National Park Service Manages To Regain Ionic Yosemite Names Like ‘Curry Village’ & ‘Ahwahnee Hotel’ — Albeit For $3.8 Million!
This is GREAT News.
Shame that it cost the National Park Service $3.84 Million. They are short of funds.
This should never have been allowed to happen in the first place.
I wrote about this, in reference to beloved ‘Curry Village‘, after my last visit in 2016.
Good News. The Park Service owns the names now.
It all had to do with who owned these iconic names like ‘Curry Village’. The National Park Service had not made an effort, in the past, to make sure that they owned them. That was the problem.
The prior Concession Holder to the Park held the rights to the name and only now parted with them after a total payoff coming to $12 million.
But, the National Park Service will, in essence, own the names going forward. That is GREAT news.
But, this issue is happening or going to happen in other Parks too. Concession Holders ‘trademarking’ iconic park names. The Park Service has to stop this.
Official Trailer on YouTube.
OK, I will admit upfront that I am not your typical audience for this movie — which is about how the classic ‘Oxford English Dictionary‘ came to be created.. For a start, one of the settings in this movie is my old school, Mill Hill (in London). Moreover, I have read THE book (by Simon Winchester on which the movie is based), know additional bits about the history of the Dictionary and furthermore adore ‘THE OXFORD’ and what it stands for. So, I was not going to be an easy customer to please — though I desperately wanted the movie to WOW I. Alas, it did NOT.
For a start, it misrepresented the history involving Mill Hill and the scene they show involving Mill Hill does NOT show anything close to what Mill Hill looks like! And that was how the movie started. So, I was not impressed. It would NOT have been difficult to have shot the scene at Mill Hill since the buildings, from the time, are still there. Plus, they show Dr. Murray’s son playing field hockey. Yes, we played hockey at Mill Hill but the school is more of a rugby and cricket school. So, that was part irritating. Then the movie gets the dates and facts WRONG! The Murrays did not move to Oxford as soon as he became Editor. The first five-years of the Dictionary were at Mill Hill. So, the movie misrepresents that.
Yes, it is NOT an easy story to tell and the ‘Madman’ (viz. Dr. William Chester Minor (who cuts off his penis)) was not as central as the movie makes him out to be. Yes, he contributed, much — but so did thousands of others. It is the typical conflict between a good book and a movie that tries to tells its story. In this case, as it happens so often, the movie falls short.
My recommendation: skip the movie, read the book!
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A wonderful place. We wouldn’t dream of staying anywhere else (unless they are closed for the Winter, as was the case when we went up in March last year). That we have stayed there 8-times and are already planning to go should be endorsement enough. It has a palpable, upbeat but soothing atmosphere. You feel ‘on-top-of-the-world’ and it isn’t just that you are high up. That helps.
You can’t beat the location. You can be within the Park, on the famous Loop Road, in less than 2-minutes! Ditto for the Hannaford’s in Bar Harbor. Extremely friendly, obligingly and pleasant staff. We now consider many of them friends, and they us. We look forward to seeing them.
It is not the height of luxury and parts of it show its (considerable) age. But the three rooms we have stayed in have been very comfortable, more spacious than normal and commanded compelling views. And all the rooms, moreover, come with a fridge and microwave. But, you don’t have to worry about making your own breakfast. A ‘buffet’, DIY hot breakfast is included. We always start our day with that. Oh, did I mention the HEATED swimming pool that I make use of, much. Plus. this year they have upgraded their Wi-Fi (which was never that bad to begin with). So, that was an added bonus. Fast, reliable Internet.
You have to check it out. Yes, we have only stayed in the more (maybe most) expensive rooms — but they have, nonetheless, still been affordable and competitive.
Unreserved kudos. Stay in one of the refurbished rooms and you will love it.
“Shetland” Detective Series On ‘Britbox’ & ‘Prime’ — Just Amazing, The Best Of The Lot, Better Than ‘Vera’!
