The special dancer
Special love for a special child and
(inset) The lone dancer
By Ranee Mohamed
We are all actors on the stage of life, but
Tharushi Nelun Danangi Fernando (10) is at
the centre stage as she prepares for her
dance performance named Narthana Rekha where
she will be the sole dancer on stage.
More important is the fact that this recital
organised by the Miranda Hemalatha Kala
Ashramaya will be a fund raiser for children
with Downs Syndrome.
"When she was born, the child specialist
came up to me and asked me to give up the
child. 'You will not be able to take care of
this baby. She may not walk, she may not
sit, she may not talk and you may not be
able to deal with this child' he warned me,"
said Nelun Senanayake, a lawyer by
But a mother's love supersedes all such
warnings. It is a love that surpasses all
limitations. And it is this love of Nelun,
who despite being a working mother strove
to build a life for her younger daughter who
the specialist said was afflicted with Downs
Syndrome and hence should be given away to
Danangi Fernando was born on November 5,
1997 to Nelun Senanayake and Damien
Fernando. Her sister Nuwangi had been
excited that her parents were bringing a new
"I loved to dance and I wanted my elder
daughter Nuwangi to learn dancing but she
did not," said Nelun Senanayake who had
secretly wanted another daughter.
"I gave birth to Danangi via Caesarean
section through spinally induced pain. And
when the doctor said it was a girl, I was
overjoyed," recalled Nelun.
Kept asking for the baby
But her happiness turned to anxiety when the
baby was kept in the Baby Room for a long
time. "I kept asking for my baby but no one
told me anything. When I asked the nurses
they said that they did not know anything
about the baby. I got my husband to go and
check and speak to the doctor and ask them
what was happening, but there was no news,"
"It was just then that the doctor and the
child specialist came in. When I asked them
for the baby so that I could enjoy her
before the pain set in, they asked me if I
had noticed whether something was wrong with
the child and I replied in the negative. It
was then that they told me that my baby was
a child with Downs Syndrome.
"I have specialised in zoology and I knew
what they were talking about. But I was so
upset, so terribly upset. It was my mother
who helped me. She was my greatest strength
and my husband stood by me and comforted and
consoled me in the days that followed. My
mother and my husband were my greatest
sources of strength," said Nelun.
Unable to accept what the doctors were
telling them, Nelun had got down photos of
her older daughter as a baby, from home and
compared it with the new born's face to see
if there was any difference. "There was no
difference at all, only the hair seemed to
be different," she recalled.
"Then we called a friend who was a doctor.
She came and had a look at the baby and
asked me not to worry and said that the baby
will be able to lead a normal life," said
"I wanted to take the baby to another doctor
and took her to Dr. Stella who comforted me
and expressed dissatisfaction at the way the
news had been conveyed. She said that there
will be no milk for the baby if I kept on
crying. She said that she had treated many
children with Downs Syndrome and that they
are the same as everyone else," said Nelun.
"Of course, everyone cannot be doctors and
engineers. But she may be a better daughter
to you," was how the doctor had explained to
Nelun of her daughter's condition.
Unable to get much help in Sri Lanka Nelun
had, through the help of a cousin, written
to the UK Downs Syndrome Society from where
she had received valuable information.
"It was my mother, my husband, Dr. Stella
and this cousin who helped me in a way that
I will never forget," said a happy Nelun
To be made independent
Having gone to various schools for special
children, Nelun was only told that the child
will need time to 'turn,' 'that she cannot
be made independent - may perhaps be able to
eat, dress and use the toilet.'
"I did not want her to be a burden to her
sister. I wanted to train her to be an asset
wherever she may be and not a burden."
And on this determined path this mother
strode - reading books to her when she was
eight months old, advertising in the
newspaper when the baby was as young as two
years for a teacher for a 'differently abled
child' who can sing with her and help paste
But some of the teachers who had called had
not understood the meaning of 'special.'
Some said that they did not want to do it.
"One teacher told me 'there are more people
to teacher in this world, I don't want to
waste my time teaching her,'" recalled Nelun
But into their home came an angel in
disguise in the form of Meredith from Ragama.
For five years Meredith sang with Danagi,
helped her paste pictures and was the loving
teacher that Nelun had secretly been looking
For the sake of friendship
It was during this time that Nelun had gone
to the Lyceum International School and met
her friend Kumari Grero. "I have been in
school with Kumari and I wanted her to take
on my child for the sake of our friendship.
