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The governor’s palace, Mount Lavinia, Sri Lanka

A Love story from Ceylon : The British Governor General Sir Thomas Maitland’s mansion and the Rodi (mestizo) Dancer

Sir Thomas Maitland was assigned to Ceylon ( Sri Lanka ) as the British Governor General during the period of 1805–1811. Governor Maitland was a 46 year old bachelor who decided to construct his country residence on a breathtaking beachfront property at “Galkissa” ( Mount Lavinia ).  He was also known as “King Tom” and described in a biography as “a great human force, controlled by an iron will”.

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One laugh per day is better than eating one apple a day….

A man was granted two wishes by God.
He asked for the best drink and the best woman ever.
He got mineral water and Mother Teresa.
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There are three kinds of men in this world.
Some remain single and make wonders happen.
Some have girlfriends and see wonders happen.
The rest get married and wonder what happened!
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Wives are magicians. They can turn anything into an argument.
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When asked in class; Why do women live a better, longer and a more peaceful life than men?
A very INTELLIGENT student replied:
“Because women don’t have wives!”
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Husband to his wife: “Honey… I’ve invited a friend home for supper.”
Wife: “What? Are you crazy? The house is a mess, I haven’t been shopping, all the dishes are dirty and I don’t feel like cooking a fancy meal!”
Husband: “I know all that.”
Wife: “Then why did you invite a friend home for supper?”
Husband: “Because the poor fool is thinking of getting married!”
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“Reverend father A. J. Thurstan started a private technical school in 1859 in this beautiful environment and maintained it out of his own funds.
This institution had been a agricultural and multimedia technical training centre for many years but had to be closed down after a few years.
In 1884 with the assistance of the British Government an agricultural school was started in the same place.
There was historical evidence to show that around this agricultural school there had been a flourishing cinnamon cultivation, and today Colombo 7 is known as Cinnamon Gardens due to this cultivation.
The agricultural school was started by the then Director of Education Mr. H. W. Green.
In 1910 it was closed down.”

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The Enduring Legacy of the Royal-Thomian “Big Match”

134 and Still Batting On:


By Krishantha Prasad Cooray

In recent years, cialis 40mg there has been less and less to cheer about in Sri Lanka. Few things bring anything but despondency and frustration to the hearts of young and old. We live in a strange age. What should be a time of national triumph and unity has been transformed into an age of fear and repression, click political corruption and public apathy and the unprecedented arrogance of power.

Perhaps more than anything else, discount we live in a country today in which no relationship is equal. Patronage and servility are the two basic ingredients for survival in present day Sri Lanka. To speak out against injustice, to fight for the freedoms and rights of another is too great a risk to take. Expediency has taken precedence over preserving all that was great about Sri Lankan society. The political comedy of errors has pervaded every aspect of social life, with both sides of the political divide providing plenty of entertainment but no true redress.

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The Ceylon University pool players included seven doctors.

Former members of the University of Ceylon ‘62/63 will gather at the NCC on the morning of March 23 to celebrate their winning the Sara Trophy 50 years ago. Their feat has never been achieved by any other university team. In spite of the heavy burden of studies, they had to contend with, they were able to excel in their chosen sport to win the Sara Trophyin the 1962/63 season. The team consisted of a very talented group of youngsters who were not at all overawed by the might of the opposition, sporting All Ceylon players of that era. They, in their youthful exuberance, overcame all odds in capturing the title. Their conduct off the field was exemplary. They were gentlemen to the core in their behaviour.

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The Khaki is more at odds than even in the Battle of the Blues, this web just as much as their colours do not blend easily.  Big match fever accentuates their disparity.  Trucking is the problem, website like this apart from much else.  Often a discordant note is struck between the police and the boys, thumb when trucking is on.  But these very clashes have kept alive the history of the ‘battle’ and their chronicling over the years. 

Wardens and Principals have tried valiantly to keep these exchanges on a low even keel.  They explain that this ‘Battle’ is only a game between two schools; that cricket is like life, but it is not life.  The match is just that, only one among many other games with other schools, we are told.  After all, between Eton and Harrow, the cricket match is not a ‘Battle’ of Blues or of any other colour.  What then? Here the match is elevated to a Battle of the Blues. And hell opens its doors.  Will these admonitions help? either the boys or the police?

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The Don Moore Community Centre at North Rocks, ailment NSW, Australia was the scene of good old fashioned fun and frivolity when the Royal College OBA of NSW and ACT, staged its annual family night, called “the hopper night”, on 22nd August 2009. A good time was had by all, including the many non Sri Lankans in attendance, some of whom were on a high for days on end following the event.
The festivities began with the singing of the school anthem. The words to the song were printed on the flip side of the flyer/program enabling attendees to sing to the recorded music. We were informed subsequently that a wife of a Royalist in NSW had in fact done the musical arrangement with a slight up tempo for the benefit of the OBA.

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THE PERPETUAL NOVENA – ALL SAINTS CHURCH – BORELLA

HOW IT BEGAN

Rev Fr. Christopher McCarthy a Redemptorist showed Fr. John Herat how to bring
Perpetual Help to All Saints on 8th December 1951 and built a shrine for her

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136th BATTLE OF THE BLUES

When I was invited to write an article on the Royal-Thomian by the Editor of ‘The Nation’ my thoughts went back to a Big Match supplement I was involved in a long time ago. That was in 2007. ‘The Nation’ came out with a special supplement. I remember it as the best Big Match supplement ever though I say so myself, web having been part of that project. A bit of braggadocio, true enough, but that’s part and parcel of the Royal-Thomian, an event where there’s a bit of everything coming together to make a splendid entirety.

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Lanka Reconciliation Forum1On the 24th of this month the Sri Lanka Reconciliation Forum Sydney held a solemn event to remember all those who died in the civil-war in Sri Lanka. The Forum emphasised on the fact that the war was more than anything else a tragedy, this and that it should be remembered as such. The dead were remembered just as human beings; as someone’s son, daughter, mother, father, husband, wife, friend, rather than as heroes, villains or terrorists.

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