[og_img] Cracker Guitar Playing – Guitar Boogie & Working Man Blues (Live) l Collaborations l Tommy Emmanuel with Billy Strings   Guitar Boogie & Working Man Blues (Live) l Collaborations l Tommy Emmanuel with Billy Strings The post Cracker Guitar Playing – Guitar Boogie & Working Man Blues (Live) l Collaborations l Tommy Emmanuel with Billy Strings appeared first on eLanka. Source link ...

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[og_img] Sri Lanka needs a confidence boost to lift it out of the morass it is in; Time for a National approach to governance? –By Raj Gonsalkorale The year 2020 ended with the COVID pandemic raging unabated, not just in Sri Lanka but throughout the world and bringing down the world as we all knew it. Economies of countries from the superrich to the very poor have all crumbled and health services are bursting at the seams. Education has been disrupted and so has the functioning of society as we knew it. Confidence in governance models, particularly democratic models is shattering as a consequence of the Trump led attack on the US system. 2021 is heralded amidst challenges perhaps not witnessed during the life time of those who are alive today.    Sri Lanka is no exception in having to face these serious challenges and while there seems to be ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news/252133/eight_col_000_8XK6E6.jpg?1608574298 Everyone in England must stay at home except for permitted reasons during a new coronavirus lockdown beginning at midnight, Boris Johnson has announced. Photo: AFP All schools and colleges will close to most pupils and switch to remote learning until the middle of February. In a televised address, the prime minister urged people to follow the rules immediately amid surging cases and patient numbers. WATCH LIVE: Prime Minister @BorisJohnson addresses the nation on coronavirus.https://t.co/OAggkHjNGp — UK Prime Minister (@10DowningStreet) January 4, 2021 He said those in the top four priority groups would receive a first vaccine dose by mid-February. Speaking from Downing Street, Johnson said the weeks ahead would be the “hardest yet”. But he added that he believed the country was entering “the last phase of the struggle”. Scotland earlier issued a stay-at-home order and joined Wales in closing classrooms for most pupils. Northern Ireland’s Stormont Executive are ...

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https://www.elanka.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/142ND-ROYAL-THOMIAN-MATCH-SSC-GROUNDS.jpg Dear Fellow Mustang, The 142 nd Battle of the Blues is scheduled to be played on the days stated above. But it is very likely that the match will be played without spectators but in front of school authorities, parents and a few invitees only. But the Match will be televised as usual. Therefore, MUSTANGS (like Stallions, Colts and Thoroughbreds etc,) is in the process of making arrangements to watch the match from a friendly and hospitable premises to keep our Royal Thomian spirit, associations, comradery alive and unbroken. Although it will not be same from what we have been used to ever since this great rivalry in cricket began 141 years ago, much effort will be made to compensate for the lack of the ideal with good facilities and a comfortable atmosphere to watch the match on a wide screen and enjoy the service of food, drinks and ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news/235847/eight_col_RNZD2094.jpg?1594340171 Public health experts are closely watching the arrival of a new highly contagious strain of Covid-19 in New Zealand’s managed isolation and quarantine facilities. Photo: RNZ /Dom Thomas So far, six cases of the recently indentified UK variant – which is up to 70 percent more infectious than previous strains – have been reported in MIQ. The new variant, known as B117, has a higher reproduction – or R number – leading to an increased rate of transmission. University of Auckland epidemiologist Rod Jackson said while other strains usually infected two to three others, the new type meant one person could infect three or four others. “That just multiplies – those three to four people will infect three to four more. You can see it rapidly gets away from you, which is what we’re seeing around the world at the moment.” The new variant isn’t proving to be more ...

