John Clunies-Ross, ‘king’ of the Cocos Islands, was toppled by Canberra Source:-smh.com.au John Clunies-Ross, who has died aged 92, became the last “king” of the Cocos, a tiny (5.5 square miles) coral archipelago in the Indian Ocean, in 1944, but spent much of his “reign” fighting rearguard actions against hostile governments in Canberra, which assumed sovereignty in 1955. The islands, roughly halfway between Sri Lanka and Australia, were discovered in 1609 by Captain William Keeling of the East India Company and named the Cocos-Keeling Islands by a British hydrographer in 1805. John Clunies-Ross’ great-great-grandfather and namesake, a sea captain from the Shetland Islands, visited in 1814 and returned with his family and eight “sailor-artisans” in 1825. They dug wells and established a coconut plantation for copra production, subsequently importing Malay labourers to work it. John Clunies-Ross on his paradise island in 1972. CREDIT:FAIRFAX Another adventurer, Alexander Hare, an English merchant infamous ...

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Why not being able to travel stings me so much By Wendy Squires Travel is my reason for living. All I have ever wanted is to do, from the moment I could stand upright, is to explore this world.CREDIT:ISTOCK Source:-smh.com.au Normally I would laugh, but lately I just can’t. I’m talking about the memes my friends are sending me, knowing that I am clawing at the walls in desperation to get out of the suffocating confines of my house. You have probably been sent the same. There’s the mock subway map with destinations changed to bed, toilet, fridge and letterbox. Or the fantasy holiday list: February 2020 – Europe. February 2021 – New Zealand. April 2021 – Tasmania. August 2021 – the Aldi six kilometres from home. Those who know me really well are even meaner. Take, for instance, the video I received of a suitcase on a treadmill with ...

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How Ponting could have released pressure valve in Australian cricket By Malcolm Conn Source:-smh.com.au Ricky Ponting could have been quarantining in a Dubai hotel as coach of Australia’s Twenty20 team if history had not taken such a tumultuous turn. Previous Australian coach Darren Lehmann wanted Ponting in the T20 role before the sandpaper scandal blew up Australian cricket during the 2018 tour of South Africa and maintains that the roles should be split. “I look back now and I think I coached too long,” Lehmann told the Herald and The Age. “I probably should have bowed out 12 months before that. I reckon four years is a good cycle when you’re away from home 300 days a year. “If you split the role there is more longevity because you don’t have to do everything. And it has to be done properly so the T20 team can specialise. That’s just sensible.” Whether current coach Justin ...

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‘We can’t turn people back’: Religious services wait until all can attend By Josh Dye Anglican churches are keen to avoid “uncomfortable situations” around vaccination status, Archbishop of Sydney Kanishka Raffel says.CREDIT:JAMES BRICKWOOD Source:-smh.com.au Most religious services in Sydney will remain online-only for another two weeks as faith leaders grapple with the state’s public health orders regarding coronavirus that exclude unvaccinated people. Churches, mosques and synagogues can now open and hold services under the NSW road map out of lockdown, but only those fully vaccinated against COVID-19 are meant to attend. Once the 80 per cent Sydney target is reached – likely by October 18 or 25 – then anyone can attend places of worship regardless of their choice to have a vaccine. Anglican Archbishop of Sydney Kanishka Raffel said the majority of the city’s 400 churches would wait until then to reopen. “Some churches will be opening [this Sunday] but ...

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Dr. Harischandra Wijayatunga:  Multifaceted colossal literary genius By Sunil Thenabadu in Brisbane “Few things are impossible to diligence and skill. Great works are performed not by strength, but by perseverance”  – Dr. Samuel Johnson Dr. Wijayatunga Mudalige Harischandra Wijayatunga’s life truthfully reflects the authenticity of these lines. He is a revered mythical scholar, author, translator, lexicographer, teacher, lawyer, hela wadampathi, university lecturer and politician who have achieved numerous milestones of triumphs and accomplishments. He is the compiler of the Practical Sinhala Dictionary (1982) and Gunasena Great Sinhala Dictionary, which are considered as the most comprehensive Sinhala-Sinhala dictionaries to date. Besides compiling these voluminous works of over 2000 pages, he also proposed scientific ideas to standardise the Sinhala alphabet. At present he is the leader of Sinhalaye Mahasammatha Bhoomiputra Party. During the presidential elections of 1994 and 1999, he was the candidate of that party for this high office. Born on ...

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