28 Nov 2010
Old Rubber Factory
I tried to process this as a more normal image but it was persistent in arguing with me and kept saying it wanted to look like this. So if you don't like it, talk to the photograph, not the photographer.
We were on an excursion yesterday that took us through a huge coconut plantation. Along the way we passed an old rubber factory that had been abandoned after many British companies had pulled out of the country in 1948 when Ceylon gained its independence.
This building was primarily for storage and administration. The sheds for coagulating and cooking the latex were across the road behind me but have been totally reclaimed by the jungle. After cutting the slabs into manageable sizes, the raw product was then hauled to the ports of Colombo, Galle or Trincomalee for export. Although nowhere near as important as it once was, rubber is still grown and processed throughout the island.
At independence, the country's name was changed to the Dominion of Ceylon and it continued as part of the British Empire. In 1972, it became a republic in the British Commonwealth and its name was changed to the "Free, Sovereign and Independent Republic of Sri Lanka". In 1978, it was changed again to the "Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka".
"Sri" means venerable and is an honorific applied to prominent persons (especially if they have gained international recognition), certain temples, senior monks, learned professors, historic Buddhist places, etc.
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