My Man, Field Marshal Bernard Law Montgomery, Was Born This Day, 130-Years Ago.

by Anura Guruge



Click to ENLARGE and read. Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bernard_Montgomery


Wow. He sounds like Winston Churchill!


Our Monty. Named after the GREAT MAN.


I waxed lyrical about him just 25-days ago! So, I will keep this succinct.

 

Field Marshal Bernard Law Montgomery, 1st Viscount Montgomery of Alamein, KG, GCB, DSO, PC, DL  a man I revere. 

One of my GREAT heroes. I paid him the ultimate compliment that I can. I named a Golden after him … as I had done with Winston & Ulysses.

He is a source of inspiration and GREAT PRIDE. What a MAN. We would NOT be ‘here’ speaking English if NOT for him.

Just spare a second to think of what Field Marshal Bernard Law Montgomery did for US.


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Got My Garmin Vivoactive 3 (Gunmetal), Discounted & Early — But Was An ABSOLUTE PAIN To Pair With My Android 7.0 Tablet!

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So, I finally got IT — after 38-days of not having a Garmin Vivoactive on my wrist.

I, of course, ordered it through Amazon BUT did not get one fulfilled by Amazon — because their promised delivery was for this coming Monday, November 20, 2017.

I had been keeping an eye on these ‘small’ Garmin distributors who kept on claiming they could get me a Gunmetal model earlier. The latest to do so was ‘Heart Rate Monitors USA‘ — a small 14-person company in Pennsylvania.

On Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017, having watched their listing for 24-hours, I called them up. Spoke to a lady called ‘Amy’. She seemed genuine enough and she inspired confidence. So, I placed an order — WITHOUT cancelling my prior order which was NOT due to ship till today.

Heart Rate Monitors USA shipped out the unit — to UPS — within 4 hours. Yes, I was monitoring (every couple of hours). {Smile}

I got it yesterday, Thursday, November 16, 2017 — Beaujolais Nouveau Day.

I also got it for $310 — rather than the $330 I was being charged by Amazon.

I like it. Nice and light and looks OK.

But, the JOY of getting it was MARRED by the horrendous problems I had trying to PAIR IT with my 6-month old, ASUS ZenPad 10.1″ running Android 7.0. Now I had had my old Garmin Vivoactive HR paired with this tablet (albeit with erratic syncing) and had, after 9 or 10 attempts, managed to pair my short lived Garmin Forerunner 235 with it.

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With the Vivoactive 3 I just could NOT get it to PAIR. I would type in the 6-digit pairing code and something would go WRONG or NOTHING would happen.

Called up Garmin support and was with them for nearly 50 minutes. They admitted that they have NEVER tested pairings with Tablets. Just phones. Which is why they call it ‘Pair With Phone’.

It paired, first time, with an old ASUS phone. I do not have a working smartphone. I prefer a 10″ tablet.

I was SO DISGUSTED I set out to return it! Even reboxed it — with a printed return label.

Then I relented. I decided to get a phone — most likely a Google Pixel XL, since my main requirement is a decent camera to use at events (e.g., concerts). So, I started looking for phones.

Also read some posts about Bluetooth. Once suggested STOPPING the Bluetooth service on Android and starting it again. Did that around midnight. Then, two attempts later it PAIRED!

I know I spent close to 2.25 hours trying to get it to pair — and MAYBE 22 (or more) attempts.

That is NOT right.

So, that spoiled the whole experience. I am still recovering!


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Hope You Had A Great Beaujolais Nouveau 2017 Day. Cheers!

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Eventful day for I with my OBi110 and then my long-awaited Garmin Vivoactive 3 giving me grief.

But, the Beaujolais Nouveau was a solace.

No, I haven’t drunk a whole bottle yet, though I could do with drinking all 4. But, restraint! {Smile}

I hope you had a great day, better day than I — at least in terms of frigging electronics.

Why can’t life be simple like sipping Beaujolais Nouveau?

Cheers.


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Obi110/100: Continuing To Use ‘Google Voice’ With The $6 ‘Simon Telephonics’ ‘Google Voice Gateway’ (GVGW) Fix.

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Click to ENLARGE. Link to ‘Simon Telephonies’: simonics.com


The excellent instructions by ‘Simon’ himself. They work. Yes, at the END keep on refreshing, recycle power …. CLICK image to access the original posts with step-by-step instructions and PICTURES.


Click to ENLARGE. What my Obi110 Dashboard looks like now.


My ‘Google Voice‘ outbound service on the OBi110 stopped working this morning. Since OBi had screwed us before with Google Voice I kind of figured out, quite quickly, that this most likely was a software issue.

Did a few Google searches and LUCKILY stumbled upon the ‘Simon’ post, at the OBiTalk Forum, referenced above. A $6 FIX! I was skeptical since there were some bad reviews too. I was also worried that I might not be able to get it to work. But, $6 — on PayPal. Was worth a try.

IT WORKED — to my delight and relief.

The PayPal part was fine. No problems.

It took a FEW — nerve wracking — minutes, with multiple saves, browser refreshes and one cycling of power on the OBi110 before it took hold. Once it did, it was FINE.

So, …

What have you got to lose? $6?

I just hope this works for a few months.

Thank YOU, Simon.

You saved my day.


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Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau 2017 — THE Review: Bitingly Tart, Lingering & Aromatic — Another ‘Keeper’.

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Do NOT judge it on your first sip! {Smile} Give it a few sips and a few minutes.

Yes, your initial, overriding reaction is likely to be that it is TART. Yes, it is. But, tartness, from the tannin, is a hallmark of Beaujolais Nouveau. I guess it has to do with its ‘newness’.

Marked tartness has been a feature of Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau over the last 4-years. Of course I can’t tell you, exactly, whether the 2017 is more tart than what was the 2014.

In these reviews, which I have now done for a few years, totally on my own dime (without ANY help or interaction, whatsoever from Georges Duboeuf), I set out to be totally upfront. There is no reason for me to sugarcoat anything.

So, here we go.

The tartness grew on me — i.e., after a few sips I kind of liked it. It is a lingering tartness.

More aromatic than last year’s — I am sure.

Not bad at all, at all — after the first few sips.

It is, as was last year’s, a rather robust red. Very bold and in your palette. Those that like a full-bodied red will have no issues with it. Those with a more ‘delicate’ palette may find it too ‘in your face’.

Definite keeper — as has been the Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau over the last few years.

I am looking forward to my 2nd half-glass.

Once you get used to its tartness it goes down WELL.

I am happy.

Happy Beaujolais Nouveau 2017.

I will write another review after I have drunk a bottle — which will be by tomorrow. {Smile}

Cheers.


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Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau 2017 Label … By Floridian Artist Ari Azzopardi-Robinson.

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Georges Duboeuf managed to keep this 2017 label under wraps until the day! Impressive. In the past I would typically be able to find it online about 3-days ahead of THE DAY.

Pretty label BUT not whether it kind of goes with the wine. Not sure.

Original painting is quite the work of art — though I am, in general, not a big fan of such modernistic paint daubs.

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