Brands (a)part ‘Some are the melody, some are the beat, youth is like a diamond in the sun and we all know that diamonds are forever. So many dreams swinging out of the blue and I decided to let them come true. I have created some diamonds in the shape of jeans and tops and decided to call the collection Forever Young. ...

The UNP gets ready to drop 'united' Ranil's handsA single individual does not a front make. Politics is about people. And leaders. And lieutenants. 'Right-hand men and women', as they say. In Passara, UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe claimed that he had 4 hands. He named them: Sajith Premadasa, Wijedasa Rajapaksa, Ravi Karunanayake and Daya Gamage. He said he needed 7 more. Talk about a leader dividing his ...

On ‘monarchizing' mechanism and afterlife blues* The 18th Amendment is in the news again, this time sadly as a straw-clutching move by an Opposition which appears to consider any match up with Mahinda Rajapaksa an exercise doomed to fail. The legal objections posed by former Chief Justice Sarath N Silva have sparked some interest and time will tell if the arguments are robust and if they ...

Jehan Perera and the agonies of ‘Pamperditis’ I believe that there are things in this world that warrant the registration of strong objection. And I believe there are things which, although arguably irritating, are too trivial to tear one’s hair over. There is a difference, in other words, between legitimate complain and insufferable whine. There is a time to refer that interesting adage about complaining that one ...

Some days are not made for writing There are days when nothing gets written. Not for lack of subject or absence of urge. Circumstances. Like today, Monday the 27th of September, 2010. I sat down to write but was not allowed to. I began around 11.00 am after attending to some urgent matter at the Ministry of Education. A man who wanted to show me some poetry ...

Nimalka Fernando asked an interesting question when Thilini was arrested by the Police. Thilini is the woman who responded to alleged lewd remarks by a person called Selva by slapping him repeatedly (all caught on camera). Nimalka asked if the police arrests all men who beat up women. Now a situation of domestic abuse is more complicated that an insulted ...

When will the cartographically-challenged go home? It’s good when people exchange barbs on twitter as opposed to bullets, bombs and missiles. It is of course even better if that’s all there is to it. We don’t live in happy times. Then again, a good laugh cannot harm in unhappy times.Canada’s mission to NATO took to sarcastic tweeting after Russia claimed that its 10 captured servicemen had ...

The TNA's honesty and other tidbits Wariyapola 'Slapper' now an NGO 'project'?The (justifiably) irate woman who slapped a man who is alleged to have taunted her in a lewd manner was arrested after the taunter complained to the police. Later this 'victim' was also arrested. The slapping video went viral. People took sides. But guess who is making the most capital out of it all? Why, ...

Thanks to social media and the widespread use of mobile devices which can take pictures we’ve seen quick dissemination of horror stories in various eateries. In time, hopefully, those who operate and work in restaurants big and small, well-known and nondescript, those in Colombo as well as those far away from the capital, will get their act together or ...

There are many ways to trace one’s journey from the point of birth to the point of deliberation, i.e. the ‘now’ of reflection. You can count your blessings. You can count the times you tripped. You can mark them separately or together on a time line. You can see life as knife-set or tidbits, yearnings or fishnets, what-ifs or so-whats, ...

Can you take Shamila to see Rukshan? She looked lovely that night as she smiled when receiving an award. She is seldom without a smile, and her friends know this. An ‘award-smile’ one expects to be slightly more radiant. That slightly-more was there. One might put it down to pride. Not put-off pride but genuine gladness at the recognition; the kind that no one would grudge. All ...

The UNP must bridge the democracy-deficit Gabriel Garcia Marquez, in his celebrated novel ‘One Hundred Years of Solitude’ describes the signing of an agreement between two warring parties, the liberals and conservatives. Colonel Aureliano Buendia, rebel leader, is surrounded by his lawyers. The draft document is not a give-and-take agreement, but an absolute surrender. The fact is pointed out to him: ‘But Colonel, if we agree ...

Who’s afraid of Mahinda Rajapaksa? There’s going to be an election in a few weeks time. On the face of it yet another provincial council election in the now to-be-expected staggered format that gives the ruling party an inside edge should not excite anyone. On the other hand, the Uva PC election is being held amid widespread speculation that it will be followed by a ...

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 ...

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