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Full Article Sunday, 15 February 2015 00:00

Not many will recognize Parakrama Perera by his name. Not many will recognize him from his picture on this page. Yet, for someone who has watched early Rupavahini cartoons dubbed in Sinhala, his voice will not be unfamiliar. ‘Puru puru, Maalu katta dan api wada pataaan gannayi yanne’ , ‘Bibili nagina belikatu...’ – these phrases, with their unique voices, are forever...

Full Article Sunday, 15 February 2015 00:00

We were standing in front of an open and flat land area surrounded by a low mountain range covered with secondary forests. The sky was cloudy and the mountain was partly covered with mist, although rain was absent. A small fence and two small green colored single story modern edifices between us and the open area masked us from what...

Full Article Sunday, 15 February 2015 00:00

Amidst continuing allegations of elephants being captured from the wild, and subjected to extreme cruelty, the new government has launched raids to seize elephants being held illegally by various individuals at temples and other locations. While the program is being applauded by environmentalists, authorities acknowledge they face an uphill battle due to lack of resources, and uncertainty...

Full Article Sunday, 08 February 2015 00:00

British Olympian Greg Rutherford handed Doris over to an animal hospital after finding her with a broken leg. Rutherford has revealed the sad ending of the story of an injured deer he carried home in an attempt to help it. The long-jump record holder came across the injured deer while out walking his dogs near his home in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire.

Full Article Sunday, 08 February 2015 00:00

A 13-year-old American boy is thought to be the youngest entrepreneur ever to receive venture capital after he invented a Braille printer using Lego. Shubham Banerjee had his light-bulb moment after asking his parents how blind people read. The California eighth-grader’s mum and dad told him to Google the answer and he began to read up about Braille, the tactile writing system for the visually impaired.

Full Article Sunday, 08 February 2015 00:00

The pig was rescued when a vegan couple adopted him from a meat farm where he was being bred for sausages. Fella the pig is a real-life Babe - who goes for walks on a lead, answers commands to sit and wait and even tries to bark like a dog.
The crossbreed was rescued from a slaughterhouse by owners Emily Keates...

Full Article Sunday, 08 February 2015 00:00

This week’s Fine cover spotlights an interesting aspect of elephant licensing. While there have been many loopholes and corruption in the licensing mechanism, the plight of those who have traditionally kept elephants for generations, those law abiding elephant owners, is understandable.

Full Article Sunday, 08 February 2015 00:00

Provencher and Keyes (2011) define positive mental health as feeling well, functioning well, and being resilient in the face of life’s challenges — improves quality of life and is integral to overall health and well-being, even when there are on-going limitations caused by mental health problems and illnesses. According to Buddhism mental suffering is due in large part to imbalances of the...

Full Article Sunday, 08 February 2015 00:00

There’s been a spate of articles about who funds our writing, and the glorious writing life (which always includes publication), that might have awaited if only money had not been the object. Most people fall somewhere between Bauer and what, in the American literary world, is apparently considered the hard-knock life.

Full Article Sunday, 08 February 2015 00:00

“The most heartbreaking English poet of his generation”- Robert Lowell’s tribute to Randall Jarrell I have been writing about a group of American poets who knew each other, competed with each other, and supported each other. I had a loose title for this series: The Mad Poets Society. Delmore Schwartz, John Berryman, Theodore Roethke all had problems with alcohol and...

Full Article Sunday, 08 February 2015 00:00

The Book ABHIYOGATHMAKA RAJYA SEVAYA (The Pride of Public Service) written by senior public servant WAS Perera will be launched on February 11, 2015 at 3.30 pm. at the Mahaweli Center Auditorium, Colombo.It depicts experiences gained by WAS Perera during his Public Service career as a member of the Sri Lanka Administrative Service for 36 years,beginning as an Assistant Director of Land Development...

Full Article Sunday, 08 February 2015 00:00

Every immigrant is a puzzle, author Nayomi Munaweera suggests. How is it best to hold onto one’s native culture while living in a separate, often vastly-different culture? Or, split between two identities, where is the true self? Island of a Thousand Mirrors is Munaweera’s award-winning answer. The 41-year-old Oakland resident’s debut novel tells the story of two...

Full Article Sunday, 08 February 2015 00:00

An ancient gospel has been discovered in the pages of a diminutive book, dating back to the 6th century. The text, dubbed the ‘Gospel of the Lots of Mary’ is written in Coptic and contains oracles that would have been used to provide support and reassurance to people seeking help for problems.

Full Article Sunday, 08 February 2015 00:00

The folks in Mandana Town hated the ‘bike kids’. All of them had bikes and they were noisy. When the town closed for business around 6pm, these teenagers behaved as if they owned the place. There were enough adult residents in this town. But no one had the guts to tell the boys that they shouldn’t be selfish when living in a community.

Full Article Sunday, 08 February 2015 00:00

A rare book sold via AbeBooks for $191,000, smashing all the online bookseller’s records. The largest previous sale was for $65,000. The $191,000 book is “Storia naturale degli uccelli trattata con metodo e adornata di figure intagliate in rame e miniate al naturale. Ornithologia methodice digesta atque iconibus aeneis ad vivum illuminatis,”...

Full Article Sunday, 08 February 2015 00:00

Once again, it was spring-cleaning time. Spring-cleaning my old computer, that is. From time to time it signals that I have strained its capacity and I must do some pruning.  So I sit down and go through the directory, trying to figure what to throw out.
So there I was, engrossed in this task, resisting the temptation to read through every old letter and document, before deleting it.

Full Article Sunday, 08 February 2015 00:00

A blade of grass for the ant
Shrub for a blade of grass
Canopy for shrub
Sky for all;

Full Article Sunday, 08 February 2015 00:00

Award winning actor Dharmapriya Dias believes that a fine comedy play is not merely an act which makes people laugh at low grade jokes and impersonation of famous personalities or speaking dirty.“I don’t understand why people should laugh at mistakes made when speaking a foreign language or insults made on another human being. Saadaya Marai - Salli Hamarai doesn’t fall under this category.

Full Article Sunday, 08 February 2015 00:00

People are afraid of illness and they are especially afraid of cancer. Being diagnosed with cancer is bound to shock the patient and also their family members and friends. In fact, people often believe being diagnosed with cancer is the worst possible thing that could happen to a person. Thus, it is a given that the patients too battle fears...

Full Article Sunday, 01 February 2015 00:00

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