Archive | May 15, 2016

Another Sincere ‘Shout Out’ For Barnstead’s “B-Boys” & Paul Bousquet.

by Anura Guruge


1989 jaguar xjs v12

Paul Bousquet, the co-owner of “B-Boys” in Barnstead, NH, yet again did me proud this weekend. Thank YOU, Paul and thank you “B-Boys”.

Late last November just as I was getting ready to put my 1989 Jaguar XJS V12 coupe into hibernation all the ignition related lights on the dash lit-up like a Christmas tree. It was actually quite pretty though I immediately knew it wasn’t good news. When I had bought it in June 2105, from a very nice and honest gentleman from Vermont, he had told me, in writing, that I would soon be requiring a new battery. So I thought the battery had gone. I mothballed the car for the winter (though I now find that somebody, very small, did sleep in there during that time) and didn’t give it much thought.

In April this year I bought a “Optima Batteries 8002-002 34 RedTop Starting Battery“, with 800 Cold Cranking Amps, from Amazon, and thought I would be all set. I changed the battery (just to prove to those that claim that I can’t even change a fuse on a car). The Jag started fine BUT all the lights stayed on. Aahh! Alternator. Then a friend stopped by, put his hand down into the depths of that dark and murky engine bay, and said I had no alternator belt. That explained much.

I wasn’t going to replace just the alternator belt — and we found the broken one stuck to the engine. So I got a complete set of 4 belts from JagBits. But the alternator belt in the standard Jag kit did not match the broken one we had found. So I ordered that, a serpentine one, using the number stamped on the belt, from Amazon (who else).

A couple of people, including the friend who found the broken belt, offered to replace the belts for me. But after some due consideration I decided that I only trust Paul with my British cars. And that was one heck of a good decision.

Had the XJS taken on a flatbed to Paul Thursday afternoon — we having AAA Premier just for the ‘towing’. The XJS was ready Saturday morning. I won’t tell you how much Paul charged me or the amount of labor he billed BUT trust me, I was very happy. It was a good deal. It was beyond fair. I am very happy.

So sharing because you too might find that “B-Boys” could help you.

Thank YOU Paul.


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by Anura Guruge


The Mocking License Plate Of An Opioid Prescribing Nurse.

by Anura Guruge


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This is real. Check it. New Hampshire number plate.


Yesterday I explained why I think that nurses should NOT be allowed to prescribe opioids (just like doctors).

I present this picture as ‘exhibit 1’.

ISED8M2 = I SEDATE Them Too.

This is a nurse that prescribes (a lot of) opioids.

What does it tell YOU about his judgement?

Should somebody as shallow and crass as this be allowed –legally — to prescribe dangerous drugs. Yes, I know of one person that he sent to the ER!

Yes, in general I have a very high regard for nurses and I have known quite a few. SMILE. Yes, every profession has a spectrum of ability, commitment, competence, professionalism etc.

All that said I still will contend that nurses should NOT be allowed to prescribe opioids. And yes I wrote about this license plate before!

And in this case, this number plate alone should be grounds for having their license revoked.

What do YOU think?


by Anura Guruge


Olympus PEN-F — More Pretension Than Practicality?

by Anura Guruge


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Click to ENLARGE. Main picture, of course, from Olympus (with thanks).


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Click to ENLARGE. Of course from the outstanding “DPReview.com”. The 3 dials that sealed the deal AGAINST the Olympus PEN-F.


After my 34-day ‘crisis‘ during which I gave away (as an act of random kindness) my beloved Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 and (6 week old) Lumix LX100, I last Wednesday was again in the market for a new camera.

I was not going to just replace the Panasonics. That would have been painful and regressive. I decided I was going to start again and move up to the next level (so to speak). I remembered the Olympus PEN-F that had been announced in January 2016. I had looked at it then and concluded that it was overpriced and I still think it is priced $200 above what it should be. But I was willing to pay IF I thought it would be the camera that would make me happy until the availability of my dream Fuji X-T2.

So I spent quite a few hours crunching through the reviews, reading the specs and looking at YouTube videos. Three times during the day on Thursday (last week) I nearly hit the BUY button. And each time I shied away at the last millisecond. I knew something was wrong. So I decided to think about it overnight. And then it hit me.

The PEN-F is NOT what I am looking for … The PEN-F is NOT for the likes of I …

I came to the realization that the BIG ‘PASM‘ mode dial on the top was a total, utter turn-off. Like a huge, hanging hairy wart. I do NOT use custom modes and I prefer to choose my mode using the shutter and apaerture dials as in the Panasonic Lumix LX100. So that was strike ONE.

Yes, yes, I know all about the retro look and nostalgia. BUT I am not going to buy a camera, at this price range, for looks. The front dial, as DPReview (above) so correctly points out is a total waste and distraction. If that was a focus selection dial, ‘S-C-M’, I could have looked with it though I find its placement ugly. So that strike TWO.

Having the toggle underneath the mode dial that only works on the JPEG ‘curve’ was the last straw. Strike THREE.

Yes, the Olympus PEN-F will look real cool in a trendy club. But that is not my scene. I want a practical camera.

And this was BEFORE I got to the Micro Four Thirds sensor.

PLEASE help me keep this pledge. PLEASE. I will no longer buy a camera with anything less than an APS-C size sensor. I am a large sensor guy. I know that. I will always regret getting smaller sensors. So I have to pick the habit.

So what did I get? Have a guess. It was not an Olympus — though I like Olympus and Deanna has one, which she loves.


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by Anura Guruge

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