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Remembering Julia Margaret Cameron

A Julia Margaret Cameron Bibliography

 

At different moments Thuppahi has presented photographs from that remarkable 19th century cameraperson Julia Margaret Cameron (maiden name “Pattle”) who was intimately linked to British Ceylon because her father was one of the authors of the Colebrooke-Cameron Reports[i] of 1833 and because she chose to settle down in the island and passed away therein in 1879 (and is in fact buried within its churchyards).[ii]

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The Story of a Masterpiece … and Its Painter Donald Friend

Dr Srilal Fernando, in The CEYLANKAN. Journal No, 100, November 2022, pp. 41-43

In 1969 James Gleeson, a well-respected authority on Australian painting, wrote a book called the Masterpieces of Australian Painting. It covered a full range of Australian painting from the colonial period up to the 1960’s. Of the nearly 75 artists selected, one was Donald Friend, who as most of the readers know spent 5 years in Ceylon, as a guest of Bevis Bawa. Of all the paintings by Friend he selected one which was titled The Puppets.

 

The painting done in 1965 in Australia after returning from Ceylon by Donald Friend, but before he settled down in Bali.

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Profound Mementoes for Michael Wille

ONE: A PRAYER for MICHAEL’s PEACEFUL REST

The kids at the Day Care at Bandarawela which Mike supported said a Prayer this morning for his Peaceful Rest.

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Michael Wille: A Necessary Hero

Eardley Lieversz

I spoke to Michael Wille over the phone on 7th July of this year. I was visiting a former neighbour and she got Michael on the line.

I confessed to him that he was my first cricketing hero and that the 1957 Royal-Thomian was the first one I remember watching. I repeated what my dad told me about him sleeping on his late father’s bed before the game.

 

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Rangana Herath: A Tubby Spinner Extraordinary

Rahul Bhattacharya in ESPNcricinfo’s The Cricket Monthly,  October 2016, where the ttile reads “When Ranga comes ’round ….. In praise of a spinner whose contributions are as generous as his girth”

Nobody, except perhaps some of Shane Warne’s opponents and text-message correspondents, has ever disputed the theory that the world is a better place with tubby spinners in it. I am not trying to be body-typist here. Tall, limby ones make a fine sight too. Anil Kumble was, so was Daniel Vettori. In his own way so was Ravi Shastri, whose “long levers”, to use what might be a Shastri-ism, met above his head and ran on with his action like successive arches of a viaduct.

 

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House of Lords Debating Sri Lanka & Its Truth Commission Today

HOUSE OF LORDS: Sri Lanka Truth & Reconciliation Commission 

A topical question on Sri Lanka was raised by Conservative peer Lord Daniel Moylan in the House of Lords on Thursday, December 1st which was followed by additional supplementary questions that were answered by Lord Tariq Ahmad of Wimbledon, Minister of State at the Foreign & Commonwealth Development Office (Middle East, North Africa, South Asia & the UN).

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Perseverance Delivers Degree & Fulfilment for Tania Murphy nee Van Heer

Tania Murphy’s Memo to Michael Roberts in Response to Request**

Hope you have had a great week so far! I have enclosed the uni letter. I, however, have already sent you some insights on my athletics journey a few days ago.

As for my university experience, I started out wanting to gain a qualification to enable me to secure permanent employment and realised that I had to get a university qualification to enable this to happen. I had put this part of my life on hold because of my commitments to athletics and the traveling that came with it. Later on, when I had a family and put it on hold again and then, one day, I had a conversation in the gym I worked at with another member about her son’s involvement with international development. Prior to this day, I did not know a degree like this existed. After learning about this degree from this lady, I realised what I wanted to study.

Aug 1999: Portrait of Tania Van Heer of Australia during the 200 Metres at the 1999 World Championships held at the Estadio Olimpico in Seville, Spain. Mandatory Credit: Gary M Prior/Allsport

 

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Michael Wille on His Cricketing & Migrant Journeys

Michael Wille passed away in Melbourne this week. His account of cricketing life at Royal College in the mid-1950s and his experiences in Melbourne in subsequent decades was, I am proud to say, featured in oneof my defunct websites a few years back and Ralph Wickremaratne & Justin Labrooy brought it to my attention.  HERE it is word for word. May he rest peacefully …. with a bat alongside him Michael Roberts

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Vale: Alan Henricus … Stalwart Sportsman, 1933-2022

 Hugh Karunanayake: “Alan Henricus – A Stalwart Sportsman of yesteryear passes away”                                                    

Alan Henricus, the youngest of five outstanding sporting brothers who represented their school Royal College, and their country then known as Ceylon, passed away a few days ago. He would have been 90 years of age if he survived up to his  birthday in February next year.

The Henricus brothers grew up in Kohuwela where their father a former Feather Weight Boxing Champion of Ceylon lived.  He served as an administrator of the sport first as Hony Secretary of the Amateur Boxing Association of Ceylon and later as its President. He helped build the Baptist Church in Nugegoda and was its Treasurer for 25 years. The road leading to their property was named Henricus Mawatha in honour of this outstanding family.

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Potential for Terrror Attacks within Australia Now Lower

Clive Williams, in The Australian, 30 November 2022, where the title reads thus:  “Threat ‘lower’ but face of domestic terror is changing” ….

The announcement by ASIO director-general Mike Burgess that the terrorism threat level in Australia has been lowered from “probable” to “possible” reflects the view of the National Threat Assessment Centre that a terrorist incident here is now less likely.

An older woman praying and giving offerings at the ground zero site of the 2002 Bali bombings in the tourtist district of Kuta, Bali.

 

 

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