DESMOND KELLY

THE WORLD WEEPS” (While Pariahs Prosper) – by Des Kelly

Armistice day, 2018. One hundred years since the guns of the first World War (supposedly the war to end all Wars) were silenced, hopefully to fulfil the supposition above, but what happens ?,

A little pariah Corporal, failed artist, charisma of a gnat, moustache & all, BUT, with the gift of the gab, suddenly takes over, forms a “Party” under a geometrical sign, named the “Swastika”, seduces a Nation that was going through difficult times, with shouted promises from atop his soapbox, gets promoted to the top of his class, gains the trust of his people, gathers a bunch of like-minded pariahs, and, instead of being satisfied with everything they now have gained, decide to put a finish to the entire Nation which previously boasted Jesus Christ, among others, and having almost accomplished this nefarious act, then becomes the brother of Narcissus, wanting to take over the rest of the World, but ends up shooting himself.

I have related the above story in one lengthy paragraph only because I do not really think that Adolph Hitler deserved any more than that. This was the start of World War Two.!!

Now, in the 21st Century, everyone in the World remembers the Centenary of the Armistice, and rightfully so, Every single “life” extinguished in the cause of defending one’s Country should be forever in the memory of each and every one of us who have survived not only the 1st & 2nd World Wars, but plenty of other useless ones, in between, including, of course, the absolutely stupid one that lasted for over 26 years in the Island Paradise that is Sri Lanka.

Once again, everyone blessed with even half a brain, has to now fight these no-brain pariahs calling themselves terrorists. Using “Religon” as a “front-piece”, these terrorists think (like Hitler did), think that in the future, they will rule the World. They are SO WRONG. Some battles ?, perhaps, but NEVER this War.

To finish with the latest Bourke Street incident in Melbourne, just last weekend, my eldest son & his partner were only MINUTES away from the terrible terrorist incident that killed an ionic restaurant owner, and wounded, by stabbing, two more innocent people before, he, the terrorist was shot by a police officer and died later on, in hospital.
My son may well have been killed himself, and even to think of this makes me very angry indeed. I do not intend to try and teach the Police Commissioner his job, but why were the two young cops just trying to defend themselves against this mad man ?. According to what was shown on television, this guy was NOT wielding a PEN-KNIFE !!.
He was carrying what looked like a ” butcher-knife” fully intending to stab and kill them. Why didn’t this cop shoot him sooner, rather than later ?.

What are our Governments doing, as regards the safety of the people who put them there ?. This terrorist was “known to police”. As a matter of fact, a while ago, this same man wanted to leave Australia to go to Syria, quite possibly to join the terrorist movement over there and kill everyone who didn’t believe in terrorism. Australia STOPS him from going. WHY ??!!, I say, let them go, cancel their Australian Citizenships and do NOT let them back in.

Is this so bloody difficult to do ?. Had he gone, when he wanted to go, an innocent man would not have died & this pariah would probably still be living, himself.

Governments, State & Federal, in Australia are, in my opinion, pussy-footing with these terrorists. DISCIPLINE, TOUGH, HARD DISCIPLINE is what is sorely needed in this Country. Strike the first punch and knock out these pariahs, sending them, and their families (if they choose to), BACK to where they came from, never to be permitted to set foot in Australia again. Granted, we may never be able to eradicate terrorism completely, but why make it EASIER FOR THEM to bring their vile practices into this Country ?.

Yes, the World Weeps for heroes, now long gone, but NO Pariahs should prosper, under any circumstances, whatsoever.

Desmond Kelly.
(Editor-in-Chief).
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“HUNG UP”(On you) – By Des Kelly

 

Don’t “hang-up” on me, folks. Not just yet, anyway.
Here is a remarkable good-news story, closely following another “crazy” one, with some idiot running amok in Melbourne, very recently, indeed, stabbing people to death, setting a vehicle alight in the heart of the C.B.D., trying to stab a couple of Policemen, when a third one came up and shot the S.O.B., unfortunately, in that hospital resources had to become involved, caring for this idiot, using Melbourne taxpayer money, to do so. People can now “watch” these things as they happen (on television), with the technology we now boast about. This crazy episode had people screaming “Oh God”, not another terrorist attack, is it”?.

I certainly do not intend to publicize this bad news any more than I have to, people have only to switch on their T.V. to get further details, but here is the “good-news” story.

