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My Garmin Fenix 6 Pro Interprets Having Sex As Cycling!

by Anura Guruge

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I guess it is fair enough. Some of the motions do have some similarities (and being a Brit I do know that ‘cycle’ used to be a derogatory term for describing someone with ‘loose’ morals).

I have never seen this before and I apologize if it is old news. It was new to I. No, no, not having sex BUT seeing Garmin thinking that I was cycling. The issue here being that I had NEVER looked at this page before.

I am 67 and have a fairly low heart-rate, with my resting heart rate at around 48. So, I never bother to look at the daily chart. I check my RHR in the morning to see if I am still alive and sometimes that is in doubt with the Garmin either showing no pulse or readings around 38. Then, I do glance at the HR when I am walking/jogging or using my stationary bike. Well, I am going to be looking at this screen more often. [And, I am reasonably fit, for an old guy.]

Well I happened to look at this screen last night and saw the green bike icon and the ‘cycling’ activity. Didn’t realize what it was for a second. [Yes, at 67 the brain doesn’t work that quickly.] Then I put 2 and 2 together. Aaahhhh.

As for the two gaps in my HR graph. First was when I was showering. I have a nice leather strap so I take it off. Second time. Charging — what else? 

Cycling. OK, I will buy that.

OK, I blurred out the HR readings. My wife probably won’t be thrilled that I am sharing that level of data — THOUGH she was the one who told me I should write a book about ‘orgasms’ (which I did do).

But, this has also got me thinking. Those of you who SHARE your data better be CAREFUL! You could have folks asking you what you were doing cycling at midnight. Enough said.

I just wanted to share this with you because I found it amusing. Yes, it made me smile.

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‘Vienna Blood’, On PBS & Amazon Prime, Relatively Good, But Not Brilliant — At Least As Yet.

by Anura Guruge

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It is definitely NOT bad. Quite watchable. I guess I was expecting something ‘more’ — more gripping, taught and dramatic. That said, the first case, involving two murderers, and spanning the first two episodes, was quite interesting. Interesting twists. Quite clever. Very well shot. Makes a change to have a murder/mystery set in Vienna as opposed to the U.K. or U.S.A.

It is still being aired weekly. Earlier episodes are being streamed online — on PBS and Amazon Prime, albeit for a price.

Well, we plan to watch all the episodes. Seen the first two. Will watch three soon.

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I Bought A ‘Grundig’ Radio Which Is ‘Fake’ & I Am V. Happy That It Is NOT A ‘Grundig’.

by Anura Guruge

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No, this is not gobbledygook. It makes eminent sense. I wanted a radio whose quality was akin to that of a legendary ‘Grundig’, but I was happy if it wasn’t German! I do my best to avoid German products — especially bloody German cars. Why? Very simple. Others may have, BUT I have yet to forgive them for BOMBING my beloved England. Yep. Yes, the Japanese bombed Ceylon once — but, as far as I am concerned, WE the Allies exacted our retribution on them. Anywho … I am just glad that I was able to get an American designed, Chinese built radio that is purpoted to be as good as a Grundig — without it actually being a Grundig.

Growing up in Ceylon, before I witnessed, with my own two-eyes the damage that the bloody Germans had wreaked on Liverpool, I was into Grundig radios — both desktop and portable. We didn’t have TV. Just radio. Though there was a paucity of imported goods we did have a smattering of Grundigs. Grundigs were good.

I had NO idea that Grundig had gone ‘kaput’ in 2003. I didn’t realize that German companies went kaput. Well they did. ‘Grundig’ is now just a brand name used by others.

Eton has bought the U.S. rights for the name. The radio is not German. It is not bad. I have only used it for less than 30-minutes, but so far, so good.

For the last 10-months I have started listening to the radio during my 2-hours a day of walking/light jogging. Helps me deal with the time.

Learnt a lot about portable radios in the last few days. Suffice to say the Chinese are BIG. Yes, Sony has presence and products but the Chinese are eating their lunch.

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‘Brewster Academy’ Performance Of ‘Mama Mia!’ Was Stupendously Brilliant — A True Tour de Force.

by Anura Guruge

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Attribution WILL be enforced.

Guinevere Hilton (Director) & Andy Campbell (Musical Director)

What an absolutely brilliant, stupendous show & performance. These gifted & dedicated kids didn’t just hit it out of the park — they hot it well across the ‘Bay’ (and for that know the geography, they hit it all the way across to Alton).

Wow. The perfect tonic for a very cold, mid-February night. Thank YOU, Brewster Academy. You again confirmed that you folks rock. That Brewster has the Midas touch.

We had been to Brewster’s production of ‘Fiddler on the Roof‘ in 2016 & ‘Grease‘ in 2015. That was brilliant too and I raved about it (as was only due). So, we went with high expectations and this performance way, way exceeded expectations.

Made my week. Thank YOU.

It was created by the hugely talented husband-and-wife team of Guinevere Hilton & Andy Campbell. They never put a foot wrong. I have known Andy Campbell since 2012 when Devanee (then 12) started signing for ‘Clearlakes Chorale‘ where Andy (again) is the Musical Director. Since I attended the weekly rehersals I got to see Andy, at work, at close quarters. Andy creates magic. Hugely talented. So, with Andy & Guinevere together the kids had a great head start. Nonetheless, the kids did so exceptionally well.

