Archive | December 28, 2017

‘The Greatest Showman’ 2017 Movie: Great Entertainment, But Factually Bunkum.

by Anura Guruge


Click image to access the IMDb.com listing for this movie.



The official trailer on YouTube.


A 70% full theater, at a Thursday afternoon 4:30pm matinee, at the “Regal 10” in Concord, burst into appreciative applause when the end credits came on. People liked it and it was easy to do so. P.T. Barnum would have been happy, he made a lot of people, including quite a few kids, v. happy — after Christmas on a bitterly cold day.

Great yarn, superbly told — and again P.T. would have been happy.

You can watch it (like most good movies) at different levels. It does address some social issues and it was interesting to see folks protesting his circus 120-years ago — given the protest endured by the Ringling Brothers & Barnum and Bailey Circus, which eventually resulted in them literally folding their tent, sadly, this year. Ironic that this movie came out this year — 7-months after the last performance of his namesake circus (and we did attend one of the very last shows, having been annual fans for nearly 10-years).

Prior to this movie I did NOT know much about P.T. Barnum other than his fame as a showman, creator of a circus and some of the famous saying attributed to him, in particular: “there is a sucker born every minute“. So, I had assumed, per the billings, that this was meant to be autobiographical.

Early on I started to get uneasy. Some stuff did NOT gel. There was an implication that the word ‘circus’ was not common currency c. 1835. That bothered me since I knew that the Romans, of antiquity, had their circus. Then there was this Carlyle character that became his partner. Well have YOU heard of a circus called “Barnum & Carlyle“? Of course you have NOT because there never was one. It was “Barnum & Bailey“. There is NO mention of Bailey in the movie.

So, when I got home I did a quick butchers of Wikipedia. Oh, dear! The movie is nowhere CLOSE to accurate. SHAME. P.T. was even more of an intriguing character than the one portrayed. That is a shame.

So, while I enjoyed the movie I now feel ‘cheated’ — BUT Barnum would approve. C’est la vie.

Definitely worth watching. But keep in mind it is NOT a true story — one that borrows SOME elements from reality.


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Why The Australian Cricket Players Are Wearing Black Armbands In The 4th (Boxing Day) Test Match.

by Anura Guruge


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I, per my “eagle eyes” reputation, do not miss these things. But, did not know who had died because that was not included in the commentary snippets in the highlights package. I had assumed it must be an ex-player and wondered if it would be one that I knew.

So, I had to Google. A player’s father-in-law! Hhmmm. I guess it is up to them — and to be fair Tim Paine is playing, as the wicketkeeper no less.

Anywho. Now we know.


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Google Pixel 2 Phone Does Not Support Google Maps Offline Mode!

by Anura Guruge


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I am a great fan of the Google Maps OFFLINE feature. I have most of the local areas downloaded on my Android 7.0 ASUS ZenPad 10.1″ and it works a treat. Before I go anywhere new I make sure to download the pertinent maps. Never had any problems.

So, when I got myself a 128GB Google Pixel 2 for Christmas I set out to do the same thing — i.e., download the New Hampshire, Mass & Maine maps. It just kept on FAILING. Didn’t tell me why. Just that “Download Failed to Complete“. Tried it 8 times — and then decided that this wasn’t a temporary server glitch.

Did a Google. Found the above

That is fine other than the fact that you can’t install a SD card on a Google Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL!

So, you are screwed.

What I find MOST amazing is that Google had not foreseen this problem.

I spoke twice with the Pixel support folks. They had not heard of it and did NOT know what to do.

Tried contacting Maps support — but with NO luck.new-hampshire, alton,

This is unbecoming of Google.

So, a HEADS UP.


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