Archive | April 4, 2014

FREE HBO & CINEMAX Preview Weekend On DirecTV Right Now — April 4 – 6, 2014.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.blog_hbo_max_free_trial_lg

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I happened to get an e-mail from DirecTV a few minutes ago.

Usually I notice them ‘prepping’ the onlive guide 24(+) hours before.
Not this time. I would have noticed it.

Enjoy. Some good stuff on.

My problem my DVR is 95% full!


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Two ‘Honor Flight New England’ Flights Leaving Manchester, N.H. In The Coming Months. Heads Up.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.
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IF you are not familiar with what they do, please click to access their Website.

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The two upcoming Manchester, N.H. flights. Click to access the official schedule page. I heard about this because some Granite State Ambassadors are involved. Good for them.

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Pope John XXIII Canonization Presentation At The Alton Gilman Library On April 22, 2014.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.
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>> John XXIII presentation at Taylor
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>> Presentation videos — Nov. 5, 2013.
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The Alton Gilman Library presentation
is the 3rd of four presentations that
I will be doing to coincide with
the Pope John XXIII canonization on
April 27, 2014.

The first is at Taylor Community, in Laconia, on April 13.

Second at the New Durham Library on April 17.

Then this in Alton. The last, to date, will be at the Gilford Library on May 8th.

Anura Guruge John XXIII canonization.

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A slide from the presentation.

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Sinhalese New Year Day, April 14, 2014, Some Greetings, Cakes & Traditional High-Cholesterol Goodies.


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by Anura Guruge


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Some more Greetings as people seems to like seeing them.

suba aluth awruddak wewa - සුබ අලුත් අවුරුද්දක් වේවා HAPPY NEW YEAR Samata Suba Aluth Aurudhdhak Wewa !! Greetings From www.SpNetLk (16)

From ‘spnetlk.com’. Click to access for MORE examples. Don’t you love the see through blouse in the background. Sri Lankans are noted for touches like that! The funny thing, modesty kind of still rules supreme. Actually that image is a homage to a cultural icon — the Sigiriya Frescos. See below, if I remember.

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From ‘hdwallpapersbackgrounds.com’. Click to access. Example of the fried, in coconut oil, goodies we love to indulge on, most days — bust especially New Years. The dark brown ones, at front, are sweet. The yellow, wafflish looking ones, are savory. I would eat a dozen or more of the sweet brown ones in a sitting.


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Click to access Kapruka. I have talked about them before. I have used them for about 12 – 13 years. They are good. Wish they delivered in the U.S.


More New Year goodies from Kapruka.

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Those sweet brown things, now that I read the description, are called ‘Kaums’ — literally ‘cake’.


The famed, culturally iconic, Sigiriya Frescoes.

Click here for Wikipedia entry.

As a boy, growing up in Ceylon, I climbed Sigriya many, many, many times
— often I didn’t even bother with the frescoes, just wanting to get to the top.

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Vatican-Sponsored John XXIII Cartoon Character On ‘2Saints’ Twitter Channel, For The Canonization, Is Creepy And Callous.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.


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Click to access Vatican-sponsored '2Saints' Twitter channel.

Click to access Vatican-sponsored ‘2Saints’ Twitter channel.


I fully appreciate that this is supposed to be ‘hip’ and ‘cool’ — and that I am nothing other than an ol’ geezer. That maybe, but I appreciate Pope John XXIII  more than most — and I am but a damn heathen, a reformed and born-again one be it.

The two cartoon characters, and the other is supposed to be John-Paul II (#265), are just plain creepy. Yes, I understand that the youthful look is meant to portray their ageless presence in heaven, to the right of God. I just don’t think it works. Yes, maybe Latin American ‘kids’ will get a kick out of it.

As for John XXIII the svelte looks cuts it. He looks like a Wall Street insider trader in a Yamaka. It is irreverent and tacky.

This, meant to mark MY Queen’s visit with Pope Francis (#267), is not the only one. Appears that they are trying to do at least one a day. Here is another.

Click to access Twitter channel.

Click to access Twitter channel.

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Guess which one. Note the bearing.

So here is a theological question. As Saints Popes John XXIII & John Paul II are already up in heaven looking down upon us — ready to intercede on our behalf whenever we need such interceding (from what I gather they determine as opposed to us). Do YOU think they are happy with this portrayal. Yes, they both had a great sense of humor and John Paul II must feel like a billion dollars now that he is not bound to a body compromised by Parkinson’s. But, I am not sure. This cartoon depiction, in my opinion, does them an injustice.

They both, judging from pictures when they were young, had gravitas. These cartoon characters look plain vapid.


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