Climate Change, Brown Skin and the Global South It has been years since I had entered the world of climate change where people talk of the Global South and the Global North, the two sides of development in the world geography: developing and the developed world. We professionals, we become part of it, based on our skin colour, and geographical location (consciously or unconsciously). Our mode of thinking, ...

Ballad To Venus Hold me For I’m the cotton handkerchief To your pale blue eyes Rope me For I’m the rugged jetty To your untrusting shoulder-blades Wait for me For I’m the Nimbus cloud To your heart’s drought Bloom on me For I’m the crescent of the night To your tender jasmine eyes Lean on me For my feet are your tap ...

Cameron fell on his own sword – That’s how CNN described it soon after the resignation announcement of David Cameron . It’s a kind of harsh saying  on  a man who gave a chance for the public opinion and decided to leave once his ideology defeated. It may seems like a perfect democratic political scenario, but when considering the ...

I tap a few words into my phone and send them off. It’s nothing much, just a little appreciation. I thank him for being there and for listening.  It calms the storm in my chest a little.. 2:43am wide awake. Work is at the height of insanity right now. It’s high season, things are not […]

Learning at Horizon Lanka is full of fun. Our teachers use songs, movies, audio books, videos, dancing, sports, etc. to teach us. So, we never get bored here like in other places of education. Today Miss Truong Thi Bich Trang The post Learning from Songs at Horizon Lanka appeared first on Horizon Lanka Foundation.

The black river flows despite all the sharp edges that tear her skin open bleeding from the flailing limbs healing paper-cuts and blossoming bruises The black river flows despite all the daggers that sink into her bosom reaching the core, piercing the muscle healing pinpricks and opening gashes The black river flows despite all the strains that break her bones ...

The News Is Bullshit “They allege that I have stolen $18 billion, but if they find evidence of even $1, I will cut my throat.” – Mahinda Rajapakse Two years ago I used to wonder why more people didn’t really discuss the news.  I wondered why we, and my generation in particular, were largely content to ignore everything happening around us and focus on mundane things like what to ...

Dad (For Father’s Day) A hero unsung in lip Unsuckled in breast Unpreserved in womb Still the winner of loaves In the currency of dough And feeder of love-crumbs An unconditional donor Of what is immeasurable By the worth of sweat-dew Despite the condition Of being perenially Anatomically-unbridged Always the biological pariah Who will linger in the shade As love’s messiah

You swept me up in your magic Your quirks, your mystery Blindfolded, you led me on With practiced sensuality Till I believed I loved you And that you loved me too But it was all just smoke and shadows And soon you had vanished too.

if a picture can talk , it can talk a book of stories . Stories of us which defined our lives. The happy moments as well as the difficult times. Frozen but alive,  the memories will last a long time The colors might fade,  but the history of  will remain.

Host based firewall in Linux Linux comes with a host based firewall called Netfilter. 'iptables' is program linux based firewall and it handles filtering for IPv4, and ip6tables. This post lists most simple iptables solutions required by a new Linux user to secure his or her Linux operating system from intruders. Displaying the Status of Your Firewall iptables -L -n -v -L : List rules-v ...

Love and Other Drugs He smuggled her Through a pupil in his eye And a pocket in his heart For a good two years; and the day finally came When he was pumped in tachycardia And needed some Xanax To tranquillize his giddy arrhythmia As in front of an alter One question was eagerly answered As one forever was embarked And all he ...

I am not a photographer. Just another slob who takes the occasional photo. For centuries I have had a neglected Flickr account.  I used it to hold photos illustrating blog posts. Now I have decided to put the photos I’ve taken into the public domain.  What that means, to quote the Creative Commons description is…

All the time , the murmurs in the background , hurts my soul. The dust seems to keep me blindfold. Thinking, it is reality you need to accept . You cannot runaway from it. You cannot deny it. You need to live with it all. It hurts, it pains , but it is also a way of contentment. Remember what you have , forget what you have lost.  After all in the end, nothing will remain the same.

The Gift It was a gift Given on his 14th birthday It was an era when the tongue Got used to curving in and out Making the tide as white as table-salt Still he was scared to use the blade of a sword – Kaduwa in his native tongue – Petrified of being another castaway In the cruel poetic seas But ...

The Government recently announced its decision to create a new policy regarding Sri Lanka’s stray dogs, and Animal Welfare Organisations (AWOs) and animal lovers are not too happy about this for many reasons. Last week we brought you a breakdown of the country’s current street dog situation, covering how it has been dealt with, some of its contributory factors, as ...

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