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- Producer01/04/2017To All Of Those Who Hate Airports. This One Might Just Change Your Mind.As a travel writer I get to travel a lot, (funny that!) meaning I spend quite a bit of my life hanging around in airport terminals. In many cases this is the downside of getting from point A to Point B as, on the whole, airports really, really...
Comments09/04/2017 #28 Lisa 🐝 GallagherI'm glad you mentioned that you have to leave. After reading this and seeing the photos Changi looks like a beautiful city instead of an airport. Pods to sleep in, I could dig that! Have you and @Dean Owen View moreI'm glad you mentioned that you have to leave. After reading this and seeing the photos Changi looks like a beautiful city instead of an airport. Pods to sleep in, I could dig that! Have you and @Dean Owen met each other yet @Paul Walters? I can see why Dean loves Singapore, they are sure growing by leaps and bounds and ahead of the game in many aspects. Thanks for sharing, love this! Close04/04/2017 #23 Gerald Hecht#22 @Yogesh Sukal yeah, Louisiana is like boot camp for the apocalypse --Fort Polk Louisiana was THE boot camp for...it was the gateway for all American GI's on their way to the "jewel of southeast asia"...identical climate/vegetation as the mekong delta
etc...03/04/2017 #21 Gerald Hecht#20 @Yogesh Sukal yeah, that's why I want to get the research thingie approved--so I could peaceable live as a volunteer helping professional...or work there...doing hospitality services ...peacefully...there really is no nefarious motive on my part...it may sound either ludicrous, or I've fallen completely under the spell of @Paul Walters description/depiction...it may just be that I was struck in the head by flying debris (we had another Louisiana "weather event" in the wee hours: http://www.theadvocate.com/baton_rouge/news/weather_traffic/article_8aa17c7e-17b5-11e7-9836-3bbfe5e19975.html
)...I just can think of nothing more restorative, than an extended stay at the Changi International Airport...it does sound crazy to read it aloud...but I think that is just an example of the limitations of language...I've never been ...so seriously, with that in mind...read his peice, and then imagine "my dream"...do you "see it"?
Not as crazy a notion as it seems...
...that's why I'd gladly pay my way as a hospitality/concierge!03/04/2017 #20 Yogesh Sukal#19 hahaha. I suggest you not to do that. I mean wasting time of your in the observation. just talk and seek truth rather than comprehending the myth. :D
in that case nobody have to bother & there is peace. you happy, they happy. and time is also happy as saved from killing it in this act. :D03/04/2017 #17 Netta VirtanenChangi airport is the best! =) Spacious, relaxing, beautiful design, it feels like you are in a tropical garden, great shopping, great food and friendly staff! It's easy to get from place to place, everything is clean and there is plenty for everybody. Great lounges for frequent flyers too! =)02/04/2017 #13 Susan 🐝 RooksWhat's weird is that I flew into Singapore in 1998 or 1997, but I don't remember anything special about the airport. Of course, maybe I flew to another airport in Singapore. Pity, that, @Paul Walters View moreWhat's weird is that I flew into Singapore in 1998 or 1997, but I don't remember anything special about the airport. Of course, maybe I flew to another airport in Singapore. Pity, that, @Paul Walters, because I sure would love to see it! Close02/04/2017 #12 Gerald Hecht#11 @Yogesh Sukal yeah...you know "authorities" have long been on the lookout for stowaways on the planes themselves...security risks, etc...I wonder how much they would be bothered by a long term tenant --a researcher "pretending to live there"...while really (of course) conducting social psychological research data ;-)
- 04/04/2017@Pamela 🐝 Williams, thought you might be interested in this~
- Producer28/03/2017The CuratorBoasting only a peripheral curiosity, I graciously accepted an invitation to a pop up exhibition at the Shanghai World Financial Center. I was thinking about dinner anyway and it had been a while since I had those juicy crabmeat soup dumplings at...
Comments30/03/2017 #14 Aaron Skogen#12 Yes, I enjoyed my time there @Dean Owen. I was there just long enough to start grasping the language. I spent the majority of my time in Onoda, down in the Yamaguchi Prefecture. Unlike the larger cities, there weren't many English speaking people, so it was a great immersion.
