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A Requiem For Barbara Sansoni: From 1962 ….

Somasiri Devendra, ** whose chosen title is “A wooden bridge, an iron house, and Barbara then ….”

.………… of such are memories made, writes Somasiri Devendra

So, Barbara has ridden off into the sunset, on her white horse, after “a hard day’s night” leaving behind memories of the times when she was a person, not an icon, and very good company indeed. Those memories reach back 60 years.

 Barbara and Hildon Sansoni in 1958

 

 

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Outback Australia: Eye-Catching, Searing, Unique, Startling Pictures

Julie Fletcher

Here is depicted an inspiring story of a woman who quit her toxic relationship and city life, to move to a remote town, in Outback Australia, which has but one Pub.

Now she takes some of the most magical photographs of Australia you’ll ever see. She’s done what many people can only dream of, ditching her mundane office job to travel long-term around Australia with just a Camera for company.

 

First Light: Julie Fletcher captured this photograph of Uluru, which is a bright red colour, showing off blue hues.

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Boys lost in the Amazonian Jungle … and, Then, Found !!!

Lucy Skoulding, a Freelance writer . https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/two-brothers-aged-6-8-26483197

Two brothers aged 6 and 8 who disappeared nearly a month ago after going into the Amazon rainforest to hunt birds have been found alive despite being all skin and bones. Photographs of the children show them looking extremely thin and emaciated.

The two brothers have been named as Gleson Carvalho Ribeiro, 8, and Glaco Carvalho Ribeiro, 6, and they have been found alive after going missing 27 days earlier in the Amazon rainforest, in the municipality of Manicore, which is located in the northern Brazilian state of Amazonas.

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The “Endurance” discovered in Antarctica by Underwater Robots

Tom Metcalfe, in Scientific American, 9 March 2022, …. 

The wreck of the steam-yacht Endurance, which famously sank in 1915 during an Antarctic expedition by the polar explorer Ernest Shackleton, has been rediscovered by searchers using autonomous underwater vehicles.

 The discovery of the wreck is “a milestone in polar history,” says the director of the search for it

 

 

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Sri Lanka’s Jungles: Many Attractions & Curiousities

Jayantha Jayewardene, in The Island, 20 February 2022, where the ttile runs thus  “The lure and the lore of our jungles” **

Sri Lanka, formerly known as Ceylon, and even before that as Serendib and Taprobane, has different types of jungle that are of great interest to naturalists. The island has montane cloud forests, wet and dry zone forests – some of which are secondary forests – and savannahs. The coastal areas have a variety of mangroves. The extent of forest-land in the country has of late reduced to a large extent, mainly due to the demands for land from a rapidly increasing population. With three climatic zones in the island, the jungles have different types of vegetation.

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Professor Allen Abraham: An Illustrious Son of Jaffna College … and His Predictions about the Halley’s comet

Logan Thurairatnam …. with highlighting in black being that from the author, while coloured highlights have been  imposed by The Editor, Thuppahi

April 14th, 1910 – Prof. Allen Abraham sighted the Halley’s Comet with his naked eye from his home base of Karaitivu, Ceylon. He was the first in the world to do so. His sighting and claim are recorded in the Jaffna College Miscellany, June 1910 edition as “With the naked eye it was first seen by us in Jaffna on the 14th of April 1910.Professor Allen Abraham was an Astronomer, Professor of Mathematics and Tamil at Jaffna College and a composer.

Prof. Allen Abraham BA, FRAS, 1865 – 1922

He joined Jaffna College as a student in 1884, then [became] Professor of Tamil in 1891. In 1893 he was appointed as Professor of Mathematics. He continued his teaching until his death in 1922. He is considered one of Jaffna College’s greats. He was a poet. He composed lyrics of which ten are included in the Church of South India Song Book. These songs are still sung in churches today.

 

 

 

 

 

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Wild Boar Invasions! From Rome to the Cane Fields of Australia

ONE: ABC News item, 27 September 2021, with this title = Calls for cull as scavenging wild boars trot across Italy and into Rome”

Rome has been invaded by Gauls, Visigoths and Vandals over the centuries, but the Eternal City is now grappling with a rampaging force of an entirely different sort: rubbish-seeking wild boars.

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The Wild Side of Sri Lanka: Its Jungles

H. I. E. Katugaha, in The Island, 6 February 2022, where the title runs thus “More on jungle treks: Lahugala and bold leopards” 

ONE:  I have had a long innings of jungle trips. Many of these were with my uncle, Sam Elapata Dissawe, who had an unrivalled knowledge of elephants and their ways. I learnt from him many things about the jungle and its denizens. I remember now with nostalgia the trips I shared with him. After his death, the interest in the jungle, which I acquired from him as a young schoolboy, has persisted to this day.

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The Black Fort and the Many Gems within Galle Fort

Juliet Coombe, in Daily News, 28 January 2022, where the title reads thus “Santa Cruz – The Portuguese Black Fort Of Galle”

Walking along the ancient walls it is easy to distinguish the black smoke covered walls of the Portuguese from the lower walls with the cannon positions built by the Dutch and later added to by the English.

 

 

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Romila Thapar’s ZOOM Lecture on The Museum in India

Professor ROMILA THAPAR to deliver the Dr. ROLAND SILVA MEMORIAL LECTURE for the National Trust on 27th January 2022 at 6.00 pm on Zoom….

yes  ZOOM

Prof. Romila Thapar  who is a Professor of Ancient History, Emerita, at the Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi. The notice of the Lecture is appended (or attached) and we welcome you all to participate.

Roland Silva

 

 

 

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