- Producer21/02/2017Bali. In The Midst of The Social Fray....Is She Coming Away At The Seams?In 1994 at the end of my final term at Uni, a hippie friend (a joint hanging precariously from the corner of his mouth ) sold me a bag of gemstones, that he pulled out of his rotted leather Gladstone bag and shoved in my face. 'They're...
- Producer22/02/2017My Skin Color Makes Me Feel Like an OutsiderI know a lot of women from SE Asia would spend thousands for skin whitening. Some who cannot afford expensive and invasive whitening products and treatments would even settle for homemade products that are not unknown to be effective and...
Comments22/02/2017 #1 Robin BartonVery interesting perspective Pat. I couldn't tan if my life depended on it. BTW, one of my best friends is Filipino! I always tease her and pronounce the word Tagalog wrong on purpose. It's one of the best things about living here in California, the diversity. The different skin colors, the different foods...I love it!
- Producer16/02/2017The Guy in a Thong and the Night I will Never Forget“Hi, my name is Adrian,” says a gentleman behind me in a nice British accent. “I am Pat,” was my reply, while thanking the gods and goddesses of the universe that my nickname was one syllable. It would’ve been hard to say anything after a...
Comments19/02/2017 #13 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher#11 I need to take a peek at men's undergarments @Pat 🐝 Bagano, it's been a while haha. Oh my, he was quite the kinky kind- hey being young and innocent is part of our growth, at least you had an interesting experience that wasn't a horrible one. Maybe I'll find an Irish jock strap for my husband just for laughs on St. Paddies day ;-)18/02/2017 #11 Pat 🐝 Bagano#8 @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher I ended up dating the guy, but I cannot keep up with his "lifestyle." Let us just say, it stretched from thongs to leather and I was young and innocent (then).
Jockstraps are still in! In fact has taken a weird turn in terms of design and functionality. Some sexy and some too much! Men's underwear is becoming very competitive with women's lingerie. I must admit it does crack me up to laughter more of the time, but that's only because I see them online for my research. I wonder how I would feel if twas in real life.18/02/2017 #8 Lisa 🐝 GallagherI remember jock straps, not even sure if guys wear those anymore? They were an ugly version of a thong without a strap up the hmm how do I say this, strap up the crack lol. Lace, depending on how drunk I might have been, I think I would have broke out into hysterical laughter that I had to try and hide. I'm going to start calling Dean, Dean Adrian LOL! You had me on the edge of my seat @Pat 🐝 Bagano, as I wasn't sure where this was headed. Lets just say, I'm glad it ended on a fun and good note. Did you see him again?18/02/2017 #7 Pedro CasanovaPat ...After reading your post I went to H&M looking for a thong in green . To match my eye colour. But they didn t have my size . Also told me that they ran out of " males thongs " They say that is some internet " hoax " about getting laid at the first date...and sales are booming...16/02/2017 #3 Max🐝 J. CarterThank you for that @Pat 🐝 Bagano. It reminded me of a short story from my own history of not knowing where I was.
Once in New Orleans a buddy of mine and I took our dates to a brothel without knowing so they could find a bathroom. Didn't realize it until we had been standing there waiting and watching.
If the women we were with caught one, thankfully they never told us.
- 17/02/2017Icebergs se desprendendoNASA Satellite Spots Mile-Long Iceberg Breaking Off of Antarctic Glacierwww.livescience.com An iceberg about a mile long (1 to 2 kilometers) broke off Antarctica's Pine Island Glacier in...
- Producer21/05/2016be (a) Bee!My father was a beekeeper. He took it on as a hobby and his initial three hives quickly became many as his fascination with bees grew. He often took me along when tending to the hives where he would marvel for hours at their intricate behaviors,...
Comments17/02/2017 #15 Deb 🐝 HelfrichHmmm @Gert Scholtz this is an interesting tidbit: "Scientists at Arizona University found that tricking older foraging bees into doing social work in the nest, changed the molecular structure of their brains for the better. Their tiny minds became more adaptable and more capable of learning new skills."
So are we inadvertently running a global experiment to socialize cantankerous bees into skillfully adaptable global citizens?
Early results suggest we may be creating a new sort of hive mind - where community and individuality can coexist peacefully. As our brain chemistry is also modified by changing inputs, although, granted human beeings operate in a much more complex social structure.17/02/2017 #11 Ken BoddieLove your 'Sermon on the Hive', Gert, aka the Be-atitudes.
I had a similarly enlightening experience chatting to a beekeeper some time ago, from which I came away with the following, which the ladies will love:
- Only one Queen Bee per hive!
- Queen Bee rules supreme!
- Male worker bees can only do one task at a time!;
- If the males don't perform, out they go!
Expanding on your entertainers list, Gert, Paul McCartney was clearly way ahead of his time when he wrote,
"Buzzing words of wisdom, let's beBee." 🐝22/05/2016 #9 Dean Owen#8 Pretty cool study. A bit disappointed with the results. More impressed with salmon and sea turtles abilities to find their spawning ground over thousands of miles. (If you have ever drift dived, you'd know how impossible this is). Bees, trial an error, memory, energy conservation... meh! (is what I am saying sacrilege?)22/05/2016 #5 Ken BoddieEntertaining and so informative @Gert Scholtz . I empathise with the worker bee working to death for the benefit of the hive (and, presumably, the queen bee), while doing the impossible along the way. 🚀I wonder if 'she who must be obeyed', at my hive, appreciates the efforts?
