Monthly Archives: June 2008

Editor’s blog: The dangers of aid

I spent the last day in Sri Lanka on a trip over to the Eastern side of the island and the picturesque town of Trincomalee. Trinco, as it’s known, has one of the world’s finest deep-water harbours and is pretty as a picture, especially when it’s at peace (which it appears to be now). The surfing is great, the sparkling sea teems with fish and the ‘Cultural Triangle’ of ancient archaeological sites is just down the road.

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Editor’s blog: A Tiger by the tail

I first visited Sri Lanka sixteen years ago. On the morning of arrival, I was slumbering in my room at the colonial Galle Face hotel in Colombo, looking forward to a fortnight exploring the island Marco Polo described as ‘the finest in the world’, when I was roused by the loudest bang I’ve ever heard in my life. A sprint to the window revealed a plume of smoke rising from the other side of the road: a member of the LTTE (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eeelam) with a large bomb in a rucksack had driven his moped into the limo of Admiral Wannakuwatta Waduge Erwin Clancy Fernando, an Admiral from the Sri Lankan fleet. The poor man’s plimsolls are probably still in orbit.

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Editor’s blog: In search of Sir Stuart’s green underpants

It’s hot, sweaty and frenetic on Colombo’s streets at this time of year, as the monsoon rain sheets down. The scene inside the Brandix eco-factory, however, is one of calm, quiet industry in a carefully temperature- and humidity-controlled environment. Piped music of tropical birds fills the air to accompany the gentle whizz and whirr of the sewing machines.

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Editor’s blog: What’s the point of HR?

The answer is none – ‘but it would be nice if we were represented at the meeting’. (I was told that joke by someone from the FT, so don’t blame me.)

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