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Olympus Is Sharing Some Rather Special Winter Scenes Shot With OM-D Cameras.

by Anura Guruge


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Click on image to access quite an impressive Gallery, at Olympus, for some ‘Wow, I wish I could have taken that”, shots.


I like Olympus cameras (and Deanna has one). I am on their mailing list and enjoy seeing what they have to say. Next to Fuji, Olympus now is my next preferred camera choice and I am CURRENTLY in a bind now that I sold my Sony RX100 II. Should I get a Fuji or Olympus to replace that. Not easy. Down the road, before September, I will most likely get a Fuji X-T1 (or a X-T2 if they ever get around to announcing one) as my MAIN camera replacing the Panasonic Lumix FZ1000. But should I get an Olympus has my ‘small’ camera. These are THE problems that beset my life. Yes, I am fully aware that I am very lucky as such. 


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by Anura Guruge

New Hampshire (NH) School Kids Have Access to FREE Flu Vaccine Right Now. That Is So Great.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Our school, Alton Central School (ACS), is offering this FREE flu vaccine program and this morning Deanna was filling in the approval and acceptance forms. She wanted me to publicize this program — which I am now doing, though I am a bit worried about doing so! Why, because the ‘Local Control‘ fanatics may jump on this, as they have about the innocuous ‘Common Core‘, and try and stop it! I am actually amazed that NH has this very enlightened and beneficial program. I am surprised that they haven’t been forced to scrap it on fears that the kids were being injected with mind-drugs from D.C. or even microchips to monitor their activity (à la the infamous ‘Common Core biometric bracelet’).

I will be fair. We are but recent converts to flu vaccination. I didn’t see a need for it, until I nearly died (or to be more precise was nearly killed) two years ago. Have been getting it since, plus I am now a senior. Since Teischan has my constitution and is prone to colds, coughs, wheezes, asthma, bronchitis etc. etc. we decided to get her the shot too. And with the three of us getting the shot, Devanee, who just hates needles, wasn’t going to escape — if nothing else to hear her SCREAM when she gets pricked. She brings the whole place to a momentary halt — her screech so dramatic.

Yes, we know that you can get the flu for FREE at many clinics. Yes, we once got it for free at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Lebanon when we were there for another appointment for Deanna’s back. Yes, we also know that most health insurances cover it.

But, it is best if this can be done at school for FREE. So we are very happy though I have a sinking feeling that this will be the next program voted out by our dysfunctional, misguided School Board. If they do, may they be beset with the pox.

Growing up in Ceylon, in the late 1950s and early 1960s, we used to get free, compulsory vaccinations at school. One of them was for polio — the sugarcube vaccine. It was a BIG government sponsored propaganda programs. Ceylon’s school children being vaccinated to eradicate polio. We were all told to wear our ‘Sunday’ best. They took pictures of us lined up to get the sugarcubes. There was black-and-white news footage. My adoptive uncle, a doctor, then the Director of Medicine for Ceylon was the mastermind behind this anti-polio drive. Many decades later, having met folks in the U.S., my age, with polio, I found out that we were the ‘they are wogs, so they don’t count’ human guinea pigs for the sugarcube polio vaccine. I don’t mind — I guess because none of us got hurt. Actually we did good. As I said, I have seen more polio in this country than I ever did in Ceylon. So it is OK that my adoptive uncle, quite a man, still one of my heroes, volunteered us (including his own sons) for this testing. I never got to ask him. So, I am not sure whether he fully knew that we were the guinea pigs. It is possible that it was presented to him as one of the MANY foreign aid benefits that we used to get in those days — since we were a leading non-aligned nation (meaning we gladly took aid from all sides).

Pembroke Animal Hospital: Pretty Impressive. In-And-Out. Was Costly, But Probably The Norm.

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The Alton Vets … — Jan. 31, 2013.



Dr. Christina Murdock grew up in Litchfield, NH. She graduated from Colorado State University in 2007. She practices large and small animal medicine with a focus on soft tissue surgery, internal medicine and small ruminants. Her four legged family includes a greyhound named Yellow, an Italian greyhound named Leo, a minx cat named Rocky and a calico cat named Phoebe.

After I stormed out, in high high dudgeon, from the Alton Vets, on January 31, stating ‘never coming back here again‘, we had to find a new vet.

I had heard about Pembroke, I think from the farm/stable, ‘ClearView‘ in Barnstead where Devanee took horse riding lessons for awhile. Deanna checked it out on Facebook. All she heard was glowing praise. Number of folks we knew in Alton appeared to be using them.

Deanna called up and enrolled with them. Then she sent a letter to the vets at Alton asking for the records to be sent to Pembroke. To their credit they did that promptly.

We had our first appointment today. It is on the far side of Concord. Not hard to get to. I think it took us 35 minutes. We got there just before 11:10 am, for a 11:15 appointment.

Here is the AMAZING thing, we were out of there, in the van, both Goldens having got their shots, a total of 7, and both having blood drawn for flea-borne disease testing (at $45 a pop). 30 minutes, in-and-out! At Alton we will still be twiddling our thumbs in the waiting room.

Not sure whether we got preferential, atypical service because it was our first visit and they wanted to create a good impression. They seem slick enough and very friendly.

We saw Dr. Christina Murdock. She is young and obviously loves dogs. She kissed ours on their heads. I was impressed. Good kennel side manners, I guess.

I was kind of shell shocked by the bill, but Deanna assures me that it is par for course — though it sure sounds like an expensive course to me. 7 shots, $90 for tests (that I was not that keen on though I relented). It came to $293 or $294. I know keeping two Goldens is an expensive hobby, but how do people manage to pay vets bills like this?

But, we were happy with the service. If we factor in the minimum one hour we are usually kept waiting at Alton, time wise this was not bad. We had to go to Concord anyway. Nice day. Got a few things done.