The tsaklis certainly appear to tell a story.29/03/2017 #12 Dean Owen#8 I had no idea you spent time in Japan. I had a similar experience at an old farm house in Shizuoka. These tsaklis were commissioned by lamas to be used in various rituals. They depict the various deities and icons of Vajrayana Buddhism such as Hevajra and his consort Nairatmya. I have quite a few that depict what appears to be a white conch shell, Sankha being the goddess of the conch.29/03/2017 #11 Dean Owen#6 I am quite surprised at the views and almost carefree attitude of the current Dalai Lama. In this recent interview with John Oliver he says "if I become the last Dalai Lama, I feel very happy"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bLY45o6rHm0 View more#6 I am quite surprised at the views and almost carefree attitude of the current Dalai Lama. In this recent interview with John Oliver he says "if I become the last Dalai Lama, I feel very happy"
Obviously during the Cultural Revolution, many artefacts of this nature were destroyed. China has changed a lot since then. I trust many issues will be resolved in the near future. Close29/03/2017 #10 Dean Owen#5 These were painted on commission from a lama or monastery by Buddhist monks and depict many of the deities and icons of Vajrayana Buddhism. "The small painting would be placed in an offering bowl with wheat or rice in it, or else put on a korma, a special sculptural offering made of roasted barley flour and butter, the shape differing with each deity" (Treasures of Tibetan Art)28/03/2017 #8 Aaron SkogenGood Karma indeed! Interesting little pieces of history you hold @Dean Owen. I'm curious as to the symbolism or folk tales behind each.
I remember spending some time with one local during my time in Japan who was a storyteller of old folk tales. He loved telling telling Yamata no Orochi legends. He had similar small artwork (on parchment) that depicted the stories.
Cool stuff!28/03/2017 #6 CityVP 🐝 ManjitYou of course realize that you are holding artifacts that will themselves considerably change in significance when history coincides with a potential epochal moment in Tibetan culture :
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- 13/03/2017On the island of Susak, Croatia, women wear the shortest folk costume in Europe!
It is the only national costume that sits above the knee. The festive folk costume in vivid colours, consists of five or six skirts along with the matching vest and pink or red long wool socks.
Island of Susak is famous for its sandy beaches. The island is formed of thick layer of loess and sand on a limestone base. On the northern side of island, sandy sediments reach heights of up to 98 metres.
Comments20/03/2017 #5 Lada 🏡 Prkic#4 Sorry for the late reply, @Ken Boddie. I've been bussy with my PMP certification course. Pink and white are the dominant colours of the costumes worn by younger women primarily for special occasions. Such outfit is accentuated by pink, orange or red stockings. Older women generally wear darker skirts and dark woollen stockings. Why pink, maybe because it's a girly colour. :-)
- Producer05/03/2017South Africa is not for sissies....When I first moved to South Africa in June 1999 I was told that 'South Africa is not for sissies' not to bother to complain about something but to 'make a plan' and that 'the difference between a tourist and a racist is 3 weeks'.I was appalled by...
Comments09/03/2017 #79 Claire L CardwellIt is great living here @Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman! About a 15 minute drive from my house there is the Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens. There is a waterfall and black eagles that nest above it. Less than an hour to the Northwest there are two amazing game lodges - Askari Lodge and Glen Afric.08/03/2017 #77 Claire L Cardwell@Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman - it was at one point over R20 to 1 Pound..... When I first came over here it was R10 / Pound and R7 to the US Dollar and R6 to the Euro..... It held fairly steady until about 3 years ago - then it started dropping like a stone. Every time Jacob Zuma or Julius Malema opened their mouths, it dropped again..... It is quite cheap to live here, petrol is about R13 / litre and a packet of smokes ranges from R25 - R40.... A packet of 4 Porterhouse Steaks would be about R60-R80 and the vegetables and fruit are really cheap and very tasty. Because we get second grade fruit and vegetables (top grade is normally exported) they are left for longer to ripen. Summers are long - from September to the end of March the temperatures are about 27-30 degrees Celsius during the day and about 18 at night. Winters are quite cold here in Joburg 21 during the day and 0 at night. It's the altitude that is responsible for the temperature swing - we are about 3000m above sea level.07/03/2017 #72 Claire L CardwellI think the National Front in the UK has been re-branded as Britain First. The NF was very active in the 80s and recruited a lot of 'football hooligans' to do it's dirty work. A very good friend of mine at University - Izzy was walking along the street in London in the middle of the day. A man came up behind her and stabbed her in the back. The knife missed her heart by a couple of millimeters.... Izzy was very fortunate to survive. She ended up having to take a year off University to recover. Izzy was one of the loveliest people I had ever met. She had pale cafe au lait skin, dark curly hair, big sparkling brown eyes and the most incredible smile. She was kind, funny and kind of wacky. I reached out to her when she returned, but she was a shadow of her former self.06/03/2017 #70 Claire L Cardwell#67 Helena - please do not apologise! It's fair enough, there has been far too much finger pointing by the English speaking whites at the Afrikaaners in the past. The fact is as you say the Apartheid regime was supported by the UK and the US, many companies evaded the sanctions and were not even fined or brought to task in any way what so ever. It was the English that invented the Concentration Camps and it was the English that started the Boer War.
