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New Study Shows That Sri Lanka Has The 4th LOWEST Rate Of Cancer Worldwide.

by Anura Guruge


Click here to find out more about the organization that did the research.


Click to ENLARGE. Use link above to access the data.


I am not sure what to make of this. I read about the study in the U.K. “Daily Mail” my primary source of news. I then went to the original source to make sure it was kosher.

It is a credible institution. I have come across them before. They are associated with the ‘University of Washington‘ and get funding from the Bill Gates’ charitable foundation.

What concerns me about these findings is the accuracy of the data provided — by the countries. That the lowest levels are among ‘developing’ countries while the highest rates are among the ‘developed’ countries give me pause for thought.

How many cases in rural areas go untreated and as such undocumented and unreported?

But, it is also possible that we have lower incidence of cancer — though, of course, I know Sri Lankans who have had cancer.

I am just bringing it to your attention.

You check it out.


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by Anura Guruge


Famous Sri Lankan Buddhist Monk Killed In An Incident Involving His Temple’s Ceremonial Elephant.

by Anura Guruge


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From Australian “Channel NewsAsia”.

For entire article … click here.


From the Sri Lanka “The Sunday Times”. Denial of the attack by elephant has begun …

For entire article … click here.


From the Sri Lanka “Daily Mirror”. Denial in full swing.

For entire article … click here.


Some of the larger of the Sri Lankan Buddhist temples keep one or more ceremonial elephants — typically used in ‘peraheras‘ (i.e., parades) — on site. They serve as a draw — those coming to the tempe like to go and see the elephants. It is like having a zoo within the temple.

That a very senior and distinguished monk, a head monk at that, dying as a result of an accident with a temple elephant is not good PR.

While at least one report claims that the priest was pushed to the grounds — the official line is that the priest had an accident while feeding the elephant. C’est la vie. I think the truth is somewhere in between. Elephants, especially tame ones, are usually very gentle. Unlikely to push an elderly man, a familiar one at that, that violently. But, we will never know. ‘Nit cricket’ for the truth to come out in a situation like this.


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by Anura Guruge

Another Dramatic Sri Lankan Elephant Rescue — This Time From An Agricultural Well.

by Anura Guruge


Click here for the original U.K. “Daily Mail” article.


This is the 3rd dramatic elephant rescue
by Sri Lankans in the last 5 months!

Yes, we have a lot of elephants and water ….
But …. Hhhmmm.

At least this time they didn’t use firecrackers to frighten the ‘poor’ pachyderm!


As I have already stated in prior posts, we Sri Lankans have a special relationship with elephants.

So we will go to great lengths to save an elephant, PLUS elephants are valuable and precious commodities whether domesticated or wild.

I am proud. We did good again.


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by Anura Guruge

Sri Lankan’s Use Fireworks To Rescue Elephant That Fell Into A Canal!

by Anura Guruge


Click here for the original U.K. “Daily Mail” article.

Click to ENLARGE and read here. Use link above to access the “Daily Mail” original.


Few things of note here.

We Sri Lankans, as I have mentioned here often, have a special relationship with elephants. That has to be the first thing to take away from this story.

The second thing to take away is that we are very fond of fireworks and will find any excuse to use them.

Third, while we are noted for, and taking pride in, our sloth, we can be very resourceful.

This story captures all of that in one neat package.


This is the 2nd dramatic elephant rescue
by Sri Lankans in the last 4 months!


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by Anura Guruge

Since When Did 1970 Qualify As ‘ANCIENT’ In Sri Lanka … Or For That Matter Anywhere Else?

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>>Bridge Over River Kwai‘, Sri Lanka ….

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I saw this on Facebook a few minutes ago.

I am NOT sure whether I was MORE amused, bemused or just plain livid.

Yes, Sri Lankans (like our neighbors the Indians) can be very funny — unintentionally. [In my case, as some of you know, it all has to do with my face, features and build. People just laugh when they see me.]

1970.

Ancient?

I know quite a few women that will be up in arms about that.

BUT, the irony of ironies.

Ceylon? Sri Lanka?

The country PRIDES itself on having a written historical record going back to 3,000 B.C.

There are extant, well preserved stone ruins dating back to at least 160 B.C.

And some CLOWN has the damn audacity to call 1970 ANCIENT.

Ah, dear, dear, dear.


Here is a genuine, c. 150 BC ruin from Anuradhapura. [Note that it is MY city! Check the first 5 letters.] These are pillars of what used to be a Buddhist monastery. See the finely carved ‘sentinel’ stone at the front. Given that my adoptive father was BIG into culture/history/Buddhism and actually had a part-time job (and he had many in addition to his main job in the Ministry of Education), I, in my youth, spent many an hour wandering through these pillars. It was, as I would refer when older, stone-by-stone tourism with my adoptive father. My kids, who complain that I drag them around boring places (such as cathedrals), have no idea how lucky they are.

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Check out the OLD (but not ancient) photos I am preserving
here for posterity.

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Sri Lanka CHOGM 2013 Thankfully Ends On A Positive Conciliatory Note. Hurrah For Our Great Commonwealth!

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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The Commonwealth leaders, to my delight and gratitude, demonstrated our
shared, inherent,
British ingrained CLASS.

