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  1. ProducerJuan Imaz

    Juan Imaz

    Benefits and dangers for children using social networks
    Benefits and dangers for children using social networksChildren in the digital age is a topic of huge importance and must be discussed. We teach our future generation, so letโ€™s educate ourselves so that we can teach our youth. Today the average age for wanting and having a social profile keeps...


    Lance  ๐Ÿ Scoular
    26/03/2017 #21 Lance ๐Ÿ Scoular

    Michael O'Neil
    26/03/2017 #20 Anonymous
    A wider issue is the extent of exposure to screens at the exclusion of the real world especially in the first 100 days. Some parents are extending "social" to mean using devices as a distraction, baby sitter, or pacifier for very young children. There is some research that warns that this is potentially causing long term damage.
    see: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/behind-online-behavior/201604/what-screen-time-can-really-do-kids-brains
    for example. The tips have to include alerting parents of young children (under 3) of this risk.
    Krishta-Gay Lewis
    26/03/2017 #19 Krishta-Gay Lewis
    Great article with excellent points. My sons are 12 years old and I am very wary of them becoming social. While there are great benefits there are still many dangers and cause for concern. Thus, the need for supervision, which a teenager does not want. The best option is to teach them right from wrong and how to assess situations to make the morally right and ethical decsions.

    An addition to your article though are the parents who create profiles for their children and chronicle their lives on social media. I think this is wrong and is a violation of the child's rights. What if later in life the child is embarrassed by some of these posts? Parents who do this must consider what and how they are posting about their child.
    Franci๐ŸEugenia Hoffman
    26/03/2017 #18 Franci๐ŸEugenia Hoffman
    This is a post every parent should read. The benefits of the internet for children can be amazing in helping them grow, but the dark side can set a young mind back permanently. Also, the internet should not be a child's sole communication with the outside world. Children need face to face contact in order to grow healthy relationships.
    debasish majumder
    26/03/2017 #17 debasish majumder
    lovely and pertinent insight @Juan Imaz! enjoyed read. thank you for the share.
    Sara Jacobovici
    25/03/2017 #16 Sara Jacobovici
    @Juan Imaz has started an important discussion. Please keep it going.
    Sara Jacobovici
    25/03/2017 #15 Sara Jacobovici
    So encouraged to see your post @Juan Imaz, Thank you for doing such a great job writing about the big, and complex, picture. I echo the comments of your readers, this is a very important discussion and one that needs to go on on a regular basis throughout the various mediums. My contribution to the discussion would be to say something I just read in an article about this topic; let the children live as long as they can in the real world before they go on to the virtual one. And I would like to see 16 as the age of starting to form a profile on-line.
    John Rylance
    25/03/2017 #14 John Rylance
    @Susan Rooks , @Juan Imaz I suggest you google the following
    I can't walk yet but I know how to work an iPad.
    It's an article from today's Times Magazine.
    It covers many of the issues raised so far and most of the points I wanted to make.
    Particularly around the issues of what constitutes addiction.
    From " Kids have basically been carrying around a portable dopamine pump for 10 years, to an interesting comparison of the effect of screen time to eating time.
    I like the final two sentences.
    "You can only do your best. There's always going to be something."
    As parents don't we know it.
    Susan Rooks
    25/03/2017 #13 Susan Rooks
    What kind of social media conversations have you had with your kids? An important read from @Juan Imaz.
    Susan Rooks
    25/03/2017 #12 Susan Rooks
    What conversations have you had with your kids about social media? An important read from @Juan Imaz.
    Susan Rooks
    25/03/2017 #11 Susan Rooks
    @Juan Imaz, this is obviously an incredibly important issue. I'm part of that 36% in your graphic that thinks the appropriate age is around 15 (depending on the kid, to some extent). I get that younger kids have peers who may be allowed more freedom, and that's where I also think parents need to be watchful. Parents may be careful in their own home, but what happens when their kids sleep over at a friend's house? Just go over to play? Have the parents had conversations with other parents on this? I sure hope so!
    siraj shaik
    24/03/2017 #10 siraj shaik
    @Javier ๐Ÿ beBee some of the bees from Canada active here on @beBee surely might recall the effects affects of cyber bullying and how it had impacted "Amanda Todd".
    siraj shaik
    24/03/2017 #9 siraj shaik
    @Juan Imaz well said. And good suggestion mentioned for "caretakers, guardians and as well as for parents" by @Matt ๐Ÿ Sweetwood. During March 2011, at an event in Scarborough I got an opportunity to interact with Toronto Mayor Rob Ford and spent some time sharing about aspects of merits and demerits of children's online and usage of devices (yeah prior few of us as freelance volunteered during 2005/2006 shared awareness about such in a different global locale). Also at the same time had shared opinion about focusing on LinkedIn as tool for HR. And got to interact for a minute with John Tory (now present mayor of Toronto) was also present at that event. Later thrice got to meet for some reasons. (If by chance some might have seen friendly tweets exchange during 2013/2014).
    Bill Stankiewicz, ๐Ÿ Brand Ambassador
    24/03/2017 #8 Bill Stankiewicz, ๐Ÿ Brand Ambassador
    Thx Julio and Juan for sharing
    Laurent Boscherini
    24/03/2017 #7 Anonymous
    Thank you @Juan Imaz for sharing one of the most important topics, not "trendy" but more as the trend for the next decade, with the increasing number of smartphone users.
    Well done !
    At all steps, children need guidelines, and more so in this digital age very competitive. Lowering the stress level digitally will help them focus on more important tasks in their daily life.
    Javier ๐Ÿ beBee
    24/03/2017 #6 Javier ๐Ÿ beBee
    @Matt ๐Ÿ Sweetwood YOU ARE THE MAN !!!! LOL
    Matt ๐Ÿ Sweetwood
    24/03/2017 #5 Matt ๐Ÿ Sweetwood
    This is a discussion every parent needs to have with their children on a regular basis. As parents the responsibility is on us to help our children navigate the difficult waters of the social media workd. Great post @Juan Imaz
    Ana Marรญa Fernรกndez Soriano
    24/03/2017 #4 Ana Marรญa Fernรกndez Soriano
    @Rafael Garcรญa Romano and I were just talking about this topic during the coffee break today. At 10 they are too young to have their own presence in a social network and, on the other hand, they are 'big enough' to be accompanied by their parents in the path of learning how to use it. This was the advice I received in a talk by an expert in solving conflicts and problems with teenagers. This expert said that it was much better to teach children on social networks at 10 than to wait until they are 14, because they will not follow their parents' advice at this age and they will be taking their own decisions about what to share.
    @Joyce ๐Ÿ Bowen
    24/03/2017 #3 @Joyce ๐Ÿ Bowen
    Great, informative post.
  2. Jinendra Shah

    Jinendra Shah

    Xero Bookkeeping Services โ€“ Melbourne & Australia-Wide https://goo.gl/B2EFh6 Jinendra Shah
  3. ProducerJavier ๐Ÿ beBee
    Announcing new beBee ambassadors !
    Announcing new beBee ambassadors !SPRING is coming !!!! Enjoy beBee !Let's take the guitar and swarm the planet !ย Picture By Pedro Castaรฑera - A great Spanish artist.BACK TO THE 60s_casta_- - beBee for Android New ambassadors !! Sonia Quiles Espinosa Paula Pรฉrez Toledo Phil...


    David B. Grinberg
    25/03/2017 #191 David B. Grinberg
    Kudos to all the beBee ambassadors on their selections for this esteemed designation. Keep buzzing with quality content and cross-channel pollinating (marketing) on multiple social platforms to boost the beBee brand.
    Ivette K. Caballero
    25/03/2017 #190 Ivette K. Caballero
    Groovy! Thank you to each of you for the warm welcome! Gracias a cada uno de ustedes por la bonita bienvenida!
    Graham๐Ÿ Edwards
    25/03/2017 #189 Graham๐Ÿ Edwards
    Welcome ambassadors!
    Javier ๐Ÿ beBee
    25/03/2017 #188 Javier ๐Ÿ beBee
    Meet our all current beBee Ambassadors!

