“THE PRICE OF RICE” – by Des Kelly Definitely not nice, is the price of rice AND other foodstuff, so very important for everyone in Sri Lanka to even exist. It is almost impossible for anyone to share the sorry details of what is really happening there, at the moment, so, my thanks go out to Charley Schokman for sending out this true story. This will give e’Lankans everywhere, a chance to see how our homeland is struggling at the moment. Desmond Kelly. (Editor-in-Chief) e’Lanka. How do they survive? Sunday Times, May 1, 2022 People fed up as essential food items soar in price by 200-500 percent Essential goods have shot up in prices by 200-500 percent compared to the period when the present government took over in 2019, statistics reveal. Rice, dhal and sprats are no longer affordable essential items. Dhal, which was sold at a price of around ...

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Alex Lazarus, and the missing school bell – by GEORGE BRAINE The year would have been 1964 or 65. At Trinity, the end of each class period was signaled by the ringing sound of a large bell which hung on a low branch of a pine tree above the quadrangle. The bell ringer, I’ll call him Arnolis, was a rotund man who wore an oversized shirt and a sarong worn high above his waist, held up by a thick black belt. At the end of each period, Arnolis would approach, carefully put on filthy ear plugs he kept hidden on a nearby crevice, and beat the bell with a metal rod. The noise rang out throughout the upper school, and the boys would stream out of class rooms. All was well. Then, one morning, the bell was missing. Gone without a clue. Chaos reigned. That was a time when few teachers, let alone students, had wristwatches. Without the ...

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