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How Would YOU Solve This ‘AARP’ Brain Teaser?

by Anura Guruge


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It was in this month’s AARP magazine.

I am sharing it with YOU because YOU are too young to qualify for an AARP membership. But, thought this would intrigue you.

I expected that the answer would be convoluted, BUT not to this extent.

Well, spend a few minutes looking at it ….


I won’t tease or torture YOU.

This was there answer. Click here to see it. It is ‘OK’. It is a hidden page on THIS blog. SMILE.

So, what did YOU think?


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by Anura Guruge

‘Jane Goodall’ Documentary On ‘National Geographic’ Tonight.

by Anura Guruge




I had read in the printed “National Geographic” magazine (to which we subscribe without fail) that they were going to be doing a new documentary series on Jane and her chimpanzees. I am not sure whether this is it.

I haven’t watched anything on the ‘NatG‘ channel in months, so had not seen any promos.

Happened to hear an ad for it on a local radio station this afternoon while driving to Walmart. Checked the schedule when we got back. It was on sure enough. Same episode repeated, back-to-back, at 8pm and 9pm (Eastern). I recorded the 8pm.

I cannot find when this episode or any other will be shown again. But, I promise to look.

I will keep you posted. I wanted to give you a heads up — though I know it is late. Sorry.


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by Anura Guruge

Since When Was There ‘Occupied Territory’ In Sri Lanka — As Claimed By “National Geographic”.

by Anura Guruge


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Click to ENLARGE and read here. “Occupied territory” highlighted. How to access original access shown below.


cv-1116_006-275x400This statement about “occupied territory” appears in the very biased and unflattering article about Sri Lanka in the November 2016 issue of “National Geographic” (which focuses on travel to Mars). It is on page 108 of the printed magazine. See below to access it online.

I am confused.

Since when did Sri Lanka have “occupied territory”?

Does France have “occupied territory”?

Does Italy have “occupied territory”?

So why does Sri Lanka have “occupied territory”?

It was one UNIFIED country when it gained Independence on February 4, 1948.

That land mass, as of February 4, 1948, has not changed.

So where is this “occupied territory”?

 


I found a copy, from “National Geographic” themselves, online!

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Click this image to access ‘NatG’ original.


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by Anura Guruge


Biased, Unflattering & Inaccurate Article About “Sri Lanka” In The November 2016 “National Geographic”.

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE. I took a picture of it. Not sure you can find it online unless you have a valid 'NatG' subscription.

Click to ENLARGE. I took a picture of it. Not sure you can find it online unless you have a valid ‘NatG’ subscription.


cv-1116_006-275x400This article was in the November 2016 issue of “National Geographic” (which focuses on travel to Mars). It is on page 108 (and you can read the title in the image above).

I started reading it with much anticipation. However, I did NOT have to get far ….

Intentionally, or otherwise, a very STRONG Tamil-bias comes across.

That is very infuriating, especially from a magazine of the stature and credentials of “National Geographic”.

Those that know me know that I am very much into a multi-ethnic, multi-religious Sri Lanka — as it was in my time. So this slanted coverage just upsets me.

Some factual errors too. You can read that article and come away thinking that there are NO Christians in Sri Lanka — especially in Colombo.

IF you are interested and have skin in the game get a copy, somehow, and read. Then there should be some official comments directed to the magazine.


I found a copy, from “National Geographic” themselves, online!

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Click this image to access ‘NatG’ original.


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by Anura Guruge


The New “History” Magazine From “National Geographic” Looks Interesting — I Already Subscribed.

by Anura Guruge



cv-1116_006-275x400There were multiple flyers and inserts for this NEW magazine in the November 2016 issue of “National Geographic” (which is focused on travel to Mars).

Looked interesting. The topics they claim they will be covering have definite appeal. I do read the “Geographic”, faithfully, even if I am typically a few months behind. I like the “Geographic” (with or without the cute tribal topless pictures that they like to sneak in of late).

It is $24 for six (6) bimonthly issues. So $4 an issue. That might not be too bad. I will, of course, let you know.


