- Producer09/02/2017Lost Childhood FoundClosure ... Will there ever be one? Can there be one?Memories of lost childhood that my generation was robbed off of due to the war in Abkhazia, memories that have been dormant, painfully pulsing every time I'd reach out for them looking for a...
Comments09/02/2017 #1 Pamela 🐝 WilliamsKnowing in your mind what happened doesn't equal the seeing. There is always the 'what if' questions such as maybe it wasn't real, maybe I dreamed it. Seeing the results of those events told both your heart and mind the truth; that you didn't leave your home for no reason. Sometimes having the decision confirmed is all we need to say to ourselves; it had to be this way. It's the unanswered, the unconfirmed that keeps us doubting and questioning. Now there are no more 'What ifs'. At least for that time in your life.
- Producer07/02/2017Ascending Ever Closer To Heaven.It is just on 4.00 am and I have climbed to the highest point of Borobudur, a 9th-century monument in Magalang central Java Indonesia, the world's largest Buddhist temple. Along with a few other intrepid early- risers I have braved the morning...
Comments09/02/2017 #26 Ken BoddieI echo your sentiments, Paul, that Borobudur is an awe inspiring construction and, of course, there are so many other smaller temples in the area for those who want to explore further. I've visited Borobudur twice now and would go back again at the drop of a hat, as the surrounding area and villages are also interesting and some of the local accommodation idyllic. My fondest memory is getting up at 'sparrow's fart' and driving a few kilometres out of town before stumbling up a hillside (somewhere in the middle of nowhere) to join all the other foreign photographers who were waiting for the sun to rise over the temple and the surrounding area. Not only did I get some interesting photos of Borobudur and surrounds but I also couldn't help but snap a few off at the gaggle of photographers assembled atop this vantage point. The variety of equipment and people was astonishing.09/02/2017 #25 Asesh DattaPaul Walters, Great travel story vividly described of a fascinating archeological monuments long lost under volcanic ashes. Your description of 'perforated stupa' intrigued me. Would like to know the reason behind those perforation. 'Nirvana' literally means "blown out", as in an oil lamp. The term "nirvana" is most commonly associated with Buddhism, and represents its ultimate state of soteriological release and liberation from rebirths in saṃsāra. Great post and thanks07/02/2017 #10 CityVP 🐝 ManjitThis article is also mentioned in my comment to a self-reflective piece "Center and Edge" as an example of me finding an "Edge"
https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/center-edge-cityvp-manjit07/02/2017 #9 Pat 🐝 BaganoI love this one! Being Buddhist this one place has been in my bucket list for over half a decade. I wish I braved going to Borobudur instead of just getting trapped in the party cities of Southeast Asia a few years back. But yes, I will one day visit this place, and like you, @Paul Walters, take nice photos. Inspiring read!
- Producer05/02/2017Tales from the weird file: The Cinematic momentsI spent last week diggin' up how I fictionalized parts of my life and it's time to get back to the factual telling. I came up with the cinematic view for myself when I was driving cab and still writing under the name The Movie Whore. The title only...
- Producer20/06/2016Speaking In Tongues, The Trials And Tribulations Of Learning A New Language.I have just finished another Bahasa Indonesian lesson at a well-regarded language school here in Bali and quite frankly; yet again I found it mentally exhausting! As I base myself here for up to ten months a year to supposedly write a book...
