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Bernie Sanders — Academic Qualifications: No Higher Degree, No Ivy League, No MBA.

by Anura Guruge


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Just listening to his unrealistic plans — which Hillary Clinton took him to task during Thursday night’s debate — I had a hunch that he was not an academic heavyweight. He, at a minimum, seems innumerate. The math of his proposals, whether it be health care or ‘free’ education, just does not add up. Plus given the weight of Superdelegates against him, mathematically his chances of winning the Democratic nomination is slim to none SINCE all the Democratic Primaries and Caucuses are PROPOSITIONAL. He won BIG in New Hampshire but got the same number of delegates as Hillary. There aren’t other States, bar Vermont, that he can win with BIG enough majorities to overcome Hillary Clinton’s 30x (i.e., 30 TIMES) lead in Superdelegates.

Obama went to Harvard and has a J.D. — a Doctorate in Law. He even had a job as a bona fide University Professor teaching Law.

George W. Bush went to Yale and (this will surprise many) got an MBA from the Harvard Business School!

Clinton, did attend famed Oxford University as a Rhode Scholar — and it is described as “perhaps the most prestigious (of postgraduate) scholarship”– and got a J.D. from Yale Law School.

George H. Bush, whose schooling was interrupted by World War II, did finally attend Yale.

Hillary, like Bill, also has a J.D. from Yale Law School.

So this should explain a LOT about Bernie Sanders. Think about it.

[Oh, in case you are wondering I do has a Master’s (with Distinction) from the University of London (U.K.). SMILE.]

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by Anura Guruge

Of Course I Know R.M.S. Carpathia, The Setting For The Christmas Revels In Hanover, NH & Cambridge, MA.

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

by Anura Guruge

Related post:
Christmas Revels At Dartmouth, NH: Tickets Went On Sale Today
August 15, 2012.
Revels North (i.e., Hanover, NH at Dartmouth) and Revels (Cambridge, MA) Doing Same Irish 1907 Christmas Show
Sept. 2, 2012.

British, Cunard Royal Mail Ship (R.M.S.) Carpathia (named after an European mountain chain). ‘Royal Mail’ designates that it was licensed to carry mail for the British Royal Mail.

R.M.S. Carpathia, true to its designation ‘Royal‘, is the HEROIC British Cunard liner, under the command of an intrepid British captain, Capt. Arthur Henry Rostron, that rescued 710 souls after the Titanic disaster on April 15, 1912.

Carpathia which got there two hours after the sinking, after a four hour dash, saved the day and most of those in the water. The Carpathia and its crew were lauded as heroes — Capt. Rostron was knighted by the British and received the Congregational Gold Medal from the U.S. That is the Carpathia. [We will not talk about the S.S. Californian that for reasons unknown did not go to rescue.]

The Revels is set in the Carpathia in (December ) 1907. I find the choice of that day (not to mention the ship) cute. This year, 2012, is the 100th year anniversary of the Titanic disaster. So, Revels is kind of exploiting that. By saying 1907 they are getting a 5 year separation from the 1912 event. As it transpired the Germans torpedoed and sank the Carpathia in July 1918. So 1907 is cute.

It will be good. The Carpathia is a much loved ship — especially by anyone who knows anything about the Titanic.

I have to now confess that I am a vicarious Titanic buff; my son from 1995 to about 2003 (from when he was 3 to about 11) being totally and utterly obsessed by the Titanic. During those years all things Titanic ruled his life — and consequently mine. We still have SOME of the artifacts from those years of Titanic fever. There are at least two models of the Titanic in the house — one of them an Airfix model that I painted and constructed (the only model out of close to a hundred that I ever bothered to paint properly). We also have a small metal model in the dinning room. Matthew, my son, also got an amazing cross-stitch of the Titanic. That is on the wall. I just went and counted. Not counting a few books that Devanee has ‘borrowed’ for her room over the years, I have 13 books (from what I can see) on the Titanic. There might be a few more around.

Not sure exactly how Matthew, around age 3, got so involved in the Titanic. It started with a fascination of sunken wrecks and then homed in on the Titanic — most likely given all the stuff he could watch on TV, even then, about Bob Ballard and the Titanic.

In the Summer of 1995 I was doing a number of seminars in the U.K. We all went over. I took the kids to Greenwich (as in G.M.T.) because of the huge, scenic park and the boat ride on the Thames to get there. We straddled the GMT line, and the kids as I expected ran riot in the park. Then we went into the museum. Matthew wondered off. On the wall there were these huge, old oil nautical paintings — many of them involving ship wrecks, Greenwich touting its role in facilitating navigation to minimize maritime disasters. I found him intently studying a picture of a sinking ship, talking to himself. It was like an epiphany. He was into ship wrecks.

For the next 18 months, more or less non-stop, to anybody that would listen, he would talk about the ‘Dumpster House’ — or something that sounded like that. We have never got to the bottom of that. He definitely was referring to the Greenwich Maritime Museum, but called it the ‘Dumpster House’. [We can’t remember, but maybe he saw a dumpster outside the building.] The ‘Dumpster House’ was synonymous with ship wrecks. Matthew, as was my older daughter, Danielle, three years older, were water rats. We had got our first lake house and boat the year Matthew was born. To Matthew water and boats were part of his life.

