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- Producer18/09/2017“ Here’s Looking At You Kid.” A Few Days In Casablanca, Morocco.First published in Oman Air In Flight Journal Sept 2017.Casablanca seems to be one of those cities that is often given a wide berth by tourists but, spend a little time here and you will see that for those who skip it while visiting Morocco are...
Comments20/09/2017 #30 Anonymous#29 @Paul Walters You have done more than justice to this dear cradle of my childhood, because, surely, I am subjective speaking of a piece of my being. But, seen by a non-native who transmits to me the same image existing in my memory, confirms that the charm of the alleys and corners of my childhood is eternal.
(I will, surely, see your recommended posts)
Again, thank you.20/09/2017 #28 CityVP 🐝 ManjitYour admiration for Morocco certainly shines through, as it did with the Magic of Marrakech https://www.bebee.com/producer/@https-twitter-com-paulvwalters/discovering-the-magic-of-marrakech and with the exotic blue of Chefchaouen https://www.bebee.com/producer/@https-twitter-com-paulvwalters/chefchaouen-morocco-s-jewel-in-the-rif-mountains
What I picked up from this is the differing aspects of Spanish Morocco and the Portuguese mentioned in this article. Thought it was very clever for the cafe owner to cater for some Bogart nostalgia and as you said with the original set actually filmed in Hollywood. That is one smart cookie !19/09/2017 #27 AnonymousThank you, @Paul Walkers. You have been faithful to the magical trajectory of the Casablanca of my childhood (despite the changes) but, no doubt, the charm will persist in its small alleys. My childhood was spent between Rabat (my hometown) Marrakech (the tender birthplace of the grandparents) and Casablanca (my child's memories with my cousins) All these memories coated with spice odors. A feast of memories, which stimulates a delightful nostalgia. Thank you
- Producer11/09/2017How To Write Blog Posts That Will Hold Your Audience's AttentionImage Source: PixabayAttention is difficult to gain these days, but it is easy to gauge it. One look at the analytics of your webpage will show you the bounce rates and how long your site visitor spent on a particular page. These analytics are truly...
Comments18/09/2017 #24 Preston 🐝 Vander Ven#22 Of Course, That is another great way of "stirring the honey pot."
https://www.bebee.com/producer/@preston-vander-ven/we-all-need-to-stir-the-honey-pot13/09/2017 #22 Proma 🐝 Nautiyal#15 Thank you so much, @Preston 🐝 Vander Ven.
I understand what you are talking about. I too, wrote rather long articles along with long, convoluted sentences, something that I picked up from the classics. My teachers asked me cut my sentences short and use words which were less opulent and more functional.
It is then that I started working towards writing shorter essays/articles in simple format and it has helped manifold.
You are right about the bounce rates too. Shorter articles attract more eyeballs.
Thank you for sharing your experience, it was very insightful. :-)
P.S: May I update my buzz with your text, in quotes and credits to you, to help readers understand how they can break down their articles with lots of information. It would be very helpful as you have explained it very well here?13/09/2017 #15 Preston 🐝 Vander VenGreat Buzz. Something I learned a long time ago was I used to write very long indepth articles with all the information I wanted to share. They were sort of like short books. I realized they had very high bounce rates.
What I did was took each of these articles and turned each topic into it's own articles. If the articles was still to long, I would then make it a Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 with links to each other. My bounce rate began to go down.
At first, it was hard for me to understand that others did not think like I did, and most people just wanted to enjoy themselves. Reading a long textbook is not enjoyable, yet reading something short and straight to the point could be fun and useful to their time.
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- Producer08/09/2017Does Content Matter? Using beBEE As A Springboard To Engage With Your Readers.Don’t you just love Fridays? I guess I am a little fortunate in that Fridays for me could be a Monday, a Wednesday or for that matter a Sunday. It’s a little bit cool to be a freelance travel writer! My current Friday morning ritual...
Comments10/09/2017 #44 Aleta CurryI've said it before and I daresay I'll say it again: I am just thrilled, not to mention a little awed, when a writer of the calibre of @Paul Walters reads 'my stuff', much less mentions me in the same breath as some of the incredible writers we're lucky to have on beBee.
I loved Javier's piece too, and thought that it was not before time, although I do tend to cut the posters of inspirational quotes some slack if the quotes are truly inspirational, as opposed to trite pop psychology. I, of course, am imminently qualified to judge that - ahem!
Ditto kittens, puppies and songs. As long as you've published them in Cats, Dogs, and Music hives, I'm going to leave you alone. If they're in IT, however, we may have something of a problem.
I must say I was surprised to find an invitation to follow a blatantly sexual profile in my mailbox a few weeks back. I realised that I didn't really care. I'm not into it myself, since I'm here for professional growth served with a hearty helping of entertainment, but sex probably counts as entertainment for a lot of people, so I'm staying right out of it.
I realise that I have no idea what my point is. I'm stopping now.
