England eager to take out Asian winter frustration on West Indies

World-beating England plan to turn "timid" back into "lethal" as they take out the frustrations of their Asian winter on the West Indies.

Strauss has seen England lose the last four Tests

England captain Andrew Strauss frustrated by winter struggles

England Test captain Andrew Strauss has expressed his frustration at having his players defend him following his lengthy run without a century and his team's poor form on the sub-continent.

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Anderson runs into formidable form of Jayawardene again

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England cricketer James Anderson (R) celebrates his dismissal of Sri Lankan batsman Lahiru Thirimanne

Mahela Jayawardene and James Anderson scrap for control in Sri Lanka

Mahela Jayawardene scored another stylish century as Sri Lanka and England scrapped for control of the second Test on day one in Colombo.

England Test captain Andrew Strauss

Andrew Strauss expects tough conditions in Sri Lanka

Andrew Strauss expects Sri Lankan conditions to provide a tough physical test for England.

A spot of catching practice for Ian Bell in Colombo yesterday

Ian Bell: It's true - Birmingham is hotter than Sri Lanka

View From the Middle: I will hit the ground running in Colombo after my Birmingham heat chamber sessions

The Cat's Table, By Michael Ondaatje

The last time Michael Ondaatje visited Sri Lanka in a novel was in 2000 with Anil's Ghost where, through a series of fragmented narratives, he presented a story of waste in a time of war. Now he returns. Only on this occasion it is not modern Sri Lanka with which he deals, but the lost and mythical island called Ceylon, a country as foreign as the past, and as extinct as the dinosaur. Ondaatje is both poet and novelist and his use of English is elegant and beautiful. He writes, not in the worn-out clichés that are current in Sri Lanka, but with a feel for an international language that post-Ceylonese nationalism tried hard to strip from the education system of a whole generation.

Christopher Gosden: Traveller and linguist who taught English to the Portuguese Prime Minister

Christopher Gosden was a traveller, performer, translator, linguist, writer and an exceptional teacher.

Tamils call for change after elections in Sri Lanka

in a set-back for Sri Lanka's ruling party, the Tamil National Alliance has won a landslide victory in local elections, capturing 20 out of 25 seats it contested in areas formerly held by rebels of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.

'We relocated from the suburbs to the city'

Starting a family usually means a move from the metropolis to a more spacious place in the country. But for one couple, relocating to the capital was the natural choice when they had their daughter.

Leading article: Sri Lankan war crimes must be prosecuted

The Government of Sri Lanka is contesting a report by the United Nations which reveals that tens of thousands of civilians died in its final offensive to end the country's civil war two years ago. Most of them were killed by government shelling which targeted hospitals and UN and Red Cross centres, a UN panel of experts has found. The acts were war crimes, the report says. It is not a one-sided document. It also says that the Tamil Tiger rebels used 330,000 civilians as human shields, and shot those who tried to escape. But both sides contest its findings. The government insists it can prove it never targeted civilians. The rebels claim that the last-minute truce the government offered was not long enough to allow civilians to safely leave the conflict zone.

Whatever the weather: Monsoon storms dominate lush tropical island

Sri Lanka has a tropical climate which leads to hot and very humid conditions all year round. There is some variety across the island, with the central highlands experiencing a cooler and more temperate climate, while coastal areas are moderated by sea breezes. The country also experiences a dry season and two wet seasons, with the latter coming from monsoon rain that falls in opposite halves of the country.

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