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The end of the road for Beetlemania: The last ever VW Beetle has rolled off the production line, signalling the end of an icon of motoring that was born when Adolf Hitler demanded the creation of a ‘people’s car’

Source:Daily Mail

The world’s-biggest selling car is no more. This week the last ever VW Beetle rolled off the production line and ended an astonishing era.

The original car was designed by Ferdinand Porsche in 1938 after Adolf Hitler ordered him to create a ‘People’s car’ — or Volks Wagen.

Only a handful were made before World War II intervened and production was not restarted until the late Forties. The quirky motor took the world by storm — and even became a Hollywood star in its own right in the Herbie films.

The old air-cooled model was eventually phased out and replaced in 1997 by a new version that was more sophisticated but less fun.

And by the time the final Bug was made in Puebla, Mexico, VW had sold more than 21 million Beetles…

 




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Australian Junior basketball champions – Cooper Ferdinand

Cooper Ferdinand’s Holding the winners shield after winning the Gold Medal at the just concluded Australian Junior basketball championship. He was a member of the Victorian. Metro team 




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Tell your parents you love them

“In the past two years, I  see several of my greatest friends lost their moms and another lost his dad. All from cancer, cardiac arrest, or other disease. It’s absolutely terrifying and I can’t even begin to imagine how hard it is to lose one of your parents.  

Moms and dads make sacrifices and tirelessly do whatever it takes to give you the best life possible. We often take that for granted or won’t realise this until we’re older in age. We all should feel lucky, grateful, and fortunate for how our parents raised us. Yes — your parents may be constantly buzzing above your head or yes — your mom may have made you wear the geekiest clothes possible to your sixth-grade school picture day. Yes — your day may not have bought you the coolest car when you turned that sweet sixteen. But they placed you as their number one priority in life and never once looked back and second-guessed that decision to do so.

During our young lives we rarely take the time to appreciate or even realise the things these people have done for us. Looking back one can realize they have done more for you then you could ever repay but with that being said these people don’t expect anything in return. What means the most to them is knowing the way you feel about them. So pick up your phone, when you can to tell your parents you love them today.”

When you look into your mother’s eyes, you know that is the purest love you can find on this earth.

Why You Should Tell Your Parents You Love Them—Sadly, there are no phones in Heaven.

Hope this clip will be an eye opener to you & me.

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10 Mysteries We Still Know Little About! (Love a Good Mystery? Check Out These Mind-Boggling Events…)

We all love a good mystery, many of which are mind-boggling – some famous, some of which receive little to no recognition. Throughout human history, there are riddles that cannot be explained in a rational way whatsoever. So, let’s take a look at some of the most mysterious events throughout history:

1. The location of Genghis Khan’s tomb

Genghis Khan’s tomb

 

The kingpin of the Mongol Empire, Genghis Khan, died in 1227. He asked to be buried in a grave with no marker or sign. However, centuries later, this didn’t stop archeologists from finding the tomb. Unfortunately, they were unable to do so, until they discovered Khan’s palace in 2004, where researchers believe that they might be close to discovering where this ancient symbol of power is buried. 

2. Why Stonehenge exists

Stonehenge exists

Stonehenge is a prehistoric monument located in Wiltshire, England. Each stone stands approximately 13 feet high and 7 feet wide. It was built between 3000 B.C. and 2000 B.C. There have been numerous theories as to why this formation exists. Some researchers believe that since the stones are aligned to the sunset of the winter solstice and the opposing sunrise of the summer solstice, it is believed that Stonehenge was used as a location for rituals. In addition, since there are a number of burial mounds that surround the stones, it is believed that it may have been used to celebrate the dead. But, as there is no record of Stonehenge, it’s true purpose remains a mystery. 

3. The message behind the Copper Scroll treasure

Copper Scroll treasure

Along with the rest of the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Copper Scroll was also discovered. Though it actually differs from the rest as it does not contain a trace of literature. Rather, it points out several places where various items made out of gold and silver have been buried. While the directions in which to locate these items are laid out in the text, some scholars believe that the scribe who wrote these directions was copying from another tablet, making a few mistakes and thus making it impossible to decipher exactly where the buried treasure is hidden.

4. The fate of the Princes in the Tower

Princes in the Tower

This expression makes reference to the disappearance of Edward V, the King of England, age 12, and Richard Shrewsbury, the Duke of York, age 9 in 1483. After the death of their father, King Edward IV of England, the boys were taken to the Tower of London for protection by their uncle, Richard, Duke of Gloucester. But, soon after being taken to the tower the boys had disappeared and their uncle took the throne. Years later, hidden under the staircase in the Tower of London, a box of bones had been discovered. While some claim that the bones belonged to the boys, it had never been scientifically proven. 