If Kumari Grero took my child into the
school for the sake of our friendship, her
husband Mohanlal Grero who is also the
managing director of the school joined her
and did something more," recalls Nelun.
"We have to do something for these children
in society," Mohanlal Grero had insisted.
"We will take her and I will take the
responsibility," said the good-hearted
educationist who had changed the lives of
thousands of children in this country with
their Lyceum International School.
Danangi became the first child with Downs
Syndrome to be admitted to Lyceum
International School and today there are 150
such special children at Lyceum
Soon Danangi found herself in the company of
other children and the loving child that she
is soon made a multitude of friends.
Danangi Fernando is special in every way;
easily moved to tears, feeling heartache at
the suffering of another human being or
animal, she soon became everyone's best
friend, reaching out to all in distress and
those in need of love and comfort.
Every kind of activity
"They took her in for every kind of activity
in the school - Christmas carols, bhakthi
gee, drama, sportsmeets, and hand work,"
said a grateful mother. And to Danangi who
loved to be loved, and loved applause and
being appreciated brought her greater
It was when Danangi was six years that Nelun
had heard of the Miranda Hemalatha Kala
Ashramaya where Oriental dance teacher Kala
Guru Miranda Hemalatha's Diri Daru Piyasa
taught special children dance and music.
And not only did Danangi merely dance, she
learnt it well, excelled in it, and became
the Prima Donna to go on stage and raise
funds for other children who are as special
as she is.
"And special she will always be to me for
this daughter of mine is a gift to me. I am
so proud of her lovable ways and her great
qualities. She is always willing to help
anyone in need," said Nelun, her eyes
welling with tears of sadness and joy.
Nelun's eyes moved to her greatest pride -
Danangi who was busy cuddling her great
companion - 'Mixy' her cat - who has never
had it so good, being showered with so much
love, care and kindness from this special
child, her special friend.
"My advise to mothers who have special
children is to be strong."
Recognise these children as normal and bring
them up in a way that they will not be
considered as a burden to society.
"Be strong and do not give up on your
children. My plea to society is to recognise
these special children as 'normal,' give
them a helping hand, but not sympathy. They
have normal feelings and in fact they are
more sensitive than other children," warned
Little Danangi has overcome the differences
and difficulties. She has proved doctors and
specialists wrong by not only standing up
for herself in life, but also by taking a
step further and dancing her way to a better
life for fellow children with Downs
Syndrome. Life is definitely what we make of
it, and little Danangi Fernando is the
happy dancing example.
The great banding together
that gives us all a message in music
Band members signing autographs
As children's week approaches with the
month of October a few days away Sri
Lankan children in addition to taking part
in several child-related events will have a
rare opportunity of seeing a young,
world-class brass band in which a group of
over 100 children from Thailand perform and
also interact with them in a series of
events that will coincide with this week of
significance for children.
For peace and harmony
The award-winning Sarasit Phithayalai School
Marching and Show Band (Gold medal winners
at the 2006 World Marching Show Band
Championships in Korea being one of numerous
awards), comprising children from nine to 18
years will perform in Negombo,
Nochchiyagama, Balapitiya, Tangalle and
Colombo from October 1 to 13. It is learnt
that President Mahinda Rajapakse has invited
the band to perform at Temple Trees.
Flying in from
with instruments and all, the band is being
brought to Sri Lanka by the Salesians of Don
Bosco in the name of peace and harmony.
Contributing their mite
'Marching towards peace with children' as
the series of events is titled, is Don
Bosco's way of contributing their mite to
the country in addition to the social work
they carry out by providing vocational
training for youth of all races and
religions across the country.
The children in this band from Ban Pong
District who not only pursue their academic
studies but also foster their love of music
under the wings of the Salesians of Don
are all Buddhists - testimony to the
non-discriminatory policy of the Salesians
not only in that country but all over the
To serve the poor
The Salesians of Don Bosco are a religious
congregation founded by St. John Bosco in
Turin, Italy, to help, educate and train poor boys. The Salesians
in the 1950s with French priest Rev. FI.
Currently, the Salesians of Don Bosco have
an island-wide network of 16 centres in 11
districts being run under the guidance of
Provincial Superior Rev. FI. Anthony H.
