Author Archives: Sharman

George Roderick Chisholm: From Pictou, Nova Scotia to Vimy Ridge

Quite a few years ago I was contacted by a man who had some First World War medals and  “some letters and documents” he wished to sell. At that time I would take items on consignment and sell them on … Continue reading

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Early Photography in Burma, Part 2: Willoughby Wallace Hooper

Willoughby Wallace Hooper was born in London in 1837 and by the age of sixteen he became a writer in the East India Company. A writer was a junior clerk at the lowest level who took minutes,  recorded the entries in … Continue reading

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Early Photography in Burma, Part 1: Linnaeus Tripe

Linnaeus Tripe was born in Devonport, Devon on April 14, 1822, the ninth of twelve children. His father Cornelius was a surgeon. In 1839 he joined the East India Company as an ensign in the 12th Madras Native Infantry, and travelled … Continue reading

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The Burmese Zodiac: An Astonishing Discovery

  The Burmese are a superstitious people. There are astrologists, numerologists and palm readers in every town, earning a good living. Most people seek their help in deciding an auspicious date for a wedding, starting a business or going to … Continue reading

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Antiques Roadshow, Burmese Style

I’ve always loved old things, especially useful but baffling objects from the 19th century. In museums you will find me staring at cases full of marrow scoops and asparagus tongs or marvelling at complete dessert services for 100 people, including … Continue reading

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In Praise of Boring Books: A Golden Example

Have you ever stopped reading a book that everyone is raving about because you just found it…..boring? Have you persevered to the end of dull books just because you think you might learn something and afterwards regretted all that time … Continue reading

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A Love Affair with Lovedale

  In an earlier post I mentioned Dad’s long journey to school every year (boat from Rangoon to Calcutta, then three days on a train to Lovedale.) He told me that despite the strict discipline he had had the time of … Continue reading

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We’ve Got The Power

  We’ve Got the Power sung by the Pointer Sisters (Michael Brooks/Bob Esty) I know the rules for foolish games They only fill a heart with pain We need a rest, a change of pace Come take my heart to … Continue reading

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One Quarter Armenian. One Hundred Per Cent Feisty

“I am a quarter Armenian but it’s the best part of me.” I first said this in Singapore where I was welcomed by the Armenians in Asia as they continued their historic tour with His Holiness Karekin II, the Supreme … Continue reading

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The Congregation

  In my last post I gave you a little bit of the history of the Armenian Church in Rangoon. After I visited and went home, I emailed the Yangon Heritage Trust to ask if the church could be put … Continue reading

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