Tribute to the Bardo Museum by swo8 Blues Jazz

Carthage was founded by the Phoenicians around the 9th century B.C. It’s located in part of the city of Tunis, Tunisia. It was ideally positions for commerce being on the shore of the Mediterranean. Over time it went through a series of successions – from Phoenico-Punic, Roman, Paleochristian and Arab. Today you can still see the remnants of the buildings. There are even old bath tubs found in the ruins of their homes. They often used ceramic tiles to cover their walls and floors. The Bardo, in Tunis, is a museum that houses a lot of these ceramic displays. Unfortunately the Bardo suffered a terrorist attack in March 2015. Several people were killed and some of the exhibits were damaged. These photos were taken one year before the attack. 1:31 min.



So here we are with another week of work. There’s still a lot of detail work to be done. I’ve roughed in the protestors and the gendarme.


French Press by swo8 Blues Jazz

I’ve been reading a book called Dreamland by Sam Quinines – Bloomsbury Press. It’s a real page turner. “Addiction has devastated hundreds of cities, small towns, and suburbs  across America.”(Canada too, I might add) “How that happened is the riveting story of Dreamland.” Many years ago while I was nursing I remember when Purdue Pharma came out with MS Contin. It was touted as being a revolutionary approach to pain therapy for cancer patients. Also it was considered to be less addictive than morphine because of it’s controlled time release. As time went by they came up with Oxycontin and they were encouraging its use for not only chronic pain but for minor injuries such as tooth extractions etc. They were wrong. Interesting the group who stepped in to supply the burgeoning drug addiction crisis. You’ll have to read it. Meanwhile enjoy your French Press. 4:02 min.

The Tax Man Blues by swo8 Blues Jazz

I just finished doing my taxes. I do them the old fashioned way with a pencil and eraser, a calculator and lots of paper. It’s a challenge but I like to know how I’m being “scr—-” and you can only find that out by doing all those idiotic calculations. One shouldn’t have to pay someone to do them and I don’t like putting that kind of information on line. Revenue Canada has been hacked before. Last year when I came up with this song I must have teed somebody off because I didn’t get my assessment until December the 20th of last year. I had to call each month and ask what was up. Finally last December I went to the ombudsman to complain. How can I do my taxes for 2018 when they haven’t gone through my 2017 taxes? So we’ll see how long it takes them this year. 4:20min.

International Day for Women:Ecoutez-moi by swo8 Blues Jazz from the album Manaus Where Two Rivers Meet on iTunes

Friday, March 8th was International Day for Women. Pictured in this video is Malala Yousafzai, a young Pakistani woman and activist who has worked hard for women’s right to an education. On 9 October 2012, while on a bus in the Swat District, she and two other young girls were shot by the Taliban because of their activism. She has done much to further the rights of women and I celebrate her spirit and her achievements. 3:40 min.