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Poignant ‘Hymn’ To Combat COVID-19 ‘Isolation’ By Welsh Legend & Treasure, ‘Max Boyce’.

by Anura Guruge



I had an urge for some ‘Max Boyce‘ MAGIC tonight & went looking through YouTube.

Saw this. I had NOT heard of it & obviously NOT seen it.

It is blinking beautiful. And it talks about MY SWANSEA.

Please watch it. It will do YOU a power of good.

Max & I go back 50-years. I grew up on Max. And yes, as some of you know, next to cricket, rugby is my other sport.


For those of YOU (alas) who are not familiar with Max Boyce let me please share two of my favorites. Very different, but they show you what Max can be. Please check him out on YouTube. You will NOT regret it.



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Full Moon Over “Mirror Lake”, NH, By Polymath Richard (‘Dick’) Byrd, Esq. Of ‘Wolfeboro’, NH.

by Anura Guruge


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Over the last month or so I have posted photos, articles and a poem by Dick Byrd: lawyer, software entrepreneur, painter, poet, photographer, raconteur, Photoshop maestro, philosopher, writer, race car driver, mechanic & all-round-nice-guy.

Given his Photoshop wizardry, I always ask Dick as to how much Photoshop is there in a given picture — in this case, Full moon over ‘Mirror Lake’, that being where Dick currently lives, waterfront (though he has sold his place and moving ‘soon’).

This is what he said about this picture:
“Below is a photo of the moon setting over Mirror Lake in the evening from my kayak.

I photographed the shot of the moon and also the shot of the horizon over the trees while I was in my kayak.  BUT, I used Photoshop to put the two photos together.

I’m concerned that I made the moon just a little too big.  I wanted the “huge-Moon” affect you do get when the moon is close to the horizon, but I might have overdone it.  What do you think?

 It is also difficult to know just how much light glint to put in the water.  I did just a little of that.  I might try to improve on it.”

This should set you up for this Wednesday’s rare Blue Moon Supermoon and partial eclipse.


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More PhotoShop Wizardry By Polymath Richard (‘Dick’) Byrd, Esq. Of ‘Wolfeboro’, NH — This Time Yosemite.

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El Capitan, of course. But, YOU knew that.


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A Photo Of “Mirror Lake”, NH, By Polymath Richard (‘Dick’) Byrd, Esq. Of ‘Wolfeboro’, NH.

by Anura Guruge



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Over the last month or so I have posted photos, articles and a poem by Dick Byrd: lawyer, software entrepreneur, painter, poet, photographer, raconteur, Photoshop maestro, philosopher, writer, race car driver, mechanic & all-round-nice-guy.

Given his Photoshop wizardry, I always ask Dick as to how much Photoshop is there in a given picture — ‘Mirror Lake’ (above) being where he lives and this was from his deck.

This is what he said about this picture:
“Of course there is some photoshop.
I took out a couple of houses visible thru the trees at the far side of the lake to get that totally rustic view.
I increased the saturation a little on the sky and reduced it a little on the trees and water.


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2017 Poppy Appeal For “Red Poppy Day” — The “In Flanders Fields” Video By The British Legion.

by Anura Guruge


Start here for a large COMPENDIUM of “Red Poppy” information
— history, significance, traditions & photos.


Must Watch.

Very Moving.


For those unfamiliar with this
holiday & tradition.

Poppy Day,
also known as Remembrance Day
& Armistice Day,
is Veteran’s Day in the
British Commonwealth.

It is always observed on November 11, without exception since that was Armistice Day — the day, in 1918, the armistice [i.e., truce] was signed the Allies [i.e., US the good guys] and Germany, at Compiègne, France, to bring to an end World War I [1914 to 1918], which involved over 70 million troops and had killed more than 9 million combatants.

The armistice was signed, symbolically, on the ‘eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month‘, 11 a.m., on 11/11, 1918 in a railway carriage in the woods of Compiègne, in northern France. [Yes, I have visited Compiègne and seen the railway carriage].

The poppies symbolize those that grew in profusion across some of the worst battlefields. [Think of French Claude Monet’s ‘Poppies Blooming’ painted in 1873.]

