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Happy Sinhala New Year, Avurudu, 2018 To You All & Happy “Vaisakhi” Too.

by Anura Guruge


Painted by me when I was between 6 – 8 years old,
i.e., 1959 to 1961, while still living in Ceylon.
Kind of ‘Mount Lavinia‘ are I would think.


Dawning of the 2018 New Year will be TODAY,
in the U.S. & Canada —

Friday, April 13 at 4:34pm.

[2:04am in Sri Lanka on April 14].


Happy Sinhala New Year 2017.

The 3rd New Year of the Year for I.
But you can never have too many.

Enjoy. Rejoice.


This year, now that I know, I am also including my Sikh friends in this
with their “Vaisakhi“.


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4-Day School Weeks In The U.S., Due To Money — The Richest Country In The World!

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Google “4 day school week” for a TON of articles from around the country.


Unless you live in one of the affected states — which from what I can see include Colorado, Oklahoma and Illinois — or are a compulsive news junkie as is I, you may not realize that this happening in the U.S. of A. and it is ALL due to money. That is beyond AMAZING.

Richest country in the World and schools no longer have money for a 5-day week?

Yes, yes, yes — I KNOW. I pay for it. Yes, school funding, by and large, is supposed to be local. No Federal interference. That stuff just confounds me even after 35-years here. IF anything in a Nation warrants Federal funding (at 100%) it has to be education.

The likes of China and India have to be LAUGHING.

This is so inane. How can responsible, elected officials permit this.

Isn’t education supposed to be one the highest priorities of a country after healthcare. Oooops! We don’t have that either.

I still think this is WRONG. Very wrong.


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Why The Crotch Accentuating Uniforms Of The U.S. Speed Skaters?

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First and foremost — time to get mind out of the gutter.

Second, it is NOT just the women’s uniforms, though, for what must be reasons Freudian, it is much more pronounced in the case of the women! It might have to do with their anatomy — and I stress ‘might’.

The uniforms were designed and made by Under Armour.

That grey crotch design was not an accident or purely a marketing gimmick to grab your attention.

I knew that the design had a reason. I really did. I, however, wasn’t sure what. I thought that it might be for camera contrast to help with accurate timing. That, to I, made sense.

Well it appears it is slightly more mundane than that. They are FRICTION REDUCING patches — made out of a material called “ArmourGlide“. It is supposed to reduce friction by up to 65%. I assume that “ArmourGlide” must be expensive. If not why not make the entire lower half of the uniform in it? Maybe the entire uniform because it must also reduce wind friction.

But, now you know.

IF you look carefully you will notice that other non-US speed skaters also have ‘patches’ in the crotches — but noting as noticeable and accentuated as the Americans.

Well it isn’t as bad as the 2014 Colombian (Bogota Humana) Women’s Cycling Team Outfit.

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August 12 Was A Busy Day In History: Hawaii, King Philip, Lennon, Berlin Wall & The Phonograph.

by Anura Guruge


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August 12 in history:

1676 — End of the King Philip’s War when Metacom was killed.

1877 — Thomas Edison invents the phonograph.

1898 — U.S.A. annexes Hawaii.

1961 — East Germany starts construction of the Berlin Wall.

1966 — John Lennon expresses regret for his comment “We are more popular than Jesus now“.


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Charlie Chaplin Was Born This Day, 128-Years Ago; April 16, 1889.

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


Not sure how many people realize that he was British. Many may not know or care that he was knighted and as such was Sir Chaplin as of 1975 — two years prior to his death.

He was banned from the U.S. suspected of Communist sympathies. Quite the life. Eventful to say the least.


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2017 Avurudu (Sinhala New Year) Auspicious Times In The U.S.A. (Eastern Time Zone).

by Anura Guruge


Painted by me when I was between 6 – 8 years old,
i.e., 1959 to 1961, while still living in Ceylon.


Dawning of the 2017 New Year will be TODAY,
Thursday, April 13 at 4:34pm.

[2:04am in Sri Lanka on April 14].

Cooking Kiribath: Thursday (TODAY) again, April 13th at 8:11pm (5:41am in Sri Lanka on the Friday.]


Happy Sinhala New Year 2017.

The 3rd New Year of the Year for I.
But you can never have too many.

Enjoy. Rejoice.


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That U.S. Life Expectancy Has Fallen Is No Surprise To I — More ‘Non-Europeans’ Living In The U.S. Than Ever Before!

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Click to ENLARGE and read snippet here. Use link below to access WebMD original.

Click here to access WebMD original.
Google for more.


Seeing this, this morning, did not surprise me in the slightest.

Since the 1990s there has been a huge influx of Asians and other non-Europeans coming over to the U.S. Their life expectancies, genetically, are shorter. Just because you move to the U.S. your life expectancy does not change — THAT MUCH. Yes, better healthcare, access to prescription drugs and better diet helps but probably by, I think, 10-15%. I am sure that this the reason. I think the life expectancy in my Sri Lanka (Ceylon) is in the low 60s. So, I do not expect to live to be 85 though I have lived outside Sri Lanka since I was 14.


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Did The Vatican In Naming New Cardinals Mistake Cupich (Of Chicago) To Chaput (Of Philadelphia)?

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Click to ENLARGE. Headline from ‘AP’ and ‘NBC10’ (Philadelphia).


Charles Joseph Chaput O.F.M. Cap. [b. 1944], Metropolitan Archbishop of Philadelphia as of July 2011, was the de facto Master of Ceremonies for Pope Francis’ visit to the U.S.A. in September 2015.

He was flitting constantly between Philadelphia and the Vatican for months ahead of the pope’s visit and was in the pope’s entourage for the entire duration of the visit. Given his high-profile involvement in what was a very successful visit it was taken as a given that he would get a ‘red hat’ the next time the pope got around to doling out these princely crowns. And he would have been the FIRST Native American cardinal.

On Sunday, October 9, 2016 the Vatican announced the names of the cardinals to be created at the November 19, 2015 consistory.

No Chaput. But three other Americans, one a curialist, were announced.

Seems QUITE the omission.

It is indeed possible that the Vatican got the names mixed up. They are know for mix ups like that. Cupich … Chaput … Both Americans with names starting ‘C’.

Yes, it is true that Chaput was more of a Benedict XVI favorite than he is a Francis man. Yes, he is a conservative while Pope Francis is a Bernie Sanders follower. That could be it.

Feel bad for Chaput. But he is still young.


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Most “Common” Surname By State — In The U.S.A.

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

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Click to ENLARGE and study here. Use link above to access original.


Interesting.

Does it gel with your experience.

Latino influence in the West and Southwest very noticeable.


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First It Was Sarongs, Now It Is Sarees, Delivered In Sri Lanka, By Kapruka.com

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Click to access ‘Kapruka.com’.


Twelve or thirteen years ago when I first started using Kapruka it was mainly cakes — made and delivered in Sri Lanka.

Now they have branched out to all sorts of stuff and even trying out a fledgling ‘delivery in U.S.A.‘ service.

Noticed, in an e-mail from them that I received yesterday, that the latest offering seems to be sarees (also spelt ‘saris’). So I thought I would share it with you. Just in case you are wondering such bright, bold colors and designs are not unusual. 


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