Yes, I know that it is probably sacrilegious to say ‘better than Vera‘ — BUT, it is! We, as always, serendipitously, stumbled upon it on ‘Britbox‘ when they started advertising Season 5 (a couple of months ago). We watched Episode 1. It was good. But, we had to wait a whole week to see Episode 2. That was good too. We were hooked. Couldn’t wait another week. So, we watched Season 4, which was also available on ‘Britbox’ — all the way through. Loved it. Better than ‘Loch Ness‘, ‘Then There Were None‘ etc. etc. Better than Vera. Did I already say that?
Then went back to Season 5. Now we were hooked.
Found Seasons 1, 2 & 3 on Amazon Prime. You had to buy them (and they were NOT ‘cheap’). But, hey … you have to pay for quality. So, we watched all of that too.
We have watched ALL of it. Now we are lost.
Very, very good show. Amazing stories. Very good acting. Great drama. Breathtaking scenery. Fast moving. Cleverly done. Must watch.
The Diary Of Anne Frank
They are both basically trying to tell you how well your body is coping and recovering from stress (BOTH physical and emotional).
Garmin with its ‘Body Battery‘ (which I have on my MARQ Expedition) does it over the whole day.
Polar with its ‘Nightly Recharge‘, per the unambiguous name, focuses on your nightly ‘recharge’ — with the emphasis on the early part of your sleep.
Polar’s ‘Nightly Recharge’ definitely gives you more data than I get with the Garmin, e.g., breathing rate, heart rate variability and beat-to-beat interval. (See images below).
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Garmin’s ‘Body Battery’ feedback on Garmin Connect.
Polar’s ‘Nightly Recharge’ status on their APP.
As you can see from above, there are TWO aspects that are taken into consideration: autonomic nervous system (ANS) recovery and how well you slept.
The Sleep feedback which is not that dissimilar to what you can get with a Garmin.
It appears I am doing OK. I could have told you that without either the Garmin or Polar! SMILE. I sleep like a LOG. To say I sleep like a baby would be wrong. As a father of four I know that babies are fussy sleepers. I am not. I fall asleep fairly easily and when I do, I am GONE. I sleep deeply as far as I am concerned.
There is a very good reason as to why I sleep well. I am dead tired by the time I go to bed … usually after 1am in the MORNING. I also don’t get as much sleep as I would like. 8 hpurs would be a dream. 7 would be nice. I usually end up with something less than 7.
As long as I get up at my usual time, which is past 8am, I wake up RESTED and ready to go.
So, both the Polar and Garmin are basically confirming this. I sleep OK and am recharged when I get up.
Would be interesting to see what others get in terms of readings.
This afternoon a LIBRARIAN, yes, a librarian told me that she could NOT find my e-mail online!
Sacré bloody bleu!
I was MORTIFIED.
Google my name.
But, yes, it is TRUE that my e-mail is NOT that obvious. So, I am trying to fix that.
No, I am NOT worried about publicizing my e-mail.
I have had this e-mail, unchanged for over 22-years. Most people have it. Plus, I have some rather effective spam filters and e-mail blockers.
So, again. Anura Guruge e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
My latest Business Card (front & back — enlarged)
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The LATEST. Delivered July 3, 2019.
The ice makers on two of them, the Samsung & the Whirlpool, packed up — on the Samsung within 4-months & on the Whirlpool after 18-months. Folks, including those at Best Buy, keep on saying that ice makers are the bane of modern refrigerators. But, ‘we’ (and by that I do include myself) are so dependent on ice makers and ice water from the fridge.
It all started in April 2017. The GE that came with this house (both of which were new when we bought the house in 2007) packed up exactly one-month after its 10th anniversary! Talk about planned obsolescence.
We then got the Samsung. Ice maker packed up after 4-months. So, we were still under warranty. But, it took four (4) torturous months before we could get bloody Samsung to get around to addressing the problem. They told Best Buy (where we bought it from) to take it back and give us our money back. We then bought the Whirlpool — at Best Buy’s recommendation. They also ‘suggested’ we get the ‘Geek Squad‘ warranty.
Then, the ice maker on the Whirlpool stopped working. Geek Squad was here pretty quickly but they messed around for 2-months replacing parts. Then they said we could get a NEW one BUT we had to pay the new price. Plus, the ‘Geek Squad’ warranty ends and you have to buy another one! What a ‘deal’. Cost us $270 to get the new LG.
So, that is where we are. This is crazy. 4 refrigerators in 24 months.