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The Passing Of ‘Prince Philip’: Not My Favorite Royal, But It Is A Sad End To An Era.

by Anura Guruge

During their visit to Ceylon in 1954. My parents met them & my mother got to know the Queen.

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He was NOT my favorite Royal. I ONLY became a Monarchist late in life & that solely for MY QUEEN, & my Queen alone. I used to be quite the anti-monarchist in my youth & some traits stayed on.

Philip was OK, but I recall that his less than diplomatic comments mainly to US colored colonials. Watching Netflix’s excellent series ‘The Crown’ reminded me of some more, like making fun of an African tribal king wearing an elaborate crown. And here is a link to some of his non-racial barbs.

Plus, I thought he was supposed to have had a number of affairs while married to the Queen. Now he is being portrayed as this ultra-faithful & dutiful husband. To I he never came across as that.

Given my admiration for the Queen I give him some deference as her husband & consort.

But, he has, until his death, ‘ruled’ my entire life. Hence, why I see it as the end of an era.

I am also now acutely aware that we are all going to wait for that OTHER SHOE to drop. That will not be fun.

He, however, was NOT my least favorite Royal. That, hands down, is Charles. I do NOT like Charles. Period.

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‘Georges Duboeuf’, The Provisioner Of My Beloved ‘Beaujolais Nouveau’, Has Passed On (Aged 89) — I Salute Him.

by Anura Guruge

Click image for the BBC original.

Click to access my review from a few days ago.

Given that I grew up and came of age in Britain, in the 1970s, I have known of ‘Beaujolais Nouveau‘ all my adult life. I, a lover of all forms of Beaujolais (Beaujolais Fleurie in particular), started celebrating ‘Beaujolais Nouveau Day‘, i.e., Third Thursday of November, in Britain, with gusto, around 1980. Soon I was hosting a ‘Beaujolais Nouveau Day’ party, in a London restaurant — when I was the Customer Support Manager for ITT Business Systems (UK).

I carried over the tradition to the U.S.

In the U.K. you were not restricted to ‘Beaujolais Nouveau’ just from ‘Georges Duboeuf’. You could get many different bottlings.

Not so in the U.S. — at least up here in New Hampshire. It is all from ‘Georges Duboeuf’. That is OK.

Over the years I have got used to getting my Nouveau from ‘Georges Duboeuf’ and doing my review.

I am sorry to see Georges passing. He had to have been a good and great man.

I salute him and as he would want me to, I say ‘Cheers’ holding up a glass of red.

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Legendary Wolfman At “Clark’s Trading Post”, 1994 — 2008, Passed Away April 2, 2018, Aged 60.

by Anura Guruge

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Facebook posting at “Clarks Trading Post”. Click to ENLARGE and read here.

Click image to access WMUR TV coverage.

Given that I have been going, eagerly, to “Clark’s Trading Post“, on a fairly regular basis, since the 1990s, I knew this Wolfman well. Once even had a chat with him when he had finished for the day. Very nice guy.

Until I read the obituary I had NO IDEA that he had health issues. He looked so hale and hearty. Wow. I feel bad.

He has been impossible to replace. They were indeed BIG shoes to fill.

He will be remembered. He will be missed. He will be talked about.

Wow, my 3rd ‘passed away’ post in 2-days! I have never done so many this close together. Sobering. Another, alas, who died, younger than I. This when you start to realize how old you are.

Bill “Wolfman” Farrand
(JUNE 19, 1957 ~ APRIL 2, 2018),

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‘Safety’ Trucks With Huge TVs On The Back Will Be A Very Bad Idea In The U.S.

by Anura Guruge

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Click here for the original article from ‘Gizmag’.

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As with so many of such things I learned about this from my daily, cover-to-cover reading of the ever trusty U.K. “Daily Mail“.

I think these trucks  will be a DREADFUL idea in the U.S.

Why? Well they are NOT going to be cheap to begin with. So if truckers were forced to have them they will incur some huge costs.

So, given the non-Bernie American way, how do YOU think they will get around that cost.

They will start running ADs on these TVs when it is NOT safe to pass. So if there is traffic coming the other way you will suddenly start seeing toilet roll commercials. That is scary.

So that is my concern. American enterprise (in every sense of that word) WILL find a way to run ads on these TV. That is the American way (that Bernie is trying to hijack from us). SMILE. 

by Anura Guruge

Gene Amdahl, Father Of IBM Mainframes, Passed Away November 10, 2015 (Aged 92). Very Sad. GREAT Loss.

Gene Amdhal + Anura Guruge 1995

Gene Amdhal & I, 1995.

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by Anura Guruge

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Gene Amdhal, the father of IBM mainframes (my passion and profession for 35 years), is one of my all time heroes — alongside the likes of Winston and Nelson!

He was a GREAT MAN and a wonderful human being.

I was privileged to have met him twice, once in 1975 and the other in 1995.

In 1975, as a 21 year old, in my first year at IBM, I was sent to a 2-day Gene Amdahl seminar, at a hotel at Heathrow Airport, London. I sat in the front row in open awe.

In 1995 he paid me the ultimate compliment by attending one of my networking seminars and allowing me to join him at breakfast and dinner, before and after my presentation. Doing a seminar with Gene Amdahl in the audience was such an honor. Over dinner he asked me: : ‘Bob Metcalfe, that thing he invented … how is it doing?’

Well, I did a long post about Gene Amdahl and I last year. Best to read that if you are interested.

Suffice to say that I am greatly saddened. I knew that this day would come. 92 wasn’t a bad innings. Of that I am glad. There was still more he could have given us BUT I am thankful for what he did give us. Great loss.

Thank YOU for everything Gene.


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Elephant Eating Cell Phone (iPhone) & Then Passing It Out, Unharmed! From LiveLeak.com.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Click to access very funny video from 'liveleak.com'.

Click to access very funny video from ‘liveleak.com’.

This is funny and I can sure see an elephant doing that.

But, I am skeptical as to the phone coming out, working — unless the iPhone, and I have never owned one, is more, amazingly, watertight than other phones. There is a fair amount of bacterial action that takes place inside an elephants gut. Here is a link. I would have to think that some amount of moisture would get into the phone. Growing up in Ceylon, where we do have wild elephants, I knew of bleached wood apples that had been processed by elephants, i.e., elephants eat wood apples, which have a hard (though porous) shell (hence the name) whole … and then a few days later pass them out, intact, bleached and with nothing inside. The digestive system ‘sucks out’ the nutritional innards through the porous shell. Here is a link. We would pick up these wood apples. So, I know that this does happen — first hand.

I got this video from my friend, train expert, Mike Tisdale. He, having visited Sri Lanka, knows quite a few other Sri Lankans. So, I have asked him to get this verified.

But, in the meantime, enjoy the video. I think this was probably in Thailand.