Once again, in Melbourne, at the Royal Children’s Hospital, beautiful conjoined twins Nima & Dawa have now been surgically separated, involving about 6 hours, plus about eighteen wonderful Doctors, Surgeons & Staff, doing their superb work to give two little girls a chance to live separate lives, in future. Heartiest congratulations to everyone concerned.

Why this stupid terrorist-style man even had to steal an atom of thunder from what was happening within a stone’s throw away, from the Children’s Hospital is anybody’s guess.President Trump is hinting on twitter, that he is seriously thinking about the “Death-Penalty”, after what happened over there, quite recently, and I totally agree with him.My only draw-back on this, is that this “penalty” is too quick and easy for these bastards. They should be made to suffer as much as they have made their victims suffer, and then die. Good riddance of bad rubbish, I would say.

Now, to get back to my “telephone talk”. Something completely new, probably unheard of, in Australia is this phenomenon titled “Country-Jazz”. We have all heard of Country Music in general, beginning with Gospel, going on to the “Old-Opry” style, then to “Nashville”, Country-Rock, and ending up in ” Modern- Country”.

Junior Brown, also unheard of, in Australia, very much, BUT one of the finest Country/Jazz guitarists I have ever had the pleasure of watching. Until now, it has always been people such as Chet Atkins & Les Paul for me, but, Ladies and Gentlemen, let me introduce Junior Brown, singer, songwriter, guitarist/steel guitarist, etc., etc., for your enjoyment. Especially for the members and readers of eLanka, everywhere, I’M HUNG-UP, ON YOU.

Desmond Kelly
Star of eLanka
(Editor-in-Chief)

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“ANOTHER DAWN” – by Des Kelly

 

There has to be something about THIS particular name!
Talking about “Dawn”, the one to whom I dedicated a song, a most beautiful, loving, caring, woman, who would “light-up” any room she entered, with just her smile and personality, but was sadly taken away from us, in 2016, at 73 years of age. God bless you, & may you rest in peace, Dawn.

Dawn Wells, aka Mary Ann Summers of the television sitcom Gilligan’s Island, is, at 80 years of age, the “last” Dawn, who still survives from the “Cast” of that show which was quite popular during my early years in Australia. She was an American teenager whose “bad knees” prevented her from becoming a ballerina, yet, she did become Miss Nevada in 1960, and was a very pretty addition to the “Island”. Good luck Dawn & God bless you too.

Dawn French, actress, comedienne, writer & presenter of “The French & Saunders Show”, plus the lead Star of the “Vicar of Dibley” television programme, also enjoyed by “yours truly”, a British Actress, born in Wales, 61 years ago, and still “going-strong” as the saying goes. This Dawn is also a good-looking woman, in addition to being highly talented. Keep going, Dawn. As the Vicar of Dibley, you certainly know what to do.

There are a few more “Dawns”, much younger, and, mostly involved in Sports, still famous in the present era, but unknown to old fogeys like myself, so, I leave them to their accomplishments and wish them well.

Now, yet “Another Dawn”, this time, another SUPERB
Country Music Artiste, another Patsy Cline, in my book, chosen by Vince Gill (a STAR, if ever there was one), as his female backing vocalist for about 22 years. Dawn Sears, a very pretty teenager, started her career as recently as 1975, (she was born in 1961), a highly under-rated Country singer,who was, in my opinion, just as good as Patsy Cline or Loretta Lynn, did not get much of a chance to prove herself to be on the top rungs of “Country-fame”. She died, sadly, at just 53 years of age, after suffering lung cancer for two years.

Everyone who reads my “stories” around the World, via eLanka, the “top” website for all Lankan/Aussies, plus also thousands of Lankan expatriates, around the Globe, know, by now, that, when it comes to Music, I pick ONLY the very best “you-tube” clips for my readers to listen to (& watch), as they read. Around 75 years in “showbiz”,myself, gives me the necessary experience to do this, and ONLY eLANKA gives our readers the added pleasure of “reading” to a musical background. Please listen to (and enjoy), “ANOTHER DAWN” (Sears, wife of Country-fiddler Kenny), now gone, but never forgotten by everyone who LOVES REAL COUNTRY MUSIC. Goodbye Dawn, we love you.

Desmond Kelly.
(Editor-in-Chief)-eLanka.

