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  1. ProducerGert 🐝 Scholtz
    The Smoke that Thunders
    The Smoke that ThundersThere is one place in Africa I would visit again and again. The Victoria Falls. I have visited more than once. Each time I experience the scenery and adventure of the environment anew. The Falls As I stand on the precipice the waters roar...
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    Dean Owen
    24/03/2017 #6 Dean Owen
    Can we not have giraffes everywhere? Odd question Gert-sensei, but can one ride a giraffe?
    Paul Walters
    24/03/2017 #5 Paul Walters
    @Gert 🐝 Scholtz Yup we have been blessed having seen and experienced it. I love going there and I do have to say its the Victoria falls Hotel that always lures back. Thanks great post
    Devesh Bhatt
    24/03/2017 #4 Devesh Bhatt
    Bucket list bucket list. Thanks
    Ali Anani
    24/03/2017 #3 Ali Anani
    I enjoyed reading your buzz immensely as much as I enjoyed the images and so shared the buzz @Gert 🐝 Scholtz
    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    24/03/2017 #2 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    Stunning @Gert 🐝 Scholtz. Thank you for sharing.
  2. ProducerSusan Rooks

    Susan Rooks

    22/03/2017
    Acts of Kindness
    Acts of KindnessOn Friday, March 17, 2017, Marcia Turesky Rooks died. She had lived a wonderful life, and she died just six weeks past her 100th birthday.She was my mother.And while her death was a blessing, as she'd gone rapidly downhill after her momentous...
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    Ken Boddie
    23/03/2017 #29 Ken Boddie
    Here is a poem I wrote last year for another occasion. I hope it brings you some comfort, Susan, as you ponder over your loss in the days and months to come.

    Grief never leaves us,
    She answers not our why's,
    She hugs us like a shadow,
    And refuses our goodbyes.

    She's there lest we forget,
    When our loved ones slip away,
    That their spirit lives in what we do,
    And everything we say.
    Nicole Chardenet
    23/03/2017 #28 Nicole Chardenet
    So sorry to hear about your loss, Susan. We have to let go of our parents sooner or later. Fortunately you got to keep yours for a good long time. As I watch my mother (my remaining parent) slowly decline I prepare myself for the eventual outcome. Many condolences to you and your family.
    Phil Friedman
    23/03/2017 #27 Phil Friedman
    Sincerely sorry for your loss, Susan.
    siraj shaik
    23/03/2017 #26 siraj shaik
    @Susan Rooks sorry for the loss. An Aquarian, indeed she might have been an awesome persona with full of kindness and good acts plus doing out of the ways support to known and unknown. Thou shalt not grieve, we beseech thee O lord' to give thou strength.
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    23/03/2017 #25 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    I'm so sorry for your loss @Susan Rooks. This is a great tribute to your mom and family. The irony of your parent's anniversary. I'm going to guess your mom was an awesome woman just like her daughter! It doesn't matter how old we are or how old are mom's are when they pass, we still feel like a child grieving the loss of our moms. Grieve when you must and don't beat yourself up over it when the tears may come flooding. They say tears are healing. I'm happy you had so much time with your mom!
    Jared Wiese, 🐝 adding VALUE & RESULTS
    23/03/2017 #24 Jared Wiese, 🐝 adding VALUE & RESULTS
    So sorry to hear of your loss, @Susan Rooks. Grateful that everyone came together and helped each other out.

    Reminds me of the quote, "They May Forget What You Said, But They Will Never Forget How You Made Them Feel".
    This is often attributed to Maya Angelou, but some say it was actually Carl W. Buehner.

    Regardless of who said it, perhaps you may reflect on how your mother, Marcia Turesky Rooks, made you and many others feel.
    Aaron Skogen
    23/03/2017 #23 Aaron Skogen
    Thanks for sharing a little bit of you and your family @Susan Rooks.

    Spot on, no act of kindness is too small!

    #KindnessReigns
    Sarah Elkins
    23/03/2017 #22 Sarah Elkins
    It is a special study of human nature to observe how people behave at special occasions like weddings, births, and funerals. I'm so glad you had such kindness in your life as you said goodbye to your mother, @Susan Rooks View more
    It is a special study of human nature to observe how people behave at special occasions like weddings, births, and funerals. I'm so glad you had such kindness in your life as you said goodbye to your mother, @Susan Rooks. Thanks for sharing. Close
    Julio Angel 🐝Lopez Lopez
    23/03/2017 #21 Julio Angel 🐝Lopez Lopez
    No doubt she left very good feelings @Susan Rooks , thank you for sharing them.
    Joyce 🐝 Bowen
    23/03/2017 #20 Joyce 🐝 Bowen
    #18 Salem. I used to take my kids on bike rides every week to Marblehead. I used to tell them we were lucky we didn't live there because it meant we had somewhere nice to go.
    Susan Rooks
    23/03/2017 #19 Susan Rooks
    Many thanks for sharing my post, @Milos Djukic! I hope you know I appreciate your thoughtfulness.
    Susan Rooks
    23/03/2017 #18 Susan Rooks
    #15 Where do you live, @Joyce 🐝 Bowen? I grew up in Marblehead, and left it when I turned 18. Gorgeous town.
    Susan Rooks
    23/03/2017 #17 Susan Rooks
    #16 Thank you, @Javier 🐝 beBee, I appreciate that.
    Javier 🐝 beBee
    23/03/2017 #16 Javier 🐝 beBee
    Very sorry for your loss
    Joyce 🐝 Bowen
    22/03/2017 #15 Joyce 🐝 Bowen
    #14 I live right next door to Marblehead. Your mother will be in my thoughts.
    Susan Rooks
    22/03/2017 #14 Susan Rooks
    @Joyce 🐝 Bowen! Thanks so much for sharing my post; I really appreciate it.
    Cyndi wilkins
    22/03/2017 #13 Cyndi wilkins
    #12 Yes...He has been reunited with my mom...She passed almost fourteen years ago and not a day went by that he did not mourn her...So I am happy for them both;-) Knowing and believing that makes my heart feel a little lighter.

    Sounds like your mom had a wonderful and very full life...Now reunited with her beloved too...May we all be so lucky;-)
    Next time you come this way, I'd love to meet for lunch or something...perhaps a walk around Fort Sewall with a stop at the Barnacle for the obligatory lobster roll;-) The summer is so beautiful out here on the edge of nowhere!
    Susan Rooks
    22/03/2017 #12 Susan Rooks
    #11 Oh my, @Cyndi wilkins! Who knew? I grew up in Marblehead and left it at 18, returning sporadically when I had to. Gorgeous town, out on the edge of nowhere!

    Interesting that you believe your dad chose his date; I will always think my mom tried to do just that, falling just a couple of hours short. But if there's anything to the idea of an afterlife, I know she's with my dad, and your dad is with . . . your mom?
    Cyndi wilkins
    22/03/2017 #11 Cyndi wilkins
    My heartfelt condolences for your loss @Susan Rooks....I had no idea our connection was so close...I live in Marblehead and I'm still in the neighborhood I grew up in;-) Such a beautiful town...We just laid my father to rest at Waterside Cemetery just after the New Year...I feel very strongly as well that he chose his "moment of departure." Had he left us any sooner, many holiday plans would have had to be rearranged...He would never want to be an inconvenience;-)
    Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    22/03/2017 #10 Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    #8 Loss is loss. Think of the way the death of celebrities who we have no actual reciprocal relationship with can affect us. It often startles us just how intensely we react. In some cases, the relationships that weren't especially close or part of our daily interactions can present surprising emotions, because facing this type of loss can cause us to put the focus a lot more on our own mortality - which will urge us to come to terms with whatever is not currently in alignment in our lives.

    So be kind to yourself. Talk with friends. Love your family.
  3. ProducerDean Owen

    Dean Owen

    22/03/2017
    A Thousand Holes - A Taste of Marrakech
    A Thousand Holes - A Taste of MarrakechShimmering flecks of gold flickered off the waterways. We settled down at the pagoda teahouse where the bridges intersect. Yet another ancient water town checked off my list, each unique in style, each offering up a local Chinese flavour. Rays of...
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    Dean Owen
    24/03/2017 #19 Dean Owen
    I like what he did to "Mad World". Not a fan of Adam Lambert, especially when he fronted Queen, but he did an incredible Mad World. I think we grew up with the same songs. I was 15 when I heard Seasons and the story behind it. Picked up a guitar wanting to learn how to play it. Toya Wilcox was big at the time.
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    23/03/2017 #18 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    The amusing thing here for me is that I heard that song a few years under 50 years ago and I only get to find out about Marrakesh in this buzz !

    For me music is milestones more than beats - for this is where it captures our individuality and so what we happen to like is different to what it happens to mean. A great example is the song that stamped my psyche after 9/11 - which was Gary Jules https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4N3N1MlvVc4

    When Pink Floyd sang Another Brick in the Wall that is a memory ticker that coincides with Alice Cooper "Schools Out Forever" - you can guess I was at a school which all of us did not want to be at. I can enjoy masses amount of commercial pap because I keep liking separate from meaning. For sure when we talk about song composition and beat this fits in the middle space between like and meaning - but music for me is what flows through my imagination, so much so it is individuality and music becomes DNA.

    Perhaps the song I don't like to hear but which carries the most haunting meaning for me is Terry Jacks "Seasons in the Sun"
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YG9otasNmxI
    Dean Owen
    23/03/2017 #17 Dean Owen
    #16 The beat behind Four Dead in Ohio reminded of Pink Floyd's Money.
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    23/03/2017 #16 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    #13 In this 2000 Farm Aid Live performance it is the four-some version since Neil Young had joined the band much later when they became Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young [CSNY]- so here is Marrekech Express https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8fE06X25fDU View more
    #13 In this 2000 Farm Aid Live performance it is the four-some version since Neil Young had joined the band much later when they became Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young [CSNY]- so here is Marrekech Express https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8fE06X25fDU

    #14 CSNY's most poignant track was Four Dead in Ohio , an anthem to the Kent State shootings when the Ohio National Guard killed four students protesting the Vietnam War and the incursion into Cambodia

    Four Dead in Ohio - Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CfOx2AQOW1A

    These shootings led to mass Student strikes, and it was H.R. Haldeman, Nixon's Chief of Staff involved in Watergate who marked the Kent State shootings as the moment that created the deep scrutiny on Nixon's administration, that eventually uncovered Watergate and led to the impeachment of President Richard Nixon.

