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Approaching Lady Manning Bridge, built by the British in common wealthy colonial times to connect Batticaloa town with Kallady, one has to pass a number of military checkposts, indicated by the camouflage tin sheets. Fortunately enough the lady’s back provided a shield for my camera which would have otherwise drawn unnecessary attention from the soldiers onto it. My friend had to learn this the hard way in Colombo, when security staff on the boardwalk outside of the American Embassy’s wall noticed him looking through the viewfinder… We were happy that they were content to get a photocopy of his passport.

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