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Come Away With Me to the Czech Republic & Beating Cancer

Hello out there all you lovely people. Please come in, have a seat, a cup of your favourite beverage (hot or cold ;- ) ) and relax. Yes, feel free to put your feet up I do not mind.

Not sure how I am today. I am writing this post last Monday in the hope that I am going to have the third round of chemotherapy today. The week of chemotherapy has been a bit of an out time for me the last couple of times.

On the day of chemo, I am very sick. Then comes some sleepless nights. Exhaustion. Then the brain fog. I also had some trouble I do not mention on here. How strange. I just wrote “we” instead of “I”. I used to think as “we” rather than “I”. Hmmm… Maybe I still need to get a proper assessment for DID.

Today is going to be the last of the FEC chemotherapy. It is also half-way through. Afterwards, I get the T-part of chemotherapy.

According to BreastCancerNow:

“FEC-T is a combination of four chemotherapy drugs used to treat breast cancer.

 It takes its name from the initials of these drugs: 

  • 5 fluorouracil (also known as 5FU) 
  • epirubicin 
  • cyclophosphamide 
  • docetaxel (also known as Taxotere) 

FEC-T destroys cancer cells by interfering with their ability to divide and grow.” (source: FEC-T chemotherapy on BreastCancerNow).

I am not quite sure I want to know what these things exactly do but hey ho let’s get a little more into detail:

Fluorouracil is an anti-metabolism drug which means it stops cancer cells from having the ability to divide. It is used for

  • breast cancer 
  • head and neck cancers
  • anal cancer
  • stomach cancer
  • colon cancer
  • some skin cancers (as a cream)

(info from Cancer Research)

Epirubicin is a chemotherapy drug that destroys the DNA in cancer cells. It belongs to a group that is called anthracyclines and is used for a lot of cancers.

(info from Cancer Research)

Cyclophosphamide also helps to stop cancer cells to divide, however, it is also a immunosuppressant. It supresses your immunesystem which is why I have to shield currently. Getting into contact with the Corona-Virus wouldn’t do me any good. That is also why it is used for some other conditions than cancer like rheumatoid arthritis.

(info taken from: Patient.Info)

Taxotere is a drug of the taxane group which slow down cell growth.

(info taken from: WebMD)

The trouble is that all these drugs do not only work on cancer cells; they do affect healthy cells too. That is why there is this long list of side-effects.

I was just wondering if the T-part will be different than the FEC part. From what I read so far, there isn’t much difference. But I am going to have a phone appointment both with a nurse from the Weybourne Unit which is responsible for the chemotherapy and an oncologist too on Friday. So I will ask and find out.

Ok, let’s get away from this challenging topic of beating cancer and get away to the Czech Republic. I’ve never been down there. The only thing I know about the Czech Republic is that they make brilliant beer, that the capital Prague is beautiful, that it used to be a communist country and that Kafka lived in Prague.

Lonely Planet added to my knowledge a vast array of castles everywhere in the Czech Republic. Its location in the middle of Europe made it prone to raids by tribes and conquering armies. However, the rich and famous also allowed themselves some lovely summer escapes to beautiful chateaux. Sounds like it’s definitely worth a visit. Let’s have a look here:

video credit: Visit Czech Republic via YouTube

That made me want to go this very moment… if only… you know … cancer and virus and…. never mind.

Here is another video that should give you a lovely insight into this beautiful country:

video credit: Travel Vlogger via YouTube

Feel free to have a look at YouTube and check out the many videos about this lovely country. Even though I was rather shocked how many like to point out what shocked them about the country. But maybe that’s just a “headline” thing to get more views. I very much hope so.

If you want to find out more have a look here:

CzechTourism.com

Kafkadesk about the question which name is right: Czech Republic or Czechia

I think I saw a documentary once about this one: Cat and Duck Blog ~ Zemenka Earthship, Czech Republic

And “Grammy Writes” about their visit o Prague: City Scene: Prague

And for the music? Let’s see:

I have chosen a band called “Monkey Business” which according to News.Expat.cz exists since 1999 and does what it says on the tin: Monkey business. They are known for crazy stage shows and videos but according to the page are “clean fun”. I think the video I chose is a little provocative, at least when you are from Germany. I couldn’t find any lyrics to the video and didn’t understand much either, but I started to wonder if it is a parody of good ol’ Mr Trump. The part that I understood says: “Worse lover ever but I am so clever…”. Please make up your own mind 🙂

video source: Warner Music Czech Republic via YouTube

Well…. 😉

And where are we going next week?

Come Away With Me 2020 Musical Challenge Country for Monday, July 6th, 2020

I am taking a rather random route around the world, but sometimes it makes sense. Next week we move a little more south to Slovakia. Please find Slovakian musicians here on the Last.FM page.

As for the suggestions to take part:

  1. Join in! No matter where, when and with what. You missed the first week? Don’t worry. Just jump in when it suits you.
  2. Send us the link! The ping-back option does not always work so please leave a link in the comments of the post on the day you take part. Or leave it at the “Come Away With Me 2020 FB page
  3. Tag your post either with ” Come Away With Me Musical Challenge”/ #CoAwWiMeMuCh” / “Come Away with Me 2020 Musical Challenge” o/“CoAwWiMe2020MuCh” / . You can also use these as hashtags for Twitter and other Social Networks to give your post more exposure. If you add #blog and #music with your hashtags it will get you more readers.
  4. No matter which music or country the prompt favours you create with it whatever you please. This is supposed to be a fun challenge and no chore.
  5. I post a prompt for the next week with every “Come Away With Me 2020 post” I write.
  6. If you like, use this picture for your readers to find the posts.
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Please stay a little longer and find my poetry posts on The Bee Creates… on Weebly. Thanks!

