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Seems Incongruous That TWO Touring Test Cricket Teams, One In Australia The Other In South Africa, Come Down With The Flu.

by Anura Guruge


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Very well could be a total coincidence.

But, it struck me as curious and strange. Two touring teams, thousands of miles apart, getting hit with similar symptoms — affecting MULTIPLE KEY players.

Yes, of course, I am a confessed, professional cynic.

In both instances only the touring team affected — and multiple, key players at that. Home team untouched.

Yes, it could just be a fluke. Let’s hope so.

In cricket we have had match-fixing and at least one act of terrorism. We really don’t want germ warfare getting thrown into the equation!

Well, I am going keep an eye on this. So, watch this space. SMILE.


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Why BOTH The Australian & New Zealand Cricket Teams Are Wearing Black Armbands At The Sydney Test — The Bushfires.

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It was hard to miss with both sides wearing the black armbands.

Usually it is to mourn/mark the death of a famous national player or a family member of one of the players, e.g., to honor the death of 22-year old West Indian, Alzarri Joseph’s Mother in February 2019.

Well in this case it is different and I am NOT sure whether black is the right color.

Both teams, RIGHTLY, are honoring the fire and emergency crews that are fighting the horrendous bushfires burning all over Australia.

I am glad (and humbled) that the players are making this gesture. Bravo. Well done.

Just not sure that black is the right color.

Yes, there have been deaths and there will be more due these fires.

But, right now they are honoring those fighting the fires.

I would have preferred to see them wear another color, say red or orange.


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With January 1 On A Wednesday, 2020 Is A Good Year For EARLY Social Security Payments.

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You need to be on Social Security to appreciate this. If not this will be of no interest, at all, at all.

Social Security is paid on Wednesdays starting with the 2nd Wednesday of the month — depending on your birthday. See bottom-left in the image. My birthday is on a 4th, so I get paid on the 2nd Wednesday. (Yes, some banks, like mine actually post it early, ready to be spent, on Tuesdays.)

With January 1, 2020 falling on a Wednesday the payment schedule is as good as it gets. It being a Leap Year helps too, though that is, alas, an illusion. SMILE.

Just thought you would like to know. Enjoy. Happy New Year.


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Chinese New Year 2020 – ‘Year Of The Rat’, January 25 to February 8.

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So, Chinese New Year 2020 starts Saturday, January 25th.

That seems early but it is, of course, within the bounds.

The Chinese New Year starts following the 2nd NEW MOON after the December Winter Solstice.

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So, January 25th it is.

Though I think of it as a ‘February’ holiday we have had it in January quite recently — and even earlier, e.g., January 23 in 2012. It could even start on January 21/22 as it did 2004. It can’t be earlier than that.

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The Dragon Parade celebrations in Boston Chinatown will be on the SECOND Sunday, viz., February 2, 2020. I will confirm.

Enjoy.

Happy Chinese New Year.


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The Two Of Us, New Year’s Day 2020 — Our 17th Anniversary — Hampton Beach, New Hampshire.

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You can steal this picture if you so wish.


Last Year — déjà vu! Exact same spot!
Only difference is I look older. Same clothes. Alas. Not fun being poor. SMILE.


Not much I have to say. Should be fairly self-explanatory. We got married on January 1, 2003 — I picking that day knowing I was going senile and would soon forget the date UNLESS I picked one that I would not be able to miss. SMILE. There is, promise, always method to my madness.

Deanna, having grown up waterfront, likes the ocean, so we try to go to the ocean on our anniversary and Hampton Beach is pretty handy and fun.

You could actually see THREE of us in this picture. But, as she keeping on insisting, she is still learning (and does not have my experience). SMILE.


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Hampton Beach, N.H.: New Year’s Eve 2020 (i.e., December 31, 2019) Fireworks CANCELLED — Not A Joke, OFFICIAL.

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I read about this YESTERDAY and didn’t believe it. Thought it was a joke.

Today, I called up the ‘Ashworth By The Sea‘ Hotel and checked. It is kosher.

Fireworks cancelled!

Wolfeboro, N.H. cancelled theirs today.

Shame. I am bummed.

I think Portsmouth is still going ahead.


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Wolfeboro, N.H.: New Year’s Eve 2020 (i.e., December 31, 2019) Fireworks CANCELLED — Also So NO ‘First Night’.

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The fireworks, BOTH 6:30 & 8:30pm, were ‘just’ CANCELLED.

Bummer. I was checking whether it was 6pm or 6:30pm! Glad I checked.

Haven’t missed a Wolfeboro New Year’s Eve firework show in YEARS.

Shame.


There has been NO ‘First Night‘ in Wolfeboro on December 31, 2019.

There was NO ‘First Night’ in 2018, 2017 or 2016!

Instead there is a ‘Last Night’ that wraps up by 9pm.


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