Friday, April 25, 2008

And now once more, Twisted Rhymes…

Haven’t come up with one of these in a while, so here goes…

Wee Willie Winkie
Runs through the town,
Upstairs and downstairs
In his nightgown
Rapping at the windows,
Crying through the lock,
"Are the children all in bed?
For it's now eight o'clock.

The neighbors were unhappy
At the thought of Wee Willie
Running about the hood,
In nothing but his jammys
Peeping into their homes
Like little perv,
Scaring the little kids
Out of their little wits

The people in the hood
Finally had enough,
They called on the police
To make a complaint,
“Please lock up Wee Willie
And throw away the keys,
We're tired of his antics
And want them to cease”

The sun went down
And out came Willie,
Running around merrily
Only in his jammys,
Rapping at windows
Like he always does,
What a shock he got
On that fateful night,

A big bunch of cops
Came out of nowhere,
Jumped on poor Willie
And took him down,
They roughed him,
Cuffed him,
Read him his rights,
And bundled him off to jail

The law came down hard
On poor Wee Willie
Off he went to the county jail
For a very long time indeed
He now raps on iron bars
In a brand new striped suit,
Amusing other prisoners
With all sorts of tricks

Thus goes the life
Of Wee Willie Winkie
Who couldn’t keep his nose
Out of other people’s business
He got into mischief
And burnt his tail
Now spends his time
Singing jailhouse blues

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Of Road Races and Canned Pol Sambol

Along with Kavum and Kokis, another undying avurudu tradition is the marathons and the cycle races. Frankly I can’t understand how they became an Avurudu tradition in the first place, but it’s there so we have to live with it. Come to think of it, I think this year there are less of those as well. Maybe they couldn’t find any big wigs to do the start off. Anywhoo, came across two cycle races this Saturday, which is quite irritating when you are trying to get somewhere in a hurry.

My gripe is not with the cyclists, after all they are sportsmen and participating in a sporting event. I’m annoyed with all those other idiots who ride along the cyclists on motorcycles. For every one, there are about ten of these freaking idiots riding around the cyclists, like a guard of honor. They go weaving through traffic, shouting at other motorists like they own the road, trying to clear a path for their charge. Reminds one of those dreaded ministerial motorcades. What’s up with that? These posse riders should be banned from doing this.

Then there’s the other set of people who lineup along the way, eagerly waiting to throw a bucket of water at the cyclists. Why does a cycle race turn normal, sane citizens into water throwing maniacs? Another mystery of life yet to be answered. I wonder if the racers actually like this. I mean I would get pissed off if someone threw a bucket of water at me while I’m trying to win a race, but then again different people have different tastes. What a whacky and weird world we live in.


As for the other part of the title, has anyone else out there seen Canned Pol Sambol made by MD? I’m not sure for how long this has been in the market, but I only came across it couple of days ago. Has it come to a point in time that people are too busy to make even a simple pol sambol? It is sad. I don’t even want to know what it tastes like. Call me old fashioned, but I still prefer fresh homemade pol sambol any day over canned stuff.

On a more serious note, today, the 22nd of April is Earth Day. I Did a post last year also on it, ranting about the things happening. You can get more information at the official Earth Day site and as well as Wikipedia.

We only have one planet to live on people, let’s try not to blow it up, coz we got no place else to go!!!


Thursday, April 17, 2008

17th of April

Well I haven’t been assigned any work for the day, yippee. So it’s going to be a lazy day. Oh well might as well put up a post :D

And in headlines today:

The Olympic torch has reached New Delhi India

At least 44 people have been killed after a bus plunged into a river in the western Indian state of Gujarat

At least 22 people, including 5 Palestinian children, have died in Gaza's worst day of fighting since Israeli incursions in early March.

A Yemeni court has annulled an eight-year-old girl's marriage to a man in his 20s, after she filed for divorce.

Cleveland zoo researchers find rare giant turtle in Vietnam

Three days after stealing a rare collection of coins, a thief in Germany took them to the bank for safe keeping - and delivered them into the hands of the man he had robbed.

Let’s see what interesting things have happened in the past on this day.

1861 - American Civil War: Virginia secedes from the Union.

1864 - American Civil War: Battle of Plymouth begins – Confederate forces attack Plymouth, North Carolina.

1865 - Mary Surratt is arrested as a conspirator in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.

1924 - Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studios is formed from a merger of Metro Pictures, Goldwyn Pictures, and the Louis B. Mayer Company.

1941 - World War II: The Kingdom of Yugoslavia surrenders to Germany.

1949- At midnight 26 counties officially leave the British Commonwealth. A 21-gun salute on O'Connell Bridge, Dublin, ushers in the Republic of Ireland

1961 - Bay of Pigs Invasion: A group of CIA financed and trained Cuban refugees lands at the Bay of Pigs in Cuba with the aim of ousting Fidel Castro.

1964 - The Ford Motor Company unveils the Ford Mustang at the New York World's Fair.

1969 - Sirhan Sirhan is convicted of assassinating Robert F. Kennedy.