Comments02/07/2016 #15 Brian McKenzie@Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD one of the most effective ways to break someone down and make them compliant - is to isolate them in their own head. Complete solitary lock down, including messing with the lights, timing of food and rest periods - usually with in two weeks; they are blathering just happy for the occasion to talk. Very few people can be left in their own head for too long.02/07/2016 #14 Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD#8 Hi @Brian McKenzie again! "You will know you have made it when you start to dream in the other language." Man, is that a great one! Lovin' the humor! Oh..and do I have homework to do? ..hm.... Does "Traumatic Brain Injury Entropy" qualify as a language? I definitely believe so. My first book is the first "brain-injured author" book to be Reviewed by some Reviewers that took offense that I said, "Hum, drum. Drip, drop." too much. Off subject I know, but that was my language. It was my life, literally. I had a PICC line intravenous fluid going in my arm and to my heart for almost a frkn 4 years. No one but an anesthesiologist could have survived it, as I barely weaned myself off of the fluid before they wanted to stick the next needle 'permanently' in my upper chest. As if I was getting chemo for weeks. Nope! And you know what? If I could live on an iv for almost 4 years, the least that a reader could do is tolerate the "noise" that was unspoken background static to my brain. Heck, all a reader would have to do is shut the drn boook if they got tired of the silent noise! Hey! Epiphany! AHHhh! I think that just goes to show how GOOD the book actually IS written, since it does make the reader get just as frustrated as me. Hummmmmm.....https://youtu.be/4EVCZEtwe34 ? maybe the reviewer was giving me a compliment....wow.....02/07/2016 #13 Paul Walters#12 @Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD When eminent surgeons stop by one is humbled and therefore I must away to collect pollen, make honey and serve tea !! Time I have aplenty. I live in Bali where time moves slowly but really I procrastinate to keep from beginning the next book!23/06/2016 #10 Vincent AndrewLearning any language is a difficult task. But yes, learning a different language opens up a whole new world altogether. I speak three languages but I am thinking of learning at least one European language, probably Spanish or German. Can any bees suggest where I can get help with this?21/06/2016 #8 Brian McKenziethey say that the average American uses less than two thousand individual unique words in conversation - and with the 6 second emoji crowd - significantly less than that. I used to fly at about 6000 words in Russian when in the thick of things, due to 10 years out of the military- I am struggling to get over half of that again. I am not sure if learning the language the first time was harder, or picking it back up after being out of it for a decade. You will know you have made it when you start to dream in the other language. Best of Success to you and your studies.20/06/2016 #6 Nancy WalkerI can absolutely relate to what both you and Jeffrey have gone through @Paul Walters. I'm still finding discarded post-it notes! I really love my language classes and even though I suffer from the same self consciousness that everyone goes through learning and speaking new languages I try my hardest to do so outside of class with other students or with friends from other countries... However ask me on a bad day and I'll probably respond in English!20/06/2016 #5 Jeffrey BoxerA few weeks after moving to Spain, I needed help buying a metro ticket. I walked up to several people and asked "can you help me?", but kept getting strange looks. After 10 minutes I realized that I had conjugated the verb wrong, and I had been declaring to a bunch of strangers "I can help me."
- Producer04/02/2017HanabiIt’s nice to see quite a few Japanese words make their way to the English language. For foodies, the trendy word these days is Umami, a fifth taste set “discovered” by the Japanese in the early 20th Century. The devastating 2004 Indian Ocean...
Comments07/02/2017 #24 Dean Owen#22 I very almost moved to Australia back in the 80's. Even packed my bags. But a change in circumstances caused an about face at the last minute. What you describe Ken-san sounds very enticing, but it also sounds very much like my hometown of London, which has, in my lifetime, become probably the most diverse city on Earth.07/02/2017 #23 Dean Owen#21 I love the story of "Uncle" Prakesh. I assume you are using the word "Uncle" as we do so often in S.E.Asia, not to describe a relative, but to describe an elderly man who we are very fond of. If there is one country that I would recommend everyone visit, it has to be Japan. It is so unique, colourful, creative, futuristic, yet firmly planted in tradition. And the people are just so polite and well mannered.06/02/2017 #22 Ken Boddie#15 I sometimes wonder if English is the main language here in Oz, Dean-san. In a taxi here in Brissie you're likely to hear Punjabi or have a coffee in West End and you're in old man Greek land. Italian is the tongue in Lygon St in Melbourne and you have a good chance of hearing Afrikaans or Chinese Indonesian in Perth. As for Sydney CBD, throw the dice and whatever comes up, it's unlikely to be English. And then there's the slowly dying Strine. No wonder so many Aussies can't spell and have poor English grammar. The teachers are all from somewhere else. 😂06/02/2017 #21 🐝 Fatima WilliamsSuch a beautiful display of firework ! So fascinating and magical. I love the culture there and I guess I can survive if I ever come to live there considering my love for trying anything new these days :) Hanabi is a must watch life time experience.
Fireworks in India are absolutely spectacular but I have nothing of this magnitude anywhere. As a child I lived next door to an uncle named Prakash who used to put up a firework shop only during Diwali for sale . Since we never celebrated Diwali , he would call us to watch and light a few when he was lighting them up for his son and daughter.
Apart from the one's that light up in the sky, the flower-pots and chase-me-Charley's I dislike the noisy dangerous ones.
I've not had the chance to see Dubai's new year fireworks for the last 2 years as I go on Holidays during that time. But during EID and New year's the firework is said to be fascinating in UAE.
