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Double belt buckle that undid a double murder

Double belt buckle that undid a  double murder

An ‘unholy’ crime in a ‘holy’ city! A chillingly gripping double murder reeking with illicit booze, vehicle hijackings and bodies burnt to ashes with only a tell-tale double belt buckle which finally leads to the gallows. Not within the pages of a thriller set in Anuradhapura but very real, leaving the lives of many shattered [...]

Letters to the Editor

Save lives with  low-cost ‘humps’ at unprotected rail crossings Another tragedy was reported at an unprotected rail crossing at Omanthai with a death toll of four. Low cost ‘humps’ on either side of the crossing would surely have prevented this tragedy. I was surprised to learn from the media that 200 railway gates with electric [...]



We will miss our friend and his gentle ways Dr. Hilarian Codippily passed away few weeks ago, following a serious illness. He lived through it with a reasoned position, searching for ways to stall its deadly progress. Only a few of us knew what he was going through. He was very well looked after by [...]

‘It’s such an honour, I’m just a choral music person’

‘It’s such an honour, I’m just  a choral music person’

Sri Lankan born Australian citizen David Sansoni was recently honoured with the Order of Australia for his service to the community of Baulkham Hills in Sydney as conductor and co-director of the church choir since 2007. A lifetime of theatre, arts and music provides a solid springboard, but it is the vital element of spirituality [...]

Humanity takes centre stage

Humanity takes centre stage

If you are hungering for the dimmed footlights and the reverberating drumming that herald the dramatic entrance of Sarachchandra’s Veddah king or the Lion- if you feel jaded with the innuendo and titillation which seem to have become the staple on the boards today- Namel Weeramuni has just the thing for you. The thespian, for [...]

Enter Tilak’s 3D weaves

Enter Tilak’s 3D weaves

It’s the beginning of another architectural aesthetic which can eventually be constructed, says Tilak Samarawickrema unveiling his latest creation. Playing around on the computer, the clean lines and geometric shapes that have been his signature style in tapestry have assumed three dimensional form- the outlines of buildings, temples emerging, windows and doorways, thresholds that beckon [...]

New English edition of Eugène Burnouf’s memoir Ancient Geography of Ceylon

Former Bonsoir host Yasmin Rajapakse is bringing out a new English edition of Eugène Burnouf’s memoir Ancient Geography of Ceylon. Burnouf was one of the most eminent French scholars and orientalists of the first half of the 19th century and this is one of his few works translated into English. The original French work was [...]

A grand beauty event indeed

A grand  beauty event indeed

It was a lavish show as the grand finale of the Miss Grand Sri Lanka and Mister International Sri Lanka was held at the Waters Edge on Sunday, September 16. The top 14 finalists of each competition took the ramp giving the audience a chance to take a closer look and cheer their favourites on [...]

A day of fun at GFH

A day of fun at GFH

Guests enjoyed Pimms and Canapes at the Galle Face Hotel recently whilst also taking part in a suitcase competition where they could  win a one night stay at the hotel.

Get into the groove with Vinyl Revival

Get your groove back at Park Street Mews next  Sunday (September 30) when Hype Events presents Vinyl Revival, a first of its kind get-together of the record community, which will bring back sweet memories of a time when music was more than just antiseptic CDs sound. “Vinyl Revival aims to create and increase awareness for [...]

Sophisticated comfort at a budget price; that’s Colombo’s Marino Beach Hotel

Sophisticated comfort at a budget price; that’s Colombo’s Marino Beach Hotel

As the skyline of Colombo ascends to utter ugliness, more hotels are opening in the city with bedrooms that have views of the desecration of what was once considered the Garden City of the East. From my bedroom balcony at Colombo’s newest hotel, Marino Beach, facing south, I can see tall cranes perched above cramped [...]

Botanik adds to its gastronomic journey

Botanik adds to its gastronomic journey

Now is the perfect time to pay a visit to Botanik for both first timers and regulars as they have launched exciting new updates to their bistro and bar menus. Colombo’s dining scene has never been the same since the introduction of the now well known rooftop bar and restaurant, but they are not content [...]

A perfect getaway among the wilds

A perfect getaway among the wilds

Chena Huts by Uga Escapes has been chosen as Sri Lanka’s Leading Lodge 2018 at the 25th World Travel Awards, Asia & Australasia Gala Ceremony 2018 organised by World Travel Awards. A boutique hotel located in Yala with 14 luxurious cabins complete with individual plunge pools and panoramic views, it offers a perfect getaway among [...]

26 musical hits you always wanted to see

26 musical hits you always  wanted to see

The Workshop Players have set the bar high once again with their musical revue, “The Greatest Shows” this October. The production –a revue of diverse multi-theatrical productions combining music, dance and acting has 26 scores that “you wanted to see, you don’t know about but which have been the hits over the years” the show’s [...]

A little team that helped give little ones the best chance at life

A little team that helped give  little ones the best chance at life

Babies often take us by surprise. Sometimes, they do it by coming into the world too soon, not quite ready to breathe on their own. These babies deserve the best fighting chance for survival and no parent should have to hear the heart-breaking words, “we don’t have an incubator for your baby…” The ‘Little Lives’ [...]

Annual walk to end Alzheimer’s

Annual walk to  end Alzheimer’s

Be there on Saturday, September 29 as the Lanka Alzheimer’s Foundation (LAF) holds its annual Walk to end Alzheimer’s. Sun or rain, participants enthusiastically walk creating awareness of the disease, distributing leaflets along the way. Johann Peries who summited Mount Everest earlier this year will be amongst the walkers. Cinnamon Grand’s Angsana Garden is where [...]

Learning the ropes of journalism and encountering memorable personalities

Learning the ropes of journalism and  encountering memorable personalities

Channa Dolapihilla is no stranger to the world of journalism. He started out at the Dawasa newspaper printed by Independent Newspapers Limited and after its closure, joined the Lankadeepa of Wijeya Newspapers. After a stint there, he also worked at the Dinamina newspaper of the Lake House group. His years spent in newsrooms in three [...]

HFC past pupils promise an unforgettable ‘Rhythm of the Night’

Let down your hair, dispel your stress and sing and dance the night away at ‘Rhythm of the Night’ organized by the Past Pupils’ Association (PPA) of Holy Family Convent, Bambalapitiya, on September 29 at 7 p.m. at Hotel Ramada, Colombo. This ‘Night of Song and Dance With C Plus’ will be unforgettable, is the [...]

Fundraiser for Mother of Sorrows Church, Panadura

With a proud history of 153 years, the Mother of Sorrows Church Panadura is embarking on a long-awaited renovation project. The Church Youth Society along with the Fundraising Committee will present a musical concert ‘Rhythm Unleashed’, featuring well known artistes Rookantha Gunathilake, Chandralekha Perera and Sanuka Wickramasinghe, together with the band D Major, led by [...]

Lecture on Ayurveda and Siddha traditions

“The simplicity & the profundity of our Siddha – Ayurveda heritage”  will be the subject of the National Trust lecture delivered by Dr. S. Sritharan  on Thursday, September 27 at the HNB Auditorium, 22nd Floor, HNB Towers, 479 T.B. Jayah Mawatha, Colombo 10 at 6.30 p.m. Despite the great advances in modern allopathic medicine, there [...]

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