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Presentation On Pope John XXIII Canonization At The Taylor Community, Laconia — Sunday, April 13, 2014.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.
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Taylor Presentation pictures
>>Nov. 5, 2013.

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It was far from packed, but it was fun. They forgot to do any PR on it. So nothing appeared in the local papers. Essentially word of mouth within the Taylor Community. It was my fourth time there in 5 months. Nice people.

Kids had fun and they thoroughly appreciate the very fine, and free, cookies.

I hadn’t had time to look at this presentation let alone think about it prior to drive over to Laconia. So, as I am wont to do, I winged it. Good that I still have s few brain cells left to enable me to do that. once I start talking it all just comes out.

New presentation at the New Durham Library (N.H.) this coming Thursday, at 7 pm, April 17, 2014. Max, the librarian there, wanted to do it on the eve of Easter. Makes sense.


The presentation.


IF you want more pictures.

Thanks.

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Looks Like NO Google Doodle For Sinhalese New Year Day On April 14, 2014.


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by Anura Guruge


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— Mar. 21, 2014.
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— Jan. 26, 2013.
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I have been checking for the last 4 hours or so.

Still nothing and I am sure time has run out.
This was a few minutes ago when local time
in Colombo, per Google, was 8:05 am
on April 2014 — New Year’s Day.

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So, I would think that if there was going to be Google Doodle
it would be displayed by NOW
— UNLESS of course they are having some fun with the Sri Lankan’s
and have done it as a
SCRATCH Doodle.

I checked from here BUT it is most likely IP-address bound just for
IP-ranges allocated to Sri Lanka. So unlikely that I will be able
to try it from New Hampshire.

IF you are in Sri Lanka scratch, with your cursor,
above the normal Google Logo.

DO NOT USE A COIN TO SCRATCH YOUR SCREEN!
That will cause permanent damage.

Just use the cursor.

Happy New Year.

What a SCRATCH Google Doodle looks like — this one from 2014. Google for instructions. What else?


‘Good Pope’ Pope John XXIII ‘Salient Story Of His Life’ Presentation For Download (FREE).

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Related posts:
>> John XXIII presentation Alton Library
>> Apr. 5, 2014
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26-page Adobe Acrobat PDF.


This is a PDF version of my (restraintly-animated) 26 slide PowerPoint for my “Pope John XXIII” presentations — Laconia, Alton, New Durham and Gilford.

I am sticking with and staying true to my trademark ‘3 minutes per slide’ formula that I successfully used for 30 years and probably upwards of 400 presentations. I don’t have any notes. Have never used notes when I do a presentation. Something that was drummed into me BEFORE I was a teenager! Yes, I had done a bit of public speaking and debating by that time, at school, but I, for one, had NO IDEA that I would end up spending much of my working life (which was albeit short because I am really a lazy bugger) on my feet doing public seminars (for gain). It served me well. Became part of the reputation. “That bastard stand ups and spouts for hours never looking at any notes or consulting anything”.

Of course people resented me for that. I, as I have often pointed out in these posts, was blessed — and I don’t know why. I had some amazing people, come out of the woodwork, to help me …. I am sure I have mentioned his name before, but let me say it again. Steve Kane of ITT. I interviewed with him for a job as a consultant at ITT Data Systems in early 1980. Per the amazing ITT culture (that I privileged to enjoy for 3 glorious years) much of the interview was conducted at an upscale Italian restaurant, in Cockfosters (I kid you not), London over many glasses of wine. Steve was a pivotal influence in my life. Though I, like him, was an ex-IBMer, until I started working for Steve I was not in the habit of wearing white shirts per the IBM legend. He came from IBM sales (where you had to wear a white shirt everyday) and I came from IBM R&D (where you were allowed to work in your shorts provided that it helped). For the next 30 years, thanks to Steve, I only wore white shirts — french cuffed and with ‘AG’ monogrammed on the sleeve. It became part of the image — along with the cowboy boots. Who has ever heard of a darkie Sri Lankan who was known for wearing fancy cowboy boots.

Anyway, Steve told me at my very first interview, that ‘of course’ he was going to hire me. And he did and we had a GREAT TIME. Steve had a degree in psychology. He was a very gifted man. I wish I had 1/1,000,000,000 of Steve’s people skills, charm and his ability to mesmerize the ladies. WOW. Anyway, on our walk back from the Italian restaurant, after he had already told me he was hiring me … and we had even picked the ITT company car that I was going to get (a Ford 2L Cortina) he said, out of the blue, and it shocked me: “you know … people are going to RESENT YOU … they will resent you here for what you are and what you are making … but people will resent you ALL YOUR LIFE”! BINGO. The part about people resenting me at work, at ITT, had to do with me being hired as a consultant … with a company car, private office and a fairly decent salary BECAUSE I was never cheap. That I could fathom. But, the part about people resenting me for the rest of my life was NEW and sheer GENIUS. Steve, as ever, was right. Thank YOU Steve, my mate. Steve is mad at me right now — because my memory alas is better than his. Yep, he also resents me. He, and I am SORRY, didn’t want to be reminded of our past. Yes, we LIVED — and did we, by heck. We were blessed. This is why, how hard I try, I just can’t wipe that silly grin off my 60 year old face. WE LIVED.