I will do a live buzz for the next upcoming fireworks display. There's a lot I'd like you guys to see here :)
Thanks @Dean Owen Chan I enjoyed this buzz and my bucket-list is getting heavier :) :)06/02/2017 #18 Dean Owen#12 Thanks for the wonderful comment @Devesh Bhatt. As you may know, the Chinese govt has really clamped down on the prolific use of fireworks in light of the 2009 fire that destroyed the Beijing TV Cultural Center in addition to a drive to clean up pollution. But that really hasn't stopped it much. I can still hear fireworks as I type. (It is the last weekend of the Chinese NY). Fire fountains are popular in Japan at every festival. They are called Niagara. And I have seen a burning phoenix before, usually a metal frame bird adorned with sparklers, drawn across the sky on a pulley. These ones are kites in Korea -
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=he1w3T7c2oU05/02/2017 #14 CityVP 🐝 ManjitFor nearly three decades of my life it was all about Nov 5th.
Today I love the 21st Century retelling of the Guy Fawkes story in V for Vendetta https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lSA7mAHolAw
As for fireworks where I live now, they have a climate change initiative where we shut our power for 1 hour and then later on the year the city engages a huge firework display, I find that constantly ironic considering what is said here : https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/nov/15/fireworks-bonfire-night-diwali-pollution05/02/2017 #13 Franci🐝Eugenia HoffmanI love learning about other cultures and thank you for sharing, Dean. What a spectacular display of fireworks you have shared and I 've always been curious about how some of them explode into what appears to be delicate layers of colors and lights. I watch fireworks on the Fourth of July and New Years Eve.05/02/2017 #12 Devesh BhattYour wonderful buzz has really got me curious about fireworks .
Bits and pieces come to mind regarding India. Kautilya/Chanakya had mentioned Agnichurna (recipe unknown) for smoke and fire based clay balls.
One of Ashoka's pillar edicts has a Govt inscription banning the commercial sale of potassium nitrate and sulphur. Made me wonder if there were Chinese people who visited India before Fa-hien and probably shared this knowledge.
Recently there was a case in the Supreme Court of India stating , ban fireworks as they are a modern inclusion into Diwali, not part our Culture. A reference by the defence lawyer was made to Chinese firework exports to India in the 16th Century where Adil Shah had a display of fire fountains at the Yamuna River bank and a Purple Flame Bird, whatever that is.
We do get fire fountains today, but no Purple Flame Bird, I wonder what it is :)05/02/2017 #11 Pamela 🐝 WilliamsMy best firework memory was visiting a friend in Washington. We had a picnic lunch on the lawn of the Pentagon where her husband worked and watch the National firework show over the Potomac River. It was a rather emotional experience being in our nations capital. Now I can't even imagine wanting to be in Washington for anything but a protest march. Sad :-(04/02/2017 #10 Donna-Luisa EversleyIn Trinidad we have big fireworks displays for our Independence Day celebrations, and for New Years. I love Tiramisu😊 thanks for sharing these Japanese words and the ones that are not. The cultural experiences you share are amazing @Dean Owen View moreIn Trinidad we have big fireworks displays for our Independence Day celebrations, and for New Years. I love Tiramisu😊 thanks for sharing these Japanese words and the ones that are not. The cultural experiences you share are amazing @Dean Owen..thanks a lot 😀🌼🌹🌸 Close04/02/2017 #9 Paul "Pablo" CroubalianDamn. I got to get me out to Japan. One of the best fireworks organizers is just 10 miles up the road from us. I love when they test new stuff.
