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Alton, N.H. Old Home Day 2014, With ‘Annie & The Orphans’ + Fireworks, Will Be Weekend Of August 9, 2014.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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 2013 Alton Old Home Day Fireworks — Aug. 11, 2013.
>> 2013 Alton Old Home Day — Aug. 9, 2013.
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2012 Alton Old Home Day … — Aug. 5, 2012.
>> 2012 Alton Old Home Day Fireworks — Aug. 11, 2012
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The always fun Alton, New Hampshire, “Old Home Day”
will be over the weekend of Friday, August 9
to Sunday, August 10, 2014.

Though the event has now been extended to cover a 3-day weekend,
‘the fireworks’, quite literally, as ever, will be on
Saturday night — and remember that the “Old Home”
fireworks are invariably better than those for July.

Added bonus this year.

“Annie & The Orphans” that I always rave about,
including just a few weeks ago after their
concert in Wolfeboro are playing
just ahead of the fireworks.

Weather permitting this should be quite the night.


The 5K race, the antique boat show and the Parade through Town is on Saturday — so is the traditional, chicken barbecue at the Alton Fire Station.

In addition to the customary Craft Fair there will be a ‘Car Show’, in Town, on Sunday.

Click here to access the Alton Town Website with the schedule.


What Is Going On In Meredith (N.H.), First Mame’s, Now Olde Province Commons Shopping Plaza At Foreclosure?

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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>> Mame’s, Meredith foreclosure — June 13, 2014.

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This used to be a supermarket. The only one in Meredith. Click to ENLARGE — for nostalgia.


Not sure whether I am as surprised at this foreclosure as I was of Mame’s. Though I knew it well, frequented it near daily, when I was in town and living in Meredith [1997 - 1999], and even knew (and socialized with) the firm of ‘Sticht & Ambrose‘ that developed it and owned it to begin with, I can’t say I have the same emotional attachment to this place as I had to Mame’s. During my time in Meredith, in addition to the supermarket, there was also a drugstore and NH Liquor Store there. It was a thriving ‘little’ place. I knew and heard that things started to go downhill a bit when the supermarket moved out. But, I thought things were on the up-and-up after Annalee Dolls moved in. [Yes, I knew the Thorndikes too.]

I did some quick checking today. Appears to have been most recently owned by a guy in Gilmanton, NH. Shame. But, the focus of Meredith really has changed, quite dramatically, to the waterfront. They have done a good job. Their downtown area is thriving from what I last saw — compared to say Alton. I hope these foreclosures are isolated incidents. I like Meredith.


Went Swimming In The Lake, i.e., Halfmoon Lake, Alton (N.H.), For The First Time In 2014 Yesterday — June 30.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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>> Halfmoon deserted … — Aug. 24, 2013.
>> Water temperature in Halfmoon Lake … — June 30, 2013.
>> Losing swimming buoyancy — July 10, 2014.
>> 1st swim of 2013 in Halfmoon LakeJuly 8, 2013.

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I thought I was at least a week behind ‘schedule’ and I was going to ‘blame’ it on us having been away much of last week. But I knew that I had the exact date of last year’s first swim enshrined, for posterity, on this blog.

WOW! I was actually 9 days ahead of last year. I am amazed, but pleased.

In my ‘middle ages’, given that I have lived in N.H.’s Lakes Region since 1991, mid-June used to be my traditional target date to start swimming in ‘the lake’ — the lakes over time having been ‘Shaw’s Pond’ in New Durham, the ‘Big Lake’ in Meredith (1997 – 1999) and Gilford (2000 – 2006) and now ‘Halfmoon’ in Alton since 2007.

Now much older and with considerably less insulation I need the water temps to be higher. Yesterday was tolerable. Maybe even pleasant. I did a decent swim.

I still feel the loss of 2 pounds of buoyancy as a result of losing weight. It is still very noticeable. All I can say is ‘WOW’ … who would have thought. I now make allowances for it.

Well, now that I started swimming I will try and swim, near daily, well into September. I like swimming. So in the Summer it becomes a run up Prospect Mountain in the morning and a swim in the evenings. Works for me.

So Summer is here. Come up and enjoy it folks.


1940 Buick Eight, With Fixed Metal External Sun Visor, At Alton (N.H.) McDonald’s On June 19, 2014.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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1/ British cars in NH — July 27, 2013.
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May 11, 2013.
3/ Jensen Healey in Alton– Aug. 28, 2012.
4/ 1977 MGB (BMC) in Pittsfield – Oct. 8, 2012.


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It was last Thursday afternoon and I saw it as I was approaching the Alton rotary — from Rte 28 (West). It was already on the rotary. I immediately spotted the fixed, external metal visor. You don’t see those anymore. I guess they wreak havoc to the aerodynamics of a car and I can just imagine the forces exerted on it at speed. I wanted the kids to see it. I had a hunch that it would pull into McDonald’s. Took a ‘wager’ with the kids. I won. It did pull into McDonald’s. I followed it and managed to park right next to it.

Not having grown up here and with nearly all the cars in Ceylon, in my time, having been European, I don’t know much about old American cars. But, I know a cool car when I see it.

