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Archive | January 28, 2019

2019 Chinese New Year, Free Event At ‘Confucius Institute’, UNH (Durham, NH).

by Anura Guruge


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The 2019 iteration of the now yearly event being presented by my friends at the UNH ‘Confucius Institute‘.

This is their traditional, yearly celebration in late-January/early-February for the Chinese New Year – this being the “Year of the Pig“.

This is going to be about making traditional tung oil paper umbrella. Watching the demo is FREE. But, if you want to make an umbrella there is a $12 charge for the material.

This should be GOOD, very good. The UNH Confucius Institute specializes in EXCELLENCE. I have been to 7 or 8 of their events and have done a joint-project with them. They never disappoint. That is part of their ethos and it is impressive.


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‘Amazfit Verge’ Is GREAT Running Watch — Better Than A Garmin Fenix 5!

by Anura Guruge


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Just in case you are thinking that this is sour grapes on my part and that I wish I could afford a Garmin Fenix 5 — please let me tell you that I own a Garmin Fenix 5 Plus. So, this is an objective and considered opinion.

So, why do I like the Amazfit Verge better. Very simple — and I have talked about it before. The very bright, colorful and cheery AMOLED display. Makes all the difference. All your stats are displayed buch bolder and brighter. They really pop out. Plus, the use of vivid color, when showing heart rate zones, makes it easier to digest and register — on the run.

In terms of data collected and displayed they are on a par. So, you can’t fault the Verge on that. Yes, this has been said before by others and it is very obvious. Those that developed the Verge studied the Fenix 5, in depth, and set out to match the functionality and presentation — albeit with the better AMOLED display.

Yes, the GPS might be a tad off, but not that different to say the Fitbit Ionic or the new Polar Vantage V. I much prefer the Verge to the Polar Vantage V.

Yes, I am impressed. I like it. Yes, it has some faults. ‘Floors climbed‘ is erratic beyond belief and the erraticness varies with watch face! More on that in another post.

I have only done 3 runs with the Verge so far. But, I plan to wear it for at least another week. So, I will provide more feedback in the coming days.


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My “West Indies”, After A Decade, Play Like They Are Supposed To & Live Up To Their Storied Heritage.

by Anura Guruge


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Click to ENLARGE and enjoy here. Also from ‘cricinfo.com’ — of course.


The 1st Test, West Indies v England, in Barbados, was something else. WOW. What a match. What sterling performances. 202* by Jason Holder no less. I like Jason, so this was good. Also Shane Dowrich. 116* by him.

England went in facing a target of 628 runs. 628 runs. This by the ‘modern’ West Indies. Hard to believe but true.

I kept on waiting for them to collapse as they so often have done in the last decade. Darren Bravo’s return didn’t impress. And in the 2nd innings they did collapse to 6-120. I expected the worse at that point. Then a 295 run, unbroken, stand. WOW. Just like the old days.

It was so amazing to watch. Just like the West Indians on the 1970s, 1980s and early 1990s.

Lets hope that this new found form and purpose continues. It will do us, the long-suffering supporters, a world of good.


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