Category Archives: Ceylon

When Worlds Collide #105: Exploring Twentieth Century Time Capsules with British Pathé

Text of my ‘When Worlds Collide’ column published in Ceylon Today broadsheet newspaper on 2 May 2014 Time travel is not a technological possibility – at least not yet. Right now, we can travel back and forth in time only in … Continue reading

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When Worlds Collide #83: Exploring City Life in Lankan Imagination

Text of my ‘When Worlds Collide’ column published in Ceylon Today Sunday broadsheet newspaper on 15 September 2013 What makes real cities? Beyond urban infrastructure and administrative designations, what turns an urban area into a city proper? Is it bohemian lifestyle, bustling … Continue reading

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When Worlds Collide #79: SALT can Save Lanka’s Upcountry Land and Soil

Text of my ‘When Worlds Collide’ column published in Ceylon Today Sunday broadsheet newspaper on 18 August 2013 “If this flight is a waste of my time, you’re going to pay for it,” Julian Manning, managing director of Ceylon Tobacco … Continue reading

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When Worlds Collide #76: Against the Fall of Memory…

Text of my ‘When Worlds Collide’ column published in Ceylon Today Sunday broadsheet newspaper on 28 July 2013 “I’m everything you lost. You won’t forgive me.  My memory keeps getting in the way of your history.” So wrote Agha Shahid … Continue reading

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When Worlds Collide #75: Watching Sri Lanka’s Children of ‘77

Text of my ‘When Worlds Collide’ column published in Ceylon Today Sunday broadsheet newspaper on 21 July 2013 When launching the column 18 months ago, I chose this theme because I am fascinated by worlds colliding all around us, all … Continue reading

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When Worlds Collide #57: Cricket on Air – Origins of a cultural revolution

Text of my ‘When Worlds Collide’ column published in Ceylon Today Sunday newspaper on 10 March 2013 The prevailing big match fervour raises the question: why is the quintessentially English game of cricket our de facto national sport? How did … Continue reading

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When Worlds Collide #46: In Search of Arthur Clarkeisms…

Text of my ‘When Worlds Collide’ column published in Ceylon Today Sunday newspaper on 16 December 2012 “Did you hear about the man who lit a cigarette from a nuclear explosion?” Sir Arthur C Clarke was fond of asking his … Continue reading

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