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Until Created Cardinal, Archbishop Pietro Parolin, Will Be PRO-Secretary Of State, Holy See, Not Secretary Of State.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Click to access original Vatican announcement.

Click to access original Vatican announcement.


In their excitement to break the news the media is losing sight of two key points.

First: Appointment is as of October 15, 2013; not immediate.

Second: Only a CARDINAL can be Secretary of State, Holy See. Pietro Parolin is not a cardinal as yet — though now a cardinalate is guaranteed. ‘Pro-‘, in Latin, means ‘acting’. So until he becomes a cardinal his official title is Pro-. This is true for the heads of nearly all of the important curial dicasteries. You have to be a cardinal in order to officially head them. If not, you can still hold the office, but not the title!

That it is ‘Pro-‘ is not a problem. Quite a few Secretaries of State started off as Pro-, including the current Dean of the College, the holder of three Roman titles (churches), Angelo Sodano.

What is funny is that just yesterday I started thinking about cardinalabili and the next consistory now that my work on comets was coming to an end. November has traditionally been popular for consistories. A November consistory would work. But, then again Pope Francis, not that interested in tradition, might take my recommendation and just have a micro-consistory and just create Parolin.

I, a confirmed pedant, especially when it comes to papal history, just wanted to make sure that we all had the facts right.

I am, of course, sorry to see the departure of ‘my man’, My Lord, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, who in my opinion (and I do follow curial politics better than most) was an outstanding Secretary of State. Thank YOU, Lord Bertone for all of your wonderful work, non-stop inspiration and for being a good and decent human being.



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The Always Delightful ‘Annie & The Orphans’ At Cate Park, Wolfeboro, N.H., For Free Tonight, 7 pm — Sat. August 31, 2013.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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3/ ‘Blues Brothers the Next Generation‘ in Wolfeboro  July 7, 2013.


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Click for YouTube from Sandwich Fair. Anatole is 'Annie' (go figure). Art Harriman is always delightful. Not sure whether he will be at Cate Park. I spoke to him on the telephone a couple of months ago. He is a very nice gentleman.

Click for YouTube from Sandwich Fair. Anatole is ‘Annie’ (go figure). Art Harriman is always delightful. Not sure whether he will be at Cate Park. I spoke to him on the telephone a couple of months ago. He is a very nice gentleman.


Regulars at the ‘Sandwich Fair‘ will know, very well, and with delight, ‘Annie & The Orphans‘. They have been a much beloved perennial at the Fair for years (though I don’t think we ‘caught’ them the last two years).

I have seen them at Sandwich seven or eight times (maybe more) and once in Meredith at a ‘block party’ many years ago.

They are a load of non-stop fun with an eclectic selection of music going back to the 60s. You can’t help but tap your feet with their music.

Was never sure about their name. It has to be Freudian. ‘Anatole’ –> ‘Annie’. But, overlook that or ask him. He is very approachable. He sure doesn’t look like an ‘Annie’ though I have as yet to see him in a skirt! 

Just realized that we haven’t been to the Cate Park concerts since July 21. And that was after going to the first three, without fail, and having a ball. It has been a busy Summer.

We are supposed to be going to the Greek Fest in Dover tonight — weather willing.

If you can, and the weather is cooperating, you should go. They are fun. Promise.

IF Art Harriman, who is not part of the group, is there that should be a bonus. I called him up the other day to see if I can get the ‘Blues Brothers the Next Generation‘ into Sandwich. Such a gentleman. He was very polite and helpful.

“Comet ISON, C/2012 S1 (ISON) – The Great Comet of 2013” Now Available As A 154-Page Paperback, U.S. $7.50.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.ISONPrintCover150206
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This was the first Comet ISON book I published, as an eBook,
in April of this year.

At that point I said I will try and get it out as a paperback closer
to the time of the comet’s ETA.

That I have now done.

All 4 of my comets books are now available both in paperback
and eBook form.

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Second paperback I published in the month of August
and the fifth overall in 2013.

Putting this into paperback was a fair amount of work.
In future I think I am going to do the paperback versions first.
Converting from tightly formatted paperback form to
no-format, free-flowing eBook form is easier than the
other way around. But, with the ISON books,
with the comet still hurtling towards us
I wanted to get the eBooks out ASAP.

Well it is done.

Since I am a glutton for punishment I will update the ISON Quick Reference over the next few days.

Then I am done with ISON and astronomy for awhile.

Back to popes. I have promised a lot of folks that I will do
another pope book.

The Possible Terrain Of The Supposed Mountain Lion In Or Around SW Alton – Barnstead.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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>> Supposed Mountain Lion On Prospect Mountain Road … — July 9, 2013.


The comment ‘yesterday’ from a reader in Barnstead, NH of a possible Mountain Lion sighting could not have come at a better time.

There has been an extraordinary amount of daily interest in my original July post. I am amazed at the number of people doing Google searches of ‘Mountain Lions NH‘ and even ‘Mountain Lions Alton‘ on a DAILY basis. There can’t be that much smoke without some kind of fire.

Funnily enough, as I said in my response to the Comment, we had stopped by the Blueberry Farm on Prospect Mountain Road Monday to find out if they had any interest in the Miller Farm peaches. They didn’t. But while we were there I inquired about the ‘lion’. They reckon it is still there.

This week, on my 6 days a week run, I had also been looking for any spoor given that they had (yet again) graded the road … and on Tuesday there was some moisture. I didn’t see any tracks — other than those left by Maya.

I had also one night, out of idle curiosity, checked Google Maps for the terrain around Prospect Mountain. It is pretty wooded with a paucity of houses. We also know that there is plenty of turkey and deer. So it is probably a good habitat — assuming that there is indeed one lurking around.

So today, using Google Maps I did the following 3 ‘maps’ to give you an idea of what we are talking about in terms of terrain and distances. The distance from Prospect Mountain to Barnstead is not a problem. A mountain lion could have covered that in less than 2 hours of ambling.


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