- Producer22/10/2017BEER!It was pointed out to me the other day by a friend that all, (and really ALL), of my articles/posts/buzzes, regardless of topic, content or theme, have one common thread; they all mention beer, in one reference or another. I had never noticed...
Comments26/10/2017 #32 Randall BurnsHaHa! @Cyndi wilkins Thank you for the feedback. In my never ending quest to learn and discover more about beer I have yet to find a time, place, or recipe where beer is inappropriate. If you happen to come across such a circumstance I would appreciate a "heads up". :-)23/10/2017 #28 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand AmbassadorBeer is becoming more sophisticated with so many varieties to choose from. I enjoy beer more so than I used to and like to try the new flavors. I like this - "Cenosillicaphobia is the fear of an empty beer glass." I have several friends that have this fear. LOL 🍺🍺23/10/2017 #26 Nathaniel Schooler 🛩 Brand MarketerHey @Randall Burns pleased to meet you thanks for the introduction @stephan metral 🐝 Innovative Brand Ambassador I use my wine tasting knowledge to have fun with beer, certainly we should chat re a tasting once we find a brewer that has been available here and where you are!! #1823/10/2017 #21 Wayne YoshidaThanks for the nod, @Randall Burns - and yes, I often use beer in BBQ-ing. There's Beer Can Chicken - wonderful technique, and enables the cook to drink a half beer for each bird, beer mop sauce and of course, the cook's privilege of having anyone fetch a beer while basting or checking what's cookin'
Here's one of my favorite beer commercials. I wanted to include this in my natural gas training sessions for work, but some people got offended. . . but why? "It's natural"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HMcm98K-FTU23/10/2017 #20 Kevin PashukA fine ode to the ale Randall. As a fellow Canadian, I have an innate, some would say genetic appreciation for the stuff. I do find as I age, my tastes have changed. I now prefer my beer 'before' it goes through the horse, which describes much of the slop that tries to pass itself off.23/10/2017 #19 Harvey LloydThe beer commercials are my favorite. The brew is tied to your manhood, American Flag or your prestige in drinkership. A few grains some yeast and a can and all of a sudden we have the most interesting man alive. SO the way i figure it, within advertising, I:
Need to drink budweiser at the hoedown;
Slap on some AXE
Put on my 300 dollar jeans
Hire three bodyguards to keep the women back as i enter.
Don't ask how i know this really isn't true.
Great post and thoughts on how beer saved the world. Beer is becoming quite sophisticated.23/10/2017 #17 Randall Burns#13 That's great @Pamela 🐝 Williams, Yes it is a world of difference from a generic bottle/can to a craft/micro brew, and they offer an amazing wide variety. Many of the brew pubs will offer a "tasting" of anywhere from 4 to 8 of their beers, very small samples, (that you generally taste light to dark), so that you can find the one that really suits you, then order a pint of that. I've known many people that said they didn't like beer but quickly change their minds when they find the right craft beer. Cheers!
- Producer21/10/2017Tangier, A Tantalizing Taste of One Of Morocco's Most Cosmopolitan Cities.First published in Arabian Air, October 2017It’s a stifling hot day, the sun beating down from an azure blue sky as I make my way down the twisting, crooked passageways and lanes laid out like an intricate and confusing puzzle that make up Tangier’s...
Comments25/10/2017 #29 Lisa 🐝 GallagherI felt like I was there while reading this @Paul Walters! Tangier sounds like a fun city with a lot of beauty. Oh what I would give to stay in the Grand Hotel Villa De France! Le Boulevard now that sounds like my type of fun. Love cafes, especially if they have outdoor seating and the weather is great. Maybe one day my travel dreams will become a reality!
- Producer18/10/2017The Present Moment, Frankly, Sucks!This post originally appeared on Aurorasa Entertainment, the "unprofessional" blog of Aurorasa Sima, Emotional Intelligence, Empowerment & Success coach. Some of you might remember her from her beBee days. She and I reconnected on LinkedIn...
Comments21/10/2017 #9 Nicole Chardenet#8 Funny you should mention a Vietnamese prison. Not that I'm planning to go to one, but I want to go to Vietnam, maybe next year...I'm curious as to why the Vietnamese people don't hate Americans. I get it with the military...the North is like, "Why should we hate you? We won!" and the South is like, "Thanks for trying. We didn't win, but we appreciate your effort." It's the *people* I'm interested in...if anyone should hate Americans it's the Vietnamese people and they don't...I wonder if it's the Buddhist attitude?20/10/2017 #6 Nicole Chardenet#3 Well I'm still hoping my cat's-eye sunglasses are cooler than yours, Zacharias :) I wonder sometimes how people do it in truly desperate situations. Thich Nhat Hanh has written about trying to practice mindfulness and calming when he was in a Vietnamese prison. I think I'd be a head case in that situation. But not only did he manage to keep himself calm enough to get through it, he did it without any lasting anger at his jailers. He's a better man than I, Gunga Din!20/10/2017 #5 Nicole Chardenet#2 Well I tell you, Lisa, mindfulness and meditation has really helped me, and I had money issues for the past year and a half until I got this new job. Even when I knew my old job was on the line (you can always tell...) and was jobhunting, I would have occasional anxiety attacks but they were fewer and farther between and not as bad as they usually were. I would walk and remind myself that most of what we worry about never happens. And that we can never be prepared for *everything*. It takes awhile for your mind to get acclimated but I've begun to notice in the last few months or so (after having been at it for over a year) that my mind is calmer and less prone to craziness. It doesn't stop completely - apparently it never stops for *anyone* including people who are masters at meditation - but it doesn't control you nearly as much.
