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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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WORDPRESS LOW RES SWE Skane Molle  19 Aug 2012 (39)


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.

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Photo of the day Wednesday 19th December 2012 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day….” In this world people may throw stones in the path of your success, it depends on you ….. What you make from them …… a wall or a bridge.”

The photo today was taken in Helsinki, Finland and shows the Christmas market in front of the cathedral.  Christmas markets go back to the Middle Ages, and originated in Germany, although Wien in Austria had a December market as early as 1294.  Best thing in this market in Helsinki is the good, strong Finnish coffee.   Coffee is actually a fruit and is the second most traded commodity in the world (oil is the first).  Also interesting is that in 1475 a Turkish law was enacted that made it legal for a woman to divorce her husband if he failed to provide her with her daily quota of coffee.  Brazil accounts for almost 1/3 of the world’s coffee production, producing over 3-1/3 billion pounds of coffee each year.  Finland leads the world for coffee consumption per capita, with the annual intake of 12kg per person (Norway and Iceland are number 2/3).  Compare that to Argentina which only consumers 1kg/capita.  And for tea, United Arab Emirates leads the world, with 6.24kg/capita.

But the coffee in Finland is good !!

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Photo of the Day Tuesday 18th December 2012 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell

Thought for the day….” We can gain experience from the past, but we can’t relive it; and we can hope for the future,
but we don’t know if there is one.” 

A rather surprising photo today and even more surprising when you learn that it comes from Switzerland.  Spotted on sale in a large supermarket chain, and I have even seen it for sale in vending machines.  There are over 200 slang terms for marijuana in the popular vernacular. Some of the more common nicknames include pot, grass, weed, hash, and ganja.   Paraguay is the largest producer of marijuana in the world.  The name marijuana comes from a Mexican slang term for cannabis and is believed to have derived from the Spanish pronunciation of the names Mary and Jane. (The two names were also common Mexican military slang for a prostitute or brothel.) Marijuana came into popularity as a name for cannabis in the U.S. during the late 1800s.  Apparently, only the leaves of the female plant have enough of the drug to make you high.

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WORDPRESS CH Interlaken Coop Cannabis Ice Tea 29 Sept 2012


Photo of the Day Monday 17th December 2012 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

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

About 200 000 people use the main train station in Helsinki, Finland each day, making it the busiest building in Finland.   A little known fact is that there is a waiting room for the Finnish president here for use by him/her and his official guests.   Apparently, in Finland there are 1.8 million saunas, or one sauna for every 3 people.   The train in the photo is the new high speed train that runs to St. Petersburg, 485 km away.

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Photo of the Day Sunday 16th December 2012 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day…” Always and never are two words you should always remember never to use.”

Did you know that the name ‘elephant’ comes from the Greek words for ‘oblique sided tooth”, and that a bull elephant can weigh up to 6000kg?   African elephants will also have 6 sets of teeth during their lifetime, and once it has had its final set of teeth, then it will probably starve to death.  It also comes with a brain that weighs in at around 5kg.  The photo comes from the Liwonde National Park in Malawi.

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WORDORESS MALAWI Liwonde National Park 23 Oct 2012 (66)


Photo of the Day Saturday 15th December 2012 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day..” Lead me not into temptation; I can find the way myself.”

Apart from the normal still photos, I occasionally put together a few short videos which I have taken with the camera.  Here is a link to one of the videos which is on Youtube, a scenic helicopter flight in Switzerland.  Some nice scenery to watch……Switzerland at its best.

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But Ethiopia for the still photo today, and an Ethiopian boy pictured in rural Ethiopia.

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WORDPRESS ETHIOPIA Gonder road near Awra Amba boy & stick 5 Oct 2011 (1)


Photo of the Day Friday 14th December 2012 – Not the Quality Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day…” Even if you are on the right track, you will get run over if you just sit there.”

An evening photo of the De Havilland Tiger Moth today, taken in Wanaka, New Zealand.  This 1930s design of biplane is still in widespread use, with over 8800 of them being built.   It is powered by a 120hp or 130hp Gypsy engine, and was a popular training aircraft, helped by its low stalling speed.   The maximum speed is around 175 km/h.

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

Thought for the day…..” Money can’t buy you happiness… but it does bring you a more pleasant form of misery.”

