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Sinhala New Year (Aluth Avurudda), 2016: Auspicious Times In The U.S.

by Anura Guruge

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I actually don’t celebrate the Sinhala New Year, other than in my mind, because there is nobody around here to celebrate it with. I also have given up on astrology.

But I did this for nostalgia, because I do remember all of this well.

Enjoy. Happy New Year.

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British Rugby Giants “London Irish” & “Saracens” To Play In U.S. For St. Patrick’s Day.

by Anura Guruge


Click to access “London Irish” Webpage for this historic match.


Saracens are the current Aviva Premiership Champions. Also the holders of the Anglo-Welsh cup. Click image to access their Website.

This is big, actually HUGE, by any measure. Two European, albeit British, Rugby legends cum giants, playing an actual Premiership fixture in the U.S. — at the Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey.

Yet another attempt to familiarize Americans with the sheer beauty of true British sports — cricket & Rugby. IF American audiences would JUST watch some good Rugby for 20 minutes they will realize that American football is so flaccid. So slow, so stop-start. I hope this match is televised.

Rugby in Britain is VERY EXCITING.

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by Anura Guruge

Britain’s Once Mighty Coal Industry — King Coal — Is Sputtering To An End.

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by Anura Guruge

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Click image to access British Sky News original.

I get British Sky News on our Roku and I try to watch as much of their news as possible since unlike the extremely parochial U.S. cable news the British news agencies make a point of covering the world.

Friday evening, with their being no new cricket of worth to watch, I spent even more timing browsing through the Sky News clips. Then I saw the above.

I was shocked. Wow.

Coal mining, for so long, has been such an integral part of our heritage. Funnily enough, just last week, the Cambridge Revels in their outstanding “Welsh Celebration“, highlighted the importance of coal mining in Welsh culture. One of the major stage props was a huge slag pile — the slag the byproduct of mining.

I still distinctly remember the coal miner strikes in the early 1970s and Margaret Thatcher’s mighty attempts to tame the unions. Those transformatives events for me.

There was the saying among cricket circles how clubs in the Midlands and Yorkshire could just go to the nearest coal mine and whistle down the shaft to recruit a fast bowler. All of that is going.

Cheap coal and natural gas from the U.S.! And they are now talking about Fracking in Britain!

Shame. Yes, mining was a hard, cruel profession and so many, for so long suffered from all the diseases associated with the coal dust. But it was a proud and well-paid profession. It is all coming to an end.

End of an Era.

Though I have no connection with miners I feel the loss. This is so much a part of our heritage.

I wish all the current miners and the ex-miners, and their families, a Merry Christmas and a hopeful 2016.

International ICC T20 Cricket In The U.S.A., in Indianapolis, Involving Canada, Bermuda and Suriname.

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Fancy that.
I had no idea.
I just happened to catch a glimpse of it on ESPN cricinfo.com
when I was gathering material for my West Indies post.

I typically don’t try to follow cricket news because I do not
want to see (or hear) the scores since I am always WAY behind
in terms of watching the matches on TV.
So I avoid cricket other than on TV.

So here is some information.
Click image to access original.


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The U.S. lost to Canada.
As I expected lots of Indian and British names —
I am surprised that there are no Sri Lankansin the U.S. team.

Ruvindu Gunasekera, the Canadian opener,
the TOP scorer of the match — with 51,
is, of course, from Sri Lanka. Classic name.

But the U.S. has won against Suriname & Bermuda. 


Click to ENLARGE and view here. From ESPN cricinfo.com. http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/863921.html

I Wearing My Canadian ‘Remembrance Day’ Red Poppy, For Poppy Day 2013, In New Hampshire, U.S.A., Today, October 28.

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‘Nancy’, from Canada, who has provided me with much of the Poppy material published on this blog sent me, very kindly, two poppies and some other related mementoes earlier this year.

Today I wore one of them for the first time. We had to attend two meeting at Alton Central School (ACS) today — and I thought it would be a good time to wear my poppy with pride.

It felt good, very good, to wear a Red Poppy.

I realized I haven’t worn one in about 25 years.

I also lucked out. My timing, as an e-mail from Nancy later in the day confirmed, was spot on.

It is acceptable to wear a poppy after the last Friday of October. So, yes, I got it right.

I will be wearing this now till November 11.

I am giving two presentations, on Comet ISON, next week. I will be wearing my poppy. It would be just like the ol’ days. Novembers used to be a busy month for my seminars. I always wore a poppy.

So this is good. I reminded Deanna that I wanted the ruby poppy, from the U.K. Legion, for Christmas. I need to get them to agree on some realistic shipping. Right now they want MORE for the shipping than for the pin! 

Thank YOU, Nancy. I really appreciate the Poppy.