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

by Anura Guruge

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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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James Michener’s “Miracle In Seville” — A Marian Miracle, A Treatise On Bullfighting & Probably Autobiographical.

by Anura Guruge

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An intriguing book. Unlike anything else I have read from the great and incomparable James A. Michener. For a start it is absurdly short for a Michener book. My version, with lots of full-page illustrations, and somewhat large print, only runs to 122-pages. But, one heck of a yarn — though those that are extremely averse to Marian worship and/or bullfighting probably will not get very far with it.

I pick up any and all Michener books I see being given away — the incredible, free ‘Swap Shop‘ at our local dump (a.k.a. recycling center) a favorite and lucrative source. If it is a duplicate, and most of them are, as I now have nearly all of his important works, I give them away. I must have picked this up at the ‘Swap Shop’. It has been in my ‘Michener Corner’ for a fairly long time. (See Below) Earlier this week I wanted a quick read while awaiting a paperback copy of Michener’s “The Covenant“. I have multiple copies of it in hardback, but those are too heavy and unwieldy to read, especially in bed.

I have never attended a bullfight and don’t know much about it other than the obvious basic. This book was encyclopedic in it treatment of that subject — which is the backdrop for the story.

It is about an improbable Marian miracle, As such it does get tedious in parts …

I think it is autobiographical. I know he spent much time in Spain researching for his blockbuster “Iberia“. The level of detail re. bullfighting is quite amazing — and with all the Spanish lingo.

The illustrations, by John Fulton, an American bullfighter, who was living in Spain, are quite impressive — though a tad short on great.

If you get a chance you should have a look at this book.

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

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CNN Series: “Pope” Episode 2 — Riddled With Errors; Part II, Popes Benedict IX & Celestine V.

by Anura Guruge

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Click to ENLARGE. Benedict IX is never far from my sight! This is a picture of the corner of my glass covered work desk. That yellow ‘slip’ was something I printed when I was writing my 1st Pope book in 2007. This was a crib list of important pontificates. 11-years later I still have not removed it from under the glass!

Click to ENLARGE and read. From my “Popes: 101 Facts & Trivia” book.

Click to ENLARGE and read. From my “Popes and the Tale of Their Names” book.

Errors & Omissions in CNN “Pope” Series.

    1. Fake News re. St. Peter being 1st pope — Click here for my post.
    2. Additional Errors and Omissions — Click here for my post.
    3. Episode 2 — Riddled with Errors; Part 1 — Click here for my post.

Popes Benedict IX and Celestine V were both depicted with factual errors, misrepresentations and with unwarranted and unnecessary sensationalism.

Pope Celestine V is so misrepresented that I devoted an entire chapter in my “Popes: 101 Facts & Trivia” book to him. IF only CNN had consulted that. He was NOT a bad pope as they made him out to be. He was pretty astute and knew what he was doing from the get go. This really was FAKE NEWS.

Benedict IX was a reprobate BUT not as much as CNN purported him to be. For a start he was not a teenager when he became pope. That is a rookie error made by folks who learn their popes from watching YouTube! He was in his mid-20s. Plus, he was a modicumly competent pope for 12-years before the shenanigans began and some of it was not really his fault. He was driven out of office the first time around. CNN fails to mention that. He only resigned after that traumatic event. Again, CNN’s coverage was full of alternate facts. Fake news.

IF only they had bothered to leaf through any one of my 10 Pope books or just called me. Pity. Shame.


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by Anura Guruge

McDonald’s Upside Down “M” For “International Women’s Day” Reminds Me Of ….

by Anura Guruge

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Google for more.

What can I say?

At least, unlike so many, I am honest and upfront.

Yes, yes, yes. I have been accused, maybe just once or twice in my life, that I have ‘a one-track mind‘ or ‘that I need to get my mind off where water drains‘.

In my defense, I have to say that I do (promise) have a multitrack mind — but one-track might be devoted quite often to matters carnal in that I do have a scientific interest on such matters. I did write a book … right?

Anywho …

I thought that they had STOLEN the Google Doodle I designed, in 2015, “National No Bra Day“.

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IF The ‘G-Spot’ Is Finally Debunked …

by Anura Guruge

From the U.K. “Daily Mail“, March 1, 2018.
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From my book “Orgasms: 101 Facts & Trivia“.

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If you ever study the origins of the ‘G-spot‘, named after German gynecologist Ernst Gräfenberg [1881 to 1957], you will discover that he, from the very start, in 1950, believed that it was related to the urethra and urethral stimulation.

I have never been a great fan of the G-spot. I have always sided with the clitoral camp. So, I am not that surprised about this latest claim. I, however, do not think the debate is over. Not by a long chalk. But, the G-spot followers could now be on a slippery slope. {Smile}.

I just wanted to make sure that you did not miss these latest findings.

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Iconic, American Landscape Photographer Ansel Adams Was Born This Day 116-Years Ago.

by Anura Guruge

Though not well known, Ansel did shoot in color.
See text below.

Click to ENLARGE. A color photo by Ansel Adams.

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I wrote about Ansel Adams, quite recently, in my latest books.

So, I am going to reproduce ‘chunks’ from that, since that will also give me a chance to air this text and see what typos I have. {Smile}

He definitely was not a ‘straight out of the camera’ photographer. He treated his exposed negatives as canvases to be worked on. He manipulated and worked with the original image captured to get the picture he wanted to project – particularly when it came to its tonality and dynamic range.

He is best known for his black-and-white masterpieces. He, however, did shoot in color – often so when he was doing work on commission. In the 1940s he was hired by Standard Oil (now Esso and once Exxon) to shoot a portfolio of color images, per the theme ‘See Your West’, that were used in a giveaway promotion at gas stations.

Ansel, given the grandiose scale of the subject matter he preferred, opted (as did other professionals at the time) for large format cameras – usually capable of producing 8” x 10” ‘plates’ or negatives.

Ansel worked hard to get his iconic images. Sometimes when optical filters alone would not provide him with the light contrast and gradations he sought, especially when water was involved, he would use pieces of card, he held in front of the lens, to achieve the desired exposure. Then, he would work on the negative.

Ansel was known to be a darkroom maestro, who knew and employed every trick of the trade when it came to ‘doctoring’ negatives and controlling the images obtained from negatives. He predated ‘Photoshop’ and the magic that can be wrought from the RAW data available from medium- to high-end digital cameras. The options for ‘post processing’ digital images that are available today are likely to exceed Ansel’s wildest dreams. It is, however, possible that Ansel’s best, pre-digital and in b&w, cannot be photoshopped to be any better!

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Why Did Amazon Send Me 3 Bottles Of “Brain Octane Oil”, 16 Oz, Unasked & For Free!

by Anura Guruge

This has me concerned.

I know and appreciate that Amazon knows EVERYTHING about me including that I rarely wear underwear.

They also know that I have been a dynamite, extremely reliable and loyal customer for nearly 20-years.

So, when they send me $70 of “Brain Octane Oil“, for FREE, unasked (never mind unsolicited), it gets me WORRIED.

What have they detected in my keystrokes? That I am not as decisive as I once was? That it takes me longer to place an order.

YIKES! I haven’t, as far as I know, screwed up TOO MUCH of late, i.e., returned stuff.

But, obviously they know something.

They also sent a small bottle of some blood pressure medication. This is bad.

I am worried.

What do YOU think I should do.

NO. NO. N000000000! I have not tried it yet, though somebody else did.

Having spent 64 years making sure not to mess my brain I am not sure I am going to try anything now — especially as my brain is entitled to its slow decline. I never did drugs because I did not want anything interfering with my brain. So, why would I try this?

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