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  1. ProducerRandall Burns

    Randall Burns

    05/12/2017
    Why I Write
    Why I WriteWhy I Write I have been pondering this query/statement lately and truth be told I have to admit;I am NOT a writer!Having said that however I have to say that I’m NOT a lot of things;- I’m not a Sailor- I’m not a...
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    Ken Boddie
    06/12/2017 #45 Ken Boddie
    It seems to me, Randy, your writing's a passion,
    It flows from the soul and it follows no fashion,
    You may think the kitchen's your real habitat,
    But if you're not a writer, then I'll eat my hat.

    Thanks for the mention, mate. From one 'non-writer' to another ..... keep non-writing!
    Incidentally, are we talking 'loud but harmless' or 'silent but deadly'? 🤢
    Randall Burns
    06/12/2017 #44 Randall Burns
    #42 #43 Well Hello @Sara Jacobovici, great to hear from you and Thank You for the share. I had no idea you had that Hive and I've joined, LOL, more reading material for my "Bucket List", thankfully this is all "virtual" or I'd have to expand my library drastically. :-) I appreciate your thoughtful feedback.
    Sara Jacobovici
    06/12/2017 #43 Sara Jacobovici
    The art of writing: @Randall Burns is able to put into words what makes writing such a great way of verbally expressing the non-verbal.
    Sara Jacobovici
    06/12/2017 #42 Sara Jacobovici
    Couldn't be prouder for the mention @Randall Burns, thank you! For a non-writer, you sure can get your message across. Thanks for writing, thanks for sharing.
    Randall Burns
    06/12/2017 #41 Randall Burns
    #40 Thank You so much @Lada 🏡 Prkic I have to say that you're writing is excellent! Keep at it and it will get even better. I enjoy you're posts. :-)
    Lada 🏡 Prkic
    06/12/2017 #40 Lada 🏡 Prkic
    Your writing is delicious as the food and recipes you write about :)
    I like your style and the joyous energy behind your words, and to me, you are a writer.
    Yes, writing should be easy, but it's also hard when you write in a language that is not your mother tongue. I've chosen the harder way to start writing.
    Wish you to keep this energy and the floodgates remain open. :-)
    Randall Burns
    06/12/2017 #39 Randall Burns
    #31 I appreciate the feedback @Nicole Chardenet great to hear from you.
    Randall Burns
    06/12/2017 #38 Randall Burns
    #30 Thank you @Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador, I hope you're enjoying a nice robust Cabernet Sauvignon or Pinot Noir. A Merlot woud be good as well
    Randall Burns
    06/12/2017 #37 Randall Burns
    #28 #29 It is my pleasure @Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee, really appreciate the cooking analogy, that's great!
    Randall Burns
    06/12/2017 #36 Randall Burns
    #27 Thanks @Phil Friedman HaHa! "The Scribbling Gourmet", I like that. What? No feedback on the metaphors or analogies?
    Randall Burns
    06/12/2017 #35 Randall Burns
    #26 Absolutely @Ian Weinberg Great to hear from you
    Randall Burns
    06/12/2017 #34 Randall Burns
    #25 Thank You @Gert Scholtz Appreciate your feedback and always good to hear from you.
    Randall Burns
    06/12/2017 #33 Randall Burns
    #23 HaHa! That's the best compliment if I inspired you! Please tag me when it's done. :-)
    Randall Burns
    06/12/2017 #32 Randall Burns
    #22 Thank You for the great feedback @🐝 Fatima G. Williams I can totally relate to your comment of,

    "I learn to fly, cross borders and break the barriers laid down in front of me."
    Nicole Chardenet
    06/12/2017 #31 Nicole Chardenet
    Thank you, Randall, for the very kind mention. And I'll bet you WOULD knock my socks off on Spinal Tap...I might even have to reach out to you if you did! Especially if you posted that mussels recipe, LOL!

    I very much enjoy your posts too, Randall. Especially the one where you flew with the fishes rather than slept with them :)
    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    05/12/2017 #30 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    @Randall Burns, thank you so much for the mention and your refreshing post. IMHO, whether or not one feels they are a writer, it's the amusement, education and sharing that matters. I'm flattered that I am included in your mentions. Hmm, I feel I need a nice glass of red wine.:)
    Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    05/12/2017 #29 Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    I am truly honoed and humbled by your mention dear @Randall Burns. Thank you.
    Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    05/12/2017 #28 Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    If you are a writer or if you intend to be one this buzz is a must read. It is "cooked" by a gret cook who knows what quality ingredients to pick, how and when to mix them, what spices to add and how to serve the finished product. Thank you @Randall Burns View more
    If you are a writer or if you intend to be one this buzz is a must read. It is "cooked" by a gret cook who knows what quality ingredients to pick, how and when to mix them, what spices to add and how to serve the finished product. Thank you @Randall Burns for this delicacy. Close
    Phil Friedman
    05/12/2017 #27 Phil Friedman
    Thank you, @Randall Burns, for the kind mention. Although my profile includes the claim to being a "professional writer and editor" (which I am because I've been paid for those activities for more than [BLEEP] decades), I do not consider myself a "writer" -- but a boatbuilder who writes. It seems to me that you are a chef who writes (as well as cooks). Well, thank the gods for all those who are not writers per se, but are other kinds of characters who happen to write. For they are some of the most grounded and interesting people to be found. IMHO. And that includes you, the Scribbling Gourmet. Very entertaining. Thanks.
    Ian Weinberg
    05/12/2017 #26 Ian Weinberg
    Your writing @Randall Burns is bursting with life. It's like tucking into a delicious bouillabaisse! And thanks for the mention.
  2. ProducerPaul Walters

    Paul Walters

    02/12/2017
    When Giants Awaken.
    When Giants Awaken.This will mark the second article this week covering the eruption of Bali’s Mt Agung. The excellent piece by fellow bee, Vanessa Campanago takes a slightly different slant, but is certainly worth a read! Also thank you to all the bees who have...
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    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    04/12/2017 #21 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    #1 I tried to get on last night and I even clicked on your notification @Paul Walters but I've been having issues with the beBee platform on my chromebook for some reason. I lost your page after I clicked, I got 2 large beBee Icons that appeared instead of a blog. Even now as I type, the orange lines that appear when you begin to type a name and box pops up with the same first names... well the orange lines are still going as I write this.

    Anyhow, I'm curious, how much of Bali will this affect? The entire Island or the area closest to the Volcano? This is really sad and I hope everyone is safe. How far are you from the Volcano? I agree, the trickle down will be felt for quite some time. It will probably affect the climate too. I remember when Mt. St. Helen erupted in the 80's, we had strange lightening storms almost the entire summer and tons of orange/brownish clouds.
    Erroll -EL- Warner
    03/12/2017 #20 Erroll -EL- Warner
    Very interesting read.
    Pamela 🐝 Williams
    03/12/2017 #19 Pamela 🐝 Williams
    #10 See that is why I LOVE Anthony! Travel with an agenda is WORK. If I'm going to travel; I want to chill, take in what sites take my fancy, explore the local culture (another thing I love about watching Chef Anthony). I want to rent a scooter (what are they called in Bali Paul?) and just keep turning corners until my butt is sore from sitting. I despise tourist traps, have no interest in visiting them. It's sad that too many beautiful places have been turned into them. Every time I hear of some gorgeous spot off-the-beaten-track someone has found I want to scream them; "Shut up, don't tell anyone or they'll build a freakin Hilton, smack dab in the middle of it".
    I know, I was one that needed to check on you and management @Paul Walters But considering you're the only person I know in Bali...well I had to check in!
    Keep us apprised. I think @Ken Boddie recommendations on how to appease the volcano gods is spot on. Better than my thought that you'd get under management's skin and she'd sacrifice you!
    Debasish Majumder
    02/12/2017 #18 Debasish Majumder
    lovely buzz @Paul Walters! enjoyed read. thank you for the share.
    Don 🐝 Kerr
    02/12/2017 #17 Don 🐝 Kerr
    @Paul Walters LIke many others here we're just worried that you might actually have to get up off your ass and move to safety. Pleased to hear that is an unlikely outcome!
    Pascal Derrien
    02/12/2017 #16 Pascal Derrien
    I know it's a topical subject but this is another Paul's classic 👏
    Ken Boddie
    02/12/2017 #15 Ken Boddie
    Your self proclaimed appreciation of the creative arts of pontification and procrastination, I'm sure, Pak Paul, will see you through the 'inconvenience' of regular earth tremors and the odd passing ash cloud. As I may have suggested before, I have it on good religious advice (not to mention common sensical self preservation) that the best way to appease the wrath of the Balinese Hindu gods of the mountain is to establish yourself in the fully reclining position, in your hammock, with your raised cushioned head pointing towards Gunung Agung and hence looking away from the mountain (this will also maximise your slumber potential and avoid you from being distracted by the sight of flames and flashes of white hot lava tumbling down the upper slopes). Appeasement should continue, at least 5 times per day, by imbibing that magical tropical prophylactic, the gin and tonic, or until the worshipper (in this case, you) reaches a state of blissful nirvana.
    Lada 🏡 Prkic
    02/12/2017 #14 Lada 🏡 Prkic
    So glad to hear that you're safe @Paul Walters and that the eruption hasn’t interrupted your current routine of sloth and procrastination. :) I see that you didn’t lose your sense of humour even in a situation like this. Wishing you and yours all the best. Stay well.
    Ian Weinberg
    02/12/2017 #13 Ian Weinberg
    Another truly authentic @Paul Walters narrative. Yes indeed it's the cataclysmic whacks from time to time that force us to pause (after leveling the playing fields) and to change direction. Perhaps greater wisdom about the construct of life and its applications will emerge once this has passed. Wishing you and yours well in the coming days and may you continue to be fruitful and multiply (in the literary sense of course).
    Gert Scholtz
    02/12/2017 #12 Gert Scholtz
    @Paul Walters Good to hear all is well and that you are safe. Not on the same scale as Bali, but you will know how the once quiet and serene Natal beaches have also been taken over by developers, time-share and holiday accommodation. Sad to see the unspoiled being invaded permanently by buildings, for a once or twice a year holiday visit. Perhaps the situation in Bali has one upshot - you will be having a quiet Christmas period. A fine read and thanks Paul.
    Paul Walters
    02/12/2017 #11 Paul Walters
    #4 David, the mountain is yet to blow...so let us wait and see!
    Randall Burns
    02/12/2017 #10 Randall Burns
    #8 @CityVP 🐝 Manjit I must interject here with my thoughts; there is a world of difference between a "Traveler" and a "Tourist" and I've written about it;

    "I'm reminded of a quote by Chef Anthony Bourdain,

    "Be a traveler, not a tourist".

    A "tourist" has an agenda, has preconceived ideas, expectations, ego, is open and prone to disappointment, and is unavailable to receive knowledge because of these traits.

    A "traveler" is open for anything, receptive to anything, is not disappointed as they have no expectations; has no agenda; retains their childlike curiosity and naivety throughout their life. A "traveler" truly is a "Stranger in a Strange Land".

    From; https://www.bebee.com/producer/@randall-burns/a-stranger-in-a-strange-land

    (In case you're interested this article delves into greater detail illustrating, amongst other aspects, the differences)
    Randall Burns
    02/12/2017 #9 Randall Burns
    Great post @Paul Walters Wonderful illustration of "Mother Nature"teaching us, yet again, that we need to pay heed and not be so arrogant in our treatment of the world. Glad to hear that you're safe and sound, stay that way. The last time I was in Bali was 20 years ago, I think that I may be disappointed in seeing the development that is going on, it was such a pristine, beautiful and innocent environment and culture.
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    02/12/2017 #8 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    The last album of 10CC I purchased nearly 40 years ago was called "Bloody Tourists". I could understand their track "Dreadlock Holiday" but not the title of the album. Until now that is, having now read the Daily Mail article about tourists taking selfies in front of the smoking volcano. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5134915/Tourists-pose-selfies-Balis-Mt-Agung.html

    I once had a big argument about the distinction between a traveler and a tourist, and in the end I settled for the other person's arguments that there is no difference between a traveler and tourist. There is a difference however between a tourist and a bloody tourist.

    An economy so dependent on one trade is putting all one's eggs in one basket, so that is a fairly obvious recipe for economic hazard, but maybe what is not counted as a cost is the dumbing down of a culture and the loss of cultural artifacts in serving those bloody tourists - and that without the explosive power of a destructive volcano to wrestle with.
    Paul Walters
    02/12/2017 #6 Paul Walters
    #5 @Franci Eugenie Hoffman I guess when one lives here one does'nt have many options. lest we forget, the volcano is 55 km away from where I live
    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    02/12/2017 #5 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    A bit scary, @Paul Walters, meaning the impact on the economy of Bali. Also, I agree with @David B. Grinberg about people who choose to remain on the island.
    David B. Grinberg
    02/12/2017 #4 David B. Grinberg
    Nice blogging buzz, as usual, Paul. I agree about paying "heed" which is why I don't understand people who choose to remain on the island when they can leave by boat, according to news reports. This sounds much worse than the equivalent of riding out a bad storm or hurricane. Any thoughts on this? Thanks again for another interesting and timely read. Let's hope that volcano does blow its lid.
    Ness Campagnaro
    02/12/2017 #2 Ness Campagnaro
    A great history lesson Mr. Paul! Thank you for your words and we should have a gin before The End of Things
  3. ProducerSalma Rodriguez

    Salma Rodriguez

    27/11/2017
    My Response to Lisa was Too Long, So Publishing as Honey!
    My Response to Lisa was Too Long, So Publishing as Honey!So I started writing my response, but exceeded the 2000 character limit. Oh, well. Time to write my second honey production of the day, starring your's truly, Samung, a.k.a., Salma?-----------(Response to Lisa Gallagher's latest:...
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    Salma Rodriguez
    28/11/2017 #13 Salma Rodriguez
    #10 You may start by understanding that there is no universal law of physics. Physicists have been trying for centuries to no avail.

