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I Had Not Heard Of Northern Ireland Car Bomb, On Saturday — And That Rattles Me On Two Fronts.

by Anura Guruge


From CNN. Click for more.


I am a confirmed news junkie. I wake up to news on the TV, watch the news few times a day, and, moreover, read the U.K. “Daily Mail“, online, multiple times a day.

Did not see or hear about this car bombing in Northern Ireland until just a few minutes ago — and that when watching Theresa May talking about the latest Brexit possibilities.

This upsets me on two fronts.

How could I, of all people, given the amount of news I consume have missed this? Wow. Scary.

I lived through the IRA car bombings. All of it. I missed a few narrowly — including the Harrods‘ bombing. So, U.K. car bombs are not an abstract concept to I. I would hate to see ‘it’ come back. That would be bad. Very bad.

So, I am not a happy camper. I do NOT want this to MY Britain. We deserve better.


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“Peter Rabbit” Movie (2018) — Very Funny But With Some Issues …

by Anura Guruge



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The fuss about it downplaying food allergies is VERY REAL. Click to access the “New York Post” coverage. Google for more.


Went to see it, on Valentine’s Day, with both kids (who had early release from school), in Portsmouth (NH) at Cinemagic. We more or less had the whole large studio to ourseleves — just 5 others for this 4:30pm matinee. We are not complaining. It was nice to have all that space sans any distractions.

Fun movie. Very funny. Beautifully rendered — particularly the Lakes District and Harrods; I rather familiar with both. I have visited Beatrix Potter’s house in the Lakes Region — and had a Harrods account for many, many year; it one of my favorite stores. The detail was exquisite.

Lot to like, and pukkah entertainment, by and large, albeit with some blemishes.

Domhnall Gleeson looking too much like Jared Kushner for my liking and comfort.

Yes, it does trivialize and even make fun of food allergies. That is not good (though I am one who does feel that ‘we’ have gone slightly too overboard on the whole thing). What was Sony thinking? Don’t they have any lawyers?

While I appreciate the whole storyline is about the feud with the McGregors, I think there was a tad too much violence than was needed. Others would disagree. But, this is meant to be a kids movie and we are supposed to encourage kids to resolve conflict without resorting to violence! So …

The rabbits are well rendered as LONG as their faces are NOT being shown in closeup. Then their eyes look like those of aliens and all the contours look wrong — in my opinion.

Domhnall Gleeson who plays the young McGregor reminded me of Jared Kushner and that made me queasy! What can I say. Check out this photo —>

Now, this is something that those who know me will find surprising coming from my fingers in that I am not that kind of man. But, Rose Byrne who plays ‘Bea’ is very pretty BUT I have a better ‘chest’ than she has! Wow. She looks 2 dimensional, NOT that that detracted any way from her performance and presence. Just happened to notice.

Other than all this, it was good fun. Enjoyed. Will probably watch it again when it is on ‘TV’.



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“Mr. Selfridge”, The British TV Series On PBS, Wonderfully Compelling — Great Antidote For “Downton Abbey” Withdrawal.

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Thanks to our  Roku 3 and our Amazon Prime membership we all got hooked, hook, line and sinker, in watching “Downton Abbey“. Watching multi-season, multi-episode programs like this is a breeze with Amazon Prime — though I ended up having to pay to watch the last season (but it was well worth the money). While I loved the show too, it was particularly gratifying to see how Deanna and the kids, especially 9-year old Teischan, got so immersed in it — learnt a LOT about British culture, history and WW I — and enjoyed the nuances of British life. That is good. Though they have yet to visit Britain, Britain is in there future! They know that, and I know that.

After we had watched ALL the episodes, within a space of about 6 weeks, the question arose as to what would come after “Downton”. I want to start watching “Upstairs/Downstairs”. We watched the two episodes that were available on Prime. Teischan liked it. She is really becoming a sucker for anything British. But I need to sign up for ‘Acorn’, on the Roku, to get ALL the episodes. And I haven’t done that yet. There is SO MUCH just on Prime that it seems churlish to sign up for more channels.

So, I was scrolling through Prime looking for other alternatives. I saw “Mr. Selfridge“. I had seen and heard about it when it was showing on PBS but had never watched it — because I had stopped watching Masterpiece on PBS.