The two female leads, Alison Ansorg (as Sophie) and Mary James (as Donna) were mind-blowingly good. To be fair, they were all good, but these two young ladies had a lot of songs to lead and they did a great job.

I have seen so many Broadway (& London) shows that I can’t (in my old age) remember whether I have seen ‘Mama Mia!’ on Broadway. We know that we have met ONE genuine member of Abba. Yep. At ‘Meadowbrook’ — in the days when we had contacts there and they arranged it when they heard that Deanna was a huge fan. That, actually is beside, the point. These kids (and some adults) are not professionals and they are not Abba. That mattered nowt. They did great.

I was SO happy. It was wonderful.


Thank you Brewster. I just wish more folks had braved the chilling weather to attend. It was a fair crowd (for the 7pm show) but it wasn’t totally full — and it should have been.

Thank YOU, Guinevere & Andy. You two are the BEST.

Thank YOU, Abba. I had forgotten how great you were. SMILE.

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‘Vera’ (Detective Show) — Unjustifiable Bias Towards Interracial Couples Is Starting To Ruin The Show!

by Anura Guruge

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We got ‘Britbox’ 11-months ago mainly for ‘Vera’! Click image to access my post.

We (and by that I mean all of us in the household) LOVE the show. ‘Vera’ has become one of our FAVORITE British shows. Just do a quick search (here) for my rave blog posts.

The show has always made a point of showing a varied cast — with non-whites in every episode. That is GOOD. And I appreciate that MY Britain is very multiracial. Love the trouble they have gone to be inclusive.

I also have no issues whatsoever with INTERRACIAL RELATIONSHIPS & MARRIAGES.

Let’s face it. I, literally, have SKIN in the game. Every relationship and marriage I have had has been interracial. So, I have NO problem with them. But, at the same time I do not want anyone demeaning them — and, of course, NOT taking the mickey out of them! And it has come to that with ‘Vera’ Season 10. Four episodes so far, and EVERY ONE has had an interracial couple. That is TOO MUCH. That is too in your face. I am no longer amused.

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Yes, I looked up the stats. Interracial marriages, though on the rise (as it should be), still accounts for less than 10%. Way, way, way lower than in the U.S.

The show’s obsession is misplaced.

Well, this was bothering I. It genuinely was. It was getting in the way. I had to write this. SMILE.

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‘Tetley Tea’, 183-Years In Business, And Still Can’t Get Its Instructions For Making A Basic Cup Of Tea Right!

by Anura Guruge

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Brewing instructions at the back.

I kid YOU not.

How is this possible?

Coming from Ceylon I like STRONG, black tea. I prefer coffee, but in deference to keeping my hypertension in check (which it is), I try not to drink too much coffee. So, after prodigious quantities of coffee prior to noon, I switch to black tea for the afternoon, evening & NIGHT. It is 11:33pm and I am drinking black tea. Does it keep me awake? Heck NO. Nothing keeps me awake! 

I had it with tea bags. Just couldn’t get my tea strong enough and towards the end I was using 4 to 5 bags per mug of coffee.

So, I switched to loose leaf tea and started with this box.

Good tea. Robust. Makes a nice cuppa.

I, of course, had never bothered to read the instructions. I do know how to make tea.

Happened to see the instructions today. Cracked me UP.

Don’t these companies have QA anymore?

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‘Amtrak Downeaster’ From Dover, N.H. To Boston, North Station: Not Bad All, BUT Slow & Expensive!

by Anura Guruge

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We are not strangers to Amtrak. We have taken Amtrak — and even the Acela — from Boston to New York (and back, and even once from Philadelphia) many, many times. But, the ‘Downeaster’ was a mystery — a service that I had never previously considered. Plus, it is strange, it is not something that readily comes to mind because I rarely see ‘Downeaster’ trains in action.

But, this last Sunday, heading to Boston Chinatown for the Lunar New Year celebrations I decided to give the ‘Downeaster’ a spin. It came up as an option when I was Googling bus services. Yes, I normally drive to Boston. I have no problems driving to Boston, though parking can be slightly infuriating. But, I had done a lot of driving in the past month — which had included trips to Boston, Rockland (Maine) and a number of trips to the Portsmouth area. I wanted to sit back and let someone else drive.

Given that there are three of us taking the bus, either from Dover or Concord, would have been cheaper. With the 50% discount I can get as a senior the $28 return-trip fare is definitely fair. But, when you are talking of a family of 3 or 4, even if you can get 50% off on all the tickets, it is expensive. Cheaper to drive, especially on a Sunday when you can park in Boston for ~$11.

But, I wanted to go by train. We haven’t had a proper train trip in 4-years. It was time. It was relaxing. It was nice.

It was not fast. I clocked it using GPS. Was doing around 55mph. 98 minutes from Dover to North Station. In a good day I can drive from home to Downtown Boston in 90 minutes. So, faster speed definitely is not factor.

Nice scenic route. Through tons of undeveloped land. Much more scenic than taking I-93 or I-95. That was a plus.

Good trip. Enjoyed it. I will do it again — mainly just for the love of traveling by train.

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