“PHOTOGRAPHIC PHENOMENA” – by Des Kelly   Two simple words that tell the story. These days, with photographic equipment readily available even on the tiniest mobile telephones that seem to be part and parcel of what everyone carries around with them, there is no need whatsoever of cameras one used to see, not too long ago. Photographs can now be produced with lightning speed by simply pressing your finger lightly on the correct spot on your “mobile”, and dozens of photos from various angles can be taken in about a minute. ...

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The HMS Ceylon was built in Glasgow – by Des Kelly It seems that our esteemed contributor to e’Lanla, Keith Bennett was somewhat surprised to realize that there was indeed a Ship named after our Island in the sun. Well Keith, there was such a Ship, and also, before the Royal Ceylon Navy was “born”, some of our worthy Sailors actually served on her. These individuals went under the title of the Ceylon Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve (C.R.N.V.R.), and most of them transferred to the Royal Ceylon Navy, which was established on the 9th of December, 1950, after the Navy Act was passed by the British, for the formation of what I always prefer to call “The Senior Force”, or the Royal Ceylon Navy. A few years later, the Royal Ceylon Navy was presented with our first real Ship (also from Britain), a Minesweeper, originally named H.M.S. Flying Fish, immediately ...

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“FOR SCEPTICAL SENIORS” – by Des Kelly As we grow older, most of us tend to get sceptical about the happenings around us, so here, Ladies & Gentlemen, are 12 Commandments, written on ordinary paper rather than stone, sent out to us by Keith Bennett, for our individual perusal. Please read them carefully to avoid deep, dire consequences, and thank you Keith, for the advice. Desmond Kelly. (Editor-in-Chief) e’Lanka. ...

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“A VIDEO TO WATCH” – by Des Kelly   Sung by the man who wrote the sing, Kris Kristofferson, backed by dozens of other Country Music Artistes, if this video does not bring a tear to your eye, I would be very surprised indeed. It was both written and recorded in 1972 by K.K.on an album titled “Jesus was a Capricon” and went on to be the biggest hit in his career. This beautiful Country Gospel Song was inspired by another, with practically the same title, “Help me, Lord”, written by another Country Star, Larry Gatlin, and recorded together with the future wife of Kristofferson, who was the beautiful Rita Coolidge. ...

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“BAKER/BENNETT BROADSIDE” – by Des Kelly More “bullets of knowledge” from Ralph (Baker) & Keith (Bennett), fired with combined skills, in an effort to relate to readers, factual information that we were hitherto unaware of. This type of “post” is certain to interest anyone who is able to relax and read it, so thank youse, (Aussie lingo for all of you) Ralph Baker & Keith Bennett for sending it in. Desmond Kelly. (Editor-in-Chief) e’Lanka. ...

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“A GEM OR TWO”-by Des Kelly 1.. Once again, via Keith Bennett, Bertram Daniels, and “Your’s truly” e ‘Lanka members, readers, and fans are privileged/or as the case my be, (this time), subjected to a gem or two, depending on how you would like to look at them. The less said, the better. Here they are, ladies & gentlemen, The first gem has to do with a new James Bond in mind. They have been searching in vain, for someone again, to relive the 1983 movie Octopussy, the Bertram comes in, and says with a grin, “I have someone, if we aren’t too fussy. My new JB, & his 1st feature film, unforgettable. ...

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“COMPUTER-MAGIC” – by Des Kelly A big “thank you” to Charles Jennings and Keith Bennett for this sojourn into Computer Magic complete with all the very interesting pictures that are included. It wasn’t too long ago when Computers were huge monoliths stuck mainly in the basements of towering buildings of most Cities in the World, yet today, nearly everyone, including children, are carrying them around and can operate them by hand, not to mention the fact that most of our kids nowadays are able to TEACH COMPUTER MAGIC to the grown-ups of this day & age. Desmond Kelly. (Editor-in-Chief) eLanka. Celebrating my first computer and other things of our youth ...

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“THE CEYLON I KNEW” – by Des Kelly What better reading could there be ?. I am sure that each and every e’Lankan who, for various regrettable reasons, had to leave the CEYLON they knew, will have memories to cherish for the rest of their lives. Sure, there would be sad memories intermingled with the happy ones, perhaps parents and grand-parents as well as other close relatives they had to leave behind, for various reasons, will often come to mind, but then connection through memory is the only possible avenue of sharing that special love, even though far apart. As I have always said (and written), no amount of financial assets could even be compared with precious memories. Personally, the first 26 years of my life in Ceylon were so special, although I have more than doubled that life in Australia, thinking back to the good old days of practically ...

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Occupational nicknames – by Des Kelly Totally different “little piece” coming into e’Lanka via our good friend Keith Bennett, via one of his good friends Ralph Baker, obviously. As Ralph puts it, whoever has had a steady job in Oz., would have had the memorable occasion of meeting up/with one of the characters mentioned. Thank you Keith (and Ralph, of course), for this most amusing “post” on Occupational nicknames. Desmond Kelly. (Editor-in-Chief) e’Lanka.   Occupational nicknames EVERY WORKPLACE IN AUSTRALIA HAS ONE THESE CHARACTERS ‍️ Under the headline Nicknames for Co-workers, it lists the titles applied to annoying colleagues and their bad habits. From “the sensor light” to “the bushranger”, the list seems to have covered just about every kind of police workplace pest. But, let’s face it, anyone who has ever held down a job has been stuck with some or all of these characters. They are: G-spot: you can never ...

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“OLD FOLKS AT HOME” – by Des Kelly We often use the phrase, the good old days, and they certainly were, as far as I can remember. This post might well have already been out on e’Lanka, but it deserves a repeat for all us oldies who have quite possibly forgotten the original posting Thank you, Keith Bennett for sending it in. I have added an old musical backdrop to this story too, so please enjoy. Desmond Kelly. (Editor-in-Chief). e’Lanka. ...

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