    You always find the same contradictions when analyzing the theory of the big and put that together with the theory of the small.

    I begin with the forces of nature because these are very fundamental to everything. Gravity is a mystery. Where does it come from?

    Without understanding gravity, I am stuck wondering if humans will ever understand consciousness, which is at the other end of cognition. Oh, the gravity of the situation :P

    #9 and thank you, @Paul. Physics is tons of fun.
    Paul Walters
    28/11/2017 #12 Paul Walters
    #11 Not yet Lisa but Mt Agung's exploits will make a for a good blog this week!

    Cheers
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    28/11/2017 #11 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    #9 I want to know how you are in the land of Bali, and the Eruption? I have been off line almost all day and if you posted something @Paul Walters, I missed it?
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    28/11/2017 #10 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    #5 #6 #8 I don't understand physics at all, so you are way ahead of me! I never excelled in math. Look, just typing made you think and it started coming back to you :) I wish I knew more, it would help with my wonderment about the universe. Wow, so much to learn!
    Paul Walters
    28/11/2017 #9 Paul Walters
    you two seem to be having a blast so I will leave you to it!!
    Salma Rodriguez
    27/11/2017 #8 Salma Rodriguez
    #3 And there's also Coulomb's law which has a similar format, for energy this time, involving the Planck's constant, instead of the granvitational constant. I think I'm ready for my life as a theoretical physicist in my upcoming life... but more work to do on this one before I get there!
    Salma Rodriguez
    27/11/2017 #7 Salma Rodriguez
    #3 just came back to me as I was writing:

    Fg = Gm1m2/r^2, where G is the gravitational constant, m1 and m2 the mass of two objects (and I was reading something about relative mass today; don't know how my brain hasn't exploded), and r^2 is the radius squared between both objects (could be the earth and the moon; please read my latest poem!).
    Salma Rodriguez
    27/11/2017 #6 Salma Rodriguez
    #3 And no, I don't know as much about physics as I used to. I will get to some of it, especially thermodynamics, but can you believe I've even forgotten the gravitational force, according to Newton?
    Salma Rodriguez
    27/11/2017 #5 Salma Rodriguez
    #3 Ever held a Pentium chip in your hand? I did once, but then one of the pins broke and I ended up desposing.
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    27/11/2017 #4 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    #2 No, that would be a long drive for an older vehicle. And, your right... the weather in the NE is very harsh on vehicles! My husband held on to his F-150 for 13 yrs. He put a lot of money into it. It only has 65K miles and he just found out the entire frame is rotted. So, it's not worth a dime now.
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    27/11/2017 #3 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    I like the idea of the @ symbol being a snail, next time someone asks "What's your email address, " I guess I can say, It's Lisa (snail) gmail.com . I love photos of clouds and I remember finding images within cloud patterns while having fun doing it. Many times on long drives we did that and it kept us busy. Would love to see your photos one day!

    mIRC was the first internet relay chat program I used. I believe the processors were in MHz back then with a Pentium ll. I'm the dinosaur here! I've never been to Penn Station or NYC (can you believe that?). I would really love to visit one day. I keep saying that I'd love to go during the holidays since they decorate the city so beautifully. While trying to find a photo for my my buzz, I read that kids asked if they could dig their way to China and were told they'd hit the earths core first (as if a kid could ever dig that far anyhow) and how extremely hot the core is. Gravity sure is a mystery, just like the universe. I'm sure you know much more about it than I ever could :))

    Salma, I did notice you were gone and It was a nice surprise to see a comment from you tonight. I think everyone needs breaks in order to stay centered in reality. Ouch, the jope rope episode sounds like it was painful but I give you credit for doing it. It's not as easy as it looks. PS: I've never heard of Lindows but then again, I'm sure there's a lot I haven't heard of. Everything I know, I'm self taught. Thanks for this Salma and sharing what you did, very interesting!!
    Salma Rodriguez
    27/11/2017 #2 Salma Rodriguez
    #1 @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher, I only lost the minivan months later. It was about time. I was spending a lot on auto repair. Can you imagine moving it from FL to NY? It wasn't built for the weather up in the northeast, not to mention I never had a garage.
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    27/11/2017 #1 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    This was an awesome read @Salma Rodriguez! Your picture of Utopia, I love it and as soon as I saw it, I began imaging a more advance planet at peace.
    The Zzz's photo, I used an editor. I took a picture with my cell phone of Carter Page while his face was on TV- I was trying to catch Paul Manafort but Carter's face came up when I snapped. I added the hat with the editor. Carter Page is just some dude associated with the whole Russia Scandal (how involved or not, no one knows). He's one of those guys I just can't dislike and have no idea if he's guilty of anything but I had fun with the photo that night.

    When I drove from Co-Toledo we did stop for the night, so I got a break until the next morning. Your road trip sounds much more horrendous considering you were in an accident and it was totaled!

    Don't give up on singing, I've found if it makes you feel happy, do it! I sing loud and proud now because it's sort of soul cleansing.

    Windows 3.1 had a few upgrades, here is a link since I'm not a techie: http://toastytech.com/guis/win311.html I believe we went from using 3.1 or 3.11 (can't remember) to Win 95 eventually and like you we used dial up for a long time. Remember how often you'd get disconnected? I'm going to start pt. 2 because I may be close to my limit.
  4. ProducerKen Boddie

    Ken Boddie

    26/11/2017
    Touching Bro and Sis Duet Goes Viral
    Touching Bro and Sis Duet Goes Viral You've got to listen to this unique cover rendering (click on the video below), as this sibling pair presents a parallel pair of classics, comprising that timeless Elvis hit, "Can't Help Falling", and that famous Judy Garland rendering "Over the...
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    Ken Boddie
    01/12/2017 #14 Ken Boddie
    #13 indeed, @Randall Burns, a musical feast.
    Randall Burns
    01/12/2017 #13 Randall Burns
    Great Video!
    Ken Boddie
    27/11/2017 #12 Ken Boddie
    #11 Speaking of cow's tongue, Lisa, I had an old mate with a slight speech defect. He just couldn't get his tongue round the word 'kidney' properly. 👅
    When I challenged him on his pronunciation, he quipped, "But I said kidley didle-I ?" 🤗
    But nothing defective about the dulcid tones of this Holland family duo. As sweet sounding as the laughter of my young 5 month old grandson. 👼
    Although, I'm not sure if my daughter would agree, when it happens at 3am ..... or her neighbours, come to think of it. 😡😡
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    27/11/2017 #11 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    #4 I shall serve you some kidney pie instead of cash @Ken Boddie, or how about Cow's tongue? Grandma's 2 favorite meals. I never tried either. I heard Cow's tongue is tasty and tender if done properly. Mom said grandma's home would always smell when she was boiling the kidneys, I won't mention that pee word mom used LOL. I came back to listen to the sibling team sing again, just beautiful!
    Ken Boddie
    26/11/2017 #10 Ken Boddie
    #9 sure did, Pam. There are quite a few other sisters and all sing with Kenny on various videos, but the “Can’t help falling over the rainbow” still takes the biscuit for me. 🍪
    Pamela 🐝 Williams
    26/11/2017 #9 Pamela 🐝 Williams
    Did you watch the Let It Be/Let it Go harmony.These two are fabulous.
    Ken Boddie
    26/11/2017 #8 Ken Boddie
    That's very heartening to know, Ian. 😂
    Ian Weinberg
    26/11/2017 #7 Ian Weinberg
    #6 Indeed - a gold standard in defibrillation!
    Ken Boddie
    26/11/2017 #6 Ken Boddie
    May I assume, then Ian, that you may find this video useful when the ECG is on the blink?
    Ian Weinberg
    26/11/2017 #5 Ian Weinberg
    Heartening stuff! Thanks for sharing @Ken Boddie Anyone not touched by this is dead.
    Ken Boddie
    26/11/2017 #4 Ken Boddie
    No worries, I'll just ask my old mate Scotty to 'beam me up' and I'll be there quicker than you can say "if you pass Go, do not collect $200". Now just remember that I only take cash. I don't take cheques from anyone of Scottish heritage. 😂
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    26/11/2017 #3 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    #2 wow, you must have a sonic jet if you can arrive in Pennsylvania that fast. Can I use monopoly money to pay you, Im a billionaire and I also own Park Avenue. No worries about the pirated version, I also have a get out of jail free card!
    Ken Boddie
    26/11/2017 #2 Ken Boddie
    OK, Lisa, now that you've listened to this pirated version illegally, I'll be round in the morning to collect their share of the royalties.
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    26/11/2017 #1 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    Wow!!! Simply amazing! Yes, tears for sure because of the shear beauty of their voices, 2 siblings , like a young version of the Carpenters. Thanks for sharing this @Ken Boddie, Im still in awe and sire do look forward to more from them!
  5. ProducerKen Boddie

    Ken Boddie

    25/11/2017
    More o’ me Rhyming Comments: Fact, Fun or Farce
    More o’ me Rhyming Comments: Fact, Fun or FarceThe time has come, the walrus said, To rhyme on many things, On pain and strife, on ‘Country Life’, On iceberg's basal rings. On hatches and dispatches, On the girls we love the most, On real cool Chevy white wall tyes, On truffles sliced on...
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    Ken Boddie
    30/11/2017 #34 Ken Boddie
    #33
    Thank you @Cyndi wilkins,
    Your words are way too kind,
    It’s better to be complimented,
    Than to be maligned,
    I’m glad you’ve read my poems,
    And perhaps they’ve made you think,
    But your stimulated funny bone,
    Just has me tickled pink. 😂
    Cyndi wilkins
    28/11/2017 #33 Cyndi wilkins
    This is one of the most jovial posts I've read in a long time @Ken Boddie...really enjoyed it! I've read most of the articles you highlighted here, but this has given me opportunity to go back for a second look;-) Thanks for tickling my funny bone today...Everybody needs a good laugh on a daily basis!

    "Very entertaining post,
    Comical and witty,
    So to you I'll drink a toast,
    Trust you like my ditty."

    Cheers!
    Ken Boddie
    28/11/2017 #32 Ken Boddie
    #31
    Here in Australia, where convicts were sent,
    For stealing a loaf and no real mal intent,
    I’m hooked on word rhyming, I guess there’s no quitting,
    So “lyrical criminal” seems quite befitting.

    Aussie, Aussie, Aussie ..... 😄
    Randall Burns
    28/11/2017 #31 Randall Burns
    HaHa!

    You are the "Host with the Most"
    No matter your post
    You lyrical criminal
    No rhyme is too dismal
    The heights you achieve
    You allow no reprieve
    Anyone is "fair game"
    No verse is too lame
    I must repeat the verse I wrote
    so here it is and I quote;

    " Look! Up in the sky: it's a bird; a plane; a rose (?)

    No, it's the prognosticator of poetry, the Prince of Prose

    Wearing his mask and cape he leaps over small children and stops speeding snails

    Just to deliver his verse via emails

    Lighting up everyone's life at any opportunity with his marble sharp wit

    And looks to match, with a kind word for everyone's benefit

    Everyone's Buddy

    Mr. @Ken Boddie"

    (from https://www.bebee.com/producer/@randall-burns/tales-from-paradise-the-poem )
    Ken Boddie
    26/11/2017 #30 Ken Boddie
    #29 @Pascal Derrien .....
    You’re welcome, mate,
    But please don’t state,
    Your words are less than real,
    Your stories are,
    Unique by far,
    A massive crowd appeal.
    Pascal Derrien
    26/11/2017 #29 Pascal Derrien
    @Ken Boddie, first thanks for taking the mammoth task in putting this together this is mighty work !!! second thanks for the shout out I am pretty humbled to be in the company of real writers :-)
    Ken Boddie
    26/11/2017 #28 Ken Boddie
    #27 Haha, Mohd .....
    I bow to your wisdom,
    And thanks for your rhyme,
    But I must be off now,
    It's past my bedtime.
    Mohammed A. Jawad
    26/11/2017 #27 Mohammed A. Jawad
    #25 @Ken Boddie

