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This ‘Sky News’ Program About Sex Worker Problems In My Ol’ Stomping Ground, ‘Swansea’, Was Disheartening.

by Anura Guruge


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Yes, it was a LONG TIME ago, 45-years ago, BUT this is NOT the Swansea that I loved and remembered. It was a far, far more reserved and dainty city. Plus, I also spent most of my time outside of the City per se, in the Uplands & Sketty. Shame. I guess you can never go back. But, I have to assume that other cities in the U.K. have this problem — much worse,


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In my day, which was 40 years ago, their claim to academic fame was in the area of ‘finite element mechanics‘ — now known as ‘finite element method‘.

Wild dogs sneezing! Wow.

Way to go.

I guess they will NOW have to research whether the Russians try to interfere with this voting with fake sneezing.


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Feeding Seagulls — Permitted At ‘Hampton Beach’, New Hampshire.

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Despite the far from amenable weather, we went to ‘Hampton Beach‘, yesterday, for Mother’s Day — and as is our new wont had a lunch (and a very good one at that (as we knew would be the case)) at ‘Jumpin’ Jack Java‘. Then, we promenaded the ‘boulevard’. On the way back we saw a number of people casually feeding the seagulls. I had to stop and take some pictures.

But, that got me wondering.

Folks feeding seagulls at a public beach. That can’t be kosher.

So, at the next notice board I stopped to read it to see if there were any signs that said ‘No Feeding The Seagull‘. Nada. No signs.

We were walking by the ‘Chamber of Commerce’ office and stopped to inquire.

NO LAWS about feeding seagulls.

I guess this is ‘Live Free, Or Die‘ New Hampshire.

When I got home, I, of course, Googled. I was shocked. Being able to feed seagulls with impunity is quite common in the U.S. of A. WOW. I never realized.

I would have thought that feeding seagulls was a really bad idea. You are making associate humans with food. And I have seen seagulls attack humans. 45-years ago, on Mumbles Beach, near Swansea, in Wales, I had a seagull brazingly dive in and steal my piece of fried cod from the ‘fish-and-chips’ I had just purchased. I was not a happy camper.

I need to keep an eye on this. I am fairly sure that seagulls can be a real nuisance once them get used to too much human dependance. I will also have to check what the story is at other places — like Acadia. So, stay tuned.

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Dylan Thomas, The Quirky Welsh Poet, Died This Day, Age 39, 64-Years Ago; November 9, 1953.

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Though he died when I was but 3-months old, I in my late teens felt I had a special connection to him in that I lived in Uplands, Swansea — in “Uplands House“, no less — across the road from where he was born.

I outlined much of that in this December 7, 2015 post. I don’t see a point in rehashing it again. You can just read it in the older post. {Thank You}


First song from the “The Boy With A Note” CD shown above ()


Here is his very-Welsh voice.


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Swansea University, My Ol’ Stomping Ground, Discovers That Wild Dogs Vote By Sneezing!

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Click image to access BBC coverage from September 6, 2017.


I am SO proud.

This is exactly the kind of stuff I would expect from dear ol’ Swansea.

BRAVO! Kudos. Thank YOU.

You made my day, albeit not got the first time.


In my day, which was 40 years ago, their claim to academic fame was in the area of ‘finite element mechanics‘ — now known as ‘finite element method‘.

Wild dogs sneezing! Wow.

Way to go.

I guess they will NOW have to research whether the Russians try to interfere with this voting with fake sneezing.


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World’s FIRST Passenger-Carrying RAILWAY Starts Operations, In SWANSEA, This Day 210-Years Ago; March 25, 1807.

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This is so cool and PERSONAL on multiple fronts.

Swansea is my emotional home — the place that I grew up, in so many ways. I attended the University (College) of Swansea from September 1971 to June 1974. It was GREAT period of my life. I had a BALL.

Know Mumbles well. Used to go down for chips, the scenery and the seagulls that loved to steal the chips.

That whole bay, see below, has one of the largest tidal reaches in the World.


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I Am Probably The Last Person Swansea University Would Want Seen In This Sweatshirt.

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When I got the unsolicited e-mails pushing these “Swansea University” sweatshirts, most likely because I say on Facebook that I do have a B. Sc. (Hons) from Swansea, I could not resist.

I have fond memories of Swansea, 1971 – 1974. I had a blast.

It wasn’t, to be fair, “Swansea University” 40-years ago. It was the “University College of Swansea” affiliated with the “University of Wales“. It was actually better than that. It was, as you can below, on my actual graduation certificate, was “Cambria“, the Latin name for Wales from the Welsh original “Cymru“.

The certificate below spells it all out, classically, in Latin. What it does not say is what subject I got my degree in. Cute. It was Computer Technology.

Nice sweatshirt. Nice material. 



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Never Underestimate An OLD MAN Who Graduated From Swansea University.

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Click to access ordering information. Available in other colors. $39.95.


