Those of you who have been kindly (and patiently) following this blog for years may recall that every August 27 I do do a post on the significance of this day in my life.
I am not sure what I thought 50-years ago when I left Ceylon. I am not sure I had given any thought to whether I would come back. That I have gone back so little tells its own story. Plus, as I emphasized in the graphic above I do NOT think of Ceylon/Sri Lanka as ‘Home’! Home, to I, is very definitely Britain. I would still very much like to go back …
Left from Katunayake Airport which in 1967 was pretty small — just one, ‘one-room’ building. Quite a few people came to see us off. It was night. I think the flight left around 9pm. We left on a Pan Am 707. My first time in a jet — though I had flown quite a bit on DC-3s. I had always liked the 707 and it is still one of my favorite planes today.
Wow. 50-years & 43-years, to the day, I walked into IBM!
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Where this took place.
Northeast Sri Lanka north of ‘Trinco‘.
Pretty incredible, very suave and at the same time SO Sri Lankan!
This elephant, a WILD one from the jungles in that part of the country, was found 10 miles from shore! They think it was swept out, accidentally, by a strong current. Wow. I have never heard of elephants needing to be rescued from the sea. Has got me thinking. This one was, serendipitously, spotted. Does this mean we lose elephants at sea! That is NO joke. That would be such a waste. IF I had any sway in Sri Lanka I would urge the relevant officials to try and determine whether this was a freak or not.
That they spend 12 hours bringing it back close to shore is CLASSIC Sri Lankan. We are into low-tech and trial-and-error. Notice there was no attempt to put some sort of large floatation collar around the elephant. They must have some in Sri Lanka for salvage and rescue purposes. Just using ropes to pull an elephant weighing a few tons seems cruel. But, they saved his life — we think.
Well done. Hats off.
The ‘Elephant Sanctuary’ In Tennessee, Currently With 10 Elephants — Closed To The Public But With ‘Webcams’ Called ‘Elecams’.
Deanna send me a link to this ‘Elephant Sanctuary‘ this morning and asked me to do a blog post and stress that they have Elicams.
I think I had heard about this sanctuary before, BUT I am more than happy to publicize it since I deeply care about the welfare of all elephants — coming from Ceylon where we have both wild and domesticated elephants, some as pets for the landed wealthy.
Appears it was founded 22-years ago, in its current location, albeit with 1/12th the land, by Carol Buckley and Scott Blais to provide a safe and comfortable refuge for one ex=performing elephant. They have grown since then and have had up to 27 elephants at one time — all of them former circus or zoo elephants. This is great. Unlike in Sri Lanka, where we also have a famous elephant sanctuary, they don’t have to worry about taking care of orphaned baby elephants.
I do get this Tennesse confused with the Ringling Brothers & Barnum and Bailey ‘Center for Elephant Conservation‘ (CEC) for their retired elephants.
I went looking for this site just now and was chagrined to find that the link no longer works! That does not make me happy. I, of course, Googled. Can’t find anything that says it has closed. Maybe they took down the link to avoid cyber and possibly in person harassment by those that have gone after the circus for so long about their elephants. I will have to keep an eye on this.
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Looks pretty impressive. Puts New Hampshire’s once much vaunted ‘Free The Nipple‘ demonstrations to shame!
I did not realize that this has become an annual June 9th event.
The 2017 demonstration is said to have been inspired as a protest against who got elected in November 2016.
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I had also heard that the recent floods in Sri Lanka had resulted in some crocodiles getting swept over the banks of flooded rivers. Not sure whether this was one of these.
17 feet is big. But 3 feet below record length even for an Asian crocodile.
I had never heard of Thibbotuwawa. Couldn’t really find it. The best I could do was determine that it was in the Matale District. So, I marked that on a map for you (below). NOT where I would have expected to find a huge crocodile. Matale is in the area which we refer to as ‘Up Country‘ in that it is in the hilly, middle of the Island. Maybe some folks in Sri Lanka can help me out on this.
I had posted this in my “Fun & Trivia With Anura Guruge” blog
in 2011. But, that blog does not get many hits or my attention.
So I am reposting it here since it is pretty amazing and
is related to the other train accident post from a few days ago.
They continue to have this type of accident in Sri Lanka, in many instances the outcome not being as good as in this case. As far as I can remember we have had people getting hit by trains — largely because people have used rail tracks as public roads. In the 1960s when I was growing up there we had folklore about getting run over by trains — the worst fear being that of getting one of your feet trapped in a junction point (‘switch’) and then being helplessly trapped as a train approached! People would actually talk about the best strategies for such scenarios — I kid you not. It was considered best if your free leg was outside of the rails, because you could then really lean over and just lose the bottom part of your leg. We really used to talk about such things. Yes, we also played chicken with trains — something I continued to do until I was about 16, even once doing it in India.
It still baffles me how these people don’t FEEL the train coming behind them — even if they don’t hear it. These lumbering trains, on not that well laid tracks, create one heck of a lot of ground vibration. Well, you have to watch the video:
Just a year ago.
I miss him. He was one of my heroes.
In a way, however, I am GLAD that he did NOT have to see the Trump presidency. Ali would NOT have liked it.
He still lives on, a bestriding GIANT, in my memories. He was a MAN. Thank YOU, Muhammad Ali. You enriched MY life.