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Month: November 2015

Colombo Fort

Colombo Fort

By Royston Ellis

Mention the word “Fort” to any Sri Lankan and he will know you are speaking about Colombo not Galle, Trincomalee, Negombo or Matara which also have Forts. Curiously, Colombo actually no longer has a Fort although the name is officially preserved ...

Chick Peas

Chick Peas

By Royston Ellis

Chick peas, that popular Spanish tapa (as garbanzos) and the main ingredient in hummus, the paste from the Middle East popular in the USA, are a favourite street food of Sri Lankans. In Sri Lanka, chick peas are known as kadala, the equivalent of gra...

Mongooses

Mongooses

By Royston Ellis

I have a love/hate relationship with mongooses Yes, that’s the word for several of the creatures, not mongeese, since the English name is derived from the Marathi word: mungus. So the goose attached to mon is not related to the bird of that name, s...

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