Anyway, thank YOU, Mr. Steve Kane. You are a genius and that you made billions while I struggle to survive proves, conclusively, that YOU are and were, always, GENIUS. One of the cleverest people I ever had the fortune of knowing. Thanks to YOU, Steve, I tell youngsters, and have for 30 years, that they should get their first degree in psychology — because you are living proof of what a ‘psyc’ degree can do for YOU.

I am blessed. But, so is Pope John XXIII — though soon, like in exactly 2 weeks, he will go from being BLESSED to be being SAINT.


Happy Sinhalese Old Year 2014, Ahead Of The New & The Auspicious Times ….


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by Anura Guruge


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 — Mar. 21, 2014.
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— Jan. 26, 2013.
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The Sinhala New Year in Sri Lanka is definitely a two-day bash — there is no denying it. I think a part of that is that per the astrologers, that rule the roost when it comes to this holiday, the sacrosanct auspicious times can fall anywhere between April 13 and April 14. So it is safe to always have both days blocked off as holidays.

I remember the Old Year well. That it was the Birthday of my adoptive maternal grandmother that brought me up, semi-straightened my limbs (that were horribly twisted at birth) and fixed my ‘glued together’ pee-pee (with coconut oil) so that I could pee-pee (given that, THANK GOD, we as a nation, culture and religion aren’t into the barbaric notion of circumcision) made it even more auspicious. She was quite a remarkable lady. She was the matriarch of a very powerful family in the early to mid-1960s in Ceylon. One of her sons, a doctor, was the Director of Health Services and the personal physician to political VIPs, another was the Municipal Commissioner [i.e., appointed Mayor] for Colombo (the capital). Three or four of her sons-in-law headed up or ran some of the other government ministries or department. So, she had unparalleled influence over a whole swath of civil power in Ceylon. It was a big family. She had nine children. So her birthday, on Old Year, kind of blended into the whole spectra of celebration and pell-mell, non-stop activity.

I remember the auspicious times well. The list that I refer to below is NOT the complete list — of that I am sure. I know that there used to be an auspicious time associated with STUDY! Part of the ultra-strict, ultra-rigid life I endured as a poor adopted kid was that I had to study, study, study and then study a lot more. So, this damn auspicious time for bloody study was yet another plague of my life — this time at New Year. I still remember one year. Must have been when I was around 8. I typically had to do 3 ‘topics’ at this damn auspicious time before I could go join the others at play. So this year I was asked what the square root of 100 was. In all the excitement and the desire to get the hell out I just, for the world of me, could not remember — let alone work it out. So I faced the consequences. I was 8 or thereabouts. I have never forgotten the square root of 100.

All the times stated below are local Sri Lankan times. Sri Lanka is at +5:30 GMT (UTC) — which means it is +9:30 U.S. eastern time right now. [So as I write this it is approaching 10 pm, Sunday, April 12 in Colombo.] Though the ignorant and publicity-seeking among the Sri Lankans (and there is, alas, a ton of them) love to denigrate this is yet ANOTHER of the beautiful, incisive and perceptive legacies the British bestowed on the Island — alongside CRICKET, a very British railway system, a damn fine education system (which has since, from what I can see has been bastardized) and of course, English. That ’30 minutes’ is SHEER genius. It means that the sunrise and sunset in Sri Lanka happens, more or less year round, at about 6 am and 6 pm. IF not for that ’30 minutes’ it would varied around 5:30 or 6:30 rather than around 6. Genius. To see why this ’30 minutes’ is so important go to Hawaii. Get up early. Head for a beach and wait for sunrise. IF you are from Ceylon you will be in for a shock. The British, pedantic as they should be, NAILED it.


Click to access original from Sri Lanka "Daily Nation".

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My Sinhalese New Year Present I Was Excepting Was Three Days Ahead Of Schedule.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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I am never one to look a gift horse in the mouth and I am happy that in this case it happened ahead of schedule — though I am not sure what I will get on the New Year other than the usual brickbats.

Crossed 250,000 on Valentine’s Day — which tickled me. That was a 14th. So if we had crossed 300,000 on another 14th, two months later, that would have been neat symmetry, something that I appreciate.

Not a problem. I am glad. Another milestone crossed. But, this is NOT, by far, the most hits I have had on a blog. My ‘popes-and-papacy‘, though it has been dormant for nearly a year, is at around 640,000. So more than twice this — but that is a specialized, single-subject blog.

Us cricketers by habit tend to calculate balls per fifty and balls per hundred. So I can’t help doing the same when it comes to hits. This would be deemed pretty decent acceleration in cricket.

Thanks for the support. It keeps me amused.

Happy New Year.

Cheers.


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