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South Africa In Shocking Pink, In the 4th ODI Against England, Deliver The Thrills …

by Anura Guruge


sainpinkSouth Africa, these days, is the team that I most enjoy watching — particularly so when they are in their shocking pink (to support the fight against breast cancer). They look good. I actually think that every series, around the World, should have a Pink Match — for the same cause.

I knew that the highlights of the Pink 4th ODI would be on tonight. I was looking forward to it all day. Though I also had the option of watching the 2nd T20I between India vs. Sri Lanka, it was a no-brainer. It was a thrilling match. Some great cricket. I really wasn’t sure that SA was going to win. It was close. Morris played a brilliant innings. I was crushed when Amla was out without scoring. I love watching him bat — and of Quinton de Kock. I rated him from the time I saw him against the West Indies.

So two dramatic games in two nights. I am blessed. 5th ODI on Sunday. Enjoy.


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India vs. Sri Lanka 1st T20I, at Pune, Feb. 12, 2016 — Atypically Dramatic; Unexpected Win For SL.

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This as T20Is go was quite the barn burner in that it had mega-drama. 22-year old debutant, with the very impressive name of Chandrasekara Arachchilage Kasun Rajitha, gets a wicket with his 2nd ball and then his 4th — Sharma and Rahane (both poor shots). You wouldn’t dare write such stuff it you were writing a novel. India, reigning T20I champions, 7 for 58 in the 11th over. WOW. It was dramatic stuff. Ashwin, always an impressive figure, played one heck of an innings. Some atrocious fielding by Sri Lanka and, of course, poor batting by India.

Then it looked like Sri Lanka might CHOKE though I had hopes given that they do have the likes of Chandimal, who I do rate as a talented cricketer. In the end they pulled it off comfortably. Had to have been quite the shock for India — especially since this was a new, inexperienced SL squad. The 2nd T20I most likely will see a more resolute Indian side.

Lots of cricket. Can’t wait to see the South Africa vs England 4th ODI — in Pink — on Friday.


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Did WMUR (Again) Intentionally Mislead Folks About 4th Of July 2015 Weather Forecast In New Hampshire?

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All week, leading up to the 2015 4th of July (long) weekend, the WMUR weather forecasters were tripping over themselves to proclaim who perfect it was going to be — hot with lots of sunshine BOTH Saturday (the 4th) and Sunday. Even at 9am Saturday morning they were claiming that it would be a perfect day — while I am looking out of the window seeing lots of clouds.

Well, at least in most parts of New Hampshire, we had a fair amount of clouds, rain (albeit it light) and COLD temperatures for most of Saturday afternoon. Yes, the rain, fortunately, ceased before most of the town firework shows BUT most people had to contend with a not very nice 4th of July afternoon.

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Click to hear Judge’s apology, Sunday, July 5, 2015 IF you do NOT believe me.

This morning, on Sunday, Josh Judge, WMUR’s megastar weather forecaster, APOLOGIZED for getting the forecast SO, SO WRONG. Check it out here >>>>

Well, to be honest, I do NOT buy it. WMUR has done it before and I have mixed feelings about it.

As a Lifetime Granite State Ambassador (GSA) I have a vested interested in promoting tourism in New Hampshire. Yes, we need EVERY cent we can get from those from other States.

So I fully understand the motivation to mislead tourists about the weather on KEY holidays. I just worry that in time THEY will cotton on!

I have been watching this for years — with WMUR. To me it has become kind of a joke.

WMUR consistently, across all 4 SEASONS, will dupe folks into believing that we will have good weather during important holidays — whether it be the 4th, Labor Day, Columbus Day, New Year’s (for skiing) etc.

So I am just giving you a heads up. Just be leary about WMUR weather forecasts when it come to HOLIDAYS.


Yellow Moon Over Merrymeeting River, Alton, NH — 4th of July 2015.

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I took this picture, at Deanna’s behest, with my Canon T3i, at 10:45 pm, 4th of July, off Route 28, in Alton, New Hampshire (right off the ‘Circle’) coming back from the Wolfeboro concert & fireworks.

That is Merrymeeting River or Swamp. Not the lake. Lake is much further away in New Durham.

I think the yellowness had to do with the smoke from all of the 4th of July fireworks.

Another picture taken, roughly from the same place, in April 2015, Easter Sunday, when the river was partially frozen.


How They Celebrate The 4th of July In England, Britain.

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Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson, MP and Mayor of London, born in New York, is not amused.

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 The Scene

donaldct4th of July 1985. Donald Court, Woodbine, Maryland — a new, ‘middle class’, 4-acre lot housing development. We had been there for about 2 months.

My 2nd 4th of July in the U.S., the FIRST as a British citizen. The other had been in 1968, in Buffalo, NY, when I was 14. I was, however, a citizen of Ceylon at the time (only having changed nationality in 1983).

Big, neighborhood cookout across the road. Very communal community. Around 3 in the afternoon. The sun is beating down. As ever I have a glass of wine in my hand. A lady, one of the neighbours, sidles up to me and puts her delicate hand on my arm.

“So, Anu, tell me, how do they celebrate the 4th of July in England?”

“Quietly, very quietly!”

I kid you not. This is a true story. It was my best rejoinder EVER. I am so proud that I was able to come up with that. I have got so much milage out of this story, in Britain, when I used to do seminars over there. I would start off with this story. The Brits loved it.

So I am sharing it with all of YOU in case you too were wondering how the British celebrate the 4th of July.


Some Other Memorable, “This Really Happened To ME”, U.S. << — >> U.K. contretemps during my many (30++) years in the U.S. as a British subject.

>> “These, what did you call them, ‘pounds’, is that like a currency, like money, like the dollar?” ((“Know they are better than the dollar, about two and a half times better”. This was in 1980 when a U.K. pound (£1) was worth around $2.40. Phoenix Airport, Arizona — trying to pay for excess baggage using airline issued MCOs (Miscellaneous Charge Orders).))

>> “Arthur C. Clarke was British? Well, we wrote damn well for NOT being American!” ((This was by a retired, highly respected surgeon in Laconia, New Hampshire, in September 2001 during a Laconia Rotary Club Meeting.))

>> “He got his first degree from the “University of Whales”. ((Laconia Rotary Club Newsletter, Fall 2001, after I had told them that I got my first degree from the University of Wales. The writer of the piece, a newspaper editor and now the Mayor of Laconia, claimed that he had NEVER heard of Wales!))


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