Who’s Going to Drive?


JUNE 2017, Negombo, Sri Lanka We were walking down a road in Negombo discussing transport. It was our third visit to Sri Lanka in as many years, and as usual right in the middle of monsoon season, when the deals are good and the beaches empty. And the rain. The problem was not the transport, …

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Ruby – July’s Birthstone

natural ruby crystals

The Sunrise RubyIn the early morning hour,just before dawn, lover and beloved awakeand take a drink of water. She asks, “Do you love me or yourself more?Really, tell the absolute truth.” He says, “There is nothing left of me.I’m like a ruby held up to the sunrise.Is it still a stone, or a worldmade of …

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Emerald – May’s Birthstone

emerald hart shaped ring

Undoubtedly the most famous person associated with emeralds would be Queen Cleopatra of Egypt. According to Victoria Finlay in her 2006 book Buried Treasures – Travels through the Jewel Box, jewels, and particularly emeralds, were very much part of her artillery of looks, charisma and ruthless determination which she used to influence powerful men. The …

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Diamond – April’s Birthstone


Diamonds get their name from the Greek word Adamao, ‘I tame’ or ‘I subdue’, which as language does became Adamas, ‘hardest steel’ or ‘hardest substance’, one literally true, the other figuratively prescient. But when discussing April’s birthstone I believe it is favourable to start with the scientific facts. Like; the chemical formula for diamond is …

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