DESMOND KELLY

“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.) To make a long story short, Chet Atkins teamed up with Waylon and really did help to make him a Country Star. Waylon made this change quite naturally, being ...

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“GARDEN HUMOUR” – By Des Kelly    Thank you, Charles, for your “drift-back” into the good old days of gardening, as we knew it, well, you probably do anyway, because, while I always enjoyed a good garden, personally, even a weed that I decided to plant, for whatever reason, would not grow. They say that opposites matter however, and the beautiful gardens of our homes were always the work of my ex-wife Cynthia, R.I.P. She loved  gardening, so, being an understanding husband, I always left her to do what she enjoyed doing.  She knew that, as a gardener, I was a good guitarist.        I am sure that readers of e’Lanka will peruse this post, so thank you again, for sending it in. Desmond Kelly. (Editor-in-Chief) e’Lanka. You will chuckle as you read this …. Because as stupid as it may sound, this is exactly what we do! ...

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      “FROM THE HART OF GINA” – By Des Kelly Source:Dailymirror Coming from the wealthiest woman in this great brown land of Australia, and possibly one of the wealthiest women in the whole wide world, is a WARNING that needs to be heeded by the poorer mortals around our globe, (which most of us are), compared to her, unfortunate, as this seems.        While being unpopular at times, even with her immediate family, Gina Rinehart, (who was undoubtedly her father’s daughter), has managed to oversee the HUGE estates of iron-ore, of Lang Hancock, and keeps getting richer by billions of dollars, even as I write this introduction (2.2 billion just from December, 2020 to May 2021, as an example, and although I did notice that she has been rather quiet, since the present pandemic hit earth, being the very active public figure she has  been, I ...

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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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“BAMBALAPITIYA BEAUTIES” – By Des Kelly The memories keep flooding back. Very nearly 60 years ago, this writer reluctantly decided, like so many other Burghers, to emigrate to places like Australia, England, Canada etcetera, in order to escape what was termed the “Sinhala-only” policy brought in by the Sri Lankan Government of the era. I was only around 26 years old at the time, with a young family, having actually moved from the famous Town of Bambalapitiya, (or Colombo 4, as I think it was also called), after marrying a girl from the Town of Dehiwala, but that is indeed a different story to be divulged later.   For this introduction to the fascinating tale regarding the Gulamhussain family of Onally and Yvonne (nee Toussaint), also bringing back Bambalapitiya, where they lived in absolute luxury, I believe, we have to thank, once again, my good ex-Naval friend Chris Lawton. While ...

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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.  ...

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“LEGS ELEVEN” – by Des Kelly  Compliments of Charmaine Gunatillake and Keith Bennett, this both very interesting AND very important “post” comes walking in, to us, at e’Lanka. Unfortunately, it was just a little bit too late for this writer, who is, right now, the “guru” of isolation simply because my legs and feet refuse to let me walk more than a few metres because of an ailment that has got to be pronounced while totally sober. This is the Mother of Arthritis, called Ankylosin Spondylitis. Anyway, thank goodness I can still write a little. I will now rest my briefcase and once again say “thank you” to Charmaine and Keith, and let these boots keep walking back to you, good folk of e’Lanka. Desmond Kelly. (Editor-in-Chief)  e’Lanka. Walking   *Aging   starts   from  the  feet  upwards !*     KEEP  YOUR   LEGS  ACTIVE  &  STRONG  !! As  we   put   on  years  ...

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  “ANOTHER DAMN SCAM” – by Des Kelly Something that I do not have to worry about anymore, and, for the moment, this applies to many people, but just as Fawlty Towers reminds us, we could quite possibly have to indulge in hotel-stays from time to time, after Covid 19 is no longer a threat. However, that being the case, Hotel-Scams come into being, once again, and there are NO Vaccinations for them.            I have to thank my friend Dallas Achilles for this “post” and decided to share it with all members of e’Lanka. Let this be a warning folks, for when you start travelling again. Let me stress however, that MOST Hotels tend to do the right thing by their customers, BUT, there is always a rotten apple or two, in a bag of good ones, so take care. You have collected more money ...

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“Vale’, Gypsy King” – By Des Kelly I met him for the first time, when in 1973 I visited Ceylon for the first and last time, after migrating to Australia. Sunil Perera was 21 years old, and his Dad Anton who was responsible for the organization of the Original Gypsies, including Sunil and younger brother Nalin, met me and invited me to his home in Ratmalana to audition this young Gypsies band whose main jobs at the time, were to play music.  Anton Perera was indeed a remarkable father-figure. He provided Sunil, Nalin and the rest of the boys in the band, not only a spacious area in his luxurious home simply to practice their music, but also paid them each a salary to play music and become hopefully a band of renown. They had been at it, for a few months, and he now wanted me to tell him ...

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         “MUSICAL MAGIC”  – By Des Kelly Another special dedication to each and every Lankan/Aussie everywhere. A big thank you to Arthur Speldewinde who forwarded this “post” knowing that, of course, I would be interested in giving this amazing video all the publicity it deserves, because of it’s musical content.           Because of these unwanted, yet necessary lockdowns in large parts of Australia, people here are now really suffering various stages of depression and if, even for a few minutes, we, at e’Lanka can produce SOMETHING to cheer our friends up, I feel certain that videos like this do help. MUSIC, in all it’s forms, brings back MEMORIES that everyone of us must have, as we go through life.  The “Musical Miscellany” provided here will manage to muster even a fleeting semblance of these personal, precious MEMORIES, and, once again, thanks to the ...

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