Tag Archives: 2011

Planet Fitness’ Delightful “I Lift Things Up And Put Them Down” Commercial, From 2011, Is BACK!

by Anura Guruge


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Happened to see it, this morning, on ‘GMA’ and it made my morning. Recognized and remembered it at once. What a classic. The guy is such a natural.

Good move by Planet Fitness. Reuse a memorable commercial — and make a definite impact — without spending money on a new one.

Kudos to their marketing team.

They got it right the first time and got it right again. Not too many marketing departments are that savvy.

Watch it again.

I am NOT a great fan of commercials. I Fast Forward through them or change channels and then come back.

But, this one I will watch.


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by Anura Guruge

“The Help” Movie (2011) — Well Worth Watching AGAIN; So Topical, So Powerful.

by Anura Guruge




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(which I had bought many years ago)


I had seen this powerful & touching movie many years ago — most likely soon after it came out. I liked it so much, and it moved me so much, that I went and got the paperback from Amazon. I haven’t got around to reading it as yet — but I was sure glad to lay my hands on my copy, in my book littered office.

I happened to see it been shown on one of the new channels we have with our TDS TV. I recorded it so that Teischan (12) can see it.

I am getting her to read, out aloud (for I), most nights, to “Kill A Mockingbird“. I thought this movie will help her get more perspective. She liked it — which was good.

Wow. It is set in the 1960s, but it might as well be TODAY!

Racism is more virulent than I ever remember — and I am not even sure what it is like down South. So, watching this movie is sobering. Makes us realize that we haven’t made much progress when it comes to Civil Rights. Lets just remember — Black Lives Matter.


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by Anura Guruge

Christmas On A Sunday, As In This Year, i.e., 2016, Is Not That Rare.

by Anura Guruge


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Yes, having Christmas fall on a Sunday, a day associated with Christian religious observations, does seem special — and it should be.

But, Christmas falling on a Sunday is NOT that rate.

We might NOT remember but it actually happened in 2011 & 2005. So that is 3 times in 12 years. That is, however, always not the case.

From 1900 to 1999 Christmas fell on a Sunday: 1904, 1910, 1921, 1927, 1932, 1938, 1949, 1955, 1966, 1983 & 1994.

From 2000 to 2099 Christmas fell or will fall on a Sunday: 2005, 2011, 2016, 2022, 2033, 2039, 2044, 2050, 2061, 2067, 2072, 2078, 2089 & 2095.

If you look at those years you will notice, if you study them, that there is both a 11-year and 6-year repeat cycle, in there. The 11-year repeat cycle is very common for anniversaries like this.

So most of us should enjoy 10 to 12 (and maybe more) Christmases on Sundays during a typical lifetime.

Enjoy. Merry Christmas.


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by Anura Guruge

Monday, July 15, Is “St. Swithin’s Day” A Minor, Amusing British ‘Holiday’.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Saint Swithim of Winchester from the Benedictional of St. Æthelwold, illuminated manuscript in the British Library.



St. Swithin, or Swithun, [c. 800 to July 2, 28162] was the Bishop of Winchester (Hampshire) and now the patron saint of the magical Winchester Cathedral, longest nave and greatest overall length of any Gothic cathedral in Europe.

For 7 years of my life, from 1974 to 1981, I lived close to Winchester. IBM at Hursley, where I worked from 1974 to 1979, just a few miles up the road from Winchester. So I know Winchester and the Cathedral quite well. So I have ‘always’ known of St. Swithin.

Ironically, St. Swithin is best known as a medieval Punxsutawney Phil — a predictor of weather, in particular rain. The sayings (with overtones of ‘the shadow’ goes like this):

“St Swithun’s day if thou dost rain

For forty days it will remain

St Swithun’s day if thou be fair

For forty days ’twill rain nae mare”.

one-dayWhy they would bother with a proverb like this in Britain baffles me. Jokes apart, most of the time, it is difficult to go 40 hours without getting any rain, let alone 40 days (1976, that glorious summer when the West Indies regaled us, being the exception).

But, there is another St. Swithin ‘tradition’ that a recent movie (2011), ‘One Day‘, talks about. St. Swithin’s Day is like “Ol’ Home” day — an anniversary that you are supposed to spend with the same person each year. The movie was fun.


Click to access. From their homepage. If you are not familiar with these Catedral do yourself a favor and at least watch this 4.xx minute video.

Click to access. From their homepage. If you are not familiar with these Catedral do yourself a favor and at least watch this 4.xx minute video.


Not sure how many of YOU know of this 1960s HIT, 'Winchester Cathedral' by the British (of course) 'The New Vaudeville Band'. Again, do yourself a huge favor and listen to it. It will make your day. Just click.

Not sure how many of YOU know of this 1960s HIT, ‘Winchester Cathedral’ by the British (of course) ‘The New Vaudeville Band’. Again, do yourself a huge favor and listen to it. It will make your day. Just click.


As far as I am concerned, and this is probably my Ceylonese upbringing when we, on average, celebrated some kind of holiday, across 4 religions, every 9 days, you just can’t have enough holidays.

So on Monday, take a second to tip your hat to St. Swithin. 