How about adding Bee Bee King to your list of entertainers? 🎙
- Producer16/02/2017The Demise Of A favourite Restaurant Is A Little Like Losing A Favourite Friend .Last week management and I decided that we had neglected visiting our favourite trattoria for quite a while and therefore set out for what we knew would be a satisfying meal. The restaurant in question was a quaint, family owned establishment...
Comments17/02/2017 #11 Paul Walters#4 @Pascal Derrien Seems we are all affected by the same situation. I dont know , I simply cannot wrap my head around a tiny dollop of what I think is food on a plate the size of a tractor tyre and then squirted with a another dollop of "foam' to be called a meal .Then of course paying about $30 for one swallow !!16/02/2017 #5 Randy KehoChange is often hard to swallow (pun intended). The family owned Italian restaurant in my old neighborhood served as our gathering place for years.
In fact, my very first job was washing dishes there at the tender age of 16. I'll never forget the pair of kindhearted Italian ladies who took it upon themselves to fatten me up. They were constantly shoving pizza and pasta at me.
I don't go there anymore.
The latest generation of the family to manage the place has turned it into an overpriced, under-cooked haven for millennials. You can't even stop in for a quick, reasonably priced drink. A pint of Guinness will set you back an hour's wage and that's the cheapest libation they offer. The rest are craft beers with crazy names that taste like they were brewed in somebody's boot.16/02/2017 #4 Pascal DerrienI fully get what uou mean we had a trattoria in Paris which my wife and i called the canteen, we also had a locla Irisah pub which was more than just a pub, it wa slike family, trabellers, irish community, dart players local and other bohemians made it their HQ, even people who had left the area would make a point in dropping by, one year due to misnanagment they close for about 7 months, the sense of loss and camaraderie lost was tangible when you bumped into one of the usual suspects......it sthe little things htat count @Paul Walters :-)16/02/2017 #3 Gert Scholtz@Paul Walters We have our little Trattoria down the road complete with red and white check table cloths, a cook who has been there for some thirty years, worn but comfortable seating and delicious Italian food. Whenever you are here Paul – come and relive something of your Alma Eater.16/02/2017 #2 Dean OwenNothing like a good Trattoria! I wonder if my local down the end of King's Road is still around.... Still, we've come along way since you and I were little troublemakers. I recall an era where fine dining composed of half a grapefruit with brown sugar on top and baked in an oven, or half an avocado with some pink sludge and frozen shrimp in the middle.
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- Producer16/02/2017A Tale of Two DistilleriesHibiki, Yoichi, Hakushu, Yamazaki, Taketsuru; words that are often whispered over dark oak counters. These are some of the finest whiskies in the World, and yes, they are Japanese. Many of you may not have heard of them. Some of you might...
Comments18/02/2017 #22 CityVP 🐝 Manjit#21 I in turn have to do an article on Alcoholics Anonymous where I was invited to support one of my brothers friends who had gone a year clean and now was receiving his medallion. As the session began we all stood up and I noticed that each member said "My name is --------- and I am an Alcholic".
This affirmation was being repeated row after row, and at this point I turned to my brother and whispered "I am not saying that! - I'm gonna say I am a teetotaler" - he whispered back "the f' you will, try it and see". So in that moment as my moment came closer and closer I had to make a decision - do I speak for my teetotalling or should I speak in union with the alcoholics?
Now it is my turn and I said with my teeth clenched "My name is Manjit, I am an Al-colic" and so it went down the line until everyone sat down. This is where my brother did give me a great lesson in life that is utterly unforgettable and poured wisdom into my bones , he whispered in my ear "shame on you that you think that you are better than them".17/02/2017 #20 CityVP 🐝 ManjitIt is weird in a way for someone like me trying to understand a market in which I am not a participant (a 100% bonafide teetotaler) but I do lay claim to fame that my first occupation or paid work of any sort was as a barman. I lasted all of three weeks in that role and can now proudly attest that if there was a title for the "world's worst barman" it is me - I will still give credit to the owners of the "Oldfield Tavern" they did try to do the best to keep me by offering me "wash up" duties, but in terms of drink I was washed up.
What this buzz does give me is a cameo into the mind of entrepreneurs and the entrepreneurs story is always a good way of developing an understanding of how markets form and how enterprise emerges, perhaps in more unlikely ways than we can plan. What this story shows me is how an eye for detail is a theme that I do see pop up in entrepreneurial stories a.k.a. Taketsuru "meticulous eye for details". It is also interesting how much of mindset is governed by knowledge of product and how this knowledge is different between a promotion to get people simply using a product or service, and an education which is knowing the details of a market. That knowing of details is another facet of an entrepreneur, which I find an interesting observation point.
As @Milos Djukic recently buzzed a video of Richard Feynman, I come back to what Feynman saw in a good scientist, which is the power of noticing. The power of observation I firmly believe is a trait of great entrepreneurs and how this mitigates risk. Great buzz as always and insights that I can direct towards my red learning.16/02/2017 #19 Dean Owen#18 I knew you'd be a tough convert! You just have to try the Yoichi Single Malt when you are there! For decades the Japanese liked their whisky done "Mizuwari" i.e. with ice and water, or even topped up with soda. I've also been served whisky with Oolong tea which was surprisingly refreshing, and very dry. These days it is on the rocks. The Japanese tend process alcohol quite fast, hence the red faces and very rare hangovers (something to do with enzyme induction). But Yoichi Single Malt is a perfect sipping whisky, taken neat. Your brain cells will not only survive, they will be in a state of exuberance.16/02/2017 #18 Ken BoddieLooking forward to testing your claims in April, Dean-san. As one who was brought up to appreciate a twelve year old single malt whisky (or several) in my foggy uni days, I know the importance of 'John Barleycorn" and the source water, which combine to give us 'uisge beatha' (the water of life). But these days the occasional whiskey (preferably Scotch malt) needs to be 'smooth and well aged' (somewhat like myself, haha). The questions are:
Do our Nippon cousins serve the mature taster's market or the 'Scotch and coke' undifferentiating abortionists?
