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Raj and Serendib with Hassan Musafer (centre)

An early picture of Raj and Serendib with Hassan Musafer (centre)

Source: Daily Island, June 30, 2020

The death of Hassan Musafer, at the age of 66, has certainly come as a shock to many, in the music scene.

Hassan was a reputed drummer, who performed with several well-known bands, including Mignonne and the Jetliners, and also Serendib, with Raj Senewiratne at the helm.

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Sunrise and Sunset – By Oscar E V Fernando


“When you do something noble and beautiful and nobody noticed, do not be sad. For the sun every morning is a beautiful spectacle and yet most of the audience still sleeps.John Lennon

Oscar Fernando

Sunrise and Sunset

In between this rising and setting we live, breath and have our being?

It is this Flash of Golden Beam-we do salute the new born day.

In this span we grow, be happy and live sharing-

All we have in body-soul-mind and spirit in what we do and say.

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The Hon. Scott Morrison MP
Prime Minister

Scott Morrison

The Hon. Gladys Berejiklian MP
Premier of New South Wales

The Hon. Michael McCormack MP
Deputy Prime Minister

Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development

The Hon. Alan Tudge MP
Minister for Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure

The Hon. Hon Andrew Constance MP
NSW Minister for Transport

The Hon. Hon Paul Toole MP
NSW Minister for Regional Transport and Roads


Monday 29 June 2020


The Federal and State Liberal and Nationals Governments will support nearly 5,500 jobs across New South Wales through a joint $1 billion investment in shovel-ready infrastructure projects and road safety upgrades.

The funding will be allocated to three key priorities:

  • $240 million to fix 11 congestion hotspots around Sydney, supporting 1,000 direct and indirect jobs;
  • $382 million to help local councils upgrade roads across regional NSW, supporting 3,500 direct and indirect jobs; and
  • $398 million for road safety projects in regional areas, supporting 950 direct and indirect jobs.

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Operation Hope: Join our story and magnify your impact

Operation Hope

With so much going on in the world right now we can start to feel despondent, sad, fearful. But across the world there are stories of hope, of love, of generosity and kindness.

Operation Hope, along with our local partners have been giving food, soap, water collection devices, masks and more important than all this, the hand of friendship and love as they serve people in some of the most vulnerable situations.

Will you join our story?

As you pray, support and donate you join your story to ours and together the impact is magnified and multiplied.

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The Mmagical Sri Lankan Singing brothers

The Magical Sri Lankan Singing brothers – From Sri Lanka with Love – The De Lanerolle Brothers

Everyone. Here is the link for a 20 minute performance from Sri Lanka to the world @ 6pm Sri Lankan time on YouTube. On Saturday June 27th 

Do sit back & enjoy with a suggestion to use headphones for the fullness of sound.


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The Settlers – by Patrick Ranasinghe  


The Settlers EP Album

The Settlers EP Album


It was 1972 and Felix and his wife migrated to Australia.  He decided to to start a new life without his music.  It didn’t last too long.  He & his wife went to a Sri Lanka Dance organised by the ACF (Australia Ceylon Fellowship).  He was spotted by Ernie Walker (clarinet & saxophonist) who was playing in the band with Raef Jansz (piano), Ronnie Bartholomeusz (drums – a former clarinetist).  Felix was invited to play a bracket with the band which he reluctantly accepted.  A few days later he was contacted by the band to join them.  Informing the band that he had no equipment and transport, the band still insisted on his joining them, going to the extent of hiring a bass guitar & amplifier for him.  With no transport, he was picked up by Ernie, at a prearranged Railway Station, and dropped off at his home at night. The band had many Sri Lankan dances, wedding etc.  Thus the Music Bug had bitten him.

Felix decided to revive his music career and picked up an advertisement in the local newspaper calling for a bass guitarist.  The first words coming out at the other end of the phone was “Have you got your own equipment and transport” and the answer from Felix was a big NO but with an assurance that he would purchase his own equipment with the monies he got from the first few jobs. Unfortunately, it didn’t seem the right answer.  But a few weeks later, this same band leader contacted him for an audition.  With no transport, Felix got his brother-in-law, to drive him to the venue.  It was about a 20 minute drive.  With a successful audition, he was offered the job to play on the weekend.  Travel to the venue was via. Tram, 2 trains and a bus with the journey lasting about 2 hours.

After a few months, the band was contracted to a newly built venue called “The Swagman” restaurant.  This restaurant became the most popular venue in Melbourne with people coming over literally in bus loads.  Travel time was much longer, but Felix still insisted on keeping the job.  Felix acquired his first bass guitar, which was offered to him by the keyboardist, for $25/=.

