I SAID GOOD DAY!

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I wish. Blogging. Who does it anymore, really? When I started this blog back in 2008... whoa. Hold on while I let that sink in. Yes indeed, I started blogging back when my beloved Celtics had just won a championship, before we had witnessed the brilliance of "The Dark Knight", and before Jessica Chastain found Osama bin Laden. It's hard ...

Short and Sweet: The 55 Word Writing Challenge

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I haven't been writing much of late, so I was rather unsure about joining up the latest trend on the Sri Lankan Twittersphere, which was the 55-word story challenges. Basically, every day the twitter handle @SriLankaDiaries spits out a word, and the writers have up to midnight to write a 55-word vignette around that theme. Simple, right?Well, it's harder than ...

Sweet Nothing

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Well it's been a while, hasn't it?This blog is slowly turning into a decaying holiday home that I can no longer afford to maintain, but perhaps a new cover will get me back into the writing vein.I've been meaning to cover this song for ages, but I never got around to it until last weekend. A few found hours at ...

MAS Tree Planting Project - "Thuruwadula"

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As you can tell, my blog posts are growing more and more sparse with every passing year. I wish that I could attribute this to work, but the truth is there really isn't much to write about of late. Until now, that is. MAS is launching a tree plantation project on June 5th to celebrate World Environment Day. The project ...

Internet Playlisting

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I spend way, way too much time on the internet.This is probably not the best revelation to have about one's self, yet it is the sad truth. Most of my weekends at home are spent either attempting (and failing) to say no to Mom's cooking, or in front of the computer. Unlimited internet, especially when you work in the sticks ...

Come Alive

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As is often the case with this sporadic blogger, I have been struggling to get my thoughts together to write coherent, complete posts. There is definitely no dearth of material, especially given the political climate in Sri Lanka thanks to the travelling circus that is the BBS, whose idea of unity is to trample on anyone that isn't like them.The ...

The Return of Basketball

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Note: this is a purely basketball post. This will not interest 97% of you readers. Don't say I didn't warn you. Recently, I played proper team basketball for the first time in 5 years.While this may not seem like a topic worthy of a post for most, those of you that have followed this blog for a while will understand ...

Morons And Extremists - The Real Threat To Sri Lanka

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I was listening to the PHAT 30 countdown on Friday evening when YES FM RJ's Jeremy and Delano started talking about Oscar Pistorious, the famous South African athlete who had just been arrested and subsequently charged with murdering his girlfriend. As you probably know by now, what at first seemed like an accidental shooting, later turned into a 1st degree ...

Butterfly (A 'One Billion Rising' Post)

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It's amazing how easy it is for us to ignore what is sometimes right in front of our eyes. Often, we get so conditioned to particular ways and accepted norms, that our senses become deadened and numbed to certain stimuli. Like spending too long in a cellar, our eyes grow accustomed to the gloom and dank surroundings, and before we ...

Why Sri Lanka Deserved To Win Yesterday's T20

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If you're a cricket fan, you probably know of the events that took place in Melbourne yesterday between Sri Lanka and Australia. For those of you who aren't, however, let me recap. Sri Lanka were playing Australia in their second and final T20 match at Melbourne. After winning their first T20 match, Sri Lanka had a chance of winning the ...

Hate Speech In Sri Lanka: Why Are We Still Listening?

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We all have experience with crazy people. They're normal, in almost every way, except that tiny little thing that sets them off, and before you know it you're wondering how this person managed to escape the asylum.This post isn't about those people. God knows that just like taxes and Enrique Iglesias, no matter how hard you'd like for them to ...

New Year, New Cover Song - "The End"

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I don't really believe in New Year's resolutions, but I did promise myself I would be more active with regards to my music and the covers I upload here. One of the hardest things is to find the right song to cover, that converts well to piano, and that I can do justice to. I'm probably my harshest critic when ...

Women's Sports - Don't Fix The Sport, Fix The Players

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Women's sport in general has always been dancing on the precipice of failure. Take any sport, and the female variant or league is generally struggling to gain revenue and viewership. Women's cricket for instance - next to no interest at all in most of the sub-continent. Women's football exists purely at an amateur level, and a professional level exists mainly ...

Long December (Or Good Riddance 2012)

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Well, here we are again. The end of yet another year. I had such grand plans for my year ending post, but I thought I'd save that for a first of 2013 post instead.I suppose I should reflect on the year and all, right? Well, it's been a terrible year for blogging - I've posted the least number of posts ...

To All You Rapists

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The woman and a male friend, who have not been identified, were traveling in a public bus in the Indian capital, New Delhi, after watching a film on the evening of Dec. 16 when they were attacked by six men who raped her. They also beat the couple and inserted an iron rod into her body resulting in severe organ ...

A Final Wishlist: A Christmas Programme Making A Difference

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The last few weeks have been extremely busy for me, involving training programmes, lots of travelling, and lots and lots of singing. Yes, 'tis the season to be jolly, and what better way to get in the festive mood than Christmas carols and tunes?Besides the usual church carol services, I've been lucky enough to be asked to do a couple ...

Notes On A Funeral

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Recently I attended the funeral of a colleague's father. He had been battling throat cancer and succumbed after around 6-8 months of treatment. He was in his 70's, and I think his passing was somewhat expected given his frail condition. I got the call on Sunday that he had finally succumbed, and we went with the rest of the office ...

The Natalie and Nadiya Anderson Fiasco

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It was a firestorm of the shortest duration, but if you spend as much time as I do on the internet you pick up things pretty quickly. Recently, a YouTube clip from the show "Amazing Race" went (slightly) viral among Sri Lankans, as it featured a 3 minute interview with two Sri Lankans who were taking part in the ...

We Are Too Lazy To Stay Alive: An Environmental Rant

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Sri Lanka is often advertised as a nation of smiling people, too cool to be bothered by the stress and strife of modern life, blithely relaxing under coconut trees just waiting to chuck up what they're doing to go bum around at the beach. Our chillingly high suicide rate, increased rape and abuse statistics seem to go against that fiction, ...

Melomanic Sessions No.6 - We Have A Llama

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It's that time again, when the Melomanic Sessions swings back into town. For those who haven't heard of them already, where the heck have you been?? The Warehouse Project in Maradana hosts the Melomanic Sessions every 2-3 months; an evening of chilled out acoustic music by some budding local talent, including a few bands like Salvage, MagicBox Mixup, and Cynosure ...