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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Berlin Revisited

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.

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Pondicherry – Not So French

We arrive on a Friday late afternoon and the first impressions of Pondicherry, on southeast coast of India , are not so good. The sea promenade is awash with masses of people. The narrow streets are hectic with bikers and

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A Mad Dash to Mysore

My travel partner Darby and I set off at least an hour behind schedule. A bit like the two aging men in the ” odd couple” movie of 1998 where Walter Matthau and Jack Lemon set off on a journey,

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New York State of Mind

New York. I want to taste, experience and wake up in this cosmopolitan city that never sleeps. As I arrive, I am no different from any other tourist and have a list of places I want to visit together with

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Richard the Third meets Blackadder

In 2015 the remains of Richard the Third, the last Plantagenet of England were buried in Leicester cathedral , five centuries after he died . The ceremony attracted many visitors and hit worldwide TV. So where had he been for

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