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Indian Hindu Hotel Owner Provides Competition To The Bible.

by Anura Guruge

When I opened the bedside drawer
— to store my wallet, phone & car keys.

Both ‘Hindu’ books promote ‘Krishna’.

The Manager a very NICE Indian has this small shrine outside the main door.
One morning, around 7am, I saw him doing his ‘rituals’ by it,
wafting the incense all over his body — which is how I noticed.
Very cute & TOUCHING.

It is true that I no longer spend (at least) 3- to 4-nights a week in hotels as I once did — for around 12-years in total. But, I still spend more nights a year in hotels than most. So, I have seen my share of hotel rooms.

Yes, I have seen ‘The Book of Mormon‘ in hotel rooms before — mainly when staying in Utah. I don’t think I ever saw it along with a ‘standard’ Gideon Bible. I have never seen a non-Christian missive in a hotel room drawer, in the U.S., prior to this — & it is true that I have done NO international travel in decades.

Of the three hotels we spent a total of 6-days during this week-long road trip, two were Indian owned; one also 100% run by Indians. Only one of these hotels, & I will not mention which, had these Hindu/Krishna books. I thought it was CUTE.

I actually looked it up. There is NO REQUIREMENT, let alone a law, that says U.S. hotels must provide a Bible. This was just a convention — encouraged by the Gideon Organization (which provides the Bibles).

Hotels can opt for whatever, & I read that close to 20% now provide no books, whatsoever, in their rooms. Now that I think about it, that seems right. One of the hotels we stayed in, had nothing & their drawers had NOT been cleaned in a long time. I actually had to line it with paper towels!

Well, I just wanted to share this with you.

It is all good.

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by Anura Guruge

The Prestigious ‘Hand & Lock’ Prize For Embroidery — From The Royal Embroiders.

by Anura Guruge

Click to access the Website which describes this ’14-month’ competition.

I had never heard of it, or the firm — though I now realize that they among other things are the folks that do all the ELABORATE embroidery work and uniforms required by the Royal family and the British Establishment (including, of course, the Armed Services). Basically, they are:

You have to check this out. Pretty amazing stuff.

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by Anura Guruge

The Planned World’s Tallest Christmas Tree In Sri Lanka Still Under Construction.

by Anura Guruge

> >> Construction STOPPED << <<

Refer to this post.

Click here for my original
August 31, 2016 post.


Click to access this November 2016 update from Catholic ‘UCAnews.com’.

 Here is the competition it faces:

My attempt to show YOU the scale. The Christmas tree shown is the height of the one planned in Sri Lanka.

My attempt to show YOU the scale. The Christmas tree shown is the height of the one planned in Sri Lanka.

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by Anura Guruge

I Opted Out Of WordPress ‘WordAds’ Today! I Had Enough.

by Anura Guruge


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Up until a couple of months ago (i.e., say September 2016) you would have been hard pressed to find anyone as BULLISH as I was on WordPress ‘WordAds’.

Though I didn’t not make ‘MegaBucks’ with it, I liked the fact that I made some money from this blog.

Then something dramatic & drastic happened to WordAds. Not sure what. I think the whole ‘WordAds’ organization went through some change.

The changes were noticeable.

As I pointed out in this October 2016 post there was something ‘not right’.

My September numbers are a JOKE. Yes, I questioned them — but, this time, to no avail.

This is crazy.

I am not going to let them abuse me and treat me like a monkey.

I would rather not have any WordAds and no income than being treated like an idiot.

18 months ago I said WordAds was better than their competition — not that you can use the competition on WordPress.

Now I think WordAds has joined the competition in not being nice.

That is OK. C’est la vie. I only had one choice. I exercised that. I walked.

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by Anura Guruge

TDS Telecom 1 Gig Internet ‘TDS TV’ Coming In 2016 To Alton, New Hampshire.

by Anura Guruge

Click on image to access relevant TDS Webpage.


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Our local rag claims that TDS told the august Alton Selectmen, at their year end meeting, that ‘TDS TV’ (with optional 1 Gig Internet access) will be available in large swatches of Alton in 2016. It was then commented that TDS, with their TV option (and remember that you have, for the last few years, been able to get DISH (at a small discount) via TDS), will be competing with MetroCast. Competition is always good. That makes me happy.

