Cricket, Marx, N.M
much is being said about N. M. Perera these days. Vasudeva Nanyakkara
sees it as a validation of his Mayoral bid to claim that the late N. M.
Perera was Mayor of Colombo, which the UNP claims is its own
Michael Roberts, scholar and cricket-pundit is not offering bets on
the Mayoral race, or cheering for the 'Vasu candidacy', but last week he
was seen drawing more parallels between totally UNP types such as the
late Gamini Dissanayake, and the late Dr. Perera.
He said, ''both of them were former Presidents of the Cricket Control
Board.'' Now, can Vasu run for that post too?
First, there was the Americanism 'president elect'.
Someone recently got smart here in this country, and called some
people 'Editors designate.' There are some writers designate also - some
of them are moonlighting in the broad acres of the media, both
establishment and non-establishment. The rationale being, if one is only
designate, who cares for designations?
happed to the golden boy of a private television station? We are not
telling, but suffice to say, what an unceremonious ditching that was.
It resembled on of those newspaper insertions made by firms and
corporate bodies that have to disassociate themselves with former
staffers with singular determination.
You know, the kinds of adverts that say: ''so and so is no longer in
our employment and we shall not be responsible for their dealings'' etc
Gone to court
While people are embroiled in a controversy, valid or otherwise, about
the content of a movie by a maverick director with a controversial past,
cinemas - some top drawer ones in some of the big cities along the
southern coastal belt - closed down without so much as a soft moan from
those interested in the arts.
With cinemas going under due to lack of patronage or lack of concern
by the patrons of cinematic arts, one may as well ask, where will they
screen movies in the future, including those controversial ones that end
up in court? Will lawyers suggest that they project them onto parchment?
The UNP is a house of lawyers, but you'd be amused over the fact that
there weren't many black-coated types who were willing to take up the
matter of the in-house inquiry into the conduct of ex UNPer Rohitha
Most of them probably thought why mess with the UNP's housecleaning?
A question that becomes more pertinent, considering that Bogollegama,
whether one likes it or not, is walking the corridors of power while
their own idols in the party are taking a long snooze upon opposition
Owner proprietor and all else
was chastening to know, at least for some patronising press- wallahs in
this country, that while they think press freedom has flourished here in
this land (my land) it has flourished exponentially in other global
One freer-than-thou press type, was chiding a demure lady Editor from
a territory that belonged to the former U.S.S.R. He said with a
patronising smirk on his face "so it is nice to know that there are lady
Editors in the country that only had Pravda and papers and the wall.''
Without batting any of those pretty eyelids, the lady shot back ''I
am not just the editor, I own my newspaper as well.''Exits one deflated