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The ‘Prince’ of Cricket – Errol Fernando

Story: Marie Pietersz (The Write Touch), Melbourne

Photos: Errol Fernando

The cricket season is over, a pandemic has set in, the lifting of lockdown restrictions seem so far away, but Errol is nostalgic and hopeful that he will once again be able to walk the crease, wield his bat, bowl his overs, and better his personal best in the summer of 2020.

At 69, Errol Fernando is proving that age is just a number, with a record five decades of playing cricket both in Sri Lanka and Australia under his belt. He has played on while some of his peers and contemporaries have thrown in the bat a long time ago.  And he believes there is a lot of runs left in him yet.

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“WILL SHE, OR WON’T SHE”

 

 A story that immediately caught my eye, as it has been written by a member of the “Senior Force” (Navy), about a  giant sea-turtle affectionately known as Mrs. Willy.

It is a most nostalgic tale, also about the Sri Lankan Naval Base in Trincomalee, surrounded by the largest natural harbour in the World, sparkling blue water under what seemed like perpetual sunny skies. “Trinco” , as I remember it, when I served in the Royal Ceylon Navy for almost nine years, was a beautiful little Town on the east coast of the Island, and although I was never “drafted” there, for any length of time, I did go there, on occasion, and what I remember most, is the fact that on visiting the beaches there, one could then walk out into the Indian Ocean to a distance of many hundreds of metres before having to actually swim out any further, if one so wished. 

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“WE LIVE AND LEARN” – By Des Kelly

 

This has always been one of my favourite sayings.

As long as we are alive, chances are that we will always learn something new. There have always been, and always will be, some “know it all” Characters who go around, pretending to know everything, but the fact remains that  they are wrong. Their Intelligence quota may be slightly  higher in some respects, but this does not mean that they are perfect. 

Education is the only asset one carries to his/her grave, and in the University of life, everyone learns something new, as they trundle along to where this writer is, right at the moment, I like to call it “The Departure Lounge”.

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Apartments for sale: 93 FIFE RESIDENCIES – COLOMBO 05 Sri Lanka

Apartments for sale: 93 FIFE RESIDENCIES - COLOMBO 05 Sri Lanka

Apartments for sale: 93 FIFE RESIDENCIES - COLOMBO 05 Sri Lanka

Apartments for sale 93 FIFE RESIDENCIES - COLOMBO 05 Sri Lanka

Apartments for sale: 93 FIFE RESIDENCIES - COLOMBO 05 Sri Lanka

“93 Fife Residencies” by New Delmon Group , Centrally Located at No.93, Fife road, Colombo 5, comprising 40 apartments of three bed rooms.
93 Fife Residencies Private Limited (PV 130353) is a subsidiary of New Delmon Hospital, established to cater the boom in the real estate housing industry in Sri Lanka. Located in the most sought after landmark at No 93, Fife road, Colombo 5, the upcoming apartment complex is in close proximity to hotels, hospitals, supermarkets, Restaurants, schools and many other modern day requirements.

93 Fife Residencies is architected and engineered by renowned Surath Wickramasinghe Associates to conform to international standards and to cater uniquely designed modern architecture apartments and provide true luxury with sophistication and elegance blended in tranquillity at an elite residential neighbourhood in the heart of Colombo. Each apartment companies of three bed rooms including a spacious living room, pantry, dining room, maids quarters, dual entrance that would be guarantee a comfortable living for all occupants.

For further clarifications, please feel free to contact:

Mr. Hashan Thilanka Wijesundara
Managing Director

T134B2, ON320 Apartments, Colombo 02
Contact no- 0777 346 989 (+94 777 346 989)
Email- exclusivepropertyinvestmentssl@gmail.com

Web- www.exclusivepropertyinvestmentssl.com

 

Apartments for sale: 93 FIFE RESIDENCIES - COLOMBO 05 Sri Lanka1

Apartments for sale: 93 FIFE RESIDENCIES - COLOMBO 05 Sri Lanka

Apartments for sale: 93 FIFE RESIDENCIES - COLOMBO 05 Sri Lanka1

Apartments for sale: 93 FIFE RESIDENCIES - COLOMBO 05 Sri Lanka1

Apartments for sale: 93 FIFE RESIDENCIES - COLOMBO 05 Sri Lanka1

93 Fife Residencies aims for excellence in all aspects and as a company will commit to develop high quality residential complexes with growth potential and favorable conditions.

