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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.
  1. Producer@Julio Angel 🐝Lopez Lopez
    El MΓΊsico /The musician (Martini lo Spagnuolo o il Valenziano)
    El MΓΊsico /The musician (Martini lo Spagnuolo o il Valenziano)In EnglishAtanasio MartΓ­n Ignacio Vicente Tadeo Francisco Pellegrin MartΓ­n and Soler or Vicent MartΓ­n i Soler, was born in Valencia the dayMay 2, 1754 also known in Italy as (Vincenzo) Martini the Spagnuolo or il Valenziano, and Ignaz Martini...
  2. Sergio F. Sosa Sanchez
    Sergio F. Sosa Sanchez
    Freddie Mercury: 10 temas esenciales
    nubo.com.ve Freddie Mercury (nacido como Farrokh Bulsara, Stone Town, ZanzΓ­bar; 5 de septiembre de 1946-Kensington, Londres, Reino Unido; 24 de noviembre de 1991) fue un cantante, compositor y mΓΊsico...
  3. ProducerPaul Walters

    Paul Walters

    Zimbabwe. A Country Where Hope Has All But Disappeared.
    Zimbabwe. A Country Where Hope Has All But Disappeared.In July, I once again had the privilege of re- visiting my beloved Africa, only this time I found that it was a slightly sobering experience. A pessimistic mood seems to be hover over South Africa like a dark and sinister cloud. That country,...


    Paul Walters
    03/09/2017 #36 Paul Walters
    #35 @Pamela 🐝 Williams well said my dear!!!
    Pamela 🐝 Williams
    03/09/2017 #35 Pamela 🐝 Williams
    I see so many similarities here to what is occurring in the U.S. People can say 'alarmist' all they want but everything that is being said and done in our capital is exactly the same path that you lay out so aptly here Paul. "Never in the U.S.", "Not America", well I'm sure 20 years ago there were many that said "Not Zimbabwe" A country once full of hope but it took one corrupt leader to drive the country into ruin.
    This is what happens when a citizenry turns a blind eye to those 'shady deals'. This is what happens when the top constantly strive for more and more. There is no harm in having but never at the expense of the working class, of those of lesser means and abilities. People can live in a fantasy all they want; the U.S. has a Mugabe at the helm and if they can't see that, if they can't see those who 'support' him in congress are no better than the thieves given the successful farms, then they are either ignorant or just plain stupid.
    The 4th largest city in the US is under water, it will take billions for them to recover and yet our Mugabe is still insisting on 1.6 billion to build a damn wall.
    I'm ashamed of that 34% that still support that monster, they do deserve a Mugabe. DAMN 'em all to HELL, stuff like this makes me so angry
    Ken Boddie
    01/09/2017 #34 Ken Boddie
    Eye opening post, Pak Paul, which begs the question "What is real democracy?" We are ridiculed (and indeed self ridicule) here in Oz for changing our government and leaders as often as the Poms have a bath, but thank goodness we can.
    Paul Walters
    31/08/2017 #33 Paul Walters
    #32 @Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee Thank you, solid points as always !
    Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    31/08/2017 #32 Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    @Paul Walters- high rate of unemployment + skyrocketing inflation is a rare cause to which economists refer to as stagnation. Normally, and according to Phillips Curve, when unemployment increases, inflation decreases. This is a very special case and it only take a genius of corruption to make it happen. Sad story for a beautiful country. What amazes me more is that almost 25% of the population left the country and the country still faces such unbelievable rates of inflation with prices doubling almost everyday.
    I wrote yesterday a buzz yesterday on The Power of Leadership.
    one power is coercive power. I think we need to introduce a new name for this type of "hyperinflating power". Inflating the misery of people and the pockets of the corrupted few.
    Paul Walters
    31/08/2017 #31 Paul Walters
    @Peter Altschuler methinks I will avoid the USA until your own despot has slunk away from office in disgrace. Tis a shame as I have a deep love of America and most of the things it stands for . Hang in there !!!
    Paul Walters
    31/08/2017 #30 Paul Walters
    @ Thank you sir. Unfortunately that particular country is simply being ground into the dust at the hand of an evil despot! Thank you for stopping by
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    31/08/2017 #29 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    To say this is criminal goes without saying and the degree of this economic ransacking of the country still surprises me, I did not realize things in Zimbabwe have got this bad. Great insights Paul.
    Peter Altschuler
    30/08/2017 #28 Peter Altschuler
    There are too many times, as I read this, that I wondered just how likely it was that this could happen in the United States. Under its current plutocratic kleptocracy run by vastly under-qualified kakistocrats, the U.S. could find itself sold out to the highest bidders.

    Though this happened in the 19th Century under the sway of the Robber Barons, the labor movement of that era could affect manufacturing and the flow of goods to market -- a lever that helped to change working conditions and wages. That's no longer true, and the decline in the power of the middle class -- political and financial -- has been the result. Add the high court's decisions in Citizens United and McCutcheon and it only serves to put more power in the hands of corporations and the people who run them... aided and abetted (as Will Rogers quipped in the 1930s) by "the best Congress money can buy."

    Our own Mugabe wannabe sits behind the Resolute desk mixing politics with personal financial advantage. With a skill that makes Barnum seem amateur, he is able to fool some of the people all of the time, assisted by the silence of elected representatives at the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue and by thunder on the right: a surge with the potential to be the President's personal tonton macoute. Congress today is not the symbol of a government of, by, and for the people. Its members are representatives of the Super PACs that paid their way into office.

    Are the voters responsible? Of course. Yet, as Congress has reduced the funds for educating and re-training those voters, on tolerating the false narratives of talk radio and Fox News, and on kowtowing to high rolling donors, the voters believe what they're told to believe. That may be because, as John Cleese observed, they're not smart enough to know that they're stupid.

    If anyone thinks that, like 50+ inches of rain in SE Texas, it can't happen here, they simply aren't paying attention to political climate change.
    Paul Walters
    30/08/2017 #26 Paul Walters
    #25 @Robert Cormack My pleasure...thanks for stopping by
    Robert Cormack
    30/08/2017 #25 Robert Cormack
    This is amazing stuff, @Paul Walters. Thanks for the education.
    Claire L Cardwell
    30/08/2017 #24 Claire L Cardwell
    #20 @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher & @Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador - I feel that 90% of the world's problems are fundamentally down to greed. It's fortunate that most people here remember their 'table' manners and treat others with respect and are at least polite. When I hadn't been here that long I did lose my temper spectacularly with someone who didn't. Also once at Council about 10 years ago. As per usual the Security Guards and the Police asked me if I was OK and removed the offender from the building. It's hard to see human beings not see the people and see that most of the people speak 4-5 languages and had been up since at least 4am, often without breakfast.
    Claire L Cardwell
    30/08/2017 #23 Claire L Cardwell
    #16 @Paul Walters - it's a shame we didn't have the chance to have that braai with @Ian Weinberg and @Gert Scholtz and the other South African Bees here in Joburg. It's hard on the more vulnerable people here. The ones that didn't have the chance to have a real education. The lucky part is that people here look into your eyes and make a call on whether you are a person or just a human being. It is hard to stay optimistic and encouraging. It's hard to brush up on my terrible french with the Congolese (sp) car guards here in Boskruin and to make sure that they avoid living in certain areas. The marches against the current ANC top cabal and Jacob Zuma have at least started to remind us that we are a rainbow nation.
    Debasish Majumder
    30/08/2017 #22 Debasish Majumder
    your writings are always informative and incisive @Paul Walters! enjoyed read and shared. thank you very much for the share.
    Claire L Cardwell
    30/08/2017 #21 Claire L Cardwell
    #14 Yes Jason, if we are careful with our money we can still live relatively well here - but my honourary sister's salary has not really increased since 2009.... She is in business intelligence and still manages to toe the corporate line.... Fortunately with my job there is always a project to work on, outstanding work to finish and Council - even over Christmas. However many people are not as lucky as I am. There are more beggars on the streets than ever before and the car guards are not paid a salary, they have to pay the centre 'management' R40-60 a day for the privilege of watching over us when we park etc. etc. 99% of the time I have at least R5 to pay them if not R10. At least they have a chance to a) make some money and b) have dinner for their family to eat at night.
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    30/08/2017 #20 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    Too many people suffering. The economic imbalance thanks to those with money or influence hold over certain societies of people is utterly unforgivable. Thanks for giving life to this very tragic, on-going situation for 90% of the populous that aren't lucky enough to live in or find a job in S. Africa.
    Paul Walters
    30/08/2017 #19 Paul Walters
    #18 Thanks Franci
    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    30/08/2017 #18 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    A sad state of affairs for those that live under those conditions, and all because of greed. Thank you for sharing an eye opener post.
    Paul Walters
    30/08/2017 #17 Paul Walters
    #5 @Ian Weinberg Its the reason I keep coming to that great country of yours. terrific friends, family and often a glimmer of hope. I shall be back!!
    Paul Walters
    30/08/2017 #16 Paul Walters
    #12 Thanks Claire, As a frequent visitor I always seem to come away feeling a little uplifted by progress within the country. Not this time! Tales of 'state capture' , dirty deeds by the Gupta family and a reckless Zuma did not make for great reading in the press. Thank God for a free press there but is it enough? I sure as hell hope so!
  4. Louise Smith

    Louise Smith

    With Australian Indigenous Dot Paintings
    A bit like frozen Fractals
    Didgeridoo - Yigi Yigi - David Hudson
    Didgeridoo - Yigi Yigi - David Hudson Yigi Yigi perfomed by David Husdon from his CD Didgeridoo Spirit. I have used aborginal art to accompany this track, with Pictures of David. However at the...


