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Diorama Of The Canyon de Chelly ‘White House’ Ruins At Boston’s ‘Museum of Science’.

by Anura Guruge

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I am not sure whether this is a new exhibit or whether it never fully registered with me previously. We go to the ‘Museum of Science‘ at least thrice a year, and have done for years and years. So, not much I haven’t seen.

But, I saw this yesterday. I knew what it was as soon as I saw it. Reading the accompanying sign only confirmed what I knew.

Neat. But, I am not 100% happy with the depiction. They seemed to have it garbled. It was unlikely to have been a ruin, in such disrepair, when folks were still living there! So, don’t call it ‘the ruins’ and show people still climbing it with ladders.

Also doesn’t explain why it is called the ‘White House‘. Yes, you can just about see the white building at the back. They believe it was painted white to reflect heat.

Well I have a LOT of posts on this blog about this ‘White House‘.

So, if you are interested just do a search on ‘White House Canyon‘.

With 10 pictures and a real-time GPS track. Click image to access the August 2, 2018 post.

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by Anura Guruge


THE Queen’s Christmas Speech 2018: Video, Full Text & Picture.

by Anura Guruge

The UK Sky News video of The Queen’s Christmas 2018 Broadcast
— on YouTube.

The Queen, at 92, looking radiant, extremely engaged & in great spirits.

The Broadcast, per the tradition, was delivered on British TV at 3pm GMT (10 am Eastern).

As ever it was ELEGANT, pertinent, informative,
and inspirational — with the trademark touches of humor.

My Christmas is not complete until I see the Queen’s Speech.

Very impressive, start to the video
— given that I LOVE “Christmas from King’s”.


The FULL Text of the Queen’s 2018 Christmas Broadcast.

“For many, the service of Nine Lessons and Carols from King’s College, Cambridge, is when Christmas begins. Listened to by millions of people around the world, it starts with a chorister singing the first verse of Once in Royal David’s City.

“The priest who introduced this service to King’s College chapel, exactly one hundred years ago, was Eric Milner-White. He had served as a military chaplain in the First World War. Just six weeks after the Armistice, he wanted a new kind of service which, with its message of peace and goodwill, spoke to the needs of the times.

“Twenty eighteen has been a year of centenaries. The Royal Air Force celebrated its 100th anniversary with a memorable fly-past demonstrating a thrilling unity of purpose and execution. We owe them and all our Armed Services our deepest gratitude.

“My father served in the Royal Navy during the First World War. He was a midshipman in HMS Collingwood at the Battle of Jutland in 1916. The British fleet lost 14 ships and 6,000 men in that engagement. My father wrote in a letter: ‘How and why we were not hit beats me’. Like others, he lost friends in the war.

“At Christmas, we become keenly aware of loved ones who have died, whatever the circumstances. But, of course, we would not grieve if we did not love.

“Closer to home, it’s been a busy year for my family, with two weddings and two babies, and another child expected soon. It helps to keep a grandmother well occupied. We have had other celebrations too, including the 70th birthday of The Prince of Wales.

“Some cultures believe a long life brings wisdom. I’d like to think so. Perhaps part of that wisdom is to recognise some of life’s baffling paradoxes, such as the way human beings have a huge propensity for good, and yet a capacity for evil. Even the power of faith, which frequently inspires great generosity and self-sacrifice, can fall victim to tribalism.

“But through the many changes I have seen over the years, faith, family and friendship have been not only a constant for me but a source of personal comfort and reassurance.

“In April, the Commonwealth Heads of Government met in London. My father welcomed just eight countries to the first such meeting in 1948. Now the Commonwealth includes 53 countries with 2.4 billion people, a third of the world’s population.

“Its strength lies in the bonds of affection it promotes, and a common desire to live in a better, more peaceful world. Even with the most deeply held differences, treating the other person with respect and as a fellow human being is always a good first step towards greater understanding.

“Indeed, the Commonwealth Games, held this year on Australia’s Gold Coast, are known universally as the Friendly Games because of their emphasis on goodwill and mutual respect.

“The Christmas story retains its appeal since it doesn’t provide theoretical explanations for the puzzles of life. Instead it’s about the birth of a child and the hope that birth 2,000 years ago brought to the world. Only a few people acknowledged Jesus when he was born. Now billions follow him.

“I believe his message of peace on earth and goodwill to all is never out of date. It can be heeded by everyone; it’s needed as much as ever.

“A very happy Christmas to you all.”

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and the British Royal Monarchy
visit their OFFICIAL site.


THE Queen, My Mother & The Queen’s Phone Number.