You are more into photography? Then please check out my photo posts on Bee Wordless on Blogger.

You can also find my photos on Dreamstime (affiliate link, you do not need to buy anything but if you do I get 10% from your purchase).

Just one more thing before you go: The hospital that is treating me is fundraising for a dedicated breast cancer unit which would allow same-day diagnosis and better premises for patients and staff.

Please, if you can spare a little money hop over to their Just Giving Page and give as little or much as you can. Or share the page on your social media. Your support means a lot to me! Thank you very much.

Thanks my dears, for staying with me until the end. I appreciate your presence. Please stay safe, stay kind and remember that you rock!

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Some Heat on #SongLyricSunday

Hello out there, music lovers. How are you doing today? I hope you have a beautiful Sunday that is not too hot nor too cold. I am sending you good vibes and your favourite hot or cold beverage just because… ;-).

What’s up at Song Lyric Sunday today?

Jim’s Song Lyric Sunday challenges us to find a song for the topic “Cool/Freeze/Heat/Melt”. I had to think a little bit about this one. As you know, I am exploring music from all over the world since December 2019. If you follow any of my social media, you have come across the singer I am introducing you to today already.

Her name is Wiyaala. She was born in the North West of Ghana and has created and outstanding musical career in a extremely conservative country.

How did I come across Wiyaala?

At the beginning of 2020 one video showed up all the time when I was signing into YouTube. It was Wiyaala’s interpretation of Osibia’s “Woyaya/We are going”. At first, I did not take any notice. But I liked the confident look of the girl on the video, and I have a thing for blue, skies and mountains 🙂 .

So in the end, I had a look. And I was hooked.

Who is Wiyaala?

Wiyaala was born in Funsi, a little conservative place in the North West of Ghana. Ghana is one of the West African countries around the Gulf of Guinea. She was lucky because her musical mother refused her daughters to be married young. She also refused to adhere to the tradition of FGM, which enabled Wiyaala to become an entertainer. You can find out more about her here on her homepage.

I am following her both on Instagram and Twitter. It shows a lot what sort of person Wiyaala is. On Twitter, she tries to answer many tweets. She thanked me on one of my first shares of her music. On Instagram, she gives a lot of insight into the life of a Ghanian village. She also shares a lot about her life. For example, she shared several videos on her lock-down experience.

Wiyaala is also an influencer for UNICEFGhana to fight for the abolition of FGM, early child marriage and the rights of children.

She was “discovered” by the BBC in 2014 and has travelled all over the world since. From what I gather from her tweets, she is seen rather critical in her own country for the connection to Europe.

You might have come across her music if you watched the Commonwealth Games in Australia in 2018 or are a customer of Western Union.

And what is hot about Wiyaala?

I have seen a couple of Wiyaala video’s which are rather saucy. She does try to fight the image of the meek woman who can’t create her own destiny and I think that is why she creates these empowered but often also critical videos.

The video I chose for today is called “Village Sex” and is Wiyaala’s take on a traditional wedding song from her village. Originally this song was meant as a warning to young men to have sex before their marriage. Wiyaala’s take seems to be more humorous. But please make up your own mind.

Oh, one thing more: Wiyaala sings many of her songs in her native Sisaala tongue. I have added a couple of links to articles that explain what the song is about. Unfortunately, I could not find any lyrics to it. Am cheating a little here I admit 🙂

video credit: Wiyaala via YouTube

More information about Wiyaala’s “Village Sex” video

Ghana Star: Wiyaala premiers “Village Sex” video

Bong: Wiyaala releases video to her “Village Sex” single

DaWuro: New Video: Wiyaala “Village Sex”

This post takes part in Jim’s Song Lyric Sunday. Please head over and find many exciting music posts and the suggestions on how to take part too.

The Bag Lady” doesn’t always take part in Song Lyric Sunday, but her posts rock 🙂


Happy Sunday to you all despite everything!



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Just one more thing before you go: The hospital that is treating me for cancer is fundraising for a dedicated breast cancer unit which would allow same-day diagnosis and better premises for patients and staff.

Please, if you can spare a little money hop over to their Just Giving Page and give as little or much as you can. Or share the page on your social media. Your support means a lot to me! Thank you very much.

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Let’s Plant More Trees

Hello everybody out there, how are you? Do you see a tree in your garden or neighbourhood? I very much hope so because to me trees mean life and happiness.

That is probably the reason why I like to share tree planting stories on Good News Tuesday. And guess what? You get another one today. One that you can give some money too if planting trees isn’t an option but you have a penny or two left over at the end of the month. But if you can’t do either don’t worry. There is an app for that LOL.

So, what am I talking about? Today I want to introduce you to the “Eden Reforestation Project,” which is the brainchild of Dr. Stephen Fitch. He worked in Ethiopia and saw how de-forestation brings down whole communities as they lose their livelihoods. His idea was to employ villagers to regrow their forests and thus stop poverty and climate change in one go.

To me, that shows that our forests are more than just assets to make furniture or give us fresh air. We are still part of the ecological system and growing a forest gives communities life and a future.

video credit: Eden Reforestation Project via YouTube

I grew up surrounded by a forest. Germany is known for its well-managed forests, and the one I knew then was a mixture of needle and leaf trees. Mostly beech trees. They even gave the area the name. I used to gaze over the forest in school and daydream. It had something magical about it.

