“FIRST DOWN, AGAIN” – by Des Kelly

 

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07.47. (7/12/2020) touchdown,  Monday morning, you guessed it. The first International flight into Melbourne, coming from Colombo, Sri Lanka has made it safely, now to face the new, much tougher entry requirements that will be required of both the Airline crew and the passengers, quarantined under very strict conditions, overseen, this time, by ADF (Australian Defence Force) Personnel, as it should have been, in the first place, anyway. 

 

     First down, again, since June 2020, and it really does not matter where in the World they come from, visitors could well be carrying the dreaded Covid bug (without even knowing it), and Victoria Australia, of all places, is certainly not going to make the same mistakes they made initially, leading to the toughest restrictions in Australia, in an effort to eradicate C.V,19., this one, too little, it now seems, and far too late, to prevent “The Garden State” from ending up with maximum casualties of this global pandemic, in Australia, yet luckily, thank God, nowhere near the death toll of so many other Countries around us. 

 

      The Premier of Victoria, Daniel Andrews made up for his original mistakes, (HIS mistakes naturally, being PREMIER), by doing a sterling job, appearing every single day during the lengthy lockdown, on ABC Television, together with other health aides on his Staff, giving the necessary advice, and eventually did bring down infections & deaths relating to Covid (0/0), very recently. 

 

     I write “First down, again” which relates to every new Visitor to Melbourne, but strangely, to Sri Lankans especially, after witnessing THEIR aircraft touching down smoothly at the Tullamarine Airport, personally.

      “COMING TO MELBOURNE ??,

         PLEASE DO NOT FORGET,

  THE TOUGHEST ENTRY PROCEDURE

     IS AHEAD OF YOU, YET.

     DO THE RIGHT THING,

     FOLLOW THE RULES,

      WE WANT YOU TO STAY, 

          SO DON’T ACT LIKE FOOLS”!!.

 

Desmond Kelly

Desmond Kelly.

(Editor-in-Chief) eLanka.       

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THE MYSTICAL EXPLORER WINS – BY ANNE DE COSTA – eBook in PDF

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The Mystical Explorer Wins was born after many years of deep study and daily application. I made a conscious decision to change my life by practicing gratitude and forgiveness on a daily basis.

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Introducing Ancient Magic, Wisdom & Knowledge

“It is literally true that you can succeed
best and quickest by helping others succeed”
Napoleon Hill

I would like to pay tribute to a group of people who came into my life and gave me freely of their time, inspiring me to launch my first book.

Nimal Alwis Producer (C31 Sri Lanka Morning Show)

Derrick J (Entertainer)

Bandu Dissanayake (Vishvavahini TV)

Ryle Moldrich (Vishvavahini TV)

Desmond Kelly (Musician/Journalist)

Umadevi Pemmaraju (Master of Computer Applications)

My AMAZING TEACHER!

Iris Wieselmann ( Melbourne Makeup Artist)

Lily Steiner (Feel Good radio interviewer)

Taru Fonseka (Taruvillas) my soul friend who burned the midnight oil with me and sprinkled gold dust on my book (2017)

Neil Jayasekera ( Elanka) with gratitude overflowing for your boundless energy and enthusiasm.

From the depths of my heart
THANK YOU FOR LIGHTING THE WAY…

PREFACE

The Mystical Explorer Wins was born after many years of deep study and daily application. I made a conscious decision to change my life by practicing gratitude
and forgiveness on a daily basis. By the powerful use of positive affirmations, I changed my thinking and speech patterns, a decision that brought about a change in consciousness. By the right use of language, I brought forth the ideal – my talents as a gifted writer. The universe has lovingly placed this book in your
hands for a reason: that you may connect with the spirit within, the spirit of opulence, and let your spirit soar and create. You are a creator!

Anne de Costa
2017, Melbourne
Australia

The Miracle of Love

This is a story about a girl called Anne, who in this day and age, found her true love. All my life I was looking for love. In other people, in friends, in jobs, in outer situations, and in worldly pleasures. And was always disappointed. It was the one quality I was always deprived of. When I moved to Australia, my desperate search began. Yet this time the journey was different – it was no longer outwards.
This time the journey led inwards. I started reading esoteric books, one book led to another, and I became fascinated with the concept that we contain the universe
within ourselves – a microcosm of the macrocosmic. I made a pledge to myself that I was going to find the pearl of great price.

I had nothing to lose now. I forgot about the outer world. I stopped going out. Boyfriends ceased to comfort me. Material possessions and physical needs were no longer a priority. Instead, I stayed home by myself – with my own thoughts – and questioned my life. Why am I here? What is this world all about?

