Sri Lanka

Why do we still use the Qwerty keyboard layout and not Dvorak?

4 May 2019 9:00 am

‘Can you fly down this evening?’ she was asked by her boss in the Delhi office of the BBC. ‘Yes,…

How not to fight a war on terror

27 April 2019 9:00 am

It has become commonplace to describe terror attacks as ‘senseless’. The horrific Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka, which cost…

Portrait of the week: A plot to oust May, terror in Sri Lanka and Ukraine’s comedy president

27 April 2019 9:00 am

Home Theresa May, the Prime Minister, returned to parliament after the Easter recess to find backbenchers plotting to get rid…

Our churches aren’t perfect, but if we lose them we will all be worse off

27 April 2019 9:00 am

After hearing about the massacre in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, I went to church, happily sang the word God…

World-class: Symphony Orchestra of India in its tropical Barbican in Mumbai

Meet India’s first – and only – professional western orchestra

16 February 2019 9:00 am

It’s a 31ºC Mumbai morning, and on Marine Drive the Russian winter is closing in. The Symphony Orchestra of India…

Talksport, cricket’s new radio stars

1 December 2018 9:00 am

‘And I need a wee,’ said the former England fast–bowling legend Darren Gough, as tension built up during the Sri…

When will the West take a stand on the persecution of Muslims?

31 March 2018 9:00 am

Anti-Christian persecution, for so long a great untold story, has started to gain the world’s attention. But the suffering of…

My Sri Lankan stroke: how a book festival turned into a horror story

17 February 2018 9:00 am

This time last year, it seemed that life couldn’t get much better for me: I had a new book out…

Michelle de Kretser: the modern Australian Jane Austen

27 January 2018 9:00 am

Twenty-odd pages into Michelle de Kretser’s The Life to Come, I pounded the table and bellowed an Australian-accented ‘fuck yeah!’…

The outsiders: Kalieaswari Srinivasan (Yalini), Claudine Vinasithamby (Illayaal), Jesuthasan Antonythasan (Dheepan)

Quiet but potent film about the migrant experience: Dheepan reviewed

9 April 2016 9:00 am

The French master film-maker Jacques Audiard has never been anywhere near Hollywood plot school. His films contain gathering menace —…

Reasons to be cheerful about cricket, football and the Grand National

2 April 2016 9:00 am

Well the sun is out, the sky is blue, and poor Boris Johnson is taking such a pounding from Matthew…

Kandy mountains: buzzing bees and cigarette trees, pretty much

Sri Lanka makes me yearn to be a pre-war tea planter

17 October 2015 9:00 am

James Delingpole tastes bliss in the steamy heat

I’ve never thought much of John Lennon’s music – until now

10 October 2015 9:00 am

It’s probably blasphemous to admit that I’ve never thought very much of John Lennon’s music. Common sense tells me it…

The wonders of the Muslim world that my children will never get to see

1 August 2015 9:00 am

I celebrated Eid in a sandy bay in Sri Lanka, watching from the warm, shallow sea as gaggles of local…

Sebastian Faulks’s diary: My task for 2015 – get a job

14 February 2015 9:00 am

Just back from Sri Lanka, a place I first went to in 1981. It was then a dreamy island. I…

Tip-toeing through Sri Lanka

26 July 2014 9:00 am

‘The first night I stayed in Kilinochchi, I was a little apprehensive,’ admits the usually cool-headed Vasantha, van-driver and narrator…

High tea in Sri Lanka's Hill Country

4 January 2014 9:00 am

Alex Massie relaxes amid lush lawns and eccentricity

Portrait of the week

23 November 2013 9:00 am

Home The government announced proposals for the National Health Service, including a law to criminalise wilful neglect by doctors and…