A Canadian physician, Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, who was serving in WW I,wrote a poem, in 1915, called ‘In Flanders Fields‘, after attending the funeral of a fellow soldier [‘Flanders‘ being a region in northern Europe in which there was heavy fighting]. The first verse of it went:

 In Flanders fields the poppies blow

Between the crosses, row on row,

That mark our place; and in the sky

The larks, still bravely singing, fly

Scarce heard amid the guns below.

The original poem. Click to ENLARGE.



by Anura Guruge

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Says Confirms That The Poppy Is The Official Memorial Flower Of The VFW.

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Click to access the U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs
‘poppy’ page titled ‘In Flanders Field’
after the poem that started it all.

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U.S. Red Poppy Promotions from prior years.


So why isn’t the Red Poppy MORE popular — let alone ubiquitous as it is in other countries at the start of November — in the U.S.?

I have a theory.

The U.S. did NOT enter World War I until April 6, 1917.

WW I started July 28, 1914.

The Second Battle of Ypres, which is what the poem ‘In Flanders Field’ by Canadian physician Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae, which gave rise to the ‘Red Poppy’ tradition was fought from 22 April – 25 May 1915.

In other words the BASIS for the tradition predates the U.S. involvement though ‘Poppy Day’ itself did not come to be until 1921. Please check ‘Red Poppy’ page, above, for the full illustrated history.

Well that is my theory. I could be wrong.


Who Would Throw Away Such An Alluring Nude Drawing?

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I found this very well rendered painting, of quite the alluring model, a few weekends ago, at the incredible ‘Swap Shop’ at our Alton (NH) dump.

We always check out the ‘Swap Shop’ (quite often even dropping off stuff to swap) since you never know what ‘treasures’ you may find. I have, over the years, picked up some great books at the dump.

This pictures was inside of a sparsely used, very large, artist’s drawing pad. Most of the pages were blank, but this beauty was in there, still attached to the spiral binding. I had picked up the pad because no paper goes a waste in this house — especially with Teischan around. She is a prolific user of paper for drawing and for her many other craft-related pursuits. Having this picture inside was a bonus.

Kind of feel sad and bad about it. Would love to know WHO painted it. Would love to give it back to them? Was the person forced to get rid of the image? Pity. Was that a real model or was it painted from a picture. I am curious.

IF you know who painted it or you know the subject please contact me. I will gladly relinquish the picture.

But till then ENJOY. “A thing of beauty is a joy forever”. That was the very first English that I had to memorize, as part of my elocution lessons, when I was about 7 or 8, growing up in Ceylon in the 1960s. Given how badly I speak, which such a pronounced oriental accent, would you have realized that they spent good money, for years, making me attend weekly, sometimes bi-weekly (as in twice a week) elocution lessons. The only good thing was that all my elocution teachers were fairly good looking, young, Sinhalese ladies (if not ‘girls’).

P.S., Though I was NOT taught this in Ceylon I have later found that “A thing of beauty is a joy forever” is the first line of a poem, ‘Endymion’, published by famed John Keats, in 1818. The phrase appeared without attribution as the end note of the English text book that my then elocution teacher used. I guess she must have liked it because she asked me to memorize it. I wish I could remember what she looked like. Was she a beauty that would be a joy forever. I could not, alas, tell you.


Robert Burns Birthday, January 25: Google Doodle & The Poem It Commemorates.

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As far as I can see (and usually I can see pretty far given my $3,000 bionic contact lens in my right-eye) Google has only ever done one (1) Robert/Robbie Burns doodle and that was for his birthday, January 25, in 2011.
Seems incongruous. Would appear that there had to be multiple chances to honor this great Scot, though, as the Scots will gladly and correctly point out, they don’t have a shortage of Great Men. My Scottish mentor was beyond proud of his heritage. Given we were in ‘telecom’ (as he would say), he would love to start all meetings and presentations with the question: ‘Where did the inventors of the phone, fax and television come from?‘ That said, I still think the greatest Scottish invention, not counting Scotch, Haggis and the Pipes, is Velcro — now a great NH company. I once flew to Albufeira, Portugal, for a gala ITT Sales Junket. There was about 30 of us from ITT on the plane (and it was the good job that that plane stayed afloat). The rest of the 60 or 70 passengers were tourists. So, Ian, that was his name, BIG Ian Williams, would waddle up and down the aisle (Ian, though a sportsman of great note and a lady’s man, par excellence, was huge) asking folks: ‘Can you think of ANYTHING that has been invented by a Portuguese?


