- Producer21/05/2017The Discreet, Enigmatic and Evasive GeishaIt was our last night in Kyoto and we had explored so many facets of this beautiful city's culture and beauty. The breathtaking splendour of Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines, the magic of origami, the calming propriety of the tea ceremony, all...
Comments21/05/2017 #1 Deb 🐝 HelfrichGiven that you seem to me to be the quickest camera in the Far East, @Ken Boddie, poised for all great photo ops, clearly these Maiko were world class in the womanly art of avoiding being snapped....
A truly entertaining read, opening my eyes to a slice of Kyoto I hadn't really been introduced to before.
- 09/05/2017Anyone with Welsh Heritage? You might be interested in @globalwelsh
Together, #WeAreTheGlobalWelshTogether, #WeAreTheGlobalWelsh Wales has a lot to be proud of. Traditionally our landscapes, our language, and of course, our rugby. We can also be proud of the incredible impact the...
- 08/05/2017World Red Cross Day Celebrationlrbandassociates.com World Red Cross Day is today, May 8th. Because this day is important to remember what Red Cross stands for, it is imperative that we recognize this day. World Red Cross Day When you think about the Red Cross, you should know it is a day dedicated...
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- Producer26/04/2017The Deprived Angels of this Universe - Street UrchinsHutment and squalor become life for the dwellers of this universe. Outcast from the society in general and the sole claimer of castaway clothes knows how harsh this life could be for them. Never once did they complain or cursed their fate for their...
Comments28/04/2017 #31 Lisa 🐝 GallagherWhat a moving story @Tausif Mundrawala. Life really isn't fair. It sounds as though they make the best of their situation but deserve so much more. This has always been an issue to me, seeing class division. Maybe if the news focused more on real stories that affect so many humans around the globe, well possibly mindsets would change too. I don't know the answers but it's hard to hear of people who work so hard just to survive. You brought light to a real human situation, thank you so much for sharing this story. I wish them both their angel wings while still here on earth :))27/04/2017 #28 Tausif Mundrawala#26 Those who goes through pain know how does it feel to endure that excruciating bitter pill. I am emphatic with those who have been through a lot. As somewhere or the other every individual goes through it. Even I have been through a lot. But the strength gained is unmatchable to all kinds of strong material available in the world. I am elated to know what you felt of this buzz.
Thank you so much once again my friend,@Joyce 🐝 Bowen Brand Ambassador @ beBee27/04/2017 #24 siraj shaik@Tausif Mundrawala Sometimes out of blues someone reaches in support.. and fulfill the not only the one who keeps on dreams, but also those who may not.. There are many in various fields, just an example about One from region you are well aware of is "Jackie Shroff" (urf jackie da - bhidu).27/04/2017 #17 Tausif Mundrawala#16 To be very honest I am worried about them not being schooled and I always persuade Tahameena to send her kids to school. But this poor mother hardly makes ends meet and she couldn't afford to educate them. It wrecks my heart to see these kids devoid of education. You made this buzz more special because I have not received such a wonderful feedback. Thank you so much once again, @Lisa Vanderburg27/04/2017 #16 Lisa VanderburgThe beauty of this tale @Tausif Mundrawala is that these 'urchins' (such an adorable word!) choose to see wonder in such a harsh world they live in. It's as if have instinctively understood that life is a moment-to-moment existence; they have decided to see magic, see love, see playfulness and find joy in a life that is fraught with danger, termination or pain - an art that's quite lost to most 1st worlder-kids. You've written this with such empathy and NO pity - which makes Pappu and his friends revered! Breath-taking, thank you Tausif!
- Producer27/04/2017My Introduction to Intercultural ManagementIntercultural management is an field that some say dates back to the end of World War II, when the US foreign service began to send more staff members to a greater number of posts worldwide. So it was a way to intertwine language learning with...
- 26/04/2017Gini index, Palma ratio, GDP and happiness rankings, Where is your country according to these indicators? "Norway tops the global happiness rankings for 2017. People in China are no happier than 25 years ago. Much of Africa is struggling. Happiness has fallen in America."Inequality index: where are the world's most unequal countries?www.theguardian.com Inequality isn’t all about income. Here’s a guide to different ranking systems – from wealth distribution to the World Happiness Report – and which countries rate best and worst under...