1971 - People's Republic of Bangladesh forms, under Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at Mujibnagor.

1973 - Federal Express delivers its first package.

1975 - Cambodian Civil War ends: The Khmer Rouge captures the capital Phnom Penh and Cambodian government forces surrender.

On the same note let us wish our very own spin wizard Muthiah Muralidaran a very happy birthday, who was born on a day like today back in 1972. He shares his birthday with the following famous people:

1734 - Taksin, King of Thailand (d. 1782)

1837 - J.P. Morgan, American financier (d. 1913)

1894 - Nikita Khrushchev, Premier of the Soviet Union (d. 1971)

1929 - James Last, German band leader

1954 - Rowdy Roddy Piper, Canadian professional wrestler

1968 - Prince Maurits of the Netherlands

1972 - Jennifer Garner, American actress

1974 - Victoria Beckham, English singer

Today is also World Hemophilia Day.

Source is as usual Wikipedia. You can find the complete list here.

Cheers y’all

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Hanging out in Nuwara Eliya

As mentioned in my last post, the gang of usual suspects and I went gallivanting during the Awurudu weekend. As usual the destination was good old Nuwara Eliya. This was our fourth trip for this year, so the place is becoming like a second home to us now 

Since Friday was a half day, we started off around 3 pm, but unfortunately a lot of people have had the same idea it seems. The traffic was awful, and took us about 1.5 hours just get from Dehiwela to Kelaniya. It was very slow going all along the Kandy road, especially near the major towns. Add to that the heavy rain, and it took us till 9pm to pass Peradeniya. After that of course it was smooth sailing. Reached NE around 11.30 after spending some time to lift up our spirits along the way ;)

Since it is the season time, NE was crowded, but after the weekend I expect more people would come. The town itself was richly decorated – with advertisements. Every few steps along the pavements, there was a pole stuck to the ground with a banner on it. Not only within the city, but up to maybe 5km’s along the access roads, all light posts had a banner attached to it. There must have been hundreds of banners and millions spent on it. Is it just me or does anyone else think that this is a waste of money that could have been used in more productive manner?

Things were happening up there in them hills. There is a small carnival set in the race course grounds and horse races will be held all throughout the season. There is also a dirt track racing event taking place. Unfortunately, the trial which were supposed to be held on Sunday got pushed back to Monday, so we only got to see the riders practicing. The downside to all of the fun stuff happening is that prices of things are nearly double their normal prices.

Started back home Sunday around 3pm via Hatton. Since it was the “Nonagathaya” time there weren’t many people on the road, which is something rarely seen. It was like travelling when the whole country has been declared a curfew. We were on the road when the new year dawned, so I guess we’ll be doing a lot of travelling during this year he he.

Talking about the dawning of the new year, what’s it with these idiotic people who light crackers and throw them on to the main roads. F***ing retards. They should be shot and hung.

Well after a relaxing weekend, now back in office earning the daily bread. Oh well, life goes on…

Cheers y’all!!!

Go horsey Go!!!

Oi, wait for meee...

Pint size class

A Lone sentinel

"dam paata..."

"Kaha paata..."

"Rathu pata...pata pata mal"
The hills are alive...

A poor giant must be missing a tea cup...

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Soorya Mangalaya

April is the year when all Sri Lankans get together and get ready to celebrate in grand style. Yes, it is the time, when people say goodbye to the old and welcomes a brand new year. The Sinhala and Tamil New Year is based on the movement of the sun in the celestial sphere, when it moves from the Meena Rashiya (House of Pisces) to the Mesha Rashiya (House of Aries). It also marks the end of the Harvesting season, when farmers have stored their grains and relax themselves.

Ok, I’m not going to go into lengthy descriptions here. People interested can read more about the festival by checking out the links


In reality however, this time the celebrations will be low key I guess. I don’t need to elaborate on things happening here do I? Even two days before the New Year, I haven’t seen much of hoopla like previous years. I’m talking only about Colombo, which is understandable considering the security situation. I’m sure things are different outside of the city limits. After all most people would be leaving for their home towns during these days, to spend the days with their families and loved ones. Hopefully celebrations are going on in other parts of the country as usual.

Talking about changing times, even the Koha’s have left the area. Seriously, I haven’t heard a Koha singing till today. I think they got wise to that fact that they can be happy and safe out of the city, so packed their bags and left. Good decision I say. Who else would want to live in these concrete jungles except us humans?

Image source and details image lanka

Luckily I will also be heading out to the greener pastures of Nuwara Eliya with the usual suspects for the weekend. We usually never go during season time, but thought we’d try it this time and see. Of course it’s zero hassle when one of them owns a hotel up there :) . I’m pretty sure things are happening in the hills. Also looking forward to stuffing myself with Kevili and other goodies in the coming days he he. Can’t wait for those mouth watering kevums, kokis and other yummy yummy goodies…Mmmmm…

So, to all my fellow bloggers and all Sri Lankans, I’d like to wish you all a happy new year.