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Sunday, March 25, 2012

Colombomedgrads1962 Crossword Puzzle

Mahendra Gonsalkorala ("Speedy") is without any doubt, the most active contributor to this blog. Personally, I am much indebted to him because I badly need such participation to keep this going. Since I started the blog, there have been over 4000 visits. It can't be just members of our batch. It's a healthy sign if others too are interested. One of the reasons could be that with the help of one of our seniors (Phillip Veerasingham of the "Three hundred" batch), a link to our blog is provided in the COMSAA blog. On some days, I see around 100 "hits", particularly when there is a new posting. I wish all other batch members too would follow Speedy's example and contribute more often.

Speedy's latest contribution is an interesting crossword puzzle. One has to be very creative to develop a puzzle like this. A lot of hard work goes into it. The correct solution will be posted on this blog in about four weeks time.

Please see Speedy's message below.

Dear Fellow Batchmates,

I hope you have some fun doing this crossword which is offered to you with the hope that it would bring fond memories from the past. I hope I have not offended any of you with the clues and answers I have chosen and if I have done so I can assure you that no malice was intended and I do apologise. If you would like a printable copy, please send an email to the address given at the general introduction to the blog ( or to Lucky's personal e-mail and you will receive a reply with an attachment which you can download and print. I am grateful to Lucky for tolerating my frequent posts.

Have Fun!


Please click on the puzzle for a clearer enlarged image.


1      Used to be Malaria boss.
4    Sudden noise in San Francisco
8    Second Initial and first letter of surname of Radiotherapy legend
10  Two of them nun Ahs
11   Pushy girl children transport
12   Personal Computer
13  One of several types, all cons
16  Googly ex Thomian  in California bowled many a maiden over
18  Broadband provider with Leg missing
19  Aiyo! He is cute!
20  Anger
21 Disallow ‘ dula’ and get cross eyed (apologies!)
23  Do as they do when there
25  Meditating tall dark fellow with a big smile
27  Chief blogger and Author- so fortunate
29  California surgeon – very young
30 Before a butterfly
32 There are two of these ladies and this one also eye catching!
33  Experiments done here
35  Criminals beware of this Department.
37 South East
38 Middle East
39 The scratching eye surgeon!
40 Vacuum clean the Biochemistry dept.
44 We are all for this attribute.
47 Leads the way, always in the forefront
50 Sadly no more –sun not available
51 King of Sri lanka Paediatrics
53 Add on to the Ant
54 Poet, blogger and zee has beautiful eyes
56 Initials of one of the many Wicks
57 Our late friend Tudor used to show this at times
58 The unspoilt swimmer lost the last two letters.
61  Question and Answer.
62  Short for expected arrival time
64  Many of us have reached this stage!
65  Lend and ear, nose and throat, and go for W on V.
69  Srilanka faithful flower who changed Jaya to Rub
71  Coconut
72  Bowled a maiden over in a bullish way.
74  The fairer sex of the suriya ebay jumbled family of two in batch
       75 Canadian squirrel started a Castle


1.       Lovable big liar was big boss
2.       Same as 10 across
3         Defunct Irish Terror Outfit
4          Family planning adorable cutie
5         Automobile service
6         Time Must Linger Right!
7         She is the youngest, puts to sleep medically before cut open
8         The fastest mouse
9         Athlete from dark ages bound to 74.
14  Neuro turned bloody not boring at all!
15  Child academic again!
17  Royal sign on pillar box
22   Give the OK
24  Argyle Robertson’s pupil
26  GP no more, he deserves a thorana in Horana
28  Physiology stories, first author
29  Initials only please,  I am a Radiologist and blogger
30 The Big Boss- had a daughter with us.
31  Advanced Level
34  So say we!
36 He starts this way before win and jokes a lot.
37 South Africa
41 Oh Wit in festival is her last name
42  Big Cricket Show in India
43  Physiology stories – second author, he is big!
45 First name of Chubby in math aha!
46  Some big timers wear on their wrists
47  South West
48  Royal Navy
49  Every Other
52 The food is consumed
55 So many shed in a woman’s life!
59 We had lessons in places like this
60 Inspector of Police
62 A flightless bird in the European Union?
63 Painted with this in second rag
65 Only batch to have this twice
66 What a time!
67 Anatomy Prof who lost his As and gained an S
68 Hardly used now after PowerPoint
70 So many of us went there
72 Useful greeting when we meet and popular socialite magazine in SL
73 An UK English start to American English etiology


Wednesday, March 21, 2012

More Pictures from Final Year Trip

Mahesan has given me a whole lot of well preserved pictures from the Final Year Trip of 1966. I had posted the few I had with me on this blog some time ago. Enjoy the rest! Our female colleagues who missed the fun can console themselves by looking at what the boys looked like 46 years ago.

