Vivienne Gave Beans!

I had the great opportunity of meeting with Violet Vivienne Gunawardena in London, in July 1994, at a luncheon, just prior to her departure by cutting her holiday short to get actively involved in the 10th Sri Lankan Parliamentary elections held on August 16, 1994. Her ambition was again to be an advocate for Left participation in the People's Alliancecoalition government dominated by the SLFP led by Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga. Seizing the opportunity I 'pushed' some hard questions to her, and she spoke her mind out.

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Mental And Physical Is Dental!

When the word ‘Teeth’ is analysed, it can be used in many forms and phrases such as ‘kick in the teeth, fed up to the back of teeth, etc., but my attempt in this episode is to get my teeth into a Sri Lankan who was very much proficient in dental science in the UK. I do not, however, wish to discuss the 2007 comedy horror film Teeth directed by Mitchell Lichtenstein.

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Entrepreneurship And Philanthropy

Good Heavens! I am taken by surprise by the fact that those seniors who are living abroad writing back to me saying how the series rekindle their 'memories of home country and the many Sri Lankans they met in London'. I am thankful to Faith J Ratnayake, wife of Dr. Hema Ratnayake (BBC Sinhala Service 'Sandesaya'- 1959 to 1965) who has worked in many places and with the FAO Colombo for 25 years, for writing to me last week in appreciation.

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Scalpel In One Hand, Pen In The Other And Feet On The Stage!

The Sri Lankan whom I met in London during early 1990s could be introduced as a medical man with compounded ambitions, talents and achievements from medicine, surgery, literal activity to drama – I have always referred to him as someone with ‘scalpel in one hand, pen in the other and feet on stage floor boards”!

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Luncheon Appointment With Sir John Kotelawala

Several feedbacks on last week's column on Dr. Dora Fonseka concentrated on the difference in the Internet version and the print version but, as I understand, due to space restriction on page 13 the following two paragraphs had been omitted in the print version. For those who read only the print version, I hope the following will suffice:

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GOD Couldn't Be Everywhere, So He Created Mothers!

London was quite a different place, 3-4 decades ago, contrary to what one can witness today. Immigrant community consisted of a few Africans and West Indians at first, 'imported' for cheap labour where the average English blue collar worker hesitated and preferred to be on the doll!

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Psycho-Analytical Sojourn

lthough theology or spirituality has been on the increase among people from time immemorial, Westerners seemed to have woken up rapidly in recent times and become 'star' crazy, which has resulted in some of the British tabloids to introduce a popular 'star guide' column. It is so popular that first thing in the morning when most of the readers open their newspapers, their first inclination has become to gaze at the planetary guide for the day.

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Three Tamashas In London

On January 19, 1996, cocktails overflowed, short-eats vanished, the sounds of laughter and rejoicing of guests in a social intercourse vibrated through five floors of an impressive post-war building in the City of London. The occasion was stage one of three different 'tamashas' to celebrate the relocation of the Bank of Ceylon's London branch to a new premises at No. 1 Devonshire Square, London EC2, from its old haunts at 22-24 City Road, London EC4. To punctuate the occasion and add more allure and grandeur to the event, the General Manageress and Deputy General Manageress (Overseas Trade) at the time, had flown specially to London.

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Object Is Immaterial If Core Is Gold!

I should thank advocate Sepala Munasinghe who has advised me whenever I went off beam on certain past incidents that had taken place in London. Last week too, he was very prompt in emailing a feed back to me after reading episode 60 titled 'Not forgetting the old country'.

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Not forgetting the old country

The gradual inflow of Sri Lankans into the UK continued from late 1950 in the form of students, visitors, professionals on work permits and anyone who qualified for an official entry permit to come into Britain.

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