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Las Vegas Shouldn’t Just Ban ‘Ornamental’ Grass, They Should Also Ban Non-Native Exotic Plants In Casinos.

by Anura Guruge

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I was amused to read about this proposed ban of ‘grass that is NOT walked upon‘. Great idea. Bravo. The initial article I read, in a U.K. tabloid, just said that Las Vegas wants to ban grass. I genuinely thought that they were talking about a different type of ‘grass’ & was confused since I had assumed that Las Vegas must be all in favor of that.

I used to go to Las Vegas, on business, 4 to 6 times a year in the 1990s — mainly to conduct stand-up seminars or to attend trade shows. I used to notice that I invariably had ‘cold symptoms’ when I was in Las Vegas. I initially blamed it on the ubiquitous air conditioning. It was not fun bit feeling 100% since most times I had to be on my feet, presenting with gusto, for 6 – 7 hours a day.

So, one day I looked it up. BINGO. High pollen counts in the casinos (which, of course, is where I would be) due to all the non-native EXOTIC plants. Bingo. That was the problem. This was prior to the days when I started taking a Zyrtec everyday (as I have for the last 8-years, or so).

It is crazy. Yes, it looks awfully pretty & impressive, BUT do we need all these plants?

I am glad that Las Vegas has started to think about this problem. Bravo. I like Las Vegas.

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South Africa BANS Alcohol (Again) In Its Fight Against COVID-19!

by Anura Guruge

Click to access the BBC coverage.

I just happened to hear it on the BBC news, a few minutes ago, during my 11pm walk.

Wow! Wow! Wow!

Prohibition. Wow!

Supposedly to reduce stress on the medical system from alcohol-related issues — so that they have MORE capacity to fight COVID-19.

Seems pretty drastic & dramatic.

Appears they already had a ban earlier this year. I obviously did not hear of that.

Gather the ban was introduced without any lead time so folks cannot stockpile.

I am sure there were those that knew about it & made provisions to make a killing on the blackmarket. I know how South Africa, alas, works.

Just think if this happened here or in the U.K.

I would be screwed without my red wine. SMILE.

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by Anura Guruge

Pope Francis Expresses Concern About The Strides Being Made In Artificial Intelligence!

by Anura Guruge

Click to access the ‘NBC News’ original.

I had to smile. You have to smile.

You do not have to go all the way back to the Galileo trial. Gregory XVI (1831 — 1846) banned railways from the Papal States calling them calling them chemins d’enfer (road to hell), a play on the French for railroad, chemin de fer (iron road).

Yes, popes have a storied history of being very perturbed by all things new and modern.

So, this should not come as a surprise.

But, it still made me smile.

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Tumblr Without Porn Will Be Like McDonald’s Without Burgers.

by Anura Guruge

Click to ENLARGE. From “The Washington Post”.

Click to ENLARGE. From “Esquire”.

This is one audacious and desperate step by Tumblr. Wow. Tumblr, over the years, has become synonymous with free porn.

I, however, don’t think that this will actually happen. I already see folks talking about various ways to circumvent the ban.

I had just started blogging when Tumblr started. I was excited. It sounded great. Yes, I signed up and created a few blogs. But, I didn’t like it. They were very much into SHORT posts and in thoe days that wasn’t my style.

Well, this is worth keeping an eye on.

Tumblr without porn sounds like a joke.

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Prohibition Of Alcohol In ‘The Navajo Nation’ Is Counter-Productive & Inane.

by Anura Guruge

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Sorry, BUT I do know what I am talking about here, and some reflective, ‘educated’, older Navajos — who have travelled some — agree.

Yes, of course, there will be initial mayhem, BUT that is a necessary price for the long-term gain.

The prohibition is a JOKE. An absolute joke. Wherever you go around Chinle, AZ, the roadside is littered with bottles and cans that once contained alcohol. Some folks have to be making a fortune bootlegging the stuff to places like Chinle. I suspect it is those that maintain pressure on ‘Window Rock‘ not to lift the ban.

I find the ban INSULTING to the Navajo. You are treating them like kids.

Yes, alcoholism, drugs, obesity and diabetes are HUGE problems. With a few exceptions nearly every Navajo you meet around Canyon de Chelly looks like they have a health issue. They also age so quickly.

