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“The Durrells In Corfu” Season 2 Is Now On PBS — And Episode 1 Was Compelling.

by Anura Guruge


Click to access PBS homepage for this British show.




We enjoyed Season 1, though I was disappointed that it was NOT a straight adaptation of “My Family and Other Animals” — a book I read, in Ceylon, when I was about 12 and just loved. I went onto read many of Gerald’s books and become a great fan of his, though I really should (as part of my bucket list read at least one of Larry’s ).

It was cute, funny, appealing, culturally elucidating — and sumptuously filmed and produced.

Watched Season 2 Episode 1. It was good. Kept you fully engaged throughout and had lots of humor.

If you missed it, I think you can catch that episode online or on YouTube.


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by Anura Guruge

British CLASSIC “My Family And Other Animals” By Gerald Durrell Starting On PBS This Sunday, October 16, 2016.

by Anura Guruge


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Click image for PBS/NHPTV Webpage for show.


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Click to access Amazon listing for this CLASSIC.


WOW. WOW. WOW!

Rejoice!


One of my favorite books ever, and I plan to steal a part of the title (as is VALID per copyright law) for one of my next books.

I was made to read this book, as part of my elocution(/English) classes, in Ceylon in the 1960s. I think I was about 12. I can still quote sentences from it! It made quite the impression and impact. I may have read it more than once. I still have a copy — though not the original I had in Ceylon.

I know the kids will LOVE it. So will YOU. This will put Corfu on the map.

Gerald Durrell is a tremendous writer and QUITE the MAN. One of my heroes. His brother is also a famous writer.

Do yourself a HUGE favor and DVR this.

You will THANK ME. 


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by Anura Guruge

“Mortdecai” — The 2015 Movie A Mindless But Enjoyable Little Romp Especially If You Are Into Classic British Farce.

by Anura Guruge


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Click to access ‘imdb.com’ listing for movie.


Most nights, between around 9:15 pm to 10:15 pm Deanna and I watch a movie. This is also when I have my dinner. Since we are talking, at most, an hour we never ever finish a movie in one go. Usually takes us 2 to 3 nights to see one from start to finish. Then to complicate matters, earlier in the evening, starting at 6pm we have our ‘Family TV’ hour. Not all the time (since that is also when we watch “Downton Abbey” etc.) we watch movies during that slot too. So we can have two movies going over multiple evenings — with the kids finishing “Out of Africa” last night.

Well we, i.e., Deanna and I, watched “Mortdecai” the last couple of nights. I had found it on Amazon Prime. It was fun. Deanna laughed out loud, quite a bit and that is always a good sign. Amusing. The mimicked accents a bit hard to follow at times. But a jolly Classic British romp, exquisitely filmed.

If you haven’t seen it check it out. Not great, but not half bad. You will have fun. 


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by Anura Guruge


We (By That I Mean ‘The World’) Is Running Low On Helium.

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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by Anura Guruge


This is not a joke, a fallacy, a fabrication or a scare tactic. This is a fact; it is indeed true.

I had no idea, had never given it any thought. Never really had even thought about where we get Helium (though I was fairly sure that we didn’t get it from trees or cows).

I have since found out that Helium (He), a noble, inert gas, is the 2nd most abundant element in the known Universe (~24%) — Hydrogen, of course, the most abundant. But, it is expensive to extract and we are using a lot of it — most of it frivolously in balloons and I am one of the culprits.

I learned of the shortage, the hard way, to my cost. The theme for Teischan’s 6th birthday, on March 22, 2012, was unicorns. So Deanna ordered a big, inflatable Mylar unicorn head balloon from the Web. I also typically get about 20 helium latex balloons for her birthday from the Alton Hannaford’s. Getting balloons from Hannaford’s had never been a problem. So on my task list for the day, the balloons were not a red letter item. I was going to pick them up, ‘at the last minute’, on my last trip out to get things. On one of my earlier trips of the day to Hannaford I ordered the 20 balloons. In the scheme of things they don’t cost that much. Basically quite affordable. So, about 2 hours before the party was to start I roll up to Hannaford to pick up the 20 balloons and get the unicorn blown up.

The lady at the counter, who kind of knew me because Hannaford’s is my second home in Alton, started shouting at me! I was taken back. Usually strange women don’t shout at me; it is always women that know me, and know me well, that scream and shout at me. My crime was that I wanted the unicorn balloon inflated with Helium. ‘Don’t you KNOW that there is a shortage? I don’t think we can fill it for our standard price. It is a big balloon‘. I was taken aback. If it was just a matter of price, I would have, as ever, coughed up. So, this lady, now red in the face, and extremely agitated shouts: ‘I have to make a phone call. I want to talk to the manager‘. Man or more to the point WOMAN! She was carrying on like I had committed a crime. She calls up the manager. He/she was at lunch. To be fair the poor lady was conflicted. She just did not think that Hannaford should charge the standard rate, which I think was like $1.80, to inflate that unicorn. She wanted to charge me more.

Bottom line, she was overridden by the manager — though I ended up waiting 40 minutes to get the unicorn upright. Hannaford is a big Belgium corporation. They have policies. You can’t arbitrarily charge more for a big balloon. But, this lady had a point. She was right. I looked it up as soon as I got home. There is a Helium shortage. Helium prices have doubled over the last 7 years and they will double again in the next 2 years. Yes, Hannaford’s will raise Helium prices. [I had been told by an Hannaford employee that they were ‘British’ owned. Actually they are owned by a Belgium multinational. But, I can see the confusion. She knew it was a European country that started with a ‘B’ — and ‘British’ is better known.]

We really should stop using Helium for party balloons. I have cut back. Here are two articles that will explain why we have a shortage and why we will eventually (like in the next 50 years) run out: article from Popular Mechanics & article two from a Fox news station.

The Cars That We Are MOST Proud Of In New Hampshire (NH) [OK, some are from Maine]

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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by Anura Guruge


I need to be careful what I say here because most of these belong, or belonged, to friends and family. I did one of those mirrors and was quite proud of my handiwork.

Click image for a 8-page PDF with 32 pictures which will amaze you.