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The Unique Beauty Of Cricket: Ramdin Voids Catch, Chris Gayle Celebrates With Afghanistan Victors.

by Anura Guruge


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Click image to access official ICC video of West Indies Denesh Ramdin saying ‘NO’ to a catch AFTER the umpire gave it as OUT.


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Click image for YouTube video of West Indies Chris Gayle dancing with the Afghan players after they defeated the West Indies. Classic …


I really do not think you see this level of sportsmanship in any other sport. No wonder we have the adage “it is just not cricket” to describe ‘bad behavior’ (of the Donald Trump kind).

Earlier this year, as I documented, we had British National Hero Ian Botham wiping a tear from his eye when (black) South African youngster Temba Bavuma score his maiden century in Tests — against England. Where else would you see that. A national hero shedding a tear when somebody in the other team scores a century against their country. That was brilliant.

Then Denesh Ramdin indicating that it was NOT a fair catch AFTER the umpire gave it as OUT. There are NO REVIEWS in T20. It would have been a done deal. Even if they saw it on replays after nothing would have been said or done. It was all legit. But Ramdin voided the catch. Yes, we have seen West Indies players not say anything in other ‘questionable catch’ situations — but this was nice. Yes, I know that the outcome of this match did not matter. The West Indies had already qualified for the Semi Finals. But it was grand. Made my day.

And then to have Chris Gayle helping the victorious Afghan players celebrate. Meant a LOT to them and you could tell that. Here was a cricket superstar, from the opposition, sharing their joy. Yes, Chris Gayle did NOT play in the match — and as I just said the outcome of this match did not matter. But it was another lovely gesture. And even greater … The commentators (echoing the views of the fans) applauded. Nobody misinterpreted it as Chris Gayle not being loyal to his team. We all knew that this WAS CRICKET.


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by Anura Guruge

PSNH Power Outage In Alton New Hampshire Early This Morning, Ahead Of Thanksgiving.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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PSNH power play -- and it is indeed a game for them.

PSNH power play — and it is indeed a game for them.

I knew it was inevitable. We, the long-suffering, always-screwed, 200 (or so) PSNH consumers in Alton were NOT going to be allowed to weather this Thanksgiving storm WITHOUT PSNH, as usual, trying to teach that they are the boss.

Yes, I do have a theory that PSNH just flicks a switch at a substation and turns off power to this ISOLATED spur that serves a few of us in Alton — as a ‘Power Play’. A joke. A way to remind us that we are totally at their mercy and that they are the BIG, powerful power company.

This is why I have started to chronicle all the PSNH power outages we experience in Alton.

I have in my 27 years in New Hampshire always had PSNH. I have had houses in: New Ipswich, New Durham, Meredith, Gilford and Alton. Hardly ever had outages in any of those places. Never owned a generator. Never even thought about it. Alton? I own two generators!

PSNH really has it in for us. If I could raise the money I would BUY this spur line from PSNH and give it to the local Alton utility.

Anyway. PSNH screwed us again. But, it wasn’t too bad. It was early in the morning at least for me. Not sure when.

Our alarm system started beeping. I thought somebody was trying to break into the house. I, as ever, was fast asleep. Took me a second to work out that it was the wrong type of beep. It was telling me that power was out and that it was now running on its backup batteries — and I stress the plural. I had to get out of bed and hit ‘reset’ to tell it that I got the message. Luckily there is a keypad right by the bed.

I went back to bed and slept. I gather Deanna woke up around 7 am and called PSNH. There had been a 6:45 am bulletin. So we must have lost power prior to that. Power was back before 8:20 am — which was good because I got too see the unemployment claims number, live, on CNBC, at 8:30, sipping coffee. I need to see this data, live, every morning. That is how I know that I am alive.

Blizzards Biggest Fallout: A Possible Recession!

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Anura Guruge


Some Of The Blizzard Related posts:
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Blizzard Of 2013: Update From Alton IV — Feb. 8, 2013.
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Blizzard Of 2013: Update From Alton III — Feb. 8, 2013.
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Nemorecession

Hit me like a ton of bricks when I saw all the business closed in Providence and Boston today. Many also closed early yesterday. There won’t be much foot traffic in Boston tomorrow — the 1st (non-parade) Sunday of Chinese New Year.

This blizzard will have a negative impact on 1Q GDP.

Last quarters GDP was negative, though barely. But, it was negative — and Hurricane Sandy was responsible for some.