Have my liver and stomach recovered from the abuse of my youth sufficiently to permit passage past the palate, without enforcing a bile rebellion?
Can I afford to lose any more brain cells? 😟16/02/2017 #14 Neil SmithIt's not something the tourist board shouts about but quite a few of Scotland's best distilleries are Japanese owned. In many cases the incomers took over companies that were on their knees due to traditional, British mismanagement and lack of investment and they have produced a revival and renaissance of some of the county's finest brands. That they have done this with great support for local communities and a very hands off approach to the product is entirely to their credit. If anyone is interested in more information then the book "Raw Spirit" by Iain Banks is well worth a read.16/02/2017 #6 Gert Scholtz@Dean Owen A fascinating look into the history of Japanese whisky. I would never have guessed that some of the finest are made in the land of the rising sun. Interesting how something superior often comes out of rivalry – in this case between the houses of Suntory and Nikka.16/02/2017 #4 Lisa 🐝 GallagherInteresting history about Whiskey (s) - I had no clue Japanese produced Whiskey but then again I don't drink it. Wow, worth 6.7 billion, why was I not his favorite granddaughter? ;-) We went to a gin/vodka distillery this summer. They took us back to show us how they brew, it smelled like oatmeal brewing. I had a Russian Mule, first time I ever tried one. My husband prefers a Manhatten when we go out to dinner. Orson Wells, omg... forgot about him!
- 16/02/2017Uma ideia interessante (lol)If Your Annoying Coworkers Were Indiscreet Buildingswww.archdaily.com The connection here is plain and simple: bad coworkers, bad architecture, perfect pair. It's not uncommon for architects to take inspiration from...
- 15/02/2017Hi Guys,
it's been a while! Be sure to check out my new post !The Gospel according to Joyy : Thought for the week: Valentine's Dayjoyyoge.blogspot.co.uk
- Producer11/02/2017Far from the Madding Crowd; Finding The Perfect Sanctuary in India.Incredible India; a place of fabulous wealth and desperate poverty, famine and pestilence, a country of a thousand religions and a million gods, the birthplace of human speech, mother of history, a place of tigers and elephants of deserts and...
Comments13/02/2017 #31 Dean OwenIt was the Indian govt that came up with the slogan "Incredible India" back in 2002 and those bright folks at Ogilvy & Mather who were tasked with propagating the slogan. I'd say all involved have done a tremendous job as it has become second nature to refer to the nation as Incredible India.11/02/2017 #25 Don 🐝 Kerr@Paul Walters When I was a kid our family used to attend Travelogues at the University of Guelph. Someone would share a slide show about their travels and back in the '50s we witnessed some pretty incredible stuff that many of us would never dream of seeing. Now you're recreating this wonderful experience for me on beBee. Thanks.11/02/2017 #21 Devesh Bhatt#19 Arunachal and Nagaland are amazing. But talking about God's, you would find 1 less than 10 million Gods (as in sculptures) at a place called Unakoti in Assam.
Huge variety of food.
Nagaland has some weird food too. @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher View more#19 Arunachal and Nagaland are amazing. But talking about God's, you would find 1 less than 10 million Gods (as in sculptures) at a place called Unakoti in Assam.
Huge variety of food.
Nagaland has some weird food too. @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher :) Close
- Producer12/02/2017Sands through the Hour GlassIt was hot ..... bloody hot! ..... yet here we were in the middle of the 'high dune' country, in the south of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), on the edge of Saudi Arabia's 'Empty Quarter'. We were drilling site investigation holes down to 20m or...
