Royal College OBA (RCOBA) NSW and ACT Winter 2022 Update President Thaya’s visit to Royal College Thaya had a pleasant back-to-school experience when he visited College whilst he was in Colombo on 19 April. He met with the Principal Mr Sanath Jayalath and members of the RCU including Secretary Dr. Hiran Wimalaratne, Chairman, EDEX and Infrastructure Development Committee (IDC) Mahinda Galagedara and Chairman, Loyalty Pledge Management Committee (LPMC) Abhaya Amaradasa. Thaya also had the opportunity to visit the Research Activity Room (a RCOBA NSW and ACT project) with the Chairman, EDEX and Infrastructure Development Committee (IDC) Mahinda Galagedara and discuss the progress and future of the scholarship programme we support under the Loyalty Pledge initiative with the Chairman, Loyalty Pledge Management Committee (LPMC) Abhaya Amaradasa.   In keeping with our promise of continuing to fund at least 8 scholarships, RCOBA NSW and ACT has transferred an additional $3,350 since May ...

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A KELLY-KLASSIC – I’ll break out again, tonight – by Des Kelly My “Cover” of a song about a prisoner who feels that he should be home again, tonight, written by Whitey Shafer and A.L. (Doodle) Owens, The late, great, Merle Haggard turned it into a hit, & hopefully, our e’Lanka members will enjoy my version, together with self-backing on my Technics keyboard. Its a great song, well suited to “the Hag”, who, in real life, actually broke out of various prisons about 17 times, before he recorded the song. Desmond Kelly. (Editor-in-Chief) e’Lanka. ...

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SAMANALEE FONSEKA A PHENOMINAL ACTRESS ,SOCIAL ACTIVIST, ENJOYING A CONTENTED LIFE ON PATH TO EMULATE AUNT MALINI FONSEKA – Sunil Thenabadu Charisma is one of the real surface qualities that one would expect in any actress. Obviously, a performer has to be exclusively charming, expressive, and charismatic.  This is because of performing on camera, which undoubtedly requires a certain amount of expressive energy, so those individuals with high-octanes of energy with the ability to transform that energy on-screen should go without saying. Hard work and commitment are other traits needed to be classified as a successful actress like Samanalee Fonseka We so naturally talented with her hereditary affiliations to her Aunts. Of course hard work, commitment, confidence and passion are the other traits embedded in the personality of Samanalee  who bring one hundred percent of herself to each role she portrays though could obviously be mentally, physically and emotionally exhausting. Samanalee is one who could whole-heartedly commit herself to ...

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A story surrounding the fantasy of undefined relationships – By Chanuka Wattegama   Source:dailymirror.lk What today’s Sinhala literature badly lacks are variety and avant-gardism. The Sinhala print text has been dominated for too long by the senior generation–dreary old men and women who are not in touch with modernity, grossly incapable of experimenting with fresh themes- having already run out of steam several decades ago, and continue to play the broken gramophone discs to audiences they discovered in the ‘80s. They may be the ones who are awarded literary honours, but they are not necessarily the ones read. Gen Zers would not touch them with a barge pole.   Surath De Mel is not necessarily young. Still, he is skilled at touching ‘young’ themes that no other current author dares experiment with. Instead of middle-aged adulterous relationships, young aristocrats living in ancient mansions built by their great grandparents, poor peasants, corrupted ...

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“Que Sera Sera”: Doris Day’s Song of Cheerful Fatalism – By D.B.S.Jeyaraj   Source:dailymirror.lk The first part of my article on Ranil’s return was published in the “Daily Mirror”of May 21st 2022. In that I made a brief reference to the song “Que Sera Sera” sung by the American singer com actress Doris Day. This was in the context of speculation about Ranil Wickremesinghe’s political future. This is what I wrote then – “However as Doris Day sang in ‘The man who knew too much’ movie- “Que Sera, Sera, Whatever will be, will be.”    When I wrote those lines I had assumed that – most if not all – readers would know about the song and the memorable line. However I was totally surprised by some of the mails I received. Several readers wrote to me asking for more details of the song, about the singer Doris Day and ...

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