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FROM MELBOURNE TO PRAGUE AND BACK

 Melbourne's shiny streets full of aimless, happy go around lucky, careless people looking for the best bargain. Melbourne is the Australian most cultural destination.
Melbourne's shiny streets full of aimless, happy go around lucky, careless people looking for the best bargain. Melbourne is the Australian most cultural destination.
Twenty years ago, demonstrators in Prague staged the Velvet Revolution, a series of peaceful protests that helped bring down the communist regime. Since emerging from the somber shadows of one-party rule, the City of a Thousands Spire has become one
Twenty years ago, demonstrators in Prague staged the Velvet Revolution, a series of peaceful protests that helped bring down the communist regime. Since emerging from the somber shadows of one-party rule, the City of a Thousands Spire has become one
Melbourne's working day. People are locked in their offices to earn money for another shopping spree and a night out in many theatres, cinemas, famous restaraunts, bars, cafes.
Melbourne's working day. People are locked in their offices to earn money for another shopping spree and a night out in many theatres, cinemas, famous restaraunts, bars, cafes.
Prague's ancient cultural statues  which survived under uniformal grey Communist rule. The Vltava River flows under the Charles Bridge.
Prague's ancient cultural statues which survived under uniformal grey Communist rule. The Vltava River flows under the Charles Bridge.
Evening in Melbourne. People are getting ready for a busy nightlife in the liveliest city in Australia. The main square with the SBS TV station in the distance.
Evening in Melbourne. People are getting ready for a busy nightlife in the liveliest city in Australia. The main square with the SBS TV station in the distance.
Gothic, Baroque and romanesque buildings flank Prague's Old Town Square. After the fall of Communism the grey old buildings got some new colours.
Gothic, Baroque and romanesque buildings flank Prague's Old Town Square. After the fall of Communism the grey old buildings got some new colours.
The traditional Australian wedding in one of many city parks. There is a variety of many religious and cultural wedding every weekend in this multicultural free spirited metropolitan city.
The traditional Australian wedding in one of many city parks. There is a variety of many religious and cultural wedding every weekend in this multicultural free spirited metropolitan city.
Some of the Communist grey buildings still stand in the middle of Prague and remind the Czech people about the past
Some of the Communist grey buildings still stand in the middle of Prague and remind the Czech people about the past
The copy of the James Cook cottage from the England is the oldest building in the history of white Australia and a big reminder for the Aboiriginal people of the violent past
The copy of the James Cook cottage from the England is the oldest building in the history of white Australia and a big reminder for the Aboiriginal people of the violent past
Despite a number of foreign invaders, Prague's Old Town Square has remained virtually untouched since the 10th century. Standing there you feel the walls of the Rococo Kinsky Palace, the Gothic Tyn Cathedral and the Baroque St. Nicholas Church fall o
Despite a number of foreign invaders, Prague's Old Town Square has remained virtually untouched since the 10th century. Standing there you feel the walls of the Rococo Kinsky Palace, the Gothic Tyn Cathedral and the Baroque St. Nicholas Church fall o
Melbourne's shiny and greedy corporate world where money rules
Melbourne's shiny and greedy corporate world where money rules
When the sun sets, avoid to venture east of Zizkov, a former industrial suburb and the epicenter of Prague's rough-and-tumble nightlife. More than 300 bars dot the neighborhood's two square miles which almost certainly represents the highest per capi
When the sun sets, avoid to venture east of Zizkov, a former industrial suburb and the epicenter of Prague's rough-and-tumble nightlife. More than 300 bars dot the neighborhood's two square miles which almost certainly represents the highest per capi
The ANZAC Day Cellebration in the middle of the Melbourne. The memories of the heroic Australian soldiers in World Wars are part of the nation cultural identity.
The ANZAC Day Cellebration in the middle of the Melbourne. The memories of the heroic Australian soldiers in World Wars are part of the nation cultural identity.
Roughly the size of seven footbal fields, Prague Castle is the largest ancient castle in the world. Built and renovated over 13 centuries, the complex includes churches, gardens, alleyways and royal residences that would take days to appreciate.
Roughly the size of seven footbal fields, Prague Castle is the largest ancient castle in the world. Built and renovated over 13 centuries, the complex includes churches, gardens, alleyways and royal residences that would take days to appreciate.
Melbourne's wild ocean foreshore, you set a foot on this wild, empty cove and you forget that you live in the capital city of Victoria. Where else on the world you can feel the spatious loneliness and the familiar crowdiness of the metropolitan megac
Melbourne's wild ocean foreshore, you set a foot on this wild, empty cove and you forget that you live in the capital city of Victoria. Where else on the world you can feel the spatious loneliness and the familiar crowdiness of the metropolitan megac
Under communist rule, authorities arrested more than 250,000 Czechs and shot 327 others dead as they tried to flee across the border. The religious beliefs have been harshly prosecuted. The simple but stirring Memorial to the victims of Communism cap
Under communist rule, authorities arrested more than 250,000 Czechs and shot 327 others dead as they tried to flee across the border. The religious beliefs have been harshly prosecuted. The simple but stirring Memorial to the victims of Communism cap
The Melbourne's Flinders Station is busy but Australian people like to rely on their own cars for transport or on taxis at nights. Public transport is not something Australians are proud or rely too much on. However Melbourne is the one of only few c
The Melbourne's Flinders Station is busy but Australian people like to rely on their own cars for transport or on taxis at nights. Public transport is not something Australians are proud or rely too much on. However Melbourne is the one of only few c
Prague's public transport system is excellent. You can use a cheap travel card covering all bus, metro and tram services. However pickpockets operate throughout the day, particularly in crowded areas like public transport, the Charles Bridge and the
Prague's public transport system is excellent. You can use a cheap travel card covering all bus, metro and tram services. However pickpockets operate throughout the day, particularly in crowded areas like public transport, the Charles Bridge and the
Melbourners are like to wander around their many tropical parks and enjoy the free lunch hours during the busy working days.
Melbourners are like to wander around their many tropical parks and enjoy the free lunch hours during the busy working days.
An ever-changing cast of musicians, protesters, dance troupes, punks and vendors make the square as colorful as the buildings that surround it. In addition somewhere close by is the hidden entry to the quirky nightclub housed underground in what was
An ever-changing cast of musicians, protesters, dance troupes, punks and vendors make the square as colorful as the buildings that surround it. In addition somewhere close by is the hidden entry to the quirky nightclub housed underground in what was
Resting on the Yarra River which flows through the middle of Melbourne.
Resting on the Yarra River which flows through the middle of Melbourne.
Enjoying the warm sunshine in the central Melbourne's park
Enjoying the warm sunshine in the central Melbourne's park
Enjoying the natural peaceful surrounding and suddenly feeling very grateful to be living in this carefree city and to be free and alive
Enjoying the natural peaceful surrounding and suddenly feeling very grateful to be living in this carefree city and to be free and alive
I am happy to live in a country where there is not a public offence to sit on a lawn in a central city park
I am happy to live in a country where there is not a public offence to sit on a lawn in a central city park
I am happy to be living in a country where you can smell flowers in the middle of a megacity in a casual dress and no one thinks less of you because of that. You are allowed to be who you are. Just takes time to smell a flower and enjoy your life, so
I am happy to be living in a country where you can smell flowers in the middle of a megacity in a casual dress and no one thinks less of you because of that. You are allowed to be who you are. Just takes time to smell a flower and enjoy your life, so