However, one thing I've read is that if you have a lot of trauma in your past it's not a good idea to do this without a therapist to help you through...because once you start focusing on yourself, your body, and your presence, the Bad Stuff comes up, and that's the stuff we avoid our entire lives. For a middle-class whiner like me it's not as traumatic as it is for folks who have serious PTSD when past events (whether they recognize it as such or not). When the Really Bad Stuff comes up you need to be prepared with a strong support at your back.20/10/2017 #4 Nicole Chardenet#1 I hear you, Pamela! I have family on Long Island, NY and when I was still living in Connecticut and visiting them during the summer I used to walk the beach down to a jetty made of large stones and boulders and just sit and contemplate the vastness of it all. I think I got spoiled last summer with all the great weather (sometimes *TOO* hot!) and working from home I could enjoy it more with my computer out on the balcony. This year, the weather was cooler and crappier so I spent less time on the porch. Now I have an office job downtown so next year's rants will concern how the rain waits until the weekend to dampen my parade :)19/10/2017 #3 Zacharias 🐝 VoulgarisYeah, the weather can be a downer, urging us to flee to days where there was this yellow orb in the sky making things warmer and brighter... But let's face it, most of the days in one's life are either mundane or just plain painful. Mindfulness (or "joy in sorrow" as the Christians refer to it) is all about experiencing the moment nevertheless and perhaps some joy through the whole process. And this definitely leaves plenty of room for other things, including wearing cool cat's-eye sunglasses :-)19/10/2017 #2 Lisa 🐝 GallagherMy mind is thinking and over thinking all the time. I need to find a way to slow it down. Like Pam wrote below, the Ocean is really one of the few things that truly calms and settles my mind. My husband offered to get me virtual shades and a tape of the Ocean (he was partly joking). I need the real thing. I enjoyed your buzz, you take a semi-boring topic (it shouldn't be boring) and bring it alive with your visuals and yes, your white privilege, LOL! If I could use mindfulness to stop my incessant worry over money issues... well, I'd be doing great. I need to find a place that brings me peace and quiet and try it but I tend to get lazy in the colder months.19/10/2017 #1 Pamela 🐝 WilliamsI loved this piece Nicole. I guess we all have those times in our life where it's all about "me". I find nature to be the ultimate trigger for bringing me back to the present and down to earth. The ocean especially has this effect on me. Watching the power of the waves, the sheer expanse and depths of these dark waters will usually put life back into perspective. When I'm in it's presence; I don't want to talk or think I just want to contemplate the beauty of it. It's why I love the early dawn hours on the beach; it's just me, the waves, and the sun peaking over the horizon. I feel my every breath, the tingle of the salt air on my skin, I feel alive rather than just existing.
- Producer06/10/2017The Move From Taixing China to ShanghaiLet me start out by saying, I love Shanghai. For the first time in a longtime I feel I am at home. This is a city where you can get authentic Thai food, Chinese food, Japanese food and all the western food you can handle. You have easy access to...
Comments07/10/2017 #10 Lyon Brave@Praveen Raj Gullepalli Thank you very much. I hope i settle in soon too.
@Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador @Ken Boddie Thank you for wishing me luck.
to review you on courchsurfers first lol and make sure you are a validated user and recommended person lol :)
@Randall Burns Thank you for reminding me of that JL quote actually.
a quote by John Lennon, "Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans".
- Producer23/09/2017One Night Newsstand - Don Meets Big Media.Prelude: A few months ago I was approached by a lady from a "paper of record." Offer my sage advice to Irish expats (for free) in return for a quid pro quo of free advertising and general promotion. I took the offer at face value and wrote the 850...
Comments24/09/2017 #8 Ken BoddieEntertaining post, Don, and written with a wry sense of humour and a refreshing glimpse of open-character surgery, but perhaps your journalist was picky about your reporting on the "big gap in customer service skills", the locals being "hardly mad about work", and the Bulgarian need to still "conquer digital marketing". After all, Bulgarians are not exactly renowned for their belly wobbling self ridicule. Perhaps, next time, consider loosening her cultural frigidity with a few glasses of rakia, or better still, allow here to view your script through Guinness beer goggles? Then, if all else fails, perhaps suggest that she first 'warms up' by watching a few Billy Connolly videos? 🤣
- Producer09/02/2017El Músico /The musician (Martini lo Spagnuolo o il Valenziano)In EnglishAtanasio Martín Ignacio Vicente Tadeo Francisco Pellegrin Martín and Soler or Vicent Martín i Soler, was born in Valencia the dayMay 2, 1754 also known in Italy as (Vincenzo) Martini the Spagnuolo or il Valenziano, and Ignaz Martini...
Comments07/09/2017 #10 Yolanda Ávila Márquez#9 A mi me encantan todos.... Pensé cuando fui al taller que no aprendería mucho más de lo que ya había visto en ellos pero me equivoqué: fui increible la de cosas prácticas y curiosas que vimos. Si te interesa puedes informarte en el MUVIM si lo van a volver a hacer.06/09/2017 #7 @Julio Angel 🐝Lopez Lopez#3 A mi me interesa y mucho os cuento... @Yolanda Ávila Márquez y @Ana-María Llácer Sánchez dentro del aparente desorden de mis producers hay una intención, se ve en https://www.bebee.com/producer/@julio-angel-lopez-lopez/la-sima-de-los-huesos-cueva-mayor donde agrupé varios (estaba todo previsto) que iba haciendo del equipo y de piezas arqueológicas. La misma intención tengo con Valencia, la tarea seria imposible, por eso incluyo vídeos que selecciono de youtube o enlazo a la Wikipedia, la intención es que pique la curiosidad, no hacer una tesis de Blasco Ibañez, Sorolla, Berlanga, Pinazo, el litoral, el rio Turia por ejemplo https://www.bebee.com/producer/@julio-angel-lopez-lopez/tragedia-e-ilusion-de-un-rio y alguno más que se me escapará. Ya hablaremos y os lo contaré mejor, algunos pueden parecer pobres, pero entonces entra en acción la filosofía del padre de Tambor, "Si al hablar no has de mejorar* es mejor callar"
* En Bambi era agradar06/09/2017 #3 Yolanda Ávila Márquez#2 Por Dios @@Julio Angel 🐝Lopez Lopez te voy a contar un primicia: se está editando un libro en Valencia (no puedo dar muchos datos) y uno de los capítulos está dedicado a este músico. He tenido el privilegio de leer el borrador del capítulo de manos de su autor y ¡me ha encantado! Está previsto lanzarlo para esta Navidad,
¡Os va a encantar! Todos los protagonistas son valencianos.....
