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    Regimes change every few years, the rupee is dropping, and climate change is heating up our seas, but the one great, immutable truth about life is that nowhere in the universe does time move slower than in a Sri Lankan government office. Nate Thurmond Jersey .The islands bureaucrats are a marvel of evolution. Having come to life in a primordial soup of bribes, backhanders and political favours, these folk have, over billions of years, become perfectly adapted to moving at speeds that make sea cucumbers look like rocket ships, to answering questions with statements of peerless ambiguity, and to being exquisitely adept at maximising the frustration of every non-bureaucrat in a few-kilometres radius.The SSC ground happens to be in the clotted heart of Colombos administrative district. Yet, although the Australia team may never set foot inside the National Identity Card Centre, which is a few minutes away, or the Ministry of Public Administration and Management, which is visible from the ground, they were on day one of this Test, given a thorough government-office treatment. They were made to wait for hours, run around, given brief hope, which was promptly crushed; they were sneered at, and mistreated, and by the end of the day, they were ready to tear their hair out.Bureaucrat-in-chief for Sri Lanka was Dhananjaya de Silva, whose maiden Test hundred was a thing of superlative casualness. So unfazed was he by a scoreline of 26 for 5 at his arrival, he was like the civil servant who comes to work to find a queue stretching around the building outside his office, yet before work takes a long tea-and-biscuit break while chit-chatting to colleagues. He stood slouched at the crease all day, unfurling somnolent drives, and languid flicks to the leg side, appearing as if he was doing almost nothing. Meanwhile, Australia chased leather all over; patrons shunted from room to room to room in the building, all, in the end, for no tangible reward.Several times, the visitors thought they had him. He was given out caught at short leg off the 11th ball he faced, but that decision was overturned. Twice, when he was in the forties, Australia were so convinced he was out they chanced their own reviews, but had them turned down. On 73, his outside edge was not snared by Peter Nevill. On 104, he was dropped at short cover by Shaun Marsh. Patrons at a government office know what it is like to fill out the same form over and over, and after hopefully taking it to the desk, being told that the words must be written in black ink, not blue, or that a different stamp is required, or that the office is shutting early, so the date is wrong and the whole thing must be tried again another day. In the evening, so frustrated was Mitchell Starc that he began to hurl the ball at de Silvas stumps, in his follow-through, though there was little chance of running the batsman out. De Silva, still slouching, had the expression of someone who sees this kind of thing all the time. So he sent in Starcs direction a blank, condescending stare: If you make a fuss, it will only make things more difficult for you.Dinesh Chandimal was by far the more experienced hand in their partnership, which suggests Chandimal should be the more efficient of the two. But, just as in bureaucracy, the opposite was true. Chandimal scored 64 from 204 balls - a strike rate of 31, where de Silvas was 48. Having been embedded in this institution for several years now, Chandimal has less to prove. Already having risen to vice-captain of the team, incentives are slim. He was even more excited about his partners century, than de Silva was himself - possibly because every run de Silva made was one fewer required of him.Sri Lanka are far from impregnable in this match, but De Silvas insouciance has delivered them a strong position. The pitch is not spitting yet, but it is already taking so much turn that Jon Holland was seen in dustier and dustier whites through the day, in what may be a brazen attempt to take the pitch home with him.And Australia are also yet to face the slow, loopy slider, which is the ball that in Sri Lanka has wreaked havoc upon them in a manner that brings to mind Godzillas destruction of a Tokyo city block, or a standard Sri Lanka Cricket officials effect on Sri Lankan cricket.For large parts of Saturday, Australia found themselves getting absolutely nowhere. De Silvas sublime hundred has left them with no choice but to try again another day. Patrick McCaw Jersey . -- Charlie Graham stopped 67 shots as the Belleville Bulls edged the visiting Guelph Storm 6-5 on Saturday in Ontario Hockey League action. Quinn Cook Jersey . There are surprises among the Vezina candidates, but most of the others are standard top-tier performers, even if the two Hart Trophy runners-ups have never been quite as good as they have been through the first half of the season. http://www.cheapwarriorsjerseys.us/?tag=rick-barry-jersey .Y. - New York City has been selected to host the NBA All-Star weekend in 2015, with the game played at Madison Square Garden and the slam dunk contest and other skills events held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. SUZUKA, Japan -- Nico Rosberg beat Lewis Hamilton to pole position at the Japanese Grand Prix by just 0.013s as the two Mercedes drivers went head to head in an incredibly tight battle at Suzuka.Rosberg, who leads Hamilton by 23 points in the drivers standings, hooked up a 1:30.647 on his second attempt after a small mistake on his first effort left him behind Hamilton for the first time this weekend. Hamilton was marginally quicker than Rosberg in the first sector on his second attempt, but the lap time leaked away in sectors two and three to give Rosberg his eighth pole position of the season.Calculated in distance, the gap between the two Mercedes drivers equates to just 82cm. Ferraris Kimi Raikkonen secured third place on the grid with a slender 0.079s advantage over Ferrari teammate Sebastian Vettel. The German will be demoted three places on the grid for the penalty he incurred on the first lap of the Malaysian Grand Prix last weekend.The two Red Bulls were a further 0.2s adrift in fifth and sixth, but were also incredibly close with Max Verstappen 0.062s ahead of teammate Daniel Ricciardo. Closest of all were Sergio Perez and Romain Grosjean, who set identical times down to one thousandth of a second. Perezs Force India will start ahead of the Haas driver because he set his lap time earlier in the session, but an eighth-place starting position still represents progress for Grosjean and the American team.Nico Hulkenberg took ninth place in the second Force India ahead of Esteban Gutierrez in the second Haas. Kevin Durant Jersey. The two Williams were knocked out in Q2 after Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa completed just one flying lap compared to their rivals two. Bottas had his entry to the first Degner compromised by traffic and then locked up in the final chicane, leaving him just 0.078s off Perezs Q2 time and a place in Q3.The two Toro Rossos will start a row behind the Williams after Daniil Kvyat took 13th and Carlos Sainz spun at Spoon on his second attempt to settle for 14th. Fernando Alonso took 15th for McLaren-Honda on the Japanese manufacturers home turf, ahead of Jolyon Palmer who made his first Q2 appearance since the Belgian Grand Prix. McLarens struggle on Hondas home turf was underlined by Jenson Button being knocked out in Q1 after setting a time 0.032s slower than teammate Alonso in Q1. It looked briefly as though Kevin Magnussen could knock both of the Honda-powered cars out in Q1, but ultimately he finished 0.204s shy of the cut for the second stage of qualifying.Marcus Ericsson will start 19th ahead of Felipe Nasr in 20th and Manors Esteban Ocon in 21st. Pascal Wehrlein was 0.208s slower than his teammate, but with a gearbox penalty hanging over him he was destined to start from last place regardless. China Jerseys Wholesale Wholesale Jerseys From China China Jerseys Cheap Jerseys Free Shipping China Jerseys Wholesale Cheap Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Wholesale ' ' '
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