Scattered images in my mind 2


Who is Rebiya Kadeer?

I asked myself

watching 'The 10 Conditions of Love'

My Czech friend invited me: " You have to see

this controversial documentary about her life."


So I attended the Melbourne Premiere

one boring Sunday night

with a big popcorn and a coke in hand

I expected some excitement

at least an 'on screen fight'.


Black and white images

of ancient Sunni Uighurs

in their golden embroidened caps

singing in Turkic about their oil-rich empire

swirled in their long dresses

in front of my eyes


With colourful images came fifties

and the People's Republic of China

reclaimed the rich land

and took their golden caps

leaving the robbed Uighurs in a swirl of dust


" Look Rebyia is coming," my Czech friend laughed

in an excitment: " We call her 'fearless Grandmum'

in my homeland, in Prague."

An tiny women with smooth silver hair under

her embroidened cap

appeared on a screen

shouting at a Chinese official

that her homeland is called

the ' East Turkestan'.


I forgot all about popcorn

seeing her rising from dust

to the richest in the China

and back to the dust.

Leaving the Chinese Parliament

to join her countrymen in a rotten jail

Being exciled to Washington

feeling as an outcast

but nominated for a Nobel Prize.


We left cinema in a hurry

feeling confused

passing through joyful Melbourne streets

full of aimless

careless people

we felt a stinch of guilt.


" They hacked into and shut down

the Film Festival's website,

because of her,

the Chinese."

My Czech friend exclaimed in a surprise.


" I think you forgot all about growing up

in Communist Czechoslovakia,"

I smiled at him

" And all those accusations and lies."


" And then came the Velvet revolution

and the fall of the Berlin Wall."

Nodded my Czech friend:

" Which divided us even more."


" Before we have been countrymen,

brothers in arms..." I laughed.


" Now we are foreigners,

I stayed back home,

listening to old folks

praising the Communist past

and young people chasing

the Western ideals

of hard cash and greed

which will not last."

