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Archive | February 13, 2018

2018 Chinese New Year Woodblock Exhibition At ‘Confucius Institute’, UNH (Durham, NH) — Part I.

by Anura Guruge


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This extensive woodblock exhibition and workshop was the 2018 Chinese New Year event presented by my friends at the UNH ‘Confucius Institute‘.

UNH ‘Confucius Institute‘ always comes up with an original, EDUCATIONAL and entertaining event to celebrate the Chinese New Year and share their cultural treats and treasures with the rest of us.

I wasn’t sure what to expect. I was blown away by HOW MANY exquisite full-color (i.e., 14-color) woodblock prints they had.

I was lucky. I was given a number of personal, one-on-one tutorials in that these are indeed my friends and we collaborated, very successfully, for last year’s Concord Multicultural day. To produce a full-color print it takes 14 separate, delicately carved wood blocks. One for each color. Just think how long that takes.

The Chinese came up with such full-color printing way ahead of anybody else.

At the hands-on workshop they were doing 3- and 4-color prints. Still impressive.

It was GOOD. Very good. I enjoyed myself. Took a lot of pictures. These were with my Google Pixel 2. I have yet to download the pictures I took with full-frame Sony a7 II. That is next.

This woodblock show continues into tomorrow, Wednesday, February 14, 2018.


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by Anura Guruge

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828 Railway-Related Deaths in the U.S. In 2017! Did You Realize.

by Anura Guruge


Click to access news coverage of this AMAZING story.


Click to ENLARGE to see what the FRA report looks like. Use link below to download a small, clean PDF of all 828 fatal accidents.

Click to download, small & clean PDF file of all 828 incidents.


I was watching the 8pm news on MSNBC on Monday night when I heard about this moonlighting story (i.e., first image above). During that I heard them mention 828 railway-related deaths in the U.S. in 2017. I thought I misheard. Rewound, played it again. NO, I had heard correctly.

Then it got me thinking. 828. Not that high when you think of the SIZE of the U.S. and the miles and miles of tracks involved. But, it does come to 2.3 deaths a day.

So, I Googled. Found this “Federal Railroad Administration” (FRA). Never heard of them before. They have a database. Hence the report. I can’t get the individual incident reports. But, this was a good start. Have a look


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by Anura Guruge

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