    The Marrekech Express is Crosby, Still, Nash's most joyful song, Four Dead in Ohio their most significant. Close
    Dean Owen
    23/03/2017 #15 Dean Owen
    #14 Lacking two key ingredients for me, soul and edge.
    Dean Owen
    23/03/2017 #13 Dean Owen
    #11 Ashamedly not familiar with the music of Crosby Stills and Nash! I do hope you get a chance to visit Marrakech and get lost in the souks.
    Dean Owen
    23/03/2017 #12 Dean Owen
    #10 Oddly I sometimes have the same issue with pictures in articles not downloading. It usually lasts about a week. Much appreciate a comment from the master debonair himself, Mr. Smooth, Suave and Sophisticated, @Paul Walters View more
    #10 Oddly I sometimes have the same issue with pictures in articles not downloading. It usually lasts about a week. Much appreciate a comment from the master debonair himself, Mr. Smooth, Suave and Sophisticated, @Paul Walters. No doubt you'd make a better Bond! Close
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    23/03/2017 #11 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    Having been nearly 50 years since Crosby Stills and Nash recorded the song "Marakech Express" it is about time I actually saw something of the real Marrakech and now I have, it was a great way to catch a glimpse of it in this sublime buzz. I don't remember a buzz of yours before which broke into a novelist dialogue but the effect of the 2nd section added some personal "being there" and it worked. Great photographs as always and I concur with @Paul Walters about the debonaire bit.
    Paul Walters
    23/03/2017 #10 Paul Walters
    @Dean Owen Ah Dean San hankering after places visited and recalling fond memories !!! Unfortunately your pics on this post are not loading but I am noticing that on a number of posts I read. Still I was able to conjure up the images in my head from one of my all time favourite cities. Sounds like you did the 5 star version complete with beautiful woman in fluffy bathrobe ...you debonaire bugger you
    Dean Owen
    22/03/2017 #9 Dean Owen
    #8 But the amount of rock sugar they haul into a pot of mint tea (especially the Berbers), it's no wonder so many have rotten teeth! I prefer Marrakech to Fez or Casablanca, that's for sure....
    Pascal Derrien
    22/03/2017 #8 Pascal Derrien
    I have been in Morroco three times, speaking french does obviously help to get by, the last time we were in Tangier with the children two years ago and the kids were treated like mini gods, and gosh I love mint tea and Marrakesh is so special !!!
    Brian McKenzie
    22/03/2017 #7 Brian McKenzie
    #4 i will tell them that they need mint at the door!
    Dean Owen
    22/03/2017 #6 Dean Owen
    #5 Not to mention the hammams! You'd make a mighty fine colossus of a man if ever you wore a keffiyeh. I would have loved to have lived in Beirut or Cairo during the glory days. I would think twice now, but Oman is definitely on the cards...
    Ken Boddie
    22/03/2017 #5 Ken Boddie
    I have a love hate relationship with much of Arabia, Dean-san, but today your photographic detail awakens old memories of the aromas and sounds of the suk, the adhan, and the tastes of long Ramadan night delicacies.

    Salam alekum, sadiki
    Dean Owen
    22/03/2017 #4 Dean Owen
    #3 Not it's colour, it's suppleness. This leather Moroccan slippers are awesome! Besides, I'm sure those tanneries don't smell half as bad as some of the toilets you have in the Stans....
    Brian McKenzie
    22/03/2017 #3 Brian McKenzie
    that is not how I envisioned leather getting its color - uuffff.
    Gert 🐝 Scholtz
    22/03/2017 #2 Gert 🐝 Scholtz
    @Dean Owen Tremendous to see these photos and read about your experience in Marrakech!
    Netta Virtanen
    22/03/2017 #1 Netta Virtanen
    Wonderful buzz. Your photos are so beautiful! It truly does look like a magical city.
  4. ProducerPaul Walters

    Paul Walters

    22/03/2017
    Oh, Kolkata!   One Of India's Most Vibrant Cities.
    Oh, Kolkata! One Of India's Most Vibrant Cities.“From where I sit, I can see the old lighthouse in the High Court Campus. It’s a rather “telling structure, ”pleasant to look at, as if it almost belongs to the country. The GPO on the other hand strikes rather a false note, as it is too European...
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    Paul Walters
    23/03/2017 #21 Paul Walters
    #20 @Asesh Datta Thanks for your feedback. The article was for a magazine and they only gave me 1200 words so hard to cover everything . You are right there are so many things that I didn't cover ...the bookseller street and the famous tea houses along it for one. I shall return there is no doubt. Once again, thanks for stopping by !
    Asesh Datta
    23/03/2017 #20 Asesh Datta
    @Paul Walters It is always nice to read about our own city from a traveller and, that too, from another country. Like political capital, commercial capital, Kolkata is being labelled as cultural capital of India. Apart from historical significance and imperial construction, there are other facets which British have left as legacy. Some of them you may list in your next trip are Fort William, Eden Garden, Belur Math, Botanical Garden, Gun and Shell Factory (even before British Period), Clive House and New Town. Then the attraction of food, art and culture apart from language (Bengali). Thanks and regards.
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    23/03/2017 #19 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    #16 Anytime, my friend!
    Bill Stankiewicz, 🐝 Brand Ambassador
    22/03/2017 #18 Bill Stankiewicz, 🐝 Brand Ambassador
    The British left India in 1947, but they left behind quite a bit of baggage — starchy clubs with antiquated jacket-and-tie dress codes completely unsuitable for Indian weather, a passion for cricket and English and Anglicized names.

    Every city had streets and squares named after English viceroys and governor-generals: Clive, Hastings, Dalhousie. Soon the new government was busy renaming those roads and landmarks after Indian freedom fighters. Lala Lajpat Rai. Tilak, Gandhi. Nehru. A lot of Gandhis and Nehrus.
    🐝 Fatima Williams
    22/03/2017 #17 🐝 Fatima Williams
    I love the way you describe calcutta or kolkata as it's called now. I had visited calcutta in 2009 and also instantly fell in love with the city. You have almost everything there. I didn't visit alot of places as it was just a stop over for the evening but I loved the Hoowrah bridge a true master piece and the trip to the Ganges was spectacular during the sunset. @Paul Walters Enjoyed the revisit through your buzz 🤗🤗🤗🤗 And Oh the cycle rickshaws are a must try there. Pretty amazing 🤗
    Paul Walters
    22/03/2017 #16 Paul Walters
    #3 @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher As always , thank you for the support !
    Paul Walters
    22/03/2017 #15 Paul Walters
    #6 @Netta Virtanen Thank you queen bee much appreciated . Time you dropped in to Bali , methinks it will capture you
    Paul Walters
    22/03/2017 #14 Paul Walters
    #7 @Ken Boddie There is a surprise around every corner which is why I think they refer to it as "incredible India " Thanks for stopping by
    Paul Walters
    22/03/2017 #13 Paul Walters
    #10 @Pascal Derrien I'll keep em coming ...thanks Pascal
    Paul Walters
    22/03/2017 #12 Paul Walters
    #9 @Ian Weinberg Thanks as always much appreciated
    Paul Walters
    22/03/2017 #11 Paul Walters
    #8@Randy Keho or should I say cassanova keho. Two, !!! I am envious even though the tall blonde is no longer there ,,,I was envious then! the nightlife in Kolkata is truly fabulous !
    Pascal Derrien
    22/03/2017 #10 Pascal Derrien
    Definitely have to go to India especially when great articles like this keep coming my way ☺
    Ian Weinberg
    22/03/2017 #9 Ian Weinberg
    Excellently scribed @Paul Walters So much so that I'm happy to tick it off my list. Been there, done that....
    Randy Keho
    22/03/2017 #8 Randy Keho
    I, too, admire mature architecture. But, how can Kolkata be the most vibrant city if there's no mention of the nightlife? Surely, you must of mistakenly stumbled upon a pub from days gone by somewhere along the line.
    By the way, I've traded the tall blonde for two shorter versions. May the best one win. The decision may be made final Saturday night -- if they don't find out about one another beforehand. They're old friends.
    You don't have to ride in a blind taxi in India to live dangerously.
    Thanks for the shoutout. I truly enjoy reading about your adventures.
    Ken Boddie
    22/03/2017 #7 Ken Boddie
    Still finding it difficult to imagine Basil Fawlty with an Indian accent, Paul. And the half naked gentleman standing next to the STD sign had me worried, until I figured out the abbreviations are associated with telecommunications rather than a warning about the dangers of overfamiliarity. India is a country I have avoided colliding with on my travels, but perhaps one day, some day .....
    Netta Virtanen
    22/03/2017 #6 Netta Virtanen
    This is so beautifully written, it took me straight back to Calcutta! =) I agree with you about Calcutta being ¨one of the more vibrant cities in India.¨ Calcutta is much more traditional and modest in comparison to Delhi and Mumbai. Calcutta has so much to offer, it is amazing. Hopefully next time you get your luggage on arrival. =)
    Dean Owen
    22/03/2017 #5 Dean Owen
    Oh the brilliance behind this line - "decided to rouse itself from its slumber as it tosses, turns and suddenly belches out the eight million or so cars, tuk tuks..."
    A fascinating city.
    Devesh Bhatt
    22/03/2017 #4 Devesh Bhatt
    Every visit to the city and there is a new discovery waiting there to amaze me.

    And i really enjoyed your buzz :)
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    22/03/2017 #3 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    A busy City indeed @Paul Walters! Kolkata is full of history. I enjoyed reading about this city. Your jaunt in the Taxi.......... OMG LOL! I would have been crapping myself (excuse me for saying that) LOL. I love train stations, tracks and trains too. That was a really cool station and busy as heck by the appearance of all the taxi's there?!! You did get your belongings, right? My husband flew to the Canary Islands out of Scotland about 10 years ago and on his way back 2 of his bags went missing. They said they would have the bags at Heathrow by the time he left to go back to the States, that never happened. After many calls when he returned, I finally got a hold of a man at the airport in Scotland and I could barely understand him (his brogue), you'd think I would have been able to since my grandparents had a very strong brogue. Anyhow, he said let me check, came back all excited saying he found my husband's stuff and gave me a telephone number with email address so we could get his stuff sent here. Uh, somehow it was never to be found again. He even told me what was in the bags. Sorry to remiss about that incident but your story made me think of it. Ok, enough about that, you are a wanderlust and I love it!
  5. Antoine 🐝 Prager
    Fish Love : 120 seconds of wisdom

    https://youtu.be/YNx7kDJ2kDI
    Fish Love
    Fish Love "So much of what is love is fish...
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    Antoine 🐝 Prager
    22/03/2017 #1 Antoine 🐝 Prager
    This is the right link. https://youtu.be/YNx7kDJ2kDI
  6. ProducerLisa 🐝 Gallagher
    Mid-Life Strikes, Do You Know Which Path to Take?
    Mid-Life Strikes, Do You Know Which Path to Take?Today was a day of self-reflection. My self-reflection was so deep I actually began to cry. I finally admitted to myself that I don't know who I am anymore. I sat at my PC just staring and wondering if I've ever known who I truly am? I felt a flood...
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    Louise Smith
    23/03/2017 #58 Louise Smith
    Hi Lisa,
    So you had a brush with Gerascophobia? (an abnormal or persistent fear of growing old or ageing).

    Many people in their 40s and onwards go through exactly what you did.
    Many of my clients come to get help with this.

    We have different developmental stages from birth throughout our lifespan
    and they don't just stop at 18yo or 21yo when adulthood is "reached".

    You can find a reasonable explanation of the stages here:
    https://www.learning-theories.com/eriksons-stages-of-development.html

    It's about change and anxiety - that not knowing who you are or what's happening and why.
    Also people close to you may move or pass away and suddenly you are the oldest generation or have no close friends nearby.

    As you mentioned,when you leave your job and/or retire, you wonder what defines you.
    When your children are grown and fly, you may experience "Empty Nest."
    When you and/or your partner retire, you may experience extreme exasperation with them being lost and constantly underfoot.

    BUT IT'S NOT ALL BAD NEWS !!!

    Aging is not 'lost youth' but a new stage of opportunity and strength. Betty Friedan

    There is a lot of info about Healthy, Positive, Active Aging !

    But basically it's what you think about yourself, acceptance and what you do to adapt to change that really matters.
    And after all we are the Baby Boomers who have had the best life compared to those of previous generations.
    We have access to knowledge and technology that our parent did not.
    And there's a lot of us!

    Two of my closet friends are 62 and 76yo.
    You would never know !

