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Cultures Around the World

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This hive is to share information about your country or culture. Share the history, holidays, celebrations, food, or anything that makes you proud of the region in which you live. Whether it's a tale of days gone by, photos of special places, or something important to you that you want others to know about the lives of your people.
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  1. ProducerLiana Nitsetskaia
    Lost Childhood Found
    Lost Childhood FoundClosure ... Will there ever be one? Can there be one?Memories of lost childhood that my generation was robbed off of due to the war in Abkhazia,Β memories that have been dormant, painfully pulsing every time I'd reach out for them looking for a...
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    Pamela 🐝 Williams
    09/02/2017 #1 Pamela 🐝 Williams
    Knowing in your mind what happened doesn't equal the seeing. There is always the 'what if' questions such as maybe it wasn't real, maybe I dreamed it. Seeing the results of those events told both your heart and mind the truth; that you didn't leave your home for no reason. Sometimes having the decision confirmed is all we need to say to ourselves; it had to be this way. It's the unanswered, the unconfirmed that keeps us doubting and questioning. Now there are no more 'What ifs'. At least for that time in your life.
  2. ProducerPaul Walters

    Paul Walters

    07/02/2017
    Ascending Ever Closer To Heaven.
    Ascending Ever Closer To Heaven.It is just on 4.00 am and I have climbed to the highest point of Borobudur, a 9th-century Β monument inΒ Magalang central Java Indonesia, theΒ world's largest Buddhist temple. Along with a few other intrepid early- risers I have braved the morning...
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    Paul Walters
    09/02/2017 #28 Paul Walters
    #25 @Asesh Datta Thanks for stopping by. Its always interesting writing a piece such as this as one "treads' a difficult path when it comes to anything religeous
    Paul Walters
    09/02/2017 #27 Paul Walters
    #25 @Ken Boddie Tis indeed an amazing place . We simply must 'hookup' one day
    Ken Boddie
    09/02/2017 #26 Ken Boddie
    I echo your sentiments, Paul, that Borobudur is an awe inspiring construction and, of course, there are so many other smaller temples in the area for those who want to explore further. I've visited Borobudur twice now and would go back again at the drop of a hat, as the surrounding area and villages are also interesting and some of the local accommodation idyllic. My fondest memory is getting up at 'sparrow's fart' and driving a few kilometres out of town before stumbling up a hillside (somewhere in the middle of nowhere) to join all the other foreign photographers who were waiting for the sun to rise over the temple and the surrounding area. Not only did I get some interesting photos of Borobudur and surrounds but I also couldn't help but snap a few off at the gaggle of photographers assembled atop this vantage point. The variety of equipment and people was astonishing.
    Asesh Datta
    09/02/2017 #25 Asesh Datta
    Paul Walters, Great travel story vividly described of a fascinating archeological monuments long lost under volcanic ashes. Your description of 'perforated stupa' intrigued me. Would like to know the reason behind those perforation. 'Nirvana' literally means "blown out", as in an oil lamp. The term "nirvana" is most commonly associated with Buddhism, and represents its ultimate state of soteriological release and liberation from rebirths in saαΉƒsāra. Great post and thanks
    Pamela 🐝 Williams
    08/02/2017 #24 Pamela 🐝 Williams
    Despite being a beach lover I would choose the temple! Amazing! Why don't they make the sanders a condition of visiting the temple? Tourists should buy their own!
    Don 🐝 Kerr
    08/02/2017 #23 Don 🐝 Kerr
    Wonders of the world.
    Don 🐝 Kerr
    08/02/2017 #22 Don 🐝 Kerr
    @Paul Walters There are so many wondrous places in our lives that most of us will never see. This makes your ability to bring them to us with such vivid description and personal expression remarkable. Thanks for this.
    Paul Walters
    08/02/2017 #21 Paul Walters
    #20 @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher Thank you
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    08/02/2017 #20 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    I read this on my phone last night. The phone does not do justice to these stunning photos!!
    Donna-Luisa Eversley
    08/02/2017 #18 Donna-Luisa Eversley
    @Paul Walters think you've captured a bit of the majesty with the photos. Its simply beautiful. Looking at it I can almost smell the mist. Thrilling experience for you! Thanks for sharing!
    Silvia Garcia
    07/02/2017 #17 Silvia Garcia
    I love it... the sunrise is amaizing
    Anna Magnus
    07/02/2017 #16 Anna Magnus
    Magic tale of strength vision and beauty @Paul Walters
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    07/02/2017 #15 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    #11 With me that is the only thing it should spark. If I came to beBee to develop a personal brand, the only people who will be interested in hiring me are used-car salesmen. They just love the fresh smell of "new car" BS. [That means "Brand Strategy" of course]
    Paul Walters
    07/02/2017 #14 Paul Walters
    #13 @Gert Scholtz Thanks . much appreciated
    Gert Scholtz
    07/02/2017 #13 Gert Scholtz
    @Paul Walters A temple buried for around a thousand years and comparable to the pyramids of Giza. Two hundred men to uncover it. You open windows on a world I would otherwise never have known about. Thanks Paul for one of your best travel posts.
    Paul Walters
    07/02/2017 #12 Paul Walters
    #10 @CityVP 🐝 Manjit Thank you for the glowing comment on Linked in I'm humbled
    Paul Walters
    07/02/2017 #11 Paul Walters
    #8 @CityVP 🐝 Manjit ell glad to see that this sparked a bit of research and thought. Thank you
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    07/02/2017 #10 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    This article is also mentioned in my comment to a self-reflective piece "Center and Edge" as an example of me finding an "Edge"
    https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/center-edge-cityvp-manjit
    Pat 🐝 Bagano
    07/02/2017 #9 Pat 🐝 Bagano
    I love this one! Being Buddhist this one place has been in my bucket list for over half a decade. I wish I braved going to Borobudur instead of just getting trapped in the party cities of Southeast Asia a few years back. But yes, I will one day visit this place, and like you, @Paul Walters, take nice photos. Inspiring read!
  3. ProducerMax🐝 J. Carter
    Tales from the weird file: The Cinematic moments
    Tales from the weird file: The Cinematic momentsI spent last week diggin' up how I fictionalized parts of my life and it's time to get back to the factual telling. I came up with the cinematic view for myself when I was driving cab and still writing under the name The Movie Whore. The title only...
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    Max🐝 J. Carter
    05/02/2017 #3 Max🐝 J. Carter
    Thank you for sharing this buzz @Pamela 🐝 Williams
    Max🐝 J. Carter
    05/02/2017 #2 Max🐝 J. Carter
    #1 Thank you. It was intense and fun at the same time.
    Pascal Derrien
    05/02/2017 #1 Pascal Derrien
    ''It had the rage sprint of the house running away'' such a powerful capture of what it may have been to be there :-)
  4. ProducerPaul Walters

