Archive | August 15, 2014

Sri Lankan Cricket Hero Mahela Jayawardene Gets ‘Guard Of Honor’ From Pakistan Test Team On 1st Day Of 2nd Test.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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This the 2nd Test Match in the 2014 Sri Lanka v. Pakistan Test Series is supposed to be Mahela’s last Test match — though as we all know this could change, if the selectors, down the road, feel that his presence is imperative for a match or a series. But, for the time being this is considered to be his last.

There were farewells and guards of honor at the 1st Test Match, in Galle, as well — but this is the last and final match in the series. The Test just happened to have started on Pakistan Independence Day — supposedly the only time this has happened, i.e., Pakistan starting a Test on August 14. It, by coincidence, also happens to be the EXACT dates, i.e., August 14 – 18, as Don Bradman’s last Test — though I am slightly confused by this claim because I think in Don’s time, and well into the 1980s we used to have a rest day after the 4th day makings Tests six days long.

That the Pakistani team gave him an Honor Guard when he came into bat, first wicket down, was impressive and touching. This is a rather mellow Pakistani team — quite likeable. The American-style camaraderie that the ICC has insisted upon instilling on the cricket world is interesting — and I will leave it at that. I am more used to the ‘sledging’ days of the 1970s and 1980s. It is good. I also think that all the 20-over ‘IPL’ leagues have also made a difference. There is much more inter-country participation, within the same ‘IPL’ team, than was ever possible in the past. What still gets to me is the ‘glove tapping’ by the batsman after each decent stroke. Not convinced about the value of that at all. Seems a bit sissy to me!

Well another good Test match. We have been blessed. Some amazingly good cricket this year: WI v NZ, SL v SA and now this series. Around the 30 over mark I thought Sri Lanka would be looking at 600.

Pakistan needs a new keeper. Sarfraz Ahmed, to put it bluntly, is rubbish. I am a better keeper than he is and that really is saying something! I don’t care about unexpected bounce, a halfway competent keeper does NOT get smacked in the ear with a ball from a spinner. That was pathetic. And how many catches did he drop? 3. Not going for one, which he should have — counts. You can’t stand there, with gloves on, as if you are a pedestrian. I wondered what happened to Umar Akmal. I like him. My type of aggressive cricketer. I had to look him up. Very strange. He is on the skids! Wow. He had so much promise.

Well I have yet to see the Day 2 highlights. Kids are hogging the big TV right now. So I will have to wait.

But, if Pakistan lose this Test as well, they will have to contemplate THE ‘never wrong’ adage when it comes to cricket: catches win matches.

Malaysian Airlines MH370: Post 5-Months News Is Getting Scanty, At Best.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.


by Anura Guruge

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Click to access original from the U.K. ‘Daily Mail’/

While this is interesting news, I do not think that it is necessarily sinister or points to anything nefarious. Article, per the norms for U.K. tabloids, fails to point out IF the 4 MH370 passengers involved are RELATED. Plus somebody had a spare ATM card, was able to get a replacement card from the bank or, worse case, somehow managed to get a working card fabricated.

My druthers is that this is innocent despite what it is made to look like. I think these 4 were related and a surviving relative was trying to get some — possibly much needed — funds out. So just a family transaction. It would also appear that somebody had access to PINs or passwords. I think it is a family member. I could be wrong, but I am not going to get too excited about this development.

An interesting map from the same U.K. “Daily Mailarticle.

To me it highlights how far OFF course they are trying to search for this plane — and that we have yet to find ONE scrap of wreckage from this plane.

Do you realize that 5 months later NOBODY has even tried to explain WHY the Transponder was turned off and why they think the plane flew for so long in radio silence — and where was it heading?

‘Laconia Multicultural Day’ 2014, September 6 — The Program Schedule.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.


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Click to access the official Website — which, alas, is a tad short on information even though we but 3 weeks away from the event.

So, today, Friday, August 15, 2014 this is what I got when I clicked on the ‘Program’ HOPING to see a Schedule of the Performances!
C’est la vie.


Don’t bother going here for the Schedule. Try the Facebook account below.

Luckily I did find a Facebook account with the supposed program. So that was good. Why they can’t also have this on their Website is mystery. Must be a cultural thing in Laconia. 


Click to access Facebook account. I assume it is semi-official.

Well unlike last year it is back in September. That is good — I think.

Tad early in my opinion, but what do I know.

It used to be the 2nd Saturday of September. I know — because the Highland Games used to be the 3rd Saturday.

But this year it is the first Saturday, albeit with September starting on a Monday.

Saturday, August 16, 2014 At Lovely Cate Park, Wolfeboro, N.H. — “Southern Rail” Worldclass Bluegrass From Watertown, MA.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.


Anura Guruge

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Check out their information packed and rather well done Website.


‘Southern Rail’ on YouTube from a year ago. Click to access video.

I gather they have played to great acclaim at Cate Park before. I don’t think I have seen them. I am still kind of undecided whether I am really a major ‘Bluegrass’ fan. I can listen to it BUT it doesn’t do as much for me as other genres. Not sure what our plans are for Saturday evening. I realize, to my horror, that we have ONLY been to one concert at Cate Park this Summer and that was to see “Annie & The Orphans“. Much of this, if not all, has to do with conflicts with ‘Great Waters‘ concert — and yes, ‘Huggins Fair‘. I had hoped to walk over to Cate Park during ‘THE Fair’ but that never happened and I am kind of curious that no notes drifted across from the Park. I have heard Cate Park concerts while doing ‘Huggins’.

Anywho … just a heads up. Seems like a nice band. Enjoy.

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