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‘The Passionate Journey’ (1949) By ‘Irving Stone’, About U.S. Painter ‘John Noble’ Was A Tortuous Read.

by Anura Guruge

My copy of the 1949 book.
Nothing that tells you what it is about!

Irving Stone books. Click to ENLARGE.

I class ‘Irving Stone’ as one of my favorite authors in that his ‘The Agony and the Ecstasyis one my most favorite books & I am also very fond of his ‘The Origin‘ & ‘Men To Match My Mountain‘. As is my wont when it comes to authors I know, I invariably pick up any & all of their books whenever I come across them — used, swap or just giveaway.

That is how I had come across ‘The Passionate Journey’. It was a discard from a local library. Since it lacked a cover, I had NO idea what the book was about! But, it was a ‘Irving Stone’ & that was good enough for I.

It proved to be about mentally-tortured American painter ‘John Noble’. I had never heard of him. I had to look him up. Quite the painter. Interesting style. Very powerful & compelling in a strange way. I do like his paintings. So, I am glad to have learnt of him. NOT a happy soul. Had mental issues & resorted to alcohol to try & mitigate them — though never successfully.

The book, though based on ‘John Noble’, is classed FICTION. A lot of it is just that. Made up, conjecture, embellishment.

This was one of his early work. 12-years prior to ‘The Agony‘. He had NOT hot his stride as a writer.

This book was HARD to read. Though not a very long book it took me nearly 3-months to read it. It would put me to sleep — though the story was quite interesting. So, unless you are interested in ‘John Noble’ you should give this book a skip.

I have nearly all his books. Must try & read another later this year or next.

A ‘John Noble’ SAMPLER from the Web.

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Camerlengo Who Have Become Pope. Extremely Rare & Kevin Farrell Will NOT Be The Next Pope.

by Anura Guruge

Click to ENLARGE and read here. From my “The Next Pope 2011” book, which contains a ton of useful information such as this. So, rather than rewrite it, I just grabbed this from page 42. Click on image at the end of this post to access this book.

Click to ENLARGE.

First & foremost the Next Pope will not be American. You can take it to the bank.

Anybody who thinks that an American cardinal is a papabile is smoking dope, legally or otherwise. Will NOT happen. Pipe dream.

The world does NOT want the Vatican becoming ‘White House East’. That has always been the issue.

Plus, now we have the Sex Abuse Crimes reaching a new crescendo. The U.S. Catholic hierarchy has been totally discredited. The last thing that the other cardinals want is drawing more attention to the the horrendous problems transpiring in the U.S.

Plus, there is also Trump.

Actually, Kevin Farrell strikes out on three counts (at present).

  1. He is American. That is the BIGGEST disqualifier.
  2. Camerlengos do not often get elected. They are considered the henchman of the previous pope and Francis is not that popular.
  3. Currently at 71-years of age he is WAY TOO young. The next pope, like the past two, needs to be at least 75.

P.S., I know that the PLURAL of Camerlengo is Camerlenghi. But, not too many other do. So, there was no point using Camerlenghi because it would just mess up those doing a Google on ‘Camerlengos’.

[I know my SEO.]

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Why The Crotch Accentuating Uniforms Of The U.S. Speed Skaters?

by Anura Guruge

First and foremost — time to get mind out of the gutter.

Second, it is NOT just the women’s uniforms, though, for what must be reasons Freudian, it is much more pronounced in the case of the women! It might have to do with their anatomy — and I stress ‘might’.

The uniforms were designed and made by Under Armour.

That grey crotch design was not an accident or purely a marketing gimmick to grab your attention.

I knew that the design had a reason. I really did. I, however, wasn’t sure what. I thought that it might be for camera contrast to help with accurate timing. That, to I, made sense.

Well it appears it is slightly more mundane than that. They are FRICTION REDUCING patches — made out of a material called “ArmourGlide“. It is supposed to reduce friction by up to 65%. I assume that “ArmourGlide” must be expensive. If not why not make the entire lower half of the uniform in it? Maybe the entire uniform because it must also reduce wind friction.

