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Sri Lanka, lock your daughters up. The Chinese and Indians are coming

The first time I met Royston was about twenty years ago at a wine evening hosted by my company. He then became a regular at our events and often contributed with little stories and always being supportive. At one session he talked of his days with the Beatles, Jimmy Page, Cliff Richard and the whole 1960s “beat scene” that he greatly influenced.

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The paperback writer, the amazing Mr. Royston Ellis

The first time I met Royston was about twenty years ago at a wine evening hosted by my company. He then became a regular at our events and often contributed with little stories and always being supportive. At one session he talked of his days with the Beatles, Jimmy Page, Cliff Richard and the whole 1960s “beat scene” that he greatly influenced.

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Face to face with that rare French truffle in Menerbes

My greatest truffle experience was in Menerbes in July 2017 with our special friends, the Aluwihare’s. At the museum and truffle / wine centre in Luberon in a building dating back to the 17th century the reoccurring topic is TRUFFLES. We sit overlooking a valley from this hill top restaurant.

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Walking tours around Colombo’s highlights and history with The Whinging Pome

An opportunity to see and hear the uncensored stories, history and colonial splendor of the Fort central area and Galle Face Colombo. Everything from Prince Phillip’s car, murders, horse racing, iconic hotels, city bank buildings, the clock tower, tall chandeliers, a hidden church, numerous statues, bombings, the port and the Chinese Port City, gossip, travel stories and more with the best flat white coffee in the city!

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10 Things you need to know about Aussies

10 Things you need to know about Aussies

From one hundred and forty coffees between April to August on my early morning walks in varying locations during the COVID19, here are my totally made-up coffee awards presented to the Coffee shops in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

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Colombo Coffee Awards

From one hundred and forty coffees between April to August on my early morning walks in varying locations during the COVID19, here are my totally made-up coffee awards presented to the Coffee shops in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

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What did Sri Lanka learn from Nelson Mandela?

It’s Nelson Mandela’s birthday today. He was born in 18th July 1918 into a tribal royal family. He spent 27 years in prison, including periods of hard labour, fighting for what he believed in, social justice anti-apartheid/ racism. He became the President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. He took South Africa from brink of a blood bath to national reconciliation.

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Little Saint James Island aka 'Pedophile island'​ owned by Jeffrey Epstein

Power, presidents, paedophiles and the pained

By now many of us have seen the documentary series about Jeffrey Epstein, its called “Filthy Rich” on Netflix. It tells the story of about twenty years of abuse, molestation and a paedophile pyramid manipulating young women, many under sixteen

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Coffee & Croissant

Coffee and croissants tour of Colombo

If like me, post – COVID you are craving once more for that daily coffee and breakout from home or office, here is a summary of my experience pre the virus and lockdown. Having had coffee-loving visitors from Australia staying

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A Day in Knuckles Mountains

From our mountain retreat called The Glass House, we overlook the Victoria Dam, which is some 30 minutes from Kandy in central Sri Lanka. Behind the water we see the Knuckles range of mountains. There are some 34 mountains though we can

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From zero to enlightened about Dawoodi Bohras in two hours

Checking in for the night flight from Mumbai back home to Sri Lanka I have one of those pleasant surprises! I’ve been upgraded to business class! I historically felt that this was part achieved if you’re suited up (wearing a jacket).

The Whinging Pome Random Rule No. 122: Always wear a jacket when boarding a flight

But today airlines are more processed on who gets the unpaid upgrade.

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The Whinging Pome’s Random Rules

In my book “The Whinging Pome – To The Point”, I include over twenty Whinging Pome Random Rules. These are generally one liners that come to mind in response to a situation, an interface/ an interaction with someone, a circumstance

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More Jeeps than Elephants in Dambulla

Its about a three hour drive from Colombo to Dambulla in central Sri Lanka and night time driving is faster than daytime. The biggest hazard on the roads are the many drivers who overtake on blind bends in  the road

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A Weekend on a Tea Estate

We arrive at Haldummulla Tea Estate three days after Christmas via a precarious road on which a four-wheel  vehicle is essential. It’s raining sideways accompanied by a noisy wind. The bungalow has two big bedrooms with rustic furniture and dated

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