The Montreal International Fireworks Festival is also very popular. It follows the Post-Winter Pothole Repair Festival04/02/2017 #8 Dean Owen#6 Cricket and fireworks. Who would have thought? Would love to put on a firework show but those festivals are expensive, with each firework costing up to $2000, and each display using between 50,000 to 130,000 fireworks (for the larger displays in Tokyo). All sponsored by big Japanese corp.04/02/2017 #6 Gert Scholtz@Dean Owen Honcho is actually from Japanese - never knew that. A proximate South African equivalent of Hanabi Matsuri is what we call a "Braai" - with fireworks when watching the end of a cricket match. Shall we then have a Braai sometime in Japan and a Hanabi Matsuri when next you are in South Africa? Thanks for an interesting post Dean.04/02/2017 #5 Lisa 🐝 GallagherThis was extremely interesting @Dean Owen, the fireworks display, WOW!!! I've never witnessed fireworks that beautiful where I live. Our celebration, July 4th has always been to celebrate Independence day. In 1776 we adopted the declaration of Indepence and the US was no longer part of the British Empire. However, I think over many years it many just celebrate to celebrate. When I was young we would go to the beach where fireworks were displayed. We'd sit on the hill and watch the fireworks over Lake Erie and they were beautiful. As time progressed and we moved to a smaller town the fireworks were a disappointment and we quit going to see them. Many people have picnics/barbecues on July 4th along with family gatherings. Loved the line about the Tiramisu, one of my favorite Italian desserts! I can see how your dad thought it may be a Chinese dessert because of the spelling. Karaoke, ok.. you rock! The last time I did Karaoke, I sang Stairway to Heaven... wasn't too bad. But then I had to do another song and my brother/sister in law were almost hiding under the table haha. I had a few too many White Russians. Thanks for this, enjoyed the story, history and videos!
- Producer30/05/2016When Settling Into A New House Can Sometimes Involve Inhaling The Neighbours!A few years ago we decided to leave the familiar behind and settle in a new country, Indonesia. We chose the island of Bali and so far so good, we feel truly blessed. For me it allows uninterrupted periods of complete sloth while I attempt to...
Comments04/02/2017 #16 Pamela 🐝 WilliamsDon't quite know how to respond to this post Paul...:-) Inhaling your neighbor! Now that's an entirely new take on being neighborly. UGH! Though some culture do (or did, don't know the status of cannibalism these days) believe that 'taking in' another passes their strength to you. At 2 to 3 a week, you should have the strength of the Incredible Hulk by now! I would just turn green. hahaha30/05/2016 #8 Catalina SerranoI only saw the cremations in India, but never in Indonesia. Are they still happening next to your house? That's a great story, I guess you felt a little weird, but now you have another story to talk about. Fantastic house and, as @Ken Boddie View moreI only saw the cremations in India, but never in Indonesia. Are they still happening next to your house? That's a great story, I guess you felt a little weird, but now you have another story to talk about. Fantastic house and, as @Ken Boddie says, a good place to find inspiration! (Because you are living in Sanur and not in Kuta, right?) Close30/05/2016 #7 Ken BoddieAh, the smell of the Orient?!? 🙊 I had the good fortune to marry an Indonesian lady and am therefore a regular visitor to the Spice Islands and occasionally Bali. I hope you have settled well into the Indonesian lifestyle and have come to accept the often proffered "besok 'aja, Tuan", which, for the benefit of other readers, can too often mean "why do today what you can put off until tomorrow". 😉 I also hope that you have not settled too close to where too many of my fellow Australians, unfortunately, tend to behave badly on a regular basis, with little or no thought for local culture. I wish you inspiration for your writing, and, surrounded by an island of natural craftsmen and artists, how can you not be, mas Paul?30/05/2016 #3 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher@Paul Walters, your home looks beautiful. As for the ashes you literally inhaled, you now have a soulmate for life. I'm not sure if I'd want to meet my soulmate in that manner, especially if it was sneaking into my nose and being inhaled into my lungs. ;)) It sounds quite festive outside your front door even though they are celebrating a loss.30/05/2016 #2 Praveen Raj Gullepalli@Paul Walters when you confessed ''so far so good'', i presumed the next thing you'd say would be something akin to Wakin up the Neighbours (Bryan Adams surely wouldn't mind that reference ;) ...fitting in with the moving in bit. But hey what you described after that unobtrusive intro is a macabre tale! You are breathing in the neighbors! Takes me back to years ago when I had to commute through a lane adjoining a cemetery/crematorium. I know that barbecue on the spit smell only too well. Believe me, I used to hold my breath (for a good 3 minutes) until I passed the overhanging miasma of fire-consumed flesh and then gasp for clean air. No offence to the dear departed, but nothing should tarnish their memory of their vanishing into air, not even this experience of smelling them or inhaling them as you put it, as they forever go, leaving behind a trail of smoke and grease. Electric units for disposing the dead ought to be adopted more, saving wood, fuel and the atmosphere from that added effluence. Talking of afterlife, I hail from a family whose ancestors believed in burying their dead, sitting up or tied into a foetal position in a wicker basket and lowered into the womb of Mother Earth just that way. Symbolic yes. Non-polluting too. But somewhere down the line things changed, and in these days for those in my community, life is a trial by fire (literally) even after! That said and conveyed, your ''olfactories'' dear Sir, have earned my respect! :)
- Producer03/02/2017TransitThe 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...
