DESMOND KELLY

  Who this songwriter is, unfortunately, not known. Who the Vocalist is, not known either, who the entire production was done by, also missing, but we certainly know who sent me this “bloody ripper” of a video, which I am now happy to share with all our eLanka members,all over the whole world. His name is Max Gerreyn, & if he wants our acceptance, he certainly has mine. We do need a dose of humour in this day and age, and when this great humour is particularly true, and can eke out a laugh from me and from you, i can see no reason why this song should not enter the Aussie hit parades in no time, whatsoever. So, sit back folks, relax, open a bottle (now, don’t be a sipper) Listen, enjoy & laugh aloud to this great                    BLOODY RIPPER.   ...

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  A very special “treat”, in store, for many thousands of eLanka members around the World, will quite definitely be this “re-treat” into their childhood days when Nursery Rhymes were common, both at home, and in school.           I have had the pleasure of knowing some of the top Show-biz Personalities, both men and women, of my lovely Island home, as I always call her, and believe me folks, Rukshan Perera, ever since I heard him for the first time, has climbed to the top rungs of this musical ladder, not only because of his showmanship and expertise in what he does, but also because of his genuine humility in everything he attempts to do, on-stage. To me, all he seems to want to do, is to ENTERTAIN his audiences, and he does this brilliantly.           Now, just to be different, he ...

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  Mothers’ day, the 9th of May, in Australia, is almost upon us. While my own dear Mum is now long gone, (God bless her), there would doubtless be thousands of Mothers in Australia, whose families will be getting ready to celebrate this very special day.            Please let me add to these celebrations by reminding everyone that, while they are living, EVERY DAY should be Mother’s day, simply because we would not be HERE without them. Always give your parents, both Mother and Father all the respect they so richly deserve.            Many many moons ago, I remember singing a song dedicated to Mum, on Radio Ceylon. It is now just one of those “good old songs” that very few would remember, so, for EVERY MOTHER out there, here are the lyrics I sang, and now dedicate to all of you. ...

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  Many years have now slipped past since one of Sri Lanka’s most beautiful Women and one of their most famous male Vocalists of the era, recorded a most beautiful love song entitled “Sandak-nage’, as my English title indicates.             Rukmani Devi, also known as the Nightingale of Ceylon, as beautiful as any Beauty Queen our little Island produced, plus a famous Actress, to boot, recorded this song with Neville Fernando, a Vocalist/Guitarist who not only enjoyed the company of Rukmani, but also thoroughly enjoyed singing with her. They recorded more songs together but both have now sadly passed on so here’s my sincere “Rest in Peace” wish for this fabulous duo.           Later, in Australia (Melbourne), this writer decided to record a cover version of this beautiful love-ballad.  Problem is, I did not have a Rukmani to record it with, but ...

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From The Ceylon Guide.            They say, a picture speaks a thousand words, folks. Here, by virtue of a “post” sent in to me by Chris. Lawton, an ex-Royal Ceylon Navy mate, are many thousands of words, especially meant to bring back precious memories to each & everyone of our eLanka Members and Readers.           So, together with my title song, please take the time to both listen and watch pictures of a Country that we were lucky to be born in, and unlucky to have had to leave. Thank you, Chris., for this most interesting “Gallery” of memories. May God bless all Ceylonese (now Sri Lankans), wherever you are. Let us now go back in time, to   “CEYLON, MY ISLAND OF DREAMS” SRI  LANKA  SCENES ,BUILDINGS  and  PEOPLE. AN  INTERESTING  COLLECTION  OF  PHOTOS.( From  The  Ceylon Guide )   https://ceylon.guide/ ...

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  This came to me (I really cannot understand why) !!, via two famous Burgher buggers (only jokin, guys), Gerald Vandergert & Keith Bennett, either of whom are not averse to the odd drink or three, I think, because I, me, and myself also kinda liked the booze many years ago. Both Gerald and Keith should know (hopefully), that for the past 30 years or so, cold water is my only drink. I have not touched alcohol of any sort, don’t miss it, and have lasted as long as I have, because of it. Sounds unbelievable, I know, because, during my term with the Royal Ceylon Navy, WATER was the only drink I never partook of. Nothing to brag about, but we Navy guys drank anything we could get hold of, except water. I once downed a bottle of arrack at H,M,Cy,S. Gemunu 2, Kochchikade, drinking it all down neat, ...

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   Thank you for sending in this very interesting video about the most elaborate residence in England, Chris. Lawton (O.A.M.). I feel that you have had the chance to tour this magnificent building, while in the Royal Ceylon Navy so many years ago, one of the reasons perhaps, that you wish all the rest of us to be able to see just one of the main residences of Her Majesty, the Queen of England & the Commonwealth of Nations around the World. I feel that everyone connected with eLanka also, will say a big “thank you” to you, again. We always enjoy reading or watching snippets of good news, especially now, in a somewhat dreary World, and this Royal Residence Buckingham Palace is certainly something WELL WORTH WATCHING. Desmond Kelly. (Editor-in-Chief)  eLanka. Source link ...

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   Among us Sri Lankans, I feel sure that all eLanka readers would be fully aware, that there are many “Roosters”. That said, with all this animal cruelty around at the moment, I would like to dedicate this little piece, especially to all the hens around, after all, it takes a hen and a rooster to manufacture the topic of my article. Eggs are just dregs, when “battery-laid”, by procedures both cruel and strange Still, one egg per day, keeps the doctor away, if the hens as I say, are “free-range”. Hens can’t be to blame, for the cruelty and shame, that their lives locked in cages, now features, it’s not the natural way, and I’d go on to say, they are still one of God’s little creatures. Eggs give us the protein that everyone needs, we love them for breakfast each day, but as everyone knows, we just should ...

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  Everyone, especially the readers of our great Lankan/Aussie website eLanka would be fully aware of the fact that, despite Covid 19 now being the curse of the century, medical professions around the world are advancing by leaps and bounds, everywhere one looks. While this is most encouraging, and plaudits are flying around like so much confetti, it has to be remembered that research into medical technology costs a fortune, so to continue with their good work, and help them with their various breaks-through, high finance is not just needed, it is needed right now. Unfortunately, love and fresh air will not suffice. Everything said and done, our Governments are now faced with a plethora of possible packages (financial). The following, however, have to be taken with the proverbial pinch of salt, but very seriously, nonetheless. The ALLERGISTS voted to SCRATCH-IT but the DERMATOLOGISTS advised against making any RASH-MOVES. The ...

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  As my eLanka readers should already know, your Editor has always been partial to a good phrase, or a quota of meaningful quotes, as the case may be, so let us get down to this quiz, which I hope will enable you to put on your “thinking caps”, because, as the great writer W.Somerset Maughan once quoted “Some people have a disinterested desire for knowledge. It is NOT an ignoble desire”           Please read the questions, then email us info@eLanka.com.au answers you think, are correct, and check them in the next issue of our Newsletter, which is now being praised by many, around the World. We will also pick a winner and see if we can share some of the Des Kelly Cds with the winner… If you have any praise to add, please let us know, if not, just remain silent. Thank you.  What is a ...

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