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Rejoice! Jump For Joy. The Winter Solstice Is Upon Us. 6:12 AM On December 21, 2012 In New Hampshire.

Winter Solstice animation.

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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by Anura Guruge


Tomorrow is the shortest day of the year for those of us living in the Northern Hemisphere. It is the Winter Solstice, also referred to as the ‘Southern Solstice’ (because the South Pole faces the Sun) and for obvious reasons ‘December Solstice’.

On the day of the Winter Solstice the Sun, at noon, will be at its lowest point above the horizon for the year — it will also rise at the furthest point Southeast it ever reaches during the year. The sunset that day will also be at the most Southerly point.

The Winter Solstice was a very important day in olden times. On this day the Sun God (Sol) had to be beseeched not to abandon the world, but to come back to start another year … It was one of the most important holidays of the year. ‘Christmas Revels‘ is a celebration of how various cultures dealt with this pivotal day of the year. In the 4th Century Christian leaders morphed the Solstice holiday into becoming Christmas.

Where the Sun rises in the Northern Hemisphere during the year. The Winter Solstice is to the right. Click to ENLARGE.

Where the Sun rises in the Northern Hemisphere during the year. The Winter Solstice is to the right. Click to ENLARGE.

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If you want to be pedantic, ‘solstice’ per se refers to the exact moment when the Earth ‘turns the corner’ in its orbit around the Sun. It is the exact moment when the South Pole is at its closest to the Sun for that orbit. That exact moment is fleeting. Less than a minute. It will occur tomorrow, December 21, 2012, at 11:12 AM G.M.T. For us in New Hampshire, 5 hours behind G.M.T., it will thus occur at 6:12 AM. But, we tend to call the whole day, which could fall on the 20th or 22nd of December, though the 21st is the most common, ‘Winter Solstice’.

Note that the increase in the length of the (or the decrease leading up to the Solstice) is a bit jerky varying between 4 and 5 seconds a day in the above chart. This amount changes over the year. But, the inconsistency remains. It is also worth noting that the increase in the length of the day is not evenly split between sunrise and sunset. There is always some level of asymmetry. January 4, 2013 to January 5, 2015, we gain a whole minute, but the sun rise time is the same for both days. That whole minute has to do with the sun set shifting from 4:24 pm to 4:25 pm (in Concord, NH).


The Solstices and the Equinoxes (when all of Earth get an exact 12 hours of day light) have all to do with the 4 seasons of the Earth, which in turn comes about because of the Earth’s crucial 23.5° axial tilt. That is what causes the two different hemispheres to jut out at the Sun at different angles as the Earth completes its yearly orbit around the Sun. At the Winter Solstice the Northern Hemisphere is further from the Sun, so it takes longer for sunlight to reach it. The following pictures should remind you of what the seasons and the Solstices are all about.

The Earth’s tilt towards the Sun at the Winter Solstice. See how the Northern Hemisphere is tilted back while the Southern is pushed forward (giving them Summer).

Earth’s 4 season per the Northern Hemisphere. The Winter Solstice, when the Northern Hemisphere is furthest from the Sun is at the far right.


So, join me in rejoicing. The shortest day is here. Summer is on the way.

P.S., That the stupid Mayan doomsday fell on the Solstice is not a coincidence.


Click for a YouTube video of 'Susan Cooper' reciting her famous celebratory poem, always sun at 'Revels' performances just prior to the end.

Click for a YouTube video of ‘Susan Cooper’ reciting her famous celebratory poem, always sun at ‘Revels’ performances just prior to the end.


Let us conclude, as does all 'Revels' with the haunting "Sussex Mummer's Carol" and savor this day. Just for the record, I was born an grew up in Ceylon where we have NO seasons! Click for this most beautiful carol from YouTube.

Let us conclude, as does all ‘Revels’ with the haunting “Sussex Mummer’s Carol” and savor this day. Just for the record, I was born an grew up in Ceylon where we have NO seasons! Click for this most beautiful carol from YouTube.