- 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...
- 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...
- Producer18/10/2016Buttresses, Pademelons and Glass HousesA lazy Sunday afternoon in the countryside unexpectedly turned into a memorable lesson on South-East Queensland's amazing natural history. My wife and I often take a drive north of Brisbane to the Sunshine Coast hinterland plateau lands, where we...
Comments21/10/2016 #51 Ken Boddie#48 You are a bold person, @Claire Cardwell. My earlier post may, however, put you off durian.
https://www.bebee.com/producer/@ken-boddie/durian-heaven-or-hell21/10/2016 #49 Claire Cardwell#30 Durian is delicious, bit whiffy but it tastes amazing. Apparently your love or hatred (there is no middle ground when it comes to durian) is genetic. I had it once in Malaysia about 100 years ago. My Dad and I loved it, Mum and my younger brother Chris hated it. Durian has been banned from Singapore due to bad smell!
- Producer14/10/2016My French CousinsIn a recent post by Kevin Pashuk, he spoke of experiencing culture shock when he went to the US in the 1980’s and asked beBee readers to share their experiences. I have had many multicultural experiences in my life, but the very first started in...
Comments14/10/2016 #12 Susan Rooks"That is probably the greatest secret to overcoming culture shock. If you can allow yourself to step back, not judge and just go with the flow, you can be far more accepting of other cultures." That's the secret for sure, @Renée Cormier View more"That is probably the greatest secret to overcoming culture shock. If you can allow yourself to step back, not judge and just go with the flow, you can be far more accepting of other cultures." That's the secret for sure, @Renée Cormier! Good for you! Close14/10/2016 #6 Lisa GallagherEnjoyed your buzz. Budding germaphobe, oh I think I'm full blown. I would not want to be rude if in another Country, so I guess I'd have to suck it up. I had a Sociology Professor who told me he met his wife in France, she forgot to warn him about early morning drinks and accepting all food given. He said he did offend her family but made up for it as time progressed. Thanks for sharing @Renée Cormier
- Producer13/10/2016Great Scot!Next time you utter this "expression of surprise or amazement", give a thought, beyond the exclamation, to how many Great Scottish persons there have been and what they've done to cement society as we know it. We all know that the fertile Scots...
Comments14/10/2016 #23 Praveen Raj Gullepalli#20 Oopsy daisy about dear Jenny dear Kenny! A lasting misconception that apparently! But taketh none of the charm away from the lady nonetheless ;) Yup about that comment by the author there...but just felt it all might add to the brink think here ;) Thankee!14/10/2016 #20 Ken Boddie#19 Connery and Butler are indeed great examples of Scottish stock, Praveen, but I doubt if Jennifer Agutter, who I have worshipped as a goddess of the screen since her days in the 'Railway Children', would thank you for exalting her as a Great Scot. I am reliably informed that she was born in Somerset, in the south of England. Some interesting info you threw into the melting pot, Praveen, on Hindu and Celtic cultures. I must admit, however, that the author's initial comment "Some of this is theoretical. Some of it is proven to exacting standards." leaves me a little bit confused, which, in my case is not difficult to do. 🤔Thanks, anyway, for your valuable contribution to the Jostle of Jocks. 👍14/10/2016 #19 Praveen Raj GullepalliGreat Scot! I didn't know all that...cool! I can't think beyond my all-time favorite Bond, Sean Connery...the winsome Jenny Agutter...and the Glen spirited-family and Johnny who Walks...Gerard Butler yes! Here is a link to more ancient connections for you, Chas, Gert, Dean-san to check out when you have time...http://www.northernway.org/school/onwarticles.html14/10/2016 #18 Ken Boddie#17 Stirring stuff, Chas, and thanks for your valuable contribution to the Jostle of Jocks. I didn't know about the Red Indian negotiations, though, and who'd have guessed the bank connection? After all, the Scots are partly responsible for the straight edged coin which was allegedly invented so it could be wrenched out of Scots' palms with a spanner. 😂14/10/2016 #17 Chas Wyatt@Ken Boddie, okay, buster, having Scottish heritage coursing through my veins, I had to respond. It should be noted that the Scots were originally a tribe from Northern Ireland that were booted out by the High Kings of Ulster, so they naturally invaded the land of the Picts (the Picts were the ones who painted their faces blue before battle, not the Scots as depicted in the fictitional Hollywood History treatment of William Wallace in "Braveheart"- there are many more fallacies in that movie that I won't delve into here). John Logie Baird- television, John Loudon McAdam- Macadamised Roads(basis for tarmac), Kirkpatrick Macmillan and Thomas McCall- the pedal bicycle, David Dunbar Buick- overhead valve engine, Robert William Thomson and John Boyd Dunlop- the pneumatic tire, Sir William Fairbairn- Tubular steel and the first iron-hulled steamship, James Chalmers- adhesive postage stamp and postmark, Sir Sanford Fleming- Universal Standard Time, James Goodfellow- Automated Teller Machines and Personal Identification Number system, James Braid- hypnotism, Alan MacMasters- the first electric bread toaster. There is a whole thicket of astronomical and scientific discoveries that can be attributed to Scots (closest star to the Sun (Proxima A), Centaurus A; a starburst galaxy, the Horsehead Nebula and the theory of electromagnetism). It is interesting to note that the Bank of England and the Bank of France were devised by Scots. Of course Long John Silver and Jekyll and Hyde were created by Robert Louis Stevenson. Scots were used to negotiate "peace treaties" by the U.S. Calvary with Native Americans because they understood the circular social dynamics of the tribe(clans), rather than the linear structure of the military. Should I mention golf?
