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  1. ProducerPaul Walters

    Paul Walters

    13/06/2016
    Bon Appetite. Of Course, That’s If You Know What You’re Eating!
    Bon Appetite. Of Course, That’s If You Know What You’re Eating!Last week I was invited to lunch by a former client to one the city's more 'fashionable' restaurants. The experience convinced me that these eateries compete with each other in crafting their menus, to the point where the...
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    Dean Owen
    04/12/2016 #12 Dean Owen
    I think it was this one that got me hooked on @Paul Walters!
    Gert Scholtz 🐝
    04/12/2016 #11 Gert Scholtz 🐝
    @Paul Walters A "treat" of an article. I think today I will stick to sculpting and playfully arranging a "bring en braai".
    Paul Walters
    04/12/2016 #10 Paul Walters
    I know you read this @Dean Owen but given your recent gastronomic piece thought it prudent to share again!
    Paul Walters
    14/06/2016 #9 Paul Walters
    #5 Thanks Ken, much appreciated . Maccas said no...not even a free burger!!!!
    Paul Walters
    14/06/2016 #8 Paul Walters
    #6 thanks Bill much appreciated
    Kevin Pashuk
    13/06/2016 #7 Kevin Pashuk
    It appears @Paul Walters that you got your full share of the 'ambiance' which is what you really paid for. I've eaten in fine establishments like this... once. Give me a patio near water any time.
    Bill Stankiewicz
    13/06/2016 #6 Bill Stankiewicz
    Great article @Paul Walters, thanks for sharing @Ken Boddie!! regards, Bill Stankiewicz
    Ken Boddie
    13/06/2016 #5 Ken Boddie
    Highly entertaining, @Paul Walters. You are a master of idiom lightly poached in Menglish (or restaurateur's English). May I assume that you have been compensated handsomely by Maccas for this buzz? 🍔 🍟
    Susan Clark
    13/06/2016 #4 Susan Clark
    Great review! It's the first time that I read a restaurant review with this sense of humor, of course no one would ever visit that place anymore... or would they? Maybe you made people more curious. Anyway it is great to read such a entertaining buzz
    Dean Owen
    13/06/2016 #3 Dean Owen
    #2 I do not crave nouvelle cuisine or molecular gastronomy, but I do crave a cassoulet served in a large clay dish, or a huge pot of bouillabaisse, or a nice confit de canard, or a risotto con Parmigiano-Reggiano served in the wheel. Give me a dollop over a delicately hand plated meal any day.
    Daniel Anderson
    13/06/2016 #2 Daniel Anderson
    Fun article @Paul Walters. I myself have scowled at the introduction of 'foam' and 'deconstructed' meals. However, that all said the fact that chefs take pride in the visual element of your meal shouldn't really come as a shock. Unbeknown to most consumers the eating experience really is gauged as much smell and visual as it is taste. Presentation is a huge part of our food and drink culture and I see little harm in it regardless of the size of the meal... Well unless it's foam....
    Dean Owen
    13/06/2016 #1 Dean Owen
    "The titillation turned out to be a minuscule scallop diligently performing backstroke in a shallow puddle of colourful jus, topped with a 'crafted' sprig of something green." - "A brace of Bolivian humming birds, flash seared and arranged playfully on a bed of wilted Laotian high mountain grass, drizzled with a hint of larks vomit," Classic Walters!
  2. Stephane Fenner 🐝
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  3. ProducerBrian McKenzie

    Brian McKenzie

    29/11/2016
    Kyrzbekistan: Part 20
    Kyrzbekistan: Part 20Mama Lamchik was waiting by the front door of the arcade. She had changed as well and left the shorty short skirt to trade up for a sarong, silk shirt that let you know she was wearing a bikini and a pair of low strappy sandals. She was beach bunny...
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    Jim Murray
    02/12/2016 #4 Jim Murray
    You're nuts. But I love it. I'd share it but I don't know if I'd get drummed out the ambassador corps for doing that here. Just kidding, I'll share it on Linkedin. I don't give a shit what happens to me there. TYou are a wild and crazy guys for sure. Why doesn't Trump put you in his cabinet, a new post: Director of Kink.
    Brian McKenzie
    02/12/2016 #3 Brian McKenzie
    @Dean Owen Thanks for reading and sharing. The girls here are a mix of wild crazy techno party insta-grammers to staunch traditionalists that want to get married, have kids and always be the wife. And not much in between. And they do indeed bring the A game to husband hunting. Surf City was all the rave for 2 to 1 .... here it is more closely to 6 to 1 in the city, and at the Universities it is nearly 11 to 1. I have not had a date free day in months. It will be sad to leave for the next country - but I will, because that is the life I know is for me. Never settle, never stay, never marry, never breed. #MGTOW
    Dean Owen
    02/12/2016 #1 Dean Owen
    Fun read @Brian McKenzie. Certainly has a unique style of writing that is uniquely you! I am dangerously beginning to stereotype the ladies of your region into a "desperate for a better life" category when I am sure many young ladies are perfectly happy in the country and would be perfectly happy to marry natives.
  4. Dean Owen

    Dean Owen

    01/12/2016
    I can't quite figure out this house in my old neighbourhood in London. Is it a facade? Is it for a thin family? Dean Owen
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    Zacharias Voulgaris
    01/12/2016 #3 Zacharias Voulgaris
    Well, with rent prices going through the roof these days in the metropolitan areas, the real-estate developers need to find a way to cut costs, right?
    Pascal Derrien 🐝
    01/12/2016 #2 Pascal Derrien 🐝
    it is the Paper family living in there :-)
    Maria Oslara
    01/12/2016 #1 Maria Oslara
    I think it's for a thin family....!!!
  5. Sergio Martínez
    El #MannequinChallenge de beBee 🐝
    El #MannequinChallenge de beBee 🐝 Cuando el jefe vuelve a la oficina sin...
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    Antonio Riobó Conde
    30/11/2016 #24 Antonio Riobó Conde
    Genial!!
    Adelaide Santos
    30/11/2016 #23 Adelaide Santos
    Buenísimo!! Enhorabuena ha quedo genial 👍
    Maria Luquero Vila
    28/11/2016 #22 Maria Luquero Vila
    jiji ha quedado genial!
    Javier beBee
    28/11/2016 #21 Javier beBee
    #14 @Aitor Díez Fernández la idea del DRON es muy buena :-)
    Davide Caretti
    28/11/2016 #20 Davide Caretti
    Really funny! Great job!
    Lisa Gallagher
    28/11/2016 #19 Lisa Gallagher
    haha, this was great!! I'm not sure I could have done this w/out laughing. Props to everyone! Juan has special powers! ;-)
    Federico Álvarez San Martín
    26/11/2016 #18 Federico Álvarez San Martín
    #14 Somos muchas abejas trabajadoras... Gracias por la sugerencia @Aitor Díez Fernández.
    Pedro Gómez
    26/11/2016 #17 Pedro Gómez
    Genial....gran trabajo, original y supersimpático....os doy un fuerte aplauso por su brillantez !!!
    Jorge Lázaro Molina
    25/11/2016 #16 Jorge Lázaro Molina
    Esta genial! Ha merecido la pena el esfuerzo!
    Maria Oslara
    25/11/2016 #15 Maria Oslara
    Buenísimo... Genial!!
    Aitor Díez Fernández
    25/11/2016 #14 Aitor Díez Fernández
    Pero cuánta peña que sois! Os lo habéis currado mucho. Gran vídeo de 1 fotograma. je, je. La próxima tenéis que meter un drone volando por la oficina. Qué ideas que os doy!
    Fernando Santa Isabel Llanos
    25/11/2016 #13 Fernando Santa Isabel Llanos
    Sois la caña de España!!
    Mamen Delgado
    25/11/2016 #12 Mamen Delgado
    Qué GRANDES sois!!! 😂 😂 👏 👏
    Aída Ramos Vázquez
    25/11/2016 #11 Aída Ramos Vázquez
    Es genial! Lo que me he reído jaja
    David Gamella Pérez
    25/11/2016 #10 David Gamella Pérez
    Jajajaja
    María Paz Hueso Luque
    25/11/2016 #9 María Paz Hueso Luque
    👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏
    Belen Dugarte
    25/11/2016 #8 Belen Dugarte
    Jajajajaja, esta bueno.
    Cristina Valmaseda de Leiva
    25/11/2016 #7 Cristina Valmaseda de Leiva
    Jajajajjaa Lo que me he perdido!!!! Sois geniales!!!
    Federico Álvarez San Martín
    25/11/2016 #6 Federico Álvarez San Martín
    #2 Sí 😉
    Adriana Bevacqua García
    25/11/2016 #5 Anonymous
    jajajaj cracks! :-)
  6. Dean Owen

