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I Can’t Be Sure That Giving Up ‘Facebook’ For Lent Is Really Kosher.

by Anura Guruge

Click here for the ‘Pinterest’ account from where I got the unannotated image for the above.

The other day a friend of mine, a devout Catholic, told me that he could not leave comments on my ‘Next Pope’ posts right now because he had given up Facebook for Lent. For a second I thought he was joking. Pulling my leg. But, he wasn’t.

I genuinely was taken aback. Seemed sacrilegious. Truly like a joke. Trivializing something that Catholics used to be quite serious & earnest about.

As some of you know, despite all my pope-related endeavors, I have never been a Christian, let alone a Catholic. I was born a good Heathen & I am now a Reformed, Born-Again, Heathen.

But, over the years I have spent much time with Catholics. One of my wife’s was a Catholic — & my two eldest kids were baptised & confirmed. One even went to a private Catholic school. So, I know a bit about Lent.

Giving up Facebook really does not strike me as much of a sacrifice.

So, today, I went looking to see what people are really giving up for Lent these days. I was staggered. I was shocked. Social Media heads the list.

Sacré ‘bloody’ bleu! What has the world come to? Wow.

I really am shaken.

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by Anura Guruge

Facebook ‘Marketplace’ NEW ‘Shipping Option’ Works, Works Well — & Makes It Better Than eBay.

by Anura Guruge

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In the past, with Facebook ‘Marketplace’ you either had to hope for local sales or rely on using PayPal (or equivalent) to obtain payment & then sort out your own shipping.

Not anymore. Facebook ‘Marketplace’ now has a NIFTY built-in ‘SHIPPING’ option with Facebook collecting the payment & supplying a shipping label.

I listed an item earlier this week. Facebook notified me of the new ‘shipping’ option & to entice me (totally) sadi that they will pay for the shipping. That was quite the enticement. They were ALSO NOT charging any fees or commission. WOW.

So, I would get, 100%, of the selling price of the item.

Facebook was paying for the shipping & there were no fees that were going to be deductible.

OF COURSE there was a catch. FB hold onto the payment for a week or so! Unlike eBay/PayPal you do NOT get paid when the buyer pays. Instead FB holds onto it. They don’t release it until the item is DELIVERED. Then, they still reserve 5-days to pay you. So, I still haven’t got paid. SMILE.

But, ….

I am impressed. It worked well. They, like eBay, provide built-in tracking.

They are setting themselves up to compete with eBay head-to-head. That is good. eBay had become complacent. This is good.

Try it out. I am sure you will like it. I did.

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by Anura Guruge

‘Anna Alma-Tadema’, YET Another AWESOMELY Talented Female British Painter.

by Anura Guruge

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Click to ENLARGE and read here. Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anna_Alma-Tadema

Click to ENLARGE. Also from Wikipedia.

I have been a long-term subscriber to this Facebook page:

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I no longer get daily posts from them, BUT today I lucked out to get the post (way up top) about Anna Alma-Tadema. Wow. I was mesmerized. Spellbound. It looked like a high-resolution photograph. I still can’t believe it is a painting. Wow.

I had to share it with you. And I am.

Quite the lady. A suffragette as well.

Appears that her father, a knighted ‘Sir’, was quite famous too.


She reminded me of her … from November.

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by Anura Guruge


The Most Flagrantly Freudian Painting I Have Ever Seen And It Is By A Female Artist.

by Anura Guruge

It appeared on my Facebook Timeline today from this Facebook page — to which I have subscribed to for years.

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This is the artist.

Click to ENLARGE and read here. From ‘Female Artists in History’.

Click to ENLARGE and read. Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Remedios_Varo

Cracked me up. NOTHING, at all, at all wrong with it. Actually very, very clever. I tip my hat to her.

You get it, right? Love the folds. Wow. Love where her head is positioned.

No. No. It is NOT a matter of getting your mind off the gutter. She wanted to see how many would get it.

Very, very old and sacred symbology. Font of Life. Where all life starts (bar modern ‘test tube’, IVF, babies).

You do KNOW that church, cathedral and abbey doorways have portrayed this since time immemorial. You did KNOW that, right? See classic picture below.

I had not encountered this lady before BUT I will rectify that soon.

Just observe and marvel.

You do get the symbology … right? Intentional. Was meant to take YOU back to where you came from. Very clever. Very obvious.

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by Anura Guruge


‘Georges Duboeuf’ Loves My Review Of The ‘Beaujolais Nouveau 2019’.

by Anura Guruge

Click to ENLARGE. From my Facebook timeline.

Click to access my review from a few days ago.

Appeared on my Facebook timeline yesterday. Made me SMILE.

I would have been quite surprised IF they hadn’t loved it! It is a very positive, upbeat review — which it had to be given that I did love the wine.