    Paul Walters

    20/06/2016
    Speaking In Tongues, The Trials And Tribulations Of Learning A New Language.
    Speaking In Tongues, The Trials And Tribulations Of Learning A New Language.I have just finished another Bahasa Indonesian lesson at a well-regarded language school here in Bali and quite frankly; yet again I found it mentally exhausting! As I base myself here for up to ten months a year to supposedly write a book...
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    Zack Thorn
    05/02/2017 #19 Zack Thorn
    #17 ditto sub-titles. I may not ever learn it really, but in a pinch I can fake it enough to get served and find a bus or a bathroom.
    Pamela 🐝 Williams
    05/02/2017 #18 Pamela 🐝 Williams
    Don't feel alone! I have taken German twice and can bately say hello/good-bye. Some people have a natural affinit for learning language. I think it has to with which side of your brain is dominate. I know this...it's the opposite of whatever mine is!!!
    Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    04/07/2016 #17 Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    #9 @Paul Walters, @Brian McKenzie: I find movies in English with foreign subtitles help accelerate my learning curve. Highly recommended!
    Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    04/07/2016 #16 Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    #10 @Vincent Andrew: I like Babble ~ perhaps it would be good if us Beez started to Babble more! 🌞 https://www.babbel.com 🌞
    Brian McKenzie
    02/07/2016 #15 Brian McKenzie
    @Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD one of the most effective ways to break someone down and make them compliant - is to isolate them in their own head. Complete solitary lock down, including messing with the lights, timing of food and rest periods - usually with in two weeks; they are blathering just happy for the occasion to talk. Very few people can be left in their own head for too long.
    Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    02/07/2016 #14 Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    #8 Hi @Brian McKenzie again! "You will know you have made it when you start to dream in the other language." Man, is that a great one! Lovin' the humor! Oh..and do I have homework to do? ..hm.... Does "Traumatic Brain Injury Entropy" qualify as a language? I definitely believe so. My first book is the first "brain-injured author" book to be Reviewed by some Reviewers that took offense that I said, "Hum, drum. Drip, drop." too much. Off subject I know, but that was my language. It was my life, literally. I had a PICC line intravenous fluid going in my arm and to my heart for almost a frkn 4 years. No one but an anesthesiologist could have survived it, as I barely weaned myself off of the fluid before they wanted to stick the next needle 'permanently' in my upper chest. As if I was getting chemo for weeks. Nope! And you know what? If I could live on an iv for almost 4 years, the least that a reader could do is tolerate the "noise" that was unspoken background static to my brain. Heck, all a reader would have to do is shut the drn boook if they got tired of the silent noise! Hey! Epiphany! AHHhh! I think that just goes to show how GOOD the book actually IS written, since it does make the reader get just as frustrated as me. Hummmmmm.....https://youtu.be/4EVCZEtwe34 ? maybe the reviewer was giving me a compliment....wow.....
    Paul Walters
    02/07/2016 #13 Paul Walters
    #12 @Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD When eminent surgeons stop by one is humbled and therefore I must away to collect pollen, make honey and serve tea !! Time I have aplenty. I live in Bali where time moves slowly but really I procrastinate to keep from beginning the next book!
    Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    02/07/2016 #12 Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    #7 How are you able to be so kind to acknowledge people stopping by so much? I'm just in awe of the personal connections. Just...in....aWe...
    Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    02/07/2016 #11 Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    #5 lol! Hilarious!
    Vincent Andrew
    23/06/2016 #10 Vincent Andrew
    Learning any language is a difficult task. But yes, learning a different language opens up a whole new world altogether. I speak three languages but I am thinking of learning at least one European language, probably Spanish or German. Can any bees suggest where I can get help with this?
    Paul Walters
    21/06/2016 #9 Paul Walters
    #8 Thank you @Brian McKenzie. I plod along and now have a private tutor and as we have household staff none of whom speak English my progress is becoming a little more rapid.
    Brian McKenzie
    21/06/2016 #8 Brian McKenzie
    they say that the average American uses less than two thousand individual unique words in conversation - and with the 6 second emoji crowd - significantly less than that. I used to fly at about 6000 words in Russian when in the thick of things, due to 10 years out of the military- I am struggling to get over half of that again. I am not sure if learning the language the first time was harder, or picking it back up after being out of it for a decade. You will know you have made it when you start to dream in the other language. Best of Success to you and your studies.
    Paul Walters
    20/06/2016 #7 Paul Walters
    #6 Thanks Nancy @Nancy Walker
    Nancy Walker
    20/06/2016 #6 Nancy Walker
    I can absolutely relate to what both you and Jeffrey have gone through @Paul Walters. I'm still finding discarded post-it notes! I really love my language classes and even though I suffer from the same self consciousness that everyone goes through learning and speaking new languages I try my hardest to do so outside of class with other students or with friends from other countries... However ask me on a bad day and I'll probably respond in English!
    Jeffrey Boxer
    20/06/2016 #5 Jeffrey Boxer
    A few weeks after moving to Spain, I needed help buying a metro ticket. I walked up to several people and asked "can you help me?", but kept getting strange looks. After 10 minutes I realized that I had conjugated the verb wrong, and I had been declaring to a bunch of strangers "I can help me."
    Jeffrey Boxer
    20/06/2016 #4 Jeffrey Boxer
    I did the post-its in my apartment in Madrid last year, I thought it was helpful! And I laughed out loud at the condoms and a bucket bit, I can definitely relate to that
    Paul Walters
    20/06/2016 #3 Paul Walters
    #2 Hi David thanks for dropping by
    David Brown
    20/06/2016 #2 David Brown
    haha thank you for the belly laugh @Paul Walters, at least you got the woman to sell you something, next time you'll get what you asked for! i find that learning languages is sometimes more valuable than other studies.
  5. ProducerDean Owen

