2015; a surprise

Yvonne de Wit - Jewellery Design & Art

After my first year in marketing my jewellery designs I can make up the balance. Thanks to the support of many people (Thank you all!!!) I even made a modest profit. I learned a lot. For example that I spend more than half of my working time outdoors in Cape Town  resulting in only 14 percent of the total sales. Luckily I saw this development in the second half of this year and started to focus on the hinterland; at the end resulting in 75 percent of the turnover. 11 Percent of the turnover is on account of people from abroad who bought directly from me. Interesting in this context is that 6 percent of the total sales was ordered via an online shop by customers from the greater Durban region and Gauteng (Pretoria/J’burg) in South Africa. The online sales started in October by Faithful-to-Nature.

Via direct sales on…

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Why foreign financial aid to Africa does not help to enlighten the life of the poorest

weird short stories and other things

(Excerpt from a passage in the book “Out of America. A black man confronts Africa” by Keith B. Richburg. ISBN 0-15-600583-2)

An African finance minister visits his counterpart somewhere in the Far East. “How come”, asks the African, “that you can afford such a big and beautiful mansion?”

The Asian guides his colleague to one of the balconies and answers: “You see that highway at the horizon. Build with money of the World Bank. 10 Percent for me”.

Years later the Asian visits the African and is astonished by the size and the beauty of his estate that exceeds his own multiple times. “Sjoo”, he says, “it seems that you are doing quite well here. How come?”

The African shows him to a point in the horizon: “Do you see that highway there?”

The Asian looks and looks and says: “I can’t see any highway.”

“Right”, the African finance minister says…

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Mother Takes Magical Pictures of Her Kids With Animals On Her Farm

Art exists because life is not enough.

These wonderful photographs by Elena Shumilova plunge the viewer into a beautiful world that revolves around two boys and their adorable dog, cat, duckling and rabbit friends. Taking advantage of natural colors, weather conditions and her enchanting surroundings, the gifted Russian artist creates cozy and heartwarming photography that will leave you amazed.

The boys in the photographs are the photographer’s sons and the animals belong to the farm she runs. “I largely trust my intuition and inspiration when I compose photos. I get inspired mainly by my desire to express something I feel, though I usually cannot tell exactly what that is” Shumilova explained.

Rural settings, natural phenomena and the changing seasons seem to be the greatest stimuli in her works. “When shooting I prefer to use natural light – both inside and outside. I love all sorts of light conditions – street lights, candle light, fog, smoke, rain and…

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