“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. ...

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           “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. ...

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“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 ...

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“COUNTRY ROYALTY” – by Des Kelly   He died at 64 years of age, in 2002, after having suffered multiple complications of the dreaded diabetes, yet another cursed disease inflicted on humankind, and especially on those who have, what is called a “sweet-tooth”. Waylon Jennings, was first discovered by the Guitar-Genius Chet Atkins, who noticed this handsome young guy, singing and playing his special guitar, rock-style, at a Club, somewhere in the good old U.S.A. Chet (Chester) Atkins, in my own humble opinion,is another member of Country Royalty in that, to me, he was undoubtedly the BEST Lead/Rhythm guitarist in the World, of his era, and few will argue that he continues to be the same as years go by. (R.I.P. Chet.) ...

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    “BOUNTIFUL BANANAS” – by Des Kelly Source: https://www.poemhunter.com/poem/banana-7/           We used to call them Plantains in Ceylon of the good old days, as I remember them. There were many wonderful varieties, like Kohlikuttu, Aana-maalu, Suwendel, etcetera, and I even remember the tiniest plantain which was named the Sugar-banana by the British, I suppose, because this is where the name “Banana” came from. Being a fruit that was readily available back home, I became very fond of them and would sometimes make quite a meal of them, buying beautiful combs of the fruit, ripened to exactly how much I preferred them to be, from the banana palace in Wellawatte, for just a couple of rupees, per comb.  I loved to choose bananas that were not over-ripe in the slightest, because once they started to show brown spots on the peel, the fruit would very quickly lose their ...

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        “KINROSS KATASTROPHE”.- Des Kelly   While feeling a bit sad about it, I would like to thank Maxie Gerreyn for sending me the story and disastrous photographs of the old Kinross Swimming and Life-saving Club, because my brother Ian, who has been re-christened by Max, and named Mala-Kelly, was once the Captain of Kinross, as I remember it, and did his share of life-saving there, including this writer himself, who is, by all accounts, a much better singer than a swimmer, and once (or twice, to be exact), swam out to the reef, over there, about 500 yards away from the shore in Wellawatte, because the waves of the Indian Ocean practically carried me to my destination, and then, much to my consternation, found that I could not swim back to the shore, which, for some reason, seemed to be miles away. I swam and swam, ...

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“MUSIC HATH CHARMS” – By Des Kelly   He was one of the most highly rated “Comics” of his era, his one-liners, on—stage, will never be forgotten, once heard. He would relate a story in detail, an example being how one of his friends made an impromptu  appointment with a doctor on a particular day, AT a particular time, etc., begging of his neighbour for a “ride” to the doctors, because his own car had broken down and was in the process of being repaired, even as they spoke. He would then speak of the repair shop, and “yaba yaba yaba”, until his friend, simply to stop him talking so much, said “ok, ok, OK., hop into my car and I will take you for your appointment”  . He gets in the car, and is strangely silent, until he is in his doctors room. He complains to the doctor that ...

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        “TO THOSE, CONCERNED” – By Des Kelly   A video that essential viewing, especially to all our Sri Lankan friends. This was sent to me, by Charles Schokman, and I thank him for it, on behalf of e’Lanka, all of whose members are hopefully animal-lovers, and would certainly love to watch this superb bit of work carried out by the Sri Lankan Navy, of whom I have  always been proud.  How this incident came about, I haven’t a clue, but this just goes to show what a bit of “caring” can do. Please watch this video folks, and be uplifted.            Desmond Kelly.  (Editor-in-Chief) e’Lanka.     ...

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                “KOTHAMULLI” – By Des Kelly    This interesting song, based on a Sri Lankan medicinal drink, quite often forced on us as children, was sent in to me via Roland Phillips and Keith Bennett who, for some reason, also urged me to Stray safe. No problem, Keith, I cannot stray anywhere, at the moment, but I have suddenly taken quite a liking to Kothamulli, so much so, that I have decided to introduce this drink to over twenty five thousand e’Lanka members around the World.  Thank you, Roland and Keith.    Desmond Kelly. (Editor-in-Chief)  eLanka ...

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           MUSIC, MUSIC, MUSIC – by Des Kelly     “IF MUSIC BE THE FOOD OF LIFE, PLAY ON”, is a phrase that is common everywhere, and in every walk of life. Our thanks go out to both Keith Ockersz and Keith Bennett. I was most surprised with the vocal ability of all these characters, but it seems that NOTHING surprises me anymore. Feeling proud that e’Lanka can introduce these new “Stars” to tge World, i will now let all of you enjoy this startling video.   Desmond Kelly (Editor-in-Chief) e’Lanka.   ...

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