Archive | August 19, 2014

Yet Another Fine New Hampshire Photographer, This Time In Wolfeboro, N.H., Bob Ness.

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“Bob Ness Images” — Coast of Maine. Click to access.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.


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Related posts:
1. Thomas Lavoie photos
>>July 31, 2014.

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J. Richard Hale
>> photography — July 31, 2014.
3. Alton photographer, John Bishop — Dec. 12, 2013.


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Talk about talent. Another great local photographer. We are blessed. As with Thomas Lavoie I had the good fortune to meet him through “Great Waters Music Festival“. He is one of their Official Photographers. Check out his work. Wow. Of course, given that I am so familiar with the subject matter, love his pictures of the Maine Coast and Conway Scenic Railway.


Pope Francis Talks Of His Own Mortality, Possibility Of Resignation Or Even Death … — Time For “Next Pope” Redux?

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.


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Related posts:
>> Francis’ health …
>>June 18, 2014.

>> Francis’ nephew — Aug. 19, 2014.

>> Francis abandons prayer … — Aug. 16, 2014.
>> Will Francis admit prayers not working July 28, 2014.
>> Did Francis pray for Argentina — July 5, 2014.
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PLEASE pray for Argentina —
 July 15, 2014.
>> Francis’ prayer at Wailing Wall — May 30, 2014.
>> Francis prays for Iraq — June 16, 2014.
>> Francis “Prayer of ‘WHY’” —
Nov. 22, 2013.

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From today's U.K. "Daily Mail". Click to access.

From today’s U.K. “Daily Mail”. Click to access.


He made these comments, on the plane, on his way back from South Korea. He, obviously, did so BEFORE the news of the horrific, fatal crash involving his nephew in Argentina. I am going to leave that at that.

Quite a set of statements. Confirms a belief that I have now had for about a year that this pope LOVES to be provocative. Well this is the ultimate in that.

I really hope he doesn’t resign. That will NOT be good for the Catholic Church. Two popes in succession resigning and soon we will have TERM LIMITS on the papacy.

We hadn’t had a pope resign in 597 years prior to Benedict. Lets NOT even think about two in succession. That would be so wrong.

I think this pope does have some health issues — more than what he is letting on. 

So, the BIG question for ME is whether I should start working on “The Next Pope” redux.

Yes, I did do a “Next Pope After Francis” papabili list 11 months ago!

Working on “The Next Pope 2014” wasn’t on my cards. In my mind I have got the remainder of 2014 mapped out in terms of my research and books. Right now working on getting my latest Pope book published. It is written BUT Deanna and others are proofing it. Then last night I had an idea. I can actually sneak in a book about the “College of Cardinals” while the Pope book is being proofed. This morning at 1:30 am I was busy looking for a cover picture for that book. Then per the master plan I was done with popes for the foreseeable future.

Hmmmm. Dilema. Yes, of course, I don’t have to do anything. Others can carry the flame. But, here is what I need to sort out — “The Next Pope” is my thing. People now associate that ‘phrase’ with me.

Well the joys of life. In the scheme of things not a big problem — actually a ‘nice’ problem to deal with.

My first thoughts as to the criteria for the Next Pope. No EXOTICS. This pope has scared to the College enough. We can forget another Religious. So there goes Marc Ouellet. Actually Marc was already done for. I think we will be back to a safe European pope. Maybe even Italian. Something to think about on my runs this week.


Junaid Khan’s Concussion Induced Absence In The 2nd Test Match v. Sri Lanka (at the SCC) Bothers Me, Unduly.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.
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Related posts:
>> ‘Guard of Honor’ for Mahela Jayawardene.
>> Angelo Matthews Thanks God for Test Victory.

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From 'urduwire.com' WITH THANKS. Click to access original and article.

From ‘urduwire.com’ WITH THANKS. Click to access original and article.

That Pakistan’s lead bowler, Junaid Khan, did NOT bowl even one ball in the Sri Lankan 2nd innings because of an apparent concussion bothers me, unduly, on multiple fronts and multiple levels.

Yes, of course, I did see him get hit on the helmet by Prasad. Watched it quite a few times, not counting all the replays provided by TEN Cricket. Yes, that is the first thing that bothers me and that bothers me like you would NOT believe.

To say I detest cricket helmets would be an understatement.

I hate cricket helmets and rue the day they became de rigueur.

