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Did YOU Get Tickets For Christmas ‘Revels 2019’ (Cambridge) — I Did, Front Row And All (As Ever).

by Anura Guruge


Click image to buy tickets. Tickets still available. Mind you, NOT as good as mine! SMILE.


I had tickets, bought & PAID, 4-minutes
after they went on sale!

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Buying tickets for Christmas Revels the DAY they go on sale to the public has been a cherished, yearly ritual for at least the last 8-years. It used to be for ‘Revels North‘ (at Dartmouth) and it had to be the front row.

The last few years we have been going to the ‘mothership’, the original Revels in Cambridge, Mass at the incomparably beautiful Sanders Theatre. We like the center balcony seats. At first I only managed to get the 2nd row — which wasn’t bad. But, I wanted to very front row. Last year I succeeded! I had my finger on the button at 12:00 so I can get in. Obviously MEMBERS had been able to buy tickets for a ‘month’ prior to I so quite few seats were gone.

This year was going to be difficult. We were in Maine for a wedding. We would have been checked out of the hotel by noon, so it was IMPERATIVE that we were somewhere with reliable Wi-Fi well ahead of noon. We went to my sister-in-law’s place. I had all the credentials (URL, passwords, seat numbers) in TRIPLICATE — on paper & electronically. I do not take chances. Worked out. SMILE. More seats had been booked by members this year than last. But, I still snagged 5 front row seats. They are good. We are happy. We already know who is seated where!

I am happy. See you there. Cheers.


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Did YOU Get Tickets For Christmas ‘Revels 2018’ (Cambridge) — I Did.

by Anura Guruge


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I had tickets, bought & PAID, 3-minutes
after they went on sale!

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Buying tickets for Christmas Revels the DAY they go on sale to the public has been a cherished, yearly ritual for at least the last 7-years. It used to be for ‘Revels North‘ (at Dartmouth) and it had to be the front row.

The last few years we have been going to the ‘mothership’, the original Revels in Cambridge, Mass at the incomparably beautiful Sanders Theatre. We like the center balcony seats. The last few years I have only managed to get the 2nd row — which isn’t bad. But, I wanted to try for the very front row.

The tickets went on sale, to the general public, at 12:00pm today, Saturday, October 20, 2018. It was on my online calendar for the last 2-days.

I made sure that I completed my 3.5-mile run early just to be on time. I was at my computer, ready to go, at 11:40am. By 11:55am, I was logged on — credit card in hand.

Right at noon, as soon as the ‘BUY’ button appeared I was on it. It took a few seconds for it to respond. No messing around. I knew exactly what 4 seats I wanted. Went straight for them — like a laser. Snagged them. No messing around. Paid for them.

All done in 3-minutes. I am sure I was one of the first to buy tickets. I am happy. See you there. Cheers.


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Helping Out An Harley Rider From Mass With A Selfie — September 16, 2017.

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Anura Guruge Alton flowers Sony a7 II September 16 2017 New Hampshire


He was there at the ‘West Alton‘ Gas Station/Convenience Store — where I stopped to take pictures of the flowers — trying to take a selfie, with his bike, his camera placed on a rock! I was impressed and he got a good picture. He was happy. I told him I will take one with my camera too. So here it is. We didn’t exchange any contact information. So, if you recognize him tell him his picture has been posted.


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Flowers Of Woods Hole, Mass. Part I — August 9, 2017.

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Another delightful (and quintessential) New England coastal town (maybe a village in this case) with an abundance of glorious flowers. Bustling place, a ferry hub for Martha’s Vineyard. Took the $2 trolley bus from Falmouth, MA for our first visit because I did not want to contend with the parking. Think it was the right decision. Drove down in the evening and lucked out with the parking.

Enjoy.


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The Picture Of The Day (Sony a7 II) + 6 Also-Rans: Plymouth/Plimoth, Mass. — August 11, 2017.

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The Picture Of The Day (Sony a7 II) + 6 Also-Rans: Hyannis, Mass. — August 10, 2017.

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The Picture Of The Day (Sony a7 II) + 6 Also-Rans: Woods Hole, Mass. — August 9, 2017.

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Pope Francis Has No Events, Even A Mass, Scheduled For His 80th Birthday On December 17, 2016. (UPDATE)

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Click to ENLARGE and stare at here. From, of course, http://www.vatican.va — the official Website of the Vatican.


