Life Abroad - Pt. 113 - Embassy Nuptials

After glancing through a recent Sunday newspaper article on a new resolution adopted by the 193 member UN General Assembly surrounding the mysterious plane crash that took place as far back as in 1961 in which the Swedish born UN Secretary General Dr. Dag Hammarskjöld perished with another 15 members of the team, my good friend Peter Wijesinghe came out with some fascinating information enriching the news report linking the late Dr. Neville Kanakaratne, former Sri Lankan Ambassador.

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Life Abroad Pt. 111

It was an open secret that A.C. S. Hameed, during his two terms in office as the Foreign Minister in a Sri Lankan Government Cabinet, ran the Ministry according to his own whims and fancies by treating this most prestigious government institution as his own personal establishment! He made some bewildering moves, in an autocratic fashion, by appointing many stooges to various Sri Lankan Missions abroad.

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Pigeon Hearted Act - Life Abroad, Pt. 110

What inspires a writer to continue with his/her work depends on the amount of feedback one receives from the readership with both positive and negative comments. Such annotations will naturally help him/her to sharpen his/her faculties with inspiration. It is usually said that writing is akin to sharpening a pencil all the time - 'more often you hone it, pointed and refine it becomes'!

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Life Abroad - Part 109  Backstabbing and diplomacy in London

Two years prior to Ceylon gaining independence, Sir George Claude Stanley Corea was appointed as the first 'Ceylonese Representative' to the United Kingdom in 1946 and served in that capacity until 1949. The position was akin to a 'diplomat par excellence'. Subsequently in 1948, after Ceylon gained independence, he was appointed to the United States as the first 'Ceylonese Ambassador'.

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DAUNTING AND COMICAL INCIDENTS IN LONDON - Life Abroad Pt 108

Some of the incidents that have taken place in London during the peak of the LTTEs callous activities at home could be catalogued as threatening, precarious and at times hilarious too.

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NEVER SAY DIE - Life Abroad pt.107

If there is any Sri Lankan who had to fight consistently for eighteen consecutive years to obtain the dual nationality, the writer certainly qualifies as the first!

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C`ST PAS LA` IN FRENCH SOUNDED SIMILAR TO SEPALA - Life Abroad 106

Lankan Barrister Sepala Munasinghe, who had a lucrative legal practice in London for many years, is now spending his retirement in France with his German wife Dorothea. Apart from a passionate reader of the ‘Life Abroad’ column, he has been able to contribute various experiences of his own that have made the column more colourful. Last month he and his wife celebrated their golden jubilee in London with the family and their close friends.

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THERE’S A DIVINITY WHICH SHAPES OUR ENDS - Life Abroad 105

With bags full of good, bad, productive actions and deeds during his term as the caretaker, Ranasinghe managed to complete his full term as a hard working and a dedicated employee at the Sri Lanka High Commission. 

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Life Abroad Pt. 104 CONFUSION, TERROR AND EVICTION

Many incidents occurred at the High Commission office during the late General Sepala Attygalles period as the High Commissioner in London. A prominent incident, which went into the history books, has been the disposal of a priceless library from a Record Room at the basement during its conversion into flats.

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