Pinto. Some of the centres are located at
Arabegama, Bibile, Dankotuwa, Elpitiya,
Murunkan, Nochchiyagama, Negombo,
Palliyawatte and Uswetakeiyawa, with the hub
being Dungalpitiya in Negombo.
In addition to providing vocational training
the Salesians are also heavily involved in
preventing child abuse in collaboration with
the clergy of other religions, particularly
With more than 34,000 Salesians spread
across the world, they are active in 130
countries in Asia, Africa, West Asia,
Europe, North America, Latin America and
New school brings a new
dimension to education
Colombo, a new school opened its doors in
January 2007 to provide a holistic education
for both boys and girls. It prepares
students in the English language for the
Government of Sri Lanka, Ministry of
Education's General Certificate of Education
Ordinary and Advanced Level examinations.
The students are provided an opportunity to
develop an inquiring mind, ethical behaviour,
develop their talents, stretch their
physical capabilities and be emotionally
strong and stable.
The students are being moulded to be
citizens who are responsible and active
contributors to the welfare of the nation
and the world.
The board of directors have been drawn from
various disciplines to administer the
school. In a unique scheme, though fees are
levied profits are not distributed but re
invested in the school to further advance
According to the principal, the holistic
educational experience incorporates the best
in traditional and modern teaching methods.
"We teach students that moral values and
ethical behaviour are very important.
"Each student is valued as an individual and
our goal is to develop the whole personality
of the child - physical, academic,
emotional, spiritual and creative. We strive
to emphasise the development of their
character so that they will respect others,
as well as the environment. We will focus on
maintaining high standards of discipline,"
"At the present time we have classes from
Grades 1 to 6 and each year we will add the
next grade. There are computer and library
facilities offered to all students.
Co-curricular activities include literary,
creative and social service clubs. Cricket
and swimming are also offered by the
school," she added.
is a Christian school, religious instruction
is given to all, so that tolerance and
respect for all faiths can be encouraged and
promoted in a multicultural society.
The principal said that the educational
goals of the school would like to make
certain that the learning experience will
incorporate the acquiring of knowledge and
application to life situations, the need to
learn to think for themselves and the
building up of confidence and self esteem.
Class size small
Presently the student population in the
school is small in number so that every
student will have an opportunity to
participate in all the activities organised
by the school like the Sports Day, Operetta
and Swimming Meet. The class size is to be
kept low so that each child will receive
Unlike most schools in
Logos College is situated in a harmonious
environment and the students benefit by
being able to work in a pleasant atmosphere.
A Shepherdian Choral Concert
with a difference
The senior choir of Good Shepherd's Convent
consisting of 46 singers will present a
Choral Concert on October 4 and 5 at the
renovated school hall commencing at 6.30
Kotahena, where the 139 year convent has
spread its wings under the shadow of the
mighty cathedral, has been a cradle of
hundreds of top class singers and several
competent choirs. Kotahena has nurtured the
world renowned Catholic Choral Society as
well as the Cathedral Chorale, from Maestro
Lylie Godridge to the nightingale of Sinhala
classics, Nanda Malini, the musician Gerry
Crake, Composer Benny Fonseka as well as
scores of Kotahena singers who have added
richness to Sri Lanka's music scene. Past
Shepherdian Dalrene is a veteran pop singer
of international fame.
It was the Irish singing nuns who introduced
and developed Western music in all its
different aspects. Several rooms with
separate pianos came alive with music as
scores of boys and girls went through the
gamut of piano lessons.
Violins were another field of specialisation.
Indeed there was a fine Good Shepherd
Orchestra till the early '60s. Who can
forget the selfless long years of service of
the much reserved nuns, the gentle teacher
Helen Perera and the charming Romiya Felix
who produced excellent choirs.
Adding another jewel to this crown of glory
comes the October concert of the
Shepherdians Making The Echoes Ring just as
their anthem claims. Titled Vivace or
lively music, the concert will showcase some
of the great classical compositions besides
the choicest theme songs from famous movies
and pop and folk songs in English, Sinhala,
Tamil, Latin, Italian, German and Spanish.
These will include Wagner's Bridal Chorus,
Schubert's Ave Maria, Adam's Holy City as
well as Dixit Dominus (Gregorian Chant)
followed by the gorgeous Dixit Dominus
popularised by the "Nun's Chorus" from the
Sound Of Music. Salve Regina too is
slotted in this section.
