Archive | December 21, 2018

‘Catholic Press Photo’ — Pope’s Christmas Card For 2018.

by Anura Guruge


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If you Italian is a bit rusty what it says is:
Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

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Click to access the “Catholic Press Photo” Website … with AMAZING pictures.


Alessia Giuliani

Posting the Catholic Press Photo, “Pope’s Christmas Card,” has been one of my cherished annual traditions since 2008, one that I eagerly look forward to as soon as we enter December.

2015 card2016 card & 2017 card.

I used to post them on my then widely read but now defunct “Popes and Papacy” blog. 

The Rome-based Catholic Press Photo, established over 40 years ago, now led by Alessia Giuliani, the daughter of one of the founders, has been a good friend. This gives me a chance to highlight their excellent work. Enjoy their pictures … especially those of the cardinals.

This year’s card comes with good wishes from Alessia, Monica, Giancarlo e Emanuela.

Thank YOU.

Merry Christmas.


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I Donated A Vintage Raleigh Bike To ‘Goodwill’ in Concord (NH) Today — And It Felt Good.

by Anura Guruge



I just wished I had room in our Nissan Quest ‘van’ for another. I would have taken a second one too.

We have a large storage space above our ‘triple’ garage (and it must be a triple since it houses three British cars). I went up there around Thanksgiving to start bringing down Christmas stuff and was horrified to discover that we had five or six unused bikes up there. I realized that there must be plenty around, locally, who would love to have one of them, I wasn’t going to keep them any longer on the vague assumption that one of us will, someday, get around to using them. There is another bike in the garage that I very occasionally ride just for the fun.

So, I set about trying to find out how I could donate bikes. Wasn’t easy! Finally it transpired that ‘Goodwill‘, in Concord, was the best bet. They even have a program that they ‘restore’ the bikes and give them to deserving adults who need transport. Bingo. I was all in favor.

I just did not have the chance to take a bike down to Goodwill till today. Once it was loaded into the Quest somebody checked its price on eBay. Heck, no! Nope. I was not going to be swayed. It is Christmas.

It felt good. The lady who picked it up at Goodwill said: “somebody will be very happy with this”. Well, probably not as happy I was to donate.


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2018 Christmas Revels (Cambridge, MA), ‘Nordic Celebration’, Dec. 20 Was Mellow & Soothing.

by Anura Guruge






It was good. That goes without saying. It would be impossible, a violation of the laws of physics for Cambridge Revels not to be good. There were parts of it that were very good. It, however, unlike some past performances, e.g., last year’s ‘Venetian‘, the 2016 ‘Acadian‘, 2015 ‘Welsh‘, or the ‘Mediterranean’ from a few years back, was not brilliant. But, that is OK. You can only truly appreciate the brilliant ones if you have some ‘average’ ones to measure them up against.

Here are the words that I would use to describe the 2018 Cambridge Revels: languid, gentle, relaxed, colorful …

My 12-year old, a veteran of at least 10 Revels (if not more given that we used to see 2 Revels a year for 3 – 4 years), said outright that it was boring! That was harsh. Overall, as a family, we all agreed that it was ‘OK’ but not great.

It was your quintessential curate’s egg. It was good — very good — in parts.

One way to best describe it is to say that it wasn’t as boisterous as I would have liked. It was not jolly enough! I am sure that part of that has to do with the subject matter — the Nordics. {Smile}. Very nice people and I have spent a lot of quality time in Sweden. But, I think that they too might agree that they are somewhat reserved.

That actually might be THE word — RESERVED.

I realized, halfway through Act 1 that this was very soothing. Given that my Garmin Fenix 5 Plus gives me continuous heart rate I checked my pulse. 56 bpm! That is very relaxed. When watching TV it is around 60. So, this was even more relaxing and soothing than TV! {Smile}

There was one act, #30, ‘Tremannsdans Frå Telemark‘ (a walking dance by three very talented ladies), that was WORLD CLASS. A sword dance without swords.

Act #2 (maybe it was #3, but it was at the start) was also brilliant and promised much. The ‘Christmas Night Elves’, act #33, was ultra-cute.

Of course, the set pieces, Dona Nobis Pacem, Lord of the Dance, Horn Dance, Sword Dance & Sussex Mummer’s Carol were excellent. As my 12-year old commented, “the best parts were the ones that we did!”

The Mummer’s Play was good. Very good.

I am not sure why some of the reviews I read, prior to the show, claimed that this was one of the best. All I can assume is that, unlike I (who has been to upwards of 25 Revels), they are new to this.

We had great seats. Front row, centre balcony. Doesn’t get better than that. The lady who conducted the opening of Act Two, sung by a chorus up on the balcony, stood next to I. That was special. As it transpired we were also the FIRST to enter the theatre. That too was special. Seeing the theatre totally empty.

Anywho, I am already looking forward to the 2019 Revels in Cambridge.

Welcome Yule — and today is Yule.


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