Archive | December 14, 2013

Christopher Boothby Of Meredith Is No Ray Burton, He Might Even Be The Antithesis … But, That Might Not Matter.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

.by Anura Guruge

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I knew Christopher Boothby, in passing, way, way back when I used to bum around in the Meredith Republican ‘inner circle’. I still remember being introduced to him, and it was probably 1998 or 1999, at a gala, very select Meredith Spring ‘rose garden party’ as ‘ … and he is the future of our Republican party’. I also had a couple of rather superficial and in general unsatisfactory dealings with him when he was his overbearing self at Lakes Region General Hospital (LRGH). I also knew Ray though I am sure he only knew me: “as that ‘darkie‘ that I see at strange places … but always comes and talks to me”. This post is more about my feelings about Ray, who I think of as a superlative, exemplary human being (despite some of his foibles) than about Bootby per se. To be fair Boothby in his self-serving piece in the Laconia Daily Sun does say, to his credit, that ‘Nobody can replicate Ray’. On that I will agree 100% with Boothby, probably the only thing we can agree upon. As far as I can see, and I am no expert on this and I can be wrong, there are ONLY two things that Ray and Boothby have in common: they are both men (as far as I can tell) and they both claim to be Republicans. Beyond that I cannot see or find any similarities.

In today’s piece Boothby claims that Ray was his mentor. That made me chuckle. Pity that Ray isn’t around for us to ask him. But, given his undisguised ambition I am sure that Boothby would have done anything to ingratiate himself with the ‘great man’ of N.H. politics. Boothby, also in this piece, talks about “Ray’s charm”. Spot on. That indeed was Ray’s undisputed gift. Now it very well could be that Boothby, a good Republican, cringed each and every time he saw me, but when I think of Boothby all that comes to mind is that he would do well to carry a few tubes of maximum strength ‘Preparation H’ in his pockets.

But, to be fair to Boothby, I am as far removed from his base as he would want anybody to be. So everything I say will be considered a positive by his base. I am glad. Lets face it, Ray was a ol’ fashioned Reagan Republican. Boothby is a new fangled Ted Cruz agitator.

Click to ENLARGE. From Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013 'Laconia Daily Sun'. Can't link to it -- today. Not in the archive. Just go to and type in 'Ray Burton'.

Click to ENLARGE. From Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013 ‘Laconia Daily Sun’. Can’t link to it — today. Not in the archive. Just go to and type in ‘Ray Burton’.


The way I see how the two stack up, but I could be wrong … and it all depends on your viewpoint and perspective.
I have no animosity towards Boothby and wish him well in his race. I get a feeling that he could provide us with a few laughs in Concord.

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Watching With Growing Delight The Zimbabwe Cricket Team Playing ODIs Against Pakistan.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.260px-Zimbabwe_Cricket_(logo).svg

Anura Guruge

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Hamilton Masakadza in full flow -- like a budding West Indian.

Hamilton Masakadza in full flow — like a budding West Indian.

I have been watching cricket again, more or less daily, for 40 to 90 minutes a day, since February 2011 — first on DISH with their ‘Cricket Pack‘ and since June with the SkyBox TVTEN Cricket‘ option.

During ‘all’ that time, until last week, I had never bothered to watch Zimbabwe or Bangladesh! Since I rarely, if ever, watch live broadcasts of cricket, I can pick and choose what matches I am going to watch. Yes, I am when it comes to cricket a traditionalists and SNOB. I didn’t expect to see cricket worthy of MY time from Zimbabwe and definitely not from Bangladesh — so I just overlooked matches involving them.

Starting last week on TEN there has been a surfeit of Zimbabwe cricket given that Pakistan is on tour. I do like watching the Pakis. They have some outstanding players that I am very fond of: Mohammad HafeezShahid AfridiMisbah-ul-HaqNasir Jamshed (when he is playing well), 9′ 6″ Mohammad Ifran, Saeed Ajmal, the entire ‘Akmal’ clan etc. So, I decided to watch the ODIs mainly to see the Pakis. But, I was in for a surprise. Zimbabwe has some ‘interesting’ (if not outright ‘decent’) players. They have amused me. That they can’t catch to save their lives cracks me up. Yes, I have seen a few outstanding catches, but they drop about 16 for every one they manage to hold onto. Something else that amuses me no end: such a huge, palpable difference in attitude and competence between the white and black players. It is a riot. But, it is all fun.

I have already become a fan of Masakadza and Sibanda. They really can bat — and they look like West Indians when they are in full flow. Echoing the West Indies all the quickies in the Zimbabwe team are black — and most of them are pretty good. So, I have been having a ball watching them. Their dropped catches and relatively below-par fielding reminds me how bad I used to be. So I can empathize. But, I definitely endorse watching these ex-Rhodesians. Maybe one of these days I will sneak in a Bangladesh game.

P.S., These Zimbabweans have LOVELY, catchy names: Tinashe PanyangaraElton ChigumburaProsper UtseyaTimycen Maruma etc. etc.

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