Simon Meeds with Joe Simpson**
In September 1973 Joe Simpson had my first encounter with the man who, 120 years after his birth, is still referred to as “Small of Richmond”. Joe remembers the moment clearly. It was a typical morning for the south coast of Sri Lanka at that time of year, already hot and rather humid. Joe was a newly-arrived Cambridge University graduate, a teacher from Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO). He had heard about Rev. Small from his VSO predecessor, another Northern Irishman who had served at Richmond a few years before. He remembers feeling wonderment on learning that not only had the Rev. Small been Principal as long ago as 1906, but also that at the age of 90 he still resided at the School.
Walter Joseph Tombleson Small
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Veeragathy Thanabalasingham, of The Daily Express in News-in-Asia, 12 May 2018, with the title “Lanka’s Good Governance regime has turned out to be old wine in a new bottle”
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Richard Sandomir, in New York Times, 4 May 2018, with this title “Lester James Peries Visionary Sri Lankan Filmmaker”
Lester James Peries, a visionary director whose films about the dynamics of family life in Sri Lanka brought world recognition to that island nation’s movie industry, diedon Sunday in Colombo, the capital. He was 99.
Starting with “Rekava” (“The Line of Destiny”) in 1956, Mr. Peries’s films offered a significant shift from formulaic Indian-influenced dance and fantasy movies that had been standard fare in Sri Lanka, which was known as Ceylon at the time. He wanted his pictures to accurately reflect the lives of the Sinhalese people, who constitute most of the country’s population. Continue reading
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Johnny de Silva
On a recent visit to New Zealand, while travelling to Dunedin on the Hampden/ Palmerston Road – route 1, we visited the Moeraki Boulders. A short walk down a path and steps and I was on the sea beach. I was certainly not prepared for what lay on the sea shore ahead of me.
ITEM in Thinkworth = https://thinkworth.wordpress.com/2015/05/10/when-gregory-peck-had-flu-in-sri-lanka-during-purple-rain/
Gregory Peck’s flu was cured by ginger-coriander tea when filming in Ceylon (Original Title)
TW has embedded a 7+minute Utube clip of the film “Purple Rain” shot in Sri Lanka …. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BjOmbJK_4-k
The ‘Spotlight’ column returns after a lengthy interval. The focus this time is on American actor Gregory Peck. There is no particular reason other than nostalgia for writing about this former Hollywood idol at this time. Born in 1916, Peck passed away in 2003. So this year 2015 does not mark any significant anniversary in his life or of his death. Continue reading
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