DESMOND KELLY




 

“90 SECONDS OF YOUR TIME” – By Des Kelly

Written, in the first place by Cardiologist Andrew, and sent to me by My good friend & Cartoonist Max., this advice may sound unimportant in the context of time, but, believe me, folks, it may be the MOST important one & a half minutes of your life. Please read this carefully and pass it on to family & friends. 
Desmond Kelly.
(Editor-in-Chief)  eLanka

This is worth knowing at ANY age

One-and-a-half-minute law

EXCELLENT INFO

My name is Alexander, I am a cardiologist and a paramedic. A very important warning for those who wake up at night to go to the bathroom…

You must be careful and use the “One-and-a-Half-minute law” which is scientifically proven. By waking up suddenly for one’s physiological needs normally, we often hear that someone “was well in good health and died suddenly during the night without reason. “

The most likely reason is that when that person woke up to go to the bathroom, he/she got up from bed in a hurry, but the brain needs greater blood flow, for having rested, causing a state of fainting and that is when the stroke happens.  It is recommended to learn the “One-and-a-Half-minute law” that can save your life

When you wake up to go to the bathroom, you must first:  Lay for 30 seconds after waking up and then sit up in bed for 30 more seconds lowering your legs quietly and sit like that for another 30 seconds ” and only then get up to go to the bathroom.

With these steps the chances are gigantic to survive a sudden stroke, regardless of age… 
Share with all your family and friends. Remember that you can save yours and the lives of many people sharing this information…

Prevention is better than healing *
Pressure
Arterial

 120/80 normal 
 130/85 normal 
(requires control)
 140/90 high 
 150/95 very high 

Heartbeat per minute
72 BPM (Default)
60 to 80 BPM (normal)
40 to 180 BPM (abnormal)
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Compatibility of blood groups

What’s your blood type and how common is it?

O+ (1 IN 3)
A+ (1 IN 3)
B+ (1 in 12)
Ab+ (1 in 29)
O-(1 in 15)
A-(1 in 16)
B-(1 in 67)
AB-(1 in 167)

Water effect
About the body
We know that water is important but you never knew the right time to drink!

Did you know?
Drinking water in the correct time maximizes the effectiveness of the human body;

1 Glass of water after waking up, helps activate internal organs…

1 Glass of water 30 minutes before meal helps digestion.

1 Glass of water before showering helps lower blood pressure.

1 Glass of water
Before sleeping avoids stroke or heart attack.

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“G.G.,THE COVER KING” – BY Des Kelly

It is with a lot of pleasure that I introduce Gehan Gunasekera as “The Cover King” of eLanka. I first heard Gehan on Facebook,.recently. when, out of the blue, amid many & various “Song Clips” being aired every day, on this “platform”, one, that I feel is ideal for music & Musicians, I noticed his name, together with his own “introduction” to “songs” he had “covered”, in his own style of recording, which immediately interested someone who has been recording songs for eons(it seems). I had never seen this particular technique of recording, & as I “clicked” on, to hear the most dulcet tones of Gehan & watching the “backing trax” actually working, computer-style, intrigued me, so I just kept watching & listening to yet another great Sri Lankan talent who, obviously knew what he was doing. Gehan has a rather soft,.yet beautiful baritone voice, can sing any type of ballad to perfection, plus, what interested me even more, was the fact that he had a natural tendency for “Country Music”.

     To the many thousands of eLanka readers,.everywhere, this is only a brief introduction of Gehan Gunasekera, together with a “sample” of what might be a 45rpm (Single), of the good old days, done now, in “G.G.THE COVER KING” of eLanka style, which I am certain that readers everywhere will enjoy.
Gehan, like me, is very very proud of what certain Sri Lankan Entertainers, people like Bill Forbes, Cliff Foenander,.plus instrumentalists like the late, great, Gerry Crake (to name just three), have done, to make our beautiful little Island (former) home, proud.