5. The disappearance of the Irish Crown Jewels

Crown Jewels

The jewels that belonged to the most illustrious order of Saint Patrick were stolen from the Dublin Castle in 1907, along with the collars from the five knights of the Order. Since the robbing, several rumors have charged the theft to various people. Among those charged, an ancestor of famed explorer Ernest Shackleton. Nevertheless, it appears that to this day, the thief has managed to get away with their crime.

6. The cause of the Greek Dark Ages

Greek Dark Ages

Researchers are uncertain why between 950 and 750 B.C.E., during the Greek Dark Ages, this progressive culture fell into such harsh times. Before this time period, the Greeks thrived. They maintained farming systems and  educational systems which had greatly benefited the people. But, all of a sudden, the population had drastically decreased leaving those who were still alive with fewer resources. To this day, historians still question why this sharp decline had happened and how.  

7. The existence of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon

Hanging Gardens of Babylon

The Hanging Gardens of Babylon were said to have featured an ascending series of tiered gardens with trees, flowers, shrubs, and vines. As implied in its name, the gardens were supposedly constructed in ancient Babylon, near present-day Hillah, Babil, in Iraq. Archeologically, there is no proof of the garden’s existence, however, five different writers around 290 B.C. had spoken of its captivating beauty.

8. The disappearance of the USS Cyclops

USS Cyclops

The USS Cyclops was built for the United States Navy several years before WWI. But in March 1918, its 306 passengers disappeared without a trace making it the single largest loss of life outside of a battle in Navy history. Many historians believe that troubles with the ship might have caused it to sink in the waters of the Bermuda Triangle. However, there are others that believe a conspiracy might be to blame. 

9. The secret meaning behind the Phaistos Disc

Phaistos Disc

Discovered on Crete in 1908, the Phaistos Disc was thought to date back to the middle or late Minoan Bronze Age. Both sides of the disc contained a series of stamped symbols whose purpose and meaning have left archeologists and historians stumped for years. While there are many theories for what the disc contains, they all agree that in order to truly know what treasures the disc holds, they first need to find more content with which to base their findings.

10. The mystery of the Bermuda Triangle

Bermuda Triangle

Located between Florida, Bermuda and Puerto Rico, the Bermuda Triangle, also known as the Devil’s Triangle, has seen a suspiciously high number of aircraft and ships that have disappeared under mysterious circumstances. Many conspiracy theorists have hypothesized that the waters might contain the lost city of Atlantis, or perhaps, aliens – which have been blamed for the mystery swirling in the waters. However, years later, these theories have largely been disproved.

 

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SCHOOLS – 1950s v 2019

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Scenario : 
Johnny and Mark get into a fight after school. 

1950s – Crowd gathers. Mark wins. Johnny and Mark shake hands and end up best friends. 

2019 – Police called, and they arrest Johnny and Mark & charge them with assault.
Both expelled even though Johnny started it.

Both children go to anger management programmes for 3 months. School

 governors hold meeting to implement bullying prevention programmes. 

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Scenario :
Robbie won’t be still in class, disrupts other students. 

1950s – Robbie sent to headmaster and given six of the best.
Returns to class, sits still and does not disrupt class again. 

2019 – Robbie given huge doses of Ritalin. Becomes a zombie. Tested for ADHD –

result deemed to be positive. Robbie’s parents get fortnightly disability payments and

school gets extra funding from government because Robbie has a disability. 

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Scenario :
Billy breaks a window in a neighbour’s car and his Dad gives him a good hiding

1950s – Billy is more careful next time, grows up normal, goes to college, and becomes a successful businessman. 

2019 – Billy’s dad is arrested for child abuse. Billy removed to foster care; joins a gang; ends up in jail. 

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Scenario :
Mark gets a headache and takes some Aspirin to school. 

1950s – Mark gets glass of water from Principal to take aspirin with, Passes exams & becomes a solicitor.

2019 – Police called, car searched for drugs and weapons.
Mark expelled from school for drug taking. Ends up as a drop out.

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Scenario :
Johnny takes apart leftover fireworks from Guy Fawkes night, puts them in a paint tin & blows up a wasp’s nest. 

1950s – Wasps die. 

2019  Police & Anti-Terrorism Squad called. Johnny charged with domestic terrorism, 

investigate parents, siblings removed from home, computers confiscated.
Johnny’s Dad goes on a terror watch list and is never allowed to fly in an aeroplane again. 

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Scenario :
Johnny falls over while playing football during morning break and scrapes his knee.
He is found crying by his teacher, Mary.  She hugs him to comfort him. 

1950s – In a couple of minutes, Johnny feels better and goes on playing football. No damage done.

2019 – Mary is accused of being a sexual predator and loses her job. She faces 3 years in prison.
Johnny undergoes 5 years of therapy and ends up gay. 