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by Anura Guruge


Heartwarming Google Doodle For Cricket Legend John Wisden’s 187th Birthday On September 5.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Anura Guruge


Last Google Doodle posts:
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American Jane Addams’ 153rd birthdaySep. 6, 2013.
>> Google Doodle for my birthday — Sep. 4, 2013.

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Click to access Doodle
from the Google Doodle Archive.


Click to access Wikipedia write-up.

Click to access Wikipedia write-up.


‘Wisden’, the name borne by the annual bible on cricket (and for a time also a very popular cricket magazine that I used to subscribe to, airmail from the U.S.), is one of the most iconic names among cricket aficionados, only bettered by “Lord’s“.  [What other sports has a holy of holies named “Lord’s” — and that after the name of a rather ‘humble’ professional cricketer, as opposed to a blue-blood or mythical person?]

The Wisden Cricket Almanack is treat to any cricket lover: both tactile and intellectual.

I started buying them annually as of 1977. By then I was working for IBM and had my own money to indulge in cricket books. I just went and checked the price on what I paid for the 1977 edition. £3.75 (probably about U.S. $8.50) for the soft (cloth) cover. I really can’t remember what I was getting paid those days. The 2013 edition is £23 at Amazon U.K. and $64.80 in paperback on Amazon U.S. Wow.

There was a time that I had promised myself that I would purchase an ENTIRE Wisden collection for myself. If I remember right, in the early 80s, I could have got (close) to an entire set for about $4,000. I never did, and that was another bad decision on my part. They now have entire auction houses devoted to selling Wisden collections. There is even a book on how to collect Wisdens.

The last one I have is 1999. A client from the U.K. bought it and brought it for me when he flew over to meet with me in Manchester. Bringing me a Wisden, and saving me having to order one, was a guaranteed way to get a good discount from me on my services. Some of my U.K. clients had worked it out. Every £1 they spent on getting cricket stuff for me would probably get them $100 in reduced pricing from me. So it was ‘win-win’.

Not sure why I stopped collecting Wisdens. Probably because I didn’t have access to watching cricket, and unless you are really up to date reading the Wisden is pretty frustrating because you are not familiar with the backgrounds and context. Maybe I will start collecting. Maybe I will drive Deanna nuts by telling her I want the 2013 edition for Christmas. The other reason, to be honest, is the Internet! In the 1970s IF you wanted to check or verify a cricket record or check a player’s lifetime statistics your ONLY source was the latest Wisden. Now CricInfo has more statistics and records than even I know what to do with.

But, I am DELIGHTED that Google honored John Wisden.

Kind of bummed that they did NOT make it visible across all ICC countries. Possible that the folks at Google don’t know all the ICC countries and never thought of Googling it. That they only displayed it in Australia, India, New Zealand and the UK is kind of RACIST. Pakistanis should be BUMMED. Yes, I can appreciate that most of the folks at Google have never heard of Sri Lanka. But, what about South Africa? NZ and not SA? Come on Google. You can do better than that. But, I am not complaining. Kind of glad that Google renewed my interest in Wisdens. I think I still have a few magazines around too. Wished I kept them all!


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My stash of Wisdens, 1977 to 1999. Click to ENLARGE.

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The Wisdens, as they must, are on the top shelf of my cricket book collection.

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Part of my cricket book collection: top shelf and the oversized books on the floor at the bottom. I have some others, even BIGGER, scattered around. I have stopped buying cricket books. Might have to rethink that.


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What I had once aspired to. This does NOT look anywhere close to a full collection BUT it is sure bigger than mine and when it comes to Wisdens size is all that matters. I actually have the perfect room downstairs for a Wisden collection. Hhhmmm.


Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center (Lebanon) Does Not Make AARP’s ‘Safest Hospitals’ List. I Was Surprised.

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Click to access AARP article.

Click to access AARP article.

“The Week”, A Weekly Compendium Of News. A Great Substitute For The Now All Digital Newsweek.

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Newsweek Magazine Goes ALL DIGITAL …Dec. 19, 2012.


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Click to access their Website.


I guess they bought a mailing list of all Newsweek subscribers — now that Newsweek has decided to abandon those like me that still like to read some stuff in print.