- Producer10/10/2016Duelling Thanksgivings: Canada Vs The USAIn Canada, where I live, this is our Thanksgiving Day.But our Thanksgiving doesn’t have the iconic quality of Thanksgiving in the US.Nobody has ever made a dysfunctional family movie centerd around Thanksgiving in Canada, whereas in the US, these...
Comments11/10/2016 #10 Paul Walters@Jim Murray I have always maintained that Canada should not be called Canada at all, its should just be called "nice". Even though you dastardly Canadians 'stole' my daughter who is about to take out citizenship of your fair country. We visit her often, ( Vancouver) and each time are treated better and better by the new friends we have met if this is at all possible. Also I think we all want a Prime Minister like the one you currently have you lucky devils. have a wonderful thanksgiving!10/10/2016 #2 Phil FriedmanKeep this up, Jim, and you're likely to have your Curmudgeon License revoked. Soothing thoughts after the whacko debates at my alma mater yesterday evening. Talking about Wash U, here's one for you Canucks and any Brits out there. When I was a grad student at Washington University, one of my fellow students was a Welshman named Michael. He was very bright and had a truly rapier wit. One day a bunch of us sat at lunch together, with Thanksgiving holiday coming up fast. And I, like the wise-ass that I was then, asked Michael whether Brits celebrated Thanksgiving. Without missing a beat, or skipping a chew, he shot back calmly, "Oh yes, but we do it on July 4th." Cheers to you and yours on this Canadian Thanksgiving Holiday.
- Producer10/10/2016The Emergence - Episode 8Welcome to the continuing fictional saga about the life of a young female Indian warrior. The story is told with each episode moving back in time. This backward movement was chosen for a specific purpose to have the reader ask the question; why?...
Comments10/10/2016 #13 Fatima Williams@Pamela L. Williams The comment below was for the previous episode that I had clicked to read from here however I see that the comment has appeared here.
This story gets so interesting after each episode now we know why the Sakomasq treats Kisuhs this way or is there more to her rudeness . Can't wait Thank you for tagging me Loved it 🤗🤗💖💖10/10/2016 #11 Pamela L. Williams#10 I'm really glad you like it Franci. In the next episode everything will fall into place. What I hope is everyone has a "Okay, NOW I get it" moment. I have an idea for the Prequel but I think I'll try to start at the beginning with that. As I told Dean, backwards was how this story came to me so I just went with it.10/10/2016 #9 Pamela L. Williams#8 Netfliks and DVD's have done that to us!! My daughter is all about binge watching. I was always one that could read a chapter in a book, sit it down, come back a week later and never miss a step! Except of course anything to do with learning statistics...that was my nemesis! You can read it any way you want Dean. I just thought for social media this would be a fun way to do it. Plus it just came to me this way, My brain started at the end so my writing just followed along :-)10/10/2016 #7 Pamela L. Williams#6 Okay Dean, if you must LOL! Of course I don't mind, not everyone likes to write in this way. I'll let you know when it's complete if you really want to read it. You don't have to you know! But I have had others say the exact same thing. Thanks for stopping by :-)10/10/2016 #6 Dean OwenI love the concept @Pamela L. Williams but it's a bit too much for my brain to process. Would you mind terribly if I wait until you reach the first chapter, then I read the whole thing from front to back? It's like asking me to watch Star Trek Generations in reverse order. That would freak me out! :)
- Producer09/10/2016The Strengthening - Episode 7Welcome to the continuing fictional saga about the life of a young female Indian warrior. The story is told with each episode moving back in time. This backward movement was chosen for a specific purpose to have the reader ask the question; why?...
