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It Is Always Such A Pleasure And Privilege To Deal With The U.K. Government!

by Anura Guruge

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Given that I am in self-imposed, financial exile I do not have to deal with U.K. Government that often. But each time I do, I come away feeling SO privileged and honored! At least in my case, they treat you with such courtesy, respect and PROMPTNESS.

This last interaction was a classic case in point. I was entitled, JUST, to a UK State Pension (even under the new guidelines) because I did work in the U.K. (and pay a fair amount of tax) for 10 years, 5 months and 2 weeks — 10 years being the minimum.

I had been idly looking at the UK Pension stuff for a couple of years and earlier this year decide to make my move,

They have, understandably, strict rules as to when you can apply. You can apply any time after you turn 65, but you can’t apply too soon. The earliest I could apply was May 4.

Can’t apply online. It has to be by mail because they would like you to enclose some original documents — at a minimum a original payslip or pension slip from a UK company with your UK insurance number on it. I had a few since I do also get a UK company pension — though that barely covers my wine.

I finally got all my duck in order, after multiple trips to banks, and on May 1, 2018 mailed it — USPS International First Class. That gave me some rudimentary tracking once it got to the UK.

This Monday, May 21, 2018, I got the above letter telling me that I will indeed get a miniscule State Pension.

So, May 1 to May 21. Less than 3-weeks in TOTAL and that involving two (2) air mail letters.

Per my tracking ‘they’ got my letter May 8, 2018.

This decision letter is dated May 10, 2018!

2-days. TWO-DAYS.


I am so happy.

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by Anura Guruge

Nothing BUT Kudos, Very High Kudos, For Cameta Camera.

.Anura Guruge December 2014 thumbnail

by Anura Guruge

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The impeccable way that they handled the return of my Sony a77 mk II was exemplary.

I can’t say enough good things. That the Sony went haywire and lost 989 images was NOT their fault. But they did not complain or bicker.

I am amazingly impressed and grateful.

I will buy my next camera from them DIRECTLY without going through Amazon.

Class act.


Total and utter endorsement.

You can buy from Cameta with CONFIDENCE.

Thank YOU, Cameta Camera. You are an example to all.

Team KIA Concord, NH: Our Good Experience With Them Continues. We Are Very Impressed. Kind Of Delighted.



 ..by Anura Guruge

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June 28, 2012.


Alton Central School (ACS), NH: Family Thanksgiving Lunch Today — A Huge Success. Thank You.

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

by Anura Guruge

As far as I know (and we have had kids going there since 2007), today’s free, ‘family’ (parents, guardians, grandparents or relatives) Thanksgiving Lunch with the kids was an unalloyed success. Bravo. Thank you. The ACS Food Services Group is outstanding. They do miracles with the limited resources they get. Very nice bunch of folks too. Always a pleasure to get a meal from them.

Deanna was instrumental in getting ACS to adopt the ‘Take A Loved One For Lunch’ day. I think that got started last year or year before. I have been to all the ones they have had. Those have also been unmitigated successes. I went on my own this year, in October. Deanna had to take Devanee to her stage performance class.

So, this is just to say a BIG THANK YOU to the hardworking folks in the ACS Food Services Group. Thank You.

It wasn’t exactly this, but since I like to masquerade as a Red Indian, though I didn’t wear any red today, this is how I felt.