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

Thought for the day….” Don’t cry over the past – It’s Gone

Don’t stress about the Future- It hasn’t happened yet

Live the present moment – Make it beautiful.”

Did you know that Alexandra Graham Bell, the inventor of the telephone, refused to have a one his office?   Apparently, after inventing it, he said that it disturbed is research work and prevented him from working properly.   He also never telephoned his wife or mother, as both of them were deaf.

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

Thought for the day…” An apple a day will keep ANYONE away if thrown hard enough”.

” If you want to fly then you have to let go of the things that hold you down”.

Amazing what you can find on the internet.   Apparently there is one man who visited the moon, and who stayed there.   In 1999, following his death in a car accident, the ashes of Dr. Eugene Merle Shoemaker, a planetary geologist who discovered comets and asteroids, were left at the south pole of the moon by an ‘unmanned’ space mission, so he became the only person to have stayed on the moon!!

Also more trivia from the internet….did you know that there is a species of ant and also a species of spider named after Harrison Ford, the actor?  And did you know that 7-Up once contained Lithium?  Originally called “Bib-Label Lithiated Lemon-Lime Soda” it was marketed as a hangover cure, before the name was shorted to 7-Up.  Lithium was removed from the drink in 1950 though.

Into Rwanda for the photo today, and to the town of Gisenyi, where the water delivery is arriving.  Rwanda is mountainous and hilly (the highest is 4507m), with coffee and tea being the main export crops.  The population is abour 11.5 million people, and is apparently the most densely populated country in Africa.

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LOW RES RWANDA Gisenyi 23 Nov 2012 (4)


Photo of the Day Friday 28th December 2012 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell

Thought for the day….” Most of the problems in life are because of two reasons, we act without thinking, or we keep thinking without acting”.

Did you know that the world’s longest place name is in New Zealand….Taumata­whakatangihanga­koauau­o­tamatea­turi­pukakapiki­maunga­horo­nuku­pokai­whenua­kitanatahu     Wonder how many points that would get if you could use it in Scrabble.   The word that has scored the most points in Scrabble is “BENZOXYCAMPHORS” which, when placed on the edge of the board (to use triple word scores) earned a whopping 1970 points.    For a single word, try caziques, which earns 392 points.

And for the photo today, a male baboon in Zambia.  Baboons can live up to 30 years, and live in large groups which are called “troops”.  Lions and hyenas are their main predators.

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LOW RES ZAMBIA South Luangwa Nat Park 10 Nov 2012 (118)


Photo of the Day Thursday 27th December 2012 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell

Thought for the day….” We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them”

C60 and C90……There is a whole generation now who will not understand the significance of these, but for anyone over about 30 years old, then they will bring back memories of the early Walkmans, which ran on CASSETTE TAPE.  Some might even remember the C120 as well, a thin tape that was liable to jam up in the player.

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And if you are over 30, then you will remember the constant battle of the Walkman to take enough batteries for it to last a long trip. But all is replaced now by the mp3 player……Nostalgia is a thing of the past.

Life is short,

Break the rules,

Forgive quickly,

Kiss slowly,

Love truly

Laugh uncontrollably

And never reget anything that made you smile.

And on the subject of nostalgia, a fine photo of a classic sailing boat, seen here at Molle, in Skane, Southern Sweden.

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Photo of the Day Wednesday 26th December 2012 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day…” The desire to succeed means nothing without the will to prepare”.

” Life does not get easier, you just get stronger”

A photo of a Hindu temple in Nadi, Fiji today, the colorful Sri Siva Subramaniya Temple. About 38% of the population of Fiji are Indo-Fijians, with around 30% of the total population being Hinki.   Fiji has about 333 islands, although only about 106 of them are inhabited.  Fiji became independent from Britain in 1970, although there are still many traces of Britain left behind, such as on the money or national flag.  On New Year’s Eve, many Fijian village women play a game called veicaqe moli (loosely translated as “kick the orange”), in which the winning team is required to present a gift of new clothes to the losing team.

When people suck the life out of you, wouldn’t it be nice if they took some fat too??

Why is Monday so far away from Friday, and Friday so near to Monday??