     As we feature Gehan Gunesekera further, I shall endeavour to bring you more details of this “Cover King’s” life. For now, please enjoy the superb work of this guy, of whom eLanka is very proud, indeed.

Desmond Kelly

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

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“THE HAWKE HAS FLOWN” – By Des Kelly

Bob_Hawke

   Photo source: ABC news

 

     THE HAWKE HAS FLOWN, SO THERE YOU ARE,

     A GREAT PRIME MINISTER OF AUSTRALIA,

     HE SERVED THIS COUNTRY WITH PAUL KEATING,

     AND MANY “REFORMS” HE DID BRING IN.

 

     HE WAS A RHODES SCHOLAR, ONE OF THE BEST,

     AS AN “UNION LEADER”, HE PASSED EVERY TEST,

     ALSO KNOWN AS A LARRIKIN, HE LOVED HIS BEER,

     TO HIS BOOZING PALS, HE BROUGHT MUCH CHEER.

 

     HE HATED RACISM, TO HIS VERY CORE,

     WITH HIS LABOR PARTY, HE OPENED MANY A DOOR,

     HE WAS A GOOD LISTENER, ALWAYS EAGER TO LEARN,

     DUMPED HIS “DRINKING HABITS”, NEVER TO RETURN.

 

     HE WAS THE BEST LABOR P.M.AUSTRALIA HAS HAD,

     A POPULAR HERO, HE’LL BE MISSED REAL BAD,

     AUSSIE/LANKANS CONDOLE WITH HIS FAMILY TODAY,

     “THE HAWKE HAS NOW FLOWN”, & ALL OF US SAY :-

 

     “VALE’ BOB HAWKE,” AS E’LANKA DOES STATE,

      “SLEEP NOW, IN PEACE, & GOD BLESS YOU, MATE”.

Desmond Kelly

         Desmond Kelly.

       (Editor-in- Chief). eLanka.

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“THE GOLDEN YEARS” – By Des Kelly

Something quite different, interesting, and, in fact, a refreshing change from all the “monotonous”, thoroughly disgusting stories that are coming to us from the little Island that we all called “home”, not so many years ago, in the context of time. This, comes to me, from Frank Bennett, and I did enjoy reading every word, and, in turn, advise ALL the readers of eLanka to do the same. 

 “The Golden Years”, to whoever is lucky enough to achieve them in life, should be treated and enjoyed as though they are a “gold-strike” of mammoth proportions.

You have lived and learned many things (hopefully), and should thank GOD for giving you the chance to do so. 

Folks, please read & enjoy.

Desmond Kelly

        Desmond Kelly.

      .(Editor-in-Chief) eLanka.

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AND THEN IT IS WINTER   

You know time has a way of moving quickly and catching you unaware of the passing years.  It seems like yesterday that I was young, just married, and embarking on my new life with my mate. Yet in a way, it seems like eons ago, and I wonder where all those years went.  

I know that I lived them all.  I have glimpses of how it was back then and of all my hopes and dreams.   But, here it is… the winter of my life, and it catches me by surprise… How did I get here so fast? Where did the years go and where did my youth go? I remember well seeing older people through the years and thinking that those “older people” were years away from me and that winter was so far off that I could not fathom it or imagine fully what it would be like.   

But, here it is…my friends are retired and getting grey… they move slower and I see an older person in myself now.   Some are in better and some worse shape than me… but, I see the great change… Not like the ones that I remember who were young and vibrant…but, like me, their age is beginning to show and we are now those older folks that we used to see and never thought we’d be. 

Each day now, I find that just getting a shower is a real target for the day!  And taking a nap is not a treat anymore… it’s mandatory!  Cause if I don’t on my own free will… I just fall asleep where I sit!

And so… now I enter this new season of my life unprepared for all the aches and pains and the loss of strength and ability to go and do things that I wish I had done but never did!!   But, at least I know, that though the winter has come, and I’m not sure how long it will last… this I know, that when it’s over on this earth… it’s over.   A new adventure will begin!