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https://www.elanka.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/Matale-Aluvihare-Rock-Temple-entrance-3.jpg   Surrounded by verdant hills Aluvihare Rock Temple is a historic temple situated in Matale in *Matale – *Dambulla Road about 30 kilometers from Kandy City. History of the Rock Temple dates to 3rd century BC, the era of King Devanampiyatissa (247 BC – 207 BC). According to legends, King Devanampiyatissa had founded the Rock Temple after the introduction of Buddhism to *Ceylon and had also built the dagoba (stupa) and planted the *Bo sapling in the temple premises. The Rock Temple spreads across a large area through rocks and verdant vistas interspersed with coconut palms. The Rock Temple is the historic location where the *Tripitaka, the Pali canon was first written in text on *ola leaves. Situated on several levels of rock surface and lush greenery, the atmosphere of the Rock Temple has a majestic look. There are 13 caves in the premises of the Rock Temple and ...

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  Topics bordering the beyond-considered as beneath the fashionable-intellectual and macho level of attention-now appear in the social media-inhibited only by the modernist taboo-of the writer being dubbed-a goodie-goodie-observed John Is the new attention a covid syndrome-asked Jack perhaps-perhaps it is -said John-what with search for vaccines-and even the lowly honey bee not being left alone however-thoughts of the beyond-other than astronomy-science-finance and technology-are indulged in by those stranded in the realms of logic-but also searching for contentment within stop that cacophony of which I have had a full in ear and eye-a whole decade through and go ahead with the theme that seems to-en-balm-my soul-sickened with the show of pomp-pageantry- rivalry-hatred-power-wealth and glory-seen all over society and in the world at large said Jack that balm said John-you get from many a modern writer of prose-poetry and song-with appealing lyrics and music to feed the high and the low ...

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https://www.elanka.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/Bogoda-Wooden-Bridge-sideview.jpg   Situated in Hali-Ela in Badulla, Bogoda Wooden Bridge dates to 1600s, but the temple adjoining the Bridge dates to the first century BC. The covered wooden bridge was built across the *Gallanda Oya, (Oya meaning stream in Sinhala), a branch of Uma Oya in *Badulla District; a tributary of the *Mahaweli River which is on an ancient route that linked Badulla and Kandy in the past. According to folklore, the Bridge was built for Buddhist Pilgrims from Badulla to cross the rock strewn Gallanda Oya on their way to Kandy to worship at the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic.                                                            The wooden railings on both sides of the Bridge are decorated with elaborate ornamental work influenced by the art and crafts of the *Kandyan Era. The Kandyan style clay shingle roof is supported by 11 carved pillars with a hand rail on both sides supported by many ...

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https://www.elanka.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/CEYLON.jpg The Dutch Burghers in Sri Lanka: Source:Island “We are a vanishing tribe in Sri Lanka. The first paternal ancestor of my father’s family who arrived in Sri Lanka in 1774 was Pieter Scharenguivel. He was a Quarter Master in the service of the United Dutch East India Company which ruled the maritime provinces of Sri Lanka from the middle of the 17th century to 1796. The Dutch Burgher identity and consciousness within the family I grew up was extremely significant. It played a role in the conversations, traditions, customs, food, perceptions and social interactions. During the British colonial rule, our community produced eminent surgeons, doctors, legal luminaries, judges, engineers, sportsmen, musicians , historians and artists etc.” , said Anne-Marie Scharenguivel, 65, a management accountant and a member of Sri Lanka’s tiny Dutch Burgher community of less than 30,000 people. The people known as ‘Dutch Burghers are descendants of the ...

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https://www.elanka.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/Ceylon-2.jpg Source:Island Of those Burghers, Oh! Those Burghers, we can only dream In the Arts, in Sports, in Law , or the Groves of Academe They were the brightest of the bright, the very, very, best. Whether North or South of Lanka, whether East or West. The Burghers were indeed a very talented and dedicated community. They were a minority in numbers, but their contribution to this country was major in every sense of the word. Unfortunately for this country the post 1956, cry of ‘Sinhala Only’ and allegations made by political demagogues that the Burghers were breeding a ‘thuppai culture,’ ringing in their ears they left for pastures new. Specially to Australia. Sri Lanka’s loss was Australia’s gain. It will be recalled that the writer had submitted a previous article on the Burghers. It set off refreshing (many) and recriminating (few) ripples. Those whose names were not there but ...

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