    Dean Owen

    28/11/2016
    Tea anyone? We spent the day in the tea paddies high above Sanjiang. I can't tell you how spectacular this place is - well I can, and I will in a later article. I have a lot of catching up to do in terms of reading articles but off to London for a quickie, then I'll catch up.... Dean Owen
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    David B. Grinberg
    02/12/2016 #4 David B. Grinberg
    Magnificent, Dean. I wish you safe travels and look forward to more buzz...
    Ken Boddie
    02/12/2016 #3 Ken Boddie
    #2 I have absolutely no experience with video, Dean-san, but am looking forward to seeing your efforts.
    Dean Owen
    01/12/2016 #2 Dean Owen
    #1 Thanks. I have two hours worth of video I am trying to condense into a nice 3 minute package. Coming soon....
    Ken Boddie
    28/11/2016 #1 Ken Boddie
    Something soothing about tea plantations, Dean-san. Nicely framed shot.
  7. Dean Owen

    Dean Owen

    26/11/2016
    I am currently in the deep South of China in Sanjiang, home to the Dong ethnic minority. Here is a taste of what I am seeing. Full buzz coming soon. Dean Owen
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    Javier beBee
    26/11/2016 #4 Javier beBee
    Amazing !
    Iyobosa Ero
    26/11/2016 #3 Iyobosa Ero
    That's awesome. As a traveller i love seeing and experiencing other cultures. Share as much pictures as you can...
    John White, MBA
    26/11/2016 #2 John White, MBA
    Amazing!
    Lisa Gallagher
    26/11/2016 #1 Lisa Gallagher
    Wow, can't wait to read your buzz!
  8. ProducerLiesbeth Leysen, MSc
    After Eight
    After EightDark. Clouded. His hotel room felt lonely. Outside footsteps in the corridor. French music. The sheets covered his skinny body. Soft touch. His hand reached for his partner. She was downstairs, having breakfast. She wrote him a little love note. He...
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    Liesbeth Leysen, MSc
    01/12/2016 #16 Liesbeth Leysen, MSc
    #12 oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooh @Deb Helfrich, your comments are always a blessing. Thank you.
    Liesbeth Leysen, MSc
    01/12/2016 #15 Liesbeth Leysen, MSc
    #11 I have an idea, give me some time ;-) @Donna-Luisa Eversley. To be continued ...
    Liesbeth Leysen, MSc
    01/12/2016 #14 Liesbeth Leysen, MSc
    #10 thanks so much @Franci Eugenia Hoffman. Super sweet to say.
    Liesbeth Leysen, MSc
    01/12/2016 #13 Liesbeth Leysen, MSc
    #9 what a beautiful name for this monument! Thanks @Pascal Derrien!
    Deb Helfrich
    30/11/2016 #12 Deb Helfrich
    #11 @Liesbeth Leysen, MSc is incredibly good at this particular genre, but I honestly would like you to write your own, @Donna-Luisa Eversley, as what you write about, you bring about
    Donna-Luisa Eversley
    29/11/2016 #11 Donna-Luisa Eversley
    #8 @Liesbeth Leysen, MSc think you might need to put me in one of your romance stories, but a fantastic guy ...so I can dream a wee bit
    Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    29/11/2016 #10 Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    Beautifully written, Liesbeth. It's so nice to read a beautiful and romantic love story.
    Pascal Derrien 🐝
    29/11/2016 #9 Pascal Derrien 🐝
    The Old Iron Lady is always source of inspiration, I got back to my hometown for a minute .... thank you coffee is on me :-)
    Liesbeth Leysen, MSc
    29/11/2016 #8 Liesbeth Leysen, MSc
    #7 your wish to be made real, Christmas is coming soon, the magic of Christmas makes your deepest desire reality, @Donna-Luisa Eversley
    Donna-Luisa Eversley
    29/11/2016 #7 Donna-Luisa Eversley
    @Liesbeth Leysen, MSc, if you keep this up I will be sure to ask you to be a matchmaker for me 🐝🐝🌼🌼 indeed it is mesmerising and romantic and beautiful...memories.
    Liesbeth Leysen, MSc
    28/11/2016 #6 Liesbeth Leysen, MSc
    #3 @Deb Helfrich, you are the best, always a pleasure to read your comments!
    Liesbeth Leysen, MSc
    28/11/2016 #5 Liesbeth Leysen, MSc
    #4 oooooh wow, thank you, @Gert Scholtz
    Gert Scholtz 🐝
    26/11/2016 #4 Gert Scholtz 🐝
    @Liesbeth Leysen, MSc The most moving short love story I have read in a long time. Magnificent Liesbeth!
    Deb Helfrich
    26/11/2016 #3 Deb Helfrich
    Soul inspiring, @Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. This piece is spectacular.
    Liesbeth Leysen, MSc
    26/11/2016 #2 Liesbeth Leysen, MSc
    #1 agree, thank you @Rene Winteraeken
  9. ProducerMichael D. Davis
    Share With Me
    Share With MeOur ability to share with one another is amazing in the modern era . We can communicate instantaneously, anywhere and any time. Yet we are more isolated than ever. We don't share in person, face to face, with eye contact, body language and an...
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    Michael D. Davis
    26/11/2016 #2 Michael D. Davis
    You understand where I''m coming from @Lisa Gallagher. Thanks for sharing.
    Lisa Gallagher
    26/11/2016 #1 Lisa Gallagher
    Love the quote above @Michael D. Davis. This is an important message! Social media and use of our PC's is part of life now but we do need to remember that real life is waiting. It's important to take a step back and focus on what is right there in front of us, those who need us and yes, even pamper ourselves. If we don't do these necessary things, we burn out and are of no good to anyone!
  10. Chris Dixon

    Chris Dixon

    26/11/2016
    I could no longer ignore their siren's song. The power of beads compelled me. Chris Dixon
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    Emily Forget (Newbee!)
    26/11/2016 #1 Emily Forget (Newbee!)
    Lovely! I am happy to be following you. :-)
  11. Sushmita Thakare Jain
    Drawing after a long time! ☺ Not so good but want to get back to it... ✍ Sushmita Thakare Jain
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  12. ProducerKen Boddie

    Ken Boddie

    25/11/2016
    Gobble-Gobble-Diddle-Ip
    Gobble-Gobble-Diddle-IpCaught this fella doing the 'turkey trot' in Boondall Wetlands recently. The Australian brushturkey is normally found in rainforest and wetland areas, but has also been driven into the suburbs by man's destruction of his natural habitat. We have a...
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    Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    26/11/2016 #12 Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    #11 Thank you, Ken. I see your follow in my email. I can't seem to get your url to work. Can you furnish a live link?
    Ken Boddie
    26/11/2016 #11 Ken Boddie
    BrewNSpew looks interesting, Franci. I've saved it to my Reading List so I can look through it at my leisure. Thanks.
    Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    26/11/2016 #10 Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    #2 Here's the link, Ken - https://amanpan.com/
    Lisa Gallagher
    26/11/2016 #9 Lisa Gallagher
    #8 ha, good one Ken!!
    Ken Boddie
    26/11/2016 #8 Ken Boddie
    #7 Sounds like your family's all 'gone to the dogs', Lisa. 😂
    Lisa Gallagher
    26/11/2016 #7 Lisa Gallagher
    #6 haha, I'm not that young Ken. I think I've heard of the Turkey Trot but never actually heard 'it.' She never killed a bird when hunting and was trained well. But, for some reason she goes after other prey when running free in the yard. They live out in the country. I think she's been quelled 3 times... you'd think she'd learn. My son has a pointer too but never had time to teach her to hunt, she went after a rabbit once and had it in her mouth in front of my daughter in law and grandson (she broke off her leash). My daughter in law ran in the house crying. I'm glad we don't have a hunting dog, we have a boston terrier who's a bit high strung but fun!
    Ken Boddie
    26/11/2016 #6 Ken Boddie
    #4 Never heard the Turkey Trot, Lisa? Just goes to prove how young you are. 😉 Just love pointers and setters and retrievers - all hunting dogs! But I'm surprised she goes in for the kill unprompted. Pointers were originally bred to 'point' to where the kill had fallen, after the shooter had done his dastardly deed, and not to turn the prey into doggy dinner. Perhaps nobody told her this? 😂
    Ken Boddie
    26/11/2016 #5 Ken Boddie
    #3 Trust you Canucks to be different, Kev. Or should I rather say trust the US to be different! 😂 Either way I stand corrected. Still surprised you're not yet a Canuck Canon Carrier, Kev! 😂
    Lisa Gallagher
    26/11/2016 #4 Lisa Gallagher
    Great capture of the Turkey @Ken Boddie! I'm sure the fellow as happy to be living outside of the US. I can't imagine finding one in my garden! My daughter and her husband have a German Short Haired Pointer who's been a trained hunting dog since she was a pup. She would gobble gobble that turkey down in two or three bites, yikes. I actually get nervous when she goes out because if a rabbit is near or other critters (although, I don't call rabbits critters, they are cute).. but she will eat them and even my daughter gets emotional over it. I know, sounds horrid. That song was cute, never heard it before!
    Kevin Pashuk
    25/11/2016 #3 Kevin Pashuk
    Not a bad shot for a Canon Ken... Sounds like the down under variety of Turkeys are a bit on the wild side. In a previous life we had a flock of wild turkeys (much different than the domestic variety that was consumed in vast quantities south of our border) who were like a biker gang, keeping my son from getting to the front door.