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Photo of the Day Tuesday 25th December 2012 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day….” Facebook is the only place where it is acceptable to talk to a wall “.

Did you know that….A person at rest generates as much heat as a 100watt lightbulb or that….A kangaroo can’t jump unless its tail is touching the ground.   Also, a Crocodiles tongue is attached to the roof of its mouth.  A rhinoceros’ horn is made of compacted hair.  A snail can have about 25,000 teeth.  Canada is an Indian word meaning Big Village.  The longest one-syllable word in the English language is “screeched.”  No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver, or purple.

A photo of part of the presential residence in Helsinki, Finland.  Taken in autumn sunshine, with a clear blue sky.   And yesterday, I found some other good travel photos on the site as well, so if you have time then have a look here too…

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Photo of the Day Monday 24th December 2012 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

HAPPY CHRISTMAS

Thought for the day….” If you cannot see the bright side of life, polish the dull side”.

Did you know that the world’s largest and biggest Christmas present  is the Statue of Liberty. France gave the United States the Statue of Liberty in 1886, or that all the gifts in the Twelve Days of Christmas verses would equal 364 gifts.  Santa Claus is based on a real person, St. Nikolas of Myra (also known as Nikolaos the Wonderworker, Bishop Saint Nicholas of Smyrna, and Nikolaos of Bari), who lived during the fourth century. Born in Patara (in modern-day Turkey), he is the world’s most popular non-Biblical saint, and artists have portrayed him more often than any other saint except Mary.

It is estimated that the single “White Christmas” by Irving Berlin is the best selling single of all time, with over 100 million sales worldwide.  In Canada, Santa Claus has his own postal zip code, H0H 0H0.  There are two islands in the world named ‘Christmas’. One in the Pacific ocean and the other in the Indian ocean.

And a different photo to end with….a ‘normal’ photograph of buildings and a blue sky given the editing treatment and a twirl effect.

HAPPY CHRISTMAS

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Photo of the Day Sunday 23rd December 2012 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day…..”  Wise people think all they say, fools say all that they think”

Some dramatic lighting before a storm makes this building stand out (and it was quite a storm that followed !!).   Believed to be a Sheraton hotel in the city of Batumi on the Black Sea coast of Georgia.   Georgia has a population of about 4.7  million people and became independant from Russia in 1991.  Mountains rise to over 5000m.  The name of the present-day capital, Tbilisi, is derived from the Georgian word for warm.  Perhaps the most famous Georgian was Josif Vissarionovich Dzhugashvili, known as Stalin or man of steel. Born in 1879, Stalin became the second leader of the USSR (after Lenin). Stalin led the USSR until his death in 1953.

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WORPRESS GEORGIA Batumi casino 28 Nov 2011 (2)


Photo of the Day Friday 21st December 2012 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day…..” Why is there only one monopolies commission?”

A photo today that looks like a black & white photo, but is actually a colour photo, but one where there is not a lot of colour!!!  It was taken early morning in Switzerland in Interlaken, with a morning fog from the nearby lakes.   A weekend special stream train was passing through on its way up to the resort of Grindelwald, and I was just lucky to be at the station when it was there.  Being Switzerland, even the steam trains run exactly to time!!!    About 347 million people use Swiss railways and its 760 stations each year.  There are over 3000km of track, making getting around Switzerland very easy.

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WORDPRESS CH Interlaken Ost steam train 23 Sept 2012


Photo of the day Thursday 20th December 2012 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day….” You cannot make your candle glow brighter by blowing out the other guys’.”

Not many days now until Christmas, but this year, it does not seem as crazy as normal.  Did you know that Four is the only number that has the same amount of letters as its actual value.

And did you know that a Rubik’s cube has 43,252,003, 274,489,856,000 possible combinations.  Or that it cost 7 million dollars to build the Titanic but 200 milion dollars to make a film about it.

A colourful photo from Nicaragua today, and a toffee apple seller in one of the rural towns.  Nicaragua has a population of about 6 million with 1/4 of them living in the capital Managua.  Much of the country is volcanic, and earthquakes are common.  Agriculture is the main export, but poverty is a major problem in the country.  It always pays to keep the camera ready for photos like this one.

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

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