A Museum For The “Smiling Pope” — John Paul I, Who Could Have Been A GREAT Pope.

by Anura Guruge


From “CRUX“, August 22, 2016.

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That he, a very enlightened and genuinely good soul, was only pope for 33 days is a tragedy. He could have done so much for the World.

One of my favorite popes alongside Pope St. John XXIII.

Not sure what happened. Can’t be 100% certain that ‘they’ (i.e., the Vatican ‘mafia’) used ‘Plan B‘ on him. Possible …

Much nicer pope than Pope Francis! Of that there can be no doubt or debate.


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Why Does India (& Sri Lanka) Suck At The Olympics?

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Click to ENLARGE and read here. From “news.com.au”.


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From the “Wall Street Journal” — and YES, they name cricket as ONE of the FIVE reasons. Click image to access original WSJ article.


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Past Summer Olympics from “olympics.org”.


As I talked about yesterday, in my post about Rio 2016 medals/population, it just does not make sense why India with the world’s 2nd largest population ONLY got 2 medals.

China got 70.

Sri Lanka is guilty as well, with ZERO medals (again), though with 21 million people, it is the 57th most populous country in the World.

But it is the stark difference between China and India — the only two countries in the world with a BILLION PLUS population — that gives you pause.

Yes, I (like the WSJ article) instinctively knew that cricket was an issue.

In India, Sri Lanka & Pakistan cricket is the national poison — and cricket, as yet, is NOT an Olympic event.

India is NO LONGER a poor country! So they can’t use that excuse.

This is crazy. India has such a huge and diverse gene pool. They also play tennis and golf with gusto.

Just does NOT make sense.

India (and Sri Lanka for that matter), so PROUD of their cricketing prowess, should be ashamed that they can’t compete, even halfway decently, in other sports.

Enough said. Indians already have got the message. Not sure about the Sri Lankans. As I always point out, when I am mistaken to be an Indian, that Sri Lankans, alas and alak, are NOT as good looking or as smart as Indians. SMILE. [I can say that, of course.] 


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“Indigo Girls” At The “Capitol Center For The Arts” In Concord, N.H. On October 30, 2016.

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Click to access the “Capitol Center for the Arts” Webpage for this show.


I have always liked the “Indigo Girls”.

I have seen them perform, live, at “Meadowbrook” (Gilford, NH), a number of times. They are always brilliant (though I have had some concerns about the ‘behavior’ of some of their fans during the concerts (but that is a whole different matter)).

My son Matthew, when he was about 7 or 8, has been on stage with them! Yep. They saw him bopping away and asked me to bring him close to the stage. Then they reached down and picked him up and had him on the platform. It was a 2pm afternoon show, in the late 1980s, when “Meadowbrook” was still a rather laid-back openstage.


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TDS Telecom Is LYING (And They Have Admitted To Lying)!

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Click to ENLARGE and read here. Letter I received yesterday.


I received this letter, in the mail, yesterday.

Note the LARGE RED “Required Equipment Upgrade”.

Note the 2nd paragraph: “To avoid interruption in your service …”.

NOT TRUE. This is a pathetic SALES LETTER!

Not true. Not true at all.

My equipment does NOT have to be upgraded.

I have the right equipment.

This was just a HUGE waste of my time. Bloody TDS.


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Mystic Aquarium, Connecticut — The Best In New England?

by Anura Guruge


Click pictures to ENLARGE.

Taken with a rented Nikon D500.

These pictures taken on August 17, 2016.
We visited the aquarium 3 days running!

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Teischan (now 10) was really captivated by the ‘New England Aquarium‘, in Boston, when we visited in May 2016 (though that, by a long chalk, was not her first time). She had however never been to the one in Mystic — we having gone there prior to her birth. Given that Mystic Aquarium was now been hailed as the best in New England I decided to take her there while her memories of Boston were still fresh.

She loved the Mystic Aquarium. Said it was better than Boston — which is true. Mystic is larger and has more variety (and exhibits) with the two Beluga whales and the alligators making all the difference.

Nearly all of the online reviews I saw for this aquarium, in one way or another, mentioned that the prices were high. Well, that is NOT really the case. As a Senior I paid just $3 more than what I would have paid in Boston albeit with Teischan’s ticket $8 more expensive. BUT, here is the rub. While standing in line to buy the tickets I noticed on the HUGE ‘ticket option’ board that the STANDARD tickets (which we were buying) were valid for 3 days! Yes, I appreciate that this enticing offer will not work for everybody — BUT it did for us. We were staying just around the corner and were scheduled to be in Mystic for 3-days. BINGO. So we did visit 3 times, once each day and that was NEAT. That made it extra special. So please NOTE — tickets valid for 3 days.

Yes, Boston has a BIGGER central tank, larger jellyfish displays and a much more expansive penguin display. Plus its location right on the harbor is cool.

But Mystic has a huge outdoor area with the Belugas, sea lions, seals, penguins and turtles. They even have an aviary. And then the ALLIGATORS.

The prices for the shows, ‘feedings’ and refreshments aren’t that bad either. Nearly all the shows — and we saw “Angry Birds 4D” (and it is indeed 4D) and “Wonders of the Arctic” (in the “National Geographic” Theater). At $6/seat that was a good deal. $3 to feed the stingrays and (I think) $3 to feed the birds.

No questions. No hesitation. I wholeheartedly recommend this experience. IF you can make sure that you can at least go twice since you will definitely see more and savor things differently on the second visit.


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