- Producer19/02/2017A 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 Kaola’s and hopped with kangaroo’s, indulging in...
Comments19/02/2017 #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 🍫and 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!19/02/2017 #1 Gerald HechtWow... 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.
- Producer26/01/2017Why 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. Personal branding provides a clear focus for personal development while establishing yourself as a thought leader. It also works wonders...
Comments07/02/2017 #18 debasish majumderi 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 🐝 beBee! enjoyed read. thank you for the share.26/01/2017 #6 David B. GrinbergJavier & @Matt 🐝 Sweetwood I just pinned this to my Twitter home page for anyone who wants to retweet this brilliant buzz https://twitter.com/DBGrinberg
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- 18/02/2017the boy is like the reincarnation of his father. Nice to see this. Life goes on.Robert Irwin and Jimmy Cuddle a Sloth Robert Irwin, 13-year-old son of Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin, shows Jimmy some animals including a dwarf crocodile, a red-tail boa and two sloths....
- 15/02/2017TRENDS IN AUSTRALIA:Bernard Salt: The top business trends impacting Australiafinfeed.com The top three business trends may be surprising to some...
Comments15/02/2017 #1 Bill Stankiewicz, 🐝 Brand AmbassadorThere’s a bit of a debate going on in Australia about housing affordability. Just a little one.
One side thinks prices are out of control, particularly in Australia’s southeastern capitals, fuelled by lower interest rates, increased investor activity, soft labor market conditions and continued foreign investment.
Others think it isn’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 nation’s trendy inner-city suburbs.
It’s a perpetual tug of war and you can expect the tussle to intensify a little bit more following Wednesday’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.
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.
- 15/02/2017AUSTRALIA BUSINESS TRENDS:Three technology trends for Australian business in 2017www.businessinsider.com.au
Comments15/02/2017 #1 Bill Stankiewicz, 🐝 Brand AmbassadorIn 2017, organisations will pivot from a focus on data acquisition to data intelligence. Applied artificial intelligence and advanced machine learning rank #1 on Gartner’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 – without risking the trust and expectations of customer and employees.
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- Producer29/01/2017Country Life: SummerHonestly, I love living in the country, but this isn’t just country living, it’s living on a construction site in rural Australia, aka The Bush, which is entirely different. We just...
Comments01/02/2017 #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!01/02/2017 #19 Lisa 🐝 GallagherQuite 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.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!30/01/2017 #14 Dean OwenR 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!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!29/01/2017 #9 Todd JonesWonderful 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!29/01/2017 #8 Rod LoaderHaving 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).29/01/2017 #6 Aleta Curry#4 Fortunately, @Deb 🐝 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!29/01/2017 #4 Deb 🐝 HelfrichI 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.....
- Producer26/01/2017And from all the lands on earth we come ....."I'm the hot wind from the desert, I'm the black soil of the plains, I'm the mountains and the valleys, I'm the drought and flooding rains, I am the rock, I am the sky, the rivers when they run, The spirit of this great land, I am Australian."This...
Comments27/01/2017 #52 CityVP 🐝 Manjit#51 Dear Ken, 30 years ago I was more of a doppelgänger 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.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.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.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?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. 🤔27/01/2017 #43 Lisa 🐝 GallagherBelated 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).27/01/2017 #42 Lada 🏡 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. It’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." :)27/01/2017 #41 Claire 🐝 CardwellOnce a jolly swagman camped by a billabong
Under the shade of a coolibah tree,
He sang as he watched and waited 'til his billy boiled
You'll come a-Waltzing Matilda, with me
Thanks for tagging me @Ken Boddie View moreOnce a jolly swagman camped by a billabong
Under the shade of a coolibah tree,
He sang as he watched and waited 'til his billy boiled
You'll come a-Waltzing Matilda, with me
Thanks for tagging me @Ken Boddie! Where's my vegemite sandwich? Happy Australia Day! Close27/01/2017 #40 CityVP 🐝 ManjitFair 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
- 25/01/2017Happy Australia Day
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- 17/01/2017Meanwhile in Australia...
#killerkangarooTemplestowe jogger suffered injuries after kangaroo attack | Daily Mail Onlinewww.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...
- Producer16/12/2016THE 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 1864 – 5 February 1941) The setting of the poem is set in Australia’s...
Comments16/12/2016 #2 Lisa 🐝 GallagherI 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!
- Producer15/12/2016My Country by Dorothea Mackellar - the written poem and spoken on videoThis one of Australia’s most iconic poems and is probably also known just as well by the first line of the second verse, I love a sunburned country… The poem can be read below as well as listen to the poem recited by the author,...
- Producer30/09/2016May 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. Rather, it's a tale of woe about a travelling itinerant, who chose an untimely wet...
Comments01/10/2016 #32 Pamela 🐝 WilliamsKen, 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!01/10/2016 #27 Lisa 🐝 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!!30/09/2016 #20 Gert 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!