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Teischan’s Father’s Day 2018 Handcrafted Art.

by Anura Guruge


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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.

by Anura Guruge


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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.


All pictures with my Google Pixel 2.


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BBC 2009 “The Diary Of Anne Frank” Mini-Series To Start on “Acorn TV” June 11, 2018.

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As part of her Grade 6 homeschooling Teischan just finished reading the book (obviously at my behest). So the timing is very propitious for us.

Though the series is 9-years old I do not think I have seen it before. So, I am looking forward to it. I have been by the house in Amsterdam but never did the tour.

I have had Acorn for at least 2-years. Maybe more. We do watch it a fair bit, so it is worth it for us. You should check it out. There is a LOT of content and some good shows.



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“Churchill” Movie (2017) On Starz — 97% Sheer Travesty!

by Anura Guruge



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This was a TRULY horrible movie! Yuk!

The whole premise of the movie, i.e., that Winston Churchill was totally opposed to D-Day even at the bitter end, is bunkum. Yes, Winston had concerns and alternate ideas early on by as D-Day approached he was behind the plan. He did not try to ‘sabotage’ it.

An important subplot, i.e., that Winston had talked King George VI to accompany him on the HMS Belfast and make the D-Day crossing so that they could be with the troops, was totally misrepresented. Winston had NOT asked the King to come with him. Instead the King said that he would come with Winston in order to STOP Winston from making that crossing! Huge and key difference.

Also South African Field Marshal Jan Smuts was certainly on Winston’s staff BUT he never was as close to Winston as portrayed. That was poetic license.

Read the above cited articles from very credible sources. They will tell you what I just said, but in more detail.

The 3% that was bearable was the bit involving Winston’s rousing speech to the Nation post D-Day. But, there they used the Great Man’s exact words.

This movie was an insult. I regret watching it!


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James Michener’s Claim, In “The Covenant”, That Bushman Had Permanent Erections Irks Me.

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The ‘Tsodilo Hills’ cave paintings in Botswana.
The basis for this claim.


Others have fretted about this too …


NO. It is NOT penile (or erection) envy! I will get to that ‘shortly’ — and as you will see I, if anything, should be one to believe this claim.

So, why does it irk me. Because it is NOT truly substantiated. The cave paintings only show them when they are CELEBRATING after an hunt (or participating in a hunt).

Michener prides in the huge amount of research he does, the experts he collaborates with. With ‘The Covenant‘ he ‘coerced’ a South African journalist to read the book SEVEN (7) times — sometimes the two of them together, reading out ALOUD. With that type of investment and commitment … he still makes such a claim.

I do NOT buy permanent erections.

I am willing to concede semi-erect ‘chubbies’ for prolonged periods of time. But, that is not a permanent erection.

So, here is why this had nothing to do with penile envy.

In my late-teens into my early 20s, I walked around most days with a ‘chubby’! In those days and for many decades later, I could get an erection on demand — without pills or mechanical aids. Remember, I have always advocated ‘An “O” a Day‘ and that requires a steady supply of erections! So, this is kind of personal.

The current consensus is that permanent erections could not have been real. But, it is possible that they had permanent chubbies and could get an erection with ease.

Well, I had to vent. This bothered me when I read it. I am, of course, enjoying the book, BUT this was definitely a blot.


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


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Teischan’s Art Now Includes Carpentry With Power Tools.

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This has all to do with the total overhaul she is doing to her room — which includes some massive and very impressive wall murals. She will NOT let me take any pictures yet! She wants to finish it first.

When she was little I had put, at great trouble and cost, a TON of wooden shelving in her room so that she would never be short of space for her books, videos and games. Well, when she decided she was going to paint the wall she, laboriously, took 95% of the shelves down. She plans to put some of them back up, but to her specification and design.

She wanted to cut the shelves herself. So, I set her up using the chop saw I got last year when I installed deck railing. She was nervous and hesitant at first and wanted me to hold the saw with her. But, after about the third cut she was all set. It was good to see. She is very cautious and has good self-preservation instincts. So, I knew she wouldn’t chop off her hands.


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Teischan’s Latest Art Project.

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This is the fan from an old box fan that gave up the ghost a few days ago. I kind of knew that it would look ‘interesting’ painted. So, I suggested that to her. I also got her going on dismantling the box and getting to the fan. She enjoyed that. So, this was the outcome.

We plan to mount in on a pole and put it out to see if it will spin in the breeze. Maybe I should try and do that today.


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