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‘The Road To Wellville’ By T.C. Boyle — Great Story, Brilliantly Told, But I Would Have Preferred Abridged Version!

by Anura Guruge

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I really can’t believe I said that. Abridge version! Coming from I. Yikes.

What can I say? A review printed on the back cover refers to the ‘bombastic language‘. They said that on the back cover. That about sums it up. I have been frequently accused of flowery, florid and dense writing. But, I think he takes this to extremes that even I would not dare. Shame, because it is such a great book, a wonderful FACTIONAL story. One that needs to be read — about Dr. John Harvey Kellogg (of cornflake fame), his ostentatious Sanitarium in Battle Creek, Michigan and his outrageous cures which included radium inhalation.

I have had this book for awhile and had wanted to read it for a long time. I knew a bit about Kellogg’s quackery and wanted to get a better picture. To be honest this book does not give you the full story of Kellogg. His early days and how he wrested control of the Sanitarium from the Seventh-Day Adventists is glossed over. But, still I learnt tremendous amount — most of it which made me shudder.

I would love to recommend this book to a few people — but, alas, they would not thank me for it! Though the story is compelling it is hard work reading the words. It is like trying to eat and digest dry cardboard. Shame. Hence, why I would like to see an abridged version. The story told in its essence with 40% of the bombastic words eradicated.

All that said, I liked it because the story had me enthralled. So … I have told you how I feel. You might still want to give it a try.

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by Anura Guruge

In Honor Of Dr. Heimlich’s Passing — My Favorite Heimlich Maneuver Story.

by Anura Guruge


This is a true story.

Popular restaurant on the outskirts of Houston, Texas — November 1987.

A young couple, out for the night, are enjoying a romantic dinner. She had ordered a steak, medium rare, and was tucking into. A boyfriend was busy courting her.

Suddenly she starts choking on a piece of steak.

The whole restaurant goes quiet. Nobody moves. She is choking away.

Two cowboys, both wearing hats, are eating at a nearby table.

One of them slowly gets up. Pushes his chair away. Takes off his hat and leaves it on the table.

Then he purposefully, like real cowboys do, walks up to the choking girl. She is now in quite a bit of distress and starting to turn blue.

He walks up behind her. Doesn’t say a word. Puts his hands under her armpits and yanks her up.

Everybody heaves a sigh of relief.

The cowboy, brusquely, pushes her chair away with his left foot.

He then falls to his knees behind the still choking girl.

What he does next was a total surprise to all.

He yanks up the girl’s skirt and rips off her panties.

There is an audible gasp from the diners.

Then he starts to lick the girl’s naked behind.

She is so shocked, embarrassed and amazed that she spits out the lodged piece of steak.


She can breathe again and she does.

Though still bemused by what they have seen everybody bursts into applause.

The cowboy gets up.The girl brushes down her skirt.

The cowboy, with a sheepish grin, waits for the applause to die down.

He then clears his throat and says in a drawl: “that HIND LICK maneuver always works“.

Boom. Boom. {SMILE}

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by Anura Guruge

Camouflaged Cheetah In South Africa — Amazing Photograph In U.K. Daily Mail.

by Anura Guruge

Click here to access the U.K. “Daily Mail” original
from February 1, 2016.

Click image to ENLARGE and enjoy here.


I felt compelled to share this with you since I know that most of you, unlike I, do not read the always brilliant, U.K. “Daily Mail“, on a daily basis, as I do. This story, without the enlarged loop I reproduce here was actually the headline story around mid-day today!

by Anura Guruge

Ceylon/Sri Lanka Independence Day — Events Leading Up To 1948 Handover Of Power.

by Anura Guruge


Click to access YouTube video.

February 4, 2016 will be the 68th anniversary of Ceylon/Sri Lanka Independence — the great day having occurred in 1948.

If we are lucky Google will do a Doodle, for Sri Lanka Independence Day (which Google called ‘National Day‘), as they did in 2015 & 2013 (and MY request).

Around this time I start combing the Web looking for historic new stories or movie clips related to Independence. This is my first contribution this year.

Related posts:
>> Sri Lanka Independence Day 1948.
>> 2015 Independence Day Google Doodle.
>> Ceylon Independence Act.

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by Anura Guruge

Alton Author Brandy DiFauda Finishes Her Online “The Case of the Red Painted Lips” Story.

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by Anura Guruge

Related posts:
>> “Brandy’s Writers Cramp”.

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Brandy DiFauda is an up-and-coming
writer living in Alton, New Hampshire.

Her first full length novel, in eBook form,
is planned to be published in May 2015.

This is her latest online story — on her blog.

Her detective, Neal Scarpetti, is
NOT related to Patricia Cornwell’s
Kay Scarpetta.


Click to access Brandy’s blog.

Deanna Wants To Share This Story About A 102-Year Transport Ship Sprouting A Floating Forest.


