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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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Flowers Galore For 2019 Valentine’s Day — At Concord ‘Market Basket’.

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE and ENJOY.


YOU know I can’t resist taking pictures of flowers — particularly so during the height of winter in New Hampshire when the temperature is in the 20s FAHRENHEIT, we have a few inches of snow on the ground and a foot or more of fresh snow on the way.

These were at ‘Market Basket‘ in Concord, New Hampshire. To be honest, I didn’t take pictures of all the flowers. It was quite busy and I didn’t want to get in the way of love-struck folk trying to buy flowers.

But, please ENJOY. Happy Valentine’s Day 2019.

P.S., I did buy two bunches of daffodils — that being the Welsh in I.


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2018 Christmas Revels (Cambridge, MA), ‘Nordic Celebration’, Dec. 20 Was Mellow & Soothing.

by Anura Guruge






It was good. That goes without saying. It would be impossible, a violation of the laws of physics for Cambridge Revels not to be good. There were parts of it that were very good. It, however, unlike some past performances, e.g., last year’s ‘Venetian‘, the 2016 ‘Acadian‘, 2015 ‘Welsh‘, or the ‘Mediterranean’ from a few years back, was not brilliant. But, that is OK. You can only truly appreciate the brilliant ones if you have some ‘average’ ones to measure them up against.

Here are the words that I would use to describe the 2018 Cambridge Revels: languid, gentle, relaxed, colorful …

My 12-year old, a veteran of at least 10 Revels (if not more given that we used to see 2 Revels a year for 3 – 4 years), said outright that it was boring! That was harsh. Overall, as a family, we all agreed that it was ‘OK’ but not great.

It was your quintessential curate’s egg. It was good — very good — in parts.

One way to best describe it is to say that it wasn’t as boisterous as I would have liked. It was not jolly enough! I am sure that part of that has to do with the subject matter — the Nordics. {Smile}. Very nice people and I have spent a lot of quality time in Sweden. But, I think that they too might agree that they are somewhat reserved.

That actually might be THE word — RESERVED.

I realized, halfway through Act 1 that this was very soothing. Given that my Garmin Fenix 5 Plus gives me continuous heart rate I checked my pulse. 56 bpm! That is very relaxed. When watching TV it is around 60. So, this was even more relaxing and soothing than TV! {Smile}

There was one act, #30, ‘Tremannsdans Frå Telemark‘ (a walking dance by three very talented ladies), that was WORLD CLASS. A sword dance without swords.

Act #2 (maybe it was #3, but it was at the start) was also brilliant and promised much. The ‘Christmas Night Elves’, act #33, was ultra-cute.

Of course, the set pieces, Dona Nobis Pacem, Lord of the Dance, Horn Dance, Sword Dance & Sussex Mummer’s Carol were excellent. As my 12-year old commented, “the best parts were the ones that we did!”

The Mummer’s Play was good. Very good.

I am not sure why some of the reviews I read, prior to the show, claimed that this was one of the best. All I can assume is that, unlike I (who has been to upwards of 25 Revels), they are new to this.

We had great seats. Front row, centre balcony. Doesn’t get better than that. The lady who conducted the opening of Act Two, sung by a chorus up on the balcony, stood next to I. That was special. As it transpired we were also the FIRST to enter the theatre. That too was special. Seeing the theatre totally empty.

Anywho, I am already looking forward to the 2019 Revels in Cambridge.

Welcome Yule — and today is Yule.


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Newly Colorized Pictures Of WW I Armistice Day — 99 Years Ago (Tomorrow).

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Poppy Day commemorates Armistice Day,
November 11, 1918; i.e., 11/11/1918.

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


From the U.K. “Daily Mail”. Click here for original & MORE.


These were lovingly and painstakingly colorized by a Welsh electrician, Royston Leonard (55) — who lives in Cardiff.

Thank YOU, Roy. Great job. [Yes, he is on Facebook.]


There is also this page on Facebook. Click to access.


For those unfamiliar with this
holiday & tradition
please refer to my
EARLIER post.
Thank YOU.



by Anura Guruge

Dylan Thomas, The Quirky Welsh Poet, Died This Day, Age 39, 64-Years Ago; November 9, 1953.

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Click to ENLARGE. Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dylan_Thomas


Though he died when I was but 3-months old, I in my late teens felt I had a special connection to him in that I lived in Uplands, Swansea — in “Uplands House“, no less — across the road from where he was born.