    Thanks for the Thanksgiving wishes, but we Canadians do Thanksgiving in October. That way we can gorge on turkey, then will have completely forgotton about it by Christmas so we can do it all over again.
    Ken Boddie
    25/11/2016 #2 Ken Boddie
    Your fun fowl frolic, Franci, is certainly not foul. 😂
    I'd love to have the link to your blog?
    Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    25/11/2016 #1 Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    I published this poem on my blog today

    Tom turkey dreaded this day but hoping all would go his way
    You see, this time of year was Tom’s greatest fear
    Yes, Thanksgiving Day would seal Toms fate
    His gobbling days were over as he adorned a plate
    Yes, he was one handsome fowl until things went afoul
  13. Ben Pinto

    Ben Pinto

    24/11/2016
    PEACE ON EARTH this THANKS 4 GIVING. Ben Pinto
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  14. ProducerAaron Skogen

    Aaron Skogen

    23/11/2016
    A Birthday Wish
    A Birthday WishI wrote this for Little Dude's birthday a few weeks ago. . .“After all's said and done I was watching my son, Sleeping there with my bear by his side” Author Kenny Loggins "Return to Pooh Corner"There he lay. Asleep. Dreaming. Although his grip...
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    Aaron Skogen
    28/11/2016 #8 Aaron Skogen
    #6 I am happy you enjoyed it Sushmita!
    Aaron Skogen
    28/11/2016 #7 Aaron Skogen
    #5 Thank you @Kevin Pashuk, We have 11 years between our eldest and Little Dude. It is fun, but yeah, tough this one was. . .
    Sushmita Thakare Jain
    24/11/2016 #6 Sushmita Thakare Jain
    Awwww this post is as sweet as honey!!! Just like you said.Thank you for sharing.
    Kevin Pashuk
    23/11/2016 #5 Kevin Pashuk
    Awwwww. My youngest son arrived 15 years after his brother. I truly understand how you feel in watching the little guy graduate from toddlerhood.
    Aaron Skogen
    23/11/2016 #4 Aaron Skogen
    #2 @Vincent Andrew, that is a long way from home. Studying abroad, will be a great experience for him. I'm glad to hear you are keeping in touch regularly. I am sure he appreciates that more than you know. Thanks for your kind words.
    Aaron Skogen
    23/11/2016 #3 Aaron Skogen
    #1 Thanks Pascal. There was something hard about this 5th birthday. Maybe because he is our last child, or maybe because I am starting see my eldest (16) acting more like an adult, and realizing how time slips away.
    Vincent Andrew
    23/11/2016 #2 Vincent Andrew
    My son turned 18 last month. He's studying in a university 8000km away from home. I keep in touch everyday through whatsapp, sometimes by Skype. He's still my little boy, I long to see him again. What a touching message for your son. Thank you @Aaron Skogen View more
    My son turned 18 last month. He's studying in a university 8000km away from home. I keep in touch everyday through whatsapp, sometimes by Skype. He's still my little boy, I long to see him again. What a touching message for your son. Thank you @Aaron Skogen. Close
    Pascal Derrien 🐝
    23/11/2016 #1 Pascal Derrien 🐝
    my eldest turned 11 last week and I was actually thinking about his fifth birthday he is still a little dude , nice and generous post @Aaron Skogen
  15. ProducerSushmita Thakare Jain
    Music - The Strongest form of Magic!
    Music - The Strongest form of Magic!What is it about Music which attracts us towards it? Why do we listne to Music?What is Music? If one goes by definition Music is an art of sound in time that expresses ideas and emotions in...
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    Sushmita Thakare Jain
    24/11/2016 #18 Sushmita Thakare Jain
    #17 @Dean Owen Thank you for stopping by and sharing your views appreciate it! I love lyric of the song too dear especially the one which are mentioned above yeah there are classics which have their own charm :) loved the post it's idea we all have the connection in some way or the other.
    Dean Owen
    23/11/2016 #17 Dean Owen
    Music provides a soundtrack to our lives. For me, music is like a post it. Each memory has post its' attached. Some are photos, some are songs, some are words. Either of these can trigger the memory. But I used to love the lyric too. They had meaning. These days I don't even understand the lyric. "The words of the prophets are written on the subway walls"- Simon & Garfunkel
    Sushmita Thakare Jain
    20/11/2016 #16 Sushmita Thakare Jain
    #13 Yeah @Suzanne Music is the universal language we all know, this connection like you said does not undersatnd labels I never connect to a song or a piece because of the artist or brand or a band it's the Music they present and share with us helps us connect. Thank you for stopping by and sharing your views appreciate it!
    Sushmita Thakare Jain
    20/11/2016 #15 Sushmita Thakare Jain
    #12 It's my pleasure @Sara Jacobovici to write about Music...it's something which is so close to our hearts hence tried and summarised what I could say or share about it, I'm glad you liked the post dear it means a lot and feels nice when your words are appreciated. Thank you for sharing your views I express my gratitude 😊☺
    Sushmita Thakare Jain
    20/11/2016 #14 Sushmita Thakare Jain
    #11 @Chas Wyatt what a lovely way to sum up...loved it... 🎶🎤
    Suzanne Dwillies-Khan, Pharmacist and Musician
    19/11/2016 #13 Suzanne Dwillies-Khan, Pharmacist and Musician
    Music is calming, music brings people together, There is no such thing as Millenials, or Gen x or Boomers in Music, Music does not understand labels. Music is universal
    Sara Jacobovici
    19/11/2016 #12 Sara Jacobovici
    Thank you @Sushmita Thakare Jain for writing about a topic close to my heart. I grew up with music and knew that music would be part of my life always. So you can imagine how I felt when I discovered the field of Music Therapy back in 1981! I am happy to say that I have had the good fortune to practice as a therapist since. I'm glad you mentioned Daniel Levitin. Both his books, This Is Your Brain On Music and The World in Six Songs are must reads. As I went through the music you posted, it reminded me of how I ask some of the individuals I work with to create their autobiography through music; to identify the music that was significant from as far back as they can remember and to move chronologically through their life. The music time lines that the individuals have created have been tremendous. Thanks again for your post Sushmita.
    Chas Wyatt
    19/11/2016 #11 Chas Wyatt
    "There's music in the sighing of a reed;
    There's music in the gushing of a rill;
    There's music in all things, if men had ears:
    Their earth is but an echo of the spheres."
    ~Lord Byron.
    "Music, when soft voices die,
    Vibrates in the memory —
    ~Percy Bysshe Shelley.
    "Music—the rich mastery of the gloomier emotions of our nature; Music—that seems to use the ears as a conductor to the heart, and teaches us more distinctly than any abstract philosophy can do, how mysteriously intimate is the union between soul and body—has to a great extent shared that honour; for Music and Poetry have been, and still are, always to continue inseparably, indissolubly allied..." ~Frederick Hinde, "Poetry", a lecture delivered in London on the evening of April 8, 1858.
    Sushmita Thakare Jain
    19/11/2016 #10 Sushmita Thakare Jain
    #9 Would like to admit @Ken Boddie I am a bathroom singer who keeps HUMMING or SINGING whenever I can i agree our tastes may vary but it's the string of music which will connect us furhter conecting our emotions.
    Ken Boddie
    19/11/2016 #9 Ken Boddie
    Music definitely impacts our daily lives, Sushmita, and can instantly bring back forgotten memories. As you say, music can be fully enjoyed without necessarily paying a musical instrument, but, participation in its playing or in singing as a group with harmony, seems to increase the enjoyment greatly, at least for me. I find, however, that I have become more discriminating in my musical tastes with passage of time (i.e. being an old fuddy-duddy and more set in my ways) and less inclined to enjoy being bombarded on radio by the 'flavour of the month'. As I suspect @Randy Keho may have been, however, I was a Beatles fanatic in my earlier years and, in my case, not just "Twist and Shout", but almost anything by Lennon and McCartney, gets the 'crank up the volume' treatment. 🎼 🗣🎙 What say you Mr Guitar Man (@Kevin Pashuk)? 🎸
    Sushmita Thakare Jain
    18/11/2016 #8 Sushmita Thakare Jain
    #6 Yes @Henri Galvao music and art help one change our mood, it touches us emotionally where the words alone can't! :)
    Sushmita Thakare Jain
    18/11/2016 #7 Sushmita Thakare Jain
    #5 @Randy Keho thanks for stopping by, glad you liked the buzz. When words fail Music speaks!
    Henri Galvão
    18/11/2016 #6 Henri Galvão
    I love how you emphasize that music is not only entertainment, but also a kind of therapy. It only makes sense when we see that music - and art in general - is one of the most widely used ways to change our moods, and even expand our consciousness.
    Randy Keho
    18/11/2016 #5 Randy Keho
    Music is food for the soul. I, too, can enjoy a sad song as much as a joyful song.
    Sad songs don't get me down, but joyful songs can certainly lift my spirits, no matter what mood I'm in.
    When I hear the Beatles' version of "Twist and Shout," the volume immediately jumps to 10 and the spirit is uplifted.
    Thanks for a great buzz. @Sushmita Thakare Jain
    Sushmita Thakare Jain
    18/11/2016 #4 Sushmita Thakare Jain
    #3 Glad @Allison Obrien you connected with the same :) I too can't imagine a life without music! Thanks for stopping by and sharing your views dear.
    Allison Obrien
    18/11/2016 #3 Allison Obrien
    Excellent post @Sushmita Thakare Jain! I love how music can sometimes bring back a memory so vividly and clearly that an unexpected rush of intense emotions can take one's breath away. It is a magnificent and powerful energy that can be beautifully delicate, soothing and comforting. It can also bring about or intensify feelings of; excitement, happiness, gratitude, sadness, pride, determination, panic, heartache, loneliness, patriotism and anger. Music can tell a story without words and express thoughts that sometimes can not be conveyed by words alone. Music can inspire hope when all was believed to be lost. It is one of life's most precious and awe-inspiring gifts. I have a deep respect and admiration for music and I could not begin to imagine life without it!
    Sushmita Thakare Jain
    18/11/2016 #2 Sushmita Thakare Jain
    #1 Yes @David B. Grinberg, dear and I agree too 😊 also thanks for stopping by and sharing it ahead 👍🎶 Let's fill life with Music, since that's why our hearts have beats 🎶
    David B. Grinberg
    18/11/2016 #1 David B. Grinberg
    You know that saying Sushmita, "Music soothes the savage beast" -- and humans too. I shared this in the "Music" hive with over 700,000 members.
  16. ProducerPaul Walters