Comments05/02/2017 #33 CityVP 🐝 ManjitI 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
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=FxLSbAo4ztE05/02/2017 #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.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 :-),04/02/2017 #21 Pamela 🐝 WilliamsI 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!
- Producer21/10/2016The 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...
Comments01/02/2017 #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 Scholtz21/10/2016 #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.21/10/2016 #14 Andrew Porter@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!21/10/2016 #12 Ken BoddieThanks 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.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/21/10/2016 #6 Dean OwenI 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.21/10/2016 #5 Deb 🐝 HelfrichI 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
- 09/06/2016This is fascinating: Where in the world are you from?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...
Comments29/01/2017 #6 CityVP 🐝 ManjitI 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
- Producer29/01/2017Where 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...
Comments31/01/2017 #53 Mohammed A. JawadThought-provoking post @Pamela 🐝 Williams. Here's one of my poems...enjoy it!
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.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. IMHO29/01/2017 #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-support29/01/2017 #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.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 😘29/01/2017 #40 Jared Wiese adds VALUE & RESULTSSeth Godin: The tribes we lead
https://www.ted.com/talks/seth_godin_on_the_tribes_we_lead/transcript?language=en29/01/2017 #39 Jared Wiese adds VALUE & RESULTS#32 Why do people vote against their own interests?!
https://www.google.com/search?q=people+vote+against+own+interests29/01/2017 #37 Jared Wiese adds 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!!!29/01/2017 #36 Jared Wiese adds VALUE & RESULTS#20 How To Spark A Movement
http://www.forbes.com/sites/marketshare/2013/04/19/how-to-spark-a-movement/#65facad0644829/01/2017 #33 Pamela 🐝 Williams#3 The GOP is pulling 'just inside the law' tricks all over the country. I want to know the lawyers, lobbyists, and consultants that are behind some of these actions, because we all know that politicians aren't smart enough to think of this on their own. Someone else is actually writing up this stuff. Do you think DT could actually think up some of this crap? He just doesn't have the intelligence. There I said it.
- 18/01/2017The 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.Chinese New Year 2017: Traditions, Activities, Day-By-Day Guidewww.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...
Comments28/01/2017 #10 CityVP 🐝 ManjitIt 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=auXUI1FtC4s27/01/2017 #4 Bill Stankiewicz, 🐝 Brand AmbassadorCOOL 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.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 :))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 !!!
- Producer26/01/2017And from all the lands on earth we come ....."I'm the hot wind from the desert, I'm the black soil of the plains, I'm the mountains and the valleys, I'm the drought and flooding rains, I am the rock, I am the sky, the rivers when they run, The spirit of this great land, I am Australian."This...
Comments27/01/2017 #52 CityVP 🐝 Manjit#51 Dear Ken, 30 years ago I was more of a doppelgänger of Rocky Balboa - but as my kids tell me with absolute conviction "What the F. happened to you dad?" This is what middle-age looks like kids is my reply, to which they point their fingers to Johnny Depp. Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise - I just can't win!
The trick I find is that if we can find a way of making a few million dollars - we can afford the AND - Brisbane AND Hudson Bay. Or at least I can afford Toronto and Sydney that is when I can afford a personal supersonic jet.
I better start working on my personal brand then - but then I will need to set up a new site as competition to Javier and Juan, and only the boys and few gals at LinkedIn would love that kind of divide and rule. OK in regards to the last paragraph I am booking an appointment with a brand proctologist soon, who will give me some medication to get over a new slogan that is stuck in my beBee.27/01/2017 #50 Ken Boddie#48 The Cutty Sark is due to leave Brisbane about 122 years ago next week, on her final wool cargo voyage for the UK, via the Cape. Thanks to the Tardis, I've arranged for a case of Vegemite to be stowed in the captain's cabin. Keep an eye out to sea, Claire, and she should be close to you in about three weeks. Captain Woodget has a keen eye for the ladies and so may invite you aboard to take delivery in person. If so, take due care and ensure that you give his collie dogs, who travel with him on every voyage, a wide berth. Bred as sheep dogs, they have taken to nipping the heels of any unprepared fair damsel who may venture too close and whose ankles may be as white as snow, in the not uncommon manner of their breed, having been taught that this is the most expeditious means of directing said ankles towards the flock.27/01/2017 #47 Ken Boddie#43 The Scots have been relocating (some say they're revolting, pun intended) here for many years. I could look at some figures for you but you know what 'they' say, "there's lies, damned lies, then there's statistics".