    Cheers to more years !
    Louise


    Do's and Don'ts
    https://zestnzen.wordpress.com/2012/06/03/how-to-deal-with-your-aging-fears-and-move-forward/

    See Australian Psychological Society : Ageing positively
    https://www.psychology.org.au/publications/tip_sheets/ageing/

    Quiz : How do you feel about getting older?
    https://www.psychologies.co.uk/tests/getting-older.html
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    23/03/2017 #57 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    #56 Awe, I will keep you and your mom in my thoughts! I remember a year before mom was diagnosed she began losing a ton of weight and had a lot of vague symptoms which wasn't like her. She was a type A, always on the go... she even canceled a vacation to Maine 3 months before her diagnosis, and she loved her "ocean time.' I hope it's nothing serious, Nicole. Sending good vibes and hugs to you too!
    Nicole Chardenet
    22/03/2017 #56 Nicole Chardenet
    #55 No prob. Can totally relate to the mom problems as well...mine is still alive, but not doing very well. We don't know exactly what the problem is yet but I'm preparing for possible bad news. Yet still life goes on, n'est-ce pas? Good luck & hugs to you!
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    21/03/2017 #55 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    #54 Hi @Nicole Chardenet, I really appreciate your positive feedback, support and UNDERSTANDING! Midlifers rock (at least I'm beginning to feel that way) LOL. I will check my email, it may be later before I can respond but I look forward to reading it. I think there have been a lot of bumps in the road over the past year which haven't helped... more than just losing my mom. As I wrote some time ago, I think her death was just the catlyst for many other things I'd been ignoring and they all came to a freaking head this past year or so... little by little. Thanks Nicole!!
    Nicole Chardenet
    21/03/2017 #54 Nicole Chardenet
    Oh hell, Lisa, this is totally normal. Just know that you're not the only person in the world who feels this way, just about everybody does at one time or another. I've been going through this for the past year and doing a lot of work on myself to get out of this rut and to move beyond my issues. I've begun meditating, being mindful, not running away from the 'bad feelings' and asking what's really going on. I'm also doing something else which I can't talk about on social media but I'll email you privately about it. You CAN complete with the younger generation - remember, they're cheaper, not wiser and they're certainly not more experienced :) Just remember...everyone you see on social media who looks like they totally have their s**t together...doesn't. No matter who they are, no matter how successful they are, somewhere, in some part of their lives they're a blubbering mess, even if they never do any actual blubbering. I'm absolutely dead serious. Read recently about a famous (unnamed) stage performer and actress who had numerous awards and a great husband and still felt like she wasn't "good enough". Just about everyone feels that way, I suspect, whether they realize it or not. Anyway...go check your messages :)
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    21/03/2017 #53 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    #48 Those sure weren't wasted years and I know it paid off because we are best friends today! From what I've read on your buzzes @Joyce 🐝 Bowen, you hardly have a bare resume. You've been a voice for many and continue to do so. It sounds like you are hard on yourself too?! Embrace all you've done, I know it can be hard at times, this coming from a person who can see more in others than herself. Maybe many of us tend to be our own worse critics?
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    21/03/2017 #52 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    #47 How inspiring @Mindful Tee, I love how you ended your paragraph, "where there is hope in the future, there is power in the present." Thanks for your inspiring words!! I will keep this in mind. Maybe my new mantra each day :)
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    21/03/2017 #51 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    #45 Hi @Ken Boddie, you know something, I've actually been looking for a local photography course, so you know me well! We have a place called the High Ed. in town (most colleges are miles away from my rural area) and every once in a while they offer beginner digital photography and other photography courses, so great idea! And, you are on to something, I'm seriously looking into attaining certification I would legitimately need to become a travel agent. I'm not sure of the cost, there are so many offers online and I need to find out from someone in the field (maybe our local AAA) so I can find out how to do this? I noticed AAA was offering courses a while back but they were 'closed' when I found it online. Thanks for the suggestions. I just need a better camera for the type of photography course I'd like to take! I have a bridging camera right now and it's OK.
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    21/03/2017 #50 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    #44 I'm waiting for mine... they keep whispering to me, I just need to listen. Thanks @Debesh Choudhury! Nice to see you, by the way :)
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    21/03/2017 #49 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    #43 Well said @michael o'neil!! I like the way you think :)
    Joyce 🐝 Bowen
    20/03/2017 #48 Joyce 🐝 Bowen
    Think of all those years at home with the kids perfecting being a psychologist, a nurse, a cook, etc., and none of those skills count on a resume for employment! My resume just looks like I was Lazy.
    Mindful Tee
    20/03/2017 #47 Mindful Tee
    Have a lot of emphaty and understand fully how you feel. Self awareness is hard to build and is something to preactice the entire life. You are asking yourself questions, you are facing the problem and this is half way towards the solution. Many people refuse to face it and go back to life on auto pilot. Have no regrets... yesterday has really ended. Today is a brand new day and it bleeds into tomorrow. Get yourself close to, or in front of the message from people who inspire you, keep gard of what goes into your mind. Life will get better when you get better and not the other way around. Stay open to learn... 1 is always better than zero, so no shame about it. I am sure you are on the process to enter a new wonderful part of your life. When there is hope in the future, there is power in the present.
    Paul Walters
    20/03/2017 #46 Paul Walters
    @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher methinks we all have days like this !!! Some good others not so. Yup I've been there as have all the others who commented here. Yup you are a 'giver' and I have recognised that in the comments you have shared or pieces you have written. A day WILL arrive when you say , " you know, fuck it" I'll be selfish and do what I want to do. Take off. travel, get out of your perceived comfort zone, see things , Volunteer on a project in Cambodia, swim in tropical waters, see the Himalayas; the list could go on forever. It might sound trite but seriously i'ts a huge world out there and it WIIL change your life. Hell come and spend a few weeks here in Bali, we have plenty of room !!! Stay strong because I do believe you are !
    Ken Boddie
    20/03/2017 #45 Ken Boddie
    I would never presume to add to the advice from the eminent commentators below, much of which makes sound sense to the uninitiated like me, but have you thought about taking some of your passions to the next stage, such as by attending evening classes or signing up for a correspondence course. As an example, you have stated many times that you are interested in photography. I did a diploma in photography 6 years ago (in my early sixties) and found it very stimulating and, although I originally had the intention of starting a small business in my eventual retirement using the information gained, I have not done so as I have other pursuits keeping me busy. But the confidence gained and advice obtained from professional tutors, who are experts in their field, allowed me to enjoy my hobby with renewed vigour and energy. Why not make a list of your passions, as other have suggested, things that take you out of yourself and which you enjoy, and follow through by looking for simple and manageable further education? Start with baby steps.
    Debesh Choudhury
    20/03/2017 #44 Debesh Choudhury
    I like the sentence "We all have unique talents and sometimes those talents lie dormant, just waiting to come out" .. it is true
    Michael O'Neil
    20/03/2017 #43 Anonymous
    #26 @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher I used to call myself a dilettante. Now I have a much more technical sounding ex post rationalization to get me through to my next later life crisis. Been through several in younger life, then a few more in mid life, so any crutch is better than none. @Scott Craig 54 is so young. You're not even half way yet. The best is yet to come.
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    20/03/2017 #42 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    #40 Wishing you all the best Craig! You sound happy and I bet there is still quite a wonderful world waiting for you to explore and enjoy. :)
    Scott Craig
    20/03/2017 #41 Scott Craig
    @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher and I am doing all this at 54!
    Scott Craig
    20/03/2017 #40 Scott Craig
    #38 I'm great with it all now. I sing, write songs and stories and am begining a new photography project. Even though I am technically homeless I am embracing all my talents. Who knows what God will throw at me next. Yes, it is tough trying to decide what direction to take. I am taking them all! I have nothing to lose and everything to gain. Hallelujah!
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    20/03/2017 #39 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    #23 I'm glad this video made sense to you @Jerry Fletcher! I think my son tends to be the same. I agree, many people don't understand others who have many ideas, change jobs frequently or just seem scattered. Our brains are all wired differently but that is what makes each of us unique. I'm glad you shared!!
  7. Pamela 🐝 Williams
    Another great Friday Funday with Susan Rooks
    Pamela 🐝 Williams
    Friday Funday -- St. Patrick's Day!
    www.linkedin.com I wish I could make the headline green, but there are still a lot of limits to blogging here on LI. Oh well. At least we have some cute dogs to...
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  8. Joy Oge

    Joy Oge

    18/03/2017
    hi guys just posted my latest Q&A. Make sure to check it out and leave feedback!
    The Gospel according to Joyy : Q&A;
    joyyoge.blogspot.co.uk
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    Joy Oge
    21/03/2017 #2 Joy Oge
    hi guys, be sure to check out my most recent posts, leave feedback and look out for more!
    Joy Oge
    19/03/2017 #1 Joy Oge
    in case you missed it i posted my latest Q&A. Make sure to check it out and leave feedback!
  9. Ella de Jong