Comments10/10/2016 #11 Pamela L. Williams#9 Why thank you Ms Williams! I have to admit, this has been fun. Other than school assignments this is the first time I've ever taken a stab a fiction. There is a lot of symbolism in the story that I can relate to my own life. But most important of all it's been fun entertaining everyone.10/10/2016 #9 Fatima WilliamsFantabuloustic story You had me glued in 🤗🤗🤗🤗 absolutely in love with the character. Great story telling. It talks much about how we face adversities in our own life.@Pamela L. Williams View moreFantabuloustic story You had me glued in 🤗🤗🤗🤗 absolutely in love with the character. Great story telling. It talks much about how we face adversities in our own life.@Pamela L. Williams #Yourock Close10/10/2016 #8 Pamela L. Williams#7 Ben, at the end of each episode is a list of the previous episodes in the order in which they should be read. I did that to make it easier or new readers to follow the story line in the order in which I wrote it. Does that help. I can report to the Fiction hive which is not used much. I thought about doing that but hadn't decided.10/10/2016 #7 Ben PintoI think I want to start at the end of this, or should I say the prequel to the beginning or I really don't know. First of all, if this is going backwards will there be a hive, when you are done, Pamela, where you can repost this while story to? Just going to your profile page and looking back to the end, or beginning, brings a bee passing by so many other great articles and themes that it is dizzying.09/10/2016 #5 Pamela L. Williams#4 Thanks David. I have considered a screenplay but wouldn't have the first idea how to write one, so a collaboration would work for me! I'm telling the highlights of the story, there is so much more that goes through this busy brain of mine, but I have to be realistic and keep it to a readable length! Glad you like the story David!09/10/2016 #4 David B. GrinbergKudos Pamela on your impressive storytelling and creative writing techniques. Have you introduced character dialogue into these stories? Perhaps we should collaborate on a screenplay or something? Let's take it to the next level. Very admirable, Pamela...admirable and impressive, indeed.09/10/2016 #3 Pamela L. Williams#2 Wouldn't get a publisher for it Gert! Just ask @Deb Helfrich about too much of a book being on the internet. BUT! Alas, I have a Prequel and a Sequel to the story swimming around in this brain of mine. Wait until tomorrow if you liked this one! I threw this one together this morning because I realized I needed a bridge between the one I wrote yesterday and the last one I published! :-) (Oh sorry for grammatical errors, like I said, this one came out fast and furious!)
- Producer08/10/2016Travelling Slowly Down The Ganges. A Visit To Varanasi, India.India, a land of dreams and romance, of fabulous wealth and fabulous poverty, of splendor and rags, of palaces and hovels, of famine and pestilence, of tigers and elephants, the cobra and jungle. Here is a country of a thousand nations and a...
Comments10/10/2016 #21 Sushmita Thakare Jain@Paul Walters I myself haven't yet been to Varanasi yet have heard about the city and watched videos made by my friends, must say your post is a treat to the visuals. You have captured the essence of the place and displayed it very well. If you do write about it sometime in future will be looking forward to it! Also last but not the least amazing pictures!10/10/2016 #20 Praveen Raj GullepalliI can imagine the assault on the senses that Varanasi can launch at you as you set foot on its holy ground, dear Paul! The overpopulation across the country has made it a veritable charnel house and the nearby leather processing units and their effluents have made the purifying Ganges itself impure. The situation I hear is worsening. But you have captured both the purification of the souls as they depart their bodily abodes and the ritualistic cleansing of the holy river in the early mornings very well indeed. India is still the land Mark Twain spoke of then, in fact even more so today than ever before. The Call of Kashi or Varanasi/Benaras signified the beginning of the penultimate or last quarter in a Hindu human dharmic lifecycle comprising Brahmacharya (student/celibate state), Grihastha (householder/married state), Vanaprastha (retired/living away in a forest state) and Sannyasa (renunciation state /giving up all material possessions and devoting time to contemplation and the dedicated search for the divine...this even meant dying away, alone, unattached and vanishing into oblivion on the ghats of the Ganges or its purifying waters). That breaking away must have taken some effort...for both renunciate and family! But sometimes that is the price one has to pay for peace and self-knowledge perhaps? Whew! Hope you have a fulfilling stay!10/10/2016 #17 debasish majumderDeath being portrayed in such a fashion, as if it is not inevitable and in Varanasi, death have its ugliest manifestation. besides, India being narrated as a place of obscurantism! you forgot to mention the historical background of the city as well the decaying feudalism, which is still struggling to exist. however, well narrated post. enjoyed read. thank you Paul Walters for sharing the post.
- Producer06/10/2016Visiter Marrakech en 3 joursCes derniers jours j’ai pas mal publié de photos de Marrakech, donc j’ai finalement décidé de faire un article pour vous parler de mon expérience dans cette magnifique ville.Un ami voyageur, Gérard ne m’en disait que du bien, j’ai donc fini par...