Comments13/02/2017 #36 Ken Boddie#29 Certainly is a "ways back", @Paul Walters. Had quite forgotten about some of the details until the "F2D thingy" allowed me to look at some of the details again. Of course the pics you see have had to be 'adjusted' in Photoshop to get rid of some of the age damage, scratches, ingrained dust and stains. Thanks for the thumbs up, mate.13/02/2017 #33 Dean Owen#29 No black Amex and all? I don't think the trouble and strife would approve! I'd have to bring along one of those Breitling Emergency watches with the distress beacon. Let me get a divorce first! :) Then you spin the globe and make sure you don't prick Aleppo or Pyongyang or East St. Louis, Illinois.13/02/2017 #29 Paul Walters@Ken Boddie I just love pieces like this...desert stories from a ways back. Now without a platform like this they might never be told and added to that there is the D2D Thingie that converts slides to digital....a'int life grand, Thanks you old driller....great piece and is that you in the bottom pic? you handsome devil you !!!13/02/2017 #27 Ken Boddie#24 All sand dunes are mobile to some degree, Lisa. Just like a gastronomy specialist, they rely on 'wind' to exist. 🤢
As for the camels at night, the road between Abu Dhabi and Dubai, back in the day, used to be littered with dead camels, and the occasional motor vehicle wreck along side.13/02/2017 #23 Ken Boddie#21 #22 Funnily enough, Lisa, the trails were rarely 'bumpy', probably due to the surgical covering of loose sand. The worst thing with which we had to contend was getting stuck halfway up a dune face and having to slide back down, prior to giving it a go again on full throttle. But driving on the bitumen was often more of a challenge on the stomach, due to ruts and potholes in the seal. We also had to be wary of mobile dunes, which, every once in a while, would advance across part or all of the track or road. These natural obstructions could make night driving particularly tricky, along with the occasional camel travelling without tail lights. 🐪
Comments11/02/2017 #7 Ken Boddie#6 You realise of course, Praveen, that Fosters is a cruel joke played on the rest of the world's beer drinking population by Aussie beer makers. Nobody here drinks it. It's comparable to the bagpipes, originally thought to have been brought across the Irish Sea to Scotland by Guinness-swilling Paddies (no slight intended to @Pascal Derrien and his adopted country). The Scots still haven't seen the joke. 😂11/02/2017 #6 Praveen Raj GullepalliYou may be too old to rock n roll but you definitely are too young ...today! Blame it on the Oz pronunciation..;) Icehouse singing 'Great Southernland' made it feel so cool...but i guess with all the Beds that are Burning the heat got ground-ed a bit too! Stay cool with Fosters mates!11/02/2017 #2 Aleta Curry#1 Oh groaaaaan!
Actually, there are only two rules for visiting my place (well, assuming you were raised right and you observe elementary good manners and a standard of hygiene, there are only two rules): 1) you must like dogs, and 2) you must wear clothes you don't mind getting dirty.
- Producer09/02/2017Draw my life - English & Español & PortuguêsTeamwork by Marta Carretero Garcia, Sergio Martínez, Teresa Gezze, Tifany Rodio, ** Marcos Vinicius Fernandes Ferreira ** , Mamen 🐝 Delgado, Virginia SilveirabeBee in Englishhttps://youtu.be/AX8uYAu1cRwArt: Marcos Vinicius Fernandes Ferreira,...
Comments10/02/2017 #51 Mohammed SultanAlthough it's a good start,I still have a feel that the platform is stronger than the video.The brand identification,clarity,opening a with a likable story,the voice over ,although it's not voice -on-camera and was not changing with draw/scene are the strengths of the video.The only weakness is in the music effect which I think doesn't add to the power of the video.10/02/2017 #48 Mamen 🐝 Delgado#47 @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher, both @Teresa Gezze and @Tifany Rodio have done a beautiful job with the voice over in the video project. I have to say I was really impressed about the final work considering it was the first time they were recording with professional microphone and equipment... Bravo girls!!! 👏👏👏
- Producer09/02/2017The Bamboo Mountains Described as the Hamptons of Eastern China by The New York Times, Moganshan is enjoying a revival as a weekend playground for Shanghai’s affluent. Steeped in history, these bamboo encrusted mountains are witnessing a steady transformation into a...
Comments09/02/2017 #8 Dean Owen#4 Yep, I found out the hard way about bamboo sprouts, having picked fresh ones up at a local Japanese market. I just chopped them up thinly and started stir frying, but you need to boil out the poison first before frying. Not a pleasant experience, but hardly life threatening. Hope you feel better soon! Oh, and Moganshan boasts around 300 different species of bamboo, but the pandas are long gone. Fortunately it is never too late, and China is really ramping up with Panda conservation.09/02/2017 #7 Dean Owen#3 Funny I used to carry huge camera equipment around with me during my journeys, and spending time taking photos really took away from the experience, and you notice less. I am in awe of Paul Walters, but I suspect he has a decade, give or take, on me, so hopefully with practice....09/02/2017 #3 CityVP 🐝 ManjitThe beauty of being a traveler is when you can share the beauty of it and you have shared the beauty of it here. I don't know of any travel blogs I would care to read that are better than what you and @Paul Walters View moreThe beauty of being a traveler is when you can share the beauty of it and you have shared the beauty of it here. I don't know of any travel blogs I would care to read that are better than what you and @Paul Walters consistently produce. It is a symbiotic relationship, the ability to notice this detail is the ability to travel and notice, only a few have it and this is beyond par. Thank You. Close
- Producer07/02/2017Ascending Ever Closer To Heaven.It is just on 4.00 am and I have climbed to the highest point of Borobudur, a 9th-century monument in Magalang central Java Indonesia, the world's largest Buddhist temple. Along with a few other intrepid early- risers I have braved the morning...
Comments09/02/2017 #26 Ken BoddieI echo your sentiments, Paul, that Borobudur is an awe inspiring construction and, of course, there are so many other smaller temples in the area for those who want to explore further. I've visited Borobudur twice now and would go back again at the drop of a hat, as the surrounding area and villages are also interesting and some of the local accommodation idyllic. My fondest memory is getting up at 'sparrow's fart' and driving a few kilometres out of town before stumbling up a hillside (somewhere in the middle of nowhere) to join all the other foreign photographers who were waiting for the sun to rise over the temple and the surrounding area. Not only did I get some interesting photos of Borobudur and surrounds but I also couldn't help but snap a few off at the gaggle of photographers assembled atop this vantage point. The variety of equipment and people was astonishing.09/02/2017 #25 Asesh DattaPaul Walters, Great travel story vividly described of a fascinating archeological monuments long lost under volcanic ashes. Your description of 'perforated stupa' intrigued me. Would like to know the reason behind those perforation. 'Nirvana' literally means "blown out", as in an oil lamp. The term "nirvana" is most commonly associated with Buddhism, and represents its ultimate state of soteriological release and liberation from rebirths in saṃsāra. Great post and thanks07/02/2017 #10 CityVP 🐝 ManjitThis article is also mentioned in my comment to a self-reflective piece "Center and Edge" as an example of me finding an "Edge"
https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/center-edge-cityvp-manjit07/02/2017 #9 Pat 🐝 BaganoI love this one! Being Buddhist this one place has been in my bucket list for over half a decade. I wish I braved going to Borobudur instead of just getting trapped in the party cities of Southeast Asia a few years back. But yes, I will one day visit this place, and like you, @Paul Walters, take nice photos. Inspiring read!
