Three Nights in Vancouver ……British Colombia Canada with changing climates from extreme winters to temperate clime is best described to Canadian standards. Vancouver the port city in the west is the capital of British Colombia and is one of the warmest cities during the winter. On the contrary Vancouver is also one of the wettest cities while on an average there is eleven days of snow ...

Canadian Rockies ….a marvel to witness  ! Planet Earth has three significant swells in North America. The Rocky and Sierra Nevada in the West with the Appalachian Range in the East.RockiesOf them the Rockies being the larger and the bolder is wide and stretches covering much of Canada’s British Colombia [BC]; spanning from Alaska to the border of Central American. They are noted to contain the highest ...

Among the First Nations of North America…. Aborigines, indigenous people, first nations are all people who have existed in peace living hand in hand with nature, climate and habitat. And are to be found in the most remote locations on this planet earth. Common to them all wherever they live is that they have all been oppressed, exploited, cheated, tricked and abused by other human invaders. They ...

FOGSL in Singharaja …..A rainforest in Sri Lanka Singharaja is Mecca for bird watching in Sri Lanka and are the last fragments of a large rain forest that once covered two thirds of the south and south–west of this island nation in the Indian ocean. Over 80% of the endemic birds , trees and shrubs and amphibians occur here. A biological hot-spot in South Asia.This remaining forest was ...

Building of the Pallekelle Cricket Stadium–Sri Lanka. 2004/2005 Engineering has had an impact in human development from time even before he was civilized. Man used tools even during the stone age when he was a hunter gatherer. Engineering today is multidisciplinary and could primarily be divided into two main divisions; Mechanical Engineering and Civil Engineering. Mechanical Engineering is defined as a branch of engineering concerned primarily with the ...

How Obedient were we Servants…….. My daughter now reading for her masters in Saskatoon Canada qualified for her Post Graduate at the University of Nebraska Lincoln….and had to write an introduction to her new professor. The letter was done and forwarded to her present supervisor Dr. Sheila Schmutz for clearance. Sheila’s comments were …. if she was the professor , she would not select her ...

A Drunken Piper in my Garden Just nearing 60 my sight needs +2.75 enhancement but for my hearing which is still sharp. Saturday mornings are usually lazy and while still in bed I hear a very humanistic whistle out in the garden……the notes keep repeating as if the performer is lost for the last note. My sharp hearing and the bird vocal bank memory within me ...

FOGSL… in Nilagala for the First-time Field Ornithology Group of Sri Lanka [FOGSL] is the largest membership of bird loving personnel in Sri Lanka. Established in 1976; is based in the University of Colombo and is in to the scientific study of birds in Sri Lanka. Three personnel, Dr. Sarath W Kotagama, Dr. S U K Ekaratne & Mr Rex I de Silva the pioneers in ...

Whale watching off the coast of Mirissa–Sri Lanka Wilson , Amudesh and my wife Hemamala have been long time friends and are likeminded when it comes to nature and the wilds. We are a set of ardent birders while Hemamala has a passion for butterflies as well. Both these pastimes being activities on land we wanted to try out the latest naturalistic hobby of ‘Whale-watching’ that is being ...

Arugam Bay What to do when you are stranded here with flood waters all-around ………………. It was the year end Christmas vacation of 2014 when I planned a trip to the east coast of Sri Lanka. This year end was of very unusual weather when the whole country experienced over 200mm of rain in a 10 day period inundating much of the ...

Who lit the Cigar before the Toast? It was only the other day that some of us were killing the night at our good friend Anura Dissanayakes’s beloved wife’s funeral house. We had taken part in the usual solemn funeral house dinner and was yarning into the night of old schooldays pranks and juicy narratives that befell on many of us at school. Rieza Sulaiman and Athula ...

Uncle Pathi Taught English Differently. Aditha Dissanayake 3rdSeptember 2014…..my beloved niece Aditha Dissanayake messages me that the English translation of Marin Wickranasinghe’s “Kaliyugaya” which she co-authored with Dr Ranga Wickramasinghe has won the best English translation at the State Literary Awards for 2014. It’s a memorable day in her life no doubt; I’m a happy man as well on her achievement, for it was ...

Spring is over;  it’s Summertime It’s a Saturday morning in the month of July and I'm still in bed at home in Galle; a township deep down in the south of Sri Lanka…listening to the morning melody of the birds in the garden calling me out of bed… they all seem to say; ‘gone are the rains and sunny days are back.’ This year the ...

BISO KOTUWA – THE SRI LANKAN INVENTION OF AN ENERGY DISSIPATING WATER RELEASING MECHANISM FOR RESERVOIRS Sri Lanka with a written history over 2500 years has been practicing soil and hydraulic engineering from about the same period of time. Rice and grain being the islanders staple diet, its community has been rice farmers and needed to store rainwater to cultivate the dry zone. ...

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