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Photo of the day Thursday 31st January 2013 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day…” Don’t be pushed by your problems.  Be led by your dreams.”

“Change is inevitable, except from a vending machine’

“Life is like a camera.
Just focus on what’s important
Capture the good times
Develop from the negative
and if things don’t turn out
just take another shot.”

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Photo of the Day Tuesday 29th January 2013 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day…” Critics are like eunuchs in a harem; they know how it’s done, they’ve seen it done every day, but they’re unable to do it themselves.”

“Happily ever after happens day by day”.

“Never go to a doctor whose office plants have died”.

A wonderful summer’s day on the lakefront in Wanaka, New Zealand, with the start of the southern Alps in the background.  With an average depth of 300m and a length of 42km, Lake Wanaka is one of New Zealand’s larger lakes.  New Zealand is home to about 40 million sheep (the numbers change depending on the time of year), or about 9 sheep for every person in NZ.  And no part of New Zealand is more than 128km from the sea.  New Zealand also has the world’s southernmost capital city, Wellington.

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Photo of the Day Sunday 27th January 2013 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel Norefjell.

Thought for the day…” Anxiety is the space between the  ‘now’ and the ‘then’ ”

The doorstep to the temple of wisdom is a knowledge of our own ignorance.”

“Common sense is like deodorant, the people who need it most never use it”.

A photo today of a German ICE express train, seen here at Interlaken station in Switzerland.   Something of a success story for Siemens who build the train, as similar versions are now used in Spain, Russia and China.   At one time, an ICE train held the world train speed record of 406.9 km/h. Between 1991 and 2006 ICE trains have carried over 550 million passengers, and have perhaps Europe’s most comfortable interiors.

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Photo of the Day Saturday 26 January 2013 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day…” Change is inevitable, except from a vending machine’.

Excellence is to do a common thing in an uncommon way.”

We live in a moment of history where change is so speeded up that we begin to see the present only when it is disappearing.”

I am still waiting on a reply from KLM/Air France, from their ‘customer service’ section.   They just ignore email after email, and do not want to sort things out.  The good thing is that they will lose out, as no further bookings will be made with them until they do sort it out.   Bad customer service drives customers away, precisely what KLM/Air France are doing.  I look forward to reading about them in the bankruptcy courts.   I will vote with my money.

A cold day in Helsinki, Finland for the photo today, and  photo of the Tallink Silja (an Estonia company) Silja Symphony arriving through the ice.  Sea water freezes at between -2 and -4 degrees, depending on how much salt there is in the water.     The ship (built in 1991) is 58 377 tons and carries up to 2852 passengers between Stockholm, Sweden and Helsinki, Finland, and has a top speed of about 43 km/h.

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Photo of the Day Thursday 24th January 2013- Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day…” Beauty might bring happiness, but happiness always brings beauty.”

“The further you spread your wings, the further you will fly.”

Did you know that humans shed about 600,000 particles of skin every hour?   And did you know that adults have fewer bones than babies do?  A baby starts life with about 350 bones, but some of these will join together, so in time, the number reduces to 206 that adults have.   And did you know that you get a new lining to your stomach every 3 or 4 days?   If you did not then the strong acid would destroy your stomach.  Every square inc­h of skin on the human body has about 32 million bacteria on it,  so always wash your hands!!!!  And the human heart pumps about 2000 gallons of blood every day.   Nerve impulses travel to the brain at around 275 km/h.   In the average lifetime, a person will walk the equivalent of 5 times around the Equator.   And the human body is 80% water.

School boy on a bus is the photo today.    Still sorting out thousands of photos from over the years, the delete button is a wonderful tool.

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Photo of the day Tuesday 22nd January 2013 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day…” Lighting a fire UNDER someone will never be as effective as lighting a fire WITHIN someone.”

We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now.”

our mind will push your thoughts, your thoughts will push your actions, while your actions will push your life.”

Customer service is important, and good customer service encourages people to return.  Sadly, the people working at KLM/Air France do not know what good customer service is.   I am still waiting on replies from them, and it appears that their customer ‘service’ section just ignores email after email.   It does not surprise me that the KLM/Air France group is not making a profit, as with bad customer ‘service’ like this, then the sooner that they go out of business, the better.    Until they reply, I will not be flying with them again, their loss not mine.