    Ella de Jong

    17/03/2017
    Make your life meaningful. Research tells us it beats 'happiness'! Two minutes of Emily Esfahani Smith and you know how you can start right now by ... storytelling! I think you'd love this @Sarah Elkins and @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher (and many others). I think it's great :-) :
    Ella de Jong
    Buffer
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    Sarah Elkins
    20/03/2017 #2 Sarah Elkins
    Terrific, Ella, thank you for sharing!
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    18/03/2017 #1 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    That was great @Ella de Jong. "And we all have the power to tell or re-tell our story in a more positive way." She's so right. Sometimes when I think of a great story teller, I think of "Tuesday Morning with Morrie." He told his story when he became ill and continued to tell it until he died. It was positive, at times sad but it told from a real human perspective and experiences, his own. Or I think of "The Diary of a Young Girl," the Diary Anne Frank kept for 2 years while in hiding from the Nazis. So many stories that really stick with one over the years. Thanks for tagging me Ella!!
  10. ProducerGert 🐝 Scholtz
    Travels Far and Fortunate
    Travels Far and FortunateAll journeys are an encounter with unexpected places and people. I am fortunate. Business travel has given me the chance to visit destinations far off the tourist track. Surprise events, foreign cultures and detours that bring...
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    Yogesh Sukal
    20/03/2017 #31 Yogesh Sukal
    Thank you for taking us to these places @Gert 🐝 Scholtz , Indeed an amazing journey you had. and travel is the best teacher filling memories in our mind so we can just close our eyes and revisit again.
    Gert 🐝 Scholtz
    19/03/2017 #30 Gert 🐝 Scholtz
    #22 @Emilia M. Ludovino Brazil! What a country. I have been to Sau Paulo often- also a few other places. The size of the country is mind boggling. Beautiful scenery, golden beaches, friendly people. A top travel destination for me. Always nice to hear your comments – thank you Emilia.
    Gert 🐝 Scholtz
    19/03/2017 #29 Gert 🐝 Scholtz
    #24 @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher Spot-on Lisa. These best journeys are those unexpected which brings young wonder back into life. Thanks for reading and commenting!
    Gert 🐝 Scholtz
    19/03/2017 #28 Gert 🐝 Scholtz
    #23 @Paul Walters Well, let's skip little details such as what the business was all about, shall we:). Good luck with the new plot for your book that is brewing!
    Gert 🐝 Scholtz
    19/03/2017 #27 Gert 🐝 Scholtz
    #25 @debasish majumder Thank you for the kind words from the master wordsmith. I appreciate it Debasish.
    Gert 🐝 Scholtz
    19/03/2017 #26 Gert 🐝 Scholtz
    #21 @Sara Jacobovici These experiences stay in the mind because the impressions it leaves on me. Thanks Sara - I always appreciate your reading my posts!.
    debasish majumder
    19/03/2017 #25 debasish majumder
    wonderful share @Gert 🐝 Scholtz! i vicariously enjoyed the places you depicted nicely. lovely interpretation. enjoyed read. thank you very much for the share.
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    19/03/2017 #24 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    The best type of journeys to go on, the one's you haven't planned! It's like being a kid again :) Loved the photos @Gert 🐝 Scholtz
    Paul Walters
    19/03/2017 #23 Paul Walters
    @Gert 🐝 Scholtz Great trip... however, was just wondering finance or part of a drug cartel...just saying !!! I'm after a new plot for the next book
    Emilia M. Ludovino
    18/03/2017 #22 Emilia M. Ludovino
    Wonderful reading @Gert 🐝 Scholtz! From your shortlist, I'm only missing Uzbekistan. I can relate so well with your Brazilian adventure as I'd a very similar one, also in Brazil but in Tocantins (a neighboring state) :). Brazil is my second home country and when I was living in São Paulo, one day a friend just invited me to lunch and we came to pick me up in a Helicopter because he doesn't like to drive in the crazy traffic of the big city :). You're very fortunate to live in such a beautiful country and surrounded by beautiful countries. Looking forward to the next trip with Gert Travelling Agency :)))
    Sara Jacobovici
    18/03/2017 #21 Sara Jacobovici
    One of the things I am grateful for is being able to see through your eyes @Gert 🐝 Scholtz. It is wonderful to see a place beyond the often limited image provided by mass media. Thanks for sharing your experiences!
    Gert 🐝 Scholtz
    18/03/2017 #20 Gert 🐝 Scholtz
    #19 @Hervé Sabattier Thank you Herve. I have been many African countries and I think Uganda is the most unknown for its natural beauty. But of course there are Kenya, Mozambique, Namibia, Ghana, and Botswana, just to name a few, all with their own unique charm.
    Hervé Sabattier
    18/03/2017 #19 Hervé Sabattier
    Gert, Uganda is not the only hidden jewel in Africa. A few others, even more hidden, are waiting for you...
    Gert 🐝 Scholtz
    18/03/2017 #18 Gert 🐝 Scholtz
    @🐝 Fatima Williams To me there are two things that broaden the mind and change our thinking: reading and travel. I have been lucky; about twenty five different countries visited. I hope to do posts on other places in future. Thanks for the encouragement Fatima.
    Gert 🐝 Scholtz
    18/03/2017 #15 Gert 🐝 Scholtz
    #13 @Pascal Derrien It is striking how similar the ground and plant growth is between SA and Brazil. Apparently before land masses moved millions of years ago, thetwo continents were joined. Thanks for reading!
    🐝 Fatima Williams
    18/03/2017 #14 🐝 Fatima Williams
    Wow your lucky @Gert 🐝 Scholtz Travels change us in many ways. Our way of thinking, the culture and the people make a significant impact and a lasting memory. Buzz on Gert I hope to see these places some day.
    Pascal Derrien
    18/03/2017 #13 Pascal Derrien
    Spent a month almost in Brazil i agree a fascinating country nice snapshot 🌞@Gert 🐝 Scholtz
    Gert 🐝 Scholtz
    18/03/2017 #12 Gert 🐝 Scholtz
    @Ken Boddie I find travel is best when the destination or the events are not on my bucket list. These chance occurrences and trips broaden and enrich, exactly because it is unplanned. Thanks as always for reading and commenting Ken.
    Gert 🐝 Scholtz
    18/03/2017 #11 Gert 🐝 Scholtz
    #8 @Dean Owen I recall flying over and the pilot telling us about the cove. Like you I had to make sure and found that it was true. Thanks for commenting Dean – looking forward to your next Asian travelogue.
    Jerry Fletcher
    18/03/2017 #9 Jerry Fletcher
    Gert,
    You are, indeed, a lucky man.
  11. Dean Owen

    Dean Owen

    17/03/2017
    "In Tokyo, one of the world’s most crowded cities, it is not uncommon for people to "reserve" seats in cafes by placing their new iPhone on the table while going to order at the counter." True. In my 9 years there I had not heard one instance of theft among my circle of friends (apart from the time I was blind drunk and could not get a taxi home from Roppongi, so I hopped on a bicycle and rode it home only to discover the next morning it was a white bicycle, which means one thing in Japan - it was a police bicycle!)
    Dean Owen
    This May Be the World's Most Honest City
    www.bloomberg.com Millions of dollars worth of cash reaches the Tokyo police’s lost and found department every...
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    Erroll -EL- Warner
    22/03/2017 #6 Erroll -EL- Warner
    During the 1988 Wall Street melt down institutions of higher learning offered a compulsory course in ethics. Those courses never prevented the 2004 and 2007 housing melt down in the US of A.
    Donna-Luisa Eversley
    17/03/2017 #5 Donna-Luisa Eversley
    Ok, time to pack my bags and go help those folks keep money safe !
    🐝 Fatima Williams
    17/03/2017 #4 🐝 Fatima Williams
    Dean san that must be the funniest thing ever. Crazy times I guess filled with loads of fun. I'm sure returning the bike would have been a fun episode.
    Ken Boddie
    17/03/2017 #3 Ken Boddie
    #2 I hope this pristine culture can handle the invasion of moths when I open my wallet, Dean-san. 🤣
    Dean Owen
    17/03/2017 #2 Dean Owen
    #1 No guarding with swords. Houses do not get burgled, people do not get mugged. You'll see when you go there, top restaurants and hotels will exchange old notes at a bank for fresh crisp new notes to give to clients as change. It's an image thing. Like taxi drivers wearing white gloves, and the taxi seats having fresh linen lace seat covers every day, and the taxis are spotless. It's a service culture and the service is impeccable. Be ready for a culture shock!
    Ken Boddie
    17/03/2017 #1 Ken Boddie
    While the rest of the developed world is going cashless, beats me why the Japanese have this love for cash, a yearn for the yen, a propensity for paper, and a reticence to flash the plastic. In a land where cash is king, they must have big wallets and even larger pockets. The only other place I have encountered such a love for bundles of cash and an 'apparent' honesty was the Arabian Gulf States, in most of which you got your hand cut off (literally) if you were caught stealing. Do the Nippon cash custodians guard their stash with a Samurai sword, Dean-san?
  12. ProducerLance  🐝 Scoular
    Danny Boy - Happy St. Patrick's
    Danny Boy - Happy St. Patrick's Danny Boy is one of my favourite songs and synonymous for me with things Irish. The lyrics were written by an English lawyer, Frederick Weatherly, in 1910 and adapted from the original tune to the tune "Londonderry Air” in 1913. ...
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    Lance  🐝 Scoular
    19/03/2017 #11 Lance 🐝 Scoular
    #10 😊👌
    🐝 Fatima Williams
    19/03/2017 #10 🐝 Fatima Williams
    #5 Thank you @Lance 🐝 Scoular A great buzz. St Patrick was my patron at school and will always be my protector.
    Lance  🐝 Scoular
    18/03/2017 #9 Lance 🐝 Scoular
    #8 ☘👍😊
    Gert 🐝 Scholtz
    17/03/2017 #8 Gert 🐝 Scholtz
    @Lance 🐝 Scoular Great to know the history of St. Patrick's and what a song! Thanks for the post Lance.
    Lance  🐝 Scoular
    17/03/2017 #7 Lance 🐝 Scoular
    #6 Ditto David
    🐝☘☘🐝
    David B. Grinberg
    17/03/2017 #6 David B. Grinberg
    Thanks so much for sharing this, Lance, and Happy St. Patrick's Day to you and yours. May the luck of the Irish be with you now and always. Nice buzz!
    Lance  🐝 Scoular
    17/03/2017 #5 Lance 🐝 Scoular
    Thanks for the shares @🐝 Fatima Williams
    Much appreciated 😊👍
    Lance  🐝 Scoular
    17/03/2017 #4 Lance 🐝 Scoular
    #3 Thank you @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    We have that "blessing" in a small earthen plaque at our front door. 😊

    I'm sure your brother in law is popular on St Patrick's Day. 🍻
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    17/03/2017 #3 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    Happy St. Patricks day @Lance 🐝 Scoular. May the luck of the Irish be with you. "May the road rise up to meet you.
    May the wind be always at your back.
    May the sun shine warm upon your face"
    My brother in law has been a singer since his teens and he sings "Danny Boy" beautifully. I love the video, very nice!!
    Lance  🐝 Scoular
    17/03/2017 #2 Lance 🐝 Scoular
    #1 I can picture it Des.
    Family gatherings, songs sung accompanied or not.
    Making our own entertainment and with great stories and laughter.
    😆😂😊😎
    Des Walsh
    17/03/2017 #1 Des Walsh
    My mother's favourite song - her party piece - Lance. and in the Irish tradition she "owned" it - i.e. it would have been the height of rudeness for anyone else to sing it when she was there. She also used to sing the drinking song The Cruiskeen Lawn, probably most famous from the Clancy Brothers - the chorus in Gaelic are embedded in my brain and I still can't translate them. http://www.metrolyrics.com/cruiskeen-lawn-lyrics-clancy-brothers.html
  13. ProducerClaire L 🐝 Cardwell
    Coffee.  The Elixir of the Gods
    Coffee. The Elixir of the GodsI am at least 75% Coffee most days.  In fact this morning, I might have to admit to myself that it's more like 95%.....  The familiar feeling of being tingly and hyper awake are a dead giveaway.I love coffee, I always shall.  The rich dark aroma,...
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    Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    19/03/2017 #20 Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    #19 you just did too eh? ;) happy coffee beans to you too pal :)
    Devesh Bhatt
    19/03/2017 #19 Devesh Bhatt
    #18 well he explored it really well :)
    Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    19/03/2017 #18 Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    #1 And some are simply ...addicted to love;) Isn't just Robert Palmer sayin it :)
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    19/03/2017 #17 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    #16 Oh my, not good for your physical health Claire! Ok, I will tell you the same thing I tell my husband- slow down, pace yourself and smell the flowers along the way lol. Said with compassion :))
    Claire L 🐝 Cardwell
    18/03/2017 #16 Claire L 🐝 Cardwell
    #11 I usually am @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher - from the 7th or the 8th to yesterday I worked right though and averaged about 2 hours of sleep, with gaps in the day to meditate and nap. Anyway last night finally I slept for 12 hours. Straight after a large mug of filter coffee....
    Claire L 🐝 Cardwell
    18/03/2017 #15 Claire L 🐝 Cardwell
    #10 Michael - what a fabulous idea, honey bees and their hives in a coffee plantation..... Wow I bet the honey from those hives would be packed with flavour and super potent!
    Claire L 🐝 Cardwell
    18/03/2017 #14 Claire L 🐝 Cardwell
    #7 Joyce - I can't simply can't imagine life without coffee..... As far as I am concerned 'Coffee is Life' and it is Coffee, not Love that makes the World go round and round.
    Claire L 🐝 Cardwell
    18/03/2017 #13 Claire L 🐝 Cardwell
    #7 Joyce - I can't simply can't imagine life without coffee..... As far as I am concerned 'Coffee is Life' and it is Coffee, not Love that makes the World go round and round.
    Martin Wright
    18/03/2017 #12 Martin Wright
    I once had a colleague maje a coffee but she made it arab strength. It was great but fir the rest of the day everyone spoke really slowly.
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    18/03/2017 #11 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    #6 omgosh, 12?! I would be up all day/night into the next day LOL.
    Michael O'Neil
    17/03/2017 #10 Anonymous
    @Claire L 🐝 Cardwell great buzz! I wonder what the honey from hives placed around a coffee plantation tastes like? A lot better than Manuka honey would be my guess. My day starts with an Aeropress coffee at about 6 am. Mojo espresso served by Sarah or John. Gasoline espresso served by Cecile or Sam. How could anyone live with out it.
    Renée  🐝 Cormier
    17/03/2017 #9 Renée 🐝 Cormier
    I have to admit that I really love my black coffee. Why do I drink it black?
    1. Good quality coffee needs no help.
    2. If you run out of milk and sugar, you can still have your morning coffee.
    3.If someone makes you coffee, they can't ruin it with too much milk or sugar. It's perfect the way it is.
    4. It goes great with dessert after a really nice meal in a restaurant.
    5. I'm addicted.
    It's a bad morning when I wake up and discover I have no coffee left. In fact, I will get out of bed, even if I need more sleep, if I know someone has made a fresh pot of coffee. You must not let your coffee sit in the pot for hours, and you never warm it up and drink it the next day!
    🐝 Fatima Williams
    17/03/2017 #8 🐝 Fatima Williams
    @Claire L 🐝 Cardwell Thank you for this buzz. Since you did a thesis I am now convinced that I am not crazy to love coffee. I mean who doesn't. There are a few contradictory articles that say otherwise.
    I love my coffee and must have atleast 3 cups a day. Black coffee ❤ though I love a cup of cappuccino once in a way.
    Coffee is my cocaine 😂That's how much I love it.
    I love the coffee meme's they're super cool.😍🤗😍
    #CoffeeLovers #Donttouchmycoffeeplease
    Joyce 🐝 Bowen
    17/03/2017 #7 Joyce 🐝 Bowen
    I still live on coffee. With my neurological condition, the buzzzzzzzzzzz is gone, but I still search for it in my sips like a memory gone bad.
    Claire L 🐝 Cardwell
    17/03/2017 #6 Claire L 🐝 Cardwell
    #5 Thanks @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher & thanks for the share. I used to drink about 12 cups of coffee a day. I now drink 4 or 5. Working from home is a blessing! Have a super day!
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    17/03/2017 #5 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    When I was working outside of my home, I think I drank 4-6 cups a day. I now drink 1-2 cups. Coffee gives me a speedy feeling after the second cup that I'm not overly fond of but I LOVE my coffee! I have a french press and I haven't used it in quite a while. I put it in a cupboard and thought, hmmm... I need to take this out and use it again, best tasting coffee! I had no idea it had Vitamin B2- they use high doses of B2 for migraines. My husband's doctor put him on 400 mgs a day and it's helped. He's prone to complex Migraines. Enjoyed this @Claire L 🐝 Cardwell
    Claire L 🐝 Cardwell
    17/03/2017 #4 Claire L 🐝 Cardwell
    #3 @Dean Owen - Chateau d'Yquem raises the bar pretty high! I couldn't live, breath or work without coffee. It's the fire in my veins.
    Dean Owen
    17/03/2017 #3 Dean Owen
    Not quite the "Elixir of the Gods" - that honour would probably go to Chateau d'Yquem, perhaps the 2001 vintage. But definitely a lifeblood. I am immune however, but do need a cup first thing in the morning, and one just before bed. Great article.
    Claire L 🐝 Cardwell
    17/03/2017 #2 Claire L 🐝 Cardwell
    Top of the morning to you to Devesh. I think love and addiction are very closely intertwined when it comes to my relationship with coffee. I adore Coffee.....
    Devesh Bhatt
    17/03/2017 #1 Devesh Bhatt
    I think that you are not addicted to coffee :)
    You have a love for it.

