Archive | November 2017

The Advent Is Upon Us, And 6 Advent Calendars Join The First Christmas Tree For 2017.

by Anura Guruge



IF the truth be told, I would have to confess that I do have a ‘thing’ for Advent calendars. I used to have a really nice and fancy one shaped like a Cathedral.

So, this is living vicariously, I guess. I have been getting her a Lego Advent Calendar each year for the last … you got it … 4-years. She was NOT expecting one this year. So, that came as a big surprise for her. She is redecorating her room and doesn’t have places to put them all.

The 2 chocolate calendars is also a tradition. One was never enough. So, I give her two. It is not like I spoil her.


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The GREAT Sir Winston Churchill Was Born This Day 143-Years Ago; November 30, 1874.

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The justifiably legendary
“We shall fight on the beaches” speech.


Click to ENLARGE. Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winston_Churchill


The stupendously MAGNIFICENT “Blenheim Palace” — which belonged to his grandfather. I have visited it a few times. A REAL “Downton Abbey”. The gardens certainly more spectacular.


I guess I am on record, on this blog, as saying, 2.5-years ago, that he was my GREATEST hero.

That indeed has to be the case. He gives me goose bumps, inspiration and fortitude. I admire him much, for his leadership, courage, intellect, oratory, humor and above all his writing. Boy, could he write. Wish I could write like that. Yes, of course, I know of his supposed failings. He probably would not have liked me much — just because of the color of my skin! Pity. But, in a way he was a product of his era when Britain truly did rule the Empire. I also attribute the rumors as to his supposed ‘gayness’ to a British ‘thing’ of ‘that era’! It was commoner than most would appreciate.

What a MAN. To I, it was he who made sure WE won WWII. Whether they knew it or not, all the other key players were led (by their nose (most of the time) by Dear Winston.

Yes, I have paid him the highest compliment that I can. I named a gorgeous, very regal Golden after him. My ‘Winston’ from 1998.

 


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3rd Eversource (PSNH) Power Outage In Alton/Barnstead (NH) This Month!

by Anura Guruge



This was totally unexpected. It had been a warm, sunny day.

Then, BANG, 2:09pm — LOSE POWER.

Third time this Month, November 1, 8 & 29! When I did the above calendar I realized that they were all on a Wednesday.

Coincidentally we had also lost power on November 29 three years ago — in 2014.

We were without power for 3.5 hours. Not funny. They said power was likely to be restored 3:45pm. At 4pm I hooked up our two generators. Power was back around 5:30pm.


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Happy St. Andrew’s Day 2017 — Thursday, November 30.

by Anura Guruge



Click to ENLARGE and browse here. From ‘scotland.org’.




Click to ENLARGE and read here. Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Andrew%27s_Day. Note the ‘X’-shaped cross.


This is a BIG Holiday to us Scots — and my Scottish heritage, via adoption, is well documented here. Not as big as Hogmanay but close — and a warm-up for Hogmanay which will be but 31-days hence.

Patron Saint of Scotland — among others, BUT it is Scotland that counts. Other than Trump and Putin who really cares about Russia? {Smile}

St. Andrew is also, vicariously, a part of us British and his fame is immortalized in our GLORIOUS Union Jack.


So, with no further ado, let me please wish you a “Very Happy St. Andrew’s Day 2017”.

Cheers.


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