Daily Archives: June 11, 2014

West Indies vs. New Zealand 2014 1st Test Match, June 8 – 12, In Jamaica Proving To Be An Absolute Cracker.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.



by Anura Guruge

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Since I am an avid West Indies follower I try to watch as much of the Indies as I can — and have for all my adult life. I can relate to the way they play cricket. That is how I played.

I watched the Day 1 highlights on Sunday night. It was ‘ho-hum’ It was good Test Cricket, and that is always a treat, but it was bereft of drama. So, I had kind of given up on this match. But, WOW. WOW. WOW. I watched Day 2 highlights last night and really enjoyed the Kiwi middle-order batting. Jimmy Neeshan seems quite a find. That was a classy century. Two centuries in his first two Tests. I gather 8 have done it so far. I can only think of one. India’s Azharuddin. I remember his early feats well. OK. I need to look it up, though I am desperately short of time.

OK. I looked it up. I was right about Azharuddin — but that was easy. Three. Yes, 3 — all against England, 1984 – 1985. I was still in England. So I remember that well. The other 7: Ponsford (1924), ‘Dougie’ Walters (1965), Alvin Kallicharran (1972), Blewett (1995), Ganguly (1996), Sharma (2013) & now Neesham (2014). I do not remembers the others.

The West Indies 1st innings batting was bloody typical. Marlon Samuels breaks my heart. I feel so bad for him. I think he is up there with the best — Viv and Gordon. [And what is this that Richie Richardson got knighted. Of course, I am glad. Of course, I like him. He was good. Just slightly surprised. But it is all good. Congrats Richie. Way to go, Man.]

Just watched, over a late lunch, all of Day 3 highlights. What a cracker. This is the absolute sheer joy of Test Cricket. I have always maintained, since I was in my late teens, next to sex there is nothing better than good Test cricket for unsurpassed sensual titillation. And that this match has had on days 2 & 3. Plan to watch day 4 highlights tonight. I kind of know part of the score though I am trying not to know too much.

But, seriously, watch this Test. It is good. Could be one of the greats. You have been warned.

Alton Central School (ACS) N.H.: Superintendent Bill Lander As Acting Principal Makes Absolutely NO SENSE.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013. .. ..... .




by Anura Guruge

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Bill Lander as ACS Acting Principal

>>June 10, 2014.
>> ACS Administration again drops ball
>> — May 23, 2014.
>> Not a single proficient piano player in ACS
>>May 23, 2014.
>> Alton’s Funniest Videos — Nov. 18, 2013
>> & Nov. 24, 2013.

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Click to ENLARGE. From the ‘Blander’ blog. See yesterday’s post (link above) for more on this blog post by Alton Central Superintendent William (‘Bill’) Lander. It is the mentoring part that cracks me up.


Mentoring is NOT a title. I know. People ask me to be their mentor and have done so for decades. I know what it is to mentor.

Appointing Superintendent William (‘Bill’) Lander as Alton Central School (ACS) Acting Principal, as I said, loud and clear yesterday, is just plain wrong.

Linda Wilman should be the Acting Principal rather than this inane title ‘Associate Principal’.

Maybe I am the only one who remembers but Leggett started off as an Acting Principal. So why is Linda Wilman classed Associate when Leggett was Acting? I know people think, rightly or wrongly, that Leggett was BIG, but I am not convinced that it takes two to fill her shoes.

This to me is BOGUS.

I could be dead wrong in this and I hope that people will jump to correct me but I, in my ignorance believed that mentoring was supposed to be a part of a capable and competent superintendent’s job brief. So I guess I was wrong. In the case of William (‘Bill’) Lander we need to give him a special title, and no doubt a significant bump in his hefty pay, to mentor Linda Wilman. That in itself is a joke.

I don’t think William (‘Bill’) Lander is in a position to mentor Linda Wilman.

I think Linda Wilman, in all matters intellectual, academic, professional, social and ethical, towers head and shoulders above Lander.

[In case you are thinking that Linda Wilman must be a friend of ours, we don’t actually know her that much. Kind of met her a few times at QUEST events, but we have consistently heard good things about her from kids and parents. On the other hand, we, alas, do know William (‘Bill’) Lander from the many school-related dealings we have had with him — not to mention near daily, of late, e-mails or phone calls I get where he gets mentioned, though rarely if ever, favorably.]

