New Hampshire 2014 Fall Foliage: Lakes Region (Alton), September 18.

first2014fallfoliagereportAnura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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As an official N.H. Fall Foliage Updater for 2014 I have been filing two reports a week (Tuesdays and Thursday) since the start of September. So I do keep my eyes open to foliage.

As far as I can see we, in the lowest tier of the Lakes Region, don’t have that much foliage AS YET. I think last night’s ‘frost’ will accelerate matters.

There is, as ever, more foliage where there are busy roads than you have out in the sticks. I have noticed this for years. First notice it, c. 1987, when I used to work on the 11th floor of the Wang Towers, for Wang, in Lowell (MA). Route 3 was just outside. It was plain as day that the trees closest to the road turned color first. It has to be the carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide emitted by the cars. Same is true here. There is more foliage around the Alton traffic circle than on Prospect Mountain Road or for that matter Prospect Mountain High School.

I had to go ‘down’ to town yesterday and I took my camera along to snap some pictures. These were all taken around the McDonald’s in Alton.



Pope Francis’ Skullcap, i.e., White Papal Zucchetto, Auctioned On eBay; Pope St. John XXIII Warned Against Exactly This!

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.


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 July 15, 2014.
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Click to access ABC News original. Google for more.

This is for a good cause — we think.

What was funny to me, as somebody who knows quite a bit about Pope St. John XXIII (#262) is that this exact scenario happened with him, in St. Peter’s Square, with three young nuns, soon after he became pope. The nuns had arrived for the audience with a new white Zucchetto which they hoped to exchange for the one the pope was wearing. Given his reputation for warmth, kindness and avascularity they had not foreseen any problems — especially given that they were nuns (as opposed to a publicity-seeking radio talk show hosts).

Well, the nuns, of course, got to talk to the pope. Per the story the kindly pope even went as far as taking his zucchetto off, ready to give it to them, when he stopped. He said ‘NO’!

He then went onto explain that he did not want this zucchetto swapping to become a cottage-industry!

And funnily enough that is exactly what has happened.

So now that he has started the trend he might as well hand over a zucchetto each week and we can use it to raise money for charity!

Funny. This pope comes across as somebody who dearly wants to be like John XXIII. But, he is not. And this is another example. John, though he tried to disguise it, was very, very smart and savvy. This pope is not on the same plane.


Pope Francis Openly Butting Heads With Ultra-Conservative Cardinals, In Particular U.S. Raymond ‘I Am So Vain’ Burke.

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Click to access original post with many, many other hilarious posts of The Burke.

It would appear that Pope Francis (#267), to his credit, wants to rein in the ultra-conservative wing of the Catholic Church — in particular the rampaging cardinals. Booting the ‘Little Ratzinger’, viz. Antonio Cañizares Llovera, from the Vatican, all the way back to Spain, last month, was a great move. Now there is talk that he plans to do another ‘Vatican-promotion’ [i.e., demote] ultra-vain and not very bright U.S. Cardinal Raymond Burke. [Check this post out for a hilarious collection of Burke dressed in fancy outfits.]

This is all good news BUT there can be some huge repercussions.

There are a LOT of arch-conservatives in the Catholic Church — and that includes at least 98% of the cardinals. All the cardinals created by John Paul II (#265) and Benedict XVI (#266) had to sign an oath that they would uphold the orthodox [i.e., conservative] values and views of the Church. Pope Francis signed that oath too when he was created a cardinal. It should also not be forgotten that the U.S. has a very large conservative faction — with a LOT of money and as such a LOT of clout.

The rumors that the pope plans to relax the orthodox Catholic values when it comes to ‘family’ — i.e., divorce, pre-marital sex, contraception etc. — at the forthcoming Synod of the Bishops is also not sitting well with the conservatives. Burke is among the cardinals who are agitating.

This is all good BUT the pope needs to be aware. The conservatives are very determined, pugnacious and powerful. They BELIEVE that it is their mission to save and preserve the TRUE Catholic Church. So …

This pope has to be careful. But, I have said that before.


‘Alibaba’ U.S. Shares (BABA) Are NOT In The Chinese Alibaba Company! You DO KNOW That … Right?

alibaba-logoAnura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Yes, of course I have been following the Alibaba IPO. As an active, daily investor why wouldn’t I? Yes, I even, knowing very well that I wouldn’t get any (again), participated, futilely, in the Fidelity IPO bidding process.

But, this morning, listening to CNBC (and the CNN) I have been very disappointed and distressed that the media keeps on referring to today’s IPO shares, in BABA, as Alibaba shares. THEY ARE NOT.

The so called U.S. ‘Alibaba’ shares, i.e., BABA, are in a shadow-company, in the Cayman Islands, known as a ‘variable-interest entity’. This Cayman Island company is supposed to share-in and reflect the profits made by the real Alibaba company in China.

HUGE DIFFERENCE.

