I was taken back and delighted when I saw this, in the form of an e-mail, this morning. Kids in the Northeast, particularly in NH, could do with ALL the EXPOSURE they can to the wide world beyond the borders of their state (or in some cases their town). This is why I am such a big advocate of the Laconia ‘Multicultural Day‘.
Learning about the ‘Silk Road‘ could sure inspire kids to explore their wonderlust. The ‘Silk Road’ has it all: adventure, history, culture, art, music, romance. Yes, I have a soft spot in my heart of the ‘Silk Road’ — other than the fact that the ‘Silk Road’ also traversed through Ceylon, by birthplace. In 1983 when UNESCO started its grand ‘Silk Road’ program, my adoptive father, by then a 15 year old and Director-level official with UNESCO, was part of the team. As it happened the Ceylon (by then Sri Lanka) part of the UNESCO kick-off was scheduled for August 1983. I happened to be in Sri Lanka at the time. So given that my adoptive father and mother were also there, from Paris, as was the Director General (who I had met many times in Paris), we attended many of the events. Somewhere in this house there is also a lavishly produced UNESCO book, published in 1983, for the ‘Silk Road’. So ..
This GRAND. I am happy. Bravo.
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Newcastle University Boat Club (UK) Competes With Oxford Women’s Rugby With Male & Female Nude Calendars.
by Anura Guruge
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All I can tell YOU is that there has been a HUGE, DAILY interest in my November 20, 2015 post about the “Oxford University Women’s Rugby Team” nude calendar. No, I have yet to receive any of the 4 (yes, 4) calendars I ordered.
I happened to hear about the Newcastle initiative and felt compelled to SHARE it with YOU given that they are doing both men and female versions and I do NOT want you ladies to feel in any way deprived.
As I said with my “Oxford” post neither Deanna or I have any problems with tasteful calendars such as this — for CHARITY. Neither of us would have any qualms if our kids posed for such an initiative. Nudity is natural. Enjoy.
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Took both kids, together, to our dentist for their scheduled 6-month cleaning and checkup. As is the new wont the hygienist made a big deal of telling you, and the kids, as to what they will be doing during the visit. I heard twice, given that their were two kids, that they would finish the visit with a “vitamin application”. I was intrigued. I had never heard of that procedure before — “vitamin application”.
Given that I go in with Teischan I got to see what they were doing. At the very end, she peels the cover off a small packet of liquid and start applying the liquid to Teischan’s teeth with a Q-tip. Well that did NOT look like the application of a ‘conventional’ vitamin, say ‘D’ or ‘E’.
So I asked her how the vitamin was going to get ingested by the body through the tooth enamel. She started to blush and stammer. She admitted that it was not a vitamin. To be fair to her IT WAS. Fluoride is a vitamin. So they were NOT lying to us. Just, at best, being ‘cute’ — at worst being deceptive. She admitted that it was a fluoride varnish. In the past they used to be all ga-ga about applying this fluoride finish. They never called it a vitamin. It was always fluoride this and fluoride that.
Now it is a vitamin — and NO mention of fluoride.
This is NOT right.
Parents should be TOLD what it is that they are applying and given the option to OPT out.
I am not sure whether I would have opted out. I am NOT convinced about fluoride. I have better teeth than most with nary a cavity and there was no fluoride when I was growing up.
So a HEADS UP. Ask your dentist what exactly they are putting in YOUR KID’S mouth.
Sinhala New Year (Aluth Avurudda) — Cuteness Personified, Sri Lankan Kids Doing A New Year Dance In 2014.
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Three Video Clips On YouTube Of The Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey “Built To Amaze” Circus In Manchester, NH.
by Anura Guruge
>> Feeding bunny to python — Oct. 3, 2014.
>> Selling cigarettes at circus … — Oct. 3, 2014.
>> No elephant parade — Sep. 30, 2014.
>> $10 tickets for opening night — Sep. 26, 2014.
>> “Built to Amaze” — July 23, 2014.
>> ‘Dragons’, Oct. 2013 — Oct. 7, 2013.
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Deanna, with her Panasonic shot all three of these short video clips. I couldn’t take my Canon T3i because the Verizon Wireless Arena bans, categorically, all cameras with detachable lenses! That is so arbitrary and meaningless that it borders on insanity. I could get a fixed lens camera that takes better quality images, stills and videos, that my cheap Canon T3i.
The other two clips very nicely capture the spirit and tone of this circus.
Trying To Feed Live Bunny To A Python At The Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus In Manchester, NH — Is NOT Appropriate.
by Anura Guruge
>> Selling cigarettes
>> at circus … — Oct. 3, 2014.
>> No elephant parade
>>— Sep. 30, 2014.
>> $10 tickets for opening
>> night — Sep. 26, 2014.
>> “Built to Amaze”
>>— July 23, 2014.
>> ‘Dragons’, Oct. 2013
>> — Oct. 7, 2013.
>> The circus elephants have
>> arrived — Oct. 2, 2013.
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>> in Manchester — Sep. 29, 2013.
>> Circus will play down
>> elephant parade — Aug. 15, 2013.
>> ‘Dragons’ circus is coming to town — July 6, 2013.
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The “Built to Amaze” circus, by Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey, at the Verizon Arena in Manchester, N.H., yesterday, started off with a supposed CLOWN ACT that distressed us greatly and we were not alone judging from the screams of anguish that ran out around the arena.
These two Russian clowns, who really were not that good,
went through the motions of feeding a live bunny to a python.
I do not care if it was the circus. The whole depiction was wrong and very disturbing.
I called Manchester Police and complained!
It was like a parody. There are animal protesters outside the arena, about nine or ten (if not more), holding signs about cruelty to animals and they start with this act.
The whole act which involved 3 or 4 bunnies and one large python was NOT funny. It was downright disgusting. It might play well in Moscow but not in Manchester, N.H.
We have 3 bunnies. Our kids like bunnies.
They manhandled these bunnies and threw one around in an enactment of hiking a ball in football. That is not right. We don’t let our kids throw bunnies around.
Then the python thing was not just right.
I believe that animals experience FEAR. You are scaring a poor bunny.
This act should be stopped.
We have done quite a bit this morning. I called up bloody Barnum & Bailey. They laughed. They think everything is funny.
Deanna took to Facebook. This guy from 105.5 JYY was there. So Deanna, at my behest, post on their Facebook too (bottom). She started with Barnum & Bailey. They took down her post. So she posted again. Click to ENLARGE.