- Producer22/04/2017The Plight Of The Humble Coastal Tree That Could Save Us All.Now, before I launch into this diatribe I have a confession to make; I have never liked mangrove forests or mangrove trees in general. From afar they look fabulous but get up close and personal and, once inside that forest is a bit like stepping...
Comments22/04/2017 #28 Randall BurnsGreat article @Paul Walters, Mangroves are prevalent throughout the Caribbean, are a cornerstone in the ecosystem and are fairly well protected. Many marine species, (literally thousands), begin their lives in the mangroves and would not survive without the them.
They are also one of the best "hurricane holes" to stash your boat in for protection during severe storms and full blown hurricanes, (Our 32' sloop survived many storms and several majors in our mangrove hurricane hole), very strong, hardy, resilient, but also flexible.22/04/2017 #26 Lada 🏡 PrkicPaul, this post is such an interesting read. It's one of the topics that makes us think about the world we live in.
It reminds me on the Amazon deforestation. Rain forests are being cut mainly for cattle pasture and for the cultivation of soybeans for feeding cows, turning the forests into the beef factories.
Something similar happens with mangrove forests. Despite their benefits, the forests have experienced extensive deforestation. As you pointed, loss of mangrove trees also causes soil erosion and multiplies the risk of tidal waves and floods.
I only hope that corporations' and politicians' interests will not cause our collective end, as Ian ‘predicted’in his comment.22/04/2017 #24 Ian WeinbergThanks for the tag @Paul Walters Sadly the scourge of Mankind carries on. Like a Shakespearean Tragedy in slo-mo, we're witnessing the relentless destruction of our 'aqua-lung', our Gaia. The evils of self-interest driven behavior will surely be our collective end. Even a parasite spares the life of the host. The current self-interest behavior of Mankind is more akin to a spreading malignant tumor which invariably destroys its host. Wow you really got me going here. And its still a bit too early for a single malt ...22/04/2017 #20 CityVP 🐝 Manjit#11 @Gerald Hecht Loyola has released the "Finding Common Ground" video on YouTube
That is a 87 minute video in a 8 Second world. The video shows plenty of intelligent folk in Louisana and what I take from it is that restoration is more akin to the Louisana dredges used by folk in Dubai to build land that Dubai use to create maps of the world https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rCDYYjBiywg Apparently those folk in Dubai have lots of cash from this thing called oil. Louisana oil companies, but I also see in the video that dredging is a quick fix and not a holistic solution.
Moreover I don't understand the logic of freshwater diversion that kills salt water marshes, and salt water later kills vegetation - so here I can see salt water marshes act in a similiar way to Bali's Mangroves - but Louisiana has constituencies Bali does not have like farmer and fisherman interests a.k.a. short-terms wins vs long-term value. I also took a look at Mangroves in Louisana featured in the PDF below - the more I look, the more questions I find and the greater the conflicts in any solution.
I could only watch half of the video because my local time is getting closer to 3am. It is a very informative video and I agree with the woman who called Louisana a "holistic puzzle". This video articulates that puzzle but it needs more than 8 seconds.22/04/2017 #19 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher#5 Thanks for tagging me and posting this vital buzz @Paul Walters. I'm not very familiar with Mangroves so I appreciated reading about the consequences if they keep ridding areas of the Mangroves. Dean, don't you feel that money always wins? It's sad that the people/Corporations that can afford to build seem to have little to no concern for our environment either short term or long term. It's so defeating that people at large can protest, sign petitions etc... to try and stop big money from destroying our planet and in the end it seems they always win. Look at the Dakota pipeline, another example of big money/OIL Moguls winning out without giving two craps if they contaminate the water and soil of so many Indians (and others) who live off of the land. Hey even birds depend on mosquitos for their feeding.22/04/2017 #16 Gerald Hecht#13 @Paul Walters it hasn't even been a year since I described the events unfolding https://www.bebee.com/producer/@gerald-hecht/september-9-2016-postscript-on-swimming-in-poison-with-horses
Its ...getting worse and people are talking about (I'm as guilty as any --trying to distract myself --pretend I'm somewhere else...with mahogany furniture...smoking a pipe)...its getting too late for those flights of fancy...maybe I can't make a difference at this point...what's that old saying. --"if you start thinking you're too small to make a difference...remember what it feels like to sleep in a tent with a Mosquito."
