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“The Whale’s Tale” Gift Shop On ‘Great Cranberry Island’ (Acadia, Maine) — Cute, Delightful & Competitive.

by Anura Guruge

The Whale's Tale Gift Shop Great Cranberry Island Anura Guruge


Pretty trivial to find once you get to Great Cranberry and you really must IF you have the time. It will enhance your trip to Acadia.

You can get to the Island by ferry both Northeast & Southwest Harbors, by private boat and if you are a better swimmer than I (and 99% folks are) by swimming across.

“The Whale Tale” is NO LONGER by the Town Docks. It has relocated further inland — but no far, not far at all, at all.

Take the main (only) drag out of the Town Docks … towards the famed Library.

Probably 1/4 miles up.

Right next to famed landmark … ‘Cranberry House‘ with “Hitty’s Cafe” & Museum.

It is right there. Right by the Museum.

So, you can’t miss it.

Delightful gift store. Some amazingly clever and cute stuff. Attractively priced. Great displays. I was v. impressed (and that takes some doing).

Nice, restored building. Full of light and airy. Very welcoming. Yes, we bought some stuff. Couldn’t resist.

Highly recommended. You have to check this place out. You will THANK me for this recommendation. SMILE.

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World’s First Brick-and-Mortar ‘Vagina Museum’ Coming To London Soon — With YOUR Help.

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Click to access their official Webpage.

Click to access news story from London.

Click to ENLARGE and read. They started off with travelling exhibitions.

Cool — right? Hurrah for London and us the open-minded Brits. I am all for it. I gather that the caveat ‘brick-and-mortar’ is very important since their others that claim that they also have ‘vagina museums’, albeit not in a permanent location.

Lets face it. The MOST NATURAL thing in the world! With the exception of totally in-vitro test tube babies all of us came to earth via a vagina. So, why not celebrate it, why not explore it.

Can’t say it will be the first museum I rush to see the next time in London. It is not like we have a shortage of GREAT museums in London.

Kind of have a fairly good idea of what we are likely to see. Hhmmm!

Visited the ‘Sex Museum‘, in New York, soon after it opened. It was anti-climatic.

But, I wish them well.

Up the Vagina — as THEY are likely to be saying, being Brits (as I am)

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The Diary Of Anne Frank

Have You Heard Of ‘Nelson Mandela Bay’ In South Africa?

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

Click to ENLARGE and study. That is where it is.

Watch this video and be entranced and captivated.

As with the “Nelson Mandela Capture Site Museum” that I talked about yesterday, I saw references to “Nelson Mandela Bay” while watching cricket from South Africa, on Willow TV (on my Roku 3). That name appeared as a logo on some of the ‘painted-on-the-grass’ ads that are now part-and-parcel of cricket grounds.

Every Time I saw it, I was reminded of the ‘Mandalay Bay‘ hotel in Las Vegas. So, I thought that it must be a fancy resort and wondered what it took to get his name. I did, however, make a mental note that I was going to look it up — when I had the time.

I did so yesterday.


Established in 2001. Wow. A population of 1.2 million. This SO GREAT. I am so proud and happy.

I wanted to make sure that I shared this with you. Take a look. There are good things happenings all around the World.

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by Anura Guruge

‘Nelson Mandela Capture Site Museum’ With An Amazing, Huge Sculpture Of The Great Man.

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I happen to see a commercial for this “Nelson Mandela Capture Site Museum“, on Willow TV (on my Roku 3), last week while watching (intently) the South Africa vs Australia 2nd Test Match (that SA, to my relief, won).

I was intrigued. I went back and watched the commercial a number of times.

LOVE the huge metal sculpture. Wow. So clever and so realistic. BRAVO.

I, as some of you already know, am a HUGE fan of Nelson. So, this was right up my alley. IF I ever make it to South Africa I would, of course, make a point of visiting this.

I just wanted to share with YOU since I am not sure that the existence of this great museum is that well known.

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The Newly Opened ‘Museum Of Failure’ In Sweden.

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Click image to access their official Website.

CNN coverage. Google for this and many more.

Clever and I wish it was closer, like in New York or Boston. I hope it is better than the ‘Sex Museum‘ in New York — which shouldn’t, in reality, be too hard.

Right now, newly opened, it does look a bit limited — essentially focusing on some fairly well known product flops, such as Sony’s Betamax (though I was a fan of Betamax and used it for years in the UK because of its superior image quality).

I hope they set out to really showcase failure in all of its myriad, delightful flavors and textures. They should even have a picture of ME!

I will keep an ear to the ground to see what I hear about this endeavor. It would be ironic IF it turned out to be a failure.

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A Museum For The “Smiling Pope” — John Paul I, Who Could Have Been A GREAT Pope.

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From “CRUX“, August 22, 2016.

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That he, a very enlightened and genuinely good soul, was only pope for 33 days is a tragedy. He could have done so much for the World.

One of my favorite popes alongside Pope St. John XXIII.

Not sure what happened. Can’t be 100% certain that ‘they’ (i.e., the Vatican ‘mafia’) used ‘Plan B‘ on him. Possible …

Much nicer pope than Pope Francis! Of that there can be no doubt or debate.

