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Bill Leak etches no more…. Appreciations galore

Bill Leak, the editorial cartoonist for THE AUSTRALIAN, passed away at the age of 61 from a heart attack. The VALE iin appreciation in that newspaper extends to several pages. But perhaps the best epitaph was from the cartoonist Paul Broelman in the Geelong Advertiser–showing a memorial in stone of a hand with the index finger extended as “Up Yours!!”

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Rear View? or Side View? Cast Your Vote!


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February 16, 2017 · 10:21 am

Canada to Build Wall to Keep Yankees OUT


The flood of Trump-fearing American liberals sneaking across the border into Canada has intensified in the past week. The Republican presidentialcampaign is prompting an exodus among left-leaning Americans who fear they’ll soon be required to hunt, pray, pay taxes, and live according to the Constitution.

Canadian border residents say it’s not uncommon to see dozens of sociology professors, liberal arts majors, global-warming activists, and “green”energy proponents crossing their fields at night. “I went out to milk the cows the other day, and there was a Hollywoodproducer huddled in the barn,” said southern Manitoba farmer Red Greenfield, whose acreage borders North Dakota.   “He was cold, exhausted and hungry, and begged me for a latte and some free-range chicken.  When I said I didn’thave any, he left before I even got a chance to show him my screenplay, eh?”
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Lankan Lampoons on The President’s Men

BUT … which President or President-to-Be are we referring to? Obama? Hillary? Trump? PM Ranil? or Royal Ranil?


Profile :-   “My life story is on my face”!! … Has a keen sense of humour – his famous song being ; “Why can’t a woman be like a man”


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“Aiyo! Aiyo!” AIYO penetrates the Oxford Dictionary

News Item, 10 October 2016

Aiyo! It’s officially In Oxford Dictionary Now!


“Aiyoh”, a common expression in Sri Lanka, South India, Singapore, Malaysia and South Africa.  Now it is among more than 1000 newly pinned words that made it into the 20-volume Oxford English Dictionary last month. Oxford Dictionary is the most widely referred book for English nuances. The Oxford dictionary is 150 years old and for people who swear by it, if a word is not included in this book that word is not English. Period. It keeps updating its list of words each year by adding some commonly used words.

Aiyoh“, defined as expressing many emotions – distress, regret, pain, surprise, grief, disappointment, irritation and disgust.

It has been reported that Oxford English Dictionary believes that this word has originated from China (Aiyoh in Mandarin). The Oxford English Dictionary adds new words four times a year. Some scholars are believed to be unhappy with the inclusion of these words in the dictionary as they believe this takes away the purity of the English language in all effect and is offending, but they have been using these colloquial words in their daily lives. Continue reading

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The Seductiveness of Indian Women: Cricketing Stars in Love

Sudatta Mukherjee, writing about “SEVEN  foreign cricketers who married Indian women” …

ckting stars

tait plusAustralian speedster Shaun Tait tied the knot to Indian model Mashoom Singha on June 12, after a four-year courtship.  Continue reading


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The Bad Old Days via Satirical Cartoon — Aubrey Collette’s Touch

Wasantha Siriwardena, courtesy of Sunday Observer, 15 May 2016, where the title is  “Aubrey Collette: Drawing the best out of political caricature”

Born in 1920 as the youngest son of renowned photographer Jos Collette, Aubrey spent his childhood drawing. After completing his education at Royal College, he was appointed as an art master in the same school. Collette joined the ’43 Group, which was Sri Lanka’s (then Ceylon) prominent and internationally recognised Modern Art movement at that time. He exhibited his paintings alongside George Keyt, Justin Deraniyagala, Lionel Wendt, Geoffrey Beling, Harry Pieris, Richard Gabriel, L.T.P. Manjusri and George Classen. Collette was a fine painter like the rest but it was for his incisive satirical cartoons that he became famous.

AUBREY COLLETTEAubrey Collette durig Lake House days

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