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Why Does The U.S. Postal Service Have To Be Stupid & Obnoxious About Handling ‘Media’ Mail?

by Anura Guruge


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This was a second-hand, paperback book (yes, a James Michener) that I ordered from Amazon that I ordered on May 14, 2018. It was NOT Prime and I knew that. And Amazon did tell me that it would take 10+ days to get to me.

They shipped it on May 16, 2018 and I got it today, May 25, 2018. It took USPS 9-days!

Look at the routing: 7 intermediary stops! SEVEN. That costs money. This is STUPID.

Why bother with this inane, circuitous routing for media mail. It can’t save them any money.

They really should look into this. This makes no sense, even for the USPS.


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I Wrote To The Queen About The Kraut Wagon At The Royal Wedding.

by Anura Guruge


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I was NOT joking when I said that I was upset at the Princes arriving in Windsor in a German wagon.

So, I wrote to the Queen!

That is what she is there for and I did NOT become a monarchist if I did NOT believe I could call upon my Royals when I perceive that a wrong has been done.

I am actually sure that this letter will get some attention. It might never make it to the Queen but somebody at Buckingham Palace will take note. I sent it ‘certified’ etc.

I was NOT going to let it pass.

This is important stuff and I KNOW that I will find an ear in the Palace.

I know one thing for sure. Nobody seeing the letter will accuse me of disrespect or not been a patriot. The letter is clear that this is a matter of patriotism.

I have faith in this Queen. It took me a long time to get there and there.

I will, of course, keep you posted.


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Prince Harry Did GREAT With The Jaguar E-Type, But MESSED UP Badly With Kraut Wagon!

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I was CRUSHED!

It HURT!

How could they do this to US? How could they do this to ME?

Drive up in an ugly, black KRAUT wagon. WTF!

Beautiful, majestic British cars everywhere else Rolls Royces, Bentleys, Damilers, Jaguars …

And then this DISGUSTING German monstrosity.

Harry …. What were YOU thinking with?

I will NOT dredge up their German antecedents. We are beyond that.

But, why … oh, WHY?

You have enough Bentley’s in the family.

This was, to I, the LOW point of the day.

I really was crushed. I had to have a swig of wine to regain my composure.

I hate German bloody cars.

I love British cars.


This was CLASS.

British PRIDE.

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We have Bentley’s and they don’t get ANY BETTER than that.

Queen’s Bentley.


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‘Hotstar USA’, On Roku, Is But A Disgraceful Indian HORROR Show.

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The ‘Hotstar’ APP for the Roku is full of bugs!

For a start it lacks an account management option. I kid YOU not. Everything has to be done through your Roku account.

This means that renewals do NOT work! It is an unmitigated disaster. A typical Indian horror show.

It might be fine on a PC or phone, BUT NOT on Roku. Trust me on this.

Plus, watching the Vivo IPL on ‘Hotstar’ is near impossible.

‘Hotstar’ is for Indian kids with ADHD.

I am DONE!


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When Did Restaurants Stop Giving Us ‘Free’ Bread Before We Ordered?

by Anura Guruge



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I have been meaning to write about this for years …

Have YOU noticed? This, however, could just be a north, east coast phenomenon. It was interesting that I found articles about it in New York and Boston newspapers — and quite recently at that.

We eat out a fair amount — twice this last week. Each time I noticed that you no longer get any ‘munchies’, let alone bread, ahead of your appetizers. Just the drinks your order.

It was very different, of course, just 5-years ago. There were restaurants that were RENOWNED for their complimentary bread. Remember the bread and oil phase.

What happened?

Of course restaurants are saving a MINT on this — and people will be ordering more since they can’t fill up on bread.

Yes, I can appreciate that things got ‘tricky’ with all this gluten-free, nut-free requirements. But, you would have thought that they could have been resourceful. Yes, of course, the cost savings would have been hard to resist.

I do know one thing. This started to happen post 2013 — around the same time I went on my low-carb diet. That is probably the reason I don’t notice it as much.

I just can’t remember whether this ‘no bread’ dictum is also true on the West coast. I was last there 2-years ago and can’t remember the bread situation. PLEASE let me know. I would love to update this post. Maybe even create a ‘bread’/’no-bread’ map of the U.S.

OK, I am going to get ambitious. I am going to ask around … the World.


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President Trump Should NOT Have Been Permitted To Hold A Dinner At Ever So Historic ‘Mount Vernon’.

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Google “JFK Mount Vernon” for lots of stuff about this historic dinner — way back in 1961.


There has to be limits. It is bad enough that he is in the White House, but to let him desecrate lovely, historic ‘Mount Vernon‘. That is bad, that is sad.

While the ‘State Dinner’ is at the White House on Tuesday, all of us who know history knows what he is trying to emulate. JFK’s famous State Dinner at ‘Mount Vernon’.

I did not know JFK, but I do know that ‘Donald Trump is NO JFK‘ — other than possibly in one department, and even there I am sure that JFK was better and far classier.

I am a loyal Brit and this bothers ME! I have only been to ‘Mount Vernon’ once, 20-years ago, but I was greatly impressed. Amazing place.

The notion of Trump’s obese self lording it up at ‘Mount Vernon’ makes me feel sad.

Shame.


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