- Producer06/12/2016I Can Read The Writing On The Wall. Searching for the best of Street Art. Today I find myself in Jogjakarta in central Java; My quest? To ferret out some of the vibrant street art that this city is famous for. Most visitors to this, Indonesia’s cultural hub head straight for the attractions that ‘Jogja’ is famous...
- Producer30/11/2016Possibly the best musical talent to come out of The Netherlands!If I mentioned Golden earring and Shocking Blue would anyone know that these bands came out of The Netherlands? Well they did and were very successful more so golden earring who are still performing to this day, although with a very different line...
Comments30/11/2016 #6 Andrew Porter#3 It is amazing some of the bands we hear singing in english that we naturally assume they are either from the UK or US, there are many musically talented bands from many countries that we may be unaware of, and its a pretty good reason to highlight such bands in a buzz. Thanks @Franci Eugenia Hoffman for commenting.30/11/2016 #4 Andrew Porter#1 I've said it before Randy, there are bands who we have forgotten about or people are not aware of, Mississippi takes me back to the long hot record breaking summer of '76' and it seems a mystery how this band never achieved success out of Europe, yes they may not be to everyone's taste but they certainly came out with songs that had meaning...glad you liked and thanks for commenting!
- 26/11/2016I am currently in the deep South of China in Sanjiang, home to the Dong ethnic minority. Here is a taste of what I am seeing. Full buzz coming soon.
- 23/11/2016We may be separated by Countries but together, we are the world. ~Together, we can change the world~ Always think of the children, they deserve to live in peace, not fear. The children are our future.Ukrainian Orphans singing: Together We Can Change the World, Together We Can Change Ukraine. HART Europe, Ukraine,...
Comments23/11/2016 #2 Lisa Gallagher#1 Thanks @debasish majumder, I want to see a brighter future that children don't fear for all children around the globe. A better future where children aren't starving, living on the streets, in the midst of wars and on the list goes. They are completely innocent and deserve nothing less than a future they can build upon!
- Producer20/11/2016Riding The Trade Winds. The Delicate Art Of Flying A Kite In Bali.In early July in the tropics the trade winds arrive exactly on cue and blow steadily from east to west until the end of September. One day it is completely still and the next the breezes suddenly spring up; These winds are the prevailing...
Comments05/12/2016 #16 Lisa GallagherWhat a site that would be to see @Paul Walters. The Balinese are so rich in cultural history and thanks to you, we are learning a lot about their culture, which I enjoy! The dragon and Horse Carriage, Wow, absolutely phenomenal! That is pure talent. It must be quite the sight to see first hand. Oh how I would love to visit Bali in July to see this among other things and meet you!23/11/2016 #12 Kevin PashukWhat a great cultural story. In our times of globalization, these local festivals seem to keep the local culture alive. The kite festival sounds delightful. In my part of the world, an annual event is the 'polar bear dip', where intrepid bathers shed their parkas and plunge into the icy waters of the lake... While the lakes are so big they rarely freeze over, there is enough ice and snow to dodge ensure it's a memorable experience. http://www.polarbeardip.ca/index.php23/11/2016 #11 Pamela L. WilliamsI like the dragon with the long tail. El Nino was our kite flying winds on the west coast. My brothers were pretty good at air battles. Our community was surrounded by the desert so no trees (maybe a Joshua Tree cactus here or there) and no power lines. I liked just watching is soar, turning with each gust. Never failed though, one of my rotten brothers would send his kite straight at mine and take me down. Boys are mean! :-)21/11/2016 #6 Paul Walters#5 @Randy Keho I live on the islands of the Gods so perhaps my sadistic soul is in safe hands. Now heres a suggestion, why not ship that Mustang over to me during your winter, I can take it far and wide instead of it sitting in a shed sheltering from the snow.! he roads here are not fabulous but it is a Ford is it not?
As I said, c'mon down, bring the tall one as its always warm and the beer is cold!!!20/11/2016 #5 Randy Keho#1 You sadistic SOB. I wake up to read about kites flying in Bali in July as I prepare to store my Mustang convertible for the WINTER. Here in Chicago, It's deep into November, Paul. The leaves have fallen from the trees and the temperature is 23 degrees Fahrenheit.
Anyway, I'm off to church now. I'll say a prayer for your sadistic soul. lol20/11/2016 #2 Vincent AndrewIs that a flying chariot? Growing up we made kites to pass time and kids took kite flying seriously. Strings would be coated with glue and glass shards so that their kites could sever competing kites. The losing kite then becomes a trophy for anyone who was willing to run over a long distance to be the first to retrieve it. I don't see much kite flying now in Brunei but the Bali Kite Festival looks like a good place to enjoy the experience again.
