US Chef and Author Anthony Bourdain – NO RESERVATIONS – in Sri Lanka

Anthony Bourdain visited Sri Lanka for the first time in 2008. He compiled a fascinating insight into  Sri Lankan cuisine and the country at the time.

Anthony Bourdain visited Sri Lanka for the first time in 2008. He compiled a fascinating insight into Sri Lankan cuisine and the country at the time for the Travel Channel.

Photograph from the early 1970s of Sri Lankan broadcaster Vernon Corea on a Coconut Estate in Chilaw - his home town. Chilaw was known for three 'C's - Crabs, Coconuts and Coreas. Anthony Bourdain tasted the famous Chilaw Crab Curry when he visited the town in 2008 accompanied by Skiz Fernando the food writer who has links with Chilaw.

Photograph from the early 1970s of Sri Lankan broadcaster Vernon Corea on a Coconut Estate in Chilaw – his home town. Chilaw was known for three ‘C’s – Crabs, Coconuts and Coreas. Anthony Bourdain tasted the famous Chilaw Crab Curry when he visited the town in 2008 accompanied by Skiz Fernando the food writer who has links with Chilaw.

Anthony Bourdain is a famous American Chef, author and television personality. He visited Sri Lanka in 2008 for the first time to taste the culinary delights and experience the sights and sounds of Sri Lanka. Anthony Bourdain actually visited Chilaw, the hometown of the legendary Sri Lankan broadcaster Vernon Corea to taste the well known Chilaw Crab Curry – Chilaw was known as a coastal town with the three ‘C’s – Crabs, Coconuts and Coreas. Tony was accompanied by US born Skiz Fernando a Chef and food writer who has family links with Chilaw.

During his visit Anthony Bourdain stayed at the iconic Galle Face Hotel in Colombo. In the late 1950s and 1970s Vernon Corea broadcast New Years Eve celebrations and entertainment shows at the Coconut Grove from the Galle Face Hotel on the airwaves of Radio Ceylon.

Watch Anthony Bourdain in Sri Lanka:

 

Read about Anthony Bourdain’s visit to Sri Lanka on the Travel Channel:

http://www.travelchannel.com/tv-shows/anthony-bourdain/episodes/sri-lanka-1

http://www.travelchannel.com/tv-shows/anthony-bourdain/travel-guides/sri-lanka

 

 

 

 

 

BBC News Editor Mike Curtis pays a tribute to broadcaster Vernon Corea in his book Asian Aunty-Ji Life with the BBC Asian Network

Asian Auntie-Ji Life with the BBC Asian Network book pays tribute to Vernon Corea.

Asian Auntie-Ji Life with the BBC Asian Network book pays tribute to Vernon Corea.

Author Mike Curtis was a BBC News Editor.

Author Mike Curtis was a BBC News Editor.

Vernon Corea was the BBC's Ethnic Minorities Adviser.

Vernon Corea was the BBC’s Ethnic Minorities Adviser.

Author Mike Curtis pays a wonderful tribute to Sri Lanka-born broadcaster Vernon Corea in his book: ‘Asian Auntie-Ji – Life with the BBC Asian Network,’ published in the United Kingdom in January 2015. Mike Curtis mentions Vernon Corea when was working at Radio Ceylon:

‘ One of the station’s best loved broadcasters was Vernon Corea,the ‘golden voice of Radio Ceylon‘, who joined the station in 1956. He championed the musical talent of Ceylon but also played western stars on his radio shows like Louis Armstrong, Cliff Richard and Elvis Presley. After nearly 20 years and shortly after Ceylon became an independent republic called Sri Lanka, Vernon Corea and his family moved to London in the mid-seventies where he joined the BBC.’

Curtis goes on to write about Vernon Corea’s radio programme on BBC Radio London called ‘London Sounds Eastern,’  and mentions the fact that he went on to become the Asian Programmes Officer for BBC Local Radio and later the Ethnic Minorities Adviser to the BBC.