 

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About the Author…..ANNE DE COSTA

I AM JUST A STORY TELLER…

Anne de Costa

I was born in Kalutara, Sri Lanka to a beautiful and loving family. My father Benjamin Martin Buultjens and my mother Pamela Dornhorst Ashbourne christened me Anne Christine Buultjens. I am a proud direct descendant of A E Buultjens, a past Principal of Ananda College, the  controversial free thinker and the great Frederick Dornhorst KC a Ceylonese (Sri Lankan) barrister and King’s Advocate.  I was raised a Roman Catholic. I loved going to church and lighting candles. I sang in all the School choirs. I loved religion as a subject and often won prizes for the most outstanding student in Religious Knowledge. As a child I always looked up at the skies with great reverence because I knew that God lived there.   From a young age I had a mystical mind and could see God everywhere; I could feel   the wind in my hair and the grass beneath my feet. I marvelled at the mystical energy of the Universe and wondered why others were blind to these wonders. I was searching deeply for the meaning of life. This was my eternal quest.

My early years in Sri Lanka were very colourful and exciting.

My Dad (who is in heaven) worked for the Ceylon Government Railway and we had the privilege of travelling throughout Sri Lanka spending our holidays in the jungles.   Swimming in the big rivers, eating wild boar, venison and jungle fowl with Dad’s railway workers and trackers was our life style.  Hopping in and out of trains was a major excitement for me.

I was educated at Good Shepherd Convent Kandy.  So proud and so blessed!  An era of strict discipline, early morning mass each day for the boarders,  nuns and priests, retreats and choir competitions. I look back on those  years,  my heart and mind filled with  great pride, exciting stories,  affection and gratitude to GSC for opening my mind to different cultures and people.

When I was in my teens I modelled for Orientations a successful fashion boutique owned by fashion icon Kem Martenstyn. A legend in her time.

Kem and her daughter Maeve produced  the most spectacular  fashion shows in their time.

       I was an Elocution Teacher at the Wendy Whatmore School of Speech and Drama.

Mrs Whatmore  who founded the Wendy Whatmore Academy in 1940 at the young age of twenty two, was an author, poet, and outstanding teacher. She was also a friend, authority and guide, all rolled into one. The multiple presentations of reciting poetry and acting in front of the class at 13th Lane Colpetty has endowed me with confidence and skills to use my voice for public speaking and chanting my sacred mantras.

I taught Elocution at Ladies College, Visakha Vidyalaya and the many centres.

 As a  stage actress I enjoyed life on the stage for many years. The Lionel Wendt Theatre lives on forever in my heart.

 The Boy Friend, The Importance of Being Earnest, My Fair Lady, One wild oat,  Private lives, and The Matchmaker in 1977…..

 These wonderful memories are forever etched in my mind.

I  moved to Melbourne Australia in 1981 and worked in the fashion industry as a fashion consultant. I worked at Daimaru and David Jones selling International  and Australian designer labels. I enjoyed my exciting fashion career and I enjoyed selling.

In 1989 I married Rex de Costa and a few years later God opened the windows of Heaven and my daughter Anoushka was born. Truly God’s greatest gift to me.

However my life continued to be  a deep struggle. I could not put a value on myself and  I was living a life of quiet desperation. My old belief system held me prisoner and I was crying in the wilderness for many years questioning my very existence.  My struggle  in fact  was a blessing. I was forced to look inside myself for answers. This very struggle gave me an opportunity to develop myself.

I studied Mysticism at The Theosophical Society for many years.  I began to study the great works of inspirational people. I attended powerful seminars which ignited my thirst for knowledge and made me look further within. From the year 2005 onwards I graduated from the following:

 Tapping the Healer Within

Landmark Forum

Neuro Linguistic Programming

You Were Born Rich

The programme ‘You Were Born Rich’ by Bob Proctor is a phenomenal education. It had a profound effect on my thinking. It is based on the book Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill, which I believe to be the greatest motivational book ever written. This book gives us the knowledge to change the belief system , and our lives, forever. I simply picked up the challenge.

In 2007 I  started the inner work in earnest.  I flew under the radar and within ten years I transformed my mind from rags to riches… from fashion to passion.

 To Napoleon Hill and Bob Proctor

 You challenged me to be brave.

Thank you for teaching me to be fearless in the pursuit

 of all of the opportunities this education holds.

To never apologize for the unique parts of who I am.

Over a period of thirty years I studied the principles of Truth. I jotted notes on my AHA moments, my moments of inspiration and grand epiphanies. I listened to people talking, and I realized, the majority of men and women were unhappy on a daily basis. This deep unhappiness was based on lack and limitation. Feelings that “Life is just ok” and “there’s no money to pay bills” combined with health problems, created a deep sense of despair and helplessness.

The bookstores are filled with numerous books on self- help and motivation. I realized that what people actually needed, was a book in very simple day-to-day language, as to why we are struggling and then steps to bring about the change. I wanted to share my knowledge with others. And so my book was born, The Mystical Explorer Wins. My deepest appreciation goes to  my publisher Sam Perera (Perera-Hussein Publishing House) for the publication of my first book.

