Tag Archive | 2019

720 Chinese Dancing Dragons Expected At Singapore ‘Peace & Prosperity’ Festival On December 21, 2109.

by Anura Guruge


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I happened to see this on Facebook. The “Largest Mass Lion Dance Display” caught my eye because I am very partial to Chinese Dragon Dancing. So, I read more.

Wow. Over the top. What you would expect from mega-rich, ultra-ambitious Singapore. Good for them. They are going for some other records too — e.g., 54 Lamborghinis in a parade. Interestingly, they do not mention the ‘Guinness Book of Records‘. Maybe they don’t take Guinness Records that seriously in Singapore. Could be a cultural thing.

Anywho ….

I am sure we will see videos of this on YouTube. I will try and remember to check.

Just wanted to give you a decent heads up.

Happy New Year.


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Friday the 13th, December 2019, Does NOT Count; It ONLY Counts In October.

by Anura Guruge


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Only Friday the 13th that fall in October count!

Period. Full stop. 

Full moon has nothing to do with it.

The superstition has to do with the dissolution of the Knights Templar.
And that happened on Friday, October 13, 1307.

This is December, NOT October, so Friday the 13th does NOT COUNT.

Repeat, does NOT count.

On average we get a Friday the 13th every 212 days.

We had one in July 2018.

The LAST Friday the 13th in October was in 2017.

The next Friday the 13th in October will be in 2023.



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The ’13’ really has nothing to do with the supposed thirteen attendees at the ‘Last Supper’ — particularly since there is no consensus, at all (at all), that the ‘Last Supper’ took place on a Friday — that traditionally been the date of the Crucifixion, hence ‘Good Friday‘ at Easter.

The superstition about Fridays the 13th being unlucky really has its roots in Friday, October 13, 1307, when, with the blessing of the French PopeClement V, the French King, Philip IV, who was heavily in fiscal debt to the Templar’s (the original international bankers), had most of the Templars in France arrested.

It was a bad day for the Templars — and was really the first major financial crisis in world history.

Hence why people were afraid of Fridays the 13th. They didn’t want a repeat of what happened to the (far from) ‘poor’ Templars.

This fact tends to be forgotten.

Friday the 13th in October happens per a 5 to 6 year cycle with occasional 11-year gaps.

We just had one of those. So, the last 13th in October was 11-years ago, 2006. The next one is 6-years from now.

At 66 I have only lived through 9 ‘Friday the 13th in October‘.


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Today, Tuesday, December 10, 2019, In Central New Hampshire Had The Feel Of Spring.

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50 degrees on December 10 2019 New Hampshire Anura Guruge


Yes, we were told to expect it and it was 48°F (9°C) when I went for my 11pm perambulations.

Having 50°F days in mid-December is COOL! Melted most of the snow — and ALL of it off the roof. I like that. I have raked the roof yesterday to help with the melt — so it all worked out. All my lights — lasers and tikis — that were on poles stuck in the snow fell over. Had to use a hammer and ‘stake’ to make new holes in the frozen ground, BUT I am no complaining.

Yes, there is a snow storm coming BUT for the 2nd time — and twice in succession — it is a Southern storm. That means we will not get much snow. Folks South of us will get the brunt. I am OK with that. Wouldn’t you be.


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All 3 2019 Christmas Trees Are Now Lit — Big 2 Still Need To Be Decorated.

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They will look much better when fully decorated. That will be in the next two days. Today was just the lights.

The little, artificial tree is decorated but has new ornaments added daily — partly because the 2019 Lego ‘Friends Advent Calendar’ is doing tree ornaments this year.

I will keep you posted.


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I Went For A Walk In The Snowstorm Last Night & It Was Entrancing.

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Part of my latest ‘fitness’ (if you could call it that when it applies to I) regime is walking at night. I was not going to let a ‘little’ snow stop me. It was enchanting. I always feel so privileged and blessed. I live for moments like this. This is peace. This is happiness. Costs me nothing. I don’t need a gym membership. Just some decent boots and crampons on my walking stick. SMILE.


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The Snow Storm Adds Magical Glitter To Teischan’s Christmas Lights.

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This was around 11pm last night. It had been snowing for about 2 hours. I went out for a walk in the snow — and it was BLAST. Took these pictures on my way out and on the way back. The house is like a BEACON in the dark. SMILE. Enjoy.


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The 2 Non-Fake Christmas Trees Are Up (But Not Decorated) — So, All 3 Trees Are Up On The Advent.

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Got these two, $35/each
from ‘Farmington Boy Scouts Troop 188’
At ‘Harley Davidson’ In Rochester, N.H.
yesterday.

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Most of my work is done — i.e., buying and getting the trees inside and installed. I don’t do much of the decorating. There are enough hands for that. These two trees were BIG. Had to chop off a fair amount, on both, top and bottom. We have tree toppings so we need space at the top.

Having an electric chain saw makes it easy. SMILE. I am now even cutting vertical notches at the bottom to facilitate water absorption. Teischan, as always, helped since the trees are ‘her thing’. Wasn’t too bad. Waited until 2:30pm when the temp. was just about freezing. Felt warm and good.

No school tomorrow (Monday) because of the snow. So, I assume that some decorating will commence. Stay tuned.


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