Just look at it this way, Lis, there's a helluvalot of ginger haired people around this world, and the relocating, pillaging or revolting Scots (supplemented, in the early days, by the Vikings) are probably responsible for the great majority of them.27/01/2017 #46 Ken Boddie#41 I'm onto your Vegemite request, Claire. I've promised @Paul Walters (who claims to be starving for his art) that I'll drop a Red Cross parcel, via hot air balloon, on his Bali house with some Vegemite in it. I can either extend the balloon trip to SA (which may take some time assuming it gets blown off course a few times) or would you prefer the more reliable delivery of Vegemite by tea cutter or clipper, then horse and cart?
Incidentally, may I have the next waltz?27/01/2017 #45 Ken Boddie#40 The word 'football' means too many things to so many people here in Oz, Manjit. The most popular 'foot' ball games here are, firstly and foremostly, Rugby League or NFL (a ruffians' game played by ruffians); then there's Aussie Rules or AFL ('aerial ping pong' to those like me who are non subscribers and non combatants); then there's my former game of Rugby Union (a ruffians' game played by 'gentlemen', who are not very gentle); then there's Soccer, which is generally a chance for all the more recent nationals and immigrants to take all their various land of origin grievances onto the sports field (a gentleman's game played by ruffians). To choose your game of preference here in Oz, you first need to select the shape and size of the ball, then the players, who may be either 'slim and trim', 'stocky and cocky', or 'built like the proverbial brick outhouse'. Perhaps that explains why some of us are still 'learning', Manjid. We just can't make up our minds whether or not we're gentlemen, and whether or not to kick the damned thing or pick it up and run with it. 🤔27/01/2017 #43 Lisa 🐝 GallagherBelated happy Australian day @Ken Boddie. Love the Anthem. I must say, from all I've heard and seen, I'd love to visit your beautiful country one day. My bucket list sure is getting long! I never asked this before, did many Scots relocate to the land of Oz? (Or immigrate, not sure of the proper term).27/01/2017 #42 Lada 🏡 Prkic#34 Ken, I forgot to mention that according to the last census taken in 2011 there are about 150,000 Croats and their descendants in Australia, whereas Croatian communities claim that there are 250,000 Croats. It’s about 5% of the total population in Croatia.
The majority of Croats live in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Canberra. So you're right, "I am, You are, We are Australian." :)27/01/2017 #41 Claire 🐝 CardwellOnce a jolly swagman camped by a billabong
Under the shade of a coolibah tree,
He sang as he watched and waited 'til his billy boiled
You'll come a-Waltzing Matilda, with me
Thanks for tagging me @Ken Boddie View moreOnce a jolly swagman camped by a billabong
Under the shade of a coolibah tree,
He sang as he watched and waited 'til his billy boiled
You'll come a-Waltzing Matilda, with me
Thanks for tagging me @Ken Boddie! Where's my vegemite sandwich? Happy Australia Day! Close27/01/2017 #40 CityVP 🐝 ManjitFair Dinkum Ken, Oz is a great place !
It is good to see that Australians are finally learning to play meaningful football. Not that Australian Rules stuff but footie - the real football. https://www.fromthegrapevine.com/slideshows/lifestyle/7-countries-you-didnt-know-were-soccer-crazy/page/5
- Producer26/01/2017Animal 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...
- Producer19/01/2017What are you laughing at?Why do we laugh? Do all cultures and creatures laugh? Is laughter really the best medicine?What happens when we tickle rats?If you are bursting at the seams to find out the answers to these soul searching, contemplative, ridiculous, yet strangely...
Comments21/01/2017 #23 Rod LoaderTo @Ken Boddie...
Thoughtful prose, to the rose,
That is my lovely wife.
About your fear, to draw near,
To trouble and to strife.
Now your pain, won't be gain,
If done by your own hand.
No she won't laugh, unless your gaff,
Is totally unplanned.
Live your life, without strife,
Or harm to hand or hair.
But let us know, if your toe,
Should find a lurking chair.
#2220/01/2017 #22 Ken Boddie#18 To @Rod Loader and his good lady wife .....