    Louise Smith
    27/08/2017 #5 Louise Smith
    #4 Thanks 7 THANKS for sharing @Pamela 🐝 Williams
    Pamela 🐝 Williams
    27/08/2017 #4 Pamela 🐝 Williams
    What fabulous art! The music seemed to bring it all to life. Thanks for sharing Louis! I loved it!
    Louise Smith
    27/08/2017 #3 Louise Smith
    Thanks for sharing @Milos Djukic & @Lance 🐝 Scoular
    Susan 🐝 Botello
    27/08/2017 #2 Susan 🐝 Botello
    Love this stuff.
    Louise Smith
    26/08/2017 #1 Louise Smith
    @Milos Djukic
  5. ProducerNadia Karmas

    Nadia Karmas

    Is the cultural diversity impacting communication at work?
    Is the cultural diversity impacting communication at work?I just attended β€œMasteringΒ Workplace Culture and Communication” Workshop, and I learned things:) It was interesting to hear the participants' point of view, and the fact that they come from various cultures and backgrounds make the session even more...


    Nadia Karmas
    25/08/2017 #2 Nadia Karmas
    #1 @Lyon Brave :)
    Lyon Brave
    25/08/2017 #1 Lyon Brave
    For me being the strong silent type is my best bet for now. Gorgeous profile picture.
  6. Sergio F. Sosa Sanchez
    Sergio F. Sosa Sanchez
    Miguel Siso: el cuatrista de 12 cuerdas
    nubo.com.ve Miguel Siso es un artista nacido en Venezuela destacado como uno de los ejecutantes mΓ‘s importantes del Cuatro Venezolano; inicia sus estudios de mΓΊsica en el Conservatorio de EducaciΓ³n Musical...
  7. ProducerPaul Walters

    Paul Walters

    I Never Sang For My Father.
    I Never Sang For My Father.The title for this piece is attributed to Robert Anderson who wrote the melancholy play of the same title. I buried my father a few years ago. Buried is perhaps too loose a term as his body had already been reduced to ashes by the time...


    Paul Walters
    21/08/2017 #45 Paul Walters
    #43 @CityVP 🐝 Manjit On the contrary, it is you I should thank
    Paul Walters
    21/08/2017 #44 Paul Walters
    #42 Thank you
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    21/08/2017 #43 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    The Time Before Dying

    Thanks Paul !
    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    21/08/2017 #42 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    So masterfully written and a wonderfully touching piece, @Paul Walters.
    Paul Walters
    20/08/2017 #41 Paul Walters
    @Aleta Curry many thanks as always Aleta
    Paul Walters
    20/08/2017 #40 Paul Walters
    #38 Thanks Jerry
    Aleta Curry
    20/08/2017 #39 Aleta Curry
    Beautifully written as usual, Paul. I particularly love your descriptions, they're so evocative.
    Jerry Fletcher
    20/08/2017 #38 Jerry Fletcher
    Paul, There is a finality to putting your father to rest. Mine passed last year and was interred in a mausoleum. The casting of your Dad's ashes in a favored spot seems to me a better ceremony than all the pomp funeral directors try to muster. I hope you can carry that memory with you including the bit of ash that settled on an eyebrow. Thank you for a truly touching story. JLF
    Paul Walters
    20/08/2017 #37 Paul Walters
    #28 @CityVP 🐝 Manjit Thanks you and as always wise words !!
    Paul Walters
    20/08/2017 #36 Paul Walters
    #29 @Sonny Melendrez Thanks for stopping by, as always much appreciated
    Paul Walters
    20/08/2017 #35 Paul Walters
    #30 @Moi Kliniger Thanks for stopping by, much appreciated
    Paul Walters
    20/08/2017 #34 Paul Walters
    #31 @Pamela 🐝 Williams Thanks so much... it means a lot to me
    Paul Walters
    20/08/2017 #33 Paul Walters
    #32 @Ken Boddie ThanksKen, good to hear from you
    Ken Boddie
    20/08/2017 #32 Ken Boddie
    So sobering sad, but masterfully descriptive, Pak Paul. A remarkable reminder that the bonds of family are stronger than the conflicts of character.
    Pamela 🐝 Williams
    19/08/2017 #31 Pamela 🐝 Williams
    What a beautiful piece Paul. I loved every word. I understand your father's wishes, they are my own. It has nothing to do with those left behind, it had everything to do with who he was. I've never desired to be center of attention, in any manner, why should this change in death? Shouldn't how a person chooses to be 'sent off' be about that person? Isn't that the best way to honor how they chose to live their life?
    I too will be cremated Immediately, no fanfare, no wake, no 'viewing' (a horrible horrible event if you ask me). There are funds to fly my daughter and her mate to the southwest where they will rent a motorcycle, go to the middle of the desert, open that plastic bag and let what is left of me fly in the wind behind them. I will become a part of the landscape I loved as a child.
    I've walked through graveyards and looked at all the gravestones aged through the years and thought; Why? Does any of those lying there for decades receive a visit any more? Ashes to ashes.
    He's now swimming with the fishes he pursued. So, so appropriate!
    Moi Kliniger
    19/08/2017 #30 Anonymous
    @Paul Walters, I had a difficult time reading this post as my eyes kept filling up with tears. Superbly, beautifully written.

    Spreading your father's ashes over his favorite fishing spot was your unique way of finally 'singing for your father.'
    Sonny Melendrez
    19/08/2017 #29 Sonny Melendrez
    Paul, your father's forever ear will now hear your every song. Beautiful.
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    19/08/2017 #28 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    #19 First of all @Joyce 🐝 Bowen Brand Ambassador @ beBee you are remarkable and yours is not a chip-butty hot dog consuming telly watching beer guzzling fart and sleep life, it is one that is actively fighting for the rights of people, one that is socially conscious and one that has endured the difficult side of existence.

    During life if we don't have the end-of-life conversation then we should not be surprised about the surprises of death. One of those surprises of death is what that person actually did for you, suddenly you find responsibilities that the deceased carried but that loved ones were oblivious to. Thus the more we do for others when we are alive, the greater the hole we can leave behind when those people realize that AFTER we die. If that hand off is not discussed before the end-of-life, that is a greater burden than the grief that accompanies death that was put out of mind during the living years.

    People do face their own mortality in short reverences during a funeral, because even if we feel that we are attending for the loved ones, that piece of uncomfortable mortality is passing through everybody's head and it does that because we leave these things as an undiscussable or we are frightened or superstitious about tempting fate.

    What I love about my mother is that she has the death conversation, but she also has the death planning and that goes all the way to who is in and out during a wedding, because she anticipates the burdens before they become a burden. Whereas my dad just cries his eyes out and that who he is. Did he think about us? is not a question that gets us anywhere, we are the ones in the land of the living, we still get to think about us and if he did not think about us, that itself is a wisdom for us, the living.
    Ian Weinberg
    19/08/2017 #21 Ian Weinberg
    Ah @Paul Walters again the masterly strokes of an artist! And so inevitably is the ponderer inspired to reflect under a 'dirty slate sky' as to what it's all about, between the ashes to ashes gap. And so my informed response ... who the heck knows. Just laugh a lot, hug a lot and stay curious!
    Joyce 🐝 Bowen   Brand Ambassador @ beBee
    19/08/2017 #19 Joyce 🐝 Bowen Brand Ambassador @ beBee
    "It had been his emphatic wish that, upon his death there was to be no funeral or memorial service, no fuss or, as he referred to it, β€œ simply have me burned and be done with it,” He seemed to have no sympathy for the living or indeed those of us left behind."

    "My sister, watching from afar made the remark when the deed was done, saying, β€œ You have a bit of Dad in your eyebrow.”"

