Archive | July 2, 2014

I Prevail. Pope Francis Drops The Gold Pallium Pins That I Have Railed Against From Day 1.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.


Anura Guruge

Related posts:
>> Pallium pins strain credulity — July 28, 2013.
>> Pallium pins
 — Apr. 27, 2014.

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Click to access "L. A. Times" story.

Click to access “L. A. Times” story.

The gold, jewel encrusted pallium pins, a carry over from the prior pope, as those of you who follow my papal work know, have been a constant thorn in my side.

I railed against them when Benedict wore them and I made a point of highlighting the incongruity when Francis wore them — doing so as recently as April 27th of this year.

Most people knew that I had a point.

The Vatican Press Office, for obvious reasons, follow my posts.

I can’t and will not take all the credit for this BUT it is extremely gratifying. Good for ya’ Pope Francis. You did the right thing.

Timing could NOT have been better. I am within 3 ‘bullets’ of finishing my Pope Celestine V chapter and moving on my final chapter of “Popes: 101 Facts & Trivia“. That chapter, with 12 ‘bullets’, is “Pope Francis“. Now I will be extra ‘nice’ to him.

Yes, Yes, Yes.

Now if I can just get him to auction off the 5 pins. Way out of my price range but I know at least one person who might be interested. (Mark?)

Will 4th Of July ‘Hurricane’ “Arthur” Rain On The Don McLean ‘Parade’ At The Portland, ME, ‘Stars & Stripes Spectacular’.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.


by Anura Guruge

Related Don McLean Posts from Portland July 4, 2013:
>> Click for the Don McLean picture montage.
>> Click for the videos.
>> Click for panoramas.
>> Click for Stars and Stripes Spectacular pictures.

++ Don McLean in Portland 2014May 14, 2014.

Please check this post for Don McLean update. 

Event postponed to Saturday, July 5, 2014. No Don!



Click either image to access “Weather Underground” forecast for Portland, Maine for Friday, July 4, 2014.

Weather, of course, if always the wild-card. We had spectacular, unbelievable weather last year.

As soon as I heard about the coast-hugging ‘hurricane’ for the 4th I started worrying about Portland, ME — which is smack-dab on the coast.

We learned last Thursday, while in Acadia, that even “today’s” high-tech weather forecasts can be wrong. According to the forecasts last Thursday, in Acadia, was going to be a total washout. So we had braced ourselves for that. But as it happened the rain ceased, entirely, at 11 am. We didn’t make it out of the Motel till 10:50 am. We were going to do brunch at the “Jordan Pond House” to begin with. By the time we got there it had stopped raining. By the time we got out after brunch it was dry. Overcast, but no rain. Turned out to be a great, bonus day. No crowds. No rain. So it was nice.

So based on that recent experience I am keeping my fingers crossed for Don. How can you rain on Don’s parade?

A bit concerned for the Alton (N.H.) Fireworks tomorrow, i.e., Thursday, July 3, 2014 at 9:20 pm. We have been invited to a house Alton Bay for the fireworks so we could stay dry most of the time. We will see.

Rejoice. Jump For Joy. The Incomparable Oliver Mtukudzi Is Coming To Dartmouth (N.H.) HOP Next January 30. I Am Psyced!

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.Hop50red

Anura Guruge

tuku-at-dairai-launch-01-500x523Related Posts:
1.  ‘The English Concert’
>> — Feb. 1, 2014.
2. ‘Ricardo Lemvo’ — May 31, 2014.

3. The Hopkins Center Program
>>2013/2014>July 16, 2013.

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Click to access YouTube video. This is one of my favorite tracks — one of my ‘book writing’ tracks. Enjoy.

21Z42ZP7FWL._Behind me as I write, on the floor, of my study, is a very old 1990s boom-box with 9 CDs, many without cases, alongside. I think of these 9 CDs as my ‘writing’ or more precisely ‘book writing’ CDs. Since writing, after all these years, is something I still struggle with, daily, though with unmitigated relish, I typically require total silence. But every once in awhile, typically when I am within a week or so of finishing a book, when I have an intense craving to have music as I write. In December 1995 when I scrambling like mad to get the 582-page “Reengineering IBM Networks” book completed by its deadline, and was writing up to 7,000 words a day, I had this craving for Garth Brooks — who I have always liked. There was no choice. I had to dispatch wife to Nashua, late at night, to go buy me the newly released “Fresh Horses” CD. Then for the next week or so I played it non-stop while I wrote like I never have and never will. Met the deadline. And I could not have done it without Garth. But, Garth is not among my 9 CDs.

wsbookcover5671But, of the nine TWO (2) are Oliver Mtukudzi!

That must say something. Yes, Oliver helped me finish my 371-page “Web Services: Theory and Practice book in 2004. That also was on deadline — which I met (since I did meet the deadline for all of my books, on principle).

Not sure how I came to know Oliver. Maybe it was through “Ladysmith Black Mambazo” — who I used to avidly follow at the time. The first concert that Deanna and I went to, as a couple, was to see “Ladysmith Black Mambazo”  at the Capitol Center in Concord (N.H.), in February 2003, shortly after we got married. Yes, I know that they have collaborated. I cannot remember, BUT maybe he opened the act for them in Concord. All I know is that by 2004 I had one or more Oliver CDs in my study.

Other than Oliver the other 7 CDs are essentially ‘Chant‘ music — though two are Indian ‘Bhajan‘ by “Krishna Das“. [The kids and I are BIG Krishna Das fans and we even have some of his CDs in the KIA and the kids will sing along to them.] Yes, the ‘Chant’ and ‘Bhajans’ often help towards the end when I need as much help as I can get to get it all done and published.

So to say that I am ‘excited’ that Oliver is coming to the HOP doesn’t really capture the whole sense of elation. Of course we are going. Might even try and get front row seats. Funny that it is January 30, 2015. I had a feeling that we had gone to a concert at the HOP this year — on January 30. I just went and looked. It wasn’t the 30th it was January 31st — the brilliant, mesmerizing ‘The English Concert‘. Yes, weather can be an issue but we have been lucky so far given that we typically go three or four times to the HOP each ‘winter’ — the Christmas Revels a must.

The new program for the HOP 2014 – 2015 came out today. It was on press embargo for the last 4 days. So I had known about Oliver since Monday BUT couldn’t share it with you! I don’t violate embargos. That is silly.


Click to access the HOP 2014 – 2015 REVIEW.


Click to access the Oliver “Tuku” Mtukudzi entry on Wikipedia.

“Cooksey Drive Overlook” Towards The Ocean Just Outside Acadia National Park, Maine.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

Anura Guruge

Related Post:
>> Acadia: June 2014
>>June 28, 2014.
>> Cromwell Harbor Motel

>>June 30, 2014.
>> 3 obscure facts about Acadia

>>July 1, 2014.

>> Acadia was fabulous —
>>Sep. 9, 2013.

>> ‘Thirsty Whale’, Bar Harbor
>>Sep. 10, 2013.

>> Grand Canyon
>> Experience — Apr. 27, 2013.

A tucked away, little advertised overlook that we stumbled upon on our off-the-beaten track poking around. It is to the east of Route 3 (North) just past Seal Harbor. Just get off Route 3, hug the coast and follow your nose (if you are not using a GPS). It will appear on GPS.

I took about 30 pictures with my camera and I ‘stitched’ these into a short, music-enhanced YouTube video. I have a bunch of pictures from Deanna’s camera too and I will probably make another video from those.


Click to access 3:15 minute YouTube video.


Google Map of location. Click to access map.

Click to ENLARGE.

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