- Producer11/06/2016Licitars: Hearts Made Of Honey This is the post about a cake that is one of the most famous symbols of Croatia. Licitars are traditional cakes made of sweet honey dough, red glazed and decorated in bright colours. They are a part of Croatia's heritage and a traditional...
Comments14/06/2016 #35 James McElearneyI remember trying these as a kid, we were all given one as a gift from one of our Au-pairs at the time, Although, if I remember correctly I think she was Hungarian, not Croatian. Great little story and a lovely insight into Croatian culture. Loved the beautiful pictures as well Thanks @Lada 🏡 Prkic12/06/2016 #30 Lisa GallagherSuch beauty and history along with sentiment with the Licitars @Lada 🏡 Prkic. The costumes are beautiful too! What a timeless and precious gift to receive! Thank you for sharing a piece of Croatian history! Thanks for sharing the delicious recipe, I'm hungry now :)
- Producer20/11/2016The Great China RoadtripThe Plan A team of six people, three guys and three gals, will leave Shanghai on 31st March for a one month roadtrip covering around 10,000km. Lead Car: 2010 Mazda MX5 Support Car: A well worn Toyota Landcruiser ...
Comments23/11/2016 #43 Dean Owen#38 lol, had thought about breaking it up but kind of wanted to see how a looong form buzz would do, and was happy for readers just to scroll through the photos. Didn't expect people to read it all but am blown away that many have. India has to be done! Perhaps in 2018. With you and @Sushmita, we already have half the team!22/11/2016 #40 debasish majumderwhat an amazing post @Dean Owen! i vicariously enjoy the beauty and bounty being offered by the nature and the number of countries you so vividly depict, as if i am experiencing the vicinity of the concern land by myself. here lies your exquisite quality to render your post so eloquently, as if the readers are attached immensely by your renditions as if their own experience. kudos to your excellent expression. thank you very much for such wonderful share.22/11/2016 #38 Praveen Raj GullepalliWhoa there Dean! That's the Great Wall O China of blogs right there! And am on a crawl! A saga. An epic adventure by any means. A rolling travelogue in pics and words. There! Am outta words now. Gotta come back to it a couple more times though. (After thought: Couldn't you have broken it into a four part series mate ;) ?) So when's that Indian road trip happenin? Am with you on the Southern leg of it...Hyderabad and further South to the subcontinental tip...giddyip giddyip!22/11/2016 #34 Dean Owen#30 That is travel bee @Amour Setter, and I expect that was her R8 after she sold everything to travel the world. Not seen her on beBee recently. I think she is busy in her new job. Anyway, I know you have had the same issue and @Federico Álvarez San Martín is working on it.22/11/2016 #33 Dean Owen#29 It read just fine Lisa. I'm deep South of China right now exploring some more, this time using the incredible fast train network. Not as much fun, but fun is fun and a flower is a flower. Pretty bad internet where I am so won't be on much this week, but will report back with coverage in the coming weeks.22/11/2016 #31 Sushmita Thakare Jain@Dean Owen I opened your post and when encountered the post was such a long read thought of just scanning through it and reading later, but man this travel adventure couldn't let me go! I am so glad you shared this it's an amazing adventure which teleported me your images are lovely and thank you for not making the post short it would have lost its beauty. Sharing your adventure ahead dear 😊 . Keep exploring and buzzing ✌22/11/2016 #29 Lisa Gallagher#16 I deleted my second comment, it didn't read as I wanted. It was supposed to read, this is what's great about Social Media beBee in particular... we get to see the real world through the lens of others and their stories. We get to know people from around the globe thanks to all the interaction we have on beBee!22/11/2016 #28 Sarah ElkinsI loved the entire adventure, @Dean Owen; and my favorite quote was right near the beginning (maybe because I have a similar relationship with my sibs): "I am looking forward to seeing the culture shock and to testing his appetite for unusual gastronomic delights." Perfect.21/11/2016 #26 Dean Owen#25 Oh, one more thing Paul-sensei. I am having technical difficulties sharing your blogs to the Cafe beBee Facebook page. A picture from a different article appears on the post each time (that picture of Amour Setter and the Audi R8). The beBee team are working on it.
- 20/11/2016To ALL of my followers, introducing my new hive, "Echo of the Spheres", (Attn; @Franci Eugenia Hoffman, @Sara Jacobovici, @Sushmita Thakare Jain)~Rokia Traore - Sabali Rokia Traores song Sabali, along with a beautiful slideshow of africa and its...
