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Tag Archive | 2017

More Devastatingly Tempting Cakes By Sri Lankan ‘Kapruka.com’, This Time, Of Course, For Valentine’s Day.

by Anura Guruge


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The ‘New Year 2019’ cakes from December.

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Just in the last ten weeks, or so, I have done three posts on the seriously impressive cakes, available in Sri Lanka (and just in Sri Lanka), thanks to ‘Kapruka.com‘.

These cakes are for Valentine’s Day — and that makes me GRIN for multiple reasons. This is a totally new holiday to Sri Lanka. Growing up, we had never heard of it. C’est la vie. All to do with the HUGE, multi-million (I suspect) Sri Lankan diaspora in the West. They are hell bent on sharing their holidays with those back home. Nothing wrong. Makes a lot of people very happy and Karuka very rich.

In case you are wondering I am nothing but a customer when it comes to Kapruka. Though I give them huge amount of publicity I get nothing from them. That is OK. They have never asked me to do these posts. I do them for YOU.


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‘Thai Pongal’ 2019 cakes from a month ago.


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More Hard To Resist Cakes By Sri Lankan ‘Kapruka.com’, This Time For The Tamil ‘Thai Pongal’.

by Anura Guruge


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The ‘New Year 2019’ cakes from a few weeks ago.

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Just in the last few weeks I have done two posts on the seriously impressive cakes, available in Sri Lanka (and just in Sri Lanka), thanks to ‘Kapruka.com‘.

These cakes are for a Tamil holiday, ‘Thai Pongal’. It is not one I am familiar with. But, the cakes sure look good. So, I wanted to share them with you. Enjoy.

Oh, in case you are wondering, ‘Thai Pongal’, in 2019, starts on January 15 and goes on for 3 to 4 days. It is a harvest celebration.


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Wolfeboro, N.H.: No ‘First Night’ For 2019 (i.e., December 31, 2018) BUT There Is A ‘Last Night’.

by Anura Guruge


This was also the case last year and the year before.

No ‘First Night’, with a midnight fireworks, as there used to be — instead a ‘Last Night’ that wraps up by 9pm.

An early end will not be a bad thing in 2018 since we will be getting snow/ice/rain around that time.


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The Events, from their Facebook page — linked above.

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Some Seriously Impressive ‘New Year 2019’ Cakes By ‘Kapruka.com’ For Sri Lanka.

by Anura Guruge


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Exactly a fortnight ago I raved about their 2018 Christmas cakes. Now it is their quite impressive New Year cakes.

I have said it before, I will say it again: “I wish these cakes, at these prices, were available in the U.S.“. Alas, not so. They are only available for delivery within Sri Lanka.

Well, I rave about these Kapruka cakes at least once year, either at Christmas, Sinhalese New Year or Easter. Do a search on ‘Kapruka‘ on this blog if you don’t believe me.

Over the years, when more of my relatives were alive, I used to be a real good Kapruka customer. Would order multiple cakes per year. I don’t avail myself to their services that much anymore — though I did send a cake in September.

The cakes have quite noticeably fancier and, alas, more expensive over the years! The latter was inevitable. Still, cheap compared to U.S. prices since delivery is included.

Just wanted to share these with you to inspire you.

For all the publicity that I give them, Kapruka, in typical Sri Lankan fashion, has never said thank you. C’est la vie.


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‘Catholic Press Photo’ — Pope’s Christmas Card For 2018.

by Anura Guruge


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If you Italian is a bit rusty what it says is:
Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

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Alessia Giuliani

Posting the Catholic Press Photo, “Pope’s Christmas Card,” has been one of my cherished annual traditions since 2008, one that I eagerly look forward to as soon as we enter December.

2015 card2016 card & 2017 card.

I used to post them on my then widely read but now defunct “Popes and Papacy” blog. 

The Rome-based Catholic Press Photo, established over 40 years ago, now led by Alessia Giuliani, the daughter of one of the founders, has been a good friend. This gives me a chance to highlight their excellent work. Enjoy their pictures … especially those of the cardinals.

This year’s card comes with good wishes from Alessia, Monica, Giancarlo e Emanuela.

Thank YOU.

Merry Christmas.


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Some Pretty Nifty Christmas Cakes By ‘Kapruka.com’ For Sri Lanka.

by Anura Guruge


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I have said it before, I will say it again: “I wish these cakes, at these prices, were available in the U.S.“. Alas, not so. They are only available for delivery within Sri Lanka.

Well, I rave about these Kapruka cakes at least once year, either at Christmas, Sinhalese New Year or Easter. Do a search on ‘Kapruka‘ on this blog if you don’t believe me.

Over the years, when more of my relatives were alive, I used to be a real good Kapruka customer. Would order multiple cakes per year. I don’t avail myself to their services that much anymore — though I did send a cake in September.

Just wanted to share this with you.

For all the publicity that I give them, Kapruka, in typical Sri Lankan fashion, has never said thank you. C’est la vie.


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Nikon’s Ultra-Zoom P1000 Is Finally Announced And It Fails To ‘WOW’ I.

by Anura Guruge


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Well, Nikon finally announced it, MORE than a year later than it was expected, and yes, as we had all predicted it did have a 24-3,000mm zoom.

A 3,000mm zoom is mega-impressive, but, alas, that appears to be the only selling point of the P1000. That is galling.

Everything else is essentially the same, though I get the impression they have improved the Image Stabilization to help with keeping the monster lens steady. The RAW support is totally irrelevant to I. I do NOT do post-processing. I am not sure how many folks buying a ‘Coolpix’ will want to deal with RAW. ‘Coolpix’ is for us ‘point, shoot and post’ brigade.

It is still 16MP and most disappointing the Max. ISO is still 6400. And that is a killer in my book. [I was wrong on this — and I was going by the initial reviews. SORRY. Appears that there is a 12800 option.] Yes, Nikon is going to say shoot in RAW and then add lightning after. I would RATHER not do that, ‘thanks’.

This is what I said in April 2017 when we first started talking about the P1000.

So, the P1000 like the P900 only truly excels in good light. Forget the built in flash. The extended lens gets in the way.

The P900 was $599. The P1000 is $999. Yes, 3,000mm lenses are NOT cheap. I appreciate that. But that is a 67% price increase.

So, this is not sour grapes, but I doubt whether I will be rushing out to get one. I still have my P900 and to be honest I rarely use it. So, I cannot justify getting a P1000. Over the last year I have discovered that I am truly a FULL FRAME guy. I love my Sony a7 II. It just feels right. When not using that, I use my Google Pixel 2 — mainly for the convenience.

So, that is my take. The 3,000 lens is very impressive and tempting. But, that is all that the P1000 offers over the P900. To, I, that is not enough. Plus, in the end, it is still a 16MP 1/2.3″ sensor. That is basically the same as that on a phone.


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