Comments07/02/2017 #3 Dean Owen#1 I like the "for a smarter view on the World", but that sounds like a CNN tagline. I saw something recently that I thought was brilliant, "The World has more than four corners" or something to that effect. Wish I'd thought of that. Anyway, I am not paid to promote beBee so I don't devote much time to these things, but I would love to see more travel writers here. I used to blog on Travelblog.org. Great bunch of bloggers there.07/02/2017 #2 CityVP 🐝 ManjitVery good layout! I think we can also target those travel bloggers who are not struggling for views :
"Travel bloggers brighten your horizons. For smarter views of the world there is bebee.com"
An intelligent destination
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- Producer04/02/2017HanabiIt’s nice to see quite a few Japanese words make their way to the English language. For foodies, the trendy word these days is Umami, a fifth taste set “discovered” by the Japanese in the early 20th Century. The devastating 2004 Indian Ocean...
Comments09/02/2017 #26 Dean Owen#25 I had to google graveyard custodian. I thought it either meant graveyard shift, or perhaps Disneyland had an actual onsite graveyard for some reason. I have fond memories of taking girls to Tokyo Disneyland or Disneysea after work to see the fireworks. Would have loved to have worked there in my youth instead of the load of restaurant and supermarket gigs I did. Now all there is to do is to wait in anticipation for you to do a Live Buzz and recreate some of those pyrotechnical experiments!09/02/2017 #25 Wayne YoshidaThanks @Dean Owen. I am amazed by the 420 kg shell. Google mass translator says that is 925.942 pounds. Yikes.
I have two fond fireworks memories: (1) When a few of us in high school chemistry got to be "lab assistants" and had access to the stockroom. We did a lot of fun authorized and non-authorized pyrotechnical experiments. And (2) When I worked at Disneyland as a graveyard custodian, and we had access to plenty of "non guest" areas of the park - including the fireworks launch pad. Although the area was off-limits to us, one employee parking lot was a safe zone and so close we could see all the wires and stuff . . . and had an excellent and private view.
Although the giant shell in the video is impressive, D/L did a fireworks show every night in the summertime.07/02/2017 #24 Dean Owen#22 I very almost moved to Australia back in the 80's. Even packed my bags. But a change in circumstances caused an about face at the last minute. What you describe Ken-san sounds very enticing, but it also sounds very much like my hometown of London, which has, in my lifetime, become probably the most diverse city on Earth.07/02/2017 #23 Dean Owen#21 I love the story of "Uncle" Prakesh. I assume you are using the word "Uncle" as we do so often in S.E.Asia, not to describe a relative, but to describe an elderly man who we are very fond of. If there is one country that I would recommend everyone visit, it has to be Japan. It is so unique, colourful, creative, futuristic, yet firmly planted in tradition. And the people are just so polite and well mannered.06/02/2017 #22 Ken Boddie#15 I sometimes wonder if English is the main language here in Oz, Dean-san. In a taxi here in Brissie you're likely to hear Punjabi or have a coffee in West End and you're in old man Greek land. Italian is the tongue in Lygon St in Melbourne and you have a good chance of hearing Afrikaans or Chinese Indonesian in Perth. As for Sydney CBD, throw the dice and whatever comes up, it's unlikely to be English. And then there's the slowly dying Strine. No wonder so many Aussies can't spell and have poor English grammar. The teachers are all from somewhere else. 😂06/02/2017 #21 🐝 Fatima WilliamsSuch a beautiful display of firework ! So fascinating and magical. I love the culture there and I guess I can survive if I ever come to live there considering my love for trying anything new these days :) Hanabi is a must watch life time experience.
Fireworks in India are absolutely spectacular but I have nothing of this magnitude anywhere. As a child I lived next door to an uncle named Prakash who used to put up a firework shop only during Diwali for sale . Since we never celebrated Diwali , he would call us to watch and light a few when he was lighting them up for his son and daughter.
Apart from the one's that light up in the sky, the flower-pots and chase-me-Charley's I dislike the noisy dangerous ones.
I've not had the chance to see Dubai's new year fireworks for the last 2 years as I go on Holidays during that time. But during EID and New year's the firework is said to be fascinating in UAE.
I will do a live buzz for the next upcoming fireworks display. There's a lot I'd like you guys to see here :)
Thanks @Dean Owen Chan I enjoyed this buzz and my bucket-list is getting heavier :) :)06/02/2017 #18 Dean Owen#12 Thanks for the wonderful comment @Devesh Bhatt. As you may know, the Chinese govt has really clamped down on the prolific use of fireworks in light of the 2009 fire that destroyed the Beijing TV Cultural Center in addition to a drive to clean up pollution. But that really hasn't stopped it much. I can still hear fireworks as I type. (It is the last weekend of the Chinese NY). Fire fountains are popular in Japan at every festival. They are called Niagara. And I have seen a burning phoenix before, usually a metal frame bird adorned with sparklers, drawn across the sky on a pulley. These ones are kites in Korea -
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=he1w3T7c2oU05/02/2017 #14 CityVP 🐝 ManjitFor nearly three decades of my life it was all about Nov 5th.
