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Custom Homemade Holder For 13 Hula Hoops.

by Anura Guruge


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Teischan (13) currently has 13 functional hula hoops (ignoring the ones that have gone out of shape).

Keeping them in one place, in the garage, without us continually tripping over them, or they falling on my Jaguar XJ8, was becoming a problem.

Today, we came up with a neat solution.

Once we worked it out, and found an acceptable spot in the garage it only took me a FEW minutes to implement it. Basically having to drill one hole through a 4″x4″. Used stuff I had at hand including the rubber tip from one of the 6 crutches I still have. Works beautifully.

I will be happy to tell you how to reproduce it. [No you don’t need two of them. SMILE]



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Spur of the moment. Was not planned. I was out taking my daily photos when I caught her practising. She does not let me take too many pictures. So, I snapped 19 of these quickly. She is using 5 hoops. Maybe 6. She has another one coming. In total she has about 8 or 9. Maybe more.

Decided that stitching them into a quick, 20-seconds video was the best way to share them.

Enjoy.


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Kimball Jenkins Summer Art Camps — V. Disappointing To Say The Least.

by Anura Guruge


Yes, there is a difference, IF you CARE.


This should be the correct labeling.


Teischan’s (13) own work, on her own initiative
— because she was bored and fed up.

She is the ‘queen’ of mandalas as a quick search of this blog will testify.


What she did create at ‘Camp’.


Yes, we are profoundly disappointed. It was a waste of her time and she resents it being squandered. We feel bad that we subjected her to this charade.

I am hoping that this post will help other parents.

Yes, we accept some of the blame. It never occurred to us that this might be mainly Day Care as opposed to a bona fide Art Camp. Mea culpa, and yes, of course, I am kicking myself.


The July 22 – 26, 2019, Kimball Jenkins Summer Art Camp that Teischan (13) attended was but common or garden Summer Day Care with the thinnest and haphazardly applied veneer of art.

That was the problem. Basically gloried day care, run in the main by a group of energetic and enthusiastic teenage volunteers and miniscule adult instruction — and zero adult inspiration.

Yes, we (both) went in Tuesday morning and tried to tell Ryan Linehan, Managing Director, that we were expecting MORE art instruction — given that she had had zero on Monday. He and another ‘adult’ assured us that this would change and that the first day was different. Not so. Well, it rained on Tuesday, and in addition to their lengthy recess and lunch breaks they had to watch Ratatouille (the 2007 movie) for 90 minutes! Well, I can assure you, that Teischan did not learn any art per se from watching that movie. She was bored out of her mind!


Yes, let’s get time mismanagement out of the way because that too tells a sorry tale. It clearly says 9am to 3pm. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday we were already in Chichester (well on our way back home) by 3pm! They were letting the kids out at 2:40pm. On Friday, I was told, that they sat outside, doing nothing — NADA — since noon. This is inexcusable. I am, as you might have worked out by now, livid. I don’t care about the money. I like supporting the arts. So, I can think of it as a donation to Kimball Jenkins. But, as some of you know, money is not what I (nor Teischan) value the most. It is time.

Money you can make, money you can get, money you can borrow. Not so with time. And that is what Kimball Jenkins robbed from Teischan. Luckily, for all, my time was not wasted. I had a ball exploring disused railway tracks, visiting museums, climbing Mt. Kearsarge and exploring lakes. If Kimball Jenkins had wasted my time, as they did with Teischan’s, I would be picketing the place with a huge sign that said “This Place Is A Scam“.


Here is my thinking. If you send a kid to ‘Computer Camp‘, ‘Archery Camp‘, ‘Destination Imagination (DI) Camp‘, ‘Swim Camp‘, or ‘Math Camp‘, you have a EXPECTATION that they are going to get some meaningful instruction on computers, archery, DI methodology, swimming or math. So, with ‘Art Camp’, especially a ‘Multimedia Studio Week’, we expected that she would receive some instruction and some INSPIRATION. That she would meet some artists that would inspire her.

NO!

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I do NOT want to be unkind. So, I will not even paraphrase the descriptions of what we heard and, to be fair, what I also saw.

Let’s just say that the MINIMAL adult exposure Teischan received at Kimball Jenkins mirrored the Estate — old, faded and sprawling. There was no inspiration, no motivation, no joie de vivre. Bluntly put it was depressing! A shame.

