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Novel Prize for Literature goes to AbaY

Awarded for the 1983 account of life in Arugam Bay, Eastern Sri Lanka

Novel Prize for Literature goes to AbaY

German author Frau Claudia ACKERMANN, has won the Novel Prize in Literature for “having created new and deep insights” into events of 1983 in Sri Lanka. Written in graceful, impressive literary style by an impartial, foreign tourist & traveler during the long running conflict of this paradise island. Social Media, Facebook and  Twitter is going off at the news. The prize winning travel novel is set in remote Arugam Bay, in the 1980’s.

Author and Laureate’s’s own Web site

Some people, critics and fans alike, are thrilled at the news that the “greatest living author of our time” has won the esteemed award. Sarai Dumminus, permanent secretary of the Swedish Academy, called Frau ACKERMANN a great author in the German speaking tradition” before adding that “for many years now she’s been at it reinventing herself, constantly creating a new identity.” Other fans called her a “master” while one fan said that they are “Not so surprise[d]. She is a great contemporary writer of our time.”


Novel Prize 2016 for Peace & Music

Novel Prize Winner Laureate Chris Sherpa

Meanwhile, the Nobel Prize for peaceful Music  (NPPM) has been awarded to CHRIS SHERPA. An Australian Songwriter and Musician. For his outstanding composition of the “Arugam Bay” Song. He is the “first Nobel Laureate since George Bernhard Shaw to have been awarded both a #Novel Prize and an Oscar.” President Obama also seems happy about the choice and took to Twitter to congratulate Chris , “Together with Jock Johnson Chris is one of my favorite Surf Composers.” Check out the only known unplugged version of this awesome song. Performed LIVE at AbaY below:
Award winning “Arugam Bay” Song

Chris Scherpa & THE PLONK Bio:

The music of Chris Scherpa is melodic without baby baby schmalz, dirty without being sloppy, the music and lyrics dig deep but stay light and groovy. The songs tell stories. Acoustic sound with punch!
For his songs the songwriter Chris Scherpa uses influences ranging from folk to funk, alternative rock, reggae, blues and even hip hop. Very notable is Chris Scherpa’s special style of acoustic guitar playing – sometimes sounding like 2 guys at once.

Sherpa @ Aragum Bay, 2014 (DPA  file photo)

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ALL Rs./ 5,000, 2,000, 1,000 & 500 Notes declared invalid !

As from midnight tonight, 31st March 2017

Qatar News 31/03/2017

President Sillysena has declared that all large notes in circulation will cease to be legal tender as from midnight, tonight (31st March, 2017)

This follows the overwhelming success of a similar masterstroke by his Indian Counterpart, Prime Minister MOGLI in November last year.
With one single directive, all black cash was eliminated and the banks recorded record deposits ever since. Being hard pushed to raise funds to repay foreign loans, the GOSL had to act swiftly.

The Victory Rs./ 1,000 note

Parliament was not privy to this bombshell announcement. Ministers and Members of Parliament were only told, in strict confidence, to  quickly dispose of their hordings of  the controversial Rs./ 1,000 “Victory”  note. This was issued by a former Government.
Many believe that a huge warehouse full of such notes still exists.
Largest legal tender note as from today:
This is enough to buy 2 Cigarettes.


Statement from Temple Trees:

“I have reached today’s decision to demonetize Rs./500 up to the Rs./5000 currency notes in circulation in the economy as bold and revolutionary, and one that will have tectonic impact on the ubiquitous parallel economy in the country. The move will significantly strengthen the government’s systematic efforts (including special investigation team on black money, amending DTAA with India, Mauritius and Cyprus, amending the Benami Transactions Act, and the more recent Income Declaration Scheme) over the last two years to curb black money in the economy”

 USAIDs Press release:

“In a single master stroke, the government of Sri Lanka has tackled all three malaises plaguing the economy—a parallel economy, counterfeit currency and terror financing”


Statement by Central Bank warden Mr. India Rancit Coma- Rastaswammy:

“I am honoured that the Government has followed my advice”

With our latest move, it is reasonably clear that the economy stands to benefit on several fronts:


1. Boost deposit base and savings

Global agencies have pegged the size of the parallel economy with the US $ at close to 23% as of 2007. Basis this, we estimate unaccounted cash in the economy to the tune of Rs./4500 billion, of which a certain significant proportion will make its way to the banks, thus boosting deposit base as well as financial savings:

  • The banks’ deposit base is expected to receive a fillip of 0.5-1.4% of GDP.
  • In turn, financing savings can be expected to rise by close to this proportion due to switch from savings from unproductive physical assets to financial assets.