Maybe that is why I feel so connected to trees and forests and why I understand why they mean more than just a tree side by side with another tree. Please, watch Eden Reforestation Projects first video where the difference between land with and without trees is shown starkly.

video credit: Eden Reforestation Project via YouTube

Isn’t it awsome?

So please if you can plant a tree in your back garden. If you can’t but have some money give to the Eden Reforestation Project. And if you can’t do that either consider Ecosia as your search engine as they are supporting tree planting projects with the income your search creates. Thanks!

Please stay a little longer and find my poetry posts on The Bee Creates… on Weebly. Thanks!

You are more into photography? Then please check out my photo posts on Bee Wordless on Blogger.

You can also find my photos on Dreamstime (affiliate link, you do not need to buy anything but if you do I get 10% from your purchase).

Just one more thing before you go: The hospital that is treating me is fundraising for a dedicated breast cancer unit which would allow same-day diagnosis and better premises for patients and staff.

Please, if you can spare a little money hop over to their Just Giving Page and give as little or much as you can. Or share the page on your social media. Your support means a lot to me! Thank you very much.

Thanks my dears, for staying with me until the end. I appreciate your presence. Please stay safe, stay kind and remember that you rock!

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Come Away With Me to Poland & Beating Cancer

Hello out there, how are you? Yes, I do ask again, and I want to know. So many lovely people ask me how I am, and I just want to return the favour. And you know, I am sending you good vibes daily (and a coffee or tea if you wish to 😉 ).

So, how I am? Astonishingly fine. It’s two weeks ago that I had my second lot of chemotherapy and while I was very sick on the first day, all the other side effects weren’t as bad as last time. I am grateful for that.

So today, I am taking on a topic that bothered me a lot before chemotherapy but turned out not to be that bothersome: Hairloss.

Hairloss happens both with chemotherapy and radiotherapy. Here in the UK you are connected with a breast care and oncology nurse when you are diagnosed with breast cancer. They are there to coordinate your treatment and to give you all the information that you need. They also support you with any resources to help beat cancer.

When I met my oncology nurse for the first time, she asked me if I have any concerns. And strangely the only thing that came to my mind was losing my hair. I am a proud ginger. Having red hair is part of my identity, and the prospect of losing it terrified me.

Portrait of Bee Halton

So she suggested something called “scalp cooling” which terrified me even more than the hair loss. Scalp cooling happens while having chemotherapy. They put a cap on your head which cools your scalp down, and you have to keep it on for quite some time. It’s cold. Really cold as the nurse said and I answered: “No thanks”. A wig wasn’t an option for me as the virus and lock down got in the way.

However, I had already decided I would deal with any imminent hair loss with scarves. And so I did. But I felt like a proper pervert when I had my first chemotherapy, and as soon as I got home started to pull my hair to see if it was still save. And I kept doing it. By the second week after the first chemo, my hair was gone. Besides a couple of brave soldiers who decided to hang on by a thread.

image of Bee after hair loss

Now I look like a plugged chicken but don’t give a damn. Five weeks into chemotherapy, I even leave my scarf or beanie off if I get too hot, which I wouldn’t have done before. I guess the lockdown helps. We are home alone, and only the best husband (Jeremy Clarkson voice) in the world gets to see me.

Bee with purple scarf on head

He is a brave soul too. I could see how hard it was for him to shave off my hair before I had chemotherapy. My plan was to be bald before any hair loss would happen, but he couldn’t bear it. So we compromised on a very short hair cut. Since then he keeps telling me that I look lovely and he means it (We are together for 10 years we know when we lie 😉 )

And I am daily surprised how little I am bothered by my loss of hair. Thanks for that also goes to my cousin. As a young woman she had to fight a rare form of leukaemia. She had to go through chemotherapy and said to me: “I wore my bald head with pride. How else can you be bald as a woman without being looked a in funny ways!” There are some warrior women in my family :-).

But let’s leave this hairy business aside and come away with me to Poland. Such a beautiful country. Back in the day when the wall came down, my father had a girlfriend from Poznan which lies close to the German border smack bang in the middle.

Image of market place in Poznan, Poland
Image by David Mark from Pixabay

I was living in Berlin, and my then-partner and I went to see both of them in Poznan. It was a little less well decorated then, but you could see and feel the history of the place. What I most remember of my father’s girlfriend was her pride in the quality of Polish products. And her emotional strength. There are some warrior women over there too :-). I work with two of them here.

It is always good to ask someone from another country for advice when you want to show some rare gems of said country. That is what I did. Thankfully, I know Emilia from “My Inner MishMash” who isn’t only a warrior woman from Poland but also extremely interested in music. She says not so much in Polish music, despite that, she gave me some great ideas.

But let’s get an overview of Poland first with Rick Steve’s video:

video credit: Rick Steve via YouTube

Many of us think mainly about visiting cities when we go to see another country. But I always felt you miss most of a countries soul if you do not explore the countryside. Emilia suggested a well-kept secret. Smoldzino close to the mobile sand dunes in Slowinski National Park – This video is by Saverio Pepe about the national park.

Most people who visit the National Park come to Leba, which seems to be the hub to get into the park. A little to the west lies Smoldzino nestled in between two lakes. Lebsko lake is part of the National park, but Gardno isn’t. So if you are no fan of tourist masses chose to visit Smodzino instead of Leba to find some of the real Poland.

