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South Africa v. India 3rd Test (Johannesburg) — The Pitch Was ‘Spicy’, But Didn’t Warrant Umpire Intervention.

by Anura Guruge


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In South Africa’s 2nd innings Dean Elgar got peppered and it was him getting hit on the helmet that resulted in the umpires taking the players off.


Today’s cricketers, with their helmets and American football like padding, are getting SOFT and act like SISSIES.

The umpires are worse. Yes, we don’t want players getting unnecessarily hurt BUT cricket, especially at the International level, is meant to be a CONTACT SPORT. And we played without helmets.

The umpires continually checking the pitch and then taking the players off on the 3rd Day of the 3rd Test match between South Africa and India was WRONG. Totally uncalled for. There was no valid reason. The ball that hit Dean Elgar on the helmet was SHORT and he played it badly. Come on.

We have seen cricket been played in much more VICIOUS conditions. I am old enough to remember that GLORIOUS Summer of 1976 and the West Indies quickies peppering the English batsman, Brian Close in particular. And they did NOT wear helmets like they now do.

Brian Close, sans helmet, ducking another short ball.

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Brian Close shows off his bruises from getting hit …



The consensus is that on this dodgy pitch South Africa, already 1 wicket down, will be incapable of scoring the requisite 241 runs and will lose — though they have already won the series.

Yet again, as they did on Day 4 of the 2nd Test, South Africa made a LOT of mistakes, dropped catches and bowled BADLY. They deserve to lose.


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by Anura Guruge

 

IF South Africa Loses 2nd Test To India — DESERVED To Lose For Playing Like Pillocks.

by Anura Guruge


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I am writing this U.S. Eastern Time (21:00) having only seen half of the Day 4 highlights. Plan to watch the rest within the next hour — while having my customary late dinner.

I like South Africa (and the players) and as you can see here celebrated when they won the 1st Test.

I can’t believe some of the stupid mistakes they have made in the 2nd Test — especially when batting.

Vernon Philander’s runout was INEXCUSABLE. It is not like he is new to the game. What had he been chewing? His bowling was also below par.

Hashim Amla’s runout broke my heart. He was run out. He is such a phlegmatic, nice guy. He should not have gone for that run. If he hadn’t been run out he would have easily scored another 40-runs — easy. That would have made all the difference.

AB de Villiers, of course, batter well, in both innings BUT his dismissal in the 2nd innings, caught behind, off his glove, was NOT worthy of a player of his experience, talent and stature. Come ON. You could have weaved out of the way better, or stepped back and whacked it. It is dismissals like that that lose matches.

IF they WIN, Virat Kohli, as ever, deserves a huge amount of praise and credit. It would NOT have been just his large century, it is his irrepressible, ebullient presence.

Mike Brearley, one of the BEST Test captains ever — and certainly the most cerebral and educated —  used to say: “there are captains that wait for things to happen, and others that make things happen”. Kohli definitely falls into the latter category. Just his presence in the field seems to make things happen.

I am keeping my fingers crossed …


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by Anura Guruge

U.S. Episcopal Church Loses Voting Rights Over Gay Marriage.

by Anura Guruge


Click here to access the U.K. “Daily Mail” original.

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I have my hands full keeping tabs of the pope and the Catholic Church. So I pay scant, if any, attention to what happens in the U.S. Episcopal Church. But when I saw this, in the U.K. “Daily Mail”, which I read, religiously, online, every morning, before getting out of bed, I knew I should share it with you.


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by Anura Guruge

Aberdeen (Artio) Global High Income Fund, BJBHX — ONLY For Those Hell Bent On Losing Money.


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by Anura Guruge


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BJBHX chart from MarketWatch.

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I feel bad, real bad, for those that are still in BJBHX. With interest rates set to go up and the stock market taking a beating there is only one way that the BJBHX NAV was going to go and that was NOT upwards. BJBHX kept me afloat during the worst of the 2008 – 2012 financial crisis. I do not know what I would have done if not for BJBHX. But that was then, and this is now. I always knew that 2015, with interest rates bound to go up, was going to be painful for BJBHX. That said I hung on to it, albeit with a reduced holding, until May 2015. I then bailed and I am so glad I did. I invested all of my BJBHX holdings in AMZN and have been writing options against the stock. SMILE. Sure beats BJBHX.

I did tell you to bail, with me, in May. The NAV was $9.77 then. It is $9.17 today. A 6% drop in 6 months. That can be painful.

From what I can see the only rationale for staying with BJBHX is IF you have need to lose some serious money. Well, some people do — to offset huge Capital Gains or reduce their nett worth. BJBHX is the perfect instrument, these days, to achieve that. It will help you lose money with style. IF you are not that keen about losing money then BJBHX is NO LONGER for you. Their run, and it was good in the glory days when junk bonds were king, is now over. So I am just trying to help you. OK?