My book is not an instant cure, my book is an education, and therefore one has to approach it like a subject in school. One has to read the material presented, study deeply, and  PRACTICE…PRACTICE…PRACTICE. The change is gradual, it’s a slow dawning, and anyone and everyone can achieve this over a period of time. It takes the mind ten years to fully understand and accept new concepts. My book gives everybody a grand opportunity to see the vision, change the  belief system, recognize  your True Place and Calling, and to make your dreams come true.

The Universe has lovingly placed this book in your hands to connect with The Spirit Within, The Spirit of Opulence, to let your spirit soar and create.

YOU ARE A CREATOR!

 

Anne de Costa

The Mystical Explorer Wins

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“STORMS NEVER LAST” – By Des Kelly

 Once in a way, a song grabs my attention to the extent that I feel I just have to share it with all of our eLanka  members, around the World. Many will have already heard this beautiful Country song, written by an equally beautiful songstress, songwriter, and pianist, Jessie Colter, dedicated to her famous Country Icon husband Waylon Jennings, God rest his soul. 

          I consider myself a Country Music fanatic, and have seen this great couple Jessie & Waylon sing this song on stage, together, with this Country “Outlaw” Waylon publicly showing his love for his beautiful wife, even as they sang.  I loved their version of the song

 

        Then, out of the blue, so to speak,

I suddenly watched another version of Storms Never Last, this time, by an Irish Father/Daughter combination, Jimmy & Claudia Buckley, that, as I commented, was one of the best versions of the song, second only to the Jessie/Waylon “live” version of one of their top “hits” together.  

 

          Country Music, or the Music of Life, as I call it, is not necessarily from America only, although, without a shadow of a doubt, the Country backing bands happen to be the very best, in my opinion, of course. 

Here, we now have Jimmy Buckley, a famous Irish Country Singer and his beautiful daughter Claudia, who, incidentally recorded another Irish Country hit, at the age of fifteen. 

Both this father & daughter now sing a version of Jessie Colter’s song, with such finesse, anyone who hears it for the first time, WILL want to listen to it again. If you love this Music of Life as I do, you will want to listen to it, as often as you can. I am proud and privileged to present the song to everyone out there.To all you lasses & wannabe Stars, just listen to Claudia and her special interpretation of the song.

Desmond Kelly.

(Editor-in-Chief)  eLanka.      

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“BURGHER BUGGERS” Drinking Whisky by Desmond Kelly ‘the Star of eLanka’

     Doubtless, most of us will probably remember the little “Lansi-Limerick” (above), I certainly do, although most of us could not afford to drink the bloody stuff and had to- make–do with “Kassippu & Arracku”(even “Mendis-Special” was too expensive for us), and unfortunately, I did not know Prasanna at the time. I met my good friend Prasanna Mendis in Melbourne, fairly late in the piece, and, by this time, we were only drinking Ceylon Tea. Please NOTICE, that, while “She” became “Shri Lanka”(the resplendant Isle), in 1972/3, “Ceylon Tea” has remained, and always will remain, the very BEST tea in the World. Forget tea from anywhere else, and forget the “Brands”, ANY Ceylon-Tea, grown on the beautiful highland tea-estates, especially, would have to be the BEST non-intoxicating “brew”on the Planet. 

     Stop digressing Des, & get down to the bloody story.

O.K., O.K., stop getting your “amudey” in a knot, & I will.

As we get-off the subject of tea, & get-on to the “more- spirited” drinks, one of the “favourites” was Whisky.

It was indeed a good drink if one wanted to be “frisky”later. This depended of course, on how the “drinker”could take his/her liquor. If you “went to sleep” after one or two drinks, or if you were constantly with your head in the toilet-bowl, then, there was no hope of coitus, or anything else, for that matter, as a matter of fact, it was HOPELESS. Maybe, a Gin & Tonic might have been better. Anyway, again, it all depended on the particular “Whisky” you drank, and being someone with a tiny bit of expertise on the subject, here is a list on which you could easily get “pis-oops, intoxicated”

  1.  Glenfiddich, is the World’s best-selling Malt.

  2. Johnnie Walker (Red Label), is the World’s best Scotch.
  3.  The famous “Grouse”is the best-sellung whisky in Scot- land.
  4.  Glenmorangie is the best-selling single Malt in Scot land.
  1.  The World’s fastest-growing Scotch today is known as  “Black-Dog”. India is a major contributor to it’s sales.
  1.  The five most popular single Malts globally, are :-

       Glenfiddich, Glenlivet, Glenmorangie, Aberlour (Orig.), & Laphroaig.