A quien interese, le mantengo al tanto.
- 05/09/2017Freddie Mercury: 10 temas esencialesnubo.com.ve Freddie Mercury (nacido como Farrokh Bulsara, Stone Town, Zanzíbar; 5 de septiembre de 1946-Kensington, Londres, Reino Unido; 24 de noviembre de 1991) fue un cantante, compositor y músico...
- Producer29/08/2017Zimbabwe. A Country Where Hope Has All But Disappeared.In July, I once again had the privilege of re- visiting my beloved Africa, only this time I found that it was a slightly sobering experience. A pessimistic mood seems to be hovering over South Africa like a dark and sinister cloud. That country,...
Comments03/09/2017 #35 Pamela 🐝 WilliamsI see so many similarities here to what is occurring in the U.S. People can say 'alarmist' all they want but everything that is being said and done in our capital is exactly the same path that you lay out so aptly here Paul. "Never in the U.S.", "Not America", well I'm sure 20 years ago there were many that said "Not Zimbabwe" A country once full of hope but it took one corrupt leader to drive the country into ruin.
This is what happens when a citizenry turns a blind eye to those 'shady deals'. This is what happens when the top constantly strive for more and more. There is no harm in having but never at the expense of the working class, of those of lesser means and abilities. People can live in a fantasy all they want; the U.S. has a Mugabe at the helm and if they can't see that, if they can't see those who 'support' him in congress are no better than the thieves given the successful farms, then they are either ignorant or just plain stupid.
The 4th largest city in the US is under water, it will take billions for them to recover and yet our Mugabe is still insisting on 1.6 billion to build a damn wall.
I'm ashamed of that 34% that still support that monster, they do deserve a Mugabe. DAMN 'em all to HELL, stuff like this makes me so angry31/08/2017 #32 Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee@Paul Walters- high rate of unemployment + skyrocketing inflation is a rare cause to which economists refer to as stagnation. Normally, and according to Phillips Curve, when unemployment increases, inflation decreases. This is a very special case and it only take a genius of corruption to make it happen. Sad story for a beautiful country. What amazes me more is that almost 25% of the population left the country and the country still faces such unbelievable rates of inflation with prices doubling almost everyday.
I wrote yesterday a buzz yesterday on The Power of Leadership.
one power is coercive power. I think we need to introduce a new name for this type of "hyperinflating power". Inflating the misery of people and the pockets of the corrupted few.30/08/2017 #28 Peter AltschulerThere are too many times, as I read this, that I wondered just how likely it was that this could happen in the United States. Under its current plutocratic kleptocracy run by vastly under-qualified kakistocrats, the U.S. could find itself sold out to the highest bidders.
Though this happened in the 19th Century under the sway of the Robber Barons, the labor movement of that era could affect manufacturing and the flow of goods to market -- a lever that helped to change working conditions and wages. That's no longer true, and the decline in the power of the middle class -- political and financial -- has been the result. Add the high court's decisions in Citizens United and McCutcheon and it only serves to put more power in the hands of corporations and the people who run them... aided and abetted (as Will Rogers quipped in the 1930s) by "the best Congress money can buy."
Our own Mugabe wannabe sits behind the Resolute desk mixing politics with personal financial advantage. With a skill that makes Barnum seem amateur, he is able to fool some of the people all of the time, assisted by the silence of elected representatives at the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue and by thunder on the right: a surge with the potential to be the President's personal tonton macoute. Congress today is not the symbol of a government of, by, and for the people. Its members are representatives of the Super PACs that paid their way into office.
Are the voters responsible? Of course. Yet, as Congress has reduced the funds for educating and re-training those voters, on tolerating the false narratives of talk radio and Fox News, and on kowtowing to high rolling donors, the voters believe what they're told to believe. That may be because, as John Cleese observed, they're not smart enough to know that they're stupid.
If anyone thinks that, like 50+ inches of rain in SE Texas, it can't happen here, they simply aren't paying attention to political climate change.30/08/2017 #24 Claire L Cardwell#20 @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher & @Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador - I feel that 90% of the world's problems are fundamentally down to greed. It's fortunate that most people here remember their 'table' manners and treat others with respect and are at least polite. When I hadn't been here that long I did lose my temper spectacularly with someone who didn't. Also once at Council about 10 years ago. As per usual the Security Guards and the Police asked me if I was OK and removed the offender from the building. It's hard to see human beings not see the people and see that most of the people speak 4-5 languages and had been up since at least 4am, often without breakfast.30/08/2017 #23 Claire L Cardwell#16 @Paul Walters - it's a shame we didn't have the chance to have that braai with @Ian Weinberg and @Gert Scholtz and the other South African Bees here in Joburg. It's hard on the more vulnerable people here. The ones that didn't have the chance to have a real education. The lucky part is that people here look into your eyes and make a call on whether you are a person or just a human being. It is hard to stay optimistic and encouraging. It's hard to brush up on my terrible french with the Congolese (sp) car guards here in Boskruin and to make sure that they avoid living in certain areas. The marches against the current ANC top cabal and Jacob Zuma have at least started to remind us that we are a rainbow nation.30/08/2017 #21 Claire L Cardwell#14 Yes Jason, if we are careful with our money we can still live relatively well here - but my honourary sister's salary has not really increased since 2009.... She is in business intelligence and still manages to toe the corporate line.... Fortunately with my job there is always a project to work on, outstanding work to finish and Council - even over Christmas. However many people are not as lucky as I am. There are more beggars on the streets than ever before and the car guards are not paid a salary, they have to pay the centre 'management' R40-60 a day for the privilege of watching over us when we park etc. etc. 99% of the time I have at least R5 to pay them if not R10. At least they have a chance to a) make some money and b) have dinner for their family to eat at night.30/08/2017 #20 Lisa 🐝 GallagherToo many people suffering. The economic imbalance thanks to those with money or influence hold over certain societies of people is utterly unforgivable. Thanks for giving life to this very tragic, on-going situation for 90% of the populous that aren't lucky enough to live in or find a job in S. Africa.30/08/2017 #16 Paul Walters#12 Thanks Claire, As a frequent visitor I always seem to come away feeling a little uplifted by progress within the country. Not this time! Tales of 'state capture' , dirty deeds by the Gupta family and a reckless Zuma did not make for great reading in the press. Thank God for a free press there but is it enough? I sure as hell hope so!
