Tag Archives: Swiss

Triangular, Toblerone Swiss Train Is A Joke.

by Anura Guruge

Click to ENLARGE. This morning on MY Facebook Timeline.

As you can clearly see from my comment I immediately knew that this was an April Fool’s joke. But, it was clever and cute and I used to LOVE Toblerone. I used to bring bars over from Europe to the U.S. in the 1980s and hooked a legion of folks hooked on it. That was way before it became readily available here.

Well, this picture had me intrigued enough that I did some Googling. It was well known. It did NOT start off as a Toblerone train. Instead it was just a triangular train — the premise being that such trains would fit better inside tunnels. Somebody took the triangular train and made it into the Toblerone train and STUCK a comic driver in the cab JUST IN CASE we did not spot that it was a joke.

So, here is the original triangular train you can see the white house, with red roof, behind the train and realize that this is it. Note that the wheels got slanted!

And that was Photoshopped from this.
Again check the background and you can see the commonality.

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‘Youth’ (2015) Movie With Michael Caine & Jane Fonda — Different, Strange But Compelling In Its Own Way.

by Anura Guruge


Click image to access ‘IMDb.com’ listing for this 2015 movie.

It was the HBO featured presentation a couple of Saturday’s ago. So, I DVRed it and we watched it the last couple of nights.

Not difficult to watch. If nothing else there are some SUMPTUOUS shots of Swiss landscape (reminiscent of the “Sound of Music“) plus a fair amount of pretty impressive gratuitous full-frontal European-style nudity (pubes and all) thrown in.

Interesting story. Good actors and actresses. Had NO IDEA that that was supposed to be Diego Maradona — and I had no idea that his left-handedness was that famous. Just the 20 second sequence of him (meaning the ACTOR) playing ‘kick-ball’ is worth watching.


The Roly Serrano character. The “kick-ball” sequence in middle. I am NOW paranoid. At the rate I am going will I end up as BIG as this? This was sobering. I must modify my diet. And I can’t even at my current weight play “kick-ball”! Click to ENLARGE if he isn’t already BIG enough.

Not difficult to watch. Try and catch it IF you can.


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Would U.S. Voters, Like The Swiss, REJECT Guaranteed Income For All?

by Anura Guruge


Click image to access “New York Times” original.

Kind of like Social Security retirement FOR LIFE irrespective of age. The Swiss were talking $2,560, to each adult and $640 for children under 18 PER MONTH! That is more than what most people get in Social Security.

Of course the question becomes how will you FINANCE such a guaranteed income plan?

Of course TAXES will have to be raised and other entitlement program, possibly Social Security, would have to be trimmed back.

The Swiss, a savvy bunch, rejected it because they understood the consequences.

That might not be the case in the U.S. IF it ever, by some miracle, makes it to a vote for referendum. But to be fair there will be a large percentage, possibly 50%, who would vote it down because of the tax implication and Federal Government involvement. Food for thought though.

by Anura Guruge

Swiss Cardinal Cottier, O.P. Dies At Age 93, College Of Cardinals Down To 215, 2nd Change In 2016.

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Changes to the College of Cardinals in 2016.

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Lactogen Baby: Where YOU One … IF So Please Join.

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Where YOU a Lactogen Baby?

I was. This is I. Aged 1. In 1954. In Ceylon (now Sri Lanka).

I am trying to FIND others — from around the world.

Yes, I was a ‘Lactogen Baby’, in Ceylon, from 1954 to 1962.

But, I was NOT the only one. There was a Lalith Oswald Perera.

I Googled that name. There is a (rather (in)famous) Lalith Perera BUT I don’t think he was ‘Oswald’.

There was girl. I knew her from elocution classes or something like that. She lived fairly close to us in Nugegoda. Her last name, I am sure, was ‘Fernando‘. Her father was a coroner. That I remember vividly. He might have been the chief coroner for Colombo. When you are 8 years old coroners are intriguing figures. I had been to her house a few times. I remember exploring the house with her, even crawling underneath her parent’s bed, looking for what secrets a coroner might have at home! Kids! She is unlikely to be a ‘Fernando’ now. That would have been her maiden name. She is going to be as old as I.

It does NOT matter IF you were NOT a ‘Lactogen Baby’. IF you grew up on Lactogen YOU still qualify as a Lactogen Baby.

I am going to set up a page on Facebook so that we could, with luck, have a Lactogen Baby community.


