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Huge 17′ Crocodile Caught (& Conserved) In Sri Lanka.

by Anura Guruge

Click here for the U.K. “Daily Mail” story
from June 7, 2017.

Click on images to ENLARGE and read here.

I know that there are crocodiles in Sri Lanka. I had seen a few during my 14 years of living there. I even once saw a crocodile hunt — a crocodile, on a riverbank, being shot with a rifle.

I had also heard that the recent floods in Sri Lanka had resulted in some crocodiles getting swept over the banks of flooded rivers. Not sure whether this was one of these.

17 feet is big. But 3 feet below record length even for an Asian crocodile.

I had never heard of Thibbotuwawa. Couldn’t really find it. The best I could do was determine that it was in the Matale District. So, I marked that on a map for you (below). NOT where I would have expected to find a huge crocodile. Matale is in the area which we refer to as ‘Up Country‘ in that it is in the hilly, middle of the Island. Maybe some folks in Sri Lanka can help me out on this.

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by Anura Guruge

Sri Lanka’s World’s Tallest Christmas Tree Is Back On — And To Be Lit, Uncompleted On Christmas Eve, 2016.

by Anura Guruge

Work restarted after a 10-day halt!

Amazing. So, so, so Sri Lankan.

The artificial tree, made from scrap metal, was at 187 feet (57 meters) on Christmas Eve 2016.

That is not close to the record set by Mexico City with a 361.25 feet (110 meter) artificial Christmas tree. The world’s tallest living Christmas tree is 160 feet tall.


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by Anura Guruge

Laconia “NH Pumpkin Festival” 2016 — Did Manage To Set A Record Despite Rain.

by Anura Guruge


Come on, you have to laugh.

Maybe somebody up there was not happy about the snub to poor Keene. {SMILE}

Yes, I was partial to it being in Keene too. A bit more classy. {SMILE}

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Lake Winnipesaukee, NH Ice-Out 2016 — Ice-Out BEFORE Easter Is Not That Unusual.

by Anura Guruge

2016 Lake Winnipesaukee Ice-Out,
declared Friday, March 18, 2016,
77 Days into the Year
(while prior record was 82 days).

See this post for all the statistics.

Some have commented that 2016 Ice-Out is before Easter
— 2016 Easter on Sunday, March 27.

This, however, is not that unusual given that
Easter can occur as late as April 25.

27 instances of Ice-Out before Easter
(counting 2016) AND 4 cases when
Ice-Out was ON Easter.

That means that in the 130 years that we have records for,
Ice-Out happened on/before Easter 24% of the time.


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by Anura Guruge

Lake Winnipesaukee, NH Ice-Out 2016 — Friday, March 18; Breaks Old Record By 5 Full Days.

by Anura Guruge

2016 Lake Winnipesaukee Ice-Out was declared
just before noon on

Friday, March 18, 2016.

77 Days into the year.

Previous (known record), 2010 & 2012, was 82 days in.

Remember Leap Years bring in the dates, post February 29, by one.
So both March 23 & 24 are 82 days into the year depending on Leap Year.


From WMUR. Click to access.

Click on images BELOW to ENLARGE.

Beats 2010 & 2012 Record by 5 full days.


Coincidentally, and very coincidentally, 2016 & 2015 ice-outs both on a Friday.

Most have occurred on Thursdays.


Lake Winnipesaukee Ice-Out Dates for the last 25 years.

You can’t really claim there is a trend at present.


Now the other end. The Latest Ice-Outs Ever.


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With Pope Francis Approving 2nd Miracle, Mother Teresa Will Be Made A Saint On My Birthday, September 4, 2016.

by Anura Guruge

Pope Francis approved the second miracle attributed to Mother Teresa on March 15, 2016.

That she would be canonized, i.e., made a Catholic Saint, was never in doubt. Her process for canonization, i.e., the ‘cause for canonization‘, was ‘fast tracked’ by the Vatican — that means the Vatican started working on her ’cause’ without waiting for the usual 5-year grace period after a person’s death. As a result, as shown in table below she reached the first rung of the canonization process, being declared ‘Venerable’, 5 years and 3 months after a death. She was ‘Beatified’, i.e., made ‘Blessed‘, within 6 years 45 days of her death — a RECORD until it was eclipsed by one even more FAMOUS (and popular) than her, Pope John Paul II.

But, her canonization stalled a bit after that. John Paul II went from ‘Blessed’ to ‘Saint’ in 3 years. It will be 12 years 11 months for Mother Teresa. 19 years since her death. That is still PLENTY FAST. Maybe too fast.

The September 4th date, other than it being my birthday, happens to be the nearest Sunday to the death of her death, September 5.

Click to ENLARGE and study here. My work. My copyright.

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Mount Everest Was Not Summited At All In 2015!

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE and read here. Use link below to access U.K. Daily Mail original.

Click here to access U.K. Daily Mail original.

I was shocked when I saw this news story yesterday during my daily, near religious reading of the U.K. “Daily Mail“.

As far as I was concerned summiting Everest had become somewhat of a joke — with all the fixed ladders, ropes and carved in steps, not to mention the armies of professional guides at hand, making it such that it was like taking a crowded elevator.

Per the Guinness Book of World Records 234 climbers summited Everest in ONE DAY in 2012! That, of course, is a record! The total for 2012, however, is said to have been 547. So 43% of those that summited in 2012 did it in one day. It must have been sure packed up at the top.