Stop beating around the bush, just make Linda Wilman acting principal, let Lander continue as the bumbling Superintendent — or better still just make Linda Wilman principal NOW.

This is yet another example of the Alton Central School Board’s ineptness.

Well, the good news is that the kids (and not just ours) are DELIGHTED about Linda Wilman. She appears to be widely liked and respected. Not so William (‘Bill’) Lander. He scares kids. Not a good attribute in a supposed educator.

Well, as ever, I have said my piece. I feel better. Somebody has to say the obvious and I am happy to do so.

Can A Catholic Archbishop, Robert James Carlson, Be This Stupid — Saying He Didn’t Know It Was Illegal For Priests To Have Sex With Kids!

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.


Anura Guruge

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Click to access, as ever brilliant and insightful, coverage by the U.K. "Daily Mail" the hands-down BEST newspaper in the whole world.

Click to access, as ever brilliant and insightful, coverage by the U.K. “Daily Mail” the hands-down BEST newspaper in the whole world.

The unpardonable sex abuse crimes by Catholic priests make me livid.

I have railed about them here and, even more so, in my ‘Popes and Papacy‘ blog. Do a search on this blog and on ‘Popes and Papacy‘ for ‘sex crimes’ to see how deathly serious I am about this heinous crime.

Now you get a total IDIOT like this.

He is approaching 70 but I don’t think this is senility.

This is criminal duplicity. He should be arrested and thrown in jail.

Instead he ponces about dressed in fancy regalia.

The Catholic Church knows no shame.

This is disgraceful.

I used to think for awhile that criminal stupidity like this was because of DSB. Now I don’t believe that for a second because none of these clowns take their vow of celibacy seriously. It is a joke to them.

My latest theory is that it has to do with the Catholic incense that they ingest. Somebody really should check out what they put in it. Because widespread stupidity like this has to have a cause.

Summer Solstice 2014 Is On Saturday, June 21 @ 6:51am U.S. Eastern [i.e., 10:51am Good Ol’ GMT].

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

Anura Guruge

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>> Summer Solstice 2013 — June 20, 2013.
>> Google Solstice Doodles — Dec. 20, 2013.

>> 2013 Winter SolsticeDec. 11, 2013.
>> 2013 Shortest Day — Dec. 8, 2013.
>> Winter Solstice — Dec. 20, 2012.
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Just a heads up.

(because I understand the physics).

After the Summer Solstice, for the next 6 months,
each day, inexorably, gets shorter.
It basically presages the coming of winter!

Do a search on ‘solstice’ from the
SEARCH BAR top right →↑.

There are plenty of pictures and diagrams.

I will add more for 2014 as we go along.

Given that we are dyed in the wool Revels devotees
wanted to share this Midsummer Revels 2014 YouTube video with YOU.

Click to access YouTube video.

Click to access YouTube video.

Summer is indeed here, with some gusto, in New Hampshire.


Google ‘Footnote’ (Not Doodle) To Celebrate The Painted Streets Of Brazil For The World Cup. I Add Brazilian Painted Bodies For Your Edification.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.


by Anura Guruge

Last Google Doodle:
>> U.S. winner Doodle 4 Google — June 9, 2014.

∋∋ “Class of 2014” Google Footnote & Video — May 30, 2014.
∋∋ “Proud to Play” Google Footnote  — June 3, 2014.
∋∋ “D-Day” Google Footnote  — June 6, 2014.

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On Google’s standard Search Page …

Might not be there after today (June 6, 2014).
There is also no archive, as far as I know, for these (what I call) Google Footnotes.


This is what you get when you click the Google ‘Footnote’ link. Part of Google Maps. Use link below to take you that page … if it is still there.

Link to above page IF it is still there.

When it comes to matters like this, I do, even if I say so myself, have a 6th sense.
I think Google should have also provided a link to YouTube videos like this
that portray Painted Bodies from Brazil for the Soccer World Cup.

Click to access Gogle YouTube video on Painted Bodies from Brazil. Now real genius would be a video of these ladies on the painted streets.

Click to access Gogle YouTube video on Painted Bodies from Brazil. Now real genius would be a video of these ladies on the painted streets.