Comments08/10/2016 #8 Pamela L. WilliamsIt is for posts such as this that I love Google Translator! It has it's issues but I can still be taken on magical trips to foreign lands. I enjoyed the tour of the old city and the food looked delicious! I love couscous, it's one of my favorite pastas. Thank you Sophie for taking us on this wonderful adventure in the Marrakech.08/10/2016 #6 Dean OwenWhat a fantastic article on a magical city. Jemaa el-Fna is just incredible. I could spend whole days watching the snake charmers and trying to get photos without people demanding money from me! The tanneries? All I can say is bring nose plugs! I love Villa des Orangers if you are looking for a place to stay on your next trip. You might enjoy this - https://www.bebee.com/producer/@dean-owen/the-last-harem
- 06/10/2016I see my Spanish friends using the term 'cracks' a lot. I thought it meant something like, 'your silly.' I finally did some research and here is what I found. "However, the most interesting use of the word is to refer to a “star” or someone “incredible”. While it’s officially only used for “star”, it’s also used as a synonym to fenómeno, genial or guay." @Mamen Delgado @Javier beBee is this correct or am I wrong?Spanish Word of the Day: crack | Spanish Onlywww.spanish-only.com Yesterday a reader called L-star sent me an e-mail to suggest a pretty neat word in Spanish: crack. We all know the word crack in English; a kind of...
- Producer06/10/20165 Major (Cultural) Keys to Remember when Working in SpainCongrats! Not only are you living in Spain, but you're also gainfully employed! Ay! We made it! Now you're faced with the new, and exciting (even daunting) task of maneuvering through a new work environment, in a new country, a new city, in a...
Comments06/10/2016 #7 Lada Prkic#4 Ken, it is a unique way of combing hair and knitting braid that takes several hours to make. Many folk associations try to preserve the hairstyles which are part of cultural heritage of Croatia and promote them as ideal hairdos for weddings and many various occasions. In my reply to Lisa there is the link to get tutorial about making traditional hairstyles. Perhaps your daughter would like to make one.06/10/2016 #5 Lada Prkic#2 It is really art, @Lisa Gallagher. Here is the tutorial on making traditional hairstyles. Although in the Croatian language you will understand because the making process is described so clear and with many photos. Hope you enjoy it. https://issuu.com/muzejmoslavine/docs/tradicijske_frizure_hrvatske_106/10/2016 #4 Ken BoddieWhat are those beautiful head-dresses made of, Lada? I'll show my ignorance and say I've never ever seen anything like this before. Are you able to tell us something about what these pretty ladies are wearing and is this for a special reason such as a holiday or a wedding ?
- Producer30/09/2016May I Have the Next Waltz, Matilda?Believe it or not, 'Waltzing Matilda', the unofficial national anthem of the Land Down Under, has absolutely nothing to do with ballroom dancing or fair damsels. Rather, it's a tale of woe about a travelling itinerant, who chose an untimely wet...
Comments01/10/2016 #32 Pamela L. WilliamsKen, had to take a few days off beBee due to other commitments. Sad, but what a welcome back. Something for my Cultures Around the World App and one of my favorite 'oldies' explained to me! I had always heard that Australia was the equivalent of a penal colony for all those who dared to thwart the crown. Your explanation is pretty close. Of course didn't know a loaf of bread was 'thwarting the crown'! Wonderful read, enjoyed this little piece of Oz! One thing struck me: A squatter in the U.S. is someone who is/was living illegal on a piece of land. Eventually 'Squatter's Rights' developed, meaning if they stayed on the land long enough with no claim made by the real owner then the land became the squatters. In days of old, when the west was not yet won, much land was 'grabbed' by squatters. Just a bit of US trivia for ya!
Here's some family history in relation to squatters. The family story is that my father's ancestors once owned the land upon which the famous Kentucky Derby is now held. In the mid to late 1800s during a drought the family had to relocate to survive. A squatter they asked/paid to watch the land for them eventually claimed Squatter's Rights and later sold the land...not sure when the 'Derby' owner took possession as it could have had several owners after my family. But there you go!01/10/2016 #27 Lisa Gallagher@Ken Boddie The unofficial Anthem is well... different? I'm glad you gave definitions of the terms. Squatters here take over a person's home if they are away for some time. Some people have a hard time re-gaining their home ( I don't quite understand it) and it's usually a major mess after they are able to legally get the squatters to leave. I'm proud of you because you know how to 'use the google.' Thanks, really enjoyed this!!30/09/2016 #20 Gert Scholtz@Ken Boddie I will be in your country in a month so thanks for cultural education. If they ask me at passport control what I know about Australia I will burst into a full rendition of Waltzing Matilda complete with swagman, billabong, jumbuck and Sheila's (Oh no, Sheila's are not part of it?) Just to fuel some more nostalgia, remember this one @Ken Boddie? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RviuTfdfArM And as they say down under - thanks Mate!
