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Planet Myanmar - Calendar 2007/2008
Britain-Myanmar Society
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2008
2009
Friday 8th February 2008
'Train Journeys in Myanmar'
by Paul Whittle

Trains and train journeys are a fascination for the speaker - and he offered us a view of Myanmar from this unique perspective - guiding us along the tracks to the trading town of Lashio near the Chinese border, over the famous bridge spanning the Gokteik Gorge. We went south from the new station at Moulmein, to the war cemetery town of Thanbyuzayat. We saw the new rail facilities at Pagan. And he described a specially arranged trip up into the hills on the narrow gauge Myanmar Mines Railway, rarely visited by westerners. His talk was accompanied by a multitude of colour slides, and video on the big screen of train travel in eastern Myanmar.
Thursday 5th February 2009
From Kitchen to Battleground -
Stories of seven Myanmar women fighters during the resistance movement

by Daw Tharaphi Than

Women soldiers are a phenomenon not often associated with Myanmar. Tharaphi Than, who is a research student at the London School of Oriental and African Studies, tells some stories and focuses on how women and the print media defended or rejected modernity, and how the print media portrayed women soldiers, in the 1940s and 1950s.
Wednesday 26th March 2008
'Ethnic Plus Twenty'
by Martin Smith
2008 happened to be the 50th anniversary of the Britain-Myanmar Society - and also the 20th anniversary of Martin Smith's first talk to us. Martin is the author of the definitive work 'Burma - Insurgency and the Politics of Ethnicity', and this time he looked back over the situation of the ethnic peoples in the last 20 years, seeing how it has arrived at the present stage.
Tuesday 17th March 2009
'Return of the Great Glory'
by Ralph Isaacs
Western visitors have sometimes been amazed that some very senior Buddhist sayadaws, who were accorded the greatest respect and veneration when they were alive, are seen off from this world with merriment and a lot of noise. There are some points where, it seems, Myanmar and Western culture do not quite meet, and this is one of them!
Thursday 8th May 2008
 
Back to Maymyo
by Colin and Johni van Orton
Maymyo (now known as Pyin Oo Lwin) is on a cool plateau, and in colonial days the British administrators used to move up there en masse with their families during the hot months. Their children often went to school there in term time. This means that many of our members or their families will have known it in the old days. Colin van Orton stayed there recently in connection with the restoration of a stained glass window in an Anglican church - but while there he has looked around, talked to people and taken photos.
Thursday 7th May 2009
 
Gordon Luce and the British Discovery of South-East Asian Art
by Dr Pamela Gutman
Gordon Luce was a Professor of English Literature in Yangon, who was to write about Myanmar's history, literature and art, on which he corresponded with other Cambridge Apostles. His writings reveal a unique British approach to the art of Myanmar, unconstrained by institutional boundaries erected by the French in their work on Indochina.

Pamela Gutman is an Honorary Associate of the Department of Art History and Film Studies of Sydney University.

Tuesday 17th June 2008
Cyclone Help - Myanmar Style
By May Tha Hla
May Tha-Hla is a Londoner who despaired at the NGOs' difficulties in getting aid to cyclone victims - so she personally stuffed her pockets with money and went out to the Delta, to drive in rice sacks every day to feed the hungry. And she found thousands of other Myanmar people were already doing just the same, from Yangon and further afield in Myanmar. She showed scores of pictures to a packed audience in London. Anyone who would like to contribute towards more rice on her next trip - please click here for more details.
Tuesday 16th June 2009
Torn Apart - Two Sisters
By Derek Flory
This is the enthralling story of two sisters (the mother and aunt of our speaker), who became separated during a Japanese bombing raid on Yangon in December 1941 - and after that had no knowledge of each other's existence until a couple of years ago, when a search item on the Internet brought them together. (Actually, that search item, for the surname LeFleur, was put on this very Britain-Myanmar web site - on the Lost Relatives page - and you can still see it there among many others, some successful and some not).

As soon as the two sisters found out about each other they had to meet - and Derek Flory has written a best-selling book about the story.

Friday 10th October 2008
The October Reception

Tuesday 6th October 2009
The October Reception

Tuesday 4th November 2008
Seeding the Future
by Diana Millington and Genette Dagtoglou

Myanmar children are dead keen to learn English - and of course their parents, teachers and everyone else know full well that they need to master this important international language. Yet access to high quality teaching and materials is scarce - particularly in poorer areas. This is where the Millennium Centres come in. Tiny, locally-run groups with shelves of books and swarms of glowing children, sprouting up in distant corners of Myanmar - and their number has now grown to 18. Diana Millington was so concerned about the scarcity of real English books that she donated a library to Phaung Daw Oo monastery, and has devoted herself to the welfare of the Millennium Centres ever since. And she discovered that Genette Dagtoglou has been donating good second-hand English books for years - as many as 40,000 in the last 15 years.
Friday 13th November 2009
The State of the Catholic Church in Burma
by Father David Morland

Father David Morland paid a visit to Myanmar this year, and will talk of the Catholic community he met.
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Thursday 11th December 2008
'The Talents of Htein Lin'

Noted Myanmar artist Htein Lin
who is a master of
many media
gave an account of his life and work
in a way that only he
   
could.

Thursday 17th December 2009
(Subject and speaker to be announced later)

2007-2008 Calendar.