    Yago Uribe
    25/03/2017 #187 Yago Uribe
    Welcome to all new ambassadors!!! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘
    Aleta Curry
    25/03/2017 #185 Aleta Curry
    #179 Thanks so much, @Michele Williams!
    maria pilar pich pou
    25/03/2017 #184 maria pilar pich pou
    Admiracion y reconocimiento por el esfuerzo y la constancia de todos ellos...thanks !!!
    Isabel ๐Ÿ Dรญaz   Durรกn
    24/03/2017 #183 Isabel ๐Ÿ Dรญaz Durรกn
    Enhorabuena a tod@s los nuev@s embajadores!!!!!!! Congratulations all new ambassadors!!!!! Parabรฉns aos novos embaixadores!!!!!
    Fran ๐Ÿ Brizzolis
    24/03/2017 #182 Fran ๐Ÿ Brizzolis
    Following everyone!!!... Congratulations and welcome to the "diplomatic career".
    Aaron Skogen
    24/03/2017 #181 Aaron Skogen
    #179 Thank you so much @Michele Williams!
    Stephane ๐Ÿ Fenner
    24/03/2017 #180 Stephane ๐Ÿ Fenner
    Welcome to all new ambassadors! Thank you for your contribution to OUR affinity network #beBee
    Michele Williams
    24/03/2017 #179 Michele Williams
    Congrats to @Deb๐Ÿ Lange, @Aaron Skogen, @Aleta Curry, @Susan Rooks and all the new ambassadors! Thanks to @Javier ๐Ÿ beBee, @Juan Imaz and the bebee team for staying focused on success.
    Michele Williams
    24/03/2017 #178 Michele Williams
    Welcome! Great to have you on board and buzzing!!!
    debasish majumder
    24/03/2017 #177 debasish majumder
    cordial welcome to all new bees! nice share @Javier ๐Ÿ beBee! beBee is thriving very fast! Great to watch!
    Carlos ๐Ÿ Tรญscar
    24/03/2017 #176 Carlos ๐Ÿ Tรญscar
    Felicidades a todos!
    Cristina Alvarez Pagรกn
    24/03/2017 #175 Cristina Alvarez Pagรกn
    Bienvenidos al reino de las abejas ;-)
    Welcome to the Kingdom of the Bees ;-)
    Cristina Alvarez Pagรกn
    24/03/2017 #174 Cristina Alvarez Pagรกn
    Bienvenid@s al reino de las abejas ;-)
    Antonio L Rodrรญguez del Pozo
    24/03/2017 #173 Antonio L Rodrรญguez del Pozo
    Bienvenidos, Welcome!
    Luizia Patrรญcio
    22/03/2017 #172 Luizia Patrรญcio
    #171 @Crisrina Ballester parabรฉns ๐Ÿ˜˜
    Cristina Ballester
    22/03/2017 #171 Cristina Ballester
    #164 Graciassss!
  4. Maria Oslara

    Maria Oslara

    Camino a travรฉs de los Guardianes de la Puerta..este camino se encuentra en el santuario de William Ricketts. (Australia) Maria Oslara


    Antonio Riobรณ Conde
    08/03/2017 #6 Antonio Riobรณ Conde
    Irene ๐Ÿ Rodriguez Escolar
    07/03/2017 #5 Irene ๐Ÿ Rodriguez Escolar
    Boquiabierta me has dejado, precioso
    Rosemary Roman
    07/03/2017 #4 Rosemary Roman
    This is super cool. Voy a tener que viajar a la Australia
    Lance  ๐Ÿ Scoular
    07/03/2017 #3 Lance ๐Ÿ Scoular
    #1 Serene and Eclectic.

    Thanks for referring it to me @Javier ๐Ÿ beBee ๐ŸŒ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ
  5. ProducerNicole Leigh West
    Australia's Gold Coast Beaches Unveiled
    Australia's Gold Coast Beaches UnveiledAs a Gold Coast girl, practically from birth, youโ€™d think Iโ€™d be immune to its glitzy, coastal packaging. But, the truth is that Iโ€™m still overwhelmed by the sheer force of energy that radiates from the beaches, rainforests and trendy micro hubs...


    Nicole Leigh West
    07/03/2017 #19 Nicole Leigh West
    #18 Thanks @Candice ๐Ÿ Galek ! I'll be in touch.
    Candice ๐Ÿ Galek
    04/03/2017 #18 Candice ๐Ÿ Galek
    Welcome Nicole! If you feel like creating another original piece about Miami we would be happy to have you contribute to our blogs at https://www.bikiniluxe.com
    Nicole Leigh West
    03/03/2017 #17 Nicole Leigh West
    #13 @Javier ๐Ÿ beBee Hello, thank you very much! I'm excited to Bee here!
    Nicole Leigh West
    03/03/2017 #16 Nicole Leigh West
    @Lisa ๐Ÿ Gallagher and @Dean Owen thanks so much for the comments and welcome, can't wait to pop over and read your words.
    Nicole Leigh West
    03/03/2017 #15 Nicole Leigh West
    #8 @David B. Grinberg I love South Beach and yes, the Gold Coast is similar in many ways (muscles and bikinis anyway). Thank you for the recommendation and the lovely welcome :)
    Nicole Leigh West
    03/03/2017 #14 Nicole Leigh West
    #5 Hello @Lance ๐Ÿ Scoulare Sydney-sider. What a lovely welcome, thank you.
    Javier ๐Ÿ beBee
    03/03/2017 #13 Javier ๐Ÿ beBee
    #1 @Nicole Leigh West welcome to beBee ! This is a great read! I am Sharing it right now !
    Nicole Leigh West
    03/03/2017 #12 Nicole Leigh West
    #4 Thank you @Don-Kerr and I can't wait to read my way around the virtual travel!
    Nicole Leigh West
    03/03/2017 #11 Nicole Leigh West
    Why thank you so much @Paul Walters - the admiration is utterly mutual.#1
    Dean Owen
    03/03/2017 #10 Dean Owen
    Good to see our community of travel writers is growing right here on beBee. Welcome Nicole. Love your style.
    Lisa ๐Ÿ Gallagher
    03/03/2017 #9 Lisa ๐Ÿ Gallagher
    Welcome to beBee @Nicole Leigh West. I really enjoyed your description of the varying beaches. Many high rises, which are always fun to look at too. Thanks for sharing! The beauty is evident in your photos :)
    David B. Grinberg
    03/03/2017 #8 David B. Grinberg
    Thanks for this buzzing read, Nicole. I echo Lance's sentiments. In fact, I'm packing my bags and sunscreen right now! I've heard and read that Australia has some of the most beautiful beaches worldwide -- not to mention having @Lance ๐Ÿ Scoular View more
    Thanks for this buzzing read, Nicole. I echo Lance's sentiments. In fact, I'm packing my bags and sunscreen right now! I've heard and read that Australia has some of the most beautiful beaches worldwide -- not to mention having @Lance ๐Ÿ Scoular in Sydney (now who could ask for anything more). I also love the photos, which remind me of Miami Beach (South Beach) here in the USA. Speaking of which, you should meet @Candice ๐Ÿ Galek. She's the resident bikini geek of Miami Beach who is the founder and Millennial CEO of global brand Bikini Luxe https://www.bikiniluxe.com/ Also, I'm following you now and sharing this buzz in three hives. Welcome to beBee, we're pleased you are here! Close
    Lance  ๐Ÿ Scoular
    03/03/2017 #5 Lance ๐Ÿ Scoular
    Hi Ho Nicole

    Welcome to beBee and good to have another Aussie here.

    I am from down south, in the city with the coat hanger ๐ŸŒ‰bridge and operatic โ›ตsails.

    Great piece, and to get you buzzing on Twitter I have pressed the magic button ๐Ÿ”ด๐Ÿฅ๐Ÿ.