- 26/08/2017With Australian Indigenous Dot Paintings
A bit like frozen FractalsDidgeridoo - Yigi Yigi - David Hudson Yigi Yigi perfomed by David Husdon from his CD Didgeridoo Spirit. I have used aborginal art to accompany this track, with Pictures of David. However at the...
- Producer25/08/2017Is the cultural diversity impacting communication at work?I just attended “Mastering Workplace Culture and Communication” Workshop, and I learned things:) It was interesting to hear the participants' point of view, and the fact that they come from various cultures and backgrounds make the session even more...
- 20/08/2017Miguel Siso: el cuatrista de 12 cuerdasnubo.com.ve Miguel Siso es un artista nacido en Venezuela destacado como uno de los ejecutantes más importantes del Cuatro Venezolano; inicia sus estudios de música en el Conservatorio de Educación Musical...
- Producer19/08/2017I Never Sang For My Father.The title for this piece is attributed to Robert Anderson who wrote the melancholy play of the same title. I buried my father a few years ago. Buried is perhaps too loose a term as his body had already been reduced to ashes by the time...
Comments20/08/2017 #38 Jerry FletcherPaul, There is a finality to putting your father to rest. Mine passed last year and was interred in a mausoleum. The casting of your Dad's ashes in a favored spot seems to me a better ceremony than all the pomp funeral directors try to muster. I hope you can carry that memory with you including the bit of ash that settled on an eyebrow. Thank you for a truly touching story. JLF19/08/2017 #31 Pamela 🐝 WilliamsWhat a beautiful piece Paul. I loved every word. I understand your father's wishes, they are my own. It has nothing to do with those left behind, it had everything to do with who he was. I've never desired to be center of attention, in any manner, why should this change in death? Shouldn't how a person chooses to be 'sent off' be about that person? Isn't that the best way to honor how they chose to live their life?
I too will be cremated Immediately, no fanfare, no wake, no 'viewing' (a horrible horrible event if you ask me). There are funds to fly my daughter and her mate to the southwest where they will rent a motorcycle, go to the middle of the desert, open that plastic bag and let what is left of me fly in the wind behind them. I will become a part of the landscape I loved as a child.
I've walked through graveyards and looked at all the gravestones aged through the years and thought; Why? Does any of those lying there for decades receive a visit any more? Ashes to ashes.
He's now swimming with the fishes he pursued. So, so appropriate!19/08/2017 #28 CityVP 🐝 Manjit#19 First of all @Joyce 🐝 Bowen Brand Ambassador @ beBee you are remarkable and yours is not a chip-butty hot dog consuming telly watching beer guzzling fart and sleep life, it is one that is actively fighting for the rights of people, one that is socially conscious and one that has endured the difficult side of existence.
During life if we don't have the end-of-life conversation then we should not be surprised about the surprises of death. One of those surprises of death is what that person actually did for you, suddenly you find responsibilities that the deceased carried but that loved ones were oblivious to. Thus the more we do for others when we are alive, the greater the hole we can leave behind when those people realize that AFTER we die. If that hand off is not discussed before the end-of-life, that is a greater burden than the grief that accompanies death that was put out of mind during the living years.
People do face their own mortality in short reverences during a funeral, because even if we feel that we are attending for the loved ones, that piece of uncomfortable mortality is passing through everybody's head and it does that because we leave these things as an undiscussable or we are frightened or superstitious about tempting fate.
What I love about my mother is that she has the death conversation, but she also has the death planning and that goes all the way to who is in and out during a wedding, because she anticipates the burdens before they become a burden. Whereas my dad just cries his eyes out and that who he is. Did he think about us? is not a question that gets us anywhere, we are the ones in the land of the living, we still get to think about us and if he did not think about us, that itself is a wisdom for us, the living.19/08/2017 #21 Ian WeinbergAh @Paul Walters again the masterly strokes of an artist! And so inevitably is the ponderer inspired to reflect under a 'dirty slate sky' as to what it's all about, between the ashes to ashes gap. And so my informed response ... who the heck knows. Just laugh a lot, hug a lot and stay curious!19/08/2017 #19 Joyce 🐝 Bowen Brand Ambassador @ beBee"It had been his emphatic wish that, upon his death there was to be no funeral or memorial service, no fuss or, as he referred to it, “ simply have me burned and be done with it,” He seemed to have no sympathy for the living or indeed those of us left behind."
"My sister, watching from afar made the remark when the deed was done, saying, “ You have a bit of Dad in your eyebrow.”"
