Archive | November 5, 2017

Beaujolais Nouveau Day 2017 — Thursday, November 16.

by Anura Guruge


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Just 10 days away! I am getting excited.

I have not tried to research what they are saying about the 2017 crop and the pressing. It could be a doggy year. But, we can’t complain — too much. We have had 2, maybe 3, good years.

As usual I plan to drive to Concord, New Hampshire and get some Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau bottles, from the NH Liquor Store, on the day. Then I will taste it, with glee, and post a review. That is the plan. I will keep you apprised as we get closer.

Anticipate. Start licking your chops mentally savoring that rich, deep red … {Smile}


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2017 Poppy Appeal For “Red Poppy Day” — The “In Flanders Fields” Video By The British Legion.

by Anura Guruge


Start here for a large COMPENDIUM of “Red Poppy” information
— history, significance, traditions & photos.


Must Watch.

Very Moving.


For those unfamiliar with this
holiday & tradition.

Poppy Day,
also known as Remembrance Day
& Armistice Day,
is Veteran’s Day in the
British Commonwealth.

It is always observed on November 11, without exception since that was Armistice Day — the day, in 1918, the armistice [i.e., truce] was signed the Allies [i.e., US the good guys] and Germany, at Compiègne, France, to bring to an end World War I [1914 to 1918], which involved over 70 million troops and had killed more than 9 million combatants.

The armistice was signed, symbolically, on the ‘eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month‘, 11 a.m., on 11/11, 1918 in a railway carriage in the woods of Compiègne, in northern France. [Yes, I have visited Compiègne and seen the railway carriage].

The poppies symbolize those that grew in profusion across some of the worst battlefields. [Think of French Claude Monet’s ‘Poppies Blooming’ painted in 1873.]

A Canadian physician, Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, who was serving in WW I,wrote a poem, in 1915, called ‘In Flanders Fields‘, after attending the funeral of a fellow soldier [‘Flanders‘ being a region in northern Europe in which there was heavy fighting]. The first verse of it went:

 In Flanders fields the poppies blow

Between the crosses, row on row,

That mark our place; and in the sky

The larks, still bravely singing, fly

Scarce heard amid the guns below.

The original poem. Click to ENLARGE.



by Anura Guruge

I Am Getting A Garmin Forerunner 235 For Now.

by Anura Guruge





I relinquished my Vivoactive HR, which I owned (and wore daily, 24×7) for 117-days, on October 9, 2017, i.e., 26-days ago.

I was hoping to get a Vivoactive 3, in Slate, within 2 weeks. Well Garmin seems to have issues with the Slate version. Amazon, as of yesterday, no longer lists it! I had a pre-order at Amazon, BUT I cancelled it.

I thought about getting a Huawei or Samsung BUT decided that that would be shortsighted. I have too much ‘invested’ in Garmin.

I started doing some serious research and STUMBLED upon the Forerunner 235.

The Forerunner 235 will meet my needs — for NOW. {Smile}

When I got the Vivoactive HR in June 2017 I was brand new to activity trackers — and there is, IF you are serious (as I became) a v. steep learning curve.

Yes, the Forerunner 235 is slightly older technology than the Vivoactive HR and the Vivoactive 3. That is a concern.

But, the FR235 is very much a runner’s watch — and that is what I am.

It doesn’t have a Swim or Walk mode, BUT it is Winter now and I can do without. It also does not have a touch screen.

But, being round and black it has the look of a dress watch IF you use an appropriate watch face. That was one of the BIG things I did NOT like about the HR. It looked ugly. I like nice watches (as you would expect from one who wore a diamond-studded, limited-edition Rolex for nearly 30-years).

So, …. That is the story.

I will get a Vivoactive 3 down the road … unless something else comes along. I most likely will keep the FR235 for my runs and the other for the rest of the day. As Winter sets in my running watch will take a BEATING.

Stay tuned. I will keep you posted.V02

P.S., The FR235 has VO2 Max estimation. That should be interesting. At my age, and my level of UNFITNESS, that might be scary. Might tell me that I am indeed the walking dead.


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Garmin Vivoactive 3 In Slate — Amazon Deletes Listing!

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE and marvel here. Check Amazon IF you don’t believe me.


Click to ENLARGE. The order I had placed a week ago. My order was still pending. I cancelled it.


I went look ‘today’, i.e., Saturday, November 4, 2017, and discovered to my chagrin that Amazon has taken down its listing for the SLATE version — which is the model I wanted.

My order, that I had placed on October 27, 2017, was still pending. I cancelled it.

Not good.

I am getting another Garmin. Can’t wait. The Vivoactive 3 ‘silver’ and ‘white’ leave me cold. So it will NOT be a Vivoactive 3 or a Vivoactive HR (which I previously owned).


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