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James Michener Accuses Us Singhalse Of Being Renowned International Thieves As Way Back As 1820!

by Anura Guruge

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This will be around page 369 of “The Covenant” depending on which version you have. It is at the end of the long, pivotal chapter, titled “The Missionary”.

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Yes, I am wading through the 1,000+ page ‘The Covenant‘ by James Michener with my usual enthusiasm for Michener’s writing. I learn so much from Michener that I have no choice but to forgive him his occasional fobile. Indubitably, I think the world of him. How I wish I could be 1/1,000,000,000,000,000,000 of the writer he was.

But, James confounds me every once in awhile and he takes my breath away.

This statement, that us, the Singhalese (and I spell it without the ‘g’) are well known thieves caught me by surprise. And way back in the 1820s.

We have many shortcomings but thieving isn’t high among them — I think.

Of course, we have thievery BUT I had never thought it was anywhere beyond average.

James has a thing about Ceylon.

He, extensively travelled, must have visited Ceylon at some stage. He mentions Ceylon often,

But, I am not sure about this reference.

Not a big deal. Just amusing. He might even be WRONG!

The ‘Michener Corner’ in my study.
Separate from all the other books.

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Review Of “Jurassic World The Fallen Kingdom” By Teischan Guruge (12).

by Anura Guruge

by Teischan Guruge

The island where all the dinosaurs has a volcano on that is going to blow up. The government is trying to decide whether to save the dinosaurs or let them die.

Claire is the leader of a group who is trying to save the dinosaurs. She gets a call from a guy who wants to save the dinosaurs and he asks her to go to his mansion. She goes to his mansion and he asks her if she could convince her friend Owen to go to the island with them and try to capture Blue who is the last remaining dinosaur of her species. Claire convinces him and him, Claire, a dinosaur doctor and a computer guy go to the island. When they get there they meet a military guy who is supposed to help them. He takes them to a tank like thing and they ride around the island. They stop when they see one of the long neck dinosaurs then they keep going. They go to a shelter place that has computers and things that show where the dinosaurs are. The computer guy does stuff to unlock the shelter and they go in and the computer guy makes all the computers work and they find where Blue is. Owen and the dinosaur doctor go in the tank thing while Claire and the computer guy stay in the shelter.

Owen finds blue and blue remembers him but the military people show up and shoot blue with tranquilizer darts and then they shoot blue with a gun because he attacked someone. Then they shoot Owen with a dart and the dino doctor is forced to go with the military people because she has to get Blue to stay alive. Meanwhile Claire and the computer guy get trapped in the shelter because the volcano started erupting.

When the volcano started erupting Owen had just woken up and could barely but managed to get on a log but when he got on the log he was able to move and he ran away from the lava and met Claire and the computer guy who escaped from the shelter and told them to run. They found one of the ball things that roll and Claire and the computer guy got in but Owen was to slow and the door closed and they fell off a cliff into the ocean with all the dinosaurs. Then Claire and the computer guy got stuck in the ball and then Owen saved them.

Then they figured out the guy’s plan and had to race to the boat that was leaving with all the dinosaurs. The lava was coming fast so everyone had to run into the boat but at the last minute they got into a truck and Claire drove them into them onto the boat. On the boat they had to help the dino doctor save Blue but they needed blood that only one dinosaur on the boat had. So they went and found the dinosaur but it was a T-rex. They managed to get the blood and save Blue. When the boat arrived in California, Claire and Owen pretended to be a truck driver and almost made it to the mansion but they got caught and put in a jail cell like the dino’s.

Owen got a dinosaur to head but itself through the wall and through the jail bars so they could escape. When they got out they met Maisy who was the old guy’s granddaughter. She helped them buy telling them what they were doing. While they were talking the dinosaur auction started but then the head butting dinosaur and Owen came and started hurting people when they were showing the dangerous dinosaur. Everyone got scared and ran away while the military guy shot the dangerous dinosaur with some darts and then went in to steal a tooth from it and it ended up killing him. And he left the door open so it ended up escaping. Owen, Claire and Maisy were trying to find their friends but the dinosaur selling guy found them and told Maisy to come with him but she didn’t want to. And then he told them that she was a clone. Then the guy got attacked by a dinosaur and then they ran away and found their friends who told them there was a gas leak and the dinosaurs were dying. Claire wanted to release them but couldn’t make up her mind but then Maisy released them and they went running away and started taking over the world.

