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I Dedicated My Latest Book To The Memory Of ‘Patrice Bourgeois’ Who Died Of Cancer Last Year.

by Anura Guruge


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She died under tragic circumstances — just over a year ago.

She was being treated for bladder cancer & she was led to believe that she was cancer-free. That was the last she told ANY OF US.

She died alone! None of us, family or friends, knew!

I found out, 4-months later, when I called the police & requested a ‘Wellness Check’.

She had died from brain cancer!

That might explain, some.

I wanted to do SOMETHING. She was on her own & died alone.

If she had been alive she would have helped proof this book. She would have written a review.

She was a good, genuine friend. An ALLY.

A father was a dear & valued friend too. A mentor. I met her through him.

This was the LEAST I could do.



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Brown Men Do Tan — The 2019 Tan Lines (From My Garmin).

by Anura Guruge


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Last year’s post. Read that IF you are interested as to my history of tanning and my adoptive mother.


We have had a LOT of sun in New Hampshire this year and I am spending more time out in it exercising. When I looked at last year’s post I was amazed to discover that that was taken a month later. I have a darker tan, already, this year.

This is all from my ‘Garmin MARQ Expedition’ I have been wearing 24×7 (bar time to charge it) since May 20 — other than 4-days earlier this month when I was evaluating the ‘Polar Ignite‘.

No, I do NOT wear sunblock. Never have and never plan to use. We, from Sri Lanka, don’t get skin cancer or sunburnt. Well we have to have some advantages for sporting this skin.

Though I still tell folks that I am so brown because of all the chocolate I ate (and that is true) I really haven’t eaten any chocolates in 6-years. So, this is ALL sun.

So, what are YOUR tan lines like? Better than these?

Yes, my skin, from the sun is dry and just yesterday I started lathering it in oil and creams.


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by Anura Guruge

Passing Of Microsoft Co-Founder, Paul Allen, At 65, Signifies The End-Of-An-Era; PCs Have Now Reached Old Age.

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE. Of course, from the U.K. “Daily Mail”.



Click to ENLARGE. Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Allen#Personal_life


Wow. This came as a shock. 65. I think that struck a chord. Same age as me but eight-months older.

Never met him and really never knew too much about him. Knew he was the real brains behind Microsoft and that he was a genuine philanthropist. Did NOT realize he never married or had any kids.

He always came across as a decent bloke. Nicer than Bill, I think.

Shame. All that wealth and it couldn’t save him from cancer. Eerily similar to Steve Jobs. What is it with this? Have you given it any thought?

It is the END of an era. PCs, Windows and Microsoft are no longer new or ‘recent’. They have all reached old age..

Paul Gardner Allen (1953 – 2018), RIP


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by Anura Guruge

New Study Shows That Sri Lanka Has The 4th LOWEST Rate Of Cancer Worldwide.

by Anura Guruge


Click here to find out more about the organization that did the research.


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I am not sure what to make of this. I read about the study in the U.K. “Daily Mail” my primary source of news. I then went to the original source to make sure it was kosher.

It is a credible institution. I have come across them before. They are associated with the ‘University of Washington‘ and get funding from the Bill Gates’ charitable foundation.

What concerns me about these findings is the accuracy of the data provided — by the countries. That the lowest levels are among ‘developing’ countries while the highest rates are among the ‘developed’ countries give me pause for thought.

How many cases in rural areas go untreated and as such undocumented and unreported?

But, it is also possible that we have lower incidence of cancer — though, of course, I know Sri Lankans who have had cancer.

I am just bringing it to your attention.

You check it out.


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by Anura Guruge


“Peripheral Neuropathy Due To Chemotherapy” — Patrice Bourgeois, My Former Workmate, Finds Out.

by Anura Guruge


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Link to full post at Patrice’s “Pat’s Cancer Journey” blog.


Peripheral neuropathy — and with that possibly Central Pain Syndrome (CPS) — can be a not-widely-disclosed side effect of chemotherapy.

Patrice, my former colleague at CASE Communications, is finding this out the hard way, to her cost and chagrin. This is not good. CPS, as you may know, is debilitating and has no cure.

Not sure what can be done about this. It is not like you can refuse chemotherapy if you have cancer. It appears that certain chemotherapy drugs affect the nervous system and once anything messes up the nervous system you run the risk of getting CPS. That is, alas, well known — at least of late.

Here is another post, this one by the ‘Canadian Cancer Society‘:


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Short-Sleeved Cricket Sweater Knitted For Me By My Former Workmate Patrice Bourgeois During Her Cancer Treatment.

by Anura Guruge




Earlier this year as Patrice was getting ready for her ‘3-months’ of cancer treatment she did a Facebook post asking if anybody wanted anything knitted since she had run out of ‘projects’ and ‘ideas’ and she wanted to have something to knit in the coming months.

I told her that I did not have any cricket sweaters that fitted and would love one in my ol’ Ananda College (Colombo, Sri Lanka) colors of maroon and gold. Patrice went to work, as she is wont, researching patterns, colors, wool types, needles etc. etc.