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“Mount Desert Oceanarium”, ‘Acadia’, Maine — The Place To Learn About Lobsters.

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Click pictures to ENLARGE.

All taken with my Fuji X-E2s.

Attribution WILL be enforced.


Click image to access the “Oceanarium’ Website.

We stopped at the “Mount Desert Oceanarium“, just outside Bar Harbor, on Saturday, July 9, 2016, on our way back from our 3-day jaunt to “Acadia National Park” for the Park’s Centennial. I had always wanted to check it out and the kids, of late, are BIG into things Aquarium-related. It was a damp and cloudy afternoon and visiting the Oceanarium seemed like a good option. We are so glad we did.

Though it has a “Touch Tank” with starfish, horseshoe etc. and some exhibits of fish this delightful place really should be called a “Lobsterarium” as opposed to an “Oceanarium”. 96% of it, in my estimation, is all lobster-related. Nothing wrong with that, especially in Maine. It is a treasure trove of exhibits and information about lobsters and the working, extremely busy “Lobster Hatchery” is a sight to behold. I, though Deanna is the daughter of a lobsterman, had no idea as to the early life of lobsters. Wow. 10,000 or more eggs laid at a time by a mother lobster but in the ocean less than 1% of these result in an adult lobster. The survival rate is much higher in the Hatchery — the only one in New England.

A visit to the “Oceanarium” includes two 30-minute presentations, one at the Hatchery and the other at the “Lobster Museum” as well as 30-minutes exploration at the Touch Tank. The presentations were very informative. I, as usual, lucked out. I got to have a long and meaningful chat with founder and owner David Mills (seen in the pictures above). This led to him spending nearly half an hour with Deanna and the kids showing them how to ‘knit’ lobster bait pots etc. That was a bonus.

All together a very good experience. Well worth the entrance fee, i.e., $15 for adults, $10 for kids. If you are in the area definitely stop by but make sure you have allocated at least 2.5 hours for the visit. Enjoy.

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“John Paul Jones House” Museum In Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

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From Wikipedia. Click to ENLARGE and read here. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Paul_Jones_House


Also from Wikipedia. Click to ENLARGE and read here. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Paul_Jones

I had not heard of this House (though I am sure I have been by it) which is now the museum of ‘Portsmouth Men, Women and Children‘ (where their stories live).

Starting this Summer the ‘Granite State Ambassadors‘ (GSAs), of whom I am a ‘Lifetime Member‘, are going to be helping out at this House/Museum. They are having two orientation sessions for the GSAs this coming week. I am going to go check it out. I like old houses like this — being mainly familiar with the historic properties on ‘Strawbery Banke‘ in Portsmouth. I am sure my Fuji X-E2s will go with me. So I will try to share some thoughts and pictures with you.

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We Got Our Second Jaguar — A 1989 V-12 XJS Convertible To Complement The XJ8.

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This is all per the ‘master plan’. The the lease on the KIA Sportage was expiring ‘now’. Around February/March Devanee and I agreed that we will replace the KIA with two (2) Jags. The lease on the KIA was $222/month. I worked out I could get two OLD Jags for way less than that. And that is what we did.

We returned the KIA last week. We picked up a very nice, but very affordable, Jaguar XJ8, in Philadelphia, from “European-Cars” (eBay), two-weeks earlier.

Today, we had the XJS hand delivered by a very nice gentleman from Burlington, Vt. I had found it on Craigslist. We agreed on a good price. There was no point me driving 3 hours (one way) to Burlington to pick it up. I was buying it ‘as is’ and ‘as is’ was not bad. So I convinced him to drive it down (for the same price). He did. We have the XJS. We are pleased. 75,000 miles.

Devanee wanted an XJ8 and an XJS. The 12 cylinders and convertible were negotiable BUT she wanted it black. Well, I got her what she wanted.

Philadelphia Zoo’s “Zooballoon” — The Best $12 You Can Spend In Philly: YouTube Video.

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Click to access 2:26 minute YouTube photo-montage video with “Steeleye Span” “Gaudete” — by the incomparable Maddy Prior — audio track. [I have heard Maddy sing this, live, maybe a dozen times — given I was a Steeleye Span devotee.]

Click to ENLARGE.

Copyright might be enforced.

We saw the balloon, in the distance, while waiting at the “Museum of Art” to get on the ‘PHLASH‘ bus shuttle to get to the Philadelphia Zoo. Did NOT realize that it was a public, tethered helium balloon ride till we got to the zoo. Affordable at that — and surprisingly (especially given the price), NO LINE. You don’t even have to buy an entrance ticket to the zoo — since the balloon is outside off the entrance. Learned all of this, from a very helpful zoo employee, as soon as we got there. Rushed over. Best $12 you can spend in Philly.

It goes up 400′. The whole ride is about 15 minutes. Very smooth. Wonderful. Great views. Loved it. Kids were a tad nervous, since it was something new, but enjoyed it. Another experience.

Great zoo. We had fun. We, the two girls and I, were in Philly to pick up our Jaguar.