One thing I really admire about Afrikaans people is that they always make sure that the basics are there. If you need help, it's there - food, water, assistance with your car I could go on. Even if they don't particularly like you, they will still assist you. They were the ones who taught me to stop complaining and start strategising - 'to make a plan'.06/03/2017 #68 Claire L Cardwell#65 Also Helena - I've been living in South Africa for nearly 20 years and it's taken me this long to write about my adopted Country.... Yes there are still many things that need to be fixed and the corruption is a problem. But as you say, racism exists in every country - The National Front is a terrible fascist organisation in the UK that seems to be gaining ground again.... Corruption is too. I used to work for the Financial Times and the stories I heard from my journalist colleagues made my head spin. Politicians in the UK were just better at hiding it than the ANC Government is over here....
I am also proud of how far South Africa has come and the fact that the majority of the people are all working together to create a better future. The peaceful transition was also a blessing, and leaders such as Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu worked very hard to make sure that it would happen. We now need to remember their wisdom and legacies and build on them.06/03/2017 #66 Claire L Cardwell#58 Helena - thanks for your comments, please don't assume that I was only talking about Afrikaaners when I said that I had a problem with White people in general. In fact many of the most racist, passive aggressive people I met were actually English speaking whites. One of my Engineers - Callie Joubert is Afrikaans and was persecuted by the previous regime for a) working with the blacks in Soweto and b) paying his staff good and fair wages irrespective of their race. His children were not excluded, they were banned from Sunday School.....My good friends the Freeds (who are also Afrikaans) who own Plum Pudding and The View Hotels in Auckland Park also suffered under the Aparteid Government. The contribution of people like Beyers Naude and Braam Fischer to the struggle can also not go unnoticed.06/03/2017 #65 Helena Jansen van Vuuren#61 Beautifully illustrated......I am not good at writing just get a bit of verbal diarrhea on occasion - my mum is 94 and lives in Cape Town - she will also enjoy reading your essay. My father was born in 1912 and if he was still alive he would be very proud of South Africa and what it has achieved to date.
- Producer06/03/2017North East India, The Land That Time Almost Forgot.I am standing on the main road that snakes its way, via a series of tight hairpin bends through the city of Kohima, capital of one seven ‘sister states’ of North East India, Nagaland. Situated as it is, amongst the deep valleys and...
Comments07/03/2017 #29 Pamela 🐝 WilliamsIn college, more recent than you would think, I did a research paper on this region, mainly the Himalayan state, on their farming and other business coops that allowed small villages to sell on the open market, that single road you mentioned was their only route to the outside world and has actually been impassable a few times. Fascinating as always Paul.07/03/2017 #26 Asesh Datta@Paul Walters Nice travel story. People of North East must express their choices and ambition. Tourism is the only revenue. I am sure air, water, land, flora and fauna are all free from pollution and degradation. People of North East must be recognized as Indian and allowed to come along in the main stream. Thanks07/03/2017 #24 Lisa 🐝 GallagherWhat an interesting trip I just took with you (virtually) @Paul Walters. The costumes, wow! Were those homes in the photo, so close together?! Uh, I'd rather have a nice lobster dinner with wine instead of a head lol. Glad that tradition is long gone! Enjoyed this as I do all your stories. Thanks for the tag!06/03/2017 #18 David B. GrinbergThanks for this interesting and educational read, Paul. It's always fascinating to learn about other countries and cultures to gain a deeper perspective about the human condition. It sounds like you had an incredible trip. Keep buzzing about your global journeys!06/03/2017 #14 Ken BoddieThanks, Paul, for sharing an enticing glimpse of part of the world which, I am embarrassed to admit, I didn't know existed. Interesting that head hunting was practised in many different countries across a wide range of locations.
I am surprised that your visit to the "Hornbill Festival" didn't appear to result in any encounters with this beaky bird. Does the hornbill still exist in this part of the world or has it been hunted to extinction?
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- Producer27/02/2017DIVORCE IN BALI - The Inconvenient Truth Divorce in Bali – The Inconvenient Truth Ibu Sari is the founder of the PKP Women’s Centre (Pusat Kegiatan Perempuan) located just outside Ubud, Bali. PKP is a community centre for Balinese women to go for support if they have left a marriage....
- ProducerThe End Note. In The Book Of Life.Yesterday I attended a funeral. It was a respectful service that truly honored the person exactly as she was. She has lived as a bright example. Always. Throughout her whole life. Always supportive. Helping others. A humble giving hand. She did not...
Comments28/02/2017 #52 Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.#43 @Ivette K. Caballero your words are a blessing in every way, thank you for your inspiring comments.28/02/2017 #51 Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.#45 @Matt 🐝 Sweetwood we all look forward to your article!!!28/02/2017 #50 Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.#47 @Milos Djukic thank you, appreciate your beautiful words, also a form of art.28/02/2017 #49 Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.#48 thank you so much @Deb 🐝 Helfrich you are the best.28/02/2017 #48 Deb 🐝 Helfrich"Suppose we find it out right now, we still would have the chance to change direction to create the most fulfilling end note. In our book. It is never too late to be who we really want to be."
