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The Tree – by Oscar E V Fernando


Oscar Fernando

Frolics and flows the stream-mid farm, dale and dell-
In Succulent feeding the flourishing tree for ages past.
Coarsened rough arms spread to heaven in rapturous swell,
Beseeching shade for the earth so hotly parched. 

A haven of rest for chirpy tweeting birds at nest.
With soprano ed orchestrations at its best 
In watchful eye of doting parents each in attendance-
With a vigilance wrapped in tender attention. 

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St. Sylvester’s College: The forgotten school that produced top sportsmen without anything-BY HAFIZ MARIKKAR

St. Sylvester’s College
Malcolm Bulner (left) the winner & Malcolm Bulner (right) in a fight


St. Sylvester’s College has produced some top class sportsmen. This is a school situated in the heart of the seat of ancient Sinhala kings and remains as the one and only school in the country, if not in the whole world, to have produced a sportsman who was selected to represent two different countries at two different Olympic Games. He is none other than Malcolm Bulner, the eldest of the famous Bulner brothers.  

He was born on July 9, 1944 and bloomed into a welterweight boxer who represented then Ceylon at the 1962 British Empire (Commonwealth) Games and at the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. He later went on to represent Australia in international boxing competitions just after participating in the 1964 Summer Olympics while representing Ceylon.  

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Health & Views –July 2020 – 1st issue By Harold Gunatillake


Dr Harold

Happy 4th

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Sanath follows in the footsteps of James Arthur Scharenguival


Sanath Jayasuriya


Sanath Jayasuriya is apparently considering offers to play cricket in Scotland. He will not be the first of our cricketers to do so. A hundred and more years ago James Arthur Scharenguivel, ILLUSTRIOUS THOMIAN CAPTAIN OF 1898 from the prominent Scharenguivel family of Kalutara, played in and for Scotland soon after he left college.

So little is known about Scharenguivel, so little written about him that I seize this opportunity to write about one who must have truly been one of our great cricketers and like so many others, an unsung hero.

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1959 All-Island Inter-school Basketball Championships

An opponent’s viewpoint of a professional master you love to hate in battle, but love with dignity & respect off the field for the rest of your life) 

Who can forget Coach Sunda? I must have played against teams coached by him almost 50 times!
First for St Josephs junior and senior teams against St Benedicts and then in the great encounters for the Orients against the Old Bens.
I also played for Western Province and Mercantile teams in the Nationals against Schools sides coached by him.

Some of these games were fierce physical battles but teams coached by him always played hard but fair.
I had the utmost respect for Sunda (always called him Sir!) and tried always to shake his hand after games no matter the result and no matter the fleeting euphoria of victory or the bitterness of defeat.

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Pioneers of the Tea Industry in Ceylon


James Taylor the father of the Ceylon Tea Industry opend up the first Clearing on Loolecondera

Estate, Hewaheta. Born in Kincardinshire, Scotland in 1835, Jemes Taylor arrived in Ceylon

in 1852 at the age of 17 years. He was sent to Loolecondera which he developed first as a Coffee

Estate showing much enterprise also in introducing Cinchona before his first Tea Experiment. He had

already grown Tea Bushes on the Estate before the first commercial Scale Clearing and had taught

himself something about Tea Making by rolling the Green Leaf by hand on the verandah table and

firing it over a Charcoal Fire. The Original 1867 Clearing on Loolecondera still exists.

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Adisham Hall, Haputale, Sri Lanka ( St. Benedict’s Monastery, Adisham, Haputale, Sri Lanka)


Adisham Hall-Haputale

A BBC Radio 4 programme Inheritance describing the life of Sir Thomas Lister Villiers. During his time in Ceylon he built Adisham Hall, now known as St. Benedict’s Monastery, Adisham.  A link to the Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/adisham.haputale/


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This is HOW a newscaster SHOULD operate – By Des Kelly


  A Scottish Lady Newscaster, telling it like it is.

It has never been easy to understand the Scottish dialect, but no worries with this one. The text below the video says it all. As my friend Max says, she should be P.M. of the Country. When she is off the microphone, she is a LADY right down to her bloody fingertips.

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