    (check your Twitter Notifications)

    Lance Scoular
    The Savvy Navigator
    Don ๐Ÿ Kerr
    03/03/2017 #4 Don ๐Ÿ Kerr
    @Nicole Leigh West High praise from @Paul Walters whom I admire and enjoy. Great to have you here on beBee to add to the fantasy of virtual travel.
    Paul Walters
    03/03/2017 #3 Paul Walters
    heres a piece from @Nicole Leigh West one of the hottest travel writers around
    Paul Walters
    03/03/2017 #2 Paul Walters
    heres a piece from @Nicole Leigh West one of the 'hottest' travel writers around. Enjoy!
    Paul Walters
    03/03/2017 #1 Paul Walters
    @Nicole Leigh West Yay! you made it onto beBEE . This site will be enhanced with your fabulous writing which as always entertains and keeps all enthralled . Nmsn is looking for a story on the Gold Coast right now so why not send this to them? @Javier ๐Ÿ beBee Nicole is one of the better travel writers I have come across for a long time as some of her pieces on Huffington Post have been illuminating !!!
  6. ProducerNikhil Gadkar

    Nikhil Gadkar

    Social Media Marketing Strategy
    Social Media Marketing StrategySocial Media Marketing...
  7. ProducerKen Boddie

    Ken Boddie

    Reflections on Darwin Past, from Darwin Present
    Reflections on Darwin Past, from Darwin PresentAfter a long hard day escaping the 34ยบC heat and 80% humidity by being cocooned in the air conditioning of DP's Darwin office, I deserved a relaxing evening by the bay at the Sailing Club, watching another typically majestic sunset across this...


    Ken Boddie
    26/02/2017 #22 Ken Boddie
    #18 Living proof, Sara, that the spirit of "she'll be right, mate" lives on.
    Ken Boddie
    26/02/2017 #21 Ken Boddie
    #17 The more we remember, Pascal, the less chance we'll repeat the mistakes of the past.
    Ken Boddie
    26/02/2017 #20 Ken Boddie
    #16 Thanks, Lisa. The peace and serenity on the day the shot was taken reminds us that so many who made the ultimate sacrifice did not die in vain.
    Ken Boddie
    26/02/2017 #19 Ken Boddie
    #15 I wish you a safe journey, Michael.
    Sara Jacobovici
    26/02/2017 #18 Sara Jacobovici
    Beautiful tribute @Ken Boddie, as only you could write it. Moving and inspiring. I am grateful that the place that held so much devastation, is alive and kicking today with joy and celebrations.
    Pascal Derrien
    26/02/2017 #17 Pascal Derrien
    Was not aware of that WWII episod at all !!!! Good to have memory keepers like you @Ken Boddie !!!
    Lisa ๐Ÿ Gallagher
    26/02/2017 #16 Lisa ๐Ÿ Gallagher
    I learn so much from you @Ken Boddie, I had no idea. Thank you for the history lesson and what a great tribute to the Darwinians who lost their lives on that tragic day. What a stunning photo of the sunsetting!
    Michael O'Neil
    26/02/2017 #15 Anonymous
    #14 Ken, I'm inclined to agree on your lessons learned answer. I have followed Uncle Jim's story through official histories. "22 Battalion" by Jim Henderson covers his end on page 155

    http://nzetc.victoria.ac.nz/tm/scholarly/tei-WH2-22Ba-c5.html#name-011013-mention View more
    #14 Ken, I'm inclined to agree on your lessons learned answer. I have followed Uncle Jim's story through official histories. "22 Battalion" by Jim Henderson covers his end on page 155


    "Anti-tank mines which had been placed about 5 Brigade's defences were supposed to be lifted for the retreat (Brigadier Kippenberger writes: โ€˜I gave special, and I thought clear, orders for lifting our minefieldโ€™;13 this was not 22 Battalion's responsibility), but this had not been done previously. The close columns of infantry were marching under the escarpment when a carrier tried to pass on the left of the infantry and exploded two mines. The blinding flashes and two great explosions were only a few yards from the marching troops, โ€˜and many of us thinking โ€œChrist the sods are on us and throwing bombsโ€โ€”the scatter, most moving up the escarpment like goats and some throwing themselves towards the direction of the enemy.โ€™ Havoc and a fortunately brief panic broke out, while the wounded cried out pitifully. At least twenty-five men were lost here; how many belonged to 22 Battalion the records do not show. John Riddiford's14 platoon (No. 14) certainly suffered: so did 15 Platoon, in which Frank Algie,15 Dick Bentley, Jim Bryson16 and Harold True17 were killed and twelve others wounded, among them the All Black, Jack Sullivan. The battalion's carriers picked up a number of severely wounded men and placed them on top of the mortar ammunition which had been packed in the carriers."

    There is a painting by War Artist Peter McIntyre which is titled "The breakthrough, Minqar Qa'im, 27-28 June 1942" http://warart.archives.govt.nz/node/78
    It is a powerful painting, just like the one in your post of the attack on Darwin.

    Perhaps I will travel to El Alamein to see his gravestone. The picture of it I have seen is just like that of your uncle's. Close
    Ken Boddie
    26/02/2017 #14 Ken Boddie
    #13 Coincidentally, Michael, I also lost an uncle in North Africa. I hope you can find time to read my story about finding his grave here: https://www.bebee.com/producer/@ken-boddie/goodbye-uncle-eddie-sorry-we-never-met View more
    #13 Coincidentally, Michael, I also lost an uncle in North Africa. I hope you can find time to read my story about finding his grave here: https://www.bebee.com/producer/@ken-boddie/goodbye-uncle-eddie-sorry-we-never-met
    As for your query about lessons learnt, perhaps we should look to the Chinese philosophers:
    "War not determine who is right, but who is left!" ๐Ÿ˜Ÿ Close
    Michael O'Neil
    25/02/2017 #13 Anonymous
    @Ken Boddie , it is an eloquent piece. My own day of reflection is 27 June, the date my uncle Jim was killed in 1942 in North Africa. Perhaps one day I might go to Egypt to see El Alamein, a name etched in my memory through years attending ANZAC day ceremonies with my mother, his sister.
    The call to remember the mistakes of history is often made. Clearly the attacking side at this time had not learned a key lesson of warfare past which is to heed the constraints of time and distance. I wonder Ken, what do you think are the lessons here?
    Ken Boddie
    25/02/2017 #12 Ken Boddie
    #10 Many thanks for your complimentary remarks, Ian, all the more welcome coming from another fine land down under. Baie dankie, my firend.
    Ken Boddie
    25/02/2017 #11 Ken Boddie
    #9 Well stated, Dean-san, and may I add that it's generations of experiences like trench and jungle warfare and the odd wastefully, suicidal Gallipoli landing, that has fostered an indomitable attitude of "She'll be right, mate" in the Aussie 'digger'. So next time the world is presented with a 'troop' of young Aussie youths behaving badly overseas, spare a thought for their forefathers, who spilt their blood in fights that were not theirs, and look for the larrikin humour and cameraderie beneath the hooligan bluster.
    Ian Weinberg
    25/02/2017 #10 Ian Weinberg
    Didn't realize the Aussies were so badly hit on their own doorstep in WW2 @Ken Boddie Thanks for sharing this authentic piece of 'downunder'. A fine land has evolved from the supreme sacrifices of many.
    Dean Owen
    25/02/2017 #9 Dean Owen
    #6 Lessons of the past. I think we should all be more grateful to Australia for the sacrifices of young soldiers who volunteered to fight in a war that was not theirs. We have Anzac Day coming soon. Looking forward to your post Ken-sensei.
    Ken Boddie
    25/02/2017 #8 Ken Boddie
    #7 Oh were it but true, Pak Paul. Nothing sexy about bald spots and spare tyres. Ha ha. ๐Ÿ˜‚
    Paul Walters
    25/02/2017 #7 Paul Walters
    #6 I heard it was sexy @Ken Boddie
    Ken Boddie
    25/02/2017 #6 Ken Boddie
    #3 No racial slur intended, Dean-san. I was merely enthralled by the comparison between the peaceful evening last week and the life changing scenes of 75 years ago, and, as I commented to @Devesh ๐Ÿ Bhatt View more
    #3 No racial slur intended, Dean-san. I was merely enthralled by the comparison between the peaceful evening last week and the life changing scenes of 75 years ago, and, as I commented to @Devesh ๐Ÿ Bhatt below, mankind's ongoing inhumanity to man and our frequent incapability of learning from our mistakes of the past, collectively.