This video shows a bike ride around Smoldzino and along the dunes and lakes. Unfortunately, I could not find a video in English that showed the area so please enjoy this Polish one. The area is absolutely beautiful!

video credit: Sylwek Ustka via YouTube

Emilia gave a couple of suggestions about interesting Polish bands which you can see in her comment here. I am getting tired though and somehow got stuck with her favourite band “VavaMuffin“. “Vava” is the international spelling for “Wawa” which stands for “Warszaw”. No idea where the muffin comes from. Do Reggae musicians maybe like muffins? Or is it a slang word for something I do not know about? Well, we might never know. Oh, Wikipedia just told me it’s a reggae style. Never mind 🙂

They are certainly worth checking out if you like this sort of music. I like a bit of reggae now and then. It just makes me smile and boogy. Nothing wrong with that isn’t it????

Well, to get myself some rest, I am just offering you the video I have chosen. It is, of course, one without a translation so you either just have to enjoy the music or learn Polish very fast. Good luck 😉

video credit: Vavamuffin via YouTube

Come Away With Me 2020 Musical Challenge Country for Monday June 29th, 2020

I am taking a rather random route around the world, but sometimes it makes sense. Next week we move a little south to the Czech Republic and you can discover some of its musicians here at expat_cz post: Czech Bands you should be listening to.

As for the suggestions to take part:

  1. Join in! No matter where, when and with what. You missed the first week? Don’t worry. Just jump in when it suits you.
  2. Send us the link! The ping-back option does not always work so please leave a link in the comments of the post on the day you take part. Or leave it at the “Come Away With Me 2020 FB page
  3. Tag your post either with ” Come Away With Me Musical Challenge”/ #CoAwWiMeMuCh” / “Come Away with Me 2020 Musical Challenge” o/“CoAwWiMe2020MuCh” / . You can also use these as hashtags for Twitter and other Social Networks to give your post more exposure. If you add #blog and #music with your hashtags it will get you more readers.
  4. No matter which music or country the prompt favours you create with it whatever you please. This is supposed to be a fun challenge and no chore.
  5. I post a prompt for the next week with every “Come Away With Me 2020 post” I write.
  6. If you like, use this picture for your readers to find the posts.
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Please stay a little longer and find my poetry posts on The Bee Creates… on Weebly. Thanks!

You are more into photography? Then please check out my photo posts on Bee Wordless on Blogger.

You can also find my photos on Dreamstime (affiliate link, you do not need to buy anything but if you do I get 10% from your purchase).

Just one more thing before you go: The hospital that is treating me is fundraising for a dedicated breast cancer unit which would allow same-day diagnosis and better premises for patients and staff.

Please, if you can spare a little money hop over to their Just Giving Page and give as little or much as you can. Or share the page on your social media. Your support means a lot to me! Thank you very much.

Thanks my dears, for staying with me until the end. I appreciate your presence. Please stay safe, stay kind and remember that you rock!

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“Maria” on #SongLyricSunday

Hello out there in this vast blogosphere. How are you doing today? I hope you have a beautiful Sunday despite everything. And if not that there are those who hug you and support you. I am sending you good vibes all the same!

It’s been a while since I took part in Jim’s Song Lyric Sunday but today’s topic “Maria” captured my imagination. Surely I could find a song that has a “Maria” in it?

I directly remembered Santana’s “Maria, Maria”, “Maria” in “West Side Story” and, of course, the unforgettable “Maria” in “The Sound of Music”. And who thought how many versions of “Ave Maria” are out there? Even Beyonce did one.

But if you have visited my blog on regular basis since December 2019 then you know I am on a mission to challenge your and my listening habits. I am exploring music from countries like Estonia or Ghana and gosh have I discovered some gems.

I wouldn’t call today’s choice a gem. The lyrics seem slightly sexist to me which made me hesitate to use this one. However, I could not find any other song about “Maria” from the more exotic places on this planet with enough information about the musicians. Or I really disliked the song. So, I stuck with this one because it’s a good dance song and I love music in Spanish and French. This one has both and yes, you get a translation after the video.

So come away with me to Colombia, a country that is only known to me via drug gang-related news from tv or Gabriel Garcia Marques’s books. Today’s musicians are GIMS & Maluma. Gandhi Bilel Djuna is known by his stage name Maitre Gims. He is a well-known Rapper from France but was born in Congo. His father and brothers are musicians too. He has worked with Sting, Sia, Little Wayne, and others.

Juan Luis Londoño Arias is professionally known as Maluma. He was born in Medellin and discovered music at a young age. He seems to be a regular in the Billboard Hot Latin Songs and has worked with Shakira and Madonna. In 2019 they recorded “Hola Seniorita (Hello Miss)” and filmed the video in Riad, Marrakesh and at the Bassin de la Menara in Marocco.

But enough information. Enjoy the music:

Video Credit: Maluma via YouTube

Hello young Lady

Lyrics by LyricsTranslate (link at the end).

[chrous : Maluma & Gims] It is said that her name is María, María, María Who would have thought that day I fell in love?

She, hello young lady, tell me if you think we have said everything. I can’t dance and tonight I’ll keep a low profile.

She’s a pretty lady through and through But what I like the most is when she speaks French. Dance, dance hottie Dance, dance hottie 

[verse 1 : Maluma] From L.A to France, baby, what elegance! Channel, Dior perfume, baby what a fragance! You’re hot, delicious, you look scrumptious

I just want be inside if you’re emotional You send me an emoji, those ones that are like the devil Why don’t you talk face to face? baby, speak to me straight In this tale, I don’t want to be the villain Don’t send hints, let’s go straight to the point 

[Pre-chorus: Maluma] Tell me if you and I are going to a far-away place Follow that movement To-to-to-to-ton-ton To-to-to-to-ton-ton 

[Chorus : Maluma & Gims] It is said that her name is María, María, María Who would have thought that day I fell in love?

