Saturday, October 15, 2005

25c - ooog!

Mutterings continued.

Too warm! Too warm!!

A potentially expensive day - $110 for 3 months supply of contact lenses + $95 for reading glasses (to be paid when ready) + $13 for a nice pair of sunnies (the chemist was selling their sunnies for 50% off) + $20 for some temporary reading glasses (I almost had to resort to asking someone in the supermarket to read a label for me) + $40 for a couple of tops. The $95 for the reading glasses is for the lenses only - I have a pair of glasses for computer work that I can no longer wear because my reading focus has changed so much.

Cool - the Bayeux Tapestry.

This week's episode of Who Do You Think You Are was fascinating. Meera Syal, star and writer of Goodness Gracious Me and the wonderful granny in The Kumars at No. 42, went to India to see how far back she could trace her family and ended up learning more than even her parents knew about her grandfathers. Both were freedom fighters against British rule. Her maternal grandfather "Phuman Singh participated in the 11th Jatha (a group of Sikhs), which set off from Amritsar in July 1924 and arrived in Jaito in early September 1924. Up to 20,000 Sikhs were arrested during these marches (the morcha), including Phuman Singh, who spent more than a year in prison. In 1972 he was awarded a Freedom Fighters Pension for his part in the Jaito Morcha." The Sikhs would take a vow at the Golden Temple in Amritsar not to fight violence with violence and folded their arms as they were gunned down by the British at Jaito. Meera's mother never knew her father had been imprisoned for 18 months; she only knew that he had been away.



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