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“Aiyho, what to do men”? – By Des Kelly

Nothing, really. Although this this “exclamation” is most popularly used in the South Indian State of Tamil Nadu, & Tamil-speaking parts of Sri Lanka, generally, also Malaysia & Singapore, believe it or not, the word originates from China. How it would actually be “written” in Chinese, I would not know, but what I do know is the fact that China, as a Country, would have very little reason to utter this quote, as their population seems to be growing twice as fast as any of the other Nations involved & they certainly know what to do (men), without us, from Sri Lanka providing the answer

Desmond Kelly.
 Star of eLanka.
(Editor-in-Chief).

 

 

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“GAMBLING CHAMPIONS” (You bet!!) – By Des Kelly

Nearly twenty four billion dollars annually (you bet), makes Australians. including, sadly, Lankan/Aussies, as I call all Sri Lankans now living permanently in Australia, the Gambling Champions of the World, NOTHING TO BE PROUD OF!!. Every year, as time goes by, it steadily gets worse.

Aussies will gamble on anything. If there are two flies crawling up a wall, they will bet on which fly “takes-off” first,
there are horse races, dog races, trotting races, camel races, right down to cockroach races, it doesn’t matter a jot. “Let’s have a bet on that” would have to be one of the most famous phrases coming out of Aussie mouths.
It staggers me to think that so much money is wasted on a “habit” that ends up in total losses to the gambler, 90% of the time. The other 10% might win once or twice, only to lose the bloody lot, the next time around.

I now refer in particular, to my Lankan Aussie friends.
In case you guys & gals don’t realize it, in “GAMBLING”, anywhere, it has already been pre-planned by whom I would refer to as the “Gambling”Mafia”that the “HOUSE” will always WIN. This means that your chances of winning are mighty slim, In fact, you may not win any-bloody-thing, as your Aussie mates might say.

It is early on Melbourne-Cup day, I write this. The BIGGEST Horse-race in the World, a Public Holiday, over here. Horses, Trainers, Jockeys & Owners of these magnificent animals come to Melbourne from the far corners of the world, bringing with them “their hopes” of winning a three handled, 18 carat gold cup, as it was since 2014, worth 175.000 dollars. The cup itself is but a pinch of salt or a grain of sea-sand, in comparison to the amounts of money “LOST” on the “running” of the race. Without a doubt, to watch this “superb-spectacle” is awe-inspiring, but my sole interest is in the horses themselves, their trainers and jockeys, who do everything they possibly can, to win this race, in particular. I have certainly watched the Melbourne Cup every year, from the time I arrived here as a migrant.
Sadly, even as I watched the Lexus Melbourne Cup, 2018, one beautiful horse, running it’s heart out, pulled up lame and had to be euthanized on the track, then & there, Cliffsofmoher, Irish, beloved race-horse is now, no more.
My sincere condolences to everyone, from his owners to the stable-hands that looked after him, his jockey & trainer, all who were shattered by his sudden demise, in the race that
“divides” the Nation, the magnificent, but sad 2018 Melbourne Cup. It has happened before, and will happen again. Many thorough-breds since ‘Archer’ in the 1st great horse-race has suffered a similar fate & have had to be put-down, but I suppose, these animals are, under normal circumstances, well looked after, and accidents will happen.

Then, not too long after this particular race, Jocky Hugh Bowman, was charged with 3 offences, careless riding, weighing half a kilo over what he was supposed to weigh, & what I am much more concerned about, was the fact that he had over-used his bloody whip on Marmelo, the runner-up, in the cup. This animal was giving his all, to try and win, only to be excessively whipped by a man who, as the usual rider of the wonder-horse WINX, should worship, not whip the animals that have made him a bloody fortune.

Getting back to my story on “Gambling Champions”, let me please try to advise my readers of eLanka especially.
If you HAVE TO GAMBLE, if you are addicted to the habit, or just do it as a hobby, to keep your minds ticking over, my advice to you is to put aside, say $20.00 per week, for that purpose. Do your gambling with that money & not a cent more or less. You are quite likely to lose the lot, but even if you WIN, do not get greedy and try to take down the gambling mafia. Put your winnings in a separate bank account and “gamble” with THEIR money. This way, you will not go broke, but still keep your interest alive.

