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“The Two Pope”, 2019 Movie, Pure Fiction — Rather Than Faction &, Moreover, Riddled With Technical Errors.

by Anura Guruge



Beautifully crafted, well acted movie though the MAIN storyline is pure, unadulterated fiction.

The primary crux of the story, the 2012 meeting between the then pope, Benedict XVI, & the future pope, viz. Francis, in Castel Gandolfo did NOT happen. Period.

Yes, in December 2011 ‘Francis’ (then Bergoglio) would have, per Canon Law, had to have tendered his RETIREMENT, by letter, to Benedict XVI. That was because he had turned 75. The retirement would have been from being the Archbishop of Buenos Aires. This is rote. All Bishops, irrespective of standing, must tender a letter of retirement upon turning 75. It is up to the pope to accept & there are instances when the pope might take 5-years to do so. The retirement would NOT have been a BIG deal. Bergoglio would NOT have disappeared from the Church. He could have still carried on his work in Argentina, albeit as a CARDINAL — a retired Archbishop. I think we have about 40 cardinals in this category as I write.

Plus, though it was rumored he was runner up in the 2005 conclave, Bergoglio, in 2012, was by no means the favorite to be the next Pope — especially not so in Benedict XVI’s eyes. All that was rubbish.

What disturbed me much was the rank technical errors to do with the conclaves. Those should not have occurred. Easy enough to have got right. They could have JUST checked one of my books. SMILE. (Yes, the “The Next Pope 2011” book was still good & accurate.)

Let me just list a few of the most egregious.

  1. They do NOT, let me REPEAT, do NOT, use ‘bingo balls’ to keep track of who has voted. That is so, so stupid. The cardinals vote per their precedence — which is also how they are seated. They get up, in a row, one-after-the-other, & go place their ballot. You don’t need bingo balls to keep track. All can see the cardinals voting in sequence. Where they got that was STUPID.
    …..
  2. The new pope does NOT appear on the balcony as the Habemus Papam is being announced. In 2013 there was a 30-minute gap between the Habemus Papam & Francis appearing on the balcony. In 2005 the gap was shorter BUT there is an interval, so that banners can be draped, before the new pope appears.
    …..
  3. The new pope CERTAINLY does not, causally, pick up his new white zucchetto from a shirt box in the Sistine sacristy as he is leaving it. There is a ceremony in which the white zucchetto is presented to the new pope by the Secretary of the Conclave! That was stupid.
    ….
  4. In 2013 Francis did NOT say “May God forgive you for what you have done in my regard” at the Conclave. He said it much later, in jest, over dinner. It was John Paul I, in 1978, who said it at the conclave. Jeez.
    ….

IF you really want the TRUE in-&-outs of how a pope is elected check out this book.


This is the book. Available on Apple, Amazon, etc. etc.


Snippets from the book.

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Alton (NH) Property Tax For 2021 Is Up 11.5%, But Lower Than It Was In 2019!

by Anura Guruge


As soon as I saw the property tax bill today (which was late (by the way)), I knew at once that the rate had gone up. My payment was up close to $500.

So, I checked my past bills. It sure had gone up compared to last year; 13.95% vs 12.51%,

But, I was surprised & humbled to see that it had been 13.99% in 2018. I checked what I had paid that December. It was a tad higher than what I owe next month. Smile. C’est  la vie.

So to I, the question is not why did it go up this year — but why did it GO DOWN the year before.

Next year, with COVID, things could be very different. Just a thought.


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Roman (Vatican) Curia, With Names (In English), At-A-Glance, by Br. César J. Tobón — August 2020.

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Br. César J. Tobón now (for the first time)
does an English version.

August 2020


October 2019 for COMPARISON
(in Italian).


Copyright of this beautiful document belongs to Br. César J. Tobón.

This is an update to the October 2019 chart. Lots of valuable information.

We also have the March 2019 chart, the October 2018 chart, the October 2017 chart, & the October 2016 version. Check those to see how the posts have changed.

Also please check the wonderful Consistory images by Br. César J. Tobón.


Click on icon to download the October 2019 images as a small (clean) PDFs.


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

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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.

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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.

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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.

by Anura Guruge


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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.


60 posts in the “Taking Selfies My Way” series.

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