Daily Archives: January 7, 2016

Australian “A Place To Call Home”, As Good As “Downton Abbey”, Season 3 …

by Anura Guruge


Click to access YouTube video. NEW ENDING for Season 2 so as to make Season 3 viable.

Yesterday evening during our ‘family TV hour’ I was scrolling through (British TV) Acorn, through our Roku 3, to see what new shows they had. On a whim, albeit with no great expectations, I said “lets check ‘A Place To Call Home’ to see if they have a Season 3”. Serendipity! There was a Season 3. We couldn’t believe it. I checked to see that they had not accidently relabeled Season 2 as Season 3. They had not. We were delighted. Especially the kids.

As I raved about here we think ‘A Place To Call Home’ is nearly as good as ‘Downton Abbey‘ (though the setting is not as grandiose) — and that is saying something because we are all “Downton” devotees.

We had NO idea that ABC (and the ‘A’ there stands for ‘Australian’ as opposed to ‘American’) had CANCELLED the show halfway through Season 2! That had to have been crazy. It is a good show. Now they have resurrected it and I am delighted that common sense prevailed. So they had to do a new ending for Season 2 so as to provide a more compelling ‘runway’ into Season 3. That was kind of weird. But we watched the new ending last night. Wow. Dramatic. We will start watching Season 3 tonight. 40 minute episodes. So Teischan insists that we can squeeze in 2 each night.

I just discovered that it is also available on YouTube. So you should be all set. Do yourself a HUGE favor and watch it. You WILL thank me for that advice. 

Related posts:
>> PBS: “Downton Abbey” S6.

>> PBS: “Indian Summers”.

>> Roku 4 has nothing for me.
>> Fixing ‘No Sound’ on Roku.

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The World’s Largest Blue Sapphire, “Star Of Adam”, 1,404 K ($100 M), Discovered In Sri Lanka.

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From Reuters. Click to ENLARGE and read short extract here. Use link below to access Reuters original.

Click here to access Reuters original.

I have always considered, biased as I will admit to being, that the ‘Blue Sapphire‘ (especially if it displays a star) is the world’s most beautiful gemstone and that Sri Lanka is the home to the world’s best, bluest, brightest and biggest blue sapphires. Growing up in Ceylon, 50 years ago, I saw lots of blue sapphires. Alas and alack we don’t have many anymore. I got Deanna a small stone when we got married 13 years ago, but I am not sure whether she wears it that often. That is the only blue sapphire we now possess. 18 years ago I was give a $3,000 pair of blue sapphire cufflinks — but I gave them back.

This is good for Sri Lanka. Somebody is going to be an even richer gem mine owner. 

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2016 Chinese New Year: UNH (Durham, NH) Miaohui (Temple Fair) On February 4.

by Anura Guruge

The UNH (Durham, New Hampshire), ‘Confucius Institute‘, as they did, with great success last year, will again host a Chinese Temple Fair, a Miaohui, on February 4th, 2016, to celebrate the Chinese New Year, the ‘Year of the Red Monkey‘. As it was last year it will be free and open to the public. I will provide more details as I get them. I just wanted to give you a heads up, as soon as I heard about it, so that you can mark it on your calendar.

Last year’s was an unqualified success and we had a ball.

I am already getting excited. Less than a month away.

Check out the pictures and videos from last year. Happy New Year.

Last Year’s Miaohui.

Related posts:
>> 2015 Boston Chinatown 
— pictures.
>> 2015 Boston Chinatown 
— 3 videos.
>> UNH 2015 Miaohui 
>> UNH 2014 Chinese New Year GALA.
>> Chinese New Year 2015: Feb. 19.
>> 2015 Chinese New Year — latest in a long time.

by Anura Guruge

“Scottish & Irish Music Festival”, Valley Forge, PA, Feb. 12 – 14, 2016: ‘The Brigadoons’ Are Playing.

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Like the Loon, New HampshireHighland Games“, but in the winter and hence indoors. Some very familiar names, viz. Albannach, Searson, Charlie Zahm etc, albeit led by our perennial favorites, the evergreen “The Brigadoons” — playing multiple sessions on Saturday and Sunday. Some acts I have not heard of. Pretty decent prices too. Should be a good bash. 

Related Posts:
>> “The Brigadoons” Website.

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‘6 images for the day’ — January 7, 2016 + 6 Bonus From New York City.

by Anura Guruge

Taken with my Panasonic Lumix FZ1000.
Straight out of the camera.

Refer to this post for image resolution details.
NO post-processing whatsoever.
Straight JPEGs from the camera.

Click pictures to ENLARGE.

Attribution WILL be enforced.

We went to New York City & Philadelphia for a week
December 28, 2015 to January 3, 2016.
Appears I took 2,618 pictures with the Panasonic Lumix FZ1000
not counting those that I took with the Sony RX100 MkII and 
the thousand or so taken by Deanna and Devanee with their cameras.

Over the next few weeks I will share some of these images with you
as bonus pictures.

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All The New Cameras Announced At CES 2016 To-Date — With Prices.

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Amazon, knowing my interest in cameras (given that I check out cameras or lenses on a near daily basis), sent me an e-mail with this list of CES (Consumer Electronics Show) 2016 cameras.

It was useful. It was nice to see them all in one place and moreover it was useful to see the prices.

I was curious as to how much the APS-C (DX-Format) Nikon D500 was, given that it will be seen as the flagship for that genre — though I have no desire to buy a DSLR from Nikon or Canon. I am now more convinced than ever that mirrorless is the way to go. But it is useful to know $3,067 with a kit lens. Hhmmm. The $6,500 for the full-frame Nikon D5 was also illuminating, though that seems fair. The $700 for the 1″ sensor, 20 MP, 25 – 250 mm Panasonic Lumix ZS100K was interesting. Nearly as expensive as my Panasonic Lumix FZ1000.

Hope this helps. It should.

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by Anura Guruge