Comments21/11/2016 #5 Sara JacoboviciThanks for the tag @Chas Wyatt. Very happy to join the hive. Love the Byron quote and already appreciate your first selection and the discussion that has evolved. This excerpt from a Kirkus Review describes why I think THE WORLD IN SIX SONGS by Daniel Levitin is a must read: “Music played a key role in making societies and civilizations possible. So argues research scientist Levitin (Laboratory for Musical Perception, Cognition, and Expertise/McGill University; This Is Your Brain on Music, 2006, etc.), who believes that music and the human brain co-evolved. What distinguishes us from all other species, he declares, is not language or use of tools, but the impulse toward artistic expression. The auditory art of music became part of our brain's wiring tens of thousands of years ago, and human nature has been shaped by six broad categories of songs, by which Levitin means music of all kinds. Devoting a chapter to each category-friendship, joy, comfort, knowledge, religion and love-the author speculates about its origins and how it influenced the human spirit over thousands of generations. Levitin sees songs as efficient systems for preserving tribal histories, transmitting essential how-to information from generation to generation and communicating spiritual feelings and deep emotions.”20/11/2016 #1 CityVP ManjitOne of the peculiarities about residing in an age with an abundance of media is that we do not usually listen to music that someone has not given some context or meaning to. We are more readily to listen to Salif Keita because it visually captured a scene in the movie about Mohammad Ali in "When We Were Kings" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n7Rulsk1tWk and still not know who Salif Kaita was or is. With or without context the appreciation I have for music is commensurate to the talent that produced it and in this case the context is enhanced with a nicely crafted slideshow of africa and it's people.
- Producer20/11/2016Politics, Conspiracies and Pathological LiarsAlas! How goes this world so heavily burdened and every moment it discloses her chronicles, with the sketches and summaries of evil and the themes and text of greater spoil.Collapse of currencies, rising repression, towering turmoil, spiraling...
Comments21/11/2016 #8 Harvey LloydThe outcome of folks wanting a better life through government is at the heart of this truth. Centralizing finance and distribution of money will always be corrupt. All politicians start with good intentions, but the system is too large, success comes at a price. A piece of your soul is given to achieve the smallest goal. Given years of each cycle giving up a part of the soul, the government becomes the stumbling block of the people.
But the dependencies exist. Education, infrastructure and order all depend on government.
This relationship of people and government always evolves in this direction. Rome, Persians and Aztec all started with a collective mentality and ended in a disenfranchised populace. This history shows us we are at a crossroads. We will either implode from within and reset or take the next step towards a society that is not based on wealth and fame.
Your truth speaks strongly as to where we are, @Mohammed A. Jawad. The question for the masses of the world is where will it go. For me, governments can't help the community. They can provide opportunities through infrastructure for a community to grow and thrive. In the end, the local community should have self-guidance in most areas. This flies in the face of globalization, however, the health of the community is at question, not profits or consumerism.
The next hundred years will tell the tale. Globalization that spiraled into darkness or communities taking care of their own.
- Producer19/11/2016Bias is only practised by ignorant people, right?I am the least biased person I know! I am non-discriminatory, fair, pure of thought and heart, and well balanced in my judgements - BULLSH_T !!!!! My apparent puritanical misconception was last week, when I was much happier with myself, still...
Comments04/12/2016 #41 Ken Boddie#40 Surprise was the prevalent reaction with most of my peers also, Claire. Goes to show that we don't necessarily know ourselves as well as we think we might, and that our subconscious biases may be deeper ingrained into our behaviour than anticipated. You might say we need to know the symptoms before we can concoct a cure! 🤔20/11/2016 #39 Ken Boddie#38 Awareness of our subconscious biases is certainly essential, Kev, if we are to benefit from diversity in the workforce. The IAT is certainly an essential tool in this respect and is not by any means a Character assessment tool. But with this knowledge comes the challenge of constantly reminding ourselves and bringing on board the tools and aids to look at the world of diversity. The lenses we wear don't always have to be convergent.20/11/2016 #38 Kevin PashukThanks for the tag Ken... This is an area where I tend to have some opinions... but I'll spare you. In my work I've been subjected to almost any personality profiling tool that is/was out there. All of them basically certify me as nuts... oh, wait, that was the test where I asked my wife if she thought I was 'normal'.
