Archive | September 29, 2017

Tomorrow, Saturday, September 30, 2017, Is “National Public Lands Day” (NPLD) — A Day To Volunteer.

 by Anura Guruge

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Some of you may have heard, over the ‘ether’, that National Parks, e.g., Acadia, and some State Parks, are having FREE entrance on Saturday, September 30, 2017. That is indeed TRUE. That is because it is “National Public Lands Day” (NPLD) – 2017. So, if you want to go to a Park for FREE, tomorrow is the day. [Not a BIG deal for us since as a family we have two (2) lifetime (4-person) passes to the National Parks!]

Though most only get to hear the FREE part, the real essence of NPLD is as a day of public volunteering on PUBLIC LAND. So, if you can. In New Hampshire there are various local initiatives THOUGH I can’t find any by our NH “Parks & Recreation” (for 2017).

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Why The Size Of Cricket Bats Had To Be Reined In By The New Cricket Laws — “Laws Of Cricket 2017 Code”.

by Anura Guruge

This picture, featuring my hero Barry Richards,
who I knew well, from my days as a Hampshire County Cricket Club member,
tells it ALL.

From cricinfo @ Click to ENLARGE.

The new bats were just getting TOO BIG in terms of thickness and bulk.

As I said last night, the width permitted by the new law, the 2017 Code of Cricket, still allows for bats 1″ thicker than the last bat I owned.

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The 1926 Canadian Painting, “Mountain Forms” By Lawren Harris That Sold Last Year For $8.3 Million (U.S.).

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Click to access the Canadian CBCNews coverage. Prices quoted in this article are IN CANADIAN.

If you, like I, have never heard of Lawren Harris.

Click to ENLARGE and read here. Wikipedia:

To keep it in perspective.

I just happened to see a snippet about this in one of those free ‘Coffee Newsadvertising flyers. Piqued my interest in that I had never heard of him. So looked it up. Interesting painting.

In the scheme of things, the US $8.3 million does not put this painting anywhere close to a World record — just a Canadian, and yes, $11.2 M Canadian does look better than $8.2 M (in real money).

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Where Does South Africa Find Batting Talent Such As Aiden Markram?

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From ‘’ at Click to ENLARGE and study here.

This might be sacrilegious to say so,
BUT he reminds me of Barry Richards!

Barry Richards, in his glory.

I saw him for the first time today, opening for South Africa in the Test match against Bangladesh. Wow. He oozes class! Not even 23-years old.

A few years ago it was Quinton de Kock. He is now one of my FAVORITE cricketers. Now  Aiden Markram.

South Africa is blessed. Hashim AmlaAB de Villiers, Faf du Plessis, JP Duminy … and that is without mentioning the likes of David Miller. These guys can bat — bat seriously. What a batting unit.

As with Quinton de Kock, mark my word. Aiden Markram is going places.

P.S., I knew Barry Richards. Saw a LOT of him, playing for Hampshire between 1975 – 1979. I was a Hants. Cricket Club member during that time, and lucky enough to have Barry and Gordon Greenidge open for Hampshire.

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2017 Fall Foliage In New Hampshire — September 28.

by Anura Guruge

NO post-processing whatsoever.

Click pictures to ENLARGE.

Attribution WILL be enforced.

These were all taken in our yard, most from the deck — if not on the deck. What can I say. I don’t have to go far to see or photograph fall foliage. It was COLD tonight, 50°F. I had to breakout the sweats.

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New Cricket Laws — “Laws Of Cricket 2017 Code” — Came Into Play, September 28, 2017.

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To read this MCC provided summary as PDF, click image to go the Lord’s website.

To download the “2017 Code” as a PDF — click image. I had to create this PDF since the MCC download, at least for now, is as a Word document! OK? Got that? This is a PDF I created from the MCC original.

A brief introduction to the new Laws by the MCC. Click image to access official document.

Click for the cricinfo summary of the new laws.

These new laws, the “Laws of Cricket 2017 Code” came into effect September 28, 2017 — the day that two Test matches started: Pakistan v Sri Lanka & South Africa v Bangladesh.

To be honest I just found out about them while watching highlights of those matches. I had heard about some of these proposed Laws BUT had not realized that they had been approved and were coming into play in September 2017.

  • Limiting the thickness of a bat’s edge to 1.58″ is interesting — along with ensuring that it cannot be more than 2.6″ thick at any point.
    I still have the last bat that I bought, c. 1983 (so it is ~34 years old). It is a ‘Duncan Fearnley’ (which has tried up a tad over the decades). I measured the edge, 0.75″. Thickness, 1.5″! Wow.
  • Tethering the bails to the wicket could be interesting. I am not really sure that there ever was a desperate need for this. We will see.
  • Wow! Players can be sent off for misconduct! Wonder who will be the first to get sent off.
  • DRS rules changed. “Umpire’s Call” will not result in a loss of a review, BUT in Test matches the reviews are NOT RESET back to 2 each after 80-overs! Pakistan, already on Day 1, lost both their reviews.

Interesting stuff.

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