Royal People

A dedication to those wonderful people who served Royal Primary School & Royal College, in Sri Lanka, since 1835, and, who will be remembered for their committment, sincerety and unselfishness.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Those were the Days

Off to School in

that red double Decker
the ride was a must

in that CTB bus
One leg on the footboard
The other dangling free
Imminent danger
Was all mere glee
20 kids plus
In a space for three
Hung on the silver pole
How many It could it hold?
Galle Road to Maradana
5c half price ticket

Cost was not so dear

nothing like a picket

Cut school on Friday
Off to the matinee

3.30 at the Liberty,
Queuing down the street
the sun biting our feet
ABBA the movie,

the latest release

Gallery or nothing

destination please
at 55 cents

what better ease?
Friend had a Morris,

we'd all pile on in
His friend had Ford,

a little more space
Uncle too had a car
That kept us all fit
With a “thallu” start

to gain more pace
Waited for March,

big match day
And the Cycle Parade

was before that day
Collecting the cash

for the thosai kade
And the fun was

to ring the College bell
Before the end of the school day
Meet the kellas on a bet
Holding hands was all we could get.
Bus halt the preferred place
Those were the good old days.

Zellers, Knickerbocker Glory,

Lion House, Mayfair, Thurstan

Poly and the Bamba Flats


Blogger Fazli Sameer said...

Yes I did enjoy those double decker rides for 5 cents from B’pitiya to College….another 5 for the return left me with a princely 15 cents from my daily allowance. ( don’t forget there were 4 in my family !! ) that gave me a tea , patti and a roll at the tuck shop…….and for the older guys a quick look at Malini saranapala’s greasts were thrown in behind the counter. !! What lovely schoolboy days…INCOMPARABLE !!

Skanda - '59 Group, Haputale 2012

7:41 PM  
Blogger Fazli Sameer said...

Suren- I now recall you are the B who taught me to smoke!

Ajith Dias (Ando) - '59 Group, London 2012

7:42 PM  
Blogger Fazli Sameer said...

Dad used to give us Rs 1 per day and that was like a million. At the end f the week we had enough saved up for that Savoy Matinee, ice chocs, cadju packet, and Portello. Granny used to dole out a quick fiver from the knot at the end of her saree fall whenever the need arose to take a young lady to the balcony. That was an expensive exercise well worth every penny spent. Wonder how many of them ladies, remember those days of wine and roses?

God Bless them all wherever they may be.

fazli - '59 Group, Riyadh 2012

7:43 PM  
Blogger Fazli Sameer said...

I still remember the day Buck Jones "Buckey"scooted with his fathers Merc and after dropping Ando at Park Rd in the early hours was going to drop me off at Ngoda and the Fuel light came on v didn't hv any money and v suddenly saw the EH delivery man delivering milk,after he delivered milk at Hemaka Amare v nicked 2 pts of milk and sold the empties for 50cts to the Shed in exch for 50cts worth of Petrol which was enough for BJ to go back to Rosmead PL

Suren Cooke, '59 Group, Colombo SL

7:43 PM  
Blogger Fazli Sameer said...

OMG they should lock you up with the London looters

Muthu, '59 Group, London, 2012

7:52 PM  

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