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Listening To A Book, Especially On Amazon ‘Audible’, Is Profoundly Different To Reading It.

by Anura Guruge


Click image to explore Amazon ‘Audible’.


Some of you may have already worked this out, but it has only SLOWLY dawned upon me. OK, to be fair, I ONLY started listening to Amazon ‘Audible’ books in September of this year. So, it has only been a few months (3 to be precise) though I have gone through, as you can see from top image, 13 quite ‘hefty’ books.

I had listened to books on CD & even tape in the past — but at least 15-years ago. Much has changed in those years. That, I appreciate, is one of the reasons I am so enamored with Audible. Today’s book are not just read — they are acted out. One of the books I listened to, “The Liar’s Girl“, had 3 people reading it to do the various voices. It is no longer a monotonous reading. They act out the reading. So, they kind of add LIFE to the book & characters.

It is no longer JUST the author, BUT now — with the Audible books — the person reading it! That person needs to get nearly as much credit — & they do!

It is also the case that WHERE I listen to my books is different. That adds to the allure. I only listen, through noise cancelling FULL HEADSETS while I am walking. So, very few distractions. It is even better than listening when you are driving. I can concentrate — & I do.

I have come to realize that some books are better listened to than they would be read! I think I get through listened books faster — mainly because I am a notoriously SLOW reader. Much of that is because I like to reread sentences & paragraphs. I love words, I love structure, I love writing. So, when I read, IF I come across good writing, I reread it for the pleasure.

That I am now thinking that some books are better listened to than read is a revelation to I. To I, that is profound. So, it is now not just content. It is presentation. Forget judging a book by its cover. It has become judging a book by how it is read aloud to you.

I am still formulating my thoughts. I am putting this out to get you to think. Get your thoughts. Think about it. Thanks.


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by Anura Guruge

‘International Appalachian Trail’ — It Truly Is International.

by Anura Guruge


I am so embarrassed that I had never heard of the ‘INTERNATIONAL Appalachian Trail’ thought it has been around for over 30-years. What makes it worse is that during that time I have hiked small sections of the AT & living in New Hampshire I am very much in AT country.

Yikes, & to make it worse I heard about it on Facebook — albeit in the ‘Maine Hiking‘ group to which I belong. I had to ask them ‘how & why’ AT became ‘International & as ever they were very polite & helpful.

So, I wanted to make sure YOU knew about it.

So, I made further inquiries. Yes, of course, you need a passport to cross the Canadian border — & YES, the border is still closed because of COVID.

Thought you will find this useful & interesting.


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by Anura Guruge

I Have Just Discovered British Authoress “Rose Tremain” & I Am In Absolute AWE.

by Anura Guruge


I have just finished listening, via Amazon ‘Audible‘, to her book ‘Restoration‘, in a kind of spellbound awe. Given the language (which is often extremely crude) & strident style I had just assumed it was written by a man. That is one of the drawbacks of LISTENING to a book rather than holding it in your hands & reading it. It is easy to overlook who the author is. And I had not listened carefully to that part.

Wow. I am hooked. I just got the sequel ‘Merivel’ on ‘Audible’. I plan to listen to a few more.

Please check her out or at least read about her. She is 77 & still very much alive & active. Has been made a Dame. Good for her. I am glad. She is so clever & talented. I am in AWE. Just amazing. Please …. do yourself a favor.


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by Anura Guruge

I Got A RAPID COVID-19 Test Today, In 40-Minutes, From ‘ClearChoiceMD’.

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE.


As I explained yesterday, I was given 18-hours to get a COVID test so that I could get my cataract surgery on my left eye, tomorrow, in Boston, by ‘OCB‘.

It was NOT easy finding a place.

Finally I was told by ‘ClearChoiceMD’ to be there at 8am.

I got up at 5am & was standing outside, in the bloody cold (26F), at 7:40am.

I was the 1st in line. They opened the doors at 8am.