Thanks for the chuckles, Paul!10/09/2017 #43 Paul Walters#41 @CityVP 🐝 Manjit Thank you . I do intentionally ridicule myself in many of the pieces I write. 'Nice and fluffy' was something my rather clever daughter said about ( what I thought ) was a serious piece about something or other. I perhaps watch too many Woody Allen movies or reat too many david Sedaris books as I feel I am picking up their habits ! Howver your kind words touch m deeply .10/09/2017 #41 CityVP 🐝 ManjitI think the best testimony is the articles themselves, so I checked out an August 2016 piece about Jakarta also published by Oryx and from the first paragraph onwards a.k.a.
"The early morning sun spears like an arrow through the buildings in old Batavia illuminating an old man hosing down the cobblestones while, across the square a restaurateur arranges chairs and tables on the pavement then pulls down a colourful awning ............"
Where in the eye of the beholder one see's "nice and fluffy" I see "rich and inviting". The key here is certainly not an academic treatise about travel, but a lived experience shared with the reader in a way which is virtual reality without the technology - and that is the best kind of VR - the one that stirs the imagination of our own minds. Now if people settle for less or even focus their attention at the level of branding, then it is an old verse of the self-limiting perceptions of personal branding, and again this simply exemplifies the consequences of operating at the level of sell, tell or yell, rather than stir one's own imagination and avidly seek to be shaken and stirred. So what I read in the Jakarta article is beyond brand, because the reader of that article is physically on route to a real travel experience.
Reading of course is a great habit but imagination is what gives life to that habit and then habit is WHO WE ARE, not as a reader but as human being. So it is the next step is ours. Mine was discovering FX Harsono http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2015/01/29/fx-harsono-exposing-beauty-ugly-truth.html and we either find those linkages with virtual travel or physical travel, but what I learn here is 100% of the magic that should be travel.09/09/2017 #40 Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.the power of truly caring09/09/2017 #39 Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.thank you @Paul Walters it is good to be reminded that we need to take care of our audience, they care about us and we need to show that we care about them too. Wonderful post!09/09/2017 #34 Praveen Raj Gullepalli#29 Content doth matter,
But readers matter a lot more;
Why worry about what other writers write,
When you could devote that energy to write some more? ;)
We have our connections...and their connections to care about or read,
And like, comment upon or share every useful feed;
Let us judge not harshly for we too would be judged,
Opinion is verily a sword, double-edged.08/09/2017 #27 Phil FriedmanNice piece, @Paul Walters, bright and unpretentious -- as always. I enjoy your writing for its lack of hidden agenda. And for the
Openness it displays. As I sit here waiting to see if my home of more than two decades survives the week, it, I've been reading a number of your posts and feeling better for them. Thanks and cheers.
- Producer08/09/20175 HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE MEDELLIN FLOWER FESTIVALMedellin’s Feria de las Flores is an annual festival that takes place end of July/early August and takes over the entire city. It started in 1957 as a party to celebrate and honour Colombia’s massive flower industry.Today it has grown to become one...
- 07/09/2017Cuando vayas a Córdoba tienes que parar a disfrutar de unas tapas en uno de los sitios con más tradición de la ciudad califal. El salmorejo, su famosa tortilla de patatas, o carrillada son varias de las delicias que tienen. Muy típico es pedir tu comida y sacarla fuera para disfrutarla sentado a los pies de la Mezquita
Puedes venir en uno de los tours privados que hago con
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When you visit Cordoba you have to stop for some tapas in one of the best bars on town. Taste the Spanish tortilla, Salmorejo, or pork cheeks
Order your food and go out, seat besides the ancient Mosque
You can join one of the private tours that i do and also you can see more pictures on my Instagram profile by clicking on the ling above.
Comments07/09/2017 #4 David 🐝 Martín Alonso#2 Muchas gracias @Ignacio Orna tuve suerte que no había mucha gente, normalmente está que no se puede dar un paso ahí dentro, y aproveché para hacer la toma, Llevaba meses queriendo hacer esa foto pero nunca he podido por eso, por estar hasta arriba de clientes
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- Producer01/09/201710 FAMOUS FOODS IN CHILE YOU MUST TRYIn Chile you have to try the seafood!This was one of the many foodie tips we were given before visiting this incredibly long country. With a coastline measuring 4,270km (2,653m), you can expect to find some of the best and varied sea food.Of course,...
- 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!
- Producer26/08/2017The King and I The King and I – Boti Village, West Timor In the highlands of Timor on an isolated mountain ridge is the village of Boti. A very humble and gracious king reigns there, ruling over 76 families and 316 Boti tribal members. He is often...