    Paul Walters

    20/11/2016
    Riding The Trade Winds. The Delicate Art Of Flying A Kite In Bali.
    Riding The Trade Winds. The Delicate Art Of Flying A Kite In Bali.In early July in the tropics the trade winds arrive exactly on cue and blow steadily from east to west until the end of September. One day it is completely still and the next the breezes suddenly spring up; These winds are the prevailing...
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    Paul Walters
    23/11/2016 #14 Paul Walters
    #10 @Pamela L. Williams C'mon down to the tropics , would love to help you celebrate your birthday !
    Paul Walters
    23/11/2016 #13 Paul Walters
    #12 @Kevin Pashuk As one who hates cold waters I will restrict my aquatic endeavours to the tropics ! Thanks for stopping by
    Kevin Pashuk
    23/11/2016 #12 Kevin Pashuk
    What a great cultural story. In our times of globalization, these local festivals seem to keep the local culture alive. The kite festival sounds delightful. In my part of the world, an annual event is the 'polar bear dip', where intrepid bathers shed their parkas and plunge into the icy waters of the lake... While the lakes are so big they rarely freeze over, there is enough ice and snow to dodge ensure it's a memorable experience. http://www.polarbeardip.ca/index.php
    Pamela L. Williams
    23/11/2016 #11 Pamela L. Williams
    I like the dragon with the long tail. El Nino was our kite flying winds on the west coast. My brothers were pretty good at air battles. Our community was surrounded by the desert so no trees (maybe a Joshua Tree cactus here or there) and no power lines. I liked just watching is soar, turning with each gust. Never failed though, one of my rotten brothers would send his kite straight at mine and take me down. Boys are mean! :-)
    Pamela L. Williams
    23/11/2016 #10 Pamela L. Williams
    Sounds like a great birthday trip for me. LOL! You're right Paul; definitely a Cultures of the World share!!!
    Dean Owen
    21/11/2016 #9 Dean Owen
    I had no idea it was such a big event! (But then I never go during peak season). I know kite fighting is big in Iran. I have a friend in Bali who is hugely into kite surfing which is also becoming a big thing.
    Paul Walters
    21/11/2016 #8 Paul Walters
    @Pamela L. Williams One for your cultures of the world perhaps
    Paul Walters
    21/11/2016 #7 Paul Walters
    #4 @Don Kerr Thanks Don. Sure I couldn't tempt you down this way?
    Paul Walters
    21/11/2016 #6 Paul Walters
    #5 @Randy Keho I live on the islands of the Gods so perhaps my sadistic soul is in safe hands. Now heres a suggestion, why not ship that Mustang over to me during your winter, I can take it far and wide instead of it sitting in a shed sheltering from the snow.! he roads here are not fabulous but it is a Ford is it not?

    As I said, c'mon down, bring the tall one as its always warm and the beer is cold!!!
    Randy Keho
    20/11/2016 #5 Randy Keho
    #1 You sadistic SOB. I wake up to read about kites flying in Bali in July as I prepare to store my Mustang convertible for the WINTER. Here in Chicago, It's deep into November, Paul. The leaves have fallen from the trees and the temperature is 23 degrees Fahrenheit.
    Anyway, I'm off to church now. I'll say a prayer for your sadistic soul. lol
    Don Kerr
    20/11/2016 #4 Don Kerr
    @Paul Walters reading this on a cold day, harbinger of nastiness to come from our prevailing winds, and fantasizing about the kite festival. Put me in mind of Siena's Palio. Beautiful creations and your customary evocative writing. Thank you. Will share.
    Paul Walters
    20/11/2016 #3 Paul Walters
    #2 @Vincent Andrew Ah, a vicious kite flyer!!!
    Vincent Andrew
    20/11/2016 #2 Vincent Andrew
    Is that a flying chariot? Growing up we made kites to pass time and kids took kite flying seriously. Strings would be coated with glue and glass shards so that their kites could sever competing kites. The losing kite then becomes a trophy for anyone who was willing to run over a long distance to be the first to retrieve it. I don't see much kite flying now in Brunei but the Bali Kite Festival looks like a good place to enjoy the experience again.
  17. ProducerMamen Delgado

    Mamen Delgado

    20/11/2016
    Hummus de Lentejas // Lentil Hummus (Español & English)
    Hummus de Lentejas // Lentil Hummus (Español & English)English version below.Ayer tuvimos celebración familiar en casa y, al igual que en otras ocasiones, los invitados me pidieron que preparara mi Hummus de Lentejas.El Hummus es una receta típica de la comida árabe, de hecho “hummus” en árabe significa...
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    Jan Barbosa
    21/11/2016 #22 Jan Barbosa
    Que Rico !!! Ahora... Pensandolo bien.. Con una botella de vino de la region... YUMMMM !!!
    Mamen Delgado
    21/11/2016 #21 Mamen Delgado
    #19 Hahaha... Yes Wayne, that's what I explain in the post. In fact "hummus" means "chick pea" in Arabic. So this is a variant, nothing to do with the original one.
    Mamen Delgado
    21/11/2016 #20 Mamen Delgado
    #17 I'll try @Wayne Yoshida, thanks for the ideas!!
    Wayne Yoshida
    21/11/2016 #19 Wayne Yoshida
    Oh. I just noticed something. I use garbanzo beans (chick peas) and not lentils in my hummus. Lentils could make this a very different hummus. Interesting.
    Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    21/11/2016 #18 Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    Cumin is supposed to have health benefits for example anti-aging benefits like vitamin E. Your dip looks yummy and thanks for the share.
    Wayne Yoshida
    21/11/2016 #17 Wayne Yoshida
    Excellent! The sesame seeds may also come in the form of tahini - sesame seed paste. These days, it can be found in supermarkets. Here's how to make your own: http://www.inspiredtaste.net/26901/easy-tahini-recipe/