But, just next door, in Colorado, drugs have been legalized. And the poor Navajos are considered too irresponsible to trusted with alcohol.

Lets just take the added pain upfront and look forward to the inevitable sanity that will come down the road.

I am a lone and small voice — from far-away New Hampshire. But, we have to speak up.

A wrong is a wrong and this is wrong.

Free the Navajo. Give them choice.

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South African Kagiso Rabada Must ‘Play The White Man’ In The 3rd Test Against Australia.

by Anura Guruge

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I am VERY fond of Rabada which is why I want him to ‘Play The White Man‘ going forward.

I am so happy that he got a break in terms of the 2 Test suspension. That was GREAT.

Now he needs to stay out of trouble.

His antics, of late, against both the Indians and Australians have crossed the line. It was unacceptable.

He really came across like a crazed Zulu with a bee up his bum! He acted and looked UGLY. There is no need. His a great lad and a wonderful cricketer.

So, I am just hoping he will ‘Play The White Man‘. That will be good for all us and especially cricket.

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Sri Lanka Aims To Have World’s Largest Christmas Tree!

by Anura Guruge

> >> Construction RESTARTED! << <<

Partly constructed tree will be lit Christmas Eve, 2016.

Refer to this post.

Click here to access original from Sri Lanka “Daily News
from August 20, 2016.


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It was this effort to ban Christmas trees
in Catholic Churches last Christmas
that has motivated this desire to raise the
tallest Christmas tree in Sri Lanka.

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Tallest Christmas tree to-date. 361.25 feet, in Mexico City, in 2013. From the “NAM News Agency“.
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My attempt to show YOU the scale.

This is SO quintessentially Sri Lankan. I love it. This was a country that in the 1960s did away with the Western ‘Sunday/Monday …’ calendar and went with a phases of the moon based one. A proudly democratic nation that tried to nationalize the press! Stuff like this is good to show that the once well known national trait for ‘sloth’ is now (hopefully) history.

We celebrated Christmas when I lived in Ceylon. My surrogate father, with whom I spent ‘half my time’ (and most of weekends and holidays) was a well to do, childless lawyer. He was also a Baptist Burgher (i.e., a white European descendent living in Ceylon). I always got pillowcases full of Christmas presents from him (the husband of my eldest aunt) and they always threw a gala Christmas lunch — with imported lamb from New Zealand — for the rest of the family. But I can’t remember having a Christmas tree at his house. I had another aunty, another baptist, who I think did have one at her lavish, government provided residence. Her husband, my uncle, was the Municipal Commissioner for Colombo. No matter. This is a GREAT idea.

As an out-and-out pagan I am all in favor. Yes, we all know that Christmas trees have nothing to do with Christianity. They have all to do with paganism, eternal life (i.e., evergreen) and SOL (i.e., the Sun (King)). I think it is a great idea. Bravo. Kudos. Sri Lankans should think of it as they do ‘Sunday’. It is in HONOR of MY Sun God (Sol).

Not sure that ‘Galle Face’ (a place that we used to go at least once a week) is a good place for a Christmas Tree — though the symbolism of having the Sun set, majestically, into the Indian Ocean, behind the tree can’t be beat. I think the salty wind and the HEAT of Sri Lanka will do a job on the poor tree. But I look forward to seeing this happen.

Thank YOU, Sri Lanka.

That the ‘Tanned Ratziner‘, Sri Lanka’s often misguided cardinal TRIED (not that successfully from what I see) to ban Christmas trees is also classic Sri Lankan. Ranjith, Ranjith, Ranjith. You have to chill out, man.

Three Comments re. the picture at top of a guy in a sarong trying to dig a hole.

  1. Why aren’t there are ANY females in this picture. Sri Lanka’s GREATEST achievement was that it was the 1st country in the world to have an ELECTED Female Prime Minister, my ‘aunty’ Bandaranaike.
  2. You can’t dig a hole for a 400′ Christmas tree using a shovel. Get an excavator.
  3. Couldn’t help but notice the ‘Dahl (lentil) Bellies’ on all the ‘older’ men. This is the problem with Ceylon’s white rice and dahl based diet. Goes right to the waist.

