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“The Professor And The Madman” (2019) Movie On “Amazon”: A ‘B-‘ For Effort, A ‘D’ For Veracity.

by Anura Guruge



Click image to access the IMDb.com listing for this 2019 movie.


Official Trailer on YouTube.


Click image to access the Amazon listing for the BOOK.


OK, I will admit upfront that I am not your typical audience for this movie — which is about how the classic ‘Oxford English Dictionary‘ came to be created.. For a start, one of the settings in this movie is my old school, Mill Hill (in London). Moreover, I have read THE book (by Simon Winchester on which the movie is based), know additional bits about the history of the Dictionary and furthermore adore ‘THE OXFORD’ and what it stands for. So, I was not going to be an easy customer to please — though I desperately wanted the movie to WOW I. Alas, it did NOT.

For a start, it misrepresented the history involving Mill Hill and the scene they show involving Mill Hill does NOT show anything close to what Mill Hill looks like! And that was how the movie started. So, I was not impressed. It would NOT have been difficult to have shot the scene at Mill Hill since the buildings, from the time, are still there. Plus, they show Dr. Murray’s son playing field hockey. Yes, we played hockey at Mill Hill but the school is more of a rugby and cricket school. So, that was part irritating. Then the movie gets the dates and facts WRONG! The Murrays did not move to Oxford as soon as he became Editor. The first five-years of the Dictionary were at Mill Hill. So, the movie misrepresents that.

Yes, it is NOT an easy story to tell and the ‘Madman’ (viz. Dr. William Chester Minor (who cuts off his penis)) was not as central as the movie makes him out to be. Yes, he contributed, much — but so did thousands of others. It is the typical conflict between a good book and a movie that tries to tells its story. In this case, as it happens so often, the movie falls short.

My recommendation: skip the movie, read the book!


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Cardinal George Pell, Convicted Child Abuser, Still In Prison, In Australia, Awaiting Outcome Of Appeal.

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE and read here. Wikipedia link: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Pell#Criminal_charges,_conviction_and_appeal



George Pell (b. 1941, 77-years old) was convicted of ‘sodomy’
in December 2018.

He was given a 6-year prison sentence.

He has been serving that sentence since at least February 2019 (if not earlier).


Occurred to me this morning that it has been a ‘MONTH’ since the appeal and we have not heard anything. So, I went looking.

Wow, no decision yet — even though the initial prognostications were that we would hear within a fortnight.

So, Pell, still a full cardinal, languishes in prison — supposedly in 23-hour solitary confinement. Must give him plenty of time to contemplate and pray.


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“Scottish Mussel” (2015) Movie On “Amazon”: Cute Enough Story, BUT Kicker Is Learning About Scottish Pearls!

by Anura Guruge


Click to access ‘IMDb.com’ listing.



Click to access this Website and learn about Scottish pearls.


Click to access this Website and learn about Scottish pearls.


Despite my Scottish heritage and all the time I have spent in Scotland I had never heard of Scottish pearls! I know that for a fact, because it isn’t something I would have forgotten.

This movie, ‘Scottish Mussel‘ appeared in my Amazon Prime Video recommendation list. It looked vaguely promising. So, the other night when we decided we should try a comedy to get a break from murder-mysteries we gave it a spin.

And then we learnt about Scottish pearls and, boy, am I glad. I felt that there was a gaping hole in my knowledge.

Movie is not something to write home about. Some magnificent shots of the eternal beauty of bonny Scotland and there are some funny bits. But, we watched it to the end because the Scottish pearl angle was so intriguing.

So, don’t watch it as a comedy. Instead treat it as an amusing documentary of Scottish pearls.


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Jailed Cardinal George Pell’s Appeal Re. Child Abuse Is Taking Place In Australia Right NOW.

by Anura Guruge


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George Pell (b. 1941, 77-years old) was convicted of ‘sodomy’
in December 2018.

He was given a 6-year prison sentence.

He has been serving that sentence since at least February 2019 (if not earlier).

This was an APPEAL, for having conviction completely overturned, that was filed earlier this year.

If he wins this appeal he will be released from prison.

If he loses he will have to finish his 6-year sentence. He will not be asking for it to be reduced.


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Black Billionaire ‘Robert F. Smith’ Has To Be 2019’s ‘Man Of The Year’ For His ASTOUNDING Generosity To 430 Graduating ‘Kids’!

by Anura Guruge


This is PRETTY ASTOUNDING!

WOW!

Now that is what you call GENEROSITY.

He Made My Day. He brought tears to my eyes.

What a marvelous human being.


Click to ENLARGE and admire here. Link to original below.


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


Click to ENLARGE and pay your respects.


You have to watch this to see the JOY
— especially among those on the stage.


The full 35-minute speech. Worth watching too.


Click to ENLARGE and read here. Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_F._Smith_(investor)


I will confess that prior to this story I had never heard of him and can’t claim that ‘Morehouse’ has ever registered in my mind.

But, as of today, he will be MY MAN. What a man. What generosity. Such a wonderful windfall for the graduates. Yes, some of them had $200,000 loans. I will admit that that is crazy. But, they don’t have to worry about that now.

Extraordinary man. Comes from good, educated lineage. Both parents had Ph.Ds. Impressive.

This is what GOOD NEWS is all about. Really made my day. Watching the videos (above) brought tears to my eyes.

This is what the U.S. is supposed to be.

How GREAT.

This is what greatness is all about.


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Jacinda Ardern, New Zealand’s Exemplary P.M. Is Afforded Rare & HUGE Honor By UAE With Their ‘The Burj Khalifa’.

by Anura Guruge


Click to access original article.


Must Watch YouTube video.


3-days ago I told you how I felt.

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Made my day.

She, Jacinda Ardern, so, so deserves all the kudos she gets. She has shown the world how real leaders act. Trump is too busy playing golf to notice.

Obviously the muslims appreciate her sincerity, commitment & compassion.

How GREAT for the whole world.

Terrible, uncalled for tragedy. Then, at least, you have moments like this.

Thank YOU, New Zealand.

Thank YOU, Jacinda Ardern.


by Anura Guruge

Moonshadow — Ahead Of The ‘Super Moon’ On February 19, 2019.

by Anura Guruge


NO post-processing whatsoever.

Taken with my Google Pixel 2 Phone.

Click pictures to ENLARGE.

Attribution WILL be enforced.


This was 9:41pm, Monday, February 18, 2019 — ahead of the ‘Super Moon‘ on the 19th. The moon was bright and had been all evening/night. I had taken some previous picture too. Pretty impressive. Wanted to share with you. Enjoy.

Given that I was a HUGE Cat Stevens fan I can never look at moonshadow without his song playing in my head. So, I wanted to share that with you too since I am sure that some of you have never had the privilege of getting to know THE Cat. So, here … Enjoy it too.


Same picture. Few minutes later, albeit with my Google Pixel 2’sNight Sight‘ enabled.
Pretty amazing … right?


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