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Archive | June 24, 2018

The Passing Of ‘Donald Hall’, Our Poet Laureate — But I Remember Him For The ‘Ox-Cart Man’.

by Anura Guruge


Click image to access the “Concord Monitor” coverage.


Click for Amazon listing for this GREAT book.


I had the honor of meeting Donald Hall once. It was probably 19-years ago and I think it was in Tilton (or thereabouts) in a church hall. He was doing a book signing for the ‘Ox-Cart Man‘. My son Matthew, very young at the time, loved that book. I went, with some friends from Meredith, to get an autographed copy. I suspect that that book is in this house somewhere. I hope the kids did not give it away.

Great man. I could take or leave his poetry, but I am not big into poetry. But, that is my loss.

If you are not familiar with the ‘Ox-Cart Man’ you really should check it out. It is lavishly illustrated too.

Donald Hall (1928 – 2018), RIP.


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“Maudie” Movie (2016) On Starz About Canadian Artist Maud Lewis — Very Watchable & Moving.

by Anura Guruge


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


The actual Maud Lewis. Click to ENLARGE and read. Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maud_Lewis


Some Maud Lewis paintings from Google Images.



This is quite the movie! Wow. Very moving. It sucks you right in.

One night a couple of weeks ago I was going through my STARZ channels on DISH and caught a bit of the movie. Looked interesting. So, I downloaded it, from STARZ-on-Demand.

Never heard of the movie or Maud Lewis, which it is about. But, I am glad I downloaded it.

Amazing story. I like a plain but bold paintings. Very inspirational. She was always happy and smiling despite all of her obvious adversity and setbacks.

Definitely recommended.


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“Atlantic Broadband” UNABLE To Maintain High Speed Internet, At 190Mbps, In Alton, In New Hampshire.

by Anura Guruge


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The 190Mbps I started to get in April 2018 as ‘Atlantic Broadband‘ took over from MetroCast did NOT last.

This week I noticed a palpable drop. Sometimes to below the 150Mbps, the service, I was getting and paying for, with Metrocast.

The 190Mbps lasted 2 months.

Not good.

But, what can you do. They have you by the short and curlies.

But, I just wanted to give you a heads up.

TDS is NOT great either. So, if you are in Alton you are basically SCREWED when it comes to Internet.


I do have a TDS 45 Mbps service IN ADDITION to this ‘150 Mbps’ service — as a backup. I use it to drive my Roku 3 streaming.


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$85, 10.5 lbs “Belly Of The Beast” Ginormous Burger Will NOT Feed 7 IF I Am One Of Them!

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE and savor here. For original menu: trufflesnbacon.com. In the June 24, 2018, U.K. “Daily Mail” at: dailymail.co.uk.


I happened to see this article (see insert above) in today’s U.K. ‘Daily Mail‘ which I assiduously read, multiple times a day.

The claim that it can feed 7 people amused me MUCH! {Laugh} NOT, if I am one of them.

Anywho … the ‘Daily Mail‘, which was never noted for its veracity, got the ‘size’, i.e., weight, wrong by nearly 50%! YIKES.

Well, I went looking for the restaurant since I plan to visit it the next time I am in Vegas. It is 10.5 pounds, NOT 15 pounds.

Eating 2 pounds of meat, especially steak/burger, is child’s play to I. If it is going to me my main meal of the day I can tuck into 4 – 5 pounds of meat and still be slightly hungry!

I kid you not. My prodigious appetite, especially when it comes to meat, defies credulity. But, if you see me you would see it at once — that creeping obesity. I have to control myself. I could eat most of this burger, sans the bread, on my own and I would still have slight hunger pangs.

Well, I now want to go to Vegas. Usually I splurge on the all-you-can-eat buffets. But, this burger could make a decent breakfast.


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Flowers In Our Yard & Shared Beach, June 22, 2018.

by Anura Guruge


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Taken with my new Google Pixel 2 Phone.

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I took all of these pictures late in the day, Friday, June 22, 2018. Most were from our yard but a few were at the large shared beach we have deeded rights to on ‘Halfmoon Lake‘. I thought you might like to see them.

As I keep on warning you, it is hard to stop me from taking pictures of flowers in the Summer. But, the Summer, up here in New Hampshire, is short. Soon, I will be graduating to fall foliage. Promise.


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The Flora Of Our Yard, June 23, 2018, Through The Magic Lens Of A Nikon P900.

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Though the amazing Nikon P900 is justifiably famed for its magical Super Zoom, it is also very good at taking macro close ups especially if you are willing to persevere. I love taking closeups of flowers with it — because I can get shots like this (and to be honest, it was drizzling, I was in a hurry, and I really didn’t take that much care in the shots I took).

The Nikon P900, which I have had since August 2016, takes some incredible pictures. But, since I got my Sony a7 II (13 months ago) and Google Pixel 2 (6 months ago), I very rarely take it out of its bag. It is criminal. Today was the first time I had used it in 5-months. I think about selling it, but for what I could get, I might as well keep it. I plan to use it much more over the coming weeks. So, stay tuned. You have been warned.


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