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Archive for December, 2012

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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WORDPRESS LOW RES FINLAND Helsinki 18 Dec 2012 (21)

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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.

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

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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.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XR-ZwNWpKls

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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WORDPRESS COPY NZ Wanaka Warbirds 2012 Tiger Moth yellow airborne evening 8 Apr 2012 CROP (1)


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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WORDPRESS FRANCE Paris Charles De Gaulle 2 Oct 2012 (65)


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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WORDPRESS SWE Stockholm snow 8 Dec 2012 (18)


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