The secular/contemporary section includes
selections from the movies, Song From
Exodus, Sun-rise to Sun-set from Fiddler
On The Roof. In addition, Falling In Love,
I Believe, Unchained Melody and Tears In
Heaven will add flavour with excellent
harmony and stylish execution.
The oriental segment of the show will
showcase Danno Budunge, Ragupthi Ragawa
Kimadanawe and a surprise Tamil movie hit.
Another unique feature of the concert will
be the involvement of young past pupils of
Good Shepherd's Convent who will vocalise
songs including In The Still Of The Night
and Any Dream Will Do in four part harmony.
The audience will go into toe tapping mode
when they will be presented with selections
from Abba and the Spanish hit, La Bamba by
the school choir.
The concert will come to a culmination when
the combined choirs will perform a new
version of the Peace Song popularised in the
country by the late Maestro Lylie Godridge.
The 21st Birthday Bash of
the Hilton Colombo
A 21st birthday is a critical juncture in
the life of a person that marks the entry
into adulthood and is celebrated with great
pomp and pageantry.
Thus on September 21 the iconic Hilton
Colombo celebrated her big 21st birthday in
grand and fitting style. It was indeed a
gala show that befits a hotel that has made
a solid contribution to the Sri Lankan life
style, culinary arts and the local tourist
industry and was a culmination of 21 years
of honorable service to the nation.
The party started at
6 p.m and the entire car park of the Hilton came alive and was
transformed to one of joviality and a
carnival atmosphere. The d‚cor of the hotel
was tastefully and beautifully done without
any exaggerated opulence suggestive of
grandiosity, and blended well with the
concept of everything being in terms of the
Thus, there were 21 stalls of over 153 chefs
in 21 teams. The 21m. long flaring bar was
manned by the award winning bartenders of
the Hilton Colombo displaying their unique
There were 21 gastronomic flavours too.
Rohan Fernandopulle who is the Executive
Chef ensured that the 21 stalls which were
under his aegis functioned smoothly. The
guests were in for many surprises and there
were 21 vouchers each for pitchers of beer,
cakes and pizzas.
Twenty one vouchers each were also given for
the chic and exclusive restaurants of the
Hilton that included Spices, Emperor's Wok
and Ill Ponte.
Another themed attraction that drew the
crowds was the 21m. ice sculpture shaped in
the form of ice carved candles which
illuminated the cool evening and burned
through the night. According to the
Executive Chef of the Hilton, over 10,000
kg. of ice had been used.
The crowd present really enjoyed themselves
to the maximum and availed themselves of
every opportunity to have fun, eat good food
and enjoy very entertaining music that
included Marians, Iraj, Centrigrades,
Chinthy, Ashanthi, Dushyanth and Hashini,
Natasha, Phase 3, and the Revelations
performing live on a giant stage set up at
the Sports Centre.
There was a wide screen that gave live
coverage of the event as well. Gigi de
Silva, the marketing communications manager
of the Hilton Colombo had taken every step
to ensure that all plans worked out well and
was seen mingling with the crowd and
indulging in friendly banter with the
The main motive of this party was to give
Sri Lanka Hilton hospitality at an
affordable price. Hilton has decided to
donate part of the proceeds of the party to
the Ceylon School for the Deaf and Blind in
- Mahes Salgado
long wait for water comes
to an end
Villagers trudging for hours to
Their thirst will soon be quenched and their
lives of misery for many long years will
finally end. The feeling of touching,
washing, bathing and drinking clean water
that was once a dream for the villagers in
Dunagamuwa (in the Porawatte area) in
Polgahawela, will soon become a reality .
For the past 13 years 27 families in the
Dunagamuwa (Porawatte area) suffered without
proper facilities that could provide them
with even a drop of clean water. Even though
the government had provided these villagers
with a plot of land in 1976, their basic
right - that of having a proper drinking
water supply was not given for many long
Fell on deaf years
Their pleas and requests to the government
for drinking water in their village only
fell on deaf ears. Politicians ignored their
cries for help and turned a blind eye to the
plight of these villagers who had to travel
over 2 km in search of water.
However their hopes and prayers for their
own supply of drinking water in the area
soon became a reality, thanks to the help of
a Japanese company who financed a project to
erect a water supply system in this village.
It was a Sri Lankan who loved his village
and its people who finally took the
initiative to enlist the help of a Japanese
company to finance this project. What the
Sri Lankan government couldn't do for its
own people is finally being done by the
Duleep Chandralal, a villager from
Polgahawela decided to seek a job overseas.
