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Ranil’s Interviews. Faux Pas Galore. Total Failures

Major General (Retd.) Lalin Fernando, in Asian Tribune, .with this title “When does a Prime Minister Resign?. http://www.asiantribune.com/node/92706

When PM Wickramasinghe was asked by BBC’s Channel 4 why he had not taken action against ISIS terrorists who had returned to the Island in 2017, his fatuous reply was that it was not illegal in SL to take part in terrorist actions abroad.

The PM has a basic degree in law. He likes to continuously impress his ill educated but fawning parliamentary minions and Colombo’s socialites. But with the Channel 4 man the PM was clearly out of his depth and clearly in fear of personal repercussions for the Easter Sunday massacre. There were 250 dead, almost all Christians, and 450 wounded. A colossal intelligence failure was blamed for it. The PM thought it and anything else was not enough to damn him. Continue reading

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A Fitting Farewell to Dishan Shiyam Careem in Galle Fort

Dishan Shiyam Careem

To all his friends & family, …..After surviving two heart attacks in 2017 Shiyam always the inspiration and pioneer during a terrible thirty year civil war passed away last week with a third heart attack at 5.25 am. Leaving two sons Amzar and Samad who will have much to face over the coming months. I have attached a picture of his funeral that brought the whole city of Galle Fort out onto the streets to pray for him and say their farewells. He was laid to rest in the UNESCO listed Galle Fort Meeran Mosque, where he can watch the boats crossing the silk route of the sea for all eternity and be at one with the ancient city he loved and never wanted to leave. On friday night, the 22nd March there will be a party celebrating his life at the warehouse in the old city – The Last Tango In Galle Fort. If you are in Sri Lanka please do go and have one last dance to say goodbye and if you are not please do stay in touch as his sons will need all of you to be around. I apologise for doing this in blocks as there are still so many people still to tell.

Best wishes always, Juliet Coombe

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Brexit Coinage: Queen Elizabeth in Despair

The Brits have not lost their sense of humour …. But what about common sense!

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Sri Lanka’s Architectural Heritage within Modernisation attracts Diverse Experts

Item in DAILY FT, 18  March 2019, entitled “Bridging the gap between urban development and architectural heritage”

The Delegation of the European Union in collaboration with the Embassies of Netherlands, Germany, and Italy, as well as the British Council will host the 2019 edition of Living Heritage with a one-day conference on ‘Valuing Cultural Heritage: A Cross-Cultural Perspective’ on 25 March at the Jubilee Room, Galle Face Hotel from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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Pictorial and Word ‘Recipes’ for Reflection

Rohan de Soysa’s Thoughts and Snaps

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A Grand Felicitation in Print for KD Paranavitana

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Chettinad’s Palaces in View

T. S. Subramanium,in Frontline, 7 December 2018, with photos by Velankanni Raj …. where the title runs “The Palaces of Chettinad”

The palatial decorated homes of Chettiars in the Chettinad region of Tamil Nadu are symbols of a colonial-era architectural heritage marked by opulence. The stately mansions of Nattukottai Chettiars of the Chettinad region in Tamil Nadu are a statement of the affluence the mercantile community enjoyed at the height of its prosperity during the British Raj. The palatial houses, with the built-up area measuring anywhere between 20,000 square feet (1,858 sq. metres) and 70,000 sq. ft (6,503 sq. m), were mostly built in the period between the early 1800s and the 1940s. The Chettiars had set up flourishing trading and business enterprises in Burma (now Myanmar), Ceylon (now Sri Lanka), Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia (including Java and Sumatra), Vietnam, Mauritius and the Philippines.

       At the Chettinad palace, a large patio with “thinnais”

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