Over the months she gave all of us pithy updates on the progress of this sweater. It took her slightly longer than she had expected. But, it was always going to be for Fall 2017 in New Hampshire.

It arrived today — in the nick of time. The temperature is 58°F as I write this post.

It fits beautifully and all she requested from me was a measurement of my chest size.

I am impressed, amazed and very grateful.

Thank YOU, Patrice.

I will wear this with pride and joy in the months to come. She informed me that it is washable. That is good. I do spill stuff.

So more pictures to come.


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Bob Marley Died This Day 36 Years Ago — On May 11, 1981.

by Anura Guruge


This video, from 1979 is WORTH watching.

I remember Marley in 1979.



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Not sure how many people realize that he died from CANCER — which he refused to have properly treated, partly due to his Rastafarian beliefs.

Great shame. He was only 36.

I liked him and still like his music.

We should spend a second today giving thanks to ‘Bob’.


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Journey Through Bladder Cancer Treatment By My Former Colleague Patrice Bourgeois Leeds.

by Anura Guruge


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Click image to access WordPress blog by Patrice Bourgeois Leeds about her journey through cancer treatment.


Patrice and I worked at CASE Communications, in Columbia, Maryland, 31-year ago. Her Dad worked for CASE too — and I worked with him for over a year before Patrice joined the crew. Her Dad, about the same age as my Adoptive Father, was my first mentor in the U.S. and a very good and dependable friend. He and I, I from the Britain and he from the U.S., were part of the original CASE U.S.A management team — CASE, a market-leading U.K. company having bought the U.S. Rixon Corporation to get a foothold in the U.S. Patrice was the Product Manager for Multiplexers. I was the Director of Marketing for Multiplexers. So she controlled my destiny. Her Dad was the Directing Marketing for Distributor Sales. He helped me sell through the ‘channels’ as we called it. So these two, daughter and dad, played a huge hand in my fortunes and income. They never let me down. A rarity at CASE.

 I had lost touch with Patrice over the years, and alas Dad is no longer with us.

Just over a year ago, the unexpected death of two of our other colleagues, Don & Sandy Pyle, in that famous Christmas-tree fire of a multi-million dollar mansion, brought a few of us together — over social media.

I only found out that Patrice had cancer around Christmas. She kept it to herself until she decided she was not going to have the surgery.

She had asked me about doing a blog and I urged her to do so — and, of course, suggested WordPress.

So, we now have a blog.

I am a great believer that stories like this HAVE to be told. It is good for all. Therapeutic to write and inspirational to others. Plus, Patrice can write — and write well.

Patrice has to get better and not get too tired during the treatment because I have twisted her arm to proof my books. She is good with anything to do with words.

So, bookmark her blog. Wish her well. And follow her on her journey.


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More Bad News For Carbs. Now Thought To Cause Lung Cancer!

by Anura Guruge


Click here to access the U.K. “Daily Mail” original
from March 7, 2016.

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I dramatically cut back on carbs 3 years and 2 months ago. So for the last 38 months I have had NO bread (of any type or color), no rice (whatsoever), no bagels, no muffins, no donuts, no pizza (other than a few pizza bites), no pasta, no cakes, no pies, no ice cream, no puddings, no desserts! Yes, I lost some weight.

That is NOT to say I do not ingest carbs. That would be impossible. Plus I worked out that I need some amount of carbs, if nothing else to keep my digestive tract somewhat appeased (though I can tell you (for free) that low carb diets wreak havoc on your stomach especially when you are old (as am I)). I still have my mandatory, medicinal DAILY glass of red wine. That has carbs. I eat Activia yogurt (because it is supposed to help with my stomach). That has lots of carbs. I eat one cup of oatmeal a day — again for my stomach (along with quite a bit of Metamucil). So I do ingest a fair amount of carbs and of late I am PUTTING ON WEIGHT, however hard I try. C’est la vie.

Not sure whether I believe this study. But wanted to share it with you for what it is worth.


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Prospect Mountain High School, Alton, NH: Pops Concert, January 2016 — Videos & Photos.

by Anura Guruge


Friday, January 8, 2016
6:30 pm
Prospect Mountain High School auditorium.

Select & Mixed Choir plus other performances.


As is invariably my wont at such school concerts I tend to focus my camera, in this case my Panasonic Lumix FZ1000, quite literally on my progeny — in this case the green-haired, Devanee. But at this concert I did slightly better. I did zoom out and pan the camera a bit during her performance with the mixed choir. I also, totally arbitrarily, shot some photos of interesting faces and two other videos. One of them was the departing Mrs. Bolduc and I knew that the kids would want a momento of her signing — and she was impressive. The other was Lauren Watkins. I do not know her. But the introduction she got said she was a special soprano and I like solo sopranos and she did not disappoint.

Click images to access the 3 YouTube videos.

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Some pictures I took at random with really no rhyme or reason,
albeit as will be clear the last two acts, with lots of facial expressions,

by Chase and Jake, respectively, did appeal to my photographic instincts.

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by Anura Guruge