    Ah, in versifying lines, you take delight
    So, to you, words soaked in esteem
    All your little poesy is so bright
    That’s truth as I truly deem!
    Ken Boddie
    26/11/2017 #26 Ken Boddie
    #24 Sounds like you have a bad case of cardiopulmonary rhyme, Pak Paul. Perhaps you ought to consult Dr @Ian Weinberg for a referral to a cardio-iambic pentametric specialist?
    Ken Boddie
    26/11/2017 #25 Ken Boddie
    #23 Mohd, this is praise indeed,
    Much more than I am worth,
    My simple rhymes are paradigms,
    Mere repetitious mirth. 🤗
    Paul Walters
    26/11/2017 #24 Paul Walters
    @Ken Boddie . Ah, the poet in my heart !!!
    Mohammed A. Jawad
    26/11/2017 #23 Mohammed A. Jawad
    Ah, @Ken Boddie how your poetic taste
    Provoked your inward spirit
    To pen down, nothing in haste,
    Inspiring lines, with great merit!
    Ken Boddie
    26/11/2017 #22 Ken Boddie
    Hi Lada ....
    I cannot condemn,
    The Queen of STEM,
    For I see no crime,
    In your wonderful rhyme.
    Lada 🏡 Prkic
    26/11/2017 #21 Lada 🏡 Prkic
    #13 Dear Ken, I am flattered to be one of your favourite bees. Always enjoy your comments in rhyme even on posts with difficult topics. I salute you, the saviour of social media.
    I will try to reply in rhyme,
    Though it would be a crime,
    Against words in English,
    So let me here finish. :-)
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    26/11/2017 #20 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    #19 ha ha... well that was funny. Nah, you wear it better Ken! :)
    Ken Boddie
    26/11/2017 #19 Ken Boddie
    #18 thanks, Lisa, but ......
    I’m sure, were he to see,
    Bruce Wayne would disagree,
    For the Batman mask, as a cover-up task,
    Works way much better on me.
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    26/11/2017 #18 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    #12 The title photo Ken, I love it! Looks like it must have been a beautiful hike/walk? As for your fatman suit, LOL... uh, you hardly look fat! What a good and fun loving dad she has!
    Ken Boddie
    26/11/2017 #17 Ken Boddie
    #10
    Why thank you, dear Franci,
    beBee’s Queen of Poetry,
    I’m honoured, don’t you see,
    By you words, your majesty.
    Ken Boddie
    26/11/2017 #16 Ken Boddie
    #15 Hi Pam .....
    I’m glad you’re not tired,
    Of my rhymes, bee inspired,
    ‘Cause between you and me,
    And I speak honestly,
    If my poems weren’t desired,
    Then I’d have to be fired.
    Pamela 🐝 Williams
    26/11/2017 #15 Pamela 🐝 Williams
    Prose on Dear Mr Boddie, we shall never tire of these words rhyme
  6. ProducerPaul Walters

    Paul Walters

    25/11/2017
    Meandering Around Magnificent Milan.
    Meandering Around Magnificent Milan.For those bees travelling Europe in the next few months and find yourself in Italy, don’t miss Milan, the most charming of cities Ah, Milan, one of my favourite cities in Europe! This is a city that seemingly has everything a...
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    Randall Burns
    01/12/2017 #12 Randall Burns
    Great post again @Paul Walters and it brought back memories as I've been there, fantastic food and I was there for "truffle season"! :-)
    Don 🐝 Kerr
    27/11/2017 #11 Don 🐝 Kerr
    A well-kept secret that within this industrial behemoth lies a cultural heart - but you do have to dig around to find it.
    Zacharias 🐝 Voulgaris
    26/11/2017 #10 Zacharias 🐝 Voulgaris
    When I visited Milan I was enamored by it. However, this impression would probably wither had I stayed there longer, or if I had been to other parts of the country! Not to undermine this wonderful city, but there are definitely better places in Italy, worth checking out or even living in. So, I'm going to have to agree with @Pascal Derrien on his view, until proven otherwise...
    Gert Scholtz
    25/11/2017 #9 Gert Scholtz
    @Paul Walters A virtual trip as only you can do it Paul. The history of the Duomo Gothic Cathedral is fascinating and I would love to visit the The Science and Technology Museum. Thanks for a great weekend read.
    Joyce 🐝 Bowen   Brand Ambassador @ beBee
    25/11/2017 #7 Joyce 🐝 Bowen Brand Ambassador @ beBee
    Another nice respite. Thanks, Paul. I know who to ask if I travel.
    Pascal Derrien
    25/11/2017 #6 Pascal Derrien
    Hmmm I may disagree on that one if that's alright :-) I have been to Milan many times mainly for work and bar the centre of the city I have failed to be impressed by the very large, overtaking and bad urban design of the city. If you compare to other cities in Italy who have far more too offer Milan comes across as too little of too little, now your article is superb and may prompt the occasional visitor to go beyond the usual spots :-)
    Ian Weinberg
    25/11/2017 #5 Ian Weinberg
    A splendid missive @Paul Walters You have once again extended my ignorant horizons.
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    25/11/2017 #4 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    Milan what a charming town. I'd love to visit Milan. I even looked at the hotel links you left. I'd have to go with The Antica Locanda Leonardo, they had very reasonable rates, under 1000.00/for week in March. I didn't play around much with dates, I was just curious. Where there is a lot of food choices... well, that's my kind of place ;-)
    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    25/11/2017 #3 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    Stunning photos and interesting piece @Paul Walters. I imagine Milan to be quite the charming and beautiful city to visit.
    Ken Boddie
    25/11/2017 #2 Ken Boddie
    My first time in Milan was as a young whipper snipper when all I remember was the magnificent cathedral. My second time was early in my career when I had to pick up docs from this lady engineer when I was on route to Nigeria. She came to my hotel room dressed in a fur coat and only stayed a few minutes, but the pungent stink of moth balls remained with me all night. 😝
    Thanks, Pak Paul, for reminding me of all the things I’ve missed in this intriguing city. 😂
  7. ProducerSusan 🐝 Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    Fly the "Friendly" Friday Funday Skies!
    Fly the "Friendly" Friday Funday Skies!It’s the Friday after the American Thanksgiving holiday, and I know a lot of folks flew to be with their friends and family at this time. I can’t imagine how you survived! I hope your visit is going well, and that you’ll also survive the return...
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    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    25/11/2017 #12 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    These are fun, Susan. I like the Majestic ass biscuit and the wtf's per hr!
    Susan 🐝 Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    25/11/2017 #11 Susan 🐝 Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    #10 Yeah, I loved the directions one, too, @Pamela 🐝 Williams, and I LOVE knowing it sparked such a fun memory for you! Thank you for letting me/us know that.
    Pamela 🐝 Williams
    25/11/2017 #10 Pamela 🐝 Williams
    Either Turkey causes the funny bone to be extra sensitive, or they are all hilarious this week. I literally laughed out loud at the Bonus. Goes back to a memory of a trip across the US. We stopped for breakfast and the rest of the horde (my siblings) immediately went back to sleep. As we were pulling out of the parking lot my mother asked me (an 8 years old) what direction we had come from and in all innocence I set us back 200 miles. There was nothing to be seen but the desert of the southwest before we saw the last gas station we had visited. Moral of the story; Don't ask a sleepy 8-year-old, full of pancakes, for directions. I think that qualifies as a major WTF for my mother. She had to fill up at the gas station...again
    Susan 🐝 Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    24/11/2017 #9 Susan 🐝 Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    Thanks to @David B. Grinberg and everyone else who shared my buzz; I really appreciate it.
    Susan 🐝 Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    24/11/2017 #8 Susan 🐝 Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    #5 And I laughed out loud when I saw it, @Alexa Steele, so I'm glad you enjoyed it too!
    Susan 🐝 Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    24/11/2017 #7 Susan 🐝 Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    #6 There really are some days that's close, @Ken Boddie, so I had to include it! Thanks for always commenting on my buzzes!
    Ken Boddie
    24/11/2017 #6 Ken Boddie
    OK, Susan. It's now official. The new unit of sudden inspirational velocity is the ‘WTF/hr’. 😳💡⚡️
    Hope you had an enjoyable holiday.
    Alexa Steele
    24/11/2017 #5 Alexa Steele
    The Cadbury Eggs joke really did make me lol 😆
    Phil Friedman
    24/11/2017 #4 Phil Friedman
    Nice, very nice. Really funny, too.
    Susan 🐝 Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    24/11/2017 #3 Susan 🐝 Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    Thank you, @Laurent Boscherini, for sharing my buzz!
    John Rylance
    24/11/2017 #2 John Rylance
    They all made me chortle.
    I would agree with the last one particularly if her name was Ava Lanche.
    The biscuit one maybe they are for people who talk out of their ass.
    Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    24/11/2017 #1 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    Well, an ass biscuit I don't want, but a MAJESTIC ass biscuit... Maybe.

    Who doesn't love a Majestic Ass?
  8. ProducerPascal Derrien

    Pascal Derrien

    13/11/2017
     Out Of My Head
    Out Of My HeadThe familiar message from the cabin crew outlining the descent protocol had just been rolled out by one of the senior flight attendants. All seat belts were fasten and most tablets were back in neutral position.Tracey Higgins was one of those...
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    Pascal Derrien
    16/11/2017 #22 Pascal Derrien
    #21 ah @Paul Walters since you are asking let me share with you my most guarded secret....are you ready? Find a comfie sofa, lie down in your favourite sleeping position, close your eyes et voila :-)
    Paul Walters
    16/11/2017 #21 Paul Walters
    @Pascal Derrien Now here is a wonderful short story brilliantly told!! And, you wrote it while asleep you lucky bugger...prey tell, what is the formula?
    Ken Boddie
    15/11/2017 #20 Ken Boddie
    #19 My Scottish upbringing taints my choice of travel status, Pascal, as does the frugal confinement of my expense account. But, there again, my wallet houses a complete family of moths, who seem reticent to leave its shelter on the very odd occasion when I open it.
    Your sincerely
    Scrooge McBoddie
    Pascal Derrien
    15/11/2017 #19 Pascal Derrien
    #18 :-) :-) I see you are used to travel in economy :-) @Ken Boddie I probably had a 1st class deluxe mind wandering :-)
    Ken Boddie
    15/11/2017 #18 Ken Boddie
    This may have been your dream, Pascal, but it's my worst nightmare. Here I am in my usual aisle seat, with my weight-challenged neighbour (to my right) spilling onto my flank, the kid behind constantly kicking the back of my seat (just about kidney level), with parents who obviously couldn't give a strangled Mars bar about his behaviour, the guy in front who insists on reclining his seat into my face, and bruises on my left elbow from, first the food trolly, then the drinks trolley, then the "let's pick up your rubbish" trolley, since my well rounded neighbour has forced me to lean into the aisle in order to avoid contact with his sweat saturated shirt. At least I have only an hour and a half to go before I can thankfully exit from this sardine can of communal confinement onto the air bridge of Gate 22 at Brisbane Domestic Terminal. The prospect of 6 months cocooned inside a "come fly me" steel cigar, with little prospect of escape, constant airline food, no showers, and, heaven forbid, no wifi, would drive me to strap on a parachute and head for the nearest exit, either with or without "arm doors" and with or without "cross check". For god's sake wake me up too! 😰
    Pascal Derrien
    14/11/2017 #17 Pascal Derrien
    @David B. Grinberg with only one eye open I picked the wrong name in relation to comment #16 so this one was for you and sorry Charles (long time no see by the way :-) )
    Pascal Derrien
    14/11/2017 #16 Pascal Derrien
    #12 thanks @Charles David Upchurch it makes sense Sir now & this does prompt me to think that I actually make more sense when I sleep..... back to bed now :-)
    Pascal Derrien
    14/11/2017 #15 Pascal Derrien
    #13 thanks @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher, would you happen to remember the title of that movie by any chance ? I also realize quite a few of my posts have been somewhat related to that recently, yes I would like to see @David B. Grinberg dressed up as a budhist monk can somebody make my dream come true ? :-)
    Pascal Derrien
    14/11/2017 #14 Pascal Derrien
    #11 thanks @Joanne Gardocki yeah why did I have to wake up when it got interesting :-)
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    14/11/2017 #13 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    What a dream @Pascal Derrien! I remember watching a movie a few years ago about people who were being held on an airplane with the belief that the world had been exterminated and if they left the plane, they would die. There was much more to it than I can recall and much more graphic but this reminded me just a bit of that creepy movie.

    I like @David B. Grinberg 's dream assessment. He could be right about feeling trapped. David, I honestly believe we are not the only species occupying this Universe or even universes we have yet to explore, since do know there is more than one. They could be light years ahead of us (as in 1000's of years). Sometimes I'd like to believe that's where we go when we pass only to begin a new life with those we lost- a life that is without sadness (progression) and so advanced, we can't even begin to imagine. ;-)
    David B. Grinberg
    14/11/2017 #12 David B. Grinberg
    Thank you for sharing such a creative blogging buzz, Pascal. I think your dream is telling in the sense that we are all "trapped" -- so to speak -- by modern technology in the fast evolving 21st century mobile, digital and virtual Information Age.
    All this new high-tech has taken over our collective lives and basically dictates much of our action, which appears to be the trend in the foreseeable future. Thus, it stands to reason that those who are trapped from these outside forces of technology are the ones who are truly free. Does this make any sense? If so, who's ready to join me in Tibet and become a Buddhist monk?
    Lastly, being a space enthusiast, I also like the alien theory!
    Joanne Gardocki
    14/11/2017 #11 Joanne Gardocki
    What an interesting dream. Must be disconcerting, @Pascal Derrien. Thank you for sharing a bit of the "Twilight Zone."
    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    13/11/2017 #10 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    #9 I've had some crazy dreams with some being very realistic, and yet others are "out there". I've also had recurring dreams, which I've read can be due to unresolved problems yet they don't make a lick of sense. Oh, and the ones in technicolor but the colors don't make sense!
    Pascal Derrien
    13/11/2017 #9 Pascal Derrien
    #8 ah thanks @Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador some say it could be a nightmare but it is funny how I remembered very clearly various stages of that dream :-)
    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    13/11/2017 #8 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    Up, up and away today and who knows about tomorrow. Thought-provoking dream, @Pascal Derrien.
    Pascal Derrien
    13/11/2017 #7 Pascal Derrien
    #6 thanks Ali who knows where we are going to end up in my brain travels :-) :-) Get your gear ready :-)
    Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    13/11/2017 #6 Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    Any more dreama like this one @Pascal Derrien? May be next time you take us to the deep ocean
    Pascal Derrien
    13/11/2017 #4 Pascal Derrien
    #3 thanks @Debasish Majumder a bit messy and untidy at times but its mine :-)
    Debasish Majumder
    13/11/2017 #3 Debasish Majumder
    nice head you possess @Pascal Derrien! lovely share. enjoyed read and shared. thank you for the buzz.
    Pascal Derrien
    13/11/2017 #2 Pascal Derrien
    #1 thanks @Laurent Boscherini :-) Its a mystery .... I woke up before finding out damn!!!
  9. ProducerLada 🏡 Prkic