But, also surprised that they left it at that. They don’t have many reviews this year. I would have thought that they would have shared my post. C’est la vie. I am cool. It was their call. Their loss. SMILE.

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Astounding Spanish Sculptor, ‘José Manuel Castro López’, Who Peels & Squeezes Stone.

by Anura Guruge

Click to ENLARGE and be mesmerized. From Google Images.

Check out this article. Click image to access.

I saw the ‘book out of stone’ picture (highlighted in red on the top image) on my Facebook timeline this morning. I was intrigued. Somebody had opined that it was PhotoShop. That did not ring true. So, I did a bit of digging. Glad I did.

Pretty amazing. I can see how it is done but I also appreciate, fully, that it is a hell of a lot of work. You are basically chiseling off layers and layers of stone. Very clever. I was impressed.

I wanted to share with YOU. Check the YouTubes. Enjoy.

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‘Jessica Hayllar’, Another AWESOME Female British Painter That I Discovered Today.

by Anura Guruge

Click to ENLARGE and admire here. From Facebook group “Female Artists in History”.

Click to ENLARGE. You can see the group name, viz. “Female Artists in History”. This was the picture they used to publicize her.

Click to ENLARGE and read. This, incredibly, is all Wikipedia has of her! No painting. Rather remiss. Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jessica_Hayllar

I have been a long-term subscriber to this Facebook page:

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Today’s treat was the picture shown in the 2nd image above. I was blown away. What detail. Looks like a photograph. So realistic. What talent. What patience. What dedication.

That she was female and British was a bonus.

I shared the Facebook post on my Facebook timeline and I was amazed by the folks that reacted and responded. She definitely gets attention and admiration.


Her father, James Hayllar, was also a famous painter. Here is one of his paintings.

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by Anura Guruge


You Won’t Believe The ‘Rude’ Names Of The ‘Hot Sauces’ Available On Amazon.

by Anura Guruge

Click to ENLARGE. I blurred out one word since there are words that I refuse to use. SMILE. My blog, my standards. SMILE.

A picture for the first bottle shown above (yes, with the first word blurred) turned up on my Facebook timeline. It intrigued me because I have been helping a good friend that just bought a hot sauce company. We have been playing around with provocative names BUT I could never be this crude. I thought it was a joke. But, to make sure did a quick Google. Wow. It is real. Made in Australia which would explain the name. But, here was the kicker. It was available from Amazon. Here is the link. I kid you not.

Then, as is Amazon’s wont, they showed me other recommendations. That is where I found these. Had to share them with you. What do YOU think?

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Remarkable Act Of Spontaneous Charity In Sri Lanka, By A Norwegian — Feel Good, Amazing Scenery YouTube.

by Anura Guruge

A real, feel good video. You will be GLAD I shared it with you.

It popped up on my Facebook timeline, unsolicited, from ‘UNILAD‘ from whom I do get quite a few posts — some of which I peruse.

As soon as I saw the ‘still’ image I knew it was Sri Lanka! I am good like that. It was over 50-years ago BUT I still recognize the land of my birth.

I watched it. So quintessentially Sri Lankan. The tea shop owner could have been my brother or son. Very Sri Lanka. Loved it.

Wanted to share with you.

Check out the SCENERY. This is Sri Lanka UP COUNTRY.

This Norwegian guy, Harald Baldr, appears to make a very decent living — good enough to be quite generous — making YouTube travel videos. Good for him. Seems like a real nice guy. The world is better (and richer) for folks like him.

He has quite a few YouTube videos shot in Sri Lanka. Check them out ‘Harald Baldr’.

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by Anura Guruge

“1A Relics”, Ellsworth (Maine), On The Way To Acadia — Veritable Aladdin’s Treasure Trove Of Delights.

by Anura Guruge

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Attribution WILL be enforced.

1A Relics Ellsworth Maine Anura Guruge

The Incredible Bathrooms!

Treasures Outside

Their Facebook page. Click image to visit.

What an incredible, enchanting, mesmerizing delight — a feast for all your senses — just outside of Ellsworth (Maine), on Route 1a, the GATEWAY to Acadia.

We saw the building in June 2017, the first time we went to Acadia via Bangor (and Route 1a) rather than the longer (and maybe the more scenic) Route 1.

In 2017 it was empty. We thought that that was a great shame.

In June 2018 as we drove by we saw activity and stopped. They said they were going to be opening next week! We were excited.

This June we stopped. And aren’t we glad we did.

What a place. Creativity and imagination run riot. And a treasure trove of wonderful STUFF. Not badly priced either. Yes, individual consignment stalls and it all blends together into a tantalizing whole. We could have spent hours there BUT we know we will stop each and every time we go to Acadia and we go to Acadia quite a lot.

You have to stop, explore and enjoy. You will love it and memories will stay with you for a long time.



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by Anura Guruge