    As for the BOD 001 mock vehicle plate, there was nothing subtle here at all I'm afraid. 'The Bod' has been a nickname of mine off and on for a few years, along with 'Bodski', depending on the company I am keeping at the time. Can't say I really respond to 'The Bod', but anything's better than "Hey, you!" ๐Ÿ˜Ÿ

    I much prefer it when the young ladies call me Uncle Ken. ๐Ÿ˜Š Close
    Ken Boddie
    25/02/2017 #5 Ken Boddie
    #2 You've got me stumped, Paul. I need to defer to other sources and track down what I can find out on the resurrection of the city following Cyclone Tracy. Always having stayed on the Esplanade, where the hotels, of course, face the sea (and those sunsets), and working in Coconut Grove, a commercial suburb north of the CBD, your observation has gone past the keeper. I'll get back to you on this one.
    Ken Boddie
    25/02/2017 #4 Ken Boddie
    #1 Don't overthink this one, Devesh. It's purely an exercise in learning from history and, hopefully, not repeating the mistakes we all have made, as humanity, in the past.
    Dean Owen
    25/02/2017 #3 Dean Owen
    Those sneaky Japs! I guess that's what happens when you have wrong leadership.Thanks you @Ken Boddie for the gentle reminder of BOD. I assure you I had nothing to do with it. My Japanese relatives were in China at the time, grandfather a musician turned diplomat.
  8. Flavio ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต Souza ๐Ÿ
    The new Australia banknotes (I would vote yes!) Flavio ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต Souza ๐Ÿ


    Aleta Curry
    21/02/2017 #6 Aleta Curry
    Dame Edna works for me. Also the denomination I'm likely to have most of, but I'll say much less about that! ;)
    Zacharias ๐Ÿ Voulgaris
    21/02/2017 #4 Zacharias ๐Ÿ Voulgaris
    I have to give it to the Aussies. They sure know how to keep their currency fresh and interesting!
    Jim Murray
    21/02/2017 #3 Jim Murray
    Love it.
    Lance  ๐Ÿ Scoular
    21/02/2017 #2 Lance ๐Ÿ Scoular
    This may be the last print run before we go digital with a Blockchain - Distributed Ledger Technology - currency.
    Rod Loader
    21/02/2017 #1 Rod Loader
    Brilliant Flavio, We'd have to find space for Brockie
  9. ProducerIan Weinberg

    Ian Weinberg

    A brand new world
    A brand new worldI had the opportunity to visit my family in Australia recently. The highlight of my trip was in fact connecting again with my eight-month old Aussie granddaughter. And yes I also climbed trees with Kaolaโ€™s and hopped with kangarooโ€™s, indulging in...


    CityVP ๐Ÿ Manjit
    20/02/2017 #13 CityVP ๐Ÿ Manjit
    #11 Ian, I am an appreciator of the founders of HP - Bill Hewlett and David Packard. At the heart of what got to be known as the HP Way was an ingredient that continues to be missing in action, which is CONTRIBUTION. Writer and thinkers never examined it to the extent it should have been appreciated - the very idea of contribution IMHO surpasses that of the "HP Way".

    The HP Way has been reduced to a Human Resource idea today and thus there are very few people interested in what made Hewlett and Packard the antithesis of what the HP board hired to transform their company a.k.a. a political leader Carly Fiorina, followed by egotistical leaders and today they are run by another political leader that operates like Fiorina but is well liked.

    The Rise and Fall of the HP Way
    Ian Weinberg
    20/02/2017 #12 Ian Weinberg
    #6 @Gerald Hecht On behalf of all us stressed neuroscience suckers who plod on aimlessly and relentlessly in the dark, I'd like to offer up a little prayer ...For what the receptors are about to receive, may GABA be blessed!
    Ian Weinberg
    20/02/2017 #11 Ian Weinberg
    #9 I think you've nailed it @CityVP ๐Ÿ Manjit It's about value contribution - making something out of nothing or making something better than it was before you engaged with it. I would propose that being discerning requires a sensitivity to both the available substrate as well as to the extended environment who would be receptive to that value contribution. The question arises however whether someone who copies/steals someone else's value contribution, puts it in their name and markets it, is a value contributor in his/her own right because he/she is more discerning about how to maximize the value? I suppose that the ultimate reward is in the doing and in the creating and if your name is not 'branded' to the creation and you don't inherit the reward and the recognition, so be it. Wow, spoken like a true Buddhist!
    Lisa ๐Ÿ Gallagher
    20/02/2017 #10 Lisa ๐Ÿ Gallagher
    I would love to fly first class one day but that probably won't happen in this lifetime! The audacity of this person to state he worked with you on researching neuroplasticity, yikes... that takes cajones (excuse the term). As for branding, I don't have a personal brand... I wear many titles though. 14 hour plane flight, that's long. I fear I'd be awake the entire time since nothing seems to 'knock me out,' on a flight.
    CityVP ๐Ÿ Manjit
    20/02/2017 #9 CityVP ๐Ÿ Manjit
    For me authenticity is examining the actuality rather than the act. Today we have a lot of new actors using personal brands but also authentically brilliant people who happen to know branding, the way they do fashion or fine wine. There are also people who are authentically dull people and I honour both because the actual value is an individual trait that is called discernment.

    I don't need to be authentic because that is an oxymoron. When I read a buzz called "A Brand New World" the first thing I think is that it is a nice play on words - which in part makes us think about brand, as it also does the idea of a "new world". The principal thing I explore here is what I can find that exercises my curiosity, or interest or even something new, but most of all discernment.

    The something new I see here is the reference to Fabio Sasso. How authentic is Fabio Sasso? I don't know but he gives a step by step detail of how he created the image you have provided attribution to. In seeing these steps I see how he breaks down the work of creating the zeeneon sign - and in so doing I see his thinking, his talent and his technique. That is what is important to me.

    Fabio Sasso - Super Easy Neon Style in Photoshop - 10 Steps

    I am not viewing Sasso's steps because I use photoshop, I do not. I appreciate his talent without suggesting that I know him, but through personal brand we are expected to know each other. Here I can value the pragmatic and practical without overdosing on story. Someone telling me that I am authentic does not make more authentic - because we all have inauthentic bad hair days. I don't want a world that is an airbrushed new world when the hairy arse of the world is as obvious as a conman using branding. In a many-to-many world, the talented can become fodder for the masses. That is not a brand new world, it's same old crappy one.
    Aleta Curry
    20/02/2017 #8 Aleta Curry
    See, this is where you and I differ, Ian: I'm working towards the day when I have enough money to travel first class, business class in a bad month, whereupon I will *never * travel * cattle * class * again! :D
    Aleta Curry
    20/02/2017 #7 Aleta Curry
    #1Exacto! I'm working on an article about this. I'm heartily sick of 'personal branding' being bandied about the way 'SEO' was a year ago. I remembered being bugged and bugged to join Klout so that people would know who I was; my response was: Jesus doesn't have a Klout score and everyone knows who HE is!
    Gerald Hecht
    19/02/2017 #6 Gerald Hecht
    #4 @Ian Weinberg ahh loprazolam... I wonder if calling it "Dormonoct" somehow changes the way GABAa Receptors react to that Trade Name with a different benzodiazepine "Brand Reception" (as opposed to when it's referred to by its lower case) generic name?
    I'm gonna go with no.

    I'm even gonna speculate further that the benzodiazepine subunit of the GABAa Receptor Complex can't read...

    ...I know, I know --I'm such a rebel...it's a wonder they ever let me do Receptor Binding studies at all;

    what with me blatantly insulting Neurotransmitter Receptors: Calling them "illiterate", and "demonstrating complete ignorance of the importance of BRANDING!"
    Gerald Hecht
    19/02/2017 #5 Gerald Hecht
    #4 @Ian Weinberg Thank you...and indeed!
    Ian Weinberg
    19/02/2017 #4 Ian Weinberg
    #3 @Gerald Hecht the tab that I've found to be most effective goes by the brand name Dormonoct (SA brand name) - effective without too much post-sleep grogginess.

    Caution: Too much empathy induction failure can be as damaging as coitus interruptus!
    Gerald Hecht
    19/02/2017 #3 Gerald Hecht
    #2 @Ian Weinberg could I trouble you for the name of the sleeping tab compound you find to be most effective (generic name is fine, I know that "Brand Names" can vary by country)?

