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Two Thirds Of The Guruge Family At 2014 Christmas: Post Clearlakes Chorale Concert.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.>

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>> Devanee & Dad Clearlakes 2014.

>> Clearlakes 2014 ‘Italian Christmas’.


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Anura Guruge and family Christmas 2014


For reasons we have never fully sussed we are not very good and taking family photographs.

We have tons of pictures of various members but very rarely do the four of us appear in the same picture
and even ‘once in a Blue Moon’ doesn’t quite cover when we get all six of us in the same picture.

So this was a novelty.

A very kind gentleman from the chorale, a keen photographer himself,
offered to take a family picture when he saw us taking pictures
in batches.

So this is Christmas 2014.
To be precise, Saturday, December 13, 2014 (12/13/14),
at about 9:40 pm,
post Clearlakes Chorale concert
at St. Katherine Drexel Church,
Alton, New Hampshire.

Danielle (25) & Matthew (22) are missing.


Devanee & Mum, right after the Devanee & Dad picture
and before the family picture above.


Clearlakes Chorale 2014 “Italian Christmas” Concerts, December 13 & 14: Rousing, Uplifting & Inspirational.

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Related posts:
>> 2014 ‘Italian’ rehearsal. 
>> Clearlakes 2014 Italian Christmas II.
>> 2014 Christmas tree lighting.
>> 2013 Christmas tree lighting.
>> 2012 Christmas tree lighting.
>> Clearlakes Christmas 2014 ….
>> Spring 2014 Clearlakes virtuosismo.
>> Clearlakes 2013 Christmas: Stupendous.
>> French Christmas 2013 concert.
>> Our little Ad. for Clearlakes.

>> Spring 2012 Clearlakes Chorale concert.


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Sunday afternoon ahead of the concert.


The programme set out to be lively and the 76 voices and 16 piece orchestra hit the notes out of the church — Alton’s ten year old, aesthetically pleasing St. Katharine Drexel Church.

The notes soared. You could feel them rising and bouncing off the ceiling. You could feel Christmas. If you closed your eyes you could smell pine boughs and Christmas cake and that was even before they sang a stirring Italian version of “Deck the halls …”, Con i rami d’agrifoglio. It was a load of fun, superbly entertaining and inspiring. People left, both concerts, smiles on their faces bonhomie in their hearts. This is a wonderful prelude to Christmas.

Devanee, Sunday. Cropped from a telephoto shot of the whole Chorale.

Yes, of course, I am biased. Yes, Devanee, my 14 year old is in the choir. A sparano. The tall blonde, third from the left in the back row. She is the youngest of the bunch and this is her third year with Clearlakes. Yes, she started when she was 11! During that time, with two concert weekends per year. and practices every Thursday night other than in the Summer, Clearlakes has definitely become a major part of our life. Even in the Summer we have a lot of overlap of folks who also sing with with Great Waters. I was at both concerts, the Friday night rehearsal and the last practice on Thursday. So four days of it and I couldn’t get enough.

Given that I am in charge of the cooling, which means we keep all the windows open even in the winter, I knew that the sound of this gay concert floated out and drifted towards Toute 28. I wish I had a way to have made sure that folks passing by could have heard it. If they could they would have stopped. This was not your common or garden music you associate or expect in rural New Hampshire. The Sunday’s performance, with the church packed, further enhancing the acoustics, was as good as what you would see around Christmas on PBS! I was proud to be associated with this class, extremely convivial outfit. At the intermission, in between adjusting the window openings and going downstairs to check on status I was talking to a well-heeled professional from Wolfeboro. He was saying that he is sued to going with his wife to Boston to get culture but this was as good as anything he would expect to hear in Boston. I concurred.

Really not more that I can say without sounding trite. The Spring concert is in May, May 9 & 10, 2015, and you should mark it on your calendar. Stravinsky, ‘Symphony of Psalms’. I will get a preview in mid-January. That is when the Thursday practices will begin. I will keep you posted.

It was a hectic but delightful weekend for us. Devanee and I went to the traditional, after-concert/Christmas party at a very elegant (and historic) house in Wolfeboro. We could have stayed there a long time, but I had promised Teischan that we would get our two Christmas trees this weekend. So at 7pm we were cresting Prospect Mountain Road headed to Walmart in Rochester. By 8:30 I had two trees, in their stands, watered and in place. So both kids are happy.

Merry Christmas.


Sunday afternoon pre-concert ‘warm-up’ and photo op. I took the two official pictures for the Chorale using an elaborate Nikon belonging to a member. These shots are with my cheap T3i.


Clearlakes Chorale Christmas Concert 2014: Devanee & Dad Picture.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.>

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Related posts:
>> 2014 ‘Italian’ rehearsal — Dec. 13, 2014
>> Clearlakes 2014 Italian Christmas II — Dec. 2, 2014.
>> 2014 Christmas tree lighting.
>> 2013 Christmas tree lighting.
>> 2012 Christmas tree lighting.
>> Clearlakes Christmas 2014 … — Sep. 11, 2014.
>> Spring 2014 Clearlakes virtuosismo — May 18, 2014.
>> Clearlakes 2013 Christmas: Stupendous — Dec. 15, 2013.
>> French Christmas 2013 concert – Oct. 14, 2013.
>> Our little Ad. for Clearlakes – Oct. 27, 2013.