- 25/09/2016#Soulfulsundays The Lotus Temple, located in New Delhi, India, is a Bahá'í House of Worship completed in 1986. Notable for its flowerlike shape, it serves as the Mother Temple of the Indian subcontinent and has become a prominent attraction in the city. The Lotus Temple has won numerous architectural awards and been featured in hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles. Like all Bahá'í Houses of Worship, the Lotus Temple is open to all, regardless of religion or any other qualification. The building is composed of 27 free-standing marble-clad "petals" arranged in clusters of three to form nine sides, with nine doors opening onto a central hall with height of slightly over 40 metres and a capacity of 2,500 people. A 2001 CNN report referred to it as the most visited building in the world. Architect - Fariborz Sahba.
Comments25/09/2016 #17 Praveen Raj Gullepalli#15 It is not meditation the pilgrums seek in temples here dear Jim, it is to give thanks mostly and seek the blessings of the presiding deity. There is a daily prayer practice and regular rituals that impart serenity and peace of mind for most seekers even otherwise.25/09/2016 #15 Phil Friedman#13 Praveen and Claire, I am not sure how to feel about the traffic at this temple. I have been many times to the Baha'i temple in Wilmette, IL, USA -- which is very beautiful and generally always serene. To sit without speaking in silent contemplation for an hour or two inside the still temple, then to spend a few minutes speaking with the Baha'is who man the adjacent visitor's center is a mini pilgrimage to renew one's soul. Indeed, I have often thought that if I were to become religious, I would become a Baha'i. But my sense of the quiet strength of Baha'i is jarred by the mental images conjured up by thought of thousands of visitors daily at the Indian temple. And to read Praveen's words that it is chaos as you near the central core is unsettling to my mind. Interesting to know, though. Thank you for sharing this.25/09/2016 #13 Praveen Raj Gullepalli#12 That's the most amazing i have ever heard said about Tirupati (it is near to Madras/Chennai and on the southern border of Andhra Pradesh)! How long ago was this visit of yours Dean? These days, the throngs start real early. Special poojas / ceremonies start at 4am. If you want to participate in one, the online waiting list itself is for a minimum of a couple of months atleast. Nearly 20 million footfalls a year in recent times is what is officially stated and the collections could be equally unbelievable. Do share a pic or two some time.25/09/2016 #7 Praveen Raj Gullepalli#4 Ken i made a comment that seems to have been deleted...I did not do it mmyself...and there wasn't anything controversial in it. I say it again - the Lotus Temple is indeed a modern architectural marvel. And am not sure if the Taj attracts more visitors than the Lord Balaji temple i spoke about earlier...it attracts on an average nearly 20 million visitors every year!25/09/2016 #6 Claire Cardwell#1 Thanks @Praveen Raj Gullepalli, am googling it now! Now you mention it @Ken Boddie I do see similarities between the sail shapes of the Sydney Opera House (which I had the fortune to visit when I was 13). I did find it staggering that it attracts more visitors than the Taj Mahal.....25/09/2016 #4 Ken BoddieBeautiful building, Claire. It appears to have similarities to the Sydney Opera House, based on review of photographs only, as I have visited the Opera house but not the Lotus Temple. Do you know if the Lotus Temple architect was actually inspired by the Opera House? And as I write this I notice that @Praveen Raj Gullepalli has also similarly commented (great minds or is it fools again, Praveen?) As for the CNN claim to being the most visited building in the world, I would have thought that the Taj Mahal would be closer? What say you Praveen?25/09/2016 #1 Praveen Raj GullepalliDear Claire, it is mostly a media-hyped tourist attraction. There is some ancient science, wisdom and legend that goes into building temples which is absent in the Lotus Temple. Calling it the Mother Temple would also be misleading. There are 51 Shakthi Peethas (Goddess/Mother sanctums) that deserve that nomenclature. The temple of Lord Balaji in Tirupati (known as the Indian Vatican but much older) is probably the one temple with the highest footfalls everyday. He is also considered one if the richest Gods ever, as even today devotees offer gold, jewels, large amounts by the minute, so that he can repay the loan he took from Lord Kubera, the God of Wealth. He owns seven hills in South India along with huge properties through his temple trust. Google Tirupati and you would know all the awe-inspiring metrics. :)
- Producer19/09/2016Battlefield of faigned compassionThere are days like today which are so terrible in their very own way. Sundays are always the most terrible days of the week. Waking up alone and feeling one more time, that the one you miss so terrible, will never smile back on you, if you open the...
- Producer15/09/2016By Golly, I’m On Gili!It's 4 a.m. and the muezzin's call to prayer floats gently through the pre – dawn darkness weaving its way across the coconut plantations and slowly rousing the local population. I lie awake and listen to his imploring tone calling the faithful...