    Dean Owen

    04/02/2017
    Hanabi
    HanabiIt’s nice to see quite a few Japanese words make their way to the English language.Β For foodies, the trendy word these days is Umami, a fifth taste set β€œdiscovered” by the Japanese in the early 20th Century.Β The devastating 2004 Indian Ocean...
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    Dean Owen
    07/02/2017 #24 Dean Owen
    #22 I very almost moved to Australia back in the 80's. Even packed my bags. But a change in circumstances caused an about face at the last minute. What you describe Ken-san sounds very enticing, but it also sounds very much like my hometown of London, which has, in my lifetime, become probably the most diverse city on Earth.
    Dean Owen
    07/02/2017 #23 Dean Owen
    #21 I love the story of "Uncle" Prakesh. I assume you are using the word "Uncle" as we do so often in S.E.Asia, not to describe a relative, but to describe an elderly man who we are very fond of. If there is one country that I would recommend everyone visit, it has to be Japan. It is so unique, colourful, creative, futuristic, yet firmly planted in tradition. And the people are just so polite and well mannered.
    Ken Boddie
    06/02/2017 #22 Ken Boddie
    #15 I sometimes wonder if English is the main language here in Oz, Dean-san. In a taxi here in Brissie you're likely to hear Punjabi or have a coffee in West End and you're in old man Greek land. Italian is the tongue in Lygon St in Melbourne and you have a good chance of hearing Afrikaans or Chinese Indonesian in Perth. As for Sydney CBD, throw the dice and whatever comes up, it's unlikely to be English. And then there's the slowly dying Strine. No wonder so many Aussies can't spell and have poor English grammar. The teachers are all from somewhere else. πŸ˜‚
    🐝 Fatima Williams
    06/02/2017 #21 🐝 Fatima Williams
    Such a beautiful display of firework ! So fascinating and magical. I love the culture there and I guess I can survive if I ever come to live there considering my love for trying anything new these days :) Hanabi is a must watch life time experience.

    Fireworks in India are absolutely spectacular but I have nothing of this magnitude anywhere. As a child I lived next door to an uncle named Prakash who used to put up a firework shop only during Diwali for sale . Since we never celebrated Diwali , he would call us to watch and light a few when he was lighting them up for his son and daughter.

    Apart from the one's that light up in the sky, the flower-pots and chase-me-Charley's I dislike the noisy dangerous ones.
    I've not had the chance to see Dubai's new year fireworks for the last 2 years as I go on Holidays during that time. But during EID and New year's the firework is said to be fascinating in UAE.

    I will do a live buzz for the next upcoming fireworks display. There's a lot I'd like you guys to see here :)

    Thanks @Dean Owen Chan I enjoyed this buzz and my bucket-list is getting heavier :) :)
    Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    06/02/2017 #20 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    #15 Come on down!!
    Dean Owen
    06/02/2017 #19 Dean Owen
    #14 Fireworks in themselves are a bit ironic. But I have always thought to live my life like a firework if that makes sense.
    Dean Owen
    06/02/2017 #18 Dean Owen
    #12 Thanks for the wonderful comment @Devesh Bhatt. As you may know, the Chinese govt has really clamped down on the prolific use of fireworks in light of the 2009 fire that destroyed the Beijing TV Cultural Center in addition to a drive to clean up pollution. But that really hasn't stopped it much. I can still hear fireworks as I type. (It is the last weekend of the Chinese NY). Fire fountains are popular in Japan at every festival. They are called Niagara. And I have seen a burning phoenix before, usually a metal frame bird adorned with sparklers, drawn across the sky on a pulley. These ones are kites in Korea -
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=he1w3T7c2oU
    Dean Owen
    06/02/2017 #17 Dean Owen
    #11 And the cherry blossoms! A gift from the Japanese back in 1912.
    Dean Owen
    06/02/2017 #16 Dean Owen
    #10 It seems fireworks are broadly used around the World to celebrate Independence from those pesky British of whom I am one!
    Dean Owen
    06/02/2017 #15 Dean Owen
    #9 I've been scouting a new country to lay my hat and recently someone suggested Canada. Apart from the cold winters it all sounds enticing, but I do have a preference for countries where English is not the main language. Quebec perhaps?
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    05/02/2017 #14 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    For nearly three decades of my life it was all about Nov 5th.

    Today I love the 21st Century retelling of the Guy Fawkes story in V for Vendetta https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lSA7mAHolAw

    As for fireworks where I live now, they have a climate change initiative where we shut our power for 1 hour and then later on the year the city engages a huge firework display, I find that constantly ironic considering what is said here : https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/nov/15/fireworks-bonfire-night-diwali-pollution
    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    05/02/2017 #13 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    I love learning about other cultures and thank you for sharing, Dean. What a spectacular display of fireworks you have shared and I 've always been curious about how some of them explode into what appears to be delicate layers of colors and lights. I watch fireworks on the Fourth of July and New Years Eve.
    Devesh Bhatt
    05/02/2017 #12 Devesh Bhatt
    Your wonderful buzz has really got me curious about fireworks .

    Bits and pieces come to mind regarding India. Kautilya/Chanakya had mentioned Agnichurna (recipe unknown) for smoke and fire based clay balls.

    One of Ashoka's pillar edicts has a Govt inscription banning the commercial sale of potassium nitrate and sulphur. Made me wonder if there were Chinese people who visited India before Fa-hien and probably shared this knowledge.

    Recently there was a case in the Supreme Court of India stating , ban fireworks as they are a modern inclusion into Diwali, not part our Culture. A reference by the defence lawyer was made to Chinese firework exports to India in the 16th Century where Adil Shah had a display of fire fountains at the Yamuna River bank and a Purple Flame Bird, whatever that is.
    We do get fire fountains today, but no Purple Flame Bird, I wonder what it is :)
    Pamela 🐝 Williams
    05/02/2017 #11 Pamela 🐝 Williams
    My best firework memory was visiting a friend in Washington. We had a picnic lunch on the lawn of the Pentagon where her husband worked and watch the National firework show over the Potomac River. It was a rather emotional experience being in our nations capital. Now I can't even imagine wanting to be in Washington for anything but a protest march. Sad :-(
    Donna-Luisa Eversley
    04/02/2017 #10 Donna-Luisa Eversley
    In Trinidad we have big fireworks displays for our Independence Day celebrations, and for New Years. I love Tiramisu😊 thanks for sharing these Japanese words and the ones that are not. The cultural experiences you share are amazing @Dean Owen View more
    In Trinidad we have big fireworks displays for our Independence Day celebrations, and for New Years. I love Tiramisu😊 thanks for sharing these Japanese words and the ones that are not. The cultural experiences you share are amazing @Dean Owen..thanks a lot πŸ˜€πŸŒΌπŸŒΉπŸŒΈ Close
    Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    04/02/2017 #9 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    Damn. I got to get me out to Japan. One of the best fireworks organizers is just 10 miles up the road from us. I love when they test new stuff.