Couple of screw-ups with the registration. They are having computer issues.

But, after that it was QUICK … QUICK … QUICK.

I was OUT of there, with my negative results, at 8:40. 1-hour in total. I can deal with that.

I was happy. SMILE.


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by Anura Guruge

Naked Charity Calendar For 2021 — Check Out, Cambridge University (U.K) “Blues Naked”.

by Anura Guruge


Click this image to see MORE pictures & order a calendar or TWO. Remember it is for charity.



I got an e-mail from them — given that I am a past customer. SMILE.

Most welcome, since I had been wondering which NUDE charity calendar I should promote this year. Always GLAD to plug the Cambridge “Blues“. 

The “Blues”, in the context of Cambridge, has a different connotation to what many of you might be used. “Blues” refers to making an elite sporting team at Cambridge. So, what you are seeing as you can see from the poses & props, are their top-notch athletes in peak shape. Got that.

Enjoy. SMILE. Cheers.


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‘Ned Staebler’, Who Shamed ‘Wayne County’ Republicans MUST Be Awarded MEDAL By President Joe Biden.

by Anura Guruge



Presidential Medal of Freedom


Ned Staebler was the gentleman who SHAMED the two Michigan ‘Wayne County’ Trump supporters who were NOT going to certify the ballot. It was his heartfelt rant that made the two Republicans change their mind.

He is a NATIONAL HERO.

He deserves a medal. Presidential Medal of Freedom will do. Should be 1st thing President Joe Biden does. That would be so neat. So, inspirational. Don’t you agree?

Mr. Ned Staebler seems quite the guy. A NICE GUY at that. Now with his new found MEGA FAME he should run for office!


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by Anura Guruge

Just Ordered Obama’s Latest Book: “The Promised Land”.

by Anura Guruge


I was vaguely interested BUT, as always, I have a huge backlog of books to read & I knew that I wouldn’t get to this in months … if that.

But, wife was interested & that was good enough.

Ordered it, as you can see, from Amazon. Getting it on Sunday. SMILE.


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Why Biden’s 306 Electoral Votes Is To 232, WHEN Trump’s 304 Was To 227.

by Anura Guruge


I noticed this when they show the 2020 vs 2016 comparison chart on TV.

If Biden got 306 to Trump’s 232; how did Trump get 304 to Hillary’s 227. Does NOT compute.

There is a TOTAL of 538 Electoral Votes, which is how we get the MAGIC 270. Half of 538 is 269. 270 is one above that.

So, why the discrepancy … & the Biden/Trump tally MIGHT end up different at the very end.

FAITHLESS ELECTORS!

Electors who did NOT cast their votes like they are supposed to!

That is what happened in 2016. There were 7 faithless votes. Now it should be clear.


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Obama Claims He Will NOT Be In Joe Biden’s Cabinet.

by Anura Guruge


From the U.K. “The Guardian”. Click image to access the article.


The CBS interview of Sunday, November 15, 2020.


I guess that answered my question from 5-days ago. But ….

He did say: “Biden doesn’t need any advice …. BUT I will help in any way …

I think we will see more of him. He & Biden are close. Biden will have no problem having him around.


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Poignant ‘Hymn’ To Combat COVID-19 ‘Isolation’ By Welsh Legend & Treasure, ‘Max Boyce’.

by Anura Guruge



I had an urge for some ‘Max Boyce‘ MAGIC tonight & went looking through YouTube.

Saw this. I had NOT heard of it & obviously NOT seen it.

It is blinking beautiful. And it talks about MY SWANSEA.

Please watch it. It will do YOU a power of good.

Max & I go back 50-years. I grew up on Max. And yes, as some of you know, next to cricket, rugby is my other sport.


For those of YOU (alas) who are not familiar with Max Boyce let me please share two of my favorites. Very different, but they show you what Max can be. Please check him out on YouTube. You will NOT regret it.



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