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Flowers Of Alton Bay, New Hampshire — October 12, 2017.

by Anura Guruge





I decided to go pick-up Teischan from school after she was done with her drama club at 4pm. I needed to take some pictures and this was a good excuse. I left early enough so that I could spend 10 minutes at the Bay. The flowers are going fast. Just these few BUT one of them is like an orchid. Very nice. Seems hardy enough. Enjoy. We are getting towards the end. Alas.


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Christopher Columbus Sighted The ‘New World’ For The First Time, This Day, 525-Years Ago — For Better Or For Worse.

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Click to ENLARGE and read here. Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christopher_Columbus#First_voyage




Changed the world, indubitably and irrevocably — for better or for worse.

So, today, October 12, is the real ‘Columbus Day‘ — though it should always be understood and appreciated that Christopher never set foot in North America, let alone the U.S.!

He set out, on this first voyage, on August 3, 1492. So they were quite literally ‘at sea’ for 70-days before spotting land.


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U.S. Withdrawal From UNESCO A Travesty — And, Yes, Personal To I.

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Click to ENLARGE and read here — along with my comments & highlights. From: state.gov.


Click to ENLARGE and read here. Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UNESCO



I was an UNESCO brat. That is why it is personal. My adoptive father worked for UNESCO from September 1968 to c. 2013 — Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to UNESCO from 1985 to 1992. From 1992 till c. 2013 (or even later) he had honorary (I think) advisory roles with them. During the 18 years he worked for UNESCO itself he was based in Paris (2 terms), New Delhi & Bangkok. When he was Ambassador to UNESCO be was based in Paris and was also the Sri Lankan Ambassador to France.

So, I am no stranger to UNESCO. UNESCO put me through school. Whether that was right or wrong is another matter — BUT such ‘financial support for kids’ is pretty standard with most ‘international’ jobs because there is this belief that the kids have been uprooted from their home country (which is, of course, true).

Yes, I have seen BOTH the good and bad of UNESCO — and in my youth there have been times when I have railed against and ridiculed the extravagance and waste. Yes, ‘senior staff’, especially the diplomats (such as my adoptive father) led a good life, but that again is par for the course for all diplomats.

Yes, UNESCO has done good and the ‘Silk Road Program‘ (and I was actually there for the Sri Lanka chapter of that in 1980) and the World Heritage Sites are but SOME of the examples. No question that, by and large, developing countries get more benefits from UNESCO than the developed ones. But, that was the point of setting up UNESCO. To spread and share the largess.

All that said …

The U.S. has NOT been PAYING its member contribution to UNESCO since 2011 and now owes upwards of $600 MILLION!

That UNESCO did NOT kick-out the U.S. during that time is a disgrace to UNESCO.

I do NOT think that the U.S. or any other country should be able to PICK-AND-CHOSE their membership affiliations with UN Agencies.

It should be ONE-FOR-ALL, & ALL-FOR-ONE.

If the U.S. wants to be a part of the UN it also has to belong to UNESCO and pay its dues!

Anywho …

This is not going to happen till December 31, 2018 and that is a LONG WAY away. Much water will flow under all the bridges in the World prior to that.


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A Nikon Fullframe Mirrorless Will Sorely Test My Loyalty To Sony, Especially If There Is No Sony a7 III.

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Click to ENLARGE. Both stories appeared in “The New Camera” on October 11, 2017. Link: thenewcamera.com


These two rumors that appeared on the same day, i.e., yesterday, severely tested me. I love my fullframe Sony a7 II BUT am hamstrung by the lack of ‘decent’ zoom lenses. That the likes of Tamron and Sigma does not have Sony E-mount FE lenses is very galling.

I have come to the painful realization that there is no point having a good camera, i.e., the Sony a7 II, if I don’t have DECENT lenses.

So, I will go with Nikon purely for better lens selection. That said Nikon will probably make a decent mirrorless camera — if not an outright good one. I do own a mirrorless Nikon and enjoy it very much — i.e., my Nikon P900. So, I can claim that I am not a Nikon mirrorless virgin either.

My only fear is that Nikon will make it a high(er) resolution camera. I really do not want a 50MP+ camera. But, I might have to reconsider that because I am really quite fed up with the Sony lens situation. And NO, I do not want to go the adapted lens route. Not my thing.

That the latest rumor is that Sony will again disappointed with the Sony a7 III just makes me even more convinced that Sony and I might have to part company in 2018.


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