Archive | December 25, 2018

Wishing YOU A Very Festive ‘Boxing Day 2018’ & With TWO Test Matches It Does NOT Get Better.

by Anura Guruge

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I feel bad for the Americans in that they were never blessed to discover and relish ‘Boxing Day‘. It is a wonderful British Holiday, day to chill-out after Christmas and enjoy some sporting action. And IF you are a true Brit there is nothing better than a Test match on Boxing day and this year, i.e., 2018, we have TWO: Australia vs India and South Africa vs Pakistan. I will be watching both of them. Given that Australia is 12-hours ahead of us, I plan to start watching the Australia vs India Test shortly.

Enjoy. Make ‘Boxing Day’ a part of your Christmas ritual. You will be better for it.

Happy ‘Boxing Day 2018’.

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THE Queen’s Christmas Speech 2018: Video, Full Text & Picture.

by Anura Guruge

The UK Sky News video of The Queen’s Christmas 2018 Broadcast
— on YouTube.

The Queen, at 92, looking radiant, extremely engaged & in great spirits.

The Broadcast, per the tradition, was delivered on British TV at 3pm GMT (10 am Eastern).

As ever it was ELEGANT, pertinent, informative,
and inspirational — with the trademark touches of humor.

My Christmas is not complete until I see the Queen’s Speech.

Very impressive, start to the video
— given that I LOVE “Christmas from King’s”.


The FULL Text of the Queen’s 2018 Christmas Broadcast.

“For many, the service of Nine Lessons and Carols from King’s College, Cambridge, is when Christmas begins. Listened to by millions of people around the world, it starts with a chorister singing the first verse of Once in Royal David’s City.

“The priest who introduced this service to King’s College chapel, exactly one hundred years ago, was Eric Milner-White. He had served as a military chaplain in the First World War. Just six weeks after the Armistice, he wanted a new kind of service which, with its message of peace and goodwill, spoke to the needs of the times.

“Twenty eighteen has been a year of centenaries. The Royal Air Force celebrated its 100th anniversary with a memorable fly-past demonstrating a thrilling unity of purpose and execution. We owe them and all our Armed Services our deepest gratitude.

“My father served in the Royal Navy during the First World War. He was a midshipman in HMS Collingwood at the Battle of Jutland in 1916. The British fleet lost 14 ships and 6,000 men in that engagement. My father wrote in a letter: ‘How and why we were not hit beats me’. Like others, he lost friends in the war.

“At Christmas, we become keenly aware of loved ones who have died, whatever the circumstances. But, of course, we would not grieve if we did not love.

“Closer to home, it’s been a busy year for my family, with two weddings and two babies, and another child expected soon. It helps to keep a grandmother well occupied. We have had other celebrations too, including the 70th birthday of The Prince of Wales.

“Some cultures believe a long life brings wisdom. I’d like to think so. Perhaps part of that wisdom is to recognise some of life’s baffling paradoxes, such as the way human beings have a huge propensity for good, and yet a capacity for evil. Even the power of faith, which frequently inspires great generosity and self-sacrifice, can fall victim to tribalism.

“But through the many changes I have seen over the years, faith, family and friendship have been not only a constant for me but a source of personal comfort and reassurance.

“In April, the Commonwealth Heads of Government met in London. My father welcomed just eight countries to the first such meeting in 1948. Now the Commonwealth includes 53 countries with 2.4 billion people, a third of the world’s population.

“Its strength lies in the bonds of affection it promotes, and a common desire to live in a better, more peaceful world. Even with the most deeply held differences, treating the other person with respect and as a fellow human being is always a good first step towards greater understanding.

“Indeed, the Commonwealth Games, held this year on Australia’s Gold Coast, are known universally as the Friendly Games because of their emphasis on goodwill and mutual respect.

“The Christmas story retains its appeal since it doesn’t provide theoretical explanations for the puzzles of life. Instead it’s about the birth of a child and the hope that birth 2,000 years ago brought to the world. Only a few people acknowledged Jesus when he was born. Now billions follow him.

“I believe his message of peace on earth and goodwill to all is never out of date. It can be heeded by everyone; it’s needed as much as ever.

“A very happy Christmas to you all.”

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THE Queen, My Mother & The Queen’s Phone Number.

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by Anura Guruge

‘Android Police’ List Of ‘Best Wearables — Winter 2018’ Does Not Mention A Single Garmin.

by Anura Guruge

Link to ‘Android Police’ post.

It aggravates me such when Garmin, unfairly, gets such short shrift. Much of it has to do with Garmin’s appalling marketing. Fitbit just runs circles around them. They are so inept. These articles are crazy. It is always Fitbit, Fitbit, Samsung, Fitbit. What about Garmin.

Garmin has at least three watches better than the Fitbit Versa. But, Oh, NO! Never Garmin.

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Pope Francis, From The Insane Opulence Of The Vatican, Again Has The Audacity To Condemn Materialism.

by Anura Guruge

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He is such a CLOWN … among other things, and most are NOT good.

Yes, of course, his message is good. But, charity, as always, starts at home. You get rid of your possessions at the Vatican and I will follow your lead.

It is no good trying to claim that he, as pope, leads a simple life. It is all relative. He is surrounded by opulence. As pope he can get rid of some of the Vatican’s insane wealth and set an example to the world.

The Vatican’s wealth is incalculable. The Vatican could afford to give away billions a year in charity. Just sell a few paintings a year.

Oh, NO. Everything at the Vatican is sacred. Cannot be parted with — BUT I need to get rid of what little I have.

You are such a CLOWN Francis.

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Christmas Eve 2018 Candlelight Service At The ‘First United Methodist Church Of Gilford’.

by Anura Guruge

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When we lived in Gilford (2002 — 2007) going to this church for the Christmas Eve service became a cherished tradition — though I am a lifelong heathen. We stopped going when we moved to Alton. Well, we rectified that today. First time back in eleven-years methinks.

It was good. It is a nice, friendly, non-judgmental church — and we even met some folks we knew from way back.

Despite being a heathen I don’t mind going to church. I have probably been to church nearly as much as many Christians. I like the architecture, the trappings, the ceremonial elements and above all the music. The music did not disappoint today. There was a rendition of “O, Holy Night” by a soloist, Karen Jordan, that was exceptional. WOW. It was worth going just for that.

So, set us up for Christmas.

Merry Christmas.

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