>> Spring 2012 Clearlakes Chorale concert — May 12, 2013.


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Clearlakes Chorale 2014 “Italian Christmas” concert, Saturday, December 13, 2014 at St. Katharine Drexel Church, Alton, N.H. Devanee & Dad 2014.


Clearlakes Chorale has always been OUR thing together
going back to 2010 or 2009.

Before she started singing with them, ahead of the
2012 Christmas concert the two of us used
to go to the Christmas concert together –
and sit in the front row.

That she join the Chorale was my idea.

I was also the one that would take her to
the Thursday night practices and
all the rehearsals.

Over the years I have got to know most
of the folks and I definitely am part of
the ‘family’ given that I do help out
with setup, lighting and A/C
during the concert.

So taking a picture of Devanee & I
at the Clearlakes Christmas
concert has become a family tradition.

So here is the progression
2012, 2013 & 2014.


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Clearlakes Chorale’s December 2014 “Italian Christmas” Concert: Friday Dec. 12 Rehearsal.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.>

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Related posts:
>> Clearlakes 2014 Italian Christmas II — Dec. 2, 2014.
>> 2014 Christmas tree lighting.
>> 2013 Christmas tree lighting.
>> 2012 Christmas tree lighting.
>> Clearlakes Christmas 2014 … — Sep. 11, 2014.
>> Spring 2014 Clearlakes virtuosismo — May 18, 2014.
>> Clearlakes 2013 Christmas: Stupendous — Dec. 15, 2013.
>> French Christmas 2013 concert – Oct. 14, 2013.
>> Our little Ad. for Clearlakes – Oct. 27, 2013.

>> Spring 2012 Clearlakes Chorale concert — May 12, 2013.


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Barry Lockard’s magnificent harpsichord.

That I own the copyright to HER cannot be denied.

Looks like I need a better lens or let others take the pictures. Strange optics. One spot, left center seems to be in good focus.


Yes, of course, I was there for the Friday rehearsal.

Actually I was there even prior to that because
per my wont I helped with the ‘stage’ setup.

I never miss the Friday rehearsal.
For the first time I am not at the
Saturday afternoon rehearsal
which is happening as I write.
Too busy.

I was at the Thursday night rehearsal as well.

Friday was the first time the
soloist and the orchestra were present.

Wow. What a difference.

One heck of a concert
as I have been promising you.

Very stirring.
Very Christmassy.

You will go away uplifted and rejuvenated.

One of the soloist will blow your socks away.
So put on two pairs.

Make sure to make at least ONE of the performances.

Enjoy. See you there.


“Brandy’s Writers Cramp” Blog Of Aspiring Alton, N.H. Author Bandy DiFauda.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.
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I met Brandy at last Thursday’s “Bucket List” writers group at Alton’s Gilman Library. Holly Brown our Alton librarian had been urging me for month’s that I should put in an appearance. I just had some time that day so I dropped in.

Brandy is nearly finished with her first book, a work of fiction. I have nothing but admiration for people that can write fiction. I haven’t tried as yet but I know that I will struggle if I try my art at that form. But I plan to try down the road IF I have enough time. 

Brandy appears to write quite a bit and is keen to share her writing with others. Hence the blog. It has both fiction & nonfiction work. Check it out. Some interesting stuff.

I am glad I can give her the publicity. I always try to help other authors irrespective of their status as an author or their stature in the field. I was always lucky in my life that people seem to appear from the woodwork to help me at various points in my life. I know, for a fact, that I would not have been able to write, or at least write like I do, if not for Dr. Tom Westerdale a U.S. Vietnam exile who taught Computer Science at Birkbeck College, University of London, when I was doing my Master’s, and for reasons that I never understood at all, took it upon himself, totally voluntarily and way outside of his assigned teaching responsibilities, to be my ‘shadow’ tutor when I was writing my dissertation. I was 25 and since I was 16 my life had revolved around computers and having fun. The last English class I took was when I was 15 — though I did win the English prize (per the British system) that year, and that amused me because everybody else in my class was either British or American, and English definitely at the time was my second language. Dr. Westerdale, a lovely gentle man, one of the cleverest people I have met (and I have met and worked with quite a few), used to brutalize my then writing. He would spend about an hour every Thursday afternoon going through my writing. He would sit on the floor of his spacious, book littered study with my manuscript in his hand. I would sit wherever that allowed me to take notes. He would read each of my sentences out loud. Then he would say: “so what you are saying is …”. Without fail he always managed to find an alternate interpretation to what I had said. I would, of course, argue that that was not what I had said — at all, at all. He, a gifted intellectual, far, far cleverer than me, would push back. He would laugh at me. Given that I am a bit slow on the uptake it took me a few Thursday afternoon’s before I finally got it sorted out. He wanted me to be precise in my writing. He didn’t teach me how to be precise or how to write. My intentionally intensely idiosyncratic style is all my doing. What dear Dr. Westerdale taught me was that you can be and as such you should be very precise when you write in English. It was a gift that has served me well. Dr. Westerdale was but one. I think of him often. Sometimes I write a sentence and my mind drifts back to his study in the late 1970s, both of seated on the floor. I can hear his voice asking me if this was really what I meant to say. Invariably I go back and rewrite the sentence. I dedicated one of my books, with gratitude, to Dr. Tom Westerdale. All of us would do well in life to have a Dr. Westerdale for help.