On the subject of bias... we all look at life through lenses, but they don't have to control us (i.e. allow us to excuse our behaviour). Being aware of how we are wired is usually a good step toward doing something about the shoddy areas.20/11/2016 #37 Praveen Raj Gullepalli#20 That's a lot of TV to watch Dean ;) Parents, Peers, Protests broadcast on TV, Religious wars that are always on, Bad music messaging, Books we read, Advertising...all play their parts I guess. But the fact is Bias is integral to the way most perceive people and things around them. Until Education or Experience teaches them otherwise.20/11/2016 #35 CityVP Manjit#19 That is what learning is - a very long ladder in a snakes and ladder board of a life-time of experiences. Soul searching arises when reality throws up a dish we didn't think we would be served. I do think that it is the sheer weight of recent shifts of the populous that have shaken up people who had embraced 21st Century living, only to realize that evolution is operating from the century people are still living in, rather than the chronological century.
The value of soul searching is an essential transition in our own growth and it is absolutely healthy - so long as we keep our own focus on the health. Soul searching is best an opening up of our lives and not a withdrawal back. How that expresses itself in my own life is that I have to step out of what I think am in, rather than get deeper into the weeds of my own introspection that effect my inner biology.
It is the flow of our inner life - the cortisol, adrelanin, dopamine and serotonin reactions within us that are linked to our own mindfulness - never mind the inner psychological. What is happening to us is what is happening to the world - and that is why I welcome this conversation on bias, and later today will follow up on the link @Dean Owen provided on prejudice.
I am here to change the one thing that I know I can change in this world, which is me. I call this my learning journey but I also view the learning journey of others of people who I don't want to actually change, but simply appreciate. Our bodies are whole systems and bias is simply a small line item in the challenge of "know thyself". When I reframe meaning that way I begin to see wisdom.20/11/2016 #31 Ken Boddie#30 Yep, Lisa, most of us on the workshop got a bit stressed out with the first one, but familiarity breeds contempt as 'they' say. Try the age test and the gender one, and have a ball next time. Always an excuse to have a glass of wine first,🍷then you can claim to have been pissed if the results are too damning. 😁20/11/2016 #28 Ken Boddie#25 Not sure, Praveen, if all bias can be so easily 'shed', or else we would be able to apply a one-off cure, rather than having to instil practical programmes to address bias on an ongoing basis. Not unlike bad dad jokes, I suggest that our biases inevitably hang around like a bad smell, demanding regular application of perfume to neutralise the atmosphere. 👃🌸20/11/2016 #27 Ken Boddie#23 #12 Thanks for the reminder, Praveen, and sorry for my mis-interpretation, Manjit. It appears that I may have developed a prejudicial bias against receiving complements, due almost entirely, no doubt, to the less than subtle bombardment of dad jokes frequently directed my way by masters of wit and sarcasm such as yourself, Praveen, and @Kevin Pashuk. Although I must admit that these "slings and arrows" are usually received in retaliation for my initial sniper shots. 😂20/11/2016 #26 Lisa GallagherVery interesting @Ken Boddie. I bet we all have subconscious biases we aren't aware of. Some things are hidden deep within because of past experiences and as @Dean Owen mentioned, even TV. If I have biases I'm not aware of, I'd like to know! My ultimate goal (well one of my goals) is to get to know more people across the globe and vice versa.. I'd like them to get to know me, the human behind a label we all get, "White, black, American, Australian," and on the list goes.20/11/2016 #25 Praveen Raj GullepalliA Bias is an inevitable block we face at many points in our life dear Ken! Racial, gender, caste, culture, political, professional, economic...it is a divide in the mind! I guess one of the many struggles in life involves dealing with and demystifying these biases that crop up at key moments in life. A refinement of perspective is nothing but the shedding away of biases I feel.20/11/2016 #24 Ken Boddie#22 Thank you for sharing your student marking experience, Vincent. We discussed some similar examples in our workshop, from which I have concluded that it is very difficult for most of us to detach ourselves from our prejudices without guidance. Incidentally, perhaps we are so enticed by television programmes such as The Voice (with its Blind Auditions) because prejudice and bias (certainly associated with age and race) are removed from the initial selection process.20/11/2016 #22 Vincent AndrewI did a small 'marking' experiment this year. I decided to ask my students to type out their essays using the same conventions in terms of font, size, alignment, and even the same colour of paper used BUT to leave out their names. When they handed their papers in, I asked that they submit not to me directly but to leave on the desk in the classroom while I stood a distance away. When I started reading their work, I had no idea (and I mean I had absolutely no idea) who wrote what. I tried to attribute a particular style of writing to a particular student but I thought I was just speculating and that would not be helpful. So I went for the content, the quality of the writing and with the help of a rubric went about the task. What I found surprised me. The top three students in the class in their term examinations were no where near the top in that particular assignment. The top in the assignment were students who achieved Cs in their exams. That got me thinking. Was I biased in my marking? Did the top three take the assignment seriously? Consistently in marking is so important these days and what the small experiment demonstrated to me was the importance of detaching myself from the student who wrote it and to focus on the merits of the writing. Not easy!
