Box office bomb R.I.P.D to hit MC today

Published : 12:28 am  September 27, 2013  |  Category: Entertainment, FT Lite  |  Leave a Comment  |  555 views  |  

Watch the passion of a cop continue in the afterlife as R.I.P.D (3D) hits theatres on 27 September 2013. Imported by Liberty Cinemas, R.I.P.D, which stands for “Rest In Peace Department”, will be screened at Majestic Cinemas. R.I.P.D is a supernatural action-adventure where a slain cop joins a team of undead police officers to find the man who murdered him. Starting Jeff Bridges and Ryan Reynolds, ‘Roy’ and ‘Nick’ are two cops dispatched by the otherworldly Rest In Peace Department to protect and serve the living from an increasingly destructive array of souls who refuse to move peacefully to the other side. Veteran sheriff Roy has spent his career with the legendary police force... 


An escapade of flavours at Galadari

Published : 12:23 am  September 27, 2013  |  Category: Dining, FT Lite  |  Leave a Comment  |  521 views  |  

Come and experience an escapade of flavours at the Galadari this October as the hotel kicks off its monthly promotions. ‘Sprout and Shoot Delights’ takes place at the California Grill from 4 to 12 October, 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Indulge in an exceptional choice of magical dishes conjured up with sprouts and shoots. ‘Pavlova and Warm Pudding’ promotion is at the Café 64, 7 to 13 October from 12 noon to 7 p.m. Experience a tempting selection of Pavlova and Warm Pudding choices. ‘Vegetarian Treat’ is at the Flavors restaurant 18 October 2013 (Poya Day) from 12 noon to 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. It is an unavoidable day for all vegetarian food lovers, treat yourself to a treat. ‘Galadari... 


Highway Ice Cream Parlour: A dessert oasis from Elephant House

Published : 12:23 am  September 27, 2013  |  Category: Dining, FT Lite  |  Leave a Comment  |  1,825 views  |  

Adding another sweet option to the country’s ever increasing demand for delicious and unique desserts, comes the Highway Ice Cream Parlour located in the food arcade on the Southern Expressway. Opened under the Elephant House franchise, Highway will give fans of this award winning family brand a place to hang out with loved ones, friends and their favourite ice cream en route to their destination. The extensive Elephant House ice cream range has garnered immense popularity among local consumers not only for the great-tasting ice cream with its rich, creamy texture, but also for the innovative flavours that incorporate natural fruit, nuts and even kithul treacle in some variants. Consumers... 


Hilton Colombo introduces new Executive Chef Daniel Leah

Published : 12:22 am  September 27, 2013  |  Category: Dining, FT Lite  |  Leave a Comment  |  830 views  |  

By Marianne David The Hilton Colombo is gearing up for some exciting times ahead, what with it being a designated CHOGM hotel and also scheduled to close soon after for extensive renovations, which will result in a whole new offering that will be unveiled towards end 2014, guaranteed to delight guests by Christmas time. Adding some flavour and flair to all this unfolding excitement is the hotel’s new Executive Chef Daniel Leah, who was introduced to the media by Marketing Communications Manager Gigi De Silva and Assistant Manager – Public Relations Yasanthi Wadugodapitiya on Tuesday over lunch. Leah used the opportunity to impress those present with his extraordinary culinary and creative... 


Colombo Oktoberfest 2013 is here again to celebrate the best of Bavaria!

Published : 12:21 am  September 27, 2013  |  Category: Dining, FT Lite  |  Leave a Comment  |  1,188 views  |  

The biggest peoples fair is back with loads fun and excitement for the whole family. Colombo Oktoberfest is back again this year, bigger and better than ever with five full days of fun and celebration at an all new venue, the Havelock Sports Club Grounds, the festivities will start on 9 October and will continue till 13 October, offering an excellent blend of music, food and beverages for fun loving people. Havelock Sports Club Grounds will take on a carnival atmosphere with countless stalls offering good food, games and entertainment for the entire family. The delicious food available at the festival will include must-have Oktoberfest specialties and authentic German cuisine prepared exclusively... 


Laksala gives life to local craft industry

Published : 12:01 am  September 21, 2013  |  Category: FT Lite  |  Leave a Comment  |  845 views  |  
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Text and pix by Daminda Harsha Perera Very often we admire the creations of local craftsmen and women who use their skills to create beautiful and intricate products. It is after many hours of work in hot, sweaty conditions that these products find their way into showrooms in the cities. Kalegana and Heenpandela are two villages in the Galle District where wood craftsmen excel in their work. Many of them specialise in carving elephants.  Read More →


Rudrani Devi Das unveils ‘World of Fae’

Published : 12:00 am  September 21, 2013  |  Category: FT Lite  |  Leave a Comment  |  1,930 views  |  

My memory of Rudrani Devi Das goes back to a video clip I stumbled upon on YouTube where she runs across the beautiful Atugoda ashram in Gunnepana, Kandy. At one point she picks up a musical instrument and joins her brother Ravana and her father Rahju for a sing-along session of ‘Rahju, Rudrani and Ravana; Tapas Mantra Rock kids’ practice’. Rudrani was home-schooled by her father and eventually attend four years of institutional education and dropped out just before her 13th birthday. Under the watchful eyes and guidance of Rahju, she officially commenced her art lessons. It took her six years to recognise and settle into her unique style of painting and recently announced her debut exhibition... 


Amidst books once a year

Published : 12:00 am  September 21, 2013  |  Category: FT Lite  |  Leave a Comment  |  654 views  |  

Text and pix by D.C. Ranatunga Some say the reading habit is dying. Others say that the internet is gradually killing the reading habit. The crowds at the Book Fair these days prove these theories to be wrong. Maybe there are much more internet users now than a year ago. But the numbers that turn up at the Book Fair also keep increasing every year. Of course, age-wise every year the reading population increases.    Read More →


National Crafts Council of Sri Lanka partners with HSBC Colombo Fashion Week

Published : 12:00 am  September 21, 2013  |  Category: FT Lite  |  1 Comment  |  814 views  |  

HSBC Colombo Fashion Week, which is in its 10th year, seen as the backbone of Sri Lanka’s fashion design industry, has consistently unearthed, groomed, showcased and promoted Sri Lankan fashion design talent. In its journey to put Sri Lankan fashion on the global stage and have it recognised, HSBC Colombo Fashion Week continues to stretch the skill set and talents of Sri Lankan fashion designers by creating another season, Resort Wear, which is globally being recognised and showcased. Focusing on the area of developing crafts and textile is not new, as CFW started putting emphasis on the development of the local industry in 2007. Today a partnership with National Crafts Council formalizes a... 


Sumithrayo: A friend in need

Published : 12:00 am  September 21, 2013  |  Category: FT Lite  |  Leave a Comment  |  1,172 views  |  

World Suicide Prevention Day 2013 was observed on 10 SeptemberBy Fathima Riznaz Hafi World Suicide Prevention Day is observed annually on 10 September, with events carried out all over the globe as a joint commitment towards suicide prevention. This year’s focus is ‘Stigma: A major barrier for suicide prevention’ and is co-sponsored by the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) and the World Health Organisation (WHO). In Sri Lanka, Sumithrayo observed the day with a meaningful event with representatives from Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), volunteers who run the centre and friends of Sumithrayo who help with their expertise, cash and kind. The evening commenced with... 


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