@RonovanWrites Weekly #Haiku Challenge: Foul & Sweet

In response to Ronovan’s Weekly Haiku Challenge: Foul & Sweet

 Unopened choc’late

Was a treat from holidays

 But the sweet turned foul.

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This happened to me just last night, so I wished I’d taken a picture of the off chocolate before I threw it in the bin. Actually, it was the very same chocolate which I had written a haiku about after I’d come back from holidays last year. I had called it “green tea and daggers“. Above is the photo I took after I came back from holidays (that’s 11th October 2014 for my American friends).

It was my last green tea flavoured kitkat, and it had gone all permanently half-melted…

On another note, how many syllables are in chocolate? I pronounce it as “choc’late” so I wrote it like that to emphasis that pronunciation, but I suppose there must be some people who pronounce it properly. Does anyone here pronounce the whole three syllables?

And thanks again to Ronovan for another great haiku challenge!

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Wall

In response to the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge

Three photos again for this week’s photo challenge! The first two are the walls of the Ishtar Gates. The original brickwork was removed and reconstructed in the Pergamon Museum (Berlin) in the 1930s.

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It is a brilliant museum. I don’t know how I feel about one country owning another country’s artifacts, but on the other hand, at least this is something ISIS can’t get their hands on. Plus the original bricks will be better preserved in an air-conditioned museum, out of the elements.

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The final photo is from Obidos, Portugal. There are plenty of Roman and medieval towns in Portugal that are confined to an old stone wall that used to keep out invaders; now they attract tourists. I was too scared to walk along it (there’s no barrier on one side!) but Mum did – she’s much more adventurous than I am (which isn’t hard to do, I’ll admit). She walked halfway around and only got down because it was too hot.

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@RonovanWrites Weekly Haiku Challenge

In response to Ronovan Writes’ Weekly Haiku Challenge: Miss & Past

Sir Terry Pratchett

Though you have now passed,

You will still inspire us.

We will all miss you.

 Rest In Peace Terry Pratchett, creator, satirist, brilliantly clever.

P.S. We will keep the orangutans safe.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Orange (3 varieties)

In response to the Daily Post’s Weekly Photography Challenge

Orange

 

Low sun setting against reddish earth = orange! I took this picture back when I was still working up in the mines, and I love the orangy glow of the low light 🙂

Still glad to be out of there, but also glad I took some pictures before I left!

Also, here’s some more poinciana from December, just because I can.

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Oh, and I have to include this photo too:

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I like orange.

 

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@RonovanWrites Weekly #Haiku Challenge: Beast& Day

In response to Ronovan’s Weekly Haiku Challenge

When one day’s delay

left Beast heartbroken, dying,

Beauty’s heart broke too.

We take for granted

The love we have for others

Don’t leave it too late…

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Reward

 In response to the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe reward for travel and exploration is sights like these. To walk where ancient people walked and see what lost civilisations were capable of. That’s why I travel.

I took this photo in Cambodia, somewhere in the greater Angkor temple complex. There is so much to see in this world! Some people travel to see what nature is capable of too, though I’ll always love temples and monuments.

 

 

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@RonovanWrites Weekly Haiku Challenge: War and Fame

In response to Ronovan’s Weekly Haiku Prompt Challenge.

war-weary landscape

seeks deeper infamy, so

deepens destruction

I was shocked again with the latest video that ISIS proudly dumped into the lap of the world media. It is not enough for them to destroy their own people and threaten to destroy the rest of the world – they have attacked their own history, one of ‘the cradles of civilisation’.

“Islamic State militants ransacked Mosul’s central museum, destroying priceless artefacts that are thousands of years old, in the group’s latest rampage which threatens to upend millennia of coexistence in the Middle East.

The destruction of statues and artefacts that date from the Assyrian and Akkadian empires, revealed in a video published by Isis on Thursday, drew ire from the international community and condemnation by activists and minorities that have been attacked by the group.” – from The Guardian website http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/feb/26/isis-fighters-destroy-ancient-artefacts-mosul-museum-iraq

Destruction: Isis thugs push a statue to the ground at a museum in Mosul. Source: UK’s Mirror (Yes I know the Mirror isn’t a great source but they had actual stills of the video posted)

 

This is messed up, but unfortunately it is nothing new. The two largest standing statues of Buddah were destroyed by the Taliban in 2001.

Ancient Archeological Sites That Were Destroyed By Stupid Humans

There are so many examples of hateful people destroying art, culture and knowledge, not just in the middle east but all over the world. The Nazi’s book burnings. Pol Pot’s decapitation of Buddhist statues. These are not acts of one country invading another – the desecration is self-inflicted. It is so, so sad.

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I took this picture in 2010

 

We believe certain things are sacred, that they will be kept and preserved for the good of the human race even when we war against each other. It is a terrible truth that nothing is sacred, especially when it can be used to incite further fear and hatred.

 

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Rule of Thirds

In response to the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge “Rule of Thirds”

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Tried bokeh, can’t do bokeh. Decided to just do the ‘rule of thirds’ thing, and I was even struggling with that, but look! Look what nature has provided! A beautiful perfect flower, complete with little sparkly dots of dew, and I take a picture trying ‘rule of thirds’ and unintentionally fulfill a half-decent bokeh!

Moral of the story: don’t let the feeling of defeat actually defeat you.

I am stoked – STOKED – that I took this photo! Little things in life, you know?

Weekly Haiku Prompt: Remember Those Without

Caught in first world issues

We so rarely glimpse outside.

Blind to the harsh world.

There are so many instances when the world has been outraged about some calamity and then forgotten about it the very next week. We prefer to forget – it is easier than remembering just how terrible the world is, and how terrible we ‘humans’ can be. But we must keep our eyes open so we know how lucky we are and remember to show kindness to everyone. You never know what they’ve been through.

Thanks again to Ronovan for the weekly haiku prompt.

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Weekly Haiku Challenge: A Contented Hermit

Your wait is wasted.

If this is the path you want

I cannot follow.

You think to help me?

Then do not dare to guilt me.

Here, I am content.

 

Thanks to Ronovan for this week’s haiku challenge: wait & follow.

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