Anura Guruge

Click to see all the pictures and read the article at "thisiscolossal.com".

Click to see all the pictures and read the article at “thisiscolossal.com”.

Valentine’s Day – by Dr. Assad Meymandi

Essay on a brief history and biochemistry
of Valentine’s Day

Timeless, So Preserved Here For Valentine’s Days To Come.

Dr. Assad Meymandi: Scientist, Philosopher and Philanthropist. (Click).

The word Valentine has to do with human sacrifice. Self-sacrifice and martyrdom are not new. They go back to the Iron age when Virgil in his Book IV, dramatically depicted the departure of Aeneas for the Trojan war leading to Dido’s plunging a knife into her breast and sacrificing herself for the love of Aeneas. And we know that during the reign of Roman Emperor Diocletian (244-311 AD) Christians were caught and fed to the lions. Were those professed Christians who risked their lives and became dinner for the Emperor’s hungry lions on a suicide mission as are today’s fanatic suicide bombers of Islam? A good question to reflect upon…The martyr sacrificed self. The fanatic bombers sacrifices self and kills innocent others. That is murder…

ValentineFortunately, things got better for Christians after Emperor Constantine (272-337 AD) converted to Christianity in 313 AD. The same persecuted Christians under Diocletian were now pampered and given cushiony jobs under Constantine. What a difference a mere 75 years make!

History tells us that there were three Saint Valentines and the one we westerners strongly identify is the Saint Valentine of Rome who was a priest martyred in 269 AD by the orders of Diocletian. Some 200 years later Pope Gelasius I (he was the pope when saint Augustine ‘345-430 AD’ became the Bishop of Hippo) decided to recognize Saint Valentine’s love and devotion for Christianity and established by papal order the Saint Valentine’s Day. It was not until Chaucer days in the fourteenth century England when the feast of February 14 first became associated with romantic love, a pure Anglo invention.

For this was on seynt Valentynysday

Whan euery bryd cometh there to ches his mate”

Chaucer “Parlement of Foules,” circa 1381

Our Saint Valentine comes from mid-15th century, “sweetheart chosen on St. Valentine’s Day,” from L.L. Valentinus, the name of an early Italian saint (from L. valentia “strength, capacity;”). Choosing a sweetheart on this day originated 14th century as a custom in English and French court circles. Meaning “letter or card sent to a sweetheart“. The romantic association of the day is said to be from it being around the time when birds choose their mates.

For the past seven centuries the invention has served us well. Imagine the number of weddings that have been facilitated and children conceived by Saint Valentine. Incidentally, the etymology of Valentine is from Latin valentinus means valence, and the word value takes its roots from the same origin.

Many people think that falling in love mimics a state of psychosis, a confirmation of this notion comes from Shakespeare’s insistence the “fine frenzy” of the poet, the madman and being in love are indistinguishable insanities. We all have done the crazy falling-in-love things that there are to do-up all night, romantic breakfasts at dawn, impulsive trips to exotic isles, heartfelt torrents of vows-and suddenly becoming a poet fluid with sentiments and expressive powers…There are a whole host of brain chemical and neurotransmitters such as dopamine, catecholamine, indolamines, endorphins etc., involved in libidinal activities. Recently, however, we have begun to associate the phenomenon of falling in love with a chemical that churns in our body to do crazy things. The molecule is called Phenylethylamine (PEA), a first cousin of amphetamine, which the body produces in its adrenal glands. PEA causes excitement, just as amphetamines do. However, it is not as disruptive as amphetamine. Leading scientists and neuro-endocrinologists insist that biochemistry and psychiatry have a definite place in explaining the phenomenon of romance and falling in love. Why should this be left exclusively to poets and Harlequin romance writers. Scientists, too, have a lot to say about it.

There are people who are in constant need of excitement and romance. These are probably the people who have affairs outside of marriage. Or those who have multiple marriages because of the need for constant stimulation and excitement, these individuals engage in many love affairs. It is suggested that high PEA victims may be suffering from a bipolar affective disorder (manic depressive) form of illness. In order to reach their highs, they must be in love and constantly enjoy the infusion of PEA in their body and brain. Examples of famous PEA levels are folks like Elizabeth Taylor and Marilyn Monroe, and Za Za Gabor. Some years ago, British psychiatrists coined the appropriate diagnosis of hysteroid dysphoria to explain the phenomenology of high serum PEA it was never accepted by American Psychiatric Association and what it leads people do

Dr. Assad Meymandi is Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry,
University of North Carolina School of Medicine at Chapel Hill.

He is Emeritus, Founding Editor and Editor-in-Chief,
Wake County Physician Magazine (1995-2012)

Assad Meymandi, MD, PhD, DLFAPA

Distinguished Life Fellow, American Psychiatric Association
Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry
UNC School of Medicine at Chapel Hill
3320 Wake Forest Rd., Suite 460
Raleigh, NC, 27609

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Ceylon Independence Day, February 4, 1948: A Story, Pictures And Even ‘The Film’.


