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Archive | March 26, 2013

Belgium (An European Country) Starts Selling Chocolate Flavored Stamps — For Real. Kid You Not. April Fools Is Next Week.

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Anura Guruge



Click to access original at the U.K. BBC.

Click to access original at the U.K. BBC.



They take chocolate very seriously, as they should, in Belgium.


Since I look like I am made out of dark chocolate I have always been ultra partial to all things chocolate. This is a hoot. Belgium actually is quite famous for its chocolate. All in all it is a fun place. I used to go to Brussels often on work; had a great gig doing 5 day training sessions for Philips sales folks. Just off the central square in Brussels they used to have a ‘Russian Tea Cafe’. They served brown ‘tea’ in Pyrex, see through mugs. There was only one thing that made this tea different — it was highly inflammable, and waiters would invariably hold a lighter to them and catch them on fire before they left you table. In reality it was all vodka with a perforated spoon with tea leaves dipped into it for color and a bit of flavor. So you were consuming vodka in the quantities that people drink tea. It was a riot. A few times I saw women being carried out, horizontally. They were totally stiff. Like cardboard cutoffs. Typically two men would carry them out like carrying a carpet. I guess that is what the vodka would do. Never bothered me. These training sessions were from 9 to 5 and I was on my feet for all but 75 minutes of that. But, I would party till 2 or 3 in the morning and still be fine for the next day. So, I am quite fond of Brussels and Belgium. Even thought about moving there at one point. 

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Is This An Unfortunate Typo Or Is ‘The Laconia Daily Sun’ Trying To Set A New Standard In Journalistic ‘Cuteness’?

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Anura Guruge


Page 5 of Tuesday, March 26, 2013, 'The Laconia Daily Sun'. Click image to access.

Page 5 of Tuesday, March 26, 2013, ‘The Laconia Daily Sun’. Click image to access.


Deanna did not even notice, but it jarred me — especially since the article is all about her unfortunate, untimely death. Yes, they also carry her obituary in this very issue.

Not sure that it is right in any circumstance to refer to a young lady, who is older than say 6, as ‘girl’, in a publication.

But, then again ‘The Laconia Daily Sun’ is noted for always being at the bleeding edge of journalism.

Just curious.

Full Disclosure. We do know the editor/publisher of the ‘Sun’ Ed Engler quite well. Yes, I had a long chat with him last month. No, I didn’t bother to ‘ping’ him with this. Lets see if anything happens.

NH Maple Weekend: Richard Leonard’s Delightful ‘Miller Farm’ In New Durham, New Hampshire.

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Richard (Rich) Leonard is our pharmacist in Alton (Hannaford’s) and our friend. He is a great guy. Our only regret in the November 2012 election was that Richard did not win his bid win NH Senate District 6 seat.

Richard told us about the ‘NH Maple Weekend‘ and encouraged us to visit.  We had never been to his delightful, picturesque farm. But, we did on Saturday, March 23, 2013 — and we are so glad we did. It was special. There were a lot of people. The bumper stickers on many of the cars made my day. That reminds me. I haven’t seen many Mitt stickers on cars of late. Richard, as ever, was very gracious and hospitable. Great bunch of people in the sugar house. It was like a party. My only regret was that I am ‘off carbs’. So I stayed away from the syrup. Haven’t had a pancake (or for that matter, any bread, rice, pasta, bagel, muffin, banana nor apple) in 2 months. But, I have lost about 13 pounds. Losing 6 ounces a day according to my ‘new’ Ozeri Gen II digital bathroom scales. Doesn’t sound like much, but that is a pound off every 3 days. So at this rate I could, with luck, IF I stick to this, lose the other 7 pounds in 3 weeks.

I am hoping that Richard will run again. I would ideally like to see him in D.C. but I can see why he would be reluctant to leave his wonderful farm in New Durham.

Here are some pictures.


As always, click on any picture to ENLARGE it.

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