DESMOND KELLY

                   “THE PALACE” – by Des Kelly      Many have heard about it, many have actually been there, for special garden parties, hoping to, at least, catch a glimpse of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the 2nd, whose home and office this is, and many other Prime Ministers, Heads of State and Dignitaries have been even luckier to be especially invited there, to meet and talk with a wonderful Monarch who has now ruled the Commonwealth of Nations, including Australia for nigh on 70 years. Her reign started, at the sad death of her father King George Vl, on the 6th of February, 1952. One moment, she was Princess Elizabeth, the next, she was the new Queen.   ...

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 “FAMOUS NAMES” – By Des Kelly An amazing true story about one of the most famous Characters of our era. It is hard to imagine George Bernard Shaw himself, personally writing such a glowing tribute to a little Island he happened to visit in his travels around the World, CEYLON. I am not about to explain who GBS was. Indeed, I am certain that every one of eLanka’s twenty five plus thousand members would know precisely who this most famous man was. What George Bernard Shaw did write however, when he visited beautiful Ceylon, is there for everyone to see.  ...

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              “AUSSIE POETRY” – By Des Kelly    We have all heard about poets like Shakespeare, Homer, and so, we have also heard, but not as much, of Edgar Allen Poe, these are a few of the famous ones, but let us now agree, to get into and then enjoy, some Aussie poetry. This, being the case, I thus have determined, to publicize this beauty, sent by Arthur Speldewinde.    Desmond Kelly.  (Editor-in-Chief) eLanka.   ...

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                  “FINGER-FUN” – By Des Kelly   Not much needs to be said about this particular story. Consider yourself lucky if you have all your fingers, folks. You just have to learn how to use them, or you could get into a lot of trouble.  Anyway, just read this true story, check your fingernails as well, so you don’t end up like Howard Hughes, but that is another story.            Desmond Kelly. (Editor-in-Chief) eLanka.     The History of the Middle Finger Well, now……here’s something I never knew before, and now that I know it, I feel compelled to send it on to my more intelligent friends in the hope that they, too, will feel edified. Before the Battle of Agincourt in 1415, the French, anticipating victory over the English, proposed to cut off the middle finger of all captured ...

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“ROYAL REALITY” – By Des Kelly           Once again, something entirely different for eLanka Members and readers from around the World. Having to admit that I have never heard of this Poetess Joanne Boyle, I still found her piece on Her Majesty’s reminiscing quite charming. So, without further ado, I present it, to you.           Desmond Kelly.          (Editor-in-Chief)  eLanka. Do not look at me with sorrow, by  Joanne  Boyle Do not look at me with sorrow,  Simply because I sit alone.  It is a choice I chose to make  To compose the shivers from my bone.   ...

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 “THE RAREST OF THE RARE” Something different again, for all eLanka Members and Readers around the World. Millions of photographs are taken each and every day, but without taking your time, these photographs are indeed “The Rarest Of The Rare”. Please enjoy them.         Desmond Kelly.  (Editor-in-Chief)  eLanka.   Download the PDF file .   ...

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“FAMOUS PEOPLE” – By Des Kelly Image source: ROSL On Friday, the 14th of May, 2021,  on Facebook, Cynthia Peiris asked the question, WHO IS THE MOST FAMOUS PERSON YOU HAVE MET ?. Because my answer was going to be rather long, I decided to write same, in eLanka, hoping that Cynthia is indeed, one of it’s 23.000+ members, and if not, inviting her to become one. Cynthia, I entered the Showbiz Scene in Ceylon, in 1942, when I was just 6 years old. I have met dozens of Lanka’s famous  Personalities but none were really World famous. To mention specific names would be unfair to dozens of others, but my eLanka friends would know exactly what I mean, and WHO they are. In Showbiz Ceylon, as it was then, there were many more famous personalities, than there were, in any other category, one could think of, and, as I ...

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           “WHERE BUTTERFLIES DIE” – By Des Kelly     The subject of another beautiful Sri Lankan song I have recorded. This superb article and scenic memories will doubtlessly be enjoyed by many thousands of our Ceylonese people  (as I like to call them), all over the World.            Sri Pada’ samanala kanda  pene’, (you see Sri pade’, the butterfly mountain), is the opening line of the song which explains that, in addition to it being the mountain on which is reputed to have the footprint of either Adam (as in Adam’s peak), or Lord Buddha, depending on which religion you belong to, is also the final resting place of millions of Sri Lankas beautiful butterflies, who fly there to simply connect with this sacred place and die. It is a mountain range that offers the most glorious scenic views, not only ...

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               “BLOODY RIPPER”.!!. – By Des Kelly   Who this songwriter is, unfortunately, not known. Who the Vocalist is, not known either, who the entire production was done by, also missing, but we certainly know who sent me this “bloody ripper” of a video, which I am now happy to share with all our eLanka members,all over the whole world. His name is Max Gerreyn, & if he wants our acceptance, he certainly has mine. We do need a dose of humour in this day and age, and when this great humour is particularly true, and can eke out a laugh from me and from you, i can see no reason why this song should not enter the Aussie hit parades in no time, whatsoever. So, sit back folks, relax, open a bottle (now, don’t be a sipper) Listen, enjoy & laugh aloud to ...

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             “NURSERY RHAPSODY” – BY Des Kelly   A very special “treat”, in store, for many thousands of eLanka members around the World, will quite definitely be this “re-treat” into their childhood days when Nursery Rhymes were common, both at home, and in school.           I have had the pleasure of knowing some of the top Show-biz Personalities, both men and women, of my lovely Island home, as I always call her, and believe me folks, Rukshan Perera, ever since I heard him for the first time, has climbed to the top rungs of this musical ladder, not only because of his showmanship and expertise in what he does, but also because of his genuine humility in everything he attempts to do, on-stage. To me, all he seems to want to do, is to ENTERTAIN his audiences, and he does this ...

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