Ever since I began to write on cricket in the late 1980s** I held that sledging was a form of warfare that introduced imbalances into the cricket field. It enabled those better versed in verbal intimidation in all its manifest forms, whether jocular or threatening, to gain an edge over other teams less adept in the lingua franca of the field, namely, English. I argued then that it was a form of imperialism which advantaged the English-speaking sides versed in the art; and indicated that it would eventually lead the Asian sides to become a clone of the English-speaking Western imperialist “sledgers” (even sledging from Black guys originating from a Caribbean background). In brief Western power generated Westernized clones.
Thus, the argument was that sledging was a verbal killing on occasions. Jonathan Trott is a dead cricketer now – in part for other reasons, but also in part due to the sledging encountered at the Gabba. Read Michael Atherton in The Australian, 27 November 2013 or The Times. Continue reading
Courtesy of The Hindu, 24 November 2013
The Sri Lankan police have arrested and handed over Jeyabalan – a Jaffna-born Norwegian actor-poet– to the Department of Immigration and Emigration. Mr. Jeyabālan, who made a mark in Kollywood with his performance in Aadukalam, was reportedly engaged in political work in the Northern Province, while on a tourist visa. Police spokesperson Ajith Rohana told The Hindu on Saturday that Mr. Jeyabālan was arrested in Mankulam on Friday for propagating “extremist views.” Continue reading
Sri Lankan cricketing legend Muttiah Muralitharan said today that Channel 4 had lost its credibility in his eyes due to airing an edited clip of an interview which distorted the context he spoke in…… Video by Sanath Desmond and Waruna Wanniarachchi
SEE http://www.dailymirror.lk/video/38982-muttiah-muralitharan.html AND http://www.channel4.com/news/sri-lanka-murali-cricket-tamils-misled-forget-forgive AND http://www.dailymirror.lk/news/38826-cameron-meets-murali.html
At 92, Margaret Ootschorn is very likely the oldest living member of the Portuguese Burgher community in Batticaloa. Displaced from the Dutch Bar after the 2004 Tsunami, she now lives with her daughter in Thiraaimadu, a new settlement developed especially for the displaced community. She said she still misses her life in the Dutch Bar. We talked about the disappearing language and traditions, and how the younger generation no longer speak the language. Afterwards I walked around the small village, met members of the community who were sitting by the roadside and the beautiful new church that was being built for them. A few months later, she invited me along to celebrate the wedding of her grandniece in the unique Portugese Burgher style, with the special blend of Kaffirinha music, dancing and importantly, wine. The Burgher hospitality is legendary and while Margaret felt that modern Burgher weddings are nothing like in the old days, everyone had a lot of fun.