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Monthly Archives: May 2010



Monitoring, originally uploaded by deshan10.

The Sri Lankan Thalagoya (Varanus bengalensis) apparently forms a separate subspecies of monitor lizard and as such is a special beastie. Sadly, folklore here has it these chaps exhale poison gas so they’re not treated all that well.

The Thalagoya is from the Varanus genus and its largest cousin is the Komodo Dragon. It is also related to the larger Kabaragoya (Varanus salvator salvator) , which is also common in Sri Lanka.

Thanks to Dinal for correcting multiple errors in the original post.

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The Sri Lankan Thalagoya (Varanus bengalensis) apparently forms a separate subspecies of monitor lizard and as such is a special beastie. Sadly, folklore here has it these chaps exhale poison gas so they’re not treated all that well.

TheĀ Thalagoya is from the Varanus genus and its largest cousin is the Komodo Dragon. It is also related to the largerĀ Kabaragoya (Varanus salvator salvator) , which is also common in Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka’s premier citizen journalism initiative, http://www.groundviews.org is publishing a special edition on the end of the war and called recently for photography submissions. A few of mine made it in. There’s some very interesting reportage on that site and the special edition articles are a good place to start if you don’t know the good folk at groundviews.



, originally uploaded by deshan10.

This Friday at Barefoot

DATE: 21st May, 2010
FROM: 7:30 onwards
AT: Barefoot (704, Galle Rd., Col 3)
SEATING: On a first-come first-served basis.
RSVP: 2505559

A presentation of photographs from a vanishing world, by Deshan Tennekoon and Devaka Seneviratne . The lives centered on the lagoon and the many marine species of the area are special to the Kalpitiya peninsula.

The advent of the Kalpitiya development plan, the impending construction of countless hotels, an airstrip and underwater parks will change irrevocably, these unique natural spaces.

This is an attempt to document the rare beauty of an environment and a way of life, while they still exist.



Outside Thurston College, Colombo, originally uploaded by deshan10.



Lauries Road, Colombo, originally uploaded by deshan10.

Lauries Road, Colombo

“For the past year artist Anthony Discenza has been installing, without permission, a series of street signs attached to sidewalk poles…”
blog.sfmoma.org/2009/09/coming-up-greater-horrors/



Borella, Colombo, originally uploaded by deshan10.

Monsoon rains in the city. The south-west monsoon usually strikes in June. In recent years it’s been arriving earlier. Either that or the inter-monsoonal period is becoming more violent.



The Book of Shehan, originally uploaded by deshan10.

Chinaman: The Legend of Pradeep Mathew by Shehan Karunatilaka

My favourite hairy man has finally given birth to this monster and it is available at all fine bookstores in Sri Lanka and on the interwebs at http://www.ph-books.com/

You know the sort of book where, when you finish it you begin to hate the author a little for not having written more about the characters you’ve come to love? This is the king of those books.



, originally uploaded by deshan10.

Goldfish in a tank at Sensaal, Colombo.