Archive | June 18, 2016

What Has Happened To The Zimbabwe Cricket Team?

by Anura Guruge


Up until the World 2016 Twenty20 earlier this year I had been REALLY enjoying watching the Zimbabweans — especially their batsman. They played with a gusto and passion which reminded me of my West Indies of the 1970s and 1980s. In the World Cup 20/20 they looked fragile. And now in the three match ODI series against India at home. Gee. They appeared clueless. On that form I would have to say Afghanistan should be given Test credentials in place of them. It is disturbing and bad. I hope this sorry situation is being looked into ‘at home’. 

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Father’s Day 2016 Google Doodle, June 19, For USA, U.K. etc. [But NO Sri Lanka].

by Anura Guruge


Click to access the Google Doodle.

Permanent access, independent of date,
provided via the Google Doodle Archive.

This is a RETREAD Doodle,
it was used earlier in 2016 for
Italy, Spain etc.
This is it’s 4th use in 2016.

Reach of this June 19, 2016 Google Doodle.


Click to ENLARGE and view here. Use links above to access original. Notice that poor Sri Lanka again is given short shrift, actually no shrift.

Some prior Father’s Day Google Doodles.

Click to ENLARGE.

Last Google Doodles:
>> Phoebe Snetsinger.
>> Karl Landsteiner.

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2016 Summer Solstice In New Hampshire Will Be At 6:34pm On Monday, June 20.

by Anura Guruge

Click to ENLARGE.


Last year it was Father’s Day and International Yoga Day.

This year it is a RARE Full Moon — Father’s Day falling one day ahead.

6:34 pm Eastern in the USA — 11:34pm GMT.

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Monday, June 20, 2016 Will See The Latest Sunset & Longest Day For New Hampshire.

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE. From “Time and Date”. See link below.

Click here to access “Time and Date“.

Yes, sirree, the 2016 Summer Solstice is indeed on Monday, June 20, 2016.

Hence why it is the longest day of 2016.

But NOTE, however, how the sunset stays at 8:30 pm till July 1, 2016, i.e., 12 days.

The sunrise times start getting later much faster.

In 12 days we would have lost 40 seconds of daylight time.

The Summer Solstice is my LEAST favorite day of the year! For me it is when days start getting shorter — telling me that winter is on the way. It is the only real way of looking at it. SMILE.

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Rochester, New Hampshire Used Car Dealership’s “Buy A Car, Get An AR” Promotion!

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE and read here. Use link below to access the original.

Click here to access the original from “The Boston Globe”.

Just to be fair (as I am wont to be), this promotion, from what I can see, started in May 2016 prior to the Orlando shooting. But they are continuing with it despite ‘Pulse’. So flags are flying in N.H. at half-staff for Orlando while travesty continues. 

I refer to this as the “Trump Effect“. We will see more of this. A shame.

The only consolation to us is that this is Rochester (which happens to be the nearest ‘BIG Town’ to us). Rochester! Yes, this is what you can expect in Rochester.

Perfectly legal. Pity that there are no laws against poor taste.

Ah, dear! “Only In New Hampshire“. Trump

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Would You Like A Colorful, Batik Sarong For Father’s Day?

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE and view here. The sarong, if you haven’t worked it out, is the lower part. The shirt, quite literally, goes on top, unless, as is common in tropical Sri Lanka, you are habitually topless. The price, however, seems a bit steep. From Kapruka. Use the link below to access Kapruka.

Click to access ‘’.

My grandfather in a formal sarong on being made a JP by the British. Click.

I have never, ever, worn a sarong! That is yet another reason why I was never a true Sri Lankan.

To be fair much of that probably had to do with the fact that I left Sri Lanka (Ceylon at the time) when I was quite young, 13 to be precise. You didn’t get into sarongs until you were a bit older — especially if, like I, you were from an aspirational upper middle-class family, living in the capital Colombo — particularly so if you had an adoptive mother who was an out-and-out anglophile. I wore shorts (most of the time), tailored longs for special occasions and pajamas to sleep in. It was (thank Buddha) very British and I was very comfortable with all of that. My adoptive father, when at home, and not meeting with the myriad visitors we had each day, would wear a sarong. He too was very comfortable with that. But he came from a different background to my mother. All my older male relatives, in private, wore sarongs.

My paternal grandfather wore only wore sarongs.

But not I. I have no problem walking around with a towel around my waist but I cannot see myself in a sarong. Kind of funny.

Again, this is Kapruka. So this a Father’s Day gift to be delivered in Sri Lanka.

But it you need a sarong it is not difficult to make. Start with a bed sheet and have someone sew it into loop. That is it. Differs from a towel in that it is a sewn together loop of fabric. Happy Father’s Day.

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