Archive | March 12, 2014

Finally Got To Hold A Print Version Of “Pope John XXIII: 101 Facts & Trivia”.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.


..
.
.
by
Anura Guruge


Related posts:
>> Just approved paperback version
>>Mar. 6, 2014.
>> “Pope John XXIII: 101 Facts & Trivia Book”
>>Mar. 1, 2014.
++++ Check Categories ‘Books‘ or ‘Religion
for other pope related posts
>>>>


× × × × × × × ×× × × × × × × × × ×× × × × × × × × × × × × × × × × × × × × × × × × × × × × × ×


I approved the print version of ‘Pope John XXIII: 101 Facts & Trivia‘ based on a digital, online proof last Friday, March 7, 2014. I then immediately ordered a printed proof copy so that I can check it.

Since CreateSpace (who I use for my print publishing) is a part of Amazon everything gets shipped UPS — albeit with the ‘last mile‘ by U.S. Postal Service since I refuse, on principle, to pay for additional shipping. So the book arrived this morning, quite early, with the postman.

The UPS ‘last mile‘ by USPS drives me nuts. Yes, I fully understand that it saves them lots of money in certain scenarios, BUT to me it does not make sense that they drop the package off at a post office (in this case Laconia) when a UPS trucks drives by our house, without fail, every day. C’est la vie.

It was good to see the book. Given its 188 pages it has a nice heft. I ordered and shipped a bunch of copies to folks, in the U.S., Canada and the U.K., who helped me with it. It was gratifying.


Pope Francis (#267) First Anniversary As Pope , March 13, 2014: Reports From Vatican & Rome.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.


..
.
….
by
Anura Guruge


Related posts:
>> Pope Francis: 1st year —
>> Mar. 12, 2014.
>> Vatican greetings for 1st year —
>> Mar. 10, 2014.
++++ Search on ‘pope‘ for other pope related posts >>>>


vaticanradio1stfrancis

‘Vatican Radio’ report. Click to access.

∞ º ∞ º ∞ º ∞ º ∞ º ∞ º ∞ º ∞ º ∞ º ∞ º ∞ º ∞ º ∞ º ∞ º ∞ º ∞ º ∞ º ∞ º ∞ º ∞ º ∞ º

vaticanfrancis1styear

‘Vatican Information Service’ (VIS) statement. Click for original.

∞ º ∞ º ∞ º ∞ º ∞ º ∞ º ∞ º ∞ º ∞ º ∞ º ∞ º ∞ º ∞ º ∞ º ∞ º ∞ º ∞ º ∞ º ∞ º ∞ º ∞ º

rr1styearfrancis

‘Rome Report’ coverage. Click to access all of the coverage including some great videos.


First Asiana, Now Malaysian — Why I Have Always Gravitated Towards Western Carriers For My Trips To The Orient.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.


..
.
..

by Anura Guruge


Related post:
>> Malaysia flight 370:
>> My Thoughts

>>Mar. 10, 2014.
>> MH370 and poor IBM —
>>
Mar. 10, 2014.
>> ‘Black guy’ Iranian?
>>
Mar. 11, 2014.
>> Could have landed …
>>
Mar. 11, 2014
.
>> Asiana crash —
>>
July 8, 2013.
++++ Search on ‘plane‘ for other related posts >>>>


Click for CBS coverage of the girls in the cockpit (and i have always thought that 'cockpit' was a very unfortunate term).

Click for CBS coverage of the girls in the cockpit (and i have always thought that ‘cockpit’ was a very unfortunate term).


Over the five decades that I have been flying in and out of Asia I have flown: Air Ceylon, Air Lanka, Air India, Indian Airlines, Singapore, Cathay Pacific, Thai International … at a minimum. I have also flown Aeroflot to and from Bangkok. But, especially as an adult (as opposed to a teenager), I tended to fly Western carriers whenever it was feasible, my favorites being BOAC, BA, AA, North West, KLM, Air France and (before my Liverpool epiphanyLufthansa.

Standards, in particular the standards of pilots, are, of course, different. Well, the unfortunate and bewildering Malaysian MH370 fiasco is highlighting this by the bucketload.

It is also showing how many Asian countries are still not ready for worldwide primetime on 24×7 cable news. The Malaysian officials have demonstrated that they are way out of their comfort zone and whatever league they thought they were in.

