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More Nostalgia. I Bought A (British) Double Edge Safety Razor — Mainly For Economic Reasons.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.



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Well I wrote about the toy tin train, the Queen’s coronation cover, the big Poppy Pin from the U.K.
and a Jensen record player (turntable) that I got for Christmas — as part of new, ‘now that I am 60‘, nostalgia kick.

I then decided to go and get a Double Edge Safety Razor. Wasn’t nostalgia per se because I really can’t remember the last time I owned such a razor or used one! Old age. Of course I know that I must have owned a few over the ages — given that I started shaving, in anger, when I was about 16 in 1969. I know that I have owned quite a few electric razors. Yet another perk, like caviar from breakfast, of being a Diplomat Brat as opposed to an army brat. I think, in the 60s and 70s, in Europe, electric shavers, especially Philips (Norelco here), were quite cheap if you could buy them at a PROPER, duty-free shop — such as those that proper diplomats have access to.

I know that people will find this hard to believe given what appears to be my very thick skin, but my face is ultra sensitive. I have struggled with shaving for 45 years. Up until the last 7 years or so, I used to shave every day — sometimes twice a day if I was going out in the evening. I use all sorts of magic portions to ease the task. Now that I am retired I try to just shave on days that I am going out. Yes, I still have an electric shaver, plugged in, fully charged and ready to go. I don’t use it often. I used disposable multi-blade razors, that I buy in bulk, at Walmart. Then I started seeing these ads for old fashioned double edge safety razors. I kind of worked out that over a 2 year period that it would be cheaper to get one than continuing to buy a never-ending supply of disposable razors.

So I did about a weeks worth of research, off and on, usually around 1 am just before I would turn off my PC and head for bed. Very early on I decided I would, of course, prefer a good, solid British designed and British built razor over anything made in Germany, India or China. That was easy enough to achieve and the Sheffield-based Edwin Jagger I chose got rave reviews. If you know your history you know that you can’t beat Sheffield for any steel products. Plus I like Sheffield. Very friendly place. Went to a Polish wedding in Sheffield, c. 1982. Can’t remember a wedding that was so righteous. I think it ended in a food fight out in the street — and nobody minded. Par for the course for Sheffield.

I decided to go the whole hog and get everything bar a stand. That can wait. I did have some shaving soap, but couldn’t resist the Sandalwood from Bond Street (a street that I am very familiar with).

Click to ENLARGE. So the whole ‘kit’ that I got with 100 blades that should last me 18 months — unless Deanna starts borrowing them as she has already intimated!

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I used the razor this morning. Very satisfying. It makes a very manly rasping sound as it cuts your bristles. I had missed that sound.

I did screw up slightly because it didn’t occur to me that they made anything else! I just assumed that it would be a BUTTERFLY design — i.e., top opens, like a butterfly, and you load the razor in. No big deal. I can live with the older, more conventional design.

Safety blades reminds me the MOST of growing up in Ceylon, 1959 – 1967. This was when there was a severe ban on imported goods. That also meant no safety blades from Britain. Just poorly made imitations cobbled together in Ceylon. Though we had very ingenious folks in Ceylon at the time, like mechanics who could create a new car out of spare parts, we had huge problems getting our quality right. Tomato sauce, ketchup to you, was a case in point. I am a ‘tomato sauce’ aficionado, have always been since I was 2 years old. My ‘go to’ meal at rest-houses and restaurants, in Ceylon, when growing up, was fish-and-chips with ‘tomato sauce’. Since we travelled a lot and ate out a lot — and also went to the same places over and over again — most places knew my ‘order’ even without having to be told. It would be: ‘… and fish-and-chips, with sauce, for the baby’. An affectation from Ceylon. There are people who still call me baby. Multiple reasons. That I was ‘Baby Lactogen‘ for 9 years was a part of it. Since I was in the papers, everyday for 9 years, as ‘Baby Guruge’ or ‘Baby Lactogen’ many continued to think of me as ‘baby’. Anyhow … it took Ceylon more than 10 years to get the consistency and taste of tomato sauce right! Don’t ask me why. Still a mystery to me. Ditto with chocolate. Over a decade to get it right. Once they got it right, they were golden. But, those early days.

So blades from abroad, like ANYTHING from ‘abroad’, was golden and much sought after. Well our family travelled abroad a lot and we, weekly if not daily, had to meet with visitors from abroad. Many knew of the import restrictions and brought the appropriate gifts: apples, grapes, chocolate, blades, ballpoint pens, transistor radios. So we did quite well.

Safety blades were a kind of currency. Much sought after. I used to be coerced my one of my teachers to provide him with blades from abroad on a weekly basis. Corruption was rife at every level in society. This teacher would say something like …. “I know you have good blades at home. Can you bring me a few?” I did. I didn’t steal. I would say that I needed a few blades for my master! What is really strange and weird. My adoptive father was the ‘Acting Secretary of Education’ for Ceylon. So he was this teacher’s ultimate boss. But, the teacher had no problem coercing me to keep him supplied in blades. No, I didn’t get better grades because of it! I got TOP grades, best in grade (i.e., highest marks among 360 students in the grade), for all but one year of my time in Ceylon — because I was forced to study like there was no tomorrow.

So, that is what the blades remind me. Carrying safety blades, in my front shirt pocket, for this master who expected me to supply him with free blades — because he was a teacher. Yes, one of these days I will write a book about growing up a Buddhist in Ceylon in the 1960s — the Buddhist part is key. Even the school I attended was Buddhist.


Chinese Lunar New Year 2014 (Year of the Horse) — Reuters Has An Impressive Slideshow.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.2014yearhorseaghny

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Happy New Year.