  1.  Bruichladdich’s “The Octomore” is the most heavily “peated” whisky in the World. (167ppm), needs to be  “repeated”-(167ppm), very late in the evening perhaps.
  1.  The three “oldest” single malts currently being sold, are  Glenturret, Oban & Glenlivet. 
  1.  The “oldest” Distillery in Scotland is Glenturret (1775),  followed by Bowmore (1779)& I thought I was “old”!!
  1. With each bottle of Laphroaig you buy, you are entitled  to a lifetime-lease of 1 square foot of the Distillery’s  Land, along with a personalized certificate of ownership
  1. Cadenhead’s whisky shop on Canongate has a unique “selling-point”. Customers can have a bottle poured. Straight from a cask & labelled with their name. When sealed, it has a label with a “born-on” date, as Whisky.  Stops “ageing”, as soon as it leaves the barrel, which means that then, each bottle has it’s unique “blend”.
  1. Edradour is the smallest distillery in Scotland. The entire “operation is run by just three people. 
  1. The Glenmorangie is one of the smallest distillerys in the Highlands & employs just sixteen craftsmen, called  “The sixteen men of Tain”(who’ll never be sober again).
  1. The most “expensive” Country, in which to buy Scotch, is Ironically the U.K.(where it is made). 
  1. In the U.K., it’s Home-Country, the five most popular Blended Scotch Whiskies are :- The famous Grouse,  William Grant’s, Bell’s, Teacher’s & J&B Rare. Note, Johnnie Walker does NOT feature in the list of best-   selling blends in it’s “home-Country”.
  1. A “closed” bottle of Scotch can be “kept” for 100 years  and still be good to drink. However, an “opened” bottle will remain “good” for five years only. Who are we kidding here ?, I have never heard of a bottle of Scotch “going-off”. In certain “Burgher-homes”, it would be a  miracle if an opened bottle of Scotch lasted 5 HOURS.
  1. The Australian Wine Research Institute has introduced  a “measure” called a “Standard Drink”. It is supposed to  contain 10g (12.67ml) of alcohol, the amount that an     average adult male can metabolize in one hour.
  1. Although their “proof” differs, standard drinks of beer,  wine & spirits contain the same amount of alcohol– (0.6 ounces, each). They are all the same, however, to  A breath-Analyser.
  1. 18.000 litres of Scotch Whisky, worth about 800.000 Dollars were accidentally flushed down the drain at  Chivas Brothers’ Dumbarton bottling Plant in 2013. Talk about a bad year (2013), the “Brothers'”, were not  only “dumb”, they were “dumbfounded, dumbstruck &  benumbed, & will never ever forget that one.
  1. Experts advise you to drink “single Malt” with just a single “dash of water”. The water supposedly helps to  “release the serpent ” from the whisky. If you have two,  have 2 dashes of water. After that, you will be forgiven if you forget the water altogether. Just as it got Eve, the Serpent will get you, but who cares ?!!!.
  1. For, if there IS a serpent, there is also an Angel. As it ages, 2-2 & a half% of the whisky manufacturing in a barrel is list to evaporation every year. Distillers refer to this as the “Angels’ share”., but don’t be disappointed.
  1. There is also a “Devil”. Whisky absorbed into the wood of a whisky barrel during maturation is known as the “Devil’s Cut”.
  1. We have been talking about a variety of whisky, but, I am definitely NOT a “Racist”, I have to tell you that INDIA  makes Whisky too, BUT Indian Whisky is technically

      “flavoured Rum, because it is essentially made from sugar. They are “sweet people”, these Indians,  and I’m not talking about the ones who keep their wigs-warm.

  1. As I have said (and written), so many times, READING is a total education, on it’s own. Please do become a treasured member of eLanka, read what I write and do make your “comments”good or bad, it doesn’t really matter. I “live & learn” & now have taught you a few things about Whisky, English, Scottish & Indian.
  1. Finally, if anyone is thinking of swapping Tea-making for Whisky-making in Sri Lanka, please let me know, so I can do some “promotion-blurb” for them on eLanka. Thank 

      you, very much, in anticipation. 

                                                                       Desmond Kelly

                                                                       Star of eLanka.

 

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“UP, AUNTY A.B.C.” by Desmond Kelly ‘the Star of eLanka’

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     A shining example, folks. “The King’s Speech”, an excellent movie, already seen by this writer, but so good, that I wanted to watch it again, & even “rang-up” a few friends to  commend it to them, only to be disappointed and disgusted with the fact that this great film, featuring, among others, a superb Aussie Actor in Geoffrey Rush as speech therapist Lionel Logue (teaching our Queen’s late father, King George Vl, not to stammer so much), contained MORE commercials than the film itself. 