They were from Maine. I asked permission to take some pictures. Luckily Deanna had her camera on her. The driver told me it was a 1940. Wow. Even older than me. Showed the kids the visor. They, as I knew, thought it was cool. The lights at the back are so small compared to the rest of the car. Interesting. Not sure of the ‘heraldry’ on the ‘shield’ (coat of arms). Let me look it up. Wow. $250 for an emblem. OK. Found it on Wikipedia: “The Buick Trishield is rooted in the ancestral coat of arms of the automaker’s founder, David Dunbar Buick. That crest was a red shield with a checkered silver and azure diagonal line from the upper left to lower right, a stag above, and a punctured cross below. The division adopted this on its radiator grilles in 1937. In 1960, the logo underwent a major overhaul. Its single shield was replaced by a trio …” That stag is pretty stylized.

Anyway … ENJOY. Thought you might like to see the pictures. That is about all I know. Oh, I found out that the name denotes a straight 8 — like what they used on planes. Didn’t get the capacity or horsepower. Quick Google. Anything from 3L to 5L. 128hp to 168hp. Wow. We have come a long way. What does a stock 5L produce now — upwards of 350?

Mame’s, Meredith (N.H.) — Very Distressed To See That It Is In Foreclosure & Up For Auction.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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The top right picture on this Webpage
is supposedly from Meredith photographer George M Hawkins.

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Click to access Auction Website.


Mame’s was #3 in my November 2012 “Ten In New Hampshire: Restaurants (Non-Buffet) In Central NH, Worth The Drive”.

I raved about their Pumpkin Ravioli at the 2012 Meredith  “Trick or Eat” (Got Lunch) on Sunday, October 28. In that post I said this about John Cook, who used to own and operate Mame’s: “Very good. Did themselves proud. Bravo. Owner John Cook (which is a great name other than the fact that he is also a commercial pilot) did ALL of the serving and clearing up. Nice touch. Many would not know that this was the legendary John Cook. I just asked him whether he was still flying. He was. He didn’t recognize me. I am 10 years older and haven’t weathered well. Very nice guy.”

Not much I need to or can add beyond that. That is very much a part of why I am so upset when I saw the auction notice in the local paper yesterday evening. Things like this should not happen to nice people like John Cook — unless, of course, he wanted it this way. I don’t know the story — at all. He was a commercial, private jet pilot — i.e., he would fly private jets, on contract. I assume the money was good. I remember talking to him in the evenings and hearing that he had done a ‘gig’ that day: flown a jet from Laconia or Portsmouth to Detroit earlier in the day and how he would hit a local gym while his client went to whatever meeting and then flying back.

I lived in Meredith, on the water, on what was the old, just 5 houses, Mile Point, from March 1997 to December 1999. Used to frequent Mame’s quite a bit those days. It was my late night eating place. Hence conversations such as above with John. More often than not I was the last patron to leave and john was fine with that. We would chat. 1997 to 1999 was still at the height of dot.com. I was travelling and working like a ‘brown’ — if not a black. I was in the air at least 3 – 4 days a week and that would typically explain the late night dining at Mame’s. If I was back from a trip and fancied somewhere nice to eat and have some good red wine (and I always had somebody who would drive me home) I would end up at Mame’s. It was cozy.

It is a shame. I will have to ask Julie of Giuseppe’s what the story is. I know that she too will be sad. From what I know the successful Meredith restaurant owners like Julie and John (at least till now) never viewed each other as competition. More like partners since they each addressed a different demand. 

I wish John Cook nothing but the very best. I hope this all works out for him.


Alton Central School (ACS), N.H.: Does ACS Have Cameras Inside The School And If Not, Why Not?

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Click to access original from the “Concord Monitor”.


Read what it says in this very germane and topical Concord Monitor article — from March 2014.

Cost at Hopkinton seems reasonable.

I could as ever be wrong but I suspect that having cameras at ACS will be getting some attention over the next few weeks.

So this is just a heads up.

Ask yourself IF you are an ACS parent: wouldn’t you feel safer and happier IF you knew that there were cameras that could tell us all sorts of things?

Talking of cameras — do all the buses used by ACS now have cameras? They were supposed to. We know that some didn’t ’20 months’ ago when Devanee got slapped on her face, leaving fingerprints, on the bus — on the way home. That is when we took her out of ACS and homeschooled her for a year. We were told at that point, as was to be expected, that she happened to be on one of the ‘few’ buses that didn’t have cameras.


Alton Central School (ACS), N.H.: Major Bullying Case Now In Play. Heads Up. This Is V. Serious.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Bullying at Alton Central School (ACS) Raises Its Vicious,
Ugly Head Again
 — Dec. 6, 2013.

New Hampshire Department of Education (DOE) Offers
3rd-Party Moderator Program For Bullying Cases
Jan. 28, 2014.


Worrying bullying cases at ACS seem to be endemic.

