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Animal Ways

a hermit crab at Mirissa

  a copulating pair of Toque Macaque at the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens …. maybe 7-to-8 acts of penetration within the minute…not rape – just a willing partner

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Two Reflections on the Galle Literary Fest of 2008

Michael Roberts, on 9th February 2008


As a moderator and panelist participating in the Galle Literary Festival held between the 15th and 20th January 2008, my commentary is biased. It is doubly biased. I was born and nourished within the walls of the Fort in Galle, a site that cast a magic spell on the literary fare all and sundry encountered during these heady days.

 with my sister at Girl’s Bathing Place … and as Little bum Mike on the way home

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Striking Views of Galle Fort as Heritage Site

Juliet Coombe,  in Daily News, 29 September 2017, where the title is “The Rich Heritage of Galle Fort”

Juliet Coombe takes a look at this very special UNESCO World Heritage Site and its magnificent rampart walls and fascinating back streets.

Enter the old fortress built out of breathing corals as the main black tunnel gate by the cricket grounds opens up into a gash of bellowing air, with distended creepers riding pillion on giant Banyan trees hobnobbing with an ancient merchant caste. A strange choreography can always be detected here, with the musical call to prayer emanating from the mosque or the temple’s sound system merging with the toots of ice cream vendors’ bicycle horns and other hot and spicy snacks and pickle vendors plying the sonorities of their trade as the Indian Ocean thunders and whooshes by, barfing on the black rocks its named aft. Continue reading

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A Crocodile kills British tourist Paul Maclean off East Coast

A Financial Times journalist was killed by a crocodile whilst washing his hands in a lagoon in Sri Lanka during a holiday with friends. Paul McClean, 24, an Oxford University graduate, is believed to have wandered off from friends in order to go to the toilet, before being ambushed by the reptile as he dipped his hands in the water. He is said to have been seen “waving his hands in the air” in desperation before being dragged under water at a lagoon known as Crocodile Rock, located just just minutes from a popular surfing beach.

Paul McClean, right, with his brother Neil on his graduation day in August 2015

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Tourist spike from Indian Cricket?

Item in NewsInAsia, 10 September 2017, where the title reads “Sri Lanka tourist arrival up 2.5-pct in August driven by India”

Sri Lanka’s tourist arrivals rose 2.5 percent from a year earlier to 190,924 mostly driven by India, as explosive growth Chinese arrivals fell away, data from the state tourism office showed. Arrivals for the 8 months to August rose 3.5 percent to 1.406 million.

 unIndian tourists arriving in planeloads

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Travelling Lanka by Bike as a Different Light

When Subramaniam Sudakaran (32) and Jehan de Silva (26) decided to cycle from Kandy to Meemure one fateful Saturday, the two never thought they’d be in for the ride of their life, let alone start a company together. Soaked in heavy rain, cycling late into the night on lonely roads, first time ‘adventurer’ Jehan didn’t expect all that drenched and befell them as he followed the single torch light that fellow Rotaractor- Sudakaran tried to balance along with his bike and the 15 kg packs they each carried. But the next day, while gazing at a waterfall, “you should do this as a business” Jehan had suggested, and so, Ceylon Ramblers’ Club was born.

 Jehan and Sudakaran (L to R) . Pic by Amila Gamage

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Ceylon’s Railway History: Marvels around Ella

Sajiv Panditha, courtesy of RoarLanka where the title  is “Beyond Ella: Two Of Sri Lanka’s Greatest Railway Marvels”

Ella was once a quiet village in the Uva Province. In recent times however, the town has transformed into one of the island’s upcountry hotspots. The influx of tourism has seen Ella morph into a backpacker hub, effectively positioning itself as the “Hikka of the Hills”. Travellers flock here for the cool climes, stunning views, and adventurous hikes, but many may not be familiar with the stories along its railway line. Undoubtedly, the most scenic route to Ella is by train. After Nawalapitiya, the train begins its ascent into the central highlands, snaking through tea plantations as it reaches Pattipola, the highest broad gauge railway station in the world. Onwards, the line begins an acute descent into the Uva Province, terminating at Badulla. Ella is the last major stop before Badulla, but just beyond, lay two historic marvels of railway engineering. Continue reading

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