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SPORTING ROYALTY Lorenz Pereira

  By Mahinda Wijesinghe         Eustace Lorenz Pereira could quite easily be regarded as the most outstanding sportsman produced in the 180-year-old history of Royal College, Colombo, an academic institution that can trace its beginnings way back to 1835.  As the college song goes “and thence did …

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ASIA’S FASTEST MAN CLOCKS…

It was such a joy and honour to meet up with an active living legend, Summa Navaratnam, at the Royal College Sports Complex in Colombo recently. Still brisk and bright and actively involved in a Junior Rugby Academy he set up at Royal. In the 1940s and ’50s Summa was the cynosure of all eyes as he …

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A Tale Of Two Brothers…

It must be a unique experience for a writer to meet two eminent persons at the same interview and when it is two brothers it really must be special. Well, at least that was how I felt when I met Nihal Amerasinghe and his brother Franklyn who are both well …

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That ‘1957’ School Cricket Season

LP steered St. Benedict’s College to became the ‘Unofficial Champions’ something St. Benedict’s couldn’t achieve almost for four decades since the early 20th century.   Inspired by legendary individuals, sports teams of yesteryears and their mavericks, I ventured into those golden years in search of the ones who excelled in …

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85th Sir John Tarbet Athletic Championship

The 85th edition of the Sir John Tarbet Athletic Championship was held recently at the Diyagama Mahinda Rajapakse Stadium. Maris Stella College won the boy’s championship with St. Benedict’s College emerging as runners up. Walala A. Ratnayake MV clinched the girl’s championship and Sumana Balika Vidyalaya became the runners up. Vishaka Vidyalaya, Colombo won the under …

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Cricket Lovely Cricket

In Sri Lanka, cricket is not just played in the back yard; it is played on the roads, beaches, alley ways, paddocks and strips of land By Lawrence Heyn Summer in Australia conjures up images of beaches, barbecues and backyard cricket. A tradition born from a desire for families to …

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Well of cricketing talent running dry..

The signs and symptoms have been showing for the past several years, however no remedies or solutions were found as the authorities concerned were more interested in short-term gains rather than medium and long-term results. The post-Sangakkara and Jayawardene era has just begun and as expected Sri Lanka Cricket is struggling to come to terms with it. A three-Test home …

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SOAK IN LUXURY AT IDYLLIC SPA RESORT…

  Built along one of Sri Lanka’s pristine beaches in southern Bentota, AVANI Bentota Resort and Spa offers guests with a great experience and comfortable, luxurious stay. The Geoffrey Bawa-designed hotel features spectacular views of the Indian Ocean and promises a great vacation not to be missed. Accommodation AVANI boasts 75 stunning rooms and suites, all of which have …

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ADLER – Antonian Alumini Chorale

The Golden Jubilee of Sacerdotal Ordination of DOM STEPHEN ABRAHAM OSB Principal Emeritus of St. Anthony’s College Katugastota. Organized by The Old Boys’ Association of St. Anthony’s College Kandy. Highlights of the Golden Jubilee Thanksgiving Eucharist and ‘The King is Coming’ Adler Christmas Choral Rendition.

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ALTAIR – Made of dreams, Passion and pride..

  The twelfth brightest star in the night sky, the Altair star has been seen as a guiding light favored by ancient mariners and continues to dominate the bright summer sky. As such, the name Altair seems betting of the mega structure set to take over the Colombo skyline. The Quadrangle sits down with Pradeep Moraes, Director Indocean Developers to go behind the scenes of this luxury project. Indocean …

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Wonderful Wilpattu….

Wilpattu means “land of natural lakes” and these are mostly fresh water “saucer fashioned” lakes which are commonly referred to as Villus. The Wilpattu National Park is both the largest and the oldest National Park in Sri Lanka. First, declared a Sanctuary in 1905 and then in 1938 it was declared a park whilst gaining popularity due to …

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DOUBLE WICKET CRICKET TOURNAMENT….

  St. Peter’s College beat St. Sebastian’s College Moratuwa to emerge champions of the first ever Invitational Double Wicket Cricket tournament played at the St. Benedict’s College Grounds in Kotahena on 24th and 25th April . The tournament was organised by Old Benedictine Sports Club together with St. Benedict’s College Cricket Wing in connection with the 150th Jubilee …

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MAN WITH THE GOAL-DEN BOOT….