Even though he was successful in finding a
job in Japan, Chandralal never forgot the
plight of his friends and relatives in Sri
Lanka. Having made a list of the
requirements needed to provide a water
supply system in his village Chandralal
approached a Japanese company by the name of
Asian Child Centre.
Apart from the Asian Child Centre's donation
of Rs.1.45 million, the Samurdhi Bank, the
JVP and Hemakumara Nanayakkara donated
Rs.42,000, Rs.80,000 and Rs.35,000,
respectively, for this project.
"I cannot explain in words how happy I am
that my village will finally get its own
water supply. For many years we suffered
without water but were helpless in finding a
solution to the problem. But today we
finally have hopes of seeing our own water
supply in the village. Within a week this
project will be completed," Chandralal said.
To get their water supply the villagers had
to find a plot of land to dig a well. It was
W. Yasawathi who finally came forward by
donating one perch of her land for the
villagers to dig a well.
Years of suffering
"For many years I have watched these
villagers suffer. Let alone a human, even an
animal cannot survive without water. These
villagers spend most of their day walking up
and down to collect water. When we die we
don't take our property with us. We take
only the merit we gain when we die. I'm
happy to donate this piece of land and I am
waiting for the day when these villagers
will get their water supply," Yasawathi
W. Irangani, a villager, said her hands and
feet are worn out by walking 2km to collect
water. During the rainy season the drains
overflow with water. I feel so sorry that we
can't make use of this water. I spend most
of the day walking up and down to collect
water and have no time to attend to my
housework. I'm so happy that we finally got
our water supply. All those who made this
water supply project a reality will be
blessed," Irangani added.
More plans for special
The Miranda Hemalatha Kala Ashramaya which
has founded a special unit for children with
Downs Syndrome named Diri Daru Piyasa is now
planning on building a school with hostel
facilities to provide these children with
vocational training," said Kala Guru Miranda
Hemalatha when contacted by The Sunday Leaer.
Danangi Fernando's solo dance performance is
also to raise funds for this worthy cause
she said, and went on to explain that a
wellwisher has already donated an acre of
land at Kidelpitiya to build the vocational
training centre for special children. A
project plan has been drawn for this purpose
and the centre will be completed in several
stages. The total cost is estimated to be
approximately 81 million," she said.
This centre hopes to cover many fields such
as agriculture, animal husbandry,
handicrafts, arts, dancing, cookery,
tailoring, carpentry and music so as to
recognise and nurture the inborn abilities
of special children.
Eating and drinking meetings
Lots of pals holidaying here, so that
means lots of meetings with eating. In
between the munching and nattering, we pause
long enough to all heartily agree that ours
is the best food ever! One pauses and says,
"Myee, you’re having a sandwich? With
cream cheese too! Not good for my sugar,
I eye her plate piled high with pastries.
"As if these are any better, they have lots
of fat in it!" She gives a sheepish grin in
answer whilst busily stuffing her face. Oh
Lord, lead us not into temptation. The thing
is, are we supposed to watch? We want to
share in their enjoyment, so we join in too.
Or else we’d be bad hostesses, and we’ll
make them look greedy, won’t we?
The hotels also cunningly time all these
food promotions, that include poisonous
substances like oodles of cream, tonnes of
sugar and fountains of chocolate.
Of course, we don’t hesitate to torture
our friend in chilly Switzerland by telling
her that we’re in the midst of consuming the
most delicious and gooey éclairs with the
most exotic fillings. When we kindly tell
her we’re thinking of her as we eat, she
replies acidly, "If you all were thinking of
me, couldn’t you have at least abstained
from them in sympathy at my absence, you
greedy gluttons? I hope you all get very
upset stomachs tomorrow!"
The last to leave
One thing is we are invariably the last
to leave any restaurant. So when the staff
start knocking off lights and air
conditioners, and stand around louring at
us, we take the hint and push off. Girls
gotta have some fun!
We went to a restaurant known for its
good Sri Lankan food, as our pal wanted to
have hoppers. So we ordered our drinks and
chatted and chatted and chatted…. And we
suddenly realised that lots of people were
leaving. The stewards were all bunched up
having a deep discussion and wouldn’t even
glance our way.
Finally one noticed us glaring and came
over hurriedly. "So why aren’t you coming
and taking our food order?" one of us
inquired. "Madam, you were having drinks."