For the first quote, I disagree that he had no sympathy for those left behind. I have made these instructions to my offspring. I do not wish to burden them with the cost. And when life is unremarkable, so should death be.
For the second, it is painful to see such a bonding of life and death, and I feel for you and your sister. In this piece you certainly sang for your father. What was his name?
- Producer14/08/2017Connecting with another human spiritIt was a hot, muggy day. Temperatures had been in the mid 90s (30s Celcius) for days and any rain that fell created clouds of steam on the pavement of the parking lot. I was thankful to be driving a new car with a fully functioning air conditioner....
Comments17/08/2017 #31 Pamela 🐝 Williams#28 #29 Thank you Shelley and Laura for your kind and heartfelt comments. As I wrote this I thought to myself; I don't want those who read this to think I was 'bragging', saying; 'see what a good person I am". I wanted it to be about all that we take for granted but mostly about him and humanity's tendency for quick assumptions that all those we see on the streets "have only themselves to blame, they need to get a job, their all druggies, etc..." Sometimes they're making the best of their situation and whatever led to their being on the street. That is truly what I saw in this young man. He had a gentle spirit and he had pride. He didn't like asking for help, that was obvious. I just hope he viewed my gesture as nothing more than concern for a fellow human being. I wanted him to witness and receive kindness because through the kindness of others hope is born.16/08/2017 #29 Laura MikolaitisAmazing story, @Pamela 🐝 Williams. Touching and heartfelt. Your story demonstrates the value of kindness and how a simple gesture can be the greatest of gifts to any one person. Human connection is powerful, isn't it? And when we least expect it, it sometimes seeks us out unknowingly. Instinct led you to that place and I suspect that man will be forever grateful for your exchange. We need more kindness in our world as it opens the door to hope. Thank you for sharing this story. I agree with @Shelley Brown, it is breathtaking.15/08/2017 #28 Shelley BrownPam, breathtaking story. I truly hung on your every word. You gave someone the gift of hope! It doesn't matter what he does with the money or whatever caused him to be in that situation. Your extended grace. You connected with a human being in need of connection and you needed it then too. Thank you so much for being present. I truly loved your automatically turning from your own comfort to recognize something so vital and life giving to you both.15/08/2017 #27 Deb 🐝 HelfrichI think these direct interactions where we show respect to someone by vulnerably trying to help them in the only way we can, by putting ourselves in their situation and giving as we'd like to receive - is the way to address even the overwhelming hate that is crushing our spirit. Human kindness ripples strongly. Thanks for doing and sharing, @Pamela 🐝 Williams, and for offering a way to counter the feelings of sadness we are all dealing with this week.15/08/2017 #21 Pamela 🐝 Williams#1 You know Aleta, I wondered that myself and I truly believe he was heading somewhere and walking there was his only option. I want to think he trusted in human nature enough to believe that his basic needs would be met. I hope I helped maintain that trust and that he arrived at his destination safely. It's what I'm going to choose to believe.15/08/2017 #19 Pamela 🐝 Williams#5 I think the reason I wanted to share it was because of these hate filled times we are traveling through, but I know this; humanity will wake up and we'll come through this evil just like we have many times through the centuries. Have a safe and happy journey my friend!15/08/2017 #18 Pamela 🐝 Williams#4 Exactly Ken. He thought we'd forget him, just move on with our lives. What I said to him was this: "You're right, we'll move on, because we'll have to, But we've always been a pie made up of seven slices, and if we lose you we'll never be whole again".
We lost him just a few months later. I didn't realize how right I was. He makes his presence known every once in a while, and it makes me smile to see him in a kindred spirit.15/08/2017 #17 Pamela 🐝 Williams#6 I shared the story of my brother's funeral on a @Shelley Brown's post, so I won't share it now. Suffice it to say that it was an eclectic crowd of college professors and his street friends whom he loved and cared for. They were all human to him and any time I can help lift up the spirit of someone I feel like I'm honoring his life.15/08/2017 #14 Pamela 🐝 Williams#10 Thank you Lisa, I'm glad sharing my story moved you. I'll admit I didn't know what to expect. My 'soft-heart' ways have more often than not been met with sneers or being told I was a 'sucker'. That's okay though, I'll just tattoo it on my forehead and keep being a sucker. The rewards to the heart and spirit so outweigh everything else.
- Producer02/07/2017Trudging Across The Shifting Sands Of The Namib, The World’s Oldest Desert.It’s just on 5.00 am. As I leave the comfort of my hotel room in pitch darkness, a crescent moon hangs low, like a scimitar on the horizon, its light almost no match for the billions of stars that pepper an inky black sky. The only sound...
- 01/07/2017Best wishes to my spiritual homeland on its 150th birthday. Canada remains a beacon of goodwill and social conscience for the world to see and hopefully emulate.
Comments01/07/2017 #10 Phil Friedman#5 For the record, Kevin, I lived and worked for some 15 years in Canada, am married to a Canadian, and my daughters are dual U.S./Canadian citizens. The years I spent in Canada were at a time when the U.S. was pursuing a reckless and futile course of military adventurism in southeast Asia that was not worth a single drop of U.S. blood, nor that of anyone else. And some of us went into voluntary self-exile in protest against the forces driving that folly. Despite the international political pressures at the time, Canada welcomed us exiles, and willingly gave us a place to live, work, and flourish. For that I will always be grateful and carry a deep and abiding affection for what I call my spiritual homeland.
- 01/07/2017Happy 150th Birthday to Canada and thanks to all the amazing Canadians bees who keep on buzzing, spreading honey and cross-channel pollinating -- like ambassadors @Jim Murray @Anne 🐝 Thornley-Brown, MBA @CityVP 🐝 Manjit @Don 🐝 Kerr @Donald 🐝 Grandy...Say hello to Canada's two newest astronauts!www.theweathernetwork.com The Canadian Space Agency has announced our nation's two newest astronauts - Joshua Kutryk and Jennifer Sidey - who will soon join David St. Jacques and Jeremy Hansen as our future representatives in...
