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Archive for July, 2012

Photo of the Day Monday 30th July 2012 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day…”  History is a gallery of pictures in which there are few originals and many copies. ”

Today’s photo comes from Morocco and the city of Fez.   Deep in the medina or old town you will find this famous area of dye pots.  In the first pots the skins are soaked to remove the hair using a lime solution, then the skins are degreased, desalted and are soaked in water before being tanned using a mixture of tannins, urine and dung.   As you can guess, the smell around these places is far from pleasant, especially on a hot Morccan summer day !!

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Photo of the Day Saturday 28th July 2012 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel in Norefjell

Thought for the day…..”   Be like a postage stamp. Stick to it until you get there.”

The story of the cycle delivery goes on, with DB Schenker proving to be really unhelpful, not to mention stupid.  They still refuse to deliver it to the address in Sweden (even though it was sent ‘Door to Door” and because I have not collected it from them, say that they are going to send it back to Germany.   So instead of delivering it the last few kilometres, using one of their many delivery vans, then they are going to send it all the way back to Germany, again using their vans.   Talk about stupid.   So I will not be using DB Schenker again.

Back to New Zealand for the photo today and a picture of an AirNZ Beech 1900 aircraft at Wanaka airport.  This type of aircraft is used on the routes to smaller towns and cities in New Zealand, carrying 19 passengers and cruising at around 520 kmh.  The flight from Wanaka back to Christchurch will take about 55 minutes.

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Photo of the Day Friday 27th July 2012 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day…”  Faith makes life possible. Hope makes life workable. Love makes life beautiful.”

I have just read an interesting story on the net about a Cuban born man who was trapped onboard the Helsinki to St. Petersburg ferry for 47 days.   He was forced to sail to and fro because his Schengen visa had expired and the Russian immigration would not let him in initially.  Just like the film “The Terminal’  he was stuck between countries.    If you have travelled on that ferry, then you will know that even 1 day onboard would be enough !!!

Off to Japan for the photo today and to the castle at Matsumoto, not far from Nagano.  Built in 1592, although it has been rebuilt since then, luckily the Japanese decided to preserve this castle instead of redeveloping it.    Japan, with a population of about 127 million, has the longest life expectancy in the world and the lowest homicide and attempted homicide rates in the world.

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Photo of the Day Thursday 26th July 2012 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel in Norefjell

Thought for the day…”  Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. – Mark Twain  “

Down to southern Africa for the photo and to the small, independant country of Lesotho, which is completely surrounded by South Africa.  About 2 million people live in this country, whose currency is called the Loti.  Approximately 1/3 of the population is affected by AIDS, although the bad economic situation, high unemployment and the weak currency are also big problems here.  All of the country lies above 1000m.   This photo shows a quiet rural scene, with not much happening apart from the usual waiting around.

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Photo of the Day Wednesday 25th July 2012 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel in Norefjell.

Thought for the day…”  One moment of patience may ward off great disaster.  One moment of impatience may ruin a whole life.  ”

The photo today comes from the Swedish capital of Stockholm, and shows the cruise liner Queen Victoria about to depart.  Due to its length, it had to reverse a fair way before it could turn and head out through the Stockholm archipeligo.  13 bars, 7 restaurants and three swimming pools onboard this 90 000 ship.  At maximum speed, it uses 12 tons of fuel an hour.

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Photo of the Day Tuesday 24th July 2012 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell

Thought for the day….”  When dreaming of the future, don’t let the present slip by.”

Pakistan again for the photo today, and to a typical Pakistani scene, the colourful local buses.    Pakistan has a population of about 177 million, and more than 60 different languages are spoken (Urdu being the main language).  Many of the buses have separate enclosed areas only for women,  and often separate entrances for men and women.   The local bus stations are great for getting colourful and unusual photos, as each bus is decorated differently.  The drivers are prowd to show off their buses too.

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Photo of the Day Monday 23rd July 2012 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell

Thought for the day…..”  When dreaming of the future, don’t let the present slip by. ”

Far out into the Pacific Ocean for the photo today and 2400km north east of New Zealand, to the Pacific nation of Nuie.  Interestingly, over 90% of the population of Nuie live in New Zealand, which has the only regular air link to the island once a week.  It was the first country in the world to provide free wifi to the country.  Foreign aid from New Zealand, and money sent back by locals working abroad are the main sources of income.   Sadly, the island has few good sandy beaches, so is not on the tourist radar.

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Photo of the Day Sunday 22nd July 2012 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell

Thought for the day…..” Life is a great big canvas, and you should throw all the paint on it you can.”

