Archive | January 23, 2013

Robert Burns Birthday, January 25: Google Doodle & The Poem It Commemorates.

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(Robert/Robbie) Burns Supper In NH … — Jan. 22, 2013.
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Auld Lang Syne’ … — Dec. 31, 2013.
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Hogmanay (New Year’s Eve Scottish Style) … — Dec. 29, 2012.


As far as I can see (and usually I can see pretty far given my $3,000 bionic contact lens in my right-eye) Google has only ever done one (1) Robert/Robbie Burns doodle and that was for his birthday, January 25, in 2011.
Seems incongruous. Would appear that there had to be multiple chances to honor this great Scot, though, as the Scots will gladly and correctly point out, they don’t have a shortage of Great Men. My Scottish mentor was beyond proud of his heritage. Given we were in ‘telecom’ (as he would say), he would love to start all meetings and presentations with the question: ‘Where did the inventors of the phone, fax and television come from?‘ That said, I still think the greatest Scottish invention, not counting Scotch, Haggis and the Pipes, is Velcro — now a great NH company. I once flew to Albufeira, Portugal, for a gala ITT Sales Junket. There was about 30 of us from ITT on the plane (and it was the good job that that plane stayed afloat). The rest of the 60 or 70 passengers were tourists. So, Ian, that was his name, BIG Ian Williams, would waddle up and down the aisle (Ian, though a sportsman of great note and a lady’s man, par excellence, was huge) asking folks: ‘Can you think of ANYTHING that has been invented by a Portuguese?


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Annual JTG Music Memorial Extravaganza Show at Giuseppe’s, Meredith, NH, Sunday, March 24, 2013.

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Giuseppe’s A Delightful Dining Experience … — Oct. 11, 2012.
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Meredith, NH: Halloween ‘Trick or Eat’ Event … — Oct. 25, 2012.


graphics-belly-dancing-749229We typically try to go to this every year, though we have missed a few due to other conflicts.

It is a definite ‘You Really Should Attend‘ event. Huge amount of fun, especially with the new, amateur belly dancers. And yes, you can stuff dollar bills (larger denominations are accepted too) into their waist band, something that Deanna tolerates given that she knows that I have been doing this with belly dancers, around the world, for 35 years. Yes, I have already asked Julie for a reservation. I hope she doesn’t disappoint.


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This extraordinary musical event began after the sudden passing of Joe “Giuseppe” Gnerre Sr., in February 1995. Friend of the family, and local musician Peter Brunette, who hosted Giuseppe’s “Open Stage”, secretly organized more than 50 musicians to come play tribute to Joe by offering their performances. It was an amazing night of great music and emotional support from the musicians, family and friends gathered.

A mysterious black hat was passed around, which by the evening’s end, collected about $350. After pondering what to do with the money, the family decided to start the Music Scholarship in Joe’s name to commemorate his life.


A 'mural' from past events.

A ‘mural’ from past events.

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