https://www.elanka.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/music-music-music-by-des-kelly.jpg   This is another special song that has just been recorded in America. After the 20th of January, 2021, it is sure to become a “Hit Parade” item around the World, but I am happy for all eLanka members to experience a preview of it. It amazed me, because I was unaware that either of these two gentlemen could sing, but then, as the other song says, “You never can tell”.   Desmond Kelly.(Editor-in-Chief)  eLanka. Source link ...

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   There have been many versions of this song, recorded originally in Sri Lanka, the most popular being undoubtedly the Wally Bastiensz version which was sung in Sinhalese, as expected. The tempo in which the song was recorded was of course Wally’s favourite, being the “Baila”           For those of you who do not know what Baila is, it was a type of party music first brought into what was then Ceylon, by the Portuguese who invaded the little Island, then being ruled by Sinhalese Kings, in 1630. That was about 306 years before I was born, so let’s make that another story.           I am not a 100% certain about who composed the song, quite possibly, Wally (the Original King of Baila) himself. It’s all about a certain party drink consisting of probably parts of Arrack,Toddy, Kassippu & Orange Barley water, ...

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  A jagged peak with an abrupt drop… Spectacular views of Ella Gap and epic vistas of the valley below… Paths through a railway line and bridges… Hike through vegetable plots… Views of trains on the up country line from the summit of the Rock …  Situated about five kilometers from Ella town, this dramatic peak is a popular excursion among local and foreign tourists. Optically interesting Ella Rock is a gorgeous cliff face rising high above Ella. The hike to Ella Rock is approximately a 10 kilometer round trip through mesmerizing woodlands, rubber plantations and verdant tea plantations of Ella, a serene hamlet in Central Highlands. The trek to the Rock can be completed within five hours with one hour for relaxing and basking in the glory of the verdant vistas including photo sessions of spectacular panorama.   According to some foreign tourists, the short trek through huge pine ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news_crops/105945/eight_col_075_porzycki-companie200616_npJ8Y.jpg?1595288730 AstraZeneca says its vaccine for the novel coronavirus can be around 90 percent effective without any serious side effects. Photo: AFP The vaccine developed by Oxford University was 90 percent effective in preventing Covid-19 when it was administered as a half dose followed by a full dose at least one month apart, according to data from the late-stage trials in Britain and Brazil. No serious safety events related to the vaccine have been confirmed and it was well tolerated across both dosing regimens, it said. “This vaccine’s efficacy and safety confirm that it will be highly effective against Covid-19 and will have an immediate impact on this public health emergency,” Pascal Soriot, Astra’s chief executive, said in a statement. The British drugmaker’s preliminary trial results mark a fresh breakthrough in the fight against a pandemic that has killed nearly 1.4 million people and roiled the global economy. British Prime ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news_crops/113498/eight_col_42085511_l.jpg?1606097815 Consumer spending rebounded at record pace in the third quarter as pent up demand caused by Covid-19 lockdowns resulted in a surge in buying cars and electronics. Retail spending was worth $26.3 billion driven by buying cars, appliances, electronics, home and garden products, and groceries. Photo: 123RF Official numbers from Stats NZ showed retail sales volumes, which exclude price moves, rose 28 percent in the three months ended September, following a drop of more than 14 percent in the previous quarter. Retail spending was worth $26.3 billion driven by buying cars, appliances, electronics, home and garden products, and groceries. Retail sales were 8 percent higher than a year ago. Westpac senior economist Satish Ranchhod said the numbers were another sign the economy was performing better than expected and recovering from the Covid-19 related impact. “Today’s result is another tick in that column, highlighting the resilience in household spending appetites,” ...

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https://www.elanka.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/Alagu-at-the-centre.jpg Source:Dailymirror LK Alagu at the centre (Family photo) Alagu was born in 1910. He was the eldest son of judge A.R Subramaniam and wife Gnanamma and grew to be a striking handsome figure of over 6ft.tall He did not adjust well to the conservative life in Jaffna and missed his English girlfriend whom his parents had prevented from marrying Alagu Subramaniam (1910 – 1971) was a barrister-at-law, short story, radio script writer and playwright who hailed from Jaffna. His father was a judge and his grandfather a literary personage. Alagu had successfully combined in himself, his father’s legal career and his grandfather’s literary genius. Alagu was a prominent figure in London’s Bloomsbury literary circle1 in the 1930s and 40s. He wrote short stories that capture the behaviour of people whether it be Ceylonese during the colonial era or contemporary English life during and prior to the war. These stories ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news/246558/eight_col_049_f0311077.jpg?1603495955 There are two new cases of Covid-19 today, both in managed isolation facilities, the Ministry of Health has confirmed. File image. Photo: AFP Yesterday, there were nine new cases of Covid-19 reported in New Zealand’s managed isolation facilities. In a statement the ministry said there were no new community transmission cases. Both cases arrived on 19 November and tested positive around day three of their stay in managed isolation, the ministry said. It said the first person arrived from the United Kingdom via the United Arab Emirates and the country of origin of the second case was still being determined. Both had been transferred to the Auckland quarantine facility. That brings the total number of active cases in New Zealand to 52 and the total number of confirmed cases is 1674. Yesterday there were 3274 Covid-19 tests produced, bringing the total number of tests completed to date to 1,234,175. ...

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