To be fair, Theresa May, the British Prime Minister, did call on Thursday to talk with Trump about tariffs and OTHER matters (e.g., ISIS and N. Korea). So, that was before Trump had explicitly said that HIS TRADE WAR will involve levying a tax on ‘European‘ cars.

It was the TAX on ‘European’ cars — in particular BRITISH cars — that got me thinking … and then rather upset.

We, the Brits, no longer OWN many car brands! All of our ICONIC British cars companies/brands — Rolls Royce, Bentley, Jaguar, Mini, Land Rover — are owned by FOREIGN entities, in some cases the dreaded, despicable Germans!

Aston Martin and Morgan are about the only ones that are not owned outright by foreign companies. This is so sad. Breaks my heart. That Rolls Royce/Bentley are owned by BMW/Volkswagen is beyond the pale and that my beloved Jaguar brand belongs to Indians makes me cringe.

Not sure where they get the $9.8 Billion in UK vehicle exports to the US. That must be the cars shipped from the UK. That does not mean all the money goes to the UK.


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In Sri Lanka Women May Not Be Allowed To Buy Alcohol, But They Can — And Have Been — President Or Prime Minister.

by Anura Guruge


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I did not know about this ban — or its reinstatement — until a friend e-mailed me a link Monday morning. It was all news to I. I never knew that there was such a ban — primarily because I have never tried to buy alcohol in Sri Lanka.

Anywho … anybody who thinks that this ban reflects badly on Sri Lanka’s treatment of women obviously is not familiar with what makes Sri Lanka truly GREAT.

The World’s first democratically elected female Head of State (i.e., Prime Minister)
— in 1960. My aunty Bandaranaike.

Got that. FIRST female Prime Minister in the World.

We have also had a female President.

I am sure Hillary Clinton would have gladly forgone her right to buy alcohol if she could have been President. {Smile}

Something else to consider. This ban is said to have been instituted in 1979 — by Sri Lanka’s increasingly rabid Buddhists.

OK. Since then there have been two female Heads of State (albeit mother and daughter). They obviously did not see this as a major women’s issue — i.e., being precluded from buying alcohol.

Yes, Sri Lankans are funny — real funny — about everything to do with alcohol.

It is a Buddhist thing — though all that Buddhism asks from you is that you TRY and refrain from partaking in intoxicating substances.

Growing up in Ceylon (the prior name of Sri Lanka) in the 1950s and 1960s, alcohol was a taboo subject among middle- and upper-class Sinhala buddhists (such as my adoptive family).

My adoptive parents (and grandparents) were genuine teetotalers. Alcohol was never served at our house — even when my adoptive father was an Ambassador in Paris (France) and Washington D.C. My parents really frowned upon those that drank and had a hard time coming to terms that I was basically a hopeless wino.

Some of my uncles drank — and we all knew of their penchant for drink. But, they drank in private! It was a crazy society.

Yes, women not being allowed to serve or make alcohol is a problem.

But, not being able to buy alcohol should not really be a problem. For all of our faults, Sri Lankan males tend to be a gallant, chivalrous and RANDY bunch of buggers. We would never dream of letting a female buy a drink. We would always get them one. {Smile}

So …

Not good, BUT not the end of the world.

Yes, Sri Lankan Buddhists are a dangerous bunch. I have said that before.

But, do NOT extrapolate this to mean that women are downtrodden in Sri Lanka.

Just remember. Just remember: Sirimavo Bandaranaike — the World’s first female prime minister.


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Jawaharlal Nehru, India’s First Prime Minister, Died This Day 53-Years Ago; May 27, 1964.

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23 October 1962, in Ceylon, with ‘Aunty’ Bandaranaike, the world’s FIRST ever elected Head of State. [Yes, I knew her, well, and, yes, I did call her ‘Aunty’.] Quite the picture. Next to ‘Aunty’ B., on the right in Nehru’s daughter Indira Gandhi who would also go on to be a Prime Minister. The young man, I am sure, is my namesake Anura B. — while the two young ladies are Mrs. B’s daughters — and one of them would go onto be President. QUITE THE PICTURE.


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He was quite the man. So pivotal a figure.

I got to meet him, in October 1962. See picture above. He came to our house for dinner! Kid you not. Yes, my adoptive father was a VIP and a ‘big shot’ in the Government. I think he (my adoptive father), as one of Mrs. Bandaranaike’s most trusted collaborators, might have been in charge of organizing that visit.

I still remember it in my mind’s eye. He was late coming. The house was packed with guests. There was an excited hum of anticipation.

He was tall, v. tall. I was 9 years old, so not that tall. He HAD PRESENCE. He glowed white! Yes, he, per his trademark, was dressed head-to-toe in brilliant, white. He bent down to shake my hand. He autographed a brand new autograph book (that had been made for me, for the occasion, by my adoptive father’s brother, Edward, a very talented bookbinder). I still have it.

OK, I will confess. Meeting and shaking Yuri Gagarin’s hand, also in Ceylon, thanks to my adoptive father, was a bigger thrill. BUT, Nehru, I still recall had this ethereal presence.

Wow. I never realized he died so soon afterwards.

