DESMOND KELLY

    “A COOKING FANTASY” – by Des Kelly    MAXIE GERREYN HAD TO BE HUNGRY WHEN HE SENT OUT THIS UNBELIEVABLE POST. This is one to be enjoyed by those who are either Cooks or not, and your’s truly comes within the latter category. It is no bloody wonder that India is also now becoming a super-power. When you can cook like these guys in the video, you could call yourself a Super-Chef, but, enough with the introduction folks, Just watch this video and lets congratulate these Indian Chefs.           Desmond Kelly. (Editor-in-Chief) eLanka. ...

Read More →

           “MILLER’S MOONLIGHT” – by Des Kelly    Going back a while, and getting away from Country Music, for a while, I am very proud to introduce this You-Tube video of famous American  Female Vocalist, Children’s Author, Song-writer and Entertainer par-excellence Carly Simon, now in her 70s and still going strong, by the look of it, singing one of her many hits, as a special guest on-board the Queen Mary 2, luxury liner, the Glenn MillerTheme Song “Moonlight Serenade” and doing a superb job of it, backed by the Ship’s Orchestra, doing an equally fine job, on a tune that is both catchy, melodic and unforgettable. ...

Read More →

“LANKAN STORIES TO PONDER” – by Des Kelly So, it is back again, to why I consider Country Music to be verily, the “Stories Of Life”. Because I now write especially for e’Lanka, my thoughts are increasingly drawn back to Lankans in general, now resident in many parts of the World, whether they want to be or not, and I think of the less affluent members of the Country named Ceylon, myself being one of them, and how we had to live, mostly in rented houses, flats, etc., paying monthly rents with the greatest difficulty, but then, still better off than most of the “drifters” who had to “make do” in wattle & daub huts, and as the title of this particular story goes, “Under the Bridge”. Merle Haggard, my Master of Country Music, wrote, recorded, and performed songs relating to just these very idiosyncrasies of life, following up with ...

Read More →

                  “LAMPRAIS” by Des Kelly Here we go again, with history baked in banana-leaf, the main difference being the fact that we now have the name of the AUTHOR of this wonderful, interesting story about one of the most popular rice and curry dishes to ever be sought- after, in “My Lovely Island Home”, Ceylon, (as I still prefer to call her). The name Vidya Balachander(Author), was not known to me, but has done a superb job with this tasty banana-bound delicacy that was so very popular in Ceylon, and always will now be, I suppose, all over the World in which Ceylonese folk  exist. Let me say, right now, that, as a cook, I make a rather good songwriter, Vocalist, Instrumentalist, and Entertainer, in general, but I would give it all up, for a single lamprais right at this moment, because ...

Read More →

“LOVE SONGS, LANKAN STYLE” – by Des Kelly      I chanced to hear this video and decided that THIS was a type of music that would be enjoyed by all the good members of e’Lanka, everywhere. They are a Dutch band, this group called The Locomotions, and I had never even heard of them, but then, my forte’ being American 80’s and 90’s style Country Music, I tend to feature legends like Merle Haggard, George Jones and the like, but suddenly, as I was watching You-Tube Music Videos, The Locomotions popped up, and, as I do, I decided that because we are now in “Escape-Mode” in Melbourne, after weeks of Lock-down, this was a good time to get the folk back dancing to some good music, so here they are, my friends, “The Locomotions Compilatie Love Songs”, especially for you. Hope you enjoy this video. Desmond Kelly. (Editor-in-Chief) e’Lanka. ...

Read More →

“DOWN MEMORY LANE” – by Des Kelly           Sent to me via Max Gerreyn and an Editor who has not disclosed his/her name, for reasons unknown, and yet this is a most interesting piece of work on what was once Ceylon’s Colonial era, bringing back many precious memories especially for those like me, who, very reluctantly, had to leave our motherland to migrate to various Countries.  Because this is a fairly long article, I will end this particular introduction, leaving you, the readers to enjoy this fascinating story, wherever you are.    Desmond Kelly. (Editor-in-Chief eLanka)   Colonial Sri Lanka: Uncovering Ceylon’s Colombo capital Source:Past In the present When travellers arrived by ocean liner in Colombo they didn’t have very far to go to find a pleasant place to stay. Opposite the city’s main port, the Grand Oriental Hotel was advertised in the 19th century as ...

Read More →

“A WORLD WITHOUT HAGGARD” – By Des Kelly He was born in America on the 6th day of April, 1937, spent most of his young years breaking out of disciplinary institutions, and later, jails, for insisting that “breaking the law” was something he wanted to do, and did, until he met, for the first time, the man in black, Johnny Cash, in the process of doing a concert especially for jail inmates. Johnny advised this headstrong young man to quit crime and do something worthwhile, rather than spend his entire life behind bars. Merle Haggard decided to take this good advice and ended up as one of the greatest Country-Music Stars that America has ever seen. He died on his 79th birthday, 6th April, 2016. Vince Gill, another famous Star in the American Country Sky, is a superb Session Guitarist, Vocalist, and even more importantly, a Songwriter, penned this tribute ...

Read More →

            “THE GYPSIES’ KUSSIYA” – By Des Kelly      It was in 1973 (or was it 72 ?), I remember this Gentleman named Anton Perera inviting me to his most beautiful home in Ratmalana, to audition his young Gypsy Band. I was on my first trip back home, from Melbourne, where I was resident from 1962, and, for the first time I met this remarkable man who had founded the Gypsies, giving his sons, including the late, great Sunil Perera every given opportunity of forming this band, organizing a fully equipped basement “studio” where Sunil and the boys could practice their musical repertoire in the hope of becoming a most famous Sri Lankan Band. Anton Perera paid for everything required, including a salary for each member of the Gypsies, for the hours spent each day, just to achieve the high standards of musical ability ...

Read More →

     “TWO TICKETS FOR CRICKET” – By Des Kelly           “It matters not, if you win or lose, it’s how you play the game”, another grand phrase that must never be forgotten. Unfortunately, this is NOT the state of affairs, at the moment. Now, it seems to be “It matters not, what game you play, it’s WIN, at any cost”. This fascinating Cricket Story comes to e’Lanka via two Gentlemen that I must now thank, B.Wouters ( I think the “B” stands for Brian), and an old friend of ours, namely Keith Bennett. Thanks again, guys. Do keep sending us these stories of interest in to e’Lanka and we will do the rest. Please enjoy the story, everybody.           Desmond Kelly. (Editor -in-Chief) e’Lanka. History of world cup—full credit to India, Pakis and SL for breaking MCC backbone   India won ...

Read More →

               “LAUGH A LITTLE”!!.   We will hopefully be able to laugh a little bit MORE, after all these many lockdowns are over, when we can finally move around again, if only to see how silly our new World is fast beginning.            Thank you, once again, Maxie, for these little tidbits of humour. I am sure that e’Lanka readers will enjoy reading them, if only to eradicate a lot of boredom that Victoria’s present lockdown is causing us at the moment.           Desmond Kelly. (Editor-in-Chief) e’Lanka. Humour of the times   Download the PDF file .   ...

Read More →