Early in 1984 I began working for the British Council. Zem Sally had asked me if I would take her position, and indicated that the then British Council Representative, Vere Atkinson, had thought this a good idea. I was sorry that Zem was giving up a position in which she had done so much, but it transpired that she had only moved there until the post of Council Librarian became vacant. She had been second in seniority, but had not got on too well with the incumbent, the first Sri Lankan to be appointed to the position. Vere, who had a high regard for her, had suggested then that she take up the newly created post of Public Relations Officer, to set the ball rolling as he hoped for enhanced cultural activity in the new hall that had been constructed when the Council moved to its new premises at Alfred House Road. It had always been understood however that she would revert to the position of Librarian when it became vacant.
That time had now come, and she indicated that we could continue to work together as previously, with additional support from the Library for cultural activities. I was also touched that Vere wanted me, because he had had to put up with complaints over the launch of the Review. I had included ‘Slippery Pantaloons’ in it, my account of what had happened at S. Thomas’, and it seemed that Duleep or one of his supporters had protested. Vere had sent me a letter saying that he did not think the Thomian article should have been included, but that done he made it clear that it was business as usual.