- Producer26/04/2017Reasons why I love the USAWhy I love the USFreedomPeople fight to defend their freedom. This freedom gives everybody the right to do what you want without fear of government intervention.RiskThis country was founded with risk and risk-takers are still applauded...
Comments11/05/2017 #42 Enrique de la RicaWhy do I love China? China is the most successful example of development in history. In the last 30 years it has maintained sustained annual growth of more than 9%. There is no evidence of similar growth in an economy. During this period around 400 million people have emerged from poverty and the average income of one person has multiplied by 20. China has experienced in 30 years the 200 years of development and industrialization of West. But the Asian giant does not stop. Their financial capacity is brutal. Its foreign exchange reserves amount to 2.5 trillion dollars, more than double the country that follows (Japan), and three times the holdings of the whole European Union. It is the largest country in the world's inhabitants, the one that grows the most, the largest in terms of manufacturing capacity, the largest savings capacity and in a couple of years will be the largest consumer in the world. In the next decade we will attend the assault of Chinese companies to the western markets. We are already living with companies such as Lenovo, Alibaba, Huawei, Tencent, Xiami, Haier... In 2020 China will have 29% of all engineers and graduates in the world and by 2030, 37 out of every 100 scientists in the world will be Chinese (data from the OECD). There are more and more Chinese Universities among the 100 most prestigious in the world and the most famous in the West have more and more Chinese students ... and these occupy the top positions among the graduates. People who will return and develop their skills and competences in their country of origin….and then….11/05/2017 #41 Enrique de la RicaI agree and I would add Burgers at The Counter, Sam Adams, car sound systems, Fast and Loud, culture of failure, you can eat at anytime, University academic system, skills training at School, Katy Perry, 1968 Mustang Convertible, Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, Computer History Museum, Mac Book and the Tombs at Georgetown30/04/2017 #37 Pamela 🐝 WilliamsI can with all honesty and sadness right now say: I have disheartened with my country right now, it's leaders, and now too many of it's people, those I never thought would have the attitude towards others that they do:
But I love it's beauty, the natural wonders this country is graced with could be unmatched in the world. It's diversity, the myriad of nationalities I encounter every day. That both these are being threatened by the monsters now in control of our government scares the living hell out of me. May they rot!
Sorry, Javier, this is such a positive post, I love how you feel about my country, I wish I had visited yours and could give glowing commentaries!
May the U.S. survive this monstrosity we call a government and live to see the beauty of our country continue for many centuries to come...
Sorry I hate basketball, watching it, playing it, everything about it; but that's natural for a shorty like me! Now give me a baseball and a bat and I'll hit it out of the Park! I also have my pins for a bowling a 200 and 250 game! Closest I got to a perfect game was the one that earned me the 250 pin, with a score of 276 (for the novices 300 is the perfect score!) thanks for the tag Javi!27/04/2017 #36 Sarah ElkinsAs much as I'd like to get in on this, I'd rather point out that, as @Larry Boyer, 🐝 Brand Ambassador said, each country has wonderful things and terrible things. I love my country, and I love many other countries. My experiences in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Mexico, Italy, France, Germany, and UK have all offered incredible opportunities to explore a variety of foods, people, transportation, and cultural events. I have love for each country, not one about the other. That would be like having a favored child to me; I find beauty and sadness everywhere.27/04/2017 #35 Larry Boyer, 🐝 Brand AmbassadorOne of the nice things about diversity in the world is there can be a place for any one any time and the ability to change. Each country has something wonderful and some drawbacks. Can you eliminate a drawback without impacting the good too? For example, the US does have inequality. However, that also drives innovation through a desire for something better. The US is still one of the few places that anyone can grow up and become president, wealthy or be a hermit. It's not perfect, the question is it close enough to your liking for what you want to do. And who know, what would have happened if Spanish explorers decided to go further North. :)27/04/2017 #34 Irene 🐝 Rodriguez EscolarSomeone told me that "my country is the one that gives me something to eat", I understand it, although I know that we are always attracted again. Personally I do not believe in borders, from my current perspective, I agree with Mr. Jim Murrai, I think the USA, that is missing, in Spain we continue to fight for health and education remains public and quality, many are We depend on this. Usually few people, those who have their fixed work stop to think, do not put in place of ... fortunately not all are equal. We are in a happy country where abundance, good food, valued by its nutritional contribution, the good people and their humor and desire to pass it well above the difficulties. The only time I traveled was to Germany. I could not travel more, I would love to do it. @
@Jan 🐝 Barbosa will be happy to welcome you, next Japand weekend in Madrid probably in October, yet to be confirmed 😉26/04/2017 #31 Preston 🐝 Vander VenGreat Buzz. I love all those reasons you have listed.