    For the first quote, I disagree that he had no sympathy for those left behind. I have made these instructions to my offspring. I do not wish to burden them with the cost. And when life is unremarkable, so should death be.

    For the second, it is painful to see such a bonding of life and death, and I feel for you and your sister. In this piece you certainly sang for your father. What was his name?
  8. ProducerPamela 🐝 Williams
    Connecting with another human spirit
    Connecting with another human spiritIt was a hot, muggy day. Temperatures had been in the mid 90s (30s Celcius) for days and any rain that fell created clouds of steam on the pavement of the parking lot. I was thankful to be driving a new car with a fully functioning air conditioner....


    Pamela 🐝 Williams
    17/08/2017 #32 Pamela 🐝 Williams
    #27 #25 We all need a little more kindness in this world. I'm so weary of the anger and rhetoric. It is time for when #KindnessReigns We all need some #hope and #Love right now.
    Pamela 🐝 Williams
    17/08/2017 #31 Pamela 🐝 Williams
    #28 #29 Thank you Shelley and Laura for your kind and heartfelt comments. As I wrote this I thought to myself; I don't want those who read this to think I was 'bragging', saying; 'see what a good person I am". I wanted it to be about all that we take for granted but mostly about him and humanity's tendency for quick assumptions that all those we see on the streets "have only themselves to blame, they need to get a job, their all druggies, etc..." Sometimes they're making the best of their situation and whatever led to their being on the street. That is truly what I saw in this young man. He had a gentle spirit and he had pride. He didn't like asking for help, that was obvious. I just hope he viewed my gesture as nothing more than concern for a fellow human being. I wanted him to witness and receive kindness because through the kindness of others hope is born.
    Pamela 🐝 Williams
    17/08/2017 #30 Pamela 🐝 Williams
    #24 Thank you for sharing Savvy. It feels good to be back in the hive and sharing my thoughts with everyone.
    Laura Mikolaitis
    16/08/2017 #29 Laura Mikolaitis
    Amazing story, @Pamela 🐝 Williams. Touching and heartfelt. Your story demonstrates the value of kindness and how a simple gesture can be the greatest of gifts to any one person. Human connection is powerful, isn't it? And when we least expect it, it sometimes seeks us out unknowingly. Instinct led you to that place and I suspect that man will be forever grateful for your exchange. We need more kindness in our world as it opens the door to hope. Thank you for sharing this story. I agree with @Shelley Brown, it is breathtaking.
    Shelley Brown
    15/08/2017 #28 Shelley Brown
    Pam, breathtaking story. I truly hung on your every word. You gave someone the gift of hope! It doesn't matter what he does with the money or whatever caused him to be in that situation. Your extended grace. You connected with a human being in need of connection and you needed it then too. Thank you so much for being present. I truly loved your automatically turning from your own comfort to recognize something so vital and life giving to you both.
    Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    15/08/2017 #27 Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    I think these direct interactions where we show respect to someone by vulnerably trying to help them in the only way we can, by putting ourselves in their situation and giving as we'd like to receive - is the way to address even the overwhelming hate that is crushing our spirit. Human kindness ripples strongly. Thanks for doing and sharing, @Pamela 🐝 Williams, and for offering a way to counter the feelings of sadness we are all dealing with this week.
    Aaron 🐝 Skogen
    15/08/2017 #26 Aaron 🐝 Skogen
    Aaron 🐝 Skogen
    15/08/2017 #25 Aaron 🐝 Skogen
    Indeed #KindnessReigns, @Pamela 🐝 Williams.

    Thanks for nourishing the spirit, and quenching the thirst of hope.
    Savvy Raj
    15/08/2017 #24 Savvy Raj
    A beautiful buzz on the Spirit of kindness in life and living by @Pamela 🐝 Williams Sharing right away!
    Lisa Vanderburg
    15/08/2017 #23 Lisa Vanderburg
    #14 So true, sorry to say Pam, that being a helping hand to those in immediate need so often elicit a negative response from others who think you soft or foolish. Sad, but glad you'll keep the tattoo on your head proudly!
    Pamela 🐝 Williams
    15/08/2017 #22 Pamela 🐝 Williams
    #2 Well that's just wonderful Paul. You're writing has many times taken me to places when I most needed to "get way". Sometimes I think I 'save' them for just such moments :-)
    Pamela 🐝 Williams
    15/08/2017 #21 Pamela 🐝 Williams
    #1 You know Aleta, I wondered that myself and I truly believe he was heading somewhere and walking there was his only option. I want to think he trusted in human nature enough to believe that his basic needs would be met. I hope I helped maintain that trust and that he arrived at his destination safely. It's what I'm going to choose to believe.
    Pamela 🐝 Williams
    15/08/2017 #20 Pamela 🐝 Williams
    #3 I know that well Brian, I've been there too. Alone in a crowd is one of the most isolating and depressing places to be. Thank you Brian, your comment was very much appreciated and added so much to the discussion.
    Pamela 🐝 Williams
    15/08/2017 #19 Pamela 🐝 Williams
    #5 I think the reason I wanted to share it was because of these hate filled times we are traveling through, but I know this; humanity will wake up and we'll come through this evil just like we have many times through the centuries. Have a safe and happy journey my friend!
    Pamela 🐝 Williams
    15/08/2017 #18 Pamela 🐝 Williams
    #4 Exactly Ken. He thought we'd forget him, just move on with our lives. What I said to him was this: "You're right, we'll move on, because we'll have to, But we've always been a pie made up of seven slices, and if we lose you we'll never be whole again".
    We lost him just a few months later. I didn't realize how right I was. He makes his presence known every once in a while, and it makes me smile to see him in a kindred spirit.
    Pamela 🐝 Williams
    15/08/2017 #17 Pamela 🐝 Williams
    #6 I shared the story of my brother's funeral on a @Shelley Brown's post, so I won't share it now. Suffice it to say that it was an eclectic crowd of college professors and his street friends whom he loved and cared for. They were all human to him and any time I can help lift up the spirit of someone I feel like I'm honoring his life.
    Pamela 🐝 Williams
    15/08/2017 #16 Pamela 🐝 Williams
    #7 Thank you Bill! It's good to 'see' you! I've missed my bees. So happy to be back home in the hive.
    Pamela 🐝 Williams
    15/08/2017 #15 Pamela 🐝 Williams
    #8 Thank you Puneet and to you as well. thanks for the follow! I saw the notice and will return to notifications soon to accept your kind request.
    Pamela 🐝 Williams
    15/08/2017 #14 Pamela 🐝 Williams
    #10 Thank you Lisa, I'm glad sharing my story moved you. I'll admit I didn't know what to expect. My 'soft-heart' ways have more often than not been met with sneers or being told I was a 'sucker'. That's okay though, I'll just tattoo it on my forehead and keep being a sucker. The rewards to the heart and spirit so outweigh everything else.
    Pamela 🐝 Williams
    15/08/2017 #13 Pamela 🐝 Williams
    #9 If everyone paid forward just one act of kindness, just imagine what a different world we would live in. People have become so intense. I just want to yell at them; SMILE for goodness sake; you're alive and as long as you're alive there are possibilities.
  9. ProducerPaul Walters

    Paul Walters

    Trudging Across The Shifting Sands Of The Namib, The World’s Oldest Desert.
    Trudging Across The Shifting Sands Of The Namib, The World’s Oldest Desert.It’s just on 5.00 am. As I leave the comfort of my hotel room in pitch darkness, a crescent moon hangs low, like a scimitar on the horizon, its light almost no match for the billions of stars that pepper an inky black Β sky. The only sound...