Anura Guruge

Two Related posts:
>> Google Doodle For Sri Lanka Independence Day … — Jan. 26, 2012.
>> Radio Ceylon: The Radio Station Sir Hillary Listened To While
>> On Mt. Everest …– Jan. 30, 2013.

This is a story that over the years I heard my adoptive father tell at least 20 to 30 times, mainly to foreigners, either those visiting Ceylon or when we lived abroad in Buffalo (U.S.), Paris, New Delhi and Bangkok.

I am not sure whether it is true. I was 5.5 years from being born. My adoptive father would have been 19 and attending university. So he was the perfect age to savor this moment. My adoptive father was a born storyteller (as befits an author of his prolificity). Typically his stories that deal with historical events usually have some basis, though my father does like to embellish. I wanted to make sure that I captured this story, on the Web, for posterity because it is cute.

So those are the caveats.

Though my adoptive father always referred to it as the ‘National Anthem‘, I, after some Web research, realize that it, i.e., Sri Lanka Matha (Mother Sri Lanka), though written in 1940 did NOT become the national anthem until 1951. It was, however, very popular in the 1940s and most likely was played on Independence Day as the de facto National Anthem. It never also occurred to me to ask why it was not sung as part of the flag raising by a group of young ladies dressed in white, as became the norm. The first few times I heard the story I would have been about 6 or 7. After that I didn’t pay that much attention to it. I had heard it before.

Actual ‘British Pate’ News coverage film (movie)
of that historic day, 65 years ago.

Click to access 'British Pate' for this newsreel and at least one more related film ... on that same page. Yes, in Ceylon they were called 'films'. We went to the films, not the movies.

Click to access ‘British Pate’ for this newsreel and at least one more related film … on that same page. Yes, in Ceylon they were called ‘films’. We went to the films, not the movies.

The formal Independence ceremony at ‘Independence Square’. This was the setting for the story. Click to ENLARGE.

Click for Ceylon/Sri Lanka National Anthem from YouTube. There are other versions too. The Anthem has been slightly altered over the years for reasons of political correctness.

Click for Ceylon/Sri Lanka National Anthem from YouTube. There are other versions too. The Anthem has been slightly altered over the years for reasons of political correctness.

Independence Commemoration Hall built on the site of the original 1948 ceremony. I remember it well from my childhood. We would go and play on and around it. Click to ENLARGE.

The Independence Day 1948 Story

The Ceylon Independence Ceremony was held during the day (unlike the Indian one in 1947 which took place, quite correctly, at midnight, the Indians counting the minutes). Duke of Gloucester (Prince Henry, the 3rd son of King George V) and Duchess of Gloucester attend the official flag-raising ceremony in Colombo. Per my father the flag raising was to occur sharp at noon. The National Anthem was going to be played on Radio Ceylon as the flag was raised. This would be the first time the National Anthem,  Sri Lanka Matha, had been played on the radio — British rule not permitting it previously. There was, as was to be expected, much anticipation. Much of the population, which was probably around 8 million at the time (I am guessing), would have been listening to the radio. There was no TV or Internet. This was 1948.

It is just before noon. The Union Jack is hauled down for the last time.

The new Ceylon flag, resplendent with the lion rampant, is ready to be hoisted aloft for the first time.

Anticipation builds.

It is noon.

Radio Ceylon plays the (BBC) Big Ben chimes for the hour.

Ceylon is independent.

There is no cheering. Just silence. The crowds are waiting for the national anthem to be played so that the flag can be raised to it.

There is a pause. It soon becomes pregnant.

Still nothing. Just silence on Radio Ceylon. People check their radios to make sure that power is still on.

Suddenly, a British voice is heard:
where is that bloody record?

Those were the first words broadcast to the newly independent Ceylon by Radio Ceylon.

That concludes the story. Though there were Ceylonese working for Radio Ceylon by then, it was still British run at the time of independence.

This was just 65 years ago. So there will be quite a few people, in Ceylon, Britain and other parts, who were there on the day and can remember the ceremony. Did this really happen?

I can ask my father, but this story is part of his lore and by now he probably can’t remember its true origins. He likes to tell a lot of stories about me that I have no idea what he is talking about. So, I am looking for independent verification. It is a great story. If it is indeed 100% true it needs to be cherished and preserved. Even if it is an anecdote, it is a good one and worth repeating. I can see it happen. Open mikes are so much fun. To be honest, I can’t remember whether it was ‘bloody’ or ‘damn’. But, a good Brit would always opt for bloody ahead of damn. It was not any other swear word. ‘Bloody’ really is not even a swear word.

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for many other posts on Independence.