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Archive for June, 2012

Photo of the Day Saturday 30th June 2012 – not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell

Thought for the day….” Always remember you’re unique. Just like everyone else. “

Some typical scenery from Central Otago on the South Island of New Zealand today.    This side of the mountains is in a rain shadow, so during summer, the grass is normally yellow.   The area is famous for its wines (especially pinot noir) and the famous wine areas of Cromwell, Bannockburn and the Kewaru valley are not far away.   Summer temperatures here can reach 35 degrees, and when the strong north westerlies come, then it feels even hotter.   Gold was found in this area in the 1800s, but now it is tourism, sheep, vineyards and fruit that are the sources of income.

Happy not to be working at the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell, and not missing the managers there at all.

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Photo of the Day Friday 29th June 2012 – Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell

Thought for the day…”  Never test the depth of the water with both feet  “

Out on the ocean for today’s photo and a recent shot of the P&O cruise ship ‘Emerald Princess” (113 000 tons).   It was captured about 2 hours south of Oslo, heading up the Oslo fjord.  Soon the passengers will be queuing to get off to see the sights of Oslo, where the boat docked very near the city centre.   Apparently it cost around USD 525 million and carries over 3000 passengers and about 1200 crew.   Early morning sunshine from behind made this shot just right, and being a little higher up also helped.

Happy not to be working at the Quality Spa Resort Hotel in Norefjell, and not missing the managers there at all.

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Photo of the Day Thursday 28th June 2012 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell

Thought for the day…..” You do not need a parachute to skydive. You only need a parachute to skydive twice. ”

Down to Africa for today’s photo, and to Ethiopia again.  One of the things that I like to do is to fill the photo with colour, and usually, local markets are the place to find lots of colours together.   Here is a shot from an Ethiopian market. although the photo was taken in bright sunlight so not the best time of day.   With a population of over 84 million, there are a lot of markets in Ethiopia !!!!  It also has its own special time system, based on sunrise time.  Poverty and droughts are still major problems, and it is still one of the world’s poorest countries.

Happy not to be working at the Qualith Spa Resort Hotel in Norefjell, and not missing the managers there at all.

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Photo of the Day Wed 27th June 2012 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell

Thought for the day…..” Why do Americans choose from just two people to run for president and 50 for Miss America?  “

Another New Zealand photo today and a typical rural scene, again near Lake Wanaka on the South Island.     This stretch of road was part of the annual Wanaka Challenge Triathlon course, a course which is now famous for giving competitors great views both during training and during the actual race in January.     Not a race for the faint-hearted though, as it consists of a 3.8km swim in the lake, followed by a 180km cycle through the hills, and then a marathon run (42km) after that, and all in the same day.  The winning time is around 8 hours 35 minutes.

Happy not to be working at the Quality Spa Resort Hotel in Norefjell, and very happy not to see the managers there again.

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Photo of the Day Tuesday 26th June – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel in Norefjell.

Thought for the day….”Good girls are bad girls that never get caught.”

Another photo from Lake Wanaka in New Zealand, which is thankfully a long long way away from the Quality Spa Resort in Norefjell.    Also, Lake Wanaka is a happy, pleasant place, unlike some places that I could name.   The town has about 5500 residents, with the star attraction being the lake itself.  Here is a view taken on a summer’s afternoon of the lakefront in the centre of town.  In the distance in the centre of the picture is Black Peak mountain, and on the left along the lakeside is the Rippon Vineyard.   The hills on the left lead up to Mount Roy, a half day walk which gives fantastic views towards the Southern Alps.   Sunshine, blue skies and wonderful scenery.  As they way in Wanaka, life the way it should be.

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Happy not to be working at the Quality Spa Resort in Norefjell, and very happy to be away from the managers there.


Photo of the Day Monday 25th June 2012 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel.

Thought for the Day….”Why does someone believe you when you say there are four billion stars, but check when you say the paint is wet? ”

Timing is so important in photography and if you get it right then it is much easier to get a good photo.    Here is another photo to show that the timing makes a big difference.    The photo was taken at the harbourside in the Finnish capital of Helsinki, during a car and motorcycle rally.   Good lighting here and a relaxed and happy subject.  Interestingly, Finland is top of the list for coffee consumption per capita,  with the Finns drinking an average of 12kg of coffee a year.  Not a place to be in winter, where the record low recorded in Helsinki was -34 degrees C.

Happy not to be working at the Quality Spa Resort Hotel in Norejfell.   I do not miss the managers there at all.