A nice happy photo today, of a man in Swaziland.  Surprisingly good teeth too, and judging by the look on his face, not a worry in the world.   Swaziland is the smallest country in Africa (population of about 1 million people), and is still a kingdom.   It has the highest infection rate of AIDS in the world, with well over 30% of people infected.   The average age expectancy is around 27 years,

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Photo of the Day Sunday 20th January 2013 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day…..” Life does not get easier, you just get stronger”.

“I will not say I failed 1000 times, I will say that I discovered that there are 1000 ways that can cause failure (Thomas Edison).”

“Holding onto anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intention of throwing it at someone else, you are the one that gets burnt”.

A nice animal photo today, and the Rothschild Giraffe. There are estimated to be only 670 of the Rothschild Giraffe left, and it is found only in Zambia.   The lifespan of a giraffe is between 20 and 25 years, with tree leaves and bushes being their main diet.  Males can weight up to 1600 kg and have a very large heart, which can pump up to 16 gallons of blood a minute.   The sleep only about 2 hours each day, often in short naps of 10 minutes.  Lions are their main predators.

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Photo of the day Saturday 19th January 2013 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day….”  Silence and smile are two powerful tools.  Smile is the way to solve many problems, and silence is the way to avoid many problems.”

“Don’t talk, just act,   Don’t say, just show,  Don’t promise, just prove”

“Athiesm is a nonprophet organization””

“If man evolved from apes and monkeys, then why do we still have apes and monkeys”

Another thought…” If practice makes perfect, and nobody is perfect, then why practice?’?

A hat shop in the centre of Copenhagen, Denmark is the photo today, and judging by the prices, not a cheap shop either.  Apparently, the word milliner came from Milan, which was a centre for straw hats at one time.   And Panama hats originally came from Ecuador, not Panama.  Danes often come tops in surveys of the world’s happiest people, which is surprising given the high taxes there.

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Photo of the day Friday 18th January 2013 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day…” What if every day was the start of a new year?   I will let you in on a secret….it is”

“The two most important days in your life… the day you are born and the day you find out why’ (Mark Twain)

” If you’re still looking for that one person who can change your life, take a look in the mirror.”

Did you know that no pieced of paper can be folder in half more than 7 times.  Or that the wingspan of a 747 is longer than the Wright brother’s first flight?  Why is the time of day with the slowest traffic called the rush hour?  Can Atheists get insurance for acts of God?   Is it possible to have deja vu and amnesia at the same time?   If all the world is a stage, then where does the audience sit? ?

A nice view of the old city of Dubrovnik, Croatia today on the Adriatic Coast.  Dubrovnik has a population of about 42 000 people, although in summer it is swamped by tourists, especially from the many cruise ships that stop there.   Previously called Ragusa, it has been fought over many times, including in 1991 in the Serbian-Montenegro war.  The siege in 1991 lasted 7 months, with much of the old town suffering damage from shelling.   The famous city wall (length about 2km)  encircles the city and provides great views of the narrow streets below.

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Photo of the day Wednesday 16th January 2013 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day….” Every time that you subtract negative from your life, then you make room for the positive”

“Calories (noun) – Tiny creatures that live in your wardrobe and swe your clothes a little tighter every night”

“Sometimes you have to be your own hero, because sometimes the people you cannot live without, can live without you”

Did you know that the world’s largest shopping centre (based on total area)  is in Dubai (not surprisingly called ‘The Dubai Mall) with 1200 shops.  In 2011 it had over 54 million visitors. (As a comparison, Niagrara Falls receives an estimated 22.5 million visitors a year.)   It includes a 250 room luxury hotel, 22 cinema screens and also parking for 14 000 cars.   It also contains the world’s largest sweet shop (Candylicious).

A winter’s day in Stockholm, Sweden for the photo today with ice forming on the Baltic Sea.   From here, boats ferry passengers to the islands outside of Stockholm, although things are very quiet at this time of year.,   Temperatures in Sweden at this time can fall to below -30, although Stockholm was around -5 degrees when the photo was taken.

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Photo of the Day Monday 14th January 2013 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day…” Sometimes the things we cannot change end up changing us”

“If you think that you are too small to make a difference, then you haven’t spent a night with a mosquito”.

Taking photos in the cold has proved challenging, with things like ice on the camera and batteries that die very quickly.  Got me wondering about the world records for hot and cold temperatures, and there are some interesting facts.   Although the -20 degrees Centigrade or colder recently experienced in Scandinavia are far from warm, those temperatures are a long way off the records…..