     Channel 72, in Melbourne (we could have done without the figure 7 in the above number), must certainly get a “hand’s up” for choosing some superb movies, and I commend them for it, BUT, to include this multitude of “commercials”(I reckon there must have been at least 50 of them), to completely SPOIL it for the viewers, was a downright disgrace. The film was shown @ 8.35 pm on the 26th of December, 2017 (boxing day), and, this is why, Jim & Shan., two avid readers of our 🏅eLanka website, I would STILL give “Aunty A.B.C.” the “thumb’s-up”. There is no political “motive” for my preferance of the A.B.C.

     I have said (& written) many times, that my “Political-knowledge”is next to NIL. My “I.Q” is slightly above normal, I have “been there” & chances are, “done that”, but politics do not interest me. Why, would ANYONE want to become a “Politician”?, They seem to grow older, much quicker, as I watch them on the “box”(even with all the “ads” thrown in).

BUT, “Tune in, Shan., & Jim”, I have to be “liberal” with my comments, I “labour” with the fact that “labor” has an American spelling, it is a nationally known fact that the “Nationals” are in, only to keep the other bastards honest, the “Greens” are the only “greenery” surrounding the other “multiple parties”, the “Browns & Blacks” are simply good old English couples, living in London, “One Nation” means 

Australians only, the “Independants” often depend on each other to be Independent, &, without going into the abyss any deeper, if only I was about 40 years younger, I would certainly have  joined the “Sex”Party, if only to find out what it was all about.This would probably be the sum total of my political nous. However, one last “BUT” Jim and Shan.

Like it, or not, our’s is a Political Life. This Country, like every other, has to have SOMEONE to “run it” We “ELECT” them.

The A.B.C. & the present Government have their differences but that is their business. As for writing these stories and watching television, I much prefer “Aunty” only because they do not have any commercials. My friends & i could have watched The King’s Speech without being frustrated. King George shouted his 4 letter epithet many times in a particular “scene”, that was because he kept stammering thru it. I do not stammer, but I shouted the word that made our Aussie television producers take “KING” Graham Kennedy off the bloody air, MANY times, thru that movie.

Anyway, thank you Jim & Shan for your contributions to eLanka. Please read us regularly and make your comments.

I do enjoy them.  Please remember, all our dear readers. If political articles are published on-line, in eLanka, we will ensure that they are authentic. Mine, are written from a completely different angle, because, as a “political journalist”, I make a good comedic writer.

      

 

                                                                            Desmond Kelly.

                                                                            Star of eLanka.

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“OLD CEYLON” The resplendent Isle. Part 2 – by Desmond Kelly ‘Star of eLanka’

To “carry on” from the beautiful photographs of old Ceylon, featured on the award-winning “eLanka” website that I am so very proud of, as recently as the week, past, I am now happy to bring “our readers” the above, also, now featuring my Original Composition,  “Ceylon, my Island of dreams”, from the “Ultimate DVD”, also featured on eLanka, which is available for you good readers out there, TOTAL benefits going to a little Convent in Tangalle, Lanka, aptly named “Kuda-Kusum” (little flowers), orphan-girls who are totally reliant on our help, in order to survive. I was more than happy to do this, through eLanka & especially Michael Fernandez of the “Lanka-Times” of which I remain the Editor.

This particular “article” on-line, gives readers more insight on the Country that we were born in, only to reluctantly have to “leave”, because of stupid Government Regulations brought in, so many years ago. I do not intend to elaborate on what these “people in high places” do, when they are not twiddling their thumbs in Parliaments (everywhere), suffice to say, that in most cases, they cause chaos, rather than compassion, however, the previous article (+ photographs) featured  “Colombo”, while, hopefully, I will be able to also “cover” Kandy & the mid-Country, followed by Nuwara Eliya, Haputale, and the lavish,

breath-taking, high-Country.

One cannot even begin to imagine the beauty of a Country so very small. True, Australia is magnificent as well, but many Aussie Farmers are forced to use aircraft just to circumnavigate their properties. I fear that I am getting off the beaten track here, but, a special plea to our Lankan Aussies, everywhere. Do purchase a copy of my DVD, & rest assured that every penny spent, will end up for the “Kuda-Kusum” in Sri Lanka. They need it, far more than we do.

eLanka sits 16 rungs “up” on the “trophy” list. Neil Jayasekera, Bernard VanCuylenberg & self, wish to reach the very apex of this “list”, but it takes all of you other Lankan “Guys & Dolls”to help us put “Lanka” on the map”, so to speak. Thank you, for that.

Desmond Kelly

Star of eLanka

(Editor-in- Chief).

 

COLOMBO PORT PIC SUMANACHANDRA ARIYAWANSA

To “carry-on” from part 1 (which is the natural thing to do), the primitive history of “our home-land” is enveloped in fable, yet, there is perhaps NO Country in tha World that has such a long continuous history and civilization. It is “believed” that Ceylon was part of the region of “Ophir” & “Tarshish”, from which King Solomon was supplied with gold & silver, ivory, apes & even peacocks(&hens,of course). Leads me to wonder what species of “apes” they were, because nothing has changed.!