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Photo of the Day Sunday 24th June – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell

Thought for the Day…” A bank is a place that will lend you money, if you can prove that you don’t need it. ”

Somebody once said to me that the tallest/biggest buildings in any city are either banks or insurance companies.    And when you read about the huge profits that some of them are making, then it is easy to believe.    Yet often when you go into a bank, only a few of the windows are actually open, and when you try to ring an insurance company, how often is it that you have one of those horrid automatic machines “press one for….press two for……”

Today’s photo is a happy one.   It was taken in a rural village in Laos, and captures some very happy children.    No worries in the world for these children, just pure fun.  A magic photo.

Happy not to be working at the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

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Photo of the Day Saturday 23rd June – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel

Thought for the day…”How is it one careless match can start a forest fire, but it takes a whole box to start a campfire? ”

The endless process of sorting the photo collection goes on (and on).    I have chosen a photo from the north of Pakistan today, but one that has a nice story behind it.   I was photographing the local scenery in the Hunza Valley from a footpath.  Behind me there was an old man building a hedge.  When I turned the camera on him, his face broke out into a big grin.  I think that he was very happy that I had chosen to take his photo.   It turned out that his name was Mr. Nadir and that he was aged 86 years old, but still working.   He is wearing the traditional cap from the Hunza area.  This part of Pakistan is on the Karakoram Highway, the ancient route that links China with Pakistan.   All around are 6000m and 7000m mountains so perhaps not the sort of scenery that you might expect from Pakistan.

Happy not to be working at the Quality Spa Resort Hotel in Norefjell, and not missing the managers at all.

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Photo of the Day Friday 22 June 2012 — Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel in Norefjell

Thought for the day…” Better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak and remove all doubt. ”

Here is a personal moan.    Why is it that when a mobile phone rings, that people think that they have to answer it immediately??   Too often now when you are talking to somebody, and their mobile phone rings, then they immediately want to answer it.  Is this not rude? Surely face-to-face should take priority over a mobile phone call??

Today’s photo comes from Yunnan province in China, and from the village of Shaping near Dali.  An early morning start at the local market meant that I was lucky to capture this quick shot of a Chinese man smoking.   Again, although it might look posed, it was just a lucky shot that caught the moment.   And as usual, it was taken with just a normal consumer camera, not a DSLR.

Happy not to be working at the Quality Spa Resort Hotel in Norefjell, and not missing the managers there at all.

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Photo of the Day – Thursday 21st June – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel

Thought for the Day…….”  Does age come with experience, or experience with age?  ”

Down to the South Island of New Zealand again for today’s photo, and again to beautiful Lake Wanaka.    This part of the lake is called Glendhu Bay, and features in many brochures and on postcards.  The campsite by the lakeside is extremely popular over Christmas and New Year, with many New Zealanders returning there year after year.     Just right of centre in the picture you can see the Treble Cone ski area, where there is skiing in winter and paragliding in summer.  Not far away is Mount Aspiring National Park, named after the 3033m Mount Aspiring mountain there.  Sailing, kayakking, climbing, trekking, mountaineering, cycling, paragliding, swimming or just relaxing by the lakeside make this a great holiday destination.

Happy not to be working at the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell, and not missing any of the managers there at all.

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Photo of the Day Wed 20th June

Thought for the Day…. ” If 4 out of 5 people SUFFER from diarrhea… does that mean that one enjoys it? ”

Almost midsummer day, time is flying by.    Not enough hours in the day, or days in the week.   But another photo from the collection.  Staying in Pakistan for this one, and a photo from near the Afghanistan border.    Again, the photo captures the mood of the moment well, and the man is obviously very relaxed.  The border between Pakistan and Afghanistan (known as the Durand Line)has been an area of conflict since the 1890’s, and the actual border area is still disputed.    The famous Khyber Pass, which rises to 1070m, connects the two countries, and lies on the famous Silk Route.   Whatever the problems around the border, this man in the photo shows none of the tensions.

Happy not to be working at the Quality Spa Resort, Norefjell.

