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Only The Sept. 13, 2018, $0.53 Dividend Keeping Garmin Stock Getting Walloped By ECG Apple Watch 4.

by Anura Guruge


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Both from MarketWatch, of course.



Fitbit took a 6% hit when the Apple Watch 4 — with its AMAZING, game changing ECG feature — was announced, and Garmin stayed flat (if not gained a fraction).

What gives.

Aaahhhh! THE magic dividend. Apple, with its timing, did Garmin a huge favor.

Nobody was going to dump GRMN on when there was a 53 cent dividend baked into the price. But, that will change post September 13, 2018 — the ex-dividend date. The price will drop.

Garmin is NOT as much of a direct competitor as Fitbit, but the new Apple Watch makes Garmin’s high-end Fenix 5 and Fenix 5 Plus look pedestrian and lackluster.

Interesting times. Yes, I own GRMN — but I also own AAPL. {Smile}. I owned AAPL from 2007 to 2017 and then sold most of it since I had enough. {Smile}


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Train Accident In Sri Lanka From 2011: 18 Year Old Girl Hit By Train Survives! Pretty Amazing.

by Anura Guruge


I had posted this in my “Fun & Trivia With Anura Guruge” blog
in 2011. But, that blog does not get many hits or my attention.
So I am reposting it here since it is pretty amazing and 
is related to the other train accident post from a few days ago.


They continue to have this type of accident in Sri Lanka, in many instances the outcome not being as good as in this case. As far as I can remember we have had people getting hit by trains — largely because people have used rail tracks as public roads. In the 1960s when I was growing up there we had folklore about getting run over by trains — the worst fear being that of getting one of your feet trapped in a junction point (‘switch’) and then being helplessly trapped as a train approached! People would actually talk about the best strategies for such scenarios — I kid you not. It was considered best if your free leg was outside of the rails, because you could then really lean over and just lose the bottom part of your leg. We really used to talk about such things. Yes, we also played chicken with trains — something I continued to do until I was about 16, even once doing it in India.

It still baffles me how these people don’t FEEL the train coming behind them — even if they don’t hear it. These lumbering trains, on not that well laid tracks, create one heck of a lot of ground vibration. Well, you have to watch the video:


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British ‘National Health’ (NHS) Choir “Bridge Over You”, Christmas 2015 #1 — Beating Justin Bieber.

by Anura Guruge


IF unlike I, you do not follow U.K. news you might have missed this. Ameteur choir of British National Health Service (NHS) employees wins the 2015 Christmas #1 spot with “Bridge Over You”. All proceeds to CHARITY. Even Bieber pulled for them.

Great story. Very heartwarming. Very British. Shows everybody in a GREAT Light. A lovely way to wrap-up Boxing Day.

So I share it with you. Two videos, both (of course) on YouTube. Click to access.

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Near-Earth Asteroid 2012 TC4 Could Give Us Quite A Headache In 2017 — Near Miss?

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Danny Fleming, a mathematician and astronomer gave me a heads up, via e-mail, on this. Thank YOU, Danny.

2012 TC4, as the ‘2012’ in its designation denotes, was discovered in October 2012 though it is POSSIBLE that it has been around for quite some time — though maybe not in its current, very near-Earth orbit.

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It is an ‘Apollo’ class asteroid (named after the prototype asteroid in this group). Apollos, in their relentless orbit around the Sun, crosses the Earth’s orbit — twice.

Well 2012 TC4 crossed the Earth’s orbit in October 12, 2012 coming quite close to Earth. At their closest they were 58,900 miles apart. That is 1/5 the average distance between the Earth and the Moon (what we call the ‘Lunar Distance‘ (LD)). The LD as such as 0.247 LD.

5 years later, again, coincidentally on the exact date, i.e., October 12, it will get within 0.034 LD of the Earth. That is nearly 7 times closer. Yes, it could get within 8,400 miles from us. That is close.

At that distance there is a very good chance that Earth’s (fairly strong) gravitational pull will capture it and pull it in. In which case WE will get SMACKED. Thought to be about 30 yards across it is NOT a huge asteroid, not large enough to annihilate all of us. But that is still plenty big enough to wreak quite a bit of destruction, especially if it lands near a city.

Not much we can do. It is not like the Earth can duck out of the way.