    The Montreal International Fireworks Festival is also very popular. It follows the Post-Winter Pothole Repair Festival
    Dean Owen
    04/02/2017 #8 Dean Owen
    #6 Cricket and fireworks. Who would have thought? Would love to put on a firework show but those festivals are expensive, with each firework costing up to $2000, and each display using between 50,000 to 130,000 fireworks (for the larger displays in Tokyo). All sponsored by big Japanese corp.
    Dean Owen
    04/02/2017 #7 Dean Owen
    #5 oh I don't really do much Karaoke these days. I had to do a lot working in Asia as clients demanded it, especially the Wall Street crowd, but they weren't necessarily there for the singing.
    Gert Scholtz
    04/02/2017 #6 Gert Scholtz
    @Dean Owen Honcho is actually from Japanese - never knew that. A proximate South African equivalent of Hanabi Matsuri is what we call a "Braai" - with fireworks when watching the end of a cricket match. Shall we then have a Braai sometime in Japan and a Hanabi Matsuri when next you are in South Africa? Thanks for an interesting post Dean.
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    04/02/2017 #5 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    This was extremely interesting @Dean Owen, the fireworks display, WOW!!! I've never witnessed fireworks that beautiful where I live. Our celebration, July 4th has always been to celebrate Independence day. In 1776 we adopted the declaration of Indepence and the US was no longer part of the British Empire. However, I think over many years it many just celebrate to celebrate. When I was young we would go to the beach where fireworks were displayed. We'd sit on the hill and watch the fireworks over Lake Erie and they were beautiful. As time progressed and we moved to a smaller town the fireworks were a disappointment and we quit going to see them. Many people have picnics/barbecues on July 4th along with family gatherings. Loved the line about the Tiramisu, one of my favorite Italian desserts! I can see how your dad thought it may be a Chinese dessert because of the spelling. Karaoke, ok.. you rock! The last time I did Karaoke, I sang Stairway to Heaven... wasn't too bad. But then I had to do another song and my brother/sister in law were almost hiding under the table haha. I had a few too many White Russians. Thanks for this, enjoyed the story, history and videos!
  6. ProducerPaul Walters

    Paul Walters

    30/05/2016
    When Settling Into A New House Can Sometimes Involve Inhaling The Neighbours!
    When Settling Into A New House Can Sometimes Involve Inhaling The Neighbours!A few years ago we decided to leave the familiar behind and settle in a new country, Indonesia. We chose the island of Bali and so far so good, Β we feel truly blessed. For me it allows uninterrupted periods of complete sloth while I attempt to...
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    Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    04/02/2017 #17 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    Great post, great house, great locale. I just hope "tinkling fountains" describes the sound they make, not what one does in them. (heheheheh)
    Pamela 🐝 Williams
    04/02/2017 #16 Pamela 🐝 Williams
    Don't quite know how to respond to this post Paul...:-) Inhaling your neighbor! Now that's an entirely new take on being neighborly. UGH! Though some culture do (or did, don't know the status of cannibalism these days) believe that 'taking in' another passes their strength to you. At 2 to 3 a week, you should have the strength of the Incredible Hulk by now! I would just turn green. hahaha
    Paul Walters
    18/01/2017 #15 Paul Walters
    @Ian Weinberg sorry, have to put my reply into context ...just read your piece on death !!!
    Ian Weinberg
    18/01/2017 #14 Ian Weinberg
    Great piece. Thanks for that @Paul Walters . Best wishes from 'Dr Death' https://www.bebee.com/producer/@ian-weinberg/on-the-matter-of-death
    Paul Walters
    18/01/2017 #13 Paul Walters
    #12 Always welcome for a visit @Jim Murray The slacker bit is a myth . The weather here is always warm ( read hot) , the beers always cold , and we have heaps of room !
    Jim Murray
    18/01/2017 #12 Jim Murray
    So really are a writer. I was convinced you are a world class slacker. Just goes to show you how wrong you can be sometimes.
    Cheers, jim (from my new house, not in Bali, dammit)
    Don 🐝 Kerr
    31/05/2016 #11 Don 🐝 Kerr
    Brilliant perspective.
    Don 🐝 Kerr
    31/05/2016 #10 Don 🐝 Kerr
    What a lovely perspective @Paul Walters Thanks for this.
    Paul Walters
    31/05/2016 #9 Paul Walters
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    Catalina Serrano
    30/05/2016 #8 Catalina Serrano
    I only saw the cremations in India, but never in Indonesia. Are they still happening next to your house? That's a great story, I guess you felt a little weird, but now you have another story to talk about. Fantastic house and, as @Ken Boddie View more
    I only saw the cremations in India, but never in Indonesia. Are they still happening next to your house? That's a great story, I guess you felt a little weird, but now you have another story to talk about. Fantastic house and, as @Ken Boddie says, a good place to find inspiration! (Because you are living in Sanur and not in Kuta, right?) Close
    Ken Boddie
    30/05/2016 #7 Ken Boddie
    Ah, the smell of the Orient?!? πŸ™Š I had the good fortune to marry an Indonesian lady and am therefore a regular visitor to the Spice Islands and occasionally Bali. I hope you have settled well into the Indonesian lifestyle and have come to accept the often proffered "besok 'aja, Tuan", which, for the benefit of other readers, can too often mean "why do today what you can put off until tomorrow". πŸ˜‰ I also hope that you have not settled too close to where too many of my fellow Australians, unfortunately, tend to behave badly on a regular basis, with little or no thought for local culture. I wish you inspiration for your writing, and, surrounded by an island of natural craftsmen and artists, how can you not be, mas Paul?
    Oliver Moloney
    30/05/2016 #6 Oliver Moloney
    There's a story in there in itself! I can see it now - 'A breath of fresh heir' some people are born into royalty, others inhale the prince's ashes. Great post!
    Oliver Moloney
    30/05/2016 #5 Oliver Moloney
    When a breath of fresh air includes the neighbours, you know you're in for an interesting stay!
    Pascal Derrien
    30/05/2016 #4 Pascal Derrien
    I did not se it coming what a story (what a house too) :-)
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    30/05/2016 #3 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    @Paul Walters, your home looks beautiful. As for the ashes you literally inhaled, you now have a soulmate for life. I'm not sure if I'd want to meet my soulmate in that manner, especially if it was sneaking into my nose and being inhaled into my lungs. ;)) It sounds quite festive outside your front door even though they are celebrating a loss.
    Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    30/05/2016 #2 Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    @Paul Walters when you confessed ''so far so good'', i presumed the next thing you'd say would be something akin to Wakin up the Neighbours (Bryan Adams surely wouldn't mind that reference ;) ...fitting in with the moving in bit. But hey what you described after that unobtrusive intro is a macabre tale! You are breathing in the neighbors! Takes me back to years ago when I had to commute through a lane adjoining a cemetery/crematorium. I know that barbecue on the spit smell only too well. Believe me, I used to hold my breath (for a good 3 minutes) until I passed the overhanging miasma of fire-consumed flesh and then gasp for clean air. No offence to the dear departed, but nothing should tarnish their memory of their vanishing into air, not even this experience of smelling them or inhaling them as you put it, as they forever go, leaving behind a trail of smoke and grease. Electric units for disposing the dead ought to be adopted more, saving wood, fuel and the atmosphere from that added effluence. Talking of afterlife, I hail from a family whose ancestors believed in burying their dead, sitting up or tied into a foetal position in a wicker basket and lowered into the womb of Mother Earth just that way. Symbolic yes. Non-polluting too. But somewhere down the line things changed, and in these days for those in my community, life is a trial by fire (literally) even after! That said and conveyed, your ''olfactories'' dear Sir, have earned my respect! :)
    Dean Owen
    30/05/2016 #1 Dean Owen
    Bali is very much a part of you now - literally! Love this story!
  7. ProducerPascal Derrien