Here is my story:

‘Lactogen Baby’, 1954 to 1962, Ceylon, ads, with this picture, with the heading ‘Baby Guruge’, appeared in 12 newspapers, in 3 languages, every day. SEE BELOW. ‘Lactogen’ was a Swiss baby formula company. My ‘father’, the clever one in the family, declined any monies from them! He said that he was ‘OK’. I was chubby even then, though I was born very sickly, physically twisted (arms and legs intertwined) and unable to pee. This was my maternal grandmother’s work and she mainly used coconut oil! Once I started eating she fattened me up on a strict diet of eggs, chocolate, meat, fish, rice and lentils. My ‘mother’ made me fancy cakes and puddings. I was doomed from birth.

Newspaper clippings of MY PICTURE I have from c. 1955.

The holes are actual worm holes! Something you will find in books and papers from Ceylon of this vintage!

You can see ‘Lalith Oswald Perera‘ in the first two images.

The 3rd image is from a Sinhalese paper.

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Let Me Please Rave About The Subway Chopped Salad With Their ‘Big Philly Cheesesteak’ Special. Yummy!

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.


 .by Anura Guruge

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I have always liked Subway BUT since having an ‘Applewood Pulled Pork‘ chopped salad in mid-August I have been a great fan of their chopped salads.

I even started chopping my salads — and I eat a LOT of salads, near daily on my diet.

phillysubwayLast night on the way back from ‘Revels‘ (or what purported to be ‘Revels’) at Dartmouth we stopped at a Subway — for Devanee and I, before stopping at McDonalds for Teischan. (Deanna was full from our late lunch).

Devanee, at my urging, for a footlong BLT — so that she would have some leftover for today also.

I had the Big Philly Cheesesteak, with added Swiss, in a chopped salad with the Chipotle Dressing. It was divine. Wow.

I could go and eat another of those salads right now.

Their chopped salads are GOOD. If you haven’t tried one please do yourself a favor and think of all the carbs you are avoiding.


CIRQUE ALFONSE ‘Timber’ At The Dartmouth (N.H.) Hop: Mesmerizing, World-Class Synergistic Blend Of Creativity, Acrobatics, Dance, Music and Athleticism.

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Think of it as an enchanting, ‘how-so-clever’, mix of:
Cirque du Soleil,
the French Canadian Glengarry Bhoys,

British Pantomime with occasional,
tantalizing touches of ‘Riverdance’
and some irreverent outhouse humor

thrown in for good measure!

‘Brilliant’ alone
does not do them enough justice.

If the Canadian government had any sense
(and therein may lie a problem)
they would immediately, and at once, declare
Cirque Alfonse a National Canadian Treasure.

Do you get the impression that I might have been ever so slightly impressed?
If so, you may be right.

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As a quick search on ‘circus’ on this blog (>>>) will show, we are no strangers to good circuses. We go to at least one big circus (typically Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey) a year, without fail, and usually try to get in two (maybe three). We have seen two Cirque performances and plan to see a few more soon. So, you have to go the extra mile to suitably impress me and Devanee when it comes to circus acts.

Cirque Alfonse did that with aplomb.


We have seen a lot of juggling by world class troupes but their multi-person, ‘William Tell’ (and they do have some Swiss blood), hatchet juggling was amazing.

Very clever.

90 minutes of non-stop entertainmentwithout an intermission.
I was amazed. I am no stranger to Canada and I have NEVER
seen a bunch of Canadians work this hard and this cleverly
in my 25 years of working for and with Canadian companies.
[The ‘Alfonse’ refers to the area, north of Montreal, that they hail from (and hale indeed they are).]

They are going to be doing 3 local performances next year. You really should go see them.

Click for their whole schedule.

Click for their whole schedule.

Not much more I can really say that will do them more justice.

It was at the Dartmouth Hop. That alone says it all. They had to be crème de la crème just to make the Hop cut. The Hop only serves the best. I saw a ‘trailer’ for this Circus when we attended the July 18, 2013 ‘Program Preview’ at the Hop. I bought the tickets for last night the day they came on sale … in July or August, I think.

So, you too should watch a video of them, provided by them,
just to get an appreciation. Of course, they are on YouTube.

Click to access YouTube video. We saw all of this and more last night. So this is very representative of the show.

Click to access YouTube video. We saw all of this and more last night. So this is very representative of the show.

Yes, it is amazing given that they are Canadian,
but they even have a halfway decent Website.

Click to access.

Click to access.

Another video.

At the very entertaining post-performance discussion, and all the pictures at the top were taken at that, I actually asked them about how they stop from getting dizzy. They do a LOT of non-stop spinning. Even the Dad — Grand-Dad. I was told, practice. Deanna was very impressed by the Dad and his ability to keep up with the kids.

Click to access another YouTube.

