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Today, May 29, 2021, Is the 68th Anniversary Of Tenzing Norgay & Edmund Hillary Conquering ‘Mount Everest’.


by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE & read here. From Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1953_British_Mount_Everest_expedition
Photo from my 1954 ‘John Hunt’ ‘Everest’ book which I have had most of my life.

From John Hunt’s book (above).


Kind of funny. I wrote about this ascent & the lack of a picture of Edmund Hillary at the summit just 10-days ago.

I always remember that it was in 1953 since that was the year I was born. But, I was born in September. So, this happened just before I was born.

The key here is that we all now appreciate that this was the 1st CONFIRMED ascent. That is good. We might still get proof that George Mallory, in 1924, beat them to it.

It is also good that more & more places, like Wikipedia, have started listing Sherpa Tenzing Norgay AHEAD of New Zealander, Edmund Hillary. As Hillary himself, albeit quite late in his life, has confirmed Tenzing was LEADING when they reached the summit. Plus, we only have a picture of Tenzing at the summit.

Avid ‘Mount Everest’ Buff For 25-Years But I Never Realized That There Is No Picture Of ‘Hillary’ On Summit!


by Anura Guruge


Photo from my 1954 ‘John Hunt’ ‘Everest’ book which I have had most of my life.

From “Tenzin’s” 1958 book, which I have also had most of my life.


I am very familiar with this picture. From John Hunt’s book (above).


I also have this book. No pictures of the summit at all, at all! SMILE.

With the iconic photograph, shown at top, you can’t really tell who is under all that protective gear. So, it is easy to kind of think it is Hillary. It is NOT. It is Tenzing. The captions clearly state that. It is just that we tend to ind of forget that.

I was listening to this book (which is outstanding), i.e., Napoleon’s Hemorrhoids: And Other Small Events that Changed History, when this was mentioned, viz., there is NO photograph of Hillary at the summit. Just of Tenzing. I had to come home & check — twice. Wow.

Hillary has explained why there is no photo & it is quite amazing & amusing. Tenzing had never used a camera & ‘the summit of Everest was no place to give him his first lesson’! Classic. A beauty.

We even now know, decades later, that Tenzing leading, so he was the first of the two to step on to the summit. I love this stuff.

Hope you found this interesting.

Brilliant Scottish Loch Ness Monster (81st Anniversary of Most Famous Picture) Google Doodle.

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by Anura Guruge


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Also includes Google Street View Extension
to enable exploring the Loch.

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The banks of the Loch in Street View. I have actually been to this castle. At sunset, with a lone bagpiper piping.


Inspiration for this Google Doodle.

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Impressive Reach.

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‘Pittsburgh’ By Very Gifted, Alton, N.H. Photographer John Bishop.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Related post:
>> And another — Nov. 20, 2013.
>> Another John Bishop picture — Nov. 5, 2013.


Pittsburgh skyline aerial

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Another Photograph By Very Talented, Alton, N.H. Photographer John Bishop.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Related post:
>> Another John Bishop picture — Nov. 5, 2013.


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Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) 2013, in Sri Lanka, Starting Nov. 10 Great Chance To See Heads Of States Wearing Poppies.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Related posts:
1/ King George V’s ‘Great Silence’ proclamation … — July 9, 2013.
2/ Origins Of “Armistice Day” (a.k.a “Poppy Day”) — June 11, 2013.
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Please check dedicated ‘Red Poppy’ PAGE
above (↑↑) with tons of pictures and history.


I have talked about CHOGM before. Checked the dates. Starts Sunday, November 10, 2013, Remembrance Sunday, in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Of course there will be the de riquer group photographs of all the important Heads of State from THE Commonwealth. Many, if not all, will be wearing poppies. That will be quite a sight.

From a prior meeting. Click to access CHOGM Colombo   Website.

From a prior meeting. Click to access CHOGM Colombo Website.


Appears Canada’s whoever, what’s his name, the guy that is pregnant, Canada’s most famous politician, Rob ‘the cracker’ Ford, or somebody like that, is not going to attend.

GROBR.

Probably turn up wearing a White Poppy anway. So no great loss.

Gather the turbaned, wheezing old geezer from the Sub- can’t make it either. Thank Vishnu, Krishna, whatever and whatever. Another guy who is a total waste of time.

Here is Canada’s MOST FAMOUS son proudly wearing a Canadian Red Poppy. If anybody should be wearing a White One it should be this pregnant sex symbol, Canada’s sexiest man.

Click to access coverage of coming delivery of baby.

Click to access coverage of coming delivery of baby.