She, hello young lady, tell me if you think we have said everything. I can’t dance and tonight I’ll keep a low profile.

She’s a pretty lady through and through But what I like the most is when she speaks French. Dance, dance hottie Dance, dance hottie 

[verse 2 : Gims] Tell me what you want, tell me what you’re expecting from me I saw you appear and disappear like a ninja You’ve heard things about me, you’re careful around. I already know it.

I hold you, you escape from me, stealthy like a cat Good luck to the one who marries you I’ll be happy to call you María

Under the Santa Monica’s sunshine or Santa María, ah Tell me what you want, tell me what you’re waiting from me I saw you appear and disappear like a ninja

You’ve heard things about me, you doubt about me, I already know it. I hold you, you escape from me, stealthy like a cat Always on the search, on the search of some money

It’s not easy to love with a heart pierced with bars I’ve lost a lot of blood, It’s about time make myself a tourniquet Just right after we make peace, in this language, I love you 

[Chorus : Maluma & Gims] It is said that her name is María, María, María Who would have thought that day I fell in love? She, hello young lady, tell me if you think we have said everything.

I can’t dance and tonight I’ll keep a low profile. She’s a pretty lady through and through But what I like the most is when she speaks French. 

Dance, dance hottie Dance, dance hottie (Prrrrrrr! I love you!, J’t’aime!, Te amo!)

It is said that her name is María, María, María (To all my rivals)

Who would have thought that day I fell in love (hottie!) Maluma, Baby!

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This post takes part in Jim’s Song Lyric Sunday. Please head over and find many exciting posts about Maria Songs and the suggestions on how to take part too.

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You can also find my photos on Dreamstime (affiliate link, you do not need to buy anything but if you do I get 10% from your purchase)

Just one more thing before you go: The hospital that is treating me for cancer is fundraising for a dedicated breast cancer unit which would allow same-day diagnosis and better premises for patients and staff.

Please, if you can spare a little money hop over to their Just Giving Page and give as little or much as you can. Or share the page on your social media. Your support means a lot to me! Thank you very much.

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Flip the Switch or Who says you need to be able to read and write to be a solar engineer?

Hello out there, dear people of the blogosphere. How are you doing? I am sending you good vibes and energy and if you want to a hug. You deserve it!

I had lots of headlines for today’s post:

“Solar Mamas ~ These grannies are awesome”

“This is why western countries lose their power!”

“#ClimateJusticeSaturday ~ Flip the Switch”

“A new way of doing business is possible”

All of them tell you what I think about the documentary I am sharing with you today. It is called “Flip the Switch” and tells the story of Solar Mamas. Solar Mamas are women from developing countries who are willing to go to India to be trained as solar engineers by Barefoot College.

Barefoot College was created in 1972 in rural India to train women and give them a better chance in life. They developed the Barefoot Solar Project, which trains women from all over the developing world to become solar engineers. They are enabled to install and maintain solar panels and lamps and in turn, will train ten more women to be able to bring electricity to their villages.

How awesome are these women? They leave their families in Mexico, Zanzibar and wherever they hear from Barefoot College to go to India for 6 months to be trained. But what amazed me too is the involvement of an international law firm called Hogan Lowells who support the project. Their business idea is that you win when you support communties around the world. And also that it is a duty of those better off to help those who aren’t.

And I can’t get rid of the feeling that western societies with their reluctance to support developing countries are losing their grip on their world power. Because where do citizens of developing countries look to when it comes to who they want to become? To Britain and the US, who are giving less and less or to China who build their streets and India who trains their women?

Ah, I stop my babble. Please have a look at this brilliant documentary and make up your own mind.

Video credit: Barefoot College via YouTube

Please find out more about Barefoot College on their page.

Hogan Lovells describes their social responsibility here.

TRP wrote an article about the Solar Mamas.

More about the Solar Mamas and the Barefoot College in The Hindu

And there is also a film about a Solar Mama from Jordan

Happy Saturday to you all despite everything!!!

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You are more into photography? Then please check out my photo posts on Bee Wordless on Blogger.

You can also find my photos on Dreamstime (affiliate link, you do not need to buy anything but if you do I get 10% from your purchase)

Just one more thing before you go: The hospital that is treating me for cancer is fundraising for a dedicated breast cancer unit which would allow same-day diagnosis and better premises for patients and staff.

Please, if you can spare a little money hop over to their Just Giving Page and give as little or much as you can. Or share the page on your social media. Your support means a lot to me! Thank you very much.

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Come Away with Me to Germany and Beating Cancer

Hello out there, dear people of the blogosphere. How are you? I wish you are well and that you can feel the hope rising everywhere. And I am sending you positive vibes.

Please do not bother to ask how I am because I don’t know. My brain is foggy, and my mood and physical state change from second to second. I can get up absolutely happy that I managed the night and got some sleep and arrive downstairs just to be crumpy, hot, and fall on the sofa utterly exhausted.

Chemotherapy is an adventure to say the least ;-)…

Yes, I had my second lot last week Monday, and I have to be fair: Overall I am doing better than the first time around. My non-lady-like problems are dealt with well, and I am not as exhausted as I was the first time. However, my brain seems to be on holiday, and I find it rather hard to concentrate on blogging or anything of that sort. Some cooking, doing the dishes and washing is fine.

