Life Abroad Pt. 123 - SIR OLIVER GOONATILLAKE & LORD MOUNTBATTEN

Continuation of a fascinating true to life story of Wijesim Peelige Bandiya, son of a Kandyan ‘ hack & burn’ peasant farmer, who sailed away from the Colombo harbour to the UK at a very tender age, with only three Australian pounds in his pocket, accompanied by Sir Oliver Goonatillake in 1948, married a German girl and transformed his life into something unimaginable over the years and returned to his roots as a ‘ laxapathiya’ (millionaire) and is now settled in a spacious house at the age of 86 with his brother Wijesim Peelige Ran Kira, 98 years old in Pahatha  Dumbara, Kandy. Following are excerpts from an interview the writer had recently in Kandy with Wijesim Pelige Bandiya. Part II.

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Life Abroad Pt. 122 - PEELIGE VARIGE - 1

The following is a fascinating true to life story of Wijesim Peelige Bandiya, son of a Kandyan ‘ hack & burn’ peasant farmer, who sailed away from the Colombo harbour to the UK at a very tender age, with only three Australian pounds in his pocket, accompanied by Sir Oliver Goonatillake in 1948, married a German girl and transformed his life into something unimaginable over the years and returned to his roots as a ‘ laxapathiya’ (millionaire) and is now settled in a spacious house at the age of 86 with his brother Wijesim Peelige Ran Kira, 98 years old in Pahatha  Dumbara, Kandy. Following are excerpts from an interview the writer had recently in Kandy with Wijesim Pelige Bandiya.

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Life Abroad Pt.121 - Jiggery-pokery associated with asylum applications

It was a period when the JVP (Peoples' Liberation Front) had been quite active in Sri Lanka and its branch activities were beginning to take root fibrously from every corner of the island. 'Sus' (fictitious name) had been an undergraduate of University of Keleniya and a harmless youth. His father, an employee at the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation, was an Administrative Officer who embraced and cherished left-wing viewpoints and radical social and economic changes in the direction of greater equality.

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Life Abroad 120 -  Migrating or seeking asylum for various reasons

Like human beings, animals too do many different and amazing things - some of them 'migrate'. This means they travel to other places when the weather is very cold, the ground surface freezes and it is too hard for birds to pull worms from the soil, so they have to look elsewhere.

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Life Abroad 119 - Dr Buddhadasa Bodhinayake (bodhi)

Features – Daily News 12 March 2015. Dr Buddhadasa Bodhinayake (bodhi) - Architect behind Sinhala Tharuna Sanvidhanaya.

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Life Abroad Pt. 118 - Sri Lankan Vs. Metropolitan Police

The practice of diplomacy, which is one of the essential elements of a state, has been applied from time immemorial. Although, Milan has gone on record for sending its first representative to the Court of France in 1455, yet they refused a 'give-and-take action' fearing espionage and feasible involvement in their internal affairs.

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LIFE ABROAD – Pt. 117 - Facts are sacred

The validity of an article published in a newspaper, magazine, web page or in the Internet is measured by the response it receives out of the number of feedbacks from readership after its publication. To evaluate its effect, newspapers usually devote a special column called ‘ Citizens’ Mail ‘ or  ‘ Letters to the Editor’ or ‘Opinion’ in some instances. Whatever the forms it takes to highlight the ‘after effects’ of the published article, the focus is generally concentrated on the theme or the substance of the article, more than on the author or his writing skills!

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Life Abroad pt. 116 - EXPATRIATE CONTRIBUTION IN LONDON - 2007

UK's Labour Party Councillors organised a meeting in a town called London Colney, Hertfordshire in 2007. They had appropriately focused on the topic of 'Terrorism prevalent in Sri Lanka' at the time. Douglas Wickremaratne, President of the Sinhala Association in London, was afforded the opportunity of being the guest speaker at this Labour Party Councillors meeting. The reason behind such an invitation was thought to be that Douglas Wickremaratne had earned a reputation of being a vibrant spokesman, who is capable of intelligently and fluently putting factual ideas forward in any given situation.

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Life Abroad - Part 115  LONDON PARKING - A TANGIBLE PAIN!

London has today become one of the most congested cities in the world and, with it; parking has become a nightmare to motorists in this city! This is mainly because the local borough councils have taken over this area and turned it into a money-spinning exercise to generate additional income for the individual councils.

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CRICKET, LTTE AND DIPLOMATIC GOOGLY - Life Abrod Pt. 114

Prior to 1972, cricket was restricted to matches played by combined Ceylon teams overseas or against touring international sides. England and Australia often stopped over in Colombo en route to their respective destinations and played matches. The first such match dates back to 1882, against the touring England side. It was only in 1937 when a structured inter-club first-class tournament came into being, known as the Daily News Trophy.

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