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Archive for June, 2012

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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