    But it is what i think.
  14. ProducerElena Tchijov

    Elena Tchijov

    15/03/2017
    Balik Pulau Street Art: A Tiny World Hidden In A Narrow Alley
    Balik Pulau Street Art: A Tiny World Hidden In A Narrow AlleyBalik Pulau is a quaint town in the southwestern part of Penang Island lost half way between the airport and fishing villages. Better known for fruit farms, it is an unlikely place to look for street art. Perhaps unfairly, but one would think that...
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    Paul Walters
    23/03/2017 #3 Paul Walters
    @Elena Tchijov Aah Georgetown the place where street art is at its best
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    16/03/2017 #2 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    Since I have begun reading these travel blogs, it has given me a greater sense of place. Not only did I get a fix on where Penang Island is situated, but I gained a better handle on the geography of the region, and only saw today that Malaysia has two bits to it. I also took in the context of neighbouring Indonesia and how complex that nation is with its 18,000 islands. What struck me is the 10,000+ uninhabited islands in the region. Malaysia unlike Indonesia at least has a definitive geography.
    Dean Owen
    16/03/2017 #1 Dean Owen
    That Asam Laksa sign got me hungry! Glad you have an eye these visual footprints. When I drive in Malaysia I usually head straight for KL's Bangsar for some biryani. Food usually dictates my journey, but I will have to keep an eye out for these stunning and unexpected murals.
  15. Claire L 🐝 Cardwell
    Lost in you by Max J Carter

    Getting lost
    Has no cost

    It’s a way
    To understand the sway

    Finding direction
    Through inner reflection

    First let go
    Into the flow

    See where it takes you
    Let it change your view

    Let it bring out
    The things you doubt

    That you can do
    See what’s really in you
    https://thechurchofrocknroll.org/2017/03/07/lost-in-you/
    Claire L 🐝 Cardwell
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  16. ProducerDean Owen

    Dean Owen

    14/03/2017
    Peculiar Customs of Weird and Wonderful Japan
    Peculiar Customs of Weird and Wonderful JapanYes it is March 14th, which means that chocolate sales in Japan are going through the roof, because today is White Day. No, this isn't some holiday celebrating Dugout Doug’s (MacArthur) arrival in Japan at the end of WWII. White Day is...
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    Joyce 🐝 Bowen
    15/03/2017 #20 Joyce 🐝 Bowen
    nice informative piece. Thank you.
    debasish majumder
    15/03/2017 #19 debasish majumder
    lovely informative post @Dean Owen! nicely narrated to overwhelm readers. enjoyed read. thank you for the share.
    Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    15/03/2017 #18 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    We're having a different kind of "White Day" here today. A foot-and-a-half of snow offers little cause for celebration. LOL
    Ken Boddie
    15/03/2017 #17 Ken Boddie
    #16 Planned and prepped but not yet packed.
    Dean Owen
    15/03/2017 #16 Dean Owen
    #14 Me thinks the Japanese love to embrace all cultures.
    I seriously can't wait to read about your trip. All planned?
    Dean Owen
    15/03/2017 #15 Dean Owen
    #13 I first went in the 80's, then moved there in the early 90's. Hope you visit again soon! Quite a bit has changed.
    Ken Boddie
    14/03/2017 #14 Ken Boddie
    Confirms my decision, many years ago, Dean-san, to boycott Valentine's Day as a commercial fabrication. Interesting how this White Day celebration appears to add to the Japanese paradox of holding onto strong traditions yet being drawn to the weaknesses of western commercial exploitation. ..... or has Japanese industry turned this very much to its advantage? Thanks for opening another window on this fascinating society. Only 31 more days before I get a chance to look first hand, but who's counting?
    Susan Rooks
    14/03/2017 #13 Susan Rooks
    Now that's a funny and interesting post, @Dean Owen! My daughter lived in Japan for a year back in the late'80s, and I had the chance to fly over and spend two weeks with her there. Fascinating country!
    Javier 🐝 beBee
    14/03/2017 #12 Javier 🐝 beBee
    thanks @Dean Owen for sharing this amazing buzz with us !!! I HAVE TO FLY TO JAPAN... OMG... so many places still to visit !!!
    Dean Owen
    14/03/2017 #11 Dean Owen
    #9 I guess the Japanese truly embrace "when in Rome", but they have been known to carry around a bottle of soy sauce!
    Paul Walters
    14/03/2017 #10 Paul Walters
    #7 @Dean Owen Its great
    Pascal Derrien
    14/03/2017 #9 Pascal Derrien
    Never been in Japan but worked for Sony for bets part of 8 years and I came across a lot of japonese staff, what did strike me was their ability to embrace local customs with enthusiasm, one of my CEOs was absolutely mad about Moroccan Couscous and he would rally the troops every friday lunch time for a 2 hour lunch..... Now after a while I think I would have preferred chocolate, another good one from @Dean Owen :-)
    Dean Owen
    14/03/2017 #8 Dean Owen
    #6 Remind me to put up warning posters in Universities around Tokyo!
    Dean Owen
    14/03/2017 #7 Dean Owen
    #5 Yes, and there is a Scorcese movie out about 17th Century missionaries to Japan, "Silence" that I am dying to see. Not sure I'll learn anything from it apart from the fact that Japan tried to wipe out Catholicism.
    Paul Walters
    14/03/2017 #6 Paul Walters
    @Dean Owen I might tie in my next visit to be on Christmas eve !!!
    Gert 🐝 Scholtz
    14/03/2017 #5 Gert 🐝 Scholtz
    @Dean Owen An interesting review of Japanese Christmas and Valentine’s Day. Who would have thought that Christmas was brought to Japan in the 16th century? And Valentine’s day, what better than to give chocolate – the "real feelings" or the "duty" version. I always enjoy your insights from the east – thanks Dean.
    Dean Owen
    14/03/2017 #4 Dean Owen
    #2 It is insane. On Valentine's Day as a guy in an office full of office ladies (OL), you get loads of chocolate, mostly giri, but who knows. On White Day you give back to just one girl, so you get a month to think about it.....
    Dean Owen
    14/03/2017 #3 Dean Owen
    #1 Yep, been a bit busy this last month...
    Rod Loader
    14/03/2017 #2 Rod Loader
    Very interesting @Dean Owen. It's great to know the special things which make other cultures different. Wouldn't it be boring if we found the same customs in every country. Now for the most important question. Were you confused when you received chocolates?
    Devesh Bhatt
    14/03/2017 #1 Devesh Bhatt
    Nice. I was of sort of wondering about your next buzz.
  17. Lada 🏡 Prkic

    Lada 🏡 Prkic

    13/03/2017
    On the island of Susak, Croatia, women wear the shortest folk costume in Europe!
    It is the only national costume that sits above the knee. The festive folk costume in vivid colours, consists of five or six skirts along with the matching vest and pink or red long wool socks.
    Island of Susak is famous for its sandy beaches. The island is formed of thick layer of loess and sand on a limestone base. On the northern side of island, sandy sediments reach heights of up to 98 metres.
    Lada 🏡 Prkic
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    Lada 🏡 Prkic
    20/03/2017 #5 Lada 🏡 Prkic
    #4 Sorry for the late reply, @Ken Boddie. I've been bussy with my PMP certification course. Pink and white are the dominant colours of the costumes worn by younger women primarily for special occasions. Such outfit is accentuated by pink, orange or red stockings. Older women generally wear darker skirts and dark woollen stockings. Why pink, maybe because it's a girly colour. :-)
    Ken Boddie
    14/03/2017 #4 Ken Boddie
    I instantly think of flamingos and the carotenoids in their diet which makes them turn vivid pink. What's the story with the selective pink of these ladies leg apparel, Lada?
    DILMA BALBI -📃 Engenharia&gestão
    14/03/2017 #3 DILMA BALBI -📃 Engenharia&gestão
    #2 you described then perfectly! LIke dolls ;-))
    Lada 🏡 Prkic
    13/03/2017 #2 Lada 🏡 Prkic
    #1 They look like dolls or like ballerinas.:-) Thanks for commenting, my friend. 🤗
    DILMA BALBI -📃 Engenharia&gestão
    13/03/2017 #1 DILMA BALBI -📃 Engenharia&gestão
    Loved the "dress code"... vivid and coloured
  18. ProducerPaul Walters

    Paul Walters

    05/07/2016
    Climate Change. The Futile Pursuit Of Tackling The Unknown.
    Climate Change. The Futile Pursuit Of Tackling The Unknown.I am currently in London and this weekend there will be a march to the houses of parliament by perhaps thousands of concerned citizens demanding action on climate change. I suspect that not many of them are aware that there is not much of a...
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    Gordon Pye
    12/03/2017 #17 Gordon Pye
    #16 RIP Colin Wiseman one of my best Friends & Mentors !

