“GARDEN HUMOUR” – By Des Kelly    Thank you, Charles, for your “drift-back” into the good old days of gardening, as we knew it, well, you probably do anyway, because, while I always enjoyed a good garden, personally, even a weed that I decided to plant, for whatever reason, would not grow. They say that opposites matter however, and the beautiful gardens of our homes were always the work of my ex-wife Cynthia, R.I.P. She loved  gardening, so, being an understanding husband, I always left her to do what she enjoyed doing.  She knew that, as a gardener, I was a good guitarist.        I am sure that readers of e’Lanka will peruse this post, so thank you again, for sending it in. Desmond Kelly. (Editor-in-Chief) e’Lanka. You will chuckle as you read this …. Because as stupid as it may sound, this is exactly what we do! ...

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Generation Gap – by Des Kelly A most interesting comparison between the two present generations. We never really stop to think about this particular subject nowadays, but when I did receive this post from my good friend Chris Lawton, I decided that here was something that all e’Lanka readers would love to read, and so be it.  As I have always said, there is nothing better than reading interesting articles that tell it exactly as it is, so thank you, Chris., for your contribution to e’Lanka.   Desmond Kelly. (Editor-in-Chief) e’Lanka. Generation Gap – A  most  unhappy  conclusion. Comparison between the two  present  “Generations” . A youngster asked his father: “How did you people live before with- No access to technology No aeroplanes No internet No computers No dramas No TVs No air cons No cars No mobile phones?” His Dad replied: “Just like how your generation lives today with – ...

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“LEGS ELEVEN” – by Des Kelly           Compliments of Charmaine Gunatillake and Keith Bennett, this both very interesting AND very important “post” comes walking in, to us, at e’Lanka. Unfortunately, it was just a little bit too late for this writer, who is, right now, the “guru” of isolation simply because my legs and feet refuse to let me walk more than a few metres because of an ailment that has got to be pronounced while totally sober. This is the Mother of Arthritis, called Ankylosin Spondylitis. Anyway, thank goodness I can still write a little. I will now rest my briefcase and once again say “thank you” to Charmaine and Keith, and let these boots keep walking back to you, good folk of e’Lanka. Desmond Kelly. (Editor-in-Chief)  e’Lanka. Walking *Aging   starts   from  the  feet  upwards !*     KEEP  YOUR   LEGS  ACTIVE  &  STRONG  !! As  ...

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“STORMS NEVER LAST” – By Des Kelly  One of my favourite Country songs, written and composed by the beautiful Jessi Colter, and dedicated to her husband, the late great Waylon Jennings who passed on, after suffering the complications of diabetes on the 13th of February, 2002, aged 65.            Waylon Jennings was one of the famous “Outlaws Quartette”, the Highwaymen, who also featured Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson. Like so many “Stars” of Stage and Screen of this bygone era, Waylon had three failed marriages before he met Jessie Colter.  Jessie was not only beautiful, she was multi-talented as well, played piano, sang and composed great songs.  When she wrote Storms Never Last, the lyrics she continued with, were, do they Waylon ?, but this had to be changed, and the word “baby” substituted, because they realized that others would want to record this ...

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Wonderful English – by Des Kelly It has long been known as the TOP International Language around the World, and it is. However, it is also a rather difficult Language to master, in as much as it’s punctuation, pronunciation and presentation is concerned (there’s THREE difficulties for a start), nevertheless, in all it’s seriousness, it certainly has it’s funny moments, as our friend Keith Bennett has pointed out, in this “post” sent out to me, which in turn, I am happy to send out to all our wonderful e’Lanka members and readers. Please read this and coax out a chuckle or three, and thank you, Keith Bennett from both Neil and old me. Desmond Kelly. (Editor-in-Chief)  eLanka. Wonderful English from Around the World In a Bangkok Temple : IT IS FORBIDDEN TO ENTER A WOMAN, EVEN A FOREIGNER, IF DRESSED AS A MAN. Cocktail lounge, Norway: LADIES ARE REQUESTED NOT ...

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 “MEMORIES ARE MADE OF THESE” – By Des Kelly             Coming to e’Lanka via Gerard Salomon and Keith Bennett, for which we thank them, is this wonderful video of a duo of supremely talented “Stars” of the silver screen, namely Rita Hayworth and Fred Astaire, the latter being definitely the Best Ballroom Dancer of his era and beyond, and the former, (although Ginger Rogers was Fred’s main dancing partner), in my own humble opinion, Rita Hayworth was, by far, one of his most beautiful partners in their dancing sequences on film. In addition to dancing, Rita, who was, I believe, Fred’s favourite dancing partner, and who can blame him, hit the movies with spectacular films such as “Cover-Girl”, in which she also danced with Gene Kelly, one of Fred’s main competitors, in hoofing it, to put it mildly. I think I have made my point, ...

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  “TEXAS TORNADO DOUG. SAHM” – By Des Kelly             A child prodigy on Steel-Guitar at age 6, Douglas Sahm went on to become the Founder of the Sir Douglas Quintet, although he was never ever knighted, but simply liked the sound of that name, going on to later add the late great Freddy Fender & Flaco Jimenez to his group of which Augie Meyers was also a member, and called themselves The Texas Tornados.            Sadly, Doug was found dead of natural causes in a hotel room alone, aged just 58 years old, and Freddy Fender, another well-known entertainer also died, a few years after Douglas Sahm, surrounded by his family, after suffering lung cancer. He was only 69 years old. The Texas Tornados became famous also, for their Tejano-style music, mostly sung in Spanish.           ...

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“The La Ceylonians” – By Des Kelly It’s been quite a while since I heard one of the original Ceylon Bands led by Maestro Noel Ranasinghe, but Wallah!!, out of the blue, so to speak, while watching music on you-tube, this great song titled “Tharuna Jeewithe’  Ape’ Vinodayen” came up, and I must say that I enjoyed the presentation of the song so much, I decided to feature it on e’Lanka. This particular version was published on April the 11th, 2015, by Kamal Gunaratne, and, so far has earned a hefty 33 thousand views. Not bad at all, for any song.  Sadly, Noel passed away aged 73, but songs like this will keep on, keeping on, so rest in peace, Maestro. Desmond Kelly. (Editor-in-Chief) e’Lanka. Leisure Local scene… Noel — The father of Calypso in Sinhala pop Prasad Gunewardene He was the man who introduced a new trend into Calypso style ...

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You and Me – by Lalith Paranavitana Introduction by Des Kelly      Listened to the song, a very difficult one to sing, and one that was possibly chosen by “The Voice”, himself. Many changes of key involved, plus lyrics that only experts like Sinatra could sing meaningfully. Lalith has produced an excellent cover version of this song, right down to the last note. He has a rich baritone voice, ideal for ballads of this sort, the backing track & production of the song was also very good, so, on behalf of e’Lanka, I would like to congratulate him 100%. If he can produce a video of this song c/w a picture of himself,  with his story as per his e’mail, I think that we would be very proud to publish it on e’Lanka. He will have to realize that there are no finances involved, but a donation to e’Lanka would ...

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