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Sri Lanka 2002 – Anyone for Tennis?

It took my grandfather’s ocean liner a month to get to British Ceylon. He was going to see his sister who’d married a tea planter. The year was 1938 and his fellow passengers were prosperous Jewish refugees bound for Sydney and a new, safer life down under. As he disembarked in Colombo, his sister greeted him with solemn news from Kilkenny; mother is unwell. The siblings had just enough time to drink some tea and climb Adam’s Peak before the next liner set forth across the Indian Ocean and back down the Suez.