But, now you know.

IF you look carefully you will notice that other non-US speed skaters also have ‘patches’ in the crotches — but noting as noticeable and accentuated as the Americans.

Well it isn’t as bad as the 2014 Colombian (Bogota Humana) Women’s Cycling Team Outfit.

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Tom Brady Illustrates Why American Football Is NOT Cricket.

by Anura Guruge

From the U.K. “Daily Mail”.
Click to access original.

Click image to ENLARGE and read snippet here.

Handshakes are de rigueur among crickets,
especially the professionals.

Google “cricket teams shaking hands” for more images.

Per British lore horse racing is the sport of kings, and cricket that of gentlemen (though we now have ladies galore, from around the world, playing it at the highest levels).

There is much emphasis in cricket on sportsmanship, so much so that there is indeed a British adage ‘just not cricket‘ to describe bad behavior of the Donald Trump/Tom Brady variety.

The teams shaking hands, all around, with nary an exception, is now part of the overall formalities at the end of the game. The game ends with the teams shaking hands. Such a nice gesture. It is not unusual for the opposition to make a point of shaking hands with a batsman that makes a good innings.

So Brady’s petulant, puerile behavior would be unthinkable in cricket. The management would have been all over him. But, this is why American sports is NOT cricket.

Kind of a shame. Cricket could add so much gentility and class to American society. Donald Trump would never dream of acting like he does IF he ever had the fortune of being exposed to cricket.

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The First Chinese Space Walk Took Place This Day, 9-Years Ago; September 27, 2008.

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Click to ENLARGE and read here. Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shenzhou_7

China, following the Russia & the U.S.A., was only the 3rd country in the World to conduct a spacewalk from one of their own spacecrafts. French, Japanese, Australian & Swedish had done so before the Chinese — but either from the Russian MIR space station or from U.S. space shuttles.

The Chinese spacewalk came a full 43-years after the very first spacewalk, by Russian Alexey Leonov on March 18, 1965.

The first American spacewalk was that same year, 77-days later.

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Political Fourth (4th) of July 2016 Google Doodle — Highlighting The ‘Now Under Threat’ National Parks.

by Anura Guruge

Click image to access the Google Doodle.

Permanent access, independent of date,
provided via the Google Doodle Archive.

Some of you who are not political junkies, like I, may not realize that the entire U.S. ‘National Park Service‘ ideal is under threat from Trump who plans to drastically cut funding and ‘de-classify’ many of the currently protected ‘National Monuments‘.

This Doodle, from invariably ‘Politically Correct‘ and very Liberal Google appears to be taking a dig, quite rightly, at the present Administration in D.C.

4th of July Google Doodles from years past.

2016 — A Festive 4th.

2015 — unique in that it did not have the word ‘Google’ in it.


Prior years.

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1592 Was THE Ultimate Pi Day BUT No One Would Have Known That — 3/14/1592.

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The first 10 decimal digits are
3.141592653 …

Two reasons why nobody in 1592 would have realized this.

  1. The 3/14 notation for month/date is primarily American and would NOT have been widely used in Europe in the 16th Century.

  2. The value of Pi to 7-digits had been calculated by then BUT was NOT widely known.

Worth thinking about.

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Three New Cardinals Or Not — The Next Pope Will NOT Be From America. SORRY!

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Click to access breathless “Fox News” coverage. Google “consistory” for more coverage.


That Pope Francis is creating 3 more U.S. cardinals, bringing the number of U.S. cardinal electors to 10, does NOT MEAN that the Next Pope will be American.


Pigs will fly first.

Even with 10, the second largest electoral block after Italy, the U.S. cardinal electors only have 12% of the required votes.

Multiple reasons why the next pope will not be
American, black, Asian or under 70.

But for today, BLAME Trump.

Trump has ignited the “Ugly American” spectre across the globe!


Not my doing. I only note and comment.

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