Brandy used to be a professional photographer. This is one of her pictures.


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“Brit Bits” in Rye, Another Place For British Car Care & Shopping In New Hampshire.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.
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MGB returns from Steve Barlow.
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Steve Barlow at Christmas
>> Tree lighting.

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MGB goes to Steve Barlow.
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Green MGB — Sep. 14, 2014.

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Click to access the “Brit Bits” Website. The greyish Morris Minor in the Sales section brings back memories. Ceylon was full of Morris Minors when I lived there. Never owned one. Don’t think I ever drove one. But have been in plenty. Love that red MGB at the top. But I can see it is WAY OUTSIDE my pay grade.

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I have owned both of these cars, in these very same colors in the UK — though my Red 1977 Spitfire 1500 did not have the ugly rubber U.S. bumpers. Owned the 3rd but last TR7 built. Silver gray. Registration read MGM 327X. Kind of neat since I was a product manager for the IBM 327X line. Click to ENLARGE.


I can’t honestly say that I was aware of ‘Brit Bits’ in Rye, N.H. If I was I would have been checking their Sales page 3 times a day to see what they had.

Steve Barlow brought them to my attention and told me that I should get to know them. That was very kind of Steve. Appears that they provided Steve with a wiper ‘head’ that he required to fix our Green 1968 MGB. I have, as you can see, checked them out.

Funny about Rye and Hampton. I think to many of us in the Lakes Region Rye might as well be in Massachusetts. We go to Portsmouth quite often — twice since Thanksgiving. But we only make it to Hampton or Rye once a year at best.

I will, though they appear to have nothing in my bargain basement price range, keep an eye on their Sales page. Though I have owned a MG Midget in the U.S. I am, I am sure, a Triumph person. In addition to having owned 4 Triumphs, and a Triumph 1250 was my first car, British Leyland was one of my favorite customers when I was the Customer Support Manager at ITT. That I solved a thorny technical problem that had plagued them for months by working the night shift in their data center and reading I/O traces had something to do with it. They liked me, I liked them. Great location north of the Midlands. Intrigued that they don’t sell Jags. As some folks know I will be in the market for not one BUT two Jags this coming Spring.


This was the work we had done on the 1968 MBG, first (and as yet only) time around, by Steve Barlow in Wolfeboro, N.H. Number of people have asked me exactly what I got done because I posted the pictures on the “MG Experience” forum. So here it is. To avoid blushes on all sides I conveniently took out the major prices. Those of you who own British cars in the U.S. will be able to estimate — pretty damn good. Plus, as some of you have sussed it out, as I get older, I use this blog as a memory aid. If I post something here I know I can always find it (and SEARCH helps) plus WordPress will guarantee that it will always be here.

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Clearlakes Chorale’s December 2014 “Italian Christmas” Concerts At St. Katharine Drexel, Alton, N.H.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.>

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Related posts:
>> 2014 Christmas tree lighting.
>> 2013 Christmas tree lighting.
>> 2012 Christmas tree lighting.
>> Clearlakes Christmas 2014 … — Sep. 11, 2014.
>> Spring 2014 Clearlakes virtuosismo — May 18, 2014.
>> Clearlakes 2013 Christmas: Stupendous — Dec. 15, 2013.
>> French Christmas 2013 concert – Oct. 14, 2013.
>> Our little Ad. for Clearlakes – Oct. 27, 2013.

>> Spring 2012 Clearlakes Chorale concert — May 12, 2013.


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The musical program for this December 2014 concert,
per its theme of “Italian Christmas”
(having done “Christmas in France” in 2013)
will be as follows:

Antonio Vivaldi: Gloria in D Major

O Sanctissima

In Notte Placida

Quanno Nascette Ninno

Dormi, Dormi O Bel Bambin

Venite Adoriamo il Nato Bambino

Mille Cherubini in Coro

Venite su Pastori

Astro del Ciel

Con i Rami D’Agrifoglio

Gesù Bambino

Gloria in Terra


Since I take Devanee to many of the Thursday night practices and rehearsals I have got to hear most of it, and it is fantabulous. Extremely pleasing to the ear and sure gets you in the Christmas spirit. You should definitely try and make one of the concerts. You will be glad you did. See you there. I will be at both plus the ‘dress’ rehearsal on Friday night. And i know that I will still feel that I didn’t get enough of it and will be eagerly awaiting the availability of the CD.


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