    Lada 🏡 Prkic

    10/11/2017
    An Intriguing Parable of How a Small Town Cleared All Debt
    An Intriguing Parable of How a Small Town Cleared All DebtSeveral years ago I found on the Internet a funny parable about the debt cycle. Lately, I stumbled upon it again and decided to share this humorous tale. There are many versions differ in the name of the place where this tale and somewhat a riddle...
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    yehia abd el atty
    30/11/2017 #23 yehia abd el atty
    Agriculture is the origin of industry. This is the origin of economic solutions. It's
    Lada 🏡 Prkic
    12/11/2017 #22 Lada 🏡 Prkic
    #21 Gert, thank you for reading and commenting. I also found this tale interesting to discuss.
    We can think of this parable in several ways, and this is what makes it so intriguing. You described the way where $100 is considered as a loan or an actual short-term payment.
    But, I don't think the hoteliers’ book was squared off because there was no actual $100 transaction and for that reason, all debt is not balanced out.
    I'm glad we have different opinions. :-) That makes the thread more interesting.
    Gert Scholtz
    11/11/2017 #21 Gert Scholtz
    @Lada 🏡 Prkic Very interesting parable Lada – thank you for posting it. To me it illustrates how money introduced into a system, even if only for a short period of time, acts as an exchange instrument and resets the system. The liquidity introduced by the visitor, has the effect of repaying and cancelling out all debts, even though nothing of tangible value was produced, and the local town economy did not grow. I refer to the liquidity introduced by the visitor, as his $100 to the hotelier could have been a loan, or an actual payment for the room which shortly after he reimbursed/refunded when the visitor did not want the room any more. Either way the effect is the same and the final balance in the hoteliers’ book is squared off.
    Sara Jacobovici
    11/11/2017 #20 Sara Jacobovici
    Great share and discussion @Lada 🏡 Prkic. Thank you.
    Lada 🏡 Prkic
    11/11/2017 #19 Lada 🏡 Prkic
    #14 I apologize for not commenting on time, but I'm trying to find some time between cooking, ironing and vacuum cleaning. :-)
    I would like we look at some facts a little more closely.
    A.) The hotel owner has a debt to the butcher.
    B.) The prostitute owes him the cost of the room.
    By the "borrowed" $100 bill, the hotel owner cleared his debt to the butcher, as everyone else in the circle did with the same bill changing hands. Every debtor was just passing money to their creditor.
    When the prostitute gave the hotel owner $100, it seemed that all debt cleared.
    BUT, in fact, he is out $100 because he gave the money back to the tourist and didn't actually charge the cost of the room. The fact that he owed and claimed the same amount of money is not relevant to this argument.
    Can we agree on the tricky part of the tale?
    Lada 🏡 Prkic
    11/11/2017 #18 Lada 🏡 Prkic
    #15 Not tainted, just "borrowed." :-))
    Lada 🏡 Prkic
    11/11/2017 #17 Lada 🏡 Prkic
    #13 Thanks for sharing, Debasish and @CityVP 🐝 Manjit. Manjit, hope your hands are getting better.
    Harvey Lloyd
    11/11/2017 #16 Harvey Lloyd
    #1 I believe the story to be viable. Especially if we can start our economic viewpoint from this simple story.

    Economist all to often look at complex theory of dealing with your story here at the 320 million level. (Approx. Pop. USA). By starting from this very fundamental end we can begin to understand if we assume the pig farmer filed for bankruptcy protection and broke the chain.

    Realizing that the breakdown would stop the machine we call the economy, now enter the Federal reserve and treasury. By adding features to the story we can begin to see better how various institutions intergrated into the economy.

    For me the key is credit. From consumer to commercial and even federal debt. Understanding the debt cycle will blow your mind. Do a search on google for, “Monitary Policy Documentary”. There both left and right videos avaible.

    Great post and discussion starter.
    Ken Boddie
    11/11/2017 #15 Ken Boddie
    Interesting tale, Lada, but you realise that the $100 is tainted.
    'Taint the hotelier's, 'taint the butcher's, .......
    🤣😂🤣
    Phil Friedman
    11/11/2017 #14 Phil Friedman
    #9 Yes, the cycle would have ended with the hotel owner having $100 in equity. But the paradoxical flavor is introduced precisely because the $100 that starts the cycle of debt retirement is borrowed and then repaid. — thereby retiring all the debt without adding any real value.
    Debasish Majumder
    11/11/2017 #13 Debasish Majumder
    lovely buzz @Lada 🏡 Prkic! enjoyed read and shared. thank you for the buzz.
    Lada 🏡 Prkic
    11/11/2017 #12 Lada 🏡 Prkic
    #8 It sounds nicer. :-)
    Lada 🏡 Prkic
    11/11/2017 #11 Lada 🏡 Prkic
    #6 Thank you for reading and commenting, Robert. Like your town, the small town in the tale represents a closed economy.
    Lada 🏡 Prkic
    11/11/2017 #10 Lada 🏡 Prkic
    #5 Thanks for sharing and commenting @Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee. I'm sure you see the paradox in this tale.
    Lada 🏡 Prkic
    11/11/2017 #9 Lada 🏡 Prkic
    #3 Yes, all debt could have been zeroed by the residents, but it didn't. Would it be the difference for the hotel owner if he started clearing debt with earned $100?
    Brian McKenzie
    11/11/2017 #8 Brian McKenzie
    Is the difference between a Night Butterfly and a Prostitute only 100.oo ?
    Brian McKenzie
    11/11/2017 #7 Brian McKenzie
    Economies of scale do not run on production, fabrication, logistics or communication as they do on CHURN. When you finally see that, you will realize the whole grand affair is nothing more than a cheap cheesy game show.
    Robert Cormack
    10/11/2017 #6 Robert Cormack
    Cute tale, @Lada 🏡 Prkic, and probably not far off the mark. Since moving to a small town, I'm amazed how everyone is everyone's customer. It's a self-contained unit with a similar cycle. The next town over has the usual Walmart, Canadian Tire, Winners, etc., but we all shop locally whenever we can, especially during the warm months when we can buy fruits and vegetables. I'm not quite sure how Walmarts turn main streets in small towns into ghost towns. The locals here build loyalty with good service and reasonable prices. I guess if you don't, your customers end up at Walmart. Another parable. Thanks for the post.
    Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    10/11/2017 #5 Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    Back to square 1, but but deceptively every person circulated the money and at keast showed seriousness in paying off the debt. Nice sharing @Lada 🏡 Prkic
    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    10/11/2017 #4 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    #4 Thank you for your kind comment @Mohammed A. Jawad.
  10. ProducerSusan 🐝 Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    Are YOU Free this Friday Funday?
    Are YOU Free this Friday Funday?Don't you love how words have different meanings, depending on context? Of course, it makes learning any language that much more difficult, but for native speakers, it gives us a chuckle to see how some words can be misunderstood, either...
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    Martin Wright
    04/11/2017 #3 Martin Wright
    The matrix one - it caught me out
    Ken Boddie
    04/11/2017 #2 Ken Boddie
    The builder beaver and the cat catastrophes share equal honours for me this week, Susan. But only by a whisker. 🤣
    John Rylance
    03/11/2017 #1 John Rylance
    The man outside the shop is displaying Turban Sikh in blue.
  11. ProducerKen Boddie

    Ken Boddie

    03/11/2017
    Feeling Flush?
    Feeling Flush?OK now let's talk crap! You know, the s__t word, and it isn't slit, spit, smit or skit.At least once a day, most of us (the lucky majority who are not afflicted with irregular 'movements') take time out from, or prior to, our busy day, to visit the...
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    Ken Boddie
    21/11/2017 #45 Ken Boddie
    #44 Can't see the redbacks here in Oz “getting rid” of our adversaries, but their bite can be bad enough to severely damage dangly bits. 🕷interesting song, though. 😊
    Nicole Chardenet
    21/11/2017 #44 Nicole Chardenet
    Is there one of whom you wish most simply to be rid? :)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e5jv9RfcOqY

    Try Black Widows In The Privy!