- 09/11/2016This morning I awoke to a nightmare because what I feared the most has occurred. The people have spoken and their message is a nation built on anger, prejudice, hate, and greed. Our "land of opportunity' has become that and only that as Humanity and our Planet took a backseat to Wall Street and money. You got your reality star; may you live well in the reality you've created and I can only hope our nation survives the damage that ensues. The country I love, the values upon which it was built disappeared into history last night.
Comments09/11/2016 #6 Pamela L. Williams#5Getting it and actually caring is different. My prediction is he will destroy what is left of the middle class and there will be the Trump 'thems' and everybody else. We will become an oligarchy dictatorship. All those 'left out' will have many others to join them. The real 'haves' just got a free ticket to paradise. There is a reason he got out of paying his fair share of taxes. This country doesn't run for free so who else will pick up the tab?09/11/2016 #5 Richard Buse@Pamela L. Williams There was a lot of anger and fear, a lot of people who felt they’d been left behind by the economic recovery, a lot of people who felt they were being ignored by the major political parties. Donald Trump got that. I think folks like Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren got it, too, but they weren’t on the November ballot. Donald Trump strikes me as being a scary figure, but he somehow became a champion for those who felt the system wasn’t working for them. I have no idea what happens next.09/11/2016 #2 Harvey LloydI woke this morning in a country where voting changed our government, not guns. I also woke to the same divisions that have been propagated by the media. America is not a republic divided by race, creed or color but rather a nation who wants/needs to progress and grow.
Our country has been kidnapped by media and the politicians, as a citizens lets not be in a nightmare but reclaim what belongs to the people. Regardless of who is President.
- 06/11/2016Hvar, Croatia, is known as the island of sun but also the island of lavender. Lavender fields are different than fields of Provence with its regimented rows. Massive tufts of lavender grow up to 1.5 meters in height in apparently random fields between stone walls and massive piles of cleared limestone.
Three major fires in the last two decades have been almost completely destroyed the Hvar lavender plantations. Thanks to the persistent growers, Hvar still exudes the scent of lavender.
- 05/11/2016Corndog: Hotdog on a stick dipped in cornbread batter and deep fried...mmmm.5 American Things British People Don't Understand - Tea 'n' Toast 11 In this weeks episode Jason & Greg talk about those things from across the pond that we Brits really don't understand!-) America we love you but some of the...
- 30/10/2016Wait, what? Archie Bunker and Fred Sandford were originally British! Mind. Blown.TV Shows America Stole From Britain - Anglophenia Ep 19 Your favorite classic American TV shows were originally British? Siobhan Thompson looks at the many series we've pilfered from the folks across the Pond....
- Producer20/05/2016A call from MOTHER NATURE, to us.Lately, we have been getting many warnings from mother nature, but yet,not everyone listen.Some cities and places in South America, North America, Asia, etc have been getting many natural disasters or some natural changes in their floor. Many...
Comments20/05/2016 #2 Dean OwenWell said Estefania Duran Ordoñez, and some great pictures. We are all guilty. I personally have chosen my battle, and that is to ban foods that contain palm oil from my kitchen. I find is incredible that many people deny climate change. Maybe our skepticism stems from all the fuss that was made over the hole in the Ozone layer decades ago.
- Producer02/10/2016Spain & Tourism By 2015 Spain was the third most visited country in the world, recording 68.1 million tourists which marked the third consecutive year of record-beating numbers.If you consider population and size of the top three most visited countries (France, US...
Comments13/10/2016 #52 Lisa GallagherI want to visit Seville! My son and husband went to the Canary Islands, over to Tenerife and golfed. On the way back they had a layover in Scotland and my husbands luggage was lost. We never got re-imbursed and they never found it. They had fun though and wow- the photos were astounding. After seeing this again, Wow- so many beautiful places to visit in Spain @Javier beBee, I think I would need 3 weeks to take all that I'd want to see :))08/10/2016 #47 Lisa Gallagher#46 Each day I become even more excited when I log on @Javier beBee, I didn't know that would be possible!! I'm going up to a friend's home in the next week to do a live buzz of her horse farm (it's very large) and she has an acre of blueberries she grows we are going to video too. It's beautiful where she lives and it's only 15 minutes from me but about 6 miles up the hill, the Alleghenies are at her backdoor!