This orbital chart, using the JPL Small Body Database Browser,
shows that 2012 TC4 ends up right on top of us.

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My Astronomer Friend, Philip Corneille, FRAS, Visiting The Famed Greenwich Observatory (As In GMT Fame etc.)

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.
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Philip Corneille, FRAS, collaborated with me on my
Comet ISON books.


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Click to access article about visit by Philip.
Use Google Translate.

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We Start 2014 With An Asteroid, AA 2014, Discovered Just Hours Before, Hitting Earth’s Atmosphere!

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Let Philip Corneille, FRAS, who collaborated with me on my
Comet ISON books tell you the story in his words:

Click to access his blog post. Use Google translate. Enjoy.

Click to access his blog post. Use Google translate. Enjoy.


Philip also send me this link which has more background information:

Click to access.

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Beaujolais Nouveau 2013 Selling Like “Hotcakes” In Windsor, Canada.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Click to access 'The Windsor Star' coverage.

Click to access ‘The Windsor Star’ coverage.


Notice that though it is still Georges Duboeuf and it is 2013 they have a different label — a Beaujolais-Villages appellation
that restricts the grapes to 39 communes/villages where as ‘Beaujolais’ by itself covers 96.

Interesting.

From what I am hearing Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau 2013 has been a hit.
I am glad.

November 5, ‘Guy Fawkes Night’ 2013: Bonfires & Fireworks That Hit Buckingham Palace

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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I can’t articulate it, given that my English (as you know, is not that good), but I can’t help but think that this is the ideal British holiday for the ‘Tea Party’ to make their own in the U.S. Tea or no-tea you could never associate them with anything as traditional as ‘Boxing Day’. But, this would work.


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Click to access good, informative piece by an American!

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Click to access coverage. We are very laid back. Stuff like this does not phase us.

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Click to BBC post.


Monday, July 15, Is “St. Swithin’s Day” A Minor, Amusing British ‘Holiday’.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Saint Swithim of Winchester from the Benedictional of St. Æthelwold, illuminated manuscript in the British Library.



St. Swithin, or Swithun, [c. 800 to July 2, 28162] was the Bishop of Winchester (Hampshire) and now the patron saint of the magical Winchester Cathedral, longest nave and greatest overall length of any Gothic cathedral in Europe.

For 7 years of my life, from 1974 to 1981, I lived close to Winchester. IBM at Hursley, where I worked from 1974 to 1979, just a few miles up the road from Winchester. So I know Winchester and the Cathedral quite well. So I have ‘always’ known of St. Swithin.

Ironically, St. Swithin is best known as a medieval Punxsutawney Phil — a predictor of weather, in particular rain. The sayings (with overtones of ‘the shadow’ goes like this):

“St Swithun’s day if thou dost rain

For forty days it will remain

St Swithun’s day if thou be fair

For forty days ’twill rain nae mare”.

one-dayWhy they would bother with a proverb like this in Britain baffles me. Jokes apart, most of the time, it is difficult to go 40 hours without getting any rain, let alone 40 days (1976, that glorious summer when the West Indies regaled us, being the exception).

But, there is another St. Swithin ‘tradition’ that a recent movie (2011), ‘One Day‘, talks about. St. Swithin’s Day is like “Ol’ Home” day — an anniversary that you are supposed to spend with the same person each year. The movie was fun.


Click to access. From their homepage. If you are not familiar with these Catedral do yourself a favor and at least watch this 4.xx minute video.

Click to access. From their homepage. If you are not familiar with these Catedral do yourself a favor and at least watch this 4.xx minute video.


Not sure how many of YOU know of this 1960s HIT, 'Winchester Cathedral' by the British (of course) 'The New Vaudeville Band'. Again, do yourself a huge favor and listen to it. It will make your day. Just click.

Not sure how many of YOU know of this 1960s HIT, ‘Winchester Cathedral’ by the British (of course) ‘The New Vaudeville Band’. Again, do yourself a huge favor and listen to it. It will make your day. Just click.


As far as I am concerned, and this is probably my Ceylonese upbringing when we, on average, celebrated some kind of holiday, across 4 religions, every 9 days, you just can’t have enough holidays.

So on Monday, take a second to tip your hat to St. Swithin.