Though I have never lived in Concord, I have actually done a fair amount of volunteering in Concord, first at the Planetarium (ages ago), at the State House, and more recently for the ‘Multicultural Day‘. There is one thing I know about Concord. Concord (and surroundings) is full of very talented, very committed, very decent folk who love to help others. I am sure if Kimball Jenkins could have found a ton of great adult volunteers who mesmerized the kids and inspired them to greatness — and it would not have cost them a cent and they could have held onto the $12,000 or MORE they were making a week to pay the inhouse staff.

I spoke to a lady whose daughter attended ‘Art Camp’ 14-years ago. She lives in Concord. Without me even getting a chance to say anything, she said: “I hear things are very different now. They used to get artists from all over to come and show the kids various new forms. They even had a lady from Afghanistan that showed them embroidery. I hear that they don’t do anything like that anymore”. Damn right. Damn straight. They don’t do anything like that … anymore.

Enough said.

We learnt our lesson.

It was a sham. C’est la vie.

I feel BAD for the kids that need Day Care right through the Summer.


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Kimball Jenkins Summer Art Camps — V. Disappointing To Say The Least.

by Anura Guruge


Yes, there is a difference, IF you CARE.


This should be the correct labeling.


Teischan’s (13) own work, on her own initiative
— because she was bored and fed up.

She is the ‘queen’ of mandalas as a quick search of this blog will testify.


What she did create at ‘Camp’.


Yes, we are profoundly disappointed. It was a waste of her time and she resents it being squandered. We feel bad that we subjected her to this charade.

I am hoping that this post will help other parents.

Yes, we accept some of the blame. It never occurred to us that this might be mainly Day Care as opposed to a bona fide Art Camp. Mea culpa, and yes, of course, I am kicking myself.


The July 22 – 26, 2019, Kimball Jenkins Summer Art Camp that Teischan (13) attended was but common or garden Summer Day Care with the thinnest and haphazardly applied veneer of art.

That was the problem. Basically gloried day care, run in the main by a group of energetic and enthusiastic teenage volunteers and miniscule adult instruction — and zero adult inspiration.

Yes, we (both) went in Tuesday morning and tried to tell Ryan Linehan, Managing Director, that we were expecting MORE art instruction — given that she had had zero on Monday. He and another ‘adult’ assured us that this would change and that the first day was different. Not so. Well, it rained on Tuesday, and in addition to their lengthy recess and lunch breaks they had to watch Ratatouille (the 2007 movie) for 90 minutes! Well, I can assure you, that Teischan did not learn any art per se from watching that movie. She was bored out of her mind!


Yes, let’s get time mismanagement out of the way because that too tells a sorry tale. It clearly says 9am to 3pm. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday we were already in Chichester (well on our way back home) by 3pm! They were letting the kids out at 2:40pm. On Friday, I was told, that they sat outside, doing nothing — NADA — since noon. This is inexcusable. I am, as you might have worked out by now, livid. I don’t care about the money. I like supporting the arts. So, I can think of it as a donation to Kimball Jenkins. But, as some of you know, money is not what I (nor Teischan) value the most. It is time.

Money you can make, money you can get, money you can borrow. Not so with time. And that is what Kimball Jenkins robbed from Teischan. Luckily, for all, my time was not wasted. I had a ball exploring disused railway tracks, visiting museums, climbing Mt. Kearsarge and exploring lakes. If Kimball Jenkins had wasted my time, as they did with Teischan’s, I would be picketing the place with a huge sign that said “This Place Is A Scam“.


Here is my thinking. If you send a kid to ‘Computer Camp‘, ‘Archery Camp‘, ‘Destination Imagination (DI) Camp‘, ‘Swim Camp‘, or ‘Math Camp‘, you have a EXPECTATION that they are going to get some meaningful instruction on computers, archery, DI methodology, swimming or math. So, with ‘Art Camp’, especially a ‘Multimedia Studio Week’, we expected that she would receive some instruction and some INSPIRATION. That she would meet some artists that would inspire her.

NO!

Click to ENLARGE.

I do NOT want to be unkind. So, I will not even paraphrase the descriptions of what we heard and, to be fair, what I also saw.

Let’s just say that the MINIMAL adult exposure Teischan received at Kimball Jenkins mirrored the Estate — old, faded and large. There was no inspiration, no motivation, no joie de vivre. Bluntly put it was depressing! A shame.

Though I have never lived in Concord, I have actually done a fair amount of volunteering in Concord, first at the Planetarium (ages ago) and more recently for the ‘Multicultural Day’. There is one thing I know about Concord. Concord (and surroundings) is full of very talented, very committed, very decent folk who love to help others. I am sure if Kimball Jenkins could have found a ton of great adult volunteers who mesmerized the kids and inspired them to greatness — and it would not have cost them a cent and they could have held onto the $12,000 or MORE they were making a week to pay the inhouse staff.