I gotta stop escaping to SM...I can feel it all going; I bet many of us can and do...the hour is really getting late http://calendar.loyno.edu/dept/centers/2017-04-2122/04/2017 #15 Gerald HechtLouisiana is but a canary in a coal mine...so is this; I can't do the "marketing thingie...lately everything on SM really makes me feel like SM (as in Sodom and Gomorrah...swirling some expensive single malt and acting like this all is a virtual royal salon...it's all dying22/04/2017 #9 CityVP 🐝 ManjitWhat I have read of this is perplexing. When Bali hosted the climate change conference back in 2007 I find this PDF talking about planting of mangroves to stop coastal erosion http://www.climatecentre.org/downloads/files/asia_and_pacific/Bali%20mangroves.pdf View moreWhat I have read of this is perplexing. When Bali hosted the climate change conference back in 2007 I find this PDF talking about planting of mangroves to stop coastal erosion http://www.climatecentre.org/downloads/files/asia_and_pacific/Bali%20mangroves.pdf so as I see it, the logic dictates that planting mangroves stops coastal erosion, but removing mangroves is reclamation. I am sure the Donald Trump Business School must have recently opened up in Bali but the reality is that if the United States is considering climate change and other long-term value initiatives unnecessary, this is a dark time indeed. When the association between climate change and catastrophic consequences is finally addressed, the problem is that the actors who let that catastrophe happen will be long gone and not accountable to the decisions they took.
Further research took me to the World Ocean Summit in Bali this February in 2017 and this is a story about restoration - to restore 20% of Bali's Mangroves by 2030. https://www.nature.org/newsfeatures/pressreleases/global-mangrove-alliance-rallies-the-world-to-reverse-loss-of-worlds-most-va.xml
On the one hand I am reading that reclamation will remove Mangroves that will lead to coastal erosion and on the other hand there are groups in Bali announcing restoration. Seems like what one hand is giving, the other is taking. Back in England we called it - "the left hand not knowing what the right hand is doing". I can see the sense in restoration and absurdity of reclamation. Next four years the world is steadily being led by corporations and remarkably working class people have given the keys to the kingdom by voting in a man who is the picture postcard of corporate interest. It is a tough time arguing for climate change when the leaders of the Free World are interested in deregulation and profits. The short-term is not good at all. Close
- Producer20/04/2017These are the essential apps for when you go on vacation ✈️The summer is approaching and as we start to think about going on vacations to new tourist destinations and unknown cities… we find ourselves asking the same questions: 'What restaurant are we going to eat at? When are the cheapest flights? Where...
- Producer19/04/2017Midnight in MacauThis was far from a Bond scene. No black tie show down with Le Chiffre over a game of poker. This was me in shirt and jeans, and a dainty little European dealer, and an annoying Chinese guy behind me who had noticed my winning streak a while back...