- Producer29/10/2016Spain is out of time / España está desfasadaEnglish and Spanish below. En inglés y en español abajo.Marathon working days; late lunches and dinners compared to the rest of Europe; less time for personal life, rest and recreation; family-work imbalances... these longstanding aspects of Spanish...
Comments30/10/2016 #28 Ken BoddieNot sure, Javier, that a wind-back of the clock will necessarily result in the changes you are wishing for. I have worked in many countries and under many time zones and have been subjected to 'daylight savings' (moving the clock forward in summer and backward in winter), or not, as the case may be at the time. People get used to having to rise in time for getting to work, whether that means waking before daylight or after, and similarly get used to going home while it is still daylight or in the dark. For indoor workers I believe it has little impact, since most work in false light and many work without windows nearby. The main affect appears to be on farmers who have to work to the sun-oriented clock of their animals, assuming they are in a paddock and not in an indoor batch arrangement.
I believe that one of the main impacts on production is when your time zone differs by one or two hours from another region, country or state, when there is reliance on lengthy daily interaction between your base and the other time zone location. But when there is an extreme difference in time zones between interacting locations (say 12 hours), then work can be passed between locations and virtually kept rolling forward on a 24 hour basis, i.e. when one location finishes work, the other starts, thus resulting in double the efficiency over a period of weeks and months.
Efficiency depends primarily upon doing the optimum amount of work within the hours available and in practicing good task and time management. After all, how much interaction, on a daily basis, do Spanish businesses have with companies in Portugal, UK and Ireland, compared to Germany?29/10/2016 #20 Paul "Pablo" CroubalianYes, that is one of the most bizarre decisions ever made by a national leader. Look on the bright side, Javier.
What if Franco aligned Spanish clocks with Japan?!!
I am not one to mess with another country's decisions. I even stayed out of the "Man who Wears Dead Squirrel on Head" vs "Evil Devil Lady" discussions. No one can possibly be as bad or as good as their followers and detractors say. I'll leave it to the American people to decide.
This time zone thing is overdue for change
- 28/10/2016There's a whole series of these delightful "Irish people try..." videos on YouTube. In honor of the upcoming holiday I thought I'd share this one. My favorite line: "It tastes like gum disease."Irish People Try American Halloween Snacks Candy Corn, Hershey's, Popcorn Balls & more! More, Irish People Taste Videos: https://goo.gl/RzHMTv Subscribe to our channel : http://goo.gl/yEIawC Facts on...
- Producer27/10/2016Light up your home, it's time to celebrate!Diwali is here!Diwali is the shorter version of the word Deepavali also called as the 'Festival of Lights' during the period homes are well adorned with innumerable lights and diyas ( small clay oil lamps ) or candles. The light signifies the...
Comments28/10/2016 #2 CityVP ManjitHaving seen this buzz appear in my timeline, I turned to my wife and asked "When is Diwali?" She lifted head away from scrolling on her cell-phone and gently said "Sunday". That is the incredible power of Facebook right there and then, with a smart-phone in her hands she did not fully focus on what I had asked her, in her fully attentive state she would have said "Are you kidding me!".
- 24/10/2016I made a short video of my Sunday afternoon stroll around my new neighbourhood. As some of you know, I recently moved from new Shanghai to old Shanghai, and I'm glad I did. Spot the frogs and the pigmaker, great street food, and a buzzing vibe.Nanxiang Old Street Dean Owen explores Nanxiang Old Street in...
Comments27/10/2016 #43 Dean Owen#39 #40 #41 Much appreciate the kind replies and you taking the time to watch. I wasn't convinced there was much audience for video but I gather that is changing. You are all welcome to drop me a buzz if ever you visit. I'd be honoured to take you to some special places here.27/10/2016 #42 CityVP Manjit#33 My compliments are 20% technology, but 80% what technology cannot do, which is how one frames a shot, how one see's the story and details of a shot and that requires the eye of an artist. Film-makers and great photographers are artists. The creative flair is not because Apple make a great iMovie app, it is because it is in you. Even if I were to edit a video like this, no matter how good the software is, my timing and transitions would still be amateurish. What you have produced speaks to an excellent storyboard and content selection, and the ability to capture people and places in ways that make me wish I had that same talent.26/10/2016 #34 Dean Owen#31 Let me know if you do manage a trip to China. It is a fascinatingly diverse country. The beauty though is outside the cities.