    Pascal Derrien

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

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

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

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

    Gert Scholtz

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

    Kevin Pashuk

    09/06/2016
    This is fascinating: Where in the world are you from?
    momondo – The DNA Journey
    momondo – The DNA Journey It’s easy to think there are more things dividing us than uniting us. But we actually have much more in common with other nationalities than you’d think. If...
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    Chas ✌️ Wyatt
    30/01/2017 #7 Chas ✌️ Wyatt
    Fantastic share @Kevin Pashuk, thank you.
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    29/01/2017 #6 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    I was already a global citizen so the findings here come as no surprise, but the important thing about this video is that before test views are what politicians depend on votes and the after test view is the potential for renaissance, once we see through the absurdity of nationality. That is why I love the mind of Jiddu Krishnamurti for such a long time http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/520382-when-you-call-yourself-an-indian-or-a-muslim-or
    Pamela 🐝 Williams
    29/01/2017 #5 Pamela 🐝 Williams
    "I'm a mutt of the world"

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

    the full story : https://www.momondo.es/letsopenourworld/dna
  10. ProducerPamela 🐝 Williams
    Where Have You Been?
    Where Have You Been? Over the last couple of weeks I have heard that question in my head. I’m not hearing voices but my sometimes overactive imagination could hear my fellow Bees asking me why my presence on beBee has been infrequent of late. It had nothing...
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    Mohammed A. Jawad
    31/01/2017 #53 Mohammed A. Jawad
    Thought-provoking post @Pamela 🐝 Williams. Here's one of my poems...enjoy it!


    Worldly Disputes

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

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

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

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

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


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

    Here, HERE!!!
    Dean Owen
    29/01/2017 #35 Dean Owen
    #32 Just remember he is not your boss. You, the people, are his boss.
    Pamela 🐝 Williams
    29/01/2017 #34 Pamela 🐝 Williams
    #1 Thank you for stopping by Bill! :-)
    Pamela 🐝 Williams
    29/01/2017 #33 Pamela 🐝 Williams
    #3 The GOP is pulling 'just inside the law' tricks all over the country. I want to know the lawyers, lobbyists, and consultants that are behind some of these actions, because we all know that politicians aren't smart enough to think of this on their own. Someone else is actually writing up this stuff. Do you think DT could actually think up some of this crap? He just doesn't have the intelligence. There I said it.
  11. CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    The Chinese New Year begins on 28th January for 2017 and this year it is the year of the Fire Rooster. Chinahighlights introduces what the Chinese New Year is and what it is about.
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    Chinese New Year 2017: Traditions, Activities, Day-By-Day Guide
    www.chinahighlights.com Chinese New Year will fall on January 28th in 2017. Find out about its traditions, activities, events, food, and culture, and see it celebrated in China...
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    Bill Stankiewicz, 🐝 Brand Ambassador
    28/01/2017 #11 Bill Stankiewicz, 🐝 Brand Ambassador
    COOL, ROOSTER crowing time!!!!
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    28/01/2017 #10 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    It is here THE YEAR OF THE ROOSTER - and in the moment I write this, 1 in 7 people on this planet are celebrating right now - a happy new year!

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

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

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

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

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

    Ken Boddie

    26/01/2017
    And from all the lands on earth we come .....
    And from all the lands on earth we come ....."I'm the hot wind from the desert, I'm the black soil of the plains,Β I'm the mountains and the valleys, I'm the drought and flooding rains,Β I am the rock, I am the sky, the rivers when they run,Β The spirit of this great land, I am Australian."This...
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    Ken Boddie
    29/01/2017 #54 Ken Boddie
    #53 I do agree, Monica, that our younger Australians occasionally behave like "animals" , particularly when let off the leash overseas. Or are you perhaps referring to the lead photo of kangaroos? πŸ˜‚
    Monica Landberg
    29/01/2017 #53 Monica Landberg
    They are amazing animals in the planet
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    27/01/2017 #52 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    #51 Dear Ken, 30 years ago I was more of a doppelgΓ€nger of Rocky Balboa - but as my kids tell me with absolute conviction "What the F. happened to you dad?" This is what middle-age looks like kids is my reply, to which they point their fingers to Johnny Depp. Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise - I just can't win!

    The trick I find is that if we can find a way of making a few million dollars - we can afford the AND - Brisbane AND Hudson Bay. Or at least I can afford Toronto and Sydney that is when I can afford a personal supersonic jet.

    I better start working on my personal brand then - but then I will need to set up a new site as competition to Javier and Juan, and only the boys and few gals at LinkedIn would love that kind of divide and rule. OK in regards to the last paragraph I am booking an appointment with a brand proctologist soon, who will give me some medication to get over a new slogan that is stuck in my beBee.
    Ken Boddie
    27/01/2017 #51 Ken Boddie
    #49 Hard to envisage you, Manjit, as the doppelgΓ€nger of Johnny Rotten. I would be happy to swap Brisbane for Hudson Bay right now, or wherever there is some cooling snow and ice. It's been hot enough to fry eggs on the car bonnet for a few weeks.
    Ken Boddie
    27/01/2017 #50 Ken Boddie
    #48 The Cutty Sark is due to leave Brisbane about 122 years ago next week, on her final wool cargo voyage for the UK, via the Cape. Thanks to the Tardis, I've arranged for a case of Vegemite to be stowed in the captain's cabin. Keep an eye out to sea, Claire, and she should be close to you in about three weeks. Captain Woodget has a keen eye for the ladies and so may invite you aboard to take delivery in person. If so, take due care and ensure that you give his collie dogs, who travel with him on every voyage, a wide berth. Bred as sheep dogs, they have taken to nipping the heels of any unprepared fair damsel who may venture too close and whose ankles may be as white as snow, in the not uncommon manner of their breed, having been taught that this is the most expeditious means of directing said ankles towards the flock.
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    27/01/2017 #49 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    #45 Ken you are an educated man, I am an ex-soccer hooligan and pogo minded punk rocker born in the ghetto side of working class London. The only thing I regret living in London is that I never got a conviction, so I had to emigrate to Canada instead.
    Claire 🐝 Cardwell
    27/01/2017 #48 Claire 🐝 Cardwell
    #46 Absolutely @Ken Boddie - my dance card is not yet full! I think I would like my Vegemite delivered by Tea Clipper please!
    Ken Boddie
    27/01/2017 #47 Ken Boddie
    #43 The Scots have been relocating (some say they're revolting, pun intended) here for many years. I could look at some figures for you but you know what 'they' say, "there's lies, damned lies, then there's statistics".

