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Just Let The Colors & Beauty Soak In.

by Anura Guruge



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Traditional Chinese Tung Oil Paper Umbrellas Galore At The ‘Confucius Institute’, UNH (Durham, NH).

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This colorfully mesmerizing array of traditional Chinese umbrellas were on display at this event:

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Obviously, as the pictures attest, we attended. It was very, very good — but I knew it would be. The ‘Confucius Institute’ at UNH (Durham, NH) has never let me down for the last 6- to 7-years. They are pretty amazing.

There was also a Chinese concert given by High Schoolers from the local Oyster River School:

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Then there was the umbrella making. That was something else too and Teischan made one. More on that in a separate post. Only so much I can cram in before it gets too hard to appreciate. {SMILE}

Also check out these three posts:

    1. 95-year old umbrella on show.

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    2. A set of 7-pictures.

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    3. Another set of 7-pictures.

More posts later.


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by Anura Guruge


95-Year Old, Chinese Tung Oil Paper Umbrella — Still Operational.

by Anura Guruge


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This was at the ‘Traditional Tung Oil Paper Umbrella’ event, at the ‘Confucius Institute’ at UNH (Durham, NH) that I wrote about yesterday.

You don’t come across too many umbrellas, operational to boot, that are 95-years old. And certainly not one as beautiful as that. This was the oldest umbrella they had. I gather they, of course, have older in China. Look at the string work inside. Supposedly there are 3,000 ‘knots’ in that.


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by Anura Guruge


15 “St. Patrick’s Day” Google Doodles From 2000 to 2018.

by Anura Guruge


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Permanent access, independent of date,
provided via the Google Doodle Archive.


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by Anura Guruge


Making Fun Of Aging IBMers Is Not Funny.

by Anura Guruge


You can find this on Facebook.

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Click to ENLARGE and read. It says (in case you have trouble reading it): “What has processed 5 billion transactions in the time it took you to read this? CICS”.


CICSCustomer Information Control System
is an old, much beloved and widely used 
computer system for managing
large database-oriented systems.
Think: banks, airlines, financial institutes,
utility companies, car rental etc.


Yes, granted that this is VERY nerdy and obscure joke BUT it is cruel.

It basically pokes fun at aging IBMers (I being one of them), especially those that worked on mainframes, trying to mock their APPARENT lack of awareness of modern technology and their supposed unfamiliarity with large numbers.

OK. Let me explain. The 5 BILLION number is a huge, huge, huge exaggeration.

Most people can read about 8 – 10 words per second. So 16 words = 2 seconds.

So this is saying that IBM CICS systems (and there are a LOT of them still in use) are processing 5 Billion instructions in 2 seconds.

So that is 2.5 Billion instructions a second.

And that is the BUTT of this joke.

2.5 Billion/second is just PLAIN WRONG. And that is the POINT of the joke. Anybody who wears this is going to get thought of as ‘soft’.

Per IBM (see below and use this link), and this person, from Hursley (where I worked for IBM), would know and would have no reason to make a false claim, states 10 Billion CICS transactions a DAY.

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Click to ENLARGE and read here. Use link cited above to access “Computer Weekly” original.


The real number is 1.1 MILLION transactions/second or 2.2 MILLION transactions in the time it takes to read the T-shirt blurb.

The 1.1 (1.15) million number is pretty well known. Here is another credible reference to it:

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Click to access original which quotes IBM’s CICS newsletter.


Attempts like this to belittle aging IBMers, such as I, upset me. Yes, we are getting old and are no longer as swift as we once were. But it doesn’t mean that we have become complete mindless, drooling dinosaurs. We can still hold our own against the new generation of IT folks. Don’t try to trip us up by trying to get us confused as to whether it is an ‘M’ or a ‘G’.

This T-shirt was uncalled for and callous. The guy who came up with it should be ashamed of himself.