    Tani Paxton
    24/07/2017 #50 Tani Paxton
    #49 As promised.
    Paul Walters
    24/07/2017 #49 Paul Walters
    #48 @Tani Paxton healing sort of well. Now at 'home' in the South Of France . Back in Bali mid august...Ill call, there is beer to be drunk
    Tani Paxton
    24/07/2017 #48 Tani Paxton
    Epic trip, unforgettable I bet! @Paul Walters, how is your leg?
    Lance  🐝 Scoular
    08/07/2017 #47 Lance 🐝 Scoular
    πŸ‘₯ed 🐝🐝🐀🐳
    Paul Walters
    07/07/2017 #46 Paul Walters
    #45 Too kind Ms Brown but thank you
    Shelley Brown
    07/07/2017 #45 Shelley Brown
    I wish to live vicariously through you @Paul Walters and aspire to write as beautifully as you.
    Paul Walters
    05/07/2017 #44 Paul Walters
    @stephan metral 🐝 Innovative Brand Ambassador Not yet Stephan but once I get back to Bali I shall endeavour to get in to it so to speak
    stephan metral 🐝 Innovative Brand Ambassador
    04/07/2017 #43 stephan metral 🐝 Innovative Brand Ambassador
    Any videos to share so we can promote these articles on MybeBeeTV? @Paul Walters , that would be awesome, once in a while.
    Paul Walters
    04/07/2017 #42 Paul Walters
    #25 @Don 🐝 Kerr Thanks Don.
    Paul Walters
    04/07/2017 #41 Paul Walters
    @CityVP 🐝 Manjit Thanks you . Always feel priviledged when you stop by
    Paul Walters
    04/07/2017 #40 Paul Walters
    @Pamela 🐝 Williams It did indeed ... Thanks as always
    Paul Walters
    04/07/2017 #39 Paul Walters
    #30 @Renée 🐝 Cormier Thank you , as always , appreciated
    Paul Walters
    04/07/2017 #38 Paul Walters
    #31 @Jerry Fletcher Thank you , high praise indeed
    Paul Walters
    04/07/2017 #36 Paul Walters
    #33 @Savvy Raj Thank you
    Paul Walters
    04/07/2017 #35 Paul Walters
    #34 @Randall Burns Thanks for stopping by.
    Randall Burns
    04/07/2017 #34 Randall Burns
    Another great trip into our magical world @Paul Walters, Thank You
    Savvy Raj
    04/07/2017 #33 Savvy Raj
    Red sand of the dancing dunes has left quite an imagery through your reflections so thank you for sharing your experiences.@Paul Walters
    stephan metral 🐝 Innovative Brand Ambassador
    04/07/2017 #32 stephan metral 🐝 Innovative Brand Ambassador
    I can hear the lyrics form Sting, Tea in the Sahara with You.....shrankkkkkkk wrong Desert! LoL.
    Jerry Fletcher
    04/07/2017 #31 Jerry Fletcher
    Paul, Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! for taking us along on this wondrous part of your journey. Your writing eloquently breathes life into the landscape pictured so beautifully.
  10. Phil Friedman

    Phil Friedman

    Best wishes to my spiritual homeland on its 150th birthday. Canada remains a beacon of goodwill and social conscience for the world to see and hopefully emulate. Phil Friedman


    Randall Burns
    04/07/2017 #17 Randall Burns
    Thank You so much @Phil Friedman for the mention and sentiments! Can't wait for you to join me for a beer sometime.. It was a glorious weekend!
    siraj shaik
    03/07/2017 #16 siraj shaik
    #2 Gratitude for mentions and thanks much for such a wonderful share. Have a buzz week. 🍁
    Don 🐝 Kerr
    03/07/2017 #15 Don 🐝 Kerr
    Gerald Hecht
    02/07/2017 #14 Gerald Hecht
    The proof of the pudding will be in its taste...364 days from now; we are expecting great things!!
    Vincent Andrew
    02/07/2017 #13 Vincent Andrew
    Happy birthday Canada!
    Best wishes to all beBee friends from Canada.
    Milos Djukic
    02/07/2017 #12 Anonymous
    Best wishes from Serbia. Milos
    Renée  🐝 Cormier
    01/07/2017 #11 Renée 🐝 Cormier
    Thank you, Phil!
    Phil Friedman
    01/07/2017 #10 Phil Friedman
    #5 For the record, Kevin, I lived and worked for some 15 years in Canada, am married to a Canadian, and my daughters are dual U.S./Canadian citizens. The years I spent in Canada were at a time when the U.S. was pursuing a reckless and futile course of military adventurism in southeast Asia that was not worth a single drop of U.S. blood, nor that of anyone else. And some of us went into voluntary self-exile in protest against the forces driving that folly. Despite the international political pressures at the time, Canada welcomed us exiles, and willingly gave us a place to live, work, and flourish. For that I will always be grateful and carry a deep and abiding affection for what I call my spiritual homeland.
    John White, MBA
    01/07/2017 #9 John White, MBA
    Those Canadians are not so bad, eh?
    Javier 🐝 beBee
    01/07/2017 #8 Javier 🐝 beBee
    Canadian bees are amazing. I only crossed a wasp among thousands of bees. Viva Canada ! Viva la vida !
    Gerald Hecht
    01/07/2017 #7 Gerald Hecht
    You are a selfless, compassionate being, it is an honor sailing with you!
    Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    01/07/2017 #6 Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    I love Canada and the Canadians. I also appreciate this buzz and I add my voice to your @Phil Friedman
    Kevin Pashuk
    01/07/2017 #5 Kevin Pashuk
    Thanks for the best wishes. You are welcome on this side of the 49th anytime.
    Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    01/07/2017 #4 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    Thanks, Phil, and a Happy B-Day to the USA a few days early
    Donald 🐝 Grandy
    01/07/2017 #3 Donald 🐝 Grandy
    #2Thanks and to you as well !
    Phil Friedman
    01/07/2017 #1 Phil Friedman
    Greetings and good wishes to all my Canadian friends on this great day - @Jim Murray, @Don 🐝 Kerr, @Kevin Pashuk, @Nicole Chardenet, @Renée 🐝 Cormier, @Graham🐝 Edwards, @Paul "Pablo" Croubalian, @Robert Cormack and others. Cheers!
  11. David B. Grinberg
    Happy 150th Birthday to Canada and thanks to all the amazing Canadians bees who keep on buzzing, spreading honey and cross-channel pollinating -- like ambassadors @Jim Murray @Anne 🐝 Thornley-Brown, MBA @CityVP 🐝 Manjit @Don 🐝 Kerr @Donald 🐝 Grandy...
    David B. Grinberg
    Say hello to Canada's two newest astronauts!
    www.theweathernetwork.com The Canadian Space Agency has announced our nation's two newest astronauts - Joshua Kutryk and Jennifer Sidey - who will soon join David St. Jacques and Jeremy Hansen as our future representatives in...


    Don 🐝 Kerr
    03/07/2017 #6 Don 🐝 Kerr
    And a happy fourth to you.
    Donald 🐝 Grandy
    02/07/2017 #5 Donald 🐝 Grandy
    Thanks David.
    stephan metral 🐝 Innovative Brand Ambassador
    02/07/2017 #4 stephan metral 🐝 Innovative Brand Ambassador
    Thanks @David B. Grinberg you are my nxt webTV superstar ! Dont we look awesome for 150? Our motto here,mwe takee care of everyone! We have Honey, Maple syrup, Beers, and above all ...medicare for everyone.
  12. ProducerKen Boddie

    Ken Boddie

    Gourmand Bankruptcy in Osaka
    Gourmand Bankruptcy in OsakaIt may be said that the Japanese love and have a healthy respect for good food, but the Osakans take things to a completely different level. Osaka's relatively outgoing and down-to-earth citizens, compared to Tokyo'sΒ colder and more reserved...


    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    30/06/2017 #31 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    #30 haha!
    Ken Boddie
    30/06/2017 #30 Ken Boddie
    #29 You might say, @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher .....
    His spat with that rat,
    Left him feeling quite flat,
    But that food coated rat,
    Made a treat for the cat. 🐱
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    30/06/2017 #29 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    #25 haha, I have to admit, I don't think I've ever asked if my butt looks big. I think I have a bad habit of asking how a shirt looks on me or if my hair looks ok? So petty, eh? Even when I hear, it looks good, or you look fine... I get mad and say, "Just fine, are you avoiding my question because it doesn't look good?!" My husband, "I can't win." Am I proud that I react like that, no LOL. Not sure what I'd do if I was told my butt or other body parts look big? Ok, back to food!