    Ironically, I just watched a British documentary recently on the history of toilets. I found it on Youtube by the process of elimination :)
    Ken Boddie
    10/11/2017 #43 Ken Boddie
    #42 glad you enjoyed this buzz, Randy, although I must admit ‘educational’ wasn’t my original aim. Talking of ‘aim’, doing your business in sub-zero temps sounds like a challenge. I trust the marble-like doo doos didn’t get mistaken for Maltezers? 🤣
    Randall Burns
    10/11/2017 #42 Randall Burns
    HaHa! Very enjoyable, entertaining and educational read @Ken Boddie I have to say that we do have a toilet seat up here in Canada made from a specific type of Styrofoam/Epoxy mix that is used for outhouses for cabins, camps, fishing huts, etc. that regardless of ambient temp it feels "neutral" when you sit down on them, I used one numerous years ago at a friend's cottage in the outhouse when it was -40 out and no shock at all, quite amazing actually. :-) (Everything would freeze solid though before it hit the bottom of the pit, quite disconcerting as it sounded like a bunch of marbles falling on cement)
    Ken Boddie
    07/11/2017 #41 Ken Boddie
    #40 Can't say I have local Aussie Porsche experience, @Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador, by way of comparison, but assuming I might be tempted to visit, I'd probably forego the manicure, but could always do with trading myself in for a "new person". 🕺
    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    06/11/2017 #40 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    #34 Haha @Ken Boddie. If you want an ultimate experience in using a bathroom, the Porsche dealership my area has taken the lead in pampering. One can walk out as a new person after the spritz and glitz, perfect nails and hair giving one a distinctive flair, clothes steamed and cleaned making one all agleam, oh and the tush warmer makes one want to stay there all day! Perhaps, they should offer a buffet and teach ballet - oops, I got carried away.
    Ken Boddie
    06/11/2017 #39 Ken Boddie
    #38 An error no doubt, Brian, unlikely to manifest itself beyond the written word. Since ‘commode’ has its origins in French, meaning ‘convenient’ or ‘suitable’, it’s unlikely that the chest of drawers would be considered as either when you’ve got to go. 🤣
    Brian McKenzie
    06/11/2017 #38 Brian McKenzie
    It has also been called a Commode - but in Russian, that is a Chest of Drawers - it is best not to confuse the two. *Hint, dont trust Google Translate.
    Ken Boddie
    06/11/2017 #37 Ken Boddie
    #33 Curiosity eventually got the better of me, @Pascal Derrien, because I was sitting here thinking "I just don't know Jack Sh_t". Well, now that you've inspired me to find out all about the Irish inventor of the 'Multipoo', Jack Power (aka Armitage Shank), no doubt inspired by his 38 children and a love of that frothy dark amber bowel-moving nectar, Guinness, I can now safely say that I do indeed know 'Jack sh_t'. Slàinte 🍺
    Ken Boddie
    06/11/2017 #36 Ken Boddie
    #32 All experiences gratefully received, Lada? But no details ..... please!
    Ken Boddie
    06/11/2017 #35 Ken Boddie
    #31 Hope you mean funny ha ha, @Aleta Curry. ? But go on, say it again. 🤡
    Ken Boddie
    06/11/2017 #34 Ken Boddie
    #30 Being informative, @Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador, was not one of my prime objectives, but hey, I can ask questions later, just to check that you guys were paying attention? 👨🏻‍🎓
    Pascal Derrien
    06/11/2017 #33 Pascal Derrien
    May I add a bit of Irish slang with '' The Jacks'' :-)
    Lada 🏡 Prkic
    06/11/2017 #32 Lada 🏡 Prkic
    #18 I also have some unpleasant experiences while travelling South East Europe. :-)
    Aleta Curry
    06/11/2017 #31 Aleta Curry
    @Ken Boddie, I've said it before and I'll say it again: you're one funny fella!
    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    06/11/2017 #30 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    Informative and quite amusing @Ken Boddie. 🤣
    Ken Boddie
    05/11/2017 #29 Ken Boddie
    #28 happy to provide the language of laxative, Martin. 😄
    Martin Wright
    05/11/2017 #28 Martin Wright
    I could not pass the opportunity to have a good vent at this article. The relief after reading is incredible
    Ken Boddie
    05/11/2017 #27 Ken Boddie
    #23 Louise and @Lada 🏡 Prkic.
    The ATO is very slow,
    Its new squat lavs quite ‘a propos’,
    For the French, it appears, were pioneers,
    Of squatting low, knees round their ears,
    But either way, when it’s time to trot,
    It matters not where you prop your bot,
    When the need arises, we all know,
    When you’ve got to go, you’ve got to go.
    😫
    Louise Smith
    05/11/2017 #26 Louise Smith
    #24 But I really dislike UK & Paris when you pay extra for paper !
  12. ProducerDominique 🐝 Petersen
    MUSIC HISTORY: Hallowe'en
    MUSIC HISTORY: Hallowe'enHalloween or Hallowe'en (a contraction of All Hallows' Evening), also known as Allhalloween, All Hallows' Eve or All Saints' Eve, is a celebration observed in a number of countries on October 31, the eve of the Western Christian feast of All...
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    Dominique 🐝 Petersen
    31/10/2017 #4 Dominique 🐝 Petersen
    #3 Thanks, @Joanne Gardocki Glad you enjoyed it! ;o)
    Joanne Gardocki
    30/10/2017 #3 Joanne Gardocki
    Now that was fun! Thank you, what a great way to set the mood for Halloween.
    Dominique 🐝 Petersen
    30/10/2017 #2 Dominique 🐝 Petersen
    #1 Yes, I thought that was interesting about the sounds. ;o)
    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    29/10/2017 #1 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    Another great journey back in music history, and a great selection of Halloween songs. Thank you for your narrative on how the sounds were created for Monster Mash, which is one of favorite Halloween songs, as well.
  13. ProducerJoyce 🐝 Bowen   Brand Ambassador @ beBee
    Salem is the Halloween Capital of the World
    Salem is the Halloween Capital of the WorldOkay—so I live in Salem, Massachusetts. Rule of Thumb for residents is you don’t go outside for the entire month of October if you can help it. But I did so today. October in Salem is a holiday worth experiencing. I dragged myself out the door...
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    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    31/10/2017 #25 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    Love this @Joyce 🐝 Bowen Brand Ambassador @ beBee! We stopped in Salem for a day on our way to Bar Harbor Maine. I LOVED it there. I had no idea Salem lies along the Ocean at the time, another added bonus. You're right, the restaurants are very cool. I love the outdoor seating among the restaurants and shops. My favorite pic, The Grinch costumes... awesome and it looks like a great time. Looks like you had an awesome day! I'd like to go back one day and visit more historical places.
    Joyce 🐝 Bowen   Brand Ambassador @ beBee
    29/10/2017 #24 Joyce 🐝 Bowen Brand Ambassador @ beBee
    And thank you for the share, too, @Maria Merino
    Proma 🐝 Nautiyal
    29/10/2017 #22 Proma 🐝 Nautiyal
    Thank you so much for this picture-filled buzz, @Joyce 🐝 Bowen Brand Ambassador @ beBee. I loved every bit of it. There is so much color and fun going on. I will make it a point to visit Salem in the month of October, sometime in the future.
    Joyce 🐝 Bowen   Brand Ambassador @ beBee
    29/10/2017 #20 Joyce 🐝 Bowen Brand Ambassador @ beBee
    #19 I think it's all about the $. I do know the true history.
    Ken Boddie
    29/10/2017 #19 Ken Boddie
    Interesting pics and culture, Joyce. Here in Oz, Halloween is not celebrated (or should it be ‘revered’?) as extensively as it is in the US, so pardon my ignorance if I ask why Salem becomes a haven (or is it hell?) for the whole month of October. Is this a hangover (not the alcohol induced one) from the infamous 17th century witch trials, or is there something equally mysterious driving this evolution from a single night into a month long scare party? 🕷🕸🎭🦇👻🎃
    Joyce 🐝 Bowen   Brand Ambassador @ beBee
    29/10/2017 #18 Joyce 🐝 Bowen Brand Ambassador @ beBee
    #17 😊 😊 😊
    Sonia 🐝 Quiles Espinosa
    29/10/2017 #17 Sonia 🐝 Quiles Espinosa
    #16 Todo un placer Joyce!! Ha sido casualidad tú nos has contado como se celebra en Salem y como celebramos nosotros en España 🇪🇸
    Joyce 🐝 Bowen   Brand Ambassador @ beBee
    28/10/2017 #15 Joyce 🐝 Bowen Brand Ambassador @ beBee
    #8 You're quite welcome.
    Joyce 🐝 Bowen   Brand Ambassador @ beBee
    28/10/2017 #14 Joyce 🐝 Bowen Brand Ambassador @ beBee
    #7 Very much my pleasure.
    Joyce 🐝 Bowen   Brand Ambassador @ beBee
    28/10/2017 #12 Joyce 🐝 Bowen Brand Ambassador @ beBee
    #5 You go. Think I had enough for one day. :)
    Joyce 🐝 Bowen   Brand Ambassador @ beBee
    28/10/2017 #11 Joyce 🐝 Bowen Brand Ambassador @ beBee
    #4 Glad I made you smile.
    Joyce 🐝 Bowen   Brand Ambassador @ beBee
    28/10/2017 #10 Joyce 🐝 Bowen Brand Ambassador @ beBee
    #3 A Goddess you are. I love our mail carriers, too!
    Donald 🐝 Grandy
    28/10/2017 #8 Donald 🐝 Grandy
    Very cool. Thanks for sharing.
    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    28/10/2017 #7 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    Thank you for sharing Halloween in Salem, @Joyce 🐝 Bowen Brand Ambassador @ beBee. Fun post.
    Gert Scholtz
    28/10/2017 #6 Gert Scholtz
    @Joyce 🐝 Bowen Brand Ambassador @ beBee A very nice trip down Salem - where unlike you, I am a tourist!
    Jim Cody 🐝 Brand Ambassador
    28/10/2017 #5 Jim Cody 🐝 Brand Ambassador
    Now let’s go have some Halloween fun. 🎃 🎃 🎃 !!!
  14. ProducerClaire L Cardwell
    Bizarre Buildings Part 1 - Animal Crackers
    Bizarre Buildings Part 1 - Animal CrackersAnimal shaped buildings are nothing new - take the Sphinx for example.   I come across new zoomorphic architecture (buildings made to look like animals) regularly and decided to put together a list of my favourites. Lucy the Elephant is a six...
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    Claire L Cardwell
    03/11/2017 #19 Claire L Cardwell
    @Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador - the basket case building was on my list of buildings to add to my list of my bizarre buildings series. Perhaps I should do one on endangered odd buildings now!
    Claire L Cardwell
    02/11/2017 #17 Claire L Cardwell
    #14 Thank you Ali Anani!
    Joyce 🐝 Bowen   Brand Ambassador @ beBee
    28/10/2017 #15 Joyce 🐝 Bowen Brand Ambassador @ beBee
    Wow--Thanks for the view. Leave it to the stunning mind of you to think of such things.
    Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    28/10/2017 #14 Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    Really imaginative and fascinating compilation of animal-like shaped building by the authorative @Claire L Cardwell
    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    28/10/2017 #13 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    What unique buildings @Claire L Cardwell! It's difficult to choose a favorite because each one has its own unique personality. Here is one you can add to your list and it has a rather sad story attached to it.
    Claire L Cardwell
    28/10/2017 #12 Claire L Cardwell
    #9 Thanks @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher - glad you enjoyed it! I actually can't quite decide which one is my favourite, or where I would like to go first. I would however love to see the floating buildings that Waterstudio NL have designed - and hopefully get an inside scoop on how they did it! I think there's a whole post on floating buildings in itself.
    Claire L Cardwell
    28/10/2017 #11 Claire L Cardwell
    #8 @Ken Boddie - I am going to check out those giant buildings @Ken Boddie, I am particularly intrigued by the idea of a Giant Prawn! I just googled 'giant buildings in texas' and was delighted to find Bruco a giant caterpillar - http://www.monolithic.org/commercial/bruco-a-very-busy-caterpillar @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher you might like him too.... Looks like my list is definitely going to get longer!
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    28/10/2017 #10 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    #8 Just ask any Texan, ha, that was funny. I'd love to see pics one day of the large buildings in Oz too @Ken Boddie! I find the land of Oz fascinating !
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    28/10/2017 #9 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    Wow, I loved this trip! What unique buildings/architecture! I love the Octopus, would love to visit there. My son spent time in the Maldives back in 2009, he loved it there. Thanks for sharing.
    Ken Boddie
    28/10/2017 #8 Ken Boddie
    We have so many of these giant something or other buildings in Oz, Claire, but most that I have visited house tourist trap shops. A few that come to mind are the Big Merino (ram) in Goulburn, the Big Oyster in Taree, and the Big Prawn in Ballina. Then there are huge statues of various things like the Big Banana in Coffs Harbour and the Big Golden Guitar in Tamworth. But there again I’m sure there are bigger and better things elsewhere. Just ask any Texan. 🤣
    Claire L Cardwell
    27/10/2017 #4 Claire L Cardwell
    Thank you for the share @@Julio Angel 🐝Lopez Lopez! Have an awesome weekend!
    Claire L Cardwell
    27/10/2017 #3 Claire L Cardwell
    Thanks @Susan 🐝 Rooks, the Grammar Goddess! I had a lot of fun checking out all the weird and wonderful buildings I included....
    Susan 🐝 Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    27/10/2017 #2 Susan 🐝 Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    Bizarre buildings, indeed, @Claire L Cardwell! Thanks for adding to the fun today!
    Susan 🐝 Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    27/10/2017 #1 Susan 🐝 Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    Oh my, @Claire L Cardwell! Those are wonderful, and I'm going to add the link to my next Friday Funday post!
  15. ProducerGert Scholtz

