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Hand Drawn Intricate Mandalas By A 12-Year Old.

by Anura Guruge


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Other than the circles, everything else is hand drawn.


Just from the last few months.

We are running out of room.


On a Christmas card, for a lucky recipient, today
— in minutes


 


She showed us the mandala (right at the top) this morning. She was (justifiably) quite proud of it. She has worked out that she is onto something special. She is getting better — i.e., more intricate and symmetrical — with each one. I think she does about 2 a week! I think she has put up 12 of these on the dining room wall in the last few weeks. Never asked permission. Just started putting them up.

I will share the finished version with you. Yes, we go through a lot of Sharpies and she has asked for more for Christmas.


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“The Grinch” Movie (2018) — Cute, Very Christmassy & Great For Younger Kids.

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They got it right. Spot on. Nothing profound or pretentious. Just ‘The Grinch’ per Dr. Seuss using imagery very true to Dr. Seuss. Like an illuminated, vividly colored Dr. Seuss book.

They kept the graphics, intentionally, 1950ish but with great 21st century rendering. Great colors, voices, songs and music. Very festive. They also kept it short: 86 minutes. That was good.

Teischan (12), who tells me she has watched the old (i.e., 2000) movie multiple times, wanted to see it badly. We both agreed that she was a tad too old for it — though she liked it. She thought it was too short (compared to the ‘original’). It has been 18 years since I saw the 2000 version. I think I like this one better. Works better in cartoon form since that is more true to original.

Definite must for younger kids. We went to a Thursday afternoon (i.e., 3:20pm) matinee at the Concord, New Hampshire, “Regal 10“. I knew it wouldn’t be packed, and it wasn’t. There were just 5 others — 3 of them kids. The kids squealed and laughed. They liked it. And that is what matters.

It was good. Definitely recommend it.



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“Crazy Rich Asians” Movie (2018) — Vulgar, Slightly Boring & Christian Propaganda!

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I was not impressed. If anything I was kind of bored for much of the time. It might WOW the young and the impressionable, but I found its constant attempts to shock us with over-the-top ostentatious plain vulgar and rude.

I, as an Asian, found the in-your-face Christian angle insulting. Only 19% of Singaporeans are Christians. Only 3% of Chinese are Christians. I have met a highly educated native-born Chinese, who had spent many years living in the U.S., who had never heard of the pope! But, in this movie all the rich Chinese are Christians. Our first introduction to Singapore involves a Bible reading group. The whole wedding is centered on a church. Come on! Give me a break. Plus, ALL the main characters have English names! Give me a break.

I expected it to be along the lines of a fast-paced, light-hearted Bollywood movie with lots of music, dance and fun. It wasn’t. Did I say that it was boring.

Yes, it gloried wealth and a mindless pursuit of happiness. It did not impress. Shame. It could have been a lot of fun.

We paid $5.00 to watch it on Prime Video. That was $4.99 too much. So, no, I will not recommend it.


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“Victoria” Season 3 Coming To A PBS Station Near You In January 2019.

by Anura Guruge


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Saw the trailer for Season 3 on PBS the other day and it made our day. Loved Seasons 1 & 2. Don’t think we realized that there was going to be a Season 3. Sure glad there is.

Looking back I see that Season 2 premiered in January 2018. So, Season 3 is coming exactly a year later. So, that must have been the plan all along.

Sure pleased. Wanted to share with you. Now you know. I will remind you, closer to the start.


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“Soweto Gospel Choir” At The “Capitol Center For The Arts”, Concord, NH — November 25, 2018.

by Anura Guruge


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Soweto Gospel Choir Anura Guruge Capitol Center for the Arts Concord New Hampshire






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This was truly a High Dynamic Range (HDR)
performance — musically & visually.

Non-stop celebration of HOPE & JOY.

What a delight.

And it was FREE!

Thank YOU (again) to the amazing “William H. Gile” Trust
that put on these FREE concerts in Concord, NH.
The “Summer of Love Concert” in June 2018
was brilliant — this was equally good.

THANK YOU!


This time I knew it was going to be good. I am a BIG “Ladysmith Black Mambazo” fan (and I have seen them live at least twice) and I kind of knew, intuitively, that this Choir would be in that mould. They were and they did NOT disappoint.

The ‘jubilation‘ mentioned on their Website (above) is a real good description. I also saw, in the concert program, that the U.K. ‘The Scotsman’ had called their performance: ‘riot of exuberance‘. Yes, that is a great description too.

High energy & ultra dynamic. Hence, why HDR — High Dynamic Range — came to my mind as I watched them, entranced and enthralled.

This concert was a part of their tribute to the GREAT MAN, Nelson Mandela’s 100th anniversary year.

As such right through the concert they set out to pay tribute to:

And in each instance they succeeded brilliantly.

An inspired, celebratory performance that was uplifting & motivational but at the same time a reminder of where we have all been (in terms of oppression) and where we might still head! It made you think. It made you realize that people will prevail. We need great leaders like Nelson Mandela.

Their CDs are available at Amazon. They will make great Christmas presents.


All pictures with my Google Pixel 2.


Thank YOU, “William H. Gile” Trust.

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Agatha Christie’s “And Then There Were None” On “Acorn TV” Is Classic — Very Watchable.

by Anura Guruge



Of course Agatha Christie sure know how to spin out a good murder-mystery story and this is very much a classic. We saw it on Acorn and decided to watch it without knowing that the “The Guardian” (UK) had called it the “TV Event of the Year”. I can appreciate the excitement.

We have not watched all three episodes to the end. We are about 10-minutes into the second one and we know that we will finish it the next time we are watching TV.

Very artistic in parts too. The figurines of the ’10 soldiers’ are a work of art. Wow. I would love to have them.

Definitely watch it if you can. Yes, yes, very British and period — but what would you expect from dear Agatha.


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“The Identical” Movie (2014) — This Is Quite The Movie; Captivating.

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Happen to see it while scrolling through Amazon Video. Looked promising. It proved to be much more than better. One of the better movies we had seen in awhile. Very captivating and some great, Elvis-type songs.

This movie is very clever. It keeps on trying to make you believe that it is based on a true story. But then the actor who plays the identical twins is an Elvis impersonator — with all the Elvis moves. To compound matters the music is very similar to that of Elvis. So, you start to think … is this really about Elvis and did Elvis actually have a twin brother! Then there is a twist in that Elvis gets mentioned.

Good movie. Easy to watch. We enjoyed it. Yes, recommended by us.


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