President Obama, On November 2, 2011, Inspecting Poppy On Canadian Prime Minister, Stephen Harper’s Lapel.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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1/ I ask President Obama to consider wearing poppy — Nov. 11, 2012.
2/ King George V’s ‘Great Silence’ proclamation … — July 9, 2013.
3/ Origins Of “Armistice Day” (a.k.a “Poppy Day”) — June 11, 2013.
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Part of My “Poppy Day” series on this Blog.

This post, as with other recent related posts, at the behest of  ‘Nancy’,
the lady from Ontario Canada who sent me the original, side on, picture of the ‘Poppy Plaque’ in Thunder Bay, Ontario.


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Vesak In Sri Lanka — Some Videos For Your Edification Cum Enjoyment.

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Some of you may have noticed that the ‘Countdown to Key Events’ box on the sidebar (>>>>) has been set to tick down towards May 24, 2013, Vesak in Sri Lanka — that being when Full Moon for May starts there.


This video from a Sri Lanka travel site, http://www.lanka.com, provides a keen overview.

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Click to access YouTube video.

A taste of what you will see on that video.

A taste of what you will see on that video.


Another video, this from YouTube, from 2012. Click to access.

Another video, this from YouTube, from 2012. Click to access.


Another video from YouTube from 2011. Click to access.

Another video from YouTube from 2011. Click to access.


cf. Christmas lights in Manchester, NH, and remember that Sri Lanka is a poor, third world country recovering from a 20 year, civil war.

I Updated My Conclave Book To Include The 2013 Election That Picked Pope Francis (#267).

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The March 12 to 13, 2013 conclave that elected Pope Francis (#267), on the 5th ballot, was my ‘the next pope‘ election — the conclave that was the subject of both my ‘The Next Pope‘ books (published in 2010 and 2011). Much of my papal blogging, starting in 2008, also was about the ‘next pope’ and hence the ‘next conclave’ — which happened to be this one in March.

So it would have been incongruous if I did not update my ‘conclave’ book to include the 2013 conclave. Given that I already had most of the information already in my head or documented somewhere on a blog post, it wasn’t like I needed to do much research. So I decided to do an update, refresh and augment the ‘Last 9 Conclave‘ book, which I published 3 days after Benedict XVI’s (#266) announcement that he was resigning, as soon as we got back from the Grand Canyon. I composed a fair amount of the new material in my head during the trip — especially since I did about 16 hours of driving. So, it proved to be a fairly easy task. So that is another item I can check-off.

Ξ Documented the 2013 conclave
and updated the conclave book.
 

This book, I will, luck permitting and technology willing, bring out as a cheap paperback. So, that is another new project. 



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My Job As The Lightning Rod For ‘The Next Pope’ Is Done. I Did Pretty Damn Well Too! Got Everything BUT Name RIGHT.

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Click to ENLARGE. Yes, Bergoglio WAS on my published ‘top 10’ list in ‘The Next Pope 2011’, page 4. That is indisputable.


So, lets go through what I did get right:

1/ I did list Jorge Mario Bergoglio as one of my ‘top 10’, though he was my last. But, better than those that did not have him at all in their lists. Proof: pages 4 & 29 of ‘The Book‘.

2/ I said on December 6, 2010, I said: “The Next Pope Is Also Likely To Be Over 75”. Proof: this post & page 7 of ‘The Book‘.

3/ On April 20, 2010, I said: “The Next Pope: Non-European, Non-Curial With ‘Clean Hands”. Proof: this post & page 11 of ‘The Book‘.

4/ I adamantly maintained that the next pope will not be from Africa, Asia or the U.S.A. Proof: this ‘pigs will fly’ post at a minimum & page 12 of ‘The Book‘.

5/ I was beyond categorical that the next pope will not be ‘Peter anything‘. Proof: this post as a start & page 221 of ‘The Book‘.

6/ I did foresee that the new pope might assume a brand new name. Proof: page 226 of ‘The Book‘.

Find me anybody else who got as much right … in published, verifiable form.


Alton, NH, ‘The Baysider’ Does A Small Piece On My Papal Endeavors.

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..by Anura Guruge


Related posts:
>> Wall Street Journal … — Feb. 16, 2013.
>> Laconia ‘The Citizen’ interview — Feb. 15, 2013.
>> Slovenia interview — Feb. 27, 2013.
>> 3rd Kindle eBook in 10 days — Feb. 25, 2013.


Click to see it on page 2 of the Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013 issue of 'The Baysider. Tim did a nice job given that he didn't have much time to work on this. Thanks Tim. Thanks Josh.

Click to see it on page 2 of the Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013 issue of ‘The Baysider. Tim did a nice job given that he didn’t have much time to work on this. Thanks Tim. Thanks Josh.

I Have A Pope Interview Published In Slovenia.

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This was a neat interview. The interviewer spoke perfect English (much better that I do). He also asked some of the most incisive questions, about the papal transition, that I have been asked in the last 3 weeks. He was good. I was impressed. So, impressed that I invited him over – since he had never been to the U.S. and as do so many, wants, desperately, to visit.



My full-set of Pope books as of February 25, 2013.

My full-set of Pope books as of February 25, 2013.