CPRC after Ceylon Independence.

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As most of the CPRC men were commissioned there is wealth of information to be found in surviving officer dossiers held by The National Archives in London. Many details herein have been extracted from these records which must be consulted hard copy. More readily available are the Medal Index Cards which can be accessed in digital format on the internet. The Australian War Memorial have now digitized the relevant War Diaries for World War One and although the CPRC have no War diary in either the UK or Australia, ANZAC and other war diaries do […]

(CPRC) and World War One

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At the beginning of First World War the CPRC were mobilized on 3rd Sep 1914. The regiment then mustered a force for the front consisting of 8 officers and 229 other ranks commanded by Major John Hall – Brown. The contingent left port said, Egypt on 27th October 1914 on the Worcestershire, and was deployed in defense of the Suez Canal at Khubri and Port Tewfik with the company attached to the first battalion, wellington regiment the following month. In December the unit was transferred to the Australia New Zealand army corps (ANZAC) and in […]

The Home from Home

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Visit any part of Britain’s former colonial countries, and you are sure to see a members club.   From the bustling city streets of Singapore to the remote hills of Ceylon, Clubs can be found provided a sanctuary for the colonial expat. Visit Ceylon’s Up country and dotted around each district you will see Clubs that where set up to create a home away from home, a forever England. The heart of Club life was the British passion for sport. Tea Planters being an active bunch of men would enjoyed sports as a way to […]

New Vithanakande

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New Vithanakande Tea factory is home to one of the finest brews found in all of Ceylon. The factory is found in near the town of Ratnapura in Sabaragumwa province. The teas of New Vithanakande have always fascinated me ever since I first tasted them during a grading session at Asia Siyaka Tea Brokers back in 2010. The location of a tea estate is key to how the final cup will taste. New Vithanakande like all low grown tea estates uses a small holder tea model. This is where the tea factory is owned by […]

The Great White Tea Myth!

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Recently while quoting prices for a trade client we learned that the price of Silver Tips was substantially higher to what other company’s in the bid had quoted, and we were off by a long shot!   We sat down with the potential client to show them the quality of our tea and to understand how someone could quote Silver Tips at lower than the cost of production for the estate. When we saw what our Silver Tips where being compared to we were shocked.   What is Silver Tips   Silver Tips are created […]

World Wild Life Day 2016

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20 December 2013, at its 68th session, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) decided to proclaim 3 March, the day of signature of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), as UN World Wildlife Day to celebrate and raise awareness of the world’s wild animals and plants.   Sri Lanka as world famous destination for wild life lovers, below are the top rated sceneries where one can ever experience in Sri Lanka.   Elephants gathering in Minneriya.   Minneriya National Park is one of Sri Lanka’s most popular […]

Lovers Leap

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Out of all the estates that Ceylon has to offer. Non are better known than Lovers Leap found in the Nuwareliya region.   Nuwareliya is a picturesque plateau that sits in the central hill country. This region is sandwiched between Dimbula to the west and Uva to the east. Thus Nuwareliya teas experience both quality seasons.   As we head into the western quality season with its dry days and cold sometimes frosty nights. The estates of the Nuwareliya region will throw out some of the finest teas that connoisseurs the world over will be […]

Happy Chinese New Year 2016

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Chinese New Year is an important Chinese festival celebrated at the turn of the traditional lunisolar Chinese calendar. It is also known as the Spring Festival, the literal translation of the modern Chinese name. Celebrations traditionally run from the evening preceding the first day, to the Lantern Festival on the 15th day of the first calendar month. The first day of the New Year falls on the new moon between 21 January and 20 February. In 2016, the first day of Chinese New Year falls on Monday, February 8th. Each year is assigned one of […]

World Cancer Day 2016: ‘We can, I can’

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Today is World Cancer Day, when organizations and individuals around the world unite to raise awareness about cancer and work to make it a global health priority. Currently, 8.2 million people die from cancer worldwide every year, out of which, 4 million people die prematurely (aged 30 to 69 years)   How much do daily habits like diet and exercise affect your risk for cancer? Much more than you might think. Research has shown that poor diet and not being active are 2 key factors that can increase a person’s cancer risk. Further unhealthy diet […]