TDS has been promising me 1 Gig Internet for over a year. First they told me that I will have it in October 2015. Then it was pushed to Spring of 2016. And that is basically what they are claiming now.

If you check out the Alton map above you will see that it is ALREADY lying! The areas marked in yellow as ‘2015’ with the BIG ‘A’ & ‘B’ pins on them. Click the pins. It will say ‘January 2016’. Well in my book ‘January 2016’ is NOT 2015 — but then again TDS has never believed in adhering to the facts or the rules of physics.

I have been a TDS customer for over 7 years — originally starting with Union Tel. I am not very happy with them. I have had TONS of problems with the 15Mpbs Internet connection I get from them. Luckily it is no longer my PRIMARY means of Internet. I get the 75Mbps service from MetroCast — and that, 99% of the time, has been rock solid.

This ‘TDS TV’ will force MetroCast to offer at least 100Mbps in this area. I will sign-up for that BEFORE I put anymore eggs in the TDS basket.

Yes, I desperately want 1 Gig, but I am not going to pay $300/month for it to find that it is flaky.

So be careful. TDS over the last 18 months have been LURCHING from one technical disaster to the next.


I will keep you posted about both MetroCast and TDS offerings.

Happy New Year.

Related posts:
>> TDS 1 Gig delayed.
>> TDS claiming Gigabit by Oct. 2015.

>> MetroCast maintains 75Mbps.
>> 75Mbps Internet From Metrocast

by Anura Guruge

Evocative, Though Not Fully Representative Google Doodle, In The UK, For Master Toymaker Frank Hornby’s 150th Birthday, May 15, 2013.


Anura Guruge

Last Google Doodle post:
Sabrina Brady winner ‘Doodle 4 Google’ — May 23, 2013.
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Click to access this May 15, 2013 U.K. only Google Doodle in the Google archives.

Click to access this May 15, 2013 U.K. only Google Doodle in the Google archives.

Read about the inspired genius Frank Horny in Wikipedia. Just click.

Read about the inspired genius Frank Horny in Wikipedia. Just click.

The undeniable ‘Big Boy’.

Love of all things train-related (and with that model railroads) has been one of my longest abiding lifelong passions – even predating my devotion to cricket and airplanes. I am surrounded by model trains as I write this. I have a badly neglected Z-gauge train set, on a table, right in front of me, to my side I have three small shelves with HO and N-gauge railway engines — including an N-gauge, 4-8-8-4 Union Pacific Big Boy. But since I grew up in Ceylon, during the first decade of independence after 200 years of avuncular British rule, it was British toys that shaped my life and Hornby bestrided that world.

It was Hornby 3-track, ‘dublo‘ [i.e., double-“O”, OO, the UK variant of HO] train sets, Meccano construction sets and Dinky toys. [My mother once reckoned that I had over 500 Dinky Toys between the ages of 2 and 12. I have to confess I destroyed them all!] Frank Hornby invented Hornby Trains, Meccano and Dinky. What a man.

Pocket Erector kits (on eBay).

Pocket Erector kits (on eBay).

I asked this question from a lady during last Saturday’s Meredith community yard-sale since she was selling a ‘Pocket Erector Set‘. The question being: “How come they call ‘Meccano’ sets ‘Erector’ sets in this country, when folks are so sensitive about such words?” She didn’t have an answer. I would be embarrassed to buy a ‘Pocket Erector Set‘ for my son! Have YOU ever bought a ‘Pocket Erector Set‘ for one of your sons. Yes, I actually do have two BIG Erector sets in my study too!

I like the Doodle, but I am disappointed that it only has one, and rather poor at that, image of a Meccano kit and nothing showing Dinky. That is rather poor. Come on Google. Do some Googling before you create these Doodles (or ask me).

Hornby shaped my life. Thank YOU, Mr. Hornby.

I had this engine c. 1959.

I got this Hornby ‘Deltic’ for my 25th birthday, the ‘Deltic’ even today my favorite diesel.

May 23, 2013 Google Doodle Is A Winner Of The “Doodle 4 Google” Competition: Sabrina Brady of Wisconsin.


Anura Guruge

Last Google Doodle post:
Florence Nightingale — May 12, 2013.