Many years ago, I visited the Crown Casino in Melbourne to simply see exactly what was going on, there.
There is no day or night on these premises. It is a continuous-calamity of human-kind sitting or standing at poker-machines, gambling tables, soft lighting & rather than sweet-music, bleary-eyed individuals trying to win-big.
Being there, prompted me to try one of the poker machines.
A couple or three dollars later, I really hit the jack-pot. It was indeed a huge “win” for me. 60 whole dollars. I immediately went over to the cashier, collected my money and went home, have never ever been to that, or any other casino.
Nowadays, you cannot switch on ” the box”, without being peppered with gambling ‘ads”finally telling you to “gamble responsibly”. What a bloody joke !, if you did, as they advised, where would they get the money to publicise the ad, in the first place ?. Don’t be fooled, Ladies & Gentlemen,
We are already Gambling-Champions aren’t we ?.

Desmond Kelly.
 Star of eLanka
 (Editor-in-Chief)
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“HAVE FAITH IN PERCY” – By Des Kelly

“If music be the food of love, play on”. What an extraordinarily beautiful phrase ?, one of my favourites, because, as I always say, good music is the ONE ingredient that could turn a gloomy day into a bright one, an unhappy individual into someone with a new hope, in other words, a frown into a smile, and so the list goes on.

Of course, this will depend on the MUSIC that IS “the food of love”!. The days of “gourmet” music are unfortunately few and far between, nowadays, my friends.
Loud, raucous, “so-called” music, blasted out, electronically, more often, than not, now seems to be the flavour of the present era. As it was, in Africa, eons ago, when music was simply a means of contacting each other, via the beating of drums, (wooden clubs on-tree, style), in order to plan warfare on this other “tribe” that was threatening them, today’s LOUD bands get together in order to try to burst the eardrums of their audiences, and, if that wasn’t enough, to smash expensive guitars & other equipment, for no reason, whatsoever.

The days of Percy have passed us by, but, as the Editor of the “top” website for all Lankan Aussies,(eLanka), I do my very best to recapture the “softer” music referred to, in the first paragraph of this story. Maestro Percy Faith, was a Band-leader, Orchestrator, Composer, & Conductor, born in Toronto, Canada, on April,7th, 1908, became World-famous for his lush musical compositions, and was credited for introducing “Mood-Music” & “Easy-Listening” for music lovers everywhere. Among Composers, this man was a genius. As a child, he was considered a prodigy on piano, unfortunately burning his hands rather badly in a fire at his home in 1926 (he was 18, at the time), then took to “Conducting”, went on, during the 50’s & 60’s, (those were the days, my friends), to create “hits” for Artistes such as Doris Day, and what a beautiful voice she had, Tony Bennett, Johnny Mathis, and even Burl Ives. Again, unfortunately, this great musician died on the 9th of February, 1976, aged just 68.. He had dozens of instrumental hits, himself, the very first, called “Delicado” , but, as usual, for my readers everywhere, I always pick what I consider, the very BEST in music clips (on you-tube), & this time, “Symphony”, which, in one word, asks you to “HAVE FAITH IN PERCY”(FAITH, was his name, MUSIC, his game).

Desmond Kelly.
 Star of eLanka.
(Editor-in-Chief).

 

 

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“HAVE FAITH IN PERCY” – By Des Kelly

“If music be the food of love, play on”. What an extraordinarily beautiful phrase ?, one of my favourites, because, as I always say, good music is the ONE ingredient that could turn a gloomy day into a bright one, an unhappy individual into someone with a new hope, in other words, a frown into a smile, and so the list goes on. 

     Of course, this will depend on the MUSIC that IS “the food of love”!. The days of “gourmet” music are unfortunately few and far between, nowadays, my friends.

Loud, raucous, “so-called” music, blasted out, electronically, more often, than not, now seems to be the flavour of the present era. As it was, in Africa, eons ago, when music was simply a means of contacting each other, via the beating of drums, (wooden clubs on-tree, style), in order to plan warfare on this other “tribe” that was threatening them, today’s LOUD bands get together in order to try to burst the eardrums of their audiences, and, if that wasn’t enough, to smash expensive guitars & other equipment, for no reason, whatsoever. 