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by Anura Guruge


Ahead Of February 4 Sri Lanka Independence Day Let Me Share Some Real Old Pictures.

by Anura Guruge


These are Public Domain pictures.

[So don’t even THINK about putting copyright notices on them.]

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SLJetty

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I can, from my time in Ceylon 1953 to 1967, relate to ALL these pictures. I remember Colombo jetty when it was like that I have gone out on launches from that jetty many times to visit ships in the harbour. The Town Hall hasn’t changed any and Galle Face, at least the front, is just as I remember from my time. Peradeniya is much the same. So these are COOL. Not postcards per se. Cigarette Cards — which they used to include in packets. I have found about 240 of these.


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Bernie Sanders Underwear, Like Bernie’s Message, Has NOT Been Well Thought Out.

by Anura Guruge


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First and foremost we are, very THANKFULLY, NOT talking about any underwear that 74-year old Bernie himself might be wearing. That is very unlikely to be a pretty picture, even if you are a 78-year old female.

I also want to make it clear that I LIKE, and always have for the last 10 years, Bernie Sanders as a man and a Senator. He is a very good Senator. I just do NOT like him wasting all this time, effort and MONEY on a pointless nomination run when we, THE DEMOCRATS, should be 100% focused on making sure the White House stays Blue.

So to this underwear.

IF you are going to put Bernie’s face on female panties should it NOT be at the front — especially if you are making a point about ‘feel’? SMILE. Not that anybody would ever mistake Bernie for a sex object but should his face really be at the back?

And OK, if YOU insist on putting it on the derrière THEN at least the alignment of the mouth right — so that we can at least reconcile some of the hard to fathom stuff, such as ‘increase taxes’, coming from Bernie’s mouth. Get it? Not difficult.


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Old Pictures Of Ceylon — Archived For The Edification Of All.

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Over the years I would receive great pictures of Ceylon, from the old days, from various people.

It kind of went unsaid that some of them wanted me to share these pictures with the World given that they knew that I had Web presence.

And I actually did that. For the longest time I had an ‘Images from Ceylon’ page on my ‘guruge.com‘ Website. When I redid the Website, in Weebly, I never got around to adding that page back on.

Well this morning, spurred by a post I saw on Facebook, my my old ex-school mate Lalith Ruberu, I decided to rectify this omission.

So I created a permanent (fixed) ‘Ceylon’ page here. See above.

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Go check it out.


The OLD Ceylon pictures are not mine.
But their copyright would have long expired.
Don’t come to me claiming copyright unless
you can prove that you legally renewed it — in the U.S.

I know my copyright laws. SMILE.


What the page looks like.

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‘Free The Female Nipple’, New Hampshire — Hampton Beach, August 23, 2015 — Two More Pictures.

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These two were taken by Deanna.



You have already seen some of the pictures I took, at Hampton Beach, on Sunday, August 23, 2015 — the day of the supposed BIG show.

These two pictures were taken by Deanna, with her camera. In the first I am striding, purposefully as ever, towards a seated group, with what I think were two topless women, who are doing an videotaped interview with ‘Zach’ who was planning to make a documentary of the ‘Free The Female Nipple‘, New Hampshire movement.

The picture I took of this group appears at the top of this post and you can, by all means, click on it to get a better view. They wouldn’t let me take a picture of them. C’est la vie. No great loss to humanity. 

I then started chatting with Zach and asked him to interview me because I wanted to go on record as to what I thought of this ‘event’. I doubt whether you will find anybody more supportive of female toplness than I. But the Hampton Beach event was lame and nothing but an ill conceived, cheap publicity stunt by a few women who were desperately seeking their ’15 minutes in the sun’ though that was hard to come by that Sunday. There is nothing to PROTEST! Toplessness is permitted in NH. Just exercise YOUR RIGHT without trying to draw attention. That is what would work.

Now we will most likely see NEW legislation — whether constitutionally valid or otherwise. This event was regressive.