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German Competition Bound 22-member Chamber Singers UNH Ensemble Doing Free Concert In Dover, NH, May 13, 2013.



 ..by Anura Guruge

Click to get details from 'UNH Today'.

Click to get details from ‘UNH Today’.

Josh Spaulding, The Baysider, Sets Up Fund For ‘2014 Winter Olympics’ In Sochi, Russia.

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

by Anura Guruge

Prior post:
Lets Get Josh Spaulding, The Baysider,
To The ’2014 Winter Olympics’ In Sochi, Russia.
Nov. 2, 2012.

Josh Spaulding, self portrait.

Good news. I had an e-mail from Josh this morning.

He has set up an account for this effort at TD Bank.

It is called the:
Joshua Spaulding – 2014 Olympic Fund.

You can go to any TDBank and make a deposit specifying that account name, viz. ‘Joshua Spaulding – 2014 Olympic Fund’.

Or you can mail it to:

36 Center St.
Wolfeboro Falls 03896

Attn: Joshua Spaulding – 2014 Olympic Fund.

Josh’s publisher, Salmon Press, has also agreed to MATCH all donations (up to $5,000).

That is great.

Not sure we will need $10,000, but more the merrier for Josh.

Lets Get Josh Spaulding, The Baysider, To The ‘2014 Winter Olympics’ In Sochi, Russia.

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

by Anura Guruge

Click image above to see it in its FULL GLORY.
The background is the official Sochi, 2014 banner (modified).

Click to ENLARGE it so it can be easily read.
Or if you want to read it in the Baysier per se click here to access the November 1, 2012 Baysider as a PDF.

Josh’s column above, as it appeared in yesterday’s Baysider tells it all.
All I am trying to do is make sure that Josh gets the necessary funds to make this happen.
I have already pledged a minimum of $10 (being the last of the big spenders, that I am).
Another 299 $10 pledges should be sufficient.

If you live around the Lakes Region you really should know Joshua Spaulding.

Josh, in addition to being the intrepid, indefatigable editor of ‘The Baysider’, the local weekly for Alton, Barnstead and New Durham, does double-duty as the Sports Editor for the Baysider and 6 (yes, 6) OTHER local newspapers! He covers 35 to 50 high school sports teams, ranging from skiing to football, as well as all of the local 5Ks, turkey-trots and even the NASCAR! Josh writes 7,000 to 9,000 published words a week — and that is quite a feat. Furthermore, Josh has been doing this Herculean (most likely unprecedented) ‘editor x editor x reporter‘ ‘beat’ for 10+ years WITHOUT EVER taking a week off.

How do we know that for sure? A few weeks ago, Josh, one of the most self-effacing, modest and humble people that I know (next to me, of course), let it be known, through his always extremely readable (and invariably entertaining) column that he had written 500 published columns — WITHOUT nary a single break. That is beyond impressive.

Josh, over the years, has chronicled the sporting exploits of thousands of kids — some that have gone onto find greatness. Josh has touched the lives of tens of thousands. He is one of the most obliging and helpful folks that I know. He is always trying help, make the lives of others pleasanter.

It is no secret that Josh is married to his job. His job and covering the local sports scene (and watching ‘Survivor’ among other other shows on TV (now augmented, quite recently, by a DVR)) is his LIFE. He gives us so much. I think that with his travel schedule, which makes me tired just reading about given that it covers around 8,000 sq. miles in total, he works around 70 – 80 hours a week.

Going to Sochi will be such a great thing for Josh. It will also be a great honor for us. Just think of Josh’s columns from Russia. We will learn stuff from Josh’s coverage that we will never hear from any other journalist. Josh will tell us how Survivor comes across in Serbian. Who knows. Josh might even meet a nice Russian athlete over there.

I haven’t spoken to Josh about my campaign as yet — other than pledge my (minimum of) $10.

I am sure that sponsorship opportunities abound. Yes, Josh would go to Sochi dressed like a NASCAR driver emblazoned with logos head to foot. I will also see if he will set up a bank account so that funds can be sent to it directly. Maybe he might set up a FaceBook ‘donate’ page.

But, we need to make sure that we raise a minimum of $3,000 to get Josh to Sochi.