DESMOND KELLY

“COUNTRY MUSIC” – By Des Kelly   This is something extra-special for all my readers/members of e’Lanka As almost everyone knows, my love for Music has been with me for almost 85 years now. I was born into music, as both Mum and Dad were musically minded, with Mum actually having won prizes for singing and entertaining her young school-friends.            While I enjoy all good music, my forte’ has always been Country Music. ...

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  “THE FINAL CURTAIN” – by Des Kelly     “And now, the end is near, and so I face, the final curtain”, My way, was a song written by Frenchmen Claude Francois & Jacques Revaux who also recorded it in 1967, to no big success, but then Paul Anka, another Showbiz legend and songwriter rearranged the song for Frank Sinatra, who recorded it in 1969 and turned it into a huge hit, but not before he met, and personally acknowledged ELVIS as one of the BIGGEST STARS EVER, to come. Unfortunately, Elvis Presley became the KING OF ROCK N ROLL, whose reign did not last, as it should have done, yet who will never ever be forgotten, forever and a day.           I will now return to the ” post” sent to me recently, by Charles Schokman, recalling the tragic passing away of who would ...

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Cinderella – By Des Kelly      Had no idea that Cinderella was a real person. I used to read all these stories as a very young lad and being who I was, tended to believe that these were all “fairy-stories”.  Anyway, not being sceptical enough to believe that fairies were not real, just figments of the imagination, I did enjoy the Cinderella story with everything she did go through in life, and now bring my readers of eLanka yet another situation that this pretty young lass got into, via another friend and Officer of the Royal Ceylon Navy, Chris Lawton, who has somehow followed her life as she aged, just like the rest of us. Thank you Chris. Hope our readers will enjoy this “Episode”. Desmond Kelly. (Editor-in-Chief) eLanka. A    FIRESIDE  STORY  DURING  THESE  COLD  WINTER  NIGHTS – Cinderella, Her  final  wishes —– Cinderella is now 95 years old .After ...

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    “FUNNIES” (From Virus to Viral) – By Des Kelly  Just two days away, hopefully, to see the end of another lockdown in Victoria, or Melbourne, to be more precise, my good friend Arthur Speldewinde has taken the trouble to send me what he has termed “Virus Funnies”, in order to cheer me up, being the “guru” of self-isolation, myself.  For all of you good folk who were not aware of it, this writer now has what is termed Ankylosin Spondylitis, who is really the Mother of Arthritis, and this has rendered me not only a curved spine, but also the fact that I am physically unable to leave my humble residential Unit at all. This is quite funny, come to think of it, from being out of home, working long days, 24/7, to carrying out my Showbiz responsibilities 5 nights a week, at least, to being alone at ...

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    “FUNNY FILL-INS” – By Des Kelly As everyone knows, there are Comedians, Comediennes, Comics, and Comedic Writers, many baring their stuff on Facebook, which is MOSTLY nothing much to write home about, but now and again, we see some Funny Fill-ins which, unless you are a Funeral Director, should make you laugh a little. Talking about these sad folk (the Funeral Directors, I mean),  There is this story about young Johnny who had never missed a single day at School for all of three years, and then suddenly, he was absent for three consecutive days. His teacher’s first words to Johnny on his return- “why were you absent for three whole days, Johnny ??, Johnny’s answer was immediate. “Sorry Sir, but my father got burnt”. The teacher replied “Oh, sorry to hear that young John, was he badly burnt” ??. Johnny’s answer to this, was  ...

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  “TAP-DANCING” – by Des Kelly    Although my background is a combination of Irish & Dutch, and even though my Lankan/Aussie Showbiz career goes right back to 1941, when I was just five years old and included Acting on-stage, and on television, Vocalizing, writing the lyrics & music to over a hundred songs, playing various instruments including Ukulele, Guitar, and Keyboard, writing poetry that has been accepted Internationally, and finally, at the ripe old age of eighty five, being accepted as the Editor for the very best website for both Aussies and Sri Lankans all over the World, eLanka ...

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             “MARITIME DISASTER” – By Des Kelly   What is going to happen next ??. Sri Lanka did manage to keep Corona Virus mostly at bay, after the bug left China to take over as a Global Pandemic, taking the lives of millions of people and suffocating millions of others to the point of no return.  Suddenly, for no specific reason, Covid 19 started to worsen in this tiny Island, restrictions were duly toughened, curfews and lockdown introduced in an effort to at least contain the virus, unfortunately, to no effect, and then,  like a blast from the blue, comes a much more dangerous “Indian strain” ...

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“CHEF EXTRAORDINAIRE” – BY Des Kelly It seems that Nick Lander has just landed a most sumptuous Sri Lankan Feast care of Marco the Magician (and Chef) of the magnificent Dorchester Hotel in London. Maxie Gerreyn has just sent me this story which has made me hungry even as I read this appetizing post, so I do not intend to keep the members and readers of eLanka waiting any longer. Thanks again to Max, now let us read this fabulous account of our very own “Chef Extraordinaire” Marco Perera. Desmond Kelly. (Editor -in-Chief) eLanka. A Sri Lankan feast Source:Jancisrobinson One of London’s smartest hotels provided an unlikely setting for some great home cooking – and what a home! It was to be a booking for last Monday night, the night of the week when many restaurants are closed. It was to be for five, all of us at an age ...

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Comedy In Nature  Once again, something entirely different for eLanka members and readers to enjoy.  Sent in by Keith Bennett via Larry De Motte, as a great finishing touch to Autumn 2021. English Phrases tell us so very much. “A PICTURE SPEAKS A THOUSAND WORDS” Please enjoy these fabulous photographs. A big credit to the Photographer/s concerned. Desmond Kelly. (Editor-in-Chief) eLanka.    ...

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“ENGLISH BRAIN-TEASERS”  Bored while in lockdown ??,  Well folks, let us spend a little while on what are a few English brain-teasers.  In each of the following sentences, there is a “hidden fruit”. Let’s see if you can find them. Letters are found next to each other. No need to jump or skip or separate the sentence.           Hoping these teasers give you something to think about, as you will. ...

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