Buckets strike back! Enough is enough. Ever since some idiot decided to invent me, I’ve never had it easy. I never got to choose what goes in me. I’ve been used, sure, in civilized societies, to draw water. That’s an across-the-globe thing. Maybe they should have named me water bucket and made some law to prohibit buckets from being used to collect anything ...

The Bala Tampoe story Veteran trade union leader and General Secretary of Ceylon Mercantile, Industrial and General Workers Union Bala Tampoe passed away in Colombo at the age of 92 today. I interviewed 'Comrade Bala' for the Sunday Island 13 years ago. That interview (published on April 8, 2001) is reproduced here by way of tribute to a colorful and evergreen red, so to ...

We don't need another hero Yes, that’s from Tina Turner’s song from the 1985 film Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome, written by Terry Britten and Graham Lyle. The line came to me, strangely, after I had just told a set of schoolchildren that we don’t need to look beyond our shores to find heroes (if indeed we needed any, I should have added).The line is nice ...

By way of tribute to Sam Wijesinghe Pic courtesy Sunday ObserverSam Wijesinghe, former Secretary General of Parliament, passed away last night at the age of 93. I interviewed him about 12 years ago but sadly don't have the transcript. I can't find it on the web either. But in April 2004, when there was a lot of excitement over the election of the Speaker, Editor of the ...

Uva is for vandals (and other tidbits) Uva is for vandals?Party offices in the Uva Province are being attacked by ‘unknown’ thugs. The ‘know’ part of it (which the Police seems to be clueless about) can be figured out when one notes the fact that the targets are UNP and JVP. Should we say ‘Uva is for Vandals’? Or is vandalism a new name for election campaign? ...

Lester: A figure of the nation's destiny Pic courtesy ft.lkI haven’t watched many films with my father. Although he is an ardent consumer of all art forms, he rarely had the time to take us to the cinema, the theatre or for musical recitals. And yet, I distinctly remember how he made it a point to take us to see Sinhabahu and Maname, patiently guiding us along ...

The long road to ‘Gold’ at the Chess Olympiad It’s a long way from Colombo to Tromso. Indeed, a few years ago none who undertook the journey to the distant fishing ‘village’ in the northern part of Norway would have heard the name. That is, not until FIDE, the world body governing chess announced that the 2014 Chess Olympiad would be held there. The journey was long. It was ...

The party is over There are parties and there are coalitions. We’ve seen both rise and fall, falter and prosper. There are party candidates and there are common candidates. We’ve seen both types and both have tasted success and failure. Common fronts were not uncommon in the period before J R Jayewardene came up with the Second Republican Constitution in 1978 with proportional representation, ...

Sajith Premadasa's move(s) The faith of South Asian people in dynastic rule is astounding considering all the braggadocio about democratic traditions. There have been the odd ‘outsider’ of course but by and large the political stories of India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and as of late the Maldives have been about fathers, mothers, daughters, sons, brothers and sisters. It’s not a two generation ...

Would you like to be the rain? Nanda Malini’s ‘Pawana’ was dated. For the most part. It was a period-relevant album. It swept across the smouldering hearts of some sections of the Sri Lankan youth in the late eighties. That album was a rough cut and deliberately so. It was irresponsible in a way because Nanda Malini and her lyricists ought to have known better the kinds ...

Mahela's retirement stumps SLC (for a while) ‘Mahela has retired from Test Cricket,’ the President announced. He might have expected a few seconds of silence as warranted by the gravity of the matter. That’s not because Mahela’s exit might precipitate a downturn in Sri Lanka’s cricketing fortunes; it is a loss but hardly guarantees a string of defeats. He might have expected silence on account of how ...

The 'un-retiring class' and other tidbits 'The 'un-retiring class'Mahela Jayawardena retired from Test cricket. He said his piece. He talked of being privileged to play alongside great cricketers. He showed class. And someone said 'class never retires'. True. There are classes and classes. The working class may want to retire but can't. The privileged classes can retire but won't. Men and women come and go, politicians ...

No words for the laughter and tears ROBIN WILLIAMS ( 1951-2014)Some knew him as an actor. Some as actor and as stand-up comic. Some knew if on and off the set. Looks like few knew him at all. And yet Robin Williams is ‘family’ to millions. This is why news of his death saw an outpouring of grief. This is why news of suspected suicide was heartbreaking. ...

The miracle of cricket No Arjuna, Aravinda, Sanath, Murali or Vaas. No problem. It has been an incredible run. The word can be used considering how quickly Sri Lanka became a force to reckon with after achieving test status. The word ‘incredible’ is apt for many other reasons. Just check the records chalked up by Sri Lanka and Sri Lankans over the past few ...

Angelo Mathews read Mahela like no one did Mahela retired. Had to happen someday. He’s been around long enough. He’s done the hard yards. He has the stats to show for it. He has the moments. The accolades. And they will continue to come for a few days. Then there will be the ‘distraction’ of the ODI series and the forget-all-else biggies, the World Cup. He will duly ...

මිහිරිම කාලය හා “මිහිර“ මතකයන්! 'මිහිර' මංගල කලාපයේ මුල් පිටුව අවුරුදු කීපෙකට කලින් යමෙක් මට යෝජනාවක් ගෙන එන ලදි. “ලියන්නකෝ ඔයාගේ ප්‍රථම ප්‍රේමය ගැන“. අපොයි ඒක මහ අමාරු වැඩක්. ඒක ආදරය ගැනවත් ආදරවන්තයින් ගැනවත් ලියන්න තියෙන අපහසුවක් නොවෙයි. මුල්ම කොටස කොතනින් පටන් ගන්නවද කියන එකයි විසදගන්න අමාරු. අවසාන ආදරයත් ප්‍රථම ආදරය ම වෙනවා කියලයි මට හිතාගෙන උන්නේ. ඒත් ඒ යෝජනාව මං පිළිගත්තා. ඒක නිසා මම ...

‘Don’t frame me!’ pleads a US soldier Folks, I know that in the end I am dispensable. I know this because I knew that I was dispensable at the very beginning too. The rich don’t fight. The poor do. They must. The children of those who make the big bucks from selling weapons (of mass destruction and otherwise) don’t fight. Not in the trenches anyway. One or ...

Washington 'logic' and other tidbits Washington ‘logic’The USA invaded Iraq on a pretext. The USA messed up that country and then ‘left’. Now the USA is back. The USA has returned because of the ISIS, we are told. ‘Targeted strikes,’ Washington says. We know that when the USA says ‘Targets’ it includes innocent civilians, children, elderly people and so on. Let’s leave all that aside. ...

Who brought the elephant into the room and who will remove it? Elephants are majestic creatures. They are also beasts of burden. They give stature to pageants. Those who have tusks are especially valuable to the point that they are hunted, killed and divested of their prized ‘possessions’. They also enhance status of owners. Elephants are sought then for a variety of reasons. There are therefore laws about acquisition. Whether these are ...

Memories of 'Mihira' and days when life was so much sweeter The cover page of the maiden copy of 'Mihiri'Some years ago someone made a suggestion: ‘write about your first love’. That’s a hard one. It’s not because writing about love or lovers is difficult. It’s the ‘first’ part that’s difficult to figure out. I concluded around that time that the ‘last love’ is also the first. But I responded to ...

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