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Dear Winston Churchill, ‘THE LION’, Alas, Died This Day 52-Years Ago; Spare A Second To Reflect.

by Anura Guruge


For I, my devotion to Dear Winston is very simple.

IF NOT for Winston you would NOT be reading this in English.

For that I am eternally GRATEFUL to Dear Winston — one of my greatest inspirations.




Sir Winston Churchill’s tomb in Bladon, Oxfordshire,
not far from the magnificent Blenheim Palace where he was born.

I have made my pilgrimage to this tomb, on a wintery day, in 1998 or 1999.

I was the only one there. It was gray, cold and drizzly.

I stood there in awe, silence and solidarity.


Click to ENLARGE and read. Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winston_Churchill


My devotion to dear Winston has no caveats. I know that some claim that he was a racist. But, in that I do not think he was that different to that many of his class, from that time. He was Prime Minister when we still had an Empire and despite his understandable reluctance to lose India, I really can’t believe that he set out to undermine coloreds. I know one thing. He was NO Donald Trump! Yes, I have paid him the highest compliment that I can. I named a gorgeous, very regal Golden after him. My ‘Winston’ from 1998.

I was 11-years old when he died.

I can’t say I was that familiar with him at the time of his death. There was no TV in Ceylon.

I do remember, vividly, my parents taking me to see a film of his funeral. That would have been in 1965. It was in color and I think it was over 1 hour long. My adoptive mother cried. I distinctly remember the film ending with a heading splashed across the screen ‘A Journey’s End‘. My adoptive mother talked about that on the way home. They (i.e., my adoptive father & mother) had completed one (of their two) round-the-world diplomatic trips, at the behest of the Ceylon government, the year before. As was her wont, and the fashion of the time, she completed an elaborate scrapbook to document that trip. On the last page she wrote ‘A Journey’s End‘. My adoptive mother, who was an ultra-sensitive person, was ‘rattled’ that the film had used that same phrase! Yes, small things like that bothered her — albeit, not in a bad way. So, whenever I think of Dear Winston’s funeral — ‘A Journey’s End‘ comes to mind.

Anywho …

Just take a second to reflect. Pay homage.

Like I said, IF NOT for dear Winston I would have had to learn frigging German and I am BAD at learning new languages.

Thank YOU, Dear Winston, KG OM CH TD PCc DL FRS RA.



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Today Is “Unconditional Surrender (Ulysses S.) Grant’s” Birthday; This Great Man Was Born April 27, 1822.

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Click to ENLARGE and read here. Wikipedia link: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ulysses_S._Grant


My all time favorite U.S. General ahead of Patton (who had some flaws) and one of my favorite Presidents (and I don’t give a damn what they say about the corruption (which is NOTHING compared to what we have now).

What a MAN. What an inspiration. I can truly relate to him.

In 2004 I made a PILGRIMAGE to his tomb in New York. What a beautiful monument in a magnificent setting. I need to go back again.

I paid the ULTIMATE HONOR that I bestow on my heroes. I named a Golden after him. My Ulysses.


Grant’s tomb — which is NOT empty.


The OTHER Ulysses who like his namesake was one impressive piece of work. 2001 to 2013. Taken in 2013 when he was fully 12-years old. Very fit dog.


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Sir Isaac Newton, Mr. Gravity, Died This Day 290-Years Ago; March 20, 1727.

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The book that changed the World.


Sir Isaac Newton’s tomb, which featured in Dan Brown’s “Da Vinci Code”, in Westminster Abbey, London.


What a MAN. What a GENIUS.

Will always be one of the GREATEST scientists ever.

A true polymath.

One of our greatest sons.


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