2. Improve monetary transmission and reduce lending rates

  • A rise in deposit base will allow banks to lower the blended cost of funds as higher CASA (current accounts, savings accounts) deposits help to replace the high cost of borrowing and lower overall cost of funds. We expect banks to reduce deposit rates by ~125 bps over the next six months.
  • The new regime of MCLR (Marginal Cost of Funds based Lending Rate )will immediately take into account the lower cost and will thereby lead to a decline in lending rates, which will boost economic activity in the medium term.

3. Create room for further monetary accommodation

Continue reading ‘ALL Rs./ 5,000, 2,000, 1,000 & 500 Notes declared invalid !’


Nice! To see that Arugam Bay is being mentioned.
Sad  that this promotion used totally wrong images. Causing dismay to the entire Surf Community.

This just in from London. Carve reader Will Robertson sent in this pic of a Sri Lanka tourist board ad which is all over London underground.

“It’s been a while since I last surfed A Bay, but judging from this poster on the wall of the London tube the reef must have shifted and it’s got a lot more square. And Fanning’s doing a good job of surfing it switch too.

It’s definitely a “different kind of surf” – quite literally.

Oh how lazy ad people can miss some fundamentals – thought I would share the love.”

Not sure what is more annoying. Using a wave from a totally different ocean as A Bay (A Bay is actually very fun in its own right). The sacrilege of putting Mick the wrong way round. Or the irony that we actually emailed Sri Lanka tourist board to offer a bit of help before Christmas and they ignored our emails.

If you want a campaign done right, maybe hire surfing art director?

Tripping. On a small road to Arugam


“Axit” Poll June 23rd, 2016 !

Break News
Arugam Bay will vote for Independence from Sri Lanka
The AbaY EXIT (“Axit”) Vote
Will be held on the same day as the UK Exit (“Brexit”) poll
 A decisive AbaY / Ceylon Referendum has been announced for the 23rd June.
Unless the GoSL grants the promised SAR status to the Bay of Arugam.

President Srisena was regarded – just over one year ago- as a new strong leader.
A new, fresh breeze swept the island. It was widely reported that the new, more progressive  Government would be looking into the creation of an innovative  SAR (Self-Admin. Region) region within Sri Lanka. ( reported)

The remote enclave Bay of Arugam was earmarked to be a perfect Government designated Tourist Resort to implement and try  such forward thinking policies.
Sadly, NOTHING has happened since.
Apart from more and more power cuts than ever. As a result, AbaY relies again on it’s own generators, and residents wish to break all commercial ties with distant Colombo.



The only access into the Arugam Bay enclave

Disillusioned, frustrated and following the British/Scotland vote, the recent New Zealand Flag issue as well as the pending UK  / EU “BREXIT” referendum Arugam Bay Residents have got totally fed up waiting Continue reading ‘“Axit” Poll June 23rd, 2016 !’


Nostalgia at AbaY

Update 04/ July 2015:
AbaY is developing.
1.) The CEB now provides pretty reliable Power (Electric)
2.) The SLT now has two fiberglass Internet connections
3.) The a/c buses do not run anymore. :-((
4.) The water supply costs double now.

Arugam Bay is still OK, romantic and beautiful.
Back to the original article:

Nostalgia at AbaY

Coming from the re-vamped modern City of Colombo to Arugam Bay is like a trip into the past.
Escape the progress!

Millions spent on uplifts

Millions spent on uplifts

However. Once you reach the poor East Coast and the Bay of Arugam. You will find:
Daily. And often All Weekend Powercuts.

Daily Power Cuts

Daily Power Cuts

So What?
It’s a perfect setting. For a romantic candle lit dinner by the beach. Under the clear star-studded sky.

A trip back to last century

A trip back to last century

Water supply cut off every day?

USAIDS Water supply

USAIDS Water supply

No problem!
Cool down and have an inviting ‘sea bath’ in the clear, blue ocean in front.

Plenty of clear water available

Plenty of clear water available

No street lights

No street lights

No Street lights? Even on the brand new USAID 14 Mill. $$$ bridge?
Mind your way – avoid the open drains

All drains are open

All drains are open

Internet disruptions?

Unstable Internet at AbaY

Unstable Internet at AbaY

A perfect opportunity to talk to fellow travelers!

Most places have Free Wifi in the Bay. But often the connections are poor

Most places have Free Wifi in the Bay. But often the connections are poor

Luxury Bus Service not coming?

Usually 20:30 departs

Usually 20:30 departs

Ideal! To remain in the dark ages.
At Arugam Bay. After all, this is our island’s most promising, Government declared, tourist Resort!


Circus Night at the SVH, AbaY

An International Circus in Town
Giullari Senza Frontiere

Performed at Lahugala, Komari and Arugam Bay
Their last night here will be Friday, 21st February, 2014

At the Tamil School, Komari


All is possible @ remote AbaY

Non of those photos have been taken in Arugam.
They could have been.
All is possible to experience in a condensed little corner of our island:
At Arugam Bay !

That sort if incident did happen. At Lahugala. On the Main A4 road. Take care!

