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Did YOU Know That ‘Winnie The Pooh’ Is Banned In China?

by Anura Guruge

Click to access BBC coverage. Google for more if you wish.

I happened to hear this on the radio the other day, & didn’t believe it. Made a note to Google it. WOW. It is true.

So, FUNNY too. Jeez. Two things. Did not realize that Xi Jinping was that VAIN & he has lost a lot of weight over the last couple of years.

How Trump must wish he could wield this kind of power over the media. Oh, WOW.


I have Chinese friends. I like China. But, recently I keep on stumbling upon things about China that does NOT impress I much.

What do YOU think?

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“Easter From King’s” Now On BritBox — As IF You Would Need More Incentive To Get BritBox.

by Anura Guruge

Click image to access “BritBox”.

I raving about the Christmas counterpart. Click to access my post from Christmas.

“Easter from King’s” is new to I, but I am sure it will also be divine.

I grew up with “Christmas from King’s” on the BBC and then PBS. To Christmas was not Christmas without “King’s”.

They have the MOST exquisite of choirs. Trust me on this.

This will be GOOD. That is a given. That is a guarantee.

Just get BritBox for a month, JUST for this. Britbox is an unique collaboration between the BBC & ITV to deliver British shows overseas. Yes, we have a subscription, have had it for nearly a year, love it and use it multiple times a week.

You will THANK ME for this recommendation.

From a prior year, on YouTube, for FREE.

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‘Tecsun PL118’ Pocket, FM-Radio — The BEST $13 Dollar Radio, Actually BEST $13 You Can Spend On Anything.

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Click to ENLARGE and read here. Link to Amazon’s product page below.

Link to Amazon’s product page for this amazing, inexpensive radio.

Click to ENLARGE and read. My review. Use above link to see the original at Amazon.

As I explained in this post, last week, for the last 10-months I have started listening to the radio during my 2-hours a day of walking/light jogging. Helps me deal with the time. I just listen to local FM stations — NHPR/NPR (on 89.1 or 90.1) and music. Nothing too esoteric. Now that the BBC doesn’t transmit on SW, I have no use, whatsoever, for SW.

I had bought a fake ‘Grundig’ from ‘Eton Corp.’ to meet my needs. It was a decent radio. Good reception. Good sound. But, it was big, heavy and bulky. I could carry it around but it felt like lugging a brick. Then I found this on Amazon. $13? I pay that much for exotic drinks at Chinese restaurants. I could afford $13. So, I got one.

Well, you can see my review. I was blown away and I am not the only one raving. It is not fancy. Just FM and basically manual tuning — albeit with the radio auto-locating all the available stations. The stereo sound with earbuds is beyond amazing.

If you are in the market for a great FM radio, check this out. You will not be dissapointed.

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BBC Shortwave Service Is No Longer Available In the U.S. (& Has Not Been Since 2001).

by Anura Guruge

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Click to access original article from 2001.

I had absolutely no idea that this was indeed the case — and, moreover, has been since July 2001. 18-years ago. WOW.

Another casualty of the Internet.

Yes, in from the mid-1980s to the mid-1990s I had fancy (i.e., expensive) Sony SW receivers so I could listen to the BBC on SW — primarily to get cricket scores.

Yes, it is also true that once I could get cricket score on the Interweb (via. say ‘cricinfo‘) I lost interest in fiddling around with SW.


I just go myself a small radio from Amazon today so that I can EASILY listen to NPR during my walks. [I am off-crutches after 6-weeks and intend to do a fair amount of walking.] It had SW has a bonus. So, I was looking forward to listening to BBC on SW. Well, I guess that is not going to happen.

P.S., It was cheaper to get this $24 radio than messing around trying to get FM on my Google Pixel 2.

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“Castle In The Sky”, BBC Movie On The Invention Of Radar, On PBS, This Thursday — Nov. 22, 2018.

by Anura Guruge

Click to ENLARGE. From Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Castles_in_the_Sky_(film)

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I happened, serendipitously, catch a trailer, on PBS, and knew, at once, that I had to watch this. Everything I like — all-things-British, period drama, innovation, aviation — in one movie. I have set the DVR to record.

Up here in the Northeast it is on Boston WGBH Channel 44 — their auxiliary channel to the main Channel 2. You will have to check the PBS listing in your area. It is at 8pm on Thanksgiving — Thursday, November 22, 2018.

Given that it is BBC produced it is bound to be superlative. The BBC, as YOU know, rarely lets the side down.

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The New PBS “Woman In White” (From The BBC) — Echoes Of “Jane Eyre” In The Best Possible Way.

by Anura Guruge

Click image to access the PBS Webpage for this captivating new series.

Somewhere around Friday, each week, I check PBS ‘primetime’ to make sure that I have the DVR set to record all shows of interest. This series, “The Woman in White” was being shown at 10pm on Sunday — which is usually NOT a slot reserved for promising masterpieces. But, the title alone was captivating. I hit the ‘Record Series’ button. I am sure glad I did.

We watched it today. It is GOOD. Echoes of Jane Eyre — and that is praise indeed. Teischan (12) actually said out loud that she liked it! She is hard to please and coming from her, this was also praise indeed.

You should still be able to catch Episode 1 on TV (if nothing else on Saturday night) or online. Definitely worth seeing. Looks very promising.

It is from the BBC. They don’t make too many duds.

This was GOOD. Thank YOU BBC. Thank YOU PBS.

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BBC 2009 “The Diary Of Anne Frank” Mini-Series To Start on “Acorn TV” June 11, 2018.

by Anura Guruge

Click image to access the Acorn listing for this series.

As part of her Grade 6 homeschooling Teischan just finished reading the book (obviously at my behest). So the timing is very propitious for us.

Though the series is 9-years old I do not think I have seen it before. So, I am looking forward to it. I have been by the house in Amsterdam but never did the tour.

I have had Acorn for at least 2-years. Maybe more. We do watch it a fair bit, so it is worth it for us. You should check it out. There is a LOT of content and some good shows.

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The Laconically Hilarious “Detectorists”, Series 3, From The BBC, Is Now On “Acorn TV”.

by Anura Guruge

Click to access “Acorn TV” listing.

I RAVED about this show when it first aired on Acorn in 2015.

It is blinking, bloody brilliant. Dry, quirky, understated British humor at its sparkling best. The characters are a riot and the dialogue, pithy, but priceless.

Then to boot, you have this gorgeously melodic music from Johnny Flynn. Here, try out the opening soundtrack …

We watched Episode 1 of Series 3 on Saturday and it was beyond good.

If you can get it, do NOT miss it. It is a CLASSIC.

Oh, you also get to see a yellow TR7 — albeit, a hardtop.

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BBC TV Came To Be This Day, 81-Years Ago; November 2, 1936. World’s First Regular TV Service.

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The original BBC TV logo.

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

Alexandra Palace — the home of the first BBC TV studios. My U.K. ‘guardians’ lived directly beneath it, in Muswell Hill, 1969 – 1970, while I was attending Hill Hill. Know it well.

Wow. The Grand Ol’ Lady of Broadcasting — THE British Broadcasting Company (BBC). What a wonderful institution.

And we still watch the BBC — even if it is their superb, incomparable programs on PBS, ‘The Great British Bake Off‘ Seasons 1 -7 but an example.

We get Acorn TV (on our Roku). As such we have access to more BBC programming than most, e.g., the ‘Detectorists‘.

81-years ago. 17-years before I was born. I first got to see BBC TV in August 1967. It was 31-years old by then!

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