    Empathy is good...I must admit that lately, I've experienced occasional episodes of empathy induction failure...lol.
    Ian Weinberg
    19/02/2017 #2 Ian Weinberg
    #1 @Gerald Hecht following the sudden and reflex amygdaloid storm, I went into auto-coach mode, ate a large slab of chocolate ๐Ÿซand while I didn't exactly chuckle, my hair didn't get any whiter. Just felt empathy for the poor f*ckers that are going to read the guy's book!
    Gerald Hecht
    19/02/2017 #1 Gerald Hecht
    Wow... I think that this is the last straw for me. The truth is that Branding is a word...it's a pretty useless word...Personal Branding is a useless phrase...I'm trying to picture Jesus walking around and contemplating his Branding Strategy...I hope that you are laughing as hard as I am.
  10. ProducerJavier ๐Ÿ beBee
    Why personal branding is a crucial part of being successful in today's connected world
    Why personal branding is a crucial part of being successful in today's connected worldCreating a strong personal brand for yourself establishes you as a strong professional leader and opens doors.ย Personal branding provides a clear focus for personal development while establishing yourself as a thought leader. It also works wonders...


    debasish majumder
    07/02/2017 #18 debasish majumder
    i guess, personal contributions with rich values and pertinent appeals are most significant in an affinity based platform, where the platform will become a 'Brand' of distinction. so the potentialities and sincere endeavor with rich constituents are essentially to enrich a brand's value. there only lies the gravity of a person. apart from affinity and associating skill, a brand cannot be popular. so personal brand, i guess is relevant, moment the person is having the capacity to contribute or share his skill to usher majority, and thus the platform on which he or she is sharing makes the platform a unique 'brand'. however, lovely insight @Javier ๐Ÿ beBee! enjoyed read. thank you for the share.
    Claire L ๐Ÿ Cardwell
    30/01/2017 #16 Claire L ๐Ÿ Cardwell
    Excellent post @Javier ๐Ÿ beBee - building a personal brand lets people see the personal side of your business. Richard Branson is a prime exemplar of a great personal brand. Have shared this one across my networks.
    Marco Tomasone
    30/01/2017 #15 Marco Tomasone
    Personal branding as a crucial part of personal success.
    Bill Stankiewicz, ๐Ÿ Brand Ambassador
    27/01/2017 #14 Bill Stankiewicz, ๐Ÿ Brand Ambassador
    Great post shared with 125k business contacts
    Juan Imaz
    27/01/2017 #13 Juan Imaz
    very good!
    Lisa ๐Ÿ Gallagher
    27/01/2017 #11 Lisa ๐Ÿ Gallagher
    "you build credibility not through your words but through your actions." Agree!
    Javier ๐Ÿ beBee
    26/01/2017 #10 Javier ๐Ÿ beBee
    #9 @David B. Grinberg. I saw it ! Much appreciated ! Thanks
    David B. Grinberg
    26/01/2017 #9 David B. Grinberg
    #7 Javier, I actually meant @Matt ๐Ÿ Sweetwood's video. However, I will do the same for this post soon. Thanks.
    Preston ๐Ÿ Vander Ven
    26/01/2017 #5 Preston ๐Ÿ Vander Ven
    This is one reason I love to blog. It itself is branding me. beBee is a great platform to create relationships and find other minds similar to me. I just go directly to the hive in which I want to Buzz and find fellow bees.
    Mamen ๐Ÿ Delgado
    26/01/2017 #4 Mamen ๐Ÿ Delgado
    @Matt ๐Ÿ Sweetwood, you are the Authenticity in person. So immensely happy to be in this project with you ahead...
    Go go bees!!!! Vamossss!!! ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿ‘ ๐Ÿ‘
    David B. Grinberg
    26/01/2017 #3 David B. Grinberg
    @Matt ๐Ÿ Sweetwood you deserve many accolades for your exemplary efforts. You are a role model for us all. Thanks for all you do, which is a lot๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
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  12. Bill Stankiewicz, ๐Ÿ Brand Ambassador
    Bill Stankiewicz, ๐Ÿ Brand Ambassador
    Bernard Salt: The top business trends impacting Australia
    finfeed.com The top three business trends may be surprising to some...


    Bill Stankiewicz, ๐Ÿ Brand Ambassador
    15/02/2017 #1 Bill Stankiewicz, ๐Ÿ Brand Ambassador
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    One side thinks prices are out of control, particularly in Australiaโ€™s southeastern capitals, fuelled by lower interest rates, increased investor activity, soft labor market conditions and continued foreign investment.
    Others think it isnโ€™t as bad as its portrayed, pointing out relatively low loan serviceability costs, an influx of high-density apartments about to hit the market and cheaper alternatives outside the nationโ€™s trendy inner-city suburbs.

    Itโ€™s a perpetual tug of war and you can expect the tussle to intensify a little bit more following Wednesdayโ€™s release of the latest residential land sales report from the Housing Industry Association (HIA).
    Even with an increase in lots sold during the September quarter last year, prices still soared to the highest level on record.

    Conundrum, much?
    According to the HIA, the average lot price rose by another 3.3% to $243,585 in the September quarter last year, despite a 6.4% increase in lot transactions over the same period, which followed an even larger increase in the June quarter.

    However transaction volumes in the September quarter were still down 7.3% from the same quarter in 2015.
  13. Bill Stankiewicz, ๐Ÿ Brand Ambassador
    Bill Stankiewicz, ๐Ÿ Brand Ambassador
    Three technology trends for Australian business in 2017


    Bill Stankiewicz, ๐Ÿ Brand Ambassador
    15/02/2017 #1 Bill Stankiewicz, ๐Ÿ Brand Ambassador
    In 2017, organisations will pivot from a focus on data acquisition to data intelligence. Applied artificial intelligence and advanced machine learning rank #1 on Gartnerโ€™s list of Top 10 strategic predictions for 2017 and at Avanade, we see clients are increasingly adopting an automation-first approach. However, an augmented workforce comprising humans, intelligent systems, and devices will present new ethical complexities for companies.

    Indeed, a recent Avanade survey found that a majority of C-level executives are grappling with ethical issues stemming from the use of smart technologies in the workplace. Companies face the same digital ethics dilemma with customer data.

    For example, insurers are now using telematics devices to track consumer driving habits. While this might be a good idea for rewarding safe drivers with a premium discount, are the consumers aware who owns the data being produced by the car? And how comfortable would consumers be having the insurers use the telematics device as a trigger to automatically call emergency services in the event of an accident?

    During 2017, it will become an imperative for organizations to educate employees about the ethical implications of digital technologies. Organizations should also mandate that ethics be part of a design thinking approach, and implement a framework to ensure that intelligent systems continue to augment and improve human actions and decisions โ€“ without risking the trust and expectations of customer and employees.
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  15. ProducerAleta Curry

    Aleta Curry

    Country Life: Summer
    Country Life: SummerHonestly, I love living in the country, but this isnโ€™t just country living, itโ€™s living on a construction site in rural Australia, aka The Bush, which is entirely different. We just...


