Saturday, April 01, 2006

At the Roy-Tho

Flicking Flags

1961 - We were 3rd formers. It was a heroic thing to flick a thora flag at the big-match. During the tea/lunch intervals we were, usually, strolling the grounds looking for prey. Opposite the thora junior tent, was a sweet little chap with a checked blue/black flag. Our forward platoons ignored the podian, (Damn sin!, Not done no Machan!! et al), but there were black sheep in the best of pastures.

No sooner the flag was flicked the poor chap started crying and KADALAY appeared like a ghost, "GIVE THE FLAG BACK DORAY" was the command. The flicker was reluctant. KADALAY sensing the next move (bolt with the flag for life), caught the flicker by the shoulder, forced the flag out, and gave it to the sweetee.

I can never forget the look of 'THANK YOU" on the little fellows face.

"NOW GET BACK TO THE TENT, UMPIRES ARE COMING OUT" was the second command.

We did exactly that.

What a classy chap Kadalay was?

Edward Hapuarachchi

hapu@dialogsl.net
Mar 31 2006

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