Sadly I know many people who that these for granted and don't even realized what they have and are willing to give it up just for an illusion of feeling safe. Benjamin Franklin once said that “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety”.
The founding fathers were once safe under the crown, yet without everything listed above, and that is why they left. But, today I see those willing to go back.
The Truth is 'We Really Don’t Know What We Have Until It’s Gone’. So, sometimes we need to see some else who has lost it to understand.26/04/2017 #30 Lisa 🐝 GallagherThanks for tagging me @Javier 🐝 beBee. I had no idea you've visited so many places! Like @Jerry Fletcher, I too, wish I would have traveled much more when younger. It's never too late though! I think what I love about the USA is would be the diversity of what you find in different regions of the US, lakes, forests, mountains, Pacific and Atlantic Ocean along our coasts. We are very lucky to have so many differing states to visit and we are close enough to drive to Canada.. well those of us that live up North. We have cultural diversity which is great (hope it stays that way) and everything you named above... well I could not agree more!! Thanks!26/04/2017 #29 Jim MurrayOddly enough I love my country because it is not the USA. I don't dislike the USA per se. I acknowledge that it is a great country, and I have spent a lot of time there having grown up in a town bordering Buffalo New York. I had many American friends. And when I got into advertising and photography I traveled extensively in the US and was always astonished to hear how little most of the people I met knew about Canada and the rest of the world. It's a great country but it is very insular. I don't judge America by what's going on right now, because that's just a silly phase they're going through. But I do judge them on the fact that their government does not treat all the citizens of the country the same way. America does a good job of being the world's policeman, but a very poor job of taking care of its own people, veterans, the disabled the poor. In Canada we have similar situations, but our government does work to address these inequities.26/04/2017 #28 AnonymousWhat do I love about my country? Freedom. Freedom that we can follow a dream or idea no matter how old or how young one is. Freedom to be friends with whoever we want.
I love that we can reach out and connect with people all over the world who are open minded and willing to reach out. I love learning about other cultures and people..and like Matt said: food ! Love to try different countries foods. LOL What is there to not love about anyone one's choice of where they live ?
I have not traveled much (did I hear "Bucket List"? ) but the places I have visited have been so awesome, I would want to go back some time.26/04/2017 #27 Jerry Fletcher#5 I love my good fortune for being born into a country that renews itself regularly and rewards the innovators that push it to be a little different down the line. The beBee community is full of minds that make it a second home. I wish that like so many members of beBee I had traveled more in my youth. Their observations and tales of the countries, cities and keepsake moments make armchair travel a constant delight. Muchas Gracias!26/04/2017 #26 Susan 🐝 Botello#10 I love this! I love Spain and The U.S. and my heart has two sides: One for Spain and the other for San Diego. If you visit San Diego we have Beaches and mountains, deserts and unique cities and towns all within 30 minutes of each other. We have the best foods, including food from all over the world. San Diego has awesome indie artists and amazing innovators in business. I love the ambiance in Spain and the tapas. Bees are everywhere creating virtual bridges between countries and minds! I am grateful to have a home in the U.S.A. and in Spain! Olé!26/04/2017 #25 Wayne Yoshida@Javier 🐝 beBee - thank you for this post and for the tag. I have traveled to several countries, and each time I go somewhere, I take some time to enjoy what the local people do and experience many of their everyday vs "foreign tourist things" to do.