So OUT Titanic odysseys began. I got him books. He watched National Geographic and Discovery. He had a denim Titanic shirt, a green T-shirt and a cap. I think we still have the cap, Devanee having appropriated it from her brother.

When the movie came out in 1997 he couldn’t go to see it. He was 5. So I got him the 2-tape set the day it became available. Now we get to an aiding image I have of my two older children. Danielle took it upon herself to make sure that Matthew, all of 5, will NOT see any of the ‘inappropriate’ ‘girlie’ parts in the movie — she was particularly concerned about the scene in the car (in the hold). She would either fast forward the tape when it got close to that section or she would cover his eyes with her hand. There were days when Matthew would watch the movie twice a day. I can still see them, Danielle with her hands clasped over Matthews eyes and the TV showing the rocking car.

So, this is why I know the Carpathia — plus in April we, Deanna and the two younger kids, watched about 6 hours worth of new, 2012 documentaries on the Titanic.

Revels North (i.e., Hanover, NH at Dartmouth) and Revels (Cambridge, MA) Doing Same Irish 1907 Christmas Show

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

by Anura Guruge

Related post:
Christmas Revels At Dartmouth, NH: Tickets Went On Sale Today — August 15, 2012.

Talk about déjà vu all over again. Actually, to be honest, given that I worry about it on a constant basis as I get older, I thought I was cracking up and not going to the right Web sites. It was the SAME picture. Confused me, to start with, no end. I am easy to confuse.

So here is the Revels North, Hanover/Dartmouth picture — the show to which we already have front row seats.

The 1907 Irish experience Revels by ‘North’ at Dartmouth.

Publicity photo for Cambridge Revels. The similarity is uncanny. (Click to visit the Cambridge Web site). Got me thinking. Where is this picture from. I checked the movie.

This is fine. Totally their prerogative. I am just disappointed. I was hoping to see two different Revels as we had done last year — albeit that being the first year we had made the trek down to Cambridge for Revels. Last year they did a Medieval Mediterranean Christmas in Cambridge while it was the traditional British Victorian in Hanover. We all love British Revels. I, however, enjoyed the Mediterranean frolics. So, this year, I was hoping to see the Irish at Dartmouth and maybe British at Cambridge. Alas no.

Kind of interesting. Two separate, independent productions; obviously the Cambridge effort being bigger and grander. Hhhmmm. From an economic standpoint that does not make sense to me — with my engineering background. If Cambridge did 1907 Ireland this year, Hanover could have borrowed the scenery, props and costumes for 2014, with Hanover, in 2012, borrowing the Mediterranean from Cambridge from last year. But, I am just an attendee. They obviously know what they are doing — given how successful they are. The Cambridge Christmas Revels are at the incomparable (to the U.S.) Sanders Theater. Wow, what a beautiful building. It brought tears to the eyes of a homesick Brit like me. So European. We lucked out. When we went last Christmas we were ‘lost’. So we asked this older gentleman how to get to the Sanders. He was with his daughter, who was about Deanna’s age. His face lit up. He insisted, though this was late December, on walking us to the Theater. He was an ex-Harvard Professor of History. He gave me a history lesson on the Theater. He took us to the door. We lucked out. Yes, we will be going back to the Sanders soon. He also pointed us towards a wonderful ‘store’ that did a buffet meal — with Indian food. It was perfect, for me.

The building that houses the Sanders Theater.

Christmas Revels At Dartmouth, NH: Tickets Went On Sale Today, August 15, 2012.

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Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

by Anura Guruge

Prior posts on HopFest:
July 18, 2012.

Yes, I got my customary front row aisle seats (so Teischan can more readily interact with the performers in the aisle), at 8:40 am this morning; thank you. I had put a reminder on my calendar for yesterday, and that alone is unusual because, at most, I might have 10 reminders, in total, for a whole year. Since to me a day starts at midnight, I planned to buy the tickets before going to bed last night. Alas, Dartmouth works on a more pedestrian 8am to 5pm schedule. 8am, I am still asleep. But, I got Devanee to bring in her laptop and I bought the tickets, from bed, while drinking my coffee and listening to CNBC.

The funny thing is that front row seats at the Hopkins and also at Plymouth are NOT considered prime seats! So they are not the most expensive. That makes them even better. Yes, I know that there are many that find the front row too close and quite literally a pain in the neck. It has never bothered me and the kids like it. Plus, during the intermission they typically get to meet some of the performers because they come down from the stage to press the flesh.

This year it is an Irish immigrant Christmas on a ship, set in 1907 (to the shades of the Titanic). We like Irish music and dance. So that should be good, though Deanna and the kids most prefer the traditional medieval English Revels. But, I am hopeful. Revels North, who do this performance is an inspired bunch. This is their Web site. You should definitely pay them a visit.

Last Christmas, because we liked their show so much, I rushed off and got tickets for the ‘main’ Revels at Harvard, Cambridge, MA. Wow. What a location. What a show. Given that it was a last minute thing, we had poor seats. Plus, it was a Mediterranean theme. I thought it was very good, but Deanna, in particular, was very down on it. I haven’t checked what they are doing this year, though I am on their e-mail list.

So, we will see you at Revels in Dartmouth. Merry Christmas.