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ERROL GRAHAM DIAZ (Guitarist and Vocalist)

Errol

Errol Graham Diaz was born in 1956 in Kollannawa, Sri Lanka.  He was the second of four children.  Errol started his education at St. John’s College, Dematagoda and at the early age of seven, he started playing music by teaching himself to play the guitar.  As a youngster, Errol started entertaining his neighbour’s nextdoor at Pagoda, whilst the adults were playing card games.  He was encouraged by everyone and received payment of Rs 5.00 for his efforts.  He would collect the monies and purchase music books to enhance his knowledge.

In 1969, Errol migrated to Australia with his grand-mother and siblings.  In Sydney, he attended Birrong Boys High School and was a member of the school band.  Once he completed his schooling years, he joined a Dutch band called “Orbit Shuffle” and played for a few years earning very little.

After a number of years, Errol decided to join another band called “The Sundowners” a country band and played in several rural areas, which included clubs.  Errol then went on to join a few Sri Lankan bands, namely Breakaway, Rapture, Breeze, Guinn Ragel and Nightshift. 

In 2004, Errol decided to be a free lancing guitarist by playing in a few  Australian and Sri Lankan bands when possible.

Errol was always encouraged by the late Raddy Ferreira and Darrel Ferreira, and has played a few times with them.  Guinn Ragel has also been helpful and encouraging in Errol’s music career.  In the good old days, they would travel together for all the gigs

they performed, by Guinn gladly picking and dropping Errol at home.

In 2012, Errol decided to stop playing at “live” gigs and focussed on composing.  His first attempt was a gospel song called “It’s So True”.  He worked hard on this and developed a CD and DVD for distribution and the song is available on iTunes.   He still composes and is experimenting at home and in touch with his music.

Errol is not only an accomplished guitarist, but he is also a vocalist.  He is influenced by singers like Elvis Presley, Glen Campbell, Tom Jones, the Beatles, the Shadows and his favourite guitarist is Larry Carlton.

Music has always been a great escape for Errol and has met many friends through the industry.

Apart from music, Errol was also a good cricketer as a right arm off-spin bowler and right hand batsman.  He played “A” grade cricket for Bankstown Sports, the Newline Cricket Club and the United Cricket Club which consisted of many Sri Lankan cricketers.

At the moment, Errol is enjoying travelling to various countries (Canada, Sri Lanka, New Zealand, Fiji to name a few) and sampling the various culinary delights.  He has been enjoying the wildlife in Africa by touring various Safari parks.  He enjoys his rice and curry on a daily basis and is looking forward to more travel and enjoying life! 

 

ED with guitar

Have a listen to Errol Diaz on guitar!……

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Cricket Corruption | Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj | Netflix

On the latest episode of Patriot Act, Hasan takes a look at the history and politics behind one of the biggest sports in the world: cricket. With billions of fans scheduled to tune into the upcoming 2019 Cricket World Cup, Hasan examines how the game has evolved from a sport of British colonizers into a tool of diplomacy and a force for good despite recent scandals and corruption. Hasan also explores how cricket has especially grown in India due in part to the creation of the IPL, a flashy professional cricket league founded by the infamous Lalit Modi, and how that expansion has unfortunately come at the expense of the growth of cricket in other countries.



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“WAIT FOR ME” – By Des Kelly

     A very special “message” to all my family, friends & fans out in our eLanka World. The above song was composed by me & dedicated to all young lovers everywhere. This “cover”

is done by a good friend, Gehan Gunasekera, himself, a Musician of high repute in Australia, who has already released several “covers” that keep being enjoyed by Music-lovers everywhere, on You-tube. I do know, for a fact, that Gehan takes on a tremendous amount of trouble, with the procedure of “covering” the songs that he does so very well, and, as such, I would like to say a big  “thank you” to him, for what he has done with ballad of mine.

     I would also like to thank Darrell DeSilva, a very famous lead-guitarist of Ceylon (in the good old days), & carried on, as all good Sri Lankan “Musos” do, no matter where they go.

Darrell was also a big part of the “backing” on my song, and, in so doing, made a good song sound even better. 

As I have always said, there are Singers and Songwriters, but, without the superb backing of our bands, groups, and Instrumentalists, we would be completely “lost”, so, thank you Darrell, for your  “fretboard-fantasies”. 

     Because of my present medical condition, I cannot go out and “record” my songs as I would like to do, so, this song was originally recorded by me, at home, as I normally do, these days, but, when any song of mine is “covered” as this one has been, all I can say us that I am sincerely grateful to all concerned. 

     To complete this special message to all you good people out there, I would like to say a big “thank you” to my good friend Neil Jayasekera, the owner of our special website eLanka, for all his help in promoting my songs, many more of which will be forthcoming, God willing, of course.

All of my songs & recordings are now available, as CDs or itunes via the “eLanka Shop“. Future ” Covers” are also expected via Gehan Gunasekera, plus other DVDs etc., are also available, total finances of which are directed, as in the past, to several needy orphans in Sri Lanka.

