A Striking Photo sent to Thuppahi by Keith Bennett of Australia
Category Archives: Australian culture
Bob Dunn’s Book on THE DISPUTED COUNTRY. AUSTRALIA’S BORDE , pubd in 2004 and bearing ISBN 0 646 43306 7 serves up an intriguing set of stories amidst fascinating photographs and illustrations. It is yet another insight into the complexities of colonisation in this continent made possible for me by Michael Evans who has lent me the booklet.
Peta Credlin in The Sunday Telegraph, 7 October 2023, where the title runs thus “Voice’s Yes campaign full of deceit and double standards”
The unauthorised protesters who marched through Sydney this week spewing anti-Semitic bile and screaming “Gas the Jews” are a sign of what can happen when people make everything about race.
After being poisoned for decades with hatred against “the Jews who stole their land”, it’s hardly surprising Palestinians (and their supporters here) don’t want peaceful co-existence with the people of Israel. Instead they want to wipe Israel off the map and drive the Jewish people into the sea, quite literally.
Anthony Albanese and Ray Martin on stage at the Factory Theatre. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Max Mason-Hubers
The newshounds in Sydney and in Sri Lanka have been remarkably obtuse and incompetent. Those in Sydney following the series of court appearances faced by Danushka Gunathilaka did not have the capacity to ascertain the name and other details about the blonde Australian lady holding Danushka’s left hand (and he is a left-handed batsman) during his several court appearances. Or, maybe, they discreetly refrained from seeking or voicing any such detail. As an observer from a distance, this led me to wonder if that lady was convenient cover – meant to indicate that Danushka was not a gay lothario who preyed on women.
Well, that thought has been knocked on the head. That lady has accompanied Danushka all the way to distant Sri Lanka …. still on his left and firmly clasping his hand. So: they are, it seems, a steady couple [the photo in The Island rejected ALL efforts to copy it for reproduction here! … We are clerly ina recalcitrant field!]
News Item in Rugby.com.au, 27 September 2023 ….. https://www.rugby.com.au/news/australian-schools-u18s-side-named-for-nz-clash-2023927
The Australian Schools side has been confirmed to face NZ. Photo: Rugby Australia. Australian Schools & U18s head coach Shannon Fraser has confirmed his side to face New Zealand Secondary Schools at Viking Park in Canberra on Thursday. NSW Waratahs flanker Aden Ekanayake has been appointed captain for the opening clash of the two-game series, with both fixtures to be broadcast live and on demand on Stan Sport.
Devika Brendon, in GROUNDVIEWS, 29 September 2023, where the title runs thus: “The Conquering Hero: ‘Success’ in Danushka Gunathilaka’s Sexual Assault Case” **
In the 11 months just past, several media reports were busy portraying the events in the trial of Danushka Gunathilaka, the Sri Lankan cricketer charged with sexual assault and violence against a woman in Australia last November, in a very upbeat way. It was a “positive update” they say, and “a win for him” that his strict bail conditions were relaxed, in the lead up to the judge’s decision.
Andrew Fidel Fernando …. official presentation within ……………… https://www.espncricinfo.com/cricketers/danushka-gunathilaka-345821
FULL NAME: Mashtayage Danushka Gunathilaka
BORN: March 17, 1991, Panadura
AGE: 32y 196d
BATTING STYLE: Left hand Bat
BOWLING STYLE: Right arm Offbreak
PLAYING ROLE: Allrounder
HEIGHT: 6ft 1in
EDUCATION: Mahanama College, Colombo
Sri Lanka: Colombo Cricket ClubGalle GladiatorsSchools Invitation XISouthern ExpressSri Lanka ASri Lanka Board President’s XISri Lanka Cricket Combined XISri Lanka Under-19sSri Lanka Under-23sSylhet SixersTamil Union Cricket and Athletic Club
A poised, attacking left-handed opener groomed in part at Sinhalese Sports Club, DanushkaGunathilaka was plucked from the domestic system largely on potential, and drafted into Sri Lanka’s A team for the tour of New Zealand in mid-2015. He impressed on that trip, hitting two smart fifties from four innings, to finish as the team’s second-highest run-scorer.
Lauren Ferri & Steve Zemek in The AUSTRALIAN, 29 September 2023, where the title reads ‘I’m happy that my life is normal again’: Cricketer Danushka Gunathilaka not guilty of sexual assault” .… with highlighting imposed b The Editor Thuppahi
Sri Lankan cricketer Danushka Gunathilaka says he is looking forward to resuming his playing career after a Sydney judge acquitted him of sexual assault facing a judge-alone trial in the Downing Centre District Court, Mr Gunathilaka was on Thursday found not guilty of one count of sexual intercourse without consent relating to an allegation that he had removed a condom without a woman’s knowledge during sex.
LAKE BEAUTY – A murder dissolves.
Here’s what readers have to say:
Justin La Brooy: “Lake Beauty is a novel based in rural Australia covering much of the first half of the last century. It gives an exquisite glimpse into a time and place that has changed out of recognition, though one is left with a sense that the mind-sets and patterns of behaviour may be still with us…. The story grabs the attention of the reader from the beginning and maintains its interest as the plot develops…………………. A great read.”