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PBS Masterpiece “Dark Angel” With “Downton Abbey” ‘Annie’ Is Quite Compelling — Though Disturbing.

by Anura Guruge


Click to access PBS’ Homepage for this show.



It aired on Sunday, BUT I am sure you can still find it on reruns on PBS or definitely online.

Compelling, period-piece story. The sheer quantity of deaths, especially of children, is a downer.

But, Annie makes up for it and it is kind of funny and strange to see her wantonly fornicating.

Definitely worth watching. Just one episode from what I can tell. I still have it on my DVR.


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Super Cool, Painted Tree Branch Sculpture In Barrington, New Hampshire.

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This was the artist behind this. Click image to access his BREATHTAKINGLY amazing Website. Wow. Wow. Wow.


I went to UNH (Durham) to meet with my friends at the ‘Confucius Institute‘ to discuss the logistics for their involvement in the upcoming, June 24, 2017, ‘Concord Multicultural Festival‘. Saw these, on Route 125 on the way out. Though, as usual, I had my camera, in this case my new Sony a7 II, right at hand, on the passenger seat, I did not stop but made a mental note to do so on the way back. And I did.

Appears to be a project by the Barrington Middle School (BMS) and this amazing artist Mark Ragonese. I had never heard of him BUT glad I was able to read his name on one of my photos. {SMILE} There are many benefits I derive from taking these pictures. {SMILE}

Enjoy. This has INSPIRED me. I would like to try this.


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The Unquestionably Divine Sandro Botticelli Died This Day 507 Years Ago — On May 17, 1510.

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A good overview IF you are not that familiar with him.



Click to ENLARGE and read here. Wikipedia link: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sandro_Botticelli



Indubitably one of my favorite artists of all time and across all genres. He was magical. In my book one of five GIANTS of the Renaissance, the other four being: Michelangelo, TitianLeonardo da Vinci and Raphael.

His paintings are so timeless and mesmerizing. What a talent?

What an age that was. All these great artist, all in Italy, more or less at the same time.

Just spare a thought. He died over 500 year ago. 500 years!


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The Incomparably Brilliant ‘Gordon Lightfoot’ In Portland, Maine Tomorrow, May 17, 2017.

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Click image for ticket data …



A special honor: Gordon Lightfoot, I and Devanee (2014)


Autographed ‘Gordon Lightfoot‘ LP from 1974.


WOW!

I wish I had known earlier. I only heard about it a couple of hours ago — on the radio. I am teaching tomorrow. Shame.

I will have to keep an eye open for other concerts.

There is NOT going to be too many left; he was born November 17, 1938. So he will be 79 later this year!

I was EXTREMELY PRIVILEGED to meet him, in Wolfeboro, NH, in 2014. I was a volunteer stagehand for the concert. He thanked me and then posed with us for a picture.

Second time I had seen him, the first in Tempe, AZ in 1980.

He is brilliant and SUCH A NICE GENTLEMAN.

I wish him well. I hope he can continue to tour for another couple of years. It is hard on him. We could see that in 2014.


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Today MIGHT Be Everest Conqueror Tenzing Norgay’s Birthday — BUT He Chose It To Be May 29, 1914.

by Anura Guruge



Click to ENLARGE and read here. Pay particular attention to highlighted paragraph at the end. Wikipedia link: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tenzing_Norgay.


As a Mount Everest NUT since I was a teenager, Tenzing Norgay has been one of my abiding heroes. I think he was quite the man — exemplary.

After considerable pondering and looking at the facts I also believe that he probably reached the peak ahead of Edmund Hillary — though that is now essentially a moot point.

I will have to remember to commemorate his birthday on May 29. So, we think he was born 103 years ago.


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PBS Masterpiece “Home Fires” Season 2 Ended Last Week, Unexpectedly BUT With A Bang, With Episode 6.

by Anura Guruge


Click image for IMDb.com listing for Series with all the episodes.


The last episodes of Season 2, Episode 6 the last. Click to ENLARGE.


Click image to access PBS’ homepage for this excellent show.


IF ‘they’, i.e., PBS, told us that ‘Home Fires‘ Season 2 will end last Sunday with Episode 6, I missed it.

This weekend I kept on looking for it. Then worked out that it must have ended. A quick Web search confirmed that.

Wow. Episode 6, quite literally, ended with quite the BANG! So there will most likely be a Season 3 — though it might not be for a long time. There was a 17-month gap between Seasons 1 and 2.

Episode 6 should be available online.

Just wanted to make sure you did not miss it.


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Canadian ‘Ballerina’ [Renamed ‘Leap!’] 2016 Movie: Unexpectedly Good & Enchanting With High-Quality Animation.

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Click here to access the IMDb.com listing for this intriguing movie — which was RENAMED ‘Leap!’.


Click here to access the official Canadian Website with some great, full-frame clips.


This proved to be an incredibly good and endearing animated movie.

The animation was top notch and I just assumed it was Disney. It was not. This is a Canadian movie with French collaboration.

The animation, especially the fast-paced sequences are as good as anything done by Disney or Dreamworks — possibly better!

Usual Disney ‘tear-jerker‘ storyline — orphans overcoming adversity to excel. Some parallels to 1997 Anastasia — given that Paris figures heavily in both movies.

I had NOT heard of this movie.

The renaming was confusing.

But, definitely, indubitably, a good, compelling Disney-genre film. Kids 8 – 12 would lap it up.

Glad we stumbled upon it serendipitously.


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