That was it!
Everyone chimed in asking him if they
normally wait until people finished their
drinks to order and why couldn’t we eat and
drink simultaneously and when the last order
was. Apparently you could order only a half
Call the manager
Then we asked him if he thought we only
came there to drink and not eat! Now
that we were starving if the food
wasn’t brought to us pronto we would be very
cross and call the manager. Luckily for them
there was no manager in sight that day. So
the poor chap hastily assured us that the
food would be brought in 15 minutes. We
definitely were the last to leave that
At another Meeting with Eating, we
earnestly discussed several topics and
suddenly realised the buffet would be
cleared away soon. As we approached to help
ourselves, one of the stewards swept all the
name boards for the food away even though he
saw us coming.
We got even more angry when we realised
they had actually cleared away some of the
food. So we created a minor upheaval, which
resulted in people whizzing around in
circles and food being served to us at our
In between, we observed a couple who had
just got married, sitting together in stony
silence. They were dressed in their finery
but not even looking at each other.
This was baaaad, we told each other. Maybe
it was an arranged match? My goodness, they
needed a good talking to!
Maybe the bride was shy, couldn’t the man
say something to the poor girl? Some
foreigners at the next table who were
obviously eavesdropping on our conversation
were grinning at us in amusement. We
immediately switched to our native language
and that seemed to be even more amusing.
Suddenly, the young couple started chatting
together. "Aaaah!" we all breathed a
collective sigh of relief. "That’s more like
Recently at lunch, a guy at the next
table had got slapped at a wedding for using
bad language by my companion, several years
ago! Didn’t we giggle! He didn’t seem to
have taken it to heart as he was cheerfully
grinning that day at her. He had apologised
by sending her masses of roses, but that was
several years ago, they must have been much
cheaper! Sticky toffee pudding is so yum!
Honky Tonk Woman
A female student is assigned a thesis on
"Changing trends in feminism." In her
research she is shocked to read of a village
in Central Africa where, 50 years ago, the
women were so inferior to their husbands
that they dared only to walk 10 paces behind
them. Determined to find out whether the
situation had changed she set out to this
country and was delighted to see that it
Leaving the airport she saw that the
women were walking not 10 paces, but 100m
ahead of their husbands. In her enthusiasm
the student catches up with one such lady
and asks of her, "What great change could
have occured which means that you, the
woman, can now lead your husband through
The African woman looks at her sadly and
replies, "land mines."
A couple of young boys were fishing at
their special pond off the beaten track. All
of a sudden, the Game Warden jumped out of
the bushes. Immediately, one of the boys
threw his rod down and started running
through the woods like a bat out of hell.
The Game Warden was hot on his heels.
After about a half mile, the young man
stopped and stooped over with his hands on
his thighs to catch his breath, so the Game
Warden finally caught up to him. "Let’s see
your fishing licence, Boy!" the Warden
With that, the boy pulled out his wallet
and gave the Game Warden a valid fishing
licence. "Well, son," said the Game Warden.
"You must be about as dumb as a box of
rocks! You don’t have to run from me if you
have a valid licence!" "Yes, sir," replied
the young guy. "But my friend back there,
well, he don’t have one."
A blonde, a redhead and a brunette in a
Three women are about to be executed for
crimes. One’s a brunette, one’s a redhead,
and one’s a blonde. Two guards bring the
brunette forward, and the executioner asks
if she has any last requests. She says no,
and the executioner shouts, "Ready . . . Aim
. . ." Suddenly the brunette yells,
"Earthquake!" Everyone is startled and looks
around. She manages to escape.
The angry guards then bring the redhead
forward, and the executioner asks if she has
any last requests. She says no, and the
executioner shouts, "Ready . . . Aim . . ."
The redhead then screams, "Tornado!" Yet
again, everyone is startled and looks
She too escapes execution.
By this point, the blonde had figured out
what the others did. The guards bring her
forward, and the executioner asks if she has
any last requests. She also says no, and the
executioner shouts, "Ready . . . Aim . . ."
The blonde shouts, "Fire!"
The tiresome jury selection process
continued, each side hotly contesting and
dismissing potential jurors.
Johnny Shea was called for his question
session. "Property holder?" "Yes, I am, Your
Honour." "Married or single?" "Married for
20 years, Your Honour." "Formed or expressed
an opinion?" "Not in 20 years, Your Honour."