- Producer25/06/2017Gourmand Bankruptcy in OsakaIt may be said that the Japanese love and have a healthy respect for good food, but the Osakans take things to a completely different level. Osaka's relatively outgoing and down-to-earth citizens, compared to Tokyo's colder and more reserved...
Comments30/06/2017 #29 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher#25 haha, I have to admit, I don't think I've ever asked if my butt looks big. I think I have a bad habit of asking how a shirt looks on me or if my hair looks ok? So petty, eh? Even when I hear, it looks good, or you look fine... I get mad and say, "Just fine, are you avoiding my question because it doesn't look good?!" My husband, "I can't win." Am I proud that I react like that, no LOL. Not sure what I'd do if I was told my butt or other body parts look big? Ok, back to food!
Actually, I think I lost my appetite after reading your comment to Dean about the binge drinker/eater. Throwing up on a large rat, good thing the guy was too drunk to be freaked out ;-)29/06/2017 #28 Ken Boddie#22 Oh the joys of binge eating and binge drinking, Dean-san. Reminds me of the drunk who over-indulged in an unfamiliar restaurant and had to rush to the rest room with the intention of paying penance in front of the porcelain goddess. Well he turned right instead of left and ended up in the alley. But his stomach, by this time, had its own schedule, and he involuntarily threw up all over a large rat. Looking down at the results of his technicolour yawn, he scratched his head and was eventually heard to say, "Funny, I don't remember eating that?" 🤢29/06/2017 #25 Ken Boddie#21 Three things I've learned from bitter experience, Lisa:
- Never guess a lady's age - I'm always wrong;
- Never comment on a lady's weight - I like my head just where it is, thank you; and, most of all
- When asked "Does my bum look big in this?" the answer is always "No, you look great!"
Recent studies reportedly indicate that women who ask about how their derriere looks live longer than men who give the wrong answer. 🙁29/06/2017 #22 Dean OwenThat is so cool! I learn something new everyday. In this case I learned that the caramel candy I basically grew up on was named after a rather ominous substance called glycogen! Underneath the large cow the sign reads Hormone which is a Japanese foreign word they use to mean innards such as offal and intestines. I love Okonomiyaki, and suspect you were given a choice of either that or Monjayaki. Similar dishes famous in Osaka, but you chose wisely as the latter very much resembles what comes out of your mouth after a night of binging.27/06/2017 #19 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher#15 I think I was asking myself that question "Does my bum look big in this," after our road trip to Colorado ha ha. I wish there was a laughter icon, your poem was great and made me chuckle @Ken Boddie View more#15 I think I was asking myself that question "Does my bum look big in this," after our road trip to Colorado ha ha. I wish there was a laughter icon, your poem was great and made me chuckle @Ken Boddie. Put me in a district where there is an abundance of great foods to choose from and forget it, that's my weakness which I need to CHANGE!! We just purchased an incumbent bike for various reasons. So, I now have almost an entire gym in my bedroom with no excuses, well except.. ouch- this is painful! Close27/06/2017 #15 Ken Boddie#14 Well, @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher.....
Dotonbori's very good,
If you really love your food,
But if you'll take my advice,
In this foodie's paradise,
Count your cals and watch your spending,
So much choice, it's never ending,
If you eat until you drop,
Munching, crunching cannot stop,
You'll be asking with a hiss,
"Does my bum look big in this?"
🙁27/06/2017 #14 Lisa 🐝 GallagherA foodie's paradise it appears @Ken Boddie. The meal looked delicious and I enjoyed the photos with descriptions. Pamela tagged me so I could see your new "Author" photo, love it, what was the inspiration? Your wife looks so happy and she's cute Ken! I'm glad Pam tagged me because I love travel and foodie blogs.
- Producer23/06/2017MUSICAL DECADES - 1960s - The British InvasionThe British Invasion was a phenomenon that occurred when rock and pop music acts from the United Kingdom, as well as other aspects of British culture, became popular in the United States and Canada, and significant to the rising...
Comments25/06/2017 #13 Pamela 🐝 WilliamsPetula Clark's "Downtown" was my teenage angst reliever. I can remember singing it a lot while doing chores, babysitting younger siblings, or just during episodes of teenage heartbreak. Loved your memory lane this morning Dominique! Other memories may come and go but music memories last forever! This one hit wonder by LuLu, another British artist; from one of my favorite old movies (which I found on DVD recently) "To Sir With Love";
https://youtu.be/yTapoA5RQyo25/06/2017 #11 Dominique 🐝 Petersen#10 Love your post, Javier. When we were teenagers listening to this music, we basically just thought of it as OUR music (even though me and my friends were in Canada!) So, I can't say whether British bands are better than American. I love both! ;o)
And thanks for the share, @Javier 🐝 beBee
- Producer25/06/2017Roots.Changes.Journeys.Generations.And the Ties that Bind.... Part 1 – East London to Abu Dhabi “Well I was born in a small town…” John Mellencamp “Small Town” 1985 I really was born in a small place! A seventh generation South African from British ancestry, I was born in East London a small city on...
