Why Game of Thrones is the greatest show in modern times

By Dhanusha Gokulan

Valar Morghulis (All men must die) if you disagree

I might sound naïve and a tad dramatic to the non-believers but, Game of Thrones (GoT) is, and will always remain, a TV show that changed the landscape of modern television. Please note, there will be no spoilers from the latest season in this article.

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107 years after the Titanic sank, I went to where it all began

By Janice Rodrigues

On April 14, at approximately 11.40 pm, the RMS Titanic struck an iceberg. The ship had been designed to stay afloat if four of her forward compartments flooded, but the glancing blow she received opened up six. The result was a night of chaos and horror as the crew attempted to help passengers into lifeboats, knowing full well there weren’t enough. Two hours and 40 minutes after striking the iceberg, the grand ship disappeared into the North Atlantic Ocean, as chilly temperatures of -2°C killed most passengers and crew still on board within 15 minutes.

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Remembering Sri Lanka, when it was the Dubai of the pre-oil era

By Suresh Pattali

#247, Galle Road, Bambalapitiya, Colombo 04.

At a very young age, when I was still grappling with the spelling of my own hometown in India, I could memorise this Colombo address. Just as my dad finished the ritual of dictating his monthly letter, words dripping love, nostalgia and lots of politics — national and familial — I would fold the blue-coloured foreign envelope and jot down my maternal uncle’s Colombo address from memory. To everyone’s surprise, I even knew “Galle” is pronounced “Gol”, not “Gally” as a sizeable number of Indians still do.

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The Japanese village where scarecrows outnumber humans

By AFP

In the tiny village of Nagoro, deep in the mountains of western Japan, the wind howls down a deserted street with not a living soul to be seen. Yet, the street appears busy, dotted with life-sized dolls that outnumber humans 10 to one, the product of a one-woman bid to counter the emptiness and loneliness felt in Nagoro, like many Japanese villages decimated by depopulation. Continue reading The Japanese village where scarecrows outnumber humans