While the others, as I just said earlier, have yet to visit the U.K., I am no stranger to Selfridges. I first went to Selfridges in September 1967. [Deanna was 3 months old at the time.] That was my first time to Britain. My (adopted) mother had visited the U.K. twice before — without me. She had discovered Selfridges and just adored it. It was her favorite store in the whole wide world and she truly traveled the world and shopped around the world. If she was within 50 miles of London she had to visit Selfridges. She was a Anglophile and having been born in 1931 had Victorian values and tastes. She was big into makeup (which she wore too much of), perfume, jewelry and handbags. Selfridges, at least in her time, did not really sell saris. So she couldn’t buy saris there — but she made up for it on the ground floor of Selfridges. By the 1970s, when my (adoptive) father started working for UNESCO, money was not an issue and my mother was indulged in her spending (to compensate that she had been taken away from her extended family in Ceylon). Harry Gordon Selfridge would have loved my mother (and most people did). She could have put Lady Mae to shame when it came to buying things. When it came to money my mother was very ‘innocent’. She really had no understanding and my father let her have ‘her fun’ because other than shopping my mother didn’t have too many indulgences — other than giving money, food and goods to anyone and anybody she met! IF she couldn’t make up her mind between one, two or three things, my father (impatient too), would just tell her to buy all three (or more). I still remember this with three watches. My mother couldn’t make up her mind as to which one she liked. So my father told the sales assistant that he would buy all three and we are not talking about cheap watches.

Harrods. A totally different ‘class’, in every sense of the word, to Selfridges.

So I have spent a lot of time in Selfridges, 1967 to around 1999. For 6 months, 1979 – 1980, I worked, for UNIVAC, in an office in Wigmore St. — which is just behind Selfridges. Two to three times a week I would just walk through Selfridges just to absorb the ‘color’. So I know Selfridges well — and Selfridges in 1967 and the 1970s STILL had the look and feel of what is shown in the show. Despite this familiarity, I had NO IDEA about Harry Gordon Selfridge or the history! Would never have guessed that it was the creation of a Yank. It is SO British. However, I will have to confess, that unlike my mother, Selfridges was NOT my favorite store in London. I was and will always be a Harrods man. I just love Harrods. Harrods is ME. Yes, yes, yes. I know. In the 1980s (when I used to be rich) I had a £4,000 Harrods account. I was so thrilled and proud of it. I kept that account for a long time even once I was living here.

Deanna and the kids, not to mention I, got totally hooked by this series TOO. Watched all of it — buying Season 3 — in quick successions, sometimes, if there was no school the next days, THREE (3) episodes in a night (135 minutes, since they are 45 minute shows).

Brilliant show. I checked some of the facts. Much of it, maybe 80%, if not more, is factual. Beautifully and sumptuously shot. Really captures what was Victorian era Selfridges and the ground floor in 1967 looked very much like what is shown in the show. GREAT SHOW. Watch it. It is on Amazon Prime. 


From PBS. Click to ENLARGE and read here. Use this link to access original at PBS.org: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/masterpiece/programs/series/mr-selfridge/


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What I Want For Christmas. I Really Do. Always Wanted One.


Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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by Anura Guruge


I am allergic to little cats but am very partial to big ones (and I will refrain from making any of my jokes about ‘pussy cats‘ … including one of my favorites: ‘Thank you. I needed that too. How did you know my name was Katz?‘)

Deanna sent this to me, because she loves to tease me.

I am old enough to remember when Harrods, in London, on the 7th floor if I recall, had an exotic pet department where you could indeed buy a tiger — albeit if you had the money. I was just starting my professional career and wasn’t making enough to afford a tiger at the time. I didn’t even won a color TV at the time. By the time I could afford a tiger Harrods had been forced to close down that department! Story of my life. But, if you have a ‘Rescue Tiger’ that needs a good home, you know who to call. I am even willing to compromise. I would settle for a Bobcat. Honest. Saw one on TV (on CNBC) this morning. Yes, CNBC shell shocked from the Obama re-election has gone soft. Rick ‘Tea Party’ Santelli, like all good bullies, has gone into hibernation now that he had his bottom spanked. So, they are now showing small felines. Wow. I am so tempted to crack a joke about ‘kittens’! See below ↓.

Click to access video. Awfully cute. You would want one too.



Click to access CNBC video from this morning featuring a Bobcat rather than the Pussy Santelli.