When you buy AAPL, CSCO, AMZN etc. you are actually buying shares of the real company.

Not so with the U.S. Alibaba, BABA, shares.

I just want you to be aware. I have known about this from the get-go BUT I am an investing junkie and spend a lot of time following the markets. So think of this as yet another Anura Guruge Public Service message.

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Here is a good post from “MarketWatch” that talks about this further. I learnt much of this from “MarketWatch” — which I read quite a few times a day. Click to access “MW” post.


I was, of course, willing to buy a share or two at the IPO price of $68. I am NOT going to rush in and guy it at $90 or higher. That would be stupid. I own at least two mutual funds that will buy the shares. So I am participating indirectly any way.

Plus I took the precaution of buying JD months ago and have YHOO of late (and I have already written a rather nice option against it).

I will, as I did with Facebook, wait and see. Actually I bought JD on the open market a few days after the IPO. 


YES, YES, YES to No, No, No (55%) — We REMAIN “Great”; Scotland Votes To Stay Within GREAT Britain.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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YES. YES. YES!

To

NO NO NO

To say that I am delighted, relieved and content
would not even come close.

This referendum really, really bothered me.

I did NOT want MY Great Britain, MY United Kingdom broken up.

This is wonderful news.

I have never rooted this much at an election, not even for Obama.

I was going to stay up until I was sure.

I think I might be able to even forgive Andy ‘bloody’ Murray.

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BBC prediction around 12:15 am EST, Friday, September 19, 2014. Click to access BBC results. Always worth it.


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My Daily Mail results. Click to access. The best. Will always be …


“Popes: 101 Facts & Trivia” by Anura Guruge Now Available On Amazon — Worldwide.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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This is a different, unusual, “Guruge-special” look at certain aspects of papal history.

There has been so much written and said about the current pope, Francis (#267), but do you know:

— who owned the Fisherman’s Ring that he now wears
(and NO, it was not a prior pope)?

— what pet he had when he was a seminarian in his twenties?
— where he stayed in Rome ahead of attending the conclave
that elected him pope?

— the ailment, other than his lung ‘problem’, that has afflicted
him since his youth?

— the ‘rubber band’ story that would make Gandhi smile?

OK. So that is the kind of slant this book takes, the obscure, unexplored and stuff that requires computer-aided analytics (my forte).

So some other examples:

— what was the very first Canon approved by an Ecumenical Council
(and it will blow you away)?

— who was the first pope, as pope, to attend an Ecumenical Council?
— what is the, unequivocally, the first recorded date in papal history?
— who was the recent pope born on Holy Saturday?
— what conclave had the youngest electorate?
— when was the last time a cardinal died within a conclave?

101 Q&As in total and at least 202, probably close to 300, nuggets of information as I tried, as I did in my prior two ‘101: Facts & Trivia‘ books, to include two, if not more, nuggets of data in each bullet.

This is a book that has been rattling in my head ever since I started doing papal research, in earnest, eight years ago. There is so much depth and breadth, not to mention the sheer volume, when it comes to papal history. I typically can’t go more than 30-minutes at a time when I am crunching through my research without going ‘Wow, fancy that’ or ‘I wonder …’. This book is the result of just ‘101’ of those ‘fancy that’ and ‘I wonder’ moments. [I had started a '1,001' version of this but realized that that was even too ambitious by my standards.] In my mind I already have some of “Popes: 101 Facts & Trivia Vol. II” done. But, it has to wait. My plan is to write two ‘101’ books about sex next! Everybody tells me that sex sells and I know as much about sex, if not more, than I known of popes. Yes, I could write, without too much effort “Sex Lives of Popes: 101 Facts & Trivia” — and I might still do that. But what I have in mind for the next two books will, I think, be more exciting. That said, I tried to sneak in a quick book on the ‘College of Cardinals’ while this book was being proofed. But the two friends, one a retired judge and the other a civil servant in D.C., were too quick for me. They turned it around in less than a week. But, I still got quite a bit done of that book too. Now the challenge is NOT to go back to that BUT to start on the sex books — as soon as I get the paperback version done.

Yep. It is never ending.

So, now for the inevitable demographics:
my 3rd ‘101: Facts & Trivia’ book.
my 9th book on popes.
my 2nd book, published, in 2014.

my 22nd book as the sole-author.


Fragment of the Excel spreadsheet I compiled while doing my research into the 21 Ecumenical Councils.
This was so much fun.
So much data that I was able to extract.

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Today Could Be The Last Day That We Are ‘GREAT’ — The Dread Ahead Of The Referendum.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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As of tomorrow, all of this, and indeed ‘GREAT’ it was, could all be at an end!

What would Winston think? What would Winston have done.

I know what Maggie would have said and done. Those were the days my friend …

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Listen to the words … we could soon be saying “THOSE were the days my friend … and remember all the GREAT things we would do ….”


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