    As one of the villages most loved and respected members we salute Colin Wiseman with this snapshot of his life.

    Converting Canadian dollars to sterling back in 1926 took a bit of time. The quickest way for the young Colin Wiseman and his mother Jane to get to the bank in Clitheroe was to walk from their home in Twiston to Rimington or Chatburn railway station. It was a job that had to be done, for Colin’s father, Dick, had left the family home in 1909, the year when Colin was born, to work as a mining electrician in Canada. Living in one of the company’s mining huts, he regularly sent money home.

    Explore https://www.bebee.com/producer/@gordon-pye/obscene-uber-geobbels-corporate-nazi-bbctrust

    A former churchwarden and sidesman at Christ Church, Colin is there every Sunday, practising the faith which has meant so much to him throughout his life. “Without God I would be lost,” says Colin. Colin prefers the old Book of Common Prayer but is happy to join in at a lively family service. As president of the Chatburn branch of the British Legion and a lifelong member of the Burma Star Association, Colin is well known in the community. His sharp memory enables him to answer most questions about Chatburn past and present.
    John White, MBA
    12/03/2017 #16 John White, MBA
    @Paul Walters: This is a great post! I love it when the great ones get resurfaced. In regards to the post that was removed, while I'm not familiar with the specifics in the article in question, I can tell you that if was indeed removed it was a result of complaints by readers. Just like all other blogging sites, Wordpress also has a way for members to report offensive content. https://en.wordpress.com/abuse/ So, no, beBee is not burning any books. We are simply doing our best to make beBee a safe place for our members and free of abusive trolls and offensive content. (Again, I didn't read the post in question. So, I can only assume that is what took place regarding the post in question here)
    Ken Boddie
    12/03/2017 #15 Ken Boddie
    Missed this one the first time round, Paul, but the subject still hangs around like a bad smell. The old H2S just doesn't dissipate. I am, however, slowly coming round to believing that we are addressing the wrong issue here. We should be looking at the effects of population explosion on our planet and the associated need to access and share food and drinking water. If you have a look at what Dick Smith has to say on this subject then you'll see what I mean: http://dicksmithpopulation.com/2016/11/29/letter-of-introduction-by-dick-smith/#more-690
    Perhaps we're all to busy looking out the windows to see the elephant in the room?
    Paul Walters
    12/03/2017 #14 Paul Walters
    @Dean Owen Oh I read down the comment thread and noticed @Gordon Pyes comment so I guess thats it !
    Paul Walters
    12/03/2017 #13 Paul Walters
    #12 @Dean Owen @John White, MBA removed the article ???? And replaced it with what?
    Dean Owen
    14/02/2017 #12 Dean Owen
    #10 Not sure what happened here but I wouldn't call beBee book burners. Sounds like someone might have reported your article, and the system as is, removes the article. @John White, MBA?
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    14/02/2017 #11 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    Ah and older post that resurfaced. Well I'm a bit dated on this now! I agree, Politicians do pontificate. Like you, I'm not a partisan. I think we all need to read what real Scientists put out and be responsible citizens. As for many things that happen on this planet, they are out of our control. If I were to do all the upgrades to my home to make it green, I'd be in the poor house. I'm not saying that changes people are making don't help to save energy as one example but I can't afford to make all the changes. People need to remember with everything that is sold as clean, green and energy saving- well others are profiting from the same. I say, follow your gut and do what feels best for you as long as it isn't hurting anyone else.
    Gordon Pye
    14/02/2017 #10 Gordon Pye
    I was going to go to attend my oldest best friend's funeral later but I've decided not to go to write this, I was going to use the 1607 Eye Witness Account, but that stops short before the nastier bits, and soon it will happen again, and that's' why they called it Maunder Minimum !

    https://www.bebee.com/producer/@gordon-pye/1607-uk-tsunami-flashbacks-crash-samaritans-silvertown-drowing

    And Bebee have removed the next Article I wrote about NHS Mental health misdiagnosed Teenage Sex Slave Hire , so they are Book Burners and therefore I am going back to WordPress forevermore, unless its reinstated, the main point was about a young girl dumped in Landfill Site along with alleged recycled plastic and toxic print waste resurected from the dead !
    Paul Walters
    06/07/2016 #9 Paul Walters
    #7 @Dean Owen Yup we can make a difference and I do believe we have momentum.Long may it continue!!!!
    Paul Walters
    06/07/2016 #8 Paul Walters
    #6 @Pamela 🐝 Williams Thanks for that and I agree with you entirely ! Living as I do in Indonesia I am certainly aware that "man; is doing serious damage in terms of land clearing in Borneo and Sumatra...in fact it's catastrophic !!! the new president Jokowi has promised to address the problem however Malaysia continues to plough on regardless with burning and clearing...tis a shame. As for ruffling feathers, whenever I write about things like this I do cop flack ... in a way I quite enjoy it!
    Dean Owen
    05/07/2016 #7 Dean Owen
    Can I just mention that just last week it was reported that the Ozone hole over Antarctica is finally closing. Whilst they have yet to prove conclusively that this can be tied to the 1989 Montreal Protocol agreeing to phase out CFCs, no doubt humankind can have an exaggerating effect.
    Pamela 🐝 Williams
    05/07/2016 #6 Pamela 🐝 Williams
    Paul, I recently finished my classes for my Environmental Science degrees. I tended to focus on climate change when choosing a report topic simply for the reasons you mention; personal agendas, political rhetoric, climate cycles, etc. I wanted to know the rest of the story. After reading hundreds of papers and studies from both sides of the debate here is what I have determined and this is my personal opinion based on my research;

    We are in a climate cycle that is being accelerated by man.
    I don't think we'll stop or even slow this change because it is a cycle and we cannot reverse what we have already done.
    So what is the answer: Pretty much what you suggest; Run or as others like to put it; Adaptation.
    This is not a catastrophic change, we see it coming. So should we reduce fossil fuels; yes, not only because of climate change but because its is a limited resource.
    Finally we do owe something to future generations and that is a planet that is habitable.
    Finally; I read nothing that ruffled my feathers. :-)
    Kevin Pashuk
    05/07/2016 #5 Kevin Pashuk
    Being contentious for sake of making a point and counterpoint is key to a great discussion.
    Joel Anderson
    05/07/2016 #4 Joel Anderson
    Paul, some how, some way, some day we have to get beyond the yin and yang of it all. https://www.bebee.com/producer/@joel-anderson/the-yin-and-yang-of-water-food-energy-population-climate Thanks for the post and continue to make a difference, our future just may depend on it.
    Paul Walters
    05/07/2016 #3 Paul Walters
    #2 @Gert 🐝 Scholtz well I guess you and I wont have to worry about that !
    Gert 🐝 Scholtz
    05/07/2016 #2 Gert 🐝 Scholtz
    @Paul Walters Fascinating statistics Paul. 100 years from now - who knows?
    Paul Walters
    05/07/2016 #1 Paul Walters
    A little bit contentious but ...hey why not!!
  19. Joy Oge

    Joy Oge

    12/03/2017
    Hi guys,
    new post up. Check it out
    The Gospel according to Joyy : Favourites: Face Tools
    joyyoge.blogspot.co.uk
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    Joy Oge
    12/03/2017 #1 Joy Oge
    Be sure to check out my new post!
  20. Claire L 🐝 Cardwell
    Human Slingshot - BASE Catapult | 0-200kph in 1 second
    Human Slingshot - BASE Catapult | 0-200kph in 1 second (For licensing and usage, contact: licensing@viralhog.com) Chris Douggs McDougall and Jimmy Pouchert bring you the human catapult. Along with help from Go...
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    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    15/03/2017 #23 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    #21 Ok live buzz if you both do it. I think I'd have a heart attack!
    Claire L 🐝 Cardwell
    15/03/2017 #22 Claire L 🐝 Cardwell
    #20 Me too ! I can't stop watching the video.....
    Juan Imaz
    15/03/2017 #21 Juan Imaz
    #11 fully agree!!! @Javier 🐝 beBee will be the first to fly like a free bee :)!
    Juan Imaz
    15/03/2017 #20 Juan Imaz
    wow! I want to do it!
    Claire L 🐝 Cardwell
    13/03/2017 #19 Claire L 🐝 Cardwell
    Thanks for the share @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher!
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    13/03/2017 #18 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    haha, I will watch the live buzz. 😂😂😅😨😨😰
    Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    13/03/2017 #17 Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    Extreme! Best of luck Javbee & Claire with the tandemonium;) That will be the height of live-buzzing...literally.
    Dean Owen
    13/03/2017 #16 Dean Owen
    I've done the reverse bungee on Clark Quay in Singapore. Not quite as extreme as having to open your parachute when there is a possibility you could black out.
    Chas ✌️ Wyatt
    13/03/2017 #15 Chas ✌️ Wyatt
    #8 @Claire L 🐝 Cardwell, due to the politics of experience , I must be excluded from this experiment testing centrifugal force against the frail human form and the reality of gravity. I.e.~ when I worked for the Forest Service my crew mates discovered a young flexible Cedar sapling protruding out of the ground at an angle and thought it would be loads of fun if about eight of them stood on one end pressing it towards the ground and convinced me to get on the other end as they jumped off releasing the tree, as my knees immediately buckled as the tree sprung towards the sky and I did a complete somersault landing flat on my back and knocking the wind out of me. So, thanks, but, no thanks.
    Claire L 🐝 Cardwell
    12/03/2017 #14 Claire L 🐝 Cardwell
    #13 No bungee jumping for me mate!
    Gert 🐝 Scholtz
    12/03/2017 #13 Gert 🐝 Scholtz
    @Claire L 🐝 Cardwell A bungee jump at Stormsriver should do it!
    Claire L 🐝 Cardwell
    12/03/2017 #12 Claire L 🐝 Cardwell
    I think we should also do a beBee Flash Mob! and crowd source something like sustainable tiny housing for veterans.
    Claire L 🐝 Cardwell
    12/03/2017 #11 Claire L 🐝 Cardwell
    #10 Excellent @Wayne Yoshida! The first person to be catapaulted should be @Javier 🐝 beBee - dressed up as our beBee Bee Icon. Only at the end does he reveal who he is and removes the Bee Costume......Very James Bond!
    Wayne Yoshida
    12/03/2017 #10 Wayne Yoshida
    #7 Excellent! Looking forward to seeing it should be fun. Might even make us feel the scary fun motion!
    Claire L 🐝 Cardwell
    12/03/2017 #9 Claire L 🐝 Cardwell
    @Paul Walters @Gert 🐝 Scholtz @Ian Weinberg I think we South Africans should show the rest of the world how it's done!
    Claire L 🐝 Cardwell
    12/03/2017 #8 Claire L 🐝 Cardwell
    So who is going to also have a go? @Javier 🐝 beBee @Juan Imaz @Chas ✌️ Wyatt @Shelley Brown @Dean Owen ? This would make a tremendous live buzz. We could have beBee branded parachutes!
    Claire L 🐝 Cardwell
    12/03/2017 #7 Claire L 🐝 Cardwell
    #6 Absolutely! I am going to do this as a tandem jump with a very special guy.
    Wayne Yoshida
    12/03/2017 #6 Wayne Yoshida
    Live Buzz needed!
    Javier 🐝 beBee
    11/03/2017 #5 Javier 🐝 beBee
    #3 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂🚀🚀🚀🚀🚀
    Claire L 🐝 Cardwell
    11/03/2017 #4 Claire L 🐝 Cardwell
    Thanks for the share @Javier 🐝 beBee!
  21. ProducerSusan Rooks