  Peter Ranasinghe undoubtedly was the soccer hero of my generation. As a player, Peter was just sensational. And he remained enormously popular as a gentleman who played the common man’s game, which was the most popular sport in the country during his time. Once he set his foot on the field the best of soccer …

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SL to focus on the $2 bill Whale Watching business…

  The whale watching business is worth $2 billion but unfortunately successive policy makers have no focused on the development of this market just like the cruise Business said Chairman Sri Lanka tourism promotions bureau Rohantha Athukorala at the unique partnership between Sri Lanka tourism and Sri Lanka airlines sponsored whale watching …

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441 Australians cruise travellers in Pinnawala…

The new direction of the Sri Lanka tourism promotions bureau is generating strong results with 441 cruise travelers focussing on taking a one day excursion to Pinnawala elephant orphanage that netted in a 3.6 million rupees at the gate last week in the back drop of cruise tourism doubling in number and beating the number …

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DAVID AND HIS LIONHEARTS…

  BY Ken de Joodt As a mere introduction to this write-up, Trinity College, Kandy, was always known as the Cradle of Rugby in schools – since this great game of rugby had its beginnings at Trinity in 1906, when Rev. A.G. Fraser was the Principal. In fact, the first match Trinity played was against Kingswood College, Kandy, in …

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10 QUESTIONS WITH UPALI OBEYESEKERE.

There is a bond, a camaraderie, among the quadrangle schools. There is a kind of feeling we are a special group. There is a special spirit among the old boys of quadrangle schools that continues to be a unifying force around the world. In my experience, wherever I have travelled and met old schoolmates, or even other old Petes for the first …

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School Rugby Review…

  The Singer Schools Under 20 Rugby League began in March with Isipathana College, Colombo – the 2014 unbeaten triple champions – coming out under No. 8 Omalka Gunaratna’s leadership to defend their crowns. Though they lost one title earlier this year, the All Island 7s Championship to St Peter’s College, they meant business from the time the …

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41ST JOEPHIAN PETERITE 50 OVER ENCOUNTER..

at R. Premadasa Stadium Photographs courtesy of     St. Peter’s College won by 60 runs (on D/L method) St. Peter’s College 166/7 in 38. 4 overs (rain curtailed) St. Joseph’s College 99 all out (Revised target 159 in 29 overs)

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Sri Lanka Cricket in safe hands, with AIA Insurance..

AIA becomes the Official Insurance Partner of Sri Lanka Cricket and will sponsor 2 domestic tournaments.  Colombo, 16th March, 2015:  If there is any one thing that binds Sri Lanka as a nation then surely it is cricket! A sport which everyone in the country passionately follows, played by a team that everyone …

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That ‘1952’ School Cricket Season

Runs flowed in ’52 Josephians had well-oiled batting machine   Played seven matches; won five; lost two…. The scorecard of St Joseph’s College cricket team of 1952 provides a classic example of the standard of school cricket in the bygone era. Results-wise it is not impressive. Nevertheless it echoes something extraordinary. And it shows the …

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1000 Things To Do

Sunrise Is Special in Arugambay….         Arugam Bay ranked amongst the world’s top 10 surfing locations is truly a surfers’ paradise. Situated on the South-Eastern coast of Sri Lanka, it has hosted a number of international surfing competitions including the British Pro Surfing Association Championship. Arugam Bay is located …

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This That and The WAR

going down the memory lane with AIR CHIEF MARSHALL ROSHAN GOONETILEKE “We should resolve never to allow divisions to occur in Sri Lanka” As I approached Air Chief Marshall Roshan Goonetileke’s house which is situated in the outskirts of Colombo, I was wondering what to expect from a man who …

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Sri Lanka – get the facts right and then market

“With the economy moving from a $35bn to a $67bn economy we must be get close to the key global super powers so that we understand the facts and then market to the world the reality. Confrontational communication must be avoided say the Nation Branding experts globally” The newspapers were …

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In Reminiscing

In traversing down memory lane, though briefly, one cannot help a sense of nostalgia filtering through your mind. Colombo North, the gateway to the metropolitan city, was a sprawling electorate and home to a multi-religious and diverse ethnic population. In this scenario, Kotahena was literally a haven, where the teeming …

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[Review] Ceylon Tea Moments

We stopped over for breakfast, just past 8 am on a busy Saturday morning – needing to catch up on some office work on the computer and kill a bit of time between the kids varied schedules. We were pleasantly surprised to find them open at this time of morning …

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1000 Things To Do

Madhu Church, Mannar Island & Much More… Mannar Island is a beautiful peninsula with lots of palm trees, fishing boats, wild donkeys, migrant birds and famous baobab tree. As you can see it is jutting out into the Palk Straight just under 30 kms from our neighbor India. The island was …

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SCHOOLS CRICKET REVIEW

The Under 19 Schools cricket season for 2014/2015 got off in early September with third term fixtures and there will be a one month break for Christmas in December. The first term matches are expected to commence by early January’2015 provided there won’t be any interruptions with the country’s Presidential …

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