Disagreements aside this is still one heck of ‘strictly by invitation only’ club.

This was good.

Long Live THE Commonwealth
in all its Glory.


Click to access original coverage from the Australian Broadcasting Corp.

Click to access original coverage from the Australian Broadcasting Corp.


Click to access coverage and the other pictures from the Sri Lanka 'Daily News' --  my newspaper when I was a boy in Ceylon. See below.

Click to access coverage and the other pictures from the Sri Lanka ‘Daily News’ — my newspaper when I was a boy in Ceylon. See below.



Talking about the ‘Daily News‘ got me thinking about their iconic ‘Lake House‘ — their headquarters in Colombo, Ceylon when I was growing up.

I used to visit ‘Lake House’ on a fairly regular basis and it was also a ‘meeting place’ for the family if we were in different cars or taxis. It would be, lets meet outside ‘Lake House’.

I just went looking for a picture. I found one below. Wow.

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There was NO big tree there when I was a boy! Can you see the steps? I still can see myself running up and down those steps in shorts. They seemed much bigger. I could be wrong but I remember some kind of water feature in front. Possibly a fountain. Does anybody remember that? I think there was a round-about.

Sri Lanka CHOGM 2013: Apparently Deranged Sri Lankan Journalist Blasphemously Bad Mouths Churchill After David Cameron Remarks!

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Click to ENLARGE. From the ‘London Evening Standard’. Use link below to access original.

Click to ENLARGE. From the ‘London Evening Standard’. Use link below to access original.

Click to access the ‘London Evening Standard’ original.


Click to access BBC coverage.

Click to access BBC coverage.


This is the same obviously misguided and indubitably uneducated female who has been ranting about Sri Lanka leaving THE Commonwealth. I will not mention her blackened name because the last thing I want is to give this ‘disgrace’ any more publicity.

I have NEVER been so glad and relieved that I have not been Sri Lankan for 30 years! IF I believed in a god, I would thank that god that I am not Sri Lankan.

Churchill, like so many other OUTSTANDING world leaders, and U.S. Lincoln and Grant also come to mind, did solemnly believe in “in peace, magnanimity”. It is even possible that dear Winston borrowed that from Lincoln.

It is no great secret that in my personal pantheon of gods Dear Winston is the Babylonian ‘Anu’!
(You will have to look that up if your Babylonian mythology is rusty).

Of course, in always 20/20 hindsight, Winston did make some huge blunders in WW I and WW II. But so did Lincoln. That does not make either a bad person. They were doing their best per what they had and what they were told was best.

I really despair. Such arrant nonsense make Sri Lankans look bad.

I am also NOT happy that Cameron mentioned Winston and the Sri Lankan president in the same sentence. Yes, they were both victorious but Sri Lanka’s 30-year civil war, despite how bad it was, was NOT WW II! Other than that the only similarity that I see in the two are that they are both corpulent — albeit with Winston, as ever, doing it in style.

This to me was the most inglorious moment, so far, re. CHOGM 2013.

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

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Click to access YouTube video.

Click to access YouTube video.


Lot more videos on YouTube. This is Part 3 of a growing list. I saw Part 10.

I will TRY and put up the best ones.

Sri Lanka CHOGM 2013: Prince Charles (Of Wales) And Camilla Arrive In Sri Lanka For CHOGM — The Video.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Click to access OFFICIAL CHOGM 2013 multilingual theme song on YouTube.


Another version. Click for YouTube.

Another version. Click for YouTube.


Good montage of modern Sri Lanka. Click for YouTube.

Good montage of modern Sri Lanka. Click for YouTube.


If you are not familiar with Sri Lanka check out these videos. Good images. Representative.
Enjoy.

Sri Lanka CHOGM 2013: Prince Charles (Of Wales) And Camilla Arrive In Sri Lanka For CHOGM — The Video.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Click to access YouTube video.

Click to access YouTube video.


I could be wrong but I don’t see the Sri Lanka president with his easy-to-spot white ‘national’ — always augmented with a flashy red papal stole.

I was aghast to realize that I could no longer remember the diplomatic protocol for such visits! Given that I spent 28 years of my life in diplomatic circles I used to know all of the airport protocols — who had to meet who when they arrived.

From what I can see Charles was not met by the President because he is NOT a head-of-state. So, I think, in terms of the strict rules of International diplomacy this was ‘OK’ — and the Palace would have known this too.

Aaahh! But, rules are to be broken, especially at this level. I think it would have been COOL if the President had been there to see them off the (very understated) plane. That would have given CHOGM some positive coverage overseas. [It is possible that the President’s wife, a staunch Catholic, was not keen on welcoming this openly adulterous, previously divorced couple. This is the beauty of Sri Lanka and what it was always like. A country that is now claiming to be a Buddhist nation with a 1st Lady who is Catholic.]

Just watching the males that greeted the dapper ol’ Prince I was delighted to see that there were plenty of our trademark ‘rice and dahl‘ pot bellies proudly on display — pushing out those white shirts with pride; our way of daily proclaiming, pictures of malnourished kids be damned, we are a country of plenty when it comes to rice and dahl.