Condolences, @Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc. View more"Suppose we find it out right now, we still would have the chance to change direction to create the most fulfilling end note. In our book. It is never too late to be who we really want to be."
Condolences, @Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc. & Congratulations for framing the loss in the most beneficial way. Close28/02/2017 #47 Anonymous@Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc., this is the pure art. Thank you. (A great person deserves no less, always...)27/02/2017 #44 Ivette K. Caballero#24 Matt 🐝 Sweetwood I really like the five courageous actions you listed. I think if we all practice more of those things, we would become better people and we would enhance the quality of our lives and the quality of life of the people we love and care for. Thus, making the world a better place to live in one person at a time. Did you write the story about it?27/02/2017 #43 Ivette K. CaballeroThis is a very inspiring, touching, and thought-provoking story. Thank you Liesbeth for sharing it. It's interesting to hear and see how we react to the death of a person; it seems to make us reflect more about life and not take it for granted and it also seems to bring the more human side in us. How great would it be that we didn't have to wait for these moments to be more caring, more loving, more grateful, more helpful, and more respectful. We need to value our lives and the lives of others too. We are here today and we must cherish it for what it is. A tomorrow is not guaranteed to anyone.27/02/2017 #42 Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.#41 thank you @Sara Jacobovici, your words are appreciated!27/02/2017 #41 Sara JacoboviciDear @Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.. I am sorry for your loss. Your post is a wonderful tribute to your friend.27/02/2017 #40 Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.#39 oh thanks so much @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher for seeing what truly matters and yes the picture was reflecting that to me. Picture perfect!27/02/2017 #39 Lisa 🐝 GallagherFrom the heart, you wrote @Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.! I hope I have no regrets at the end of my life. I'm sorry for the loss of your friend but it appears you are taking with you the best, her 'sunshine' which did shine down on everyone! I think when many of us lose someone close to us we also hope they had no regrets and if they did, I can only hope they were able to share their regrets and talk through them. I think we realize how precious life is the moment we lose someone precious and even then, it may take time for the message to sink in. I love your photo, it's beautiful and filled with energy! Thanks for tagging me.27/02/2017 #38 Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.#31 Thank you @debasish majumder it is wonderful what you are mentioning here.27/02/2017 #37 Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.#32 Thank you @Joyce 🐝 Bowen Brand Ambassador @ beBee27/02/2017 #36 Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.#33 Thank you @Hervé Sabattier a precious add.27/02/2017 #35 Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.#34 @🐝 Fatima G. Williams your heart is truly beautiful. Your comments are treasured. Thank you.26/02/2017 #34 🐝 Fatima G. Williams@Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc. Thank you and stay awesome forever. Stay blessed and a big hug to you.
Whenever anyone writes a eulogy with so much love it makes me smile just to think how much love that person must have contributed to you that she ended up being known to a person somewhere in the world after her time on earth.
She is probably smiling down with a couple of people I know and believe as angels with some of the lovely people I've come to know through their loved ones on beBee.
You ask how to stop feeding future regrets. The only thing I do now is let everyone I love know, how much I love them and thereby trying to avoid those future regrets.
However I think the lovely @Cyndi wilkins will have something hearty to share with us. Cyndi i hope you don't mind the tag ❤26/02/2017 #33 Hervé SabattierWe have no regrets if we did our best. And we are moving forward for a better life anyway so, why should we have regrets, if we did our best ? Recently, one of my very best friends passed away and I couldn't attend the funerals because I was travelling abroad, far away from the venue. But I wrote and sent my friend's wife this poem: https://www.bebee.com/producer/edit/43011
No regrets in this poem. Only hope. And love.
- Producer25/02/2017I AM A PROUD LIBERALOpinions are my own and not that of beBee.I Did Not Write This But I Wish I Had. A DAY IN THE LIFE OF JOE REPUBLICAN...Joe gets up at 6 a.m. and fills his coffeepot with water to prepare his morning coffee. The water is clean and good, because some...