I am still battling with DBSchenker/GLS to have my new cycle delivered.   Some of the people working there should really not be working in anything that involves dealing with customers.  The way that things are going, then it is going to end up in court.  Not hard I would have thought to deliver a cycle to correct address, but apparently it is.   So DB Schenker are now on the off list too.

Hong Kong for the photo today and a shot of the streets by night.   7 million people live in this small area, making it one of the most densely populated areas in the world.  Surprisingly, it has the second longest life expectancy in the world.   Probably it is at its most crowded during Golden Week, the first week in October, when the city is really packed.   A good stopover though.

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Photo of the Day Saturday 21st July 2012 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel in Norefjell

Thought for the day….”  Diapers and politicians should be changed often, and both for the same reasons”

Off to South America and to southern Chile for the photo today, and a photo of one of Chile’s more active volcanoes, Villarica.  This volcano has an active lava lake inside its crater, which rises to over 2800m.  1971 was the last big eruption here, although there are frequent minor eruptions.

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Photo of the Day Friday 20th July 2012 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell

Thought for the day….”Did you ever notice: The Roman Numerals for forty (40) are  XL. “

I am not surprised that so many companies are going out of business.  I am now trying to get 2 parcels delivered by GLS/DB Schenker, and if their so called customer service is anything to go by, then they are not going to be in business very long.  Hopeless and VERY frustrating, and people who clearly do not want to sort delivery delay problems out.

Off to China today fir the photo, and to the far western city of Kashgar, which is not far from the border with Tajikstan.   About 350 000 people live in the city.  Despite being in China, there are many mosques here, as well as a large Sunday market.

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 19th July 2012 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel in Norefjell

Thought for the day…”  If you can’t have the best of everything, Make the best of everything you have. ”

Off to the wonderful Portuguese island of Madeira for the photo today.   Out one Sunday morning in the capital, Funchal, and saw this cycle race.   This photo says power and determination and is a great action shot.  Taken from low down, it gives a good impression of the race.  About 110 000 people live in Funchal, whichis about 500km west of the African coast.   Great place for a holiday, due to the mild, year round climate.

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Photo of the Day Monday 16th July – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel in Norefjell.

Thought for the day….” FRIENDS ARE ANGELS WHO LIFT US TO OUR FEET WHEN OUR WINGS HAVE TROUBLE REMEMBERING HOW TO FLY “

Down to Africa today for the photo and to Ethiopia.     The local markets are the place to find the local life and colour, and the photo shows a section of the market which was devoted to chillies.   The population is estimated at around 84 million, so the markets are usually big affairs.


Photo of the day Friday 13th July – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel in Norefjell

Thought for the day….” The older you get, the tougher it is to lose weight, because by then your body and your fat have gotten to be really good friends.”

Did you know that the phobia/fear of Friday the 13th is called friggatriskaidekaphobia  ?

Staying in New Zealand for the photo, and a photo in good Spring sunshine, showing Glendu Bay on Lake Wanaka.  At this time of year, the water is around 12 or 13 degrees, so it is too cold for swimming.    Later the lake will be perfect for boating, sailing and kayakking.   This part of the lake is not far from the Mount Aspiring National Park, and the town of Wanaka is only 14km away.

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Photo of the Day Thursday 12th July – again not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell

Thought for the day….”  A penny saved is a government oversight.  ‘

Staying in New Zealand for the photo today and staying in Central Otago.   The photo is a typical New Zealand scene, with the usual New Zealand traffic jam.   There was a local sheep, called Shrek, which became famous when it was finally caught after 6 years and sheared.  The fleece weighed an amazing 27kg.  Shrek was even taken to meet the New Zealand prime minister in 2004, an honour that few sheep have had previously !!


Photo of the Day Wednesday 11th July – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell

Thought for the day….” Experience is something you don’t get until just after you need it.  “

Back to New Zealand for the photo today and to the Cardrona Valley near Wanaka.    The village pub is famous there, and has featured in advertisements and on postcards.   It is on the road that crosses the Crown Range from Wanaka to Queenstown, and shortly after the village of Cardrona, the road climbs up to the summit at 1119m before dropping down again to Queenstown.    Sadly, since this photo was taken, a row of large posts has been installed to stop parking, making photos like this now impossible.

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Photo of the Day Tuesday 10th July – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel

Thought for the day……” Generally speaking, you aren’t learning much when your lips are moving. “

Staying in Switzerland for today’s photo, but this time a nature photo.    Again taken with just a normal ‘consumer’ camera, not an expensive DSLR.    Nice sunshine and a bright yellow flower make this a  good photo, and the bee finishes if off nicely.    Focus becomes the main problem of close ups like this one, but the autofocus on the camera handled it well.