The calendar has since been updated.

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Interesting, but maybe not surprising.

Pope Francis, per his sometime desire to remain modest, probably does not want to make a big deal about his 80th birthday. It is no longer that special. 7 of the last 8 popes also did so!

Yes, he holds at least one Mass, typically early in the morning, every day. So that will probably take place per the routine.

It makes sense for him to downplay this milestone. IF he was still a cardinal, as opposed to pope, he would, on that day, cease to be a papal elector.

Let’s wait and see.


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Think – Today: Has The Makeup Of Our Atmosphere Changed Over Time?

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2000px-atmosphere3-svgYes, you hear about the greenhouse gases, lead (from when we used leaded gas/petrol) etc., in our atmosphere. But, have you given any thought to whether the makeup of our atmosphere has changed, significantly, over the years. It is something worth thinking about. The atmosphere is pretty vital to our life. Right?


Think first, then research, then THINK again. Think for the pleasure of thinking.


Yesterday’s ‘Think’: “Fidel Castro and the nine days of mourning” — nine consecutive days of mourning, novendiale (or novemdiales) in Italian, is a very old Catholic custom that used to be regularly practiced upon the death of nobles. Typically a Catholic Mass is held on each of the nine days. These days you typically only hear about novendiale upon the death of a pope. That this Catholic tradition is being used with Castro is intriguing. Though born a Catholic he has claimed that he was a non-believer. He, however, made a point of meeting popes. As far as we know there are no official Catholic church ceremonies associated with his funeral.


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Why I Despair So About The Schools Around Here.

by Anura Guruge


This was an actual sheet from Grade 5 ‘Science’ that
Teischan (10) brought home from Alton Central School (ACS),
Alton, New Hampshire this week.

I normally don’t say anything about ‘slip-ups’ other than maybe draw
Teischan’s attention to it … and say “this is not exactly right”.

But, this was BEYOND the pale.


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There are so many things wrong with this at SO many levels.

First and foremost, EVERY SINGLE answer written down by my Teischan is wrong!

Yes, every SINGLE answer is WRONG.

And she gets a “SMILEY” face?

I wanted to cry.

No comments? No corrections?

That is what got my goat. EVERY SINGLE answer is wrong!


No it is NOT her multiplication.

She only got ONE of those wrong and it is so blatant that a semi-proficient 4th grader would see it.

So now we have ALL the ANSWERS are wrong PLUS one multiplication is wrong.


There is an asterisk (*) next to ‘Pluto‘. Can you see that?

What does that asterisk (*) pertain to?

The title says “What is your weight on each planet?

Well, ‘Pluto’ is NOT a planet though ACS has historically had issues coming to terms with that. See this … IF you are interest. But, I am willing to concede that that is probably what the asterisk (*) was meant to be.

But the second line says “Outer Space”. “Outer Space” is NOT a planet! There is NO asterisk (*) against it.


Yes, one of my many faults is that I am a terrible pedant. I put a lot of stock in accuracy.

I am sure that I have read that you should never give kids printed statements that are factually incorrect …

But that is minor in the scheme of this.

Yes, this upset me.

Yes, of course, I am fully aware that to err is human and erring is something that I do daily. But, I expect a little diligence from my teachers.

NO, I rarely criticize teachers. This is probably the first time in 5 years! Yes, I cut school administrators no slack, BUT I try not to criticize teachers.

But, this incident aggrieves me on another front. This science teacher is one of a triumvirate that unilaterally decided that ACS Grade 5 should not have ANY math or science homework. Just 4 days ago, I told them, to their face, that MAYBE they decided on that because that meant less things for them to MARK.

Well, I guess ‘MARKING’ is not their strong suit. I guess I should just SMILE. Draw a BIG SMILEY face.

And for the record. I teach. I have taught. My mother was a teacher. My father was a teacher. Two of my aunties were teachers. Our name, ‘Guruge’, literally means: ‘from the house of the teacher’. So I kind of know a little about this and definitely have skin in the game.


Let me again STRESS.

I would NOT have said ANYTHING about this sheet if there were ONLY three or four things wrong on it.

But when there are fourteen (14) mistakes on it I feel the need to vent.

P.S., Teischan has NO IDEA what ‘lb’ stands for!


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