    Gert Scholtz

    21/10/2017
    Portrait(s) of Herb Ritts
    Portrait(s) of Herb Ritts His break came on a long trip through California with a friend. The car they were travelling in had a puncture and they stopped at a garage to change the wheel. On a whim he asked his friend to pose for a photograph. It was Richard Gere and a year...
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    Gert Scholtz
    24/10/2017 #22 Gert Scholtz
    @Tausif Mundrawala I appreciate your reading the post and your comments - Ritts was in my mind a legend. Thank you Tausif.
    Tausif Mundrawala
    23/10/2017 #21 Tausif Mundrawala
    An excellent way to pay homage to this great photographer. Once the time moves on than very few would acknowledge the work of legends. Am glad that you shared this buzz with us, my friend @Gert Scholtz
    Gert Scholtz
    22/10/2017 #20 Gert Scholtz
    @Jerry Fletcher Interesting point Jerry; Ritts must have seen much more about the real people behind the public image. Many thanks for reading and commenting.
    Jerry Fletcher
    22/10/2017 #19 Jerry Fletcher
    Gert, Thanks for opening my eyes to a stellar photographer. The greats like him make me wish I could have been there to meet the real people that others made celebrities.
    Gert Scholtz
    22/10/2017 #18 Gert Scholtz
    @Ken Boddie Now that is perfectly said Ken, about late afternoon light: "As it casts its soft shadows and fades slowly into darkness, weaving a spell of character across the human form. " A picture with words of pictures taken. Thanks for reading and your comments.
    Gert Scholtz
    22/10/2017 #17 Gert Scholtz
    @Phil Friedman Thanks for reading Phil - much appreciated. @David B. Grinberg Thank you for sharing to other hives David - and I shall certainly continue with the buzzes. @Joyce 🐝 Bowen Brand Ambassador @ beBee Then I am happy that you found it through this post - thank you Joyce.
    Gert Scholtz
    22/10/2017 #16 Gert Scholtz
    @Pascal Derrien Thanks for that Pascal - I would have loved to do some back page articles - except that I can't write in French! I appreciate you commendation.
    Gert Scholtz
    22/10/2017 #15 Gert Scholtz
    @Pamela 🐝 Williams That IS the challenge and enjoyment I had doing portraits - making sure the technical aspects are covered while at the same time getting the person to relax and enjoy themselves. Thanks for reading and commenting Pamela.
    Gert Scholtz
    22/10/2017 #14 Gert Scholtz
    @Paul Walters @Randall Burns Thank you Paul, Randall. Regrettably, photography is a hobby and interest I have neglected - must take camera and start again.
    Gert Scholtz
    22/10/2017 #13 Gert Scholtz
    @Ian Weinberg @Lisa Vanderburg @Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador @Joyce 🐝 Bowen Brand Ambassador @ beBee Thank you for reading and for your comments - I am glad you enjoyed the post.
    Paul Walters
    22/10/2017 #12 Paul Walters
    @Gert Scholtz Thanks for that. Do you still use your trusty camera?
    Phil Friedman
    22/10/2017 #11 Phil Friedman
    Stunningly powerful work. Thanks, @Gert Scholtz.
    Ken Boddie
    22/10/2017 #10 Ken Boddie
    Stunning portrait of a master of portraiture, Gert. I also prefer the late afternoon light, as it casts its soft shadows and fades slowly into darkness, weaving a spell of character across the human form. By contrast, the early morning light never seems to last for long enough and all too quickly bursts into the stark harshness of the working day, or is it that I just hate getting up early?
    David B. Grinberg
    21/10/2017 #9 David B. Grinberg
    Thanks for another awesome blogging buzz, Gert! I echo all of the excellent sentiments expressed below. I have shared this in three hives: "beBee in English" and "Lifestyles" and "Publishers and Bloggers." Keep buzzing!
    cc @Javier 🐝 beBee
    Joyce 🐝 Bowen   Brand Ambassador @ beBee
    21/10/2017 #7 Joyce 🐝 Bowen Brand Ambassador @ beBee
    beautiful photos. I was not aware of this man. Thank you for lighting up his life.
    Randall Burns
    21/10/2017 #6 Randall Burns
    Great post @Gert Scholtz I'm an avid photographer as well, am familiar with Ritts work and he is an inspiration
    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    21/10/2017 #5 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    Thank you for sharing @Gert Scholtz. I was not familiar with Herb Ritts until I read your post. He is obviously a very talented photographer.
    Pascal Derrien
    21/10/2017 #4 Pascal Derrien
    I like written portraits and photographic portraits too, Liberation a French paper I used to buy at airports when I was travelling always had one at the back of its paper edition which meant I always started to read the last page first checking up on the photo shot and snippet of life of whoever they were covering. I reckon you would have made a great contributor @Gert Scholtz :-)
    Lisa Vanderburg
    21/10/2017 #3 Lisa Vanderburg
    Exceptional talent borne of true passion. What an beautiful gift and a lovely tribute @Gert Scholtz - thank you!
    Pamela 🐝 Williams
    21/10/2017 #2 Pamela 🐝 Williams
    Making the subject feel welcome to their own photo!! I despise posed photos, especially of myself. it's the unexpected, the life behind the photos that I like/enjoy. Get in front of too many photographers and they want you to pose, which reminds me that horrible trend of Vogue-ing! If they actually listened to Madonna's song then; "move to the music..."...capture life. Ritts apparently had the gift for that capture.
    A wonderful post Gert. Not following photographers I did not know of Ritts, but this sampling of his work shows I missed out. The beauty of photography is the artists work lives on way past the artists.
  16. ProducerSusan 🐝 Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    A Fabulous Friday Funday!
    A Fabulous Friday Funday!Why is it fabulous? Well, I live in the northeast part of the U.S., and it’s late October. Our normal temperatures are around 60 for this time of year, but we’ve been treated lately to temps nearing 80! And it’s Friday, the start of a weekend to end...
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    Susan 🐝 Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    02/11/2017 #27 Susan 🐝 Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    And thanks for giving me something to laugh at, @Alan Culler!
    Alan Culler
    02/11/2017 #26 Alan Culler
    @Susan 🐝 Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    Sorry to be so log getting to this is a following Thursday smile still worth anything? "Yeah, right."
    Thanks
    John Rylance
    22/10/2017 #25 John Rylance
    Thank you Susan.
    It may interest to know the exchange wasn't a made up one. It actually happened re our son at a swimming gala.
    You keep writing and I will do my best to comment. #19
    Susan 🐝 Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    22/10/2017 #24 Susan 🐝 Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    And thanks for commenting as you always do, @Jim Cody 🐝 Brand Ambassador!
    Susan 🐝 Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    22/10/2017 #23 Susan 🐝 Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    @Kevin Pashuk, I guess it depends on how someone looks at it! Thanks for always finding something to like in my Friday posts!
    Susan 🐝 Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    22/10/2017 #21 Susan 🐝 Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    #15 And it's so true, @Alexa Steele, isn't it? Thanks for commenting!
    Susan 🐝 Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    22/10/2017 #20 Susan 🐝 Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    #16 You know that it's how I decide on what to show, right, @Joyce 🐝 Bowen Brand Ambassador @ beBee? If I crack up, I always hope others will too! Thanks for always commenting on my posts, especially these Friday Funday ones!
    Susan 🐝 Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    22/10/2017 #19 Susan 🐝 Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    #18 You have no idea how much I value your always commenting and making me laugh, @John Rylance!
    John Rylance
    22/10/2017 #18 John Rylance
    The nearest I can get to two positives making a negative is this exchange.
    How did he do?
    It was a P B (personal best) 1min 42secs
    Well done him, that was good for him.
    Meaning her son's P B was 10 seconds faster.
    I think it's called daming with feint praise.
    Susan 🐝 Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    22/10/2017 #17 Susan 🐝 Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    #14 And thanks for finding so much in the buzz to enjoy, @Proma 🐝 Nautiyal! Yeah, it's hard to see the bird once you've seen the rabbit on skis, isn't it?
    Joyce 🐝 Bowen   Brand Ambassador @ beBee
    21/10/2017 #16 Joyce 🐝 Bowen Brand Ambassador @ beBee
    ooooooo--my smile is cracking my face it's so big. Thank you.
    Alexa Steele
    21/10/2017 #15 Alexa Steele
    I love the double positive joke! Makes me laugh every time :)
    Proma 🐝 Nautiyal
    21/10/2017 #14 Proma 🐝 Nautiyal
    I loved them all, @Susan 🐝 Rooks, the Grammar Goddess! First of all, once I saw the skiing rabbit, I couldn't find the bird again (at least for some time). That followed by the double positives, the essay on peas, the grammar doctor badge, and finally the mommy cat who ran out of toner, made my day. Thank you so much for the lovely buzz!
    Gloria 🐝 🐾 💫 ☕ (Glo) Ochoa
    21/10/2017 #13 Anonymous
    love the meme!
    Susan 🐝 Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    21/10/2017 #12 Susan 🐝 Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    #2 The LOL says it all, @Paul "Pablo" Croubalian, and thanks!
    Susan 🐝 Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    21/10/2017 #11 Susan 🐝 Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    #3 Thanks for always finding time to comment on my posts, @Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador!
    Susan 🐝 Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    21/10/2017 #10 Susan 🐝 Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    #4 Yes, @Aleta Curry, and once you see it that way, you can't unsee it! A really good metaphor for how we view life, isn't it? Some see the bird, and others see the rabbit. Some see both.
    Susan 🐝 Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    21/10/2017 #9 Susan 🐝 Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    #6 Oh, @Ken Boddie! I don't know what I'd do without you weighing in on my Friday Funday posts! You always make me laugh! Thanks so much.
    Bernard Poulin
    21/10/2017 #8 Bernard Poulin
    Love the associated comment!!!
  17. ProducerDominique 🐝 Petersen
    FRIDAY THE 13th
    FRIDAY THE 13thAccording to superstition, today is supposed to be unlucky. In fact, the fear of Friday the 13th has a scientific name: paraskevidekatriaphobia. It occurs when the 13th day of the month in the Gregorian calendar falls on a Friday, which can be...
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    Dominique 🐝 Petersen
    15/10/2017 #18 Dominique 🐝 Petersen
    @Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    Black cats are my favourite!
    Thanks for the share, Franci! ;o)
    Pedro 🐝 Casanova
    15/10/2017 #17 Pedro 🐝 Casanova
    #7 Someone says...God protect me from the useless bosses..and fake friends.....I will protect myself from the Antichrist...
    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    15/10/2017 #16 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    Friday the 13th has always been a good day for me. Did you know that black cats have the lowest adoption rate in American shelters compared to cats that are other colors? I'm not superstitious but some people are and as your post indicates will not even venture outside.
    Javier 🐝 beBee
    14/10/2017 #15 Javier 🐝 beBee
    I love black or white cats and Friday the 13th is like any other day...probably Friday is better because it's Friday ! Enjoy your Saturday and Sunday !
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    14/10/2017 #14 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    #11 Very true and it refers to the Antichrist who many feel according to the bible will return at the end times (Apocalypse). Stories state the Antichrist will appear in human form and many will feel it will save the world, they will worship him (in his bodily form) he will perform miracles and continue to fool people until it's time for his final fight. I've read a few fictional books based on so called facts from the book of Revelations and I say 'so called,' because so many people interpret the bible differently but I must say, they were interesting. I've become more spiritual over the years so my beliefs may differ from others. Now if we all get coded with 666 or a tatoo on our heads I might defer back to the book lol.
    Gert Scholtz
    14/10/2017 #13 Gert Scholtz
    @Dominique 🐝 Petersen I am not superstitious, but I sure am glad it is now Saturday the 14th :)
    Dominique 🐝 Petersen
    14/10/2017 #12 Dominique 🐝 Petersen
    @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    Thanks for the share, Lisa! ;o)
    Zacharias 🐝 Voulgaris
    14/10/2017 #11 Zacharias 🐝 Voulgaris
    #7 Actually some people who have studied the particular book from the Bible have come to the conclusion that 666 was actually code for the beast of the apocalypse, which was a particular dictator who wreaked havoc when he was around. Perhaps if he knew that his prediction would be the cause of alarm, he might have avoided this numeric code altogether!
    Zacharias 🐝 Voulgaris
    14/10/2017 #10 Zacharias 🐝 Voulgaris
    The only day I consider unlucky is Friday the 32nd! Every other day is lucky as far as I'm concerned...
    Susan 🐝 Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    14/10/2017 #9 Susan 🐝 Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    A day late, but . . . interesting article from @Dominique 🐝 Petersen on Friday the 13th
    Aleta Curry
    14/10/2017 #8 Aleta Curry
    'A black cat crossing your path...' hahahahahahaha! Groucho could really call it!
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    14/10/2017 #7 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    Interesting info @Dominique 🐝 Petersen. I used to be afraid of Friday the 13th because everyone around me was. I don't even think about it now. Black cats, I grew up with a few, so they never caused me worry either. I think most of us have superstitions and I'd have to say mine can be related to past events and I try hard not to repeat certain things if a similar even occurs. Just like the number 666 is supposedly related to the devil (Satan or what ever people call it)... I think if I had to choose, that number freaks me out just a tad.
    Denise M Barry
    13/10/2017 #6 Denise M Barry
    LOVE black cats. They are a protector of the vulnerable.
    Dominique 🐝 Petersen
    13/10/2017 #5 Dominique 🐝 Petersen
    Thanks for the share, Sonia! ;o)
    Jim Cody 🐝 Brand Ambassador
    13/10/2017 #4 Jim Cody 🐝 Brand Ambassador
    It’s just another day; good or bad.
    Dominique 🐝 Petersen
    13/10/2017 #3 Dominique 🐝 Petersen
    Thanks for the share, Milos! ;o)
    @Milos Djukic
    Javier 🐝 beBee
    13/10/2017 #2 Javier 🐝 beBee
    Martes y 13, ni te cases ni te embarques 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣
    Javier 🐝 beBee
    13/10/2017 #1 Javier 🐝 beBee
    In Spain is Tuesday the 13th 😂😂😂😂🤣🤣🤣🤣
  18. ProducerJim Murray

    Jim Murray

    12/10/2017
    Hang In There, Baby And Other Bullshit
    Hang In There, Baby And Other BullshitEvery so often I come across something that just riles me up. Although admittedly I am pretty easy to rile and let’s face it there so much bullshit out there that if I wanted to I could stay completely agitated 24/7.But what riles me the most in...
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    Aleta Curry
    14/10/2017 #18 Aleta Curry
    I never thought of it that way. I always just thought the meme/poster generators were trying to gain an audience and make a quid. But that we've got a generation of people totally lacking in confidence? There's a master's thesis in that somewhere.
    Jerry Fletcher
    13/10/2017 #17 Jerry Fletcher
    #11 JIm, Unhand that six gun! Tain't worth it. Only reason I responded that way was that I once teed off on a young lady similarly decked out. She took a break from her Barista job, bought me a coffee and splained it to me. She's still a friend and now a senior partner in an agency (one that gets results).
    Jim Taggart
    13/10/2017 #16 Jim Taggart
    Great post, Jim. And true.
    Milos Djukic
    13/10/2017 #15 Anonymous
    This topic is almost Orwellian and reflects the alienation of people, insecurity, and manipulation by those who can not help themselves. Then the stranger in trouble is also an easy source for scams and manipulation called life coaching.
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    13/10/2017 #14 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    Many aspects of professional coaching deserve a well written rant, but now with the introduction of premier coaching certification, there is a whole new stream of coaching accreditation that deserves a new stratosphere of rants. I thought tennis was the kind of sport where one required a racquet but if I were to keep thinking that, I would be naively placed in this world as an inspirational coach. A girl with poster is the tip of the iceberg where even a thermo-nuclear rant makes finding new forms of icebreakers a greater necessity.
    Jim Murray
    12/10/2017 #13 Jim Murray
    #8 @Geoffrey Cooling Maybe but there was a kind of sadness about her. You had to be there.
    Jim Murray
    12/10/2017 #12 Jim Murray
    #10 Thanks Bud.
    Jim Murray
    12/10/2017 #11 Jim Murray
    #5 Well it wouldn't be a fuckin' rant @Jerry Fletcher. It would be just another long format Hang In There, Baby. piece. So I might as well just shoot myself now.
    Phil Friedman
    12/10/2017 #10 Phil Friedman
    Good to see, @Jim Murray, that someone is speaking out about the bizarre growth of the "coaching industry", in which people who cannot show even a lick of solid experience in a given field, sell coaching services to others who have more experience than they do. For example, I am of late seeing "leadership coaches" whose profiles and pronouncements fail to evidence having led even a Brownie troop, let alone a substantially sized company.Yet, there they are, advertising coaching services for "executives".

    There used to be a saying, "If you can, do, and if you can't, teach." For obvious reasons, I was never much of a fan of that statement. But these days, especially on social media, if you morph that admonition just a bit, it makes all the sense in the world: "If you can, do, and if you can't ....well, coach instead."
    Geoffrey Cooling
    12/10/2017 #8 Geoffrey Cooling
    Hey Jim, this is a harder one than you think, maybe her make-up, hair colour and screaming message picture was a big not giving a shitness sign?
    Pedro 🐝 Casanova
    12/10/2017 #7 Pedro 🐝 Casanova
    Great post Jim...in Spain we say " al pan...pan...al vino...vino .." ( which means more or less...call the bread ..bread ..and the wine...wine...) Tell it ...how it is...
    And man...you just nail it...thanks for a brain shakedown...we need that in current times...some more than others...
    Randall Burns
    12/10/2017 #6 Randall Burns
    What a feel good motivating inspirational piece! Think I'll go meditate now...