Comments21/04/2017 #24 Dean Owen#20 He was a jeweller down in Hatton Gardens who dabbled in racing (British Hill Climb Champion 1962) and record breaking (Monza and Monterey). His F1 career was as a private entry, and short-lived aside from a third placing in Japan's first Grand Prix at Suzuka. https://www.bebee.com/producer/@dean-owen/sleeping-with-elvis
https://www.bebee.com/producer/@dean-owen/a-tribute-to-ron-searles-and-the-flying-coopers21/04/2017 #20 Paul Walters@Dean Owen now I have headline envy, !! Midnight in Macau ...how exotic. A day trip from Hong Kong was enough for me . I yearned to have taken the time to visit years ago before the barbarians invaded with their Vegas Like emporiums ! Still, a fabulous read once again. Wow your dad was a formula 1 driver !!21/04/2017 #18 CityVP 🐝 Manjit#17 Disposable discretionary income is the term that rich people use. "Hard earned cash" is a term for working class punkawallahs. I have tried fanning but working class people keep rejecting me as one of their own. One day I will be accepted by my debt-bearing, entertainment slave, junk food eating brethren.20/04/2017 #14 CityVP 🐝 ManjitGreat intro to a place which I never thought about exploring. I have seen the name Macau but was not even sure it was a part of China. The gambling side picture definitely bears out the description "Las Vegas of the East". Interesting relationship between Macau and Hong Kong and their proximity to each other.20/04/2017 #13 Wayne YoshidaVery cool tour and gambling experience, @Dean Owen - even better that you made enough to make it a free trip!
My bucket list includes: Vacationing at all of the James Bond movie locations - including Macau.
So far, I checked off Tokyo, Jamaica, New Orleans, Las Vegas, Bahamas, Miami/Key Biscane, Singapore and probably some others. I need to take a look at my list. Thanks
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- Producer17/04/2017Panorama of South AfricaThe beauty of South Africa is in the smiles of friendly faces, the mosaic of cultures, and the complex history that has shaped this land. Most of all, it is the natural splendor and wildlife that sets it apart. South Africa's landscapes are made...
Comments19/04/2017 #44 Gert Scholtz@Javier 🐝 beBee @Juan Imaz Thank you for your comments and for sharing the post. This is what makes beBee so great - that the two founders make the effort to engage in many of the posts on the platform. Who knows - maybe one day we can have a beBee convention in Cape Town!18/04/2017 #27 Marisa Fonseca DinizReading this article made me travel the country, and leave aside those news that we do not like. Unfortunately, the wonders of South Africa and the African continent should be more exalted by sometimes covering the terrible news of persecution and hunger, not that this is not important, but denigrates and causes wonders to be hidden. What is beautiful must always be shared!
- 14/04/2017The why and how of incorporating white space into your events.The science of white space at eventswww.conferencesthatwork.com Conference organizers have an unfortunate tendency to stuff their programs full of sessions. It's an understandable choice; if participants have committed all this time and money to be present, shouldn't we minimize white space and give them as many...
- Producer16/04/2017Little Africa - Baluran National Park Java Indonesia Baluran National Park - Little Africa, Java, Indonesia Savannah Dreaming Leaning over the sturdy railing at the waterhole, I made sure to look up to check no lazy cats were lounging in the trees above me. This was Macan Tutul country –...
- Producer14/04/2017Horta's Labyrinth Park (Barcelona, Spain)I am pleased to introduce you to a small and delightful corner of Barcelona: Horta's Labyrinth Park.Today we were able to visit him in family, enjoying a wonderful spring day, and I invite you to visit him (as do thousands of tourists every...
Comments14/04/2017 #1 CityVP 🐝 ManjitIt is amazing what can be crafted when art and nature combine. It reminds me of our trip to Windsor where it is the only place I have visited with a green maze crafted from hedges. This park is stunning. I had to decide whether this was green learning - a place where family an come, or yellow learning - a place of art and history and in the end that is why I placed this in my yellow learning hive.
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- Producer13/04/2017New Hive: Toxicity at workToxicity at work: Nobody can say didn’t see it or suffer it in any way. It seems that toxic people create toxic environments and vice-versa. A lot has been written about the issue, but still is present in our day-to-day lives. Together with Ali...