Comments18/09/2016 #18 Pamela L. Williams#16 Follow you heart Paul! You could make downtown Detroit sound like a paradise, and that's saying something! I truly appreciate your sharing your travel experiences. I just wish humans didn't feel motivated to go change it to fit their pampered lifestyles. And I'm not taking myself out of that mix! I like my air conditioning as much as the next guy! I don't begrudge others comfort but why do we need to bulldoze everything that drew people to it in the first place? Makes no sense to me. If they want fancy hotels and beaches; Florida is nothing but beaches and modern hotels!18/09/2016 #17 Paul Walters#7 @Gert Scholtz thanks for that. With drink in hand as the sun sinks into the Lombok sea one watches with awe the myriad of colours explode across the sky. If heaven is supposedly like that I shall try to do more good on earth if only to try and sneak in through the mythical pearly gates !!!18/09/2016 #16 Paul Walters#14 @Pamela L. Williams A well thought out comment and I agree with everything you mentioned. At times I feel that, as a travel writer I am adding to the woes of an already endangered environment. I find a place that captures my heart then I go and bloody tell the world about it. !! I am thinking of concentrating my efforts in the writing department on cities of the world rather than those wonderful unspoilt places that once found, drown under the avalanche of unscrupulous developers who arrive with their giant earth moving equipment and create resorts for the well heeled often spoiling the rich environment that was there in the first place. I also down right refuse to review and write about 'eco lodges' who promise that their so called 'footprint' in a fragile environment adds to rather than spoils the area...what a crock of BS!!!. I spend up to 8 months a year on Bali which is literally sinking under the weight of over 10 million tourists ( and growing) who visit each year. Development is rampant with the government imposing no limits on what can or can't be built. A culture that has thrived over 5000 years is being eradicated only to be replaced by cheap shops selling silly trinkets made in China... bit sad. So thank you @Pamela Williams for you are right, sometimes even the most jaw droppingly beautiful places on earth should perhaps be left well alone or maybe just make it really, really difficult to get there. tally Ho!!!17/09/2016 #15 Pamela L. WilliamsOkay, that sounded a little bit like a downer, but only because this truly does sound like heaven on earth and I would rather never visit and know it is there safe and sound than to know I contributed to it's degradation. Shoot me, I'm a true environmentalist! Now if you'll excuse me I need to go hug a tree. :-)17/09/2016 #14 Pamela L. WilliamsOkay, most of the time when I read about your travels I say: I waaaant to goooo there! But this combined with a presentation I attended on Tuesday night has me saying: Stay away people! Please don't destroy another piece of paradise!
The presentation was on ocean fisheries and in the discussion the presenter brought up the endangered coral reefs around the globe. The one hope (in the eyes of oceanographers and other scientists) is the reefs around the Gili's. They are thriving despite a warming climate. Scientists are now studying these reefs to determine how they are adapting to the changes. My fear? That they will find it can be attributed to a particular type of coral or other ocean life that they will try to transplant to other reefs. The dangers of this can be found in the Japanese native plant Kudzu which can now be found all over the southern U.S. covering power lines and overcoming forests, choking the life out of all other plant life. What thrives and is useful in one region could possibly cause environmental havoc elsewhere. Enjoy your islands Paul, revel in them, but hope that tourism doesn't harm what appears to a ocean haven for life.16/09/2016 #11 Paul Walters@Ken Boddie glad to see you know these little gems. Yes the boat accident was as always unfortunate but I guess in a way it had to happen. We have travelled ( as I am sure you have) on so many boats in these waters and often 'seaworthy' is not something the craft should be christened with. Still let us hope something is done on this issue.16/09/2016 #10 Ken Boddie#9 Sure hits home when you know the area, Lisa. As I indicated in my recent buzz, I was on Gili Air and Gili Trawangan only a few weeks ago and the atmosphere was so laid back and peaceful. Luckily (if there is ever any luck in an accident) they appear to have been very close to Bali at the time. If they had been on, or closer to, Gili Trawangan (very much further away from the nearest hospital at Mataram on Lombok) things may have panned out very much worse, for those who were injured.16/09/2016 #8 Lisa GallagherLike heaven on earth @Paul Walters, not sure if I'd want to be harvested, though, nurtured yes! Tourism is great for economies but it does have it's draw backs. Your description makes me want to be there now, that's what I consider a real vacation. R&R surrounded by pure beauty.15/09/2016 #1 Ken BoddieJust heard about a boat accident, Paul, on my way home from work.
http://www.news.com.au/travel/travel-updates/incidents/fears-for-aussies-on-bali-boat-crash/news-story/5651b29b7c2ad647f0c52d59f01d90cd View moreJust heard about a boat accident, Paul, on my way home from work.