    Susan Rooks

    10/03/2017
    Has Friday Funday Gone to the Dogs?
    Has Friday Funday Gone to the Dogs?Well, well, well. Will you look at that! It's another Friday Funday, and someone is completely ready for it.I do hope your week has gone better than this pup's week appears to have, but in case it hasn't, I hope you can take a minute or two and just...
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    Larry Boyer, 🐝 Brand Ambassador
    13/03/2017 #18 Larry Boyer, 🐝 Brand Ambassador
    Fun as usual @Susan Rooks. "Exhaustipated" brought back a memory of "Snigglets" from an HBO show way back, maybe the 80s? I used to love them. Spork is the only one that sticks in my mind though. I guess you never know where your will mind go when reading. :)
    Susan Rooks
    13/03/2017 #17 Susan Rooks
    @Pamela 🐝 Williams -- thanks so much for all that shariang!
    🐝 Fatima Williams
    13/03/2017 #16 🐝 Fatima Williams
    Friday Funday comes back to life with your posts @Susan Rooks I have some funny things I see once in a while. Would love to send it to you if you inbox your email to me. The tired dog reminds me of a hectic work weekend the Disco Chicken is too good. LOL This is a funtabulous buzz :)
    Rod Loader
    13/03/2017 #15 Rod Loader
    Now @Susan Rooks, are you implying that meat, eggs and milk don't come from the supermarket. Where else do they come from? ;-)
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    13/03/2017 #14 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    #11 I'm lucky, my dog doesn't pay attention to critters outside... well he went after a mole once. I think terriers tend to like critters that live underground.??
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    13/03/2017 #13 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    Can I call this Sunday Funday since I read it 2 days late? ;-) Oh my, I cracked up when I read Disco is dead... ! Starbucks, incontinence made me laugh too. Oh and I better run to the store and buy that meat, you know.. the one where they make it? HAHAHA!! These are always great, I miss too many Friday fundays.
    Pamela 🐝 Williams
    13/03/2017 #12 Pamela 🐝 Williams
    #2 Scarey as hell isn't it. You just got your answer as to why we got the leaders we did.
    Pamela 🐝 Williams
    13/03/2017 #11 Pamela 🐝 Williams
    Whenever it's time for Mollie to go outside she runs to the gate and scans the yards. She can spot a squirrel in a split second. Sometimes I tease her by holding off opening the gate until I say (really really slow): "ready, set, GO!". Talk about a bullet out of a gun. So with that little story; you know my favorite is: " A Squirrel is just a tennis ball thrown by God"....though your favorite, the article, did stop me in my tracks...I just sort of stared at it...dumbfounded! REALLY? and they said that pubicly? LOL!
    Ken Boddie
    12/03/2017 #10 Ken Boddie
    #6 Glad you enjoyed some convivial time-out, Susan, but I'm more glad that I'm not as senile as I though I might be. Now what was I saying again .....?
    Susan Rooks
    12/03/2017 #9 Susan Rooks
    #1 Thanks, @Don 🐝 Kerr! I missed two weeks recently, but I'm baaaaaaack!
    Susan Rooks
    12/03/2017 #8 Susan Rooks
    #2 @Paul Walters, they most assuredly did vote here in America.
    Susan Rooks
    12/03/2017 #7 Susan Rooks
    #4 There are many analogies along those lines, aren't there, @Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman?
    Susan Rooks
    12/03/2017 #6 Susan Rooks
    #5 @Ken Boddie, I missed publishing the fundays on two Fridays. Family drama one week, and I was in Atlanta at the first-ever No Longer Virtual (#NLV) conference created by @Sarah Elkins for a bunch of us who have been collaborating for a couple of years on LinkedIn the second week. The conference was FABULOUS, and Sarah's planning another one in February 2018 in Denver. It's such fun to finally meet friends you've only engaged with on social media!
    Ken Boddie
    11/03/2017 #5 Ken Boddie
    I seem to have missed this classic Friday tonic in recent weeks, Susan. So many posts rolling down my wall. Perhaps it's my age and I'm less capable of keeping up, but I do really find it so 'incontinent', particularly two days after 'hump day', when I tend to get so 'exhaustipated'.
    But I can assure you that I have the answer to the age old question of where my oldest grammatically challenged relative resides. She's at home in Brisbane, which is also the birthplace of Barry Gibb and the Bee Gees, and she's certainly still "stayin' alive, stayin' alive".
    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    11/03/2017 #4 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    Good ones, Susan. I can relate to prying open the pistachio.
    Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    11/03/2017 #3 Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    LOL...Susan, ain't (it) funny how Mr.FC (Flying Chicken) can still kick ass when dead but can't really Disco ( Stay Alive) ;) Talkin about Grammar...SQUIRREL! Good God!
    Paul Walters
    11/03/2017 #2 Paul Walters
    @Susan Rooks Just to think that the man/woman who buys her meat at the supermarket probably just voted ! Sigh !
    Don 🐝 Kerr
    10/03/2017 #1 Don 🐝 Kerr
    Love my Friday Funnies from @Susan Rooks
  22. ProducerKen Boddie

    Ken Boddie

    10/03/2017
    Tram, Bam, Thank you, Ma'am!
    Tram, Bam, Thank you, Ma'am!I love my regular trips to Melbourne, but, most of all, I love Melbourne's TRAMS. These unique rail guided, cable powered, people transporting, magical mystery vehicles, variously known around the world as tramcars, trolley cars, or street cars, are...
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    Ken Boddie
    12/03/2017 #48 Ken Boddie
    #47 Brilliant idea, Dean-sensei! 💡I'm onto it. Looking forward to your next poast in funetic Inglish. 😀
    Dean Owen
    12/03/2017 #47 Dean Owen
    #43 A fair retort. Would it be fair to ask that if you Aussies want to change the pronounciation of British words, that you also change the spelling of the words so as not to confuse us! Brisbin and Melburn it is then!
    Ken Boddie
    11/03/2017 #46 Ken Boddie
    #45 I'm so glad you enjoyed this post, Lada. Trams appear to have a magical attraction for many of us, not apparent in other modes of transport.
    Lada 🏡 Prkic
    11/03/2017 #45 Lada 🏡 Prkic
    Ken, you are a great story teller and you have the ability to make every story interesting. 👍 I live in a town without tram system but when I travel to cities with trams I always take a ride around the town. I enjoyed the pics very much. 🚋
    Ken Boddie
    11/03/2017 #43 Ken Boddie
    You raise what might undoubtedly in many cases be called a fair point, Dean-san. However, a couple of hundred years plus of developing a land, which Europe largely turned its back on, from the hell hole it was originally perceived to be by the early enforced settlers, to the 'lucky' land it is today (amazing that the harder we work the luckier we get) would, in my book, give those same settlers and their legitimate generations to follow, pronunciation rights on their transformed places of abode. Much though I sometimes hate the regional differences in the English language, I've come to eventually accept, by having been subjected to the processes of repetitious brainwashing and ear-bashing in a society hanging onto the remnants of Strine, that the Americans can't spell and the Poms "talk funny". As you say, Dean-san, I may have been here too long, but when in Rome ..... 🤗.
    As my old Scots grannie would have said:
    "It's a sair fecht, laddie. So here's tae us. Wha's like us? Damned few and they're a' dead."
    Dean Owen
    11/03/2017 #42 Dean Owen
    #30 Not sure I trust you here. You've been down under way too long now, and whoever heard of Aussies teaching Poms how to pronounce names of cities that were named by Poms, all be they pompous Poms. It's like an American telling me he graduated from Noter Daime !
    Ken Boddie
    11/03/2017 #41 Ken Boddie
    I so agree, Lisa. Gone are the days of sharing bongs, thongs and dirty songs with the young and restless. These days I prefer to carefully choose my traveling companions. 🤣
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    11/03/2017 #40 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    #39 A spring chicken? lol, ok most days I still feel like one. I wouldnt mind travelling with younger people at all, during the day. But when its time for sleep, hotel with my privacy. I think many of us earn that rite of passage after raising kidd lol. I do love my privacy now. 😉😎🍷🍵
    Ken Boddie
    11/03/2017 #39 Ken Boddie
    #35 There again, Lisa, you could sell up, by a back pack, and go on an indefinite working holiday? A spring chicken like you, still in the peak of health and fitness, would just love to travel with students half your age and stay in hostels where you can share one room with a multitude of life learners. 🤗
    Javier 🐝 beBee
    11/03/2017 #38 Javier 🐝 beBee
    #36 many thanks @Ken Boddie. Australian bees would be my priority.
    Ken Boddie
    11/03/2017 #37 Ken Boddie
    #34 I tend to agree with you, Michael, but don't let my friends and colleagues in Sydney know I said so.
    Ken Boddie
    11/03/2017 #36 Ken Boddie
    #33 If I may, I'll suggest the same thing I say to all visitors who haven't been to Oz before, Javier. Start at www.Australia.com to help you plan all the things you want to do before you get here. Australia is a large area to cover and the distances are often underestimated by overseas visitors. Also, if you want to visit the northern half's tropical region, it's generally best to plan your journey in the cooler months, typically April through September, thus avoiding the wet season and the occasional associated cyclones.
    And finally, give us a shout when you're coming, and we'll stick another prawn on the barbie for you. Hooroo!
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    11/03/2017 #35 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    #13 I have been pronouncing Melbourne wrong too, thank you @Ken Boddie for the correction. I really enjoyed the photos of the many Trams!! Never a lack of transportation and wow, so many places I want to visit, including Australia. I need to win the lotto so I can begin my world tour er.. I mean journey. Tours are for stars!
    Michael O'Neil
    11/03/2017 #34 Anonymous
    #14 Hey Ken, Melbourne wins hands down.
    Javier 🐝 beBee
    11/03/2017 #33 Javier 🐝 beBee
    I have never been to Melbourne or Australia. I love this buzz. Hopefully I will fly to Australia. Earth is so big and so small at the same time !
    Ken Boddie
    11/03/2017 #32 Ken Boddie
    From groupy to Blondie to Debbie Harry to Ms Deborah Harry, I've also followed the spotlight on this SB, Praveen. But I must admit to my first reaction, when I see 'SB' in print, as being "son of a ......" 😂
    Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    11/03/2017 #31 Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    #29 Talking of SBs, Debbie Harry is still one of my favs. And to add another lil tangent/twist...INXS's Beautiful Girl...stays more with me than their SB. ;) Have a lovely weekend Ken! Missing Kehoe and Kallis somewhat...and their kinda humour too.
    Ken Boddie
    11/03/2017 #30 Ken Boddie
    #13 Yes, Dean-san, but Brisbane also shares the honours for being the most mispronounced Aussie city. It is, of course, 'Bris' 'bin' (and please don't rubbish my city) and not 'bane' (as in the bane of my life). As for a wi-fi tram network - now there's a powerful challenge. ⚡️All it needs is for some bright spark to prove he or she is a good conductor. 😂
    Ken Boddie
    11/03/2017 #29 Ken Boddie
    #28 Reminds me of the old seventies joke, Praveen, which I'll now "unleash and untrammel".