Comments15/04/2017 #25 Randall Burns@Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman @David Navarro López @Ali Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee, @David B. Grinberg @Anne Thornley-Brown , Well I started writing a comment yesterday and it just got out of control, life of it's own; ended up as it's own buzz which I've posted on the new hive, looking forward to feedback
https://www.bebee.com/producer/@randall-burns/toxic-work-environment-an-alternative-perspective-from-the-kitchen15/04/2017 #20 Anonymous#19 Will include them, no doubt, thank you. Maybe you could include some thoghts of your slideshares
https://www.slideshare.net/hudali15/marketing-and-performance-multiplier-force View more#19 Will include them, no doubt, thank you. Maybe you could include some thoghts of your slideshares
https://www.slideshare.net/hudali15/phenomena-race-strategy-model Close15/04/2017 #19 Ali Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBeeJust to document my other publications on toxicity here is a handful of them:
new-profiling-approach-for-employees by Ali Anani via Slideshare ...
https://www.pinterest.com/pin/48554502206055965/ View moreJust to document my other publications on toxicity here is a handful of them:
new-profiling-approach-for-employees by Ali Anani via Slideshare ...
The poorest level determines the overall performance Ali Anani, PhD
www.slideshare.net/hudali15/the-poorest-level-determines-the-overall-performance Close14/04/2017 #17 Steve Brady#14 @Deb 🐝 Helfrich, thank you for tagging/mentioning me in comment you made relating to this buzz regarding "Toxicity at Work" I appreciate your support for my fledgeling forays into writing about Restorative Justice. This paradigm of justice is not just a Restorative alternative to conventional Justice which is largely retributive, but it is also very adaptable to work cultures. Toxicity and pervasive conflict can creep into any workplace. It is soul-destroying to experience this, and for the affected organisation it opens the doors to decreased staff performance, loss of skilled employees and managers who are repeatedly having to "put out fires". A Restorative approach intentionally builds culture - it collectively reflects an ethos that says "this is the way we do things here": professional relatioships matter, we treat colleagues with respect, and in the inevitable "fires" that ignite, there are processes to deal with them that are respectful and accountable. I sincerely believe it's the way to go for any organisation.14/04/2017 #15 Anonymous#11 To your words "That's very bad, but how to handle it? Most of the time I try to ignore this person, thinking "Poor fellow", but sometimes I can't..."
I can answer by now...this is why we created this hive, for everyone to share their knowledge/experiences....I am sure with all the "material" we have already, and the more to come, we will be able to get ready a "set of tools" to handle it14/04/2017 #14 Deb 🐝 Helfrich#10 You understood the point I wanted to make, @David Navarro López. Acts of toxicity tend to poison an entire micro-climate. I say this quite a lot in regards to some of the shenanigans we witness as a community. An act of aggression against one person, almost never hurts just that one directly targeted person.
In fact, when we look at ourselves as mammals, it is easier for our nervous system to literally shake off a direct attack, but bystanders who aren't physically harmed but who mentally replay what they witnessed or emotionally feel as though they should have acted differently will suffer long term consequences.
I feel one of the cornerstones of how to ultimately quell toxicity in groups of people is to constantly reinforce that just a tiny dose affects all the team members and that everyone has a different nervous system and will respond to threats, even those vaguely understood, with some form of shut-down.
An optimally producing team is one full of open communication, where nobody has to waste time wondering how to avoid someone else's buttons. And where if someone inadvertently crosses a line, the group discusses it via the framework of restorative justice that our colleague @Steve Brady is currently writing a lot about.
Too much punishment for minor infractions because a leader wants to avoid difficult conversations or attempt to prevent people from having any freedom will also create toxicity - of a stale, stagnant, lifeless variety.14/04/2017 #11 Katja BaderOnly one bad tempered person can rush down the motivation and good mood of many others. When you feel the negative position from the first step you do in your office to the finishing time, your own positive ideas smashed down with doubts and imprudent criticism, after a time your motivation has gone and you're doing your work without pleasure. It maybe possible that you bring this bad mood at home.