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‘Naked Restaurants’ Don’t Sound That Appetizing — Though Weight Restriction Is A Good Idea.

by Anura Guruge

Click here to access the U.K. “Daily Mail” original
from June 10, 2016.

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This just seems taking a cliché notion to the extreme. And then you find out that they make you wear paper underwear! Ah! Seems like an oxymoron. Don’t get it.

I could just about understand and condone topless restaurants — gender independent. But naked with paper underwear seems distinctingly unappetizing.

But love the notion of keeping the obese out. I wish they would do that at U.S. all-you-can-eat buffets! I had heard stories that some planned to charge overweight folks more. But something has to be done. Definitely puts me off my food — which is NOT a bad thing. Smile.

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New Hampshire July 1, 2015 Handheld Cell Phone Ban UNLIKELY To Cover Apple iWatch.

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by Anura Guruge

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From everything that I have seen on TV about the Apple iWatch it is going to be MUCH MORE distracting that a smartphone.

People driving around, especially on I-93 (or equivalent) with an iWatch on their wrist SCARES me. This is NOT FUNNY.

I am pretty sure that the cell phone ban that comes into play on July 1, 2015 in New Hampshire will NOT cover smart watches.

Something has to be done.

I dread that we will get the first Apple iWatch related traffic fatality this weekend — within 48 hours of it becoming available. That is not a pleasant thought. It could be somebody that YOU or I know!

Not an easy problem to solve. This is more serious than DWI!

June 2013 In NH Lakes Has Been Rainy & Gloomy, But Not A Patch On 1998 Or Even 2006. ‘No Wake’ July 4, 1998!

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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>> June 29 water temp. Halfmoon Lake — June 30, 2013.

Our house in Gilford, NH, May 2006. The house was usually 9′ from Winnipesaukee. This year the water was lapping underneath the windows. Forget spitting distance. you could hit the water from any of the windows without trying. Click to ENLARGE.

Our boathouse in Gilford, May 2006. The water is supposed to be at least 9″ below the bottom of the dock. Click to ENLARGE.

The famous Bizer chart of the lake. Check 1998 in the middle and 2006 to the left of it … and then 2013 (in black) smack in the middle of the chart. This is nothing in the scheme of things. Click …

June 1998 rainfall. 5.58 inches. Click to ENLARGE.

June 2013. No where close to 1998. Click to ENLARGE.

No question this has been a dismal June for us in the Lakes Region. I have yet to go swimming and that, I am sure, is a record going back to 1992 — which is when I moved to this area (and always had lake access to at least one of the lakes).

Cracks me up that so many folks around here can’t remember 1998. That is when we had a LAKE-WIDE, No Wake — even at 9 am on July 4, 1998. I remember, I know — because I lived waterfront, in Meredith (and as is my wont had my finger on the pulse of NH politics). In 1998 the ‘No Wake’ was hugely political. Business owners wanted it lifted — at least for the 4th. Property owners, who were suffering tangible damages, did not want to incur more damage and was dead against having it lifted. Various groups were lobbying, by phone, Governor Jeanne Shaheen. I had a foot in both camps. I can’t remember all the details. I do remember that she lifted the ban in the morning. Then, if I recall, she rescinded it later in the day — not that it mattered; it was raining and nobody wanted to be out on the lake anyway. 

i think the Lake-Wide No Wake stood for weeks. I used to have a jet ski in those days and would, most days, rain or shine, go for a spin around Meredith bay just ahead of dusk. A number of times I was followed home by Marine Patrol but was never stopped — because I knew the laws and they could tell that I knew the laws. They were just hoping that I would get careless. It was fun. Those days I had a ski-lift for parking that jet ski. The water was so high that it snapped the lift — the waves causing the jet ski to thump down on the lift.

So, I am not thrilled about this June, but having lived around here for 22 years I am kind of sanguine.

I had heard that all those ‘No Wake‘ signs popping up on beaches all around The Lake took a toll on Catholic funeral ‘protocol’ (and family relations) in Massachusetts. Many from Mass. never having seen ‘No Wake’ signs before kind of assumed (as Catholics from Mass are prone to do) that these must be signs from God or at least from the Pope. So if they were supposed to be attending a wake they assumed that these new signs gave them an out. I am serious. Go ask around.