Ballantynes’ Fire 70th Anniversary – 18 November 2017

About 70 years ago, on 18 November 1947, should you have been wandering down Cashel Street towards Colombo shortly before four in the afternoon, you would have seen a strange sight: Ballantynes co-owner, Kenneth Ballantyne, climbing down the parapet of his storefront. Flames all around him, he is the last to escape the Ballantynes' fire with his…
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Neighbourhood Week 2017/18

Neighbourhood Week is here! 27th October to 31st March 2018. Yes, you read that correctly. This year Neighbourhood Week is extended for the entire summer. Do you know who your neighbours are? I don't know mine as well as I should like.Neighbourly relations are important yet I have, for the most part, lived according to…
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Reading in Mind for Mental Health

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week (9-15 October).  The 2012/13 New Zealand Health Survey reported that one in every six New Zealanders have been diagnosed with a mental health disorder at a point in their lives. The report also highlights a link between mental illness and poor physical health: mental disorders are the third…
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