That's very bad, but how to handle it? Most of the time I try to ignore this person, thinking "Poor fellow", but sometimes I can't...14/04/2017 #10 Anonymous#9 Thank you very much to share this experience with us, dear Deb. The violence act you mentioned, if it had happened to me, I would not have resisted so long like you did. Your words "When small and early signs of bad behaviour aren't addressed, things can escalate to the point when attempted assault becomes nothing more than hushed whispers." are remarkable, and it deserves a whole chapter on the buzz we are about to write.
Please keep on buzzing and sharing, so everyone will share other experiences for the good of all.14/04/2017 #9 Deb 🐝 HelfrichThere was one incident in my work history that stands out, with a level of toxicity I still don't comprehend. My 2nd job after college was in a large law firm in DC in a small HR dept of around 8. I was a fish out of water, in many respects, but we do have to have experiences where we learn that fact. Part of my job was assigning the floater legal secretaries in the morning, based on when the permanently assigned secretaries would call in sick. So I got to know them pretty well.
One fateful day, one of the lawyers with a charging bull reputation, picked up one of those heavy, weighted tape dispensers and threw it to get her temp secretary's attention. 'The story' was that she just threw it at the paneled desk. But it flew over the 5 foot high desk, missed the secretary's (who was on a phone call with another attorney she worked with the previous day - who heard the bang) head by a couple inches and broke the wheel of the manual typewriter. Not a flimsy, plastic modern keyboard - it broke the metal flywheel of a typewriter. (Part of this lawyers bull-related persona was refusing to upgrade to word processors.)
Administration did nothing. The head met with us in HR and said we were not to ever assign that secretary not only to that particular atty, but to any of the others in that section of the firm. The secretary was supposed to just forget it. She was so used to lawyer's aggressive ways, she did let the issue pass without much hoopla.
Plausible deniability was the justification.
I became so sick at work, I had to quit within a few months.
When small and early signs of bad behavior aren't addressed, things can escalate to the point when attempted assault becomes nothing more than hushed whispers.13/04/2017 #8 Anonymous#7 You can choose to share your thoughts whether in a comment/sharing a link on a comment in this buzz, or sharing a post, yours or not, in the hive.
The idea is to collect different points or view about "different kinds of toxicity, inception, prevention and healing."
Within the boundaries of good taste, any issue can be discussed, as we all have learned here at Bebee, so, no worries.
About this issue, @Javier 🐝 beBee shared a nice buzz maybe you missed https://www.bebee.com/producer/@javierbebee/differences-between-bees-and-wasps-diferencias-entre-abejas-y-avispas-en-es#c36
- Producer13/04/2017The Paddle IncidentThere are a few “life changing” episodes or incidents that we all experience, unfortunately rarely, throughout our lives; Incidents that cause us to grow, to change, to alter our perceptions, to switch our direction; they inspire us, motivate...
Comments15/04/2017 #12 Randall Burns#10 Thank You @Paul Walters, I appreciate your mention of Anthony Bourdain. Here is a very short post that illustrates my perception of him;
https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/acknowledgement-appreciation-chef-anthony-bourdain-randy-burns15/04/2017 #11 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher@Randall Burns, I love your stories! So down to earth and relatable even though I'm not a chef. He sure did teach you a lesson the hard way but I'm glad you were able to look back and appreciate it. So sad that he died in a car accident with new things on the horizon (just hearing of the car accident made me feel sad). Be assured he's smiling down on you and poking others in a gentle manner with his paddle saying, 'Look, look... he's learned so much, I'm proud of him."15/04/2017 #8 Anonymous@Randall Burns . This is a great post. The idea of how a person moves in the workplace resonates with me. I have seen it in a number of them. Movement in a cowshed a 5:00am. The line "Me, I'm just a lawnmower - you can tell me by the way I walk." from "I know what I like" by Genesis resonated with me for the same reason.14/04/2017 #1 Don 🐝 Kerr@Randall Burns So grateful that my paddle incidents have been so much more pacific. Strikes me (no pun intended) that not even Gordon Ramsay could get away with that shit these days but the kitchen is a different place. I've always been a fan of Anthony Bourdain - well, his writing anyway - and in those brief moments of sobriety he too could be 'motivating' and 'mentoring'. Great story Randall. Thanks for tagging me specifically. When I operated my own dessert catering business in the early to mid '80s the only person around whom I could paddle was myself which mercifully didn't happen too often!