    Actually, I think I lost my appetite after reading your comment to Dean about the binge drinker/eater. Throwing up on a large rat, good thing the guy was too drunk to be freaked out ;-)
    Ken Boddie
    29/06/2017 #28 Ken Boddie
    #22 Oh the joys of binge eating and binge drinking, Dean-san. Reminds me of the drunk who over-indulged in an unfamiliar restaurant and had to rush to the rest room with the intention of paying penance in front of the porcelain goddess. Well he turned right instead of left and ended up in the alley. But his stomach, by this time, had its own schedule, and he involuntarily threw up all over a large rat. Looking down at the results of his technicolour yawn, he scratched his head and was eventually heard to say, "Funny, I don't remember eating that?" 🀒
    Ken Boddie
    29/06/2017 #27 Ken Boddie
    #24 Now therein lies the problem, Joyce. What to choose?
    Ken Boddie
    29/06/2017 #26 Ken Boddie
    #23 Can I assume, then, Flavio, that you are, consequently, close to financial ruin? πŸ˜‚
    Ken Boddie
    29/06/2017 #25 Ken Boddie
    #21 Three things I've learned from bitter experience, Lisa:
    - Never guess a lady's age - I'm always wrong;
    - Never comment on a lady's weight - I like my head just where it is, thank you; and, most of all
    - When asked "Does my bum look big in this?" the answer is always "No, you look great!"
    Recent studies reportedly indicate that women who ask about how their derriere looks live longer than men who give the wrong answer. πŸ™
    Joyce 🐝 Bowen   Brand Ambassador @ beBee
    29/06/2017 #24 Joyce 🐝 Bowen Brand Ambassador @ beBee
    Hunger strikes me as I read this buzz. I find myself rubbing my eyes in wonder, wishing I could peruse those streets with you. But wait! I have! You have taken me there through your travels. Now--Let's eat!!
    Flavio πŸ‡―πŸ‡΅ Souza 🐝
    29/06/2017 #23 Flavio πŸ‡―πŸ‡΅ Souza 🐝
    Nice article, I love Osaka (lived there for 4 months) @Ken Boddie
    Dean Owen
    29/06/2017 #22 Dean Owen
    That is so cool! I learn something new everyday. In this case I learned that the caramel candy I basically grew up on was named after a rather ominous substance called glycogen! Underneath the large cow the sign reads Hormone which is a Japanese foreign word they use to mean innards such as offal and intestines. I love Okonomiyaki, and suspect you were given a choice of either that or Monjayaki. Similar dishes famous in Osaka, but you chose wisely as the latter very much resembles what comes out of your mouth after a night of binging.
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    29/06/2017 #21 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    #20 In my case, loss!! I never gained weight until I hit midlife and I swear something blowing in the wind did it overnight. ;-) I'm cool w/my age, but not the extra lbs.
    Ken Boddie
    28/06/2017 #20 Ken Boddie
    #19 Ha Ha. No pain, no gain ..... or should it be loss? 🀣
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    27/06/2017 #19 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    #15 I think I was asking myself that question "Does my bum look big in this," after our road trip to Colorado ha ha. I wish there was a laughter icon, your poem was great and made me chuckle @Ken Boddie View more
    #15 I think I was asking myself that question "Does my bum look big in this," after our road trip to Colorado ha ha. I wish there was a laughter icon, your poem was great and made me chuckle @Ken Boddie. Put me in a district where there is an abundance of great foods to choose from and forget it, that's my weakness which I need to CHANGE!! We just purchased an incumbent bike for various reasons. So, I now have almost an entire gym in my bedroom with no excuses, well except.. ouch- this is painful! Close
    Ken Boddie
    27/06/2017 #17 Ken Boddie
    #16 Not to mention the beautiful food, DLE. Thanks for stopping by. Care to join us for lunch?
    Ken Boddie
    27/06/2017 #15 Ken Boddie
    #14 Well, @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher.....
    Dotonbori's very good,
    If you really love your food,
    But if you'll take my advice,
    In this foodie's paradise,
    Count your cals and watch your spending,
    So much choice, it's never ending,
    If you eat until you drop,
    Munching, crunching cannot stop,
    You'll be asking with a hiss,
    "Does my bum look big in this?"
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    27/06/2017 #14 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    A foodie's paradise it appears @Ken Boddie. The meal looked delicious and I enjoyed the photos with descriptions. Pamela tagged me so I could see your new "Author" photo, love it, what was the inspiration? Your wife looks so happy and she's cute Ken! I'm glad Pam tagged me because I love travel and foodie blogs.
    Ken Boddie
    26/06/2017 #13 Ken Boddie
    #11 A peristaltic pump, Ian, might be the ideal bioengineering solution for continuous ingestion of miso soup? Although I'm not sure if this would cure or exaserbate the borborygmi. 😫
    Ken Boddie
    26/06/2017 #12 Ken Boddie
    #10 Ha ha, Vincent. Perhaps you could buy more time by telling her the best time to visit is in Spring, for the cherry blossom season. Should be long enough to organise a second mortgage? 🀣
    Ian Weinberg
    26/06/2017 #11 Ian Weinberg
    Thanks @Ken Boddie for sharing this Gastronomical Secretion and Peristaltic inspiration. I'm rendered a moist borborygmus!
    Vincent Andrew
    26/06/2017 #10 Vincent Andrew
    Now I'm really afraid to show this brilliant photo report of Osaka's Dotonbori Street to my good wife who is simply a seafood lover! Maybe there be some truth to kuidaore :)
  13. ProducerDominique 🐝 Petersen
    MUSICAL DECADES - 1960s - The British Invasion
    MUSICAL DECADES - 1960s - The British InvasionThe British Invasion was a phenomenon that occurred when rock and pop music acts from the United Kingdom, as well as other aspects of British culture, became popular in the United States and Canada, and significant to the rising...


    Dominique 🐝 Petersen
    25/06/2017 #14 Dominique 🐝 Petersen
    #13 Lulu had a lovely voice. I'm glad you liked the post, @Pamela 🐝 Williams. Part 2 coming up in 3 weeks. And thanks for the share! ;o)
    Pamela 🐝 Williams
    25/06/2017 #13 Pamela 🐝 Williams
    Petula Clark's "Downtown" was my teenage angst reliever. I can remember singing it a lot while doing chores, babysitting younger siblings, or just during episodes of teenage heartbreak. Loved your memory lane this morning Dominique! Other memories may come and go but music memories last forever! This one hit wonder by LuLu, another British artist; from one of my favorite old movies (which I found on DVD recently) "To Sir With Love";
    Dominique 🐝 Petersen
    25/06/2017 #12 Dominique 🐝 Petersen
    #9 I agree, @Martin Wright. That musical trip was, well, trippy!
    Interesting trivia.
    Dominique 🐝 Petersen
    25/06/2017 #11 Dominique 🐝 Petersen
    #10 Love your post, Javier. When we were teenagers listening to this music, we basically just thought of it as OUR music (even though me and my friends were in Canada!) So, I can't say whether British bands are better than American. I love both! ;o)
    And thanks for the share, @Javier 🐝 beBee
    Javier 🐝 beBee
    25/06/2017 #10 Javier 🐝 beBee
    I love great rock bands!

    Are British rock bands better? https://www.bebee.com/producer/@javierbebee/are-british-rock-bands-better
    Martin Wright
    25/06/2017 #9 Martin Wright
    That little journey down memiry lane was fab and groovy.

    Snall fact, petula clarke had hit with a song written by Charlie Chaplin.
    Dominique 🐝 Petersen
    24/06/2017 #8 Dominique 🐝 Petersen
    Thanks for the share, @Ivan Campos ! ;o)
    Dominique 🐝 Petersen
    24/06/2017 #6 Dominique 🐝 Petersen
    #5 Hmm, I may have to do one "by popular demand"! Okay, next time I do the 1960s, I'll continue with The British Invasion. ;o)
    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    24/06/2017 #5 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    Thank you for my Friday night entertainment. I loved The British Invasion and your buzz brings on great memories. I hope you do a Part II. Please tag me if you do.
    Dominique 🐝 Petersen
    24/06/2017 #4 Dominique 🐝 Petersen
    #3 You're absolutely right, @@Rob Bacal I've been keeping my "Musical Decades" posts to 6 songs. I will have to do "The British Invasion, Part 2" sometime. (Peter and Gordon are actually one of the 6 in this post.)
    Dominique 🐝 Petersen
    23/06/2017 #2 Dominique 🐝 Petersen
    #1 So glad you liked your stroll, @Paul Walters! ;o)
    Paul Walters
    23/06/2017 #1 Paul Walters
    @Dominique 🐝 Petersen Thanks a great walk down memory lane
  14. ProducerChris 🐝 Guest Cert.Prof.Acc.SA
    Roots.Changes.Journeys.Generations.And the Ties that Bind....
    Roots.Changes.Journeys.Generations.And the Ties that Bind.... Part 1 – East London to Abu Dhabi β€œWell I was born in a small town…” John Mellencamp β€œSmall Town” 1985 I really was born in a small place! A seventh generation South African from British ancestry, I was born in East London a small city on...


