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Revision (after Keats)

No-one can usurp this height
But those to whom the miniseries of the world
Are misery, and will not let them rest.

The One That Got Away – Ruvin de Silva

The Sri Lankan actor-director and documentary photographer talks about the greatest shot he never got… and one he did.


For the Sri Lankan Sunday Times

The One That Got Away – Prasanna Welangoda

The Sri Lankan marketing manager and photographer talks about the greatest shot he never got… and one he did.


For the Sri Lankan Sunday Times

The One That Got Away – Deshan Tennekoon

The Sri Lankan author, Fulbright scholar and photographer talks about the greatest shot he never got… and one he did.

TRIGGER WARNING: includes bird-poo references.


For the Sri Lankan Sunday Times

Hat trick ball

My mate Howard has found a cricket ball in his aunt’s attic…


For The Critic

NEWS AT A GLANCE

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The Irish language still lingers in the Bahamas among the mixed descendants of the Hibernian patriots banished by Cromwell to the West Indies. One can occasionally hear black sailors in the London docks, who cannot speak a work of English, talking Irish to the old applewomen whom they meet, and thus making themselves intelligible without a knowledge of the Saxon tongue.

The Nelson Evening Mail, Thursday, September 6 1906
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Prince Gunarasa Casinader died in December 2018.

Poetry and buggery are twin-born brats.

Most people have no Russian friends.

Elephants chew their nails when they’re nervous.

In Istanbul, iron nails are believed to be the work of the Devil.

Diderot’s smile is a smile of complicity.

Short legs can’t climb tall walls.

Walter Benjamin couldn’t make a cup of tea.

43% of churches face the sunrise on the day of the saint for whom the church was named.

James Joyce’s grandson has died.

Sri Lankans love their exclamation marks!

You have to question a door policy which says no to trainers but a big thumbs-up t0 piss-soaked tramp shoes.

The face book need never be complete.
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The One That Got Away – Thusith Wijedoru

The Sri Lankan sports photographer talks about the greatest shot he never got… and one he did.


For the Sri Lankan Sunday Times

State of the nation

Review of Andrew Fidel Fernando’s debut book Upon a Sleepless Isle, which has just won Sri Lanka’s Gratiaen Prize (2019) for English-language literature.


For The Critic

NEWS AT A GLANCE

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Only six percent. of all paper produced is used for making books.

The Nelson Evening Mail, Monday, February 18 1907
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The Bombay Harmonium Company are neither from Bombay nor do they manufacture or stock harmoniums.

Thor Heyerdahl was right.

Only 38% of Netflix content is available outside the US.

Penguins can shoot poo over four feet (two their own; two presumably somebody else’s).

Venezuela is named for its resemblance to the Italian city of Venice.

In anthropology, a ‘horde’ can be as small as just five families.

The Ayn Rand Institute has taken out a PPP loan.

Carlsberg is no longer the best beer in the world… probably.

Patrick Harrington is one of the most well-known yogis in Denver.

Young pigeons may be eaten after 22 days.

The London Tea Auction closed its doors forever on June 29 1998.

The history of world literature is twice as long as the history of Hungarian literature.

Sir Richard Starkey MBE is 80 years old.
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The One That Got Away – David Blacker

The Sri Lankan writer and photographer talks about the greatest photo he never got… and one he did.


For the Sri Lankan Sunday Times