My Czech friend smiled at me:

" And you my poor Slovak cousin,

left for easy life,

here,

are you satisfied?"


I looked at the Melbourne shiny sky:

" Let's talk about the Rebiya's

10 Coniditions of Love,

the first one

is Independence,

because everyone has

right to decide and find their own path."


"Then the second one

is Connecting with others,"

my friend added:

" Rebiya travelled far and wide

to find her soulmate for her life

and fight."


" The third one

is Continuity,"

I quickly said:

" Do you remember,

she had six children

to pass her knowledge on,

although two are rotting in jail."


" Then the fourth one

is a strenght of mind,"

my friend nodded:

" How otherwise would a mother

manage to sacrifice

her own children

for her countrymen."


" The fifth one

is a strenght of body,"

I managed to say:

" There were

at least

two attempts

on her life."


"The sixth one

must be Culture,"

my friend said thinking

about his 'thousands spirals Prague'.

" She is fighting for the 1,500 years

of Uighur knowledge,

tramped on and destroyed by thugs."


" The seventh one

is then homeland,"

I exclaimed:

" Everyone needs to belong

and feel home somewhere,

and 20-million of Uighurs

lost their rights."


" The eight one

is non-violent fight,"

my friend laughed:

" The Chinese fears her,

she does not need a gun."


" The ninth one

is her fearlessnes,"

I tried to sound wise:

" Who would like to be

an international symbol

while paying such a terrible price."


"The last one

must be her patriotism."

My friend ended cleverly:

" One has to admire her

relentless campaign

at last,

when the most of us

would choose

to disapear in Washington

and forget about past."


" Are you pointing at me?"

I laughed pushing my Czech friend aside.


" Come on, my lost countryman,"

he took my arm:

" At least you understand why I can not nominate you for a Nobel Price."


We skipped along the noisy street

full of neons and cheerful smiles

and felt less guilty and more happy

to be just ordinary people

grateful to be FREE AND ALIVE.








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lmmartin 7 years ago from Alberta and Florida

Thank you -- a delightful read. I appreciate having this brought to my attention, as all this was unknown to me. The world is in such a state, stories like this so numerous, many get lost in the busy prolifery of tales of woe, misery and unfairness. Then, I suppose that's what writers like you are for -- to bring it into the forefront. Good job.


ralwus 7 years ago

Ah you could make a hub with just your story pictures. Wonderful photos. Wonderful tour too. Yes, it is great to be free and alive. An ignorant person is one who doesn't know what you have learned. I am no longer ignorant of a few things. thanks CC


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Beata Stasak 7 years ago from Western Australia Author

Thank you Immartin, thank first to you my old soulmate for all your appraisal. I am so honoured, I think that is the reason I need to write in the first place...

My new soulmate Ralwus I am so delighted that my pictures 'talk to you'. I think I need to use both, pictures and poems together. Firstly I always scribble the images in my head down which pop up after some new experience I encounter in my daily life and then I am looking for pictures I have taken for last ten years. Unfortunatelly I lost a lot of picture because my old computer broke down /my weakness -not very techno savvy/ and I did not save them anywhere else but I try to make more new pictures...


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It's just me 6 years ago from Alaska

Thank you. Your hub has amde me think that I would like to know more about Rebiya Kadeer. She seems to be a very interesting person.


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Beata Stasak 6 years ago from Western Australia Author

Oh, she is, I regularly visit documentaries about famous oppressed people from all around the world in our Arty Cinema. My daughter works voluntarilly in the Humanitarian Organization organizing this free movies to get more support for these incredible individuals...tomorow I go to see the Iranian movie about the actress fighting against the regime there....so many people fighting for so many worthy causes...if I can help at least by writing about them and this way acknowledging their struggle...


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TIMETRAVELER2 4 years ago

I think it's really important for those of us fortunate enough to live in "free" countries to appreciate what we have. This is a huge reminder for all of us. Thank you


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Beata Stasak 4 years ago from Western Australia Author

Thanks for stopping by, 'timetraveler2' on your travels on my hub I have written a long time ago, but it is still actual and yes, you are right, we have a responsibility to raise our voice for justice and freedom for all:)


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padmendra 2 years ago from DELHI/NCR

A very interesting Hub. I am curious to know more about Rebiya Kadeer. She appears to have been a great personality on the universe. Thanks for sharing.


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Beata Stasak 2 years ago from Western Australia Author

thank you my fellow hubber she is very strong woman and very valuable person to admire and take example from indeed:)


Dina 24 months ago

AFAICT you've corveed all the bases with this answer!


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Beata Stasak 24 months ago from Western Australia Author

AFAICT???

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