“IN A NUTSHELL” – by Des Kelly   A special input for e’.Lanka., interesting facts (in brief), will be publicised regularly for thousands of avid readers of our website, simply to give them something to think about, just as “Kelly-Klassics” gives them something to reminisce  about………. IN A NUTSHELL, Judy Garland, World famous Singer and Actress, who was born in 1922 would have been 100 years old, today, had she not passed away in 1969. She had a secret crush on famous Actor Clark Gable, who was born in 1901 and passed away in 1960, even recording a song, dedicated to him, titled “You made me love you”. So, there you are, folks, “In a nutshell” especially for you. Desmond Kelly. (Editor-in-Chief) e’ Lanka.   ...

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“A BLOODY CRACKER” – by Des Kelly Now, I’ve seen them all, but Ladies, Gentlemen, & Kids, (get your eyes off your “smart-gadgets”), and watch this bloody cracker of a post. I promise, you will not be disappointed. Desmond Kelly. (Editor-in-Chief) e’Lanka.   ...

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“FISHING FOR COMPLIMENTS” – by Des Kelly   Cannot say that I have had the privilege of knowing Richard Rodrigo personally, but possibly realizing that our friend Keith Bennett was feeling a bit hungry around lunch time, he “posted” in this biography on a fish that I had never heard of (not being much of a fish-eater), called the Monkfish. I found this story to be most interesting and feel sure that our esteemed e’Lanka readers will agree with me, so thank you Keith and Richard for sending this in. I really don’t think that either of the gentlemen are “fishing for compliments”, but THESE are the kind of “posts” most avid readers would prefer to read, hungry or not. ...

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“A CHAPTER ON COMEDY” – by Des Kelly   It had to come from Charles Schokman of course, and e’Lanka says “thank you” to both “Charlies” involved. The Chaplain that Schokman is referring to, in this most interesting story, is of course The former Knight of the British Empire, Sir Charles Chaplain, mostly famous as a comical British Actor, who brought smiles and laughter to millions of folk around the Globe, who watched Charlie’s antics on Cinema Screens everywhere. Unlike many English Comedians of his era, Charlie Chaplain was not large at all in stature, but, made up for this amply, in the roles he played, with a natural comedic abandon, most brilliantly. However, in addition to his acting, Sir C.C. was also a Musician of note, whose most famous song Composition was naturally titled “Smile”, a most beautiful piece of music with lyrics to match.  ...

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A Kelly Klassic – I wonder if God likes Country Music ? – by Des Kelly   Yet another “Kelly-Klassic” of a song written by Bill Anderson, also known as (whispering Bill) because of his naturally whispering voice, and Roy Acuff (a leading Country Songrwiter of his era) telling the story of an old man who, during the last hours of his life, picked up Bill’s guitar and sang his final song, before he left, leaving John Conlee to finish the song for him. I wonder if God likes Country Music is a typical example of beautiful Country Songs that tell the Stories of life, like no other. For all of you who wish to see this amazing rendition by Whispering Bill and John Conlee, please turn onto You-Tube, to watch something that you will not forget in a hurry, another Kelly Klassic (with more to come, for the Members ...

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“A PAPAL VISIT” – by Des Kelly Although he is not expected to visit us in person, Pope Francis has “reflected” on what life is like, on Earth, from time to time, and being the forthright type of person, His Holiness is, he has decided to divulge his reflections to us via the Internet. Ex Royal Ceylon Naval Man Chris Lawton,  O.A.M. sent me this article which will definitely be of interest to e’Lanka readers. Without further ado, here it is. Reading his reflections certainly gives us sonething to think about. Desmond Kelly. (Editor-in-Chief) e’Lanka. POPE FRANCIS IS ALWAYS SURPRISING US WITH HIS REFLECTIONS: “Hospital walls have heard more honest prayers than churches …  They’ve seen far more sincere kisses than kisses at airports …  It is at the hospital that you see a homophobic being saved by a gay doctor.  The “patricinha” doctor saving the life of a beggar ...

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“LOVING HEIDI HAUGE” – by Des Kelly She’s the Scandinavian Queen of Country Music, and at the moment, quite the rage, is Heidi Hauge. A recording “Star”, with dozens of Country Songs to her credit, even though her Scandinavian accent is a bit hard to get used to. I have already featured this good-looking songstress often, but now, another Country Music friend of ours, Charles Schokman has come up with what I am proud to feature on e’ Lanka, Australia’s BEST website for Lankans everywhere, a more recent recording of Heidi, for your enjoyment. Charles’ post to me is fully appreciated. Heidi’s appreciation of the way she is loved each night, is seconded by both Charles Schokman & your’s truly. It would not be difficult to love Heidi Hague each night either, after hearing her sing all these wonderful songs. Desmond Kelly. (Editor-in-Chief) e’ Lanka. “The Way You Love Me ...

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eLanka Newsletter – 29th May 2022 – 9th Edition – Sri Lankans In Australia Click here or on the image below to read this week’s elanka Newsletter “A PERFECT PALINDROME” – By des kelly (Editor-in-Chief) e’Lanka. ) Tamil asylum seeker family cleared to return home to Biloela on bridging visas, Acting Home Affairs Minister says – By Erin Semmler, Rachel McGhee Go Home – This is a product of Chaminda Samaraweera and his wife Kath in conjunction with his fellow artists. Watch Cricket Highlights – Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh – 2nd Test – May 2022 – Sri Lanka won by 10 wickets Together for a better tomorrow – A community support initiative by Keells Supermarkets Any ‘System Change’ must occur at the grassroots level – By Aubrey Joachim Crossing The Jordan – by Lakshman Navaratne Joe Frazier talking to Dinesh Palipana in 2010 not long after a spinal cord injury ...

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ENGLISH-PERSONIFIED – by Des Kelly This extremely interesting article was sent to me, by my good friend Dayal Cooray, whose dad Denis P. Cooray was my immediate boss when I joined the Royal Ceylon Navy in 1953 as a Supply Assistant. Because both Dayal & myself do love correct English both spoken & written, I could plainly see that, after WW2, Winston Churchill, who was always a busy man, made good use of his “writing-talents” in order to keep his faculties in top-shape, so, as a result, he penned fascinating articles such as this, in addition to writing “books of knowledge”, as I call them. As a matter of fact, I am the proud owner of 3 TOMES of Churchillian education of the English Language, and with due thanks to Dayal, I would like every one of e’Lanka’s members to read & study what “English Personified” is all about. Desmond ...

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“Kelly Klassic” Borrowed Angel – by Des Kelly Written and recorded in 1972 by Mel.Street, we now have a positive reason as to why Country Music will never die. Singing this song that tells a story, that happens all around the World, a youngster in Country Music, by the name of Mo Pitney, comes clean on his Borrowed Angel. Pitney was a keen follower of Stars such as Merle Haggard and George Jones, and, like them, vocalises brilliantly, where every lyric can be heard very clearly. Like other members of e’Lanka, who do enjoy this type of music, all I can say, is “Lets go, with Mo Pitney”. Desmond Kelly. (Editor-in-Chief) e’ Lanka.  ...

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