Best of luck. Fingers crossed for Thursday. I actually want the Feds to raise the damn interest rates. Lets move on. Get it out of the way. This slow drip-drip wait is a waste of time. Yes, a volatile market is fun but it is also nice to see the market chugging upwards.


I Will Have To Admit That Dannon’s ‘Activia’ Yogurt Works — And Could Even Help YOU Lose Weight!

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by Anura Guruge


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Activia-Coupons1I will readily admit that I was skeptical of Activia’s 2 week challenge.

I have eaten yogurt EVERY DAY, with nary an exception, since 1997. That is 18 years of eating yogurt daily — and I am not kidding about the daily. In a given year there might be, at most 5 – 6 days, when I do not eat yogurt — and that is probably because I am traveling and don’t have ready access to yogurt.

I have to thank, profusely, Dr. Joseph Misiewicz, of Meredith, New Hampshire — who is still practicing out of the same office — for introducing me to the yogurt habit.

Prior to his kindly advice that it would behoove me to eat some yogurt a day, I had NEVER even tasted yogurt — and I was 44 years old!

It all had to do with the ‘yogurt’, ‘curd‘ as it is called, in Ceylon/Sri Lanka. Though my adoptive father ate it with relish I could NOT stand it. And I associated yogurt with curd. So I had never, ever eaten yogurt prior to Dr. Misiewicz. He was a good doctor and I took what he said seriously. The problem was getting a taste for it. Luckily my then partner was very resourceful. She knew me quite well and realized that there was a way to get me into yogurt. She went and found the THICKEST custard yogurts that she could find, knowing (that in those days) I could not resist custards.

After a few months of eating the custard variety I was into yogurt. Soon stopped that. Deanna has had me on no fat/low fat Greek yogurt, with or without added sliced fruit — and the MANDATORY heaping of ground flaxseed (and that thanks to my excellent cardiologist Dr. Stephen Hanlon). I never saw a need for the ‘expensive’ Activia. As far as I saw I was eating my share of yogurt a day.


activiaThen came the Arizona trip. Given my desire to eat yogurt daily we stopped at a store to buy yogurt, cheese, fruit etc. They didn’t have variety in yogurts — mainly lots of Activa, all the packaging promoting the 2 week Activia challenge. So I told Deanna that I will do the challenge — and I was SURE that I would be able to ask for my money back because I could NOT see how Activa would make a difference. So the way I saw it I would have FREE yogurt for 2 weeks. We bought a ‘ton’ and kept the receipts.

I live Activa. I eat mainly the lime, coconut/vanilla and blackberry. The kids got a liking for it too. Within the week, once we got home, we were buying A TON — and I mean 4, 5, 6 packs of Activa.

Activa does seem to WORK. I am amazed. I would NOT dream of asking for my money back, because that would be dishonest. I don’t know why, but Activa does appear to work. Moreover, since I have been eating Activa, for a month or so now, I have lost even more weight! Not much. Maybe 2 pounds, BUT it all counts.

So, I am SOLD. If you open our fridge these days you will be confronted with a WALL of Activa. Yes, it is not ‘cheap’ BUT it is well worth the money.

So we are voting for Activia.


British Prime Minister, David Cameron, Loses 13 Pounds Since Christmas On A Low-Carb Diet. Bravo.

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Click to access “Business Insider” article.


I heard this on CNBC the other morning. It made me happy on multiple counts. Yet another validation, as if one is needed anymore, that low-carb diets, as I keep on stressing, really do work — and work dramatically well.

I am also glad for David Cameron. He is impressive, very presidential. I like him even though he is a British Conservative. I have, having had first hand experience of both, come to the realization that British ‘Conservative’ is a very different — tamer, friendlier and more disciplined animal — to American ‘GOP’. I think I could still be a British Conservative — as I was for many years, when I was an ardent fan of Margaret Thatcher.

That David likes peanuts cracks me up. Peanuts are my least favorite nut. I eat them, but never by choice. I am a Cashew man. I can eat many pounds of cashews a day — which is, of course, not conducive to my low-carb diet. So I have to use restraint. 


The Quote Of The Day ….

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I wrote a monthly column for ‘Network World‘ for many, many years. Since we, as columnists, had sway over much of the industry, the editor of ‘Network World‘ would often send us reminders, via e-mails, of our duty first and foremost to ourselves as professional journalists, to our readers, to the industry and then to the Newspaper. Often, it would be just this one line from Mark Twain. I was not familiar with it prior to getting the first e-mail with it as the subject line.

I loved it, albeit next to my creed:
If you lose all your wealth, you have lost nothing at all. If you lose your health, you have lost something. If you lose your credibility, you have lost everything‘.


Click to access via Google Books. Yes, you can find lots and lots of my columns there. I am kind of glad that Google has done this because I gave up keeping piles of my clipping when it reached about 4 feet.

Click to access via Google Books. Yes, you can find lots and lots of my columns there. I am kind of glad that Google has done this because I gave up keeping piles of my clipping when it reached about 4 feet.



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