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The L.A.B, Hilton Colombo goes Retro again

Views - 121 Saturday, 13 October 2018 00:10

Having time travelled previously to the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s with two successful nights of retro last month, the L.A.B at Hilton Colombo will be buzzing once again on the 26 and 27 October. The legendary deejays Kapila, Naushad, Bonnie, Pradeep


The blackest coffee and Nutella-filled Kimbula bunis only at De Vos Cafe

Views - 68 Saturday, 13 October 2018 00:10

The coffee drink may be dark, but it might make your smile pearly white. De Vos Cafe the new kid in town has introduced two unique and delicious items to their menu with the introduction of Colombo’s Blackest Coffee (CBC) and the divine Nutella-fil


‘Nothing to see here’ – at the British Council Library

Views - 25 Saturday, 13 October 2018 00:10

The Gratien Trust, Commonwealth Writers and the British Council are presenting an evening of conversation with writers and an editor on the graft of writing. Writers and editors tell unglamorous stories from their working lives. Vivimarie VanderPoort


Art contest for Sri Lankan children to mark International Children’s Day in Lebanon

Views - 47 Saturday, 13 October 2018 00:10

In celebrating International Children’s Day, the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Beirut organised an art competition for children of the Sri Lankan community in Lebanon, for the second consecutive year.


Zonta Club 11 invites dance enthusiasts for spectacular theme night

Views - 33 Saturday, 13 October 2018 00:10

A hundred years ago there lived and worked a remarkable woman named Marion de Forest… who had a dream. She was an American playwright and journalist from Buffalo, New York. She believed that women all over the world needed a voice, champions to pr


Broken Leg Theatre’s ‘Gruesome Playground Injuries’ this weekend

Views - 33 Saturday, 13 October 2018 00:10

Scars, scrapes and bruises are a part of life as we scramble along into adulthood. As innocuous as these painful encounters seem through the retrospective lens of adulthood, the consequences of our accumulated scars take center stage in the American


pinkpoppypetal blooms!

Views - 319 Saturday, 6 October 2018 00:11

Parents – especially parents of newborns and toddlers! – were in for a treat two days ago, when super-talented Yashasvi Kannangara announced the launch of her blog, pinkpoppypetal. Yashasvi, a freelance writer, stay-at-home mom and avid foodie, i


Broken Leg Theatre presents ‘Gruesome Playground Injuries’

Views - 78 Saturday, 6 October 2018 00:10

Scars, scrapes and bruises are a part of life as we scramble along into adulthood. As innocuous as these painful encounters seem through the retrospective lens of adulthood, the consequences of our acc


Fortnightly news magazine

Views - 32 Saturday, 6 October 2018 00:10

I found this picture in the last edition of ‘Counterpoint’, the recently launched fortnightly news magazine, much more lively and vibrant than the ones I saw in the dailies which covered the same event.


Mobile phones in the classroom

Views - 22 Saturday, 6 October 2018 00:10

Should mobile phones be allowed in classrooms? The debate on the issue continues in Australia. The interest in the subject has come up with the French Government banning mobile phones, tablets and smart watches at school for all children under 15 in


Dillai Joseph’s ‘Soulscapes’ at Lionel Wendt Art Gallery

Views - 40 Saturday, 6 October 2018 00:10

Dillai Joseph is presenting ‘Soulscapes’ – a collection of paintings that explore the innermost desires, awakened feelings, beastly hungers and dormant daydreams – at the Lionel Wendt Art Gallery this weekend. All sale proceeds are to be chan


‘Image Expo – 2018’ photography equipment festival now on at BMICH

Views - 129 Saturday, 6 October 2018 00:10

‘Image Expo 2018,’ the photography equipment festival organised by CameraLK, was launched at the Mihilaka Madura of the BMICH on Friday. The exhibition is being held over the weekend from 9:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and brings all leading brands and c


‘Nodutu Aes’ (Unseen Eyes) to be staged on 10 October

Views - 133 Saturday, 6 October 2018 00:10

‘Nodutu Aes’ (Unseen Eyes), an experimental multi-media play directed by Kanchuka Dharmasiri, will be staged on 10 October at 3:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. at Namel-Malini Punchi Theatre, Borella.


Going nuts for coconut at  Hilton Colombo

Views - 120 Saturday, 6 October 2018 00:10

If you had to pick one ingredient to sum up Sri Lankan cuisine, ‘coconut’ would most likely be it. The versatile fruit/nut/seed (strike out according to preference) is ubiquitous across the entire spectrum of Sri Lankan cooking, b


It’s time to Bubble Wrap Colombo!