Definition of a recession: two back-to-back quarters of negative GDP.

1Q GDP was tenuous to begin with thanks to all of the continued mindless political wranglings in D.C. — and you know who I blame for much of that.

A recession is really but a technical indicator and by the time we are told that we are in a recession it could very well be in the rear-view mirror. Remember the definition: two negative back-to-back quarters of GDP. So by design it is a trailing indicator. We will only find out about 1Q GDP in 2Q. 2Q, thanks to President Obama, could be blowout. End of recession.

The President doesn’t have to worry about re-election and I already feel confident that Hillary will easily win 2016. I can’t believe I am saying that. In 2008 I detested her. I was never a Clinton fan during their Presidency. I spent so much time circulating Clinton jokes, so, so many about cigars and that blue dress, in the mid-1990s. I was even compiling a dossier on Hillary’s alleged dalliances. Remember that guy who shot himself in a park? Well that was then, and this is now. I started to warm up to her once she started embracing my man. She did a bang up job as Secretary of State. She made Obama proud. I have come to like and even admire Bill! I really have changed my stripes. This is why those that knew me in the 1990s are beside themselves as to my 180° change in political leanings. Since they are all conservatives, as was I, they don;t really like me much anymore. Some are holding out hope that I will see the light and change stripes again.

So a quick, passing recession precipitated by Nemo will not have any political ramifications. We might get a 400 point one-day drop in the Dow. That too will pass.

But, just keep an eye on this potential recession — and remember where you first read about it.

Blizzard Of 2013: Now We Can Joke. This Picture Cracked Me Up (And Folks Know That I Love 4-Legged Tigers)

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Anura Guruge


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Blizzard Of 2013: Update From Alton IV — Feb. 8, 2013.
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Blizzard Of 2013: Update From Alton III — Feb. 8, 2013
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Blizzard Of 2013: Update From Alton II — Feb. 8, 2013.
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Blizzard Of 2013: Update From Alton I — Feb. 8, 2013.
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As The Northeast Braces For Blizzard … — Feb. 8, 2013.
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Boston Chinese New Year … Good Job It Is Feb. 17 … — Feb. 8, 2013.


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Blizzard Of 2013: Update From Alton, New Hampshire, Saturday: We Are FREE! We Are Free. We Shoveled Ourselves Out.

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Anura Guruge


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Blizzard Of 2013: Update From Alton III — Feb. 8, 2013
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Blizzard Of 2013: Update From Alton II — Feb. 8, 2013.
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Blizzard Of 2013: Update From Alton I — Feb. 8, 2013.
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As The Northeast Braces For Blizzard … — Feb. 8, 2013.
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Boston Chinese New Year … Good Job It Is Feb. 17 … — Feb. 8, 2013.


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11:40 am when I got to the top of the drive. Much of this is what the Town plow leaves behind when it plows the road. This is always the hardest part.


Head down shoveling. I get into a rhythm and keep on going. Devanee helps. She is good.


40 minutes of shoveling with Devanee’s help and we can see light at the end of the tunnel.


12:50 pm and we blast through onto the road. I am driving. We didn’t have to go anywhere. This is just liberation. Devanee and I drove around for fun.


Mission accomplished. About 70 minutes of concerted, nonstop shoveling with HELP. The rest can wait. Tomorrow the Sun will help.


After any snow storm I have but one initial goal. Make sure that at least one of the vehicles can get out. A safety thing, plus I am claustrophobic. Lot of snow by the road, thanks to the Town trucks. But, it was light. I pick my snow shovels with the same care that Test batsman pick their bats. It has to have the right balance, heft and weight. I only use very light shovels. I buy 3 of the same each year from Home Depot, checking each for balance. Then it is heads down, dig, lift, rotate, throw. I enjoy the effort. I like to feel the muscles and tendons stretching. Shoveling is easier than my ‘daily’ run up the hill — because I wear weights when I run. So, to me, this is FUN. As many know, I have never, ever, admitted to being normal. To me, to be normal, would be so boring and cliche.

Well we are out. We didn’t need to get out. We had enough food, wine and dog food for 3 weeks. Maybe just two weeks of supplies for the bunnies but you can feed them my salad stuff. So getting out wasn’t a necessity. Just a goal. So, that was our blizzard. Devanee and I will shovel the mailbox out tomorrow. No mail today or tomorrow. The above 32°F temperatures will help a bit. Actually quite a bit. When I am out there for an hour or more and the temps are around 36 (or more) you can see the snow going down.