Archive | December 29, 2013

A Cheap Jensen Record Player Rounded Off My ‘Now You Are 60’ Christmas Of Nostalgia.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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I did not know about the toy tin train or the Queen’s coronation cover,
but I had asked for a big Poppy Pin from the U.K.
and a Jensen record player (turntable).


Why I hadn’t got a Jensen earlier is just another one of those inexplicable mysteries that litter my life.

Yes, I have two (I think) turntables and a few old amplifiers and speakers stored in various nooks and crannies
but they have never been hooked up.

I did have a record player when we lived in Gilford but I gave it away
because I planned to get a new one. Well that was 7 years ago.

My last real system was my Linn Sondek, Naim and Linn Isobarik
system, which I had bought in the U.K.,
in 1981 when I first started doing public seminars.

I just checked eBay. The prices are crazy.
I think they were crazy in 1981 but my finances were different.
I don’t need a Linn right now — or ever.

There was a time when I had over 600 LPs.

I whittled that down to about 300 when we lived in Gilford.

Then I decided just to keep the very special ones and threw the others away.

I now have about 60 — most from the late 1960s and early 1970.

They have seen a lot of use.

I would cringe have a $500 Klyde cartridge traversing those grooves.

Actually haven’t bothered to check what the cartridge situation
is with the Jensen.

OK. I just checked. ~$35. Hhhhmmm.

I had, and still have, some very esoteric, eclectic, kind-of-folksy
taste in music. Here are some of the LPs that I have
been listening to, again, with the Jensen.

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I had genuinely missed the ‘Strawbs‘.
‘The Man Who Called Himself Jesus’ still does numbers on me.

I saw the ‘Strawbs’, kind of by mistake, in 1969.

‘If it was so simple’ by ‘Longdancer‘ is my theme song for life.

Pentangle‘ should have been bigger.

I saw ‘Quintessence‘ in Swansea in 1972 or 1973.

“Matthew’s Southern Comfort”.
That is WHY my son is called “Matthew”!
That tells its own story.
I wanted to call him ‘Gordon’ after my all time hero Gordon Greenidge.
I was told I couldn’t because it sounded too Judaic!
Never understood that. So the compromise was: Matthew Gordon Guruge.
The only child that I named that has a middle name.

My Remembrance Day, “Poppy Day” Pin Collection Grows, Slowly. Now Up To 5.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

.by Anura Guruge

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Click to ENLARGE. 2 from the U.K., 1 from the U.S. and two from Canada.

Click to ENLARGE. 2 from the U.K., 1 from the U.S. and two from Canada.

The big poppy, furthest to the left, is from the U.K. and was another Christmas 2013 present — at my request.

This might be the pin that I wear in November 2014.

I have two more pins coming from the U.K.
Got them from eBay after Christmas.
Given my rather limited means I can’t just get what I want,
I have to carefully pick out the CHEAP ones, i.e., under $5, that I can afford.

With 2 days To Go Till Hogmanay (New Year’s To You) Another Tutorial On ‘Auld Lang Syne’ With Linked, Crossed Arms.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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You really should try and do it right. So much more satisfying.
The crossed, linked hands are symbolic — across your heart and the connection with others.
Cracks me up to see Americans struggling with this every New Year’s Eve. So practice beforehand.

Happy New Year.

Portsmouth (N.H.) ‘First Night’ 2014: Facebook & “Battle Of The Bands” — One Band Has Dropped Out!

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Portsmouth 2014 ‘First Night’
— the latest

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It is from this Facebook page, from the December 23rd entry that I found out that one band has dropped out. They don’t say which.

From the December 16th entry I find that the 3 bands that were scheduled for the “Battle of the Bands” were: The Floods, Imperfect Poetry and Sam Robbins and the Fine Young Gentlemen. That is slightly frustrating in that the Website has: The Floods, Dancing Madly Backwards and Sam Robbins and the Fine Young Gentlemen. So is it ‘Imperfect Poetry’ or ‘Dancing Madly Backwards’ and which is the correct list. I will try and find out Monday. Would be nice if they provided links to the bands. ‘The Floods’ isn’t easy to find! Is that the Australian band?

Why folks in NH have so much trouble keeping Websites accurate puzzles me.

Combined map and events by Anura Guruge for First Night Portsmouth 2014

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