    Aleta Curry
    23/03/2017 #21 Aleta Curry
    #8 Hi Rod - I just realised that I didn't answer your query. I live in a little village in the Southern Highlands of NSW, down at the less affluent end!
    Aleta Curry
    01/02/2017 #20 Aleta Curry
    #19 I guess I can say now because the programme has been sold to the BBC. It was Alan Carter and Eric Knowles, and I think it was more because they'd gone to antiques centres and shops up the wazoo, and our setup is so different! Dogs, horse, antiques stored in a half-finshed house in what are going to be the sitting room, dining room and kitchen...!
    Martin's been working on the house when he's free, it's been a few years but feels like 50 or 60!
    Lisa ๐Ÿ Gallagher
    01/02/2017 #19 Lisa ๐Ÿ Gallagher
    Quite interesting @Aleta Curry. The photos are breathtaking! Oh snap, I can't stand the heat. I'm a wimp if it's hot but a wimp and a whiner if it's hot and humid! You home looks as though it's going to be beautiful, how long have you been building? How cool that a film crew visited to document (his antiques, I'm guessing?). More to come? Thanks for sharing, really enjoyed this.
    Aleta Curry
    31/01/2017 #18 Aleta Curry
    Thanks for the 'shares', folks, you rock, and thank you especially to @Franci๐ŸEugenia Hoffman for sending it to Twitter. I'm still learning the Ins and Outs of Beeing!
    Aleta Curry
    30/01/2017 #17 Aleta Curry
    #15 Oh, thanks, @Claire L ๐Ÿ Cardwell Interestingly enough, I think South Africans would do quite well in Australia - our part of it at least. Based on the flora and fauna, there are many similarities between the Southern Highlands of NSW and parts of So. Africa.
    Aleta Curry
    30/01/2017 #16 Aleta Curry
    #14 #13 Yes, he is a pretty amazing fellow. Sort of a cross between Bear Grylls and Grizzly Adams, though you two may be too young to know who that is. Interestingly enough, Martin was raised in civilisation, except that he lived most of his young life working hard through harsh winters on the family farm. He's Irish, too, born and bred, so how he bears the Aussie sun Heaven only knows. Someday maybe I'll tell you about the rest of his skill set, but for now enough already, I'm sure I sound pretty fawning!
    Claire L ๐Ÿ Cardwell
    30/01/2017 #15 Claire L ๐Ÿ Cardwell
    Loved this post @Aleta Curry! They say that South Africa is not for Sissies - but I wonder how many of our toughies would last out in the Australian Bush?
    Dean Owen
    30/01/2017 #14 Dean Owen
    R E S P E C T! Beautifully written. I've lived all my life in big cities (apart from 6 months in Connecticut) and always dreamed of perhaps spending my twilight years in the country, perhaps in Umbria, Oxfordshire, the Province, or Karuizawa, largely bug (and kangaroo) free countryside. Being a city wimp, I'd have to enrol in a Bear Grylls course to deal with the hazards of The Bush. Fortunately for you it appears you are married to Bear Grylls!
    Todd Jones
    30/01/2017 #13 Todd Jones
    Impressive set of accomplishments! If you hear any odd noises tonight, it's the deep rumble of inadequacy trumpeting from the Jones household over here in New York....
    Aleta Curry
    30/01/2017 #12 Aleta Curry
    #9 Ha, 'Le Shack' is what I call the little dwelling we're currently in, @Todd Jones. I couldn't find a decent picture of it when I was writing this. I call the house in the photos 'the Big House' and yes, Martin Curry has laid over 13,000 blocks himself, never mind scouting the position, surveying and digging the footings. Oh, and let's not forget the concreting. And in his spare time, he's become an authority on antique ceramics, started an auction house and an events management company. He's a rock star!
    Aleta Curry
    30/01/2017 #11 Aleta Curry
    #7 Thanks, @Bill Stankiewicz, ๐Ÿ Brand Ambassador - I know how busy we all are, so I really appreciate your taking the time out to read it!
    Aleta Curry
    30/01/2017 #10 Aleta Curry
    #8 You're right, @Rod Loader, we're in the Southern Highlands of NSW. It ain't boring, at any rate!
    Todd Jones
    29/01/2017 #9 Todd Jones
    Wonderful Aleta! Love the imagery that you craft with this post.

    "Le Shack"... funny! Did your husband build that house by himself? You mentioned that you have electricity, plumbing, and hot water. Once he finishes the roof, and puts in a door, the bugs and snakes will have to work a little harder to get in!

    All joking aside, I would love to learn more about the challenges of living in the bush. Keep 'em coming!
    Rod Loader
    29/01/2017 #8 Rod Loader
    Having lived for most of my life out of town in Australia, @Aleta Curry, I understood every reference and was saying "Oh yeah" to each of them, including the black snake inside. There's nothing like rural Australia, I wouldn't trade it. Based on your comment that the summers are sharp and short, I assumed you must live in the southern part of Australia. Here in Queensland the hot weather lasts from mid October to mid March (hot = above 30C, or for my American friends above 85F).
    Bill Stankiewicz, ๐Ÿ Brand Ambassador
    29/01/2017 #7 Bill Stankiewicz, ๐Ÿ Brand Ambassador
    Great post @Aleta Curry, many thx for sharing Franci!!
    Aleta Curry
    29/01/2017 #6 Aleta Curry
    #4 Fortunately, @Deb ๐Ÿ Helfrich, my neighbours live too far away to be disturbed by my shrieks. I assure you that the sound effects are plentiful around here. Thanks so much for your response.
    Our antiques are unusual in that we source the rare and quirky from all over the world, sell with relatively low markets and tell the truth about condition. Customers think we're wonderful, competitors think we're suckers. I think people think more in terms of the uniqueness of our lifestyle, running antiques events in towns and cities from a little shack out in the middle of nowhere!

    Yes, I think this would make a good series - I'll have to do that!
    Aleta Curry
    29/01/2017 #5 Aleta Curry
    #3 That is so kind, @Franci๐ŸEugenia Hoffman. Your praise makes me feel wonderful, thank you!
    Deb ๐Ÿ Helfrich
    29/01/2017 #4 Deb ๐Ÿ Helfrich
    I wish we had sound-o-vision on the internet, @Aleta Curry. I just made so many noises while reading this buzz, my Seattle neighbors probably think I need to be exported to the bush.

    I gasped, umm-ed, eeked, ahhhed, wow-ed, icked, screeched and shuddered.

    This is an incredibly evocative piece of writing and I am thrilled to get to inhabit a little slice of your life - I felt like I got to watch a snippet of that footage.

    Please make this a series. I want to know soooooo much more.

    May I start with learning why your antiques are so unusual? My mind is boggled as to the immense possibilities.....
    Franci๐ŸEugenia Hoffman
    29/01/2017 #3 Franci๐ŸEugenia Hoffman
    Aleta, I am in awe of the post. A beautifully descriptive and delightful piece. This is one that will take on a new personality each time it's read. I will be enjoying this post more than one time around.
    Deb ๐Ÿ Helfrich
    29/01/2017 #2 Deb ๐Ÿ Helfrich
    I am going to take my time to enjoy this read, @Aleta Curry - will be back!
  16. ProducerKen Boddie

    Ken Boddie

    And from all the lands on earth we come .....
    And from all the lands on earth we come ....."I'm the hot wind from the desert, I'm the black soil of the plains,ย I'm the mountains and the valleys, I'm the drought and flooding rains,ย I am the rock, I am the sky, the rivers when they run,ย The spirit of this great land, I am Australian."This...


    Ken Boddie
    29/01/2017 #54 Ken Boddie
    #53 I do agree, Monica, that our younger Australians occasionally behave like "animals" , particularly when let off the leash overseas. Or are you perhaps referring to the lead photo of kangaroos? ๐Ÿ˜‚
    Monica Landberg
    29/01/2017 #53 Monica Landberg
    They are amazing animals in the planet
    CityVP ๐Ÿ Manjit
    27/01/2017 #52 CityVP ๐Ÿ Manjit
    #51 Dear Ken, 30 years ago I was more of a doppelgรคnger of Rocky Balboa - but as my kids tell me with absolute conviction "What the F. happened to you dad?" This is what middle-age looks like kids is my reply, to which they point their fingers to Johnny Depp. Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise - I just can't win!

    The trick I find is that if we can find a way of making a few million dollars - we can afford the AND - Brisbane AND Hudson Bay. Or at least I can afford Toronto and Sydney that is when I can afford a personal supersonic jet.

    I better start working on my personal brand then - but then I will need to set up a new site as competition to Javier and Juan, and only the boys and few gals at LinkedIn would love that kind of divide and rule. OK in regards to the last paragraph I am booking an appointment with a brand proctologist soon, who will give me some medication to get over a new slogan that is stuck in my beBee.
    Ken Boddie
    27/01/2017 #51 Ken Boddie
    #49 Hard to envisage you, Manjit, as the doppelgรคnger of Johnny Rotten. I would be happy to swap Brisbane for Hudson Bay right now, or wherever there is some cooling snow and ice. It's been hot enough to fry eggs on the car bonnet for a few weeks.
    Ken Boddie
    27/01/2017 #50 Ken Boddie
    #48 The Cutty Sark is due to leave Brisbane about 122 years ago next week, on her final wool cargo voyage for the UK, via the Cape. Thanks to the Tardis, I've arranged for a case of Vegemite to be stowed in the captain's cabin. Keep an eye out to sea, Claire, and she should be close to you in about three weeks. Captain Woodget has a keen eye for the ladies and so may invite you aboard to take delivery in person. If so, take due care and ensure that you give his collie dogs, who travel with him on every voyage, a wide berth. Bred as sheep dogs, they have taken to nipping the heels of any unprepared fair damsel who may venture too close and whose ankles may be as white as snow, in the not uncommon manner of their breed, having been taught that this is the most expeditious means of directing said ankles towards the flock.
    CityVP ๐Ÿ Manjit
    27/01/2017 #49 CityVP ๐Ÿ Manjit
    #45 Ken you are an educated man, I am an ex-soccer hooligan and pogo minded punk rocker born in the ghetto side of working class London. The only thing I regret living in London is that I never got a conviction, so I had to emigrate to Canada instead.
    Claire L ๐Ÿ Cardwell
    27/01/2017 #48 Claire L ๐Ÿ Cardwell
    #46 Absolutely @Ken Boddie - my dance card is not yet full! I think I would like my Vegemite delivered by Tea Clipper please!
    Ken Boddie
    27/01/2017 #47 Ken Boddie
    #43 The Scots have been relocating (some say they're revolting, pun intended) here for many years. I could look at some figures for you but you know what 'they' say, "there's lies, damned lies, then there's statistics".