Click to access another YouTube.

The Dad smoked his pipe twice during the show. You could clearly smell the aromatic tobacco. First time in decades that I remember somebody actually smoking on stage. A sign of the time. They pretended to drink wine or hock. I think that that is permitted. 

I know that they are Canadian, but they were performing in the U.S. OF ‘A’, and I was surprised that they got away without using the (OSHA?) mandated safety lines etc. I will have to check. IT was good that they didn’t have to use the safety lines but I was under the impression that they were mandatory. Hhhhmmmm.

Also, they had the baby, the son of two of the performers, on stage at 9:30. Hhhmmmm. I know that there are U.S. OF ‘A’ laws about young children on stage. I am sure the Hop complied. Just struck me. Sorry. 

Sarah Palin Apologizes To Pope Francis — Pope Catches A Cold!

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Just struck me as a funny coincidence.

On a MORE serious note, I think that there is deeper message here. I think, with curial changes in the offing, the pope is snubbing these curial heads. That is how it reads to me, and you can’t deny I am pretty adept at reading the Roman chicken entrails.

P.S., I did talk about the Sarah Palin remark in passing here when talking about ‘The Bush‘ wanting to appear Pontifical.

Pope John Paul II (#265) And His Rolex Wrist Watch.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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On Wednesday I saw a number of hits ending up here from folks ‘Googling’ “pope expensive watch”.

I knew EXACTLY what they were looking for — Polish Pope John Paul II (#265) wearing his two-tone, fairly CHEAP Rolex. I felt bad. I, of course, have posts about ‘watches‘ and about ‘popes‘ BUT had never done one on John Paul II and his Rolex. This post is to rectify that.

There is a claim that John Paul II was the first pope to wear a watch. I am skeptical. I have not seen this confirmed.

That John Paul II wore a two-tone, Datejust is only slightly incongruous. That two-tone, Datejust, and I know it well (as a semi-, FROM A DISTANCE, expert in Rolexes), is a ‘neither-here-nor-there’ watch. You can get one for about $3,000. So it is neither cheap nor expensive. A middle of the road watch. I doubt whether the one he sported in public had diamonds on the face. That is slightly more ostentatious.

As I have written about the current Pope, Francis, the Pope is NOT a poor man. Whereas the British Queen is said to be the richest woman on Earth, the pope, by a similar measure of the wealth over which he resides, has to be the richest man in the world. Yes, yes, yes … it is not liquid etc. etc. But, the Vatican by any measure is a multi-billion dollar a year enterprise with probably close to $100 Billion in assets.

Popes do not get a salary but they have access to funds. Plus, they get personal donations, sometimes in the form of $1,000 bills stuffed into a large white envelope, from individuals, cardinals, bishops, religious organizations and charities. The pope is supposed to do what he thinks best with such donations.

The Rolex was probably a GIFT — quite possibly from Rolex itself. Lets face it, it is one heck of a publicity stunt — the pope flashing his Rolex while he chats with a U.S. actor. Of course the Pope has a special relationship with (mainly Catholic) Switzerland. For a start there is the Swiss Guard. So it is very likely that this watch was a gift. I would not be surprised IF he had multiple expensive watches — much better than this cheap, unreliable Rolex.

Don’t forget that this was a pope who had an Olympic size swimming pool installed at the Vatican. If I remember right one of his many, many very rich (it could have been American) admirers, paid for it.

Click to ENLARGE. From 'Wikipedia'. Bang in "John Paul II's health" to get to it.

Click to ENLARGE. From ‘Wikipedia’. Bang in “John Paul II’s health” to get to it.

Enough said. This is really a non-issue. A pope has enough money to wear a $600,000 watch if he wants to. Wearing a cheap $3,000 is irrelevant.

Then there is this picture of the current Dalai Lama supposedly with a Rolex.

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Again doesn’t mean much. It could very well have been given to him — and he needs a watch. Not a big deal.

I am, however, NOT convinced that that is a REAL Rolex! The rectangular face looks strange.

Yes, it looks like a two-tone Datejust bracelet BUT they make cheap rip-offs of that in Asia for a few cents.

To me this looks like a cheap Asian watch. I could, as ever, be wrong.

April 15, 2013 Interactive, Animated Google Doodle For Swiss Genius, Leonhard Euler’s 306th Birthday.


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Leonhard Euler [April 15, 1707 to Sept. 18, 1783] was a Swiss born mathematician and physicist who was a towering figure in the fields of calculus and graph theory. He is also considered to be the father of  mathematical analysis, introducing much of the mathematical notation that is used today, including those for representing functions.

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