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Johnnie James Of ‘Sweetrock’ Playing At ‘110 Grill’, Rochester, New Hampshire — Sunday, May 22, 2017.

by Anura Guruge

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We lucked out in that we got to see/hear him, albeit but for a way-too brief, few minutes, when we went for lunch at the ever so impressive, (still relatively new) ‘110 Grill’ in Rochester, New Hampshire. He, ‘Johnnie James‘ of ‘Sweet Rock‘, was the icing on what had already proved to be a very nice cake.

I had never heard of him BUT I intend to rectify that.

He was good, very good and a extremely pleasant gentleman. Lot of class, presence and panache.

He started playing at 3pm when we were just about getting ready to leave. Plus, we were seated in the patio (it being an absolutely gorgeous day) and ‘110 Grill’ for all of its modernity and expense not having a way to pipe the live music from indoors to the patio. I, however, went inside and listened to him for a few minutes — and as is my wont also had a few quick words and exchanged business cards. He has an extensive and varied song book.

Definitely good. Worth seeing and WORTH BOOKING.


All pictures and video taken with my Sony a7 II.

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by Anura Guruge

‘110 Grill’, Rochester, New Hampshire — Impressive Indeed; A Welcome Addition To The Region.

by Anura Guruge

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Click image to access the ‘110 Grill’ Website.

Click to ENLARGE and ogle here. From the Website above.

We had lunch there on Sunday, May 21, 2017, and I was pleasantly impressed. A very good experience overall. We will definitely be going back and I already signed up for the loyalty program (and am 60% towards my first $10 discount).

Teischan wanted to go to Walmart to get some more craft supplies and since it was such a beautiful day, and we hadn’t done much yesterday, I suggested that we might as well do lunch on the way.

We had seen this ‘grill’ a number of times given that we go to that ‘Walmart Mall‘ or drive past it at least 5 -6 times a month. We were under impression that it had just opened quite recently — like in May. We were wrong. They have been open since December. Wow. I wish I knew. I would have gone in much sooner. Our loss.

It was impressive in every way. Great ambience. Very modern, very pleasing to the eye, spacious and airy. We sat outside on the patio. That was first class and you could not have had a better day.

The service was impeccable! They really try hard.

The menu was good and catered to MY taste. I ordered the ‘Asian Calamari’ and the ‘Tempura Shrimp’. Now we are Calamari connoisseurs and will invariably order it if it is on the menu. This calamari was one of the BEST. It was good. On par, if not better, than the one I have at the ‘Cheesecake Factory‘ in Cambridge, MA when I visit the BostonMuseum of Science‘. The shrimp was also good and put to shame the ones I had recently at ‘Ruby Tuesday‘. We both had the ‘Kale Brussels Salad’ and that was good too.

I had a ‘Jameson Julep‘ given that it was Summer and I was outside. It was ‘OK’ but not to the standard of the ‘Mint Mojitos‘ served at ‘Uno

Actually this place, with all the flowers outside, reminded me, greatly, of the ‘Uno‘ in Concord, NH. That is not a bad thing. I love that Uno.

Initially I thought the prices were a tad rich for Rochester, but looking at the menu again I realize that they are not bad.

They even had live entertainment — starting at 3pm. It was ‘Johnnie James‘ of ‘Sweetrock‘ and he was good. My only gripe, and I made my feelings heard, was that you could not hear him from the patio! They — and it is a franchise — have spent a pretty penny on this place and they have piped music in the patio. But they don’t have a means to relay the live information, from inside, to the patio. So, I had to go inside to listen to Johnnie. That did not amuse me.

I recommend this place — highly. I will let you know when I visit again.

All pictures taken with my Sony a7 II.

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Barclaycard US & A Fraudulent $194 Charge From Best Buy.

by Anura Guruge

A sample image found on the Web. {SMILE}

I got a Barclaycard Mastercard in February of this year. The last thing I needed was another credit card (to the dozen or more I already had) BUT I would have been an even bigger fool than normal to turn down the generous, one-time $250 Cash Back Reward — given that the 90-day spend requirement to get that was beyond easy to meet. {SMILE}. Yes, I got the $250, as a statement credit, within six weeks and that made me happy.

Given my British antecedents I am fond of Barclays. A good British institution.