Today I love the 21st Century retelling of the Guy Fawkes story in V for Vendetta https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lSA7mAHolAw
As for fireworks where I live now, they have a climate change initiative where we shut our power for 1 hour and then later on the year the city engages a huge firework display, I find that constantly ironic considering what is said here : https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/nov/15/fireworks-bonfire-night-diwali-pollution05/02/2017 #13 Franci🐝Eugenia HoffmanI love learning about other cultures and thank you for sharing, Dean. What a spectacular display of fireworks you have shared and I 've always been curious about how some of them explode into what appears to be delicate layers of colors and lights. I watch fireworks on the Fourth of July and New Years Eve.05/02/2017 #12 Devesh BhattYour wonderful buzz has really got me curious about fireworks .
Bits and pieces come to mind regarding India. Kautilya/Chanakya had mentioned Agnichurna (recipe unknown) for smoke and fire based clay balls.
One of Ashoka's pillar edicts has a Govt inscription banning the commercial sale of potassium nitrate and sulphur. Made me wonder if there were Chinese people who visited India before Fa-hien and probably shared this knowledge.
Recently there was a case in the Supreme Court of India stating , ban fireworks as they are a modern inclusion into Diwali, not part our Culture. A reference by the defence lawyer was made to Chinese firework exports to India in the 16th Century where Adil Shah had a display of fire fountains at the Yamuna River bank and a Purple Flame Bird, whatever that is.
We do get fire fountains today, but no Purple Flame Bird, I wonder what it is :)05/02/2017 #11 Pamela 🐝 WilliamsMy best firework memory was visiting a friend in Washington. We had a picnic lunch on the lawn of the Pentagon where her husband worked and watch the National firework show over the Potomac River. It was a rather emotional experience being in our nations capital. Now I can't even imagine wanting to be in Washington for anything but a protest march. Sad :-(04/02/2017 #10 Donna-Luisa EversleyIn Trinidad we have big fireworks displays for our Independence Day celebrations, and for New Years. I love Tiramisu😊 thanks for sharing these Japanese words and the ones that are not. The cultural experiences you share are amazing @Dean Owen View moreIn Trinidad we have big fireworks displays for our Independence Day celebrations, and for New Years. I love Tiramisu😊 thanks for sharing these Japanese words and the ones that are not. The cultural experiences you share are amazing @Dean Owen..thanks a lot 😀🌼🌹🌸 Close
- 03/02/2017For our Swiss and American friend
A good laughter is always goodSWITZERLAND SECOND #everysecondcounts #srf #deville Swiss Response to "The Netherlands welcome Trump in is own words" from the dutch TV-Show "zondag met lubach". https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ELD2AwFN9Nc...
- Producer03/02/2017The Focused Arrogance of the Highly CreativeThere is an interesting study on what makes creative people tick. New research links creativity with lower levels of honesty and humility the study was published by Tom Jacobs Salvador Dali was quoted as saying "Each morning when I awake, I...
- Producer02/02/2017My WordsTempted to submit a WORD for Sara Jacobovici's Wednesday Word(s) of the Week, I stumbled about in a web of terms and expressions, so many weird and wonderful words, whacky and woeful words, all wandering around in my head ..... and then it came to...
Comments03/02/2017 #38 Todd JonesLettered squares, on the keyboard rattle…
Crafting tales, of pleasure and battle.
A major peril, lurking with each stroke…
Is an unclear tone, that leaves intention broke.
For the very same words, can have different meaning…
Depending on where, the emphasis is leaning.
I have seen a few comments, raise prodigious ire…
As uncertain gist, leaves much to be desired.
This I have learned, from @Susan Rooks…
The Grammar Goddess post, deserves a second look.
https://www.bebee.com/producer/@susan-rooks/american-grammar-checkup-are-we-being-clear03/02/2017 #26 Lisa 🐝 GallagherWhat a great poem and good timing with this! My favorite part (well I enjoyed the entire poem) "Words can do so many things,
Give us wings or pull our strings.
When we carefully choose our words,
We can melt an army's swords. "
We've all used words we do regret
It's a learning curve at times, I bet.
One can only hope through regret,
we choose our words with thoughts of love and respect.
- 01/02/2017Is it Monty Python or Basil Fawlty? I don't know but British Humor sorry Humour is striking again!A Letter To the US from John Cleesewww.ezitt.com
- Producer27/01/2017Branded - Brandead - BraindeadBefore I introduce a solid example of a very good personal brand, I need to explain two terms and their origins and what they have to do with the picture above. I refute that I am either of these labels, but we live in a world where people like...
Comments28/01/2017 #14 CityVP 🐝 Manjit#3 Sometimes our head is turned by the people closest to us - and then how we get slapped back into reality either found the hard way or we see what the world is doing. For me great branding is supreme form of thinking, while personal branding is the neighbourhood prostitute if one is only selling themselves without recognition for what great branding is that makes great product and services, companies and legends.
