Tag Archive | 2019

WATCH HBO ‘Chernobyl’ (2019) Miniseries — To Recognize The Dangers Of A ‘State’ That Lies.

by Anura Guruge


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I, of course, had heard it was good. But, I had no idea that it was this good. A trusted friend told me to watch it last week. I listen to him. He is very smart. I am glad I did.

WOW.

Of course, I knew the basic parameters of the story. Like many of you, I too lived through it — but from afar.

Interesting miniseries.

Though couched as a drama, which, of course, it is — what it really is, is a MORAL TALE.

It sets out to show the dangers of a State (in this case the Soviet Union) that lies.

It has some GREAT lines about the true cost of lying.

One of them, paraphrase because I didn’t get it all is along the lines of: ‘Every lie incurs a debt of truth, and that debt has to be repaid some day‘! WOW.

Great story for NOW — with the COVID-19 upon us.

I watched all 5 episodes in 2.5-days — it is that good (and it isn’t like I spend much time watching TV). What this, however, means is that you can watch it all, easily, on a 7-day HBO FREE trial. SMILE. I did so via Amazon Prime.

But, please try and watch it.


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We Have Gained Nearly 1.75 Hours Of Daylight In New Hampshire Since The Winter Solstice 2-Months Ago.

by Anura Guruge


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Today
10 hours and 48 minutes of Daylight.


IF you live in New Hampshire I hope (I really do) that this has NOT escaped you.

It is so obvious and, moreover, WONDERFUL.

It is still light at 5:30 in the evening. Heaven!

I love it. I am a Sun Worshipper as my TAN testifies.

Enjoy.

It will keep on getting better until that DREADED, horrible day in June when winter turns the corner!



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Thanks To Eversource (PSNH) We Lost Power 3 (Plus) Times In The Last 4-Days (i.e., Since Friday).

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Yes, I fully understand & appreciate that we had some bad weather of late and that some poor souls lost power for multiple-days at a stretch.

And I also THANK & give kudos to Eversource — as I did in October 2019 — when they get it right (and go the extra mile).

Not so the last few days.

We lost power THIS MORNING — i.e., Monday morning. There was NO bloody reason for that. Yes, there was LIGHT snow falling, but NO wind and no ice.

Ditto, Saturday morning. No wind. No ice. NOTHING. Just Eversource being cussed.

I was RESIGNED to losing power Friday. Yes, there was some wind. I will concede that. But, it was a JOKE. Power was coming on and going off — all bloody night. Ruined one of my UPS units. No chance that Eversource will pay for a replacement.

I do NOT like Eversource. Yes, I will THANK THEM on occasion BUT they are NOT a good, decent company that cares of its customers.


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I Had No Idea That I Traveled This Much In 2019 Until ‘Google Maps’, Unsolicited, Sent Me This Timeline.

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As somebody who lives, openly, on the Web it really doesn’t bother me that much that Google is now keeping track of my travels.

Most of where I go, of import & interest, gets reported on this blog anyway. So, I kind of don’t care.

This, I know, will bother some — quite rightly. Scary what the police could do with it. Good job I have no secret travels and very few secrets, if any.

In a way I regret that ‘Google Maps‘ has not been around all my long (and semi-illustrious) life. Would be nice to have a log of all the places I have visited given that I used to travel EXTENSIVELY. The other day I TRIED to count the countries I have visited. I got to around 39. I might have been to a few more.

Oh, there are quite a few mistakes in the Timeline.

‘Google Maps’ lists Rockland, Maine, as a NEW place I visited. Oh, dear! First time I have been to Rockland with ‘Google Maps’. That is the problem with this stuff.

Anywho …


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‘Georges Duboeuf’, The Provisioner Of My Beloved ‘Beaujolais Nouveau’, Has Passed On (Aged 89) — I Salute Him.

by Anura Guruge


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Given that I grew up and came of age in Britain, in the 1970s, I have known of ‘Beaujolais Nouveau‘ all my adult life. I, a lover of all forms of Beaujolais (Beaujolais Fleurie in particular), started celebrating ‘Beaujolais Nouveau Day‘, i.e., Third Thursday of November, in Britain, with gusto, around 1980. Soon I was hosting a ‘Beaujolais Nouveau Day’ party, in a London restaurant — when I was the Customer Support Manager for ITT Business Systems (UK).

I carried over the tradition to the U.S.

In the U.K. you were not restricted to ‘Beaujolais Nouveau’ just from ‘Georges Duboeuf’. You could get many different bottlings.

Not so in the U.S. — at least up here in New Hampshire. It is all from ‘Georges Duboeuf’. That is OK.

Over the years I have got used to getting my Nouveau from ‘Georges Duboeuf’ and doing my review.

I am sorry to see Georges passing. He had to have been a good and great man.

I salute him and as he would want me to, I say ‘Cheers’ holding up a glass of red.


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Selfies My Way — The New Bowtie Look New Year’s Eve & New Year’s Day, 2020.

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Yes, you are free to steal these pictures.


I, as you may have noticed from some of the prior selfies, wear a tie quite often. My 13-year old daughter is used to that. But, she had never seen me in a bowtie. I did use to wear bowties c. 1987 when I worked for Wang — given that this was a trademark of the founder and then CEO, Dr. An Wang. Quite a few of us, at Wang, wore bowties. Well around Christmas she made me get a bowtie so that I could wear it around New Year’s. So, I had to take some selfies. That is the story. SMILE.


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Chinese New Year 2020 – ‘Year Of The Rat’, January 25 to February 8.

by Anura Guruge


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So, Chinese New Year 2020 starts Saturday, January 25th.

That seems early but it is, of course, within the bounds.

The Chinese New Year starts following the 2nd NEW MOON after the December Winter Solstice.

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So, January 25th it is.

Though I think of it as a ‘February’ holiday we have had it in January quite recently — and even earlier, e.g., January 23 in 2012. It could even start on January 21/22 as it did 2004. It can’t be earlier than that.

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The Dragon Parade celebrations in Boston Chinatown will be on the SECOND Sunday, viz., February 2, 2020. I will confirm.

Enjoy.

Happy Chinese New Year.


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Hampton Beach, N.H.: New Year’s Eve 2020 (i.e., December 31, 2019) Fireworks CANCELLED — Not A Joke, OFFICIAL.

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I read about this YESTERDAY and didn’t believe it. Thought it was a joke.

Today, I called up the ‘Ashworth By The Sea‘ Hotel and checked. It is kosher.

Fireworks cancelled!

Wolfeboro, N.H. cancelled theirs today.

Shame. I am bummed.

I think Portsmouth is still going ahead.


From Facebook also.

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Wolfeboro, N.H.: New Year’s Eve 2020 (i.e., December 31, 2019) Fireworks CANCELLED — Also So NO ‘First Night’.

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The fireworks, BOTH 6:30 & 8:30pm, were ‘just’ CANCELLED.

Bummer. I was checking whether it was 6pm or 6:30pm! Glad I checked.

Haven’t missed a Wolfeboro New Year’s Eve firework show in YEARS.

Shame.


There has been NO ‘First Night‘ in Wolfeboro on December 31, 2019.

There was NO ‘First Night’ in 2018, 2017 or 2016!

Instead there is a ‘Last Night’ that wraps up by 9pm.


The Events, from their Facebook page.

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