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Sri Lanka’s Constantly ‘Thanking God’ Niroshan Dickwella Is Run Out — Did God Forsake Him!

by Anura Guruge

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Another example. Note hand is higher. Closer to grill.

The 1st innings run out. June 8, 2018. From YouTube. youtube.com/watch?v=p-ZtuDHnhsY

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Yes, of course, a lot of cricketers from various countries seek divine help especially when they are batting — and give ‘thanks’ — with eyes pointing up — when they reach a meaningful milestone.

Sri Lanka’s obviously Christian Niroshan Dickwella (from Sri Lanka’s 10% Christian minority) has taken this to ridiculous extremes.

When he is batting he is INCESSANTLY ‘crossing’ himself. Yes, some players do that once when they first come in … Not, Dickwella. He is crossing himself every few minutes. He kind of gets distracting and obnoxious.

But, we cricketers are a superstitious lot and I will indulge Dickwella in his giving thanks to God — so blatantly and constantly.

What puzzles me is how he reconciles his faith and trust in God when he gets out — especially this run out, on Day 3 (June 8, 2018) of the 1st Test against the Windies. It was pretty stupid. He was strolling oblivious that Braithwaite was going to take a shy at the stumps. Now God could have saved him. But, God forsook him! What does he do then? You don’t see him crossing himself when he gets out (or drops a catch).

That is my dilema. How does he rationalize his failures?

He also got suspended by the ICC for two ODI matches. God didn’t bail him out. But, he seems to ignore these let downs. Strange. Very strange.

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Benjamin Franklin Is Thought To Have Flown His Infamous Kite, In His Bid To Electrocute Himself, This Day, 265-Years Ago!

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Click to ENLARGE and read here. Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benjamin_Franklin#Electricity

To be fair, June 15 is a guesstimate!

We do know that it was in June 1752. I think we use ‘June 15’ because it is mid-month!

But, what is important is that it was 265-years ago.

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Summer Finally Arrives To Lakes Region Beaches Of New Hampshire — June 8, 2017.

by Anura Guruge

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Attribution WILL be enforced.

It has been quite the wait. Even today it was breezy and that made it a tad chilly. I am not even going to try to dip my toe in the water. It is going to be cold. We are going to need a few weeks of 70F weather to warm the lakes. I will keep you posted.

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“Concord Multicultural Festival” 2017 (June 24) — My Banner For The “NH Community Table”

by Anura Guruge

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2.5′ x 4′ vinyl banner from VistaPrint. Cost me, all told, with shipping, $16.

The three pictures are ones that I took last year.

Vistaprint sure does make things easy. I used a template for this that allowed me to use three pictures.

I am impressed. Good colors. Thanks Vistaprint.

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‘Riverdance’ 20th-Anniversary Tour (Manchester, NH, June 7, 2017) — Not The Same As The Original.

by Anura Guruge

It is NOT a reenactment of the original from 20-years ago. 

It was good, with some EXTREMELY brilliant dance segments (albeit, many of them NOT Irish), but the best way to describe it is that it was a watered down version.

Everything had been scaled back — starting with the stage. Even IF you hadn’t seen the original you would have been struck by how small the stage was. It was, at best, 70% the size of a normal stage at a theatre.

Please refer to this, June 11, 2017, post for pictures of the titchy stage.

Well, starting with the stage everything else was also on the small side. The orchestra was just 4 people, one of them the drummer. The huge, iconic hanging drum they had in the original was not to be seen.

More fiddle and flute segments, some of them quite long and less Irish dancing — or dancing in general.

A Russian dance segment, which was VERY, VERY good, which I do not remember from the original.

What I refer to as the “West Side Story” segment only had 6 dancers on stage, 4 Irish, one black and one Latino. The latter two were QUITE OUTSTANDING. The stars of the show — and they knew it!

Some good dance segments — from the original, and it was good to see them.

The lighting and graphics, as one would hope, was superior to what was used 20-years ago.

The kids in the audience loved it — including 11-year old Teischan.

The lady (a stranger) I sat next to, like I, had seen the original in Boston 20-years ago. We compared notes. She pointed out the scaled-back nature before I brought it up. So, I was not alone.

I can’t be 100% sure of this BUT I got a distinct feeling that the ‘twinkling toe’ sounds on the ‘board’ were LIP-SYNCHED! I hope I am wrong.

P.S., Cameras were not permitted in the arena.

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