I outlined much of that in this December 7, 2015 post. I don’t see a point in rehashing it again. You can just read it in the older post. {Thank You}


First song from the “The Boy With A Note” CD shown above ()


Here is his very-Welsh voice.


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I Am Probably The Last Person Swansea University Would Want Seen In This Sweatshirt.

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When I got the unsolicited e-mails pushing these “Swansea University” sweatshirts, most likely because I say on Facebook that I do have a B. Sc. (Hons) from Swansea, I could not resist.

I have fond memories of Swansea, 1971 – 1974. I had a blast.

It wasn’t, to be fair, “Swansea University” 40-years ago. It was the “University College of Swansea” affiliated with the “University of Wales“. It was actually better than that. It was, as you can below, on my actual graduation certificate, was “Cambria“, the Latin name for Wales from the Welsh original “Cymru“.

The certificate below spells it all out, classically, in Latin. What it does not say is what subject I got my degree in. Cute. It was Computer Technology.

Nice sweatshirt. Nice material. 



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Google Voice Search April Fool’s Treat — Can You Speak Welsh?

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The longest town/village in Welsh is 58 letters long and is:
Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch.


Here it is on Google Maps.

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Click on map to check it out.


Activate Google voice and start saying it … slowly.

The Google logo above will start to change color IF you get it right as you go along.

You can practice here, if you like, BEFORE you try it. Good luck.


by Anura Guruge


Cambridge 2015 Christmas Revels, The ‘Welsh Celebration’ — The “Thank You” Video.

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Click image to access the 2:06 minute video (a stills montage) on Vimeo.


Given that this was a Fantabulous “will linger in your soul for years to come” performance, the “THANKS” really should be from us — those privileged enough to have been able to attend a show at the awe-inspiring ‘Sanders Theatre’ during 2015 Christmas. (We attended the Friday, December 11 kick-off performance).

Can’t wait for 2016 Christmas Revels. What would that be … about 340 days from now. This year we might try to attend some of their, i.e., Cambridge Revels, programs other than the gala Christmas bash.

“Thank YOU” Cambridge Revels. You made MY Christmas — especially so by mentioning ‘Cwmdonkin Drive‘. That was special. Thank YOU.


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Welsh Revels: Pictures.
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Britain’s Once Mighty Coal Industry — King Coal — Is Sputtering To An End.

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Click image to access British Sky News original.


I get British Sky News on our Roku and I try to watch as much of their news as possible since unlike the extremely parochial U.S. cable news the British news agencies make a point of covering the world.

Friday evening, with their being no new cricket of worth to watch, I spent even more timing browsing through the Sky News clips. Then I saw the above.

I was shocked. Wow.

Coal mining, for so long, has been such an integral part of our heritage. Funnily enough, just last week, the Cambridge Revels in their outstanding “Welsh Celebration“, highlighted the importance of coal mining in Welsh culture. One of the major stage props was a huge slag pile — the slag the byproduct of mining.

I still distinctly remember the coal miner strikes in the early 1970s and Margaret Thatcher’s mighty attempts to tame the unions. Those transformatives events for me.

There was the saying among cricket circles how clubs in the Midlands and Yorkshire could just go to the nearest coal mine and whistle down the shaft to recruit a fast bowler. All of that is going.

Cheap coal and natural gas from the U.S.! And they are now talking about Fracking in Britain!

Shame. Yes, mining was a hard, cruel profession and so many, for so long suffered from all the diseases associated with the coal dust. But it was a proud and well-paid profession. It is all coming to an end.

End of an Era.

Though I have no connection with miners I feel the loss. This is so much a part of our heritage.

I wish all the current miners and the ex-miners, and their families, a Merry Christmas and a hopeful 2016.


Fabulous Cambridge 2015 Christmas Revels, The ‘Welsh Celebration’ — More Pictures.

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MORE pictures of this FANTABULOUS show provided by Revels.

Photographs by (and copyright belonging to) Roger Ide.

Visit their Facebook page for EVEN more.

P.S., The shows post-Christmas are ALREADY sold out!

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This, from the obligatory and brilliantly done “Mummer’s Play”, captures very high quality of the costumes and overall production.

This red Welsh dragon was a Masterpiece.

Not sure why the two poles for holding up the large arms had to be so long. Maybe it was for balance though I have to think that the physicists that can be readily found in Cambridge could have come up with a way to make the poles shorter. 

Great sequence.


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