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‘Downton Abbey’ THE MOVIE — Shameless, Gleeful Pandering To The Adoring Fanbase.

by Anura Guruge




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When we got there 30-minutes ahead of the start.


At the end.
It was in their largest theater. It was NOT full. Maybe not even 1/2 full.
Maybe 120 people.


I am at a loss as to how you could be critical or even objective about this movie.

It gave the punters 120% EXACTLY what they were hoping, what they were expecting, what they were salivating about.

It was entertaining, amusing and, per the ‘Downton’ trademark, beautifully crafted.

How can you complain.

The audience loved it and there was (near thunderous) applause at the end (– which I was expecting & at the same time dreading).

Our 3 tickets cost just over $33 (mainly because I get a STEEP senior discount). $11 for 2-hours of escapism? You can’t beat that.

It was British Bollywood.

It was shallow, superficial and ‘they’ (i.e., Julian Fellowes & his fellow writers & producers) were having FUN with the audience. They actually were taking the mickey out of the audience — in particular the Americans. But, ‘taking the mickey’ is a popular British (contact) sport. So, it is fair game.

That message in the trailer said it all.

It was British pantomime. They gave the audience the punch lines they wanted. The audience loved it — and that is ALL THAT MATTERS.

This a movie, unashamedly, for ‘Downton’ fans like US. Teischan loved it, though she said that some parts were boring!

It is not a movie for those that are not already fans. They will be confused.

Yes, the sequel is already in the works and will star Branson — the Irish ‘republican’.

IF you are a ‘Downton’ fan you have NO CHOICE. You have to see it.

IF you are NOT a ‘Downton’ fan go see ‘Hustler’ instead. SMILE.




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A Very Powerful ‘Bollywood’ Dance Routine — The New ‘Mohenjo Daro’ Movie.

by Anura Guruge


Click to play 3 minute YouTube video (for the movie trailer) which has already had 5.4 MILLION hits. The dance routine starts around the 21 second mark. It is ALL good. SMILE.


The whole household, without exception, likes “Bollywood” songs and dance routines and over the last 5 – 6 years we have got to watch a LOT of them since the TV cricket subscriptions I get typically also include some Bollywood options.

Given the tons we have seen it takes something SPECIAL to get me to take notice and that was the case with this ‘Mohenjo Daro’ title song dance. They have been showing it, quite a bit, on Willow Cricket over the last month. Though I invariably FF through the commercials this one got my attention. Then, moreover, each time it was on I would WATCH it. That meant that it was compelling.

I just wanted to SHARE it with you since there is a chance that you may not have seen it. Enjoy.


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Cheapest Tickets For Broadway (NY) ‘Phantom of the Opera’.

by Anura Guruge


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The CHEAPEST way to get tickets to see the ‘Phantom of the Opera‘ in New York City is to buy the tickets directly from the Box Office of the ‘Majestic Theater‘ (the home of the ‘Phantom’ since its opening on Broadway in 1988) — unless, of course, you want to deal with the uncertainty, frustration and longlines at TKTS.

During our trip to New York City and Philadelphia ‘after Christmas‘ the kids — now 9 & 15 — were adamant that they had to see the ‘Phantom’. They had wanted to see it ‘forever’ but Teischan, until now, was too young. Plus they had already seen the movie a couple of times and knew the story — and as such it would not be as scary for Teischan.

Deanna and I had seen it in 2004 — when we saw 3 shows (‘Phantom’, ‘Fiddler’ and ‘Bollywood’) in 3 nights. I had seen it at least three times prior to that. I had always got my tickets by going directly to the Majestic Box Office — on 245 West 44th Street (couple of blocks south of Times Square and close to the ‘Port Authority Bus Station‘). But this time, knowing that it was the holidays, I started looking on the Web. Yes, there are plenty of ‘folks’ offering tickets BUT I was shocked at how expensive they were — especially as we needed 4 tickets.

In the end I decided that I will take a chance and wait until we got to New York. And that is what we did. No sooner had we checked into the Novotel, on Times Square, we set off, across Times Square, to the Majestic. We wanted tickets for matinee (2pm) for the next day (Tuesday). I know better than to take kids to 8pm shows that last ‘3 hours’ — even if it is the ‘Phantom’. Yes, they had tickets, at face value. They weren’t great tickets, ‘Rear Mezzanine’, and they were 2 + 2 — not together — BUT at $75 each the price was right. For the ‘Phantom’ the ‘Rear Mezzanine’ is NOT a bad place for your FIRST viewing of ‘Phantom’. So much takes place that it is good to be able to see the whole stage from above. Note, I did say FIRST ‘Phantom’. The kids, ideally and with luck, will see it a few more times like we have.

The first time I saw it, I was doing a seminar for ‘Business Communications Review‘ in Times Square. I was walking by the Majestic after the seminar when I went in on a whim. They sold me a seat in one of the boxes. That was NEAT. Box seats are $75 but are in high demand. I have a plan that the next time we are in NY that I buy box seats, for the future, and then go back just for the show. Anywho … I hope this helps. You can’t order tickets DIRECTLY from the Box Office by phone or online.

Oh! The cheapest seats I found online, also for the Rear Mezzanine, were $129 — this being the crush ahead of New Year’s. We paid $75. So that was a $54 difference. Times 4 = $216. That was worth saving, though we might have been able to sit a few rows ahead if I had bought online.