The BBC Radio Asian Network logo.

The BBC Radio Asian Network logo.

The BBC Asian Network Needs You.

The BBC Asian Network Needs You.

Here is what Troubadour, the publishing company says about ‘Asian Auntie Ji Life with the BBC Asian Network:

‘The Asian Network did not fit easily into the BBC which, having nobly set it up, was never quite sure what to do with it. We always felt we were on our own – different and complicated. We survived several reboots and the threat of closure before its importance to the BBC in serving a growing multi-cultural UK was fully recognised. It was also a lot of fun and a privilege to be part of its story.’

Facing redundancy from the BBC after 20 years as a reporter and news editor, Mike Curtis got a stay of execution. His salvation found him unexpectedly in charge of setting up a newsroom for the BBC radio station broadcasting to the Indian, Pakistani, Sri Lankan and Bangladeshi communities across the Midlands – the Asian Network. He stayed for 14 years. Asian Auntie-ji tells how this son of an Anglican clergyman, with a love of western music, was thrown into a new world of Bollywood and bhangra, Diwali and Vaisakhi, Mirpuri and mosques, and cricket and Kashmir.

The book unravels how this unique radio station dealt with many controversial issues arising from the religious and cultural sensitivities of its audience and its staff. It reflects how the Asian Network covered riots, racism and terror, but also how it gave a voice to so many British Asians; from the geographically isolated listener on the phone-in to those who achieved fame in sport and entertainment. Mike Curtis follows the story of the Asian Network, from its roots in local radio to its UK-wide expansion – and its dealings with BBC bosses. The views of its champions and its critics are reported with honesty and good humour.

The Queen, the Duchess of Cornwall, Sebastian Coe, Ravi Shankar, Jay Sean, Amir Khan, Greg Dyke, Meera Syal and Shah Rukh Khan are among those sprinkled throughout the saga, along with the Asian Network’s own stars like Bobby Friction, Sonia Deol and Adil Ray. Mike Curtis describes how the team was moved around the managements of Radio 1, Radio 2 and Five Live – and how they regularly upsetThe Archers at Radio 4.

Asian Auntie-ji is a fascinating autobiography that will appeal to an audience beyond the story of the radio station, embracing such names as Monty Python, TV’s Big Brother, Brian Blessed, Carlos Santana, Boris Johnson, Judi Dench, David Blunkett, 1950s test pilot Roly Beamont and DJ Orifice Vulgatron. Those with an interest in the media, the BBC, politics, and ethnicity and the South Asian experience in the UK will find it particularly rewarding.’

 

http://www.youtube.com/user/BBCAsianNetwork

 

Remembrance Sunday on 9th November 2014

Remembrance Sunday falls on Sunday 9th November 2014.

The Royal British Legion Paper Poppy.

The Royal British Legion Paper Poppy.

Moving words for Remembrance Sunday – written by Laurence Binyon

They Shall Not Grow Old

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

From Laurence Binyon’s poem For the Fallen, written in September 1914.

The Tower of LThe Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red exhibit in 2014 - Photo courtesy of Wikipedia and the MOD.

The Tower of London The Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red exhibit in 2014 – Photo courtesy of Wikipedia and the MOD.

The Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red exhibit at the Tower of London in 2014 on the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I which consists of 888,246 ceramic poppies, one for each British and colonial death.

The Tower of London with the evolving art installation ‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red’. The major art installation named “Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red” consists of 888,246 handmade ceramic poppies, each poppy representing a British fatality during World War I and created by ceramic artist Paul Cummins and stage designer Tom Piper. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uNpJ2lFk9yk

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dmlpjnF0w7A

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-VZPoyTiJJc

Nirmalie Corea passes away in Colombo Sri Lanka

Mrs Nirmalie Corea wife of the late Norman Corea and mother of the late Devapriya Corea and Priyadarshani Corea passed away in Colombo Sri Lanka yesterday. The funeral is on Tuesday in Colombo. Nirmalie’s late husband was the famed Sri Lankan composer Norman Corea. May her soul rest in peace.