    🐝 Fatima G. Williams
    26/06/2017 #37 🐝 Fatima G. Williams
    Coming back from my awesome Abu Dhabi trip to read this lovely Bio is a treat. I must admit it's a great place and I wish I had made the move 10 years earlier. I love Dubai but must admit Abu Dhabi as something subtle about it. UAE has to much to offer we need to look in the right place. You've captured the essence of this place in your buzz Chris :)
    Chris 🐝 Guest Cert.Prof.Acc.SA
    26/06/2017 #34 Chris 🐝 Guest Cert.Prof.Acc.SA
    #32 Thanks Sara..part 2 is out today.Did tag you πŸ˜ƒ
    Sara Jacobovici
    26/06/2017 #33 Sara Jacobovici
    @Chris 🐝 Guest Cert.Prof.Acc.SA writes: "Mostly I remember mixed feelings – excitement at a new start, fear of the unknown and a tremendous hollowness and sadness at leaving my family behind."
    Sara Jacobovici
    26/06/2017 #32 Sara Jacobovici
    I'm not surprised that a music lover (of great taste in music), such as yourself, would also be a great storyteller @Chris 🐝 Guest Cert.Prof.Acc.SA. I came across a quote today before I read your post. Wonder if you think there is any connection? "A biography is like a handshake down the years, that can become an arm-wrestle." - Richard Holmes Looking forward to Part 2!
    Harley King
    26/06/2017 #31 Harley King
    Fascinating story. I can't wait for part 2.
    Deb🐝 Lange, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    26/06/2017 #30 Deb🐝 Lange, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    You are a good writer @Chris 🐝 Guest Cert.Prof.Acc.SA - I look forward to reading the next instalment.
    Paul Walters
    25/06/2017 #29 Paul Walters
    @Chris 🐝 Guest Cert.Prof.Acc.SA i aeait part two with great anticipation !! Thanks
    Anne 🐝 Thornley-Brown, MBA
    25/06/2017 #28 Anne 🐝 Thornley-Brown, MBA
    I absolutely love Abu Dhabi. I've been going to Abu Dhabi for over 10 years. I can't wait until another client engages me to organize and facilitate team building or an executive retreat there.
    Chris 🐝 Guest Cert.Prof.Acc.SA
    25/06/2017 #27 Chris 🐝 Guest Cert.Prof.Acc.SA
    #26 Thanks Lisa.Friday is the mandatory day off as that is the Muslim holy day like the Christian Sunday.Most industries also give Saturdays off although some sectors ,like construction, work a 6 day week.
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    25/06/2017 #26 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    How interesting @Chris 🐝 Guest Cert.Prof.Acc.SA. What a great experience you have received, or should I say life changing? That's cool about Elton John's band! So, does everyone work on Sundays? Does everyone have Saturday's off? The photos are beautiful. I've seen many promotional photos of the city and it looks futuristic. I would imagine there is a lot to see and do in Abu Dhabi. It sounds like you really have enjoyed the move! Looking forward to pt. 2.
    David 🐝 Martín Alonso
    25/06/2017 #24 David 🐝 Martín Alonso
    #23 @Chris 🐝 Guest Cert.Prof.Acc.SA Thanks for recommendations, I already follow @Gert Scholtz Blog., and now your buzzes.
    Barcelona is one of my favorites in Spain, iΒ΄ve lived there and visited many times. Next time you plan to visit Spain, please consider visiting South, Sevilla, CΓ³rdoba, Granada, the muslim triangle, amazing experience.
    Chris 🐝 Guest Cert.Prof.Acc.SA
    25/06/2017 #23 Chris 🐝 Guest Cert.Prof.Acc.SA
    #22 Thanks for your kind comments @David 🐝 Martín Alonso and for the share. Cape Town is the real gem of SA and offers so much.We in turn have visited Barcelona on holiday and loved the experience.
    Please see the travel blogs of @Gert Scholtz for more on SA travel.
    David 🐝 Martín Alonso
    25/06/2017 #22 David 🐝 Martín Alonso
    I enjoyed your post, can't wait for part two. I have been in SA several times for duty, and really liked, I was in Cape Town for an off duty time for a week and felt in love.
    Chris 🐝 Guest Cert.Prof.Acc.SA
    25/06/2017 #21 Chris 🐝 Guest Cert.Prof.Acc.SA
    @Deb 🐝 Helfrich ..just to add we never looked back or had any regrets except maybe that we did not make the move 10 years earlier!
    Chris 🐝 Guest Cert.Prof.Acc.SA
    25/06/2017 #20 Chris 🐝 Guest Cert.Prof.Acc.SA
    #19 Thanks so much for your insightful comments dear @Deb 🐝 Helfrich. Finally have some free time to put it all down! Hope to have part 2 out later this week when I'll all also do some inter-generational analysis.
    PS If Michael Moore's people don't call you about the road doccie call them πŸ˜ƒ!
    Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    25/06/2017 #19 Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    I love the contrast you built up, @Chris 🐝 Guest Cert.Prof.Acc.SA between a life of comforting tradition and that one phone call that sent you and your family into an entirely different future.

    I feel like we become more of who we are meant to be, when we step outside the well-trodden paths. Once we are habituated to a place, life tends to function on auto-pilot, especially when we are immersed in an entire community. That we are known so well is certainly a blessing, but can also be a bind from emerging into all that we are capable of.

    I am actively courting that revolutionary phone call right now. But for a contrary reason. I am feeling drawn to travel - the call of the road, as you know, in order to find that place that feels like the home I want to cultivate for the rest of my life. I am ready to negotiate the staying-put part of life. But the place were I can do my best work, contribute the most value is still a mystery to me.

    So a drive-about seems prudent.

    Excited to see what happens in your tale next!
    Chris 🐝 Guest Cert.Prof.Acc.SA
    25/06/2017 #18 Chris 🐝 Guest Cert.Prof.Acc.SA
    #17 Thanks Gert.No longer AD of course...stay tuned for part 2!
    Gert Scholtz
    25/06/2017 #17 Gert Scholtz
    @Chris 🐝 Guest Cert.Prof.Acc.SA Now that does sound like a big change: East London to Abu Dhabi. I am sure, although at times you miss the shores of the Eastern Cape, Abu Dhabi offers a rich tapestry of experience and opportunity for you and your family. Thanks you for the mention Chris, and for a music lover such as you, here is Desert Rose: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C3lWwBslWqg
  15. ProducerPaul Walters

    Paul Walters

    So Much To Do, So Little Time. 48 Hours In Istanbul.
    So Much To Do, So Little Time. 48 Hours In Istanbul.I often receive some rather, " we need it now!" requests from magazines and this piece, written for the July edition of Turkish Airlines was one of those. Its primarily a, 'what to do' Β article but might be helpful for any bees buzzing through this...


    Paul Walters
    23/06/2017 #23 Paul Walters
    #22 @Ken Boddie Greetings from Johannesburg. Ah the joys of Turkish delight !!! Also some places are best seen through beer goggles !!
    Ken Boddie
    23/06/2017 #22 Ken Boddie
    Thanks again for bringing back memories, Pak Paul, which at my age are vague indeed. I visited Istanbul too many years ago with a bunch of engineers newly graduated from Aberdeen Uni. Even back then there was a security scare which prevented us from visiting the Bosporus Bridge (first one) which was under construction. My memories of 'Turkish delight' were the 'entertainment' in an infamous nightclub from which we were ejected for ..... well that's a different story. I'm pretty sure we visited the iconic places you mention and which you have beautifully illustrated, but my recollection was distorted through beer goggles. Another prime example of life being wasted on the young. πŸ˜‚
    Savvy Raj
    23/06/2017 #21 Savvy Raj
    Awesome reading this @Paul Walters Istanbul through your writing presents a fascinating picture. I look forward to learning more about Namibia from your perspective.😊
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    23/06/2017 #20 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    #16 Look forward to it @Paul Walters, I read @Gert Scholtz's buzz about your meeting bee in S. Africa :))
    Paul Walters
    22/06/2017 #19 Paul Walters
    #5 Ah, I always love it when I have to work out the prose in your comments...makes for an interesting day
    Paul Walters
    22/06/2017 #18 Paul Walters
    #7 Thank you as always
    Paul Walters
    22/06/2017 #17 Paul Walters
    #8 @Randall Burns I suggest investing in a large steamer trunk for all the journeys you now have to do
    Paul Walters
    22/06/2017 #16 Paul Walters
    #9 @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher Thanks as always Lisa . off to namibia tomorrow , so more tales from the road less hobbled coming soon
    Paul Walters
    22/06/2017 #15 Paul Walters
    #10 Thanks Vincent
    Paul Walters
    22/06/2017 #14 Paul Walters
    #11 Thanks Dabasish
    Paul Walters
    22/06/2017 #13 Paul Walters
    #12 @Joyce 🐝 Bowen Brand Ambassador @ beBee Thanks. The foot heals slowly but I wont let that 'niggle' stop me! Off to Namibia tomorrow !
    Joyce 🐝 Bowen   Brand Ambassador @ beBee
    22/06/2017 #12 Joyce 🐝 Bowen Brand Ambassador @ beBee
    Now I've traveled with you to another world. It's as if I can step out of this cage of life and experience someplace else. Thank you for sharing Turkey. I find myself wondering not of your travels, but, "How's the foot?"
    Vincent Andrew
    22/06/2017 #10 Vincent Andrew
    If I show this article to my son, I am pretty sure he will plan a visit to beautiful Turkey. Thank you @Paul Walters for a great read!
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    21/06/2017 #9 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    Wonderful read @Paul Walters! Congrats on this piece being featured in the July Edition of Turkish Airlines!! Wow, the view from the roof top restaurant looks breathtaking. Spices... can you buy and fly with them? I'm just getting over the stomach flu and I must be feeling better because I became hungry while reading this. Stunning photos and history of Istanbul. My son visited Istanbul in 2005 with a group from RIT. He enjoyed his visit!
    Randall Burns
    21/06/2017 #8 Randall Burns
    Great article @Paul Walters Alas! Yet another destination on my "Bucket List", sigh...
    Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    21/06/2017 #7 Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    #6 With such a joyful spirit you shall remain a "Young Turk" for long times my friend @CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    21/06/2017 #6 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    Turkey is a very interesting place if only because I have noted how young Turkish people have adapted to social networks and so I can only judge from my own biased perspective of very enlightening and pleasant encounters.

