Archive | December 15, 2013

Benghazi, Libya Is NOT In The Middle East. WMUR Is Wrong, Kuster Is Right. Politics Does Not Change Geography.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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I nearly choked when I heard it on WMUR. No, Benghazi is NOT in the Middle East. If it is, so would be Athens — that the capital of Greece.

Yes, I understand that 35% of adults in N.H. cannot place either Maine or Vermont on a map. So, it is very hard when you are dealing with far away foreign countries.

So let me help out here with a map. This is the Mediterranean. Benghazi is further west than Athens — and that is Athens, Greece!

Istanbul, Turkey (that being where all the Thanksgiving birds are shipped over from), is the demarcation line between Europe and Asia, i.e, the East (where all those wogs come from).

Click to ENLARGE. Of course from Google Maps -- where else?

Click to ENLARGE. Of course from Google Maps — where else?

So here are the WMUR reports. Poor WMUR. They can’t help it. Most of them were educated in N.H. pre-Common Core. I just want to make sure that we have the facts right. That is all.
Don’t get me wrong. I am not a huge fan of Annie Kuster. She is way TOO PLAIN for my liking. I am very superficial like that. I like my female politicians, well if the truth be known, all females (and even the men) to be halfway decent looking! Sorry. But, at least I am honest. That is why I always liked Michele Bachmann despite her crazy politics! Well at least I have SOME standards.

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Ditto, as above.

The 1st ‘Real’ Storm Of Winter 2013 – 2014, December 14 – 15: Alton In New Hampshire Lakes Region Got 11″ Of Snow.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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I used a tape measure to make sure. 11″ of not-too-light, not-t00-heavy snow.

But, we, perched halfway up Prospect Mountain, are ~660′ above sea level. That typically gives us about 3″ more snow than those in Alton that live ‘lower down’.

It wasn’t bad. We have seen worse. Devanee and I shoveled our escape path to the plowed road in an hour. That is all that matters. We can now get out in the van. The rest can wait.

It was good to be out doing some real shovelling. It is no secret that I like, maybe even LOVE, to shovel snow. To me it is THE PERFECT exercise: aerobic, full body, rewarding and with the chance to think.

It is still snowing lightly as I write. That is OK. I will be shovelling, rather than running up Prospect Mountain, for the next few days.

The snow was way too deep for poor, Braxton. I had to carry him.

So here are some pictures of the first ‘real’ storm of 2013-2014 in New Hampshire — Lakes Region.

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I am piling up the snow, from my snow pusher, to create my annual Alton ski jump.

Clearlakes Chorale 2013 Christmas Concert: Unused Tickets From Snowy Saturday Will Be Valid For Sunday 2 pm Performance.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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>> Clearlakes 2013 Christmas:
>> Stupendous
 — Dec. 15, 2013.

>> French Christmas 2013 concert —

>> Oct. 14, 2013.
>> Our little Ad. for Clearlakes —

>> Oct. 27, 2013.
>> Spring 2012 Clearlakes Chorale
>> concert — May 12, 2013.


Saturday tickets will be accepted for Sunday performance
because of snow.

Seats and tickets still available for Sunday.

So, you get a 2nd chance. Don’t miss this.


P1070179Saturday night’s concert, with the snow gently falling outside, was amazing.

Stupendous.

So, if you missed it, you get a second chance. Don’t squander that.

Their concerts are always good and I have been to at least 7.

I also happen to get a chance to listen to them most weeks! So, I know their music well and it is good. 

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Clearlakes Chorale ‘Christmas in France’ 2013 Concert At St. Katharine Drexel Church, Alton, December 14, Was Stupendous.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Related posts:
>> French Christmas 2013 concert —
>> Oct. 14, 2013.
>> Our little Ad. for Clearlakes —

>> Oct. 27, 2013.
>> Spring 2012 Clearlakes Chorale
>> concert — May 12, 2013.


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On a cold snowy night, as if to amply reward the brave folks who ventured out, expectations of another grand Clearlakes concert outweighing concerns of a brewing storm, the Chorale well and truly hit it out of the park.

It was magnificent. It all came together, synergistically: the voices of the Chorale, the soaring notes of the soloist, the melodious picking of the harp, a talent orchestra and the ever amazing, ours truly Nancy Farris weaving reverberating magic out of the church organ. This was a good concert. It sure was worth braving the snow. The music, which ended in a brilliantly rousing rendition of  ‘Come All Ye Faithful‘, the last verse sung with verve in Latin, warmed your whole being. You left this concert all set for Christmas — knowing that you enjoyed at least one memorable 2013 Christmas event.

Now I have to admit that I am slightly more than biased — but bias or no bias one really couldn’t doubt or debate the excellence of this concert. It just clicked.

Yes, of course, Devanee now sings for Clearlakes and I have been taking her to practices, every Thursday, for 15 months — thus getting to know nearly all those in the Chorale. But, I was a huge fan of Clearlakes before Devanee started with them. I got Devanee into Clearlakes because I was so impressed with them.

That I take her to practices and rehearsals mean that I get to listen to the program months ahead of time. I sat through an entire dress rehearsal on Friday night and spent 30 minutes listening to another rehearsal 7 hours prior to the concert. So, I have heard this concert in many forms — without the orchestra, without the organ, without the harp. It was all of this coming together, flawlessly, that just made this special.

Clearlakes always amazes me. They are ‘big match’ players. They nail their concerts — and that is all that they are expected to do.

There was one amazing soloist this year. Pretty famous one at that from what I can see, baritone, Donald Wilkinson. I heard him Friday night. I read his bio. On Saturday morning I asked him to autograph a program! Now I haven’t asked for that in a decade.

They have another performance at St. Katharine Drexel, in Alton, on Sunday, December 15, 2013 at 2 P.M. The storm will be long gone by then. Tickets and seats are available. You should definitely try and go. You will be in for a treat.

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Now becoming traditional Devanee & Dad after concert photo taken by Mom. So this is Christmas 2013.

Now becoming traditional Devanee & Dad after concert photo taken by Mom. So this is Christmas 2013.



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