     The days of Percy have passed us by, but, as the Editor of the “top” website for all Lankan Aussies,(eLanka), I do my very best to recapture the “softer” music referred to, in the first paragraph of this story. Maestro Percy Faith, was a Band-leader, Orchestrator, Composer, & Conductor,  born in Toronto, Canada, on April,7th, 1908, became World-famous for his lush musical compositions, and was credited for introducing  “Mood-Music” & “Easy-Listening” for music lovers everywhere. Among Composers, this man was a genius. As a child, he was considered a prodigy on piano, unfortunately burning his hands rather badly in a fire at his home in 1926 (he was 18, at the time), then took to “Conducting”, went on, during the 50’s & 60’s, (those were the days, my friends), to create “hits” for Artistes such as Doris Day, and what a beautiful voice she had, Tony Bennett, Johnny Mathis, and even Burl Ives. Again, unfortunately, this great musician died on the 9th of February, 1976, aged just 68.. He had dozens of instrumental hits, himself, the very first, called “Delicado” , but, as usual, for my readers everywhere, I always pick what I consider, the very BEST in music clips (on you-tube), & this time, “Symphony”, which, in one word, asks you to “HAVE FAITH IN PERCY”(FAITH, was his name, MUSIC, his game).

Desmond Kelly.

  Star of eLanka.

  (Editor-in-Chief).

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“OUR SOULS”, IN SRI LANKA” – By Des Kelly

I am sick to death, about it, so I have decided to write this little piece on behalf of all the Lankan/Aussie Burgher- buggers who were forced to leave the little Island of Ceylon, for one reason or another. Some of these people may not agree with me, but that is their prerogative.

I am also, not only “mad”, but totally “disturbed” about the fact that the present “Constitutional-Crisis” taking place, over there, does not seem to be in the least bit, newsworthyover here, in Oz. I do not give a damn about these crises.Bad news is abundant everywhere in the World, but, we, “Belittled-Burghers” (myself, for instance), like to be kept informed about what is happening in “Our Country”(after all, we were born there, too).

After having watched “Aunty A.B.C.”, “Uncle S.B.S”, and even “2nd Cousins” “The Sri Lanka Morning Show”, & others, on television, I am amazed that most of their programmes are “delayed-action” ones, with “news” that took place as much as a fortnight ago. Not ONE WORD was said, as regards what is occurring there, right now. This is most unsatisfying, and that is putting it, mildly.

As far as the Burghers are concerned, and so, WE should be, eLanka, the most prestigious website for each & every Lankan/Aussie, & “Patriots” everywhere, want nothing to do with Politics either in Australia or Sri Lanka. As far as this Editor is concerned, I take no sides with anyone, but, at the same time, regret the fact that, so soon, after a prolonged, unnecessary bloody war, in such a tiny little Country, those, in charge, cannot seem to pick up the reins and guide Sri Lanka on the road to “perfect-peace”. We want (and need) the tourists to keep going to this beautiful little Island, not looking for another Bali to spend their money in, sometimes suffering with “Bali-Belly”, to boot.

Personally, I never swear, mouth epithets & stuff, but I know my readers will believe me when I add this saying, which I will also claim as my own, in future.

“OUR SPIRITS”, EVERYWHERE, “OUR SOULS” IN SRI LANKA”

Another original composition, now revised, as follows:-

“CALYPSO D/CEYLON”.

This lovely little Country, that we LIVED in,
Filled with natural beauty, up to the brim, 
ONCE ATTRACTED TOURISTS, from near & far,
NOW, IS BECOMING, A PART OF CHINA.

It WAS a Country that, beyond doubt,
There WAS EVERY REASON, TO BOAST ABOUT,
Take her other name, to say, in the least,
CHINA IS NOT “The Pearl of the East”!

Take Colombo, Kandy, or even Galle,
Just take any place in Lanka, at all,
The “moral” of our land was simplicity,
Interlaced with warm hospitality.

We have had some very “good years” in life,
We have also had some  “trouble & strife”,
NOW, HERE’S ANOTHER DISMAL OUT-LOOK,
PEACE, MUST COME FIRST, in Our Country’s book.

Now everything is all said and done,
There’ll never be, another Ceylon
Now, that her banners, I have unfurled,
Our Homeland, must take her place in this World.

THIS IS MY ADVICE, NOT TOO LATE TO LEARN,
WRITTEN TO WHOM, IT MUST REALLY CONCERN,
LOOK AFTER LANKA, & WHAT IS SHE WORTH ?
PRICELESS, SHE IS, THIS LAND OF OUR BIRTH.!!

Desmond Kelly
Star of eLanka
(Editor-in-Chief).

 

 

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“THE LAST POST” By Des Kelly

 

An extremely interesting “story” regarding the above, came to my attention via Valerie Weerakoon, recently.