The End.


“Roman J. Israel, Esq.” Movie (2017) On Starz — One Heck Of A Powerful Movie.

by Anura Guruge

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Another instance of me seeing a snippet of a movie on STARZ while idly channel-surfing and then deciding that it looks interesting enough to record to have a look at later. I am glad I did.

I like movies about lawyers and this was very much about one driven and strange lawyer, Roman J. Israel, Esq.

Very funny in parts but also rather arcane and deep in parts. So, definitely NOT for everyone. It helps if you are intrigued by what makes lawyers tick and have an interest in civil and human rights.

The whole movie takes place in an extremely intense 3-week period. Wow. I was riveted.

Reading the blurb I discovered that it was nominated for one Oscar — for best actor. I can see that.

So, just bringing it to your notice, if, you, like I, had not heard of this movie previously.

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The Passing Of ‘Donald Hall’, Our Poet Laureate — But I Remember Him For The ‘Ox-Cart Man’.

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I had the honor of meeting Donald Hall once. It was probably 19-years ago and I think it was in Tilton (or thereabouts) in a church hall. He was doing a book signing for the ‘Ox-Cart Man‘. My son Matthew, very young at the time, loved that book. I went, with some friends from Meredith, to get an autographed copy. I suspect that that book is in this house somewhere. I hope the kids did not give it away.

Great man. I could take or leave his poetry, but I am not big into poetry. But, that is my loss.

If you are not familiar with the ‘Ox-Cart Man’ you really should check it out. It is lavishly illustrated too.

Donald Hall (1928 – 2018), RIP.

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“Maudie” Movie (2016) On Starz About Canadian Artist Maud Lewis — Very Watchable & Moving.

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Some Maud Lewis paintings from Google Images.

This is quite the movie! Wow. Very moving. It sucks you right in.

One night a couple of weeks ago I was going through my STARZ channels on DISH and caught a bit of the movie. Looked interesting. So, I downloaded it, from STARZ-on-Demand.

Never heard of the movie or Maud Lewis, which it is about. But, I am glad I downloaded it.

Amazing story. I like a plain but bold paintings. Very inspirational. She was always happy and smiling despite all of her obvious adversity and setbacks.

Definitely recommended.

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Teischan’s Father’s Day 2018 Handcrafted Art.

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This, as was her 2018 Mother’s Day art was done by her on cardboard. She continues with the somewhat Indian-influenced, symmetrical patterns. I like it. Pretty elaborate. Our big problem is we are running out of wall space for all her art! It would be churlish not to display it, but we just don’t have any room.

Would appear she did all of this in a couple of hours.

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“Summer Of Love Concert” At The “Capitol Center For The Arts”, Concord, NH — June 13, 2018.

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It was a BLAST. It was BRILLIANT.

It was FREE.

Thank YOU (again) to the amazing “William H. Gile” Trust
that put on these FREE concerts in Concord, NH.

This was an unexpected bonus. I had NOT heard of this concert until quite recently when I got a flyer, in the mail, from the “Capitol Center For The Arts” (since I am a patron). I thought it would be too late to get tickets, but I managed to get 4 though they were not the great seats I have managed to get to “William H. Gile” concerts in the past. I had never heard of this ‘concert’, so was not sure what to expect.

So, so GLAD we went. It exceeded all expectations. Kind of a hybrid ‘tribute band‘ cum ‘legends in concert‘ mix that just covered songs from 3-years, viz. 1967 to 1969 — the “Woodstock Generation“. They really went to town. Talk about over the top energy. Very, very well done. This was my music.

I would readily go and see them again; even pay to see them. But, noticed on their Website that they don’t have that many gigs. They could be expensive to hire. A LARGE cast. Typically 15 – 16 performers on the stage. I heard the cast was close to 20.

It was a good night. The theater was fairly well packed. Some empty seats. That surprised I. Folks missed a great event.

Thank YOU, “William H. Gile” Trust. Much appreciated.

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