https://www.bebee.com/producer/@dean-owen/the-middle-kingdom26/10/2016 #33 Dean Owen#29 Thanks @CityVP Manjit. It's really quite easy. All photos and footage taken and edited on an iPad. Creating the movie took about two hours using iMovie, but I am now familiar with iMovies, I can probably do it in one hour next time. The downside is looking like a fool taking photos and video with my huge iPad pro, but I'd probably look just as geekish using my Sony video cam. The upside is of course that everything, from photo/video taking, to editing, to posting on beBee was done on a single device using just one finger. Wish I could say I am creative, but the genius is Apple!26/10/2016 #31 Anonymous@Dean Owen - This just convinces me that when I get the opportunity to travel one day, China will be my first choice! I know this sounds sheltered, but when my husband & I watched the panorama movie of China at Disney's Epcot for the 1st time, we simply fell in love with it's beauty. I love how you put this together, showing us the streets and the people, the market and it all looks wonderful!! Very creatively done - nice little music touch also. Can't wait to see more :-)26/10/2016 #29 CityVP ManjitI am blown away with the quality and detail of the video and the exquisite shots. Love the way you have combined still-frame with live action, and the quality of the video recording is film-like and highly professional. I would love to read about your video-making and what goes into such exceptional workmanship time wise and in terms of craft.25/10/2016 #26 Dean Owen#25 it's pretty cool. If you've never been to China, I'd recommend it. So much to see: https://www.bebee.com/producer/@dean-owen/the-middle-kingdom View more#25 it's pretty cool. If you've never been to China, I'd recommend it. So much to see: https://www.bebee.com/producer/@dean-owen/the-middle-kingdom
- 24/10/2016Throwback! The Festival of Lights just around the corner! Lamp's are Lighting & Bulbs are glowing what are you doing?
- Producer20/10/2016My Love - Mumbai the City of Dreams!Mumbai a magical city, many call it the 'City of Dreams' and hence throughout the year an influx of people is seen here. People from all over the country come to Mumbai with mainly one dream: to make it big, likewise we who are born and...
Comments21/10/2016 #5 Sushmita Thakare Jain#1 @Dean Owen it's sad one decision from the BSE and you could not come here, if do visit in future will love to help you detour the City. There is more than this to the City and will be sharing with you guys further!
And thanks for the wishes dear!
Wishing you Happy Diwali too!21/10/2016 #1 Dean OwenA fascinating history. Thanks for this tour of the city. It is indeed an incredible place unlike anywhere I have ever been. A few years back I begged to be posted to Mumbai when a position opened up. Almost happened, but an overnight decision by the Bombay Stock Exchange forced the company I worked for to rethink our India strategy. One day perhaps...
- Producer21/10/2016The Bushmen of Southern Africa/ /? // ! . These are but a few variants of the clicking sounds of the Bushmen language. Sounds that on hearing it in song are as softly charming as these forgotten peoples of southern Africa. If you sat beside their camp now, you would hear...
Comments21/10/2016 #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 #15 AnonymousI enjoyed this very much @Gert Scholtz. It reminds me of the once vibrant culture of the Native American Indian. Something quite profound emanates from within these people and their close connection to nature and natural living. So much we can learn from observing their response to life and the world around them.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 Scholtz21/10/2016 #4 CityVP ManjitWhether it is bushmen in Africa, or native peoples of America or the aboriginal people of Australia - for sure there is so much that they understand about the immediacy of existence, that we can all learn so much from. We can also learn to appreciate their storytelling, rather than condemn their poetic observation of the universe.
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Comments21/10/2016 #15 Harvey Lloyd#13 Glandular MBA. I brought a Adam computer in early 90's developed software to keep records of my estimates and bids to retain consistency in my contracting business. I actually got busy and made money so i borrowed my Sister's first year college accounting book and read up on accounting and reporting. Business got slow and we didn't have work so i studied marketing online, with folks who were successful, copied others. Marketing made me understand that you really have to talk to people in a way that you hear them so Roger Dawson and Steven Covey became a doctrine of communications, along with reading extensively about Myers-Briggs. In other words when the need arose the resources became valuable and i learned them.
No i probably couldn't pass many tests. But i passed the one i needed. Great Family, two daughters and 6 grandchildren. All thriving and bringing me joy. They to are successful.
I wouldn't trade my self guided tour of knowledge for anything. But my wife and laugh that our education in small business was more expensive than a Harvard MBA.21/10/2016 #14 Laura Mikolaitis#7 That's so sad @Pamela L. Williams. It makes you wonder if there are some who are just devoid of emotion - or are they so tuned out that they don't even recognize when others are having a difficult time? I'm all for kindness and we definitely need more kindness in our world. It really does start with us.