    Just look at it this way, Lis, there's a helluvalot of ginger haired people around this world, and the relocating, pillaging or revolting Scots (supplemented, in the early days, by the Vikings) are probably responsible for the great majority of them.
    Ken Boddie
    27/01/2017 #46 Ken Boddie
    #41 I'm onto your Vegemite request, Claire. I've promised @Paul Walters (who claims to be starving for his art) that I'll drop a Red Cross parcel, via hot air balloon, on his Bali house with some Vegemite in it. I can either extend the balloon trip to SA (which may take some time assuming it gets blown off course a few times) or would you prefer the more reliable delivery of Vegemite by tea cutter or clipper, then horse and cart?

    Incidentally, may I have the next waltz?
    Ken Boddie
    27/01/2017 #45 Ken Boddie
    #40 The word 'football' means too many things to so many people here in Oz, Manjit. The most popular 'foot' ball games here are, firstly and foremostly, Rugby League or NFL (a ruffians' game played by ruffians); then there's Aussie Rules or AFL ('aerial ping pong' to those like me who are non subscribers and non combatants); then there's my former game of Rugby Union (a ruffians' game played by 'gentlemen', who are not very gentle); then there's Soccer, which is generally a chance for all the more recent nationals and immigrants to take all their various land of origin grievances onto the sports field (a gentleman's game played by ruffians). To choose your game of preference here in Oz, you first need to select the shape and size of the ball, then the players, who may be either 'slim and trim', 'stocky and cocky', or 'built like the proverbial brick outhouse'. Perhaps that explains why some of us are still 'learning', Manjid. We just can't make up our minds whether or not we're gentlemen, and whether or not to kick the damned thing or pick it up and run with it. πŸ€”
    Ken Boddie
    27/01/2017 #44 Ken Boddie
    #42 Next time I'm in Sydney (a couple of weeks time) and in Melbourne (in March) sounds like I'll have a 5% chance of pumping into a Croat. I certainly hope they have some licitar hidden away somewhere. Yum yum 🍰
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    27/01/2017 #43 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    Belated happy Australian day @Ken Boddie. Love the Anthem. I must say, from all I've heard and seen, I'd love to visit your beautiful country one day. My bucket list sure is getting long! I never asked this before, did many Scots relocate to the land of Oz? (Or immigrate, not sure of the proper term).
    Lada 🏑 Prkic
    27/01/2017 #42 Lada 🏑 Prkic
    #34 Ken, I forgot to mention that according to the last census taken in 2011 there are about 150,000 Croats and their descendants in Australia, whereas Croatian communities claim that there are 250,000 Croats. It’s about 5% of the total population in Croatia.
    The majority of Croats live in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Canberra. So you're right, "I am, You are, We are Australian." :)
    Claire 🐝 Cardwell
    27/01/2017 #41 Claire 🐝 Cardwell
    Once a jolly swagman camped by a billabong

    Under the shade of a coolibah tree, 

    He sang as he watched and waited 'til his billy boiled

    You'll come a-Waltzing Matilda, with me

    Thanks for tagging me @Ken Boddie View more
    Once a jolly swagman camped by a billabong

    Under the shade of a coolibah tree, 

    He sang as he watched and waited 'til his billy boiled

    You'll come a-Waltzing Matilda, with me

    Thanks for tagging me @Ken Boddie! Where's my vegemite sandwich? Happy Australia Day! Close
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    27/01/2017 #40 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    Fair Dinkum Ken, Oz is a great place !

    It is good to see that Australians are finally learning to play meaningful football. Not that Australian Rules stuff but footie - the real football. https://www.fromthegrapevine.com/slideshows/lifestyle/7-countries-you-didnt-know-were-soccer-crazy/page/5
    Ken Boddie
    27/01/2017 #39 Ken Boddie
    #30 Funnily enough, Todd, Bryson is one of my favourite authors, having read all his books. πŸ‘
    Ken Boddie
    27/01/2017 #38 Ken Boddie
    #29 I remember, Paul, when first introduced to the Indonesian language, many years ago, that I was having difficulty finding suitable mnemonics for words or expressions .... and so .... Terry McKenzie, Tuan!
    Ken Boddie
    27/01/2017 #37 Ken Boddie
    #27 Many thanks, Sara, but there's only one thing better than watching the tennis ..... and that's watching the cricket! πŸ™„
    Ken Boddie
    27/01/2017 #36 Ken Boddie
    #26 Fair go, mate! πŸ‘
    Ken Boddie
    27/01/2017 #35 Ken Boddie
    #25 Onya, Pascal! πŸ‘
  13. ProducerAbhilash Gaur

    Abhilash Gaur

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

    Ken Boddie

    19/01/2017
    What are you laughing at?
    What are you laughing at?Why do we laugh?Β Do all cultures and creatures laugh?Β Is laughter really the best medicine?What happens when we tickle rats?If you are bursting at the seams to find out the answers to these soul searching, contemplative, ridiculous, yet strangely...
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    Ken Boddie
    21/01/2017 #24 Ken Boddie
    #23 I bow to the bard of trouble and strife. πŸ˜”
    Rod Loader
    21/01/2017 #23 Rod Loader
    To @Ken Boddie...

    Thoughtful prose, to the rose,
    That is my lovely wife.
    About your fear, to draw near,
    To trouble and to strife.

    Now your pain, won't be gain,
    If done by your own hand.
    No she won't laugh, unless your gaff,
    Is totally unplanned.

    Live your life, without strife,
    Or harm to hand or hair.
    But let us know, if your toe,
    Should find a lurking chair.

    #22
    Ken Boddie
    20/01/2017 #22 Ken Boddie
    #18 To @Rod Loader and his good lady wife .....

    When a challenge brings a hazard,
    Then the risk must be assessed.
    Are the consequences good or bad?
    This really is no time for jest.

