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.
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
In ten years of owning a house near Victoria Golf Club and Country Resort in central Sri Lanka, I’ve never stayed more than three nights in this most scenic location. This time it’s ten nights so I am looking for
“Good Morning Sir!“ I hear from the twenty or so people sweeping various paths around the South West Beira Lake as I undertake my seven o’clock walk. For me, this is the heart of the new city of Colombo. It
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.
We land at Berlin’s Schonefeld Airport which was built around nineteen forty but we pass the new Billy Brandt airport which looks like Greek architecture. It was due to open in 2010 but now planned to open in 2020. Doesn’t sound like German efficiency. The German immigration takes a nano second to look at my passport let me in. Ah British you see, honest chap, wait till post Brexit. My wife with a Australian and Sri Lankan passport takes somewhat longer.
Antiparos is a small island that is part of the Cyclades that comprises 220 islands in the Agean Sea. It is very accessible by sea with open deck ferries leaving from Pounta on the island of Paros. The journey takes
In 2014 I wrote an article for LT Sri Lanka, called The Chinese Are Coming. In the article, I raised the question of potential issues which may arise as a result of heavy Chinese investment in Sri Lanka. Two key