Merril Aluwihara, in England has written this article, expressing a wish that it be “passed on” to the public, and, to fulfil his wish, I decided to e’mail Merril and inform him that I would do so, crediting him as the author of the piece, but, at the same time, using my own method of transferring the work, including the addition of “music” to whatever story I find interesting, only to make it even MORE interesting to thousands of our eLanka readers on-line, around the World.

It has been over a week now. I still have not heard from Merril, so decided to “pass his story on” as he wished. Being a former member of the Royal Ceylon Navy, myself, I did know some of the facts behind “the last-post”. As an avid “reader” I do recall that this hand-written note was sadly found in the pocket of the jacket worn by this unknown soldier, from which emanated the playing of the last-post, as we know it today. Strangely, because of the particular army, he fought for, only a single BUGLER was allocated to play this stirring piece of music, which, when expertly played, sends a tingle up the spine of anyone listening to it.

The Last-Post is certainly not an orchestral piece of music anyway. It was meant for a solo-instrument, and what better than a military bugle anyway ?. The rest, as they say, is history. For my readers of eLanka, I have just one more thing to say.

The Last-Post is indeed a superb tribute to any Soldier, Sailor, or Airman, killed in the line of duty. I hope this practice will be carried on forever, sad, though the reason may be, however, let us not forget ANYONE who volunteers to take on a job that could possibly kill him or her in the process. Our military people, our police, our firemen, nurses, etc., etc., one should not have to die, to be honoured.

P.T.S.D. (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) is rife, all over the World, but let us stick to Australia, for the moment.

Any Government elected in this great Country MUST remember to get their priorities in the correct order.

Infrastructure, building roads that circumnavigate Cities, building railways that could get people to work half an hour earlier, etc., all very good, but do not forget the folk who stuck their necks out to help Governments to do all this.

These brave men & women risk their lives, luckily, the Last Post is not “played” for them, but then, many are back home, to face indifference, intolerance, & P.T.S.D. which unfortunately, sometimes end up in suicide.

Australia should not let this happen. We are a young Country and should set an example. Australia CAN afford to eradicate P.T.S.D. altogether. Let’s DO IT.!!!

Desmond Kelly
(Editor-in-Chief)— eLanka.

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*The Last Post *

I suppose some of you are familiar with this story – for those who aren’t….perhaps it may add an extra and special dimension to this familiar tune.

If any of you have ever been to a military funeral in which The Last Post was played,
This brings out a new meaning of it.
Here is something everyone should know.Until I read this, I didn’t know.

We have all heard the haunting song,
‘The Last Post.’
It’s the song that gives us the lump in our throats and usually  tears in our eyes.
But, do you know the story behind the song?

If not, I think you will be interested to find out about its humble Beginnings.

Reportedly, it all began in 1862 during the American Civil War, when Union Army Captain Robert Ellicombe was with his men  near Harrison’s Landing in Virginia.  The Confederate Army was on the other side of the narrow strip of land.

During the night, Captain Ellicombe heard the moans of a soldier who lay severely wounded on the field. Not knowing if it was a Union or Confederate soldier, the Captain decided to risk his life and bring the stricken man back for medical attention. Crawling on his stomach through the gunfire,

The Captain reached the stricken soldier and began pulling him towards his encampment.

When the Captain finally reached his own lines, he discovered it was actually a Confederate soldier, but the soldier was dead..The Captain lit a lantern and suddenly caught his breath and went numb with shock. In the dim light, he saw the face of the soldier… It was his own son. The boy had been studying music in the South when the war broke out.

Without telling his father, the boy enlisted in the Confederate Army.

The following morning, heartbroken, the father asked permission of his superiors to give his son a full military burial, despite his enemy status.

His request was only partially granted.The Captain had asked if he could have a group of Army band members play a funeral dirge for his son at the funeral.

The request was turned down since the soldier was a Confederate.But, out of respect for the father, they did say they could give him only one musician.

The Captain chose a bugler. He asked the bugler to play a series of musical notes he had found on a piece of paper in the pocket of the dead youth’s uniform.
This wish was granted.

The haunting melody, we now know as ‘The Last Post’ used at military funerals was born.The words are:

Day is done.
Gone the sun.
From the lakes
From the hills.
From the sky.
All is well.
Safely rest.
God is nigh.

