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Monks and tuktuks might have been a more appropriate title perhaps,
but I wanted to stick with the music reference and the location.

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Up in the central highlands of Sri Lanka, closer to the clouds, in the eternal mists of the high country, the British colonialists built a little Britain, an escape from the tropics in a microclimate of cool and rain, a place to grow cauliflower and beans and fill with nostalgic icons of home.

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Nuwara Eliya was founded by Samuel Baker in 1846. Nuwara Eliya's climate lent itself to becoming the prime sanctuary of the British civil servants and planters in Ceylon.

Nuwara Eliya, called Little England then, was also a hill country retreat where the British colonialists could immerse in their pastimes such as fox hunting, deer hunting,elephant hunting, polo, golf and cricket.

Many of the buildings retain features from the colonial period such as the Queen's Cottage, General's House, Grand Hotel, Hill Club and the Town Post Office. Many private homes still maintain their old English-style lawns and gardens.

An example of the typical architecture you can find in the WS.

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Ersatz g.b. is the title of the latest album by The Fall.
In time for Christmas, probably won't be appreciated.

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