@Jena Ball this is a great photo. And the second time it has come across my radar today on more than one platform.21/10/2016 #13 Jena Ball#11 We have much to discuss and share Harvey. I am not an educator in the traditional sense, but spend a fair amount of time visiting schools. Would love to know about your granular MBA. As an entrepreneur myself I know how much can be learned outside the walls of schools. To be continued...21/10/2016 #12 Harvey Lloyd#10 @Brian McKenzie, kindness does show up with an agenda. I don't think i have ever experienced without it. I don't like some of the agendas. But do have the free will to accept or reject that kindness.
The only way that kindness can find the trigger is if i give it the gun.21/10/2016 #11 Harvey Lloyd#8 @Jena Bell i share both your apathy and your profession. For these reasons all of my grandchildren are home schooled.
When we talk of thriving in our world the definition has been altered by educations deep obsession of knowledge. It no longer means peace and joy or the success seen in creation of relationships that serve. Information is king, data sets, likes and personal brands are all part of thriving now.
My sister who acquired her PHD had to start a blog and website as part of her curriculum. I found this interesting. But will leave it alone in this context.
I am a little bias in this area, not only do i work in education but i have none myself. I found many kind people along my journey of small business that shared their stories and wisdom of success. Through these i got a very granular MBA. More importantly i learned that success is based on wisdom that was formed from knowledge and when it is shared in that context learning is exponential.21/10/2016 #9 Jena Ball#7 This IS terribly sad Pamela, but I am not surprised. According to neuroscience, the capacity for empathy and kindness is like our inborn ability to learn languages. In order to develop and strengthen children need to be immersed in and have regular opportunities to practice those abilities within a community. How many our us grow up in that kind of community? I shudder to think what those poor kids in Syria are experiencing emotionally.
Thanks for sharing your story and telling us about your grandfather Pamela. I hope you won't change. Your heart shines in everything you write.21/10/2016 #8 Jena Ball#5 Because this is an area I work in day in and day out, I KNOW firsthand what happens. Our education system treats children like cars on an assembly line. Everyone is supposed to learn the same thing, the same way on the same schedule. Then they are quality tested at the end. In other words, they are compared to one another - thereby learning that they are in competition with one another and should be afraid to make mistakes.
Even worse is the face that social emotional learning is all but ignored in schools. This despite the fact that neuroscinece has definitively proven that emotions have a direct, physiological impact on our ability to learn. Children are born naturally kind and empathic, but we literally educate it out of them.
This is tragic for many reasons, not the least of which is the fact that by the time most students leave school they are out of touch with their creativity and believe that to survive they must compete with everyone else on the planet.
As you can probably tell, I feel quite passionate about all this :-) Teaching empathy, kindness and igniting children's innate love of learning is my mission. If you're curious visit: NotPerfectHatClub.com or JenaBall.com
Thanks for weighing in!21/10/2016 #7 Pamela L. WilliamsHarvey, once again I have to agree with you. At what point in our lives does kindness become a negative trait. Kindness is questioned, considered a weakness, used a weapon of manipulation. If I could choose what would change not only in this country, but globally, its that there be more kindness, empathy, and compassion.
This week a woman that works at a desk near me (I don't know her personally) was visited by the local police and told her 24 year old daughter had died. Maybe it's judgmental of me but I found it abhorrent that the rest of the office never missed a beat. They were laughing and having a good time. I had never seen such callousness towards a co-worker. Well, that's not quite true, I was the target of that callousness once when I lost my grandfather. I have to tell you; it's the most hurtful and insulting thing that you can do. I didn't even know this woman or her daughter but I've thought about her all week and wondered how she was doing. It was just so horribly sad.18/10/2016 #5 Harvey LloydThe act of kindness in the photo seems so natural. With 6 grand children i get to see the natural acts of kindness on many occasions. I often wonder what happens to us when we grow up. Maybe the word "grow-up" is really not an accurate description. But rather when we mature, natural kindness or awareness of our relationship to others seems to fade. Children all around us are sharing their view of life, just as this photo does, and for some reason we cant hear them. Maybe we are not as mature as we think we are? Great photo.
- 19/10/2016I found this video amusing, and with beBee being such a robust international community I thought I'd ask: What's the most surprising thing you've learned about a foreign culture?10 Things Foreigners Are Surprised by in America Get more Tips here! www.destinationtips.com Learning about a new culture is fun, especially if the culture is vastly different from your own. Those who have...
Cultures Around the World~ 100 buzzes
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