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Photo of the Day Monday 9th July – again not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel in Norefjell.

Thought for the day….” Good judgment comes from bad experience…and most of that comes from bad judgment. “

Would you believe that two days ago whilst in a shop, I heard them playing CHRISTMAS music?    It is July, not December.   I saw Christmas things being sold during June, but two days ago, there was the CHRISTMAS music.   Is it not CRAZY to start playing the music in July, or am I losing the plot?

Today’s photo comes from the centre of Switzerland and from Interlaken.  Nice, peaceful shot of the riverside, showing the river that flows through the town and that links the two lakes (hence the name of the town, Interlaken or between the lakes).   Wonderful place for a holiday with so much to see and do there, so well worth a visit if you are in the area.   The photo was taken in September, with some good autumn light.

 


Photo of the Day Sunday 8th June – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel in Norefjell

Thought for the day… ” Some days you are the dog, some days you are the tree. “

Up in the Southern Alps of New Zealand for the photo today and to the glaciers around Mount Aspiring.    The photo is taken from a light aircraft and shows the glacier plunging down into the valley.    If you look closely at the rocks on the right side of the glacier, then you may be able to make out a red building.  This is Colin Todd Hut, used as a base for climbers attempting to climb the 3033m Mt. Aspiring mountain.   The photo was taken in late summer, hence the lack of snow around the glacier.

 


Photo of the Day Thursday 5th July – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel in Norefjell.

Thought for the day….”  Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach him how to fish, and he will sit in a boat and drink beer all day. “

Off to the western part of Pakistan for today’s photo and to the Bolan Pass, just 120k from Afghanistan.  This is still a tribal area, controlled by the Baluch.   On a hot, dusty day, this tribesman was photographed in one of the local towns.  Not many tourists pass this way, although there is a railway line up through the pass and down to Quetta.  It is currently considered too dangerous to travel in this region, but a few years ago, it was no problem at all.

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Photo of the Day Wednesday 4th July – Not the Quality Spa Resort in Norefjell

Thought for the day….” If at first you don’t succeed, skydiving is not for you. “

The year is flying by, and now it is already July.  What happened to the first 6 months of 2012?????      Off to somewhere warm and sunny for today’s photo, and another photo where timing was everything.   The photo comes from Nadi airport in Fiji, and shows the morning arrival from Korea, just about to touch down.    Good thing that I was there early because the flight arrived ahead of time.  The early morning light and the angle was just right for this shot.    About 850 000 people live in Fiji, which is made up of over 330 islands. Tourism and sugar are the main industries, and the airport at Nadi is busy day and night with international arrivals, with about 1.2 million passengers a year.

 


Photo of the Day Tuesday 3rd July 2012 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel in Norefjell

Thought for the day…” Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when you criticize them, you’re a mile away and you have their shoes.”

Off to beautiful Croatia today for the photo, and to the southern city of Dubrovnik.  Although heavily damaged during the Yugoslav war in 1991, it has been well restored, but now suffers from foo many tourists, especially during the summer when the cruise ships and bus tours overcrowd the Old Town.  The walk around the medieval city walls is well worth the effort, as is a trip along the coast to the nearby islands.   A great holiday destination.  And not bad for taking photos either !!

 


Photo of the Day Monday 2nd July 2012 – Nothing to do with the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell

Thought for the day….” If you think nobody cares whether you’re alive or dead, try missing a couple of mortgage payments. “

Off to the islands of Cape Verde today, out in the Atlantic Ocean 570km off the western coast of Africa.  About 500 000 people live on the 10 main islands, with the main industries being tourism and the money sent back by citizens living abroad.   Despite the name, the islands are not especially green, and several of the islands are desert like.  This photo captures a local fisherman in the harbour at Mindelo.   Good light and an uncluttered background make this portrait successful.

 


Photo of the Day Sunday 1st July 2012 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel

Thought for the day…..”  If you think nobody cares whether you’re alive or dead, try missing a couple of mortgage payments.  “

Off to Switzerland today for the photo, and picture of the instruments of a French-built Aerospatiale Lama helicopter.   As you can see from the photo, it is not a new helicopter (the original design is from 1969) but it has proved to be fantastic at high altitudes and in mountains.  The Lama helicopter once held the helicopter record for altitude, flying to over 40 000 feet/13442m.    This particular helicopter is now part of the Air Zermatt fleet in Zermatt, carrying both climbers, tourists and goods around the area.  Well worth a trip if you are in the Zermatt area, as the views of the valleys, the Matterhorn and the Alps are absolutely fantastic.   The photo was taken heading down the valley from Zermatt, just about to climb through 6400 feet.

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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