Yes, I have regrets.  There are things I wish I hadn’t done… things I should have done, but indeed, there are also many things I’m happy to have done.   It’s all in a lifetime.

So, if you’re not in your winter yet… let me remind you, that it will be here faster than you think.  So, whatever you would like to accomplish in your life, please do it quickly!  Don’t put things off too long!!  Life goes by quickly.  So, do what you can TODAY, as you can never be sure whether this is your winter or not!   

You have no promise that you will see all the seasons of your life… so, LIVE FOR TODAY and say all the things that you want your loved ones to remember.. and hope that they appreciate and love you for all the things that you have done for them in all the years past!!   

“Life” is a GIFT to you.  The way you live your life is your gift to those who come after.   Make it a fantastic one.   


Remember:  “It is Health that is real Wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.”   

  
~Your kids are becoming you……but your grandchildren are perfect!   

~Going out is good.. coming home is even better!   

~You forget names… but it’s OK, because other people forgot they even knew you!!! 

~You realize you’re never going to be really good at anything…. especially golf.   

~The things you used to care to do, you no longer care to do, but you really do care that you don’t care to do them anymore.  

  
~You sleep better on a lounge chair with the TV blaring than in bed. It’s called “pre-sleep.”  

~You miss the days when everything worked with just an “ON” and “OFF” switch..   

~You tend to use more 4 letter words … “what?”…”when?”…??? 

~Now that you can afford expensive jewellery, it’s not safe to wear it anywhere.

~You notice everything they sell in stores is “sleeveless?!”   

~What used to be freckles are now liver spots.   

~Everybody whispers.   

~You have 3 sizes of clothes in your closet…. 2 of which you will never wear.   

~But “Old” is good in some things: 

Old Songs, Old movies …
and best of all, our dear …OLD FRIENDS!!   

Stay well, “OLD FRIEND!”   

Send this on to other “Old Friends” and let them laugh in agreement!

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 “VARIOUS VAGARIES” – By Des Kelly

I have indeed seen the name Charmaine Gunatillake come up from time to time with these snippets of interesting information, and this is no exception to the rule.The English Language, being, in my opinion, one of the most important Languages on our Planet, today, is sometimes used however, in a manner that is “strangeness personified”. It was stranger still, in ancient times, but, as a man by the renowned name of Richard Shakespeare said,
“This blessed plot, this Earth, this Realm, this England”, I do reckon that he was pretty sure that “old Blighty” was the “cream of the crop”, “Various Vagaries” or not. 
     To the many thousands of eLanka readers, please do sit back, read, and try to figure out the reason why these quotes and bits of information, these idiosyncrasies were even thought up, & were these vagaries the work of a villain, for want of nothing better to do ?.
       Desmond Kelly.
      (Editor-in-Chief)  eLanka.

From: Charmaine Gunatillake 

  

Six great confusions still unresolved 😄😂

1. At a movie theatre, which arm rest is yours? 

2. In the word scent, is “S” silent or “C”? 

3. If people evolve from monkeys, why are monkeys still around? 

4. Why is there a ‘D’ in fridge, 
but not in refrigerator? 

5. Who knew what time it was when the first clock was made?

And now sixer ….

6. If pro and con are opposites, wouldn’t the opposite of progress be…congress?

Vagaries of English Language! Enjoy!!!😀😀😀

– Wonder why the word funeral starts with FUN?

-Why isn’t a Fireman called a Water-man?

– How come Lipstick doesn’t do what it says?

– If money doesn’t grow on trees, how come Banks have Branches? 

– If a Vegetarian eats vegetables, what does a Humanitarian eat?

– How do you get off a non-stop Flight?

– Why are goods sent by ship called CARGO and those sent by truck SHIPMENT?

– Why do we put cups in the dishwasher and the dishes in the Cupboard?

