Some of you may have heard of the Sanjana / Groundviews initiative that began last year inviting writers to submit stories of 25 words or less with a view to publishing a book of ‘Hint Fiction’. A labour of love for Sanjana and Perera Hussein Books, the book was launched on the 24th of January. You could read all about the launch ...

2013 in review The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 9,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 3 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.  

My attention was drawn yesterday to this: http://javajones.wordpress.com/2008/04/22/is-this-any-way-to-run-a-country/ posted in 2008. It is interesting looking back as very little seems to have changed in four years, so the rut we were in has only established itself more permanently. The only changes (other than the cosmetic ones) in the general scheme of things is that the war is over, and although promises ...

Got this in the mail this morning. It’s so hilarious that we had to share it – just as it was received. Enjoy! Can you imagine a nun sitting at her desk grading these papers, all the while trying to keep a straight face and maintain her composure? Pay special attention to the wording and spelling. If you know the ...

Some thoughts on the subject of ‘bisexuality’ arose from an exchange with a mate, which resulted from this  link l  sent him about what the article described as an “explosive new book”. In it were reports of numerous sexual encounters between Mick Jagger and a variety of partners that included David Bowie, Bette Midler and other well-known personalities. The link ...

It’s been a whole year since Java stimulated a post – mainly because we were having such a great time at Flowerbook that the desire to blog just wasn’t on. Then just this morning we get a link from Illuks that we felt just had to be put out there for those of us who are like-minded with regard to ...

The series of recent disastrous events around the world got Java into thinking about the Cosmic Law of Cause and Effect AKA Karma. The adage that ‘each and every action has an equal and opposite reaction’ is an accepted fact in the realm of Physical Science and Cosmologists through the ages have extrapolated this to apply to Cosmology. Religions also ...

If there’s one thing that Julian Asange and Wikileaks have injected into the awareness of folk in general around the world it is that the complacency of Big Brother with regard to the ‘culture of secrecy’ is no longer to be taken for granted. I received a mail just this morning containing an article by Timothy Leary on the Culture ...

WikiLeaks is probably the best thing that could have happened at the time it did – at least for those who value truth above bullshit. I mean like just about anyone who could get a glimpse of the mindset of George Bush knew that the whole ‘WMD’s in Iraq’ was a bunch of unadulterated crap – particularly if folk knew ...

For those of you who have had the misfortune to experience a day (or worse, several days) in a Magistrate’s Courtroom here in Sri Lanka this may not come as a surprise, but for those who haven’t…well, I wouldn’t wish the experience on my worst enemy. For starters, we have all read, or have been told of the horrendous backlog ...

Oh Poya moon What is it that your mystic magic Does to the devoted That they pay obeisance With one hand on the gun And the other in the coffers Mouthing platitudes, slander And lies to keep the masses in line?

It’s just past dawn at Flowerbook and as the first shafts of light pierce the canopies of the trees on the eastern side Java figures out it’s going to be another bright and sunny morning. Having just returned from Colombo and the misery of traffic snarls, flooded roads, amplified ‘religion’ blaring from temples, garbage on the streets and all the ...

What a furor the ‘Akon’ incident has generated here in Sri Lanka – and all because of a tasteless and less than mediocre video featuring a song with banal lyrics! The greatest pity of it all is not so much the actual obnoxious act of Akon and his producers, but the reaction of a lot of those who profess to ...

God was pissed off – again! So pissed off that She was sorely tempted to end it all for Eden with one of those heavyweight natural disasters that would sink the island once and for all. And to think that She had got this whole creation business going with Adam and Eve in this garden that she had blessed with ...

Over here in sunny Sri Lanka It’s election time again The mobs are out So have no doubt That fixin’s part of the game Positions clear, the lines are drawn The promises flow like slime The incumbent and the challenger Are running out of time Some dude’s on the TV Runnin’ off at the mouth ‘Bout how great his man ...

Tracking back from some of the titles on the stats page I clicked on one of the posts whose contents I had forgotten and which linked to another one that was of relevance, and both of them kinda flashed me on the current political situation we are in. Yeah, it had to do with governance, political ‘deals’, ending the war, ...

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