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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…
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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…
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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...
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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…
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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...
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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…
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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…
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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...…
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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...
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“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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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…
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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...
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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,…
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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…
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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...
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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.
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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…
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