Down musical memory lane … on Alive 90.5 FM Reminiscing the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s music scene in Colombo. – By Aubrey Joachim “You can take the Sri Lankan out of Sri Lanka, but you cannot take Sri Lanka out of the Sri Lankan”. So said Pam Rajapaksa – host of Lankan Fusion an interesting radio show on Alive 90.5 FM when she and I sat to reminisce the music scene of Ceylon in the bygone years. Reminiscing the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s conjures in every Sri Lankan of that era the halcyon days when life was a breeze in a country that offered so much. Many Lankans who now live in countries across the globe can only pine over those days and refer to Ceylon as a one-time paradise on earth over a drink or a meal. While that era is a kaleidoscope of memories, what stands out most ...

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eLanka Newsletter – 15th November 2023 – 5th Edition Sri Lankans in Australia Click here or on the image below to read this week’s elanka Newsletter Australian Women’s squad for CommBank Tour of India Taking lessons from the colonies ……… A failed British PM is parachuted into a plum role. Sounds familiar? – By Aubrey Joachim ජපානයේ මරණයේ වන පෙත- මතක සටහන්. – By ආචාර්ය ගාමිණී කාරියවසම්. Tourists’ Optimism in Sri Lanka – By Dr harold Gunatillake PM’s XI fixture confirmed and tickets on sale h2>ග්‍රීක දෙවගනකගේ දෙවොලේ අනුරුවක් ආශ්‍රයෙන් කොළොම්පුර ඉදිකළ අභිමානවත් ගොඩනැගිල්ල. – By ආචාර්ය ගාමිණී කාරියවසම්. Harmanpreet Kaur Khawaja & Sangha – who’s next for Sydney Thunders? RADIO CEYLON – THE KING OF THE AIRWAVES IN SOUTH ASIA FROM THE 1950′ -1970’s Glenn Maxwell’s Puja in Sachin’s Presence-by Michael Roberts Appreciation – Gamini Weerakoon – By Tilak Fernando Asoka Bandarage Book Talks, Oct. 2023 Is our cricket ...

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Taking lessons from the colonies ……… A failed British PM is parachuted into a plum role. Sounds familiar? – By Aubrey Joachim The game of cricket originated in South East England and became the established sport in the country in the 18th century. The English foray into foreign lands saw the spread of the game globally in the 19th and 20th centuries. The English took their beloved game to all their colonies and lauded their skill at the game over their colonist subjects. They were the masters of the game they invented. Fast forward to the 21st century and the very same English are being given a lesson in the game they were once invincible at. How things have changed. Colonists being given lessons by their colonies! Cricket however does not seem to be the only game where the English are taking lessons from their colonies. The craft of politics ...

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The Sri Lankan crisis – Listen to this excellent analysis by a distinguished Lankan (Introduction by Aubrey Joachim) Dear All, Things have been quiet for some time on this forum. Hopefully the audience is not waning in their interest in what is happening back home. Some would falsely hope that things are getting better. Over the last few months I have shared my views on the situation. Thank you to all those whom I personally meet at various Sri Lankan events who have commended my insights and encouraged me to keep them appraised of the ongoing situation. Today I’d like to share with you a very insightful presentation by an eminent Old Anandian – Thilan Wijesinghe (investment Banker, Economist, test cricketer etc. etc.). This is a MUST listen. Although it is a bit long it is compelling and gripping listening. He speaks in excellent English – to an Anandian audience ...

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eLanka Newsletter – 11th September 2022 – 3rd Edition Sri Lankans in Australia Click here or on the image below to read this week’s elanka Newsletter “PRECIOUS MEMORIES” – by Des Kelly The Queen is dead. Long Live the King – By Aubrey Joachim Maathra Musical in Sydney මාත්‍රා ‘Maathra’ Concert featuring Billy Fernando & Senaka Batagoda – photos thanks to RoyGrafix Obituary Notice: SRIPAL RANJAN RODRIGO (Royal College, class of 1955) Watch Pakistan vs Sri Lanka Cricket Highlights Asia Cup 2022 “KING CHARLES lll” – by Des Kelly SLF INT, USA LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD WINNER LEGEND LATE DESMOND DE SILVA IS HONORED FOR HIS EXCELLENCE BEING AN ICONIC SRI LANKAN SINGER & ENTERTAINER & WAS KNOWN AS THE “KING OF BAILA” SUNDAY CHOICE Health & Views August 3rd issue 2022 – By Dr harold Gunatillake Judith Durham & The Seekers (2022) – Carry Me Supporting starvation in Sri Lanka ...

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Any ‘System Change’ must occur at the grassroots level – By Aubrey Joachim     The resounding cry coming out of the Aragalaya is the need for a ‘system change’. This resonating cry which emanated from social media groups as well as the youth at the Gogotagama protest sites has also permeated the chamber of parliament. Various lawmakers are throwing the phrase helter skelter on the floor of the house in an effort to gain political advantage. But what really is the ‘system change’ that is expected? It is almost certain that each of various groups clamouring for such a change have in their minds a different understanding of the outcome and most likely a narrow version which suits their own narrative and perspective. The most likely perception of the aragalaya proponents is a change in the system of politics and governance that has seemingly led to the worst political ...

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The Ceylon Society of Australia AGM and Social 2019 – By Sunil de Silva (Photos thanks to Mahal Selvadurai) 30 November 2019 saw an exceptional event – the Social following the Annual General Meeting of the Ceylon Society of Australia. The venue was the meeting hall at the Pennant Hills Community Centre, a hall converted beyond recognition, the handiwork of Pauline Gunewardene, the President of the CSA, with the assistance of several members of the Committee. The record attendance of 168 was comfortably accommodated at twenty tables festooned in eye catching décor in a thematic red pattern and set with wine glasses and ready for the entree of patties and cutlets ‘dished out’ by Manjula of Dish Catering. A fitting prelude to a mouth watering buffet dinner and dessert. Pauline clearly was the Queen of the Evening. First deftly steering the AGM which preceded the Social by half an hour ...

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Fare thee well Lal Wickrematunge – diplomat extraordinaire By Aubrey Joachim   Diplomacy – the art of dealing with people in a sensitive and tactful way. Lal Wickrematunge epitomises this definition to the letter. It is for this reason that he is being felicitated by hundreds of Sri Lankans from multiple groups and social organisations in New South Wales leading up to his departure from Sydney mid-October. His four year stint as Sri Lankan Consul General in Sydney has come to an end all too soon. There has not been a predecessor who has achieved as much as Lal has during his time in office. Perhaps the most important on the list of achievements has been his attempt to bring the whole community together and projecting a united Sri Lankan diaspora. Let’s hope that what he started will continue. Lal had the uncanny ability to engage with every Sri Lankan ...

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Community Watch – Engaging and intervening for a safer Sri Lanka By Aubrey Joachim To Sri Lanka and Sri Lankans terrorism is not a new experience. The country suffered a 30 year scourge where the intent of the perpetrators was achieving a specific political and demographic outcome. The country is now facing a type of terrorism driven by an entirely different global agenda – one of ideology and hate of a way of life that is alien to the warped beliefs of a particular minority group. How Sri Lanka became fertile ground for such ideology is a topic for another day. The immediate need is for a strategy to curb and eliminate the cancerous spread of this malice not just in Sri Lanka but wherever it may take root. It must also be recognised that an ideology cannot be confined to geographical or spatial boundaries. Its tentacles can permeate across physical ...

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