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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…
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…
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…
Full Article Sunday, 08 February 2015 00:00
A blade of grass for the antShrub for a blade of grassCanopy for shrubSky 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…
Full Article Sunday, 08 February 2015 00:00
I carry a disability for the last 45 years, but it has not been an obstacle for me to forge ahead in my chosen field, sports, social and welfare activities in Kotte and its environs.I joined the Nugegoda District Football League in 1970 formed by the late DIG Ivor DN Vantwest in 1952, posted by the police to Mirihana Division…
Full Article Sunday, 08 February 2015 00:00
Ponrajah, popularly known as Ponna, was born on February 4, 1927 in Mannar and completed his school education and entered the University of London. On completion of his Bachelors of Engineering Degree he started his career at Technical College, Maradana. He joined the Irrigation Department in 1951 as an Assistant Irrigation Engineer. He climbed the ladder and became the head…
Full Article Sunday, 08 February 2015 00:00
I was traveling to Piliyandala a few days ago at night and I noticed that work was going on without lights or protection to the workers on the road widening. They were depending on the lights from the vehicles going either way. This situation is, no doubt, a danger to the workers, motorists, and the pedestrians.
Full Article Sunday, 08 February 2015 00:00
The British Minister Hugo Swire with the High Commissioner for the Britain have met the Sri Lankan Minister Swaminathan offered their kindly advise to release the lands in the North and the East of Sri Lanka which have come under the Central Government as a measure needed to protect the security and the economic interests of the country.
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
Scientists tracking the Ebola outbreak in Guinea say the virus has mutated. Researchers at the Institut Pasteur in France, which first identified the outbreak last March, are investigating whether it could have become more contagious. More than 22,000 people have been infected with Ebola and 8,795 have died in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.
Full Article Sunday, 01 February 2015 00:00
Hans Jorgen Wiberg is the inventor of Be My Eyes, a free app developed in Copenhagen. He says the idea is that blind people would mostly use it at home where there are many things they need to be able to see, as well as having good wi-fi connection.Speaking on Radio 4’s In Touch, Wiberg says blind users...
Full Article Sunday, 01 February 2015 00:00
A French coder has developed what is thought to be the smallest-sized chess computer program. BootChess is only 487 bytes in size, and the source code can be runon Windows, Mac OS X and Linux computers. That makes it smaller than 1K ZX Chess - a Sinclair ZX81 computer game, which contained 672 bytes of code and had held the…
Full Article Sunday, 01 February 2015 00:00
Many of us would have heard the idiom ‘The bigger they are, the harder they fall’. The past few weeks have already showed us just how true this is. So, many of those considered to be ‘untouchable’ only a few weeks ago have indeed fallen, and fallen hard. Since then, we have seen more and more ‘revelations’...
Full Article Sunday, 01 February 2015 00:00
You can see it in almost any temple. Its six pastel-pink petals and its strong, almost cloyingly sweet fragrance are unmistakable. It is of course the sal flower (Flower of the Cannonball Tree), the blossom most favoured by Sinhalese to honor the Buddha with.  The sal tree and its flower played a minor, but interesting role in the Buddha’s  life.
Full Article Sunday, 01 February 2015 00:00

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