    Just look at it this way, Lis, there's a helluvalot of ginger haired people around this world, and the relocating, pillaging or revolting Scots (supplemented, in the early days, by the Vikings) are probably responsible for the great majority of them.
    Ken Boddie
    27/01/2017 #46 Ken Boddie
    #41 I'm onto your Vegemite request, Claire. I've promised @Paul Walters (who claims to be starving for his art) that I'll drop a Red Cross parcel, via hot air balloon, on his Bali house with some Vegemite in it. I can either extend the balloon trip to SA (which may take some time assuming it gets blown off course a few times) or would you prefer the more reliable delivery of Vegemite by tea cutter or clipper, then horse and cart?

    Incidentally, may I have the next waltz?
    Ken Boddie
    27/01/2017 #45 Ken Boddie
    #40 The word 'football' means too many things to so many people here in Oz, Manjit. The most popular 'foot' ball games here are, firstly and foremostly, Rugby League or NFL (a ruffians' game played by ruffians); then there's Aussie Rules or AFL ('aerial ping pong' to those like me who are non subscribers and non combatants); then there's my former game of Rugby Union (a ruffians' game played by 'gentlemen', who are not very gentle); then there's Soccer, which is generally a chance for all the more recent nationals and immigrants to take all their various land of origin grievances onto the sports field (a gentleman's game played by ruffians). To choose your game of preference here in Oz, you first need to select the shape and size of the ball, then the players, who may be either 'slim and trim', 'stocky and cocky', or 'built like the proverbial brick outhouse'. Perhaps that explains why some of us are still 'learning', Manjid. We just can't make up our minds whether or not we're gentlemen, and whether or not to kick the damned thing or pick it up and run with it. ๐Ÿค”
    Ken Boddie
    27/01/2017 #44 Ken Boddie
    #42 Next time I'm in Sydney (a couple of weeks time) and in Melbourne (in March) sounds like I'll have a 5% chance of pumping into a Croat. I certainly hope they have some licitar hidden away somewhere. Yum yum ๐Ÿฐ
    Lisa ๐Ÿ Gallagher
    27/01/2017 #43 Lisa ๐Ÿ Gallagher
    Belated happy Australian day @Ken Boddie. Love the Anthem. I must say, from all I've heard and seen, I'd love to visit your beautiful country one day. My bucket list sure is getting long! I never asked this before, did many Scots relocate to the land of Oz? (Or immigrate, not sure of the proper term).
    Lada ๐Ÿก Prkic
    27/01/2017 #42 Lada ๐Ÿก Prkic
    #34 Ken, I forgot to mention that according to the last census taken in 2011 there are about 150,000 Croats and their descendants in Australia, whereas Croatian communities claim that there are 250,000 Croats. Itโ€™s about 5% of the total population in Croatia.
    The majority of Croats live in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Canberra. So you're right, "I am, You are, We are Australian." :)
    Claire L ๐Ÿ Cardwell
    27/01/2017 #41 Claire L ๐Ÿ Cardwell
    Once a jolly swagman camped by a billabongโ€จ
    Under the shade of a coolibah tree, โ€จ
    He sang as he watched and waited 'til his billy boiledโ€จ
    You'll come a-Waltzing Matilda, with me

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    Once a jolly swagman camped by a billabongโ€จ
    Under the shade of a coolibah tree, โ€จ
    He sang as he watched and waited 'til his billy boiledโ€จ
    You'll come a-Waltzing Matilda, with me

    Thanks for tagging me @Ken Boddie! Where's my vegemite sandwich? Happy Australia Day! Close
    CityVP ๐Ÿ Manjit
    27/01/2017 #40 CityVP ๐Ÿ Manjit
    Fair Dinkum Ken, Oz is a great place !

    It is good to see that Australians are finally learning to play meaningful football. Not that Australian Rules stuff but footie - the real football. https://www.fromthegrapevine.com/slideshows/lifestyle/7-countries-you-didnt-know-were-soccer-crazy/page/5
    Ken Boddie
    27/01/2017 #39 Ken Boddie
    #30 Funnily enough, Todd, Bryson is one of my favourite authors, having read all his books. ๐Ÿ‘
    Ken Boddie
    27/01/2017 #38 Ken Boddie
    #29 I remember, Paul, when first introduced to the Indonesian language, many years ago, that I was having difficulty finding suitable mnemonics for words or expressions .... and so .... Terry McKenzie, Tuan!
    Ken Boddie
    27/01/2017 #37 Ken Boddie
    #27 Many thanks, Sara, but there's only one thing better than watching the tennis ..... and that's watching the cricket! ๐Ÿ™„
    Ken Boddie
    27/01/2017 #36 Ken Boddie
    #26 Fair go, mate! ๐Ÿ‘
    Ken Boddie
    27/01/2017 #35 Ken Boddie
    #25 Onya, Pascal! ๐Ÿ‘
  17. Lance  ๐Ÿ Scoular
    Happy Australia Day
    To all Aussies both here in Australia and around the world.

    Lance Scoular
    The Savvy Navigator
    Lance  ๐Ÿ Scoular


    CityVP ๐Ÿ Manjit
    27/01/2017 #11 CityVP ๐Ÿ Manjit
    Hat tip to Australia Day - regards to all the people down under !
    Javier ๐Ÿ beBee
    26/01/2017 #10 Javier ๐Ÿ beBee
    Happy Australia Day ! we love our australian bees !
    Mamen ๐Ÿ Delgado
    26/01/2017 #9 Mamen ๐Ÿ Delgado
    Happy Australia Day my dear Lance!!!
    Lisa ๐Ÿ Gallagher
    26/01/2017 #8 Lisa ๐Ÿ Gallagher
    Belated Happy Australia Day @Lance Scoular! I was just thinking of you today, wondering how you and your family are. I haven't used snapchat in a while, hope I didn't miss anything fun!
    Rod Loader
    26/01/2017 #6 Rod Loader
    If you drop the word "Perhaps", @Dean Owen, then you'll be right. No favouritism, of course.#4
    Milos Djukic
    26/01/2017 #5 Anonymous
    Best to you Lance!
    Dean Owen
    26/01/2017 #4 Dean Owen
    Perhaps the coolest nation on Earth? https://www.youtube.com/embed/rn0lwGk4u9o
    Rod Loader
    25/01/2017 #3 Rod Loader
    Aussie, Aussie, Aussie. Oi, Oi, Oi. Have a great Australia Day mate.
    Lance  ๐Ÿ Scoular
    25/01/2017 #2 Lance ๐Ÿ Scoular
    #1 G'day Wayne.
    All the best to you.๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ๐Ÿฏ
    Wayne Yoshida
    25/01/2017 #1 Wayne Yoshida
    Cheers Mates!
  18. Jackie M.

    Jackie M.

    Meanwhile in Australia...
    Jackie M.
    Templestowe jogger suffered injuries after kangaroo attack | Daily Mail Online
    www.dailymail.co.uk Melbourne jogger Debbie Urquhart (pictured), 54, has opened up about the terrifying moment she was viciously attacked by a kangaroo during her early morning run on...
  19. ProducerLance  ๐Ÿ Scoular
    THE MAN FROM SNOWY RIVER by A.B. "Banjo" Paterson - the written poem and spoken on video
    THE MAN FROM SNOWY RIVER by A.B. "Banjo" Paterson - the written poem and spoken on videoThe Man from Snowy River is one of Australia's most famous poems written by one of Australia's most famous poets, Andrew Barton (Banjo) Paterson. (17 February 1864ย โ€“ 5 February 1941) The setting of the poem is set in Australiaโ€™s...


