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Planet Myanmar - Calendar 2007/2008
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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2007
2008

Monday 29th January 2007
'The Lizard Cage'
by Karen Connelly

The Canadian author read from her new book - and showed photographs, many of them accompanied by poems of her own composition.
Friday 8th February 2008
'Train Journeys in Myanmar'
by Paul Whittle

Trains and train journeys are a fascination for the speaker - and he offers us a view of Myanmar from this unique perspective.

Tuesday 13th March 2007
The Wa Dilemma
by Tom Kramer
The Wa are a people on the edge - known as head hunters, then Burma Communist Party troops, then narco-traffickers. They have now renounced opium coltivation completely - and their biggest challenge is how to earn their living without it.
Wednesday 26th March 2008
'Ethnic Plus Twenty'
by Martin Smith
2008 happens 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 will be looking back over the situation of the ethnic peoples in the last 20 years, and seeing how it has arrived at the present stage.

Thursday 3rd May 2007
 
Chin State and Pyinmana
by Dr Robert H Taylor

Dr Robert Taylor visits Myanmar often, and is currently working on several books about it. Recently his travels have included two out-of-the-way areas - Chin State in the west, and Pyinmana, where the new administrative capital is sited. He showed slides of both places, and described many of the high and low points of his journeys.
Thursday 8th May 2008
 
Back to Maymyo
by Colin 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 14th June 2007
Archaeology in Myanmar
by Dr Elizabeth Moore

Elizabeth Moore is one of the leading experts on Myanmar archaeology, and her talk is to mark the release of her new book - Early Landscapes of Myanmar - some of whose 400 colour illustrations she will be showing to us. The book will cost 19.90.
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 2nd October 2007
The October Reception
was also a special celbration of the Britain-Myanmar Society's 50th anniversary. A very long-standing former Hon Secretary - Anna Allott - gaves us a short history of the Society from her own perspective, and if you are interested, why not have a look?
Friday 10th October 2008
NB - PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF DATE - FROM 2ND OCTOBER
The October Reception

Tuesday 6th November 2007
24 Years between Worlds

Sally Thompson of the Thailand Burma Border Consortium talked of the refugee situation on the Thai-Myanmar border, and how her own organization has done its best to cope with it for more than 20 years.

Tuesday 4th November 2008
Myanmar's Millennium Centres
by Diana Millington and Genette Dagtoglou
Tuesday 11th December 2007
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi
by Justin Wintle
For a whole generation, she has probably had the highest international recognition factor of any player on the Burmese stage - and is the winner of a Nobel Peace Prize. Justin Wintle tells how he came to write a book about her, and the difficulties he had to overcome, and will then open a discussion on her life.
Thursday 11th December 2008
'I, Artist'

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

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