Goodbye Desmond Brohier, A True Family Man And Friend For Life – By Lawrence Machado Some friendships last for lifetime and so it was with Desmond Brohier, a one-in-a-million friend. My heart is breaking as I pen these lines to farewell him from this world. I know he is not in pain anymore and he died in his sleep in his own bed, which is a blessing. Yet, the ache is there. It will be much more for his grieving son Shannon, Mum, siblings Jerome and Elorine, and their families. But I am consoled we never lost touch despite being oceans apart and you are at peace now. All your cousins, uncles, aunties, relations, in-laws and many friends around the world are united in our grief at losing an amazing companion who was there for us at all times. Desmond, my wife Roshan and I have been very close and ...

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eLanka Newsletter – 26th November 2023 – 8th Edition Sri Lankans in Australia Click here or on the image below to read this week’s elanka Newsletter Chamari Athapaththu visited a local cricket club in Sydney Anne-Marie Le Mercier Cade – elected Mayor at Glen Eira City Council Chamari Athapaththu visited a local cricket club in Sydney 24.11.2023 Champions return home after creating a long-lasting legacy How Does One Determine the Right Amount and Type of Vitamin D to Take? – By Dr. Sunil Wimalawansa Strong PM’s XI squad named to face Pakistan Anduren Eliyata – Darkness to Light Migration out of Ceylon & Sri Lanka – by Michael Roberts in ADELAIDE ICC Hall of Fame welcomes De Silva, Edulji and Sehwag as Class of 2023 inductees ICC Hall of Fame Class of 2023 Celebration Dinner (Aravinda De Silva amongst the legends of the game) Australia’s ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup ...

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ADRIAN SERPANCHY – YOUR LEGACY WILL LIVE ON – By Lawrence Machado IT’s always emotional to say goodbye to a friend you have known since kindergarten, specially when his death comes so unexpectedly. When I heard that Adrian Serpanchy had passed away in a Melbourne hospital on the morning of Tuesday (November 22,2023), I was stunned. When I found the courage to call his devoted wife of more than 40 years, Lorraine, later that day, words were hard to come by. I can only imagine what Lorraine, her children Delon and Joanne, and his siblings Russell, Jerome, Randy, Loxley and Yolande are going through. Yes, it’s not easy to think that our wonderful, cheeky classmate Adrian is no more. This is such a shock as you are such a vibrant and positive chap, Adrian, with that memorable laugh. But God wanted you closer to Him and we are grateful for ...

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eLanka Newsletter – 8th October 2023 – 3rd Edition Sri Lankans in Australia Click here or on the image below to read this week’s elanka Newsletter India has the wood on Australia but South Africa looms as the biggest threat. – BY TREVINE RODRIGO IN MELBOURNE. (eLanka Sports editor) නළියන දිය බුබුලක් වටකර තැනූ පනාමුරේ ඇත්ගාල – By ආචාර්ය ගාමිණී කාරියවසම්. Sri Lanka get a mauling from South Africa but show a bit of pulse. – BY TREVINE RODRIGO IN MELBOURNE. (eLanka Sports editor) ICC introduces ‘Cricket’s Greatest Canvas’ with Padma Shri Indian painter Paresh Maity to immortalise the biggest Cricket World Cup – Article Courtesy of ICC. © ICC 2023 (media contact; Trevine Rodrigo – ICC approved media partner) Enchanting Ella- Sri Lanka – By Dr Harold Gunatillake Review: Pride Without Prejudice – An inspiring Life – Beverley Pinder Bares Her Soul In Her Inspiring Life – By Lawrence ...

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Review: Pride Without Prejudice – An inspiring Life – Beverley Pinder Bares Her Soul In Her Inspiring Life – By Lawrence Machado Beverly Pinder OAM is an extraordinary Australian who never ceases to amaze me. Migrating to Australia as a teenager, she fought her own personal battles to become the first Sri Lankan-born to represent Australia at the Miss Universe pageant, going on to become a Melbourne city councillor for many years while running a very successful PR company which saw her make a big impact. Now, Beverley, who remains at heart a true Christian and believes in serving others, specially those going through homelessness and tough times, has bared her soul in her book, which has the blessings of her good friend and mentor, the late Fr Bob Maguire AM. Pride Without Prejudice – An inspiring Life (Wilkinson Books) shows the ups and downs of Beverley’s life and reaches out to us ...