To the ancient Greeks & Romans, (here comes that name again), it was known as “Taprobane”, by which name it was described by lumineries such as Ovid, Pliny, Ptolemny, & others. To the inhabitants of India, it was known, centuries before the Christian era, as Lanka (so what’s new? ). This is where the term “respledent” comes from, I guess. The name is still borne among the native Sinhalese & Tamil people.

Strangely, even then, in ancient times, the Chinese referred to Ceylon as the Island of jewels. To the Indian Buddhists, it was known as the “Pearl upon the brow of India”. These Indian Buddhists must have been doing “yoga” & standing on their heads, because, I have always believed that the “brow” was the forehead & that Ceylon was the “teardrop” at the bottom of India. Anyway, I may be wrong here, because I have never studied yoga.
The geology & fauna of Ceylon, point clearly to a time when it was part of the Oriental Continent, which stretched in unbroken land from Madagascar to the Malay Archipelago & northwards to the present valley if the Ganges river.

The “traditions” respecting the Island are many. “Samantakuta” (Adams Peak), is venerated in three different religons. The Buddhists believe that all FOUR BUDDHAS visited Ceylon and instructed it’s Inhabitanrs, and that Gautama Buddha left his footprint
on Adams Peak as an undying memorial of his third & last “visit”, about 600 BC. The Hindus claim the footprint as that of Siva, the most powerful of the Hindu Gods. The Muslims, perpetuating a tradition of the early Christians are equally positive that it is indeed the footprint of Adam & also that Ceylon was indeed, the “cradle” of the Human Race.

The story goes that when Adam was ejected from Paradise (which was the low-Country of Ceylon), it must have been a pretty powerful “kick” from an angry God, because he (Adam), landed on TOP of ‘his peak”, left standing on one leg, for many years, for simply disobeying God & eating a bite of rotten apple, as handed to him by his wife Eve ( how SHE escaped, I’ll never know), but because Adam was left standing for so long, his foot left an immense footprint, until Angel Gabriel, took pity on him & reunited him with Eve, for them, in turn, to beget Cain & Abel, but that is another story.

The earliest known & perhaps the FIRST inhabitants of Ceylon were the “Nagas”& the “Yakkhas”, believe it ir not. The Nagas were not too bad, but the yakkhas, well, they were devils then & probably now, EVEN.

The “Yakkhas” were the forebears of the Veddhas.

From the neolithic stone implements found in the ca caves the Veddhas inhabited, they must have been, I suppose, the earliest human beings, coming after old Solomon’s “Apes”.

Although there are no definite demarkation lines, the history of Ceylon can be devided into five (5) separate periods. The “MAHAVANSA” period. The first historical event recorded in the “Chronicles” was the invasion of Ceylon in 483 BC, by Sinhalese, under the leadership of Vijaya, grandson of a Bengal Princess & SINHAYA (Lion). By treacherously murdering TWO of the “Yakkha” Kings, then ruling the Island, & all their nobility, Vijaya gained ascendency over part of the Island, and soon, all the “Chieftains” of Lanka accepted his Sovereignty.

To finish this “chapter”, although World Cricket has nothing whatsoever to do wirh it, the fact that Vijaya’s Grandfather, who was, in fact, a LION, bowled this Bengal Maiden Over & folks, that is why, to this day, the Sinhalese are known as the “Lion Race”.

Chapter 3 to follow.

Desmond Kelly – Star of eLanka.

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“A SAD CHAOSMAS” – By Desmond Kelly ‘the Star of eLanka’

A happy Christmas, for most of us, a sad chaosmas for those unlucky folk, run down by a lunatic in Melbourne Town, very recently. While I do not particularly want this article “on-line”, via eLanka, simply because it’s just another “bad-news” one, (God knows we have had too many, in 2017 anyway), however, why this happened, how it happened, & how it could be possibly be “stopped” from happening, at all, starting next year, is my reason for writing this one.

      I has to be quite obvious that the latest W.O.D.(weapon of destruction) is the common motor vehicle. This seems to be the easiest, most convenient way for any “nut-case” to carry out his/her evil plans of killing people. A “vehicle”, so commonly seen by so many, on our roads every single day, would be something least expected to suddenly become a W.O.D., the reason why it happened, is also very simple to understand. While Australia is “moving progressively ahead” in “”Medical-Matters”, the Country is sadly lacking in “Mental Capability. Australia LEADS in research of diseases like lung cancer, & various other bodily mal-functions. They have the most up-to-date hospitals which are World famous, BUT, mental dysfunction is STILL very much ignored.

