CLASS OF 66 REMEMBERS THE STAFF AT THE BOARDING SCHOOL IN BANDARAWELA

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St Thomas’ Preparatory School, Bandarawela [STPSB] in the 1960’s was definitely the only fee levying school that conducted classes from the Kindergarten to Standard Five in the Province of Uva in Ceylon then.Established in 1942 by Mr. W T Keble it has come a long way excelling both in academia and sport. I was fortunate to have passed through this ...

Sinharaja–A rain Forest in Sri Lanka

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Ever since joining the Field Ornithology Group of Sri Lanka [FOGSL] in 1996, attending the annual workshop at Sinharaja was a routine event for me. This was to continue for almost 10 years until occupational and family priorities overrode. However it was always an urge to be at Martin’s Lodge in Sinharaja whenever time permitted. The creek flowing by with ...

Martin Wijesinghe ……of Sinharaja Fame

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Martin Wijesinghe, for many Sri Lankans would only be another name…………but to those with a knack for the wilds, the environment, and the Sinharaja Forest…. the only one of its kind in Sri Lanka: Martin is a dear friend and a loving companion. Martin for that matter is now an authority on Sinharaja…….. It all began in a very humble ...

S Thomas' Collage Gurutalawa.......57th OBA & AGM

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A Stroll Down Memory Lane S Thomas' College Gurutalawa was founded in 1942; in order to re-locate S Thomas' Collage Mt Lavinia, when the military issued notice to vacate the school in five days subsequent to a Japanese bomber being downed at the collage grounds on 5th April 1942. The WW II had come to Ceylon.Mr. & Mrs. Leslie de ...

Three Nights in Vancouver ……British Colombia

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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 !

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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….

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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

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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

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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……..

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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

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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

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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 ...

A Night Under Canvas in Uda-Walawe…..for Birdwatching before Breakfast

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Prabuddha my nephew who runs a small time tour operation calls me in late December 2014 inquiring if I would accept an offer on a very concessionary rate; full board basis to be under canvas for one night at Wild Trails in Uda Walawe. His inquiry no doubt is because I wouldn't let off such an offer being ever so ...

Kataragama…..what you did not see in this Land of the Deities?

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Kataragama the town of Gods located in the South East of Sri Lanka is woven in much folklore, through fear and faith in God Skanda.….Skanda is primarily venerated by the Dravidian Hindu’s of South India and Sri Lanka but his assistance is sort after by people of all faiths in this land. However he is a God of difference. Skanda ...

Whale watching off the coast of Mirissa–Sri Lanka

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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 ...

Bird watching in Chundikkulam / Jaffna –North of Sri Lanka

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Ever since the 30 year political unrest in the North of Sri Lanka came to an end in May 2009, people have been travelling to Jaffna and its islets on pilgrimage and for leisure. With the A-9 road, the primary motorway to the peninsula being rehabilitated in 2013 and the railway line re-laid in 2014 the visitors to the peninsula ...

Arugam Bay

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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?

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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.

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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 ...