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‘Vienna Blood’, On PBS & Amazon Prime, Relatively Good, But Not Brilliant — At Least As Yet.

by Anura Guruge

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It is definitely NOT bad. Quite watchable. I guess I was expecting something ‘more’ — more gripping, taught and dramatic. That said, the first case, involving two murderers, and spanning the first two episodes, was quite interesting. Interesting twists. Quite clever. Very well shot. Makes a change to have a murder/mystery set in Vienna as opposed to the U.K. or U.S.A.

It is still being aired weekly. Earlier episodes are being streamed online — on PBS and Amazon Prime, albeit for a price.

Well, we plan to watch all the episodes. Seen the first two. Will watch three soon.

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by Anura Guruge


Sending A Letter, With TRACKING, To The U.K. Via The US Postal Service Is Pretty Damn Expensive.

by Anura Guruge

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The keyword here is ‘tracking‘. If I didn’t want tracking I could have sent it ‘First-Class Mail International‘ which would have been much cheaper. But, you can’t get tracking with ‘First-Class Mail International’. You can send it registered but that costs about two arms and a leg.

So, ‘Priority Mail — Flat Rate Envelope‘ was my best option — but, it costs $35.65.

Damn, stupid letter to my corporate pension provider — JUST to confirm my address! They sent me this form, with my address, and I have to CONFIRM that address, have it essentially ‘notarized’ and send it back. IF they don’t get it, they STOP paying my pension! That is what got my attention. My UK corporate pension isn’t much in that I was only there, working, for 4-months over 10-years. But, it pays for my wine. So, I would be beside myself without it.

So, now you can see why I wanted tracking and was willing to pay that exorbitant price. SMILE.

Pension companies are as bad as the dreaded ‘Tax Man’. They always have you by the short and curlies.

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U.K. Planning To Ban All Wild Animal Acts From Their (Travelling) Circuses.

by Anura Guruge

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Kind of inevitable, I guess — and by ‘travelling circuses’ they mean any circus that is not performed, long-duration, in a permanent location.

Well, we have all seen what happened to the elephants with the ‘Barnum & Bailey and Ringling Brothers‘ “Greatest Show on Earth“. But, they continued to have a big cat act that distressed me greatly. I would close my eyes for the duration. I just can’t act.

But, I am, as some of you might know, strange about elephant acts! They do not bother me. Maybe it is because I grew up with elephants among us. Even had some mega-rich friends that kept elephants as pets. As long as they are well treated, elephants are like golden retrievers — just bigger and not gold. They like to please — provided you take care of them. We used to have the BEST elephant shows in Ceylon when I was growing up. So, I and elephant acts. We have a history, a context and yes, ambivalence.

But, I can buy ALL wild animal acts.

This would, however, permit dogs, horses, donkeys and I assume goats. That is OK. Dog acts do nothing for I. But, I know some folks adore them.

So, this is the state of play in the UK when it comes to circuses.

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by Anura Guruge

One MORE Female Zoo Keeper, The 6th To My Knowledge Since 2013, Attacked By Captive Big Cat; I Blame Hormones.

by Anura Guruge

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This has happened TOO MANY times of late for us to pretend that there is NO connection.

I get grief from women who think I am trying to prevent females from working with Big Cats. Not at all.

I am just stating something that you just cannot overlook. I am NOT an out-and-out expert but I do know some about Big Cats, females and female hormones. I have three daughters and currently live in a house with three females.

Female hormones are powerful entities. And if you THINK that a Big Cat cannot smell changes in female hormones you have been smoking some bad stuff for too long. That is my only point.

I think there is a hormonal connection.

I am familiar with, and have documented 4 instances of such attacks by tigers on female zookeeper, since 2013. They are: Dianna Hanson in California in March 2013, Renee Radziwon of Portland in November 2013, Sarah McClay in the UK in May 2013 and then Rosa King, at Hamerton Zoo Park, also in the UK, in May 2017.

That so many young female zookeepers are being attacked by Big Cats could, of course, all be but an unfortunate coincidence.

BUT, there is something else we should consider. These are all women were still of childbearing age. I think that there is an hormonal connection, something to do with ‘scent’ that tigers and lions can smell. IF you think they can’t smell changes to our scent due to hormonal changes, then you are probably not that familiar even with domestic dogs.

It is something, I think, that should be studied further. We might be able to save some lives of other female zookeepers.

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by Anura Guruge

Another Bikini You Are Unlikely To See At Lake Winnipesaukee — UNLESS I Try To Fit Into One.

by Anura Guruge

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Click IF you want to order one or just check out the sizes.

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and there are MORE. Just ‘search’ blog.

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As I have often stated, I read the U.K. “Daily Mail”, my trusted source of news, online, multiple times a day and have done for ages — having been a ‘Daily Mail‘ subscriber when I lived in the U.K.

When I saw this I knew that YOU would expect me to share it with you. DONE.

I am fairly certain that we are unlikely to see this bikini around Lake Winnipesaukee, New Hampshire. However, IF I am wrong, I would not mind a jot. I will just be happy for.

Just so I could be proved wrong, I am thinking about ordering one for myself and wearing it when I go to the beach. I think I will look OK. The only problem. From what I can see they don’t seem to make it in MY SIZE! They all seem too BIG to fit I. Dilemma. Maybe I could get somebody to alter the small size to fit I.

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Use Firefox, Rather Than Google Chrome, To Read The U.K. “Daily Mail” On Android Devices.

by Anura Guruge

Trying to read the U.K. “Daily Mail“, my favorite newspaper for over 40-years, with Chrome, on my 10″ Android Tablet had become quite the chore. The latest HUGE banner, at the bottom, of the screen, was the last straw. It was like trying to read something through a slit.

I had enough.

Yes, I fully appreciate that it costs a lot of money to provide the level of news they do. But, they can’t be so obnoxious.

I tried an Ad Blocker. Didn’t do anything. Yes, I will confess that I refuse to use their APP and insist on reading it in a browser — in desktop-mode.

I am a Google shareholder and, as you know, I permit ads on this blog. But, I hope they are not obnoxious.

So, on a whim I went back to Firefox. I have no qualms about that. I was one of the original advocates of Firefox way back in the late 1990s. I convinced quite a few to switch to Firefox. And I have never had anything against Firefox. Just assumed that Google is ‘one-stop-shopping’. But, I was wrong.

I have only been using Firefox, with the Daily Mail, for a few minutes. Yes, you still get Ads — like the top banner. But, so far, I haven’t had as many pop-up ads. that were ruining my reading experience.

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