    LMAO!!! Sharing...
    Jerry Fletcher
    12/10/2017 #5 Jerry Fletcher
    Jim, Meanwhile back in the real world.Think about this: One girl out of many that displays a different face to the world. One Girl purchasing a positive feedback device. One girl declaring herself. How many of the jocks and the debs would like to but lack the courage to come out?
    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    12/10/2017 #4 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    Ranting can be a good thing. It's like breathing in fresh air. Keep up the good work.
    John Rylance
    12/10/2017 #3 John Rylance
    Great rant. Rather than "full of shit" a case of verbal diarrhoea. You know what they say "Better out than in"
    Graham🐝 Edwards
    12/10/2017 #2 Graham🐝 Edwards
    Peace out @Jim Murray... nice tough love rant
    Kevin Baker
    12/10/2017 #1 Kevin Baker
    The alternative breast of nurturing, exhausting even to consider
  19. ProducerGert Scholtz

    Gert Scholtz

    07/10/2017
    Garage Parties
    Garage PartiesGARAGE PARTIES Back to the late seventies, early eighties, in the town where I grew up. Teen parties arranged for a Friday or Saturday night. We cleared the cars from the garage, placed chairs, installed a hi-fi (courtesy of the house), a few...
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    Jerry Fletcher
    10/10/2017 #18 Jerry Fletcher
    Gert, Another time, another world and yet the same teenage dreams and memory wrapped kind of music. Thanks for that view!
    Gert Scholtz
    08/10/2017 #16 Gert Scholtz
    @Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador Thanks for reading and sharing Franci - glad you liked the music from this side of the pond.
    Kevin Baker
    08/10/2017 #14 Kevin Baker
    Keep the refuse and clean up easy
    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    08/10/2017 #13 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    Cool buzz @Gert Scholtz. Love the music! Ah, those days.
    Randall Burns
    07/10/2017 #12 Randall Burns
    HaHa! @Gert Scholtz we had those parties too, thanks for the walk down memory lane, great post
    Bill Stankiewicz, 🐝 Brand Ambassador
    07/10/2017 #11 Bill Stankiewicz, 🐝 Brand Ambassador
    WOW COOL BUZZ !!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Gert Scholtz
    07/10/2017 #10 Gert Scholtz
    #5 @Pascal Derrien Thanks Pascal. Quite a mix of music we had locally - various genres inter-playing. Thanks for giving it a listen and do come and join my garage.
    Gert Scholtz
    07/10/2017 #9 Gert Scholtz
    #6 @Debasish Majumder Thank you for sharing Debasish - this piece very different to your sublime poetry - but I am glad you liked it.
    Gert Scholtz
    07/10/2017 #8 Gert Scholtz
    #4 @Ian Weinberg The medics I knew were not off their rockers - they were THE rockers!
    Gert Scholtz
    07/10/2017 #7 Gert Scholtz
    #3 @Ken Boddie Big collars and flared trousers out of fashion? I still wear them - even to the office :). The London music scene must have been quite something.
    Debasish Majumder
    07/10/2017 #6 Debasish Majumder
    nice buzz @Gert Scholtz! enjoyed read and shard. thank you for the share.
    Pascal Derrien
    07/10/2017 #5 Pascal Derrien
    Many thanks for sharing us a few good bands that I am not familiar with :-) that's contemporary recent SA history :-)
    Ian Weinberg
    07/10/2017 #4 Ian Weinberg
    Jislaaik Oom @Gert Scholtz this was a serious walk down memory lane. Just to correct you on one point - the medics were more off their rocker than anyone else!
    Ken Boddie
    07/10/2017 #3 Ken Boddie
    I was tripping round the Middle East in the late 70s, Gert, with regular visits back to London to permit me to don those big collars and flared trousers. Funny how fashion can appear to be flattering when its 'in' and a downright embarrassment to haunt us in old photos. 🤣
    Chris 🐝 Guest Cert.Prof.Acc.SA
    07/10/2017 #2 Chris 🐝 Guest Cert.Prof.Acc.SA
    https://youtu.be/nYGf20dfkZk
    Chris 🐝 Guest Cert.Prof.Acc.SA
    07/10/2017 #1 Chris 🐝 Guest Cert.Prof.Acc.SA
    Great reminiscences @Gert Scholtz .

    Lets not forget the great Dog Detachment from Benoni:https://youtu.be/nYGf20dfkZk
  20. ProducerSusan 🐝 Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    Friday Funday: Someone's in the kitchen with ... ?
    Friday Funday: Someone's in the kitchen with ... ?Every now and then, I find a theme for my Friday Funday posts, which have included the animal kingdom, wonderful puns, holiday times, and anything else that I can find that makes sense.Of course, sometimes I just compile a random assortment. And for...
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    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    11/10/2017 #27 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    #24 I agree, @Ken Boddie has his serious side which is enlightening and his fun side which always gives me the giggles. And I just saw your comment while I was typing this Ken, darn... you crack me up. Laughter really IS the best medicine. Did you miss your calling from becoming a comedian? Love Susan's Friday Fundays!
    Ken Boddie
    07/10/2017 #26 Ken Boddie
    #20 #24 Since I'm unlikely to experience childbirth or have my nipples tickled, @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher, the next best generator of oxytocin is, I understand, laughter. We all need a 'giggle button' to push. I prescribe three times daily, before meals, plus a weekly dose of Friday Funday from @Susan 🐝 Rooks, the Grammar Goddess.
    Susan 🐝 Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    07/10/2017 #25 Susan 🐝 Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    #18 @Ken Boddie! You outdid yourself this time! That was wonderful! Enough exclamation marks???
    Susan 🐝 Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    07/10/2017 #23 Susan 🐝 Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    #21 Thanks for commenting and sharing my buzz, @Proma 🐝 Nautiyal!
    Proma 🐝 Nautiyal
    07/10/2017 #22 Proma 🐝 Nautiyal
    Fellow content marketers, allow yourself some fun weekend humor with this amazing buzz by @Susan 🐝 Rooks, the Grammar Goddess! Enjoy!
    Proma 🐝 Nautiyal
    07/10/2017 #21 Proma 🐝 Nautiyal
    Loved the buzz, @Susan 🐝 Rooks, the Grammar Goddess!! Especially, the first three. I am now craving gingerbread, but I know if I walk into the kitchen now, I will only find the ingredients :-D
    Others deserve a good dose of weekend humor, too! Sharing. :-)
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    07/10/2017 #20 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    #18 We need a giggle button for some of your comments @Ken Boddie :)
    Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    07/10/2017 #19 Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    Lol! Good ones Susan. The onion rings a loud bell! ;) Our kitchens are generally chock full of 'em.
    Ken Boddie
    07/10/2017 #18 Ken Boddie
    From picking nose, to knee that’s froze,
    And lemon-melon glee,
    If Kim Jong dude, should zap his food,
    I’ll laugh until I wee.
    ...................................
    I’m sure you’ll get your jest desserts, Susan🤣
    John Rylance
    06/10/2017 #17 John Rylance
    #8 #6 your comments reminded me of the music hall song that contains the line.
    She sits among the cabbages and peas.
    Susan 🐝 Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    06/10/2017 #16 Susan 🐝 Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    #11 You know it's my pleasure, @Renée 🐝 Cormier!
    Susan 🐝 Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    06/10/2017 #15 Susan 🐝 Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    #12 Oooooh, that all sounds yummy, @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher! YUMMY.
    Susan 🐝 Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    06/10/2017 #14 Susan 🐝 Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    #10 Yeah, I have a friend who was a cook in a school for about 35 years, and this one is perfect for her. She no longer cooks from scratch; she heats up frozen stuff or she eats out. I have to tag her on it.

    Thanks for your continued support and encouragement, @Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador!
    Dominique 🐝 Petersen
    06/10/2017 #13 Dominique 🐝 Petersen
    I have to say the Eggs Benedict—my favourite breakfast!
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    06/10/2017 #12 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    #9 Palmiers and wine? I had the best Brie cheese this week... roasted almonds, a cranberry dressing, apples and homemade bread came with it, oh and big glass of Citrus Ale- I haven't had a beer in years and I think I drank it a bit too fast ha ha.
    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    06/10/2017 #10 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    Thank you for my Friday chuckles, @Susan 🐝 Rooks, the Grammar Goddess. I like the one about going to the kitchen and looking for food and the lemon wedgies.
    Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    06/10/2017 #9 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    #2 LOL yeah, palmiers. We are invited to a dinner party tonight. As usual, I asked if I could bring something, hence palmiers. I was thinking more along the lines of a bottle of wine. oh well
    Susan 🐝 Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    06/10/2017 #8 Susan 🐝 Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    #6 Yeah, I loved that one too, @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher! Of course, it helps if a reader knows what "picking" can mean . . .
  21. ProducerKen Boddie

    Ken Boddie

    01/10/2017
    Plastic Man Goes Green
    Plastic Man Goes GreenI was the very model of a modern world suburbanite, Preoccupied with cleanliness, was well informed and erudite, My food all came in cling wrap, to be nice and fresh and watertight, And when I left the supermarket, plastic bags were my delight.I...
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    Ken Boddie
    07/10/2017 #10 Ken Boddie
    #9 You're welcome, Pak Paul, and thanks for the hat compliment. I guess I'm just a slave to fashion. 🤣
    Paul Walters
    07/10/2017 #9 Paul Walters
    @Ken Boddie . For starters I do love the wee willie wonker sleeping hat...suits you. I came to this realization a few years back when our girls left home for far flung places. We rattled around a house far too big for two. Three cars??? Four TVs ??? I mean?? So we gave away the furniture, sold the house and the two others that I dont even recall ever seeing. Came to Bali with a suitcase and lived a simpler life. However, I do look around and see a couple of TVs another house full of furniture. However, I do grow my own veggies, I walk everywhere or use the sepeda motor ( $2 a week on benzine!) and try to live a more sedentary lifestyle. We recycle and encourage our Balinese friends to do the same but its a bit of a losing battle. However, thank you for the fabulous rhyming couplets that make me think a little more. Cheers
    Ken Boddie
    03/10/2017 #8 Ken Boddie
    Thanks for the share, @Milos Djukic and @Lada 🏡 Prkic 👍
    Ken Boddie
    03/10/2017 #7 Ken Boddie
    #6 many thanks, @Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador. On point precisely. 👍
    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    02/10/2017 #6 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    Delightful effort to send an important message @Ken Boddie. Plastic is one the main sources of pollution on our planet.
    It does not break down, so if it’s not recycled it fills our landfills, threatens the longevity of our wildlife, and suffocates our oceans. Plastic is a problem and something that so many of us depend on in our daily lives.

    You're right it's time to change and go green.
    Ken Boddie
    02/10/2017 #5 Ken Boddie
    #4 now all we need, @Pascal Derrien, is to invent green disposable nappies/diapers. That might put the smile back on my grandson’s face
    Pascal Derrien
    02/10/2017 #4 Pascal Derrien
    Instilling the basics of a healthy lifestyle and ability to make choices and equipped them with informed data is the best legacy you can give to children nowadays :-) Yo plastic man you did it again. Nice one @Ken Boddie View more
    Instilling the basics of a healthy lifestyle and ability to make choices and equipped them with informed data is the best legacy you can give to children nowadays :-) Yo plastic man you did it again. Nice one @Ken Boddie :-) Close
    Ken Boddie
    02/10/2017 #3 Ken Boddie
    Thanks for the share, Javier. 👍
    Ken Boddie
    02/10/2017 #2 Ken Boddie
    Agreed, @Ian Weinberg.
    “In short, in matters vegetable, animal, and mineral,
    You are the very model of a modern Surgeon-General.”
    Ian Weinberg
    01/10/2017 #1 Ian Weinberg
    That's setting a blistering pace @Ken Boddie ! Yes alas, we have strayed. Time to fix Gaia for the kids.
  22. ProducerGert Scholtz

    Gert Scholtz

    29/09/2017
    On Sunset
    On SunsetEveryone has their favorite time of day. For me it is sunset. Here on the tip of Africa we are privileged to experience some of the most beautiful and varied. Sunset is the time when the rush and energy of the day fades into the space of night....
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    Todd Jones
    07/10/2017 #20 Todd Jones
    Breathtaking, Gert! As beautiful as these pics are, I imagine they pale in comparison to actually experiencing them in person. "It reminds of our short time on earth," indeed.
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    30/09/2017 #19 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    The spiritual metaphor of sky is a universal theme that resonates across boundaries, there is no "your sky" or "my sky" - just our capacity to make meaning of the seasons. Very well written buzz.
    Gert Scholtz
    30/09/2017 #18 Gert Scholtz
    #8 @David B. Grinberg Seems you like space of all kinds – space travel, outer space, and from on very high in your condo :) The sunset photo’s you posted here on beBee from your condo motivated me to write this one – thanks very much for stopping by and sharing David.
    Gert Scholtz
    30/09/2017 #16 Gert Scholtz
    #11 @Pascal Derrien Here in SA my internal clock is set to the sun. Reminds me of my first winter's day working in London - I packed up and left for home at 3.30 - because the sun is setting :). Hope the shiny buddy is there for you today! Thanks Pascal.
    Gert Scholtz
    30/09/2017 #15 Gert Scholtz
    #9 @Ken Boddie So true what you say Ken - it those unexpected times, on the road or somewhere in nature when the kaleidoscope of late day is most enjoyable. From here down under to over there down under - have a good one!
    Gert Scholtz
    30/09/2017 #14 Gert Scholtz
    #10 @Debasish Majumder Thank you Debasish for reading and sharing. I am happy that you found the post inspiring.
    Gert Scholtz
    30/09/2017 #13 Gert Scholtz
    #7 @Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador Someday I will have to see the sunset at Key West in Florida, as someday you must come down to see the Giraffes silhouetted against the evening sky! Thanks for reading and sharing Franci.
    Gert Scholtz
    30/09/2017 #12 Gert Scholtz
    #6 @Paul Walters I had a look at Constable and Turner's work - magnificent! Time you moved back to SA where we are free from volcanoes and earthquakes? And you will know what a Karoo sunset looks like. Thanks Paul
    Pascal Derrien
    30/09/2017 #11 Pascal Derrien
    We are getting less of sun time around here with the new season coming to us no more mid week cycle spins with the club etc etc......hence I tend to maximize the day the best I can, I quite like running at night too so it a different experience. When I check the weather forecast I always smile when they mention the shiny buddy is getting ready to be all day busy :-)
    Debasish Majumder
    30/09/2017 #10 Debasish Majumder
    wonderful buzz @Gert Scholtz! inspiring indeed! enjoyed read and shared. thank you for the buzz.
    Ken Boddie
    30/09/2017 #9 Ken Boddie
    Sunset 🌅 ..... the experience and the metaphor. As you say, Gert, they all differ, but the real reward is when, more by chance than planning, we are in the right place at the right time to experience Mother Nature’s wow factor, as if she feels the need to occasionally remind us of her power and magnificent beauty.
    David B. Grinberg
    30/09/2017 #8 David B. Grinberg
    Gert, you took the words right out of my mouth! I'm a super fan of sunsets 🌅 I try to observe them as much as possible from my high rise condo 20+ floors up. Very nice summation. You really captured the true essence of what makes sunsets so special. Bravo on this blogging buzz! 👏👏
    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    30/09/2017 #7 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    Nothing is more beautiful than sunsets and sunrises, as well. The most stunning sunsets that I have witnessed was in Key West, Fl. The locals celebrate sunsets and the entertainment is well worth watching. Your photos are beautiful and I love the pic with the giraffes.
    Paul Walters
    30/09/2017 #6 Paul Walters
    @Gert Scholtz . Another beauty ( excuse the pun) When Mt Agung here does eventually decide to blow the one thing we ( and if the eruption is a big one) is spectacular. Constable and Turners wonderful sunset paintings of London and the surrounds were caused by the ash cloud from Krakatoa drifting across Europe. From disaster often comes beauty
    Gert Scholtz
    29/09/2017 #5 Gert Scholtz
    #3 @Laurent Boscherini Very glad to have you reading and commenting Laurent - thank you very much. @Ian Weinberg Dankie Doc! Ons het besondere natuurskoon hier aan die suidpunt van Afrika.
    Gert Scholtz
    29/09/2017 #4 Gert Scholtz
    #2 @Deb 🐝 Helfrich "Watching a sunset is a fabulous experiment in being present, while also understanding the limitations of our perceptual capacities, while simultaneously flowing within the majesty of the world surrounding us." Beautiful words Deb! Thanks for reading and sharing.
    Laurent Boscherini
    29/09/2017 #3 Anonymous
    Thank you @Gert Scholtz for sharing your enthusiasm so shiny, enlightened by your beautiful writing. So happy to read you again ;)
    Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    29/09/2017 #2 Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    Life-affirming buzz, @Gert Scholtz. I have been fortunate enough to live in a place where I could do a visual meditation to the sunset right from my own apartment. I find it magical how we really cannot sense the decrease of light, only its results. Even the focal point of the sun disappearing below the horizon, to our naked eye, is imprecise. Watching a sunset is a fabulous experiment in being present, while also understanding the limitations of our perceptual capacities, while simultaneously flowing within the majesty of the world surrounding us.

