The ‘Second Battle of El Alamein’, That Changed The Trajectory Of WW II, Started This Day, 75-Years Ago.
The stuff of legends. The stuff that I, as a boy, grew up on — per the glorious British heritage.
Field Marshal Bernard Law Montgomery. What a MAN. He and Winston Churchill. What more could you ask for in terms of heroes.
El Alamein. It was so important in history that the Viscountcy given to Monty, in 1946, was called ‘Alamein’ — despite it being a town in Egypt.
Exactly 75-years ago.
I will raise a glass of red today to Monty and this decisive battle and give thanks.
Field Marshal Bernard Law Montgomery,
1st Viscount Montgomery of Alamein, KG, GCB, DSO, PC, DL
I happened to see the “Sneak Peek” on CNN this morning — and the words that struck me were “trying to rebuild after the long civil war …“. The version I ‘heard’ (more than ‘saw’ because I was also reading something on my pad at the same time) did NOT mention Jaffna. I made a note to check it out online when I got on my PC — and possibly do a post. So, here it is.
This episode, Season 10 Episode 5, to be aired this Sunday, October 29, 2017, is from Jaffna and is to feature Tamil cuisine.
That is where enough in that Jaffna is indeed a part of Sri Lanka (and has always been so) and Tamil cuisine is very much a part of Sri Lankan culture.
But, I am not sure whether Anthony Bourdain, who prides himself of his ‘mischievousness’, is trying to be intentionally provocative and, in this case, potentially divisive.
Just focusing on Jaffna is not going to present a balanced view of today’s Sri Lanka and many who watch the show will go away with images of a rundown, decrepit country. That will not please many Sri Lankans.
So, you have had a heads up.
To be fair, Anthony Bourdain, appears to have done an episode from Colombo 5-years ago. I haven’t seen it. “Parts Unknown” is not a show I watch much since I am not that inclined to spend my time watching gluttony and wanton consumption of alcohol.
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Last weekend we went apple picking at ‘Appleview Orchard‘, in Pittsfield, New Hampshire — per what has now become an annual custom. Appleview is a commercial apple farm, with the trees pruned and sprayed for easy picking.
This was a at a ‘local’ blueberry farm. We were helping out the owners. They just hadn’t had time to get around to picking these apples. So, I volunteered to pick them for them. It was fun. Reminder me of ‘Cider House Rules‘. This farm, on 42-acres, is, in my opinion, the most beautiful farm in this area. I love being there. So, that was a bonus. They let me take pictures. That makes me even happier.
This was a good move — especially now that Google & Chrome have started ostracizing Websites that do not support SSL-certificate based security, even IF they are only one-way, push-only, informational sites.
Weebly has had SSL support for quite a while now, albeit just on its premium $25/month Business Plan.
Now, and I think it was as of today, they have made it available, FOR FREE, on ALL of its hosting plans. That is a good deal in that GoDaddy is charging $60/year!
Moreover, it is pretty easy to ENABLE!
But, But, But …
Here is a $64,000 TIP.
Read the Weebly SSL instructions to understand the whole process.
THEN, if your domain name is registered somewhere else, e.g., GoDaddy, Network Solutions etc., GO and change your DNS A-record FIRST.
This is CRUCIAL.
Until the A-record is pointing to the NEW 126.96.36.199 you CANNOT enable SSL.
And the A-record propagation can take an hour.
So do the A-record FIRST. Trust me on this. Then wait 1 – 2 hours.
Then follow the instructions and enable SSL in your SETTINGS.
SSL will be enabled in seconds.
The GoDaddy process, in comparison, is a nightmare EVEN once you pay them to help you get it done.
++++ Search on ‘Weebly’ & ‘GoDaddy’.