Another aircraft photo today, and sunset at Paris Charles De Gaulle airport.   Odd fact about a 737 aircraft (not the same as in the photo) but a Boeing 737 weighing 68,000 kg must deflect about 40,000 kg of air – over a million cubic feet (31,500 cubit metres) down by16.75 m each second while in flight.  The Charles De Gaulle airport in Paris handles over 60 million passengers a year.

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Photo of the Day Wednesday 12th December 2012 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell

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

Rather nice story in the news at the moment about the monkey who turned up in Ikea in Toronto wearing a sheepskin coat and a nappy.  Happy ending to this story, as the monkey is being sent to a sanctuary.   Some great photos on the internet of this monkey, bet that it made people visiting IKEA look twice.

And on the subject of animals, a safari photo from Africa today.

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Photo of the Day Tuesday 11th December 2012 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day….”  You can’t have everything… where would you put it?”

Did you see the wonderful story on the internet about the Austrian bus driver who found the life savings (a total of 390 000 euros) of an elderly woman left behind on his bus.   Being honest, he handed the money in.  Sort of gives you faith in humanity again.  I hope that she gave him a good reward, he deserves it.

A snowy Stockholm, Sweden for the photo today, and Stockholm with a blue sky, which is rare at the moment.   With the short daylight hours, it is hard to get good photos in Sweden at the moment, but when the sun does appear, then the air is wonderfully clear.  The photo was taken near the Grand Hotel, looking towards Kungstradgarden and the Opera.

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Photo of the day Monday 10th December 2012 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day…” The surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that it has never tried to contact us.”

Off to Fiji for the photo today, and a child on a bus on the main island.  Not a very happy child either, judging by the expression.  Only about 106 of the 322 larger islands in Fiji are inhabited.  The population of Fiji is around 827 000, with sugar and tourism being the biggest industries.  Kava, a peppary drink made from a root is popular here, and is mildy intoxicating. On the island of Taveuni, a marker indicates a spot where you can stand with one foot in one day and one foot in the day before!

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WORDORESS FIJI Sigatoka bus station 2 Mar 2012 (67) corrected


Photo of the Day Sunday 9th December 2012 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell

Thought for the day…”  Remember, when money talks it drowns out all other voices.”

Staying in Scandinavia for the photo,but to the Finnish capital of Helsinki.    Helsinki has some interesting architecture, including some Russian style buildings (indeed parts of the city have been used as a stand-in for film scenes set in Russia).  There are said to be 187 888 lakes in Finland and also 179, 584 islands.  Also unusual is that YLE, the Finnish broadcasting company, sends news in the Latin language.  Finland is the least sparsely populated country in the European Union, with only 16 inhabitants per square kilometre.

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Photo of the day Saturday 8 December 2012 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day…” 24 hours in a day, 24 beers in a case.   Coincidence?  I think not”.

Staying in Oslo, Norway again for the photo, and a picture of the new developments around the waterfront.    Some interesting modern architecture there, and the photo shows the new apartments from an unusual angle.   An unusually, a nice clear blue sky too !!  It is said that there are more Norwegian descendants living in the USA than in Norway (6 million versus 4.8 million).  And when you see the prices in Norway, then you can understand why so many left !!

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Photo of the day Thursday 6th December 2012 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day….” Living a life is easy; it’s the options in life that makes it difficult.”

A black and white photo today, to match the weather outside.   A photo from the Vigeland Sculpture Arrangement (which I always called the Vigeland Park until I read about it), which is situated in the Frogner Park in Oslo.   Apparently, between 1 and 2 million people a year visit the 212 statues,  which are made of bronze or stone.  All the statues were designed by Gustav Vigeland, and show the stages of life, with most of the dating to around the 1940s.  One of the more popular tourist attractions in the Norwegian capital of Oslo.

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WORDPRESS NORWAY Oslo 13 Sept 2012 (52)


Photo of the day Wednesday 5th December 2012 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell

Thought for the day…” Coincidence is fate breaking a lock so you can open a door.”

The Danish capital of Copenhagen is today’s photo, and a row of terraced houses not far from the city centre.   About 1.2 million people live in the city.  It was originally a walled city, with entry possible in only three places (Vesterport, Norreport and Osterport).  The city has been under siege twice (once by the Swedes, and once by the English).   Copenhagen is often recognized as one of the cities with the highest quality of life, and also the happiest people.  It is said to have one of the highest numbers of restaurants and bars per capita in the world.

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WORDORESS DENMARK Kobenhagen terraced houses 21 May 2012 (4)