Keeps on reminding me of a piece in an advice column I read in an Indian magazine in the early 1970s (while visiting New Delhi, from the U.K., for my summer holidays). It was talking about Indian boys studying abroad getting their European girlfriends pregnant — and hearing the news from their girlfriends. The column talked about all the conflicting emotions that the Indian boys would be facing — highest among them: ‘Golly, this is the BIGGEST thing, most exciting thing, that has ever happened to me’! I keep on thinking of that when I see the Malaysian officials floundering in front of the cameras. Never mind the disaster, this is the BIGGEST thing that any of them have had to deal with and they are beside themselves with excitement, ego, trepidation and nerves — irrespective of their personal competence to deal with this ftas moving, complicated event.

Well the world is watching. I wonder whether Malaysian Airlines have seen a drop in ticket sales. They should.


20th Annual JTG Music Memorial Extravaganza at Giuseppe’s, Meredith On Sunday, March 30, 2014.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.


..
.
….
by
Anura Guruge


Related posts:
>> 19th JTG Memorial was A BLAST! —
>> Mar. 25, 2013.
>> Annual JTG Music Memorial Extravaganza
>> —  Jan. 23, 2013.
++++ Check Category ‘Restaurants‘ for other related posts >>>>


Click to ENLARGE.

∫ ∫ ∫ ∫ ∫ ∫ ∫ ∫ ∫ ∫ ∫ ∫ ∫ ∫ ∫ ∫ ∫ ∫ ∫ ∫ ∫ ∫ ∫ ∫ 

Click to download above as a one page Adobe Acrobat PDF.

∫ ∫ ∫ ∫ ∫ ∫ ∫ ∫ ∫ ∫ ∫ ∫ ∫ ∫ ∫ ∫ ∫ ∫ ∫ ∫ ∫ ∫ ∫ ∫ 


Alas, no belly dancing this year. 

But, the program, above, looks outstanding. Yes, we got our table — for prime time. Thanks Julie.

We try NOT to miss this wonderful event and we have been going for years.

See you there. 


Pope Francis — One Year As Pope Today, 1st Year Anniversary March 13, 2014, i.e., Tomorrow.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.


..
.
….
by
Anura Guruge


Just SOME of the Related posts:
>> Francis stealing cross —
>> Mar. 8, 2014.
>> Pope Francis on sex crimes —
>> Mar. 5, 2014.
>> Pope and scarves
>>Jan. 31, 2014.

>> God, not Al Gore, invented
>> the Internet 
— Jan. 23, 2014.

>> Francis and ‘share the wealth
>>Nov. 26, 2013.
>> Francis is VERY CHEAP

>>Dec. 4, 2013.
>> Francis’ GOLD pallium pins
>>July 28, 2013.
++++ Search on ‘pope‘ for other pope related posts >>>>


Wow. That year went by quite quickly. Yes, of course, I vividly remember the conclave given that I was blogging about it, on my ‘popes and papacy‘ blog incessantly and even doing live blogging for a Canadian company. Here is one of my posts from a year ago.

Of course I am very happy about this pope. If nothing else it vindicated my ‘The Next Pope 2011‘ book since I correctly identified him as one of my top 10 papabili. He is definitely a breath of fresh air. I applaud his attempts to cut back on personal papal excesses, at least when it comes to unnecessary, gaudy vestments, though he, of course, is not totally consistent on this point. I like that he wants to help the poor though I know, and he knows, that he can do billion times better than what he is doing right now — which is mainly talk and very little in hard cash (though he did, to his credit, sell his Harley).

That he has revamped the Vatican financial structure is good, albeit one where he had no choice but to do something, though I worry about who he picked to head this crucial effort.

He has done diddly about the clergy sex crimes and that he thinks otherwise is both disappointing and disturbing.

Many, especially the media, have misread his ‘words’ about gays and inclusiveness. He remains a conservative Catholic opposed to same sex adoption etc.

With this one year mark, the pope’s honeymoon period with the world will soon be coming to an end. People will be looking for concrete actions rather than just rhetoric.

The PBS FrontlineSecrets of the Vatican‘ documentary that have raved about ends with a warning that this pope may not have as much time to make the reforms he is hinting about as he thinks or hopes. To be honest this pope has already outlived my initial expectations — based on the 33 day papacy of another radical, and extremely likeable pope, poor John Paul I (#264). I talked about what Frontline is talking about on March 14, 2013 — yes, a year ago.

This pope is trying to emulate the Good Pope‘, the soon to be canonized Pope John XXIII (#262). While there are similarities they are very different people. Though Francis is people-oriented, John was more so. John had natural warmth and empathy. This pope still has a touch of detachment.

All said, I wish him all the best. Despite the ‘wrinkles’, much of his heart is in the right place. He is trying to do some of the right things. For that I applaud him. I will be delighted if I can write another report a year from today.

Happy anniversary, Pope Francis.


%d bloggers like this: