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Cultures Around the World

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This hive is to share information about your country or culture. Share the history, holidays, celebrations, food, or anything that makes you proud of the region in which you live. Whether it's a tale of days gone by, photos of special places, or something important to you that you want others to know about the lives of your people.
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  1. Ali Gouran

    Ali Gouran

    19/03/2017
    Happy Nowruz(www.bestmarker.com)
    عید نوروز مبارک
    جه ژنی نه وروژ پیروز بیت
    Ali Gouran
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    Ali Gouran
    20/03/2017 #3 Ali Gouran
    #1 Thanks dear Pamela .
    Happy Nowruz !
    Pamela 🐝 Williams
    19/03/2017 #1 Pamela 🐝 Williams
    Happy Nowruz to all our Iranian Bees!
  2. Lada 🏡 Prkic

    Lada 🏡 Prkic

    13/03/2017
    On 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.
    Lada 🏡 Prkic
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    Ken Boddie
    14/03/2017 #4 Ken Boddie
    I instantly think of flamingos and the carotenoids in their diet which makes them turn vivid pink. What's the story with the selective pink of these ladies leg apparel, Lada?
    DILMA BALBI -📃 Engenharia&gestão
    14/03/2017 #3 DILMA BALBI -📃 Engenharia&gestão
    #2 you described then perfectly! LIke dolls ;-))
    Lada 🏡 Prkic
    13/03/2017 #2 Lada 🏡 Prkic
    #1 They look like dolls or like ballerinas.:-) Thanks for commenting, my friend. 🤗
    DILMA BALBI -📃 Engenharia&gestão
    13/03/2017 #1 DILMA BALBI -📃 Engenharia&gestão
    Loved the "dress code"... vivid and coloured
  3. ProducerClaire L 🐝 Cardwell
    South Africa is not for sissies....
    South 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...
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    Claire L 🐝 Cardwell
    11/03/2017 #82 Claire L 🐝 Cardwell
    Thanks for the share @Pamela 🐝 Williams!
    Claire L 🐝 Cardwell
    11/03/2017 #81 Claire L 🐝 Cardwell
    Thank you @Pamela 🐝 Williams! I think South Africa would be more than happy to accept some American Political Asylum Seekers! Try it! I did!
    Pamela 🐝 Williams
    11/03/2017 #80 Pamela 🐝 Williams
    Such beautiful photography Claire! You caught the 'spirit' of South Africa! As I contemplate the future of my country I consider different 'options'; maybe South Africa! You brought the beauty to us. We definitely share the same 'racial' views. Sharing! :-)
    Claire L 🐝 Cardwell
    09/03/2017 #79 Claire L 🐝 Cardwell
    It 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.
    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    09/03/2017 #78 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    #77 @Claire L 🐝 Cardwell, thank you for expanding your comment and sharing your knowledge. I feel like I on a South African adventure with an expert tour guide. It must be exciting and interesting to live there.
    Claire L 🐝 Cardwell
    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.
    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    08/03/2017 #76 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    #72 That is so sad and unfortunate.#75 Wow that is impressive.
    Claire L 🐝 Cardwell
    07/03/2017 #75 Claire L 🐝 Cardwell
    #74 You simply must come and visit @Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman - it's R13 to $1 at the moment so you will feel like a multi-millionaire!
    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    07/03/2017 #74 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    Claire, thank you for sharing your photos and your well written post on South Africa. I have very little knowledge about this beautiful country and it is a pleasure learning from someone that lives there.
    Claire L 🐝 Cardwell
    07/03/2017 #73 Claire L 🐝 Cardwell
    Thanks for the share @Javier 🐝 beBee!
    Claire L 🐝 Cardwell
    07/03/2017 #72 Claire L 🐝 Cardwell
    I 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.
    Sandra 🐝 Smith
    07/03/2017 #71 Sandra 🐝 Smith
    #68 Front National is in France (headed by Marie le Pen) not UK..although there are a few ultra right wing organisations (Britain First) and very right wing (UKIP), but not gaining huge traction (but some which is worrying)
    Claire L 🐝 Cardwell
    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'.
    Helena Jansen van Vuuren
    06/03/2017 #69 Helena Jansen van Vuuren
    #68 Am with you.
    Claire L 🐝 Cardwell
    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.
    Helena Jansen van Vuuren
    06/03/2017 #67 Helena Jansen van Vuuren
    #66 Apologies - my people are unfortunately a trigger for me and it is kind of you to respond in the manner you did.
    Claire L 🐝 Cardwell
    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.
    Helena Jansen van Vuuren
    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.
    Ian Weinberg
    06/03/2017 #64 Ian Weinberg
    #60 Just read it again for the first time in 2 years - I think I'll upload it here on beBee @Gert Scholtz
    Gert Scholtz
    06/03/2017 #63 Gert Scholtz
    #62 @Ian Weinberg Many thanks for passing on Ian - an insightful article.
  4. Flavio 🇯🇵 Souza 🐝
    Flags 101 Flavio 🇯🇵 Souza 🐝
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    Flavio 🇯🇵 Souza 🐝
    08/03/2017 #1 Flavio 🇯🇵 Souza 🐝
    We have learned on the schools that "green" on the Brazilian flag represents the nature/trees (another fake news :) I think representing the color of the emperor is more accurate.
  5. ProducerPaul Walters

    Paul Walters

    06/03/2017
    North East India, The Land That Time Almost Forgot.
    North 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...
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    Pamela 🐝 Williams
    07/03/2017 #29 Pamela 🐝 Williams
    In 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.
    Paul Walters
    07/03/2017 #28 Paul Walters
    #24 @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher thanks as always
    Paul Walters
    07/03/2017 #27 Paul Walters
    #26 @aseh datta I always feel privileged when visiting India and so felt the same way when visiting the wonderful states of Nagaland and Assam
    Asesh Datta
    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. Thanks
    Devesh Bhatt
    07/03/2017 #25 Devesh Bhatt
    #24 fyi, this is the state where i had dog puke :) although i had amazing food but this freaked me out and i remember
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    07/03/2017 #24 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    What 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!
    Paul Walters
    06/03/2017 #23 Paul Walters
    @Ian Weinberg Thanks Ian, much appreciated
    Paul Walters
    06/03/2017 #22 Paul Walters
    #21 @Anna Magnus Why thank you for your kind words Ill be in touch
    Anna Magnus
    06/03/2017 #21 Anna Magnus
    Thank you so much @paul.wAlters for taking this journey letting me tag along . Next time longer . Yes please
    Ian Weinberg
    06/03/2017 #20 Ian Weinberg
    Thanks @Paul Walters for an enlightening share
    Gert Scholtz
    06/03/2017 #19 Gert Scholtz
    @Paul Walters A first class journey to a part of the world I did not know of. Thanks Paul for another excellent peek into the far corners of countries.
    David B. Grinberg
    06/03/2017 #18 David B. Grinberg
    Thanks 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!
    Ken Boddie
    06/03/2017 #17 Ken Boddie
    #15 I've seen these birds myself, Paul, in Kalimantan, but I'm keen to know if you sighted old mate sticky beak in Nagaland and the significance of the Hornbill Festival.
    Paul Walters
    06/03/2017 #16 Paul Walters
    #13 @Netta Virtanen hello Queen Bee long time no hear...all good with you ?
    Paul Walters
    06/03/2017 #15 Paul Walters
    #14 @Ken Boddie Hi ho Ken . The Hornbill is very much around . Saw so many last year in Borneo . The Dyaks proudly wear their their feathers to their various ceremonies. heading to Raja Ampat next month seeking bird of paradise...wish me luck!
    Ken Boddie
    06/03/2017 #14 Ken Boddie
    Thanks, 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?
    Netta Virtanen
    06/03/2017 #13 Netta Virtanen
    What a lovely piece! Such lovely insight to the people, culture and your experiences. =) Nagaland sounds fascinating.
    Devesh Bhatt
    06/03/2017 #12 Devesh Bhatt
    #10 just before th monsoon floods? The best time to see them all.
    Paul Walters
    06/03/2017 #11 Paul Walters
    #2 @Joyce Bowen Thank you Joyce , much appreciated
    Paul Walters
    06/03/2017 #10 Paul Walters
    #3 @Devesh Bhatt Thank you . I shall indeed return especially to Assam as I want to visit the national park there and see the tigers!!!
  6. Jackie M.

    Jackie M.

    03/03/2017
    Doing my bit to expose a predator -
    Jackie M.
    Robb Demarest’s Filipino Maid In Her Own Words
    robbdemarestcheats.com (I’m truly sorry I have to keep writing about this sordid saga, but until Mr. Demarest retires from attempts to prolong his celebrity, making him a danger to other vulnerable women, I will...
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  7. Jackie M.

    Jackie M.

    01/03/2017
    In what is a world first (I bet), I'll be making Nasi Lemak on Twitch tonight - BUT in silent movie mode because I've lost my voice. Follow me at www.JackieM.Live and tune in at 5.30pm Aust EST | 1.30am USA EST :)
    #jackiemlive #twitch #nasilemak #asianfood #malaysianfood
    Jackie M.
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    Dean Owen
    01/03/2017 #1 Dean Owen
    Not to be missed! Just checked out your satay video. Had no idea Aussies called them sticks and the sauce, satay! :)
  8. ProducerStephanie Brookes
    DIVORCE IN BALI - The Inconvenient Truth
    DIVORCE 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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    Dean Owen
    28/02/2017 #1 Dean Owen
    You should mount a campaign to nominate Ibu Sari for CNN Heroes.
  9. ProducerLiesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.
    The End Note. In The Book Of Life.
    The 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...
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    Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.
    28/02/2017 #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.
    Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.
    28/02/2017 #51 Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.
    #45 @Matt 🐝 Sweetwood we all look forward to your article!!!
    Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.
    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.
    Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.
    28/02/2017 #49 Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.
    #48 thank you so much @Deb 🐝 Helfrich you are the best.
    Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    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. Close
    Milos Djukic
    28/02/2017 #47 Anonymous
    @Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc., this is the pure art. Thank you. (A great person deserves no less, always...)
    Milos Djukic
    28/02/2017 #46 Anonymous
    Thanks @Juan Imaz.
    Matt 🐝 Sweetwood
    27/02/2017 #45 Matt 🐝 Sweetwood
    #44 Thank you @Ivette K. Caballero - It's on my list of things to write about - so soon!
    Ivette K. Caballero
    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?
    Ivette K. Caballero
    27/02/2017 #43 Ivette K. Caballero
    This 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.
    Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.
    27/02/2017 #42 Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.
    #41 thank you @Sara Jacobovici, your words are appreciated!
    Sara Jacobovici
    27/02/2017 #41 Sara Jacobovici
    Dear @Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.. I am sorry for your loss. Your post is a wonderful tribute to your friend.
    Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.
    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!
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    27/02/2017 #39 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    From 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.
    Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.
    27/02/2017 #38 Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.
    #31 Thank you @debasish majumder it is wonderful what you are mentioning here.
    Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.
    27/02/2017 #35 Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.
    #34 @🐝 Fatima Williams your heart is truly beautiful. Your comments are treasured. Thank you.
    🐝 Fatima Williams
    26/02/2017 #34 🐝 Fatima 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 ❤
    Hervé Sabattier
    26/02/2017 #33 Hervé Sabattier
    We 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.
  10. ProducerPamela 🐝 Williams
    I AM A PROUD LIBERAL
    I 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...
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    🐝 Fatima Williams
    09/03/2017 #24 🐝 Fatima Williams
    "I have a voice." and Noone can take that away from me. You go girl #beBeesforever
    Claire L 🐝 Cardwell
    27/02/2017 #23 Claire L 🐝 Cardwell
    @Pamela 🐝 Williams - very thought provoking read, I know that many people do not realise where all their benefits come from....
    Warren Kellam
    26/02/2017 #22 Warren Kellam
    #21 Agreed. Nice chatting with you...life experience has shown me that tit for tat discussions never solve problems. However, consensus building does. Have a wonderful day.
    Pamela 🐝 Williams
    26/02/2017 #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.
    Mike Rana
    26/02/2017 #20 Mike Rana
    Goes back to a time when the definitions of "liberal" and "conservative" were reversed. It also goes reminds us of where the term "classic liberal" came from.
    Warren Kellam
    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.
    Pamela 🐝 Williams
    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.
    Warren Kellam
    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.
    Pamela 🐝 Williams
    26/02/2017 #16 Pamela 🐝 Williams
    #15 have to disagree with the Tillerson pick, but can't comment on the Mattis or McMaster.
    Dean Owen
    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.
    Pamela 🐝 Williams
    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.
    Dean Owen
    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?
    Pamela 🐝 Williams
    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.
    Pamela 🐝 Williams
    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.
    Warren Kellam
    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.
    Pamela 🐝 Williams
    26/02/2017 #9 Pamela 🐝 Williams
    #4 Les Misérables were welcomed! They added to our diversity. Don't care why France gave it to us or why they chose those words; I stand by them. :-)
    Pamela 🐝 Williams
    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!
    Pamela 🐝 Williams
    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.
    Helena Jansen van Vuuren
    26/02/2017 #6 Helena Jansen van Vuuren
    Do like this too.....and there is an extension to this essay...... http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Essay:A_Day_In_The_Life_of_Joe_Conservative
    Todd Jones
    26/02/2017 #5 Todd Jones
    Bravo @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.

    Great post.
  11. Jackie M.

    Jackie M.

    25/02/2017
    The joys of sharing Asian food pics with failed comedians ;)
    #troll #trollresponse #jackiemlife
    Jackie M.
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    Sandra 🐝 Smith
    25/02/2017 #3 Sandra 🐝 Smith
    Looks lovely and healthy btw
    Sandra 🐝 Smith
    25/02/2017 #2 Sandra 🐝 Smith
    Yeah i had a similar comment once on a pot roast dish. They said they wouldn't feed it to their dog. I said id rather have their dog to dinner, as it probably had better manners.
  12. ProducerPaul Walters

    Paul Walters

    21/02/2017
    An Indonesian Catastrophe: A Man- Made Mud Bath.
    An 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...
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    Shelley Brown
    18/03/2017 #37 Shelley Brown
    So tragic!
    Ken Boddie
    10/03/2017 #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.
    Pamela 🐝 Williams
    10/03/2017 #35 Pamela 🐝 Williams
    #31 being the victim of auto correct myself on many occasion I deciphered the message 😊
    Pamela 🐝 Williams
    10/03/2017 #34 Pamela 🐝 Williams
    And 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? #30
    Claire L 🐝 Cardwell
    09/03/2017 #33 Claire L 🐝 Cardwell
    #32 That's great! Thanks Paul, have a super day!
    Paul Walters
    09/03/2017 #32 Paul Walters
    #28 @Claire L 🐝 Cardwell great schedule pretty busy while I am there but will make time however if we do miss each other I will be in London for the whole of July
    Ken Boddie
    09/03/2017 #31 Ken Boddie
    For 'recreated' read 'be created'. Out damned autocorrect!
    Ken Boddie
    09/03/2017 #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.
    Pamela 🐝 Williams
    08/03/2017 #29 Pamela 🐝 Williams
    I 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?
    Claire L 🐝 Cardwell
    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.
    Paul Walters
    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?
    Claire L 🐝 Cardwell
    08/03/2017 #26 Claire L 🐝 Cardwell
    The media silence on this disaster has been remarkable.... Am sharing this everywhere! Thanks for the article @Paul Walters the image of the drowning statues was haunting to say the least....
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    26/02/2017 #25 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    #19 Couldn't agree more @Pamela 🐝 Williams. It's greedy men (and some women) who put money above everything, including human life. It sickens me.
    Paul Walters
    25/02/2017 #24 Paul Walters
    #23 @Ken Boddie Thanks for this Ken . Tis a tragedy !!!
    Ken Boddie
    25/02/2017 #23 Ken Boddie
    I 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:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sidoarjo_mud_flow
    http://www.abc.net.au/correspondents/content/2013/s3751758.htm
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/5408850.stm
    http://www.news.com.au/travel/world-travel/asia/the-bizarre-appeal-of-indonesias-devastated-mud-villages/news-story/b080758a2fcc1a969ca823ddd7d47e74

    The last link above has some interesting photos and a video.
    Paul Walters
    25/02/2017 #22 Paul Walters
    #21 so true @Aurorasa Sima I am trying to get this piece circulated to as big an audience as I can. 60,000 displaced people need the recognition they deserve ! Thanks for stopping by and commenting !
    Robert Cormack
    22/02/2017 #20 Robert Cormack
    Excellent 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.
    Pamela 🐝 Williams
    22/02/2017 #19 Pamela 🐝 Williams
    #17 Perfect Lisa, that was my thought exactly! Maybe I'll add it to mine as well. It would be awesome if it went viral. Maybe people would stop and think about oil drilling above and beyond the money. So sick of hearing about the money. I'd rather be poor!!!!
    Pamela 🐝 Williams
    22/02/2017 #18 Pamela 🐝 Williams
    Happy to!#16
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    22/02/2017 #17 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    #15 Paul, I added this to Mytweetpack.com so it's tweeting every 6 hours or so. Are you on Twitter? I couldn't find you.
  13. ProducerLiana Nitsetskaia
    Lost Childhood Found
    Lost 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...
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    Liana Nitsetskaia
    09/02/2017 #2 Liana Nitsetskaia
    #1 Thank you so much for these words Pamela! ❤ Seeing does make it easier of letting go and truly heal. Those events made me stronger and without them I wouldn't have been able to meet all the incredible people along the way. 🌸
    Pamela 🐝 Williams
    09/02/2017 #1 Pamela 🐝 Williams
    Knowing 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.
  14. ProducerPaul Walters

    Paul Walters

    07/02/2017
    Ascending Ever Closer To Heaven.
    Ascending 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...
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    Paul Walters
    08/03/2017 #30 Paul Walters
    #29 @Claire L 🐝 Cardwell Thank you ...kind words as always !!
    Claire L 🐝 Cardwell
    08/03/2017 #29 Claire L 🐝 Cardwell
    Amazing photos @Paul Walters! Now yet another place to put on my bucket list!
    Paul Walters
    09/02/2017 #28 Paul Walters
    #25 @Asesh Datta Thanks for stopping by. Its always interesting writing a piece such as this as one "treads' a difficult path when it comes to anything religeous
    Paul Walters
    09/02/2017 #27 Paul Walters
    #25 @Ken Boddie Tis indeed an amazing place . We simply must 'hookup' one day
    Ken Boddie
    09/02/2017 #26 Ken Boddie
    I 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.
    Asesh Datta
    09/02/2017 #25 Asesh Datta
    Paul 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
    Pamela 🐝 Williams
    08/02/2017 #24 Pamela 🐝 Williams
    Despite being a beach lover I would choose the temple! Amazing! Why don't they make the sanders a condition of visiting the temple? Tourists should buy their own!
    Don 🐝 Kerr
    08/02/2017 #23 Don 🐝 Kerr
    Wonders of the world.
    Don 🐝 Kerr
    08/02/2017 #22 Don 🐝 Kerr
    @Paul Walters There are so many wondrous places in our lives that most of us will never see. This makes your ability to bring them to us with such vivid description and personal expression remarkable. Thanks for this.
    Paul Walters
    08/02/2017 #21 Paul Walters
    #20 @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher Thank you
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    08/02/2017 #20 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    I read this on my phone last night. The phone does not do justice to these stunning photos!!
    Donna-Luisa Eversley
    08/02/2017 #18 Donna-Luisa Eversley
    @Paul Walters think you've captured a bit of the majesty with the photos. Its simply beautiful. Looking at it I can almost smell the mist. Thrilling experience for you! Thanks for sharing!
    Silvia Garcia
    07/02/2017 #17 Silvia Garcia
    I love it... the sunrise is amaizing
    Anna Magnus
    07/02/2017 #16 Anna Magnus
    Magic tale of strength vision and beauty @Paul Walters
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    07/02/2017 #15 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    #11 With me that is the only thing it should spark. If I came to beBee to develop a personal brand, the only people who will be interested in hiring me are used-car salesmen. They just love the fresh smell of "new car" BS. [That means "Brand Strategy" of course]
    Paul Walters
    07/02/2017 #14 Paul Walters
    #13 @Gert Scholtz Thanks . much appreciated
    Gert Scholtz
    07/02/2017 #13 Gert Scholtz
    @Paul Walters A temple buried for around a thousand years and comparable to the pyramids of Giza. Two hundred men to uncover it. You open windows on a world I would otherwise never have known about. Thanks Paul for one of your best travel posts.
    Paul Walters
    07/02/2017 #12 Paul Walters
    #10 @CityVP 🐝 Manjit Thank you for the glowing comment on Linked in I'm humbled
    Paul Walters
    07/02/2017 #11 Paul Walters
    #8 @CityVP 🐝 Manjit ell glad to see that this sparked a bit of research and thought. Thank you
  15. ProducerMax🐝 J. Carter
    Tales from the weird file: The Cinematic moments
    Tales 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...
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    Max🐝 J. Carter
    12/02/2017 #5 Max🐝 J. Carter
    #4 That's all it takes is the power of your will to not let them be a bother.

    Thank you and thank you for sharing this buzz my friend @🐝 Fatima Williams
    🐝 Fatima Williams
    12/02/2017 #4 🐝 Fatima Williams
    I 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 🤗
    Max🐝 J. Carter
    05/02/2017 #3 Max🐝 J. Carter
    Thank you for sharing this buzz @Pamela 🐝 Williams
    Max🐝 J. Carter
    05/02/2017 #2 Max🐝 J. Carter
    #1 Thank you. It was intense and fun at the same time.
    Pascal Derrien
    05/02/2017 #1 Pascal Derrien
    ''It had the rage sprint of the house running away'' such a powerful capture of what it may have been to be there :-)
  16. ProducerPaul Walters

    Paul Walters

    20/06/2016
    Speaking In Tongues, The Trials And Tribulations Of Learning A New Language.
    Speaking 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...
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    Zack Thorn
    05/02/2017 #19 Zack Thorn
    #17 ditto sub-titles. I may not ever learn it really, but in a pinch I can fake it enough to get served and find a bus or a bathroom.
    Pamela 🐝 Williams
    05/02/2017 #18 Pamela 🐝 Williams
    Don't feel alone! I have taken German twice and can bately say hello/good-bye. Some people have a natural affinit for learning language. I think it has to with which side of your brain is dominate. I know this...it's the opposite of whatever mine is!!!
    Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    04/07/2016 #17 Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    #9 @Paul Walters, @Brian McKenzie: I find movies in English with foreign subtitles help accelerate my learning curve. Highly recommended!
    Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    04/07/2016 #16 Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    #10 @Vincent Andrew: I like Babble ~ perhaps it would be good if us Beez started to Babble more! 🌞 https://www.babbel.com 🌞
    Brian McKenzie
    02/07/2016 #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.
    Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    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.....
    Paul Walters
    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!
    Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    02/07/2016 #12 Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    #7 How are you able to be so kind to acknowledge people stopping by so much? I'm just in awe of the personal connections. Just...in....aWe...
    Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    02/07/2016 #11 Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    #5 lol! Hilarious!
    Vincent Andrew
    23/06/2016 #10 Vincent Andrew
    Learning 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?
    Paul Walters
    21/06/2016 #9 Paul Walters
    #8 Thank you @Brian McKenzie. I plod along and now have a private tutor and as we have household staff none of whom speak English my progress is becoming a little more rapid.
    Brian McKenzie
    21/06/2016 #8 Brian McKenzie
    they 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.
    Paul Walters
    20/06/2016 #7 Paul Walters
    #6 Thanks Nancy @Nancy Walker
    Nancy Walker
    20/06/2016 #6 Nancy Walker
    I 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!
    Jeffrey Boxer
    20/06/2016 #5 Jeffrey Boxer
    A 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."
    Jeffrey Boxer
    20/06/2016 #4 Jeffrey Boxer
    I did the post-its in my apartment in Madrid last year, I thought it was helpful! And I laughed out loud at the condoms and a bucket bit, I can definitely relate to that
    Paul Walters
    20/06/2016 #3 Paul Walters
    #2 Hi David thanks for dropping by
    David Brown
    20/06/2016 #2 David Brown
    haha thank you for the belly laugh @Paul Walters, at least you got the woman to sell you something, next time you'll get what you asked for! i find that learning languages is sometimes more valuable than other studies.
  17. ProducerDean Owen

    Dean Owen

    04/02/2017
    Hanabi
    HanabiIt’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...
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    Ken Boddie
    18/02/2017 #29 Ken Boddie
    #28 Damn! Will miss it again
    Dean Owen
    18/02/2017 #28 Dean Owen
    #1 Well the cherry blossom season decided to make an early appearance this year:
    http://www.cntraveler.com/story/cherry-blossom-season-in-kawazu-japan-photos
    Wayne Yoshida
    10/02/2017 #27 Wayne Yoshida
    #26 Dean - LOL. My fault/my typo. Yes, I meant to say graveyard shift custodian. Although -- there is a graveyard in front of the Haunted Mansion. And - great idea for a live video, the fumbling and running away could be funny.
    Dean Owen
    09/02/2017 #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!
    Wayne Yoshida
    09/02/2017 #25 Wayne Yoshida
    Thanks @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.
    Dean Owen
    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.
    Dean Owen
    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.
    Ken Boddie
    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. 😂
    🐝 Fatima Williams
    06/02/2017 #21 🐝 Fatima Williams
    Such 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 :) :)
    Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    06/02/2017 #20 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    #15 Come on down!!
    Dean Owen
    06/02/2017 #19 Dean Owen
    #14 Fireworks in themselves are a bit ironic. But I have always thought to live my life like a firework if that makes sense.
    Dean Owen
    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=he1w3T7c2oU
    Dean Owen
    06/02/2017 #17 Dean Owen
    #11 And the cherry blossoms! A gift from the Japanese back in 1912.
    Dean Owen
    06/02/2017 #16 Dean Owen
    #10 It seems fireworks are broadly used around the World to celebrate Independence from those pesky British of whom I am one!
    Dean Owen
    06/02/2017 #15 Dean Owen
    #9 I've been scouting a new country to lay my hat and recently someone suggested Canada. Apart from the cold winters it all sounds enticing, but I do have a preference for countries where English is not the main language. Quebec perhaps?
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    05/02/2017 #14 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    For 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-pollution
    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    05/02/2017 #13 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    I 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.
    Devesh Bhatt
    05/02/2017 #12 Devesh Bhatt
    Your 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 :)
    Pamela 🐝 Williams
    05/02/2017 #11 Pamela 🐝 Williams
    My 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 :-(
    Donna-Luisa Eversley
    04/02/2017 #10 Donna-Luisa Eversley
    In 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 more
    In 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
  18. ProducerPaul Walters

    Paul Walters

    30/05/2016
    When Settling Into A New House Can Sometimes Involve Inhaling The Neighbours!
    When 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...
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    Randall Burns
    12/03/2017 #18 Randall Burns
    HaHa! great post, I love Bali, it is a fantastic, magical place and yes, I think the right perspective is to think that you are "blessed".
    Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    04/02/2017 #17 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    Great post, great house, great locale. I just hope "tinkling fountains" describes the sound they make, not what one does in them. (heheheheh)
    Pamela 🐝 Williams
    04/02/2017 #16 Pamela 🐝 Williams
    Don'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. hahaha
    Paul Walters
    18/01/2017 #15 Paul Walters
    @Ian Weinberg sorry, have to put my reply into context ...just read your piece on death !!!
    Ian Weinberg
    18/01/2017 #14 Ian Weinberg
    Great piece. Thanks for that @Paul Walters . Best wishes from 'Dr Death' https://www.bebee.com/producer/@ian-weinberg/on-the-matter-of-death
    Paul Walters
    18/01/2017 #13 Paul Walters
    #12 Always welcome for a visit @Jim Murray The slacker bit is a myth . The weather here is always warm ( read hot) , the beers always cold , and we have heaps of room !
    Jim Murray
    18/01/2017 #12 Jim Murray
    So really are a writer. I was convinced you are a world class slacker. Just goes to show you how wrong you can be sometimes.
    Cheers, jim (from my new house, not in Bali, dammit)
    Don 🐝 Kerr
    31/05/2016 #11 Don 🐝 Kerr
    Brilliant perspective.
    Don 🐝 Kerr
    31/05/2016 #10 Don 🐝 Kerr
    What a lovely perspective @Paul Walters Thanks for this.
    Paul Walters
    31/05/2016 #9 Paul Walters
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    Catalina Serrano
    30/05/2016 #8 Catalina Serrano
    I 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 more
    I 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?) Close
    Ken Boddie
    30/05/2016 #7 Ken Boddie
    Ah, 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?
    Oliver Moloney
    30/05/2016 #6 Oliver Moloney
    There's a story in there in itself! I can see it now - 'A breath of fresh heir' some people are born into royalty, others inhale the prince's ashes. Great post!
    Oliver Moloney
    30/05/2016 #5 Oliver Moloney
    When a breath of fresh air includes the neighbours, you know you're in for an interesting stay!
    Pascal Derrien
    30/05/2016 #4 Pascal Derrien
    I did not se it coming what a story (what a house too) :-)
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    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.
    Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    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! :)
    Dean Owen
    30/05/2016 #1 Dean Owen
    Bali is very much a part of you now - literally! Love this story!
  19. ProducerPascal Derrien

    Pascal Derrien

    03/02/2017
    Transit
    TransitThe phone box has a touch of red rust on its top, it’s not overly surprising when you think about how battered by the elements this place must be. The weather is not always clement in the parish church of Our Lady of Croaz Batz. Not much sheltering...
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    Pascal Derrien
    05/02/2017 #34 Pascal Derrien
    #33 lack of choice or option indeed, there is a small Hugenot cemetery in the middle of Dublin with many French names for people who did not have one :-( Great film Brooklyn :-) thanks for dropping by @CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    05/02/2017 #33 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    I found that through modern media and technologies there are days when I forget that I live in Canada, but yes, it was a different story when life was not globally connected for urban dwellers. It all comes down to our individual personhood how we handle transition, especially cultural transition.

    I think you will enjoy the movie Brooklyn about an Irish girl who emigrates to Brooklyn
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=moXpUBRw5l4

    All of this of course as an ironic backdrop where populism is the chief thing marketed and globally we are having an amnesia that human beings have always migrating since our consciousness became human and the cave and club was not our condition. That is why I am speaking on top of the green hills of hope that life in the years ahead is no longer a marketed life but a human one.

    Coming to Ireland under circumstances of love are different from circumstances of persecution, so I was interested in reading the story of French protestants who emigrated to Ireland in the 1600's https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FxLSbAo4ztE
    Pascal Derrien
    05/02/2017 #32 Pascal Derrien
    #31 many thanks @debasish majumder comment much appreciated as always :-)
    debasish majumder
    05/02/2017 #31 debasish majumder
    lovely way of expressing your concern! enjoyed read. thank you for the share @Pascal Derrien.
    Sara Jacobovici
    05/02/2017 #30 Sara Jacobovici
    It's always an experience reading your stories @Pascal Derrien; a good and interesting one. Thanks.
    Pascal Derrien
    05/02/2017 #29 Pascal Derrien
    #28 oh thank you @Sara Jacobovici it is pretty hard to follow Deb :-) you know that
    Sara Jacobovici
    05/02/2017 #28 Sara Jacobovici
    #1 #2 After I smile while I was reading your comment @Deb 🐝 Helfrich that you quoted the line that stood out for me, I read @Pascal Derrien's response and have to quote that: "...it just came like that delivered in a confused package of words hugging one another, i just picked them they were waiting ...." Love it when the post keeps going on, spilling over into the comments and responses.
    Sandra 🐝 Smith
    04/02/2017 #27 Sandra 🐝 Smith
    #26 Yeah, I just want to take the Ferry. It goes from Plym. Or maybe Santander.
    Pascal Derrien
    04/02/2017 #26 Pascal Derrien
    #25 thanks @Sandra 🐝 Smith , nice little city but you can skip the harbour :-)
    Sandra 🐝 Smith
    04/02/2017 #25 Sandra 🐝 Smith
    Great. Now you've inspired me to go to Roscoff. Damn you, Pascal! ;-)
    Pascal Derrien
    04/02/2017 #24 Pascal Derrien
    #23 oh thank you @Donna-Luisa Eversley interestingly enough the length of the trip gives you a sense of the distance accomplished and a more real and tangible feel about the purpose of the crossing. not sure how it would have been if I had taken the plane and the undertaken the two hours journey :-),
    Donna-Luisa Eversley
    04/02/2017 #23 Donna-Luisa Eversley
    Wow @Pascal Derrien, you sure write beautifully.. I cannot imagine 20+ hours on a ship, boat of any sort. Loved your trip to home. 😊😀
    Pascal Derrien
    04/02/2017 #22 Pascal Derrien
    many thanks @Pamela 🐝 Williams for sharing your early morning strolls to the sea those are precious time windows :-)
    Pamela 🐝 Williams
    04/02/2017 #21 Pamela 🐝 Williams
    I know that feeling Pascal; "I am on my way home". I feel it every time I head towards the ocean. Occasionally I get the overwhelming need to see the vastness of the ocean, to hear the waves lapping on the shore, so I throw some necessities into the car and off I go. The last time I woke up and was on the road by 4 AM. By 8:30 I was sitting on the sand with a pastry and a cuppa coffee...never is there such a time of contentment and 'being home'. It makes me both happy and sad just thinking about it. Thank you for letting us share your journey home. May everyone know that feeling of going home!
    Pascal Derrien
    04/02/2017 #20 Pascal Derrien
    #19 thanks @Ali Anani I actually had the butterfly effect in mind or at least laying somewhere in the background when I put this together. Glad the post spoke to you so eloquently but these are just a few words put together :-)
    Ali Anani
    04/02/2017 #19 Ali Anani
    Your experience moved and motivated me @Pascal Derrien. You changed me and I am truly grateful to you. For me this is a very timely reading as I plan to write my next buzz on the effect of he butterfly effect on humans. Thank you
    Pascal Derrien
    04/02/2017 #18 Pascal Derrien
    #15 thanks @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher who knows if we don't try :-)
    Pascal Derrien
    04/02/2017 #17 Pascal Derrien
    #16 thanks @Praveen Raj Gullepalli roughly 225 million of us live and work in country different from their country of birth :- Rock on :-)
    Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    04/02/2017 #16 Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    For the nomad the world is home...great glimpses and capsules of experience etched in memory...and a great song to sum it up dear Pascal! Thanks for sharing.
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    04/02/2017 #15 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    You captured me again with your journey. Who knows what lays in wait?
  20. ProducerGert Scholtz

    Gert Scholtz

    21/10/2016
    The Bushmen of Africa
    The Bushmen of AfricaThe clicking sounds of the Bushmen language are as gently charming as these forgotten peoples of southern Africa. If you sat beside their camp now, you would hear much talking, laughter, singing and dancing. Bushmen are the oldest inhabitants...
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    Gert Scholtz
    01/02/2017 #30 Gert Scholtz
    @Julio Angel 🐝Lopez Lopez Indeed I like the value of considering every opinion. Thank you for reading and commenting Julio.
    Julio Angel 🐝Lopez Lopez
    01/02/2017 #29 Julio Angel 🐝Lopez Lopez
    "Every opinion is considered, in view of that person’s experience on a particular matter." ¿Maybe because of your personal brand?
    "Leisure is important. Large amounts of time are spent in conversation, joking, music, and sacred dances. Women have a high status, are greatly respected, and are often leaders of their own family groups" ¿beBee spirit?
    A great town, I knew something but you have enlarged my knowledge, thank you.@Gert Scholtz
    Julio Angel 🐝Lopez Lopez
    01/02/2017 #28 Julio Angel 🐝Lopez Lopez
    #26 Thank you very much for doing so. @Gert Scholtz
    Gert Scholtz
    01/02/2017 #27 Gert Scholtz
    The Bushmen are also know as the San. The San people are members of various indigenous hunter-gatherer people of Southern Africa, whose territories span Botswana, Namibia, Angola, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Lesotho and South Africa.
    Gert Scholtz
    01/02/2017 #26 Gert Scholtz
    @Julio Angel 🐝Lopez Lopez I thought I would tag you on this post Julio.
    Andrew Porter
    23/10/2016 #22 Anonymous
    #19 @Gert Scholtz thanks for the link, what can I say...except I did find it more than just interesting, and as you say a very intriguing theory on human evolution, thanks Gert!
    Sushmita Thakare Jain
    21/10/2016 #21 Sushmita Thakare Jain
    #17 That's the beauty @Gert Scholtz it's fun to connect with you all and learn as well as share via writing!!! ✌️😀✌️
    Gert Scholtz
    21/10/2016 #19 Gert Scholtz
    #14 @Andrew Porter The "Out of Africa" theory on human evolution is indeed intriguing. Related to this theme - here is a post I wrote earlier this year which you may find interesting: https://www.bebee.com/producer/@gert-scholtz/the-cradle-of-humankind Thank you Andrew.
    Gert Scholtz
    21/10/2016 #18 Gert Scholtz
    #15 @Irene Hackett Many years ago there was an anti-littering campaign in which an American Indian had a tear running down his cheek - or at least that is how I remember it. Somehow that picture has stayed in my mind. Thanks Irene.
    Gert Scholtz
    21/10/2016 #17 Gert Scholtz
    #13 @Sushmita Thakare Jain Thank you Sushmita - and through your post I learn more about Mumbai!
    Gert Scholtz
    21/10/2016 #16 Gert Scholtz
    #12 @Ken Boddie The Gods Must be Crazy did place Bushman on the international map - so to speak. Quite sad that apparently Xi, who played the role in the film, had a difficult time adapting back to his family. Thanks Ken.
    Andrew Porter
    21/10/2016 #14 Anonymous
    @Gert Scholtz a really good informative post about the Bushmen of South Africa, I found it a most enjoyable read thanks Gert, and it actually fell in line with a new documentary that I started watching last night called 'The Incredible Human Journey' which is about the earliest human life on the planet, and how human life spread out of Africa to inhabit other parts of the world, such as Europe and Eurasia, it even showed the cave at Pinnacle Point where early human bones had been found!
    In fact according to this bbc documentary there are parts of everyone's DNA that can be traced back to the earliest human life in Africa some many many thousands of years ago, certainly an interesting programme!
    Sushmita Thakare Jain
    21/10/2016 #13 Sushmita Thakare Jain
    Thank you @Gert Scholtz for introducing us to the bushmen of Southern Africa it's always fascinating and interesting to know about different cultures around the globe.
    Ken Boddie
    21/10/2016 #12 Ken Boddie
    Thanks for the education, Gert, on another of this world's aboriginal people and their fast disappearing culture. I would guess that many of us have heard of the Bushmen through the popular movie "The Gods Must be Crazy" but your well illustrated buzz takes us well beyond the coke bottle falling from the sky and Xi's trip to the 'edge of the world'. Interesting how their stories, explaining how the universe around them came to be, seem to be a common solution to man's common questions. The traditional custodians of the land here in Oz also have a range of explanatory stories dating back to a time generically referred as the 'Dream Time', and obviously well before we 'white fellas' came to stuff things up.
    Gert Scholtz
    21/10/2016 #11 Gert Scholtz
    #7 @VDS Brink Thank you VDS. A quote from a Bushman of today: "No more do we Bushmen hunt in these hills. The fire is cold. Our songs are quiet. But listen carefully. You will hear us in the water. Look carefully. You will see us in the rock."
    Gert Scholtz
    21/10/2016 #10 Gert Scholtz
    #8 @Pascal Derrien They are amazing artists: http://www.timeslive.co.za/africa/2014/08/28/the-incredible-history-of-bushman-rock-art-in-southern-africa-revealed1
    Thank you Pascal
    Pascal Derrien
    21/10/2016 #8 Pascal Derrien
    I have not realized they were artists too, I did not get time to explore that particular part of the country's history when I was in SA a while back now :-)
    VDS Brink
    21/10/2016 #7 VDS Brink
    " / /? // !, " This is just brilliant Gert! What can we do for them and so much to learn from them and their history. Where I grew up in the North Western Cape their descendants were all around, Sadly every bit of the culture long lost. Our little town and its people are beautifully described in a new blog: https://karooblog.wordpress.com/2016/09/24/erfenisrap/ and https://karooblog.wordpress.com/2016/08/23/klein-insidente-groot-impak/
    Dean Owen
    21/10/2016 #6 Dean Owen
    I hope the soothing clicking sounds of the Khoisan languages survives although I have never heard it first hand. Let's hope the coke bottle does not mark the sign of the end of the remarkable Bushman. That would be most sad.
    "When it grows dark she throws up a handful of white ash. This becomes the stars of the Milky-way that guide the hunters home." this is so poetic.
    Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    21/10/2016 #5 Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    I think we most certainly can learn a great deal from their fairness and playful exuberance. In any way we can get back to a less aseptic, driven, and combative lifestyle we will gain joy in being alive and most likely commensurate gains in health and well being. Tremendous buzz, @Gert Scholtz
  21. Kevin Pashuk

    Kevin Pashuk

    09/06/2016
    This is fascinating: Where in the world are you from?
    momondo – The DNA Journey
    momondo – The DNA Journey It’s easy to think there are more things dividing us than uniting us. But we actually have much more in common with other nationalities than you’d think. If...
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    Irene 🐝 Rodriguez Escolar
    02/03/2017 #11 Irene 🐝 Rodriguez Escolar
    Yo me presto a hacerme la prueba.
    Irene 🐝 Rodriguez Escolar
    02/03/2017 #10 Irene 🐝 Rodriguez Escolar
    #8 siiii, me encantó, creo que yo lo subí también, fué muy emotivo cuando se conocen los primos.
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    02/03/2017 #9 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    #8 Si Señor!
    Jose C. Rivero
    02/03/2017 #8 Jose C. Rivero
    ¿Te atreverías a preguntarte Quien eres en realidad?
    Chas ✌️ Wyatt
    30/01/2017 #7 Chas ✌️ Wyatt
    Fantastic share @Kevin Pashuk, thank you.
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    29/01/2017 #6 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    I was already a global citizen so the findings here come as no surprise, but the important thing about this video is that before test views are what politicians depend on votes and the after test view is the potential for renaissance, once we see through the absurdity of nationality. That is why I love the mind of Jiddu Krishnamurti for such a long time http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/520382-when-you-call-yourself-an-indian-or-a-muslim-or
    Pamela 🐝 Williams
    29/01/2017 #5 Pamela 🐝 Williams
    "I'm a mutt of the world"

    Damn proud of it. We are human first!
    Paul Walters
    17/11/2016 #4 Paul Walters
    outstanding
    Dean Owen
    17/11/2016 #3 Dean Owen
    The most important video EVER!
    Mamen 🐝 Delgado
    23/08/2016 #2 Mamen 🐝 Delgado
    A must watch, YES!! ✨
    Antoine 🐝 Prager
    23/08/2016 #1 Antoine 🐝 Prager
    How would you feel taking a journey based on your DNA... this experiment ( and online marketing campaign by MOMONDO: THE DNA JOURNEY) , I just love it, must watch!

    the full story : https://www.momondo.es/letsopenourworld/dna
  22. ProducerPamela 🐝 Williams
    Where Have You Been?
    Where Have You Been? Over the last couple of weeks I have heard that question in my head. I’m not hearing voices but my sometimes overactive imagination could hear my fellow Bees asking me why my presence on beBee has been infrequent of late. It had nothing...
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    Preston 🐝 Vander Ven
    27/02/2017 #56 Preston 🐝 Vander Ven
    #55 Thank you for your update to my question.
    Pamela 🐝 Williams
    27/02/2017 #55 Pamela 🐝 Williams
    #54 Preston, I understand your confusion. It was originally supposed to be a march about women's issues, but with the political roller coaster that is occurring and the numerous policy issues that were dividing the country the women's march became much much more. In our own march the name was officially changed to the Human Rights, Justice, & Equality March. The originators of the march in DC followed this same train of thought as I understand from the speech one of the organizers gave. It's because all these issues are women's issues. LGBT rights are women's issues, equality, immigration, justice; they are all women's issues, so they came together. I'm sorry those in St Louis had disagreements because it was supposed to be inclusive and tolerant; that was the whole point. Otherwise there wouldn't have been men marching right beside us! Fathers carrying their young daughters on their shoulders with signs that read; I march for my little girl. Or Christian mother's marching beside their gay sons and daughters with signs that read; equality includes everyone or God loves my gay son too (yes I saw these signs). It was a moving day Preston and one I will never forget.
    Preston 🐝 Vander Ven
    27/02/2017 #54 Preston 🐝 Vander Ven
    I think it was the same weekend in St. Louis that there was a women march. I was working at an Autoshow. There were a lot of supporters and I was very happy for everyone marching and peacefully using their First Amendment Rights. What I didn't like was at the women march in St. Louis was there was no common theme. Even on the Metro Train, even though women were wearing the same shirts, they were all marching for different causes. One group next to me was pro-life trying to support Trump, one group of women was talking about equal rights but wouldn't speak on which rights of women needed to be solved, the next group was only their to try to bring back Hillary, a fourth group was marching for Men who want to act like women to have the rights of women, then I saw another group protesting the national security issues. I watch about ten minutes of the women getting together, yet their was a lot are disagreement among the groups. Certain women said they other women where not allowed to be at this march. So, What was the main theme of this march?
    Mohammed A. Jawad
    31/01/2017 #53 Mohammed A. Jawad
    Thought-provoking post @Pamela 🐝 Williams. Here's one of my poems...enjoy it!


    Worldly Disputes

    By the uses of faith and reason
    let men judge their plain folly
    There’s nothing in worldly disputes
    but flaws of untruth, precepts of idiocy
    And, more trouble in the periods of existence
    that pays regard to mistaken subjects
    Lo! its an outbreak of idle deeds
    which oft shadows common sense.
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    31/01/2017 #52 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    I'm working on organizing, not "I"
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    31/01/2017 #51 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    This needs more traffic, one of the most important topics affecting not only the US but the globe right now. I working on organizing. My daughter in law is attending a March in Denver this week for Muslims.
    Suzanne Dwillies-Khan, Pharmacist and Musician
    29/01/2017 #50 Suzanne Dwillies-Khan, Pharmacist and Musician
    Thank-you for sharing and posting :)
    Pamela 🐝 Williams
    29/01/2017 #49 Pamela 🐝 Williams
    #48 Thank you for the kind compliment Franci and for reading my post.
    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    29/01/2017 #48 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    Well written piece and thank you for voicing your opinions, Pam. I am glad you are feeling better.
    Pamela 🐝 Williams
    29/01/2017 #47 Pamela 🐝 Williams
    #43 Oops, accidentally deleted my reply:

    What is coming out is that the efforts to put him into the wh began in prior to 2010, and then Congress became GOP dominant. They used the media and the Tea Party to feed into the people's frustrations and turn it into irrational anger. You hear this negativity every day for 6 years and it seeps into your pores. They laid their groundwork well and that is why he felt confident in making that statement, even though I think it shook a few people in the party.
    The thing about such a campaign is they know it will be easy to punch holes in that dam and that is the reason for the drastic measures they are taking now, and the campaign to clamp down on the media. If they can turn this country into a military state quickly then we may see the largest 'democracy' fall. I don't think they were counting on The Resistance and so they are getting careless...They made a huge mistake; that the American people would stay gullible. They are losing support daily and the pressure is being put on the rest of the party. If they don't get the 'control' they are aiming for by mid-term elections they know they will have lost the war...It will be the next 22 months that will speak volumes. IMHO
    Pamela 🐝 Williams
    29/01/2017 #45 Pamela 🐝 Williams
    #44 And/or mid-term elections and we clean out Congress!
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    29/01/2017 #44 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    Only 207 more weeks to go - unless their is an impeachment or an insurrection.
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    29/01/2017 #43 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    #6 Trump did not just slip through he boasted vocally that he was slipping through. One of his campaign boasts was that if he had shot someone in the street, his supporters would still vote for him. http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/gop-primaries/266809-trump-i-could-shoot-people-in-streets-and-not-lose-support
    Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    29/01/2017 #42 Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    #29 @Pamela 🐝 Williams - that is a crucial topic for discussion. The knee-jerk, bullying sentiment that 'if you don't love the US as it is right now, you are a communist' that aims to silence clear, rational discussions by making someone feel "wrong".

    That specific tendency - the extreme polarization of any idea or opinion - is exactly part of the malaise that has changed us from a country of messy, flawed, but essential tolerance to one of intolerance in around 3 or 4 decades.

    The communism trope is simply deployed to stop someone from continuing the initial point they were making.

    We need clarity so profoundly right now. That is the way forward.
    🐝 Fatima Williams
    29/01/2017 #41 🐝 Fatima Williams
    #35 I wish it worked that way after they become leaders. But I've not seen such a leader for the people in my life so far 🤐🙁😟😟😟


    @Pamela 🐝 Williams That's lovely to know about Greensboro I feel more closer to them now and I wish you guys all the best. Praying for the best 😘
    Jared Wiese, 🐝 adding VALUE & RESULTS
    29/01/2017 #38 Jared Wiese, 🐝 adding VALUE & RESULTS
    #28
    "I've realized that our community is a global community". Perhaps it's more than just our community...
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tyaEQEmt5ls
    Jared Wiese, 🐝 adding VALUE & RESULTS
    29/01/2017 #37 Jared Wiese, 🐝 adding VALUE & RESULTS
    #27
    "I don't expect everyone to agree and I'm sure there will be opponents but THAT is what makes a democracy; the right to disagree. As long as they are logical, supported arguments they are welcome to state their opinions on my posts and I reserved the right to ignore them :-)"

    Here, HERE!!!
  23. CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    The Chinese New Year begins on 28th January for 2017 and this year it is the year of the Fire Rooster. Chinahighlights introduces what the Chinese New Year is and what it is about.
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    Chinese New Year 2017: Traditions, Activities, Day-By-Day Guide
    www.chinahighlights.com Chinese New Year will fall on January 28th in 2017. Find out about its traditions, activities, events, food, and culture, and see it celebrated in China...
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    Bill Stankiewicz, 🐝 Brand Ambassador
    28/01/2017 #11 Bill Stankiewicz, 🐝 Brand Ambassador
    COOL, ROOSTER crowing time!!!!
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    28/01/2017 #10 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    It is here THE YEAR OF THE ROOSTER - and in the moment I write this, 1 in 7 people on this planet are celebrating right now - a happy new year!