    I do so crave, though, a chance to have giraffes in one of my sunset photos. That would be an exquisite opportunity.
    Ian Weinberg
    29/09/2017 #1 Ian Weinberg
    Pragtig Oom @Gert Scholtz A pleasure to read. Great pics.
  23. ProducerSusan 🐝 Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    Another Weird and Wonderful Friday Funday!
    Another Weird and Wonderful Friday Funday!Welcome to the oddities that others continue to find for me to show you each Friday. If you’ve had a tough week, why not take a minute to just sit back and enjoy the pictures and a couple of links to other seriously odd and wonderful stuff!This...
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    Lada 🏡 Prkic
    01/10/2017 #10 Lada 🏡 Prkic
    I like Canadian fast food. :-)
    Zacharias 🐝 Voulgaris
    01/10/2017 #9 Zacharias 🐝 Voulgaris
    The last one have very easily been ShALEspeare, shakesbeer's cousin :-)
    Brian McKenzie
    01/10/2017 #8 Brian McKenzie
    You had me at матрешка
    Ignacio Orna
    30/09/2017 #7 Ignacio Orna
    Funny Art
    Gloria 🐝 🐾 💫 ☕ (Glo) Ochoa
    30/09/2017 #6 Anonymous
    start your weekend off with chuckles!
    Gloria 🐝 🐾 💫 ☕ (Glo) Ochoa
    30/09/2017 #5 Anonymous
    LOL great way to start the weekend...with chuckles
    Ken Boddie
    30/09/2017 #4 Ken Boddie
    Not sure, Susan, if that sign is for a teacher or a trumpet. As for the bard, he posed that infamous question, but surely he knew that beer is a solution?
    Irene 🐝 Rodriguez Escolar
    29/09/2017 #3 Irene 🐝 Rodriguez Escolar
    Great, love the street art of Tom Bob. Thank tou.
    Susan 🐝 Botello
    29/09/2017 #2 Susan 🐝 Botello
    That was fun.
    John Rylance
    29/09/2017 #1 John Rylance
    Great bunch Susan.
    The Russian doll one, reminded me of a classic exchange in one of my favourite comedy programmes in the UK Ad Fab.
    Woman "Inside every fat person is a thin person trying to get out"
    Man "Only one dear"
  24. ProducerPaul Walters

    Paul Walters

    30/09/2017
    “Whew, It’s Getting A Little Warm!”  The Ups, And Downs Of Living On The Ring Of Fire.
    “Whew, It’s Getting A Little Warm!” The Ups, And Downs Of Living On The Ring Of Fire.Its 8.00 am on a Friday morning here in Bali and, as usual, at this time of year the weather is picture perfect with not a cloud in the sky. A light breeze, soft as gossamer wafts across the terrace, taking the sting out of the morning heat. ...
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    Claire L Cardwell
    26/10/2017 #27 Claire L Cardwell
    @Paul Walters - thanks for tagging me ! I see that you just had a magnitude 6.7 earthquake a couple of days ago.... I really hope that Mount Agung goes back to sleep!
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    07/10/2017 #26 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    @Paul Walters, very powerful- I had tons of imagery running through my mind as I read this. I remember the Tsunami, for what ever reasons I was awake when the news first broke and I felt utter fear for everyone. I don't think I ever heard the final death count, wow... that was horrible. As for the earthquakes and Volcano's, it's true, never know when mother nature will decide to open up those gates again. It's sad how many perished from the Volcano too. I hope the Mountain stays quiet for years to come. I'm sure with all the hurricanes and devastation it must have made you think of what happened in Bali over a period of years. Keep enjoying the great weather and no volcano's or Tsunami's allowed!
    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    03/10/2017 #25 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    @Paul Walters, you amaze me with your ability to draw the perfect picture making me feel like I am enjoying the balmy breezes of Bali. I'm also amazed that we love to challenge Mom nature by erecting structures on sites that are subject to her bad moods.

    Thank you for the sharing your story and keep us posted.
    Paul Walters
    01/10/2017 #24 Paul Walters
    #23 @Stephanie Brookes I think I will resort to a wet towel wrapped around my head!
    Stephanie Brookes
    01/10/2017 #23 Stephanie Brookes
    Thanks for the history on volcanoes. GOOD TO read the full story. I too, will now retire pool side and wait for the water to rise in the pool and bounce out of the sides, then I will put on my N95 mask and await this ash cloud in Ubud, as we are 33 kms away (as the crow flies).

    As of Oct 1 at 2.00pm - no eruption yet. The magma is moving, but as yet, no eruption. We are all prepared in Ubud with masks and safety glasses (eyes are affected by the ash cloud and tiny shard-like glass that carries in the wind).

    Life is going on as normal, today in Bali.

    Stephanie Brookes
    www.travelwriter.ws
    Aleta Curry
    01/10/2017 #22 Aleta Curry
    Volcanos, eruptions and ash - oh my!

    The very idea of eruptions and earthquakes terrifies me. I'll just think about the tranquil part....
    Paul Walters
    01/10/2017 #21 Paul Walters
    #18 @Randall Burns . I shall keep you posted
    David B. Grinberg
    01/10/2017 #20 David B. Grinberg
    Thanks for the blogging buzz, Paul. I always enjoy reading and learning from you about the history, culture and related information regarding other countries. For example, I didn't know Indonesia has 17,000 islands! Wow, that's a lot. I wonder how many are actually inhabited? Moreover, like many people, I recall the devastating tsunami through graphic and gruesome TV footage. What a historic tragedy for so many people.
    I really hope that the volcano you write about remains relatively inactive. However, the "Ring of Fire" is known to have so-called flare up more than other places on the planet. I tend to think that California is the next devastation zone for a major earthquake, as there hasn't been a really big one since the Northridge earthquake in 1994. http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/09/26/earthquake-thermometer-shows-la-region-is-boiling-to-northridge-level-2/ And seismologists say the Golden State is overdue to another big one. San Francisco, for example, hasn't had a devastating quake in over 100 years http://www.sfchronicle.com/news/article/How-ready-will-Bay-Area-be-for-next-big-quake-12216401.php
    Anyhow, please stay safe in your tropical paradise -- for which we are all envious!
    Donna Wood
    30/09/2017 #19 Donna Wood
    It was good to be transported to the beautiful isle of Bali on this fine Saturday morning. Do take care, @Paul Walters. The world would be so less pleasant without you in it. If the Mountain should come for you, appease the sea that she will render you away until the Mountain seeks you no more. :D Hope your nap was as pleasant as your post! ;)
    Randall Burns
    30/09/2017 #18 Randall Burns
    Great article @Paul Walters, I've been through that area of Bali and it is just beautiful but Volcanoes can be scary, hopefully Gunung Agun is just snoring but still fast asleep...
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    30/09/2017 #17 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    The same geological forces that have contributed to the beauty of Bali are the ones that create terrifying consequence. I am of the Richard Feynman persuasion where beliefs in the mercy of Gods not to destroy a temple is replaced by the wisdom of the temple builders who may have located it at a lesser risk location. Yet tsunami, volcanoes, earthquakes follow their own wave or path, so the best way to combat natural forces is to design in resilience.

    It is not right that people still hold onto ancient beliefs that may preclude them from investing in earthquake proofing construction or not build a major settlement within reach of pyroclastic flows. We know from volcanic history that a really severe eruption requires readiness to evacuate, as well as using sensor devices that improve predictability of disaster.

    Nor do human beings pay attention to the behaviour and sensory intelligence of animals - because many animals begin to move away form impending tsuanmi's, it looks like that animal sense has a predictor capability that human beings have not yet figured out in terms of biomimicry. All said, Bali is a beautiful place and sometimes is human beliefs which may be a disabler of resilience building.
    Paul Walters
    30/09/2017 #16 Paul Walters
    #10 @Netta Virtanen . Ill keep you posted!!
    Paul Walters
    30/09/2017 #15 Paul Walters
    #11 @Debasish Majumder . Thank you as always
    Ian Weinberg
    30/09/2017 #14 Ian Weinberg
    #12😂
    Paul Walters
    30/09/2017 #13 Paul Walters
    #12 @Ken Boddie Duly noted Ken especially the G 7 T bit !!
    Ken Boddie
    30/09/2017 #12 Ken Boddie
    The wife is currently in Central Java, Pak Paul, and so I've just planned to re-route her back to Oz via Jakarta, instead of Denpasar. This, of course, is in anticipation of a large Agunic ash cloud disrupting flights at some time in the not too distant future.

    Tales of big bangs brings me back to my many encounters with eruptions and lava flows in days gone past, but one of the most interesting was when I was living in Cilacap in 1988 and Gunung Slamet erupted some 60km away (probably about the same distance as you are from Gunung Agung). I don't remember the tremors and the minor shakes so much as the several days of darkness and the silent grey snow-like showers of fine silt sized ash, which, it appears, is highly abrasive. It got everywhere (including many orifices where the sun doesn't shine) and those who were less fastidious, ignoring advice to change engine oil, etc, ended up with major vehicle breakdowns soon after things got back to semi-normal.

    I trust you will be observing and recording proceedings from the safety of your hammock and that you will remember to cover up your gin and tonic against the intrusion of the pending grey silt. Perhaps you might consider indulging in that rare pursuit of volcahology (cocktails with a bang) which, of course, must be shaken and not stirred.
    Debasish Majumder
    30/09/2017 #11 Debasish Majumder
    lovely buzz @Paul Walters! enjoyed read and shared. thank you for the buzz.
    Netta Virtanen
    30/09/2017 #10 Netta Virtanen
    @Paul Walters What a menacing volcano! It's terrible that people have to flee their homes and that they have to collect all their animals and try to move them to safer grounds. It must be so terrible, scary and such hard-work.

    Keep us posted about that "giant mountain that wheezes, rumbles and belches like a bellicose politician, threatening to disgorge countless tons of lava and ash"
    Gert Scholtz
    30/09/2017 #9 Gert Scholtz
    @Paul Walters On my visit to Bali years ago, I was struck by the calm and serenity of the land and the people. Your post, as always so well written, shows a different side to it. Nature has its ways of being calm yet forceful - and we don't know on a certain day which one it will be. Thanks for a very interesting read Paul.
    Pascal Derrien
    30/09/2017 #8 Pascal Derrien
    8.22 AM here in Ireland when I am reading this with a steamy hot cup of coffee, I was transported to Bali in no time with your opening paragraph....... not sure when I will come back volcano or not :-)
  25. Dominique 🐝 Petersen
    Today is NATIONAL COFFEE DAY
    Luckily I had my camera with me as the sun coming through the cafe window created a perfect picture!
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    Dominique 🐝 Petersen
    01/10/2017 #2 Dominique 🐝 Petersen
    #1 @Ken Boddie
    Thanks so much, Ken! ;o)
    Ken Boddie
    01/10/2017 #1 Ken Boddie
    Compelling composition, Dominique!
    Steamy long black in a white mug, framed by strong light and stark shade, and uniquely located by inverse. Almost a metaphor for some of us to ponder.
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