What has happened since. August 23rd was 8 days ago. How many women have exercised their LEGAL RIGHT of going topless at Hampton Beach? Does anybody know? What about other beaches and parks. It does NOT have to be beaches. Parks are fine too and anybody who has walked across a park in Germany in the Summer will know that topless sunbathing, by women, is the most natural thing in the world. That is something else. The so called ‘organizers’ of this NH movement. How many of them have been to Europe and seen, first hand, what casual, ‘most natural thing in the world’ female toplessness is all about.

My point when it comes to showing the female nipple is very simple and straightforward. JUST DO IT. Don’t make a fuss about it. Don’t attract attention. Just do it.

And PLEASE don’t bring in breastfeeding into this. Yes, I have hands on experience with that too and I will contend that I have more experience than any TWO of the so called organizers put together. No, of course, I did not breastfeed BUT I was around. My youngest was breastfed for 27 months. 27 months. My oldest for over 18 months and my 2nd oldest for about 14 months. That is 59 months of breastfeeding. Close to 5 years and these kids were breastfed on planes, airports, beaches, parks, restaurants, hospitals, malls, concerts … wherever. Yes, I had words with a FEW people over those years. BUT it was never a problem. So, PLEASE … don’t confuse the issue with something that is not part of the issue.

The issue here, from my perspective is very simple. Just go ahead and do it. The law is CURRENTLY on your side.

You can’t legislate ACCEPTANCE. I know. Discrimination based on skin color is illegal. But that doesn’t stop me running into that on a near daily basis. But I am not going to cry ‘boo-hoo’ and ask for acceptance to be legislated. That will not happen. I live with it.


‘Free The Female Nipple’, New Hampshire — Hampton Beach, August 23, 2015 — THE Pictures.

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Was it a BUST?

We got there at 9:45 am. Yes, it was gray, damp and cloudy. It started to rain around 10:30, lightly at first but with increasing vigor. It was pretty heavy by 11:15. But since I know when to get out of the rain we were already in the car and on the way back by then.

Was it topless turmoil at Hampton Beach? Not that I noticed.

Was it mobbed? Not that I saw, but as I some of you know I have Keratoconus in at least my right eye and I don’t see that well, which is why I have so much trouble taking pictures.

I had heard that over 1,000 had indicated, on Facebook, that they planned to attend. I have seen media reports, even from yesterday, that claimed, DESPITE the dire weather report, that hundreds of people were expected at Hampton Beach. They must have all left by the time we arrived.

We saw 6 topless women — but we didn’t walk the entire beach or spend that much time there.

I did do a media interview! SMILE. More on that later.

I, as ever, could be wrong, but I think the inclement weather was the BEST thing to have happened to the Hampton Event. It gave everyone COVER.

Well, I have a book to finish. I will have more to say later, when the book is done. Yes, I am now on record, on video, saying what I had to say. Remember, I AM ALL FOR TOPLESS — without caveat. My biggest fear is that we will now encounter new legislation. I do NOT want to see the FREEDOM and RIGHTS that women enjoy TODAY being restricted. I want women to be able to go topless in New Hampshire — even in Laconia.

I gather they plan a surprise event in Laconia. Now that I can endorse. Because THERE there is something to PROTEST.

At Hampton Beach there was NOTHING to protest about. Women have their FREEDOM, they have their rights. Do not claim to be protesting. That is insulting to those that have genuine grievances. That would be like me protesting racism (which I encounter daily). No. Do not even use the word ‘protest’. CELEBRATE. You, the women of New Hampshire, have the RIGHT to go topless (other than in Laconia).

CELEBRATE. Rejoice. Lift up your tops.


The most beautiful TOPLESS thing at Hampton today.
Now that is class.

But this topless beauty made me realize, for the FIRST time in my life (as I approach my 62nd birthday in two weeks), that I have finally got old!

This Lotus is TOO small for me! Yes, I can get into our MGB without any problem, but this is even smaller than than that.

Yikes. I am finally old! What a shame.