Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Ladies talk show

LtoR; Nancy, Soma, Suwanna
I listened to the PUC Radio talk show with the Jar Lady, Suwanna Gauntlett and Soma tonight with interest, especially as Nancy will be flying into the Cardamoms in a few days time to begin what might be her last investigation into the mysterious jar burial sites in the mountainous region, which is under threat from commercial plantations, Chinese-built hydroelectric dams and pretty much anything else you can think of. For those who don't know, the Jar Lady is Dr Nancy Beavan, a good pal of mine, who has spent the last eight years studying these burial jars, which contain the bones and ornaments of highland peoples who died between the 14th and 16th centuries. Suwanna, as the chief of Wildlife Alliance, has been working in the Cardamoms for years on trying to negate these threats and help sustain the wildlife populations and help the locals. She'll be flying Nancy and her team to their next, very remote, fieldwork location by helicopter. The team will be working on a cliff ledge, tied together by ropes for safety, for about eight days. Funding is a problem, so that was mentioned of course. As was the individual who gave her the nickname of Jar Lady - he shall remain nameless. An interesting programme, all three ladies can talk, without a breath, for hours. The final talk show gig of the year, at 7pm on 31 December, will be a re-run of the session I did with Soma. The topics we covered were varied from football to sci-fi, Vann Nath to my book. Tune in if you dare.

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