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“ON-LINE WITH LATE-LINE” By Desmond Kelly ‘the Star of eLanka’

“Aunty A.B.C.”, the ONLY T.V.Channel one can watch without the annoying interruption of “silly-ads”, every two minutes, has always been, as far as many Lankan-Aussies (myself included), the very BEST T.V.  on offer, in Melbourne, anyway. Naturally, I cannot speak for our “viewers” in the other States in this sun-burnt Land, but I have always opted for the A.B.C. because of it’s straight-forward approach to what is sometimes quite inapproachable “subjects” without fear or favour, which is “the way to go”. Unfortunately, now, in the topsy-turvy World that we live in, Politics play a major part in decisions that are sometimes difficult to comprehend. The Channel 2 “Four Corners” has been in the “gun-sight” of the Federal Government for a while, now, simply because this t.v. programme tells it like it is. “Aunty” will take a “story”, good, bad, happy or sad and “screen it” for those who wouldn’t have a chance in hell, of seeing it on any of the commercial channels. I have always admired this “no holds barred” attitude, of the A.B.C.., & hope 4 Corners, together with it’s ” no-nonsense” Cast & Crew keep their jobs for a long long time. They deserve it.

     “On-line with Late-line” is self-explanatory. For reasons known only to themselves, “Late-line” Producers have “pulled the plug”(I have to stop using these phrases, however good they are), on a “Programme” that would certainly have been watched both on-line, by Lankan/Aussies everywhere, even though,  as “late-line” , it was “on-late”(now, I’m even getting confused, myself). However, “Late-Line” is no more. How do you replace a superb show?. This is what I’d like to know. From here, where do we go? ( I will have to stop being poetic on “serious-subjects”).

     Now, getting really serious about a top-class t.v. programme, first started on the 13th of February 1990, (13 has always been an unlucky number, while I have never been superstitious), covering both National and International events of interest to people with even half a brain ( no Lankan/Aussies or Aussies in that lot).

Some of us have no brains at all, & whoever is taking “late-line” “off-air” , certainly need their brains “looked-into”, as 28 years of thoroughly interesting investigative journalism, brought to us by superb  “Characters” such as Maxine McKew, Kerry O’Brien, Leigh Sales & finally Emma Albericie, every one of them “top-journos” , in my opinion, comes to a sad end.

     I have said (&written), many times that I am, by no means, a politician. I do not know anything about politics, don’t want to know anything about it either, but still UNDERSTAND that there must be utter transparency with any incumbant Australian Government. There are “stories” that have to be told.

These may NOT reflect too well with the “big boys”, but as long as our Journalists substanciate what they are “reporting”, these stories, sometimes “covered” with risk to their own lives, MUST be permitted on-air, be.it Radio or Television. It is only then, dear Sirs, that people such as this writer will think, yes, our Government is telling us the truth. Lets vote them in, next time.

     “Aunty A.B.C.” has been giving us quite a lot of excellent viewing. Candidly, I cannot find fault with ANY of their journalists & producers. If I did, my eLanka readers would be the first to know about it.

Let us leave it at that. I would be extremely happy to see “Late-Line” back on our screens sooner rather than later, and to keep in with my style of writing, let me close with “OTHERWISE” it might just be “Too late for regrets”(another Original song of mine, written under totally different circumstances).

          Farewell Late-Line, you’ve been good,
          Like Errol Flynn, in Robin-Hood
          Let’s not try to make a fuss,
          Soon, you might be back with us. (hopefully).

       

 

Desmond Kelly
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CHRISTMAS-DAY – by Desmond Kelly ‘the Star of eLanka’

Yes, it isn’t too far away, another Christmas day, Have you bought all your presents ?, well, don’t delay, Next year, in July, also possibly May, Don’t forget your “shopping” for Christmas day. D.K.

While I do believe in Christmas, with all it’s trimmings, it is quite possible that Jesus Christ was NOT born on the 25th of December, of that year. History leads us to believe that while shepherds watched their flock by night, all seated on the ground, it would have then been much too cold, with too much snow around.
. It would have been the height of Winter, in December, and while the shepherds may have been illitrate, they would not have been fools. All “stock” would have been “under-cover”, their shepherds, with them.

I am also “informed” that Christmas was a part of some pagan festival, and do know that before the Christ-Child came into this World, pagan customs, icons, heretics, sceptics & many more varieties of “ticks” ruled the Earth.

There were “lunatics” as well, loony-bins like King Herod.

I have this recollection of reading somewhere that Jesus was actually born at the end of September. This “presents” our shopkeepers with ANOTHER month in which to enjoy Christmas, so this, then, gives us May, July, September & December.!! WOW, “Aiyoh”, “Heavens to Betsy” & all that stuff, 4 whole Christmases to celebrate, more money to spread around & more ‘kisses” under the “Mistletoe” just inside the front door.

