“A POOR POLITICIAN” – An Introduction by Des Kelly  Even my title for this very interesting piece sent in by Christopher Lawton, O.A.M., to me, sounds and looks downright unbelievable.  This story is one about the financial fragility of a Sri Lankan Politician of the past, very hard to believe, isn’t it ??. To my mind, a poor politician is so-called because, like em or loathe em, one has to feel sorry for them, if only for the job they choose to do, a job that I would NEVER wish to have for all the tea in China, India, Sri Lanka, in fact, the tea of all these three Countries combined.  Politicians, or “Pollies” as they are affectionately known, in Australia, are not born, they are made, (elected by poor less-educated people who choose them to run the Country). 99% of them absolutely spoil it for the Character ...

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Richmond Mahinda OBA Queensland   The Richmond Mahinda Old Boys Association of  Queensland also known as RMOBAQ is a voluntary association in Brisbane Australia that combines past students of Richmond College and Mahinda College of Galle, Sri Lanka. This is the only Queensland alumnae that has joined hands together to be ‘one’, think as ‘one’ and work as ‘one’ extending the true qualities of Southern Sri Lankan’s who are very proud of their city of GALLE. The objectives of the Association is to regularly meet, have a good time and assist in the development of the Alma Maters while fostering the fellowship, uphold and cultivate values taught by our Alma Maters. The RMOBAQ was formed on 9th June 2013 as a Australian Incorporated Association and was declared open by former students, The association is open to all past students of Richmond and Mahinda Colleges living in Brisbane Australia. The administration ...

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Dr. Wijayananda Dahanayake – Galle’s most flamboyant son Source:Island Great sons of Galle Part III Born on October 22, 1902, he was the twin son of Muhandiram Dionysius Sepala Panditha Dahanayake. He was named Wijayananda after the Wijayananda Vihara in Weliwatta, Galle, where Col. H. S. Olcott first observed the five precepts. His learned father was the chief lay disciple of this Vihara. The eminent astrologer Karo Gurunnanse, who read Dahanayake’s horoscope had predicted that one day he would rule the country. With Ceylon under the British Raj at the time, and with no independence in sight, it was treated as a far fetched prediction. He was educated at Richmond College, Galle and later at S. Thomas’ College, Mount Lavinia. The born fighter that he was, he one day created a rumpus, while lunch was being served, when Warden Stone sternly said, “Dahanayake! the next train to Galle is at ...

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