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Photo of the Day Friday 31st August 2012 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day…..” Love is the water of life, drink deeply.” 

Across to Turkey and to Istanbul for the photo today.  Apparently, Istanbul is the only city in the world to span two continents.  Despite being the largest city in Turkey, it is not the capital (Ankara is the capital).  Just like Rome, it is built on seven hills and is home to about 11 million people.  It was previously known as Constantinople after the Roman emperor Constantine who built the original city.  Certainly, it makes an interesting destination for a city break !!

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Photo of the Day Wednesday 29th August 2012 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day…” A fool and his money are soon elected.”

The theme for the photo today is Speed & Power.    I like this photo because it is an action shot, and a shot that shows power, speed and determination.  The background is not perfect, but the photo does capture the moment so well.  It was taken on the island of Madeira, in the capital, Funchal.    An interesting fact about bicycles is that half of the parts are in the chain.  The fastest speed ever recorded on a bicycle was attained by American Olympic Cyclist and Ironman triathlon competitor John Howard, when he reached 152.2 mph or 245km/h  in 1985.  Before 1869, bicycle tyres were made of iron, although clearly the cyclist in this photo has got some good tyres !!

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Photo of the Day Monday 27th August – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day…” If you ever need a helping hand, you’ll find one at the end of your arm”

Off to Myanmar (previously known as Burma) for the photo today.   Surprisingly, the population of Myanmar is around 60 million.  It became independant from Britain in 1948.  Poverty and poor health care are big problems there.  It is said to be the world’s second largest producer of opium, although at one time was a major exporter of rice.

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Photo of the Day Saturday 25th August – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell

Thought for the day….” A smile is a curve that sets everything straight.”

Today’s photo comes from Namibia (population about 2.1 million), which has been independant since 1990.  The capital is Windhoek, with tourism, mining and agriculture being the main industries in Namibia.  It was once a German colony, when it was known as South West Africa.  Malaria and AIDS are big problems here, resulting in an average life expectancy of around 52 years.   Tourists still come here for the safaris, but probably not to see the world’s largest uranium mine, which is found in Namibia.  Around 75% of the country is desert, and the photo is of one of the famous parts.

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Photo of the Day

Thought for the day…”  If you see someone doing a crossword today, lean over and tell them that 7 Up is Lemonade”

Another photo from southern Sweden again today, and from Skane.   Sweden was also the home of ABBA, who sold over 370 million records/cds, making them one of the best selling music groups of all time.  Interestingly, one of the members of ABBA (Annifrid) was actually born in Norway.   Apparently, they also considered Ali Baba’, ‘FABB’ and ‘Baba’ as names for the group before deciding on ABBA.

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Photo of the Day Monday 20th August 2012 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel in Norefjell.

Thought for the day….” Blessed are the young, for they will inherit the national debt.”

Again another photo that proves that you do not need an expensive camera to get good photos, nor a tonne of equipment.   Taken yesterday whilst out cycling, it is one of those quick snapshots that works so well.  It was taken in Skane, the province in the far south of Sweden.  This area once belonged to Denmark, and although it is now Swedish, it is linked to Denmark (which is not far away) since the year 2000 by the Oresund bridge.  Sweden has a population of about 9.2 million people, of which about 85% live in cities.  Sadly, the weather is not always as shown in today’s photo !!

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Photo of the Day Friday 17th August 2012 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell

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

Did you read that one restaurant in Los Angeles is offering a 5% discount to diners who leave their mobile phone at the desk whilst they dine?   The idea is for people to eat undisturbed, and to concentrate on their company and food instead of being interrupted by phone calls and text messages.  A wonderful idea.

An unusual photo today, from the back streets of the Latvian capital, Riga.  Riga has around 700 o00 people living in it, which is about 1/3 of Latvia’s population.  Unemployment is a big problem in Latvia, resulting in many Latvians working abroad, where they can earn much more than the Latvian average of 700 euros a month.  Latvia became independant from Russia in 1991.

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Photo of the Day Wednesday 15th August 2012 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell

Thought for the day….” Laughing is good exercise. It’s like jogging on the inside. ”

So will it all happen in September??   Will Greece finally leave the Euro then?   And who will be next??  Interesting times coming up…

Bit of bird life for the photo today and the New Zealand Kea, which is an alpine parrot found on the South Island of New Zealand.  These birds are actually intelligent, and can be a problem for campers and hikers as they are very good at stealing food and other objects.  They are even known to remove rubber seals from car windows.  Up to about 45cm when adult, although the one in the photo is a young one (as can be seen by the yellow eye rings).  Since receiving full protected status, their numbers have increased again.  The name is said to come from their characteristic call, kea.

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Photo of the Day Tuesday 14th August 2012 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell

Thought for the day…”  Growing old is mandatory; growing up is optional. ‘

Did you see on the news that Poland is holding the European Dog Frisbee Championships in the city of Poznan?   Thrilling stuff, especially coming right after the Olympics !!

South Africa for the photo today and the Transvaal Coast.  Previously this was the area in which the Boers settled, to get away from the British further south.    The area boomed after 1885 when gold was found here until the Second Boer War which saw the Boers against the British.  The war was eventually ended after a blockade, after which the area became part of the British Empire.   Although Pretoria is considered to be the capital of South Africa, the country actually has three capitals: Pretoria (executive), Cape Town (legislative), and Bloemfontein (judicial).  It also has 11 official languages, and is the world’s third largest exporter of fruit.

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Photo of the Day Sunday 13th August 2012 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

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

Down to the South Pacific for the photo, and to Samoa, which became independant from New Zealand in 1962.  New Zealand had taken over the islands (there are 7 main islands) from Germany in 1914.  About 195 000 people live in the islands, with Apia being the capital.  The main exports are coconuts, cocoa beans and bananas, but with tourism now becoming more important.   Robert Louis Stevenson is buried there.   The photo was taken in the bus station in Apia, and shows a typically crowded local bus.   Buses are slow and often overfull, but are colourful!!

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