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This Being Gallipoli 100th Anniversary “The Water Diviner” Is A Great Enlightening Movie To See.

by Anura Guruge


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Click to access IMDb.com listing for the movie.


Saturday, January 9, 2016 marked the 100th anniversary of the ending of the incredibly gruesome World War IGallipoli Campaign‘, 25 April 1915 – 9 January 1916, in which over 112,000 soldiers, from both sides, died — ironically, pretty close to 50:50. The Allies that fought in ‘Gallipoli’ were made up of forces from the U.K., France, Australia, New Zealand, British India & the Dominion of Newfoundland.

Most of us, especially those of us lucky enough to be from the mighty British Commonwealth, obviously, know of ‘Gallipoli’ but would be hard pressed to come up with much details other than that a lot of folks, many of Australia and New Zealand, died. And yes some of us know of and mark ANZAC day.

Well, this movie, is a great way to learn a LOT about what happened in Gallipoli while being entertained to a fairly good yarn and some beautiful cinematography.

HBO had it, i.e., “The Water Diviner“, as its featured Saturday night movie a few weeks ago. I DVRed it and we watched it recently. We liked it. I learnt a lot. So sharing that with you.


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by Anura Guruge

PBS Masterpiece “Home Fires” Season 1 Is DONE! No Show Tonight. Bummer!

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Click to ENLARGE and bemoan here. Here is the PBS link: http://video.pbs.org/video/2365597413/


I happened, out of idle curiosity, to check the PBS (Boston Channel 2 WGBH) listing to make sure that the DVR was still set to record ‘Home Fires‘ and ‘Indian Summers‘. Noticed that they were airing a rerun of a ‘Downton Abbey‘ episode as opposed to ‘Home Fires’. Pointed that out to the kids. They wouldn’t believe it. Checked Channel 11, NH PBS. Ditto.

Googled. Found above.

I am shocked. It finished without giving any kind of warning that this was IT for the Season — at least Season 1. I am bummed. A double whammy for us. We just finished watching all the episodes (27?) of the Australian ‘A Place to Call Home‘ — which was on PAR with ‘Downton Abbey‘ & ‘Home Fires’. We definitely liked ‘Home Fires’ more than ‘Indian Summers’ though we have not missed an episode of that either. Shame.

A nice, heartwarming, easy to watch show. I guess it will be awhile before we get Season 2. It could be like the “Great British Bake Off” — another family favorite. We might end up watching in on YouTube before it ever makes it to PBS.


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DVR this IF you haven’t seen it. Very FUNNY.

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I just found out when HBO left me a ‘preview teaser‘ on DVR.

So giving you a heads up.

To be honest nothing really that special this weekend!

Yes, I had had HBO for the last 4 months and Cinemax for 3 of those. So I have seen many of these movies (and I typically don’t watch the series). I now have HBO, on Dish, ‘for life’, for $10/month. So the preview doesn’t get me much. BUT, if you don’t have HBO or Cinemax get your fingers working and record some. Enjoy.

Here I got you the Primetime schedule. Just click to ENLARGE.

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PBS Masterpiece “Home Fires”, Episode 2 Which Airs Tonight, More Engaging Than ‘Indian Summers’.

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by Anura Guruge


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I had a hunch that this might be a ‘keeper’ and I may have got it right. I DVRed Episode 1 last Sunday, straight after recording Episode 2 of “Indian Summers“, and we watched it, mid-week after we had watched “Indian Summers”.

Teischan was enthralled and that just makes my day. These days I record many of these programmes for the kids. That they absolutely adore anything and everything to do with British period drama just cracks me up (in a nice way) given that they really haven’t had that much exposure to the ol’ country. It started, of course, with ‘Downton Abbey‘ but they have now seen all of ‘Cranford’ (via Roku & Amazon Prime), ‘Mr. Selfridge‘ and many episodes of ‘Upstairs/Downstairs’ (via Roku & Acorn).

“Home Fires” is a warm and cozy story kind of like Cranford meets Downton Abbey in 1939.

I have been wracking my brain to see if I knew anybody who attended “Women’s Institute” (WI) meetings on a regular basis and I am still drawing a blank. But, of course, WI is no stranger to I.

I loved Episode 1. It was cute and compelling.

I found it much more engaging that “Indian Summers”. We have now watched 2 episodes and I am still not convinced about it. It seems to lack some pivotal  je ne sais quoi. It has got all the right ingredients but in my book it still comes up short. Per PBS tonight’s episode 3 is supposed to have fireworks. Lets hope so. We are going to watch all of it, but right now I am more looking forward to seeing episode 2 of ‘Home Fires’ than E3 of ‘Indian Summers’.

P.S., We (Deanna & I) watched Episode 1 of “The Widower“. It was GOOD. Give it a try. Interesting. Enjoy.


Not Seeing Much, If Any, Sri Lanka v. Pakistan or New Zealand v. West Indies On TEN Cricket Right Now.

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I am lucky and I am very grateful for it: I get to watch cricket on TEN Cricket, every night (that I am home), thanks to Skybox TV.

These days I preview the Live feed before I check Catch-Up.

Then yesterday, with Sri Lanka throwing away their Christmas ODI against Pakistan, it occurred to me that I had not seen any of the Sri Lanka v. Pakistan ODIs in TEN. I just checked the TEN schedule online. The emphasis, rightly, is on the South Africa v. India Test and I am sure going to watch that. I am still partial to Test cricket.

I will keep an eye on this. In theory TEN has contracts with SL, Pak, WI, SA etc. etc.

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“Christmas At Belmont 2013” On PBS Is Nearly As Good As Last Year’s “Christmas At Luther”.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.
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Click to access. Includes embedded, representative video. Please watch. It will do you some good.

Click to access. Includes embedded, representative video. Please watch. It will do you some good.

I recorded this from PBS either Thursday night or Friday night.

I have already listened to parts of it. It is VERY GOOD. Actually amazing.
That we have kids that are this talented is sobering.
Wow. Wow. Wow.

Those parents deserve to be so proud.

BRAVO Belmont.

Watch out for the French Horn brigade. Impressive, visually and auditorily.

They play a mean Xylophone too.

Maybe as good as “Christmas at Luther” on PBS last year. I actually recorded that, again, from PBS earlier this past week — though it was but the rerun of the 2012 program. My 2012 recording was on my DISH DVR. Got rid of DISH in June. So I had lost the recording. The new recording is on my DirecTV ‘Genie’ DVR — which is not the greatest DVR, but the only one I have.

I checked the PBS listing. They are airing ‘Belmont’ on Monday, December 23, and on Christmas Eve (which usually is on December 24 (unless of course if it is a Leap Year when Passover happens ahead of Yum Kippur with Orion in the house of Ishta ahead of a Venus transit of Mars)).


My Early Christmas Present To YOU: “King Is Born” From ‘Christmas At Luther 2012’, By The Incomparable Luther College Norsemen.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Please, please CLICK to access YouTube video.

Please, please CLICK to access YouTube video.

This will make YOUR week
and possibly weak at the knees!


I raved about ‘Christmas at Luther’ last year.

Indubitably the best Christmas music show on TV in 2012.

I had it on my DISH DVR as protected and watched bits of it daily.

The Luther College Norsemen were my favorites.

This guy … WOW.

I have a son who must be roughly his age.
I think of that.
I am very proud of my intellectually bestriding son.
This guys parents must be so, so proud of him.

Luther College, of course, is doing their annual Christmas shows.

What I can’t determine is whether PBS will show us the 2013 show or even repeat the 2012 performance.

Till then PLEASE enjoy this.

It is my early Christmas Present to YOU ALL.

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