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My cooking challenge is still open – By Dr Hector Perera : London

There are far too many cooking programmes in British TV but the only thing is I didn’t figure out any technique of energy saving in cooking. The contestants or even the famous chef’s just cook without due care for any wastage of energy, may be because they do not have to meet the energy bill.

Poisonous gases given out while cooking

Researchers now understand that the process of cooking food and even simply operating stoves particularly gas appliances can emit a cocktail of potentially hazardous chemicals and compounds. Within our homes, these pollutants are less diluted than they are outdoors, and in the absence of proper ventilation, they often get trapped inside. In cold weather countries they hardly open the windows to let these gases escape may be because they are unaware of these poisonous gases. Most of the times, the houses have double glazed doors and windows to prevent any heat loss and that is quite natural but what about the poisonous gases that emit while cooking? Most of the times they have extractor fans to get rid of these gases but there must be some ventilation in the kitchen while cooking. I think these little points must be pointed out but the TV chefs hardly care about the safety. The cooker rings are at full blast while they cook and they are do not care about the energy wastage.

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Telstra Media Alert

No matter where you come from, the end of the year is a time of reflection and celebration with family and friends. 

That is why, on 8 and 9 December 2017, two Telstra branded payphones in Harris Park will offer free standard calls to mobile and landlines to some our most popular international calling destinations.

Callers can walk down the red carpet to connect with family and friends in Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka.

The free calls are to celebrate the launch of new international calling plans for mobiles that are making it easier for customers to connect with friends and family overseas. The plans offer unlimited calls and SMS to 15 countries, in addition to all the added benefits of being a Telstra customer like unlimited Wi-Fi at over one million Telstra Air hotspots around Australia as well as 20 million Fon hotspots worldwide and data free music streaming on Apple Music.

The Telstra payphone is located on the street, quite close to 59 Marion Street Harris Park NSW.

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Josephians ring in the festive season –
Photos thanks to 
George Rupesinghe

Please click here or on the photos below to view the full set of photos from this great event on eLanka Facebook page.

Josephians ring in the festive season

The tone and spirit of the Christmas season was brought to the fore when the New South Wales Old Joes gathered for their annual Christmas Carols on 2 December at the Thornleigh Community Centre in Sydney. President Chrys Fernando, welcoming the packed house of 235 including some 40 children, reminded them of the reason for the season before the choir led the singing with the keen participation by all those present.

The kids, eagerly awaiting the arrival of Santa, were not disappointed when he distributed sweets to all and sundry before presenting them with individual presents. The yellow rice and curry dinner by Favour of Ceylon satisfied more than many a palate and the occasion was once more conducive to catching up and enjoying the company of friends.

Musicians Roger Menezes and Eddie Corera backed up the carol singing and later enticed scores to the dance floor. But not before the Old Joes were summoned to gather and give their customary rendition of the College Anthem.

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Sri Lanka……. Whipping boys of world cricket –
BY TREVINE RODRIGO IN MELBOURNE

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Trevine-Rodrigo

 

Chandika Hathurusinghe

 Sri Lanka’s current form suggests that they are in the worst place since gaining Test status in 1982 and sporadic bursts such as the unlikely series win over Pakistan in the Arab Emirates throws a shadow over the actual happenings in the oil rich nation.

 To even suggest that they are capable of beating anyone in the top ten at the moment is laughable let alone possible as the current series against the world’s top team India, is proving in no uncertain terms.

All the excuses thrown around about departing stars is now wearing thin as the Island nation struggles to find genuine talent with a tag of consistency attached to it as they offer themselves as cannon fodder to everyone they come up against.

 Over the past two years Sri Lanka have managed only three Test series wins over Australia, Zimbabwe and Pakistan with lengthy spells between those successes.

They have been hammered into submission in the one-day format by almost everyone which is a sad indictment for a team known previously for their expertise in the shorter version of the game.

 As they lurch from one series defeat to the other, the coaching department appear to be adrift of a solution, opting instead to point fingers in the direction of the players by stating the obvious instead of finding and providing them with the right direction.

 A complete revamp of the coaching department appears to be the only solution at present and a search for a competent coach is as obvious as day turning to night.

 Right now, the cards appear to be falling nicely into place if they are adventurous enough to pursue former Bangladesh Coach Chandika Hathurusinghe a former assistant with the Sri Lankan team, before he was dumped without valid reason. It now depends on whether Hathurusinghe is interested in coaching his former country and the wounds of the past have healed. He is an absolute goer in world cricket proving his ability for New South Wales in Australia before taking the Bangladeshis from minnows to a feared force in world cricket at the moment.

 Hathurusinghe gave up his coaching role in Bangladesh after a fall out with some of the players who are reported to have begun rebelling against him.

 Remedial action and a solid structure is of the essence at the moment as sniping and fractured relationships within the Sri Lanka cricket administration currently threatens to rip the heart out of the game in which they were once a feared force by the rest of the world.

 As the other nations keep shunting ahead in proven progress, Sri Lanka are in a downward spiral that need to be arrested if fans around the world are to show any interest in turning up to watch them play. They were crowd pullers in Australia and many other parts of the world before. But right now, with their poor form and inconsistency, fans will be thinking twice before committing to spend a day watching them play.