Comments26/02/2017 #21 Pamela 🐝 Williams#19 It wasn't just the politicians, unless you consider their influence on those who run/control our media. It's why I don't follow any particular media source. I let them all tell their 'stories' then I do a little research of my own. That is truly the beauty of the internet. We can't regress, we can't blindly follow any person, any source. It is up to us to educate ourselves and find the truth and call them on their lies; politicians and media alike. To them it's about ratings and polls, but this is about our lives..our health and well-being is at stake, and the well-being of our families. And that goes for every living thing on this planet. (I'm an Environmental Scientist by education, a Data/Business Analyst by profession...don't ask...it's a long story) so I am always going to fight for the environment, because without it, it doesn't matter how much we have...we'll pass into history. It's nice talking to you Warren! So much better than arguing.26/02/2017 #19 Warren Kellam#18 Thank you Pam. After my initial thoughts I realized that my comments were not reflective of the change that I want to see in this world. You sound a lot like me. We both want the same thing and hope that we can accomplish it together. I really blame politicians for creating the rise of Trump. I'm neither a republican or democrat, but merely a mortal that just wants to work and provide income for my family's existence. Trump's rise was purely out of frustrations that many folks have with politicians. I look forward to reading more of your work. Peace be with you.26/02/2017 #18 Pamela 🐝 Williams#17 Thank you Warren. As you get to know me and I hope you'll take the time to do that, you'll realize I hate no one. I dislike the way some people treat other people and it makes me angry but in a defense of human decency. We must remember above all else we are humanity first and foremost above all else. Whenever I find myself angry I try hard to remember that at one time that person came into this world innocent and life has made them what they are. Fear, hurt, pain can do horrible things to the human heart and mind. I recently wrote a fictional series on beBee and at the beginning of each episode I reminded teh readers of one thing: we are all our history. Peace to you as well my fellow human :-)
I was unemployed for a year so I know that struggle. If our government leaders could ever REALLY work together for the good of the people and not special interests this could actually be the strongest country in the world; socially. Not militarily, not powerful, not threatening in any way. Thank you again, until next time.26/02/2017 #17 Warren Kellam#9 I'm sorry to disagree with you Pam. You have every right to express your feelings. We do share some commonality believe it or not, which is fear. I too shared that same fear that you have expressed...I fear that the division in this country is beyond repair. Just as much as you are fearful of the grande orange, I was fearful for eight years of O'BoBo. I spun my wheels for eight years while listening to how great the job situation was and the fake unemployment rate. The fear and anxiety that you have expressed is understandable. Somehow, we have to find some compromise and do the greatest good for the greatest number of people. I apologize for saying that you were spewing hate, when in reality it is fear and anxiety. Peace! And let's pray for a better day when we can all live better lives.26/02/2017 #15 Dean Owen#14 Well I'd like to see people on the streets with Pence for President banners. Pence may have said some odd things in the past, but I suspect he'd make a great president, and like it or not, Trump does have a few good cabinet picks - Tillerson, Mattis, McMaster. Bin the rest, or send them to Siberia since they love Russia so much.26/02/2017 #14 Pamela 🐝 Williams#13 We're of the opinion this is happening behind the scenes. Pence is the least of two evils; he does believe in 'treating' members of the LGBT community to 'cure' them, and he is ultra ultra conservative but I think he is at least reasonable about many of the other 'plans' the administration has in the works, including this immigration nightmare. My daughter doesn't agree; she thinks Pence is a monster in disguise and is just waiting for the opportunity to take a seat he couldn't have won on his own. I think she is right in that respect; Pence couldn't win a election at that level on his own; it took riding on another's shirt tails to get him to where he is.26/02/2017 #13 Dean Owen@Pamela 🐝 Williams. This is what the democrats should do. They should run a "Pence for President" campaign. The message should be that they recognise the Republicans won the presidency, and that is fine. But the president is "unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office" and thus Pence should initiate proceedings to invoke Section 4 of the 25th Amendment. Only Pence can get the ball rolling, and if he sees support from the Democrats and certain factions within the Republican party, he might just do it. A President Pence would appease both sides and the world would breath easier. Has anyone floated this idea?26/02/2017 #12 Pamela 🐝 Williams#10 Thank you for commenting and your opinion Warren, because that is what America is supposed to be about. Fox News has the right to say what they want and I have the right to not agree with them or you. Perhaps the news that the Administration is blocking dissenting press from briefings should tell you who fears alternative viewpoints. That is controlling propaganda.
I recently did an interview for Fox News about the marches across the country; of course they gave is 15 seconds of report time and didn't use any of the viewpoints they gathered that day. Their twist: it blocked traffic downtown for 2 hours.
