A real life drama that's 150 years old
The 'White House' built in 1904 still exuding old-world charm had been the Administration Building not only for the General Hospital Colombo but also for others such as the De Soysa Lying-in-Hospital and the Lady Havelock Hospital (Lady Ridgeway ...
March 29, 2015
'Asbestos exposure risk' at schools
A small-scale poll conducted by the union found that 44% of members questioned said they do not know if their school or college contains asbestos - often found in ceiling and floor tiles, or window and door frames, while 46% said they had been told ...
April 5, 2015
Author Q&A: Jane Thynne on pre-war Nazi Germany and what she loves about ...
JT: "I get into my office at eight o'clock - which is not difficult because I work in the house next door! I work until lunchtime, and then I'm back in the afternoon before going for a run - if it's warm enough - on the common." BM: "When did you ...
March 27, 2015
Giant slides to return at gallery
Pill Clock (2011-15) is comprised of a ceiling-mounted timepiece that will drop over one million pills on to the gallery floor during the course of the exhibition, with a drinking fountain for visitors who decide to take one of the pills. Hayward ...
March 31, 2015
Postcard from Herring Camp: Walking in both worlds
Marine ecologist Michelle Ridgeway, who runs a similar program in the Pribilof Islands, returned as Camp Director. 's Emily Kwong tagged along for one of the boat trips Ryan Carpenter (Sitka National Historical Park ranger): We've got some ...
March 26, 2015
Reilich wants Greece more like 'Mayberry'
When he took over as town of Greece supervisor last year, he brought that same business sense to his new job — while knowing that the clock is always ticking to get things done. "I believe you lead by example," Reilich said Wednesday He also has a ...
January 21, 2015
Does a downtown parking deck need to look like a parking deck?
Jerry Marcus — of Parking Advisory Group in The Woodlands, Texas, and vice chair of the Parking Consultant Council of the National Parking Association — said the multiuse structures planned by Madison and Danville are on track, using ground floors ...
March 8, 2015
While the main commemoration event of the 150th anniversary of the National Hospital of Sri Lanka (NHSL) was held on Friday, March 20, with President Maithripala Sirisena as the Chief Guest, it is on Tuesday that Director Dr. Anil Jasinghe takes... The birth of the General Hospital Colombo in 1864 at its current location was as the ‘successor’ to the first civilian hospital under the charge of a single doctor in British Ceylon back in 1861 down Prince Street in the Pettah, the details of... Juxtaposing the then and the now, Dr. Jasinghe uncovers how that 100-bed hospital has now metamorphosed into a 3,404-bed institution, with the Outpatient Department (OPD) and clinics alone drawing as many as 5,000 people daily. “More than 30,000 people congregate in this area daily,” says Dr. Jasinghe, explaining that a study by the University of Moratuwa has found that this huge crowd includes health personnel, patients, visitors and even passers-by who stop awhile to... let their minds dwell on this institution which has been an inextricable part of the lives of millions of people scattered around the country, not only in times of peace but also in times of war.
Many teachers do not know whether their school contains the substance - which can cause a slow-developing cancer caused mesothelioma. A small-scale poll conducted by the union found that 44% of members questioned said they do not know if their school or college contains asbestos - often found in ceiling and floor tiles, or window and door frames, while 46% said they had been... One teacher said the first they knew about the substance in their classroom was when a caretaker came in with a pot and paintbrush and said he was sealing the asbestos panels. Another said: "Someone drilled a hole in [the asbestos] to put a clock up. ". Figures suggest that between 200 and 300 former schoolchildren die of mesothelioma each year, along with rising number of teachers, NUT deputy general secretary Kevin... He added that 22 teachers died from the disease in 2012, up from three in 1980. Sarah Lyons, the NUT's lead on asbestos, said that questions over asbestos in schools should be asked, particularly because children are more vulnerable as they have...
Jane Thynne's novels take readers back in time to pre-war Nazi Germany where the threat of the Second World War looms over the plots. As a freelance journalist, she has an eye for a good story, and her novels have been translated into French, German and Italian. Becky Middleton: "Can you tell us about your latest release A War of Flowers. Jane Thynne: "The novel is the latest in the series featuring Clara Vine, an Anglo-German actress and spy in pre-war Berlin. "This novel is set in the tense year of 1938 and Clara’s task is the toughest she has ever faced - to befriend Hitler’s girlfriend Eva Braun and probe the dictator’s plans for war. "It’s a thriller but also a love story, which I hope gives an insight into real people and events in the run up to war. BM: "What is the release date and where can people buy it from. JT: "I’ve just finished the next in the series, set in 1939 in Berlin, Paris and London. JT: "What I love is the idea of getting a glimpse into the private lives of historical people. As well as focusing on the Nazi wives and girlfriends, I’ve also featured celebrities of the time including the Mitford sisters, the Duke of Windsor and Coco Chanel.