Category: Culture Vulture

Authentic Self & Frog Fire

I roamed the plains with the elephants and lions as a child, danced with Masai, ran with flamingos, sat through exorcisms, dangled from a billboard, crawled through mountain caves, got completely lost in Spain while on a pilgrimage alone, got locked in an alpaca paddock, jumped out of a plane to tandem skydive and questioned

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Do you eat breakfast or simply break fast?

As a child, my parents insisted that I sit at the table (rightfully so) and eat whatever was placed in front of me, no questions asked, and I wasn’t allowed to leave the table before anyone else nor leave even a single grain of rice on my plate. Sound familiar to any of you? Both

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Men and their Headgear

For the full collection of FrogDiva Photography’s Men and their Headgear click HERE This is a project that is at least ten years in the making, a collection of photographs from my life while living in different countries. It wasn’t until recently that I decided to extract some images and group them according to theme.

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The abomination of “Oldtimer”…

There is no denying that I have been battered and seasoned by life experiences to make me the strong and resilient FrogDiva that I am today. Call me stubborn, or call me impulsive, but the one thing you may not call me just yet is old. But can I be called an old-timer? I received

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A new (b)low for freedom of the press in the Philippines

I woke up to the following headlines this morning and almost feel out of bed: The Guardian: Journalist Maria Ressa found guilty of ‘cyberlibel’ in Philippines Aljazeera: Maria Ressa found guilty in blow to Philippines’ press freedom BBC: Maria Ressa: Philippine journalist found guilty of cyber libel The New York Times: Maria Ressa, Crusading Journalist,

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What the morrow brings

The older generation of displaced indigenous farmers and former indentured tribal labourers in the Poombarai mountains in Tamil Nadu, India continue to live in ostracised communities, unwelcome in the local villages. Illiterate and impoverished, they worry about community and cultural survival. ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ Considered “untouchables”, they have struggled against the caste system and shedding the ghosts

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Berlin 06.06.2020 – “No To Racism”

The announcement for today’s silent protest was spread through social media, and the original meeting place was Potsdamerplatz at 14:00, come dressed in black in support of Black Lives Matter. When Maike and I emerged from the subway and headed towards the meeting place, it struck me that there were very few people joining this

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Taking A Stand: #blackouttuesday

If you are active on social media, especially Instagram and Twitter, you will be seeing a lot of black today together with #blackouttuesday. The movement began with the US music industry, when two artists chose to take a stand and not release any new music this week, in solidarity with the protests against the events

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Berlin: has the snap turned into the bite?

The Berliner Schnauze (Schnauze = snout) is a term used to describe the rough, brusque, brutally frank and for all intents and purposes, rude snappy nature of the Berliners. There is prevailing myth that says before you get to know the true worth and warmth of the Berliner you must first pass through the snappy

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