I got it, as a targeted Ad on Facebook given that Facebook knows that I graduated from Swansea (in 1974).

Clever. Of course you can do this for any and all universities and they probably have. But I am unlikely to find too many from Swansea in these parts and 99% of the folks around here will have no idea as to where ‘Swansea‘ is.

I am hoping that I might get one of these for Christmas. Might be too late. It would be cool.


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Another Holocaust Story — This One An UNESCO Sponsored Video.

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Now that I am irrevocably associated with Kati Preston’s near-Best Seller “Holocaust to Healing: Closing the Circle” I am getting Holocaust related material on my e-mail. This one, on Thursday, was from UNESCO. I could NOT ignore that. UNESCO was a BIG part of my life for 17 years. They paid for some of my education; e.g. Swansea


Amazon listing for the paper version.
eBook version at $5.99 or $0 with Kindle Unlimited (or equivalent).

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Dylan Thomas & I — Just Ahead Of Cambridge ‘Welsh Christmas’ Revels.

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Cwmdonkin Drive, Uplands, Swansea.
Yes, “Uplands House” was set inside a
HUGE sloping garden.

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‘Laugharne’ relative to Swansea
(and the famed rugby & mining town Llanelli).

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Dylan Thomas.

2015 Christmas Revels by Cambridge ‘Revels’, which will start this Friday, is based on a “Welsh Celebration” with Dylan Thomas, the famed dipsomaniacal and chain-smoking Welsh poet, to the fore.

Dylan Thomas (who should never be confused with ‘Bob’) & I share a connection.

No I never met him. He was born October 27, 1914 and died November 9, 1953. As such he died when I was 2 months old.

I was never a Dylan Thomas scholar and to be honest am, at best, only familiar with his most famous works, e.g., Under Milk Wood“.

The connection that we share is that I too, like he, lived on Cwmdonkin Drive in the ‘Uplands‘ district of Swansea, Wales — this being when I did my first degree (a B.Sc. in Computer Technology) at the University College of Swansea from 1971 to 1974 (before joining IBM).

I actually lived directly across the road from the semi-detached house (now with the obligatory blue plaque commemorating its historic significance) in which he was born and spent the first 19 years of this relatively short life.

I rented a ‘wing’ in ‘Uplands House’ — an old, rather dilapidated Squire’s Mansion owned by a retired couple who rented much of the house to mature students and recent graduates. I managed to get the ‘wing’ because my adoptive parents could afford the rent (given that my education, in full, was paid for by UNESCO).

When I moved to ‘Uplands House’, after getting kicked out of another boarding house because I broke the rules about visiting girlfriends, I had never heard of Dylan Thomas. But I was still new to Britain having only lived there for just over 2 years — and I had only left Ceylon four years earlier. But my then ‘live-in’ girlfriend, who was to be my first wife, was very au fait with Dylan Thomas’ work. But there was little she didn’t know about English literature or for that matter most things cultural, historic and social. She was a star scholarship pupil from a prestigious (good ol’) British Grammar School. She was beyond clever. I never worked out why somebody as clever as her saw in I. But it was great. She taught me much. And it was she who took me across the road one day and said “look, Dylan Thomas’ house”. She then had to tell me who he was …

When we eventually got a car we, for the heck of it, drove around quite a bit. And that is how I also visited Laugharne, where Dylan lived during his last years and where he is buried. Laugharne was an easy and scenic drive from Swansea. I remember doing the ‘Dylan tour’ of Laugharne at least twice and on one of these visits sitting by his grave.

So between Cwmdonkin Drive and Laugharne I feel I definitely have a connection with this great (but ‘misguided) Welshman.



Liam Dutton Shows How To Pronounce The 58-Letter Welsh Name With Aplomb.

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The place. Click to access Wikipedia entry.


This was BRILLIANT. Bravo. Made my day. I had, since 1971, always wanted to be able to say it BUT I can’t even come close.

I went and checked him, i.e., Liam Dutton, out. Quite the guy. We is Welsh — born in Cardiff (though he doesn’t have the classic Welsh look of yore — BUT this is the new, melting pot UK).

I, given that I spent three of my most formative and fun years in Wales, in Swansea, consider myself somewhat Welsh. If nothing else, as those that know appreciate, cut-to-the-chase, the underlying cadence of my (hard to understand) accent is Welsh! Fancy that.

In September 1971, when I started at Swansea University, I was given a tour and orientation by a Welsh student. All the signs were in both English and Welsh and he took delight in reading them out to us. I kind of thought it would be neat to learn some Welsh while I was there. Well that never happened. I was busy with other things. SMILE. But there was a time, after much tutoring from locals, when I could properly pronounce ‘Llanelli‘ like a native 

This is great. Thanks Liam. You are the guy.

P.S., This was not live. They prerecorded it just to be on the safe side BUT it is claimed that he nailed it on the very first take. I am so proud of him.

Iechyd da!

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