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I Had No Idea That ‘Jimi Hendrix’ Was Part-Cherokee Indian.

by Anura Guruge


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I had just always assumed that Jimi Hendrix was black. To be fair I had never given much thought to Indians shaping rock-and-roll — though I have often wondered why there aren’t as many famous Navajos as you would expect.

Given the volume of PBS we watch, we see quite a few of the previews and I do check their guide, on a regular basis, to make sure that I don’t miss something that I will regret.

So, it jolted me to hear Jimi being described as part-Cherokee. I had to DVR this ‘Independent Lens‘ show. I have watched a bit of it and it was good. I certainly recommend it. Check out the YouTube trailer above. That will convince you.

As for Jimi being Indian. He definitely wasn’t, from what I can see, even half-Cherokee. Was it a quarter? I think it was less, but I gather that even 1% black makes you black. So, I guess.

Interesting. Wonder if Jimi ever talked about his Cherokee ancestry. I will have to look into that.


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“Life Itself” Movie (2018), On Amazon Prime — Cerebral, Complicated, Yet Mesmerizingly Compelling.

by Anura Guruge


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This is the polar opposite of a mindless flick. It is not a movie that you should watch if you are not going to concentrate on it. Very clever and complex plot, some very profound dialogue sprinkled with brilliant humor. Keeps you guessing and intrigued.

I was not sure what to expect and what I got was nothing like what I would have ever expected. It was, in the end, awfully rewarding. Three very separate, but interwoven stories. How it all comes together is pretty amazing.

So, if you want a movie that will entertain through its cleverness this is for you. Pay close attention. Because, quite literally, ‘BANG’ — it is not what you expect.

Highly recommended, albeit with the caveat that this not going to be mindless flick. Even if you try switching off it will bring you rushing back … with a BANG!


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THE Mandala Is Finished & The Price Has More Than Doubled!

by Anura Guruge


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Other than the circles, everything else is hand drawn.


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It is something to behold. It is blinking beautiful. Her most ambitious and, of course, best effort to-date — and she knows it.

So, a week ago she was going to sell it to I for $90. Today, she wanted $200. But, we had a deal. She is on the hook to sell it to I for $90.

I just need to raise the $90 in cash. That is all that she will deal in.

Enjoy.


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“Vera” Detective Series On “Acorn” Is Very Sophisticated, Touchingly Wry & Extremely British.

by Anura Guruge


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As I have mentioned here of late, Teischan (12) has become enthralled with British murder/mysteries of the Agatha Christie ilk. So, during our 90-minutes of family TV we try and watch shows that meet this criteria. Acorn — i.e., British TV for the U.S. — is obviously the best place to go looking, and since we subscribe it is not a problem.

We stumbled upon ‘Vera’ last week. We have watched 3.5 episodes so far and have been mesmerized. Very sophisticated, very clever, very complex plots. You can never guess who the perpetrator is going to be. Lots of twists and turns. Keeps you engrossed until the very end.

Really, really good. Teischan, who is highly critical on what she likes and doesn’t like, reckons that this is the BEST that she has seen! Coming from her that is indeed high praise. I definitely recommend it. Also features the picturesque but rugged Northumberland countryside (that I used to be somewhat familiar with).

Well, if you have access to Acorn, try it out. You will not regret it. Promise.


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Is This Mandala Worth $90 (U.S.)?

by Anura Guruge


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Other than the circles, everything else is hand drawn.


Yes, this is Teischan’s (12) latest. It is on one of the mounted canvases she got for Christmas. The detail on it is pretty spectacular. If you look very carefully at the middle circle you will see a ‘T’. That, for ‘Teischan’, is a trademark in all her mandalas. She knows I like it and today, at lunch, offered it to I for $90! I am torn. I really would like her to try and sell it online.

Well, at least I got her name right! I named her after the great Italian Renaissance master painter Titian.

This is from HER Website. Yes, she has had teischan.com since she was 12-hours old! The domain was registered 4-months before she was born!

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Mandala Of The Day, By Teischan (12) — January 18, 2019.

by Anura Guruge


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Other than the circles, everything else is hand drawn.


She, quite rightly, is experimenting with new styles. This phase is that of trying out ‘brushed’ watercolor backgrounds. She is having fun doing the backgrounds. That alone is good. So, with this one she spent more time on the background than the mandala and you can see that. Smile.


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