After the dancing girls were dressed and make-up applied we headed to the local Hall. The girls performed their welcome dance beautifully, then in true Sri Lankan style the formalities began with 3 hours of speeches all in Tamil and an interpreter in sign language  who signed so fast there was no way l had any hope of keeping up, it looked like she was doing a dance too her hands were going so fast. l was very proud of myself , in the 3 hours l understood 3 words: Vavunyia, Orhan & Subramaniam (the President of Orhan who is referred to as “Sir”)