The documentary on the late Vivian Louis Blazé which was sent in to the History of Ceylon Tea website has inspired me to write about my father, Ralph de Run, who was a contemporary of Vivian Blazé and planted in the Uva District on Cobo Estate, Badulla and Dammeria Group, Passara when Vivian Blazé was on Sarnia Estate in Badulla.
I attempt to write this account as it happened and from my point of view at the time, making minimal
commentary from my current point of view at the age of seventy. I hope I have remembered the failures and lapses as well as the successes. When I was in High School I remember saying to myself or to a friend, 'I will never be a rickshaw-puller. Read More
My father, Vivian Louis Blazé, was born on the 11th December 1929 in Galle, Ceylon. He was the youngest son of Dr. Louis Gerard Blazé and his wife Claribel Louise Blazé (nee Arndt). Vivian was educated at St Thomas’ College, Mount Lavinia where he excelled at sport, captaining the athletics and swimming teams Read More
Born on April 4, 1931, to Walpola Mudalige George Hercules Wijeratne and Rosalind Mariya Senanayaka, General Ranjan Wijeratne received his primary and secondary education at S. Thomas’ College, Guruthalawa and Mt. Lavinia, where he excelled in athletics and all forms of sports, debating and agriculture.
I was introduced to Clive Tissera one cold evening in Nuwara-Eliya by a mutual friend. Before the introductions were made my friend as kind of background information said out of Clive’s hearing, “He, like most of the Tisseras, was a tea planter. They were colourful and sometimes rumbustious, but none of them put their hand into the till.” Read More
Eulogy by Ken Balendra at a requiem mass held in memory of Sepala Ilangakoon on 4th July 2009 Reverend Fathers, Sunethra, the immediate and extended families of the late Mr Sepala Ilangakoon and their friends,
Thank you, Sunethra, Yevi and Rio for asking me to speak a few words at this Requiem Mass.
Not often is it that men have the heart when their one great industry is withered, to rear up in a few years another as rich to take its place, and the tea fields of Ceylon are as true a monument to courage as is the lion at Waterloo
Sir Thomas Villiers, in his book on the tea industry in Ceylon, notes that Ceylon was clearly an attractive place for young men. Read More