Sesquicentennial Sesquicentennial ROYSTON REPORTS, Number 235 Sunday, 21 December 2014. Greetings at Christmas to readers around the world for a jolly good time of well-deserved indulgence. Tropical Christmas It’s Christmas in The Living Room. (not mine but the tavern in Galle Fort) Christmas in Sri Lanka is sublimely tropical and it’s not an extreme sport to swim on Christmas Day, as ...

Five Great Facebook Groups You Should Know About Since 2008, online forums gradually started to decline, with Facebook groups replacing them left, right and center. There are millions of Facebook groups, scaling from 5-10 members to millions members from around the world. Even in Sri Lanka, there are groups with over 500,000 members. While most of the huge Sri Lankan groups are filled with classifieds and spam, there ...

Mahela Jayawardena is a Gemini. Also known as the twins, symbolised by two faces looking in opposite directions. Also reminiscent of the Roman god Janus (where we get January), whose two heads look forward at the new year and back at the old year. Geminis therefore are often two people in one. The twins are not looking in the same ...

It has been while since I posted here. I got this puzzle from a friend, and it took four of us roughly 3 hours to figure it out. After solving of course it feels simple. But the process of getting to the solution for the first time will give your brain cells a  real workout. Thought its worth sharing, Here ...

The year started with a lot of pain and more pain. But with time, I re-learnt to do what I do best. Bury my life in work and try new things. Little by little it became easier. Actually, it didn’t get easy, you just get used to being with it that it becomes a part of your life but it ...

What’s wrong with our World Cup squad, I hear you ask? Well a lot, if you ask me. Yes, this is a 30 member pool and there are a lot of untested names. But the most notable absentee in the squad is Logic. With Foresight also being unlucky to be left out. But let’s face it. This 30 isnt’ going ...

Our old Samsung fridge was a little over 10 yrs and was giving a bit of trouble where it would suddenly not cool at all. So after trying to fix it so many times, and me not being able to make any desserts, I decided to take the maternal force on a fridge hunt. It wasn’t easy as when I ...

So I have been invited to participate in the panel moderated by Tim Unwin that is described below. I did not use the session title, “balancing participation and facilitation” because that does not seem to correctly reflect the language in the descriptive paragraph below. We have now fully emerged from an environment where service and carriage were tightly related, and ...

A recent article on the Tribune compares Pakistan’s “poor performance” to global averages in download speeds for broadband. The piece is based on Ookla’s most recent Net Index (which is calculated on a rolling 30-day average). While some arguments are legit, the author fails to realise a few things: 1. Speed it not the only metric that affects quality. Depending on what the Internet is being ...

I’m slow I’m different I’m special I’m kind ——————- I need help I need you I need love I need care —————– I will learn I will play I will sing I will dance —————- I love you I love toys I love cartoons I love peace ————— I’m slow I’m different I’m special I’m kind ————— To the amazing ...

I’ve always been this chubby creature who takes after my late grandma and her sons in exactly all physical aspects. I’ve never had a problem with it. In fact, I’ve gotten so used to people saying things, that it does hurt for a few moments, and after that I just realise that I’m much greater than all those petty minds. ...

Mahindananda Aluthgamage, member of parliament, cabinet minister, professional fraud and amateur thug, walked out of the political debate show Wada Pitiya on Derana TV yesterday after being accused by a caller of being exactly who he is – a professional thief. Aluthgamage in return accused Derana TV (which is sort of owned by government minister Sarath Amunugama) of being biased ...

There it was…… begging to be taken…. waiting for my fingers to feel it…. to feel the music…… All I had to do was hold it right….. Do my magic with my fingers…… I held it……sat upright…… and started to strum the strings…. like a spanish guitar…. In the beginning, it felt right….it felt good…… and then it started to ...

Ginformation Information ROYSTON REPORTS, Number 232 Sunday 30 November 2014. Greetings from Sri Lanka as the holiday season approaches, with information on gin and whales. Information Thanks to an unexpected invitation from Martin Straus, MD of the British Food & Beverage Training Centre of Colombo, I was privileged to sit in at a Gin Cocktail training session given by Mr Straus ...

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