I am not complaining, far from it. In fact, I am incredibly grateful that my cancer treatment got ahead despite the virus and that I have family and friends, which are just awesome. So just in case, you feel bad at the moment:

I appreciate you and your support enormously. You absolutely rock in my books!!!!

So many in this country had their treatment on hold and probably will have terrible outcomes. This is so awful and makes me angry and sad and frustrated. Nothing much I can do about it though. But it really makes me appreciate what I have.

For days now, I wanted to write an elaborate post about how my life has changed into a management course: Managing my medication… you can’t just take the stuff because most of them need to be taken at least two hours before or after others. Managing appointments: Yes, Bee, another appointment for taking your blood. No, that appointment with the oncologist will be by phone, and hopefully, the next chemo will happen in two weeks. That’s why you got those horrible injections to get your white blood cells sorted.

Managing my mood swings… my go-to aromatherapy doesn’t entirely work because strong smells make me feel sick. Managing my doubled hot flushes… yes chemo does it too on top of menopausal hot flushes. Aren’t I lucky? And managing my eating…

I seem to eat continuously beside the day after chemo. I hardly eat anything then because I am just sick. Let’s not go there. You wouldn’t like it, believe me. After that, I eat little bits here and there all the time because big meals don’t do me well. Which is nice. I like eating. We have lovely fruit; homemade bread which calms nausea and the hais balls. As I said before, I don’t complain. My situation could be so so much worse.

It just seems like my whole brain capacity goes into managing all this stuff and there is not much left for being creative. Yes, I have posts scheduled and take photos and write poetry. But … something… just… doesn’t… add… up. It’s hard to explain. That is why I won’t. Just take my word for it and then come away with me to Germany 🙂

video credit: Meditative Mind via YouTube

So, Germany. My home country. Estranged sister, I would say. Always was. I am not someone who is proud to be born in a particular country. To be honest, I find it hard to understand that something so random than where we are born is taken by so many people as an achievement that needs to be “protected” from the “outsiders”. Let’s not go down that route either.

It’s not that I do not like the country I was born in. Germany is a beautiful place with many achievements that made the world a better place. And the utter opposite too. And while many seem to think that Germany did a great job with dealing with their past, I know too well about the dark corners that still exist in its psyche.

video credit: Deutsche Welle via YouTube

Right-wing politicians, rioters and extremists have always gotten away much better than the same on the left. Not that I approve of any extremes. I prefer the middle ground even though I have to admit that I feel more and more moving to the left since 2016. In my opinion, Marx was right; he just should have taken into account that people are not just “good” when all their needs are met. There is something in them that makes them want to have power over others. One day I will have figured out what that is, and then we go down that route. For now, we concentrate on the light and the beauty of Germany.

video credit: Lonely Planet via YouTube

I was lucky to have lived in a lot of places in Germany. I was born in the South on the Swabian Alb a mountain range that crosses the country in the South from East to West. That is close to the Danube, and everybody knows the Danube, right???? Then I moved close to the then still capital Bonn and the beautiful Rhein valley. I absolutely understand why the British were so keen on visiting in the 19th century. I was lucky to live in Berlin for a year just after the wall came down. Whoa, those were the days when we still thought maybe all that war shit might stop at last. I studied in Muenster a beautiful, creative medieval place that had its share of religious extremists in the olden days. So much so that the good of Muenster hanged them up in a cage at the church. Yes, Germany is so sophisticated 😉 . And yes the absolutely stunning area close to the Dutch border where I lived just before I moved to the UK.

video credit: Rick Steve via YouTube

I’ve seen a bit of my country. Also seen a bit of East Anglia in the UK. And believe me, we are all the same. We all want the same and basically hate the same we just make different decisions on how we deal with it.

Germany is big and has it all: Mountains, ocean, rivers, lakes, flats and sky. Lots of it when you live in the North. Modern cities, medieval towns and tiny villages sprinkled along the rivers that made the country. And it’s always been smack bang in the middle of Europe, so the rest of them moved through it with all its trade and war. It makes for a strange mix and eccentric people.

video credit: Euronews via YouTube

When it comes to music, Germany is pretty versatile too, in my opinion. There have always been years when so-called “Music of the World” was hip in the charts or when a French or maybe Dutch song was famous. Germans are not so bothered with the need to understand the lyrics. We are quite happy to enjoy the rhythm and let ourselves be moved by the knowing that music is a universal language. And let’s not forget the musical heritage. After all, Beethoven, Bach and Haendel are from Germany.

So what to choose? I am pondering this since weeks and still haven’t decided. So maybe a local band is the way to go? Germany developed a big local music scene that created songs in the different dialects that were spoken in whatever area the band or musician comes from. In the ’80s when I grew up, there were several which were either rather funny taking the piss on the local areas of pride. Or who used their tongue to create awareness of injustices. I always loved that sort of music, and I think it has influenced me a lot.

So today, you have to put up with three songs and two bands. The first is Wolle Kriwanek & Schulz Bros, who were famous in the area I came from when I grew up. They sang in Swabian and utterly took the piss on everything that Swabians hold dear: from the good old Mercedes to being proper. The song I have chosen is called “I Fahr Daimler (I drive a Daimler)”, and whenever I see a speeding Merc coming along anywhere, I think of that song. I translate the lyrics after the video, and then you’ll understand 😉

video credit: Wolle Kriwanek via YouTube

I Drive Daimler (un-official translation)

I drive Daimler. I own the street. I take on everybody who doesn’t get out of my way.

I drive Daimer. No matter what is going to happen. Because as an extra I have the right of way.

I come from the side with 200kmh. I feel like I sheikh just not as rich.