But, the best part of travel, to me is - it is so great to come home.26/04/2017 #24 Franci🐝Eugenia HoffmanThank you, Javier, for tagging me and thank you for displaying a positive attitude about the US. Being an older person (whoops, did I admit to that!), my journey while living in the US has been a good one. Not everything is to my liking, however, I don't have expectations of living in a perfect world. I am grateful for where I have been and where I am now. I believe things happen for a reason and so be it. I am proud to be a US citizen.26/04/2017 #23 Jan 🐝 BarbosaSorry , I am a humbug... I fall in love with cities, monuments and sights... seldom to countries... Miami, New York, San Juan, Las Vegas = WOW !!! The Pyramids, The Parthenon, the Colorado Canyon, The temple of Sobek, the greek war museum touched me greatly and my beloved Disney !!! Will visit Spain to see tha castles and the Santiago Bernabeu :) ... But as Countries go... Sorry never felt myself a patriot... Because usually (for me) it seems one don't follow the goodness of common people.. but the greed of those few in power... And as a lover of history I know where that leads..
- Producer24/04/2017The Ode and ANZAC Day The Ode and ANZAC Day are synonymous in Australia and New Zealand. ANZAC Day, the 25th April each year, is the day we Aussies and Kiwis not only remember the landing of the ANZACS (The Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) on Gallipoli,...
Comments25/04/2017 #6 Anonymous#2 David, you may wish to research The Battle of Manners Street which refers to a riot involving American servicemen and New Zealand servicemen and civilians outside the Allied Services Club in Manners Street, Wellington, New Zealand in 1943. The club was a social centre, open to all military personnel.
An interesting side story of US troops on R&R on NZ during the conflict.25/04/2017 #4 Anonymous@Lance Scoular, The ANZAC bond is unique in the world. Your Secretary of Defence spoke at the Wellington dawn service. A very moving ceremony as always.
my own post on the subject can be found at https://www.bebee.com/producer/@michael-o-neil/we-will-remember-them if you are interested.25/04/2017 #2 David B. GrinbergThank you, Lance, for this important and educational read. I believe many Americans -- especially young people -- need to learn more about world history and the customs of other countries/cultures. More Millennials and members of Gen Z should be mindful of the very short history of the USA compared to thousands or years of history in most other parts of the world. Thus, adopting and appreciating a multicultural mindset and worldview will help more Americans see their own nation in a broader global historical context, rather than a short-term monolithic one (which is narrow-minded and ethnocentric).
With that said, Lance, your posts about Australian traditions and customs are very much appreciated. Thanks again and buzz on, mate!
- 18/04/2017Happy Scottish-American Heritage Month! We got to wondering where so many consonants went in Gaelic and why there's Canadian Gaelic but no American Gaelic considering how many Scottish-Americans there are.Gaelic - The Sound of Silents - Yappn Corp.yappn.com Why's there a world of difference between written Gaelic and the way all those letters disappear when it's spoken? Yappn's language detectives...
- Producer16/04/2017Little Africa - Baluran National Park Java Indonesia Baluran National Park - Little Africa, Java, Indonesia Savannah Dreaming Leaning over the sturdy railing at the waterhole, I made sure to look up to check no lazy cats were lounging in the trees above me. This was Macan Tutul country –...
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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~
Comments01/05/2017 #2 Pamela 🐝 WilliamsI'm reading a very interesting book right now; The Longest Trail, by Alvin M. Josephy, Jr., which is a collection of pieces written by his father; Josephy Sr.
The problem; it's a hard read! I can only read about 20 pages at a time before it starts depressing me.
Our country's history is shameful. this is what should be taught in school, not the jolly Pilgrim stories we were taught. It sickens me. The saddest part;
It hasn't changed at all; the election of Trump illustrates that.
- 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 :
- 23/03/2017The Jicarilla Great Seal The Jicarilla Apache Tribe Nation is an example of honor for the past and a realistic vision for the...
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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 Anonymous#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....
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