Click to access Reuters slideshow. Very good.

Click to access Reuters slideshow. Very good.


Slightly frustrating. The contents of the slideshow is continually updated. They had two very compelling pictures of horse decorations at 1 am this morning. They are now gone. Can’t find them. Sorry.


A Very Scary Picture Of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, That Makes Cruella de Vil Look Friendly. Wow.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.



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From ‘International Business Times’ (IBT) in the U.K. Click to access IBT photo gallery.

Though, in my old age, I am a devoted Royalist, albeit 99% to JUST my Queen, I have mixed feeling about these two.

Charles worries me. I have always felt queasy about him after his puerile and very sick ‘I want to be a tampon‘ remark.
I do know he is a fairly decent man and tries to do good.
Yes, I am conflicted about him.

Yes, I would rather he didn’t become King.
<< I would also rather not have THE ONE who
doesn’t have any Royal blood. >>

As for Camilla — I am conflicted too.
I don’t detest her as much as others did.

I can actually UNDERSTAND what Charles saw in her!

Yes, I am weird too.

Being photogenic is a gift and a blessing.

Camilla, alas, like I, doesn’t have it.

My adoptive mother was the epitome of photogenic.
It was amazing. A miracle.
Though there are thousands of pictures of her,
many taken by news photographers,

you will never find one where you looks even half bad.
It is a gift.

I feel bad for Camilla.

No wonder Charles looks haunted. Just imagine waking up next to that face
— sans makeup.

Maybe Charles had it right. Might be safer to be somewhere else where he can’t see her face!


Pope Francis Getting Hit In The Face By Scarfs — First A Blue Scarf & Now A Yellow Scarf.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.



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From ‘International Business Times’ (IBT) in the U.K. Original from Reuters. Click to access IBT photo gallery.


This from my favorite, the U.K. ‘Daily Mail’.

Poor Francis.

No respect. You would THINK that he could, given who he works for, have a weak force field around his face to protect against such indignities.

What next. Nuns throwing underwear at him? Those pesky doves and crows at the Vatican ‘bombing’ the Pope, Vicar of Christ?

This is not good. The pope needs better protection.


Alton Central School (ACS), N.H.: Requesting $25,000 To Transition Old Domain To A New One Seems Beyond Excessive!

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.



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$25,000 to transition the old ACS Website to a new one sounds way, way, way too excessive!

Unlike the ACS board, most of who wouldn’t know a URL if it dropped into their heaped platter, I kind of do know my way around Websites, domains, registrars and all of that. Remember I can create a new Website, from scratch, in 20 minutes. Plus, it isn’t as if I don’t have Websites. Just look over here >>>>

Moreover, I am always amazed at how primitive the ACS Website is. It reminds me of the early Websites of the 1980s! Talk about being devoid of images. It looks like it was created using a typewriter — a manual one at that. So, this is not healthcare.gov. This is very, very BASIC, mainly textual, unstructured Website. $25,000. That is CRAZY. There are other words, but, I, unlike some, like to be restrained.

Check out this from hosting specialist Blue Host. $99! BIG difference between $99 and $25,000. I am even willing to split the difference. $5,000 could be more than enough.

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Yes, IF the ACS administration didn’t go around constantly bad mouthing me I might even have considered doing this for FREE for Alton. Yes, I create pro bono Websites for folks … example 1 and example 2. It doesn’t take me long.

This is not kosher. $25,000 sounds way out of the ballpark. But, what is new. This Board loves to spend the Alton taxpayers money — they don’t care. At least two of them don’t even know what it is like to be a taxpayer.


University of New Hampshire (UNH), Durham, Chinese New Year 2014 Gala January 29, 2014 Was Exquisite. Bravo.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.2014yearhorseaghny

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Click on the photos to ENLARGE.

Please read the captions.


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The program. Click to ENLARGE.

The program. Click to ENLARGE.


The amazing, incredibly talented cast — these folks were friendly, good looking, had great teeth and, what I noticed the most, had a great sense of humor.

Celloist Yi Zhou from the ‘Central Music Conservatory of China’. She played on the soundtrack of ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’. I was impressed given that I have seen the movie at least 3 times. Suffice to say, she was GOOD.

From ‘Peking Opera’. Wow!

They invited everybody up on the stage after the performance to meet the cast. I told you. They were friendly, VERY CONFIDENT, very outgoing and a load of fun. Who is that guy stage right wearing a long scarf.

This 'Face-Changing' dance was beyond incredible. I have never seen anything like that. No wonder. Only the 3rd time this dance has been performed in the U.S. We felt privileged. Click to watch YouTube video -- which really doesn't do it the fully justice it deserves.

This ‘Face-Changing’ dance was beyond incredible. I have never seen anything like that. No wonder. Only the 3rd time this dance has been performed in the U.S. We felt privileged. Click to watch YouTube video — which really doesn’t do it the fully justice it deserves.

‘Blue Orchid in the Rain’ dance by Xiaowan Yan. Compelling.

Click to access picture gallery.

Click to access picture gallery.

Click to access photo gallery.

Click to access photo gallery.


I can’t tell you, enough, how glad I am that we went. It was a privilege.

This was so, so good. I was so impressed. Wow.

The 4th year they are doing it and this year they had to do 2 performances
to cater for the demand. It was a full house.

We have a few more videos that we will upload to YouTube.

There is a performance tonight. Suspect that it is sold out.

This was beyond good.

This was the face of the new,
resurgent, ultra-confident,
smile-on-their-faces,
21st century China.

They sure are taking the World by storm.

Happy New Year.

Year of the Horse.


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