I spoke to a lady whose daughter attended ‘Art Camp’ 14-years ago. She lives in Concord. Without me even getting a chance to say anything, she said: “I hear things are very different now. They used to get artists from all over to come and show the kids various new forms. They even had a lady from Afghanistan that showed them embroidery. I hear that they don’t do anything like that anymore”. Damn right. Damn straight. They don’t do anything like that … anymore.

Enough said.

We learnt our lesson.

It was a sham. C’est la vie.

I feel BAD for the kids that need Day Care right through the Summer.


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The Prestigious ‘Hand & Lock’ Prize For Embroidery — From The Royal Embroiders.

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Click to access the Website which describes this ’14-month’ competition.


I had never heard of it, or the firm — though I now realize that they among other things are the folks that do all the ELABORATE embroidery work and uniforms required by the Royal family and the British Establishment (including, of course, the Armed Services). Basically, they are:

You have to check this out. Pretty amazing stuff.


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“The Professor And The Madman” (2019) Movie On “Amazon”: A ‘B-‘ For Effort, A ‘D’ For Veracity.

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Click image to access the IMDb.com listing for this 2019 movie.


Official Trailer on YouTube.


Click image to access the Amazon listing for the BOOK.


OK, I will admit upfront that I am not your typical audience for this movie — which is about how the classic ‘Oxford English Dictionary‘ came to be created.. For a start, one of the settings in this movie is my old school, Mill Hill (in London). Moreover, I have read THE book (by Simon Winchester on which the movie is based), know additional bits about the history of the Dictionary and furthermore adore ‘THE OXFORD’ and what it stands for. So, I was not going to be an easy customer to please — though I desperately wanted the movie to WOW I. Alas, it did NOT.

For a start, it misrepresented the history involving Mill Hill and the scene they show involving Mill Hill does NOT show anything close to what Mill Hill looks like! And that was how the movie started. So, I was not impressed. It would NOT have been difficult to have shot the scene at Mill Hill since the buildings, from the time, are still there. Plus, they show Dr. Murray’s son playing field hockey. Yes, we played hockey at Mill Hill but the school is more of a rugby and cricket school. So, that was part irritating. Then the movie gets the dates and facts WRONG! The Murrays did not move to Oxford as soon as he became Editor. The first five-years of the Dictionary were at Mill Hill. So, the movie misrepresents that.

Yes, it is NOT an easy story to tell and the ‘Madman’ (viz. Dr. William Chester Minor (who cuts off his penis)) was not as central as the movie makes him out to be. Yes, he contributed, much — but so did thousands of others. It is the typical conflict between a good book and a movie that tries to tells its story. In this case, as it happens so often, the movie falls short.

My recommendation: skip the movie, read the book!


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“Shetland” Detective Series On ‘Britbox’ & ‘Prime’ — Just Amazing, The Best Of The Lot, Better Than ‘Vera’!

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Yes, I know that it is probably sacrilegious to say ‘better than Vera‘ — BUT, it is! We, as always, serendipitously, stumbled upon it on ‘Britbox‘ when they started advertising Season 5 (a couple of months ago). We watched Episode 1. It was good. But, we had to wait a whole week to see Episode 2. That was good too. We were hooked. Couldn’t wait another week. So, we watched Season 4, which was also available on ‘Britbox’ — all the way through. Loved it. Better than ‘Loch Ness‘, ‘Then There Were None‘ etc. etc. Better than Vera. Did I already say that?

Then went back to Season 5. Now we were hooked.

Found Seasons 1, 2 & 3 on Amazon Prime. You had to buy them (and they were NOT ‘cheap’). But, hey … you have to pay for quality. So, we watched all of that too.

We have watched ALL of it. Now we are lost.

Very, very good show. Amazing stories. Very good acting. Great drama. Breathtaking scenery. Fast moving. Cleverly done. Must watch.

Highly recommended.


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The Diary Of Anne Frank


A Heart Blown Away …

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Attribution WILL be enforced.

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This was at Concord Market Days yesterday. Happened to see it and was thrilled that my Canon EOS RP, with the 28-300mm Tamron all-in-one zoom, was fast enough to let me snap two pictures — because it was floating fast and furious.

Yes, it reminded me of the plastic bag scene in ‘American Beauty‘ (1999).


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