Selling is an excellence when it is a higher level of selling - the kind that I admire in truly great salespeople and thinkers who are visionary and innovative. These we recognize because their effects is what we lesser mortals call "disruption" - but they never labelled it that, because people like Steve Jobs could think beyond to what people did not even know they wanted. In wanting what they did not know they wanted we find the disruption. As lesser mortals we then put disruption on a pedestal and that is where the idolatry in personal branding begins.28/01/2017 #13 CityVP 🐝 Manjit#1 Dear Claire if you are a human face the brand is important, the brand of your business, but if you are a human being, you are a human being, "people can be brands but brands are not people". http://www.forbes.com/sites/blakemorgan/2016/01/19/people-may-be-brands-but-brands-are-not-people-building-influence-in-the-digital-age/#2ff0cfd250df View more#1 Dear Claire if you are a human face the brand is important, the brand of your business, but if you are a human being, you are a human being, "people can be brands but brands are not people". http://www.forbes.com/sites/blakemorgan/2016/01/19/people-may-be-brands-but-brands-are-not-people-building-influence-in-the-digital-age/#2ff0cfd250df Nova Spivak IMHO is where the conversation is for the long-term regardless of who is actually calling the shots in the short-term. Close28/01/2017 #12 Ali Anani@Good thinking to join authenticity and brand @CityVP 🐝 Manjit. Joining them purposefully is a challenge.
For me, we need a brand acting like a tree- each leave has its authenticity, but in accordance with keeping the shape of the tree as a whole. This is what gives authenticity to the tree itself.28/01/2017 #11 Javier 🐝 beBee@CityVP 🐝 Manjit Personal Branding is a marketing tool. So you have more opportunities to succeed if you understand that. You are trying to compare people to brands. That is not the way in ny humble opinion. We are not inventing anything . Personal Branding helps you to be successful.28/01/2017 #10 CityVP 🐝 Manjit#4 #8 Dear Ali Anani it does not matter how brand and authenticity relate to each other for each is a conception, what truly matters is what joins those two nodes - which is the human being. There are many nodes we can compare, but the human being is incomparable - to say anything other than being human is unique is a mythology and who is to say if mythology is a lie or a trust created by brand? The moment we relate brand to authenticity we are all reciting a mythology.
"ALL" is a very encompassing word and that can set up a confirmation bias. I don't need to relate authenticity to brand because personal brand is not a 21st Century insight, it is what dinosaurs think of life as it was taught to them. ALL dinosaurs are extinct except a few reptiles like crocodiles and crocodiles are often the most adept at personal brand viz Donald Trump.
To be authentic as a human being does not require a brand, but to be authentic as a brand requires a niche mindset. I am a part of the 7 billion people not the 7 billion brands. Billions of these people quietly go on about their business and branding has helped create the world that they recognize, but personal branding - turning people into commodities is a niche mindset - and neither Javier or anyone here is entitled to ALL of my personal life. That is not the direction our world is moving towards.
Being human is what people are interested in, not arguments about authenticity and brand. Or maybe the best decision is to shut up and become a PERSONAL brand - and join the groupthink, or as the saying goes "if you can't beat them, join them".
Branding is important - until we make it personal branding - then it is a merely a very authentic niche of branding.28/01/2017 #8 Javier 🐝 beBee@Ali Anani you must be authentic to have a powerful brand. I showcase myself exactly as I am. beBee is the only platform that encourages to be both professional and personal. "Bringing our personal and professional passions together to create positive disruptions. "28/01/2017 #6 Javier 🐝 beBeeSlogans are slogans. They are marketing campaigns and they can change anytime. "Professional Engagement Through Passions" "Successful Personal Branding" "be Professional. be Personal. be Successful" . Whatever one we use for targeting different segments, ... beBee is beBee. beBee is unique, different and it is not FB and it is not LI. beBee will become a hub for social media. Matt explains very well in this video what beBee is https://www.bebee.com/producer/@msweetwood/bebee-is-all-about-personal-branding28/01/2017 #3 Lisa 🐝 GallagherI was just talking to someone this evening about 'personal branding.' We both have long careers but our careers are diverse and shall I say, scattered? The subject of personal branding came up because neither of us have a desire to be an entrepreneur. I gave it some thought for a while and after weighing the pros with the cons, I decided it's just not for me. I would still prefer working for someone I admire and who cares about their employees. I wouldn't mind doing remotely on a part-time basis as well. So, the idea of a personal brand for myself, well... I would say what I'm most proud of accomplishing in my life, "Becoming a mother who raised 2 well balanced, compassionate children." Aside from all the jobs I had outside of my home, I still wear the title or 'brand' of mother, with the most pride.
Jennifer Aniston clip, priceless and speaks for itself. I love Guy Kawasaki's suggestion of a Mantra versus a mission statement. Mantras do stick! There are many people like myself who use Social Media and aren't business people, aren't entrepreneurs, yet are working hard doing work many don't mention on Social Media and we must remember to keep them in mind- they may just be the majority.28/01/2017 #2 Chas ✌️ Wyatt@CityVP 🐝 Manjit, you have provided a lot of food for thought. I have always been a champion and identified with the maverick, nonconformist, rebel, renegade, rogue, freethinker, or whatever label one wishes to describe one that travels free from the pack. As far as slogans go, I prefer "Engagement Through Passions" over "Successful Personal Branding".
" I would not be the ship that plies a wonted main, but I would be the tramp-boat and sail the port of the world. I would not be the beaten path, but I would be the by-ways, the undiscovered country.... I would not be of the ninety and nine, but I would be the one, and through the wilderness I would mark a new trail." ~Muriel Strode Lieberman (1875–1964), "My Little Book of Prayer", 1904.