– Why do doctors ‘practice’ medicine? Are they having practice at the cost of the patients? 

– Why is it called ‘Rush Hour’ when traffic moves at its slowest then?

– How come Noses run and Feet smell? 

– Why do they call it a TV ‘set’ when there is only one?

– What are you vacating when you go on a vacation?

We can never find the answers, can we?

So just enjoy the pun and fun of the English language!!

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   “STORIES IN SONG” SERIES 2019 –  “A DAY OF SONG” – By Des Kelly

It is with much sadness that I write this tribute to 

“A Day Of Song”, Doris Day or Doris Mary Ann Kappelhoff, born on the 3rd of April, 1922, and has just passed on to her Music-Hall in the sky, today, the 13th of May, 2019, at the grand old age of 97.

Doris had everything going for her, during her lifetime.

A true “Star” of stage, screen and television as well, she did it all. A true, natural beauty, her on-screen performances first depicted her as a lovely teenage tomboy. One of her first young teenage lovers (on screen), was Gordon MacRae

who predeceased her in 1986, aged just 64.

Together they made a few movies that I consider unforgettable, On Moonlight Bay & By the Light of the Silvery moon, were just two that I thoroughly enjoyed.

  While she was a classy Actress, a natural blonde beauty, and a bit of a comedienne, as well, it was her singing, that grabbed at the hearts of everyone who heard her. Doris Day had a glorious voice that she used in the same lighthearted manner as her acting. In her era, during the 50’s and 60’s, 

she was so popular, that to many thousands of her fans, all over the World, “come what may,” it was Doris Day.

  So, on behalf of eLanka, I would like to send our condolences to any & all of her family, and fans, not only because of her role in life as an Actress, a Singer & all round entertainer I loved Doris Day ALSO for the Animal Activist she became in her latter years, and so, my friends, she may have left us, but “A DAY OF SONG” will always go on.

Vale, Doris Day, with us, your memory will always stay.

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




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“RIOTS, AGAIN” – By Des Kelly

 What is happening in Sri Lanka ?. WHAT IS HAPPENING, AND WHY IS IT ALLOWED TO GO ON ?!!!!. This “Breaking News” has just come in, to me, and to say that I am thoroughly disturbed and Angry about it, would have to be the understatement of the year. My apologies, folks, I cannot write any more, right now, but please read this shocking news, HOPE & PRAY that SOMETHING will be done to bring these RIOTS under control, AGAIN!!!.

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

Video: Communal Unrest Simmers In North West; Minuwangoda Also Affected

Violent mobs have marched through parts of the Kurunegala District for nearly 24 hours attacking mosques, homes and businesses in Muslim settlements in the area with most of the violence taking place while police curfew is in effect, raising fears of another anti-Muslim riot in the area along the lines ofAluthgama in 2014 or Digana in 2018.

Mobs laid siege to the Kuliyapitiya, Hettipola, Aukana, Kottampitiya areas and by evening today May 13 had moved to Nikaweratiya town area driving Muslim families, now in the midst of their Ramadan fast into paddy fields and into hiding Muslim leaders said.

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Footage has emerged of mobs moving through towns while curfew is in place in full view of the police. Mobs burnt vehicles meters away from the Hettipola police station earlier in the day.

Activists also reported that mobs had been stopping vehicles and beating passengers. At least three mosques were attacked in Kiniyama a Muslim village in Kuliyapitiya.

Residents are fearful the mobs will return as darkness falls again to attack homes.

Police arrested several suspects in connection with the violence overnight but released them within hours after the mobs threatened to attack more and more villages unless the suspects were released.

President Maithripala Sirisena who is the Minister of Defence and Law and Order left for China to attend another conference. Apart from calling for calm on Twitter Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has made no moves to control the violence or call in the armed forces to maintain the peace.

After several incidents of violence were reported from Minuwangoda Police declared a curfew that covers the Gampaha District as well until 6AM tomorrow (14). The entire North Western Province is under curfew until further notice as the unrest continues.