- Producer12/04/2017The Lamma Way of LifeIt almost feels as if I have lived there for many years. I have a well-tuned familiarity with the island city. Truth be told, I have never ventured far from the confines of the Shangri-La, Westin or wherever I holed up. I know...
Comments13/04/2017 #22 Ken Boddie#21 Not sure about the pink shirt, but wearing pink Bermuda shorts on a United Airlines flight would be an obvious target for the eviction brigade. Trust you will take the belt and braces approach to travel in future and both avoid flying United and wearing clothing potentially hazardous to your health. 🤣13/04/2017 #18 Ken BoddieHey, Dean-san, been running round like the proverbial blue ****** fly, preparing for my trip to Nippon, and only now have I had a chance to look at your photos on my Mac, instead of my iPhone. Tell me, what's the guy in the pink shirt doing in the bottom pic? Looks like he's paddle boarding, which seems quite improbable.13/04/2017 #17 Ken Boddie#15 Just heard the latest fake news, Lisa. Galactic Airways is commencing direct flights from Pennsylvania to "China, Singapore, Bali and more" as soon as the price of bacon goes up dramatically (i.e. when pigs fly). 🤣 Come on over to "where no Trump has gone before". The 'Boys from the Gap' (@Dean Owen, @Paul Walters, @Gert Scholtz and myself) await your arrival !13/04/2017 #15 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher#8 Until I joined beBee @Dean Owen, I never thought of seeking out places like China, Singapore, Bali and more. That was until I began reading buzzes by you, @Paul Walters & @Ken Boddie who've shared so many wonderful buzzes about places you've actually visited and/or happen to live in. You men need to collaborate and put together a travel website ;-) I would love to be able to hop on a plane, well that may be a few planes before I finally hit my destination, right?
- Producer12/04/2017Dortmund vs Monaco: another failed attempt at causing chaos and disunityLast night, I was weighing up which Champions League game I was going to watch Juve-Barca or Dortmund-Monaco, when I got an alert on my phone telling me the Dortmund vs Monaco match was going to be delayed due to an explosion. As many of you...
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- Producer09/04/2017Visiting Washington? What A Capital Idea! I love Washington; it’s a vibrant, elegant, and beguiling city that oozes charm, history, culture and sophistication and, if you let it, it will capture your heart the moment you arrive. Most visitors to the capital normally stay only...
Comments09/04/2017 #5 debasish majumderlovely share @Paul Walters! by virtue of your eyes i am enjoying the global tour and i crave for this Odyssey may continue for an infinite time to garner so many information about the places which i never able to visit. but your lucid description enthralled me to the fullest. enjoyed throughly. thank you very much for such wonderful share.09/04/2017 #1 Ken BoddieAh, Washington, the seat of US politics. I Always thought that Abe Lincoln and George Washington had the concept of ethics tied up between them with:
"I cannot tell a lie" and "No man has a good enough memory to be a good liar".
Perhaps politicians the world over could take a leaf out of this old cherry tree?
- Producer07/04/2017The Mystic Magic of Central JavaConsidering that Indonesia is on our doorstep, and one of our closest 'overseas' neighbours, so many Australians don't venture beyond Bali when planning a holiday there. Yet the heterogeneity of the Indonesian Archipelago is mind blowing. It's...
