Benjamin Golby, courtesy of ESPNs The Cricket Monthly, May 2017, where it is entitled Madras machinations”” .
In Madras the umpire was murdered and it made us all uneasy. If this was the sort of place where umpires got murdered, then what chance had a handful of foreign cricketers? And without an umpire, who would enforce the rules? Who would give people out or let them stay in?
Foul murder is a constant delight of cricket’s fiction. Ted Dexter’s ghostwritten Testkill has a left-arm Australian bowler crumple dead mid-Ashes delivery. Carolyn Morwood’s female first-class cricketer sleuth, Marlo Shaw, relaxes with a net mid-murder investigation. Jock Serong’s The Rules of Backyard Cricket, from 2016, features a Warne-esque anti-hero bound and gagged in a car boot at the Australian captain’s behest.
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“Tea and empire. James Taylor in Victorian Ceylon ” by Angela McCarthy and Tom Devine … is now in print, July 2017, Manchester University Press, 272 pp, ISBN: 978-1-5261-1905, Price: £25.00
This book brings to life for the first time the remarkable story of James Taylor, ‘father of the Ceylon tea enterprise’ in the nineteenth century. Publicly celebrated in Sri Lanka for his efforts in transforming the country’s economy and shaping the world’s drinking habits, Taylor died in disgrace and remains unknown to the present day in his native Scotland. Using a unique archive of Taylor’s letters written over a forty-year period, Angela McCarthy and Tom Devine provide an unusually detailed reconstruction of a British planter’s life in Asia at the high noon of empire. Continue reading
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I have heard him play and sing at Womadelaide and have many of his tapes to stir me with his haunting music and lyrics. The world will sorely miss this blind Aboriginal artiste from the Yolngu people whose heart and music reached beyond his clan. Michael Roberts
Acclaimed indigenous musician Dr G Yunupingu dies aged 46
The world acclaimed blind indigenous music artist Dr G Yunupingu has died aged 46 at Royal Darwin Hospital. Dr Yunupingu’s record label, Skinnyfish, posted a brief statement on Facebook on Wednesday morning remembering Dr Yunupingu as “one of the most important figures in Australian music history”. Continue reading
Godfrey Gunatilleke, being the final chapter entitled “Hindsight and Retrospect – A Brief Commentary” in a new book Towards a Sri Lankan Model of Development, 2017 Marga Institute, ISBN 978-955-582-134-6 ….email@example.com
“History has many cunning passages, contrived corridors” This line from Eliot’s Gerontion is a good starting point to begin reflecting on Sri Lanka’s development after independence . Retracing the development path that Sri Lanka took and pausing at every twist and turn to ask “What if we took another turn?” is always a fascinating exercise . How useful it is in guiding us in our future actions is another matter. There are always lessons to be drawn from the successes and failures of the past. But when this is done we need to recognize the inherent limitations of an effort to learn from the past and project past trends to the future. Eliot as a poet and Schumpeter as an economist found knowledge derived from past experience to be of limited worth in predicting how the future would unfold and enabling us to take control of it. Eliot pointed out that the past imposes a pattern and can falsify one’s vision of the emerging future as “the pattern is new in every moment and every moment is a shocking valuation of all that we have been” Schumpeter perceived how innovations and discoveries which were not foreseen led to historic and fundamental changes and based his model of growth on the “creative destruction”of the past . Their insights about the “unpredictability” of the future has important implications and challenges for development policy and planning. Continue reading
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Kumudini Hettiarachchi, in Sunday Times, 16 July 2017, reporting on the human saga behind a trailblazing medical feat in Sri Lanka under the title “A new heart begins to beat
Overjoyed is H.A. Wijaya Kumarasiri from a village in Anuradhapura. His Sudu, with her new heart beating strongly within, had opened her eyes and given him a smile that morning, as he murmured endearments to her. We meet him the same day, Wednesday, at noon as he lingers outside the Kandy Teaching Hospital’s Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit (CTICU), awaiting another glimpse of his wife.
The heart transplant team at work in Operating Theatre B. Pix by Priyantha Wickramarachch
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