Sometimes I dream that I run out of petrol and my daimler is left on the cross roads. But who would believe that you won’t be able to get petrol anymore?

I drive Daimler. I own the street. I take on everybody who doesn’t get out of my way.

I drive Daimer. No matter what is going to happen. Because as an extra I have the right of way.

In traffic I am someone! I even drive when the lights are red and everybody waits.

I don’t have any hang-ups like my friend Rolf. But that poor bloke only drives a Golf.

I drive 500SE while wearing a Chauffeurs suit. ….

I find it rather hilarious how over 40 years later and in a different country this song still puts it down to the point.

The next song I am sharing is a new one from an old band. The band is called “Wolfgang Niedecken’s BAP” who made a song for the 75th anniversary of Nazi’s giving up in Europe. I already shared one of their old songs about the problem of Nazi-thinking still being apparent in Germany here but am sharing the video again today. But firstly enjoy the new song. I translate the lyrics afterwards.

video credit: BAP via YouTube

Quiet before the Storm (please find the Koelsch (German dialect) lyrics here)

Am I dreaming, or is it really true, that the course is set and everything just rolls along? Ruthless conmen are in power worldwide and swarm demented middle class people brought them there bravely.

Fear that makes blind, stupid and manipulates. Suddenly the idiots, ignorant and without plan who were ensared to hate and racial fanatatism. They panic, thinking they fall short, feel continuously threatened. Without compassion and somehow became brutalised. There are people who complain on high standards.

Do you feel the quiet before the storm? Doesn’t this remind you of something? Strange quiet before the storm. Wasn’t there something in those days? Quiet before the storm.

Righwing pharisees, sanctimonious and fat preach barbary. Radical, pigbelly personifiers, bad packagefields inflation of images. Grin and bear it. – Flee, flee and the truth comes a little behind. The worst lies are those that you yourself believe in. I feel like I am a spinning top which rotates until I fall. Zeitgeist, is mutated into a monster, harvests now, what it sew. Fake news used in a targeted way, Algorithm, Twitter, alternative Facts.

Do you feel the quiet before the storm? Doesn’t this remind you of something? Strange quiet before the storm. Wasn’t there something in those days? Quiet before the storm.

The sky utterly dark, nightblack satin. It is becoming more and more humid. Lighting springs and then the thunderclap as if there was an explosion. Then the storm and the rain and the cries. The air smells burned.

Do you feel the quiet before the storm? Doesn’t this remind you of something? Strange quiet before the storm. Wasn’t there something in those days?

https://lyricstranslate.com/de/bap-ruhe-vorm-sturm-lyrics.html

This is the song Wolfgang Niedecken’s BAP did 40 years ago.

video credit: BAP via YouTube

Come Away With Me 2020 Musical Challenge Country for Monday June 22nd, 2020

I am taking a rather random route around the world, but sometimes it makes sense. Next week we move East to Poland and I am looking forward to discover Polish music. Please find some suggestions for bands here on the Last.FM page about Polish music.

As for the suggestions to take part:

  1. Join in! No matter where, when and with what. You missed the first week? Don’t worry. Just jump in when it suits you.
  2. Send us the link! The ping-back option does not always work so please leave a link in the comments of the post on the day you take part. Or leave it at the “Come Away With Me 2020 FB page
  3. Tag your post either with ” Come Away With Me Musical Challenge”/ #CoAwWiMeMuCh” / “Come Away with Me 2020 Musical Challenge” o/“CoAwWiMe2020MuCh” / . You can also use these as hashtags for Twitter and other Social Networks to give your post more exposure. If you add #blog and #music with your hashtags it will get you more readers.
  4. No matter which music or country the prompt favours you create with it whatever you please. This is supposed to be a fun challenge and no chore.
  5. I post a prompt for the next week with every “Come Away With Me 2020 post” I write.
  6. If you like, use this picture for your readers to find the posts.
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Please stay a little longer and find my poetry posts on The Bee Creates… on Weebly. Thanks!

You are more into photography? Then please check out my photo posts on Bee Wordless on Blogger.

You can also find my photos on Dreamstime (affiliate link, you do not need to buy anything but if you do I get 10% from your purchase).

Just one more thing before you go: The hospital that is treating me is fundraising for a dedicated breast cancer unit which would allow same-day diagnosis and better premises for patients and staff.

Please, if you can spare a little money hop over to their Just Giving Page and give as little or much as you can. Or share the page on your social media. Your support means a lot to me! Thank you very much.

Thanks my dears, for staying with me until the end. I appreciate your presence. Please stay safe, stay kind and remember that you rock!

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#GoodNewsTuesday: Coastal Dutch Farm grows Seaweed to filter pollution fromt their favourite beach.

Hello out there how are you? I hope your life grows organically despite everything and that nothing stands in your way. And if it does then know that you are bright and courageous enough to change what needs changing.

Someone who has changed something are today’s Dutch farmers in my Good News Story: Nikki and Sjoerd from Ijmuiden in the Netherlands liked their local beach. Unfortunately, it was often contaminated by debrit. They wondered what they could do to change that and figured out that planting seaweed is the answer. It doesn’t only clear the beach but also offers the basics for products which can make plastic obsolete. And guess what? Not only trees get rid of Co2. Seaweed does too.

So please head over to the “Good News Network” to find out more about Nikki, Sjoerd and the advantages of seaweed planting: Coastal Dutch Farm grows Seaweed to filter pollution fromt their favourite beach.