658 summited in 2013, but only 106 in 2014, though that included a 13-year old girl, the youngest female to do so.

From what I can see Everest has been KNOWN to have been summited 6,977 times.

Of course it was the earthquakes in 2015 that precluded Everest being climbed all the way to the top. I don’t think it was a bad thing. They need to rethink the granting of climbing permits and tourists rights. Yes, Nepal needs the money but it would be such a shame to devalue and demean the Everest experience and relevance.

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by Anura Guruge

NH Law, HB 507, ‘Teacher Privacy’ — Unintended Consequences Of “Class Recording” Clause.

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Click here to access the entire HB 507 Bill — from the State.

Click images to ENLARGE and read here.

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I can appreciate the INTENT of the ‘IVNo school shall record in any way a school classroom for any purpose without school board approval … clause — the last clause of this Bill.

It is to prevent school ADMINISTRATIONS from conducting SURVEILLANCE on teachers. I can appreciate why teachers would object to that. But we will get to that later.

I am no lawyer BUT as I read this it states, very clearly, “NO SCHOOL …“.

It doesn’t mention individual students. Yes, there is the ‘blanket’ secret, non-consensual (tape) recording law. But, that does not apply if a student requests verbal permission and does the recording in full view.

Schools are interpreting HB 507, that came into effect this school year (i.e., 2015 – 2016), as meaning that kids, with a teacher’s approval, can’t use their ubiquitous phones to record what is being said in class.

Well here is the WRINKLE in that. Students with disabilities — the so called ‘Section 504‘ kids. They are protected by a whole different (federal) set of laws. IF the 504 states that the student needs to be able to record, audio or even video, all that transpires in a classroom the school and teachers have to acquiesce!

We know. We have a 504 child. And she wanted to record some of her classes so that she could re-run them, over and over again. The ‘school’ agreed. Then they came across HB 507. THEN they said, BUT if we put it in her 504 she will be all set.

This is STUPID.

Yes, we all understand that teachers do not want to be SPIED upon. Yes, I have taught.

But just last week we all saw that incident with the school girl getting FLIPPED off her chair and flung across the floor.


Click for ‘Boston Globe’ original IF you haven’t seen this before.

Aren’t WE all glad that 3 kids managed to capture this, on video, on their phones? Yes, I know that at least one kid is going to get charged for illegal recording. I saw her and her mother on CNN. They have NO regrets. They did the right thing.

We have cameras on school buses.

I think they have cameras on corridors [– but I could be wrong on that].

Don’t we ALL know, viscerally, that we will, as with the school buses, END UP having permanent, full-time cameras in all classrooms?

So this law has to be rethought.

You can clearly see that Clause IV was snuck in, most likely at the last minute, without too much thought OR consultation. Did they for a second think about the Section 504 override. I doubt IF there is a class in NH which does not have at least one Section 504 kid.

So, this is a Heads Up. No consequence to us. Our daughter, as of next week, when Deanna updates and signs the 504, will be able to record. 

Laconia, N.H., Pumpkin Festival, 2015 — The Pictures & Report.

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by Anura Guruge

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Déjà vu?

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Click pictures to ENLARGE.

Attribution WILL be strictly enforced.

All taken with my Panasonic Lumix FZ1000.
Original 5472 x 3648, ~7Mb,
JPEGs reduced to 1024 x 683, 280Kb, for display here.
So v. low resolution. Sorry.

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Keene’s loss was Laconia’s GAIN. And I am delighted. During the 10 years I lived in Gilford I had much dealings in Laconia and I like Laconia. Laconia has never been bad to me. So I am happy that Laconia has another attraction to add to the “Multicultural Day“.

Of course we went. We got there just before 5pm, found a free ‘handicap parking‘ (given that Deanna does have a permanent pass), and was ‘downtown’ by 5:10pm. That was the timing I was aiming for. Wanted to be there as it was getting dark.

Respectable number of people. Yes, it was busy. More people than for “Multicultural Day“, but less than what you would see at the Weirs for “Bikes”.

Well organized. Bravo Laconia. Lots of stalls and Deanna managed to spend a fair amount of time milling around.

It was COLD. Low 40s. Though we were dressed for it, it was still biting. And that was a detraction and distraction. The only time we had been to Keene for their festival, in 2013, it had been much warmer, even at 8pm at night.

There was only one thing missing. Pumpkins. Of course there were pumpkins BUT not that many. In 2013 in Keene, just one ‘block’, had more pumpkins than all of Laconia and there were a lot of blocks in Keene. So I doubt this even came close to a record.

C’est la vie. First year. Lets see how it goes. We were glad we went. I took 142 pictures with my Lumix FZ1000. Deanna and Devanee were also snapping away with their cameras. We went to dinner after that in Belmont. The ‘Hong Kong Buffet’. I was thinking. Two years ago in Keene we had one ‘point-and-shoot’ Panasonic between all of us. How things have changed. I even carried a Monopod with feet!

The 142 pictures I took with my Panasonic Lumix FZ1000.


The Pumpkins.

Local Color In Laconia.

Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus: Chinese Attempt To Break 10′ Tumbling Record (Video)

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by Anura Guruge

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Two clowns.
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YouTube video by Deanna taken Sunday at the circus,
in Manchester, NH.

This is the Chinese National Acrobatic Troupe
trying to break a World record.
Jumping through a hoop 10′ off the ground. Cool.


Click image to access YouTube video.

Deanna’s entire elephant act video.

Photo Montage video of the entire circus.