    While the expression "Young Turks" is generally a positive, a growing expression is "Mechanical Turks" but this is not about Turkish people, it is about the research industry who use a form of cheap labour to conduct research.

    Erdogan does not much help matters politically speaking but I must give credit to Turkish people who recognize the value within Turkey of a secular culture. When I combine that with the rich history and geographical beauty of Turkey as outlined in this buzz, no wonder @Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee also speaks fondly and with respect for the place he has often visited in a business capacity.

    One day I hope to visit Istanbul, hopefully not as a part of my aging farewell tour but while I am still relatively a "Young Turk" :-)
    Gerald Hecht
    21/06/2017 #5 Gerald Hecht
    @Paul Walters What an immature fool Ive been--it's time for me to " " " "man up" sir...why? I'll tell you why; nobody twisted my arm --allowing the architectural/cultural splendor of this storied bridge between Asia and Europe...the echoes of Byzantine whispers in the calls to prayer --all , all to pass me by while I foolishly misspent my youth laundering currency and smuggling freshly blackened Poppy Sap for a quick buck and a 24 hour coma in a nameless Opium Den; awakening to find my "vision of a hostess without equal --in both grace and beauty in fine silks" ...gone; along with my cufflinks and fine Corinthian Leather wallet from the peerless Ivanka Trump Line --the embodiment of my highest aspirations at the time...A philosophically empty obsession with "style" as an equal to Plato's Ideal, and Bagdahd's extension of Pythagoras..."Al-Jabbar"; Analytic Geometry; the key to the spheres...I am ashamed still; for I was a fool!
    Paul Walters
    21/06/2017 #4 Paul Walters
    #3 @Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee Indeed. Thank you for dropping by. Im actually reviewing it sitting a a house on Cape Point, Africa's most southern tip and interesting to write it after one has left
    Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    21/06/2017 #3 Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    Having just returned from a visit to Ankara and Istanbul I found this buzz very true and yes, to visit Istanbul is to visit a long history. It needs more than 48 hours for sure. WEll-written buzz @Paul Walters
  16. ProducerEvren Ozdemir

    Evren Ozdemir

    Big World, Strange Food
    Big World, Strange FoodFood is something of a universal language. Each dish is so unique and distinct to its culture, and yet any human being, from any background can appreciate it for what it brings to the tableβ€”no pun intended. A traditional Indian dish of rajma is...
  17. ProducerDimitris Polychronopoulos, MBA
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    Dimitris Polychronopoulos, MBA
    11/06/2017 #2 Dimitris Polychronopoulos, MBA
    Thanks Vincent for your feedback. Looking for opportunities to engage in Chinese learning and for creating the need to learn Chinese can be a good way to gain a foothold into the Chinese language. #1
    Vincent Andrew
    11/06/2017 #1 Vincent Andrew
    Excellent suggestions Dimitris.
    I think one reason why people find it difficult to learn another language is that they don't see a need for it. For example, I want to learn Chinese but everyone here speaks English or Malay. If I am in an environment where Chinese language skills are needed, I may be more desperate to learn it.
    Thank you for your buzz.
  18. Vincent Andrew

    Vincent Andrew

    In Sarawak and other parts of Borneo, the Gawai Dayak is celebrated every 1st of June by the Dayaks or the Ibans. Gawai is a festival where people thank the gods for a bountiful harvest and celebrate the occasion with rituals and sharing food and drinks with friends and family. 'Tuak' or rice wine is normally served. 'Ngajat' or the warrior dance is performed by men and women alike. 'Ngabang' or visits is common as people celebrating Gawai open their homes to visitors.
    As a Dayak myself, my recollection of Gawai as a young child is one of indulgence in food, merriment and family reunion.
    In Malaysia the occasion is marked with a public holiday.
    Selamat Hari Gawai Dayak, gayu guru gerai nyamai.
    Picture credit: https://hornbillunleashed.wordpress.com/2016/06/01/selamat-hari-gawai-gayu-guru-gerai-nyamai-3/
    Vincent Andrew
  19. ProducerKen Boddie

    Ken Boddie

    The Discreet, Enigmatic and Evasive Geisha
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    Helena Jansen van Vuuren
    24/05/2017 #37 Anonymous
    #36 Naaa.....got to go at some point!!
    Ken Boddie
    24/05/2017 #36 Ken Boddie
    #32 My pleasure, Helena, but please test the water first and have a paddle. Can't have you croaking it in Japan, can we? πŸ˜„
    Ken Boddie
    24/05/2017 #35 Ken Boddie
    #30 Glad you liked them, Franci. πŸ‘
    Ken Boddie
    24/05/2017 #34 Ken Boddie
    #31 All I can say about those puns. Kev, is "that's cold". 🀣
    Ken Boddie
    24/05/2017 #33 Ken Boddie
    #29 One of our favourites too, Paul-san. Me for the arts and culture, the wife for the excellent shopping. 🀣
    Helena Jansen van Vuuren
    24/05/2017 #32 Anonymous
    Now I have to add this to my bucket list - looks and sounds to drown in! Thank you.
    Kevin Pashuk
    23/05/2017 #31 Kevin Pashuk
    Great photos Ken! I wish you had let me know you were going to Japan. I would have primed you with some Japanese puns and "Old Man Gags" (as Dad jokes are apparently known in Japan. More info here - http://jtalkonline.com/japanese-jokes-for-english-speakers/
    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    23/05/2017 #30 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    @Ken Boddie, thank you for sharing your travels with us. Your photos are awesome.
    Paul Walters
    23/05/2017 #29 Paul Walters
    @Ken Boddie AhKen san another splendid piece replete with photos of one of my all time favourite cities . Thank you
    Ken Boddie
    23/05/2017 #28 Ken Boddie
    #27 Lisa, if you are really keen on photography, my best advice to you is to take an on line course. I completed a diploma on line many years ago and though I knew quite a lot until I did the course. If you pick the right one, you will be given practicals to do every week, or in your own time, if weekly is too much, and you should be able to get great feedback from your on line tutor. As for Photoshop, you don't really need it and there are many cheaper and less complex programs around, but Photoshop is the industry standard and well worth the time investment. An alternative editor, which has great crits and is much cheaper, is Lightroom, but I have no hands on experience with this. Why not join a local club? They're not hard to find and you'll pick up many interesting tips to get you on your way.
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    23/05/2017 #27 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    #13 #14 I love your frank honesty Ken :)) That means you are down to earth! I like the idea of keeping a notepad with me. I always forget so many details when I travel. It's easy to forget. I think I will grab one and keep it in my purse when we leave. Dr. Google is very generous, isn't he? I want to learn how to take raw photos. I met a professional photographer on IG a few years back and he still uses an older camera and said he won't use anything but. He does the same, develops, turns them into jpegs and I'm not sure about Photoshop. I just began teaching myself how to use Photoshop. I hate when I take a nice photo but no matter what settings I use it may look drab. I also use a few free photo editors too. Is it hard to take raw and then develop them? Sort of sounds relaxing to me. I'm glad you and your wife had such a good time. Welcome home a few weeks late. My husband and I were both really sick this past month and I missed a lot. He's still recovering from pneumonia and we leave on Friday, yikes! Send the healing Gods LOL
    Ken Boddie
    22/05/2017 #26 Ken Boddie
    #25 The images of this fascinating country, Gert, were bursting to be taken by my trusty Canon. You are of course correct in your assessment that I took some time to compile these two blogs to date, but much of the time was taken up in choosing only a very few photos from the 1200 or so developed jpegs, taken over a period of some two weeks, so as to hopefully match the blog subjects. When the culture, art and scenery of the places we visit is so stimulating, preparation time flies past, as you undoubtedly know yourself. Thanks for the compliments.
    Gert Scholtz
    22/05/2017 #25 Gert Scholtz
    @Ken Boddie Along with your previous post, these are two of the most interesting travel pieces I have read. Fascinating information on a country and culture that is quite foreign to me, and your photos are superb. Thanks for taking what must have been a chunk of your time to compile these posts. Shared into the Travel Hive. Ever looking forward to the next Ken Boddie travel post!
    Ken Boddie
    22/05/2017 #24 Ken Boddie
    #22 You are too kind, Aaron. I'm glad I could bring back happy memories to a fellow visitor to Japan.
    Ken Boddie
    22/05/2017 #23 Ken Boddie
    #21 Happy to be of service, Joyce.
    Aaron 🐝 Skogen
    22/05/2017 #22 Aaron 🐝 Skogen
    Wonderful buzz @Ken Boddie! I very much enjoyed in my time in Japan. The history, culture and beauty of which you write is difficult to put into words if you have not seen and experienced it with your own eyes, yet you did it a great justice. Well done!
    Joyce 🐝 Bowen   Brand Ambassador @ beBee
    22/05/2017 #21 Joyce 🐝 Bowen Brand Ambassador @ beBee
    #19 I most certainly did. Being disabled, my travels are limited. I must "see" through the eyes of others. Thank you for the wonderful visuals and the opportunity to travel with you.
    Ken Boddie
    22/05/2017 #20 Ken Boddie
    #16 I'm glad you enjoyed a peek through this window into the world of the Maiko and Geiko,, Debasih. Thanks for sharing this buzz on other hives.
    Ken Boddie
    22/05/2017 #19 Ken Boddie
    #17 I hope you found this glimpse of a small part of Japanese life uplifting, Joyce.
    Ken Boddie
    22/05/2017 #18 Ken Boddie
    #12 Thank you so much, Lada, for your compliments. I am glad you enjoyed this post. So many foreigners when travelling in Japan are fascinated by the kimono, which, when comprising a beautiful silk with subtle hues, worn by a woman with poise and maturity, is the epitomy of the Japanese female attire. To illustrate, I refer you to the two lovely ladies (above) who I photographed at the tea ceremony. The three young girls, however, who I shot in Tokyo's Hamarikyu Gardens (refer this earlier post: https://www.bebee.com/producer/@ken-boddie/did-we-miss-cherry-blossom-season ), although also beautifully attired, almost appear to be casually dressed by comparison, as is befitting of a stroll outdoors in the uplifting cherry blossom.
  20. Steve Jones