 

 

Prince Charles invited Vernon Corea of the BBC to Buckingham Palace in 1979

His Royal Highness, Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales invited Vernon Corea to Buckingham Palace in London in the United Kingdom. Vernon Corea at the time was the BBC’s first ever Ethnic Minorities Adviser and presenter of the popular ‘London Sounds Eastern’ radio programme on BBC Radio London.

The invitation to Vernon Corea of the BBC extended by HRH Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales. This was Vernon's first visit to Buckingham Palace.

The invitation to Vernon Corea of the BBC extended by HRH Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales. This was Vernon’s first visit to Buckingham Palace.

Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales met Vernon Corea when he was the BBC's Ethnic Minorities Advisor in 1979. The Prince of Wales spoke to Vernon about his work at the BBC.

Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales met Vernon Corea when he was the BBC’s Ethnic Minorities Advisor in 1979. The Prince of Wales spoke to Vernon about his work at the BBC.

Previously unseen photographs of the legendary Radio Ceylon/SLBC/BBC Broadcaster Vernon Corea

Vernon Corea (Second from right) with the Chairman and Director-General of the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation Ridgeway Tillekeratne in 1974 at the Bandaranaike International Airport in Katunayake in Sri Lanka.

Vernon Corea (Second from right) with the Chairman and Director-General of the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation Ridgeway Tillekeratne in 1974 at the Bandaranaike International Airport in Katunayake in Sri Lanka.

 

Vernon Corea chooses a record by Satchmo, Louis Armstrong from the Radio Ceylon/Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation record library to play on one of his iconic radio programmes over the airwaves of the radio station in the 1960s.

Vernon Corea chooses a record by Satchmo, Louis Armstrong from the Radio Ceylon/Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation record library to play on one of his iconic radio programmes over the airwaves of the radio station in the 1960s.

 

Vernon Corea of Radio Ceylon/SLBC with a radio guest.

Vernon Corea of Radio Ceylon/SLBC with a radio guest.

 

Vernon Corea of Radio Ceylon/Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation here on the dance floor with his wife Monica Corea - Vernon Corea was the Chief Guest at an event in Colombo, Sri Lanka in the 1960s.

Vernon Corea of Radio Ceylon/Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation here on the dance floor with his wife Monica Corea – Vernon Corea was the Chief Guest at an event in Colombo, Sri Lanka in the 1960s.

 

Legendary Broadcaster Vernon Corea (third from left) here representing the British Broadcasting Corporation at an event in the UK. Vernon was the BBC's first ever Ethnic Minorities Adviser and Presenter of 'London Sounds Eastern' over the airwaves of BBC Radio London.

Legendary Broadcaster Vernon Corea (third from left) here representing the British Broadcasting Corporation at an event in the UK. Vernon was the BBC’s first ever Ethnic Minorities Adviser and Presenter of ‘London Sounds Eastern’ over the airwaves of BBC Radio London.

 

BBC Broadcaster Vernon Corea here with guests at his BBC Office in The Langham in London.

BBC Broadcaster Vernon Corea here with guests at his BBC Office in The Langham in London.

 

The BBC's Ethnic Minorities Adviser Vernon Corea here with his BBC Team in his office at The Langham in London in the 1980s.

The BBC’s Ethnic Minorities Adviser Vernon Corea here with his BBC Team in his office at The Langham in London in the 1980s.

 

Vernon Corea, the BBC's Ethnic Minorities Adviser with fellow broadcasters.

Vernon Corea, the BBC’s Ethnic Minorities Adviser with fellow broadcasters.

 

BBC Broadcaster Vernon Corea here as a Chief Guest at a Broadcasting Prize Giving Event in the UK.

BBC Broadcaster Vernon Corea here as a Chief Guest at a Broadcasting Prize Giving Event in the UK.