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“The Grinch” Movie (2018) — Cute, Very Christmassy & Great For Younger Kids.

by Anura Guruge




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They got it right. Spot on. Nothing profound or pretentious. Just ‘The Grinch’ per Dr. Seuss using imagery very true to Dr. Seuss. Like an illuminated, vividly colored Dr. Seuss book.

They kept the graphics, intentionally, 1950ish but with great 21st century rendering. Great colors, voices, songs and music. Very festive. They also kept it short: 86 minutes. That was good.

Teischan (12), who tells me she has watched the old (i.e., 2000) movie multiple times, wanted to see it badly. We both agreed that she was a tad too old for it — though she liked it. She thought it was too short (compared to the ‘original’). It has been 18 years since I saw the 2000 version. I think I like this one better. Works better in cartoon form since that is more true to original.

Definite must for younger kids. We went to a Thursday afternoon (i.e., 3:20pm) matinee at the Concord, New Hampshire, “Regal 10“. I knew it wouldn’t be packed, and it wasn’t. There were just 5 others — 3 of them kids. The kids squealed and laughed. They liked it. And that is what matters.

It was good. Definitely recommend it.



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HRM USA Includes One Of My Fitness Tracker Reviews — For Garmin Vivofit Jr 2.

by Anura Guruge


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These are my friends at HRM USA — the place at which I have been buying ALL my many activity trackers for the last year. Given that they discovered that I blog they had asked whether I would do some reviews for them. I was glad to oblige. So, here is one. I have done more.


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Harper Lee’s “Go Set A Watchman” — You Have No Choice But To Read It.

by Anura Guruge



It is certainly NOT “Mockingbird“, but it is ‘OK’! And I guess just saying that says it all: ‘OK’. Has a discerning reader ever described “To Kill A Mockingbird” as just ‘OK’?

It is not as taught and dramatic as “Mockingbird”. More dense. Lot more dialogue and much less amusing description of events, by ‘Scout’, compared to her incomparable masterpiece. Essentially there are only three bits of memorable, descriptive narrative: ‘them going swimming’, ‘the incident with the falsies’ & ‘her going to the “meeting”. Each of those were on a par with what we had got used to in “Mockingbird”.

I actually had the fortune to read “Watchman” while having “Mockingbird” read to me — though, of course, not at the same time. I had made Teischan (12) read the “Bird”. To make sure she did it properly, it became a nightly ritual that she would read a few pages, out loud to I — and this took a long time. I started reading “Watchman” during this time. So, a few hours apart, nightly I got to sample both.

The “Bird”, obviously, is a classic. It was inside Haper Lee and she had to get it out. It was not forced. It was all natural. A story she had to tell, in her own words, the way it was. And what a story.

The “Watchman” doesn’t flow as well. Not sure whether she felt as compelled to tell this story. It seemed a bit forced and that is why I think she didn’t get it 100% ‘right’.

Still NOT a bad book. Definitely worth reading. I am glad I did. In this case, for once, the movie might be better than the book because they could edit and expedite the screeds of dialog.


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“Crazy Rich Asians” Movie (2018) — Vulgar, Slightly Boring & Christian Propaganda!

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I was not impressed. If anything I was kind of bored for much of the time. It might WOW the young and the impressionable, but I found its constant attempts to shock us with over-the-top ostentatious plain vulgar and rude.

I, as an Asian, found the in-your-face Christian angle insulting. Only 19% of Singaporeans are Christians. Only 3% of Chinese are Christians. I have met a highly educated native-born Chinese, who had spent many years living in the U.S., who had never heard of the pope! But, in this movie all the rich Chinese are Christians. Our first introduction to Singapore involves a Bible reading group. The whole wedding is centered on a church. Come on! Give me a break. Plus, ALL the main characters have English names! Give me a break.

I expected it to be along the lines of a fast-paced, light-hearted Bollywood movie with lots of music, dance and fun. It wasn’t. Did I say that it was boring.

Yes, it gloried wealth and a mindless pursuit of happiness. It did not impress. Shame. It could have been a lot of fun.

We paid $5.00 to watch it on Prime Video. That was $4.99 too much. So, no, I will not recommend it.


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“Global Citizen Festival — Mandela 100”, From South Africa, Broadcast On MSNBC This Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018.

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Another gala extravaganza to commemorate the GREAT Nelson Mandela’s centennial — i.e., ‘Mandela 100‘. It is, as it should be, in Johannesburg, South Africa. So, not something that most of us and pop down for.

But, MSNBC is broadcasting it, starting at 9pm, on Sunday, December 2, 2018.  Definitely worth watching, recording or both. I plan to record it.

Did not want you to miss it.


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Somebody Sent Me A Box Of “Hope’s Cookies” — And They Are Extremely Nice.

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Had never heard of them until this delightfully festive box came via UPS today. The included card did NOT say who it was from. Just thanked me for my services.

Though I have abstained from eating any cookies for over 5 years, I had to break off and try a small sampling of two cookies: the white chocolate Macadamia nut and the oatmeal raisin. They were outstanding. Teischan who sampled two cookies gave them two thumbs up.

I wish I knew who was kind enough to send them to me. Whoever it was THANK YOU. That was very nice. Much appreciated, especially by Teischan.


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Got Flu (0.5 Fluzone HD) & Pneumonia Shots, For 2018-2019, At The Alton, N.H., Hannaford Pharmacy.

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I resisted getting the flu shot till around 2010. I was willing to roll-the-dice and take my chances. But, as I approached 60 I realized that I better pay heed to what the medical profession was advocating especially since I am very susceptible to infections.

So, far so good.

Over those 8-years, I have got my shot most often at our local, Alton Hannaford Pharmacy. 

It does not get any easier or more convenient. And now they tout and honor a ZERO co-pay. So, no cost other than what they bill your insurance.

Very efficient. Very professional. Quite fast. Very little wait time. Today, they were rather buy and it took just over 30-minutes. Still easier than driving to an hospital.

Yes, I know that they don’t even KNOW what this winter’s flu virus is going to be!

Same story as last year and the year before.

The vaccine, quite literally, is a shot in the dark. Best guess, hope for the best, fingers crossed.

But in my old age and with very little blood cells, red or white, I can’t take any chances. This year for the first time I got the 65+ flu vaccine in my left arm, and for the first time ever, a pneumonia shot — the latter in the right arm. That way ‘they’ know which is which; ‘flu’ with an ‘l’ in it in the ‘l’eft arm. Clever.


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