Details of the apartment as follows-
3 bed rooms, 2 bathrooms, living/dinning, kitchen/ pantry, maid’s room/bathroom, dual entrance, drying yard and balconies (1600 sqft)

Common facilities-
• Fully equipped gym
• Children’s play area at rooftop level
• Swimming pool
• Outdoor function area with BBQ facilities on the rooftop
• Management office
• Multi function room
• Car washing bay
• Guest Parking
• Drivers rest room
• Staff rest rooms and changing rooms
• Early streamer emission lightning protecting system



Payment options-

option 1
Attractive discount for 100% and 50% upfront payment

option 2
List price-as per the below payment plan
Reservation fee- Rs 500,000
Down payment- 10% (signing of sales and purchase agreement)
Balance- To be paid interest free monthly instalments/ upon completion
or which ever occurs first.
• Keys will be handled only upon full payment after the completion of
the project.



 

For further clarifications, please feel free to contact:

Mr. Hashan Thilanka Wijesundara
Managing Director

T134B2, ON320 Apartments, Colombo 02
Contact no- 0777 346 989 (+94 777 346 989)
Email- exclusivepropertyinvestments@gmail.com

Web- www.exclusivepropertyinvestmentssl.com



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Reminiscing – by Stephen DE Niese

Stephen De Niese, former Peterite cricketer has penned his memories of life at his alma mater – St. Peter’s College. Quite interesting essay that I am sure most Peterites will enjoy reading. The story about Mr. Hoffman is particularly interesting as I knew him and also Everard. The Hoffman’s lived in ‘F’ Block and I was opposite in ‘E’ Block. Grew up with the Bamba Flatters – as they were called then!

Reminiscing

Reminiscing




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THE DEBATE ON DRS IN CRICKET EXPLAINED

The debate over the Decision Review System (DRS) has been never-ending. First conceived by Sri Lankan lawyer Senaka Weeraratna in 1997, the DRS has improvised to become a permanent tool after a lot of controversies & upgrades. Here is a 3-minute whiteboard style video briefly explaining the debate over DRS and how it left a mark in sport.

 

 




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Why the Color of Your Food Matters?

There’s a good chance you’ve heard of the importance of eating fruits and vegetables of different color, but never knew exactly why. The infographic below will explain to you the significance of each color in an easy-to-understand visual way.

Why the Color of Your Food Matters

 




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Spirituality, taste and labour: The story of Jaffna’s Nelli crush – By D.S. Joseph

The story of Jaffna

Source:Daily News

The following narrative is a combination of three visits to the tranquil village of Achchuveli made between 2016 and 2019. The name of the village has its own historic tale. The family of the late linguist and scholar Rev. Fr. Gnanapragasar had influenced the art of printing in this village, and ‘Achchuveli’ is derived from the Tamil (and Sinhalese) word ‘atchu’ meaning ‘print’. A printing press had been here for decades. There is a statue of this priest in the garden of St. Joseph’s Church. However, my focus was directed to another priest, the late Rev. Fr. B.A. Thomas and his mission for the Catholic community.

My quest to trace the legend of Fr. Thomas began with a glass of nelli crush, served by my friend Terry, a senior well versed in Northern culture. One might wonder what connection a sweet beverage has with a departed priest. This is the amazing story of spiritual awakening, innovation and faith.

Since 1930, this humble drink has come to be part of the cultural identity of Northern folk. On my first visit, I boarded bus number 751 at the Jaffna main bus stand.

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Sinharaja Forest: A natural, national treasure: by RAJA WAIDYASEKERA

Sinharaja Forest

Source:Daily News

Sinharaja Forest

The Sinharaja Forest is the only wetland forest in Sri Lanka and it is also a World Heritage Site. It faces destruction due to various reasons and due to acts of unruly elements. Valuable trees in this forest reserve were felled in alarming proportions in early 1971 and 1972 to obtain timber for the production of plywood. A road was also constructed during that period for the transport of logs of trees felled at this world-renowned forest reserve.

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48,000-year-old arrowheads reveal early human innovation in the Sri Lankan rainforest: BY Michelle Langley,  Oshan Wedage, Patrick Roberts

the Sri Lankan rainforest

Source:Conversion

Archaeological excavations deep within the rainforests of Sri Lanka have unearthed the earliest evidence for hunting with bows and arrows outside Africa.

At Fa-Hien Lena, a cave in the heart of Sri Lanka’s wet zone forests, we discovered numerous tools made of stone, bone, and tooth – including a number of small arrow points carved from bone which are about 48,000 years old.

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