        Desmond Kelly.

       (Editor-in-Chief).   eLanka.


Download songs from Gehan Gunasekera & Desmond Kelly – click on image below 

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Darlings! Tiffany’s was the place to be! – Story: Marie Pietersz (The Write Touch), Melbourne; Photo credits: well wishers

And what a glamorous event it was, this Brunch at Tiffany’s mid-year event hosted by the HFC PPA Bamba (Aust) Inc at the Oakleigh Hall on 14 July.

The atmosphere was electric and the venue filled to capacity with 170 sophisticated ladies (and some elegant gents, I might add). The ladies were real eye candy, looking stylish in their favourite little black dresses, cigarette pants, pencil skirts, fabulous strings of pearls, updo styles with hair ornaments, and cigarette holders.

The entrance to the venue was decorated like a Tiffany store and inside was elaborately bedecked with all the trimmings and touches to represent the theme, with no effort spared, thanks to a very talented committee and helpers.

The costumes, make-up and hair did real justice to the beautiful and famous look inspired by Aubrey Hepburn as the iconic Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, the 1961 Hollywood blockbuster movie. George Peppards, eat your heart out, these HFC girls’ portrayal of the real thing was simply the best.

The afternoon was eventful with a packed agenda of items to get through in spite of the lively incessant chatter and laughter to be heard throughout, with mimosas served on arrival to set the mood.

After the welcome speech by President Aruni Wijeyesinghe, there was a hearty singing of the school song by the huge contingent of past pupils attending, led by Secretary Michelle Vanvelzon.

A sumptuous brunch buffet was served, catered by With Love Catering, followed by a delectable Sweet Table, which had everybody enjoying fine fare.

Then it was time to play the table quiz competition, ably conducted by Nalis Miranda and included identifying music from that era. The raffle was well subscribed and comprised generous prizes, the first prize of a Tiffany bracelet won by Annemarie Labrooy.

Next was the pleasant task of choosing the fairest lady of them all, which was no mean feat given the beautifully attired females in the room. No doubt a hard task and by a slim margin, the winner chosen was Joanne Holsinger.

The afternoon ended with a lesson on how to do the Charleston, a dance move from the Swinging Sixties, which saw a long line of ladies take a short instruction from Marie Pietersz of Love2Dance before attempting a very good rendition to the music Putting on the Ritz.

All too soon it was over, another beautifully themed event done and dusted, organised on the back of the very successful previous Madhatter’s Tea Party themed event.

Until next time, says the committee, with credit to:

President Aruni Wijeyesinghe

Secretary Michelle Vanvelzon

Treasurer Nadeeka Perera

Members Nalis Miranda, Inoka Jayasinghe, Jilska Williams and Jean Le Mercier.

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“Did U Smoke BDs in SL.?. – By Des Kelly

So, it ‘s come down to this ?. Well Sir, I didn’t have a clue that they were Indian Cigarettes, however, I do know that they used to “roll their own” in Ceylon, while my “cheapest” brand was “Peacock” @ 20 cents for a packet of ten. 
Beedies (or Beedis), were left aside for the less affluent folk. Unfortunately, I started this rotten habit of smoking, when I was around the 15 year mark. At home, in Lorensz Road, Bamba., although dad never touched alcohol, he did smoke a few 3 Roses, a day, while mum always preferred Bristol Cigarettes. Neither smoked beedies. 
     My first cigarette however, was a Player’s Navy Cut, filched by my good friend David Swan,God rest his soul, from his dad’s tin of fifty. His dad was one of the very affluent folk in Bamba. He was Judge StClair Swan (R.I.P.), 
and, as such, had many tins of fifty, of the best fags around, so David figured that he would not miss a couple, now & then. He wanted “company” to smoke with (what’s new ?!!), 
and so, we would meet, at the little ” thosai-kade” up the Street, and it was ” neat’, or “cool” as they say, these days.
     Anyway, it seems that we are talking about an Indian cigarette now, so I’ll leave it there, for the moment. My advice to everybody out there, is DO NOT SMOKE AT ALL, 
if you can help it. At least, Beedies & Peacocks in the old days, did not contain a fraction of the rubbish in the cigarettes of today, cigarettes that cost around 40 dollars, Australian, a packet. It would be cheaper and BETTER to smoke a few Beedies, if you must smoke at all.
Desmond Kelly
 Desmond Kelly.
   (Editor -in-Chief)  eLanka.
A beedi (BiDi) is a thin cigarette or mini-cigar filled with tobacco flake and commonly wrapped in a Tendu leaf tied with a string or adhesive at one end. It originates from the Indian subcontinent. The name is derived from the Marwari word beeda—a mixture of betel nuts, herbs, and spices wrapped in a leaf.

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