Thursday, December 27, 2012

What a shambles

Sri Lankan tour of Australia is getting disastrous by the day. 3 Day capitulation of the second test match has renewed calls for resignations of the seniors excluding Sangakkara who preformed admirably and now out for 6-7 weeks due to an injury.
Mahela is getting bashed in Twitter by fans like never before. I think this will be the last overseas test tour of most seniors including Mahela, Dilshan, Thilan, Sanga and maybe Prasanna. What our team do without those five in test team would give nightmares to any fan, but currently they are too angry /disappointed to care. Immediate concerns should be who play in the place of Sanga, Welagedara and probably Prasanna. Chandimal will be one and Nuwan Pradeep probably will be another.
Since they are already in Australia, wouldn't it be nice if we can draft in Malinga and Thisara for the next match. Malinga coming out of test retirement to have one last fling at not so mighty Aussies! We can dream, that's all we fans are left with.

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My latest attempt

This is my latest one in the umpteenth attempts to revive my always forgotten blog. This time via a new medium (for this blog! ), android app.
Lets see how this goes. I have a feeling that it may go the same way as the last one. But hope for the best.

Thursday, June 02, 2011

Second Test Match

Sri Lanka start the next test match tomorrow against a England team who must be ecstatic about the way they managed win the last test match. Although that result can be blamed on the stupidity & the incompetency of Sri Lankan batsman, English bowlers did an admirable job of maintaining a good line & length. Sri Lanka can only go up after that debacle & all Sri Lankans are praying that our two batting behemoths do not suffer a collective failure again. In truth we can’t bear even one of them to fail in both innings, Mahela & Sangakkara must be at their best & guide the other players around them.
Although this defeat can’t be blamed on Dilshan’s captaincy, he still have everything to prove. I don’t believe he was the right choice for captaincy, but sadly he was the only choice after Sangakkara’s resignation. If anyone is to blame, then it is Mahela for resigning to give captaincy for Sanga. If Mahela has not resigned then he surely would have been the captain until the world cup & then the baton could have been passed to Sanga with Anjelo as his deputy. This was the ideal scenario that should have been, but due to various known & unknown reasons the two best players of our generation decided that the Sri Lankan captaincy is too much of a hassle.
Now it rest on player who said to have actively campaigned for it, who many believe is unsuited for the responsibility. But doubt is something Dilshan has to endure for much of his carrier, if not the entirety of it. Upto now he has managed to beat all the odds against him & carve out a good record for himself. Hope he does the same with the captaincy & prove his doubters wrong once & for all.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

It's 3 AM & I'm awake!!

The above will surely surprise few of my friends who believe that I can't stay awake later than 10 PM. The truth is that they are correct. But the other side of the same fact is that if I awake after that I can stay awake. Which is happening right now. With Man Utd losing to Barcelona in champions league & CSK winning IPL its not a good day to awake in to, but that's the peril of being a ardent sport fans.
Hope the next blog entry will be sooner rather than later...

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Protest Against Private Universities

Why this agitation against the impending arrival of private universities? Is it a privatization of the education ? will this be the end of free education of Sri Lanka ? As far as a outside observer can see, this is an agitation solely based on the survival of these student unions & their affiliated political parties. Because there is no privatization of any existing universities. Only there will be new privately run universities which offers degrees programs for a fee for people who wants to pursue higher studies but were unable to attain the necessary qualification through Advance Levels. Even currently this is happening & only thing different is the universities are in abroad. And because of that students has to spend more money & every single cent of these monies spend will be going out of Sri Lanka. And due to the higher cost involved due to stringent visa processes, many are unable to pursue this method even when they are willing to do so.
Local private universities will provide those people a easy & affordable method of higher education while avoiding the outflow of money from Sri Lanka. So everything is good, right ? unfortunately no. Because the JVP student union has seen this as threat to their existence, although they are not saying it as such & try to dress it up as a threat to the free education of Sri Lanka. Because if these private universities becomes a reality the students in the government universities will also see the truth. That is the futility of the most of the so called student union actions. Strikes, protest, picketing & hunger strikes will be reduced immediately & these political pasties & their lackeys in unions will lose a very important sector of their support. Because who will want to strike & prolong their time in universities when their counterparts in private universities mind their own business, do their studies & graduate earlier than them & get jobs ? Except for a very minor section majority will see the futility of most these union actions & the current status enjoyed by the inter university student council will cease dramatically.
This is certainly will not acceptable for the council leaders& the JVP. Because currently it is the only demographic which they have a major following. So they will try to dupe the students & the general public in to believing that this is a great black monster, which has come to eat up the free education. But now many are wise to their tactics & seems that the common sense will prevail (Amunugama backs private universities ). At least it will be a one correct decision taken by this government regarding national education after the recent blunders committed.


