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“The Great American Bake Show” 2017 – 2018, i.e., Season 3, Starts Thursday, December 7, On ABC.

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Click to access ABS homepage for this show.


Of course we prefer the original “British Version” — but the 2017 season, on ‘ITV‘ (rather than BBC), is hard to find, in sequence on YouTube.

So we have been deprived of “Baking Shows“.

We did watch the “The Great American Bake Show” season 1 (2015) & season 2 (2016). I already have the DVR programmed to record season 3.

Just wanted to give YOU a heads up and make sure that you do not miss it.

Happy Holidays.


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Zapruder Film Of The JFK Assassination Was First Shown On National TV, This Day, March 6 — 42 Years Ago.

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First shown, in its entirety, on national TV, by ABC, on ‘Good Night America‘ — hosted by Geraldo Rivera.

March 6, 1975 — 11 years and 3 months AFTER the event.

Just think of that. 11 years. Wouldn’t, couldn’t happen today with our 24×7 cable news.


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“The Great American Bake Show” 2016 – 2017 Starts Today, December 1, On ABC.

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For those missing the original “British Version” — though YouTube has 40+ episodes of “The Great British Bake Off” from years — the American version could be some form of consolation.

At least last year, i.e., 2015, the skills of the American contestants were nowhere close to that of their counterparts from the Ol’ country. Ditto, but, even more so, for the U.S. presenters. They don’t have the charm and flair of the inimitable Mel Giedroyc & Sue Perkins. C’est la vie.

I am recording the series. We did watch it last year.


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Bakers On American ABC “Great Holiday Baking Show” Nowhere As Good As Those On “Great British Bake Off”.

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A “British Bake Off” creation.

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Two gone. Lauren Katz, who is in a class to herself, has been ‘Star Baker’ on both episodes. She will win. Click on image to access ABC Webpage for the show.


greatbritishbakeofdfsfsfWe have now watched the first two episodes and we are all in agreement that the 6 American bakers on the ABC show are nowhere near as good as any of the bakers that have appeared in the iconic (and now widely aped) “The Great British Bake Off“.

Given that I, a Brit through-and-through, am always biased, I didn’t say anything about this to begin with. But the two kids having devoured all the episodes of Seasons 4 to 6 (the latter on YouTube) not only adore the British show but are now in the ranks of the cognoscente. They were the first to comment on this halfway through episode 1. Deanna concurred.

I heard the same refrain from the 3 ‘girls’ during episode 2. I have to agree. Bar Lauren Katz who is in a class by herself the others don’t appear to have the expertise, technique, experience or finesse of those that have appeared in the BBC shows. Some of the creations in the ABC show have been laughable if not downright pitiful. Just goes to make you appreciate how lucky we have been with the BBC show.

Good news: there are tons of episodes of the BBC show on YouTube


American Version Of “Great British Bake Off” Premieres On ABC, Monday, November 30, 2015.

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Click to access ABC page.


Promos for this show comes up when we watch ‘Americas Funniest Videos‘ (AFV), probably the ONLY broadcast TV show we watch on a regular basis. Yesterday I set up the DVR to record the series. As YOU know we are suckers for “The Great British Bake Off” and have already finished watching Season 6 on YouTube because we couldn’t wait for it to appear on PBS.

I have heard mixed stories, mainly unflattering, about the US ‘spin off’ (and I will refrain from calling it the ‘rip off’). I note that Paul Hollywood, the MALE co-star of the BBC version, is MISSING. That alone is a huge difference. Paul, of course, with his pithy comments adds so much to the show and he KNOWS his baking. Having a non-baker as the male co-star might not work.

We will see. So a heads up.


ABC News Quotes Me In Their Papal Resignation Coverage.

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What A Day. Pope Announces Retirement. My 4 Years Of ‘The Next Pope’ & Papabili Becomes Flavor Of The Day. Thanks GoDaddy.

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This books is 100% valid. Read it.

This books is 100% valid. Read it.

I was the last one to expect this pope to resign. I had spent hours arguing against it. My basic premise was the same as that been bandied around in Rome: ‘you don’t climb down from the cross‘. It is a job for life. My Queen exemplifies that and today more than ever I was proud of her and her commitment to upholding that duty and tradition.

The pope resigning causes manifold complications that most have not even thought about. Does he go back to being a cardinal? He probably does. But, a problem. He was a Cardinal Bishop. Cardinal Bishops must hold what is called a Suburbicarian See (suburban, i.e. surrounding Rome) ‘seat’. There are only 7 and they are all allocated. Yes, the pope can do anything, but it will be even more stange if he creates a new Suburbicarian See for himself. He most likely will have to be called Cardinal Ratzinger, though many will have problems doing that having got used to calling him by other, more elevated titles. There are also some interesting legal ramifications. Since he will no longer be a head of state he loses his diplomatic immunity. That could become an issue.

For the last 4 years I have been waiting for this day, i.e., the start of a papal transition. I like most others thought that there will be a gentle lead-in period. The pope falling ill … That what has happened most of the time other than with poor John Paul I (#264). But, there was no ramp-up in this case. It was BANG.

Deanna woke me up with a phone call at 8:10 am to tell me the news. I knew that it would be quite a day.

I knew that there would be lots of hits. I did not expect it to exceed 150 connections per second. I upgraded the capacity of the Web server around 10 am. But, even I couldn’t get in.

Nearly all of my Web assets, other than my (35+) WordPress.com blogs (such as this), are with GoDaddy.com. I have been with them for at least 11 year, maybe more. GoDaddy and I grew up together over those years. There were some rocky patches. We weathered them. About 4 or 5 years ago there was a marked change. We kind of got pretty close to mission-critical level, ‘non-stop’ operation. I was glad that I stuck with them. I kind of know my way with them.

A few years ago I had e-mailed the Office of the President of GoDaddy. They took care of it and even responded by e-mail. I kept that e-mail address. I do not abuse. I have used it sparingly.

This morning I e-mailed the Office again and explained my dilemma. A very nice gentleman, an Irish Catholic, called me within 30 minutes. He said that some of my problems were already fixed.

Now here is the amazing part. Over the day he called me back 6 times, on his own volition. They were monitoring the hits on my site and trying to help me out. They did two further upgrades for me, free of charge! What service. I am so grateful. So appreciative. They came through for me. That was good. Thank YOU, GoDaddy. All together I have had over 30,500 hits today. That is about a 30 fold increase. Yes, between this blog and my two pope blogs I average over a 1,000 hits a day and that is not counting my ‘dormant’ Windows 7 blog that continues to get 150 hits a day — and has done every day since 2010.

Pope Benedict XVI To Resign. My Website & Blogs Inundated. ‘The Next Pope 2011’ Book Still Is “THE MUST READ”.

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Rome Reports (Vatican TV) Cites Me AGAIN For Papal Statistics; 2nd Time In 6 Months — July 25, 2012.


This books is 100% valid. Read it.

This books is 100% valid. Read it.

The pope always had the option to retire. I, in particular, did not think he would ever exercise it. The last pope to resign was Gregory XII in 1415.

News reports are WRONG. At least 6 prior popes have resigned.

My Websites can’t keep up. This morning they were getting 50 hits per second. Managed to upgrade to 150 hits/second. Still exceeding that. I can’t get in to do any posts!

ABC News just called. A Canadian radio station interviewed me for 20 minutes.

GoDaddy is being wonderful. GoDaddy CEO is personally monitoring Website. They are going to do a 2nd upgrade!