    A self harm act will cause me pain,
    Of that there can be no real doubt,
    So surely then I must refrain,
    And hope no lady's tears will spout.
    Sara Jacobovici
    20/01/2017 #21 Sara Jacobovici
    #14 Happy and flattered @Ken Boddie!
    Ken Boddie
    20/01/2017 #20 Ken Boddie
    #16 Can I then assume, Dean-san, that your 'tomatosensory' cortex is the portion of the somatosensory cortex that is particularly sensitive to being touched by salads? If you disagree then we could always fight it out. Bagpipes or black pudding? 🀣
    Rod Loader
    20/01/2017 #19 Rod Loader
    #16 Now, I'm going to have to go back into the archives @Dean Owen. The Goodies and Eckythump, brings back memories.
    Rod Loader
    20/01/2017 #18 Rod Loader
    Oh, come on, @Ken Boddie, where's you're sense of adventure.
    Ken Boddie
    20/01/2017 #17 Ken Boddie
    #15 No Rod! I'm not going to pour hot coffee over my head while wearing that cool beBee Tshirt so that both you and your wife can laugh at me. ☹️
    Dean Owen
    20/01/2017 #16 Dean Owen
    I hear that women find an especially active tomatosensory cortex an especially endearing trait in a man. Did you know that people actually die from laughter. I found this particular story quite touching. "On 24 March 1975, Alex Mitchell, from King's Lynn, England, died laughing while watching the "Kung Fu Kapers" episode of The Goodies, featuring a kilt-clad Scotsman with his bagpipes battling a master of the Lancastrian martial art "Eckythump", who was armed with a black pudding." (Wikipedia) -
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-18542377
    Rod Loader
    20/01/2017 #15 Rod Loader
    Because we're all different, it is often different things which make us laugh. My lovely wife laughs when people hurt themselves, I laughed at the funny bearded bloke in the "Bee cool" t-shirt at the end of your post (only kidding... or am I).
    Ken Boddie
    20/01/2017 #14 Ken Boddie
    #9 Hope you don't mind, Sara, but I've added your baby video to the end of this buzz. πŸ‘Ά 🀣
    Ken Boddie
    20/01/2017 #13 Ken Boddie
    #9 I watched your video, Sara, on my own and went from silent chortle to laugh out loud in less than a minute. This video is a great find, Sara, and the babies laughing at dogs which follow it is also hilarious. Thanks for the endorphin transfusion. 🀣
    Ken Boddie
    20/01/2017 #12 Ken Boddie
    #7 I hear that beBee's also looking for a CGO, Kev. Any takers?
    Ken Boddie
    20/01/2017 #11 Ken Boddie
    #8 So what do you 'life' at Devesh? 🀣
    Ken Boddie
    20/01/2017 #10 Ken Boddie
    #6 Thanks for your thoughts, Gert, and of course the joke, which fits into the 'Mismatch of Expectation and Reality' category. This also brings up the concept of miscommunication by accident when we can only really laugh when we are in a remote situation or really know a person well, rather than in a face to face situation, particularly with strangers. I remember the tale of the unfortunate overseas student who arrived in UK and got himself into a number of awkward situations by frequently asking for "hairy twot". After a number of episodes (embarrassing to him but hilarious to others) it transpired he was looking for directions to Herriot Watt University.
    Sara Jacobovici
    19/01/2017 #9 Sara Jacobovici
    I love your style @Ken Boddie; you offer a serious buzz on laughter. But seriously, try to keep a straight face when watching this video of babies laughing (3 min.)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L49VXZwfup8
    Devesh Bhatt
    19/01/2017 #8 Devesh Bhatt
    I just replaced laugh with life and the article is still very interesting.
    Kevin Pashuk
    19/01/2017 #7 Kevin Pashuk
    I was waiting for the punch line Ken...

    Seriously though, some great questions. Why do we laugh? Why did it evolve so that only one type of shrieking laughter is present in a restaurant when you and your partner are trying to have a semi-romantic evening?

    In a recent post I wrote on people's use of titles (vs. experience), I made mention of someone calling themselves "Chief Giggles Officer". I wrote that in a mocking tone. I stand corrected. Any of the people on the panel of the television show you referenced likely qualify for that title.
    Gert Scholtz
    19/01/2017 #6 Gert Scholtz
    @Ken Boddie An intriguing post Ken. I think we laugh for a few reasons. As a means of social bonding; where group cohesion was fostered long ago by touch, as groups increased in size verbal grooming and bonding replaced it – language, laughter and song. The other reason is that laughter is a response to unexpected juxtapositions or ideas – we have a certain train of thought or a fixed perspective and laughter is the response to having it changed and altered in an unforeseen way. Mostly we laugh because it feels good – the chemicals released in the body because of it, makes it a self-seeking act. The other side of the question is interesting too: why do we (try to) induce laughter in others? A long list it could be.

    According to a poll by Prof Richard Wiseman of the UK, here is the joke voted funniest: Two hunters are out in the woods when one of them collapses. He doesn't seem to be breathing and his eyes are glazed. The other guy whips out his phone and calls the emergency services. He gasps, "My friend is dead! What can I do?" The operator says "Calm down. I can help. First, let's make sure he's dead." There is a silence, then a shot is heard. Back on the phone, the guy says "OK, now what?"
    Devesh Bhatt
    19/01/2017 #5 Devesh Bhatt
    #4 well the disagreement may make them intense. Let them have a laugh :)
  15. Jackie M.

    Jackie M.

    17/01/2017
    Meanwhile in Australia...
    #killerkangaroo
    Jackie M.
    Templestowe jogger suffered injuries after kangaroo attack | Daily Mail Online
    www.dailymail.co.uk Melbourne jogger Debbie Urquhart (pictured), 54, has opened up about the terrifying moment she was viciously attacked by a kangaroo during her early morning run on...
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  16. ProducerGert Scholtz

    Gert Scholtz

    14/01/2017
    Afrikaans: A Short History...Of Sorts
    Afrikaans: A Short History...Of SortsAfrikaans is my home language. Spoken by twenty million people, here is the β€œalternatiewe storie van Afrikaans”…. During the middle 1600’s, the Dutch East India Company was the major trading company in the world. It competed at the time...
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    VDS Brink
    16/01/2017 #15 VDS Brink
    And that "Baie" in "baie dankie" is all the way from Indonesia! Gert, it is simply brilliant and my toes curl ... oeps, "my tone krul!"

    A language from the heart and second in the world of published poetry per capita. My ancestors from Denmark adding to the diversity.