    I like roasted garlic and green onions (chives) in mine. Also try roasted peppers.
    Mamen Delgado
    21/11/2016 #16 Mamen Delgado
    #15 Yes, give it a try @Dean Owen! Cumin gives a very particular taste... Normally I use pita bread or carrot fingers, but this time we had many children for the party so I chose nachos for them. 😉
    Dean Owen
    21/11/2016 #15 Dean Owen
    Cumin? Interesting addition. Probably matches the nacho chips more than pita. Will try it out soon!
    Mamen Delgado
    20/11/2016 #14 Mamen Delgado
    #12 Superplanazo!!! 👏
    Sonia Quiles Espinosa
    20/11/2016 #13 Sonia Quiles Espinosa
    #9 Gracias @Mamen Delgado, claro que la voy a probar, a ver si me regalan la Thermix por Navidad. 😜 La próxima semana vuelvo a compartir mis recetas. Muchos besos princesa !
    Federico Álvarez San Martín
    20/11/2016 #12 Federico Álvarez San Martín
    #11 Ya ves. A ver si quedamos un día, me entrevistas y comemos algo ;)
    Mamen Delgado
    20/11/2016 #11 Mamen Delgado
    #10 Vaya dos tragones que estamos hechos @Federico Álvarez San Martín... 😂
    Mamen Delgado
    20/11/2016 #9 Mamen Delgado
    #8 Ya verás además qué fácil de preparar @Sonia Quiles Espinosa!! Un abrazo muy muy especial, bonita... 😘 💫
    Sonia Quiles Espinosa
    20/11/2016 #8 Sonia Quiles Espinosa
    Esto no nos lo perdemos @Mamen Delgado!
    Mamen Delgado
    20/11/2016 #7 Mamen Delgado
    #6 Jajaja! Estupendo @Sonia Roselló Puig!! Ya me contarás qué te parece, tanto el sésamo como el comino, el limón y la sal ponlos al gusto. Las medidas no son cerradas, así que déjate llevar por tus preferencias. 😉
    Sonia Roselló Puig
    20/11/2016 #6 Sonia Roselló Puig
    Gracias @Mamen Delgado, me xifla el hummus y no he probado todavía el de lentejas. Mañana cae!!!!
    Jesús S. Medina
    20/11/2016 #5 Jesús S. Medina
    Yummy!
    María Paz Hueso Luque
    20/11/2016 #4 María Paz Hueso Luque
    Vaya..se lo envío al cocinero@CARLOS JOSE CAPELLIN. Ya te contaré!😉
    Mamen Delgado
    20/11/2016 #3 Mamen Delgado
    #1 Es éxito seguro @Alvaro INFANTE SANCHEZ! Y muy cómodo tanto de preparar como de llevar a algún sitio si te invitan a una fiesta @David Martín Alonso. Feliz domingo a ambos!!
  18. ProducerDean Owen

    Dean Owen

    20/11/2016
    The Great China Roadtrip
    The Great China RoadtripThe Plan A team of six people, three guys and three gals, will leave Shanghai on 31st March for a one month roadtrip covering around 10,000km. Lead Car: 2010 Mazda MX5 Support Car: A well worn Toyota Landcruiser ...
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    Sushmita Thakare Jain
    23/11/2016 #45 Sushmita Thakare Jain
    #41 Yes, Sri Lanka would be fun too! Always wanted to visit there. Yes will tag you in my upcoming post. Did you check my last post?
    Dean Owen
    23/11/2016 #44 Dean Owen
    #40 Much appreciate your kind comment @debasish majumder. Hope you get a chance to visit China. You'd always be welcome in Shanghai.
    Dean Owen
    23/11/2016 #43 Dean Owen
    #38 lol, had thought about breaking it up but kind of wanted to see how a looong form buzz would do, and was happy for readers just to scroll through the photos. Didn't expect people to read it all but am blown away that many have. India has to be done! Perhaps in 2018. With you and @Sushmita, we already have half the team!
    Dean Owen
    23/11/2016 #42 Dean Owen
    #37 That we share @Carolyn Leigh. Well I have a special place in my heart for Asia. Would love to hear about your encounter with the Middle Kingdom. Thanks for stopping by. Glad you enjoyed it.
    Dean Owen
    23/11/2016 #41 Dean Owen
    #36 You are on! Top to bottom (and perhaps onward through Sri Lanka! 😉) Looking forward to seeing your blog. Do tag me if I don't appear. I'm on the road now with sporadic connectivity.
    debasish majumder
    22/11/2016 #40 debasish majumder
    what an amazing post @Dean Owen! i vicariously enjoy the beauty and bounty being offered by the nature and the number of countries you so vividly depict, as if i am experiencing the vicinity of the concern land by myself. here lies your exquisite quality to render your post so eloquently, as if the readers are attached immensely by your renditions as if their own experience. kudos to your excellent expression. thank you very much for such wonderful share.
    Lisa Gallagher
    22/11/2016 #39 Lisa Gallagher
    #33 Best of travels to you @Dean Owen! Will be awaiting your next series :))
    Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    22/11/2016 #38 Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    Whoa there Dean! That's the Great Wall O China of blogs right there! And am on a crawl! A saga. An epic adventure by any means. A rolling travelogue in pics and words. There! Am outta words now. Gotta come back to it a couple more times though. (After thought: Couldn't you have broken it into a four part series mate ;) ?) So when's that Indian road trip happenin? Am with you on the Southern leg of it...Hyderabad and further South to the subcontinental tip...giddyip giddyip!
    Carolyn Leigh
    22/11/2016 #37 Carolyn Leigh
    Amazing! I have a special place in my heart for China. Thanks for sharing your adventures and photos!
    Sushmita Thakare Jain
    22/11/2016 #36 Sushmita Thakare Jain
    #35 @Dean Owen I have been on quite few trips yet and one by one in coming time will definitely share them with you all. Also count me in when you visit India for the trip...😉 What say?
    Dean Owen
    22/11/2016 #35 Dean Owen
    #31 beBee states that it was a 35 minute read, so I am truly honored that you took the time to read it @Sushmita Thakare Jain. It is another dream of mine to do an Indian roadtrip one day. I remember you saying you did one. Must have been fabulous!
    Dean Owen
    22/11/2016 #34 Dean Owen
    #30 That is travel bee @Amour Setter, and I expect that was her R8 after she sold everything to travel the world. Not seen her on beBee recently. I think she is busy in her new job. Anyway, I know you have had the same issue and @Federico Álvarez San Martín is working on it.
    Dean Owen
    22/11/2016 #33 Dean Owen
    #29 It read just fine Lisa. I'm deep South of China right now exploring some more, this time using the incredible fast train network. Not as much fun, but fun is fun and a flower is a flower. Pretty bad internet where I am so won't be on much this week, but will report back with coverage in the coming weeks.
    Javier beBee
    22/11/2016 #32 Javier beBee
    #19 @Dean Owen very cool !!!!! There is no limit for producing long stories !! thanks !!! :-)
    Sushmita Thakare Jain
    22/11/2016 #31 Sushmita Thakare Jain
    @Dean Owen I opened your post and when encountered the post was such a long read thought of just scanning through it and reading later, but man this travel adventure couldn't let me go! I am so glad you shared this it's an amazing adventure which teleported me your images are lovely and thank you for not making the post short it would have lost its beauty. Sharing your adventure ahead dear 😊 . Keep exploring and buzzing ✌
    Paul Walters
    22/11/2016 #30 Paul Walters
    #26 @Dean Owen Thanks, That woman appears in several of my posts when shared to FB or Linked in. I initially thought sh worked for beBEE and drove an Audi
    Lisa Gallagher
    22/11/2016 #29 Lisa Gallagher
    #16 I deleted my second comment, it didn't read as I wanted. It was supposed to read, this is what's great about Social Media beBee in particular... we get to see the real world through the lens of others and their stories. We get to know people from around the globe thanks to all the interaction we have on beBee!
    Sarah Elkins
    22/11/2016 #28 Sarah Elkins
    I loved the entire adventure, @Dean Owen; and my favorite quote was right near the beginning (maybe because I have a similar relationship with my sibs): "I am looking forward to seeing the culture shock and to testing his appetite for unusual gastronomic delights." Perfect.
    Don Kerr
    21/11/2016 #27 Don Kerr
    Gotta admit I thought Donkey Dumplings were gonna be similar to what we call cow pies! Great storytelling @Dean Owen
    Dean Owen
    21/11/2016 #26 Dean Owen
    #25 Oh, one more thing Paul-sensei. I am having technical difficulties sharing your blogs to the Cafe beBee Facebook page. A picture from a different article appears on the post each time (that picture of Amour Setter and the Audi R8). The beBee team are working on it.
  19. Antoine Prager

