It appears that there are pressures in motion to return to the old Rajapaksa programme of rendering the National Anthem on Independence Day in Sinhala Only. As Eranda Ginige has contended, this would be a retrograde step. Towards our comprehension of the issues, I present a preliminary and incomplete bibliography of pertinent items — including the work of Kushil Gunasekera and his Foundation of Goodness in fostering the Murali Cup; the endeavours of Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene; and Sasanka Perera’s slashing criticism of the parochial responses to Kishani Jaysinghe’s operatic rendering of “Danno Budunge.”
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Anthony Cyril Ernst
Dear All, ….. Congratulate yourselves as you also belong to this amazing generation that experienced all these amazing things, simply by being born at ‘Just the right time!’. Please note that I checked your ‘Birth Certificates’ before adding your name to the list of recipients.
Born in …40’s
House of Lords, 7th January 2020
Lord Naseby spoke about Sri Lanka in the Queen’s Speech debate in the House of Lords: “We’ve now got two new leaders, one here in the UK with the drive, determination and commitment and you have an almost identical philosophy in the newly elected Gotabaya Rajapaksa, a man of proven leadership an ability with an agenda to keep the peace to keep an inclusive policy for minorities etc. I see huge opportunities for trade – my noble friend Lord Sheikh raised some of them, I concur with those. There is a huge opportunity but only… … ONLY if the UNHRC project is wound up. I say to the house and my noble friend on the front bench – this year is the year for UK to have faith in Sri Lanka and its newly elected executive president.”
Rich Tenorio, an essay penned on 24 December 2019 and entitled “How Jewish-American immigrant Irving Berlin started a Christmas revolution”
The best version of White Christmas was done by Elvis. Berlin was highly critical of him for “desecrating” his song. How ironic: A god-fearing Protestant criticised by a Jew for the way he sang a Christmas song. But like a lot of the older brigade, Sinatra included, Berlin felt left behind by rock n’ roll. Yet Jews like Dylan and Paul Simon, dug Elvis.
Irving Berlin, at the piano, and friends celebrate the 25th year since he wrote ‘Alexander’s Rag Time Band’ at a banquet in his honor in Hollywood, California, January 20, 1936. Standing behind Berlin, at right, is Joseph Schenck, film producer. In front row singing together are two of the Marx Brothers, Chico and Harpo. (AP Photo) Continue reading
Ned Dean and Ranat
“We meet and we part
In this journey through sansara
But the meeting or parting does not end with time or years
It is a long stretch of an eventful road
Where milestones matter more than rises or falls
We have travelled together on this hard, endless road
Where milestones matter more than rises or falls
The journey was neither smooth nor full of magical moments alone
But many achievements reached more worth than monuments in gold
Leaving a fragrance that would linger on and unfold
Gifting a memory of a life rich and rare
Now you are gone as you wished on a fateful morn
While family, friends and students remember and mourn
A warm tear drops that none would see or feel
As I ponder about you, while my memory unfolds your sight.”
Neetha S. Ratnapala
News Item from UWA, 9 December 2019, entitled “Cricket legend visits UWA to test wearable technology”
Sri Lankan spin bowling legend Muttiah Muralitharan (Murali) has visited The University of Western Australia for an update on the technology that cleared his unorthodox bowling action in the late 1990s, resulting in him becoming the world record holder for the most wickets taken in both Test and one-day cricket.
“I’ve been tested here (at UWA) five or six times,” Murali said. “Every time there is a problem I come here and test, so the facility year by year is improving. They are still developing, for a new generation, how to overcome these problems.”
Today Yesterday … with Jacqui Alderson directed by Bruce Elliot
Lalin Fernando,* in Asian Tribune, 9 December 2019, where the title is “Swiss strike Gold and Salman in Sri Lanka”
When God on his final inspections round the world visited Switzerland he dropped in on a Swiss farm house. The Swiss farmer was overwhelmed. He invited God in, asked him to sit and rest. He offered God a glass of delicious milk. God thanked him for it. The Swiss farmer said ‘God please don’t thank me. You have given us everything people can want. We live in the most beautiful and richest country in the world. There are beautiful lakes with plenty of fish, high snow capped mountains that give us protection, green fields for us to farm and provide fodder for cattle, gushing rivers and an invigorating climate. I have a large family and everything we need. Thank you God’.
NOTE — my attempt to place photos of Herr Ambassador Herr Hanspeter MOCK drawn from web were defeated by the embargo attached to his PIX on web. Wow! Halleluyyiyah! Swiss barriers on free speech?
After a short rest, God got up to leave. The Swiss farmer said ‘excuse me God, you forgot something’. God checked and said ‘nothing’s missing. May I go please’? The Swiss man said ‘Of course but God you haven’t paid me for the milk’.