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A SPIN DOCTOR on a mission

Lareef Idroos By Sujith Silva   Though I have heard so much about Lareef Idroos and made references to this cricketer in the very first issue of Quadrangle Magazine back in 2014, I never managed to meet him in person until Michael Tissera got me an appointment meet the former …

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BACK IN THE MANE GAME

Trinity College, Kandy, has been known as the cradle of Sri Lanka rugby for well over a century as the college from the hill capital produced many outstanding ruggerites and champion sides, including five unbeaten teams. However, since the Lions’ last all-conquering First XV side of 1987, under the inspiring …

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The spirit of one

MR GEORGE MACKY The spirit of one By Bernard VanCuylenburg   Rather late on the road of an Antonian journey, I take my place in line, pen in hand as I endeavour to pay tribute to a gentleman whose name now dwells in the realms of legend in the Antonian …

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Master spinner to master storyteller

Elmo Rodrigopulle: cricketer and veteran journalist Master spinner to master storyteller Being a loyal old Ben, keen sports fan, former Public Schools athlete, cheer leader and Ceylon University’s “shortest goalkeeper”, Kenneth Dabrera writes about his cricketing idol, friend and journalist ELMO RODRIGOPULLE, who played for and captained St Benedict’s College …

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SPORTING ROYALTY Lorenz Pereira

  By Mahinda Wijesinghe         Eustace Lorenz Pereira could quite easily be regarded as the most outstanding sportsman produced in the 180-year-old history of Royal College, Colombo, an academic institution that can trace its beginnings way back to 1835.  As the college song goes “and thence did …

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Whites’ Silver Streaks…

Duncan  was a record beater in every sense of the word Unforgettable ! That’s what it was – some of the most incredible achievements in Sri Lanka and world athletics that took place more than 67 years ago. Little-known Sri Lanka was then famously known for Ceylon Tea and was one of the treasured islands of …

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ASIA’S FASTEST MAN CLOCKS…

It was such a joy and honour to meet up with an active living legend, Summa Navaratnam, at the Royal College Sports Complex in Colombo recently. Still brisk and bright and actively involved in a Junior Rugby Academy he set up at Royal. In the 1940s and ’50s Summa was the cynosure of all eyes as he …

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A Tale Of Two Brothers…

It must be a unique experience for a writer to meet two eminent persons at the same interview and when it is two brothers it really must be special. Well, at least that was how I felt when I met Nihal Amerasinghe and his brother Franklyn who are both well …

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OF MEN AND MATTERS AS MICHAEL SEES THEM..

When one interviews an eminent literary personage, the interviewer has to pay attention to how he conducts the interview as the interviewee himself would have conducted many an interview, so I thought I had to be careful about the manner in which I approached this task. But Michael Roberts said “you’re …

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Yakadaya in name and spirit..

Iron resolve took Premalal  far in sporting and professional career   A cricketer, a sound leader and a man with an exemplary career who rose to fame with his simple life and uncompromised loyalty, Premalal de Silva talks to us about his life at the Quadrangle school at Katugastota and his exceptional career at Singer. Premalal …

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St. Benedict’s coasted to victory, beating St. Joseph’s, the rain and that hoodoo!

Remembering that historic Benedictine triumph in 1964 The warning sign was very clear: The Josephians were about to face the toughest challenge in the history of Josephian-Benedictine inter-collegiate cricket. True, the Benedictines couldn’t record a win against the Josephians since 1917. But it’s history. Now things looked different. The Josephians were …

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Arguably yours…..

The President of the Bar Association of Sri Lanka The desk in his office was slightly better than most lawyers’ desks in that it had less paper lying about on it but the office in his home town of Bambalapitiya was a typically bookshelf lined lawyer’s office. The spacious desk behind which he sat had 4 …

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MAN WITH THE GOAL-DEN BOOT….

  Peter Ranasinghe undoubtedly was the soccer hero of my generation. As a player, Peter was just sensational. And he remained enormously popular as a gentleman who played the common man’s game, which was the most popular sport in the country during his time. Once he set his foot on the field the best of soccer …

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10 QUESTIONS WITH UPALI OBEYESEKERE.

There is a bond, a camaraderie, among the quadrangle schools. There is a kind of feeling we are a special group. There is a special spirit among the old boys of quadrangle schools that continues to be a unifying force around the world. In my experience, wherever I have travelled and met old schoolmates, or even other old Petes for the first …

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Boys From The Quadrangle…

  Trinity College The team from the hill capital, which has the richest rugby heritage in the Island in terms of class, performance and the contribution made to the nation over a century stepped out this year, like in every year since 1906 in defence of their “Honour& Glory”. Trinity have been one of the consistent schools …

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Generous soul in the company of angels..

There is a saying a man’s worth is not measured by the wealth he has gathered; it is measured by the words spoken of him and the sorrow shown at his passing. Nielhaan Gerald Samaranayake, esteemed medical professional, humanitarian and proud Peterite, was a man of such stature. Dr Samaranayake lost his battle with pancreatic cancer at the age of 49 …

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This That and The WAR

going down the memory lane with AIR CHIEF MARSHALL ROSHAN GOONETILEKE “We should resolve never to allow divisions to occur in Sri Lanka” As I approached Air Chief Marshall Roshan Goonetileke’s house which is situated in the outskirts of Colombo, I was wondering what to expect from a man who …

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