Cricket helmets, as far as I am concerned, has ruined this noble sport. I just consider myself so lucky that I got to see much of my cricket BEFORE helmets came in.

As far as I am concerned Junaid got hit on the helmet BECAUSE he was wearing a bloody helmet!

That is not as stupid as it sounds and IF you didn’t understand what I was saying then you are obviously new to the game. IF he wasn’t wearing a helmet he would have been MORE CAREFUL. Helmets make an ‘HE MAN’ of everybody irrespective of their talents, technique and guts.

Cricket has been played for over 500 years.

Test cricket started in 1876 – 1877.

Bloody cricket helmets only started making an appearance in the early 1980s. So in the overall history of cricket helmets are new. DO NOT EVER FORGET THAT. I still remember, with a shudder each time, when Mike Brearley started wearing that padded stitched together sanitary pad on his head. I like Mike. I think he was one of the BEST captains the world has ever seen. But he ruined cricket.

I went and found this YouTube video of the CENTENARY Test, Eng. v. Aus., of course, at Lord’s in 1980. I was there, at Lord’s, at the Nursery End, on the last day, for a few hours. I had just flown back from Sri Lanka the day before. But, I wanted to be there.  Notice NOT a single bloody helmet and the bowlers are a damn site faster and better than bloody medium pacer Prasad.

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I then went and found this from the ‘How Can You Ever Forget‘ Summer of 1979. I remember every Test from that Summer. What a Summer. Notice, no helmets. Watch Vivian in action. Now that was a batsman. He was so good. He was divine. Mahela Jayawardene not a patch on Viv. 

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And lets just add these two pictures from the 1970s … possibly early 1980s. Of course that is Viv again. That is what a proper batsman is supposed to look like. A swaggering, devil-may-care gladiator. Vivian was THE MAN. Today’s batsmen are wimps HIDING behind helmets. And then my man, Gordon. Yes, I know Gordon started wearing a helmet in the last few years of his career — BUT that was after he started having eye problems. He was, understandably, worried that his suspect vision would get him into trouble.

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My point is very simple. We used to play cricket without helmets and as far as I remember we didn’t have that many major injuries — and I think just one fatality, and that was a hit on the chest.

With helmets TOO MANY batsmen get hit on the helmet because they don’t bother to learn how to deal with short-pitched balls. [Yes, I have been hit on the head, 3 times quite hard, playing cricket.]

So that is my first gripe about Junaid. Damn helmet.

Second gripe. Don’t know how serious the injury was BUT we know he batted on after he got hit and even scored a boundary. They said he was concussed.

Well IF he was just but concussed he DEFINITELY should have bowled at least a few overs on the 4th Day. If he could stand up he should have bowled. This was a TEST MATCH. He was playing for his country. That he didn’t bowl bothers me.

OK. That is enough. Many subsidiary issues following on from this BUT these are the two main events.

OH! Angelo Matthews, the Sri Lanka’s God-fearing captain, checking and adjusting Prasad’s helmet when he came into bat in the 2nd innings, was pathetic. Looked like two sissies. Can YOU see Clive doing that.


Pope Francis’ 38-Year Old Nephew, Horacio Bergoglio Emanuel, Involved In Fatal Crash In Argentina That Kills His Wife & 2 Children!

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.


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Related posts:
>> Francis abandons prayer … — Aug. 16, 2014.
>> Will Francis admit prayers not working July 28, 2014.
>> Did Francis pray for Argentina — July 5, 2014.
>>
PLEASE pray for Argentina —
 July 15, 2014.
>> Francis’ prayer at Wailing Wall — May 30, 2014.
>> Francis prays for Iraq — June 16, 2014.
>> Francis “Prayer of ‘WHY’” —
Nov. 22, 2013.

++++ Search on ‘pope‘  & check Category ‘Religion’  for loads of other pope related posts >>>>

ψψψ Search on ‘pray‘ for a ton of posts about prayer, across religions >>>>


Click to access "USA Today" coverage. Google News for more.

Click to access “USA Today” coverage. Google News for more.


I am NOT going to say anything other than that I am very upset that the kids were very young, 8 months & 2 years. The death of kids always gets to me. The biggest nightmare for any parent. This can happen to any of us. I think about this every time I get into a car with my kids — and I have been driving my kids around for 25 years, that being how old the oldest now is!

That is it.

I will not say anything more. 


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