Archive | October 20, 2018

Did YOU Get Tickets For Christmas ‘Revels 2018’ (Cambridge) — I Did.

by Anura Guruge


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I had tickets, bought & PAID, 3-minutes
after they went on sale!

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Buying tickets for Christmas Revels the DAY they go on sale to the public has been a cherished, yearly ritual for at least the last 7-years. It used to be for ‘Revels North‘ (at Dartmouth) and it had to be the front row.

The last few years we have been going to the ‘mothership’, the original Revels in Cambridge, Mass at the incomparably beautiful Sanders Theatre. We like the center balcony seats. The last few years I have only managed to get the 2nd row — which isn’t bad. But, I wanted to try for the very front row.

The tickets went on sale, to the general public, at 12:00pm today, Saturday, October 20, 2018. It was on my online calendar for the last 2-days.

I made sure that I completed my 3.5-mile run early just to be on time. I was at my computer, ready to go, at 11:40am. By 11:55am, I was logged on — credit card in hand.

Right at noon, as soon as the ‘BUY’ button appeared I was on it. It took a few seconds for it to respond. No messing around. I knew exactly what 4 seats I wanted. Went straight for them — like a laser. Snagged them. No messing around. Paid for them.

All done in 3-minutes. I am sure I was one of the first to buy tickets. I am happy. See you there. Cheers.


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by Anura Guruge

Roman (Vatican) Curia, With Names, At-A-Glance, by Br. César J. Tobón — October 2018.

by Anura Guruge


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It is in Spanish (but should NOT be too hard to follow).

October 2018.


October 2017 for COMPARISON.


Copyright of this beautiful document belongs to Br. César J. Tobón.

This is an update to the October 2017 chart. As always meticulously done. Enjoy.

We also have the October 2016 version, if you want to track the changes by year.

Also please check the wonderful Consistory images by Br. César J. Tobón.


Click here to download the 2018 image as a small (clean) PDF.


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by Anura Guruge

Would You Put A Statue Of Jesus In Fish Tank At A Chinese Restaurant?

by Anura Guruge


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I was both surprised and amused to see this in what was quite a big & fancy fish tank at the ‘new’ ‘Eastern Paradise‘ Chinese restaurant in Rochester, New Hampshire.

What were — or what are — they thinking?

Yes, there are UNLIKELY to be many Buddhists in Rochester.

People, even the Chinese would never think of putting images of Jesus in unusual surroundings — but they have no compunction when it comes to the Buddha. Maybe it is because they kind of know that he is not around. He is a goner. Attained ‘nirvana’ — meaning he ceased to exist.

Not as BAD as the Incense Dispenser I saw at T.J. Maxx in 2016!

Then there was also the Buddha inside a snow globe!

If I was the restaurant owner I would have had second thoughts about this. Not the smartest thing in the world to do.

What do YOU think?


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by Anura Guruge

‘Eastern Paradise’ Asian Cuisine, Rochester (NH) — Sure Lives Up To Its Name.

by Anura Guruge


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They have been open for a few months. This, however, was our first time there, and it sure will not be the last. Very good, positive experience. Good buzz. Busy (but, it was Friday night). Good food, upscale menu, decently-priced cocktails (with cute, topless ‘scorpion bowls’), engaging staff and modern, airy & bright interior (with some very fancy LED lights).

A bit fancy for Rochester! But, I am glad. It will help Rochester reinvent its image.

Interesting menu with items that I have not seen on other Chinese menus — and as any reader of this blog knows we are no strangers to Chinese eateries.

I had the ‘Honey Walnut Chicken‘. They were RIGHT about it on the menu. You had to try it. It was different and appetizing. Something different, plus I am a sucker fort nuts. Deanna had the ‘Sizzling Seafood Festival‘ and it was pretty spectacular with even a lobster tail. Spicy, but just so. It was much appreciated. Teischan had her usual chicken fried rice and was sated. There was a lot of it and, of course, we brought the remainder home.

As always, we also had a (small) Pu Pu Platter, Scallion Pancakes & Peking Ravioli. We are Scallion Pancake connoisseurs — and these were GOOD. Yes, the right amount of scallion and crisp to the bite.

We all agreed that it was good and that this was a keeper.

Leaving the restaurant, around 8pm, heard a boy (of about 11) tell his mother how good it was! So, that was confirmation.

You should definitely give it a try. I doubt whether you will be disappointed. I gather that it is busy most nights, but I assume it is a tad less busy on a Monday or a Tuesday. And yes, they are over 7-days a week, till at least 10pm.


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by Anura Guruge

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