But in their defense; Fox News came out against the Administration barring journalists, because if it can happen to the others, it can happen to them.26/02/2017 #11 Pamela 🐝 Williams#6 I read the addition; "The day in the life of a true Conservative" and it sickened me because as I single mother I DID work in a sewing factory to support my daughter even though I had a college education. Those jobs did pay enough to live on and I was fast so I made more working in the factory. I was, on several occasions, injured on the job; including putting two needles through my finger. On a visit by the company's new president, when we were told there would be significant layoffs and downtime because of poor performance I gave him a suggestion that led to him negotiating a lucrative contract. It kept all the employees working, many more hired, and all working overtime (those 10 hour days were brutal). For my contribution I got nothing, not even acknowledgment that it was my idea. He took it and ran with it. That was during the elder Bush administration. Yes; those true conservatives know how to be cons - ervatives.26/02/2017 #10 Warren Kellam#5 While I appreciate your depiction of "Joe", who I guess is a fictional stereotype, reflects the sentiment of the majority of Americans. I would highly recommend that you challenge those stereotypes that you have cognitively formed. I don't know anyone who wants dirty air, dirty water, bad drugs, or to throw grandma off a cliff. I suggest that you research Joseph Goebbels the Nazi chief propagandist, who espoused to blame others for that which you are guilty of. You liberals tend to hate FOX News because it is the only dissenting view. Keep sipping that liberal mainstream media koolaide. Have a nice day spewing your hate.26/02/2017 #8 Pamela 🐝 Williams#5 Thanks Todd. I know not everyone agrees with me but as I ended my post; I have a voice and the right to use it. It's also why I began the post by saying these were my opinions. If you choose to agree with me: BFF! :-) but if not; that's okay too. That is what America is supposed to be about; freedom of speech, and the freedom to have different beliefs. Our leaders in Washington are cowards who have forgotten that and are using their positions to force their archaic beliefs on the all of us. Viva la resistance! Thank you France for the beautiful gift; We welcomed your Les Misérables!26/02/2017 #7 Pamela 🐝 Williams#3 You think you're scared? Trying living here! :-) I don't fear so much for myself but for my daughter and especially my step-granddaughter. Like me S is an environmental science major and I think when this GOP administration gets done there is going to be a lot of mess to clean up! Not only environmentally but economically and socially. They are making a lot of enemies; not only internationally but domestically. The senators in the state I live won't even meet with constituents (even though that is what this was why this break from sessions was created) They are doing their worst and too cowardly to face the people to whom the are perpetrating their crimes against humanity. My hope is that the lawyer team (headed by lawyers that served Obama) will find the ways and means to make them all accountable.
This week two young Indian gentlemen (India Indian) were shot in Kansas by a gunman screaming; "Get out of my country". It's believed they were mistaken for Muslims. As far as I'm concerned the death and blood of one of those gentlemen is on hands of our leaders and especially Agent Orange.. They should all be charged with negligent homicide. There I said it, and I mean it. I weep for the family of that young man.26/02/2017 #6 Helena Jansen van VuurenDo like this too.....and there is an extension to this essay...... http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Essay:A_Day_In_The_Life_of_Joe_Conservative26/02/2017 #5 Todd JonesBravo @Pamela 🐝 Williams! Bravo!
I know more than a few people that may very well be the Joe Republican that you described above. In fact, one of them is a union member that works for the government! Ironically, he spends more time bitching about unions and the government than anyone I know, but is all too happy to collect his paycheck. Talk about myopically oblivious to his own reality...
I can not help but think that what we are currently experiencing is some sort of grand social experiment designed to determine the rough percentage of our populace that can be hypnotized into working against their own self interest.
- Producer21/02/2017An Indonesian Catastrophe: A Man- Made Mud Bath.I am standing thirty five meters up, on top of a huge dyke, just a short, thirty minute drive from Indonesia’s second largest city Surabaya. This massive dyke stretches ten kilometers either side of me and I am looking out over one of the largest...
Comments10/03/2017 #36 Ken Boddie#34 Proper and adequately focussed intrusive investigation, Pam, would undoubtedly help in producing a working solution (or alternatives) to cap the flow, but this would require planning and payment and undoubtedly an admission of guilt from some party or other. Not having been involved in this project it is difficult for me to comment, except to suggest that there may already be subsurface information available, awaiting the appropriate authority to have it analysed by specialists.10/03/2017 #34 Pamela 🐝 WilliamsAnd they have no way of knowing or even testing for the conditions since the mud continues to flow and cover the surface, Right? It's a wait and see scenario?? Would pre-drilling surveys be able to answer the questions? If the surveys were actually done and done correctly? #3009/03/2017 #30 Ken Boddie#29 The short answer, Pam, is yes, no, or maybe. Your scenario is possible if the fluid has enough soil particles ejected to leave voids behind in the subsurface strata, and if these voids are large enough and shallow enough to initiate and propagate subsidence so that bridging cannot be sustained. Alternatively, if the fluid is ejected from pressurised pores in the strata, then extensive voids may not recreated and hence subsidence will not occur.08/03/2017 #29 Pamela 🐝 WilliamsI just keep thinking about this post. @Ken Boddie , you're the geologist. What happens when that much mud is displaced underground and isn't the weight putting pressure on the surface? Sounds like the makings of a huge sink hole as the pressure causes the surface to collapse into the voids created underground. Is that possible? If that happens wouldn't the ocean of mud suddenly be sucked back into the earth?08/03/2017 #28 Claire L Cardwell#27 That would be great @Paul Walters! It's good timing as I will be in the UK in July/August so will still be here when you come over. @Gert Scholtz has suggested that we get together with @Ian Weinberg for a South African Bees Braai. Hopefully we will be able to round up some more SA Bees to join us.08/03/2017 #27 Paul Walters#26 @Claire L Cardwell Tis a sobering place !! In fact many places in Indonesia can be sobering when one sees the man made destruction! Kalimantan, northern Sumatra to name just two. However there are some jaw droppingly beautiful places here...c'mon over . By the way I will be in Jhb mid June so lets meet up...what say you?25/02/2017 #23 Ken BoddieI must admit to having quite forgotten about this Indo disaster, Paul. No surprises that in big buck multi-national industrial activity, 'would've' and 'could've' are often buried in a similarly smothering sea of beaurocratic 'mud', along with the processes of environmental reparation and rightful compensation. Those seeking further info may benefit from the following links:
The last link above has some interesting photos and a video.22/02/2017 #20 Robert CormackExcellent post, @Paul Walters. The Lapindo family is directly responsible and, despite a decline in their fortunes, they should be held accountable (which I'm sure they won't be). Too often, ecological disasters are written off as just that, despite cases where it's obviously man-made. Great reporting.