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by Anura Guruge

Pixar 2018 Short Film ‘Bao’ — Available On YouTube For A Month; Do Not Miss.

by Anura Guruge

I wanted to make sure that YOU did not miss this given its 1-month window on YouTube.

Quintessential Pixar — cute, clever and touching. Goes without saying that it is brilliantly rendered.

Pixar and I go back a longtime, maybe 22-years. I, thanks to a friend who was a financial advisor, was an EARLY investor in Pixar. {Smile} Pixar always makes me smile.

Interesting story. Makes YOU THINK — and in my book that is always a good thing.

So, don’t miss out. Give it a spin. Just over 7-minutes. Make time. Enjoy.

Happy Holidays.

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by Anura Guruge

‘SimpliSafe’ ‘Home Sweet Home’ TV Commercial (October 2018) — Another Catchy Ad Like ‘Tortoise & The Hare’.

by Anura Guruge

Click image to access video (with THE music) at

Heard this for the first time this morning and as with the (now famous) FedEx ‘Tortoise and the Hare‘ Ad THE MUSIC made me take notice.

So, from what I can see it is a background guitar track to the spoken narrative. But, WHAT guitar work? Paul Simon?

I checked, on YouTube, songs called “Home Sweet Home“. Don’t think the music is from any of them.

Yes, I checked. I cannot, as yet, locate the guitarist. But, this one might be easier than Tortoise and the Hare‘. One of YOU will know.

Just wanted to share and get your input.


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“Professor World Band”, One-Man Band — Best Show In Boston, At Least In “The Park”.

by Anura Guruge

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Attribution WILL be enforced.

Check out this short YouTube video.

Click to access his whimsical Website.

There were quite a few ‘street performers’ playing in the ‘Boston Public Park‘ (attached to the ‘Boston Common‘) today, i.e., Sunday, August 26, 2018 — in what was a glorious, near-perfect late Summer day. “Professor World Band“, hands down, by a long chalk, was the BEST — both in terms of the music, presentation and style.

Indubitably the best show in Boston that Sunday afternoon — and he plays for tips. He was SO GOOD we tipped him twice.

Tremendous. Musically outstanding, great songs (from the 1960s — 1970s) sung very well with the instrumental accompaniment just a sheer joy. And they you have the whole presentation, with him rotating himself around. We watched him for quite a few minutes.

We were lucky enough that we got to chat with him for a few minutes. He has been doing this for 35+ years and has played around the world. And he deserved to have. I just got the inkling that he was more than your typical busker. And he confirmed that when I asked him. He has a postgraduate degree in Biology and turned to music, as his way of protesting, during the Vietnam War.

I would love to engage him. He told me his mid-week rates. I would pay him three or four times that. Just don’t have an occasion to bring him up here. I will have to find one.

But, please check him out. You will THANK ME for it. I gather he is at ‘The Park’, in Boston, most weekends during the Summer.

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by Anura Guruge

Our Famous Navajo Friend Does V. Good In The ‘Miss Central Navajo Teen’ Pageant, In Chinle, Arizona.

by Anura Guruge

Yes, the same sisters in the ‘National Geographic’ ‘Canyon Song‘.

She competes in this Teen Pageant every year.

This year she won 3rd runner up as well as being crowned
Miss Photogenic & Best Essay Winner.

She told us about the Pageant when we met her last month in Chinle. She was excited and was already working on her essay.

So, this is GREAT news. We are very pleased and happy and send our congratulations to her Dad, Daniel Draper, and, of course, the daughter.

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Two (Famous) Navajo Sisters Sing A Hybrid, Navajo/English ‘Facebook’ Song.

by Anura Guruge

Yes, the same sisters in the ‘National Geographic’ ‘Canyon Song
video I posted yesterday.

Click this image to access my post with the videoes (yes, plural).

Yes, the same two sisters that sang
the Navajo Morning prayer for us.

I this post, I explained in detail, how we met his father, a renowned Navajo guide and how we brought the two sisters for dinner with us. He asked them to regale us, after dinner, and they did so without demur. They are very self-poised and assured. My ‘Canyon Song‘ post includes the ‘National Geographic’ write-up of the family, including their names. The dad’s name is Daniel Draper and he is well known in Canyon de Chelly circles.

I am told that this ‘Facebook’ song is fairly well known among ‘kids’. What is unique is the hybrid version that THEY CREATED — Navajo and English.

It gets better. She had sung it at a talent competition at her school and one of her teacher’s had recorded it and put it on YouTube. That video is longer and of better quality. I ‘post’ it below.

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