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Planet Burma - Calendar 2013/2014
Britain-Burma Society
Regular meetings are at: the Medical Society of London, 11 Chandos Street, LONDON W.1.
Admission is 6.00 per person.
Meetings are confined to members and their guests - and are subject to reporting restrictions.
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Tuesday February 18th 2014
"SAZIGYO" - Burmese Manuscript Binding Tapes
by Ralph Isaacs

Ralph Isaacs will introduce his new book on sazigyo tapes, and the whole world of symbolism, meaning and decoration that is compressed into this form of manuscript binding.

Tuesday February 24th 2015
The British Museum's Burma Collection
by Alexandra Green

Alexandra Green of the British Museum gave a talk with slides on the formation of the museum's fascinating Burma Collection.

Thursday 27th March 2014
Dr Tony Whitten and Sophie Benbow
Dr Whitten of Flora and Fauna International will be talking about conservation and development in the Mergui Archipelago. He also has an interest in some of the British individuals who gave their names to individual islands in the old days.
Tuesday 31st March 2015
Encouraging Responsible Business in Burma
by Vicky Bowman
Vicky is the head of the Myanmar Centre for Responsible Business, which she set up in 2013. She will talk about the activities of the Centre during its first two years, which have focused on oil and gas, tourism, information and communication technology, and on promoting greater transparency.
Thursday 15th May 2014
  Treating Psychiatric Illnesses in Burma
by Dr Nwe Win Thein

Dr Nwe Winn Thein will be talking to us about raising awareness of psychiatric illnesses, and their treatment, in Burma. This promises to be a fascinating presentation on an important medical topic that has not been covered before at our meetings. Dr Nwe Winn Thein graduated as a medical doctor in Burma and trained as a psychiatrist in the UK.

Tuesday 19th May 2015
  Vintage Photographs of Burma
by Barbara Harding

These were extraordinary photos of Burma, taken from 1852 onwards, and included early views of Rangoon and Mandalay, as well as tribal people in remote parts of the country. Barbara Harding has herself travelled and taken photographs in Burma, and was able to talk about some of the difficulties to overcome.

Tuesday 24th June 2014
Producer and sound artist Francesca Panetta will present

Sounding Burma

playing extracts from recent BBC radio features on Burma and revealing forthcoming projects on the story of the Dhammazedi bell.

Thursday 25th June 2015
Burma's Spring by Ros Russell

Ros Russell talked about her book, "Burma's Spring", based upon people she met during her difficult assignment from 2008 to 2012 as a reporter for the Independent in Burma. She described the impact of recent political reforms through people she interviewed.

Additional meeting:-
Wednesday 15th July 2015
The Evolution of Burmese Paintings from the 11th Century to the present day
- by U Thant Sin
at the London School of Oriental and African Studies.
This meeting featured the leading Burmese artist U Thant Sin, a specialist in water colour.
U Thant Sin talked about the evolution of Burmese paintings from the 11th century to the present day.
U Thant Sin won a scholarship to study in France in 1980s at the Ecole Nationale des Beaux Arts, and his Burmese paintings are influenced by French Impressionism. He has exhibited in many countries but for the first time, the BBS had the opportunity of meeting an artist of such standing, portraying Burmese traditional life and culture in paintings.

Thursday 30th July 2015
The Jews in Burma
- by Dr Saul Zadka
Saul Zadka visited Burma three years ago with the main intention of seeing the magnificent city of Pagan, but ended up with the discovery that two of his relatives are buried in the Jewish Cemetery of Rangoon. Such a revelation led him to research the history of a tiny community that originated in Iraq during the second half of the 19th century in the footsteps of the British Empire.
Thursday 9th October 2014
The October Reception and AGM

Tuesday 13th October 2015
The October Reception
Our new season of meetings is about to begin and we start as usual with our traditional October Reception. Our President, Robert Gordon, with his wife Pam, will be there to meet and greet old friends and their guests, and welcome new members. The evening will be a largely social event but will again be the occasion of our Annual General Meeting.
Tuesday 25th November 2014
Another Man's War
The Story of a Burma Boy in Britain's Forgotten African Army

by Barnaby Phillips

Mr Phillips introduces his book of the same title - about a Nigerian soldier who fought for the British in the Arakan campaign in World War Two - and was protected by members of the local population.

Tuesday 24th November 2015
Literary Culture in Myanmar under Censorship and Beyond.
by Ellen Wiles

Ellen Wiles looks at the transtion that has been taking place in Burma from censorship, and how it has affected writers there.

Tuesday 15th December 2015
Exceptionally this year there will be a December meeting, when the Burmese Service of the BBC will be talking to us about the results and impact of the general elections in Burma, due to be held on the 8th November.
2013-2014 Calendar.