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Us At The Last Day Of The Ringling Brothers/Barnum & Bailey Circus In Manchester, NH — April 23, 2017.

by Anura Guruge


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From 2 years ago.

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There was NO way we were NOT going to get our picture taken at this SUPPOSEDLY the last performance of ‘THE circus‘ in Manchester.

We were trying to work it this morning as to how many performances we have gone to. It is definitely at least 8 years in a row.

Kind of sad. I, however, think they will be back within 2 years.

Stay tuned. Many more pictures to post.


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Ringling Brothers/Barnum & Bailey May No Longer Have Elephants But The Kora Shrine Circus DOES!

by Anura Guruge


From their Facebook page (www.facebook.com/korashriners). And I think this is RECENTLY. They had 3 performing today (Saturday) in Augusta.


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From their Facebook page. Looks colorful enough.


From their Facebook page again. I heard that Ringling have stopped doing the human cannonball too!


We were in Maine today, and Deanna’s niece had taken her 3-year old son to ‘the circus‘ in Augusta, Maine.

She was telling us all about it when she casually mentioned that ‘this year’ they had 3 elephants performing — whereas in past years they have only had one perform.

WOW. I grilled her. Appears that there were NO demonstrators, no protests.

Wow.

I checked it out as soon as I got home.

VERY different to Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey.

For a start they do a 9:30am show. That would be good for some kids. I heard, however, that the 9:30am show, in Augusta, on Saturday, April 22, 2017, was not even half full!

Their MOST expensive tickets — reserved seating — is only $12! I am not even going to tell you what we are paying for our tickets, in Manchester, for Ringling Brothers.

The elephant dichotomy seems incongruous.

Was it JUST Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey that were targeted? If so that would be unfair. How do we know that these other circuses treat their elephants any differently?

I need to research this further.


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U.K. “Daily Mail”, My Favorite Newspaper, Opts To Publish A Classic, Old-Fashioned, Topless Tribal Picture.

by Anura Guruge


This is so retro — 1940s?

Click to ENLARGE and goggle here. Link to original U.K. “Daily Mail” article below.


Click this image to access the full, original article from April 21, 2017.


I have no issues whatsoever with topless pictures or actual toplessness.

Culturally the British have not had an issue with topless pictures in tabloid newspapers either.

This was, of course, ‘National Geographic‘ territory. They have, since their acquisition by ‘Fox’, appeared to have stopped these pictures — just as I suspected.


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‘The Ticket’ (2015) Movie: Predictable But Sobering, Modern Day, Non-Religious Parable That Wasn’t All That Great.

by Anura Guruge


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We watched it, without knowing ANYTHING about it, because I mistook the actor on the ‘poster’ (shown above) for ‘Matthew’ from ‘Downton Abbey‘.

He is NOT ‘Matthew’ but he does, on occasion, bear an uncanny resemblance.

This is NOT a ‘B-movie’. If anything it is like a D-movie.

Slightly interesting story BUT extremely predictable. You knew what would happen in the end, though you hoped they wouldn’t subject you to it.

Slightly sobering and it does carry a message.

I was worried it was going to a ‘God movie’. It wasn’t, though God does get mentioned.

The title refers to a fairly well-known ‘joke’ THOUGH I can say it better!

Not recommending it. Just documenting it because I did watch it.


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THE Circus. Ringling Brothers/Barnum & Bailey, Coming To Manchester, NH, For The Very Last Time This Friday.

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This is going to be SAD.

Yes, of course, we have tickets. {SMILE}

We have been going to this circus, in Manchester, without fail, for the last 7 or 8 years. It was a cherished annual ritual.

I will miss it. It was always fun. Often quite the spectacle.

Yes, we noticed that the audience size kept on shrinking. I worried that they would stop coming to New Hampshire. Never expected them to close shop altogether. Ironically there has been a RUN on the tickets for this last appearance. Typical.

I suspect ‘they’ will be back, in a few years, under another name with a scaled-down operation.

Of course I will let you know how it was.


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‘Lion’ (2016) Movie, About Lost Indian Boy, Now Available For Rent, $5.99, On Amazon Video.

by Anura Guruge


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Click to ENLARGE for proof that we did rent it on Amazon video.


Just giving you a heads up because the RENTAL OPTION for ‘Lion’ seems a bit elusive on Amazon Prime at least for now.

 

We found the rental option via Roku search rather than on Amazon Prime Video.

Glad we did. We did want to watch it.

Great movie BUT I do have some comments that I will write about in a separate post.

Given that Amazon rentals are only valid for 48-hours (once you start watching) we had to end up renting it TWICE — since it took us 2.5 evenings to finish watching it. No big deal. Still cheaper than going to a cinema to see it.

Definitely worth watching. Very moving.


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The Sublime ‘Raphael’, One Of THE Greatest, Died This Day BUT Might Have Also Been BORN This Day, April 6!

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Click to ENLARGE and read here. Wikipedia entry: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raphael


We are NOT sure whether he was born April 6 or March 28.

But we do know that he DIED on April 6, 1520 — way, way too early. April 6 that year was Good Friday. It is said that he died, prematurely, from having had too much sex! What a way to go — though I kind of doubt whether that was what really killed him.

One of my TOP 5 favorite artists and how could be NOT be.

I am very partial to the ‘School of Athens’ and it might even feature on the cover of a future book.

But, let’s take few minutes off today to just savor the work, life and spirit of Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino.

What a MAN. What a talent.


“The School of Athens” at the Apostolic Palace in the Vatican. The person on the steps, leaning on a block of marble is his fellow artist (and competitor) Michelangelo Buonarroti.


‘The Parnassus’ — another painting at the Apostolic Palace, Vatican.


SOME of his work that has struck a chord with I.


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