Michael Roberts

China vs USA …. in Drone Aerobix Displays!!-by Michael Roberts  Courtesy of Keith Bennett et al in Melbourne …. Source:Thuppahis Image Source:Thuppahis The title is my choice   and let meindicate that I am old-fashioned and prefer the olde expressions of pageantr y and performance that engage human beings in performance, coordination and togetherness and endeavour. The mediums here are technological artifice: as cold as potentially dangerous when converted into warfare. ...

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Lessons for Life: Dr Buddy Reid in Q and A-by Michael Roberts Source:Thuppahis THE MAKING OF AN ALL-ROUNDER: A Conversation with Dr Buddy Reid …. Sunday Island, 28 January 2024 …. https://island.lk/the-making-of-an-all-rounder-a-conversation-with-dr-buddy-reid/   ….  Correspondence to Dr Sanjiva Wijesinha = Sanjivasw@gmail.com Dr Buddy Reid – one of the finest all-around sportsmen Sri Lanka has produced – recently celebrated his 83rd birthday. During his University days, Buddy won the National Table Tennis championships of Ceylon three times, played Cricket for Ceylon, sang in the University SCM choir, and played clarinet in a dance band called The Neurones. In 1965 he graduated as a doctor -and a few years later he captained our national teams in both Cricket and Table Tennis, was a player and coach of the Table Tennis team as well as Secretary of the Table Tennis Association of Ceylon. He raised a family with his wife Peace – and became a specialist surgeon. The University ...

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Windies floored by Sri Lanka at Harare-by Michael Roberts Source:Thuppahis Image Source:Thuppahis The once mighty West Indian cricket squad have been in the doldrums for some time and were at the bottom of the table going into their final match in the competition among the second tier teams being held in ZIMBABWE for placement in the 50-over World Cup — with only two teams securing such coveted spots. The Windies faced the leading squad, namely, Sri Lanka, in this match. Sri Lanka were already ensconced at the top of the table and had little discomfort in beating the Windies — even though they rested two key players (Dhananjaya and Hasaranga). Maheesh Theekshana led the way with three early wickets to restrict the West Indians to 243 runs in their 50 overs. Pathum Nissanka and Dimuth Karunaratne then indulged in an opening stand of 190 runs to build the foundation for ...

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African Wiild Life in John de Silva’s Lens-by Michael Roberts Source:Thuppahis John De Silva  is an Old Aloysian like the Editor Thuppahi.  He resides now in Melbourne and is a key member of the small crew sustaining the Old Aloysian Magazine. A MEMO from KK de Silva in  Sri Lanka, 31 January 2024 J. De Silva was a member of the College Photographic Society & trained under Fr. A. De Burra S. J.  He was one of the most versatile students at SAC during our time. Not only did he participate in all  outdoor & indoor sports activities, but he also was involved in Life Saving, First Aid etc. Above all, he was chosen to play a  leading role in every stage play produced at SAC during his time. Some of these were : That Rascal Scapin, The Other Mr. Smith, Soap 13, Barber of Seville etc. Attached  photo is from Mr. Hettiarachchi’s collection. young Johnnie ...

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UNMASKING THE EMPIRE in British Ceylon: The Post 1915 Riots Campaign-by Michael Roberts Source:Thuppahis Image Source:Thuppahis Unmasking the Empire: The campaign for justice following the 1915 Pogrom and the collaboration of British Christian humanitarians at the beginning of Sri Lanka’s struggle for Independence, …. Prabodith Mihindukulasuriya Social Scientists’ Association, No. 380/86, Sarana Road, Colombo 7, Sri Lanka, 2023, 312 pp, ISBN: 978-955-0762-47-7, Printers: Karunaratne & Sons (Pvt) Ltd., 65 C, Thalgahawila Road, Midellamulahena, Horana, Sri Lanka. EW Perera DB Jayatilaka CONTENTS Abbreviations vi Notes on Terminology vii Preface ix Acknowledgements xii Part I: Introduction Chapter One: British Christian Humanitarianism, the Ceylonese Temperance Movement, and Imperial Governance 3 Chapter Two: One Hundred Days: The 1915 Pogrom and Martial Law Reprisals (May–August 1915) 15 Part II: The Campaign for Justice in Britain (1915–1919) Chapter Three: Phase I: Battle for Credibility (July 1915–August 1916) 41 Chapter Four: Phase II: Battle for Due Process (September 1916 – ...