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Photo of the Day Tuesday 19th June – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel

Thought for the day….” Evening news is where they begin with ‘Good evening’, and then proceed to tell you why it isn’t. ”

Back home to New Zealand for the photo today, and to the South Island city of Christchurch.   Christchurch is the third largest city in New Zealand, and is officially the oldest city.   Surprisingly for clean, green New Zealand, it sometimes suffers from a smog problem.  Although it looks like it might be a posed photo, it was actually just a lucky shot.  It was taken at the Antigua boat sheds, and captures two of the boatmen having a break.   The boatmen take visitors and the occasionaly wedding couple out along the Avon River and through the Botanical Gardens on small punts or boats.  The Avon River flows through the city before heading out into the Pacific Ocean.  Although much of the city centre was heavily damaged by the two large earthquakes, the punting is still operating.

Happy not to be working at the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, and not missing the managers at all.

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Photo of the Day Monday 18th June – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel

Thought for the Day…..” Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.  ”

Staying on the food theme for the photo today.   This time it is the northern Pakistan city of Peshawar at the eastern end of the Khyber Pass, and is a photo taken in the local market there.   Like many of the shops, this one is small but the produce looks good.  Being Pakistan, women are almost absent from the markets, and when they do appear, then they have heavily covered up.   Apart from the seller’s digital watch, there are no signs of the modern world in this photo (except perhaps for the plastic bags).  Timeless !!!

Another photo tomorrow.

Happy not to be working at the Quality Spa Resort, Norefjell, and not missing the managers there at all.

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Photo of the Day Sunday 17th June 2012 Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel

 

Today’s photo comes from the Ukraine, and from the coastal city of Odessa.   One of the many stalls selling bread and cakes around the city.


Photo of the Day Saturday 16 June 2012 Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel

Thought for the day….” War does not determine who is right – only who is left. ”

I see that more airlines have gone out of business recently, and if the customer service from AirNewZealand and TAP Air Portugal  is anything to go by, then there will be a lot more.  Air Portugal advised that it would take 6 weeks for a reply to my email (which was only a question about credit card payments).    AirNZ were equally bad, ignoring emails initially then after sending a poor reply, just ignored further emails.    AirNZ were very good at one time, not now.    So the result is that I will avoid flying with either of these airlines in future.   If they cannot take customer service properly, then they do not deserve customers.   I am sure that the Arab airlines and other carriers will be happy to accept the business instead.    No excuse for ignoring emails, but it has cost both these airlines my business.

Today’s photo comes from Russia and from St. Petersburg.    A familiar sign in a slightly unusual place, but instantly recognizable.   Not many countries in the world without this symbol somewhere……

Happy not to be working at the Quality Spa Resort Hotel in Norefjell, and not missing the managers there at all.


Photo of the Day Friday 15th June 2012

Thought for the day…..”We live in a society where pizza gets to your house before the police. ”

Almost midsummer, and the year has flown by.   It is a never ending  job to sort the photos out, but it is great to find photos that I have forgotten.   Today’s photo comes from the Finnish capital of Helsinki.    The city has good ferry connections to Estonia, Sweden and Russia so the harbour is often busy with ferries.    In the photo you can see the Helsinki Cathedral and also the president’s residence, and a fast ferry departing for Tallinn in Estonia.   Nice autumn light because the photo was taken in October.

 

Happy not to be working at the Quality Spa Resort, Norefjell, and not missing the managers at all.


Photo of the Day Thursday 14th June – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel

Thought for the day….” They say that politicians are like bananas,  they hang around in bunches, start green and all end up rotten”.

How true that is, and judging by the mess that is developing in Europe and around the euro, then there are a lot that should be thrown out.   And the worst part is that it is getting worse, not better, and with no end in sight.  Hard times for everyone now.

Today’s photo is another one from New Zealand, and the South Alps again.    The photo shows the Southern Alps from the Canterbury plains, and also the railway line that travels from Christchurch to Greymouth, one of the few lines on the South Island that still has a daily passenger train.   The road trip from Christchurch to Greymouth is equally scenic, and for much of the way follows the same route.   The photo was taken at one of the railway crossings looking west.

Happy not to be working at the Quality Spa Resort Hotel in Norefjell, and not missing the managers at all.

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Photo of the Day Wednesday 13th June – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel

Thought for the day….”  Do not argue with an idiot. He will drag you down to his level and beat you with experience. ”

Back to the Caribbean for today’s photo, and to the Dominican Republic.     Not a bad place for a holiday, once you get away from the all-inclusive tourist resorts.   The photo was taken at Las Galleras, on a windy day.    Although the sea is not the usual Caribbean colour, it does give the photo a nice atmosphere, as do the two women walking on the beach.     The photos prove that you do not need an expensive camera to get good photos, as the photos were all taken with a normal ‘consumer’ camera, and not an expensive DSLR.  Anyway, another holiday photo here.

happy not to be working at the Quality Spa Resort Hotel in Norefjell.