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 “OPTIMISM PERSONIFIED” – By Des Kelly

 I cannot say I know the Lady, do not even know whether she is Sri Lankan, it’s more likely that she is another tourist who fell in love with Sri Lanka, as so many do, but she certainly writes well, and I have just enjoyed her article which I feel that I should share with all eLanka members and readers everywhere.
     This lady is “optimism personified” in my book, and I have to agree with her. Her “Don’t give up on Sri Lanka” tells us that “all is for the best, in the best of possible Worlds”.
Voltaire spoke these immortal words many many moons ago, & Ms Hinson echoes them, in her own style. Please read this article folks, and help us to help them. 
 DON’T GIVE UP ON SRI LANKA
 Desmond Kelly.
  (Editor-in-Chief) eLanka.

Don’t give up on Sri Lanka –  Metro UK – Article

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by PublishedPublished

IN 2013, I joined Sir Ian Botham to report on his trek acrossSri Lanka to raise money for various causes – from the north, which bore the brunt of the civil war, to the south, devastated by the tsunami. My first night in the north (then mostly off-limits to tourists) was on an army base that had been a training camp for Tamil Tiger suicide bombers in 2009. It was a serious mission but seriously fun – we celebrated arriving inColombo with drinks at The Kingsbury hotel’s rooftop bar and curries at the Cinnamon Grand.

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I learned a lot about, and fell in love with, Sri Lanka. And – forgive me for using a cliché often used for people who have been to hell and back – I was amazed by Sri Lankans’ resilience, their determination to transform their country and put the civil war behind them – which they did.

Sadly, we’re struggling to do the same. Along with three churches, both The Kingsbury and the Cinnamon Grand were targeted by Islamist suicide bombers in April, killing 258. News reports referenced a ‘troubled past’, streaming footage of the – totally unconnected – civil war, which took place from 1983 to 2009. We must be careful not to conflate the two and create a false impression of the place.

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Scenery: A highland tea plantation

I’ve visited Sri Lanka several times and a 2017 trip toColombo also stands out. I explored it with local guide Kieshokanth, who took me to tiny cafés for teeth-rottingly sweet glasses of faluda, a neon-coloured drink made with jelly. I visited the home of Colombo local Miss Daisy for sea-bass curry and explored the chaotic fish market, grabbing laughing locals when I slipped on fish guts. Colombo‘s candy-striped Jami-Ul-Alfar mosque remains the most beautiful building I’ve clapped eyes on.

Currently, the Foreign Office is asking travelers to avoid Sri Lanka for all but essential travel and I’d never advocate visits to unsafe countries. But what happens when the official warnings lift? We tend to see terror attacks as one-offs when they happen in the West but with lesser-known regions a lack of understanding leads to incorrect assumptions about similar events, leading them to still be written off for the wrong reasons.

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After the bombs: Prayers in the street following the terrorist attacks in April

With Sri Lanka, it’s essential we let security forces do their job and acknowledge the attacks’ devastating impact. However, headlines referencing troubled pasts don’t portray reality. Post-civil war, tourism flourished. What’s struck me on visits – including last September’s sail along the gorgeous east coast, ravaged by the civil war, now a tourism hotspot – is Sri Lankans’ determination to move forward. Securing a prosperous future relies on outsiders doing the same.

After all, if we write off destinations that have, at some point, experienced terrorism or war – like FranceSpainTurkey, the USThailandGermanyAustraliaNew Zealand – then there aren’t many left.

