I had joined College in October 1981, though I moved in only a few weeks later. Illangakoon had failed, characteristically as I later realized, to do anything about redoing the quarters I had been allocated. The previous Sub-Warden, Orville Abeynaike, still occupied the residence that was supposed to be the Sub-Warden’s, the flat over the office called ‘Thalassa’, Greek for the Sea it overlooked. I had of course not wanted him moved, and had agreed to have a small set of rooms in the middle of the Main Quadrangle, which indeed a Sub-Warden of an earlier era had occupied. However I had asked that a toilet and shower be included, since I did not think the Sub-Warden should use common amenities, and in any case I would not have had anything like the panache with which Quentin Israel, when he was Upper School Headmaster, used to stride to the showers in a towel.
After about a month the adjustments were made, which was just as well since I used to work enormously long hours, getting in virtually at dawn and leaving at dusk. Illangakoon passed on practically everything to me, academic matters, discipline, staff relations, the Boarding, but I did not mind, for it was enormously satisfying to see the difference so soon. Within a couple of months we had a day in which no members of staff at all were absent, something that had not happened in years.