That does happen. Every day. At Kumana. Where the Arugam Road ends at the BIG river. Across from Yala

That does happen. Every year. When weird one day flies hatch. It looks like fog clouds actually, specially around a light source

THAT. And an even BIGGER swell did happen. At Arugam Bay. End 2004 ....;-((


The Essence of AbaY

AbaY - in a nutshell 😉

Record Breaking Tourist Arrivals @ H’tot

Record Breaking Tourist Arrivals @ H’tot

The Wonder of Asia has finally Taken off!
Our New Airport is coping well  with recent Tourist arrivals.
Everyone is heading towards famous Arugam Bay
Update 1st April, 2013:

Dozens of World Class Airlines singed up for Hambantot

The New Airport can handle it !

Flight No.BI69 arriving from Patna touching down at Hambantot

Rail links are almost near  full capacity

Hambantot Central Railways Station

Continue reading ‘Record Breaking Tourist Arrivals @ H’tot’


No Need!

To bring you own board !
Arugam Bay has plenty of Surf Shops
And low daily rentals

c/c “Arugam Surf”

Image & caption taken from “Arugam Surf” on Facebook.
A popular page with 144,000 ‘Likes’
and more than 60 Million friends-of-friends


Jet Ski trials at Arugam Bay

Navy The S.L. Navy recently entered the lucrative Tourist market. In a big way, with cruises, boat trips, hospitality and whale watching,

Army The Army also has been taking keen interest in the sport of Surfing. Locally based, Commissioned Officers are said to have been observed to Surf Arugam Bay.

Air Force Jet Ski trials at AbaY

STF – Special Tusk Farce The STF is already actively engaged in life-saving duties and Fishery protection excercises

Fishy protection Duties

Air Farce Not to be outdone, has learned that SLAF is now also set to enter the lucrative Tourist sector. So far, none of the Armed Forces appear to be profitable. As jet.

Recently, secret trials were held in the area. Just West of Arugam Bay.

Rigorous training program. Earlier attempts were promising

Jokey Club Furthermore, it is understood that other organisations are considering to jump on the popular Surfing “Band Wagon”

Even the Sri Lanka Jockey Club seems to be considering to divert into some off shore activities:

Jockey Club training session @ Arugam Bay

AbuDubai Race Horses Rulers from the UAE have also spotted Arugam’s potential. Already they have send some of their best Race Horses to be conditioned and trained in the clean air of Arugam’s beaches. Apparently, the humidity and the heat will give Arab based horses a distinct advantage over European competitors in forthcoming races in Dubai’s high Tech race course.

Dubai Horse Race training & conditioning at Arugam Bay

Chinese Interest The Chinese meanwhile have copied popular Jet Ski Designs by Yamaha, Suzuki and Bomadier. Seen here on HD sea trials at AbaY

Ps.: NAAFI? Navy, Army & Air Forces Institutes in action at Arugam Bay 1st April, 2012

Combined Forces. At work in AbaY


Happy Surfing Christmas !

Season Greetings from the

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Bay of Arugam !

A very peaceful, Happy Christmas to you All !

Smoker’s Research Trip to AbaY

Tripped ‘Outstation’

“Abyss” – A Smoker’s Research Trip

Since the 9th of November I’ve been out of my mind so much it’s insane. From one intoxication to another, bouncing around different locations, I still can’t believe it. Smoking pretty much every strain of grass available in this country, from KG to Manali hash to Ukraine skunk, it’s nuts.

The other day we headed off to Mirissa and stopped by at Hikka on the way. We never thought the grass we bought would be so good till we smoked it and found it hard to get off the bed. Mirissa was just mindblowing, just like the first time. This time was better since we got boogie boards and pretty good treatment from the guys at the Surf Bar. I’ve even got myself a Continue reading ‘Smoker’s Research Trip to AbaY’


And we are back! On Facebook!

Done! Super Happy ARUGAM !

We managed to resurrect our popular Facebook page “Arugam Surf”.
Which was knocked off the net exactly 2 months ago.

Arugam Surf

Please join, participate, submit YOUR photos, videos. Let’s make this page even more popular.
Please understand that we had to add additional security features to avoid access to our hacker ‘friends’ in future.


Pimp my (Arugam) ride

Another long delay between posts – must get into the habit of blogging more frequently! In our defence, Stu and I have been on full-time tour guide duty recently, first hosting our friend John from London for a fortnight and then my parents for just over a week.

They don’t like cricket… they love it!

It’s been great having the opportunity to catch up with news from home (not to mention getting a vital resupply of gin and books). We’ve done a fair bit of touring around the country, along with showing off some of the sights that Arugam Bay has to offer. We’re both really loving being here right now and having people here to go ooh and aah at the beautiful beaches and great food has reinforced just how lucky we are. Continue reading ‘Pimp my (Arugam) ride’