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2017 New Hampshire Foliage Already Real Colorful — Thursday, August 31.

by Anura Guruge


NO post-processing whatsoever.

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Given my recent 5pm to 7pm job I yet again didn’t get any chance to venture far — that normally being when I go ‘walkabouts‘ with my camera. So all of these are also from our yard though I did venture into our woods to get some of these.


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Today Is Cricket Captain Legendary, Clive Lloyd’s Birthday — He Having Been Born On August 31, 1944.

by Anura Guruge


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I was there in 1979 at Lord’s — in that crowd.

I was among the first wave of those that hit the field.

That is, of course, Clive holding the cup
with my buddies Gordon and Viv in the foreground.


To say that he was one of my idols in the 1970s and early 1980s would be quite the understatement.

In my eyes Clive could do little wrong. Those were THE GLORY days of West Indies cricket and I was so lucky to see a fair bit of it live.

Clive was a gentleman. Polished and dignified. I think he was one of the greatest cricket captains ever though he was blessed to have exceptional talent in his teams.

Happy birthday Clive. You will always be a GREAT.


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My 5pm – 7pm Shift In August 2017 — Installing ‘Weatherables’ Deck Railing.

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I know many are skeptical when I say that I have been rather busy the last few weeks. Well I have.

In addition to writing another book on meditation (70% done), working on an eCommerce website, taking my daily pictures and going on trips … I have been installing ‘Weatherables‘ vinyl railing, from Home Depot, on our deck. Never done it before. It has been an adventure. The wooden railings that were there, when we bought this house, new, 10-years ago, rotted away last Summer. We had no option but to replace them.

Decided to go with vinyl ‘Weatherables’ from Home Depot — and I will do another post on all the tips & tricks as to ordering such railings from Home Depot. Home Depot is GOOD.

Pulling out the wooden posts was a task in itself, and then installing the metal posts you can get with ‘Weatherables’ given that I had supporting, deck legs to contend with. Got that done.

Then cutting the railings. The only powered saw I had was a 20-year old circular saw. I do most of my cutting by hand. But I didn’t want to risk using a circular saw on $1,000 of railing. So did some QUICK Googling and realized I needed a mitre saw. Got this 10″, 15-amp Hitachi from Amazon, with a folding table, and two ‘non-ferrous‘ blades. (Got a helmet too since the aluminum flakes fly about). Never used a mitre saw in my life. Took me a 1.5 shifts to get it all set up. Then it was a piece of cake. Wow. That saw goes through the vinyl — with aluminum insert inside — like a hot knife through butter. Takes less than a second for each cut.

Three railings, ~24′, installed. Two more to go — ~16’.

Deanna took this picture.

I will post pictures of the railings when finished.


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This Day, August 31, Is Special In The Storied History Of The Harrier Jump Jet.

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Not one BUT TWO (2) milestones on August 31,
1960 & 1966.

These were, however, the Harrier PROTOTYPES —
the Hawker Siddeley P.1227,
and BOTH milestones under the auspices
of the RAF.

Maiden Flight & Static Engine Test.


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Both from Wikipedia.



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‘Trinidad and Tobago’ Gained Independence This Day 55-Years Ago; August 31, 1962.

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From what I can see Google has never done a Google Doodle for this Independence Day.

‘Trinidad and Tobago’ is special to any cricket lover — hence my interest.

The list of GREATS from Trinidad and Tobago is long and storied and begins with Learie Constantine — who, alas, was way before my time. Then there is Brian Lara.

Then there is Deryck Murray, Ian Bishop, the Bravo brothers, Ravi Rampaul etc. etc.

My favorite, however, is Larry Gomes from the 1970s.


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