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‘Rowen’, Our Newfoundland Puppy From Iowa, 89-Days Old — We Have Had Her For Exactly A Month.

by Anura Guruge




We picked her up, in West Point, Iowa, exactly a month ago. We drove 2,700-miles just to get her.

She is 89-days old, today. 1-day she of being 3-months.

She is a handful, BUT what a joy. A lot of fun. Plays with everything & anything. LOVES snow shovels. She attacks them while we try to shovel. Good job that we love her. We stand there till she is done. Takes 3-times as long to shovel. But, for obvious reasons, does not like my monster snow blower.


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Netflix “The Dig” (2021) Movie — Superbly Showcases WW II-Era British Human Decency, Class Snobbery & Homosexuality.

by Anura Guruge


Click to access ‘IMDb.com’ listing for this outstanding movie.


YouTube trailer


I watched this Netflix movie, with awe, last night & did NOT want it to end. I kept on wishing & hoping that it was a SERIES rather than a solitary movie because I wanted MORE. Much more. It was that good.

Netflix has done it again. They really have found the touch. This was a GREAT movie. Yes, IF you are NOT an Anglophile you might complain that it was a tad slow. But, it needed that pace to SHOWCASE & dramatize its touching take on what used to be quintessential British HUMAN DECENCY. Britain used to be famous for it & I think we can still find it there. Wow. So many examples of how decent we were. Brought tears to my eyes.

Also, alas, but realistically portrayed what used to be — & probably still is, but not as blatantly — British CLASS warfare. Wow. Working class against the TOFFS. Smile.

Though many might not notice it, the movie also cast quite the light on what used to be rampant male homosexuality among the ‘Oxbridge’ crowd. I, even in the late 1960s, saw it first hand. I got expelled from Public School because I went to extraordinary lengths to bring this (among some of the Masters) to the attention of the parents. Thanks to my efforts quite a few kids managed to convince their parents to take them away from Boarding School. So, this theme amused me, no end. SMILE.

Good movie. IF you liked ‘Downton Abbey’ you probably will ENJOY it. Watch it. You will THANK ME. Based on a TRUE STORY.

Click to ENLARGE & read here. Wikipedia link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sutton_Hoo


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I Despaired & Gave-Up On Both ‘IONOS’ & ‘DreamHost’ When It Comes To Quick & Easy WordPress Hosting.

by Anura Guruge


Yes, OF COURSE, they both work & to be fair they both offer very competitive & attractives hosting plans. That is why I went to them; first to IONOS & then within 90-minutes or so to DreamHost.

Neither worked for I. Had too many niggling issues. Yes, IF I had the TIME & patience I could have persevered & fixed each one in time. But, as you know, TIME is my ENEMY. Never have enough for all I want & try to do. That was the issue.

With IONOS, the FREE (for 1-year) ‘.org’ domain name I registered disappeared into THIN AIR. Couldn’t get it. It was registered. That meant I lost it! Yes, I might have been able to find it IF I spent enough time with their support. AND TO BE FAIR, their SUPPORT is good. They even have responsive, real-time phone support. But, I gave up. Asked for my refund …

DreamHost basically has no HUMAN real-time support. All automated. Some of the issues I had with them were to do with WordPress rather than them per se, BUT I had enough with them that I threw in the towel. I basically wasted my whole bloody afternoon with these two outfits & have NOTHING to show for it. NOT HAPPY.

Yes, they are MORE EXPENSIVE but I will now go with Weebly as I have done in the last 3 Websites I hosted. No, I will NEVER go back to GoDaddy. SMILE.

Just thought this might help. Again, they probably work IF you have the time & patience to monkey around. I did NOT have the time. OK?


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Irish ‘Catherine Ryan Howard’ Could Be The 21st Century ‘Agatha Christie’ — Despite Her Focus On Serial Killers.

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Click to access my October 2020 post.


As you can see I RAVED about her in October. Let me now confirm that I think she is absolutely bloody brilliant. Over the last few weeks I have finished listening to her “The Nothing Man” & “Distress Signals“. Both are BEYOND good. And the crazy thing is that I am not that much into crime stuff! But, she is quite the writer. I am in awe. I think she is exceptional. A rare talent. I am sure glad I stumbled upon her.

