You are exposed

Sunday, 14 Sep 2014 00:00

Remember the days when we were waiting for the postman? The letters were delivered just once a day in the morning unless there was a telegram, most probably informing of a death.

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Will Scotland go?

Friday, 12 Sep 2014 07:39

The history of Scotland goes back to 10,000 years. Records began after the arrival of the Roman Empire in the first century. There were several wars with neighbouring English invaders in the 13th and 14th centuries and gained independence under King David ||. The independence lasted for 300 years until the two countries shared a monarch since the Union of the Crowns in 1603.

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Another summer story

Sunday, 07 Sep 2014 00:00

Until we arrived in the UK we had no idea about the clock changes before summer and autumn. The very first year we turned up an hour early for work without knowing the time had been turned back an hour the day before. The UK changes time twice a year. They turn the clock one hour forward around end March, losing an hour. During this, the time difference to Colombo is four hours and 30 minutes. Time wise Colombo is ahead. Again in the last week of October, the clocks go back making the Colombo time difference to five and a half hours. People are used to it. In the summer the day is long. The longest day in the UK is June 21. On June 21, 2014, the sun rose at 4.43 a.m. and set at 9.21 p.m. There was 16 hours 38 minutes and nine seconds of sunshine available. But shops or any establishments would not open than the usual business hours.

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Miss Winter marries Mr Frost

Saturday, 05 Jul 2014 00:00

The hereditary name, commonly referred to as the surname can come from various sources. It could have been given by the king, descending from your clan or the village you were born etc. My father was from the village of Hegoda in Batuwantudawa in the Galle district. He has taken the name of his village as the surname. So we have inherited it. There are many names connected to villages as we know.

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A tale of two cities

Saturday, 05 Jul 2014 00:00

About two decades ago, I attended a week training session in an office in a London suburb. There was a pretty young lady who worked in the office three hours a day cleaning the office. This also included cleaning toilets.

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Oh! Mr. Obama

Saturday, 05 Jul 2014 00:00

The White House is no strange to romances. Since the beginning of the 19th century, there have been strange relationships and extra marital affairs by Presidents of the United States. Some just faded away. Unfortunately, for some, they are still being talked about and quoted.

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The age of Law

Thursday, 05 Jun 2014 00:00

It is a belief that educational examinations held in the UK are to pass candidates whereas in Sri Lanka they are to fail them. Whoever passes the Advanced Level examination in the UK get the opportunity to study at a university there. One can criticise the Sri Lankan way of selection to study at a university but it depends mainly on our economy and the resources available.

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Leave this tiny land in Peace

Monday, 28 Apr 2014 20:05

land in the shape of a tear drop existed for millions of years closer to India. It gave all four weather seasons at the same time in different parts of it and it belonged to an ancient race for thousands of years.

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Grandparent wonder

Saturday, 08 Feb 2014 00:00

It is very comfortable that ammi is around. She takes my small one home from school, change, feed and wait until we come from work. My daughter loves to be with her (what the daughter who lives in Colombo thinks).

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Prince Charles’ Kingdom

Thursday, 06 Feb 2014 00:00

Countless amounts of kings have been killed in history by their sons to gain power. Almost every country in the world has experienced situations where kingdoms have changed hands with blood. The fate of King Dhatusena is an example. There could be other reasons. Almost the entire royal family of Nepal was assassinated by the crown prince. Luckily, some kings were not killed but overthrown by their own sons.

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Police compensation

Saturday, 18 Jan 2014 08:30

The Sri Lankan Police department is considering compensating the victims of unlawful arrests or those wounded in Police custody. It's good news. But how far can the public afford the mistakes of the Police? There will be a claim every other day.

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The invasion of Indian Taste

Saturday, 18 Jan 2014 07:49

"There are more Chinese restaurants around the world than in China," is an old saying. "Chicken tikka masala is a true British national dish," is also more than a decade old. It was first announced in 2001 by then British Foreign Secretary Robin Cook to emphasise how Indian food has invaded English diet in modern time.

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Youth frustration

Friday, 10 Jan 2014 08:21

Last week, it was headlined that the President wants the word tharuna asahanaya to be eliminated from our vocabulary forever.

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Sharia Law in London

Wednesday, 01 Jan 2014 08:04

The union of England and Scotland materialised in 1707 creating the United Kingdom. Islam has been present in the UK since its formation. Although they were a small group by then, the first large group of Muslims arrived in the UK as sailors to work for the British India Company.

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Canadian Mayor

Friday, 13 Dec 2013 22:50

I have no intention of writing about the Canadian involvement in anti-terrorist combat around the world and its side effects. Canadian troops are currently deployed in support of UN missions in Haiti, Sierra Leone, Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Cyprus and Kosovo. Canadian forces are also heavily involved in the war in Afghanistan at present.

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Remembering John F. Kennedy

Sunday, 08 Dec 2013 19:58

Fifty years ago on November 22, 1963 at 12.30 pm in Dallas, Texas, a lone gunman Lee Harvey Oswald fatally shot the 35th President of the United States of America John Fitzgerald Kennedy. The President was 46 years old and three years into his office. JFK was in a presidential motorcade with his wife Jacqueline, the Texas Governor and his wife. He was waving at the crowds from his open roof car at the time of shooting.

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British visa discrimination

Friday, 29 Nov 2013 08:44

A few months ago, the British government decided to impose a £3,000 bond on visitors and tourists from Sri Lanka, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Ghana and Nigeria which sparked controversy even amongst its own Cabinet. Although it has been withdrawn, the idea of preparing such a rule is racist.

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Why Sri Lanka

Friday, 22 Nov 2013 21:04

Check the world map. Count how many countries are surrounded by the sea with one main land. They are only sixteen. Geographically almost 90 percent of the countries are attached to another country by land or they consist of many tiny islands. Sri Lanka is not. So the speciality, peculiarity of Sri Lanka starts with it.

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United Kingdom has six months

Friday, 22 Nov 2013 20:46

It is not easy to dig the history of a nation going back thousands of years. But it is not that difficult to glance through two three hundred years of that as most of them are recoded and available to research.

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Big Brother's shutdown

Saturday, 19 Oct 2013 17:21

It is said that "nothing comes free" in this world. If you get something free there is always a catch. But not in all cases.

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