    Antoine Prager

    20/11/2016
    Have a nice week! Antoine Prager
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    mohammed khalaf
    21/11/2016 #1 mohammed khalaf
    May God is blessed her
  20. Gaston Vivanco

    Gaston Vivanco

    20/11/2016
    Atlanta, GA, USA Gaston Vivanco
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  21. ProducerDean Owen

    Dean Owen

    11/10/2016
    Unlearning Prejudice
    Unlearning PrejudiceThere are a lot of videos out there that purport to demonstrate babies are not racist. If you had 10 babies, 8 of which are Caucasian, and 2 Asian, would the two Asian babies gravitate toward each other? Probably not. Studies conducted...
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    Lisa Gallagher
    20/11/2016 #57 Lisa Gallagher
    #56 Well said @Ken Boddie, the 3 videos definitely complete the entire story. This buzz is a great one!
    Ken Boddie
    20/11/2016 #56 Ken Boddie
    Here is another run of @Dean Owen's thought provoking yet highly entertaining post on prejudice, but you really need to play all three videos in order to get maximum value from this one.
    Dean Owen
    18/10/2016 #55 Dean Owen
    #53 Good question. For example "Is that so!?" can be said in numerous ways. "Sou ka?" (Informal) "Sou desu ka?" Semi formal, "Sou kashira?" (Women only)
    Dean Owen
    18/10/2016 #54 Dean Owen
    #52 Oh yes, they could have been from anywhere. I have problems with Geordie and Northumbrian accents and brad Yorkshire accents, but am good with Cockney.
    https://www.bebee.com/producer/@dean-owen/learn-a-new-language-in-one-day-but-this-one-ain-t-gonna-help-your-career
    Pamela L. Williams
    18/10/2016 #53 Pamela L. Williams
    #51 Why do I find that funny! LOL! But that is amazing that gender influences the language that much. Can you give me an example of how it differs? See this is why I love international interactions! I leabrn so much! I have taken German and it also has the formal and informal. Tschüss / Auf Wiedersehen
    bis später!
    Pamela L. Williams
    18/10/2016 #52 Pamela L. Williams
    Oh, I can hear they different British accents. Some are so thick I can't understand a word they are saying. Once while working as a waitress at a hotel in Florida I had 400 British soldiers come down for breakfast. There were some I had to have write down their own orders. I would have asked them where they were from but I wouldn't have understood them. We're they just messing with me? LOL
    Dean Owen
    17/10/2016 #51 Dean Owen
    #49 Japan, on the other hand, has a very uniform dialect, but the language is split into formal and informal, and women's vs men's language. Unfortunately I spent more time with women in Japan, as a result I speak female Japanese unless I am careful....
    Dean Owen
    17/10/2016 #50 Dean Owen
    #49 That's funny about American accents. There are so many different types, but I've never really noticed. To me they all sounded American except perhaps for the Southern dialect, and the cool Boston accent. This is probably because in Asia I rarely encounter lots of Americans together. But I noticed on our last call so many different accents when hearing them together. You might feel the same way about British accents, but the UK has a ton of accents that even I have a hard time understanding.
    Pamela L. Williams
    16/10/2016 #49 Pamela L. Williams
    #42 Your accept isn't warped! It's unique. That's the best part of being of mixed ancestry and of living in different regions. My California/Southern accent mix and for some odd reason having picked up a northeastern manner of pronouncing certain words people have a hard time figuring out my origins. I was visiting in Pennsylvania and attended a party with a friend. Most of the people had lived in the area their entire lives. When one nice lady stepped up to me and said; "I don't know you do I?" I decided to have some fun. I immediately started using a northern accent and had her convinced we had gone to high school together and even sat next to each other in one class. My friend, knowing I had a mean teasing streak, sat in the corner trying to contain her laughter. Just when the nice lady started getting that embarrassed look on her face for not remembering me I let her off the hook and told her I had never set foot in that town until just a couple weeks prior. She got the joke and we had a good laugh and then my friend actually introduced us. Sometimes having a flexible accent can be fun, but you have to understand your audience! :-)
    Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    15/10/2016 #48 Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    #46 Best we can do is to encourage folks to communicate better, by ourselves being good examples. By suggesting and sharing resources for developing communication skills and encouraging others to improve and exchange ideas and thoughts in good spirit. English is the best bet for now I feel. One we break the language barrier, ideas would flow from all across the world. A common language is not too far from common ideals to strive for dear Deb, in this brave new world some folks are trying to build on beBee.
    David Navarro López
    15/10/2016 #47 Anonymous
    Wonderful post, Dean. There are things we should not have learned at all, but we did, so we need to unlearn them to make a better world to live in
    Deb Helfrich
    14/10/2016 #46 Deb Helfrich
    #41 #44 Which comes down to language and the ability to communicate. How can one break those invisible boundaries down if one cannot have a conversation? And while the technical hurdle of learning the language is a large one, it is far from the only problem. We see it here that some folks are clearly speaking english well but comprehending little of what anyone else says. So when we gravitate to those folks we can talk with, we end up reinforcing racial and cultural separation. I believe the internet is a major tool that has and will continue to help us interact as human beings first and foremost. It is why the folks who use the internet to express their negativity are so harmful - they are interfering with the new lingua franca that can change humanity's destiny.
    Lisa Gallagher
    14/10/2016 #45 Lisa Gallagher
    #43 I didn't know that. How upsetting to hear.
    Dean Owen
    14/10/2016 #44 Dean Owen
    #41 I simply can't imagine how complex the situation is. That is a mind-blowing comment @Praveen Raj Gullepalli. I see groups of Africans, Indians, Pinoys etc stick together in China. In my mind it is not because they don't want to mingle, but because they very much feel like outsiders.
    Dean Owen
    14/10/2016 #43 Dean Owen
    #39 Her sister's reluctance to come to the States could be because over the last couple of decades there have been a number of high profile cases where US soldiers stationed in Okinawa raped Okinawan girls. It doesn't happen often, but when it does, it is all over the Japanese news. It could be totally unrelated, but who knows....
    Dean Owen
    14/10/2016 #42 Dean Owen
    #36 Totally forgot to come back to this post sorry. My accent is distinctly warped. When I left Britain in 1988, I guess you would say it was very British, but years of working with Americans, Aussies, French, and Asians from many nations have mangled my London accent somewhat into something unrecognisable. On your two way street comment, nowhere has this been more evident than here in China. When I first came back in 2008, China was very welcoming of foreigners, the doors were opening and everyone was looking to the future of China joining the world stage. With all the anti-China rhetoric, especially coming from the US, that has changed somewhat. Foreigners are still welcome, but any sign of criticism can be met harshly by the community. Like you, I am proud to be of mixed blood (Japanese/English/Polish). Like your family I have encountered racism wherever I lived (albeit a mild form of racism). I guess most people associate racism with whites being racist to non-whites, but the opposite has always been evident too. I just feel that with Asian and African population growth outpacing Caucasian growth, eventually anti-white sentiment will noticeably grow stronger. On your question, I've always kind of felt like an outsider, and that is fine by me because I never try to impose Western ideals and that has given me a warm reception wherever I landed. I am British. I hold a British passport. It's a great passport to have for travelling the World. But I'd happily give it up for a World passport if there was one!
    Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    13/10/2016 #41 Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    Bang on Dean! Conditioning of the youngsters and conditioned reflexes of the elders are together to blame; and the former is reinforced by the latter! But it could go way beyond that too you know! The perennial battle between the fair Deities and Demigods and the Dark Asuras and Rakshasa tribes kind of hints at a racial rivalry that formed the basis of the colour divide in our culture here in India. This rivalry probably is inherited legacy of ages of battles for supremacy spanning different Yugas (extending to millions of years in time before us)...the present being the last (Kali Yuga) that will end in destruction eventually before another cycle begins on the material plane. Today the darkness has come to dwell in our hearts and minds more than in the colour of our skin. In our perceptions and our prejudices. Fear and dislike of the strange or unusual (features, customs, appearance, colour) could be another acquired trait. Only when we do some serious soul-searching globally on things like racial and colour prejudice, on the greed for money, the lust for power, the need and purpose of industry and technology, reproduction vs industrial and agricultural production, man vs nature, etc etc will any true change occur in our lives. I have always made it a point to mingle and accept and befriend the odd and the new as opposed to staying communal, casteist, and parochially religious. So help me God! :)
    Harvey Lloyd
    13/10/2016 #40 Harvey Lloyd
    #35 I believe the concept of racism and our discussions concerning "corporations" are one and the same @Deb Helfrich. We are social beings and prefer to do so within groups. But right here i have recognized that folks gravitate towards those with interests that are shared, a selection process if you will. This selection process is not made because one hates something, but rather you enjoy something/someone else more.

