Remembering Edward Kennedy

August 12, 2015
Julian Francis
Remembering Edward Kennedy

August is the month when Bangabandhu, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, is remembered with great solemnity for in 1975 he was brutally assassinated together with many family members. August 1971 is the month which holds other memories for me. It was when I met the mercurial and compassionate Senator Edward Kennedy and on this day, August...
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Hartals are not enjoyable at all!

February 8, 2015
Julian Francis
Hartals are not enjoyable at all!

In the media recently, there was a suggestion – perhaps tongue in cheek – that foreigners ‘enjoy’ hartals.
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Respect, not pity

December 3, 2014
Julian Francis
Respect, not pity

My elder brother, James, who was born in 1943
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The Great Bhola Cyclone

November 12, 2014
Julian Francis
The Great Bhola Cyclone

Today is the anniversary of the cyclone of 1970 which took the lives of at least 500,000 people
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Remembering the fallen

November 3, 2014
Julian Francis
Remembering the fallen

“Why on earth are you wearing an artificial red flower on your shirt?”, someone asked me
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Banani, thinking aloud: Julian’s Jottings

October 21, 2014
Julian Francis
Banani, thinking aloud: Julian’s Jottings

I have lived in Banani for the last 16½ years and since Victory Day, 1971, for a total of 23½ years in Bangladesh.
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A witness of history

August 15, 2014
Julian Francis
A witness of history

A few days ago I visited a photo exhibition at Gallery 21, Dhanmondi which is full of photos of different aspects and periods of the life of Tajuddin Ahmed
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Eradicating extreme poverty: Yes, it can be done!

June 1, 2014
Julian Francis
Eradicating extreme poverty: Yes, it can be done!

The day before ‘Victory Day’ in 1971, on December 15th, I attended a Bangladesh Government meeting in Calcutta on behalf of Oxfam to discuss
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My vintage Wellington boots

April 4, 2014
Julian Francis
My vintage Wellington boots

One of the first ‘nor’westers’ of 2014 hit Dhaka hard last night bringing very heavy rain and hail. Very sadly, it managed to prevent any possible exciting climax
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The Speech

March 7, 2014
Julian Francis
The Speech

In March 1971, I was working as an agricultural volunteer on a Gandhian related poverty alleviation project in Bodh Gaya, Bihar, in the villages worst hit
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