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“Sherlock Gnomes” Movie (2018) — Fiendishly Clever, Cute & Comic.

by Anura Guruge




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Quite the yarn. Very entertaining. Very clever. Lot of fun. You will LAUGH and you will come out refreshed.

Went to see it, on Easter, in Portsmouth (NH) at Cinemagic, after going to the ‘ocean’ and before going for dinner. Third movie we have seen this year, all at the Cinemagic, and there is an obvious theme in that the other two were: “Paddington 2” & “Peter Rabbit“. Yes, we like cartoons, featuring make-believe entities set in Britain. In a way there are similarities between all three of these movies, “Paddington” and it both set in London — but it is all good.

Definitely helps IF you know your Arthur Conan Doyle in that there are references to things such as the Arthur Conan Doyle.

Curious, THOUGHT-provoking portrayal of Sherlock — though we also get to meet his ex-finance. Curious that Elton John was the Producer! Was that a coincidence.

We liked it. It might NOT be everybody’s cup of British tea. Helps if you are an Anglophile or as in my case, out-and-out British to the core.



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It Is NOW Christmas 2017 In London — So Christmas IS Officially Here. Enjoy! Be Merry.

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Poor John Lennon, Of ‘The Beatles’, Was Murdered This Day, 37-Years Ago; December 8, 1980.

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Click to ENLARGE. Wikipedia: /en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murder_of_John_Lennon


They say that people remember when they were when they heard that President John K. Kennedy had been shot on November 22, 1963. I do too. I was in Ceylon, all of 10-years old. My adoptive father got a phone call. I don’t know from whom. Then he came and sat down and said: ‘President Kennedy had been shot‘.

I was 27-years old when John Lennon got killed. I remember that more graphically.

We, and by that I mean MOST Brits living in Great Britain at the time, did not hear about the tragic shooting until the next day, Tuesday, December 9, 1980. That was because the shooting took place in New York at 10:50pm U.S. Eastern Time. It was already Tuesday morning in Britain.

I heard the news, that totally shattered me, on my company car radio, around 8am, while seated in traffic, in north London trying to get to work at ITT in Cockfosters. I can still see it in my mind’s eye. Me sitting in traffic. Yet another damp, dark, dreary December morning. It was all shades of grey and brown. I sat there in shock.

Wow. 37-years ago.


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Herman Melville’s “Moby Dick” Was Published In The U.S., This Day, 166-Years Ago; November 14, 1851.

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First U.S. edition, New York, 1851.


Click to ENLARGE and read here. Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moby-Dick


Inspiration, IF NOT basis, for Melville’s “Moby Dick”.


I have to confess that I am NOT sure whether I have ever read ‘Moby Dick’ in its entirety! Yikes. I know I have tried, but I have this distinct impression that I gave up — albeit, this from when I was a teenager (and, to be honest, I do not that often NOT finish a book if I start reading it).

That said I have read Nathaniel Philbrick’s “Revenge of the Whale” — and recently also watched the movie. I am a BIG fan of Nathaniel Philbrick and have read 3 or 4 of his other books.

Interesting that ‘Moby Dick’ was first published in London — rather than New York.


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British Painter William Hogarth (Of The London Roundabout), Was Born This Day, 320-Years Ago, November 10, 1697.

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Click to ENLARGE and read here. Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Hogarth




Given my British upbringing, I am, of course, familiar with William Hogarth and his work.

I do not consider him one of my iconic artists, but I do enjoy and appreciate his work — in all of its facets.

If, however, the truth be told, I know him MOST, and think of him, in terms of THE London roundabout. Over the years I have spent many lifetimes in and around that roundabout — stuck in London traffic. Aaahhh, the Hogarth Roundabout. What a landmark.

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2017 Poppy Appeal For “Red Poppy Day” — The “In Flanders Fields” Video By The British Legion.

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Start here for a large COMPENDIUM of “Red Poppy” information
— history, significance, traditions & photos.


Must Watch.

Very Moving.


For those unfamiliar with this
holiday & tradition.

Poppy Day,
also known as Remembrance Day
& Armistice Day,
is Veteran’s Day in the
British Commonwealth.

It is always observed on November 11, without exception since that was Armistice Day — the day, in 1918, the armistice [i.e., truce] was signed the Allies [i.e., US the good guys] and Germany, at Compiègne, France, to bring to an end World War I [1914 to 1918], which involved over 70 million troops and had killed more than 9 million combatants.

The armistice was signed, symbolically, on the ‘eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month‘, 11 a.m., on 11/11, 1918 in a railway carriage in the woods of Compiègne, in northern France. [Yes, I have visited Compiègne and seen the railway carriage].

The poppies symbolize those that grew in profusion across some of the worst battlefields. [Think of French Claude Monet’s ‘Poppies Blooming’ painted in 1873.]

A Canadian physician, Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, who was serving in WW I,wrote a poem, in 1915, called ‘In Flanders Fields‘, after attending the funeral of a fellow soldier [‘Flanders‘ being a region in northern Europe in which there was heavy fighting]. The first verse of it went:

 In Flanders fields the poppies blow

Between the crosses, row on row,

That mark our place; and in the sky

The larks, still bravely singing, fly

Scarce heard amid the guns below.

The original poem. Click to ENLARGE.



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Poppy Day/Remembrance Day 2017 — Is Next Saturday, November 11, 2017.

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Start here for a large COMPENDIUM of “Red Poppy” information
— history, significance, traditions & photos.


Start with (at) the “British Legion” — the SPIRITUAL HQ of Poppy Day. Click image to access.


The Cenotaph celebration with the Queen, in London,
will be on Sunday, November 12, 2017.



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The ‘Battle Of Trafalgar’, A Glorious British Naval Victory, Took Place This Day, 212-Years Ago.

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Click to ENLARGE and read. Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Trafalgar



Those were the DAYS, my friend. Yes, our magnificent navy still rules supreme BUT I am not sure that we can now claim to rule the waves. Pity.

But, that we just launched the HMS Queen Elizabeth, the Royal Navy’s largest ever ship is something to be happy and proud about.

The ‘Battle of Trafalgar’, something we all know about intrinsically. That we do have, smack dab in the middle of London, Trafalgar Square with Lord Nelson rampant, is always a reminder.


So, a day to rejoice. As such, PLEASE join me in this rousing rendition of ‘Rule Britannia, Britannia rules the waves ..


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Sigmund Freud, Who Gave Us ‘Freudian’, Died This Day 78-Years Ago, In London — On September 23, 1939.

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By today’s standard’s pretty dramatic and catholic statement to make.



As some of YOU may recall it was Sigmund’s birthday on May 6 and I did a post to commemorate that. I covered many of the salient ‘facts’ there — the most personal of those being that I went to school with his grandson, that having been in London, which is where Freud did die.

So, this is essentially to mark the date. 78-years ago.


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The German V-2 Ballistic Missile Attacks On London Started This Day 73-Years Ago; September 8, 1944.

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London!



Click to ENLARGE and read here. Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/V-2_rocket


A sobering day when Ballistic Missiles are again in the news.

The V-2s were synonymous with the destruction of London.

73-years isn’t that long ago. Just reminds us that history doesn’t always have to be that old.


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