    Media portrays events in such a way that we are left with choosing (or joining group think). The emotional bent of the media along with the folks with microphones then drive these points home with impunity. I neither agree or disagree with their findings of emotions. I just know that within a firestorm of emotions, answers are elusive and generally don't appear until great damage is done. I don't have a microphone nor am i a celebrated reporter. But each day i see folks who are misunderstood and folks who misunderstand events.

    When possible i try and help folks step back from their social/automatic response and see the larger picture. In the end we may find that it was exactly how you stated in the beginning. But in most cases the events were just misunderstood, and we reached for some hot media topic as a way to let folks know i/you misunderstood.

    I have enjoyed our dialogue here. I sense that society will need to move away from group think and each of us directly assist each other in better understanding events. The media poses a great hurdle to this end.
    Lisa Gallagher
    13/10/2016 #39 Lisa Gallagher
    #33 @Dean Owen my granddaughter's Bachan is a sweetie but I can tell by things she says to me that she feels inferior to Americans. She loves me like a sister and is very open with me. She's not able to bond easily with people and it's not her fault. I wonder what's she's dealt with over the years that I'm not aware of. Her sister wont come to the States, she fears it. I'm seeing a larger picture now. :((
    Donna-Luisa Eversley
    13/10/2016 #38 Donna-Luisa Eversley
    Quite a powerful post @Dean Owen..like that you are bold enough to take this serious topic and discuss... Racism and prejudice are very present in all societies and still gets avoided and not faced... Thanks for sharing your life experiences 😊
  22. ProducerKen Boddie

    Ken Boddie

    19/11/2016
    Bias is only practised by ignorant people, right?
    Bias is only practised by ignorant people, right?I am the least biased person I know!  I am non-discriminatory, fair, pure of thought and heart, and well balanced in my judgements - BULLSH_T !!!!! My apparent puritanical misconception was last week, when I was much happier with myself, still...
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    Ken Boddie
    04/12/2016 #41 Ken Boddie
    #40 Surprise was the prevalent reaction with most of my peers also, Claire. Goes to show that we don't necessarily know ourselves as well as we think we might, and that our subconscious biases may be deeper ingrained into our behaviour than anticipated. You might say we need to know the symptoms before we can concoct a cure! 🤔
    Claire Cardwell
    04/12/2016 #40 Claire Cardwell
    I've just taken the test @Ken Boddie and I have a strong preference for darker toned people! It was a bit of an eye opener I thought I would be more neutral.
    Ken Boddie
    20/11/2016 #39 Ken Boddie
    #38 Awareness of our subconscious biases is certainly essential, Kev, if we are to benefit from diversity in the workforce. The IAT is certainly an essential tool in this respect and is not by any means a Character assessment tool. But with this knowledge comes the challenge of constantly reminding ourselves and bringing on board the tools and aids to look at the world of diversity. The lenses we wear don't always have to be convergent.
    Kevin Pashuk
    20/11/2016 #38 Kevin Pashuk
    Thanks for the tag Ken... This is an area where I tend to have some opinions... but I'll spare you. In my work I've been subjected to almost any personality profiling tool that is/was out there. All of them basically certify me as nuts... oh, wait, that was the test where I asked my wife if she thought I was 'normal'.

    On the subject of bias... we all look at life through lenses, but they don't have to control us (i.e. allow us to excuse our behaviour). Being aware of how we are wired is usually a good step toward doing something about the shoddy areas.
    Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    20/11/2016 #37 Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    #20 That's a lot of TV to watch Dean ;) Parents, Peers, Protests broadcast on TV, Religious wars that are always on, Bad music messaging, Books we read, Advertising...all play their parts I guess. But the fact is Bias is integral to the way most perceive people and things around them. Until Education or Experience teaches them otherwise.
    Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    20/11/2016 #36 Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    #34 Yikes... gotta carry a spare pair from now on!! ;)
    CityVP Manjit
    20/11/2016 #35 CityVP Manjit
    #19 That is what learning is - a very long ladder in a snakes and ladder board of a life-time of experiences. Soul searching arises when reality throws up a dish we didn't think we would be served. I do think that it is the sheer weight of recent shifts of the populous that have shaken up people who had embraced 21st Century living, only to realize that evolution is operating from the century people are still living in, rather than the chronological century.

    The value of soul searching is an essential transition in our own growth and it is absolutely healthy - so long as we keep our own focus on the health. Soul searching is best an opening up of our lives and not a withdrawal back. How that expresses itself in my own life is that I have to step out of what I think am in, rather than get deeper into the weeds of my own introspection that effect my inner biology.

    It is the flow of our inner life - the cortisol, adrelanin, dopamine and serotonin reactions within us that are linked to our own mindfulness - never mind the inner psychological. What is happening to us is what is happening to the world - and that is why I welcome this conversation on bias, and later today will follow up on the link @Dean Owen provided on prejudice.

    I am here to change the one thing that I know I can change in this world, which is me. I call this my learning journey but I also view the learning journey of others of people who I don't want to actually change, but simply appreciate. Our bodies are whole systems and bias is simply a small line item in the challenge of "know thyself". When I reframe meaning that way I begin to see wisdom.
    Ken Boddie
    20/11/2016 #34 Ken Boddie
    #33 I have 'eau de papa' in my sights, Praveen. 🔫
    Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    20/11/2016 #33 Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    #28 ''Shed'' is too big a word yes...''deal with'' is the word I used...''rationalise'' is another word...takes a bit of ego-bashing i guess...and some strong perfume too! ;)
    Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    20/11/2016 #32 Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    #27 LOL...yeah! You da Sniper Mon!
    Ken Boddie
    20/11/2016 #31 Ken Boddie
    #30 Yep, Lisa, most of us on the workshop got a bit stressed out with the first one, but familiarity breeds contempt as 'they' say. Try the age test and the gender one, and have a ball next time. Always an excuse to have a glass of wine first,🍷then you can claim to have been pissed if the results are too damning. 😁
    Lisa Gallagher
    20/11/2016 #30 Lisa Gallagher
    I just took the skin test.. data suggests I have a slight affinity to light skinned people over dark skinned. Interesting. My heart was beating because timed tests stress me out LOL
    Ken Boddie
    20/11/2016 #29 Ken Boddie
    #26 Well, Lisa .....
    If you'd really "like to know",
    Take the tests, have a go!
    Ken Boddie
    20/11/2016 #28 Ken Boddie
    #25 Not sure, Praveen, if all bias can be so easily 'shed', or else we would be able to apply a one-off cure, rather than having to instil practical programmes to address bias on an ongoing basis. Not unlike bad dad jokes, I suggest that our biases inevitably hang around like a bad smell, demanding regular application of perfume to neutralise the atmosphere. 👃🌸
    Ken Boddie
    20/11/2016 #27 Ken Boddie
    #23 #12 Thanks for the reminder, Praveen, and sorry for my mis-interpretation, Manjit. It appears that I may have developed a prejudicial bias against receiving complements, due almost entirely, no doubt, to the less than subtle bombardment of dad jokes frequently directed my way by masters of wit and sarcasm such as yourself, Praveen, and @Kevin Pashuk. Although I must admit that these "slings and arrows" are usually received in retaliation for my initial sniper shots. 😂
    Lisa Gallagher
    20/11/2016 #26 Lisa Gallagher
    Very interesting @Ken Boddie. I bet we all have subconscious biases we aren't aware of. Some things are hidden deep within because of past experiences and as @Dean Owen mentioned, even TV. If I have biases I'm not aware of, I'd like to know! My ultimate goal (well one of my goals) is to get to know more people across the globe and vice versa.. I'd like them to get to know me, the human behind a label we all get, "White, black, American, Australian," and on the list goes.
    Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    20/11/2016 #25 Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    A Bias is an inevitable block we face at many points in our life dear Ken! Racial, gender, caste, culture, political, professional, economic...it is a divide in the mind! I guess one of the many struggles in life involves dealing with and demystifying these biases that crop up at key moments in life. A refinement of perspective is nothing but the shedding away of biases I feel.
    Ken Boddie
    20/11/2016 #24 Ken Boddie
    #22 Thank you for sharing your student marking experience, Vincent. We discussed some similar examples in our workshop, from which I have concluded that it is very difficult for most of us to detach ourselves from our prejudices without guidance. Incidentally, perhaps we are so enticed by television programmes such as The Voice (with its Blind Auditions) because prejudice and bias (certainly associated with age and race) are removed from the initial selection process.
    Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    20/11/2016 #23 Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    #3 I think Manjit paid you a compliment there actually Grampa Ken! ;)
    Vincent Andrew
    20/11/2016 #22 Vincent Andrew
    I did a small 'marking' experiment this year. I decided to ask my students to type out their essays using the same conventions in terms of font, size, alignment, and even the same colour of paper used BUT to leave out their names. When they handed their papers in, I asked that they submit not to me directly but to leave on the desk in the classroom while I stood a distance away. When I started reading their work, I had no idea (and I mean I had absolutely no idea) who wrote what. I tried to attribute a particular style of writing to a particular student but I thought I was just speculating and that would not be helpful. So I went for the content, the quality of the writing and with the help of a rubric went about the task. What I found surprised me. The top three students in the class in their term examinations were no where near the top in that particular assignment. The top in the assignment were students who achieved Cs in their exams. That got me thinking. Was I biased in my marking? Did the top three take the assignment seriously? Consistently in marking is so important these days and what the small experiment demonstrated to me was the importance of detaching myself from the student who wrote it and to focus on the merits of the writing. Not easy!
  23. ProducerAlvaro Rojas

