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Auguste Rodin, As In “The Thinker”, Died This Day 100-Years Ago.

by Anura Guruge


A picture I took in Philadelphia on January 1, 2016. Click to ENLARGE.


A few more I took that day.


Click to ENLARGE and read. Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Auguste_Rodin



Yes, I am fond of his work — and NOT just ‘The Thinker‘ that I used on the cover of my “Quick Guide To Brain Meditation” book.

I am lucky to have seen his work in a number of places, Paris, New York, San Francisco & Philadelphia in the key.

Died exactly 100-year ago, 5-days after turning 77.


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My Man, Field Marshal Bernard Law Montgomery, Was Born This Day, 130-Years Ago.

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Click to ENLARGE and read. Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bernard_Montgomery


Wow. He sounds like Winston Churchill!


Our Monty. Named after the GREAT MAN.


I waxed lyrical about him just 25-days ago! So, I will keep this succinct.

 

Field Marshal Bernard Law Montgomery, 1st Viscount Montgomery of Alamein, KG, GCB, DSO, PC, DL  a man I revere. 

One of my GREAT heroes. I paid him the ultimate compliment that I can. I named a Golden after him … as I had done with Winston & Ulysses.

He is a source of inspiration and GREAT PRIDE. What a MAN. We would NOT be ‘here’ speaking English if NOT for him.

Just spare a second to think of what Field Marshal Bernard Law Montgomery did for US.


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As Zimbabwe Frees Itself From The Despot Mugabe, My Thoughts Are With The Zimbabweans.

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From the New York Time, November 15, 2017.


As I was getting ready to write this I realized to my horror, embarrassment and chagrin that as far as I know I do NOT know of any Zimbabweans on a direct basis! The ‘sins’ of living in rural New Hampshire.

I had the honor and delight to see and meet the ULTRA TALENTED Oliver Mtukudzi, in 2015, when he performed at the HOP. I even got to ask him if he liked (and followed) cricket and the answer was definitely in the affirmative.

I am, as I have stated many times, rather fond of the Zimbabwean cricket team. They play like I used to play. A bit like the West Indians of yore. I am particularly fond of those featured above.

I knew that these were difficult times in Zimbabwe. Mugabe had to go. I just hope it all works out well. They deserve it.

I wish them the very best.


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Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA), Closed Above 1,000 For The FIRST Time, This Day, 47 Years Ago; November 14, 1970.

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Click to ENLARGE. From “marketwatch.com”.


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


That Dow ‘1,000’ was way before my time — in terms of investing. I was all of 17 and did not have any investments — other than a car.

Wow. The Dow closed today at 23,409. Up 22,409 points in 47-years, though we sure had our up-and-downs.

I started investing around 1985. The Dow was still flirting around 1,000!

I have been continually invested since 1985, though the amount I had invested as fluctuated. What a ride it has been.

Dow ‘1,000’ for the first time. Next year we will have Dow ‘30,000’.


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Herman Melville’s “Moby Dick” Was Published In The U.S., This Day, 166-Years Ago; November 14, 1851.

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First U.S. edition, New York, 1851.


Click to ENLARGE and read here. Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moby-Dick


Inspiration, IF NOT basis, for Melville’s “Moby Dick”.


I have to confess that I am NOT sure whether I have ever read ‘Moby Dick’ in its entirety! Yikes. I know I have tried, but I have this distinct impression that I gave up — albeit, this from when I was a teenager (and, to be honest, I do not that often NOT finish a book if I start reading it).

That said I have read Nathaniel Philbrick’s “Revenge of the Whale” — and recently also watched the movie. I am a BIG fan of Nathaniel Philbrick and have read 3 or 4 of his other books.

Interesting that ‘Moby Dick’ was first published in London — rather than New York.


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Scottish Robert Louis Stevenson, Who Wrote “Treasure Island”, Was Born This Day, 167-Years Ago; November 13, 1850.

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


Given my anglophilic upbringing, Robert Louis Stevenson was one of the many British authors, alongside the likes of Enid Blyton, Captain W. E. Johns (who wrote the ‘Biggles‘ books), Richmal Crompton (of the ‘William’ series) and Sir Walter Scott, I was familiar with at a fairly early age — even though I was living in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) at the time. I remember having had to read — and then summarize each chapter in 5 sentences — ‘Treasure Island’ when I was about 12. I think I read it multiple times — in that I was so taken by it.

I did NOT know his whole life story until just now — as I was researching this. Fascinating. Worthy of a book in its own right.


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