Comments26/08/2017 #1 Lisa 🐝 GallagherWhat an interesting experience you had in Boti. I love the fact that nature and balance has such meaning in their culture. I really enjoyed reading about our visit and your time with the King @Stephanie Brookes View moreWhat an interesting experience you had in Boti. I love the fact that nature and balance has such meaning in their culture. I really enjoyed reading about our visit and your time with the King @Stephanie Brookes! The pictures are great. Did you ever find out why they hang the placenta in the tree? I bet @Ken Boddie @Gert Scholtz & @Paul Walters would find this of great interest too. Close
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- Producer22/08/2017When You Are Judged...In a world riding high on consumerism and where brand- consciousness blinds people against value, you often can find people judging others on the basis of their looks, or rather on their clothes and accessories. I don't have anything against...
Comments23/08/2017 #12 Numo Quest#9 What a great reply dearest Promo. It is like changing a 'Habit' what will take some time to adopt in ones system. Reward anyhow will be that you graduate will preserve your own energy re frustration of opinion and judgement of others, hence, your 'urge' of forming opinion or judgement. Things gently will become ease in you while your self confidence will grow exponentially. If you simply replace 'believing' in to 'Know it is so...' no one else can tell you any different. Great to read it is benefiting you on your own term and pass. :O)) It is intended that way.23/08/2017 #10 Lance 🐝 Scoular🥚cellent article
@Proma 🐝 Nautiyal
Both stories broght to mind a few scenes of Julia Roberts in the film "Pretty Woman."
The most memorable one for me was when Vivian (Julia Roberts) returns to a up market fashion shop, where yesterday she was wearing her casuals but today is now dressed to the nines...
...Shop assistant: Hello, can I help you?
Vivian: I was in here yesterday, you wouldn't wait on me.
Shop assistant: Oh.
Vivian: You people work on commission, right?
Shop assistant: Yeah.
I have to go shopping now.
🎬23/08/2017 #9 Proma 🐝 Nautiyal#8 @Numo Quest such an empowering thought. I read your comment at least 4 times before commenting. You have massively changed the perception I had about people and their judgements. It will take me some time to implement it, for sure, but I now have grasp of the fundamental. Thank you! :-)22/08/2017 #8 Numo Quest#7 That is the biggest mistake thinkable. Mirroring some one is the same as putting energy and focus in something that is some one else is stead of remaining oneself. If you stand in front of a mirror, just do for argument sake, and concentrate at the mirror, not the reflection of you. Just do that for about three minutes and it will sink in. The mirror is just a mirror, and object not doing anything at all. The energy of you, or anyone else, isn't touching you, harming you, appeal to you, no matter how they try. You will understand that having any opinion on what ever subject, any judgement on any person, has no ground, hence is a waste of time and energy. If you adopt the principle of the mirror, you won't even feel or become annoyed about opinion or judgement of others. Since these only are based upon the idea or vision of the other, not knowing which path you have walked, on what grounds you decide. Hence, putting energy in judgement or opinion of others, regardless you or any topic, in fact is useless. If you quit mimicking others, you will have eye and focus for other things to observe. ":O) Just give it a try and be your own Creator :O)22/08/2017 #4 Proma 🐝 Nautiyal#2 @Lisa Gallagher I can't thank you enough for your kind words and encouragement, Lisa, it means a lot to me. It took me a lot of self-contemplation to go ahead and write about it, but then I really wanted to.
You are so right about donning casuals outside of work hours irrespective of where you are living. And the kitchen, of course, room service can never help unwind like a cooking/baking session does.
I agree with your point about the lady at the stall being made to feel inferior at some point in her life. It could very well be a reason for her to reflect that same treatment on someone else. A person confident in their own skin would never have let themselves treat others so poorly even though they might have been treated badly, themselves, at some point of time. Karmic logic ensures I never overstep my boundaries and I just hope others understand the same too.
My husband and I had both decided to spend every waking moment out, exploring the city. I guess that is what helped us survive the hotel stay. :D22/08/2017 #2 Lisa 🐝 GallagherWhat a wonderful topic for a buzz @Proma 🐝 Nautiyal. Let me first say, I can relate so much when it comes to staying in a 5 star hotel. I'm not comfortable either because too many do walk around all dressed up and when I'm away, I like to dress down. I don't want to have to dress up for breakfast, dinner or to even walk through the halls and lobby. For those reasons, I stay away from 5 star hotels.
I'm glad you found your voice and you were able to speak up for yourself when it came to the crystal lamp! It baffles me when people have no problem treating others as if they are less important than another based on how they dress etc... it baffles me more when they don't have a hard time making comments that reflect how they feel inside. I think some people like that have possibly been made to feel inferior at some point in their lives and treat others as they were treated. Maybe by speaking up to the woman who was selling the stones and more made her think about her actions?
Thank you for sharing this because we all deserve to be treated with dignity. This is a good reminder. For the record, I would have gone stark raving mad having to stay in a hotel room for 2 months. I could have handled a 1 bedroom room with a kitchen but not just a room. I think my husband and I would have really gotten on each others nerves lol. (that's an understatement).
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