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  “STORIES IN SONG – SERIES 2019.”ELVIS IS ALIVE” – BY Des Kelly

HE DIED SO VERY YOUNG, SO MANY YEARS AGO, BUT TO MILLIONS OF HIS “FANS” ELVIS IS ALIVE. THEY STILL CELEBRATE HIS MUSIC, HIS FILMS, HIS CHARISMA, THEY STILL VISIT HIS HOME, GRACELAND, EVERY CHANCE THEY GET, MY ELDEST SON, MICHAEL, TO MY KNOWLEDGE, HAS EVERY SINGLE ELVIS RECORDING EVER MADE.THE KING OF ROCK N ROLL STILL LIVES IN THE MINDS OF COUNTLESS PEOPLE, AND DESERVEDLY SO, BECAUSE, WHEN “DOING HIS THING” IN HIS HEYDAY, NO-ONE COULD TOUCH ELVIS PRESLEY, ON STAGE OR ON SCREEN.

 SINCE HE PASSED AWAY, IN HIS EARLY “FORTIES”, THERE HAS NEVER BEEN A LACK OF IMPERSONATORS WHO HAVE TRIED TO EMULATE ELVIS, ALL AROUND THE WORLD. THERE HAVE BEEN VERY GOOD ONES, THERE HAVE BEEN MANY BAD ONES, BUT I WILL SAY THIS FOR ALL OF THEM. EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM HAS TRIED TO EMULATE THEIR ICON, SIMPLY BECAUSE THEY LOVED HIM FOR THE ENTERTAINER THAT HE WAS. 

   I HAVE WATCHED MANY “ELVISES” IN ACTION, OVER THE YEARS, BUT ANDY KAUFMAN, INTRODUCED BY NONE OTHER THAN JOHNNY CASH, HAS TO BE THE BEST THAT I’VE SEEN. LADIES & GENTLEMEN, BOYS & GIRLS, & ALL MY READERS EVERYWHERE, ESPECIALLY OUR E’LANKA MEMBERS, HERE HE IS, “ELVIS LIVES AGAIN”

 

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

 




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“NATIONAL ANTHEMS”(AS THEY SHOULD BE SUNG) – By Des Kelly

It was the “Australia Day” The Cricketing Test Match between Australia and Sri Lanka, held at the Adelaide Oval in 1996, a memorable year, in that, it was also the very first time a “Visiting Team” National Anthem was both played and sung at a sporting event, on Australia Day, a practice that has now become a tradition.

     This was where this British Singer, Brian Gilbertson comes in. He first sang the Australian Anthem (of course), & then, started on the Sri Lankan one, which brought the entire Sri Lankan & Australian teams to attention. They could not believe what they were hearing, this Englishman singing in Sri Lankan, better, it seems than most Sri Lankan Singers had done before. After he had finished singing, an excited Sri Lankan Cricket fan(and there are millions of them), came up to Brian and hugged him, telling him, 
“Sir, you sang that better than I could do, and this is MY LANGUAGE!!.

     Folks, this “post” was sent out to various people, by yet another famous Sri Lankan Musician, Dallas Achilles, who is a “Trumpeter” of no mean repute, and this being the case, I decided to listen to Brian on the channel without further delay. Ladies & Gentlenen, this is what I heard.

His voice, and enunciation, especially on the Australian Anthem was perfect. On the Sri Lankan Anthem, the voice & tonal quality, again, perfect, the enunciation of the Sinhala lyrics, naturally, were near-perfect. Yet, as that Sri Lankan fan said, I have YET to hear anybody sing that Anthem better. Brian just stood there, like the Professional he is, looking smart, confident & totally at ease, singing his heart out, & it was indeed a pleasure to watch, so my thanks, firstly to Dallas & secondly to the VERY BEST RENDITIONS of two great National Anthems, by BRIAN GILBERTSON.

     I am very proud to present “National Anthems” (as they should be sung),.to all Australians,.& Sri Lankans, 
be they Cricketing fanactics or not. Your FLAGS, your NATIONAL ANTHEMS, your CULTURES, & your HERITAGE, should NEVER be treated lightly. 
In America, I know for a fact, that even if their National Flag is “dropped” accidentally, as it is being reverently “folded”, the penalty of the person, Serviceman, or otherwise, is harsh. So, let it be, for Australia and Sir Lanka.

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




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