As time went on, members of the group decided to move on and eventually, Felix  was appointed Band Leader.  It was a hard task handling new musicians.  But as the musicians quit the band, Felix invited his Sri Lankan musicians as in Tyrone Senn (Piano); Ernie Walker (clarinet – saxophone).  Finally “THE SETTLERS” band became a more settled band with Felix (Bass Guitar – vocals), Tyrone Senn (Piano & keyboards), Phil Gardner (guitar – vocals) Ernie Walker (clarinet, saxophone – vocals); Lorne Campbell (drums) & Louisa Wisseling (vocals).  An EP featuring THE SETTLERS was produced, featuring Felix singing SWEET CAROLINE; Phil singing ‘”MAKE IT WITH YOU”; Louisa singing ‘NEVER NEVER NEVER” and Ernie with “STRANGER ON THE SHORE”.  Louisa went on to join THE SEEKERS for a short stint replacing Judith Durham.  As time went on, Felix was able to get the services of Milroy Passe de Silva (guitar) & Dallas Achilles (Trumpet).

Felix has moved on playing with many bands in Melbourne.  After many years playing music, he is now repaying the talent God has given by singing and playing at his local Parish on Sundays.  He says he is enjoying his new stint with a choir featuring Sri Lankans, Mauritians & Anglo Indians.  At times he has to perform at two masses, in the absence of the bass guitarist.  But he says that he still enjoys it.

Patrick Ranasinghe

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The Spin | Hutton and Carson: cricket prodigies who took different paths after 1937 – by Simon Burnton

England and New Zealand met at Lord’s this week 83 years ago with two gifted young batsmen in their ranks

England’s Len Hutton (left) and New Zealand batsman Bill Carson

England’s Len Hutton (left) and New Zealand batsman Bill Carson. Photograph: Alamy

Source: Guardian

The first Test between England and New Zealand at Lord’s, which started on this week in 1937, was interesting for several reasons, none of them apparent to Neville Cardus at the time. “The engagement will be a Test match only in name,” he wrote in his preview for the Guardian. “None of us would expect Derbyshire to give England a good match; yet Derbyshire are a better team than New Zealand. The MCC should put a limit to the occasions on which a cricketer in this country is able to pick up ‘international’ colours almost for nothing.” England, he wrote, “have everything to lose and nothing to gain in Test matches which provide a test only for one side”, and there would be few benefits for anyone involved. “If today Hutton should score a hundred the innings will count for less than a hundred in our everyday county matches,” he wrote. “And if he should score nothing at all the failure will mean nothing.”

Which is just as well, as he did score nothing. After a 30-minute duck in his first ever Test innings he improved significantly in the second, scoring one. The selectors obviously decided that Cardus had a point and stuck with him, he scored a century in the first innings of the second Test and the rest is history.

Streams, spinners and bubbles: counties ponder all options for restart

Len Hutton had turned 21 just a few days earlier – it is, in fact, the 104th anniversary of his birth on Tuesday – and the young opener was the talk of English cricket. In the buildup to his first Test he had scored 136 against Kent, 271 against Derbyshire and 153 against Leicestershire in successive matches, but the hype about his abilities had been building for years. In fact six had passed since the Sheffield Daily Telegraph’s report on Yorkshire’s first practice session after the winter break had declared that “the most interesting youngster at the nets was Leonard Hutton, who is only 14 years old”, who despite being “tall and frail-looking at present” was causing some excitement. “The verdict is unanimous – ‘a county batsman of the future’ – and it will be interesting to watch his progress,” they wrote. “He certainly shaped with style and confidence yesterday.”

Two years before Hutton’s England debut, Herbert Sutcliffe, another child of Pudsey, had predicted in his book For England and Yorkshire that Hutton would star for his country. “Hutton comes from Pudsey. I am from Pudsey too, and that little village has had continuous representation in the Yorkshire team for the last 46 years,” he said in 1937. “I am getting to the sere and yellow now. At any rate the selectors thought so last year and I don’t expect I shall be playing in first-class cricket for very much longer. It may be next year or it may be the year after, but it is bound to come. I am getting near the end of my tether as far as first-class cricket is concerned, but Hutton is there to carry on.” And carry on he did, for 79 Tests and 513 first-class matches, not retiring until 1956.

Just a couple of weeks after Hutton’s birth in Pudsey, a child was born on the other side of the world whose status as the English summer of 1937 started was as similar to Hutton’s as his age. Bill Carson was another prodigy, who in 1932-33, aged just 15, scored more than 1,000 runs in senior cricket for Gisborne and by then had already been spotted by the Auckland chairman Hugh Duncan, who brought him north the following year. Though his cricketing ascent was delayed somewhat by a leg injury sustained in 1936 (when he was named one of the five most promising players in the country by the Rugby Almanack of New Zealand) the following summer he rocketed to prominence.

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Mario Lanza – AVE MARIA Duet


Really interesting bit of history – who knew in 1950 that major MGM movie star Mario Lanza would live such a short life and that Luciano Pavarotti would go on to such acclaim. Mario Lanza only lived from 1921 to 1959 (died at 38).  He was one of the best known tenors of his time.In 1950, he sang at a Christmas concert from which this song was selected.

This duet featured Mario and a totally unknown young man from the choir….. Luciano Pavarotti.   


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