“THE GOOD LIFE” – By Des Kelly How can one forget the halcyon days spent in what was once our lovely Island home ?. I will never forget them. Things are much different now, from an older perspective, I am afraid. Ceylon was this Island paradise that I was lucky to call “home”, eternal summer, days and weekends spent having a glorious time on beaches surrounding the Island, spotless beaches, without any rubbish strewn around, thosai shops, where we could have a good feed, followed by milk-coffee, or kiri-kopi, to wash it down for a couple or three rupees, a Peacock or “5 Roses” fag, afterwards, costing about 2 cents a-piece, to strut around with, showing how grown-up we were, at around fifteen years of age, Picture-palaces such as the Regal, Liberty, Savoy, Plaza etc., where, for a 50cent gallery ticket, we could watch great movies coming all the way ...

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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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“CALYPSO BAILA GREATS” – By Des Kelly He wasn’t large in stature, but he would stand there in the centre of his musical group known as the “La Ceylonians”, over-large straw hat on his head, simple open-necked shirt, with the inevitable sarong, generally worn by most Sri Lankans and barefoot, clutching either an acoustic guitar or a banjo-mandolin and singing songs, many of which he wrote himself.  Noel Ranasinghe was his name, and he came into prominence in the early 60s. I did read a couple of stories about the La Ceylonians and was quite amazed to read that Noel and his group entertained audiences in many parts of the World. He actually promoted this Calypso type Baila more than several other bands did, in Ceylon at the time. I happened to see Tharuna Jeewithe’ Ape’ Vinodayen on you-tube, quite by chance and decided to publish this great song on ...

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    “A COMEDY IN WORDS” – By Des Kelly   As I have always said, English is an International language. Naturally, “words” are a large part it, words that are very serious, however, words that can also be translated, giving us some totally unrelated comedic impressions that could possibly cause a chuckle or two, just for a change.  Although we do not know the name of the actual Author of “A comedy in words”, being sent to me via Ralph Baker and Keith Bennett (thank you, Ralph and Keith), I found this post very interesting, because, as our many readers will notice, ONE LETTER either added or subtracted from an official English word could go on to be a huge difference, and a funny one, at that.   Desmond Kelly.  (Editor-in-Chief)  e’Lanka.  FUN WITH WORDS The Washington Post’s Mensa Invitational once again invited readers to take any word from ...

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  “NIKITA” – By Des Kelly   Englishman, Sir Elton John has never been a favourite entertainer of mine. His antics, facial fantasies, false eye-glasses, silly hats, etcetera were a “spectacle” not really needed, as the man had an innate understanding of what music was all about, played a good piano, and even wrote some good songs, one of which was then dedicated to the Peoples’ Princess Diana, after her tragic untimely death. Incidentally, this particular song was copied by him, from his former vocal dedication to beautiful Marilyn Monroe. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth ll then placed her sword on his shoulder thereby giving him the title Sir Elton John, and, to give credit where credit is due, I have decided that this particular song, Nikita is, by far, the best one performed by young Elton, long tresses and all. The video is excellent, and I am sure that all ...

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    “VACCINE VARIANTS” – By Des Kelly   Call it as you may (Pfizer/Pfizert),while Pfizer “Viagra” is for the “raiser”, for Corona Virus ?, you could do worse than ask for a vaccination bearing the same proud name and reputation. Call it what you will, my preference has always been for this particular Vaccine from the very onset of this Virus, plus all variants of it that may be heading our way from wherever. I rest my case. e’Lanka’s thanks go out to both Keith Bennett and Sunny Perera (altho, even though, his article becomes a little bit “rainy”, sometimes), his name remains Sunny. To all our readers everywhere, please read this, with my compliments. Desmond Kelly (Editor-in-Chief)  e’Lanka. An interesting report about the Pfizert Vaccine enough to cause concerns  (sent by Sunny Perera ) This is straight from the CEO of Pfizer., Albert Bourla, after generating US$33.5 Billion, this ...

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“THE LAST LAUGH” OF NATURE ! – By Des Kelly The fact that a picture speaks a thousand words has never been so apparent as in this wonderful “post” sent in by my ex-Naval buddy, Chris. Lawton. Here we see Nature showing us that it too, can laugh. Enough said. Thank you Chris., for sending this in.   Desmond Kelly. (Editor-in-Chief)  e’Lanka.  BOUNTIFUL  NATURE  HAS  HER  LAUGH  TOO !! ...

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Wonderful English – by Des Kelly It has long been known as the TOP International Language around the World, and it is. However, it is also a rather difficult Language to master, in as much as it’s punctuation, pronunciation and presentation is concerned (there’s THREE difficulties for a start), nevertheless, in all it’s seriousness, it certainly has it’s funny moments, as our friend Keith Bennett has pointed out, in this “post” sent out to me, which in turn, I am happy to send out to all our wonderful e’Lanka members and readers. Please read this and coax out a chuckle or three, and thank you, Keith Bennett from both Neil and old me. Desmond Kelly. (Editor-in-Chief)  eLanka. Wonderful English from Around the World In a Bangkok Temple : IT IS FORBIDDEN TO ENTER A WOMAN, EVEN A FOREIGNER, IF DRESSED AS A MAN. Cocktail lounge, Norway: LADIES ARE REQUESTED NOT ...

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“THE COLOMBO OF OLDE” – by Des Kelly No, it’s not a spelling mistake folks, although unfortunately, I am guilty of the same at times, myself. This spelling comes from ancient  Shakespearean literature and I do prefer this old word with the e’ added. That said, let me thank both Arthur Speldewinde and Charles Schokman for this “post” that will bring precious memories to many folk from our Lovely Island Home. I think that this is one that was published a year or two ago, but that really doesn’t matter.  Interesting “repeats” are, very often, welcomed by people who remember our Motherland with the love and respect it truly deserves.  Desmond Kelly. (Editor-in-Chief) e’Lanka. Do you know the best residential area in Colombo during the Dutch times?  Yes it was ‘Grandpass’ :  (from Grande Passo) Some old Dutch houses and even a Dispensary are still there? Other interesting names that still survive ...

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