One of the fast cats from Bali was reportedly on its way to Gili Trawangan when there was an explosion. Close
- Producer14/09/2016Sunset Heralds More 'Bang for your Crater'This was our first glympse of Lake Toba, after a long day's journey from our various home bases, a fitting start to our exploration of this remote and beautiful part of North Sumatra, historic home of the now peaceful Batak people. Danau (or Lake)...
Comments18/09/2016 #46 Ken Boddie#45 Not long enough, Lisa. We had an arrangement with a local tour company, organised through one of my brothers-in-law, and had a pretty rigid itinerary with many other places in North Sumatra to visit, not to mention our own itinerary in South Sumatra, Central Java and Pulau Lombok. Hence we only had part of a day on Pulau Samosir (the island in the lake), although I could have happily stayed there a week. It appears that, back in the Hippy Days, many young foreigners used to escape to Samosir and get 'stranded' there, hiding away with the locals, playing music and partying in a haze of ..........??? Pretty tame, however, when we were there, apart from the odd back-packer. 😎 Peace, Sister! ✌️18/09/2016 #45 Lisa GallagherWhat a vacation @Ken Boddie!! Lake Toba looks breathtaking. Your travels, well I'd say you must be patient. It appears the travels along bumpy, winding roads were well worth the trip! I love your hotel, "Lake Niagara," and the resort looks beautiful. Your sister in law is so colorfully dressed, love it. How long were you here? Your photos make me want to jump right in!!17/09/2016 #42 Lada PrkicBesides your fluently written article with pictures showing the amazing allure of this unique geographical and geological wonder, I am impressed by your comment which beautifully summed up the essence of traveling: "The satisfaction I get from travel arises from the new, the strange, the different, but most of all, the people and their behaviour as individuals and in their various societies."
I most likely will never go to the Lake Toba, but I really want to travel to this part of the world and experience the new, the strange, and the different. Dear @Ken Boddie , thank you for showing us all the beauty of this journey.17/09/2016 #40 Pamela L. Williams#39 Absolutely Ken! I couldn't agree more. The more different the culture and people are from what I'm used to the more I enjoy visiting and understanding them. What I learned most in my educational and employment experiences is learning about the differences in people. Once when taking a humanities class I chose an assignment to interview Buddhist monks. I learned that those who approach a monk in a temple were to enter the room on bent knee. They told me I didn't have to since I wasn't a Buddhist but I asked them one question: Why do your followers perform this act? Their answer: It's a sign of humble respect. I entered the room on bent knee! I didn't have to be a Buddhist to show respect for their beliefs.
I love the differences in humanity, even if I don't agree with some of them, I try to respect their right to be different. Though I tend to have trouble with cultures that subjugate women. No one should be made to feel inferior because of their sex or station in life.17/09/2016 #39 Ken Boddie#38 For me, Pam, the beauty is a bonus and the icing on the cake to embellish the photos. The satisfaction I get from travel arises from the new, the strange, the different, but most of all, the people and their behaviour as individuals and in their various societies. Nothing teaches tolerance more than being a foreigner in other societies. Sure the natural beauty is awe inspiring, but the people (including their beliefs, religions, behaviours and amazing tolerance of our false misconceptions of them) are the real attraction.17/09/2016 #38 Pamela L. WilliamsIn the interview with @Donna-Luisa Eversley I said; I don't think there is anywhere I Don't want to go. This is why Ken! The natural beauty to be found throughout the world is so awe inspiring! Your photos put us there, right in the middle of what to us is a remote corner of the world. Thank you for taking us on this journey with you. If I never get to visit I can say I learned something about the Batak people and their beautiful lands.
- 15/09/2016Meet the Texas Billionaire and GOP Donor Behind the North Dakota Pipeline Controversywww.truth-out.org Who is Kelcy...
- Producer11/09/2016I Want To Remember ThisThis is the first and only piece I ever wrote on the 2001 World Trade Centre terrorist attack.I wrote on the night of September 11, and have reposted it in various media every year since then. I want to remember this because almost everything of...