- Producer09/02/2017Lost Childhood FoundClosure ... Will there ever be one? Can there be one?Memories of lost childhood that my generation was robbed off of due to the war in Abkhazia, memories that have been dormant, painfully pulsing every time I'd reach out for them looking for a...
Comments09/02/2017 #1 Pamela 🐝 WilliamsKnowing in your mind what happened doesn't equal the seeing. There is always the 'what if' questions such as maybe it wasn't real, maybe I dreamed it. Seeing the results of those events told both your heart and mind the truth; that you didn't leave your home for no reason. Sometimes having the decision confirmed is all we need to say to ourselves; it had to be this way. It's the unanswered, the unconfirmed that keeps us doubting and questioning. Now there are no more 'What ifs'. At least for that time in your life.
- 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 thanks
- Producer05/02/2017Tales from the weird file: The Cinematic momentsI spent last week diggin' up how I fictionalized parts of my life and it's time to get back to the factual telling. I came up with the cinematic view for myself when I was driving cab and still writing under the name The Movie Whore. The title only...
Comments12/02/2017 #4 🐝 Fatima G. WilliamsI just flipped when you said demons. I never ever tried the Ouja board though my friends did while I just guarded the door to see if the principals coming.
I've experienced a supernatural presence one and it scared me to death. I usually try to overpower these thoughts with the bold strong version of me.
Enjoyed reading this @Max🐝 J. Carter 🤗
- Producer20/06/2016Speaking In Tongues, The Trials And Tribulations Of Learning A New Language.I have just finished another Bahasa Indonesian lesson at a well-regarded language school here in Bali and quite frankly; yet again I found it mentally exhausting! As I base myself here for up to ten months a year to supposedly write a book...
Comments02/07/2016 #15 Brian McKenzie@Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD one of the most effective ways to break someone down and make them compliant - is to isolate them in their own head. Complete solitary lock down, including messing with the lights, timing of food and rest periods - usually with in two weeks; they are blathering just happy for the occasion to talk. Very few people can be left in their own head for too long.02/07/2016 #14 Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD#8 Hi @Brian McKenzie again! "You will know you have made it when you start to dream in the other language." Man, is that a great one! Lovin' the humor! Oh..and do I have homework to do? ..hm.... Does "Traumatic Brain Injury Entropy" qualify as a language? I definitely believe so. My first book is the first "brain-injured author" book to be Reviewed by some Reviewers that took offense that I said, "Hum, drum. Drip, drop." too much. Off subject I know, but that was my language. It was my life, literally. I had a PICC line intravenous fluid going in my arm and to my heart for almost a frkn 4 years. No one but an anesthesiologist could have survived it, as I barely weaned myself off of the fluid before they wanted to stick the next needle 'permanently' in my upper chest. As if I was getting chemo for weeks. Nope! And you know what? If I could live on an iv for almost 4 years, the least that a reader could do is tolerate the "noise" that was unspoken background static to my brain. Heck, all a reader would have to do is shut the drn boook if they got tired of the silent noise! Hey! Epiphany! AHHhh! I think that just goes to show how GOOD the book actually IS written, since it does make the reader get just as frustrated as me. Hummmmmm.....https://youtu.be/4EVCZEtwe34 ? maybe the reviewer was giving me a compliment....wow.....02/07/2016 #13 Paul Walters#12 @Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD When eminent surgeons stop by one is humbled and therefore I must away to collect pollen, make honey and serve tea !! Time I have aplenty. I live in Bali where time moves slowly but really I procrastinate to keep from beginning the next book!23/06/2016 #10 Vincent AndrewLearning any language is a difficult task. But yes, learning a different language opens up a whole new world altogether. I speak three languages but I am thinking of learning at least one European language, probably Spanish or German. Can any bees suggest where I can get help with this?21/06/2016 #8 Brian McKenziethey say that the average American uses less than two thousand individual unique words in conversation - and with the 6 second emoji crowd - significantly less than that. I used to fly at about 6000 words in Russian when in the thick of things, due to 10 years out of the military- I am struggling to get over half of that again. I am not sure if learning the language the first time was harder, or picking it back up after being out of it for a decade. You will know you have made it when you start to dream in the other language. Best of Success to you and your studies.20/06/2016 #6 Nancy WalkerI can absolutely relate to what both you and Jeffrey have gone through @Paul Walters. I'm still finding discarded post-it notes! I really love my language classes and even though I suffer from the same self consciousness that everyone goes through learning and speaking new languages I try my hardest to do so outside of class with other students or with friends from other countries... However ask me on a bad day and I'll probably respond in English!20/06/2016 #5 Jeffrey BoxerA few weeks after moving to Spain, I needed help buying a metro ticket. I walked up to several people and asked "can you help me?", but kept getting strange looks. After 10 minutes I realized that I had conjugated the verb wrong, and I had been declaring to a bunch of strangers "I can help me."
