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When I came across the first volume of Tolstoy’s journal I didn’t expect it to be a great read. The cover was a boring green and knowing his style of writing I was ready for a tough read. But the volume (1895-1899) which opened before my eyes took an entirely different style from his novels. It was like all his thoughts are being communicated to the reader as if talking to a friend.

Full Article Sunday, 22 February 2015 00:00

Thunder and lightning that disturbed the evening made J Puhpakumara think twice about wanting to leave his room. The rain was beating down fast like a bullet train, so he pulled down the blinds of the window. He was still drawing and had to handover some paintings to clients. Pushpakumara was an artist. He was also an experienced traveler.

Full Article Sunday, 22 February 2015 00:00

 Palitha looked at the letter. It was from Nimali.“Why does she write? I met her only the day before,” he murmured as his deft fingers tore opened the cover. His face became pale and distorted with fury and rage as his eyes ran through its contents. “Wants a richer and a better educated man! All nonsense!” he growled.

Full Article Sunday, 22 February 2015 00:00

Elegance is a dress
ornament and frill
the enhancement by context
rubbing off from promiximity;

Full Article Sunday, 22 February 2015 00:00

He is one of the 12 artists who works for the Philatelic Bureau painting postage stamps. He comprehends that this is also a place where an artist’s reputation can be enhanced locally.  If more opportunities were given, he said, more creative colorful stamps can be released for postage instead of the dull postage stamps commonly used.

Full Article Sunday, 22 February 2015 00:00

Today, a part of me passed away as I attended the funeral of my dear friend Leon Wickremasinghe. My fond memories of him was our friendship thirty years ago in London where we were together in a company called "Eastern Marketing" that sold Air Ceylon/UTA tickets to mostly Sri Lankan travelers. We also worked on a movie together several years...

Full Article Sunday, 15 February 2015 00:00

Say there was a devotee of physics. Say also that he was engaged in trying to understand quantum mechanics. If he were to keep a small photograph of Max Planck in his study and touch it often, one might pass that off with an indulgent smile as a sign of adulation of a great quantum physicist. If he decorated his walls from top to bottom with pictures of Max Planck, Niels Bohr, Werner Heisenberg, Louis de Broglie, Arthur Compton, Albert Einstein, Erwin Schrödinger, Max Born, John von Neumann, Paul Dirac, Enrico Fermi, Wolfgang Pauli, Max von Laue, Freeman Dyson, David Hilbert, Wilhelm Wien, Satyendra Nath Bose and Arnold Sommerfeld, one might sit up, slightly pop eyed and consider the man eccentric.

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Maxxzandra Ford did not know she was pregnant until her third trimester and delivered Avery in a natural birth lasting 18 hours. Baby Avery weighed 14.1 pounds (6.4kg) at birth and is already eating double the amount of an average-sized newborn.
Avery, who was delivered in a natural birth lasting 18 hours at the St Joseph’s Women’s Hospital in Tampa, Florida, is one...

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The camera that captured the moonwalk was found by Neil Armstrong’s widow in a bag full of souvenirs from his Apollo 11 mission. More than four decades after the Apollo 11 moon landing, a bag full of souvenirs brought back by astronaut Neil Armstrong has come to light.
Among the trove: a 16 mm movie camera from inside the lunar module that filmed...

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ens of thousands of people watch a video from the national park where four upright creatures appear behind a group of bison. According to some Sasquatch enthusiasts, footage shot at Yellowstone National Park shows not one but four of the mythological creatures.The footage shows bison roaming around in a snow-covered park - until four creatures walking upright appear in the background...

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Arjuna Seneviratne kicks off this week’s Fine cover story with physics, but in essence the article is about Buddhism. It gets one thinking about the uncanny similarities between quantum physics and Buddhism. The Buddha knowledge of the six worlds; the seeing world, the hearing, smelling, tasting, the touching world and thinking world is, even now with all the quantum physics...

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Professor KNO Dharmadasa, the present Editor in Chief of the Sinhala Encyclopedia goes down in history as mounting to date, the only direct, authoritative academic challenge to Professor Leslie Gunawardana, an ancient period historian of Sri Lanka who became a darling of certain social anthropological circuits through his “The People of the Lion: The Sinhala Identity and Ideology in History and Historiography”- (1979) and “Historiography In a Time of Ethnic Conflict, Construction of the Past in Contemporary Sri Lanka”- (1995). Professor KNO opened up to Darshanie Ratnawalli about this debate and its repercussions.

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Writing skills alone do not suffice for an author to have work published. Rupees and cents may not buy you happiness, but having one’s copy published does cost money. While publishing your work online can be done for free, most writers dream of the day their books are displayed on storefronts and bookshelves. This could only be made possible if...

Full Article Sunday, 15 February 2015 00:00

John Crowe Ransom left Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee in 1937 for Kenyon College in Ohio. Jarrell followed him and taught English at Kenyon for two years, sharing a dormitory with other writers who went on to gain some esteem: Robie McCauley, Peter Taylor, and Robert Lowell. Jarrell went on to teach at the University of Texas at Austin from 1939 to...

 

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The French philosopher Jacques Derrida questioned the fundamental conceptual distinctions of our understanding of the World through a close examination of the language and logic of philosophical and literary texts. Derrida laboriously worked to formulate an exceptional theory of deconstruction since early Sixties. Deconstruction sees all writing as a complex historical, cultural process rooted in the relations of texts to...

Full Article Sunday, 15 February 2015 00:00

Men’s feet are getting bigger with Londoners having the largest clod-hoppers, a survey has revealed. There has been an 83 percent increase in the number of big-footed lads looking for size 11 shoes in the last two months.

The average shoe size for a British male has risen from an eight to ten in just 40 years as Brits have become taller and heavier. Celebrities with oversize feet include Gerard Butler and Stephen Fry who are size 13 and Grammy winner Sam Smith with size 12.

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A man who worked as a janitor has left behind an estate valued at around $8m (£5.2). Ronald Read, from Brattleboro in Vermont, gave no hint of the size of his fortune before his death in June 2014, aged 92. The former gas station employee and janitor held his coat together with safety pins and had a long-time habit of foraging for firewood...

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Joggers in Salem, Oregon have been quaking in their sneakers after multiple reports of an owl swooping down, striking early-morning exercisers, and on some occasions, stealing their hats. Experts believe the perp is a barred owl, a large, North American bird also known as the "hoot owl." The owl’s first victim was womped in the head twice, hard enough tha...

 

Full Article Sunday, 15 February 2015 00:00

It was 4.30 pm in the evening and the fog was already dictating terms to motorists. The route that runs through Mandana Town to Bandarawela looked bleak like the eye of a cataract patient. Drivers in most vehicles remained behind their wheels till the fog cleared. However, someone had decided to brave the situation. An old Bedford lorry, with headlights...

Full Article Sunday, 15 February 2015 00:00

“My world broke down the year Lan passed away,” Soma was telling me.
“I know”, I said.
We were on a high mountain slope, six thousand feet above sea level, taking an early morning walk, strolling along the gravel path encircling the tea bushes. Far away, the hills were still enveloped in mist, or were they low clouds touching the...

 

 

 

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