The sylvan surroundings, bracing climate and majestic mesmerizing landscapes of the tea estates in the plantation districts of Sri Lanka are an inspiration to the poet, artist, and philosopher. But beneath this facade of nature at her very best, lie tales of dark secrets and murder most foul, four of which I shall set down in this article. The first, and perhaps best known was “The Whitehouse Murder” which took place in 1949. Read More
For decades, in pre and post-Independence Sri Lanka, tea and rubber have been the country’s main foreign exchange earners. Unlike other industries, more than 85 percent of the raw materials for tea and rubber production are made locally, which means comparatively low costs to the State. Read More
Nuwara Eliya has lost one of its famous sons; the Golf Club is devastated and grieving; I have lost a dear friend, and we are all the losers due to the death of Clive Tissera. Yes, Clive was an institution in himself, a pillar of rectitude, an unrelenting and ever watchful custodian of the Nuwara Eliya Golf Club, that last oasis of pristine beauty amidst the growing squalor Read More
Well, having got your attention let me at the outset declare that the claim in the title of this missive is indeed quite true! But no, it is not in relation to the ‘Ceylon’ that we all know and love and around which this website revolves! But let me assure you that there is indeed a connection.The Ceylon I refer to is actually in Minnesota in the USA. Read More
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.