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Archive | August 25, 2017

Short-Sleeved Cricket Sweater Knitted For Me By My Former Workmate Patrice Bourgeois During Her Cancer Treatment.

by Anura Guruge




Earlier this year as Patrice was getting ready for her ‘3-months’ of cancer treatment she did a Facebook post asking if anybody wanted anything knitted since she had run out of ‘projects’ and ‘ideas’ and she wanted to have something to knit in the coming months.

I told her that I did not have any cricket sweaters that fitted and would love one in my ol’ Ananda College (Colombo, Sri Lanka) colors of maroon and gold. Patrice went to work, as she is wont, researching patterns, colors, wool types, needles etc. etc.

Over the months she gave all of us pithy updates on the progress of this sweater. It took her slightly longer than she had expected. But, it was always going to be for Fall 2017 in New Hampshire.

It arrived today — in the nick of time. The temperature is 58°F as I write this post.

It fits beautifully and all she requested from me was a measurement of my chest size.

I am impressed, amazed and very grateful.

Thank YOU, Patrice.

I will wear this with pride and joy in the months to come. She informed me that it is washable. That is good. I do spill stuff.

So more pictures to come.


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More Fall 2017 Foliage In New Hampshire — Friday, August 25.

by Anura Guruge


NO post-processing whatsoever.

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Attribution WILL be enforced.

New Hampshire 2017 foliage Anura Guruge August 22
New Hampshire 2017 foliage Anura Guruge August 22


This was not far from home — on Prospect Mountain Road. I saw this ‘grouping’ on my run this morning. So, I went back in the evening and captured these two pictures. I didn’t bother with anymore.


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Paris, ‘City Of Lights’, Was Liberated From The Germans, During WW II, This Day 73-Years Ago! Hurrah! Hurrah!

by Anura Guruge



Yes, yes, yes. The glorious Liberation of Paris in 1944. Paris is dear to me and I knew it well. I lived in Paris for a year, 1968 – 1969, and my adoptive parents lived there again from 1978 to 1992.

Yes, it was spearheaded by U.S. General George Patton’s famed US Third Army. The ‘battle for Paris’ started on August 19, 1944. By the 24th of August there were other divisions including a French division made up mainly of Spanish exiles. The final surrender happened on August 25.

Have YOU read ‘Is Paris Burning?‘ That title comes from a question Hitler asked his commanding officer in Paris as the Germans were ingloriously withdrawing from the city. Hitler had ordered that Paris should be annihilated prior to the German departure. The Germans, to their credit, did not have the heart to do that!

This book, ‘Is Paris Burning?‘, was my adoptive father’s favorite book — which says something since he was a formidable author. He gave away copies of the book to anyone he liked — and he had a penchant for liking most people. So he was in constant need for large supplies of this book. During the time he lived in Paris one of my duties was to keep him supplied with copies of this book from the U.K. You really should read it.

Click to access Amazon listing (or one of the listings) for this great book.


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The Monumental ‘First Council Of Nicaea’ Came To An End This Day 1,692-Years Ago! August 25, 325.

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Click to ENLARGE and admire here. Another of my ‘magic’ papal Excel spreadsheets. I created this one when I was writing my book “Popes: 101 Facts & Trivia” in 2014.


To say that this First Council of Nicaea was historic would be somewhat of an understatement. It was kind of pivotal to the growth of Christianity as the dominating World religion.

It was THE FIRST ever ecumenical council — 20 others followed culminating in the famous ‘Vatican II” convoked by Pope St. John XXIII, in 1962.

It was the council that came up with the original version of the, “We believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of all things visible and invisible …“, Nicene Creed.

It came up with 20 new canons — the first to have been promulgated by such a council.

The first of these, i.e., Canon #1, was a prohibited priests and monks from self-castrating themselves! I kid you NOT. Look it up.


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Nikon’s New D850 vs Sony Mirrorless a9 In Terms Of Focus Points & Drive Speed.

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From “DPreview.com“, of course. Where else?



Given it is a Nikon, and a Full-Frame at that, the just announced Nikon D850 is getting a boatload of attention.

From my own personal point of view, the 47MP resolution is just way too crazy for my comfort level. Right now I am happy with 24MP and can’t see why I would double that … But, I know that the high resolution is required by Pros. So, c’est la vie.

I, as ever, was interested in the focusing vis-à-vis the Sony a9 and curious as to the drive speeds. Wow, the Sony a9 leaves the Nikon D850 in the dust. That was worth knowing.

Right now, for the first time in months, if not years, I am very content with my Sony a7 II — so much so that I hardly use my even newer Sony a6500, let alone my Nikon P900. I do not plan to get another camera this year! Honest.


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Cardinal Creating Consistory Habits Of The Last 16 Popes, Francis To Pius VII; Multiple Per Year Was The Norm.

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I updated this Excel spreadsheet to now include Pope Francis.

The data should be fairly self-explanatory. I, as ever, highlighted the significant fields.

The ‘cardinals created per month in office‘ column (highlighted at top in purple) is fascinating. It is an easy but telling metric to grasp. Benedict XVI was pope for 94 months and during that time he created 90 popes. So ‘cardinals created per month in office‘ = 90/94 = 1 (when rounded up). Francis’ 1.2 will go down the longer he stays in office — but he will also continue to create more cardinals — we hope.

Interesting chart to study. Enjoy.


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