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This Day, 974 Years Ago, April 3, 1043, ‘Edward The Confessor’ Was Crowned ‘King Of England’ In Winchester Cathedral.

by Anura Guruge


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I am not that au fait with all of the early English kings BUT I have read about ‘Edward’ and like what I have learned. Essentially the last but one English King prior to the Norman invasion of 1066.

I lived near Winchester from 1974 to 1981. Winchester Cathedral is very dear to I and I have spent a lot of time in it. Had a friend at IBM who was a campanologist at the Cathedral. He took me, for than once, up to bell tower to ring the bells with him and his other campanologists. That was always an experience.


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by Anura Guruge

Alton, Where I have Lived For The Last 8 Years, Ranked 9th Worst Place To Live In New Hampshire And I Won’t Argue.

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Deanna saw this on Facebook this morning and sent it to me. I didn’t have a problem with it. I looked at the 10 names, knew them all, and concurred that the list, WITHOUT going into any of their numbers, looked ‘about right’ just in terms of gut feel.

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Click here to access original at “roadsnacks.net”.


I have lived in New Ipswich (NH) for 12 years, Meredith (NH) for 4, Gilford (NH) for 8 and owned a waterfront place in New Durham for 7. Of all the places I have lived in New Hampshire — and not counting the other places I have lived such as Colombo, Buffalo, Paris, London, Swansea, Winchester, Southampton, Woodbine (MD) etc. — I can say Alton does rank as my least favorite. We moved to Alton without giving much thought. We were homeless in 2007 and needed a place. So we came to Alton assuming that it, though it did not have a Walmart, a cinema or a liquor store, wouldn’t be that different to Gilford or Meredith. Oh BOY, did I get that wrong — to my cost.

I look at that list and I see Berlin and Rochester towards the top. Laconia and Wakefield above Alton. Claremont below. The only point I would argue is that maybe Claremont should have been #9 and Alton #10 — though to be fair Claremont, the last time I drove through, still had shops. Alton has Hannafords, three premium-priced hardware stores, a number of parochial banks (not capable of dealing with any foreign transactions such as pension from Europe) and not much else. We don’t have any fun shops! Period. Think of Meredith, Wolfeboro or even Gilford. You can go browse for things other than bread, nails and expensive bicycles.

C’est la vie. The die is cast. My dire pecuniary status ensures that I can’t afford to move away from Alton. I am stuck. So I soldier on. It was my mistake and I need to pay the price for it. But, bottom line. I don’t have any gripes with that list or where they put Alton. Others I know will disagree — but I have a feeling than many of them haven’t lived much outside of Alton.


Sri Lanka: Birth Certificate From 1953 & A Birth ‘Chit’ From 1960.

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This is my birth certificate (hospital mix up, that made me also “The Other Son”, notwithstanding). It was issued on September 15, 1953 — 9 days after the day of birth. Actually, if you want to be pedantic, it is a certified copy made on January 3, 1959 — probably when I was ready to go to school. Wonder what happened to the original.

Note some very interesting things:

1. It was issued at a office in “Slave Island“! (That is at the top.) Yes, that was a fairly well known part of Colombo, Ceylon (now Sri Lanka).

2. It asks for the race — Sinhalese — of each parent.

3. It asks whether the parents were married.

4. It asks for father’s “rank or profession”. Mine says “Assistant Secretary to the Prime Minister“. [This is why the first car I was ever in was a Rolls Royce! The Prime Minister’s car. He lent it to my father, with the official driver, to bring me home from hospital — safety — given that there was some communal disturbance going on in Colombo.

5. The hospital mix up happened at the “Private General Hospital“, Colombo 7 — which is a rather ‘exclusive’ part of town.

6. The ‘tattooed’ “IBM WIN 06” denotes that I must have made this copy while working for IBM (at Hursley, the ‘Win’ indicating Winchester, the nearest city — while the ’06’ was the number of this copying machine. IBM had this ‘id’ engraved on the glass so that it could keep track of copies that were made!).


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This is a Birth ‘chit’ — issued by a midwife to certify the birth. The birth certificate would have come later. This is not mine. It is for my new friend, from Sri Lanka, who went to the same school as me, Ananda College, Udeni Wijegunaratne. He is a lawyer. We were talking about my birth certificate and he sent this over (and gave me permission to post it). You can make out his mother’s name.

It is hard to make out at the top because it is ripped but he was born at the “De Soyza Lying in Home“. That is SO British — Victorian era. “Lying in Home” for pregnant women. How brilliant. I remember that term. Weight of the placenta? Wow. I notice it is not filled in. 

I guess you have worked out what I am doing. I am preserving these documents for posterity.


Monday, July 15, Is “St. Swithin’s Day” A Minor, Amusing British ‘Holiday’.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Saint Swithim of Winchester from the Benedictional of St. Æthelwold, illuminated manuscript in the British Library.



St. Swithin, or Swithun, [c. 800 to July 2, 28162] was the Bishop of Winchester (Hampshire) and now the patron saint of the magical Winchester Cathedral, longest nave and greatest overall length of any Gothic cathedral in Europe.

For 7 years of my life, from 1974 to 1981, I lived close to Winchester. IBM at Hursley, where I worked from 1974 to 1979, just a few miles up the road from Winchester. So I know Winchester and the Cathedral quite well. So I have ‘always’ known of St. Swithin.

Ironically, St. Swithin is best known as a medieval Punxsutawney Phil — a predictor of weather, in particular rain. The sayings (with overtones of ‘the shadow’ goes like this):

“St Swithun’s day if thou dost rain

For forty days it will remain

St Swithun’s day if thou be fair

For forty days ’twill rain nae mare”.

one-dayWhy they would bother with a proverb like this in Britain baffles me. Jokes apart, most of the time, it is difficult to go 40 hours without getting any rain, let alone 40 days (1976, that glorious summer when the West Indies regaled us, being the exception).

But, there is another St. Swithin ‘tradition’ that a recent movie (2011), ‘One Day‘, talks about. St. Swithin’s Day is like “Ol’ Home” day — an anniversary that you are supposed to spend with the same person each year. The movie was fun.


Click to access. From their homepage. If you are not familiar with these Catedral do yourself a favor and at least watch this 4.xx minute video.

Click to access. From their homepage. If you are not familiar with these Catedral do yourself a favor and at least watch this 4.xx minute video.


Not sure how many of YOU know of this 1960s HIT, 'Winchester Cathedral' by the British (of course) 'The New Vaudeville Band'. Again, do yourself a huge favor and listen to it. It will make your day. Just click.

Not sure how many of YOU know of this 1960s HIT, ‘Winchester Cathedral’ by the British (of course) ‘The New Vaudeville Band’. Again, do yourself a huge favor and listen to it. It will make your day. Just click.


As far as I am concerned, and this is probably my Ceylonese upbringing when we, on average, celebrated some kind of holiday, across 4 religions, every 9 days, you just can’t have enough holidays.

So on Monday, take a second to tip your hat to St. Swithin.