Daily Archives: November 12, 2012

What I Want For Christmas. I Really Do. Always Wanted One.

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

by Anura Guruge

I am allergic to little cats but am very partial to big ones (and I will refrain from making any of my jokes about ‘pussy cats‘ … including one of my favorites: ‘Thank you. I needed that too. How did you know my name was Katz?‘)

Deanna sent this to me, because she loves to tease me.

I am old enough to remember when Harrods, in London, on the 7th floor if I recall, had an exotic pet department where you could indeed buy a tiger — albeit if you had the money. I was just starting my professional career and wasn’t making enough to afford a tiger at the time. I didn’t even won a color TV at the time. By the time I could afford a tiger Harrods had been forced to close down that department! Story of my life. But, if you have a ‘Rescue Tiger’ that needs a good home, you know who to call. I am even willing to compromise. I would settle for a Bobcat. Honest. Saw one on TV (on CNBC) this morning. Yes, CNBC shell shocked from the Obama re-election has gone soft. Rick ‘Tea Party’ Santelli, like all good bullies, has gone into hibernation now that he had his bottom spanked. So, they are now showing small felines. Wow. I am so tempted to crack a joke about ‘kittens’! See below ↓.

Click to access video. Awfully cute. You would want one too.

Click to access CNBC video from this morning featuring a Bobcat rather than the Pussy Santelli.

Beaujolais Nouveau Day 2012: November 15. Another Great November Tradition.

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

by Anura Guruge

It is always the 3rd Thursday in November — at least that is the day that the bottles of the new pressing are released for sale in France.

The ‘nouveau‘ is French for ‘new‘ and that is what it is all about. The new red wine made from the Gamay grapes from the Beaujolais grape growing (and thus wine producing) region of France.

It is typically produced 6 to 8 weeks after the grapes have been picked. There is usually very little tanin and the wine is invariably ‘fruity’, those the taste and palatability varies from year to year; this, the unexpectedness, being very much a part of the tradition. Most years it is very light and easy on the tongue. You can drink large amounts in a short period of time.

Beaujolais Nouveau Day is a very big deal in the U.K., especially in London. There are ‘friendly’ races, involving trains, planes, automobiles, hot air balloons and helicopters, to see who can get the first bottle to London, on the day. I think they manage to get it into London by 11 a.m. (the one hour time difference with France helping) — and definitely by lunch time. When I worked in London it was obligatory to go to a pub that evening to celebrate the ‘nouveau‘.

Stop Press

I just looked up the NH Liquor Stores to see what their plans were for this year’s ‘nouveau
and discovered that they are having a complimentary [i.e., FREE] wine tasting!
But, undated as you can see, might be OLD. So check.

Click to read Press Release.

So we should be all set. Noting close to us. I will keep you posted.


Auguste Rodin’s Birthday: November 12, 1840.

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

by Anura Guruge

Google, in their always cute ‘top left‘ motif, started giving us the head’s up on this birthday since late last night. Yes, I use Google even past midnight. 172nd birthday.

Most know him, deservedly, for his iconic, deeply visceral ‘The Thinker‘. He was, however, ultra prolific in multiple forms, also been a painter in oils and watercolor. Something that many may not have appreciated was that Rodin invariably made multiple copies of his work, actually having mechanical ‘duplicating arms’ to help copy the outline from a finished sculpture to a new block of material. He also employed an army of assistants to help with the copies. So there are supposed to be at least 20 Rodin authorized copies of ‘The Thinker’. That took me by surprise when I saw one at ‘California Palace of the Legion of Honor’ in San Francisco.

So lets take this birthday as an excuse for a little bit of Rodin indulgence, he considered the ‘Father of Modern Sculpture‘.

Rodin watercolor from 1905. He would have been 65.

The Kiss, 1901 – 1904. Multiple authorized copies exist.

My favorite, maybe second favorite, Rodin, ‘The Burghers of Calais’ by at the Victoria Tower Gardens, London, England. Again there are copies including one at the New York Met.

Temple of Love, undated.