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Planet Myanmar - Calendar 2001/2002
REFERENCE! Comprehensive Calendar of Myanmar Nat and Pagoda Festivals for the Year 2002.
Britain-Myanmar Society
Regular meetings are at: the Medical Society of London, 11 Chandos Street, LONDON W.1.
Admission is 5.00 per person.
Meetings are confined to members and their guests - and are subject to reporting restrictions.
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Members can click on grey buttons, for a Flierlier, a  Summaryummary or an illustrated Reporteport on some events.
2001 2002
Monday 5th February 2001
"A Myanmar Time Capsule"Flier for membersSummary for members
by Joanna Wright

A recent find of over 450 glass plate negatives of exceptional quality, taken by Max and Bertha Ferrars in the late 1890s, has come to light in the Royal Geographical Society Picture Library. The photographs have opened a startling window on the long-vanished face of Myanmar a century ago, including many pictures from Shan State and frontier areas as well as the centres of civilization. Joanna Wright, the RGS's Picture Library Manager, will show a slection of these unique images, and ask the audience's help in identifying the places and situations, since captions for the photos have still to be supplied.
Thursday 7th February 2002
"Life in Southern Chin State"Flier for membersSummary for members
by Helga So-Hartmann

Our speaker has been based in Myanmar since 1975, studying the various dialects of the Southern Chin Hills. She married a Chin and most of the people she knows are also Chin. With the help of a wealth of photographs she talked of the nature and lives of these little- known peoples, whose territory is still largely off limits to foreigners.
Thursday, 15th March 2001
Folk Tales of Myanmar Flier for membersSummary for members
by Gerry Abbott and Daw Khin Thant Han
Gerry Abbott has been the author of a succession of books, on his own experiences in Myanmar and those of past travellers.

Last year he joined with his wife, Daw Khin Thant Han, in quite a different project - the making of an academic tome on the folk tales of Myanmar, which included translations of scores of them, from many different ethnic groups.

Tuesday 19th March 2002
Forbidden Tracts
a talk by Shelby Tucker
Our speaker went to Myanmar in 1989 to fulfil a pledge made to himself three decades earlier while hitchhiking along the Thai-Myanmar border. His illicit journey across the Yunnan border into Myanmar in 1989 had been preceded by many other equally daring journeys, in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

But if his little trip across Myanmar via insurgent-infested hills started as a dare, it turned into something much more interesting as Shelby Tucker spent weeks among the various ethnic peoples and rebel armies along Myanmar's northern border area - Kachins, Shans and Communist Party of Burma. He was particularly fascinated by the Kachins, and has been ever since.

Thursday 10th May 2001
  By Car to Mong Lar Flier for membersSummary on e-mail for members
by Vicky Bowman,

Vicky Bowman (shown in Akha headgear) was Third, then Second Secretary at the British Embassy in Yangon from 1990 to 1993. Now she is stationed in Brussels, but her time in Myanmar left a permanent mark on her. In December 2000 she went back there for another visit - this time to the far east of Shan State, driving a Japanese four-wheeel-drive up from Tachilek to Kengtung, and from there to Mong Lar on the Chinese border.
Tuesday 7th May 2002
  Kelly's Myanmar Campaign
by Desmond Kelly MD,FRCP,FRPsych

Desmond Kelly left Myanmar precipitately in 1942, at the age of seven. But his father Norman Kelly stayed on to fight after the retreat of the main force of the British Army, organizing the Chin Levies from among local people where he lived in the Chin Hills. They were supported by the 17th Indian Division, whose members were to win more Victoria Crosses than any other division of the British Army. Desmond, who grew up in the Shan States, is now completing a book about the perils Norman Kelly and his brave companions faced in holding up the Japanese advance into India. The book - also to be called Kelly's Burma Campaign - will be on sale towards the end of 2002.
Wednesday 20th June 2001
December in Yangon Flier for members
by Daw Tin Tin Myaing (Brenda)
Daw Tin Tin Myaing is a long-standing member of our Council who also organized a symposium in honour of her father, U Pe Maung Tin, in 1998. She has a degree in education, and when she went to Myanmar in December 2000 she found herself caught up in a number of different educational events, and witnessed the opening of the Resource Centre for Ancient Myanmar Manuscripts and the New Century Resource Centre. Today she invites us to share her slide and video scrapbook of her trip.
Wednesday 12th June 2002
The Art of Tattoo
by Will Womack
Tattooing may be newly fashionable in the west, but in Myanmar its use is deeply rooted in tradition and history. Writing 100 years ago, Sir George Scott said "there is not a single up-country man who is not decorated with the dark blue tracery."

