DESMOND KELLY

At the best of times, English is a very strange language, indeed. There are not too many languages that have the variety of meanings of one tiny 2 letter word like “UP“, however, here they are, folks, for your personal perusal.           In this day and age, our younger generations do not seem to worry about this International Language, trying their best to abbreviate words a-plenty, using little hand-held devices, but when it comes to the Queen’s English (as it is known), this is a tragedy.            Although it is a strange, and sometimes difficult language to master, there is NONE OTHER, that is accepted so widely around this World of ours, and as I have written, so many times, ENGLISH has to be TAUGHT (or perhaps re-taught, which is a better way of saying this), CORRECTLY, to the children of today, ...

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   Just for a change, (which is as good as a holiday), I have decided to feature three of my special Sinhala-Song favourites for the many thousands of eLanka members & readers, in the hope that these songs will bring back many precious memories, as music so often does, better than anything else.            The first, is the rendition of Dilhani-Dhuwane’ by Indrani Perera, whose “Cover” of the superb Original Composition of the late, great Clarence Wijewardena moved me so very much when I first heard it, after migrating to Australia in 1962, I decided to write my own “English” version, titled “My Lovely Island Home”, to the tune of this beautiful Sinhalese song. What many of our readers do not know, is that not many years thereafter, Indrani came to Melbourne, to feature in a couple of shows, and I joined her on-stage to sing ...

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  A picture speaks a thousand words. Above, is the way we sometimes keep in touch. Seeing that it isn’t a private message, I decided to share this superb video with all my eLanka friends. Always knew that there were many pretty gals in Dehiwala, and this certainly proves the point. Thank you, Maxie, for the video. I am pretty sure that many are going to enjoy it, as I did. Bohoma lassanai, machang. Obalaata suba dhavasak weva. Ethaama isthuthi, obalaage’ donations Welata. Dhompe’ ayah saha mumma  appreciate whatever donations come our way, to keep this website going. Ithin api gihilla ennung. Just a reminder to all you kalupuka Suddhas, don’t forget your Sinhala grammar either– All endings of sentences must be thus, Mumma-mi, Api-mu, Tho-hi, & Thopi-hu.(i.e. Mumma gedera giyaymi)  Desmond Kelly.(Editor-in-Chief)–Aaubowun. Source link ...

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    Indeed, one of the most remarkable stories as regards to the British Royal Family, sent in to me by our good friend and eLanka Member Maxwell Gerreyn, so thank you, Max. Whenever we mention the Royal Family, it is generally in reference to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, or maybe Prince Charles, the heir to the throne, Prince Andrew who, incidentally, is the Queen’s favourite son, although he has been giving his family quite a few bad headaches, recently, because of the company he chooses to keep. Then, the conversation may turn to Prince William, 2nd in line to the throne, or Prince Harry, his brother, who now boasts an American wife, Meghan, or the “little Royals” like George & Archie.           Another member of this Royal Family, never to be forgotten, and still frequently spoken about, is of course the Princess of the people, ...

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   With all the trouble & strife (& I don’t mean wife), that is going on at the moment, there comes a time when we have to take a break and listen to this very unusual song, written by this very unusual guy, with a glint in his eye.           This was quite possibly his debut on television, nobody seemed to know him, the judges did not have an inkling about the song he was about to sing. I have been writing songs for over 60 years, myself (over a hundred to date), but never dreamed about writing one like this. I now wish that I had.  Without going into further details, I would now like to introduce this new/old Songwriter to all eLanka readers, courtesy of Elliston Scovell who sent it to me, in the first place. Please listen to the lyrics of this song ...

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Image Source:Google maps  Jennifer de Silva is responsible for this magnificent story, sent to Max Gerreyn, who, in turn, sent it to me, for publication on the best website for all Sri Lankans, everywhere, eLANKA. Thank you Jennifer, and Max, of course for all these precious memories you wonderful people send us from time to time. I cannot even begin to thank you.           These are the type of articles that eLanka thrives on. After all, when everything is said and done, precious MEMORIES are the only worthwhile dowries that most of us are left with, as we head into the nearest “departure lounge” to take our final flight  to who knows where ??. On that happy note, I leave all of my readers to enjoy this superb article.   Desmond Kelly. (Editor-in-Chief) eLanka. A TRIBUTE TO THE FAMILIES OF ARETHUSA LANE, MADANGAHAWATTE LANE AND THE CANAL ...

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  Something very different, AND very good, in our favourite baila dancing style. Everyone who loves “doing” the baila will undoubtedly love this video, kindly sent to me by a good friend, Elliston, via Stanislaus Kleyn, who obviously loves this type of music & dancing and now wishes to share it around. Thank you, to them both.           A twist in baila however, is ideal only for very experienced baila twist dancers. Personally, while I enjoy the music of the Sri Lankan specialist baila dancing, I cannot dance, to save my soul. I did try my hand at some Tap-dancing many years ago, but had to give it up, after I got very tired and actually fell into the Sink !!.            Anyway, let us now forget about Covid 19, Elections, Budgets & stuff eLankans, and enjoy this amazing video, sent especially ...

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Having served in the Royal Ceylon Navy myself, so many years ago, it was very heartening, and I felt proud to read this beautiful story, authored, in the first place, by a guy named Dan.            Daniel, we, at eLanka would have been more than pleased to publish your full name, as we normally do, at eLanka, for any writer whose articles we publish, but since you completed your story, simply signing off as Dan, so be it.            This beautiful R,Cy.N. tale comes to all our eLanka readers via two famous Burgher names (so, here we are again, happy as could be, all good friends, and jolly good company), Victor Melder & Maxwell Gerreyn. Thank you both. Desmond Kelly.(Editor-in-Chief) eLanka. A Truly Beautiful Story… It’s well known that Divers  of  Sri Lanka Navy are hardcore, well trained, energetic and a tough ...

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Further to the “Burgher Buggers” as we were all fondly “referred to” by our Sinhalese,Tamil, Muslim & Malay friends in “My Lovely Island Home” there was one “lot” who will always be remembered for their very famous “quotes”. These were spoken in what was termed “broken English”, not scratched, slivered, or “slightly-dented”, but severely broken English These good folk were known as “Batticaloa Burghers”, who did not necessarily come from Batticaloa alone, but anywhere in Lanka, where the Queens English did not mean very much to them. While we were growing up in Ceylon, broken-English was all around us and we did’nt take too much notice of these warm & wonderful quotes but now, as I sit here writing these memorable sayings of the B.B., I cannot help but feel a tinge of nostalgia steadily creeping up into my heart and a wry smile makes it way into a chuckle ...

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     “BIDEN’S CHOICE” – By Des Kelly There is no use hiden Biden’s choice With the rest of India, let us rejoice They are winning at cricket, so let’s   just say,  They’re ridin with Biden, in the U.S.A.   Desmond Kelly. (Editor-in-Chief)-eLanka.     The post “BIDEN’S CHOICE” – By Des Kelly appeared first on eLanka. Source link ...

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