You definitely should check her out. You will NOT regret it.


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‘The Passionate Journey’ (1949) By ‘Irving Stone’, About U.S. Painter ‘John Noble’ Was A Tortuous Read.

by Anura Guruge


My copy of the 1949 book.
Nothing that tells you what it is about!


Irving Stone books. Click to ENLARGE.


I class ‘Irving Stone’ as one of my favorite authors in that his ‘The Agony and the Ecstasyis one my most favorite books & I am also very fond of his ‘The Origin‘ & ‘Men To Match My Mountain‘. As is my wont when it comes to authors I know, I invariably pick up any & all of their books whenever I come across them — used, swap or just giveaway.

That is how I had come across ‘The Passionate Journey’. It was a discard from a local library. Since it lacked a cover, I had NO idea what the book was about! But, it was a ‘Irving Stone’ & that was good enough for I.

It proved to be about mentally-tortured American painter ‘John Noble’. I had never heard of him. I had to look him up. Quite the painter. Interesting style. Very powerful & compelling in a strange way. I do like his paintings. So, I am glad to have learnt of him. NOT a happy soul. Had mental issues & resorted to alcohol to try & mitigate them — though never successfully.

The book, though based on ‘John Noble’, is classed FICTION. A lot of it is just that. Made up, conjecture, embellishment.

This was one of his early work. 12-years prior to ‘The Agony‘. He had NOT hot his stride as a writer.

This book was HARD to read. Though not a very long book it took me nearly 3-months to read it. It would put me to sleep — though the story was quite interesting. So, unless you are interested in ‘John Noble’ you should give this book a skip.

I have nearly all his books. Must try & read another later this year or next.


A ‘John Noble’ SAMPLER from the Web.


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President Biden Has To Stop Flying To Wilmington, DE, On ‘Air Force One’ — Makes No Sense.

by Anura Guruge


Click to access article.


Of course none of us begrudge him the use of ‘Air Force One‘ especially after the BLATANT abuse by ‘one whose name should NOT be mentioned‘.

It is JUST that it just does not make any sense. The distance involved it just too short.

From Andrews to the New Castle military airport he flew into only took 25-minutes!

It would also appear that the airport was too small to cater for the bona fide Boeing 747-based ‘Air Force One’. Instead he flew in on a 757 — (with ANY official Air Force plane carrying the President automatically & by default designated “Air Force One”).

Biden, per his TRADEMARK, needs to CONTINUE taking the TRAIN.

We used go back to having a Presidential Train. Yes, I appreciate that these days security might be an issue.

Appears that Nixon, in 1970, took the train.


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Puppylove — ‘Rowen’, The New Guruge Puppy, A 9-Week Old Newfoundland From Iowa.

by Anura Guruge




Yes, I & my 14-year old daughter drove 2,600-miles to pick up this puppy from ‘West Point’, Iowa. 3-days there & 3-days back.

The two bottom pictures are from Wednesday, January 27, 2021 — the day we picked her up from the breeder.

The top picture is the next morning. I had got up at 2am, got dressed & taken her out in the cold & snow. Done so again at 6:30am. The top picture was when I got back. SMILE.


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Presidential Inauguration Days Should Be Public (Ideally Paid) Holidays.

by Anura Guruge


I had NOT really thought about this till today. We all watched about an hour of it, LIVE, from around 11:30am onwards. So, saw the swearing ins, readings & performances. It was uplifting & inspirational. Made sure that the 14-year old saw it. She is remote-school & she didn’t have any classes around that time. I asked her if the teachers had mentioned about watching the inauguration. NO.

I think it should be a holiday. Only happens every 4-years.

When things have settled down I will write to President Biden & my good senators. Get a feeling that Biden might warm to the idea. I am sure he will feature again, as the President, at the next inaugural. SMILE.


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Biden Inauguration ‘Field Of Flags’ Illumination — Video.

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YouTube Videos.
Click to watch.

Some, alas & inexplicably, have NO SOUND. So, don’t panic.


Impressive. Cute. Touching.

The illumination, with 46 pillars of light to denote that Joe Biden will be the 46th President is symbolic & a nice touch.

You should definitely watch at least one of the videos.

Pity that two of the videos (the first two) do not have sound.


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