Archive | August 11, 2018

It Grieves Me So To See Ian Botham Shamelessly Sporting A HUGE Gut. Oh, Ian!

by Anura Guruge


From this August 6, 2018 YouTube video — BELOW. Most recent example I could find. I have seen him, the last two days, on the England vs. India 2nd Test coverage from Lord’s. That is when I noticed it.



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I have, of course, been watching the engrossing England v India 2018 series with increasing fascination. The Tests have been so amazingly gripping that I have been trying to watch as much ball-by-ball coverage and pre-/post-match commentary as possible in addition to my usual consumption of the 1-hour ‘highlights’. That is how I had come to see full, body shots of Ian. It is NOT a pretty sight. I only saw the above video (from August 6, 2018), which quite clearly shows his overspilling belly, when I went looking for a picture to illustrate my point.

Ian and I are British contemporaries, in reality he 3-years my junior. I saw a LOT of him, some in the flesh (in Somerset (with Viv), in Hampshire and at Lord’s), and tons on TV. I like Ian. What is there NOT to like. He is the cricketer’s cricketer.

That is why I am distressed.

Why Ian? Why?

He knows better. He has a daughter with Type 1 diabetes. We also now know that he suffers from impotence! That sounds like an oxymoron. How can OUR Ian Botham be impotent?

This is NOT right.

Yes, he is not the only famous ex-cricketer lugging around a hefty gut.

But, Ian.

Yes, he was ‘BEEFY’ all his adult life. But, never like this.

Yes, I need desperately to lose 20 – 30 pounds. But, luckily (and it just pure luck) my gut is not as big as his — as yet. So, I too suffer.

Please, Ian …


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Flowers Of “Huggins Hospital”, Wolfeboro, NH — August 10, 2018.

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Every Summer Huggins Hospital sets out to display a very impressive array of flowers. Not sure who does it, whether it is volunteers or their ground staff. Either way I am delighted. Always a pleasure to stand outside and just see all that color in its full glory.

Alas, I have to visit Huggins Hospital, at least once a year, typically in late July/early August to get blood work done for my annual (much dreaded) physical (where I get told, without fail, that I am going to die). The only thing that brightens up my visit is that I know that there will be flowers to photograph. Here are the flowers from last year.

Enjoy. If you are in or around Wolfeboro you should stop by. They don’t mind and there is plenty of free (in every sense) parking.


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India Should As Of Now Just Stick To Playing IPL, Test Cricket Is Way Out Of Their League.

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Click to ENLARGE.. From cricinfo.com, of course. Where else?



The First Test against England was pretty bad.

But India’s 1st innings in the 2nd Test was something else. Wow. What a joke. And they came with so much swagger.

Murali Vijay. What a clown. Faced 5 balls and missed them all. Yikes. I have had some dreadful innings with a bat, BUT I can’t ever recall anything like that. I would at least put bat to ball.

Yes, of course, given that this is the Indians, this could be a RIGGED match, with billions of dollars being bet. That would be one explanation.

The other is that the Indians have got spoilt by the IPL. Test cricket is way too difficult.

Funny thing is that I do like the Indian team. But, you had to laugh. Otherwise you had no option but to cry.


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The Full-Frame Nikon Mirrorless Camera Slated For August 24, 2018, Is Indeed Bad News For Sony.

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I do love my Sony a7 II Full-Frame mirrorless that I have had for nearly 18-months, BUT it has crossed my mind that the new Nikon could tempt me badly, and TEMPTATION is MY only weakness.

I am telling myself that the Nikon will not be that much better than the Sony a7 BUT I could be deluding myself — and it could already just be ‘sour grapes’.

I have been thinking of getting a new lens for the Sony a7 II in that I sold my Sony a6500 and 5 APSC lenses that went with it. Then, I think …. wait 2-weeks. What happens if you really like what you hear/see re. the Nikon.

Now Nikon could turn me off by making it into a megapixel PIG! What do I mean by that. I don’t need much more than 24MPs. So, if Nikon starts off with 40MP or more, I am out. Having that much resolution is totally wasted on I.


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Polycom/Obihai Are CUSTOMER HOSTILE — Stay Well Clear.

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There goal is to sell product and then HIDE from the customers. NO SUPPORT, whatsoever and NO DOCUMENTATION. I kid you not. Go look. Find a User Guide for the OBi212. I challenge you.

This support request form is CLASSIC.

You have to fill in the 9-digit OBi Number field, but it REFUSES to accept the number I type in. Here you can see that I didn’t get it wrong:

Obnoxious company.

I really regret getting this damn OBi212. I am going to return it … BUT I hate doing it because I am an Amazon shareholder. I am going to report company to Amazon. I just did. {Smile}


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