T   P   O
The Patient Ox (aka Hénock Gugsa)

G r e e t i n g s !

** TPO **
A personal blog with diverse topicality and multiple interests!

On the menu ... politics, music, poetry, and other good stuff.
There is humor, but there is blunt seriousness here as well!

Parfois, on parle français ici aussi. Je suis un francophile .... Bienvenue à tous!

* Your comments and evaluations are appreciated ! *

Saturday, June 29, 2019

An indefatigable fabricator ! ~ by TPO

An indefatigable fabricator !
~ by TPO ~

A fascinating foray into the con-man's art of "the nimble - straddle" (being on multiple sides of any issue simultaneously ... a quite retractable stance) ! 
This particular video gives an amazing insight into the mental and instinctive process behind President Trump's utterances .... He jumps from topic to topic, befuddles, ... and he bamboozles with rapid-fire blasts of incoherence!

Friday, June 28, 2019

The Ideal Combo ! ~ by Hénock Gugsa ሄኖክ ጉግሣ

The Ideal Combo !  
~  by Hénock Gugsa (ሄኖክ  ጉግሣ) ~
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The best possible team for 2020 and forward !

~ Senators  Elizabeth Warren ... and ...  Kamala Harris !!

~ dynamic and formidable !!!

Kerry Washington

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Absolutely Fantastic Mimes !

Coptic (Ethiopian) Jesus !

Absolutely Fantastic Mimes !
[ "Something About The Name Jesus" ~ Disciples of Mime ]
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Friday, June 21, 2019

Makeda [Queen of Sheba] - by TPO

Makeda [Queen of Sheba] 
- by TPO -*
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According to Ethiopia’s 14th century royal epic, the Kebra Nagast or “Glory of Kings”, Makeda was a brave young maiden who survived being sacrificed to the monstrous serpent king Awre who was troubling the northern Ethiopian kingdom of Axum. It is believed that Makeda killed the serpent and was then proclaimed as the Queen of Axum.

Makeda is popularly known for her interesting story with biblical figure King Solomon of Jerusalem, who taught her about leadership and monotheism. They had a son named Menelik I (or Ebna la-Hakim), meaning ‘son of the wise’, who became the first Imperial ruler of Ethiopia and the first of a line of Aksûmite Kings.

According to historians, Makeda and her son brought back the biblical Ark of the Covenant to Axum. Through them, the lineage of great East African and Nubian kings was born. The legacy she left to the Ethiopian Orthodox Christianity is the strong emphasis on the Old Testament, as well as a replica of the Ark of the Covenant, which serves as a symbol of the connection between Makeda, Queen of Sheba, and Solomon the Wise.
* Source : https://www.iafrica.com/great-ancient-african-queens/


Monday, June 10, 2019

Ali Farka Touré ===> " hé ganna !"

 Ali Farka Touré (1939 - 2006)  ===>  " Hé  ganna "

አሊ  ፋርካ  ቱሬ  ===>  " ሄ  ገና  "

~ the great Malian troubadour !
~ performed live @ the Watermans Arts Center, Brentford, England -1988

Thursday, June 6, 2019

A parade in a land far, far away ! ~ by Hénock Gugsa

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A parade in a land far, far away ! 
~ by Hénock Gugsa ~
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     The place:  Addis Ababa, Ethiopia ... Sidist-Kilo (Martyrs' Square).
     It was either 1953 or 1954, I'm not quite sure,  ...  I was just a tiny toddler under the care of a long-time family nurse-maid.  Her son and the "Kagnew" battalion of Imperial Guard soldiers in which he belonged were being deployed to Korea.*  These sons of Ethiopia were on a tour  of duty as part of a U.N. coalition to fight against communist North Korean and Chinese forces.
     The occasion of the parade was to cheer and to give a prideful and patriotic send-off to the soldiers prior to their departure to Korea.  Tri-color flags (Green-Yellow-Red) of all kinds ... pennants and miniature hand-held flags were everywhere!
A stationary military band played marching music while a long procession of representative troops neatly, deftly, and smartly marched up to and around the Square in front of wildly cheering crowds!  Also in review were military armored-vehicles, tanks, and Howitzers (I think).
     My nurse-maid hoisted me up on her shoulders, and so I was able to get the greatest thrill that no 5-year old ever experienced.  To this day, my memory of that day remains fresh and unextinguished.  Nowadays, whenever I hear mention of  Korea,  that distant memory of the first parade I attended pops in my head.  My old nurse-maid, her son, and probably all of those soldiers who paraded that day are long gone, but their memory remains.  Also, and in conclusion, I can declare that, along with nostalgia,  a great pride in my old native land still resides in me! 

* "The Ethiopian Kagnew Battalions were three successive battalions drawn from the 1st Division Imperial Bodyguard sent by Emperor Haile Selassie I between June 1951 and April 1954 as part of the United Nations forces in the Korean War. Even after the armistice, a token Ethiopian force remained in the country until 1965."
~ Wikipedia

Ali Farka Touré ===> " La laleché "

Ali Farka Touré (1939-2006)
Ali Farka Touré  ===> " La laleché " 
~ the great Malian troubadour ! ~

~ performed live @ the Watermans Arts Center, Brentford, England -1988 ~