Views - 122 Saturday, 6 October 2018 00:09

Hong Kong and London’s culinary phenomenon Bubble Waffles are now available in Colombo at Stratford Avenue, Kirulapone. Bubble Wrap Waffles by Bubble Wrap Colombo is the latest food adventure launched by the founders of The Cauldron that introduced


Lankan pop singer A.E. Manoharan failed to shine as film actor ‘ Ceylon Manohar ’

Views - 7829 Saturday, 29 September 2018 00:20

Anthonypillai Emmanuel Manoharan known to the world at large as A. E. Manoharan was a multi-faceted personality possessing many talents. He was a singer, musician, broadcaster and stage and screen actor but it was his singing that brought him great h


Anantara Kalutara Resort presents its first annual Oktoberfest on 6 October

Views - 52 Saturday, 29 September 2018 00:10

Ein Prosit! Ein Prosit! Join in for a weekend of fun and celebrations at Anantara Kalutara Resort’s first annual Oktoberfest party. Celebrate the most famous and iconic German beer festival, with a tropica


Caring for the aged

Views - 17 Saturday, 29 September 2018 00:10

The Australian Government takes a lot of interest about caring for the aged. The Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care is in charge of the subject which is given high priority. Residential aged care at nursing homes as well as home services s


Yashan and Kenya launch ‘My Wedding Planners’

Views - 117 Saturday, 29 September 2018 00:10

Popular artist Yashan has launched his latest business venture alone with his wife, Kenya. ‘My Wedding Planners,’ the name says it all. It’s a wedding planning company which is capable of providing all sorts of services needed to make your w


‘Johnny English Strikes Again’ at Scope Cinemas Multiplex

Views - 171 Saturday, 29 September 2018 00:01

‘Johnny English Strikes Again’ is now showing at Scope Cinemas Multiplex at Colombo City Centre. Pictured are some scenes captured at the special red carpet premiere hosted by Universal Pictures International and TNL Radio on Thursday


The best of Bavaria at Fairway Oktoberfest this weekend

Views - 35 Saturday, 29 September 2018 00:00

Fairway Colombo is bringing Bavaria to our doorstep with Oktoberfest on the Street, in celebration of the famous German festival, back by popular demand following its success last year. The Hospital Street at the Dutch Hospital, Colombo 01 which has


Polythene-free grocery shopping with ‘Cally Reusable Bags’

Views - 1188 Saturday, 29 September 2018 00:00

At a time when Sri Lankan consumers are trying to figure out ways to curb polythene usage, more so following the garbage dump catastrophe, Vraie Cally Balthazaar offers a much-welcome solution. She brings us ‘


She set the trend

Views - 32 Saturday, 29 September 2018 00:00

Having collected the Lifetime Achievement Award at the recent Derana Sri Lankan of the Year 2018 awards presentation, Vajira was somewhat reluctant to speak at length. Obviously she was moved with the honour bestowed on her, and of course, age also m


In the desert of Tamil films, actor Sivaji Ganesan was an oasis

Views - 5995 Saturday, 22 September 2018 00:15

‘Indian Film,’ first published in 1963 and co-authored by former Columbia University Professor Erik Barnouw and his student Dr. Subrahmanyam Krishnaswamy, is considered a seminal study of the evolution and growth of Indian cinema. The book is cit


Recalling that fateful day

Views - 42 Saturday, 22 September 2018 00:10

“Late one night in September 1959, after a tiring day at the General Assembly of the United Nations, I was enjoying some well-earned sleep at my New York hotel. Suddenly the bedside telephone rang and rang,


‘Destinations Sri Lanka 2018’ now on at Lionel Wendt Art Gallery

Views - 34 Saturday, 22 September 2018 00:10

‘Destinations Sri Lanka 2018 – Hotels, Resorts and Other Works,’ an exhibition of a collection of pictures by artist Prasad Abu Bakr presented by Global Gallery Space – Café & Wine Bar, is now on at the Lionel Wendt Art Gallery. The exhibiti


Mambo to Colombo !

Views - 82 Saturday, 22 September 2018 00:10

The sultry sounds of South America will bring alive the swinging traditions of one of Asia’s most iconic properties with the opening of ‘King of the Mambo’ at the Galle Face Hotel in October. Sri Lanka


Shangri-La High Tea: A delightful treat !

Views - 824 Saturday, 22 September 2018 00:10

If you’re a high tea aficionado, look no further than the Shangri-La Hotel Colombo, which serves up an utterly elegant specially curated high tea experience, which is certain to give competitors a run for their money.


The Kingsbury tantalises guests with fiery Mexican food festival!

Views - 72 Saturday, 22 September 2018 00:10

The Kingsbury is hosting a fabulous Mexican food festival at The Grill, in honour of Mexican National Day. The food festival was launched yesterday, 21 September, and will continue until 27 September. The special dinner a la carte menu will be served


A new FLAME burns after three decades

Views - 85 Saturday, 22 September 2018 00:10

Founded in 1989 by just three young men performing folk and country music, and having grown to be favourites in the Sri Lankan entertainment industry in the three decades since, FLAME has come a long way since its beginnings. Chris De Alwis, current


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Monday, 18 February 2019

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