Daily Archives: December 7, 2013

25 Days Till Hogmanay (New Year’s). Haunting Rendition Of ‘Auld Lang Syne’ By The Incomparable Royal Scots Dragoon Guards.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

Anura Guruge

Related posts:
>> ‘Auld Lang Syne’: Proper Way

>>Dec. 31, 2012.
>> Hogmanay — Dec. 29, 2012.
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Click to access YouTube video.

Click to access YouTube video.

IF you are NOT sure whether you have ever heard a world class pipes and drums band,
try the Royal Scots Dragoons.

Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau 2013 May Already Be SOLD OUT In New Hampshire, If Not The U.S. High Demand, Less Stock.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

Anura Guruge

Related posts:
>> Beaujolais Nouveau 2013 REVIEW
>>Nov. 21, 2013.

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and there were many >>>>

On Thursday, December 5, 2013, while in Wolfeboro for Devanee’s Clearlakes Chorale practice I swung by the New Hampshire Liquor Store there to see how the Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau 2013 was doing. I was even planning to buy two more bottles given how much I enjoyed the bold taste of this year’s pressing.

I was foiled.

They were sold out.

They were sold out on the DAY. But, for Wolfeboro that meant November 22, 2013. Beaujolais Nouveau 2013 day + 1.

Appears that that they didn’t get their shipment delivered till Friday. Dear, dear, dear.

I am so glad that I bought mine, on the day, in Portsmouth.

Also appears that they ONLY got 2 cases.

They had got 14 cases last year. This year, citing production restrictions due to a smaller harvest, which I had heard about, Wolfeboro was told that they would only get 5 cases.

In the end they got 2.

Somebody came and bought a complete case. That left one. The bottles from that were gone that very day.

This is good — in a way. I am glad.

It was a good wine. I still have an unopened bottle. I will check around to see if any are still available in N.H. or the Web.

The Final Images Of Comet ISON, From NASA SOHO, As It Disintegrates And Becomes ‘Dust to Dust’.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.
Anura Guruge

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>>Dec. 2, 2013.
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Click to access SOHO original.

Ed Engler, Mayor-Elect Of Laconia, N.H., Appears To Be Already Distracted.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

Anura Guruge

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>>Sep. 12, 2013.
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—  Jun. 14, 2013.

Click to go to 'past issues'.

Click to go to ‘past issues’. This is what I got at 1:15 pm Saturday, December 7, 2013. Nothing for December 2013 and no December issues incorrectly filed under November 2013 or December 2012.

Well I was going to cite one example of his distraction from yesterday’s [i.e., Friday, December 6, 2013] ‘Laconia Daily Sun‘ but now I have to cite two.

I went to access the ‘past issues’ so I could get a screenshot of pages 2 and 3 and discovered to my chagrin that they have yet to get around to archiving the December issues.

Mr. Ed, it is December 7. Maybe you should get around to putting the December issues in the archive. I know you must be busy and distracted BUT isn’t that why you have a bevvy of grovelling assistants. Now as Mayor maybe you should also get some young female interns to help you out. With all this added responsibility you might need some help.

Well, go check pages 2 and 3 of the December 6 issue.

Same story, from AP, about the missing Conway teenager, twice — under two different titles.

Yes, that definitely helps fill pages 2 and 3 and Ed, no doubt, is hoping that 96% of his reader’s will not have the mental acuity to realize that they had just read that same story a minute ago. I understand. My concern is whether Ed forgot that he edited that same story 2 minutes earlier.

I will never forget Ed and his ‘University of Whales‘, so I try to stay on my toes when it comes to Mr. Ed.

CIRQUE ALFONSE ‘Timber’ At The Dartmouth (N.H.) Hop: Mesmerizing, World-Class Synergistic Blend Of Creativity, Acrobatics, Dance, Music and Athleticism.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.Hop50red

Anura Guruge

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Think of it as an enchanting, ‘how-so-clever’, mix of:
Cirque du Soleil,
the French Canadian Glengarry Bhoys,

British Pantomime with occasional,
tantalizing touches of ‘Riverdance’
and some irreverent outhouse humor

thrown in for good measure!

‘Brilliant’ alone
does not do them enough justice.

If the Canadian government had any sense
(and therein may lie a problem)
they would immediately, and at once, declare
Cirque Alfonse a National Canadian Treasure.

Do you get the impression that I might have been ever so slightly impressed?
If so, you may be right.

Click to ENLARGE.


As a quick search on ‘circus’ on this blog (>>>) will show, we are no strangers to good circuses. We go to at least one big circus (typically Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey) a year, without fail, and usually try to get in two (maybe three). We have seen two Cirque performances and plan to see a few more soon. So, you have to go the extra mile to suitably impress me and Devanee when it comes to circus acts.

Cirque Alfonse did that with aplomb.


We have seen a lot of juggling by world class troupes but their multi-person, ‘William Tell’ (and they do have some Swiss blood), hatchet juggling was amazing.

Very clever.

90 minutes of non-stop entertainmentwithout an intermission.
I was amazed. I am no stranger to Canada and I have NEVER
seen a bunch of Canadians work this hard and this cleverly
in my 25 years of working for and with Canadian companies.
[The ‘Alfonse’ refers to the area, north of Montreal, that they hail from (and hale indeed they are).]

They are going to be doing 3 local performances next year. You really should go see them.

Click for their whole schedule.

Click for their whole schedule.

Not much more I can really say that will do them more justice.

It was at the Dartmouth Hop. That alone says it all. They had to be crème de la crème just to make the Hop cut. The Hop only serves the best. I saw a ‘trailer’ for this Circus when we attended the July 18, 2013 ‘Program Preview’ at the Hop. I bought the tickets for last night the day they came on sale … in July or August, I think.

So, you too should watch a video of them, provided by them,
just to get an appreciation. Of course, they are on YouTube.

Click to access YouTube video. We saw all of this and more last night. So this is very representative of the show.

Click to access YouTube video. We saw all of this and more last night. So this is very representative of the show.

Yes, it is amazing given that they are Canadian,
but they even have a halfway decent Website.

Click to access.

Click to access.

Another video.

At the very entertaining post-performance discussion, and all the pictures at the top were taken at that, I actually asked them about how they stop from getting dizzy. They do a LOT of non-stop spinning. Even the Dad — Grand-Dad. I was told, practice. Deanna was very impressed by the Dad and his ability to keep up with the kids.

Click to access another YouTube.

Click to access another YouTube.

The Dad smoked his pipe twice during the show. You could clearly smell the aromatic tobacco. First time in decades that I remember somebody actually smoking on stage. A sign of the time. They pretended to drink wine or hock. I think that that is permitted. 

I know that they are Canadian, but they were performing in the U.S. OF ‘A’, and I was surprised that they got away without using the (OSHA?) mandated safety lines etc. I will have to check. IT was good that they didn’t have to use the safety lines but I was under the impression that they were mandatory. Hhhhmmmm.

Also, they had the baby, the son of two of the performers, on stage at 9:30. Hhhmmmm. I know that there are U.S. OF ‘A’ laws about young children on stage. I am sure the Hop complied. Just struck me. Sorry.