A man who claims to be superman
By Yohan Perera
He asserts that he has visited over 196 countries in the world and speaks over 102 languages, perhaps the person who can speak most languages in the world. This is not the only special thing about Captain R. A. F. Berenger or Superman as he is popularly known.
The 59-year-old Sri Lankan who is an Australian citizen, had travelled on 36 different flights and he claims that he was virtually killed and was lucky to have come back to life. He said doctors in Istanbul brought him back to life minutes after his clinical death.
The Superman was robbed assaulted and had his legs broken in North Korea and had been shot and injured in other places. He kept company with highway men in Africa.
The Superman who has a yen for cars had done some unusual stuff with the vehicles he own. He had had linked them together all by him self. This caravan consists of a bed room, a toilet bowl and a bar table. He only takes two minutes to fold the seat and take the bar table up or get the toilet bowl. The caravan has many more peculiarities. This caravan has a myriad of colours on its body. According to him there are 23 colours with some shades made all by himself. On the side of the caravan’s body he had painted a world map which is rather unusual.
He had painted the countries where black people live in black and where brown people live in brown. This way he had divided the countries on the skin colour of the people who live in each country. He had done it in such a way that a small child could easily understand and identify all 196 countries in the world.
After staying in Australia for many years since 1981, he returned to Sri Lanka and had been staying in his house in Maharagama which he calls simply “White House”.
Apart from his passion for travelling and cars he is also immensely interested in social work. In this respect he had been involved in many social welfare activities and had helped Sri Lankan Tsunami victims. He also used his caravan for many charitable deeds such as taking people on pilgrimage to ‘Atamasthana’ and tsunami victims on outings.
However the Superman had decided to go back to Australia but not before giving some thing to Sri Lanka. He had decided to present all his belongings to a poor school where the principal can have a raffle draw and collect funds for the school with the permission of education authorities.
The things he wishes to donate are the world largest bicycle worth Rs.160,000 and Mongoose Cycles worth Rs.36,000 and Rs.48,000. He is also donating his snooker table worth Rs.60,000 and saxophone worth Rs.60,000.
Anyone who is interested in his offer is invited to call him on 2851189.
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Wednesday, August 1, 2007
A man who claims to be superman