Comments26/06/2017 #37 🐝 Fatima G. WilliamsComing back from my awesome Abu Dhabi trip to read this lovely Bio is a treat. I must admit it's a great place and I wish I had made the move 10 years earlier. I love Dubai but must admit Abu Dhabi as something subtle about it. UAE has to much to offer we need to look in the right place. You've captured the essence of this place in your buzz Chris :)26/06/2017 #32 Sara JacoboviciI'm not surprised that a music lover (of great taste in music), such as yourself, would also be a great storyteller @Chris 🐝 Guest Cert.Prof.Acc.SA. I came across a quote today before I read your post. Wonder if you think there is any connection? "A biography is like a handshake down the years, that can become an arm-wrestle." - Richard Holmes Looking forward to Part 2!25/06/2017 #26 Lisa 🐝 GallagherHow interesting @Chris 🐝 Guest Cert.Prof.Acc.SA. What a great experience you have received, or should I say life changing? That's cool about Elton John's band! So, does everyone work on Sundays? Does everyone have Saturday's off? The photos are beautiful. I've seen many promotional photos of the city and it looks futuristic. I would imagine there is a lot to see and do in Abu Dhabi. It sounds like you really have enjoyed the move! Looking forward to pt. 2.25/06/2017 #24 David 🐝 Martín Alonso#23 @Chris 🐝 Guest Cert.Prof.Acc.SA Thanks for recommendations, I already follow @Gert Scholtz Blog., and now your buzzes.
Barcelona is one of my favorites in Spain, i´ve lived there and visited many times. Next time you plan to visit Spain, please consider visiting South, Sevilla, Córdoba, Granada, the muslim triangle, amazing experience.25/06/2017 #23 Chris 🐝 Guest Cert.Prof.Acc.SA#22 Thanks for your kind comments @David 🐝 Martín Alonso and for the share. Cape Town is the real gem of SA and offers so much.We in turn have visited Barcelona on holiday and loved the experience.
Please see the travel blogs of @Gert Scholtz for more on SA travel.25/06/2017 #20 Chris 🐝 Guest Cert.Prof.Acc.SA#19 Thanks so much for your insightful comments dear @Deb 🐝 Helfrich. Finally have some free time to put it all down! Hope to have part 2 out later this week when I'll all also do some inter-generational analysis.
PS If Michael Moore's people don't call you about the road doccie call them 😃!25/06/2017 #19 Deb 🐝 HelfrichI love the contrast you built up, @Chris 🐝 Guest Cert.Prof.Acc.SA between a life of comforting tradition and that one phone call that sent you and your family into an entirely different future.
I feel like we become more of who we are meant to be, when we step outside the well-trodden paths. Once we are habituated to a place, life tends to function on auto-pilot, especially when we are immersed in an entire community. That we are known so well is certainly a blessing, but can also be a bind from emerging into all that we are capable of.
I am actively courting that revolutionary phone call right now. But for a contrary reason. I am feeling drawn to travel - the call of the road, as you know, in order to find that place that feels like the home I want to cultivate for the rest of my life. I am ready to negotiate the staying-put part of life. But the place were I can do my best work, contribute the most value is still a mystery to me.
So a drive-about seems prudent.
Excited to see what happens in your tale next!25/06/2017 #17 Gert Scholtz@Chris 🐝 Guest Cert.Prof.Acc.SA Now that does sound like a big change: East London to Abu Dhabi. I am sure, although at times you miss the shores of the Eastern Cape, Abu Dhabi offers a rich tapestry of experience and opportunity for you and your family. Thanks you for the mention Chris, and for a music lover such as you, here is Desert Rose: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C3lWwBslWqg
- Producer21/06/2017So Much To Do, So Little Time. 48 Hours In Istanbul.I often receive some rather, " we need it now!" requests from magazines and this piece, written for the July edition of Turkish Airlines was one of those. Its primarily a, 'what to do' article but might be helpful for any bees buzzing through this...
Comments23/06/2017 #22 Ken BoddieThanks again for bringing back memories, Pak Paul, which at my age are vague indeed. I visited Istanbul too many years ago with a bunch of engineers newly graduated from Aberdeen Uni. Even back then there was a security scare which prevented us from visiting the Bosporus Bridge (first one) which was under construction. My memories of 'Turkish delight' were the 'entertainment' in an infamous nightclub from which we were ejected for ..... well that's a different story. I'm pretty sure we visited the iconic places you mention and which you have beautifully illustrated, but my recollection was distorted through beer goggles. Another prime example of life being wasted on the young. 😂21/06/2017 #9 Lisa 🐝 GallagherWonderful read @Paul Walters! Congrats on this piece being featured in the July Edition of Turkish Airlines!! Wow, the view from the roof top restaurant looks breathtaking. Spices... can you buy and fly with them? I'm just getting over the stomach flu and I must be feeling better because I became hungry while reading this. Stunning photos and history of Istanbul. My son visited Istanbul in 2005 with a group from RIT. He enjoyed his visit!21/06/2017 #6 CityVP 🐝 ManjitTurkey is a very interesting place if only because I have noted how young Turkish people have adapted to social networks and so I can only judge from my own biased perspective of very enlightening and pleasant encounters.
While the expression "Young Turks" is generally a positive, a growing expression is "Mechanical Turks" but this is not about Turkish people, it is about the research industry who use a form of cheap labour to conduct research.
Erdogan does not much help matters politically speaking but I must give credit to Turkish people who recognize the value within Turkey of a secular culture. When I combine that with the rich history and geographical beauty of Turkey as outlined in this buzz, no wonder @Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee also speaks fondly and with respect for the place he has often visited in a business capacity.
One day I hope to visit Istanbul, hopefully not as a part of my aging farewell tour but while I am still relatively a "Young Turk" :-)21/06/2017 #5 Gerald Hecht@Paul Walters What an immature fool Ive been--it's time for me to " " " "man up" sir...why? I'll tell you why; nobody twisted my arm --allowing the architectural/cultural splendor of this storied bridge between Asia and Europe...the echoes of Byzantine whispers in the calls to prayer --all , all to pass me by while I foolishly misspent my youth laundering currency and smuggling freshly blackened Poppy Sap for a quick buck and a 24 hour coma in a nameless Opium Den; awakening to find my "vision of a hostess without equal --in both grace and beauty in fine silks" ...gone; along with my cufflinks and fine Corinthian Leather wallet from the peerless Ivanka Trump Line --the embodiment of my highest aspirations at the time...A philosophically empty obsession with "style" as an equal to Plato's Ideal, and Bagdahd's extension of Pythagoras..."Al-Jabbar"; Analytic Geometry; the key to the spheres...I am ashamed still; for I was a fool!