    Lisa ๐Ÿ Gallagher
    16/12/2016 #2 Lisa ๐Ÿ Gallagher
    I loved the video visual with the poem Lance! Horses are smart animals and the connection between the rider and horse can either be one of mutual respect or a constant fight... the horse always wins when humans lack respect for these animals. Great poem. Thanks for sharing!
    David B. Grinberg
    16/12/2016 #1 David B. Grinberg
    Lance, thank you for sharing this Australian classic poem which he received international recognition. Keep buzzing, mate!
  20. ProducerLance  ๐Ÿ Scoular
    My Country by Dorothea Mackellar - the written poem and spoken on video
    My Country by Dorothea Mackellar - the written poem and spoken on videoThis one of Australiaโ€™s most iconic poems and is probably also known just as well by the first line of the second verse, I love a sunburned countryโ€ฆ The poem can be read below as well as listen to the poem recited by the author,...


    David B. Grinberg
    15/12/2016 #1 David B. Grinberg
    Thanks for sharing this buzz, Lance. I always enjoy learning more about Australia, which is such a beautiful and amazing country. Plus you're there, so what more can one want. Keep buzzing, mate...
  21. Lance  ๐Ÿ Scoular
    Aberdoon House
    Aberdoon House Aberdoon House, Rouse Hill, Sydney, New South Wales,...


    Cepee Tabibian
    21/10/2016 #2 Cepee Tabibian
    Looks like a beautiful day @Lance ๐Ÿ Scoular. Thanks for sharing. We never tire of hearing your lovely accent. :)
    Javier ๐Ÿ beBee
    18/10/2016 #1 Javier ๐Ÿ beBee
    Great buzz ! Thanks
  22. ProducerKen Boddie

    Ken Boddie

    May I Have the Next Waltz, Matilda?
    May I Have the Next Waltz, Matilda?Believe it or not, 'Waltzing Matilda', the unofficial national anthem of the Land Down Under, has absolutely nothing to do with ballroom dancing or fair damsels. ย Rather, it's a tale of woe about a travelling itinerant, who chose an untimely wet...


    Ken Boddie
    03/10/2016 #37 Ken Boddie
    #36 thanks, Franci, but spare a thought for Banjo Paterson, the real talent behind this tale.
    Franci๐ŸEugenia Hoffman
    02/10/2016 #36 Franci๐ŸEugenia Hoffman
    #33 Thank you for letting me know about this story. It's truly an artfully crafted piece and one I'll read more than once.
    Pamela ๐Ÿ Williams
    02/10/2016 #35 Pamela ๐Ÿ Williams
    #34 No, he had the right to sell it because legally his 'Squatters Rights' gave him legal ownership. It was considered abandoned property. I don't know all the legalities at the time. It's just an interesting family story for us.
    Ken Boddie
    02/10/2016 #34 Ken Boddie
    #32 So the Kentucky property wasn't the squatter's to sell, Pam? Quite a few Aborigines here in Oz would say this is a widespread 'white fellah's' practice that has been going on for a couple of hundred years. ๐Ÿ˜•
    Ken Boddie
    02/10/2016 #33 Ken Boddie
    #31 If you get a chance, Franci, read "The Man from Snowy River".
    Pamela ๐Ÿ Williams
    01/10/2016 #32 Pamela ๐Ÿ Williams
    Ken, had to take a few days off beBee due to other commitments. Sad, but what a welcome back. Something for my Cultures Around the World App and one of my favorite 'oldies' explained to me! I had always heard that Australia was the equivalent of a penal colony for all those who dared to thwart the crown. Your explanation is pretty close. Of course didn't know a loaf of bread was 'thwarting the crown'! Wonderful read, enjoyed this little piece of Oz! One thing struck me: A squatter in the U.S. is someone who is/was living illegal on a piece of land. Eventually 'Squatter's Rights' developed, meaning if they stayed on the land long enough with no claim made by the real owner then the land became the squatters. In days of old, when the west was not yet won, much land was 'grabbed' by squatters. Just a bit of US trivia for ya!
    Here's some family history in relation to squatters. The family story is that my father's ancestors once owned the land upon which the famous Kentucky Derby is now held. In the mid to late 1800s during a drought the family had to relocate to survive. A squatter they asked/paid to watch the land for them eventually claimed Squatter's Rights and later sold the land...not sure when the 'Derby' owner took possession as it could have had several owners after my family. But there you go!
    Franci๐ŸEugenia Hoffman
    01/10/2016 #31 Franci๐ŸEugenia Hoffman
    #22 Banjo Paterson - quite the man. Well worth taking time to read about. http://www.wallisandmatilda.com.au/banjo-paterson-biography.shtml
    Ken Boddie
    01/10/2016 #30 Ken Boddie
    Thanks for the share, @Milos Djukic ๐Ÿ‘
    Ken Boddie
    01/10/2016 #29 Ken Boddie
    #27 The modern meaning of squatter (in relation to property) is the same here, Lisa. This is, of course, assuming that you discount the stress and strain activity undertaken behind closed bathroom doors, while customarily reading a newspaper or magazine? ๐Ÿ˜
    Ken Boddie
    01/10/2016 #28 Ken Boddie
    #26 We aim to please, Karen. ๐Ÿค—
    Old mate at the bottom of the billabong, however, may disagree? ๐Ÿ˜Ÿ
    Lisa ๐Ÿ Gallagher
    01/10/2016 #27 Lisa ๐Ÿ Gallagher
    @Ken Boddie The unofficial Anthem is well... different? I'm glad you gave definitions of the terms. Squatters here take over a person's home if they are away for some time. Some people have a hard time re-gaining their home ( I don't quite understand it) and it's usually a major mess after they are able to legally get the squatters to leave. I'm proud of you because you know how to 'use the google.' Thanks, really enjoyed this!!
    Ken Boddie
    01/10/2016 #25 Ken Boddie
    #24 Bloody oath, mate!
    Paul Walters
    01/10/2016 #24 Paul Walters
    @Ken Boddie Onya mate. Bloody beaudy!!!!
    Ken Boddie
    01/10/2016 #23 Ken Boddie
    #3 as for your wylie walkabout music teacher, Dean-San, presumably he/she was dispatched back to the penal colony on a cruise ship?
    Ken Boddie
    01/10/2016 #22 Ken Boddie
    #17 Thanks for the compliment and the shares, Franci, but I'm still not up to the story telling prowess of Banjo Paterson. ๐Ÿ™
    Ken Boddie
    01/10/2016 #21 Ken Boddie
    #20 She'll be right, mate. Just bring your didgery, do, blue, and they'll let you go through.
    Gert ๐Ÿ Scholtz
    30/09/2016 #20 Gert ๐Ÿ Scholtz
    @Ken Boddie I will be in your country in a month so thanks for cultural education. If they ask me at passport control what I know about Australia I will burst into a full rendition of Waltzing Matilda complete with swagman, billabong, jumbuck and Sheila's (Oh no, Sheila's are not part of it?) Just to fuel some more nostalgia, remember this one @Ken Boddie? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RviuTfdfArM And as they say down under - thanks Mate!
    Franci๐ŸEugenia Hoffman
    30/09/2016 #19 Franci๐ŸEugenia Hoffman
    Sharing to beBee Australia
    Franci๐ŸEugenia Hoffman
    30/09/2016 #18 Franci๐ŸEugenia Hoffman
    Sharing in Creative Writers, Bloggers
    Franci๐ŸEugenia Hoffman
    30/09/2016 #17 Franci๐ŸEugenia Hoffman
    Thank you for including me in the journey to unfamiliar terrain. I love the fact that you furnished definitions for the jargon. Very cool and you are a great story teller.
  23. Pamela ๐Ÿ Williams
    The latest Swarm Map features Australia! Our Bees from Down Under! Pamela ๐Ÿ Williams
  24. Flavio ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต Souza ๐Ÿ
    Crikey mate its been 10 years! Flavio ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต Souza ๐Ÿ


    Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    04/09/2016 #1 Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    In hearts right across the world...R.I.P. Steve....In a NatGeo like heaven!
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