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Bouncing into the Unknown Seas …. and Cliffs … to meet Lord Shiva

Michael Roberts

About 500 yards north of the hotel Trinco Blu at Nilaveli is a small rock promontory where a river inlet streams into the ocean. The inlet connects with the Tamil village of Thalli which is adjacent to the renowned temple of Thalli abutting the rock promontory on its northern side.

When I wandered down that way one morning with camera in hand, I was greeted warmly by an imposing 6ft/4 gentleman who introduced himself as Naguleswaran. He ushered me into the small lagoon crowded with shallow-bottom motorized fishing boats and showed me his boat.

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Amateur Excursions in and around Galle Fort in Recent Times

Michael Roberts and his “box camera” venture into his old domain

Slick Roof Renovation Work on a Typical House captured in 2008 …. tiles thrown up to a “Catcher’ on Roof  and Then ….

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An Underwater Museum at Galle initiated by the SL Navy

Darshana Sanjeeva Balasuriya, Daily Mirror, 17 June 2020, with this title

Following the opening of the Sri Lanka’s first underwater museum in Galle, the Navy is also planning to build two more underwater museums in Trincomalee and Tangalle.

Navy Commander Piyal de Silva declared open the first underwater museum in Sri Lanka in Galle on April 5.

Following the opening of the Sri Lanka’s first underwater museum in Galle, the Navy is also planning to build two more underwater museums in Trincomalee and Tangalle.

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Besetting Problems in the “Battle for Harmony” in Sri Lanka

“Battle for Harmony” in Sri Lanka was a Zoom Discussion organized by the Youth Rotary of Colombo East on the evening of 28th May 2020 … https://www.facebook.com/RotaractColomboEast

Opening Statement by Michael Roberts

  Let me begin with the closing statement voiced by Kumar Sangakkara in his Cowdrey Lecture at the MCC in 2011: “My loyalty will be to the ordinary Sri Lankan fan, their twenty million hearts beating collectively. They are my foundation. They are my family. I will play cricket for them….. With me are all my people. I am Tamil, Sinhalese, Muslim,[1] Burgher. I am a Buddhist, a Hindu, a follower of Islam and Christianity. I am, today, and always, proudly Sri Lankan.Continue reading

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Violence and Terror from Within the Protest Movement in Hong Kong

Anonymous Aussie

There is a unbalanced and misguided perception in the Western media and among Western politicians that new security laws now being introduced in HK to ban subversion, sedition, succession and terrorism are unjustified and an attempt to over-ride the One Country, Two System agreement.

This website https://www.truth-hk.com/ however provides information and links to over 200 violent incidents from 2019 to 2020 (80 in 2020 so far) in which pro-democracy protestors have been involved in acts of violence, vandalism, arson, terrorism, and rumour spreading. These acts include setting fire to buildings, sending explosive devices to senior police officers in envelopes, the use of petrol bombs to attack police stations; or in one instance, a police officer attempting to stop a motorcycle for illegally driving rammed him and rode off; a woman assaulted by protestors for attempting to remove their roadblocks; destroying shops, and hundreds of other violent acts in the name of democracy – all supported by the US, Britain and Australia.

Each listing provides multiple sources for verification.

Protestors have today called out to the US government for Hong Kong to be given Independence which violates the One Country, Two Systems agreement signed between China and Britain in 1997.

https://www.truth-hk.com/

Below we list a few cases…  

 Rioters have smashed multiple traffic lights, commercial stores and set fire on civilian roads.

 Police Headquarters have received a letter to the Police Commissioner containing explosive devices that could blind the recipient. Wan Chai 21 April 2020

The police said that the power of the bomb can injure the recipient’s eyes, face and hands in a range of more than half a meter, which is commonly used in terrorist attacks. This is the second intimidation letter received by the police chief within half a month.

Police have to use tear gas to disperse. Causeway Bay 24 May 2020.

 Rioters have been setting fire on civilian roads and throwing petrol bombs into a police facility. Prince Edward, 31 March 2020

 A group of Rioters bully and kick a middle aged women in the head for taking pictures of them at Tin Shui Wai 6 May 2020.  see video  https://youtu.be/3Y-loqqGiLY

After arresting 17 people and seized 2.6 tonnes of explosives in raids, Police are removing the chemicals from a building.  These are related to three earlier bomb plots at public facilities, and warned of the growth of local terrorism. Tai Kok Tsui 9 March 2020

A female police supporters is assaulted by protesters who have gathered, she was injured in her head and bleed heavily. Times Square 21 February 2020…

 ALSO SEE this brutal attack by protestors on one person… ……

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Colossal Kills on All Fronts in 1944/45, World War II

Michael Roberts

In venturing into reflections on VE Day commemorations, by pure chance I stumbled on You Tube reviews of the ways in which German POWs were dealt with in Britain during and after the war. This data base also provides partial information on the enormous loss of life on the various moments in the Western front as the Allied forces advanced on Germany after D Day in June 1944.

 Hitler Germany’s greatest reach 1942

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Michael’s Testimony for VE Day in Britain, 8th May 1945

Michael Roberts

Tears rolled down my eyes in profound sorrow and joy as the news media on TV and computer-script dwelt on the VE commemorations in Britain — Yesterday and Today 8th and 9th May 2020. Perhaps that may surprise some readers. So …… let me clarify.

Yes, I was only seven years old or thereabouts then in 1945. Yes, I was resident in the Fort area within the town of Galle in the island of Ceylon …. not in Britain or Europe. So, how is that event so meaningful …. and so profound in my thinking-mould. Continue reading

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Pirapāharan the Megalomaniac: Stephen Champion’s Reading from 2007

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Michael Roberts: An Introductory Note, 30 April 2020

In early April this year 2020 I came across new data – or rather, information which had bypassed me earlier – garnered by DBS Jeyaraj via his exchanges with KP Pathmanāthan[1] in KP’s capacity as the head of the international arm of the LTTE from 31 December 2008.[2] This data confirmed and elaborated on the processes of Western imperialistic intervention in Sri Lanka in 2009 as the LTTE slid to defeat.

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Champion’s Photographic Lens on Sri Lanka’s Travails, 1988-2008

Saroj Pathirana, in bbc.com, where the title reads “History ‘repeats’ through lens” … an EVENT in July 2008 in London  = https://www.bbc.com/sinhala/highlights/story/2008/07/080716_champion_photos.shtml

While traveling around Sri Lanka for over 22 years I always expected someday the situation would change for the better”, says the veteran British photographer Stephen Champion. However, after nearly two decades since he first set his foot on the island the country is still battling, he says. “We are still looking at the very similar scenario. History seems to be repeating itself,” Mr. Champion told BBC Sandeshaya at the launch of his latest book on Sri Lanka.

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FOR Sri Lanka: Engaging Lord Naseby and His Journeys in Sri Lanka

Michael Roberts

Since I had been introduced to the British peer Lord Michael Naseby in the surrounds of the House of Lords in March 2018,[1] I assumed that he had been born into the aristocratic upper layer of British society. Wrong. It required his book Sri Lanka for me to learn that he was from the upper middle class and had contested parliamentary seats from the late-960s on behalf of the Conservative Party in what were Labour strongholds – with his peerage being of 1990s vintage. As vitally, his early career as a marketing executive had seen him working in Pakistan and Bengal in the early 1960s before he was stationed in Sri Lanka as a marketing manager for Reckitt and Colman in the period 1963-64.

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