Photograph By Very Talented, Alton, N.H. Photographer John Bishop.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Amazon Proves To Be Exemplary In Giving Us A ‘Partial’ Refund For Our ‘Star-Crossed’ Panasonic Lumix ZS20 Digital Camera.

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Anura Guruge


Related posts:
>> Amazon amazingly sends us replacement — Jan. 20, 2013.
>>
Panasonic Lumix ZS20 Digital Camera: Automated Lens
>>Cap Started To Stick …
January 14, 2013.
>> Amazing 20x optical zoom on Lumix ZS20 — Jan. 5, 2013.


Click to ENLARGE. You can clearly see the spot on the picture.

Click to ENLARGE. You can clearly see the spot on the picture.


Well Amazon is back on my good again after this camera return refund – basically a full refund, less a restocking fee.

This was the Panasonic Lumix ZS20 Digital Camera that I had got Deanna for Christmas 2012. I had done a fair amount of research and had finally picked it because of its 20x o[tical zoom. We also happened to own two other Panasonic digital cameras. Deanna, understandably, was very happy with it since it was quite a camera, with more features than we knew what to do with. We had been waxing lyrical about it, especially its breathtaking zoom, when just 20 days into its use the automated lens cap started to stick. As I had previously posted Amazon was quite exceptional in the speed in which it got us a new replacement; we reported the problem on a Sunday and we had a new camera on Thursday. We were delighted with Amazon.

For whatever reason the new camera, though an identical model, never seemed to take as good pictures as the first. Plus I found it unnecessarily finicky, but it wasn’t my camera and I didn’t use it often.

Then came our trip to the Grand Canyon a few weeks ago. Though the camera had a 32GB card in it, I gave Deanna 2 more cards so that she would have a total of 42GB. She was all set. We also took our old Panasonic ‘point-and-shoot’ as a second camera. I decided I did not want to take the video camera. On this, my 8th or 9th trip to the Grand, I was determined I was going to savor it without the distraction of always trying to take pictures. I knew that Deanna would take plenty, especially since it was her first visit. [As it happened Deanna took 1,571 pictures on the trip though she didn’t manage to fill up the 32GB card.]

On the flight out to Arizona, on the Chicago to Phoenix leg, Deanna decided to take some pictures out of the window — such as the one above of a passing plane. When we started reviewing the pictures we noticed this annoying, distracting blob in all the pictures. We checked the window. It wasn’t on the window. I had a lens cleaning cloth and I polished the lens as much as I could. The blob would not go away. Its shape and focus changed with the amount of zoom being used. So I knew it was on the lens or inside the lens. In the right light I thought I could see a nick. The camera had been fine the day before. But, I had noticed a fatal flaw in the design of this camera — which I am surprised that Panasonic hadn’t fixed. Given the zoom aspect of this camera, the lens extends, extends out quite a bit and does so automatically like a turtle’s head coming out of its shell. The problem is that the lens pops out, without warning, even when you are just reviewing pictures or uploading pictures. So even if you are not expecting the lens to extend out, it does so and often catches you unexpectedly. Ideally Panasonic should have some semi-intelligent overrides on this. Lens should not pop-out if the camera is in review mode or if the USB cable is plugged in — without say the user explicitly flicking the ‘shoot-review’ button. So I can see how the lens could get accidentally chipped.

Deanna was very upset but was putting on a brave face. She was just going to use the old Panasonic and ‘photoshop’ the blurs out of the pictures from the new camera. I knew that this would detract from her enjoyment. So I said we will just get another camera in Phoenix and worry about what to do with the damaged camera when we got back.

Click to ENLARGE. Taken with the backup Panasonic.

Click to ENLARGE. Taken with the backup Panasonic.

Trying to buy a new, equivalent camera in Arizona proved to be much, much more difficult than I had expected. For a start getting into your rental car at the ‘new’ Phoenix Sky Harbor airport is a 1/2 day chore! Yes, I am very familiar with off-site car rental and understand the need for them. But the new Sky Harbor car rental facility appears to be about 10 miles from the airport! It took 20 minutes or more to get there. That is crazy. So much so that I am thinking of not using Sky Harbor again. I need to check out rentals in Vegas. It might be, in the scheme of things, easier to fly to Vegas and drive down. [I have done the opposite twice and it is a nice drive, i.e., fly to Phoenix and drive up to Vegas (because I could not get flights into Vegas).] So we finally get into a Hertz car, about 90 minutes after we landed and start heading up I-17. The growth in and around Phoenix has been phenomenal. So much of it is so build up. But, driving up I spotted a sign for Best Buy and Fry’s (which I knew was a big electronics retailer). We stopped at Best Buy. It was big. Bigger than the store in Manchester but it had a paltry selection of cameras — none even close to the ZS20. That was quite a shock. We then tried Fry’s. That was my first experience with Fry’s. It was huge and had an incongruous, Polynesian facade that really looked stupid. The place was cavernous. But it was dingy, dark and uninviting. There was hardly anybody there either. Again we couldn’t find another Panasonic or anything that came close. I guess most people like me are buying their cameras online or just using their phones/pads. Time was getting to be an issue. I wanted to make sure that we could see Montezuma Castle on the way up — and I knew that it would be closed by dusk. Stopping at Montezuma Castle on the way up to the Canyon is one of my rituals. I find that it sets you up for the experience, plus I wanted Deanna and the kids to see it. I had already decided that we were going to give Montezuma’s Well a miss on this trip. So, I decided to give up looking for a new camera in Phoenix and wait till we got to Flagstaff.