Monday, March 19, 2012

A Day in the Hospital Clinic

By Mahendra Gonsalkorale

Some sit on chairs very still
Others shift hither and dither at will
Thin ones fat ones, tall ones, short ones
Brave ones and the frightened ones

The New ones look lost and uncomfortable
The seasoned, resigned with magazine from table
Many occupy time with a Doodle
The Technos check Facebook and Google

The Curious look around to see
Pretending hard not to be nosey
Someone slumped with his eyes shut
Wakes up suddenly with a jerky start

Some sit erect giving that important look
while reading newspapers or a even a book
Some half asleep, others slumbering dense
The sound of loud snoring breaks the silence

As people enter they sit carefully and wait
leaving empty the chair between them and the next.
Some leave coat and bag on the next chair, that's unfair
pretending not to see the person looking for a chair.

A few in discomfort looking very glum
Scratching their heads and chewing gum
A restless child starts to annoy his mother
Her stern stare makes the poor child wither

Someone farts and pretends it's not him
Another starts looking for a waste bin
Some are laughing, some are groaning
Many talk loud and others whispering

Nurses keep coming and nurses keep going
TV on the wall with nobody watching
Doors banging, telephones ringing
Receptionist looking busy phoning and talking

One picks nose, another stifles yawn gracefully
And the restless child gets even more lively
Mother shouts and waggles finger making him flinch
Child howls, they all stare and the mother turns pink

Quiet periods mixed with busy ones abound
Patter of shoes as clinic staff keep moving around
Doctors in a huddle, nurses in a muddle
Doctors and nurses, muddle and huddle

Suddenly the pale one vomits there
and another falls from his chair
Nurses rush and make oh such a fuss!
This dull place gets lively all at once

Name called repeatedly, an old lady wakes up.
Name called again and and the wrong one gets up
Another name called, and the previous name called
wants to know why she wasn't called

Name called repeatedly but nothing response-wise
Could it be the nurse's soft and rather delicate voice?
She calls a name, with struggle pronouncing
A man with a long name stands up grinning

Someone asks where the toilet is, can't wait
Another complains it is now 80 minutes late
Many getting angry by the minute, late to see doctor
Some get irate and demands to see a manager

Some look bored, resigned and listless, such a crime
Others check their watches for the umpteenth time
There are the staring ones with that unseeing expression
Resembling statues with a massive dose of depression

Someone walks in late, not well spoken
pauses at door, bemused with mouth half open
looks  around hopefully, something wrong here
wrong clinic, wrong day or wrong time, oh dear

It's all in a days' work for the clinic staff,
conditioned and insensitive, always ready for a laugh
Patients will continue to trudge in and trudge out
It matters not a hoot if they are satisfied or nowt 

Sunday, March 11, 2012

SLMA Honours Women Doctors

Two members of our batch received this Outstanding Health Professional Award 2012. They are:
Dr. Chirasri Mallawarachchi Jayaweera Bandara (Consultant Ophthalmologist)
Dr. Suriyakanthi Karunaratne Amarasekera (Consultant Anaesthesiologist)


SLMA honours women doctors

For the first time in its 125-year history, the Sri Lanka Medical Association honoured 15 women doctors, who have made an enormous contribution not only for the benefit of Sri Lankans but also the world, at a simple ceremony held at the SLMA auditorium on International Women’s Day last Thursday.
Special awardee: Prof. Priyani Soysa receiving her award from Chief Guest Prof. Lalitha Mendis as Dr. Vajira Dissanayake looks on
The ‘Outstanding Health Professional Awards 2012’ were presented to Dr. Selvi Perera, Prof. Dulitha Fernando, Dr. Malani De Silva, Prof. Leela De A. Karunarathne, Dr. Maya Atapattu, Dr. Nalini Withana, Dr. C. D. Jayaweera Bandara, Dr. Stella De Silva, Prof. Priyani Soysa, Prof. Anoja Fernando, Prof. Gita Fernando, Dr. Suriyakanthi Amarasekara, Prof. Lalitha Mendis. Dr. Premini Amerasinghe and Dr. U. Weerasinghe. There was a special felicitation for Prof. Priyani Soysa.

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