    Do again!!
    Graham🐝 Edwards
    15/01/2017 #14 Graham🐝 Edwards
    Nice tale @Gert Scholtz... thx for telling it!
    Gert Scholtz
    15/01/2017 #13 Gert Scholtz
    @Ken Boddie The drink will be on me Ken.! Of course my version of the historic facts are embellished - but then, what history book is not? "Buy (many) donkeys" to you Ken!
    Gert Scholtz
    15/01/2017 #12 Gert Scholtz
    @Emilia M. Ludovino Dat zijn my plezier! Wonderful to have you reading the story Emilia - thank you. Glad your map-reading stays true to the Dutch :). Gaat je goed!
    Gert Scholtz
    15/01/2017 #11 Gert Scholtz
    #8 @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher Thanks you Lisa and to you I say Lekker Naweek which means have a good weekend!
    Gert Scholtz
    15/01/2017 #10 Gert Scholtz
    @Ian Weinberg @Paul Walters Paul: I had the pleasure of having coffee with Ian this week and had the treat of being regaled for two hours by Ian's interesting stories. Somehow I think the two of you will enjoy each other's company. But please, if ever this were to happen, don't leave me out!
    Gert Scholtz
    15/01/2017 #9 Gert Scholtz
    #4 @Dean Owen Ek is bly (I am happy) that you stopped by Dean! You will have to come to SA to try out the Indonesian food yourself - as long as I can be host.
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    15/01/2017 #8 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    Quite interesting @Gert Scholtz, I too, love reading about other's cultures. I think we can all learn from one another and I love the way you ended your buzz. Buy a donkey... well by George, I will Baie Dankie you for this story! Enjoy your Sunday.
    Ian Weinberg
    15/01/2017 #7 Ian Weinberg
    What a lekker storytjie @Gert Scholtz ! Baie mooi. Thanks for that. Ja-nee ons is n andere soort klomp. Proudly sefrican!
    Paul Walters
    15/01/2017 #6 Paul Walters
    Lekker Gert dankie
    Ken Boddie
    15/01/2017 #5 Ken Boddie
    It's tales like these, Gert, that I love to read - bees sharing their culture, their history and themselves.
    From one former colonial outpost to another, from the land with the Great Bight to the Land of Great Storms, I'll buy your donkey and drink Γ  votre santΓ©.
    Dean Owen
    15/01/2017 #4 Dean Owen
    I liked this article deliciously much! Are there any Indonesian influences on the local food? Buy a donkey my friend.
    Emilia M. Ludovino
    14/01/2017 #3 Emilia M. Ludovino
    Wonderlik! Hou daarvan! Dank u mijn vriend voor dit groot artikel. Laughing out loud reading your post dear @Gert Scholtz - being Portuguese and living in Nederlands I found it very funny. I'm already joking with my husband (Dutch) - he's a great sailor but I'm always me reading the charts when we're sailing. Now everything makes so much sense. Just love it.... Dankie!
    Gert Scholtz
    14/01/2017 #2 Gert Scholtz
    #1 @Pascal Derrien Thanks for "getting off the boat" at the post and an Afrikaans cheers to you Pascal :)
    Pascal Derrien
    14/01/2017 #1 Pascal Derrien
    β€œBaie Dankie'' for the entertaining and informative post @Gert Scholtz :-)
  17. Pamela 🐝 Williams
    Pamela 🐝 Williams
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  18. Jackie M.

    Jackie M.

    12/01/2017
    What is your opinion? Are you offended by this article? While I abhor that this kind of stuff brings out the worst racist trolls, I'm inclined to lean towards a "live by the sword, die by the sword" attitude towards those who seek recognition on the basis of their looks (yes, I know talent counts in beauty pageants but we all know it's predominantly about looks, and beyond the issue of subjectivity, there is such a thing as a universal concept of beauty)
    Jackie M.
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  19. Jackie M.

    Jackie M.

    11/01/2017
    Travel magazine TourRadar's article on travelling to Malaysia vs Indonesia, with contribution from yours truly :)
    Jackie M.
    Malaysia VS Indonesia: A Traveller's Guide to Choosing
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  20. Pamela 🐝 Williams
    Want to know the income inequality in the US? Want it mapped out for you? Well there is a App for that...well maybe not an App but a Software. Esri is mapping the income disparity in cities across the U.S. This article made me think of Jim Murray's post about the internet. There are no more 'hidden' statistics, it's at your finger tips if you know where and how to look. Where does your city stand in income disparity?
    Pamela 🐝 Williams
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  21. Jackie M.

    Jackie M.

    10/01/2017
    I was interviewed for a Sydney Morning Herald article yesterday for ideas on what to do with leftover rice - among my suggestions are Fried Rice - and this is one incarnation of it - Nasi Goreng (lit. "fried rice" in Malay) - a deluxe version I encountered at Shangri-La Rasa Sayang in Penang, Malaysia, from my last trip there. Jackie M.
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    Jackie M.
    12/01/2017 #4 Jackie M.
    #1 It WAS very good :D
    Jackie M.
    12/01/2017 #3 Jackie M.
    #2 Oh brilliant, I'll have to check out the Balinese recipe. My satays are tiny morsels as well, which annoyed a lot of Australians when I first started selling them some 25+ years ago - they expected big kebabs. I've done a TV segment for it and it's also in my cookbook, but I do plan to make it in one of my upcoming Live broadcasts, so stay tuned :)
    Dean Owen
    11/01/2017 #2 Dean Owen
    Hey Jackie M, I've had satay all over SE Asia, and they are typically, as in your picture, tiny morsels of chicken, lamb or whatever that are quite dry. The absolute best satay I've ever had is at the Four Seasons in Bali, and we attended their onsite cooking school to learn how to make them. Here is their recipe:
    http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/1184/balinese-chicken-satay
    Not your traditional satay, but extremely juicy. Was wondering how you make your satay?
  22. Jackie M.

    Jackie M.

    09/01/2017
    Human interest story of the day, with a good ending -
    Jackie M.
    Chinese man abducted aged 7 is reunited with his father after eating a plate of oysters | Daily Mail Online
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    Aleta Curry
    10/01/2017 #1 Aleta Curry
    Good gracious - one can still buy babies that easily in China?!
  23. Pamela 🐝 Williams
    A rather long video, but so interesting I was hooked. I'm with the Japanese scientist; I don't believe these structures are a natural phenomenon. There is a Spanish version and I've shared the link below, if anyone is interested.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PdXgx9phkrU&t=247s
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    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    07/01/2017 #1 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    Seem like there is a minor brouha over whether these are natural formations or man-made formation - still interesting to observe, thanks for the info https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yonaguni_Monument
  24. Flavio πŸ‡―πŸ‡΅ Souza 🐝
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    Pamela 🐝 Williams
    01/01/2017 #1 Pamela 🐝 Williams
    A couple of weeks ago I wrote about a strange encounter at my local coffee house. Where a simple smile seemed to startle a fellow patron. I wanted to share this story of how a simple hello to a stranger can make all the difference. Our elderly possess the wisdom of the ages...and we need to "love them up"
  25. Pamela 🐝 Williams
    Okay, a very oldie but goodie. A conversation on a Buzz made me think of this scene. Are we teaching our children this life skill? (No not dancing! :-) )
    I was a huge Fred Astaire/Ginger Rogers dance team fan in my youth.
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