I don’t use the Barclaycard as much as I probably should — preferring instead, for reasons I am not truly sure as to why, to use my Bank of America (BofA), Fidelity or Discover.

Anywho …

I check transaction activity on all my cards, online, irrespective of the frequency of use, on a regular basis.

Last week I checked the Barclaycard account and was SURPRISED to see a PENDING charge for $194.40 from Best Buy. I certainly had not bought anything from Best Buy in a month — though it was very true that I had been browsing the Best Buy Website that week looking for a new tablet. But, I was pretty certain I had not accidently bought one. Checked my Best Buy account. Nothing, and I would NOT have bought anything outside of the account because I would have wanted my Best Buy points. Checked around. Nope, nobody in the house had bought anything from Best Buy — of late.

In reality we had only bought two things from Best Buy THIS year: the new refrigerator in early April and an Android phone (later returned) in late April. I had paid for the refrigerator on a Best Buy credit card. However, I had bought the phone using the Barclaycard and that transaction was properly listed — as was the RETURN a week later.

So this was a mystery and semi-scary.

A $194.40 charge, albeit still pending, on my card.

I called them. They answered fairly quickly.

They were SLICK and wonderful.

No hassle, no grief. Just a few questions and then it was BANG, BANG, BANG.

They cancelled my card. They voided the transaction and it was GONE — totally gone — by the next day.

FedEx delivered a new card next morning by 10am! Wow.

I am impressed. I am glad I got a Barclaycard.

But, a heads up.

This is scary. So who stole my card information — since I still had the card in my possession.

I wonder whether Barclaycard will be able to find out. 

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The Cynic I Am, I Can’t Help Wondering Whether PC Security Companies Had A Hand In The Ransomware Attacks.

by Anura Guruge

Click to access this BBC article. Google for many more.

A recent Ad., with ‘ransomware’ featured, by a security company that advertises aggressively on TV. Click to ENLARGE and read here.

Yes, yes, yes … I know that this is an old chestnut and that there are plenty of posts, including determinations by ‘Snopes‘, that antivirus companies are SO ETHICAL (and atypical) that they would never even dream of doing anything so underhand.

But, I am an out-and-out cynic and I have been involved with computers for 48-years.

Yes, I could be wrong — totally wrong.

This, however, is something that has crossed my mind.

It would be so easy to do — surreptitiously. All ‘you’ would have to do is find a few hackers, on the ‘Dark Web’, on the quiet.

Let’s hope I am WRONG.

But, I have long maintained that security software that we install on our PCs represents the BIGGEST malware we have on our PCs! We give them carte blanche to see everything we do, communicate with impunity with a ‘mothership’ and install updates willy nilly!

Just something to think about. Being a cynic does have advantages.

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Canadian ‘Ballerina’ [Renamed ‘Leap!’] 2016 Movie: Unexpectedly Good & Enchanting With High-Quality Animation.

by Anura Guruge

Click here to access the listing for this intriguing movie — which was RENAMED ‘Leap!’.

Click here to access the official Canadian Website with some great, full-frame clips.

This proved to be an incredibly good and endearing animated movie.

The animation was top notch and I just assumed it was Disney. It was not. This is a Canadian movie with French collaboration.

The animation, especially the fast-paced sequences are as good as anything done by Disney or Dreamworks — possibly better!

Usual Disney ‘tear-jerker‘ storyline — orphans overcoming adversity to excel. Some parallels to 1997 Anastasia — given that Paris figures heavily in both movies.

I had NOT heard of this movie.

The renaming was confusing.

But, definitely, indubitably, a good, compelling Disney-genre film. Kids 8 – 12 would lap it up.

Glad we stumbled upon it serendipitously.

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BMW Cars Inexplicably Bursting Into Flames — Simple Explanation, ‘Instant Karma’.

by Anura Guruge

Click image to access ABC News original with VIDEO.

Click image to access U.K. “Daily Mail” original.

Instant Karma.

Click to ENLARGE and enjoy here.

Click image to UNDERSTAND why I am so opposed to all things German.

Spontaneous combustion. Ultimate in instant karma.

Cracked me up. I have no sympathy. I tell people who own German cars, to their face, that it impresses me none and grieves me much. And that included my adoptive father


Instant Karma.

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