Tattooing - mostly with the figures of animals - gives the wearer three advantages: decoration, magic charms and a proof of courage - since there is a great deal of pain involved in accepting these designs.

Sunday 2nd September 2001
The Britain-Myanmar Society Boat Trip
The boat trip was held on the m.v. Golden Salamander, and 150 members and guests spent four hours on the Thames, meeting, eating Myanmar food, chatting and joining in party games, with some song and Myanmar dance.

Tickets were 10.00 per adult, 5.00 per child under 12.

Wednesday, 3rd October 2001
The October Reception

Members - and a number of new students of Myanmar at SOAS - were welcomed by our Chairman, John Okell and Deputy Chairman, Dr Tin May Aye, over wine and samosas. A young Myanmar dancer Ma Khin Khin Htwe gracefully performed for us (though she is not the one shown). In the lecture room nearby, several recent authors among our members signed first editions of their books.

Wednesday, 2nd October 2002
The October Reception
Our year started off on a high note with a glass of wine, despite a complete London Underground strike, which meant that all who arrived for the meeting did so after walking an average of a mile from their rail terminus. We toasted Vicky Bowman, who was to start her duties as HM Ambassador in Yangon in December, and she replied with a short and amusing speech.

Thursday, 8th November 2001
The Meaning of Wa Flier for members
by Justin Watkins

Justin Watkins has an excellent grasp of English, which is just as well because he needs it - in addition to Chinese, Myanmar and Wa - in his work compiling a Wa-Myanmar-Chinese-English dictionary.
The Wa, who are Justin's speciality, have long been the stuff of other people's demonologies - with the reputation of head junters, Communist foot soldiers and more recently drug warriors. Today the million-odd Wa people merit our attention more than ever before - and Justin Watkins, who is Lecturer in Myanmar at SOAS, is one of the few specialists in them. His book, The Phonetics of Wa will be published early in 2002.
Thursday, 7th November 2002
A Dawn Like Thunder
by Norma Joseph FRGS FRSGS

This was a definitive portrait of the Ayeyarwady, brought to life by the stunning photography of Norma and Maurice Joseph, who had spent five months travelling up and down the 1300 miles from the confluence of the Nmai Hka and Mali Hka rivers south to the sea. They travelled in a variety of craft, and the photographs depicted historic towns and picturesque villages along the way.

Thursday, 13th December 2001
Yangon Revisited Flier for membersSummary on e-mail for members
by Robert H Taylor

Robert H Taylor is a former Professor of South-East Asian Politics at SOAS and Vice-Chancellor at Buckingham University. He is author of The State in Burma and much else. He has been closely acquainted with Myanmar from the 1970s onwards. In this evening's lecture he makes comparisons between the city of Yangon as he found it in October, with what he saw on previous visits.

Thursday, 12th December 2002
Magic Places, Magic Times
by Sir Nicholas Fenn and Lady Fenn

In the 1960s, Myanmar and the Fenns had the joint good fortune to meet each other for the first time: a particularly appreciative young diplomatic couple in one of the world's least-known, individual and fascinating lands. Two years after their arrival, General Ne Win took power - and his project of a truly Burmese Myanmar was still under way when the Fenns returned as ambassador and wife in 1982.
Nick and Sue love telling stories, and Sue had photographic skills to capture the many faces of Myanmar in those days, in addition to coping with more than her share of adventures as a diplomatic wife and mother.

2000-2001 Calendar.