When a challenge brings a hazard,
Then the risk must be assessed.
Are the consequences good or bad?
This really is no time for jest.
A self harm act will cause me pain,
Of that there can be no real doubt,
So surely then I must refrain,
And hope no lady's tears will spout.20/01/2017 #16 Dean OwenI hear that women find an especially active tomatosensory cortex an especially endearing trait in a man. Did you know that people actually die from laughter. I found this particular story quite touching. "On 24 March 1975, Alex Mitchell, from King's Lynn, England, died laughing while watching the "Kung Fu Kapers" episode of The Goodies, featuring a kilt-clad Scotsman with his bagpipes battling a master of the Lancastrian martial art "Eckythump", who was armed with a black pudding." (Wikipedia) -
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-1854237720/01/2017 #10 Ken Boddie#6 Thanks for your thoughts, Gert, and of course the joke, which fits into the 'Mismatch of Expectation and Reality' category. This also brings up the concept of miscommunication by accident when we can only really laugh when we are in a remote situation or really know a person well, rather than in a face to face situation, particularly with strangers. I remember the tale of the unfortunate overseas student who arrived in UK and got himself into a number of awkward situations by frequently asking for "hairy twot". After a number of episodes (embarrassing to him but hilarious to others) it transpired he was looking for directions to Herriot Watt University.19/01/2017 #7 Kevin PashukI was waiting for the punch line Ken...
Seriously though, some great questions. Why do we laugh? Why did it evolve so that only one type of shrieking laughter is present in a restaurant when you and your partner are trying to have a semi-romantic evening?
In a recent post I wrote on people's use of titles (vs. experience), I made mention of someone calling themselves "Chief Giggles Officer". I wrote that in a mocking tone. I stand corrected. Any of the people on the panel of the television show you referenced likely qualify for that title.19/01/2017 #6 Gert Scholtz@Ken Boddie An intriguing post Ken. I think we laugh for a few reasons. As a means of social bonding; where group cohesion was fostered long ago by touch, as groups increased in size verbal grooming and bonding replaced it – language, laughter and song. The other reason is that laughter is a response to unexpected juxtapositions or ideas – we have a certain train of thought or a fixed perspective and laughter is the response to having it changed and altered in an unforeseen way. Mostly we laugh because it feels good – the chemicals released in the body because of it, makes it a self-seeking act. The other side of the question is interesting too: why do we (try to) induce laughter in others? A long list it could be.
According to a poll by Prof Richard Wiseman of the UK, here is the joke voted funniest: Two hunters are out in the woods when one of them collapses. He doesn't seem to be breathing and his eyes are glazed. The other guy whips out his phone and calls the emergency services. He gasps, "My friend is dead! What can I do?" The operator says "Calm down. I can help. First, let's make sure he's dead." There is a silence, then a shot is heard. Back on the phone, the guy says "OK, now what?"
- 17/01/2017Meanwhile in Australia...
#killerkangarooTemplestowe jogger suffered injuries after kangaroo attack | Daily Mail Onlinewww.dailymail.co.uk Melbourne jogger Debbie Urquhart (pictured), 54, has opened up about the terrifying moment she was viciously attacked by a kangaroo during her early morning run on...
- Producer14/01/2017Afrikaans: A Short History...Of SortsAfrikaans is my home language. Spoken by twenty million people, here is the “alternatiewe storie van Afrikaans”…. During the middle 1600’s, the Dutch East India Company was the major trading company in the world. It competed at the time...
Comments16/01/2017 #15 VDS BrinkAnd that "Baie" in "baie dankie" is all the way from Indonesia! Gert, it is simply brilliant and my toes curl ... oeps, "my tone krul!"
A language from the heart and second in the world of published poetry per capita. My ancestors from Denmark adding to the diversity.
Do again!!15/01/2017 #10 Gert Scholtz@Ian Weinberg @Paul Walters Paul: I had the pleasure of having coffee with Ian this week and had the treat of being regaled for two hours by Ian's interesting stories. Somehow I think the two of you will enjoy each other's company. But please, if ever this were to happen, don't leave me out!14/01/2017 #3 Emilia M. LudovinoWonderlik! Hou daarvan! Dank u mijn vriend voor dit groot artikel. Laughing out loud reading your post dear @Gert Scholtz - being Portuguese and living in Nederlands I found it very funny. I'm already joking with my husband (Dutch) - he's a great sailor but I'm always me reading the charts when we're sailing. Now everything makes so much sense. Just love it.... Dankie!