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Has Indian ‘Eros International PLC’ Started Taking Viagra Or The Indian Rip Off Of It?

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Oscar and I suffer from the same affliction, the ONLY thing that we have in common. Like Oscar ‘I too can resist everything but temptation’ (though I am getting better in my dotage). So, I bought a FEW shares of EROS when I was offered the chance to participate in the IPO.

For ‘3 months’ it did NOTHING other than sink like a delusional Indian trying to walk across the Adam’s Bridge thinking that they are the new Messiah. Given it is Indian run there is zero real news — other than that the Indian directors, classy as ever, smeared their OWN excrement on the IPO papers they signed. (See below.) What can I say. Indians are like that. Since I only had a negligible number of shares and I am fully resigned to always lose money I kind of wrote it off as yet another brilliant move on my part — though I bought this through temptation.

Click for original. I don't make up this stuff. When it comes to Indians, you don't have to ever make up anything. They will always surpass any and all expectations when it comes to strange behavior.

Click for original. I don’t make up this stuff. When it comes to Indians, you don’t have to ever make up anything. They will always surpass any and all expectations when it comes to strange behavior.

Well in the last couple of days it is going straight up, the chart doing the Viagra thing.

Click for chart from MarketWatch.

Click for chart from MarketWatch.

I can’t find any news as to why it is going up like that. Yes, given the Indian ownership there is probably a lot of unethical insider trading going on. Not sure what to do. Should I sell now. I will probably make about 50 cents, or should I hold on to see what mischief the Indians are bound to be up to. Yes, I am sure that within a few days it will plummet with the same trajectory of a used condom tossed off a Mumbai hotel room.

I don’t know what to do. Screw it. Might as well enjoy the ride, though mine is, of course, nowhere close to what the Indians get to experience.


I bailed. Couldn’t take. Better to take the 51 cent profit I had now than regret it later.
So I am out. Feel relieved. I think I will stick with U.S. and European stock.


I Resisted Buying “FKU” But The “Eros” IPO Was Too Great A Temptation.

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Though, thankfully, I differ from Oscar when it comes to very important things, like him, I too can resist everything but temptation (though I am getting better).

So when Fidelity told me that I can bid on the Eros IPO — I couldn’t resist. I had money burning a hole in my account since, of course, I didn’t get any Twitter IPO shares. I knew, given my near destitution, that this would be the case. 

BUT, of course, I got the Eros stock because there appeared to be NO demand for them. Shares are already down — which is what always happens with IPO stock that I get! Thanks, Fidelity.

The premise is good. Bollywood. If this household is anything to go by the demand for Bollywood has to grow in time — though it might not in my lifetime. That Deanna and the two kids love Bollywood movies and music cracks me up. With my SkyBox TV we can get unlimited Bollywood media though of late the box is used only for TEN Cricket.

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‘TEN Cricket’ In The U.S. With Skybox TV Will Soon Have The ‘Catch Up TV’ Feature Going Back 30 Days!

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.tenlogo

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I chatted with one of the Skybox TV developers (in Canada) this afternoon. We had been ‘chatting’ briefly on the phone and on e-mail over the last 10 days, but this was the first time we had a long, productive two-way dialogue about my impressions of ‘TEN Cricket’ with the Skybox TV and what was coming down the pike.

I had been told from day one that a DVR-like Catch Up feature would be available for TEN Cricket.

There is one Indian-program Catch Up TV channel on the Skybox right now. I actually played with it tonight. It is cute.

TEN Cricket is the next channel to be added — SHORTLY.

They are just waiting on getting the electronic schedule since this is key — as with a DVR. When activated you will be able to go back a month and pick programs, in the case of cricket fan, specific matches, we want to watch. This will be great. Can’t wait.

I will get updates in the coming days and I will keep you posted. This will really be a breakthrough. We might even get to see Tri-Nations.

Stay tuned. 

‘TEN Cricket’ In The U.S. With Skybox TV Is Definitely An Acceptable Option. Very Good Quality.

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I have been using the Skybox TV since Friday night, August 9, 2013.

The picture quality with the box is very good and 99.6% of the time there is no jitter, delays or breakups. It does not bear any resemblance to normal Internet streaming video. Though I refuse to watch ‘streamed’ cricket on a PC, I can definitely live with the Skybox TV.

I have been watching some of other Indian and International channels available through the box in addition to TEN Cricket. Again the quality is excellent. The wife and the kids love Bollywood music though none of us understand anything other than English — though I recognize a few words of Hindi from all the time I have spent in India. There is a Tamil channel but I don’t understand any Tamil — and lets face it, I hardly understand Sinhalese anymore, and definitely cannot read it, let alone write it (though all my schooling in Ceylon, till I was 14 was in Sinhalese).

I have watched, in total, about 2.5 hours of TEN Cricket. Did not experience any problems, whatsoever, during that time. It really was like having TEN on DISH. Deja Vu.

As I have said before, the most I time I can usually to devote to watching cricket is 45 minutes a day and that is between 10 and 10:45 pm. So I won’t get a chance to watch a ton of cricket, but I will try and watch each day to see how we go.

So stay posted.

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