Comments12/09/2016 #24 Cyndi wilkinsYou are in need of purging environmental toxins...start slowly with a cleanse...might I suggest you try a heavy metal detox...Cilantro with chlorella is an excellent natural anti-oxidant support for your overall health....If there is anything I can do for you please do not hesitate to contact me. Be well:-)12/09/2016 #22 Cyndi wilkins" 20,000 lives in approximately 99 minutes...all pulled off by some unarmed suicide soldiers with four commercial jetliners in three quick strikes? Hmmm...The lid is on. Loose Lips Sink Ships. Don't say anything that might give aid to The Enemy." Exactly @Gerald Hecht...I hope you are feeling better;-)12/09/2016 #21 Jim Murray#18 Just remember this post was written in 2001 based on what I knew at the time. I have a feeling that something is not right about this. But that's not the purpose of this piece. You can have all the theories you like. But at this point they're just theories. Right?12/09/2016 #20 Vincent DiBisceglieWhile I was around when it happened, I was too young to remember anything. However, my mother who was working at Navy Federal Credit Union in Vienna, Virginia a short distance away, and my dad, who was starting out his second week at the Treasury Department as an investigator and security detail, which was around a mile away from the Pentagon, both describe the day as incredibly hectic and haunting, with employers not knowing whether or not to release their employees home for the rest of the day just to comprehend that nation's military and economic branches had been terrorized and how many people were killed in the attacks. To this day seeing the footage gives me shock, horror, and anger both at Saudi Arabia for state-funding terrorism and our own government for not adequately protecting its citizens and for not preparing even after the bombings in 1993. Never forget those 2,977 lost civilians, over 1,100 of which have yet to be id'd 15 years later. Hundreds of firemen and police officers died on and off-duty doing their jobs to protect and help save civilians. Out of all the people who presided on 9/11, the passengers of United 93 are truly heroes, saving not just a national landmark from destruction, but he hundreds of people still inside. Never forget.12/09/2016 #18 Cyndi wilkins"Except there was something different about this. Something very weird. There were no planted explosives. Just the nearly nuclear superheat of thousands of gallons of jet fuel working like the world’s biggest blowtorch, melting the steel infrastructure of two of the world strongest buildings like they were made of paper mache." That is exactly what they want us to believe..."I was on the phone to my unit between the strikes - watching the 'coverage' as the 'second plane hit'. It was a cartoon worthy of a Disney Intern. The shadows were off, the speed was wrong, the sizing was scaled incorrectly and on a bright sunny day.... the planes are PURE BLACK shadows.....MICKEY MOUSE BULLSHIT." ...What say you @Brian McKenzie? We've been duped...11/09/2016 #16 Dale Masters#4 It is hard for me to express sorrow, especially at a level that this piece evokes. New York was (and always will be) my true home. You brought out in me the intensity of the emotions I felt 15 years ago.
My best friend actually took off work. They let her go when they found out that I used to live in Manhattan.11/09/2016 #14 Phil FriedmanThank you, @Jim Murray, for sharing this. The strike at the towers was not simply a strike at the U.S., but at all of the free world's nations. It was also, I suspect, driven by a misunderstanding of U.S. society -- thinking that because the U.S. is often obsessed with material wealth, the nation is soft. It is not. And all this strike did was poke the sleeping tiger, and work against the political objectives of those who mounted it. Which makes the entire affair just that more senseless and futile.11/09/2016 #11 Jim Murray#8 Thanks @Pamela L. Williams... I was really touched by the comment. I have a genuine love for America, having grown up in Buffalo and knowing a lot of really good people there. Your country is far greater than asshats like Trump would have you believe. Stay strong like the real Americans you all are.11/09/2016 #7 Pamela L. Williamsthank you Jim, I thought I was the only one who heard those souls. As I read this I cried as I haven't cried for them since it happened. My imagination just kept going and going and I couldn't make it stop. I was angry at them for letting me hear their cries, feel their fear, then I felt guilty, because I wasn't there, I wasn't in the midst of that hell. Thank you Jim, that's all I can say.11/09/2016 #6 Franci Eugenia HoffmanYour post is very touching and well written @Jim Murray. I don't know if we will ever know what really happened on 9/11. It was the saddest and scariest day I have ever experienced. Blessings to those that lost their lives and to those that suffered due to this horrific event.11/09/2016 #4 Jim Murray#3 @Dale Masters I saw the 91/11 architects video and I am convinced, like you appear to be, that this was much more sinister than a simple terrorist attack. But that's a whole other post that is percolating in my brain. New knowledge. This post reflects what I felt at the time. And Bob Dylan says "Things Have Changed". Thanks for your comment. The perpetrators may have changed but the sorrow is still as real as it ever was.11/09/2016 #3 Dale Masters....except that the narrative we were given is a complete lie.
Ask yourself this:
Why do the cars on FDR Drive look as though they were exposed to a nuclear explosion? Use Google Images to look up photos of mock-up towns exposed to the effects of a nuclear blast, then compare them to scenes from FDR Drive on 9/11.
...and, as always:
Not bin Laden. He spoke to an Arabic news service on 9/11, stating that in Islam, "to kill one man is to kill the whole world". He was deeply saddened by 9/11.
He was also in the process of dying from kidney failure. The staged "killing of bin Laden" rips through the comfortable illusion that America is a two-party system. The ones who committed this atrocity are guilty of treason, yet I sincerely doubt that (in this world at least) they'll get what they deserve.
Cultures Around the World~ 100 buzzes
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