- Producer19/06/2017Big World, Strange FoodFood is something of a universal language. Each dish is so unique and distinct to its culture, and yet any human being, from any background can appreciate it for what it brings to the table—no pun intended. A traditional Indian dish of rajma is...
- Producer11/06/2017Why and How to Make Languages Fun and Interesting in post-Brexit UKRecently I returned from the Polyglot Gathering in Bratislava, where I attended many interesting talks, including one by Seán Ó Riain on Brexit and languages in Europe.Ever since the Language Show Live in London, October 2016, featuring the Speak to...
Comments11/06/2017 #1 Vincent AndrewExcellent suggestions Dimitris.
I think one reason why people find it difficult to learn another language is that they don't see a need for it. For example, I want to learn Chinese but everyone here speaks English or Malay. If I am in an environment where Chinese language skills are needed, I may be more desperate to learn it.
Thank you for your buzz.
- 01/06/2017In Sarawak and other parts of Borneo, the Gawai Dayak is celebrated every 1st of June by the Dayaks or the Ibans. Gawai is a festival where people thank the gods for a bountiful harvest and celebrate the occasion with rituals and sharing food and drinks with friends and family. 'Tuak' or rice wine is normally served. 'Ngajat' or the warrior dance is performed by men and women alike. 'Ngabang' or visits is common as people celebrating Gawai open their homes to visitors.
As a Dayak myself, my recollection of Gawai as a young child is one of indulgence in food, merriment and family reunion.
In Malaysia the occasion is marked with a public holiday.
Selamat Hari Gawai Dayak, gayu guru gerai nyamai.
Picture credit: https://hornbillunleashed.wordpress.com/2016/06/01/selamat-hari-gawai-gayu-guru-gerai-nyamai-3/
- Producer21/05/2017The Discreet, Enigmatic and Evasive GeishaIt was our last night in Kyoto and we had explored so many facets of this beautiful city's culture and beauty. The breathtaking splendour of Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines, the magic of origami, the calming propriety of the tea ceremony, all...
Comments23/05/2017 #28 Ken Boddie#27 Lisa, if you are really keen on photography, my best advice to you is to take an on line course. I completed a diploma on line many years ago and though I knew quite a lot until I did the course. If you pick the right one, you will be given practicals to do every week, or in your own time, if weekly is too much, and you should be able to get great feedback from your on line tutor. As for Photoshop, you don't really need it and there are many cheaper and less complex programs around, but Photoshop is the industry standard and well worth the time investment. An alternative editor, which has great crits and is much cheaper, is Lightroom, but I have no hands on experience with this. Why not join a local club? They're not hard to find and you'll pick up many interesting tips to get you on your way.23/05/2017 #27 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher#13 #14 I love your frank honesty Ken :)) That means you are down to earth! I like the idea of keeping a notepad with me. I always forget so many details when I travel. It's easy to forget. I think I will grab one and keep it in my purse when we leave. Dr. Google is very generous, isn't he? I want to learn how to take raw photos. I met a professional photographer on IG a few years back and he still uses an older camera and said he won't use anything but. He does the same, develops, turns them into jpegs and I'm not sure about Photoshop. I just began teaching myself how to use Photoshop. I hate when I take a nice photo but no matter what settings I use it may look drab. I also use a few free photo editors too. Is it hard to take raw and then develop them? Sort of sounds relaxing to me. I'm glad you and your wife had such a good time. Welcome home a few weeks late. My husband and I were both really sick this past month and I missed a lot. He's still recovering from pneumonia and we leave on Friday, yikes! Send the healing Gods LOL22/05/2017 #26 Ken Boddie#25 The images of this fascinating country, Gert, were bursting to be taken by my trusty Canon. You are of course correct in your assessment that I took some time to compile these two blogs to date, but much of the time was taken up in choosing only a very few photos from the 1200 or so developed jpegs, taken over a period of some two weeks, so as to hopefully match the blog subjects. When the culture, art and scenery of the places we visit is so stimulating, preparation time flies past, as you undoubtedly know yourself. Thanks for the compliments.22/05/2017 #25 Gert Scholtz@Ken Boddie Along with your previous post, these are two of the most interesting travel pieces I have read. Fascinating information on a country and culture that is quite foreign to me, and your photos are superb. Thanks for taking what must have been a chunk of your time to compile these posts. Shared into the Travel Hive. Ever looking forward to the next Ken Boddie travel post!22/05/2017 #18 Ken Boddie#12 Thank you so much, Lada, for your compliments. I am glad you enjoyed this post. So many foreigners when travelling in Japan are fascinated by the kimono, which, when comprising a beautiful silk with subtle hues, worn by a woman with poise and maturity, is the epitomy of the Japanese female attire. To illustrate, I refer you to the two lovely ladies (above) who I photographed at the tea ceremony. The three young girls, however, who I shot in Tokyo's Hamarikyu Gardens (refer this earlier post: https://www.bebee.com/producer/@ken-boddie/did-we-miss-cherry-blossom-season ), although also beautifully attired, almost appear to be casually dressed by comparison, as is befitting of a stroll outdoors in the uplifting cherry blossom.
- 09/05/2017Anyone with Welsh Heritage? You might be interested in @globalwelsh
Together, #WeAreTheGlobalWelshTogether, #WeAreTheGlobalWelsh Wales has a lot to be proud of. Traditionally our landscapes, our language, and of course, our rugby. We can also be proud of the incredible impact the...
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