Comments09/04/2017 #31 Ken Boddie#29 I sincerely hope that the Shiraz fermentation process (yeast + sugar = alcohol + carbon dioxide) is enough to counter the bacterial input from animal waste, Lisa. After all, farmers have been using chicken poo, etc as a natural fertiliser for years, and I'm sure that the original treading of the grapes with sweaty feet, after a hard day's picking, would have even turned the Romans off wine, had it been thought problematic to consumption.
Let's raise our wine glasses, Lisa, and drink to that natural bouquet! 👃🍷09/04/2017 #30 Ken Boddie#27 Perhaps I allowed may imagination to run away with me, Lisa, on the gathering process, as Kopi Luwak is a relatively large industry in Indo. The Dept of Ag in Oz, however, appears to agree with my scepticism. If you wish to learn more about this intriguing subject, then my good friend, Dr Google, will doubtless be all too happy to assist. 🤗09/04/2017 #27 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher#20 @Ken Boddie, if I could have given you 10 plusses on this I would have. I could not stop laughing after I read about the poor soul who has to pick through the poo beans, you've had a cup of it (not the droppings... my laughter began there) and it's shit coffee- uhmm well, sort of literally?!! I want to see the pics. The people who eat and/or drink things we aren't privy to just rave about it. I don't think poo or shall I say, shit coffee beans would delight me. Soak them in bourbon and I will gladly have a cup. I don't even drink bourbon but for some reason that sounds a bit tasty.08/04/2017 #21 Ken Boddie#19 I'd love to show you around the joys of Yogya, Gert, and I have a few family members who would be happy to assist. But I would suggest a more expert guide in the Prambanan area, as the temple complex (which includes Plaosan and Sewu temples) is extensive and the history beyond the retention of my ageing grey matter.08/04/2017 #20 Ken Boddie#17 Ah the delicious smell of kopi luwak, Lisa (the Indos have a problem with the letter 'f'). Banned by Australia's Department of Immigration, for obvious biological reasons, the beans are passed naturally through the digestive system of a civet ('luwak' in Bahasa Indonesia), which is more like a cat than a monkey. I've often wondered about the poor sod who's job is to retrieve the beans from a fresh pile of civet droppings. I've had a cup of this (the coffee not the droppings), which I'm embarrassed to say I paid for, in a coffee plantation in Bali, and have the photos to prove it. Personally, I think it's 'shit' coffee, how about you, @Paul Walters? I seem to remember we had a discussion about kopi luwak previously, @Dean Owen?08/04/2017 #17 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher#15 What is the traditional way coffee is served in Indonesia Ken? I keep thinking of the monkeys who poop the beans and those are used but I forget where that is popular? Foodies will say it's the best. I don't think I could drink that coffee lol. As for their calves, I noticed! It would be a very hard job, indeed. I like how you inserted song titles, you are pretty crafty there Ken :))08/04/2017 #15 Ken Boddie#11 not a great fan of the traditional way coffee is served in Indo, Lisa, where I tend to prefer mint tea. Moving on from the 'lucky' former Sultan's propensity to rock and roll with his groupies, and since the subject of lava flows is too hot to handle, let me expand upon the rigours of the 'tukang becak' or Indo's version of the bikie. As you suggest, these guys are fit and have calf muscles like the biceps on The Rock or Mr T. Hard way to earn a living. As for the Affandi giant, all I can say is that 'art' comes in many shapes and sizes. 🤔08/04/2017 #11 Lisa 🐝 GallagherWhat a great description of Jogja (java) which I first thought you were going to mention coffee ;-) I love the photos. I bet the Sultan felt pretty 'lucky,' eh? The very old buildings are well preserved and kept. The Hindu Temple looks amazing. Omgosh, I can't imagine being in that bunker when the lava came flowing down :(( The photo of you and your wife standing next to the statue of artist Affandi- love it! I wonder if the men who are human taxis ever get tired? That has to be a tough job physically but they have probably been doing it so long it's easy peasy for them?! Great tour guide @Ken Boddie!
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