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Country Music Hall Of Fame by Desmond Kelly ‘the Star of eLanka’

Source: Alan CacckettSource: Wikipedia
Source: Biography.com

It is certainly not too often that a ” Musical- Melody” has been “copied” even twice, using different “lyrics”, so, especially for my readers of eLanka, I now give you a very popular Country-tune that has been copied on FOUR different occasions by very well- known vocalists who have all made this “song” a huge “hit” in their various eras of popularity. I cannot “pick” a favourite from them so hopefully, you could get each version on “you-tube” & pick your own.

      “THE WILD SIDE OF LIFE” (ORIGINAL TITLE).

HOW I LOVE THAT OLD MELODY THEY’RE PLAYING
SEEMS I’VE HEARD IT IN SO MANY DIFFERENT SONGS
IT’S MADE “STARS” OUT OF “COUNTRY MUSIC” SINGERS
AND SOMEHOW IT KEEPS PLAYING ON & ON.

OH, I’M THINKING TONIGHT OF MY BLUE EYES
SEEMS I’VE HEARD THAT “COUNTRY-SONG “SINCE TIME BEGAN
IT WAS THERE, WITH OUR SOLDIERS DURING WARTIME
AND,TODAY,YOU STILL HEAR IT NOW & THEN.

ROY ACUFF WAS A YOUNG “COUNTRY-SINGER”
HIS RECORDS WERE JUST STARTING TO BE HEARD
THIS OLD TUNE TOOK HIM RIGHT ON UP TO STARDOM
ON THE WINGS OF THAT OLD SPECKLED BIRD

HANK THOMPSON IS A “COUNTRY-MUSIC” LEGEND
HE SANG WESTERN SWING & SONGS OF GRIEF & STRIFE
THAT SAME TUNE GAVE OLD HANK THE BREAK HE NEEDED
ON A “RECORD” CALLED “THE WILD SIDE OF LIFE”

A YOUNG GIRL MADE THE WORLD STOP & LISTEN
KITTY WELLS WAS THAT YOUNG SINGER’S NAME
IT WASN’T GOD WHO MADE HONKY-TONK ANGELS
THAT MELODY RANG CLEAR AS COUNTRY-RAIN

ALL THOSE ‘NOTES’ BROUGHT IN “COUNTRY” OUT OF HEAVEN
IN SO MANY DIFFERENT SONGS THEY’VE BEEN THE SAME
I KNOW, SOMEDAY, THEY’LL BE ETCHED IN GOLD FOREVER
AND PLACED IN THE COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME.

                                                                       Desmond Kelly
                                                                       Star of eLanka.
Original Song was written by
Songwriters Arlie Carter & William Warren.

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STC Sydney OBA playing host to its 9th consecutive Carol Service

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Graced by Sydney’s renowned church organist Godelieve Ghavalas, a hush descended at All Saints Anglican Church, North Parramatta as Avanthi Jothidas set the dulcet tone for the night with the solo of “Once In Royal”. Thus began the 9th consecutive Carol Service organized by S.Thomas’ College Sydney OBA at precisely 6.30pm on 25th Nov 2017.

Kumar Rasiah who so graciously assists with proceedings each year welcomed all and articulated that this was “not a concert” rather a night where congregational participation was called upon to enhance the singing and promote community spirit. The carefully selected popular carols were lustily embraced by the ‘packed house’ only to be surpassed by the mellifluent musical renditions of the choir. Alight with communal spirit, the choir consisted of a cross section of singers from diverse backgrounds and schools as was the case in previous years. Trilingual singing and Bible readings added flavour and reminded many of the composite of our country of origin.

To Thomians present it was an opportunity to relive attending the college carol service at the school by the sea. Most would have pictured the College Quadrangle lit up magnificently with oil lamps on a balmy night this time of the year whilst others would have experience that ‘chill running down the spine’ feelings of yester year. The inspiring depiction of the Transfiguration mural by David Paynter was missing no doubt here but nostalgia was evoked by the draped Thomian flag and interspersed images of college on the over-head projector. There is definitely something about a carol service that grabs at the heart strings regardless where one comes from and that feeling of inner peace and harmony was clearly in the air!

Reverend Dharshan Fernando an old boy of STC, in his address spoke passionately of the true meaning of Christmas and the importance of sharing the concept of LOVE we so often forget amidst the celebrations and festivities.

Whether it is a cantata, orchestral arrangement or a solo performance, conductor David Sansoni’s virtuosity punctuated the choral aspects throughout the night. “Immanuel” must surely have gripped the spell-bound congregation and the crescendo in “O Come All Ye Faithful” was a perfect high to end the singing. Well wishes were thereafter welcomed to partake of a social at the adjoining hall with more Christmas cheer over refreshments.

An event of this magnitude and success is not possible if not for the dedication of an amazing committee and well wishes. Diligently these individuals come together each year to maintain the benchmark standards and strive to achieve excellence.As such we are so grateful and THANK YOU to you all for making this year another resounding success at promoting goodwill and cheer within the community. Wishing you all a blessed, peaceful and wonderful festive season.

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