Chandra Schaffter, responding to a request from The Editor, Thuppahi**…. with the highlighting being the latter’s imposition
For obvious reasons, my association with hockey was not so important although I was possibly a better hockey played at national level, than I was at cricket. I started playing hockey at the age of 8 or 9, on the road with my father’s walking stick. We could not afford buy a hockey stick at that time. However, when I got a bit older, in school we had access to hockey sticks; but then war intervened and for 5-6 years from ’41 until ’46, I had no hockey at all, never touching a hockey stick.
Author Unknown … sent to Thuppahi by Kodi Kodituwakku of Chandos St, Fort, Galle
The Ceylon Burgher Community is the finest exponent of this European onoma-tology in Sri Lanka, as the members of the community carry some of the world’s rarest surnames which at present verge on extinction. The ancestors of the Dutch Burghers were not necessaril.y Dutch by ethnic origin as the Dutch East India Company [recruited] hundreds of mercenaries from all parts of Europe who later reached the shores of Lanka to strengthen the Dutch garrisons on the Island. These Europeans later espoused local women and paved the way for the Lankan Eurasian Community, which later came to be known as ‘Dutch Burghers’ meaning ‘Town Dwellers’.
Chandra Schaffter ... responding to an earnest request from Michael Roberts**
I started playing cricket from the age of five. My father who was also a good cricketer in his time, gave me great encouragement. Unfortunately, he died in 1941 when I was 11 years old. Thereafter I had nobody ever interested in my cricketing career.
Obama has been in Sydney and Melbourne this week wearing his dark cool shades, dazzling his many female followers, and giving speeches which earned him a couple of million dollars just enough to pay for breakfast at Tiffany’s. He was in Melbourne yesterday, picking up another million, while dazzling his audience with his analysis of the world. Yep, you got it. It was one of those “China is the bad boy – the US is the good boy” speeches.
A NOTE from Thuppahi:
The highlightonh emphasis is my ntervntion …nad let me note that “X” resides in the ANZAC world of Australia-New Zealand and therefore has to secure (hopefully) his security.
It all started when the General Secretary of the Communist Party of Sri Lanka (CPSL), Dr. G. Weerasinghe, demanded the government clarify whether American intelligence agency CIA chief William Burns visited the country or not. And if it was so, what was discussed? 0:00 – 2:38 –
I happened to watch most of the Sri Lankan innings against New Zealand at Eden Gardens today the 23rd March 2023. I had no great expectations as I anticipate losses in all their matches in the seamer friendly conditions over there.
Henry Shipley’s maiden five-for came in just his fourth ODI • AFP/Getty Images
However, ….. however, ……. the performances at Eden Gardens had touches of craziness jumbled together with idiocy. If the batting revealed measures of clumsiness, the running between the wickets suggested touches of Abbott and Costello at their most comic.
Somachandra Skandakumar’s Address at the Launch of Mevan Pieris’s THE COMMUNITY,21 March 2023 … with highlighting imposed by The Editor, Thuppahi
Chief Guest Professor G.L Pieris, Guest of Honour, the Reverend Warden Marc Billimoria, distinguished Guests, Ayubowan ,Vanakkam, Assalam Aleykum, Good evening,
It was three years ago that an equally eminent Thomian Anura Tennekoon invited me to speak at the launch of his book. Today I am privileged again by one of similar standing and must thank Mevan for the opportunity. Such moments merely reinforce the values of our two great Institutions, where the fierceness of competition on the playing fields have led to the strongest of bonds off it .
Thuppahi's Blog · This web site presents the interventions of MICHAEL ROBERTS in the public realm with reference to Sri Lankan political affairs. It will embrace the politics of cricket as well. ROBERTS was educated at St. Aloysius College in Galle and the universities of Peradeniya and Oxford. He taught History at Peradeniya University and Anthropology at Adelaide university. He is now retired and lives in Adelaide.