Who Tim is, no-one knows. Much less, his “Tantalising Ticklers”. However, he has introduced this supposed tickler quite adequately, even though it is not really funny because, as I have titled this piece (see above), I quickly follow this up, telling all my family and friends “stay young, try not to get old”, and mean what I say.           Anyway, now let us get onto Tim and his introduction to this very informative and interesting video. Amazing, what technology let’s us do. Just a few years ago, to see a decent photograph of any individual would not be easy, now we see them clearly, not just how they look now, but, in addition how they looked in the dim past, as they have all sailed by 4 score & 10 years. “Well done”, I say, I am still 5 years away. Enjoy the video folks. ...

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Rum-inations-by Somasiri Devendra Source:Sundaytimes Somasiri Devendra was an undergraduate at Peradeniya when Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, declared it “more open than usual”. Recalling this, Devendra decided to be “more retired than usual” at age 88. To take retirement seriously. (Or not so seriously. Whatever.) COVID had imposed its own sanctions, but “COVID does not a prison make, nor curfew a cage”. As long as the mind was free, so was he. He let it free to scroll through his life – as teacher, naval officer, stockbroker, maritime archaeologist, naval historian, boat ethnographer, writer, and inquisitive schoolboy. And thus emerged this journal of ‘The mind on holiday’.   Snowed in by COVID-19, I sit out in my garden. I am lucky to have a 20ft broad strip of (burnt out by the sun) ‘grass’ between the house and the perimeter wall. I am one of the lucky ones. At ...

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Source:Sundaytimes Somasiri Devendra was an undergraduate at Peradeniya when Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, declared it “more open than usual”. Recalling this, Devendra decided to be “more retired than usual” at age 88. To take retirement seriously. (Or not so seriously. Whatever.) COVID had imposed its own sanctions, but “COVID does not a prison make, nor curfew a cage”. As long as the mind was free, so was he. He let it free to scroll through his life – as teacher, naval officer, stockbroker, maritime archaeologist, naval historian, boat ethnographer, writer, and inquisitive schoolboy. And thus emerged this journal of ‘The mind on holiday’. Snowed in by COVID-19, I sit out in my garden. I am lucky to have a 20ft broad strip of (burnt out by the sun) ‘grass’ between the house and the perimeter wall. I am one of the lucky ones. At about five in the ...

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A vaccine booster program is being explored in the UK. “It’s quite likely that, like the flu, we might be getting a different vaccine next year.” “Vaccines protect you and those around you from Covid-19 and make you less likely to pass it on to others. The latest research shows that Covid-19 vaccines are helping us beat covid. They reduce hospitalizations and deaths from Covid-19 and help stop people passing on the virus. Over time, and as the vaccine programme extends, they will help us get back to normal”. Professor Jonathan Van-Tam (‘JVT’) Deputy Chief Medical Officer-UK UK has been fast on vaccinating the people. The national effort to immunize the population has been a success and now considering a third booster jab. Nearly 85 per cent of UK residents over the age of 18 have received at least one dose of a COVID vaccine and 62.4 per cent of ...

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V.S. Kumar Anandan – The Guinness World Records holder   Source:Facebook V.S. Kumar Anandan was a Guinness World Records holder.[1] His one of many records include Swimming the Palk Strait, from Sri Lanka to India and back [1] in 51 hours, in the year 1971. Once he met with a motor vehicle accident and was hospitalized for six months. While attempting to swim the English Channel on 6 August 1984 he collapsed and died [1] due to heavy currents. Kumar Anandan held the maximum number of Individual Guinness Records at a point in time which included Non-Stop Water treading (80 hours at Chennai), Standing on one leg for 33 hours, Non-Stop dancing, Ball punching for 136 hours, etc. He was from Valvettithurai, Jaffna District, Sri Lanka (then known as Ceylon). He had a successful educational career, he was a graduate of University of London. He also obtained the Bachelor of ...

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Sugath Thilakaratne the ‘400 metres King’ in Sri Lankan athletics                                                                                        Sugath Thilakaratne Source:Dailynews Sugath Thilakaratne was a former Sri Lankan athlete who competed in the 400m events at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, US and 2000 Sydney Olympic Games in Australia. He was born on July 30, 1973 in Norton Bridge and had his early education at Vidulipura MV and later went on to become the President of the Sri Lanka Athletics Association. He showed early promise while competing in the 200m and 400m events at Inter-Schools Athletics Meets while training under the guidance of veteran Coach Anura Bandara. He later joined Ambagamuwa MV, Ginigathhena and ...

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DJ Products Chairperson crowned ‘Woman Entrepreneur of the Year’ Source:Island Dr. C. C. Janaki Amarasinghe, Chairperson of DJ Products, a leading company in the field of food, spices and handloom textile products clinched two silver awards at the ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ Awards organized by the Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Sri Lanka (FCCISL). She received one award as the “Woman Entrepreneur of the Year” at National Level and the other in the Large Scale Category of the Western Province. The awards ceremony was held under the patronage of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the BMICH). Dr. Amarasinghe has earlier won many accolades including the NDB Bank Awards the Wantabhimani Award, the Shrama Abhimani Award, and the 2018 Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry Award for Best Female Entrepreneur. Founded 1998 as a food company, DJ Products later expanded into spice, surgical gauze, bandages and textiles. They had ...

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