Fading light.
Dims the sight.
And a star.Gems the sky.
Gleaming bright.
From afar.
Drawing nigh.
Falls the night…

Thanks and praise.
For our days.
Neath the sun
Neath the stars.
Neath the sky
As we go.
This we know.
God is nigh.

I too have felt the chills while listening to ‘The Last Post’
But I have never seen all the words to the song until now.
I didn’t even know there was more than one verse.
I also never knew the story behind the song and I didn’t know if
You had either so I thought I’d pass it along.
I now have an even deeper respect for the song than I did before.
Remember Those Lost and Harmed While Serving Their Country.

*Also Remember Those Who Have Served And Returned; And for those presently serving in the Armed Forces.*
Please send this on.
For our soldiers…please don’t break it *.  *
*I didn’t!*

 

 

 

 

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“A ROYAL SALUTE” – By Des Kelly

It wasn’t too long ago when Australia was seriously considering the fact of becoming a Republic. What did we need a “Queen” for ?, who needs a Governer-General acting on behalf of the Queen, Australia could have it’s own, etc., etc., the Republicans were on a “Roll”, but, speaking for myself, as I always do, the only roll that I prefer is the “party-sausage-roll” I have for lunch, sometimes. I have made it abundantly clear that I have, now am, and always will be, a “Royalist”(it might have been a different story if I was born in the era of King Henry the eighth), but this is a different story.

In England, & in most other Countries of the Commonwealth, even BEFORE the death of the Peoples’ Princess, Diana, British Royalty were going through many
“Anni- horribiles”(as Queen Elizabeth described a particular one, in a speech to her people). Everything seemed to be going awry, over there, the Prince of Wales,Charles, married to one of the most beautiful and charismatic women on the Planet, was having marital problems, Prince Andrew, the Queen’s second son was also having similar problems, Prince Phillip, the Queen’s Consort, was rapidly getting older (and more irritable), by the minute. I remember seeing him taking a walk, one day, when some reporter asked him, very politely, of course, “how are you, Sir” ?, to which the Consort was sort-of rude, turning abruptly to the inquirer, saying tersely, “I don’t look ill, do I”?. Of course, we have to remember that this Prince is nearly a Century old and will be expecting a “letter” from his wife (hopefully), in the near future. Yes, things were certainly looking rather bleak for the Royal Family, not too long ago.

However, right now, everything has changed, dramatically. The longest reigning Monarch, Her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth, the second has been an absolute shining example to each & every Commonwealth Country she rules over. Non-political, she has been judged by every single person who has been fortunate enough to get an “audience” with her, as a very special lady, indeed.
She “rules” firmly, but fairly, keeping the promise that she would “serve” the people of her predecessor, King George the sixth (her beloved father), for the rest of her natural life.
She, herself, is now over four-score & ten years of age, has not put a foot wrong, loves animals, especially dogs & horses, and “The Queen’s Canopy” (everywhere in the World)
is ample proof that Her Majesty is fully aware of “Climate- change”, which, contrary to what anyone else says, IS happening, without the shadow of a doubt.

SHE still rules, even though she has now relegated certain duties to the younger Royals, her son Charles, who will be the next King of England, her daughter, the Princess Royal, her grandsons, Diana’s boys, Prince William & Prince Henry, better known as Harry, (& wives Kate and now, Meghan), who, as a group, have certainly turned Republican
feelings on it’s head. The most recent “boost” has been the ” Invictus-Games, held for disabled athlethes in Australia, which have just ended, at this writing. Prince Harry and his new (expectant) wife, Meghan (and why they refer to her, still, as Markle, I’ll never know). In my book, she should be now known as Meghan Windsor, unless Prince Harry has changed his surname to Markle as well, but the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will do nicely, thank you.

YOUR ROYAL MAJESTY, my Royal Salute, on behalf of eLanka & the majority of members, is firstly, to you. May you continue to rule Australia & the other Countries of the Commonwealth, enjoying good health & God’s blessings, until YOU decide to hand over the “reign” to your eldest son, according to the protocol of British Royalty. Secondly, & finally, I salute the present Royal Family, who, in their wisdom, have shown us that the World can be a better place to live in, provided we use our brains, & as Prince Harry & Meghan have just done, help others, to help themselves.”God save our gracious Queen,
Long live our noble Queen,
God save the Queen”.

 Desmond Kelly
 Star of eLanka
 (Editor-in-Chief).
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