    Steve Jones

    Anyone with Welsh Heritage? You might be interested in @globalwelsh
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  21. Lynne Black

    Lynne Black

    Lynne Black
    World Red Cross Day Celebration
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  23. ProducerTausif Mundrawala
    The Deprived Angels of this Universe - Street Urchins
    The Deprived Angels of this Universe - Street UrchinsHutment and squalor become life for the dwellers of this universe. Outcast from the society in general and the sole claimer of castaway clothes knows how harsh this life could be for them. Never once did they complain or cursed their fate for their...


    Tausif Mundrawala
    01/05/2017 #35 Tausif Mundrawala
    Thank you once again @Kata Rina for reading and liking this buzz.
    Tausif Mundrawala
    28/04/2017 #34 Tausif Mundrawala
    #31 What else could these deprived angels ask for then the prayers of a kind person like you, @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher. Our heart would wrench by witnessing their plight.
    Tausif Mundrawala
    28/04/2017 #33 Tausif Mundrawala
    #30 Thank you so much my friend, @debasish majumder for reading and liking this buzz. I am elated.
    Tausif Mundrawala
    28/04/2017 #32 Tausif Mundrawala
    #29 They have endured harshest of conditions which seems unbearable to a human being. I appreciate your kind words and am thankful to you for reading, liking and sharing this buzz my friend, @Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    28/04/2017 #31 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    What a moving story @Tausif Mundrawala. Life really isn't fair. It sounds as though they make the best of their situation but deserve so much more. This has always been an issue to me, seeing class division. Maybe if the news focused more on real stories that affect so many humans around the globe, well possibly mindsets would change too. I don't know the answers but it's hard to hear of people who work so hard just to survive. You brought light to a real human situation, thank you so much for sharing this story. I wish them both their angel wings while still here on earth :))
    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    28/04/2017 #29 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    Life takes on so many faces and this is an example of young lives enduring so many struggles just to survive. An unfortunate tale, but beautiful story, @Tausif Mundrawala.
    Tausif Mundrawala
    27/04/2017 #28 Tausif Mundrawala
    #26 Those who goes through pain know how does it feel to endure that excruciating bitter pill. I am emphatic with those who have been through a lot. As somewhere or the other every individual goes through it. Even I have been through a lot. But the strength gained is unmatchable to all kinds of strong material available in the world. I am elated to know what you felt of this buzz.

    Thank you so much once again my friend,@Joyce 🐝 Bowen Brand Ambassador @ beBee
    Joyce 🐝 Bowen   Brand Ambassador @ beBee
    27/04/2017 #26 Joyce 🐝 Bowen Brand Ambassador @ beBee
    #20 I love the story. You are a fine storyteller. Such blind hope evidenced through childhood play caused me sadness, which is why I didn't comment. We loose such hope as time goes on. Play can no longer refresh us.
    Tausif Mundrawala
    27/04/2017 #25 Tausif Mundrawala
    #24 Yes I know him very well. What an example, Sir?
    siraj shaik
    27/04/2017 #24 siraj shaik
    @Tausif Mundrawala Sometimes out of blues someone reaches in support.. and fulfill the not only the one who keeps on dreams, but also those who may not.. There are many in various fields, just an example about One from region you are well aware of is "Jackie Shroff" (urf jackie da - bhidu).
    siraj shaik
    27/04/2017 #21 siraj shaik
    @Tausif Mundrawala you have taken the stage.. Learning from the ways of your expressions makes me more inquisitive to keep following your informative awareness ways.
    Tausif Mundrawala
    27/04/2017 #20 Tausif Mundrawala
    Thank you my friend @Joyce 🐝 Bowen Brand Ambassador @ beBee for reading and liking this buzz. I invite you to comment on this story though you being a wonderful story teller. Please let me know what you think?
    Tausif Mundrawala
    27/04/2017 #19 Tausif Mundrawala
    Thank you so much Sir @siraj shaik For reading and liking my buzz. You have always been supportive. I am elated.
    Tausif Mundrawala
    27/04/2017 #17 Tausif Mundrawala
    #16 To be very honest I am worried about them not being schooled and I always persuade Tahameena to send her kids to school. But this poor mother hardly makes ends meet and she couldn't afford to educate them. It wrecks my heart to see these kids devoid of education. You made this buzz more special because I have not received such a wonderful feedback. Thank you so much once again, @Lisa Vanderburg
    Lisa Vanderburg
    27/04/2017 #16 Lisa Vanderburg
    The beauty of this tale @Tausif Mundrawala is that these 'urchins' (such an adorable word!) choose to see wonder in such a harsh world they live in. It's as if have instinctively understood that life is a moment-to-moment existence; they have decided to see magic, see love, see playfulness and find joy in a life that is fraught with danger, termination or pain - an art that's quite lost to most 1st worlder-kids. You've written this with such empathy and NO pity - which makes Pappu and his friends revered! Breath-taking, thank you Tausif!
    Tausif Mundrawala
    27/04/2017 #15 Tausif Mundrawala
    I would even like to thank my friends, @John White, MBA, @Laurent Boscherini, @Gert Scholtz, @David B. Grinberg, @Kevin Baker and of course our king bee @Javier 🐝 beBee. I am elated.
    Tausif Mundrawala
    27/04/2017 #14 Tausif Mundrawala
    Thank you so much my friend, @Milos Djukic for reading, liking and sharing this buzz with our fellow bees.
    Tausif Mundrawala
    27/04/2017 #13 Tausif Mundrawala
    #11 It's a real story and I know them. But I agree with you on all aspects. Thanks for reading, commenting and liking this buzz my friend, @Devesh 🐝 Bhatt
    Tausif Mundrawala
    27/04/2017 #12 Tausif Mundrawala
    #10 Thank you so much for your motivational comment. If I am criticized or praised by a person like you I know that it would be a constructive feedback and needs to be heeded. I am privileged to be connected with you , Sir @CityVP 🐝 Manjit
  24. ProducerDimitris Polychronopoulos, MBA
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    Pascal Derrien
    27/04/2017 #1 Pascal Derrien
    Interesting concept from an awareness perspective now practise makes perfect in this field :-)
  25. Vincent Andrew

    Vincent Andrew

    Gini index, Palma ratio, GDP and happiness rankings, Where is your country according to these indicators? "Norway tops the global happiness rankings for 2017. People in China are no happier than 25 years ago. Much of Africa is struggling. Happiness has fallen in America."
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