- 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 G. 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
- Producer30/05/2016When Settling Into A New House Can Sometimes Involve Inhaling The Neighbours!A few years ago we decided to leave the familiar behind and settle in a new country, Indonesia. We chose the island of Bali and so far so good, we feel truly blessed. For me it allows uninterrupted periods of complete sloth while I attempt to...
Comments04/02/2017 #16 Pamela 🐝 WilliamsDon't quite know how to respond to this post Paul...:-) Inhaling your neighbor! Now that's an entirely new take on being neighborly. UGH! Though some culture do (or did, don't know the status of cannibalism these days) believe that 'taking in' another passes their strength to you. At 2 to 3 a week, you should have the strength of the Incredible Hulk by now! I would just turn green. hahaha30/05/2016 #8 Catalina SerranoI only saw the cremations in India, but never in Indonesia. Are they still happening next to your house? That's a great story, I guess you felt a little weird, but now you have another story to talk about. Fantastic house and, as @Ken Boddie View moreI only saw the cremations in India, but never in Indonesia. Are they still happening next to your house? That's a great story, I guess you felt a little weird, but now you have another story to talk about. Fantastic house and, as @Ken Boddie says, a good place to find inspiration! (Because you are living in Sanur and not in Kuta, right?) Close30/05/2016 #7 Ken BoddieAh, the smell of the Orient?!? 🙊 I had the good fortune to marry an Indonesian lady and am therefore a regular visitor to the Spice Islands and occasionally Bali. I hope you have settled well into the Indonesian lifestyle and have come to accept the often proffered "besok 'aja, Tuan", which, for the benefit of other readers, can too often mean "why do today what you can put off until tomorrow". 😉 I also hope that you have not settled too close to where too many of my fellow Australians, unfortunately, tend to behave badly on a regular basis, with little or no thought for local culture. I wish you inspiration for your writing, and, surrounded by an island of natural craftsmen and artists, how can you not be, mas Paul?30/05/2016 #3 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher@Paul Walters, your home looks beautiful. As for the ashes you literally inhaled, you now have a soulmate for life. I'm not sure if I'd want to meet my soulmate in that manner, especially if it was sneaking into my nose and being inhaled into my lungs. ;)) It sounds quite festive outside your front door even though they are celebrating a loss.30/05/2016 #2 Praveen Raj Gullepalli@Paul Walters when you confessed ''so far so good'', i presumed the next thing you'd say would be something akin to Wakin up the Neighbours (Bryan Adams surely wouldn't mind that reference ;) ...fitting in with the moving in bit. But hey what you described after that unobtrusive intro is a macabre tale! You are breathing in the neighbors! Takes me back to years ago when I had to commute through a lane adjoining a cemetery/crematorium. I know that barbecue on the spit smell only too well. Believe me, I used to hold my breath (for a good 3 minutes) until I passed the overhanging miasma of fire-consumed flesh and then gasp for clean air. No offence to the dear departed, but nothing should tarnish their memory of their vanishing into air, not even this experience of smelling them or inhaling them as you put it, as they forever go, leaving behind a trail of smoke and grease. Electric units for disposing the dead ought to be adopted more, saving wood, fuel and the atmosphere from that added effluence. Talking of afterlife, I hail from a family whose ancestors believed in burying their dead, sitting up or tied into a foetal position in a wicker basket and lowered into the womb of Mother Earth just that way. Symbolic yes. Non-polluting too. But somewhere down the line things changed, and in these days for those in my community, life is a trial by fire (literally) even after! That said and conveyed, your ''olfactories'' dear Sir, have earned my respect! :)
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