And watch this video to find out more. Please follow the link underneath the video if it doesn’t play here on the blog

video credit: ZeeWaar via YouTube

This post takes part in “Good News Tuesday” inspired by JoAnna on “Anything Possible”. Please head over to her and find more uplifting news or join us and share good news too.

Happy Tuesday to you all despite everything!!!!!

Please stay a little longer and find my poetry posts on The Bee Creates… on Weebly. Thanks!

You are more into photography? Then please check out my photo posts on Bee Wordless on Blogger.

You can also find my photos on Dreamstime (affiliate link, you do not need to buy anything but if you do I get 10% from your purchase)

Just one more thing before you go: The hospital that is treating me for cancer is fundraising for a dedicated breast cancer unit which would allow same-day diagnosis and better premises for patients and staff.

Please, if you can spare a little money hop over to their Just Giving Page and give as little or much as you can. Or share the page on your social media. Your support means a lot to me! Thank you very much.

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Come Away With Me To Belgium

Hello out there all you lovely people. Remember you rock, no matter what you are going through. You can make a life worth living out of it.

Today I won’t make many words. Sometimes life sucks. Sometimes there are challenges to be taken up. And sometimes you need to rest.

We have more than one challenge on our hands at the moment and the Belgian artist I’ve chosen for today’s challenge reminds us about that in his latest video. And he has set himself several challenges: The first one was to make a song, record it and make a video in one week. This is the result:

video credit: Conoba via YouTube

He send this message to his fans on his YouTube Channel:

MESSAGE TO FANS

I’m hopeful this dreadful moment in history will be over soon, but the world we live in will not be the same after. This very much feels like a huge warning call from whichever higher power you believe in, let’s not ignore it. Now is our chance to rethink our societies and our lives, time to strive for a world where we value creativity, compassion, mutual respect and where we learn to reconnect with the nature we so desperately need to stay alive. We can do better, we must do better.
Wherever you are, I hope you and your families are safe and well. Remember to avoid any unnecessary contacts with people outside of your home and to strictly respect hygiene rules.

Lots of love to you all

By Konoba

I know again this isn’t an unknown musician. I wanted to share unknown musicians in this challenge but I believe this song and Knonoba’s message is important to share. Please also read his interview on his YouTube channel.

Come Away With Me 2020 Musical Challenge Country for Monday May 25th, 2020

I am taking a rather random route around the world, but sometimes it makes sense. Next week is a homecoming for me because we are going to visit Germany. And you can find out about some German musicians here on the Discover Music Page: Best German Musicians: 12 Groundbreaking Pioneers

As for the suggestions to take part:

  1. Join in! No matter where, when and with what. You missed the first week? Don’t worry. Just jump in when it suits you.
  2. Send us the link! The ping-back option does not always work so please leave a link in the comments of the post on the day you take part. Or leave it at the “Come Away With Me 2020 FB page
  3. Tag your post either with ” Come Away With Me Musical Challenge”/ #CoAwWiMeMuCh” / “Come Away with Me 2020 Musical Challenge” o/“CoAwWiMe2020MuCh” / . You can also use these as hashtags for Twitter and other Social Networks to give your post more exposure. If you add #blog and #music with your hashtags it will get you more readers.
  4. No matter which music or country the prompt favours you create with it whatever you please. This is supposed to be a fun challenge and no chore.
  5. I post a prompt for the next week with every “Come Away With Me 2020 post” I write.
  6. If you like, use this picture for your readers to find the posts.
Come Away With Me 2020 Badge
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Please stay a little longer and find my poetry posts on The Bee Creates… on Weebly. Thanks!

You are more into photography? Then please check out my photo posts on Bee Wordless on Blogger.

You can also find my photos on Dreamstime (affiliate link, you do not need to buy anything but if you do I get 10% from your purchase).

Just one more thing before you go: The hospital that is treating me is fundraising for a dedicated breast cancer unit which would allow same-day diagnosis and better premises for patients and staff.

Please, if you can spare a little money hop over to their Just Giving Page and give as little or much as you can. Or share the page on your social media. Your support means a lot to me! Thank you very much.

Thanks my dears, for staying with me until the end. I appreciate your presence. Please stay safe, stay kind and remember that you rock!

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Finding Common Ground on #GoodNewsTuesday

Hello peeps, life is strange. That is one lesson I have learned in my nearly half a century of life.

While many take part in the social media black out to support black people in the US, I felt I need to share a black man’s mission that is controversial to say the least.

Today I want to share a TEDx talk by Daryl Davis. He is a jazz musician who played with Chuck Berry and other famous people. But the reason why he is controversial is his mission to find common ground with members of the KKK.

He has managed to bring some of the KKK members to leave the organisation with befriending them and finding common ground. It is utterly unimaginable to me how someone can have the strength to be so open-minded and curious to get close to people who are so hateful.

But I also believe that this is the only way to change any rift between humans. Please make up your own mind with my Good News Story for this week.

video credit: TEDxTalks via YouTube

This post takes part in “Good News Tuesday” inspired by JoAnna on “Anything Possible”. I found this story over at the Good News Network. Please head over to both and find more uplifting news.

Happy Tuesday to you all despite everything!!!!!

Just one more thing before you go: The hospital that is treating me is fundraising for a dedicated breast cancer unit which would allow same-day diagnosis and better premises for patients and staff.

Please, if you can spare a little money hop over to their Just Giving Page and give as little or much as you can. Or share the page on your social media. Your support means a lot to me! Thank you very much.

Thanks my dears, for staying with me until the end. I appreciate your presence. Please stay safe, stay kind and remember that you rock!