In 2017, our hard-working Government, is taking a well-earned “break”, before coming back next year to find out whether in fact, there are ANY MEMBERS OF PARLIMENT at all, who only possess an AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP. So it IS in the Constitution. Who bloody cares ?, no-one whom I know, anyway, has read the bloody thing. If, after the next election, there is a new Government, “BE NEW” ! , tear up this silly archaic “Constitution”, write up a new one and let Aussies in, who will “run” the bloody Country the way it should be “run”, for the people. Get your priorities in order. Permit the “poorer” to get a bit “wealthier”, tax, to the maximum, those who can afford affluent Accountants who can “assist” in the “evasion” of tax. Build completely new structures of “affordable-housing” for the average Aussie, who, at this moment, cannot afford to rent a decent home, let alone, buy one. Don’t stand there in Parliment, week after week, arguing the toss over purely puerile matters, make it a little more interesting for Aussies who want to keep talking “Orstralian-English” into the future, and not “Chinese”, although that is a fine old language if you can understand it.

The “same-sex” marriage bill has been passed. That is o.k. for the modern World, but my plea to the papparatzi (or whatever they are called), is, with EACH homosexual marriage ceremony you show us, on television, would you please also film a heterosexual one, so we, who are depressed (not gay), BECOME gay, after watching it.
It was also quite “funny” to see the President of the USA walk serenely to the “wailing-wall”, wearing what looked like half a black “bra”, on his blonde-head, stand there, at the wall, feel parts of it with his bare hands, and all I could think about was what indeed, he was thinking. “My God”!, if I could build “my wall” half as big, tall & strong, I could keep all Mexicans out of our Country. God bless America. Then he went and made Jerusalem the Capital of Israel. Benjamin Netanyahu went “YAHOO” but Mohmud Abbas was “AGHAST” at the idea. What a World we are living in, at the moment.

Before I finish, let me wish everyone of our readers, a very happy Christmas (in December), may all your troubles be little ones, like Santa’s elves, may your individual shadows never grow less, join us on eLanka & before they get into it, next year, God save our gracious Queen, just think how great she’s been, God, save the Queen.

 

 

 

 

Desmond Kelly
Star of eLanka.

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WITH YOU. WITHOUT YOU – by Desmond Kelly ‘the Star of eLanka’

    Oba ekka, oba nathuwa, (with you, without you), OR, the other way around, as far as this “title” was concerned, was a video-movie, made in Sri Lanka recently and now “features” on eLanka as well, especially for our Lankan Aussies (with sub-titles in English), BUT, because I say it like it is, whether it be the Lanka Times, eLanka, or any-bloody-body else, please do not watch this if you are feeling a bit down in the dumps.

     For a start, “oba nathuwa”, is pessimistic. it should have been the other way around. Not only that, but, at the same time, I now intend writing a song with, what I think, is a beautiful “title” for one, namely ” WITH YOU, OR, WITHOUT YOU” (there you go, my copyright for it).

The Sinhala video-movie should have been suitably named “THE PAWN-SHOP BLUES” (now I might write a song with that title too, especially for those pawn-shop video-makers who make movies such as these.

     The “female-lead” in the Sinhala video, rather pretty, long dark hair, sedate, hardly saying more than two words (in Sinhala) while handing pieces of jewellery to her leading man, a pawn-shop owner/manager. He looks at her through the counter-bars of his shop, evaluates each piece of jewellry and hands her some cash. Already, it is very sad. She keeps coming in, he keeps looking at her & falls in love with her, chases her all over the place on his motor-bike, and at a bus-halt,  asks her to marry him. She neither says “yes” or “no”, which is still very sad, but her “servant” I think it was, gave him the good news that her “Nona”(lady) LIKED him & would he take care of her? . So far, talking about the rubbish, filthy words & inuendo produced in our Western films, at the moment, only about 18 words have been spoken in this one.

     Suddenly, they are married, & the first honeymoon night is really something to talk about. He wakes up, fully clothed in his pyjama-suit, looks around at the empty pillow next to him, sniffs her aroma on it, gets up and goes to the kitchen, where she has already made his breakfast and SERVES IT TO HIM.!!. (Where did we Burgher-Buggers go wrong? ), I wonder.
     That “first-night” must have been very good, because the girl who hardly spoke at all is now dancing and singing as she & her mother or servant, I am not sure which, are preparing the dining-table for him, again. They say that a man is happiest on a full stomach & this was the “happy” part of the film.

     On purpose, I am not going to tell my good readers any more, except, don’t watch it if you are feeling sad.
Switch onto “Vinoda-Samaya” instead, and watch some really superb old “Sinhala-Comedy” with Bertie, Annesley & Samuel, comedy that is naturally so good, certain “skits” could be watched over & over again. If you want a good laugh, these are the guys to watch.

     With you, or without you, I return to “Vinoda Samaya”

Desmond Kelly
Star of eLanka.

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