Folk tales of Sri Lanka:
Vidane vomits seven crows
Rumours are rampant in villages. When a rumour spreads each person
adds something to it making it spicy. This is one such story popular in
One day a villager saw Vidane - a minor official in the village - had
vomited all he had eaten in the morning. The villager felt sorry for
â€śWhat did you eat in the morning? Anything bad?â€ť The villager asked.
â€śNothing unusual. Some sweet potatoes and katta sambolâ€ť.
â€śOh, then you will be all right in a little while,â€ť the villager
Before leaving the place the villager looked at the heap of vomit and
saw a crowâ€™s feather on it. He left the scene quite astonished by what
he had seen.
On his way home the villager met a washerwoman carrying a bundle of
clothes on her head.
â€śDo you know the latest?â€ť the villager asked the washerwoman.
â€śWhat? Did anyone die last right?â€ť she asked.
â€śNo, No. Vidane vomited a crow this morning,â€ť the villager said.
The washerwoman doing her rounds visited a house and told the
landlord that Vidane had vomited two crows. The landlord listened to her
and quickly went into the kitchen and told his wife that Vidane had
vomited three crows.
The landlordâ€™s wife ran to her neighbour Kaluethana and told her that
Vidane had vomited four crows. Kaluethana who was highly taken up by the
latest news conveyed it to her husband who was ploughing the field.
â€śVidane vomited five crows this morning. Shall we go and see him?â€ť
â€śNot now, I want to finish this job,â€ť he said.
The farmer on his way home met Suvanda who used to loaf around the
â€śSuvanda, do you know the latest?â€ť
â€śVidane vomited six crows this morning.â€ť
â€śItâ€™s very strange. I must convey this news to others in the
village,â€ť said Suvanda running down a footpath.
He met a group of men and women who were walking towards the village
â€śDo you know the latest news?â€ť Vidane vomited seven crows this
morning. On hearing this news all the people started running towards
Vidaneâ€™s house. When they looked for the seven crows, they saw only a
Germany issues new stamp in honour of Pope
The first ever stamp in honour of the Pope Benedict XVI has been
issued by Germany on April 12, 2007. It is said that Germany rarely
issues stamps depicting living persons. The Pope was born in a small
village in Bavaria, Germany. The stamp coincides with the 80th birth day
of the Pope. He is the first Pope of German descent since 1523.
Flags and coins
Series of stamps from the United Nations Organisation
A new series of national flags and coins of all the countries has
been started by the United Nations Postal Administration. The series
started on October 5, last year has come out with its second set of 24
stamps on May 5, 2007.
This series of special stamps is expected to run for approximately
eight years until all 192 Member States of the United Nations are
represented. Shown here are eight stamps depicting a flag and a coin of
the particular eight nations.The 24 new stamps are in three different
currencies for use from the three UN post offices in New York, Geneva,
Switzerland and Vienna, Austria. Each UN post office uses the postage
rates of the host country.
The pane of the eight 39 cents stamps show flags and coins of the
following countries. Burkino Faso, France, Bolivia, Myanmar, Moldova,
Papua New Guinea, Mali and Tunisia.
Each stamp includes a security feature that is visible only under
ultraviolet light to prevent forgery.
An official of the United Nations Jenny Karia is reported to have
developed the concept for this coin and flag series.
My big brother
My big brother is Rameez
He likes Toffees
My big brother
Is a big bother
He always hits me.
But heâ€™s not supposed to be.
He gives me his gel pen sometimes
But I do not give the Funday Times.
He is a real money collector
Like a bee that collects honey
He is very cool
But sometimes acts like a fool.
Iâ€™m proud of my brother
Because he is so clever.
Gr. 6 G,
Kingston College International School
Mama hen and chicks
Look at the little chicks
Walking behind Mama Hen.
Pecking at a seed,
Scratching for a worm,
Haltingly they walk
Around the yard.
Brown and white are the feathers,
Mama hen cleans everyday.
The yellowest of yellow are the chicks
Walking behind Mama Hen.
Do look at the train of chickens
As they walk along,
And do treat them with seeds
If you please.
Gr. 8 D