- Producer26/01/2017And from all the lands on earth we come ....."I'm the hot wind from the desert, I'm the black soil of the plains, I'm the mountains and the valleys, I'm the drought and flooding rains, I am the rock, I am the sky, the rivers when they run, The spirit of this great land, I am Australian."This...
Comments27/01/2017 #52 CityVP 🐝 Manjit#51 Dear Ken, 30 years ago I was more of a doppelgänger of Rocky Balboa - but as my kids tell me with absolute conviction "What the F. happened to you dad?" This is what middle-age looks like kids is my reply, to which they point their fingers to Johnny Depp. Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise - I just can't win!
The trick I find is that if we can find a way of making a few million dollars - we can afford the AND - Brisbane AND Hudson Bay. Or at least I can afford Toronto and Sydney that is when I can afford a personal supersonic jet.
I better start working on my personal brand then - but then I will need to set up a new site as competition to Javier and Juan, and only the boys and few gals at LinkedIn would love that kind of divide and rule. OK in regards to the last paragraph I am booking an appointment with a brand proctologist soon, who will give me some medication to get over a new slogan that is stuck in my beBee.27/01/2017 #50 Ken Boddie#48 The Cutty Sark is due to leave Brisbane about 122 years ago next week, on her final wool cargo voyage for the UK, via the Cape. Thanks to the Tardis, I've arranged for a case of Vegemite to be stowed in the captain's cabin. Keep an eye out to sea, Claire, and she should be close to you in about three weeks. Captain Woodget has a keen eye for the ladies and so may invite you aboard to take delivery in person. If so, take due care and ensure that you give his collie dogs, who travel with him on every voyage, a wide berth. Bred as sheep dogs, they have taken to nipping the heels of any unprepared fair damsel who may venture too close and whose ankles may be as white as snow, in the not uncommon manner of their breed, having been taught that this is the most expeditious means of directing said ankles towards the flock.27/01/2017 #47 Ken Boddie#43 The Scots have been relocating (some say they're revolting, pun intended) here for many years. I could look at some figures for you but you know what 'they' say, "there's lies, damned lies, then there's statistics".
Just look at it this way, Lis, there's a helluvalot of ginger haired people around this world, and the relocating, pillaging or revolting Scots (supplemented, in the early days, by the Vikings) are probably responsible for the great majority of them.27/01/2017 #46 Ken Boddie#41 I'm onto your Vegemite request, Claire. I've promised @Paul Walters (who claims to be starving for his art) that I'll drop a Red Cross parcel, via hot air balloon, on his Bali house with some Vegemite in it. I can either extend the balloon trip to SA (which may take some time assuming it gets blown off course a few times) or would you prefer the more reliable delivery of Vegemite by tea cutter or clipper, then horse and cart?
Incidentally, may I have the next waltz?27/01/2017 #45 Ken Boddie#40 The word 'football' means too many things to so many people here in Oz, Manjit. The most popular 'foot' ball games here are, firstly and foremostly, Rugby League or NFL (a ruffians' game played by ruffians); then there's Aussie Rules or AFL ('aerial ping pong' to those like me who are non subscribers and non combatants); then there's my former game of Rugby Union (a ruffians' game played by 'gentlemen', who are not very gentle); then there's Soccer, which is generally a chance for all the more recent nationals and immigrants to take all their various land of origin grievances onto the sports field (a gentleman's game played by ruffians). To choose your game of preference here in Oz, you first need to select the shape and size of the ball, then the players, who may be either 'slim and trim', 'stocky and cocky', or 'built like the proverbial brick outhouse'. Perhaps that explains why some of us are still 'learning', Manjid. We just can't make up our minds whether or not we're gentlemen, and whether or not to kick the damned thing or pick it up and run with it. 🤔27/01/2017 #43 Lisa 🐝 GallagherBelated happy Australian day @Ken Boddie. Love the Anthem. I must say, from all I've heard and seen, I'd love to visit your beautiful country one day. My bucket list sure is getting long! I never asked this before, did many Scots relocate to the land of Oz? (Or immigrate, not sure of the proper term).27/01/2017 #42 Lada 🏡 Prkic#34 Ken, I forgot to mention that according to the last census taken in 2011 there are about 150,000 Croats and their descendants in Australia, whereas Croatian communities claim that there are 250,000 Croats. It’s about 5% of the total population in Croatia.
The majority of Croats live in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Canberra. So you're right, "I am, You are, We are Australian." :)27/01/2017 #41 Claire 🐝 CardwellOnce a jolly swagman camped by a billabong
Under the shade of a coolibah tree,
He sang as he watched and waited 'til his billy boiled
You'll come a-Waltzing Matilda, with me
Thanks for tagging me @Ken Boddie View moreOnce a jolly swagman camped by a billabong
Under the shade of a coolibah tree,
He sang as he watched and waited 'til his billy boiled
You'll come a-Waltzing Matilda, with me
Thanks for tagging me @Ken Boddie! Where's my vegemite sandwich? Happy Australia Day! Close27/01/2017 #40 CityVP 🐝 ManjitFair Dinkum Ken, Oz is a great place !
It is good to see that Australians are finally learning to play meaningful football. Not that Australian Rules stuff but footie - the real football. https://www.fromthegrapevine.com/slideshows/lifestyle/7-countries-you-didnt-know-were-soccer-crazy/page/5
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