    Hey people of beBee and branded people of beBee lets us SING !!!
    Yes Auld Lang Syne in Cantonese !!!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=auXUI1FtC4s
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    28/01/2017 #9 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    #8 LOL I would be heading for somewhere other than fireworks too. Enjoy your time in the Mountains. Pictures, I hope?!!
    Dean Owen
    28/01/2017 #8 Dean Owen
    #6 Every night, and sometimes during the day (which baffles me) all the way until the climax on 2nd Feb. Fortunately I'll be in the mountains for the latter part.
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    28/01/2017 #6 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    #5 Oh my, they take the fireworks very seriously. Yikes.. all night? I hate to admit, I couldn't sleep through them either but my dog would literally have a heart attack, no lie. Do they go on again tonight? Good thing it's Saturday!
    Dean Owen
    28/01/2017 #5 Dean Owen
    #1 Yes our house entrance is decorated to the extreme with red lanterns and "stuff". I've just been through hell. Zero sleep as the fireworks started just before midnight and they are still going (it's 9:35am here).
    Bill Stankiewicz, 🐝 Brand Ambassador
    27/01/2017 #4 Bill Stankiewicz, 🐝 Brand Ambassador
    COOL info, thx for sharing @CityVP 🐝 Manjit:

    Chinese New Year 2017 — a Rooster Year
    2017 is a year of the Rooster according to the Chinese 12-year animal zodiac cycle. Other Rooster years include: …1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017… If you were born then you’re a Rooster.
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    27/01/2017 #3 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    #2 Well said @CityVP 🐝 Manjit. "We can sign up as a global citizen and celebrate the big celebrations." Couldn't agree more and cultural diversity is the spice of life.. we all live on planet earth and breath the same air. Our basic needs are all the same. We do have a lot to learn from one another if we only keep our minds and ears open :))
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    27/01/2017 #2 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    #1 We can either have card companies define our celebrations or we can sign up as a global citizen and celebrate the big celebrations. My personal culture is diversity - not an HR diversity which is thinking at the level of a used toilet bowl - but real diversity which is recognizing that the washroom is not the most important room in our house - but that we don;t want a broken washroom.

    I don't need the Coca Cola company to define a Red Santa, or a card company or chocolate maker to create another Valentines Day, Fathers Day, Mothers Day or whatever day we jump to in an automaton way.

    I am not peering into another culture here, I am standing shoulder to shoulder with a large body of citizens in this world who just happen to be engaged in a big time celebration in another room in our outer house. The Earth is my outer public Home that then defines and gives value to the personal privacy and love of my inner Home - that space in anyone's house that is intimately ours - and I am not talking about the washroom 😄

    My Chinese neighbours don't live in China, they live across the street, they walk into my club and Joshua who did, who is also among one of our smartest members. Now let those red roosters come home !!!
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    27/01/2017 #1 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    @Dean Owen, did you decorate? How about those red underwear? I can't imagine a child not crying?? The food made me hungry. Thanks for posting this @CityVP 🐝 Manjit! I learned some new facts about another culture.
  24. ProducerKen Boddie

    Ken Boddie

    26/01/2017
    And from all the lands on earth we come .....
    And 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...
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    Ken Boddie
    29/01/2017 #54 Ken Boddie
    #53 I do agree, Monica, that our younger Australians occasionally behave like "animals" , particularly when let off the leash overseas. Or are you perhaps referring to the lead photo of kangaroos? 😂
    Monica Landberg
    29/01/2017 #53 Monica Landberg
    They are amazing animals in the planet
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    27/01/2017 #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.
    Ken Boddie
    27/01/2017 #51 Ken Boddie
    #49 Hard to envisage you, Manjit, as the doppelgänger of Johnny Rotten. I would be happy to swap Brisbane for Hudson Bay right now, or wherever there is some cooling snow and ice. It's been hot enough to fry eggs on the car bonnet for a few weeks.
    Ken Boddie
    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.
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    27/01/2017 #49 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    #45 Ken you are an educated man, I am an ex-soccer hooligan and pogo minded punk rocker born in the ghetto side of working class London. The only thing I regret living in London is that I never got a conviction, so I had to emigrate to Canada instead.
    Claire L 🐝 Cardwell
    27/01/2017 #48 Claire L 🐝 Cardwell
    #46 Absolutely @Ken Boddie - my dance card is not yet full! I think I would like my Vegemite delivered by Tea Clipper please!
    Ken Boddie
    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.
    Ken Boddie
    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?
    Ken Boddie
    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. 🤔
    Ken Boddie
    27/01/2017 #44 Ken Boddie
    #42 Next time I'm in Sydney (a couple of weeks time) and in Melbourne (in March) sounds like I'll have a 5% chance of pumping into a Croat. I certainly hope they have some licitar hidden away somewhere. Yum yum 🍰
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    27/01/2017 #43 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    Belated 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).
    Lada 🏡 Prkic
    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." :)
    Claire L 🐝 Cardwell
    27/01/2017 #41 Claire L 🐝 Cardwell
    Once 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 more
    Once 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! Close
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    27/01/2017 #40 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    Fair 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
    Ken Boddie
    27/01/2017 #39 Ken Boddie
    #30 Funnily enough, Todd, Bryson is one of my favourite authors, having read all his books. 👍
    Ken Boddie
    27/01/2017 #38 Ken Boddie
    #29 I remember, Paul, when first introduced to the Indonesian language, many years ago, that I was having difficulty finding suitable mnemonics for words or expressions .... and so .... Terry McKenzie, Tuan!
    Ken Boddie
    27/01/2017 #37 Ken Boddie
    #27 Many thanks, Sara, but there's only one thing better than watching the tennis ..... and that's watching the cricket! 🙄
    Ken Boddie
    27/01/2017 #36 Ken Boddie
    #26 Fair go, mate! 👍
    Ken Boddie
    27/01/2017 #35 Ken Boddie
    #25 Onya, Pascal! 👍
  25. ProducerAbhilash Gaur

    Abhilash Gaur

    26/01/2017
    Animal rights: Here’s what Jawaharlal Nehru said 60 years ago
    Animal rights: Here’s what Jawaharlal Nehru said 60 years agoJallikattu rescued us from the lull after the heat of demonetisation. Much has been said and written about cruelty to animals these past few weeks. Activists and traditionalists seem to have agreed to disagree.It was not so 60 years ago when cruelty...
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