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Photo of the Day Tuesday 12th June

Thought for the Day…. “Money can’t buy happiness, but it sure makes misery easier to live with.”

Back to the Atlantic for today’s photos, this time from the Portuguese islands of the Azores.   The Azores are 9 main islands about 1500k west of Lisbon, far out in the Atlantic Ocean.   With a population of about 250 000 people and mountains rising to over 2350 m, they are an interesting destination for a holiday.   The capital, Ponta Delgada is where most international flights arrive.

The photo from May 2011 was again taken at one of the many festivals, but this time in Ponta Delgada.  Good to see local traditions being kept alive.

Happy not to be working at the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell, and not missing the managers at all.

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Photo of the Day Monday 11th June

Thought for the day…..” Money can’t buy happiness, but it sure makes misery easier to live with. ”

Back down under for today’s photo, and back home to New Zealand.   The photo is taken from the main road between the city of Christchurch on the east coast, and Greymouth on the West Coast.   The photo is taken at Porters Pass, the first major climb after crossing the Canterbury Plains.  The road is one of the few that cuts through the Southern Alps, and already, the first snows of winter have come.   For the next hour of driving, the scenery is fantastic, as the road goes through the Southern Alps and crosses Arthur’s Pass.   As the road goes up to almost 1000m, then snow chains have to be carried in winter, although the western side of the mountains is usually warmer.  Clear late-autumn light and the new snow made this photo a bit more special.

Happy not to be working at the Quality Spa Resort, Norefjell, and not missing the managers there at all.

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Photo Of The Day Sunday 10th June 2012

Thought for the day…..”Artificial intelligence is no match for natural stupidity.”

Off to the Portuguese island of Madeira for today’s photo, and another people shot.    Madeira is a great place for a holiday, with wonderful scenery and a well organized tourist industry.  Home to about 270 000 people and famous for its wine, it gets around 1 million tourists a year, some of whom will walk the famoust levada walks..  The name Madeira actually means “island of wood’ due to the forests that were once on the island.  High sea cliffs, fishing villages and some good inland scenery make it ideal for holidays.  Recommended.

The photo was taken during one of the many festivals in the capital Funchal.  This musician was photographed taking a break.  He was clearly enjoying the day.   Soft light due to the cloudy conditions, but just about ok for the photo.

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Photo of the Day Saturday 9th June

Thought for the day..” Why do Americans choose from just two people to run for president and 50 for Miss America?”

Today’s photo comes from the Finnish capital of Helsinki. Often cold, at least in the photo it is in sunshine. Some interesting architecture in the city centre, although the centre is smaller than you might expect. The photo was taken near the famous cathedral that is a symbol of Helsinki. Although the photo was taken in late April, it was still not Spring in Finland, hence the cold light in the picture.

Helsinki is about the same latitude as the Quality Spa Resort Hotel in Norefjell, which I am happy not to be working at. I do not miss Norefjell or Noresund at all.


Photo of the Day Friday 8th June 2012

Thought for the day  “A bus station is where a bus stops. A train station is where a train stops. On my desk, I have a work station..”

After yesterday’s photo of the polluted beach, it is back to paradise again today, and to the south island of New Zealand.   Here the nature is still pristine and the air clear.    The photo is of Lake Hawea, just 15km from Wanaka.   A great lake for fishing, and the main highway from the West Coast to Wanaka and Queenstown passes along the shores, giving great views for many kilometres.  Like many of the lakes in the area, it was formed by glaciers.   Hawea also has a great cafe and restaurant too, so it makes a perfect place to stop.

Wonderful that Lake Hawea is so far from the Quality Spa Resort Hotel in Norefjell, on the other side of the world.

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Photo of the Day Thursday 7th June 2012

Thought for the day……”Better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak and remove all doubt.”

Today’s photo is not what you might expect from this area.    First look at the photo will not give the location away at all, and definitely not the sort of photo that you see in the holiday photos.    The photo was taken in the Dominican Republic, and the surprising thing is that local people were actually swimming from this beach.  Even the water had lots of plastic and waste in it.    The brochures show palm trees hanging over white sands, this is the other side.  Probably the most polluted beach that I have seen anywhere in the world.    It was not just a small area that was polluted, long stretches were the same.

Long way from the Dominican Republic to the Quality Spa Resort Hotel in Norefjell, which is a good thing.

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