What a legacy. What a man. My type of guy. {SMILE}


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Sir Winston Churchill Became A U.S. Citizen This Day, April 9, 54-Years Ago!

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I kid YOU NOT!

Yes, Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill KG OM CH TD PC DL FRS RA,
(30 November 1874 – 24 January 1965)
2-Term Prime Minister of Great Britain.


Yes, an Executive Order by JFK. No courts blocked that. {SMILE} Click to ENLARGE and admire. You can find it on the Web.


Click to ENLARGE and read here. Wikipedia entry: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winston_Churchill#Honours




His mother was American and Winston was always rather proud of that.

I am not 100% sure BUT I think it was ‘honorary’ so that he would not have to pay any taxes in the U.S.! By 1963 he was quite wealthy and his royalties from his many splendid works would have been substantial. I am sure Winston would not have wanted to file a U.S. IRS 1040 each year.

I wonder if Donald Trump knows the significance of THIS day — bust or no bust.


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Harold Wilson, MY First British Prime Minister, Was Born Today, 101-Years Ago — March 11, 1916.

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He was Prime Minister from 1964 to 1970 & 1974 to 1976.

Those coincided with my formative years in Britain.

My very first visit, just for a week was in August 1967. It was two year later, in September 1969 that I moved to Britain to eventually become a citizen etc.

I graduated and went to work for IBM in 1974.

So Harold was P.M. during all those early years.

I was not much into politics BUT remember that these were turbulent days.

I also remember kind of liking Harold. I think he was a likable bloke. I could be wrong.


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My “Cousin” Upali With Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau During His Visit To D.C. On February 13, 2017.

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OK, just for the record he is not my real cousin though he is definitely considered very much family. He has been in the family for over 35 years, ever since he was 12. He lived with my parents for a long time.

He has worked in D.C. Embassies since 1992 — starting when my father was the Sri Lankan Ambassador to D.C.

He now works for the Canadian Embassy (and loves it).

This picture was taken Monday afternoon at the Canadian Embassy and includes some of the support staff.

It, as proclaimed by the seal at the bottom, is an official, ‘Office of the Prime Minister’ photograph. So, I think it is very much public domain — though Upali sent it to me and said it was ‘OK’ to post. I blurred out the other faces out of a surfeit of caution — given today’s sad climate.

Just thought it would be cool to share.


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Sri Lanka: Birth Certificate From 1953 & A Birth ‘Chit’ From 1960.

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This is my birth certificate (hospital mix up, that made me also “The Other Son”, notwithstanding). It was issued on September 15, 1953 — 9 days after the day of birth. Actually, if you want to be pedantic, it is a certified copy made on January 3, 1959 — probably when I was ready to go to school. Wonder what happened to the original.

Note some very interesting things:

1. It was issued at a office in “Slave Island“! (That is at the top.) Yes, that was a fairly well known part of Colombo, Ceylon (now Sri Lanka).

2. It asks for the race — Sinhalese — of each parent.

3. It asks whether the parents were married.

4. It asks for father’s “rank or profession”. Mine says “Assistant Secretary to the Prime Minister“. [This is why the first car I was ever in was a Rolls Royce! The Prime Minister’s car. He lent it to my father, with the official driver, to bring me home from hospital — safety — given that there was some communal disturbance going on in Colombo.

5. The hospital mix up happened at the “Private General Hospital“, Colombo 7 — which is a rather ‘exclusive’ part of town.

6. The ‘tattooed’ “IBM WIN 06” denotes that I must have made this copy while working for IBM (at Hursley, the ‘Win’ indicating Winchester, the nearest city — while the ’06’ was the number of this copying machine. IBM had this ‘id’ engraved on the glass so that it could keep track of copies that were made!).


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This is a Birth ‘chit’ — issued by a midwife to certify the birth. The birth certificate would have come later. This is not mine. It is for my new friend, from Sri Lanka, who went to the same school as me, Ananda College, Udeni Wijegunaratne. He is a lawyer. We were talking about my birth certificate and he sent this over (and gave me permission to post it). You can make out his mother’s name.

It is hard to make out at the top because it is ripped but he was born at the “De Soyza Lying in Home“. That is SO British — Victorian era. “Lying in Home” for pregnant women. How brilliant. I remember that term. Weight of the placenta? Wow. I notice it is not filled in. 

I guess you have worked out what I am doing. I am preserving these documents for posterity.


British Prime Minister, David Cameron, Loses 13 Pounds Since Christmas On A Low-Carb Diet. Bravo.

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I heard this on CNBC the other morning. It made me happy on multiple counts. Yet another validation, as if one is needed anymore, that low-carb diets, as I keep on stressing, really do work — and work dramatically well.

I am also glad for David Cameron. He is impressive, very presidential. I like him even though he is a British Conservative. I have, having had first hand experience of both, come to the realization that British ‘Conservative’ is a very different — tamer, friendlier and more disciplined animal — to American ‘GOP’. I think I could still be a British Conservative — as I was for many years, when I was an ardent fan of Margaret Thatcher.

That David likes peanuts cracks me up. Peanuts are my least favorite nut. I eat them, but never by choice. I am a Cashew man. I can eat many pounds of cashews a day — which is, of course, not conducive to my low-carb diet. So I have to use restraint.