A week after Newsweek stopped arriving a copy of this magazine arrived, unsolicited, in the mail. At first I thought, hopefully, that Newsweek had changed its mind. Nope. Ir was a new magazine. I think I might have seen it around, but I am quite sure I had never looked through a copy before.

I glanced through it idly assuming that it would be tripe. I was pleasantly surprised. It is a “Reader’s Digest” of weekly news. It was actually very good. Deanna liked it too! I read it cover to cover.

Deanna has signed up for some ‘free’ deal for x number of issues — before we get billed. It is expensive. I am not sure I want another magazine, now that we are also getting ‘Mental Floss‘. We haven’t got the 2nd copy as yet. I will keep you posted. But, this, to be honest, is BETTER than Newsweek — which of late had become something of a non-entity publication trying to be a National Geographic rather than a news digest.

My Humor: “Climax Plug” Chewing Tobacco By Lorillard Really Tickled My Fancy.

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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>> Where I Get My Irreverent Sense Of Humor — It Is A Very British Thing
>>..Nov. 30, 2012.


A couple of months ago, on one of my rare visits to the Alton public library I picked up a bunch of old ‘Mental Floss‘ magazines that they were giving away. I had never heard of the magazine and the title alone intrigued me. They did, to my joy, live up to their name. Their content certainly stimulates what is inside the cranium in rather atypical manner, much of it consistent with my very irreverent sense of humor. Deanna liked them too and kept on stealing the copy I would be reading. She liked it so much that when she next visited the library (with the kids, which is usually why we go there) she went looking for more copies. Since the early copies I had picked up were a few years old, I had just, unjustly it would appear, assumed that like so many other print publications that they too (like Newsweek this week) had ceased publication or had gone all digital. I was wrong. One of the copies that Deanna picked up was recent: like September 2012.

Though I try to minimize the number of magazine we subscribe to, because I have such a large unread backlog, I told Deanna that she should get me a year’s subscription as my Christmas Present. She did, knowing that she would be stealing the copies unless I hid them really well. Well, anyway, the copies started arriving before Christmas, since the December issue is printed in November etc., as is the case with most subscriptions.

I was just glancing at the January/February 2013 issue, when this picture, or more to the point, the advertisement on the side of the bench,
caught my eye. I was hooked. I knew it was not a fake.

“Try it Now CLIMAX Plug …”

Click to ENLARGE. Scanned image is a bit grainy. I can't find the original. Deanna can't remember who the two characters are. They were before my time, I not having TV when growing up. If you know who they are please let me know. I would like to get the original. 'Mental Floss' provides no attribution.

Click to ENLARGE. Scanned image is a bit grainy. I can’t find the original. It took Deanna, the expert on matters TV and cinematic, to remember that this was ‘Laurel and Hardy’. I need to see if I can find it using their names in the search string.


I was hooked. While I am well aware that ‘climax’ refers to the zenith of an event, the audacity if not outright cheek of a large tobacco company to market a ‘Climax PLUG’ just cracked me up. I immediately went Googling for ‘Climax Plug’. I was not to be disappointed.

Click to ENLARGE. Savor this.

Click to ENLARGE. Savor this.

Why have we stopped doing ads like this and given the prerogative for this type of marketing fun to the Europeans and Asians. Nothing can be worse than the Viagra and Cialis ads on TV at 7 pm when kids are still watching TV. These are at least funnier. They don’t market ‘Climax’ anymore, but Lorillard is still very much in business. They make Kent cigarettes for a start.

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I jumped onto ebay at once, hoping against hope. I wanted memorabilia. I am sure that there will be a market for these. I was right. I am not the only one who thinks that these are priceless. Go check ebay. It was Christmas day. I convinced myself that these were investments. So I bought these two, cheap, items. No, I wasn’t going to spend big bucks on the signs. But, ‘Climax‘ memorabilia is now on my list of collectibles. IF you find good ‘Climax’ ads or products, please share.

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Enjoy. Happy New Year.
When you, in 2013, feel a bit down, just think of the ‘Climax Plug’. Sure to bring a smile to your face.