Tag Archives: Philadelphia

Joe Biden Gave Boris Johnson A Bespoke ‘Bilenky’ Bike — It Is A Philadelphia-Based Company.

by Anura Guruge


Click here to access their Website.


It is a Philadelphia company & Joe, born in Pennsylvania, is partial to all things from that State. It appears that he & Jill Biden ride ‘Bilenky’ bikes. So, that was the hook. But, it wasn’t any old bike off-the-rack. It was bespoke. They probably even got all the relevant measurements for Boris.

I am kind of surprised it wasn’t electric. Boris is getting up there & I am sure would appreciate some assistance.

But, just in case you were wondering. A Bilenky Bike.

From inews.co.uk

The Windows Of Boston — Saturday, February 24, 2018.

by Anura Guruge


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I like windows with character. I enjoy the shapes, colors, sizes, positionings & juxtapositionings … As I pointed out in this post I like shapes and patterns in general, and windows are a special class of such patterns.

Whenever I am in a city I like to let my eyes roam over the windows. Boston, like all of the older cities on the US Northeast, has a fascinating variety of windows, both old and new. Until I started taking this set of pictures I had never realized the similarity of some of the buildings to those in Amsterdam. I had noticed this in Philadelphia too.

This was our trip on Saturday, to celebrate the 2018 Chinese New Year with Dim Sum, at ‘China Pearl’, in Chinatown. After the Dim Sum Teischan wanted to explore Boston Common & Public Park. I took most of these pictures on that walk which was around 2.5 miles in total.


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by Anura Guruge

Auguste Rodin, As In “The Thinker”, Died This Day 100-Years Ago.

by Anura Guruge


A picture I took in Philadelphia on January 1, 2016. Click to ENLARGE.


A few more I took that day.


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



Yes, I am fond of his work — and NOT just ‘The Thinker‘ that I used on the cover of my “Quick Guide To Brain Meditation” book.

I am lucky to have seen his work in a number of places, Paris, New York, San Francisco & Philadelphia in the key.

Died exactly 100-year ago, 5-days after turning 77.


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Brandon Bostian, Engineer In 2015 Deadly Philadelphia Amtrak 188 Derailment, Charged.

by Anura Guruge


Click image to access “The New York Times” article. Google ‘Bostian’ for more.


The Amtrak 188 train derailment outside of Philadelphia on May 12, 2015 had an impact on us — directly.

We had tickets to go to Philadelphia on May 14, 2015 — 2 days later — to pick up my Jaguar XJ8.

Amtrak cancelled service around Philadelphia for a week!

Ended up having to go to New York by Amtrak and then taking a Greyhound to Philadelphia. That actually turned out to be quite a fun trip.

But, Amtrak 188 and Brandon Bostian became etched into my life.

I had been wondering what would happen to him.

Read the story. Quite interesting. The ‘authorities’ were NOT going to press charges — willing to concede that it was an unfortunate accident. However, families of those affected had the option to insist. Neat.


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Amtrak Came To Be This Day 46 Years Ago — May 1, 1971.

by Anura Guruge


Taken by me, in August 2016, in Mystic, CT, from the water, with a rented Nikon D500. Attribution will be enforced.



THIS is a MUST Watch!


For all its faults and shortcomings it is ALL we have!

We have taken Amtrak a fair number of times to New York City and it isn’t that bad. The furthest I have been in Philadelphia to Boston.

Just wish they were FASTER!


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Did The Vatican In Naming New Cardinals Mistake Cupich (Of Chicago) To Chaput (Of Philadelphia)?

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Click to ENLARGE. Headline from ‘AP’ and ‘NBC10’ (Philadelphia).


Charles Joseph Chaput O.F.M. Cap. [b. 1944], Metropolitan Archbishop of Philadelphia as of July 2011, was the de facto Master of Ceremonies for Pope Francis’ visit to the U.S.A. in September 2015.

He was flitting constantly between Philadelphia and the Vatican for months ahead of the pope’s visit and was in the pope’s entourage for the entire duration of the visit. Given his high-profile involvement in what was a very successful visit it was taken as a given that he would get a ‘red hat’ the next time the pope got around to doling out these princely crowns. And he would have been the FIRST Native American cardinal.

On Sunday, October 9, 2016 the Vatican announced the names of the cardinals to be created at the November 19, 2015 consistory.

No Chaput. But three other Americans, one a curialist, were announced.

Seems QUITE the omission.

It is indeed possible that the Vatican got the names mixed up. They are know for mix ups like that. Cupich … Chaput … Both Americans with names starting ‘C’.

Yes, it is true that Chaput was more of a Benedict XVI favorite than he is a Francis man. Yes, he is a conservative while Pope Francis is a Bernie Sanders follower. That could be it.

Feel bad for Chaput. But he is still young.


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‘6 images for the day’ — March 12, 2016 + 6 Bonus From ‘Mummers Parade’.

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Back to my main Panasonic Lumix FZ1000
after a few more days with my 3-week old Lumix LX100.

I forget what a joy it is to use the FZ1000.

NO post-processing whatsoever.
Straight JPEGs from the camera.

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These are from Philadelphia’s famed New Year’s Day
Mummers Parade“.

See this post for more details.

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These images are from the Lumix FZ1000.







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‘6 images for the day’ — March 11, 2016 + 6 Bonus From ‘Mummers Parade’.

by Anura Guruge


All the pictures taken with my (still new)
Panasonic Lumix LX100.

See this post for resolution details for the LX100.
NO post-processing whatsoever.
Straight JPEGs from the camera.

Click pictures to ENLARGE.

Attribution WILL be enforced.








These are from Philadelphia’s famed New Year’s Day
Mummers Parade“.

See this post for more details.

Search on “Mummers” for complete series.

For the second time in this ‘6 Images of the Day‘ series,
started in October 2015, I have combined images
from two cameras. These images are from the Lumix FZ1000.







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‘6 images for the day’ — March 10, 2016 + 6 Bonus From ‘Mummers Parade’.

by Anura Guruge


All the pictures taken with my (still new)
Panasonic Lumix LX100.

See this post for resolution details for the LX100.
NO post-processing whatsoever.
Straight JPEGs from the camera.

Click pictures to ENLARGE.

Attribution WILL be enforced.








These are from Philadelphia’s famed New Year’s Day
Mummers Parade“.

See this post for more details.

Search on “Mummers” for complete series.

For the second time in this ‘6 Images of the Day‘ series,
started in October 2015, I have combined images
from two cameras. These images are from the Lumix FZ1000.







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by Anura Guruge

‘6 images for the day’ — March 9, 2016 + 6 Bonus From ‘Mummers Parade’.

by Anura Guruge


All the pictures taken with my (still new)
Panasonic Lumix LX100.

See this post for resolution details for the LX100.
NO post-processing whatsoever.
Straight JPEGs from the camera.

Click pictures to ENLARGE.

Attribution WILL be enforced.








These are from Philadelphia’s famed New Year’s Day
Mummers Parade“.

See this post for more details.

Search on “Mummers” for complete series.

For the second time in this ‘6 Images of the Day‘ series,
started in October 2015, I have combined images
from two cameras. These images are from the Lumix FZ1000.







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by Anura Guruge