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Nude (Nudist) Colony In Maine, in Durham — Now Defunct.

by Anura Guruge

We do have a mission here, at this blog, of trying to identify and document
all of the nude (nudist) beaches in New Hampshire and Maine.

While this, from what I can see, does not qualify as a beach,
unless it was by the river, 
and, moreover, it is now defunct
— I felt I should document it for posterity and completeness.

From the March 27, 2016, U.K. “Daily Mail”
(which I read every morning).

Click here for the original U.K. “Daily Mail” article.

Click images to ENLARGE and enjoy here.

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Durham, Maine from Google Maps — relative to Portland, Freeport, Brunswick, Bath & Lewiston. Not on the coast or by any BIG lakes. Also not that far north from Maine’s southern border. There is a LOT of Maine above this area.

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by Anura Guruge

Who Knew That Afghanistan Can Play Serious (Near) World Class Cricket? Not I.

by Anura Guruge


Click to access the ‘ICC’ official page for this incredible match.

Wow. WOw. WOW!

Who knew? Not I. I think I had seen them once, last year, in some kind of T20 qualifier. I also happened to see their Under 19 team in the U19 Championship. But I never took them seriously.

Weren’t a British colony. So who taught them to play cricket and where can they play.

I happened to watch the highlights of Match 9, Zimbabwe vs Afghanistan Sunday night because I wanted to catch ALL the Zimbabwe games before the Super 10 matches started. I like Zimbabwe. They remind me of MY West Indies of the late 1970s and early 1980s. I was pretty sure that Zimbabwe would win, with overs to spare, and qualify.

Was I wrong. The Afghans sure know how to play T20. I am in awe. I will have to look up cricket in Afghanistan. I thought they would not have the time or the facilities.

Now we will see them a few more times playing the big boys and the West Indies girls.

My congratulations to Afghanistan. Well done. You played well. I will watch the whole match as soon as I get the time.

Thank YOU. That was quite the match.

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London Olympics 2012 Opening Ceremony, Gross, Unnecessary Distortion Of British History

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

by Anura Guruge

The British Empire, in PINK, On Which The Sun Never Set

I watched the start of the Opening Ceremony from London last night (while simultaneously DVRing it) with growing consternation, and I am sure part of it was the usual, lopsided, commercial-ridden ‘we don’t have a clue‘ coverage by NBC.  For  a start I wish they wouldn’t keep on chirping that London is the first city to hold 3 Olympics. There is a word missing, and that word is ‘modern’. London is the first city to hold 3 modern [i.e., post 1908] Olympics. The original Olympics were held in Greece, every 4 years, for centuries.

Iron Bridge

For those of you who haven’t sussed it out yet, I am a Brit, a very proud and loyal one at that. So I do know a bit or two about British history. Yes, I have climbed the real Glastonbury Tor. I have made a pilgrimage, in 1978, to ‘Iron Bridge‘ the birthplace of the British Industrial Revolution. I still watch, thanks to Dish, at least 45 minutes of cricket nearly every day. So, the themes at the start of the Opening Ceremony were not alien to me.

I thought the agrarian period was well depicted, but I was waiting for the Knights and King Arthur.

Then, with a cacophony of over-the-top noise, that we did listen in 5-in-1, I was amazed, or to use the British expression, ‘gob smacked’ to see the Industrial Revolution and mention of WW I. OK. Yes, I saw a skeletal white ship in the background, most likely an illusion to Irish immigration.

But, hold on.

What happened to our EMPIRE? Naval supremacy. The Virginia Plantation. The Colony that we lost. Canada, India, Australia, Ceylon, South Africa and New Zealand.

It was the Empire that put the Great in Britain. I am a product of the Empire.

I am appalled. This was taking political correctness to unnecessary lengths. You only had to look around to see all the signs of the Empire. Britain is a true rainbow nation, we saw folks and kids in all colors and hues. That was and that still is the Empire.

I am offended. I am bummed. I am embarrassed. How could THEY do this to ME?

I wish my mother was alive! She used to have a private phone number for the Queen. Yes, they had met a few times and my mother had this beyond belief ability to get private phone numbers from VIPs. She had a little pink address book with private phone numbers for quite a few Heads of State. And, being my mother, she didn’t have a problem using them when she needed. Well, IF my mother was alive I would have told her to call the Queen and complain on my behalf.