We got to Montezuma Castle with 15 minutes to spare. Wow. Talk about a transformation on the approach road. There is even a casino! It used to be totally, totally empty when I first visited in 1980. There was also no casino a decade ago.

Flagstaff is very canny. You can’t get to the Canyon without having to drive through Flagstaff. Very clever. Encourages folks to stop and spend some money. It took us awhile but we managed to locate a Walmart and a Target. Walmart proved to be a dud, but at least I managed to pick up two bottles of Shiraz cheap. We then went to Target. Deanna rushed in while I parked the car. By the time I found her she already had a Panasonic. She and the salesman assured me that it was identical to the one we had, though I was not convinced. But, Deanna was happy and time was getting on. So we bought that Panasonic. My hunch was right. It was a ZS19 while the damaged camera was a ZS20. Once we got Internet access we were able to work out what the difference was. The ZS19 does not have GPS. That was OK, though on the last day at the Canyon I was musing that it would have been nice to have had GPS data with each picture to eliminate any uncertainty (because sometimes it is hard to place pictures of the Canyon).

The new ZS19 proved to be a champ. It took good pictures and again it seemed to take better pictures than the one it replaced. That seems strange that we had 3 cameras, and that the one in the middle, though supposedly identical to the first, never seemed to take good pictures.

When we got back Deanna started the Amazon return process. Since we were past the standard return window we had to pay for the shipping. Not an issue. Deanna had the original box etc. She also wrote a long, detailed letter. She told them all the facts, omitting or adding nothing. Told them that she had been forced to buy a replacement and as such did NOT want this camera replaced. She wanted the money back. She sent it by US PS on Monday. On Wednesday I had an e-mail from Amazon saying that they received it. On Saturday night I had an e-mail saying that they were giving us a partial refund. I was delighted. It was not a full refund but the camera was 3 months old. I thought it was very decent of Amazon. So I will go back to shopping with them.

Click to ENLARGE. Taken with the new ZS19.

Click to ENLARGE. Taken with the new ZS19.

More ‘Cuteness’ At The Expense Of Young Ladies By ‘The Laconia Daily Sun’?

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Anura Guruge


Related post from yesterday:
>> Typo or just ‘cuteness’ from ‘The Sun’ — Mar. 26, 2013.


Click to access Wednesday, March 27, 2013, 'The Laconia Daily Sun' with this story on page 2.

Click to access Wednesday, March 27, 2013, ‘The Laconia Daily Sun’ with this story on page 2.


Yes, it is ‘funny’ in that I am sure that Amanda Know probably knows more than she has let on.

But, is this a genuine Freudian slip by ‘The Sun’ or is it another attempt at trying to be ‘clever’ and cute at the expense of yet another ‘fallen’ young lady — though circumstances, are of course, very different.

Yes, it could be another typo and since my middle name is ‘typo’ I have utmost respect for those. But isn’t this why newspapers employ editors?

Is This An Unfortunate Typo Or Is ‘The Laconia Daily Sun’ Trying To Set A New Standard In Journalistic ‘Cuteness’?

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Page 5 of Tuesday, March 26, 2013, 'The Laconia Daily Sun'. Click image to access.

Page 5 of Tuesday, March 26, 2013, ‘The Laconia Daily Sun’. Click image to access.


Deanna did not even notice, but it jarred me — especially since the article is all about her unfortunate, untimely death. Yes, they also carry her obituary in this very issue.

Not sure that it is right in any circumstance to refer to a young lady, who is older than say 6, as ‘girl’, in a publication.

But, then again ‘The Laconia Daily Sun’ is noted for always being at the bleeding edge of journalism.

Just curious.

Full Disclosure. We do know the editor/publisher of the ‘Sun’ Ed Engler quite well. Yes, I had a long chat with him last month. No, I didn’t bother to ‘ping’ him with this. Lets see if anything happens.