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Superlative Celebrations from Neophyte West Indian Cricketers in Australia-by Michael Roberts Source:Thuppahis The West Indian Touring Cricket Team has a new look to it especially in the bowling department. Their performance in the First Test in Adelaide was ordinary — to put it mildly. But some encouraging moments were displayed in Adelaide by two relative newcomers and these two –Shamar Joseph and Kelvin Sinclair shone again at Brisbane in the Second Test with support from Alzarri Joseph. Joshua Da Silva and the rest …to beat Australia in a pulsating Test Match. Among the ‘pulsations’ and ‘peaks’ were the celebratory acrobatics unfurled by Shamar and Kelvin when they picked a wicket or two. HEREWITH Tristan Lafayatte’s report from ESPNcricinfo: Shamar Joseph defied his injured toe and sprinted around the Gabba in jubilation after his remarkable seven-wicket haul powered West Indies to a monumental upset of Australia in a pulsating eight-run victory in ...

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Arrowheads directed at AUSTRALIA DAY…..Today-by Michael Roberts Source:Thuppahis Item in THE ADVERTISER Newspaper in Adelaide … web-reference gone walkabout … But see ………………………… https://www.adelaidenow.com.au/sport/cricket/cricket-australia-boss-nick-hockley-left-speechless-after-grilling-from-radio-host/news-story/199aa83d0e60b1da470ce4721b05b861 The issue that’s reaching boiling point today is the Australia Day debate. Australian cricket captain Pat Cummins has added his voice to calls to change the date from January 26: “My personal opinion  INSERTION: photos of typical Australia Day displays in Sydney in 2023 as  concurrent ceremnies occurred in all cities, town and villages Image Source:Thuppahis Air Force “Roulettes” in fly past in 2023 I absolutely love Australia and think it is the best country in the world by a mile. I think we should have an Australia Day, but I think we can probably find a more appropriate date to celebrate. Australia Day is meant to be a celebration of everything Australia in our history. I think we could choose a better date.’’ ...

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John De Silva: Aloysian, Sri Lankan, Australian-by Michael Roberts Source:Thuppahis John was one of my class generation at St. Aloysius College, Galle and we represented the College in cricket, soccer, athletics and swimming. …. yes swimming …..  and were recipients of training in life-saving at the little harbour of Galle. He was “Johnny” not a “John” in our minds then. Alas, on one occasion a bad call for a run by me resulted in Johnny being run-out when he was batting well — in a match under my captaincy that we eventually lost. But in a previous year St. Aloysius had won all its matches under Mohammed Anwer’s astute captaincy and the quiet guidance of coach Marcus Jayasinghe. As John was a science student our ways parted after year 12 when I pursued an Arts degree at Peradeniya University and John took to Science in Colombo. But we met in ...

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The Culinary Cuisine & Crossoads Culture of Marseille-by Michael Roberts Source:Thuppahis Tristan Rutherford & Rebecca Marshall in AramcoWorld in  March/April 2018 https://www.aramcoworld.com/Articles/March-2018/Marseille-s-Migrant-Cuisine Five hundred years later the Mediterranean became Rome’s nexus of trade and empire, and Marseille became one of its maritime centers. Now, mucem exhibits olive-oil amphorae from Anatolia, soapmaking paraphernalia from Syria, and sailing charts that show how to navigate from Algiers without running aground on the island of Mallorca. Image Source:Thuppahis Culinary historian Emmanuel Perrodin says the city’s cultures, traditions and foods influenced by centuries of trade and migration throughout the Mediterranean make Marseille unique. Atop the museum, Emmanuel Perrodin, Marseille’s leading culinary historian, sips black coffee. The panorama over France’s third-largest  city takes in the seemingly limitless sea, ramparts of 17th-century forts and a few cereal silos from the 1920s. Passenger ferries chug to and from the modern successors of the Roman trading ports of Béjaïa and Annaba in ...

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Remembering Lasantha Wickrematunge’s Assassination-by Michael Roberts Source:Thuppahis Image Source:Thuppahis Posters being pasted in Colombo and suburbs yesterday to mark the 15 years since the murder of Lasantha Wickrematunge which falls today.   Today marks 15 years since the brutal murder of iconic journalist Lasantha Wickrematunge with none brought to justice. To mark the occasion Lasantha’s kids Avinash, Ahimsa and Aadesh issued the following statement which will be read out today at Lasantha’s graveside memorial at the General Cemetery Kanatte. Image Source:Thuppahis “Fifteen years ago today, our father Lasantha Wickrematunge was assassinated in cold blood in a defining moment of loss that shook the spirit of Sri Lanka and broke the hearts of all those who love and value peace and democracy. ...

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