Living in Sri Lanka

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The first publication of it’s kind on Sri-Lanka. Divided into three sections: Town and City, Costal Villas and Jungle & Hill Country.

Nice book. Easy to read, beautifully laid out. I have had the fortune of seeing most of these properties, mainly as a Photographer’s assistant,(not the photographer from this book)and they are all as impressive as they look in this publication. Some of you may have been to at least one of these places:

  • Rukman’s property in Buttala
  • The Lighthouse Hotel
  • Norma tennekoon’s House on 33rd Lane
  • Olivia Richi’s House in the Galle Fort
  • The Dome at Galle Face Court
  • The River House in Balapitiya
  • Rohan Jayakody’s masterpiece in the Galle Fort
  • Helga’s Folly in Kandy
  • Ulpotha
  • Taprobane Island

and more..(buy the book)

all you need is approx. 350-400 US$ a night. Why not buy the book it’s cheaper…

Now available at The Barefoot Bookshop retailing at Rs. 3800/-
Photographs by James Fenell text by Turtle Bunbury. Published by Thames and Hudson

Jack of all trades, Master of none.

My life consists of adequately doing the things I do, whilst never finding the time to master one. I know quite a few people who seem to be master of all trades, and jack of none. I suppose I should be happy and settle for providing the space for the masters to create.

Gatekeeper

So I am at the door for the umpteenth time. Do not know why I keep doing it. I guess it’s beacuse ultimately my husband and i are responsible for what goes on and down in the space.

There is also a lot of cash exchanging hands and i trust myself implicitly, so that would be another reason. But It is not fun. It’s not fun partially because we tend to be too lax with the rules. Really the way to do it is print x number of tickets, not accept any reservations, and once the tickets sell out, that’s it! Of course you could allocate a portion of ticket sales at the door. say one fifth, for people who find it impossible to come to the office to purchase tickets during working hours.

Then there are all the friends, relatives who sms and phone asking for tickets…

So I got into two fights (sort of) at the gate. Serves me right for advertising the concert on my blog stating that you could purchase tickets at the door. We sold out of tickets on Thursday, from my office. I was not expecting so many people to turn up ticketless- 210 people to be exact. just finished doing all the accounts. So in theory that’s 350 tickets sold and 210 at the gate, which makes 560. The americans should be happy.

I thought the concert way too short, and as I was at the door for most of the playing, I did not really get to see the band. Great musicians, though. very accomplished, technically brilliant. loved the bass player and the drummer. I personally think they cut it short, as they were really hungry after spending a day at the beach. They went off to the Lagoon for Seafood.

March 3, 2006 at Barefoot. Glen Terry and Friends with special guests from Paris and Chicago. Tickets Rs. 1500/- a benefit performace in aid of ESCAT

Next time, i won’t be at the door, so you can all be thankful.

Rhythmic Prophecies Latin Jazz Ensemble

LATIN JAZZ

“a mostly non-vocal music based on traditional Latin Rhythms, which incorporates the structures and practices of modern jazz with an emphasis on the instrumental soloist and improvisation. The 1940’s was a pivotal period in the development of Latin jazz, specifically Afro-Cuban jazz. Different dance styles and different schools of jazz intersected in the careful hands of trumpters Dizzy Gillespie and Mario Bauza. Gillespie and Pzo became fast friends and collaborators, co-writing many Afro-Cuban jazz standards, including Manteca”

Another brilliant evening in the offing. At Rs. 500 a ticket, affordable- so one can purchase that “one last drink” or something more to eat during the concert. Best to buy tickets at the door, unless you want to drop in to Barefoot sometime over the weekend and buy a ticket from Mohan. If you are a young girl I am sure you will do the latter.

Concert has been bought to Sri-Lanka by THE UNITED STATES of AMERICA. That is, the Public and Cultural Affairs department of the US Foreign Office. The Rhythmic Prophecies are part of the JAZZ at the lincoln center not for profit arts organisation dedicated to jazz. With the world renowned Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, and a comprehensive array of guests artists, Jazz at Lincoln Center advances a unique vision for the continued development of the art of jazz, by producing year-round schedule of performances.

SUNDAY 19th February at 7:00pm

Barefoot Gallery.

Driving in Colombo which drives me to smoke

so the smoking has failed, not miserably, i mean I am not smoking 20 a day or anything, but smoking on occasion. like after a drive. like after i get ticketed for using the phone, because my daughter, Natasha is ringing from thalawathugoda to say “send the driver to pick me up” whilst i am driving back from mount after signing in Sebastian for cricket practice.

Instead of gently waving me to the side of the road the cop walks up to my car from behind- and the moment i realise something is amiss, is when the cop brings his fist crashing down on my car and that makes a loud THUD! Then he motions me over while screaming “phone” at the same time. why are they so rude? why can’t they be more polite?

of course to make matters worse my Sinhalese is non-existent. but i manage a few words, at the end of a protracted conversation tying to make ourselves understood. the end result is that I go to mount Lavinia courts Monday next week to pick up my license. So says the lawyer who phones me the next day. (i have sent my driver to pay the fine and collect my license) while reassuring me not to worry, that I am definitely going to get my license back.

While the cop is speaking to me in sinhalese scolding me for using my phone (he is wagging his finger at me!) I look around and I must see a multitude of traffice offenses committed. Now, what happens to all those?

Anyway does anyone out there know what the traffic laws are? Because what I think a traffic violation may not be one, here. So where can one find out. i mean do fines change daily? does procedure? what is the fine for going through a red?

So, i smoke on occasion.

Pictures of Nu Box

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“Nu box plays the music of tomorrow-today.”

make it music week in Colombo.

13th NU-BOX at Barefoot Gallery Rs. 800/- in collaboration with the Geothe Institute