Category: General

The Humanitarian Hero

On Boxing Day 2004 Muttiah Muralitharan slept through his alarm clock. If he had awoken he would have been driving south down the Galle Road and into the full brunt of the Tsunami that was already ravaging southern Sri Lanka. Instead he was turned back by a policeman as he left Colombo. In his home… Read More »

Murali 800

As something of an adopted Sri Lankan myself, I felt obliged to journey south to Galle from Colombo to join the great pilgrimage to Muttiah ‘Murali’ Muralitharan – the Tamil man who has been hero to the island’s cricket cult for the past 18 years. Following the announcement of Murali’s impending retirement from Test cricket… Read More »

The Murali Story

In the aftermath of the 2004 Tsunami disaster, nowhere was cricket’s reaction to a humanitarian crisis quicker and more direct than in Sri Lanka. At a time where political disharmony and corruption threatened to derail the relief process, it was Muttiah Muralitharan who used his status as a national cricket hero to galvanise an immediate… Read More »


Introducing Sri Lanka’s The Cricket Film 2011 Sinhawalokanaya! ‘Fox SearchLight Motion Pictures will work with Sri Lanka for the first time in history with this epic saga of Sri Lankan cricket.’ Coming soon…perhaps not to a cinema near you. By Archie Fellowes A few weeks ago I accepted an opportunity of a ‘supporting artists’ role… Read More »

On the fringes of Hikkaduwa Beach Fest

My half-baked ideas for a painting the town red usually end up being memorable nights. The night of 30 July was no different: the first night of the Hikkaduwa Beach Festival. The past couple of years the Hikkaduwa Beach Festival had gained immense popularity although shrouded with some controversy. The 2010 Hikka Festival did not… Read More »

Sri Lanka Travel Photo Competition

Good news for all you keen photographers: Red Dot has just launched an annual photography competition for Sri Lanka travellers. The competition is really easy to enter and the winner will receive a free flight to Sri Lanka valid for 12 months. There will also be additional prizes for runners-up including free accommodation stays and… Read More »

Your Sri Lanka Experience

Red Dot is keen to hear about your travel experiences in Sri Lanka. To tempt you into writing a short blog we’ve decided to giveaway a bottle of Veuve Cliquot champagne every three months to one lucky writer. If the winner prefers a four-pack of Stella Artois then we can be flexible. The winner will… Read More »

RedDot dash to Trinco

Red Dot are committed to regular hotel checks and May is a month which offers us opportunities to escape the office from time to time to check out new hotels and also to catch up with those who have become a well-known part of Sri Lanka’s holiday scene. So this time it was obvious where… Read More »

Joy, despair and relief in Sri Lanka’s north east

If ever there was a tour that ran the whole gamut of emotion, joy, excitement, fear, despair, relief, humour my recent trip to the North and East would be it. It all began  when three of my friends – Thilina, Anoma and Thushari – decided to tour the North and East and invited me along.… Read More »

ICC 2011 Cricket World Cup Tickets on sale online

The ICC Central Organising Committee (COC), chaired by ICC Vice-President Sharad Pawar, have met in Mumbai to approve the first phase of sales for in excess of 100,000 tickets for the 2011 World Cup – less than nine months out from the tournament. Mr Pawar said afterwards: “The prices confirm the promise we made that… Read More »

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