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Astounding Spanish Sculptor, ‘José Manuel Castro López’, Who Peels & Squeezes Stone.

by Anura Guruge

Click to ENLARGE and be mesmerized. From Google Images.

Check out this article. Click image to access.

I saw the ‘book out of stone’ picture (highlighted in red on the top image) on my Facebook timeline this morning. I was intrigued. Somebody had opined that it was PhotoShop. That did not ring true. So, I did a bit of digging. Glad I did.

Pretty amazing. I can see how it is done but I also appreciate, fully, that it is a hell of a lot of work. You are basically chiseling off layers and layers of stone. Very clever. I was impressed.

I wanted to share with YOU. Check the YouTubes. Enjoy.

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Check Category ‘Art’.

by Anura Guruge


The World’s Largest Blue Sapphire, “Star Of Adam”, 1,404 K ($100 M), Discovered In Sri Lanka.

by Anura Guruge


From Reuters. Click to ENLARGE and read short extract here. Use link below to access Reuters original.

Click here to access Reuters original.

I have always considered, biased as I will admit to being, that the ‘Blue Sapphire‘ (especially if it displays a star) is the world’s most beautiful gemstone and that Sri Lanka is the home to the world’s best, bluest, brightest and biggest blue sapphires. Growing up in Ceylon, 50 years ago, I saw lots of blue sapphires. Alas and alack we don’t have many anymore. I got Deanna a small stone when we got married 13 years ago, but I am not sure whether she wears it that often. That is the only blue sapphire we now possess. 18 years ago I was give a $3,000 pair of blue sapphire cufflinks — but I gave them back.

This is good for Sri Lanka. Somebody is going to be an even richer gem mine owner. 

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by Anura Guruge

Chris Burke Of “Christopher A Burke Stone Masonry & Stone Sales”, Gilford, N.H.: Huge Endorsement To One Heck Of A Guy.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

Anura Guruge

I, alas, have never had any stonework done by Chris Burke
but I can definitely tell you, for a fact,
that he is one heck of a GOOD GUY,
‘Salt of the Earth’.


Stone is his craft, but he has a heart of gold.

A Good Samaritan.

Yesterday afternoon, when we were in a jam, stuck in a snowbank,
Chris who was passing by stopped and helped me,
in the bitter cold, for 20 minutes,
to pull the van out using his truck.

That was beyond kind.

Yes, we have AAA and towing insurance
& Deanna had called the police
though nobody else was involved
and we were all fine.
The van gently slid down a hill, with no steering,
and came to rest embedded in a snow bank.

Chris was driving by a few minutes later.

He immediately stopped and said he would help me.

And he did.

And thanks to Chris we were back on the road within 20 minutes.

We even made it to Portsmouth in time.

Thank YOU Chris.

The world needs more good folks like you.

So, I have no problem, whatsoever, of lavishly endorsing
Chris’s company.
You can tell he is a GOOD man.


Click to access Chris’ Website.


You have to check out his amazing work. I think I have seen some of his work … in Meredith. Click to access.

The BEST Maintained Dirt Road In Alton, If Not NH, Stonewall Road, Was Graded Toady. Maybe The First Time This Year.


Anura Guruge

Related post:
>> Graded again … — Nov. 21, 2013.
>> The BEST Maintained Dirt Road In Alton, If Not NH, Was Graded Today
Oct. 9, 2012.

>> Alton, NH Property Tax Rate: Highest It Has Been In Last 5 Years
>>Nov. 19, 2012.

>> Alton, NH Property Tax Rate ‘2012’: $13.68/1000 Assessed Value
>>Nov. 14, 2012.

>> Did All Alton Property Assessments Go Up 7% — August 11, 2012.

This is the first this year as far as I recall, but, I could be wrong. Plus, contrary to what folks think I am not always here. They could have snuck in and done some work while I was away. Plus, I don’t get out of bed much before 9:20 am and look outside much before 9:40. As Deanna loves to point out most normal people have got 1/2 morning’s work done before I decide to brave the day. Well, I have never aspired to be normal. 

The road is good. It needed to be graded. If the past Springs are anything to go by we should, in a few weeks, have a full time road crew billeted on the road, for daily attention. But, this year could be different! We will have to wait and see.

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Stonewall Road, The BEST Maintained Dirt Road In Alton, If Not New Hampshire, Was Graded AGAIN Yesterday.

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

by Anura Guruge

Related post:
>> The BEST Maintained Dirt Road In Alton, If Not NH, Was Graded Today
>>Oct. 9, 2012.

>> Alton, NH Property Tax Rate: Highest It Has Been In Last 5 Years
>>Nov. 19, 2012.

Alton, NH Property Tax Rate ‘2012’: $13.68/1000 Assessed Value
>>Nov. 14, 2012.

>> Did All Alton Property Assessments Go Up 7% — August 11, 2012.

November 20, 2012 on Stonewall Road. They tried to get the better of a large boulder buried in the road. The boulder won, quite convincingly. Nature 1 Town of Alton 0. Click to ENLARGE.

The stone is winning. They are backing off.

The winner — THE STONE. Still buried, but knowing them they will be here Friday morning, crack of dawn, with dynamite and a crew of 40.

So that is the second time they have graded Stonewall Road in 42 days. To be fair they didn’t grade all of it, just the 250 yards in front of our house. Yes, we are special, though I wish we weren’t. Water Street didn’t even get a looking. Just the 250 yards in front of our house! 

We have never called up and asked for the road to be fixed. The road is fine — though it should be given the exceptional care it gets. I wear shirts that have more wrinkles than Stonewall Road in front of our house. There is an adage that a ‘starched, well ironed shirt front‘ is the epitome of ‘smoothness‘. Well if you want to see smooth come and see Stonewall Road in front of our house — albeit a few days after they grade, so that the stones they unearth can be buried back in the dirt.

My taxes went up 7% compared to last year. I would much prefer if they reduced my taxes by 7% and didn’t grade the road every 42 days — when the road was perfectly fine to begin with. It is amazing.

Now when I say that this was the second time in 42 days, I could be wrong. It might have been more! They come, sometimes even at night, to work on the road. In the Summer they could be here at 5:30 am. Plus, given that I do get out and about every once in awhile it is possible that they came and did some work that I did not notice.

I don’t want to appear churlish. They are the nicest guys possible and I know that they are doing this to help me out. I thank you. It is just the taxes. I moved from Gilford to here because I could no longer afford the Gilford taxes. I really am in a bind. Oh how I wish they wouldn’t treat me so special.

Happy Thanksgiving.