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November 5, ‘Guy Fawkes Night’ 2013: Bonfires & Fireworks That Hit Buckingham Palace

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

Anura Guruge

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I can’t articulate it, given that my English (as you know, is not that good), but I can’t help but think that this is the ideal British holiday for the ‘Tea Party’ to make their own in the U.S. Tea or no-tea you could never associate them with anything as traditional as ‘Boxing Day’. But, this would work.


Click to access good, informative piece by an American!


Click to access coverage. We are very laid back. Stuff like this does not phase us.


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November 5, ‘Guy Fawkes Night’. A Quaint But Fun British Holiday. U.S. Should Have A Variant.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

Anura Guruge

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I don’t know why exactly but I often get a notion that this would be an ideal British holiday that the ‘Tea Party’ should adopt for the U.S.

Very Good Pope, Bl. John XXIII (#262): 50 Year Anniversary Of His Death. Now That Was ‘A Pope’.



 ..by Anura Guruge

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Click to access a nice video and write up from my friend at 'Rome Reports'.

Click to access a nice video and write up from my friend at ‘Rome Reports’.

The current pope, Francis (#267), does bear some personality resemblances but in some ways they are also poles apart, a very pivotal Pole having much to do with this (unfortunate) division. Yes, they both come across as very genuine, caring, people-oriented men, though John XXIII was inescapably more avuncular (and jollier) than the Jesuit. I am very fussy about my uncles and I was blessed to have six amazing uncles (all from my mother’s side) — and one I really never got to know because he died when I was young. Of all the popes, John XXIII is the ONLY one that I would not have minded as an uncle — and that I am not Catholic is immaterial, because one of my uncles, my surrogate father, was white, and a Baptist.

Though John was a traditionalists in his own way, he was not dogmatic about it and was more than willing to be pragmatic. Hence his bold, shock-wave inducing call for Vatican II in an effort to ‘modernize’ the Church and make it more people-friendly. Vatican II is what gave Catholics the vernacular Mass — something that the ‘Tea Party’ equivalent of the Church rails against even today; believing that the Latin Mass, that even most priest don’t understand, as being what God wanted.

John is basically the Clinton or Obama of popes. The conservatives, though they have to begrudgingly confess that the man was selfless at his core, still hate what they reckon is the damage that he did to the Church. There is a whole movement that claim that he is an antipope and that all that came after him are illegitimate. Can you see the parallels with Obama? 

His life-story is an inspiration. I can’t be 100% sure but I know that reading about him was one of the reasons that made me into a papal historian. Much of the stuff that the current Jesuit is trying to do, like visiting prisons in Rome, are things that were pioneered by John.

Google, it appears, does not do Pope Doodles. That is a shame. John deserves a Doodle.

If you don’t know much about Bl. John XXIII take a few minutes today and read about him. Here is the Wikipedia link.

Just a smattering of my favorite John XIII quotes. Enjoy.

“Consult not your fears but your hopes and your dreams.
Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential.
Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed in,
but with what it is still possible for you to do.”

“See everything, overlook a great deal, correct a little.”

“Men are like wine – some turn to vinegar,
but the best improve with age.”

 “You may say to His Eminence Cardinal Tisserant that, as the pope requires his shoes,
he has given you permission to leave the conclave.”

In the first days of his pontificate, John XXIII received a letter from a twelve-year-old boy named Bruno.
It read: “My dear Pope: I am undecided. I want to be a policeman or a Pope.
What do you think?”
The Pope replied: “My little Bruno. If you want my opinion, learn how to be a policeman, because that cannot be improvised.
Anybody can be pope; the proof of this is that I have become one.
If you ever should be in Rome, come to see me. I would be glad to talk all this over with you.
[[Recounted in The Wit and Wisdom of Good Pope John]]

For more delightful quotes try this.

What I Want For Christmas. I Really Do. Always Wanted One.

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

by Anura Guruge

I am allergic to little cats but am very partial to big ones (and I will refrain from making any of my jokes about ‘pussy cats‘ … including one of my favorites: ‘Thank you. I needed that too. How did you know my name was Katz?‘)

Deanna sent this to me, because she loves to tease me.

I am old enough to remember when Harrods, in London, on the 7th floor if I recall, had an exotic pet department where you could indeed buy a tiger — albeit if you had the money. I was just starting my professional career and wasn’t making enough to afford a tiger at the time. I didn’t even won a color TV at the time. By the time I could afford a tiger Harrods had been forced to close down that department! Story of my life. But, if you have a ‘Rescue Tiger’ that needs a good home, you know who to call. I am even willing to compromise. I would settle for a Bobcat. Honest. Saw one on TV (on CNBC) this morning. Yes, CNBC shell shocked from the Obama re-election has gone soft. Rick ‘Tea Party’ Santelli, like all good bullies, has gone into hibernation now that he had his bottom spanked. So, they are now showing small felines. Wow. I am so tempted to crack a joke about ‘kittens’! See below ↓.

Click to access video. Awfully cute. You would want one too.

Click to access CNBC video from this morning featuring a Bobcat rather than the Pussy Santelli.