    Alvaro Rojas

    09/07/2016
    1 Minute Adventures: Short adventures for Busy Bees!
    1 Minute Adventures: Short adventures for Busy Bees!The Taj Mahal"I'm Late!"Lately when I look around me all I see are rabbits, and they're all late. Most of them don't know for what, or where they're going, but "They're late!"We don't usually get to know the context behind photographs, and I believe...
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    Dean Owen
    18/11/2016 #15 Dean Owen
    Shared this hilarious trip on:
    https://www.facebook.com/CafebeBee
    Vincent Andrew
    12/07/2016 #14 Vincent Andrew
    Breathtaking! Brilliant photos @Alvaro Rojas!
    Don Kerr
    12/07/2016 #12 Don Kerr
    I am exhausted. Great allegory for how many of us progress through life - not so many cows of course. Thanks for this @Alvaro Rojas. Your photos are superb!
    Alvaro Rojas
    11/07/2016 #11 Alvaro Rojas
    #4 Cows were definitely present during this whole journey :D Thanks Dean!
    Alvaro Rojas
    11/07/2016 #10 Alvaro Rojas
    #5 Love you more!
    Alvaro Rojas
    11/07/2016 #9 Alvaro Rojas
    #6 Thank you very much Anees, glad you could relate to it
    Alvaro Rojas
    11/07/2016 #8 Alvaro Rojas
    #7 Ha! Busy bee.. thank you Ken!
    Ken Boddie
    10/07/2016 #7 Ken Boddie
    Great peek into Indian tourism, Alvaro. Beautiful photos also. Got to go. I'm late for .....
    Anees Zaidi
    09/07/2016 #6 Anees Zaidi
    Dear @Alvaro Rojas a very interesting and familiar journey :)).
    Mamen Delgado
    09/07/2016 #5 Mamen Delgado
    So beautiful @Alvaro Rojas... Thanks so much for taking us to India through your pics and your schedule, such a great way to start the weekend. Love you baby!!
    Dean Owen
    09/07/2016 #4 Dean Owen
    Brilliant buzz! Your photos are incredible. I love India with a passion. My favourite destination. But somehow you managed to sum up India in two words. "Avoid cow"! More of this please !
    Pedro Gómez
    09/07/2016 #3 Pedro Gómez
    Very good pictures ... congratulations !!!
    Alvaro Rojas
    09/07/2016 #2 Alvaro Rojas
    Thank you so much Irene! Really glad you enjoyed it 😊.. Then next one will be in Sequoia! #1
    Irene Hackett
    09/07/2016 #1 Anonymous
    @Alvaro Rojas -Enjoyed your wonderful photos and your travel log - almost felt like being there :-) The 'Taj' photos are awesome! Very creative and playful - thanks for taking us along the ride!
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    Antoine Prager

    17/11/2016
    Coucher du soleil sur le palais Royal Madrid! Antoine Prager
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  25. ProducerVincent Andrew

    Vincent Andrew

    16/11/2016
    Being human: A magnet for some people
    Being human: A magnet for some peopleWhy do some people become more inclined to talk to a particular person than someone else? I don't know the science of it completely but I hope the reader can help me to understand this a bit better.You see, I have become a magnet for some people....
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    Vincent Andrew
    20/11/2016 #9 Vincent Andrew
    Thanks Dean. My colleague said my department was lucky to have me as their 'sage' but honestly I think I am not there yet. What they say is a mark of respect and for that I am truly honoured. #8
    Dean Owen
    17/11/2016 #8 Dean Owen
    Count your blessings! People have a perception that you are approachable. A friend of mine told me how he noticed that when his beard turned grey, all of a sudden he became such a magnet. I guess it is a perception of openness, wisdom, and the fatherly figure aspect. I can't wait to grey!
    Vincent Andrew
    16/11/2016 #7 Vincent Andrew
    #1 That's what I think too. People approach you because they can trust you and are comfortable relating with you.
    Vincent Andrew
    16/11/2016 #6 Vincent Andrew
    #4 You've made a perceptive point there. Sometimes I think that is what is happening in this organisation. Whatever it is, I try to spread goodness because life and work can be so chaotic sometimes.
    Vincent Andrew
    16/11/2016 #5 Vincent Andrew
    Fortunately the people who want to talk can discern from my body language whether I am available to talk. Fortunately for me too they get to their point quite quickly. I sense that they needed someone to listen to them. That's all I did. #2 #3
    Pascal Derrien 🐝
    16/11/2016 #4 Pascal Derrien 🐝
    This article turned out to be very different to what I was expecting (not sure what I was expecting either :-) ), you are probably a charismatic figure with a track record in being a sound guy and good human, people may drop your name when ask for a good counsel or maybe it is written all over you.

    Now no matter what it is keep doing it :-) there is no harm in doing good
    Asesh Datta
    16/11/2016 #3 Asesh Datta
    Vincent Andrew your article gives a feeling of pride in your thoughts and justifying to be so. I may be wrong in understanding you through your words. However, who does not want to be popular among people for any consultation or mentoring or confession or listening your words as fortune teller. These are all professional expertise and a value can be attached to it. People want free advice at the cost of mutual time, but is that the service you are offering to bring relief of the burden. Then you are an angel easily available and you need to decide your priorities within the time available for such philanthropic activity. Next is are you really coaching him / her to get the answers themselves, under the circumstances, you are not available.
    These conflicting tasks throwing back to them sometime make you less friendly but has long term effects and acknowledged at a later time. Ask yourself and listen the response. Experience the flip side of the coin also. Choose your attitude and evaluate.
    Magnetism is a property that is acquired. Even polarity can be changed. Even people who gets attracted are also potential magnets or even a magnet with polarity reversed.
    So the science is very complex. Thanks and regards.
    Lisa Gallagher
    16/11/2016 #2 Lisa Gallagher
    Does it bother you @Vincent Andrew that you are like a magnet for these people? I ask because you may have outed yourself here, "Sometimes I allow them to, even when I didn't feel like listening to them. I ask if all is ok and that is usually the prompt for the floodgates to open. "Is it ok I talk to you for a while?" "Sure," I replied, knowing that a 'no' would sound most devastating in their hour of need." You can't say no. That's not a bad thing, depending on the circumstances. People know you honestly do care. I'm thinking there may be times you need someone to turn to and it may feel unbalanced. So many people are hard to approach, so pat yourself on the back that people trust you enough to approach you. If you are getting burned out by everyone else's issues, take a step back and possibly say, "I'd love to listen but I'm extremely busy right now, can we talk another time?" There are many ways to say no without hurting someone's feelings. It can be emotionally draining when you're always helping, listening etc... but not being heard yourself. Or just need some space :)))
    Anandhi Krishnan
    16/11/2016 #1 Anandhi Krishnan
    Each of us want to be heard, to unburden, to receive unbiased advise. We feel comfortable with opening up with a person probably whom we are meeting for the first time and with someone whom we have know for a long period of time.

    The first because probably it is the only meet and you have a small opportunity to just unburden your thoughts. The second option because you then know whether that person is worthy of sharing your problems with.
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