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 ...

Resurrect the General Practitioner! If you have a persistent headache you might rub some medicinal oil on your head or take a Paracetamol tablet. If you have aches and pains, there’s peyava, there’s koththamalli with some venivelgetaor Siddhalepa. Even a cat medicates itself, chewing on kuppameniya when feeling out of sorts. A little boy trips and bruises his knee and his friends will administer ...

William James once said that a great many people think they are thinking when they are really rearranging their prejudices. That’s a quote sent by my quote-provider, the late Errol Alphonso. I think James was being ungracious. The thinking comes first, the rearranging later. Once you’ve decided to rearrange prejudices, the only thinking required pertains to modality. Such people might ...

The White House is a torture chamber! A torture chamber called ‘The White House’No, don’t get us wrong, no one is getting ‘rendered’ in the White House, no fingernails are being pulled out, no ‘water treatment’, no truncheons in the anus and such. But someone does get tortured there all the time. Right now it’s a man called Barack Obama. He tortures himself (self-flagellation, we believe it ...

People have up-days and down-days. There are good times and bad times. Right places and wrong times, wrong times to be at the right place. The world is made of mismatches, one might argue. Anomalies. Chasms that prohibit bridging, bridges that help your go from nowhere to nowhere. Saviours who are forced to wear devil-dress and of course the satanic ...

Triumphalism gets unpacked Celebrating the end of war, end of terrorist threats, being wary and mourning unnecessary deaths is 'WRONG'For a couple of days in May 2009 much of Sri Lanka was adorned with flags. The streets were full of flag-waving, firecracker-lighting people. In many places, following customs of celebration, there were people dishing out milk-rice or kiribath. Free. It was all about ...

Aluthgama and going beyond the black and white of vilification Ask anyone the question ‘Are you a racist?’ and the answer would be ‘no’. You can replace racist with communalist, fundamentalist, extremist, chauvinist or any other derogatory term and you’ll get the same answer. ‘No’. You can ask ‘Are you arrogant, jealous, wicked, deceitful etc etc’ and you will still get ‘no’. No one ever does anything wrong. Act and ...

I believe that it is possible to argue that anyone and everyone are in the pay of some dreadful creature, organization or political force. This is why some otherwise intelligent and even likeable people in Trotskyite organizations spend more time calling each other ‘running dogs of imperialism’ than doing anything about imperialism. Ralph Nader, USpresidential candidate from the Green Party, ...

On Saturday, September 12, 2009, Sri Lanka beat India by 139 in a day-night ODI cricket match at the R.Premadasa Stadium. Spectacular batting performances by Sanath Jayasuriya (98) and Thilina Kandamby (91 not out), followed by an amazing spell by Angelo Matthews (6 for 20 off 6 overs) and neat work behind the stumps by Kumar Sangakkara (4 spectacular catches) ...

The TNA learns a new word... US Embassy needs to sleepThe US Embassy is upset about 'media freedom' in Sri Lanka. Now why does anyone need media freedom? Simple: to get the truth out. To inform. That's what is strange about the US Embassy being upset about media freedom. No country on this earth has been as ready to lie, deceive, twist-facts, mis-interpret, misinform and in ...

Nick Clegg explains a few things to a loyal voter Pic courtesy theguardian.comDeputy Prime Minister of Britain Nick Clegg took a break. He decided to spend some quality time in South Yorkshire, Sheffield Hallam to be precise. He felt safe there. After all, Sheffield Hallam has never returned a Labour MP since 1885 and except for a brief period between 1916 and 1918 was always held by the Conservatives. He ...

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