Tue 6th February U Thant Myint-U:
U Thant Myint-U outlined
the theme of his PhD thesis at Cambridge - which was that King Mindon,
through his very success in doing away with Burma's outmoded structure
in the last century, left the British with nothing to build on.
"Why Burma Has No King"
Thu 6th February John Okell
Chairman, John Okell, used slides taken on his recent visit to Burma to
judge the extent of changes in the past few years.
Tue 12th March 1996 Rev Peter Burtwell:
Rev Peter Burtwell gave a heartwarming account of a journey to revisit
his birthplace in Maymyo. He and his companions were enchanted with the
warm welcome they received.
"Met Along the Way"
Tue 11th March 1997 Video
from Yves Rodrigue: "Burma's Fantastic
Rodrigue, a former French Ambassador to Burma, produced this fascinating
study of Burmese nats. which was projected onto the big screen
and given a real-time English commentary by Martin Morland - aided by Jenny.
Thu 25th April 1996
was ceremonially sprinkled; there was Burmese music, dancing and food,
followed by a raffle and a disco. Attended by the Society's patron, HE
the Myanmar Ambassador, plus some 250 other people. Organized by Deputy
Chairman Dr Daw Tin May Aye.
Sunday 27th April 1997
place from 7 p.m. till midnight in the Kennedy Hall at Cecil Sharp House.
Ceremonial water spraying was led by the Society's Patron, the Myanmar
Ambassador, U Win Aung.
programme included Burmese food and dancing, a raffle and a disco. See
Thu 9th May 1996 Pasquale Khoo Thwe
"Dragon Necks in the Ascendant"
Padaungs are perhaps best known for the brass neck rings worn by some women
- but their cultural life is rich and unique. Pasquale Khoo Thwe is himself
a Padaung who recently graduated from Cambridge, and gave a poetic and
yet totally credible account of his early memories. His talk was accompanied
by slides from Derek Wavell, and a brief video account by Harriet O'Brien
of her recent visit to some Padaung villages in Kayah State.
Thu 8th May 1997 Dr Roger Webber
"A New Approach to Malaria
in Shan State"*
Webber, who is senior lecturer at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical
Medicine, has been investigating the prospects for malaria control in the
Lashio area of Shan state, using mosquito netting impregnated with pyrethroids.
work in the area is complicated by drug running (and addiction), and the
strong chemicals used in nearby gold mining.
talk will be illustrated with colour transparencies.
Thu 12th June 1996 AGM
followed by Sir Nicholas and Lady (Susan)
Fenn: "Reflections on Four Years
Nicholas Fenn was already familiar as a former British Ambassador to Burma;
since then he had achieved distinction as High Commissioner in India. The
audience was enthralled by his witty and elegant account of his time there,
with a detailed rundown on Indian politics. Lady Fenn presented some 80
luminous slides of India.
Wed 11th June 1997 AGM followed by
"A World Overturned"
coincide with the appearance of her book in the shops - the author reflected
on that long-ago world of Burma before and during the war.
separate report - which also covers the inauguration
of a new President for the Society.
Sun 8th September 1996
hours cruising on the Thames in the ss Golden Salamander, chatting, eating
and meeting old friends. This time Burmese food was on sale - at very reasonable
prices - from U Bala Zeyya and Moira.
Thames River Cruise
Monday 14th July 1997 Maureen
Burma Project of the Open Society Institute is funded by millionaire idealist
George Soros. Maureen, its Director, said that some $1.8m per year is spent
on Burmese activities outside Burma - to establish ethnic identity, give
information and education, and promote basic freedoms. She demonstrated
some of the wealth of Burmese activity that can be found on the Internet.
"The Burma Project"
Wed 2nd October 1996
was served and new members were properly greeted. A unique collection of
several hundred Burmese postcards, up to a century old, was displayed by
There was also a display of books, papers and
pamphlets on new economic and tourist development in "Golden Myanmar".
The October Reception
|Thu 2nd October
The October Reception (see report)
Marking, also, the 40th anniversary of the Britain
Burma Society (founded on 15th October 1957).
Celebrations included Burmese food, a dance by
Hnin Kay Thwe, recollections of the old days, and a full performae of the
Britain Burma Society Song of Welcome - composed in 1961, and led by accomplished
harpist U Ne Wa and many others.
Tue 5th November 1996 Dr Donald Stadtner
"The Royal Pagoda at Mingun"
Stadtner used Burmese court records to put up a valiant case that King
Bodawpaya did not abandon the vast pagoda at Mingun in mid
construction - it was meant to
be like that: a new
architectural concept that was unfortunately
obliterated by earthquake soon afterwards.
Tue 4th November, 1997: Dr Thant Myint-U
"The Fate of the Burmese Royal Family' *
The last Burmese Royal house has 10,000 living descendants,
said Dr Thant Myint-U - but that is quite a small number.He went on to
place the royal family in the context of 19th Century Burma - a very different
land from today, with hereditary classes and occupations. He traced through
the story of the last few reigns - and of Thibaw and Supayalat after their
exile to Ratanagiri in India, a very wet town where they tried to keep
up a royal lifestyle on a limited income, and where both their daughters
made marriages that they deemed unsuitable.
Fri 6th December 1996 Vanna Skelley
"The Archives of the Burmah Oil Company"
Vanna Skelley is archivist
of the BOC (now Burmah Castrol plc), one of the world's oldest oil companies,
and Burma was where it started. With the help of black and white slides
she brought this little-known saga to life.
- This meeting also featured a short ceremony to
thank Anna Allott for her 16 years as hon. secretary.
17th December, 1997 by Robert Lemkin
REALLY Killed Aung San?"
Robert Lemkin, who produced the BBC2 TV programme of the above name
in July, tells the story of the film and how it came to be made. There
will be a discussion of evidence for and against the contention that U
Saw was secretly abetted by dissident members of a former British administration.
NB - NOTE CHANGE OF DATE