Tuesday, October 13, 2009

A method in his madness or a madness in his method ???

Two days are elapsed after the southern provincial election & all the furor  surrounding it before has died pretty quickly.  As usual UNP has recorded another abject failure & JVP are now looking like one of the old left parties. Very soon JVP will have to either give up or become a partner to an alliance with either UNP or UPFA. The problem there would be that if they take either option, they will lose whatever the grass root support they   currently enjoy. Tough luck. On the other hand UNP must be praying that the new alliance they are trying to form becomes a reality soon & all the parties in the opposition comes together under that banner & be able to at least give a fight to the UPFA in whatever upcoming election (General or Presidential ??). Which is wishful thinking at the best of times, because there will be a big scramble for the nomination of Presidential candidate, when its hard to see Ranil supporting any other candidate while he is the leader of UNP. Mangala & Co knows that they don’t have a chance of winning with Ranil as the Candidate. Anyway all these parties are hardly compatible with each other (whatever Mangala seems to believe) with UNP & many other potential partners are speaking to the same demographic (ethnic & religious minorities). They will not have a good way of appealing to the majority Sinhala – Buddhist demographic with this coalition, unless they find a very good neutral Candidate for the Presidential election. That is if the presidential election if the first to come. If it is the other one, then the JVP support seems to be   bare minimum requirement for success of this new alliance. Again are JVP desperate enough to go down that path ??

Anyway the speculation about the Chief Minister post for the southern province seems to have gone away after the Former CM has got the highest preferential votes in the entire province. All though its not yet confirmed, hard to think that it will be given to any other person. Except if Shan Wijelal is offered a nomination in the upcoming general election as a incentive to not to pursue the CM post. Which is plausible in the current political environment in SL. Anyway the much hyped candidates from the Galle district managed to win, but utterly failed to get the expected number of preferential votes in the case of Sajin Vass & defied the hopes opposition in the case of Anarkali. Interestingly Nishantha Muthuhettigama, who seems to be one a single man crusade against these two candidates from the same party has succeeded in his effort to get the attention of the voting public to become the third highest in the votes list. He was accused of being thug, being unruly or being completely insane during the cause of this election. But he seems to have achieved his goal. Was there a method in his madness or a madness in his method ???

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Friday, October 09, 2009

The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3

Now this is a proper movie. It have a gripping story, good dialogue & two actors Denzil Washington & John Travolta, who nail their parts perfectly. Denzil Washington as the subway dispatcher shows why he is regarded as one of the best actors in Holywood. Seems he is the favorite actor of the Director Tony Scott. This is the fourth film Washington has done for the director.

Unlike the previous movies by the same director, this time actual action takes a back seat. More prominence is given to the two actors interaction with each other over the phone as the negotiator & the hostage taker. This is where Denzil Washington excels. He perfectly captures the emotions of the under pressure train dispatcher, who is suddenly find himself as the negotiator in a hostage situation. We see him as the man with few skeletons in his closet, the little imperfections & mannerism are skillfully portrayed & captured. Travolta does his usual thing, which he does when doing action movies, trying to be a cool bad guy with a messed up sense of humor. While it’s not bad, it could have been better.

Film does have some action scenes with some car crashes & the inevitable shootings at the end, which doesn’t hurt the flow of the film. All in all it was a good movie everything falling in to place to make it an good & interesting movie.

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Transformers 2

Finished watching Transformers 2. It’s the typical Micheal Bay film. It’s loud ; has impressive special effects, but no coherent story. And its atleast too long by 30 minutes. All those metal clashing gets too much around the 1 ½ hour mark. That’s not to say that its not enjoyable. If you remember that this is just pure vanilla entertainment & especially if you are guy, most of you will be entertained for the duration of the film. If you are expecting intellectual stimulation, great acting, good Sci-Fi story then you will be sourly disappointed.

Why did it take me so long to watch it? Because due to one reason or the other I was not able to watch it when it was screening at Majestic City, quite strangely a good pirated copy was very hard to find, until last week when Thanu somehow found it.

On the pending list G.I Joe, Harry Potter – Half Blood Prince, Taking of Pelham 123, Twilight & Curious Case of Benjamin Button. What will be the next one? Not sure. But sure it will not be Twilight. Many are not very impressed with it, saying it’s a girly vampire movie. Whatever that means…


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