    Suicide blonde - dyed with a bottle!
    Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    11/03/2017 #28 Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    #27 Thanks mate! Too old to rock n roll and too young to..er...dye! ;)
  23. Harshal Bhalerao
    Weekend is approaching and I thought of sharing some options with all the Bees to spend it great..!!! Share your ideas of a great weekend as well..... Harshal Bhalerao
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    Gloria 🐝 🐾 💫 ☕ Ochoa
    11/03/2017 #8 Anonymous
    Totally agree @Terri Barr #breakThe9to5chains!
    Terri Barr
    11/03/2017 #7 Terri Barr
    Awesome! I'm taking a break from my 9-5 like job, to work with my bestie @Gloria 🐝 🐾 💫 ☕ Ochoa on our business venture. Should be fun. I love working with Glo and I'm becoming a master brainstormer!
    Harshal Bhalerao
    10/03/2017 #6 Harshal Bhalerao
    #4 That's a great idea @Franci Eugenia Hoffman. "Cruise around in beBee" - Loved it...
    Harshal Bhalerao
    10/03/2017 #5 Harshal Bhalerao
    #2 Thanks for the option of bike ride @Robin Barton. The weather is really good in our place for a refreshing bike ride and yes its always great to top it up with a great breakfast
    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    10/03/2017 #4 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    Walk outside. Take a ride through the countryside. Tweak my blog. Cruise around in beBee.
    Harshal Bhalerao
    10/03/2017 #3 Harshal Bhalerao
    #1 Yes. I must say beBee has given a reason to spend some quality time producing great honey for the bees over the weekend @Fatima Williams
    Robin Barton
    10/03/2017 #2 Robin Barton
    early morning bike ride...reading...writing...charity pancake breakfast...movies
    🐝 Fatima Williams
    10/03/2017 #1 🐝 Fatima Williams
    Great ideas. Mine would be write a buzz on beBee 🤗🐝🤗
  24. ProducerPaul Walters

    Paul Walters

    10/03/2017
    When Dealing With Bureaucracy, Simply Smile And Act Stupid !
    When Dealing With Bureaucracy, Simply Smile And Act Stupid !At this time of year I  find myself once again dealing with that most unwanted of trials that afflict us all…. bureaucracy. I am actually no stranger to this dreaded disease, only this time I am living in a foreign land trying to decipher rules,...
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    Federico 🐝 Álvarez San Martín
    13/03/2017 #33 Federico 🐝 Álvarez San Martín
    #32 Exactly. In the new version we will have header image that will comply with the standards of image quality and there will be no problem.
    Thanks for the reminder.
    Best regards.
    Dean Owen
    13/03/2017 #32 Dean Owen
    Still @Federico 🐝 Álvarez San Martín I cannot share this to www.facebook.com/CafebeBee/ as it appears with a different title picture. I hope you can solve this soon. Should be pretty easy to solve by putting a minimum size requirement for the title picture in the article. This would also ensure the quality of the title picture is crisp when enlarged as is often the case when sharing to Twitter/LinkedIn.
    Paul Walters
    12/03/2017 #31 Paul Walters
    #22 @Ken Boddie next time you visit could I impose myself on you to help me get this bloody thumb out of this dyke !!!
    Paul Walters
    12/03/2017 #30 Paul Walters
    #23 @Jerry Fletcher Wow...too complicated for me... just recovering from another visa run!
    Paul Walters
    12/03/2017 #29 Paul Walters
    #24 @Brook Massey Complain loudly and then act stupid!!
    Paul Walters
    12/03/2017 #28 Paul Walters
    #25 @Pamela 🐝 Williams Shit!!!! thanks for reminding me...I forgot to pick her up!!!!
    Paul Walters
    12/03/2017 #27 Paul Walters
    #26 @Miriam Barnaby If I can make you laugh at 2am that makes me happy!
    Miriam Barnaby
    12/03/2017 #26 Miriam Barnaby
    I see at least four great results in your, certainly not wasted, day. First one is this article and the others are - me laughing out loud at 2am , enjoying your writing style and wanting to read more of it. Thank you Mr. Walters. Good luck with the rainy season ;-)
    Pamela 🐝 Williams
    12/03/2017 #25 Pamela 🐝 Williams
    Poor Paul and poor Koman too! Don't forget a fresh pack of cigarettes! LMAO
    Brook Massey
    12/03/2017 #24 Brook Massey
    That sounds even worse than the local DMV, but I still reserve my right to complain.
    Jerry Fletcher
    11/03/2017 #23 Jerry Fletcher
    Sanity and bureaucracy are like Yin and Yang. You can't have one without the other. The question is, "Which is the positive and which the negative?"
    Ken Boddie
    11/03/2017 #22 Ken Boddie
    #12 Beaurocracy is an art form which the Indonesians learned from their previous Dutch colonisers, Kev. Compare the patience of any applicant dealing with a government department with that of the 'Little Dutch Boy' with his finger stuck in the dyke.
    Ken Boddie
    11/03/2017 #21 Ken Boddie
    #16 didn't know there were any virgins left in the French Alps, Paul. 🤣
    Ken Boddie
    11/03/2017 #20 Ken Boddie
    Tungu sebentar lagi, Pak Paul. Everything comes to he who waits, or to he who has a local Mr Fix-it on the payroll. Just like 'jam karot', Indo beaurocracy is rubbery when incentives motivate, but only for knowing locals and not for we 'orang Bolanda'.
    Love this frustratingly accurate post, but not the memories it brings back. 😩
    Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    11/03/2017 #19 Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    #18 Department of Motor Vehicles - our own version of there is no way just one visit will suffice. Now we need to have smog checks, and some places there are proprietary businesses that do it, someplaces any old mechanic can certify you, and sometimes the police have to check ones car for its operability.....then the eye checks...then the tests of things not relevant. Some places licenses and vehicles, but here in WA licenses and vehicles are two separate places.

    Ah bureaucracy, the best racket on the planet!

    And, yes, I have had even credit card receipts questioned when I use my standard green ink, sans Mont Blanc in my case!
    Paul Walters
    11/03/2017 #18 Paul Walters
    #17 @Terri Barr Thanks for stopping by. Please excuse my ignorance.... DMV ?
    Terri Barr
    11/03/2017 #17 Terri Barr
    Too funny.........off to DMV soon.
    Paul Walters
    11/03/2017 #16 Paul Walters
    #12 @Kevin Pashuk Was gifted a fabulous Mont Blanc pen for Xmas and I have gone with a splendid green ink ( manufactured I believe by French virgins high in the French Alps. I have suggested that Imigrasi adopt this colour as really it is so, so pretty!
    Paul Walters
    11/03/2017 #15 Paul Walters
    #13 @ Martin Wright many thanks for stopping by and reading a little tongue in cheek humour!
    Paul Walters
    11/03/2017 #14 Paul Walters
    #5 @Dean Owen Dean san I learnt the trick of donning said jacket back wards and keeping it on that way throughout the interview process. This is why I now have a kitas!!
  25. ProducerPascal Derrien

    Pascal Derrien

    09/03/2017
    The Knights of Young Hood
    The Knights of Young Hood Most of us were boisterous 8-year-olds, some of us were 7 or 6 for the youngest and others 9 or 10. 1976 was the year of the draught and 1977 would be known as the year of the Great Battle of Touleno.Touleno was based in Lanester, a small city...
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    Claire L 🐝 Cardwell
    11/03/2017 #38 Claire L 🐝 Cardwell
    #37 weapons of mass destruction eh? Sounds like part of a weekend project here in SA.....
    Ken Boddie
    11/03/2017 #37 Ken Boddie
    #32 Sorry to leave the ladies out of my comment, Claire, but I was hinting at the many idiotic alpha males (including a variety of world leaders) whose brains haven't yet reached puberty, but who play with an assortment of weapons of mass destruction. Most female world leaders appear to have much more common sense, that rare attribute which, in male leaders, is remarkably uncommon.
    Claire L 🐝 Cardwell
    11/03/2017 #36 Claire L 🐝 Cardwell
    My favourites are WD40 and silver duct tape - the stuff they use on movie sets.
    Pascal Derrien
    11/03/2017 #35 Pascal Derrien
    #28 Thanks Helena I can see you were a young entrepreneur :-)
    Pascal Derrien
    11/03/2017 #34 Pascal Derrien
    #30 Thanks @Ken Boddie you wre obviously alreeady a poet when you wre 8 I bet :-)
    Pascal Derrien
    11/03/2017 #33 Pascal Derrien
    #29 thanks Michael, family feud sounds like Romeo and Juliette to me :-)
    Claire L 🐝 Cardwell
    11/03/2017 #32 Claire L 🐝 Cardwell
    Well, you much watch out @Ken Boddie - for the girls that play with boy's toys and win! My Bradel and my Penknife are my favourite tools. Also woodglue, lots of woodglue.
    Ken Boddie
    11/03/2017 #31 Ken Boddie
    For 'mean' read 'men'
    Ken Boddie
    11/03/2017 #30 Ken Boddie
    Boys will be boys with boys toys, but when mean are boys with men's toys .....
    Michael O'Neil
    11/03/2017 #29 Anonymous
    @Pascal Derrien A wonderful story. My recollection is of two 8-10 year old schoolboy gangs each headed by brothers! That was a serious family feud there.
    A remarkable world wide phenomenon.
    Helena Jansen van Vuuren
    11/03/2017 #28 Helena Jansen van Vuuren
    I was cruel very cruel as a kid - had a great tree house and only allowed my younger brother and his friend into the treehouse if they paid an entrance fee of 3 x Star sweets which they had to buy with their pocket money - worse though they could only stay in the tree house while we were chewing - lots of 'you're chewing too fast' I showed no mercy - out they went when the sweets were gone but the downside of Star sweets are that your mouth is stained pink for ages and my mother could swing a cane or wet kitchen cloth across the back of our legs faster than we could get of the way when she cottoned on what I had done! Great sweets though!
    Helena Jansen van Vuuren
    10/03/2017 #27 Helena Jansen van Vuuren
    #25 kleilat - dit maak blerrie seer - oorlooooooooog!
    Pascal Derrien
    10/03/2017 #26 Pascal Derrien
    #25 @Gert 🐝 Scholtz I am pretty sure that your saturdays were more exotic than mine :-) I may have seen a rat once and ran away in horror when I saw a VERY small snake..... what can you say i am an urban cowboy :-)
    Gert 🐝 Scholtz
    10/03/2017 #25 Gert 🐝 Scholtz
    @Pascal Derrien As young boys our Saturdays were spent at the river. Swimming, swinging from ropes, floating down river on tubes, even then we would have our own “braai” at lunch. Inevitably there were different groups of boys and mud fights would ensue. The local version was to put a piece of clay onto a stick and hurl it at the “enemy”. Sometimes we would sneak a few pebbles into the clay mould – a hit would sting for hours. Such was life back then. Thanks for bringing back these memories Pascal.
    Pascal Derrien
    10/03/2017 #24 Pascal Derrien
    thanks @Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman I had a very sophisticated tree house that I had built with my cousin at my gran's, a home away from home :-)
    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    10/03/2017 #23 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    Memories of our childhood - aren't they great! I used to climb trees and use them as my lookout posts. Even my parents could not find me. I also had a few imaginary friends. I wonder where they are now. :)
    Pascal Derrien
    10/03/2017 #22 Pascal Derrien
    #20 thanks @debasish majumder you are right with your comment on nostalgia I actually was smiling my head off when I was in the process of writing this :-)
    Pascal Derrien
    10/03/2017 #21 Pascal Derrien
    #19 thanks @Pamela 🐝 Williams I see the ecologist vocation in you came early :-)
    debasish majumder
    10/03/2017 #20 debasish majumder
    confrontation leads to a new dispensation of quality, sometimes cloud of nostalgia engulf us, triggered us with sadden forthcoming episode! nice share @Pascal Derrien. enjoyed read. thank you for the share.
    Pamela 🐝 Williams
    10/03/2017 #19 Pamela 🐝 Williams
    I didn't do battle; I was the great explorer of the vast deserts of the Southwest😃But my brothers were always in sword fight or battling the dark dragons or climbing Mt Everest (small hill or sand dunes) what a delightful story Pascal! To the victor goes the spoils!! Or at least the crisps!
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