Category Archives: Indian Ocean

When Worlds Collide #120: Asia’s smallest state Maldives faces big climate threats

Text of my ‘When Worlds Collide’ column published in Ceylon Today newspaper on 5  September 2014 Small island nations are in focus this week, as well as throughout this year. The Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) … Continue reading

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When Worlds Collide #113: Outpacing Tsunamis in the Indian Ocean: Are we ready?

Text of my ‘When Worlds Collide’ column published in Ceylon Today newspaper on 4 July 2014 Timely warnings about on-coming disasters can literally save lives – provided the word reaches those at risk. And they know what to do, and … Continue reading

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When Worlds Collide #97: Living on the Edge – South Asia’s Coastal Scramble

Text of my ‘When Worlds Collide’ column published in Ceylon Today broadsheet newspaper on 14 February 2014 Many different worlds collide on the coast – both literally and metaphorically. Coasts are where land meets the sea. A precise coastline cannot be … Continue reading

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When Worlds Collide #66: Indian Ocean: Wild West of the 21st Century?

Text of my ‘When Worlds Collide’ column published in Ceylon Today Sunday newspaper on 12 May 2013 Tuna Wars are hotting up in the Indian Ocean. At stake are the jobs of tens of thousands of fishermen, and nutrition of … Continue reading

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When Worlds Collide #28: From Great Basses Reef to ‘Ran Muthu Duwa’ – Story of Ceylon’s First Colour Movie

Text of my ‘When Worlds Collide’ column published in Ceylon Today Sunday newspaper on 12 August 2012 Ran Muthu Duwa (Island of Treasures), the first colour Sinhala feature film made in Sri Lanka, was released exactly 50 years ago this … Continue reading

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When Worlds Collide #17: We are All Children of the Monsoon!

Text of my ‘When Worlds Collide’ column published in Ceylon Today Sunday newspaper on 27 May 2012 For the past few days, while enduring Colombo’s heat and high humidity, I’ve been hoping for a timely monsoon. A billion and a … Continue reading

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When Worlds Collide #14: Freezing Moments and Defying Time’s Tyranny

Text of my ‘When Worlds Collide’ column published in Ceylon Today Sunday newspaper on 6 May 2012 Growing up in a very different Sri Lanka during the 1970s, I was image starved. We had no television, no Internet, and going … Continue reading

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