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When Tina Turner rocked Dubai: Fan and journalist recalls meeting the singer in 1983-by Razmig Bedirian Sri Lankan journalist Lawrence Machado said his interview with Tina Turner was among his most memorable. Photo: Lawrence Machado Source:Thenationalnews In the early 1980s, Tina Turner made a comeback that has been described as one of the greatest in music history, and the UAE played a part in that resurgence. The singer, who died on Wednesday at the age of 83, had already achieved mainstream success the decade before with her husband, Ike Turner. The couple, as Ike & Tina Turner, had sold millions of records, won a Grammy in 1972, and had performed in landmark venues including the Royal Albert Hall. ...

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eLanka Newsletter – 19th April 2023 – 6th Edition Sri Lankans in Australia Click here or on the image below to read this week’s elanka Newsletter A Kelly Klassic – Pledging My Love – Elvis Presley – by Des Kelly Sinhala Avuruddu celebration at Wasanthie and Mitchell’s place in Endeavour Hills – by Trevine Reodrigo (Melbourne) Invitation to participate at the Remembrance Service for 2019 Easter Sunday victims of Sri Lanka Sinhala/Hindu New Year celebrations over the weekend – Congratulations! Hole In One makes first Peterite Sydney Golf Open extra special – By Lawrence Machado Family of tourists who drowned at Cairns swimming hole call for more safety warnings Where is the Starving people-series 11? – By Dr. Harold Gunatillake Fidel & Danny ‘String Together’ Melodious Accounts of Day One at the Galle Test Match-by Michael Roberts Watch Cricket Highlights – 1st Test, Sri Lanka vs Ireland 2023 Santin Gunawardena- ...

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Pele was a legend on and off the field By Lawrence Machado Edson Arantes do Nascimento – October 23, 1940 – December 29, 2022. Rest in peace, Pelé  the greatest footballer the world has seen. Thank you for the golden & magical memories on and off the field for your beloved Brazil and Santos, the New York Cosmos, and around the world. You cast a magical spell wherever you played or visited, and for this we are all grateful. Like all your rivals, we were mesmerised by your captivating spell on the pitch, and how you made this simple game such an exciting one every time you caressed the ball. Yes, you are remembered as one of the greatest sportsmen ever to walk this earth. You were unrivalled in many ways like three World Cups, Athlete of the Century in 1999 by the International Olympic Council and more accolades and ...

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A Tribute to Cheryl Menezes: October 24, 1952 – November 15, 2022 – By Lawrence Machado Cheryl Menezes made her own unforgettable mark in Sri Lanka & Sydney’s musical world ‘I will always love you, Luvy’                   By Lawrence Machado Sydney is mourning the loss of one of Sri Lanka’s top female singers, Cheryl Menezes nee Bartholomeusz, who passed away on Tuesday, November 15. Cheryl was married to another famous Sri Lankan musician, Roger, with both having performed with the legendary Mignonne and The Jetliners, and several other top bands before they migrated to Australia in the early 70s. Actually, it was while she was filling in for a few months for Mignonne that Cheryl and  Roger first met and fell in love. A love that lasted for several decades. Cheryl landed the coveted job with The Jetliners after her powerful renditioning of ...

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CEYLON’S SOLITARY SILVER MEDAL-by ECB Wijeyasinghe Source:Island Thanks to a satellite in the firmament, the Moscow Olympiad is now viewed in armchair comfort even in the middle-class homes of Sri Lanka.There was a time when admirers of the culture and games of Ancient Greece had to be satisfied with taking Homer to bed and dreaming of Helen of Troy or Ulysses till the crack of dawn. T.V. and other Olympics have changed all that. Owing to their possession of an enormous vocabulary the Greeks had a word for everything and a name for every game under the sun. In the field of athletics, however, they excelled to such an extent that it was the secret ambition of every young man to look like a Greek God. All the classical deities were supposed to be physically perfect with a chiselled grin or grizzled chin according to the specifications of the patrons ...

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