A really bad situation, with physical violence (i.e., kid’s head been banged into a locker with consequent bleeding and scarring), has been going on at ACS for the last month or so. Lawyers, from both sides, have been involved as has some town officials. At least one kid has been taken out of ACS to be homeschooled because of this ongoing situation. [We can relate to that. We took Devanee out of ACS and homeschooled her for a year because of bullying at ACS.]

I have been getting updates on this bullying case for the last ‘month’ but I declined to say anything because of some ‘sensitivities’.

Today things have escalated further. It has got real serious.

This case could have some far reaching repercussions.

Hopefully something will finally get done about this never-ending bullying incidents at ACS.

I will post what I can and what I think I can divulge.

So the Principal, who was constantly ‘under the gun’ for bullying, will be leaving under a dark cloud, bullying still a major unresolved and now openly festering issue at ACS.

I could be wrong but I have a feeling that there will once again be parents at the next ACS School Board meeting talking about bullying. [Search my past posts!]


The Priceless Indians (That I Love) — Though This Is Quite Sad, But Is What It Is Really Like In 2-Tier, Very Rich-Very Poor India.



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by Anura Guruge


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>>May 24, 2014.
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Yet again from my all time favorite, favorite newspaper, in the whole world, that I now try to read, in bed, with my coffee, in the morning, while also watching CNN and CNBC. Second 'priceless Indians' story in 2 days. Click to access.

Yet again from my all time favorite, favorite newspaper, in the whole world, that I now try to read, in bed, with my coffee, in the morning, while also watching CNN and CNBC. Second ‘priceless Indians’ story in 2 days. Click to access.

NO question. This is SAD. But you see much worse in India.



When I related the BEST EVER Monica Lewinsky joke I told you that there was a time when I used to be a clearing house for distributing Bill Clinton jokes.

I hope you all remember the priceless Mastercard Priceless commercials. Well, I like so many other (and here is one quick example), also collected take-offs on the Priceless theme. I was lucky. I had folks send me great examples from around the world — and I would, per the charter, redistribute them. That was quite a campaign too. Also did a campaign on takeoff Altoid ads once it was discovered that sucking Altoids can enhance the whole oral sex experience! You knew that … right? I even engineered an elaborate prank based on this premise at a Trade Show where the unsuspecting butt of this insider joke were a bunch of folks I knew who were working the booth for a very famous networking company. It took at least 40 minutes before they cottoned on that something was up. It was all good ‘clean’ fun.

Anyway this, I am sure, was my FAVORITE ‘priceless’ ad (in its original undoctored form). It says, on the picture that it first appeared on ‘watchersweb.com‘. [Do NOT visit that Website UNLESS you want to be shocked. Not for the faint of heart.]

I doctored this for the blog. Otherwise Deanna would have yelled at me. But you can get the drift. Yes, of course, I have the original. e-mail me and I will gladly share it. It is a CLASSIC. Click to ENLARGE (though this is not as dramatic as the original). ENJOY. Priceless.

I doctored this for the blog. Otherwise Deanna would have yelled at me. But you can get the drift. Yes, of course, I have the original. e-mail me and I will gladly share it. It is a CLASSIC. Click to ENLARGE (though this is not as dramatic as the original). ENJOY. Priceless.


Why I, Though I Hate To Be Called “Indian”, Love Indians — They Are So Priceless. 11-Month Paragliding Baby!



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From my all time favorite newspaper in the whole world, the U.K. "Daily Mail". Click to access. There is a VIDEO and more horrifying pictures. Must see.

From my all time favorite newspaper in the whole world, the U.K. “Daily Mail”. Click to access. There is a VIDEO and more horrifying pictures. Must see.


Contrary to the very cultivated image I project and as such what most think about me, equanimity is my constant handmaiden — especially now that I am in my dotage. The days when I had great trouble dealing with idiots is long gone. It is difficult to get me to raise my hackles in public. Some attribute that for my pathological need to always be in control of MYSELF! That said I do have a spectacular temper. But luckily for all I only erupt very occasionally and I try to keep it down to once a year — if I can. Yep, it is that control thing.

But, one thing that does get my hackles up, THOUGH you will never see it, is when people ask me if I am Indian or worse still assume I am Indian. That really gets under my skin. My pet first response is: ‘No. No. I am not Indian. I am not good looking enough to be Indian’. As you must know and as Bollywood makes a point of highlighting, all Indians, by definition, are good looking.

So, though I hate to be thought of as Indian, I love Indians. They are a riot.

When I saw this I was not in any way surprised. That is what I expect of Indians.

Yes, I have ‘lived’ in India — but not full time. During 1969 to 1971 I used to go to New Delhi from London, during school breaks, at Christmas and in the Summer. I got my first driving license in India. But, I am NOT Indian. I used to drive around New Delhi, on my own. That is why I can drive anywhere in the world and it doesn’t faze me. After New Delhi tackling the Arc de Triomphe (Étoile) in Paris was pas de probleme. One of my favorite sites in New Delhi and I would ALWAYS have to stop and watch was people having their fortunes told by a Holy Cow! Holy Cow! Yes. The cow would paw the ground to convey her message. Told you. Indians are priceless.

Jokes apart, they are, by and large, very nice people. Just priceless.


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