- 14/01/2017Tradition ~ the thread of unity ~ Presentation Programwww.linkedin.com Never forget who you are. Never forget where you came from. Cultural traditions have been a survival tool to Native Tribes for hundreds...
- 12/01/2017What is your opinion? Are you offended by this article? While I abhor that this kind of stuff brings out the worst racist trolls, I'm inclined to lean towards a "live by the sword, die by the sword" attitude towards those who seek recognition on the basis of their looks (yes, I know talent counts in beauty pageants but we all know it's predominantly about looks, and beyond the issue of subjectivity, there is such a thing as a universal concept of beauty)www.barstoolsports.com
- 11/01/2017Travel magazine TourRadar's article on travelling to Malaysia vs Indonesia, with contribution from yours truly :)Malaysia VS Indonesia: A Traveller's Guide to Choosingwww.tourradar.com Malaysia or Indonesia: In-depth comparison for travellers ☆Things to do ☆Places to See ☆Food/Drink ☆Local Cultures ☆Transport...
- 11/01/2017Want to know the income inequality in the US? Want it mapped out for you? Well there is a App for that...well maybe not an App but a Software. Esri is mapping the income disparity in cities across the U.S. This article made me think of Jim Murray's post about the internet. There are no more 'hidden' statistics, it's at your finger tips if you know where and how to look. Where does your city stand in income disparity?Mapping the Stark Rich-Poor Divide in Major U.S. Citieswww.citylab.com A new project from Esri lays bare the geographic split between wealthy and lower-income...
- 10/01/2017I was interviewed for a Sydney Morning Herald article yesterday for ideas on what to do with leftover rice - among my suggestions are Fried Rice - and this is one incarnation of it - Nasi Goreng (lit. "fried rice" in Malay) - a deluxe version I encountered at Shangri-La Rasa Sayang in Penang, Malaysia, from my last trip there.
Comments12/01/2017 #3 Jackie M.#2 Oh brilliant, I'll have to check out the Balinese recipe. My satays are tiny morsels as well, which annoyed a lot of Australians when I first started selling them some 25+ years ago - they expected big kebabs. I've done a TV segment for it and it's also in my cookbook, but I do plan to make it in one of my upcoming Live broadcasts, so stay tuned :)11/01/2017 #2 Dean OwenHey Jackie M, I've had satay all over SE Asia, and they are typically, as in your picture, tiny morsels of chicken, lamb or whatever that are quite dry. The absolute best satay I've ever had is at the Four Seasons in Bali, and we attended their onsite cooking school to learn how to make them. Here is their recipe:
Not your traditional satay, but extremely juicy. Was wondering how you make your satay?
- 09/01/2017Human interest story of the day, with a good ending -Chinese man abducted aged 7 is reunited with his father after eating a plate of oysters | Daily Mail Onlinewww.dailymail.co.uk Li Risheng, 20, was eating a plate of fried oysters at a food stall when he came to the realisation. The man was taken from his hometown Diancheng, southern China, at the age of...
- 07/01/2017A rather long video, but so interesting I was hooked. I'm with the Japanese scientist; I don't believe these structures are a natural phenomenon. There is a Spanish version and I've shared the link below, if anyone is interested.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PdXgx9phkrU&t=247sJapan's Mystery Pyramids Full Documentary Amazing look at some mysterious pyramids located at the bottom of the sea off the coast of Yonaguni Island,...
- 03/11/2016Good read hereThe magic of friendship – Go Humans Newsgohumans.news The definitive place for positive news about the human...
Comments01/01/2017 #1 Pamela 🐝 WilliamsA couple of weeks ago I wrote about a strange encounter at my local coffee house. Where a simple smile seemed to startle a fellow patron. I wanted to share this story of how a simple hello to a stranger can make all the difference. Our elderly possess the wisdom of the ages...and we need to "love them up"
- 30/12/2016Okay, a very oldie but goodie. A conversation on a Buzz made me think of this scene. Are we teaching our children this life skill? (No not dancing! :-) )
I was a huge Fred Astaire/Ginger Rogers dance team fan in my youth.Pick Yourself Up - Swing Time (1936) "Pick Yourself Up" is a popular song composed in 1936 by Jerome Kern, with lyrics written by Dorothy Fields. The song was written for the film Swing Time...
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