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ISSN: 1391 - 0531
Sunday May 25, 2008
Vol. 42 - No 52
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A walk through Popham’s watte AVERTISTMENTS
Ask for the Popham Arboretum and most people in Dambulla will shrug their shoulders. But ask for ‘Suddage Watte’ and they will direct you to the man-made jungle just two km from the town on the Kandalama Road. An arboretum (Ruk Gomuwa) is a place where trees are grown for study and display as a tree garden, without allowing unnecessary undergrowth. “Unnecessary bushes and undergrowth are controlled manually letting the big trees grow freely.
Seeking answers in molecules
Need a paddy strain which can resist salinity in the soil, a variety which will withstand a drought and not leave the farmers wringing their hands in despair or a disease-resistant kind to bring a bountiful harvest and ease the burden of consumers in times when rice prices have sky-rocketed. What of the other major crops in the country - tea and rubber bringing in all-important foreign exchange and coconut, also so pricey these days, essential for that hot pol-sambol?
He lit a flame that thrilled audiences through the ages
Sometime in 1964, Savoy cinema in Colombo screened the first James Bond movie Dr No, with Sean Connery aiming that .25 Beretta fitted with a silencer; the sexy Ursula Andress in that inevitable white bikini with side-strapped dagger emerging like a phoenix from the Caribbean sea. We were then grade ten students at Royal College Colombo. Connery in the plush casino answering a beaut across the green baize, “Bond, James Bond,” while lighting one of his Morland Specials with a gunmetal Ronson against that famous theme, made an indelible impact in a bizarre way on our sensitive psyches. We switched from reading Chase to Fleming’s Bond books. Although we did not know it then, Ian Fleming had died in the same year on August 12.

Letters to the editor
  The Eternal Guide
  Politicians should be made to feel the cost-of-living pinch
  The tricks of the medical trade
  Norman Gunewardene
  B. H. S. Jayewardene
  Charmina Molligode Kaduruwane
  A walk through Popham's watte
  Reaching out to each other behind the bars
  Indonesia: Away from home in little known islands in the sun
  He lit a flame that thrilled audiences through the ages
  Passengers lost in absurdist train journey to Bandarawela
  Old and contemporary sit side by side together
  Taking English to far-flung places
  Tibet of my youthful dreams
  Buddha images and their significance
  Seeking answers in molecules
  Love and be loved - In memory of Manik Sandrasagra
  Sri Lankan writer bags top literary prize - The Lost Dog by Michelle de Kretser
  Down Under Lankans down but not out - The Villawood Express by Samantha Sirimanne Hyde
  Different clicks from behind the lens
  Man behind those lilting melodies no more - Kala Korner
  Ravana regained
  Old and new: A wonderful mix
People and events
  Cakes of many designs
  Sing-along with the Gypsies
  Visakha fund raising dinner dance
  Josephian Ball 2008
  Groovy nights and new menus

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