-89.2 degrees C. recorded at Vostok Station in 1983, or -82.5 degrees C recorded at Dome A, Antartica in 2005.   Kitilla, in the Lapland area of Finland has been down to  -51.5 degrees C  (in 1999).  Italy down to -48.3 degrees  at San Martino during 2010.   Even Australia has had some extreme cold, with -23 degrees being recorded at the Charlotte Pass in New South Wales during 1994.  And the record for the most snowfall during a year goes to Mt. Rainer, Washington State, USA, which recorded 31.1 metres of snow from 1971-72.

Some modern waterfront apartments in Oslo,Norway for the photo today.

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Photo of the Day Saturday 12th January 2013 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day…” If you think that a minute goes by very fast, then you have never been on a treadmill”

“Life has no remote, get up and change it yourself”

The average temperature in Helsinki, Finland in January is minus 10.3 degrees Centigrade.  The coldest ever recorded there (in 1987) was -34.3 degrees C.  Cold !!   At around -4 degrees the sea freezes, although the Baltic Sea has a lower salt content, so it freezes from about -2 degrees.   The photo today started as a colour photo, then was changed to Black & White, and then converted to sepia.  Works very well, as did the long exposure.     Nothing to do with the cold, but Finland hosts the annual world wife-carrying competition, where contestants carry a wife over a 250m course with hurdles.  An Estonian couple holds the ‘world record’ with a time of 55.5 seconds.  The next competition is on July 6th.

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Photo of the Day Friday 11th January 2013 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day…”  The greatest advantage of speaking the truth is that you do not have to remember what you said”

“Life is not a rehersal, it is the real thing”

I just read on MSN news about a good, fun job, a water slide tester.  “An employment opportunity as a resort chain’s waterslide tester has fired up the interwebs. First Choice has a Facebook page dedicated to the available role of “Slide Tester” that will see the chosen one test water parks for a living for six months as they visit SplashWorld resorts across Europe and North Africa. This is one job application where describing yourself as “fun-loving” is actually relevant. Five shortlisted applicants will compete in a final challenge at a SplashWorld resort for the gig, which certainly beats the usual final job interview hell. [Source] ”

Not a bad job there.!!!!

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The streets of Tbilisi, Georgia for the photo today, a dreary scene from the streets below the parliament.  Not much colour and not much life, but a city scene.

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Photo of the Day Wednesday 9th January 2013 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day….”  “If it weren’t for electricity we’d all be watching television by candlelight.”

Spring is nature’s way of saying, “Let’s party!”

The cure for boredom is curiosity.  There is no cure for curiosity.

Fascinating to read some of the items that have been left behind in the Travelodge group of hotels.  They have published a list of the things that have ended up in their lost property departments.  Unbelievable in fact what some people will leave behind in a hotel room…..

  • A winning EuroMillions ticket
  • Keys to a Bugatti
  • A stamp album worth £250,000
  • A box of 200 Queen Elizabeth masks
  • A valuable set of Olympics tickets
  • A trunk of Cadbury chocolate bars
  • A diamond encrusted wedding ring
  • A Persian Chinchilla kitten worth £600
  • A suitcase of vinyl records
  • A set of false teeth with diamonds
  • A Rolex watch worth £50,000
  • A Tiffany engagement ring
  • A pilot’s training manual
  • A Kenwood Magimix worth £600
  • Joseph’s Dreamcoat
  • A pantomime horse
  • 7,000 copies of Fifty Shades of Grey (not all in the same room !)
  • 76,500 teddy bears
  • breat implants owned by a woman who had brought them from America for an operation.
  • and a person who left a $975 Persian cat in the hotel room, despite the fact that she was on her way to a cat show.

The list goes on, amazing  !!

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Photo of the Day Tuesday 8th January 2013 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

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

I could almost give the photo today a title…”I am not sure’  as it looks like the child has to do some thinking about something.  Taken in a small village in Ethiopia, it is a timeless image.  Her expression, clothes and the light for the photo are all just right.   Now it is the start of 2013, but the Ethiopian calendar has 13 months, each with 30 days except for the last month (which has 5 or 6 days).   The New Year starts on September 11th, and the Ethiopian calendar is about 8 years behind the ‘regular’ calendar.  Ethiopia is also the only African country with its own alphabet.  It also has an unusual way of telling the time, with 0600 being the start, so 0900 becomes 3 o’clock in the Ethiopian system.

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Photo of the Day Monday 7th January 2013 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day….”  Those who say it cannot be done should not interrupt the people doing it ”

Apparently, a Cockroach can live up to two weeks without a head because its brain (or control center) is spread throughout its body.  And the Scottish band The Bay City Rollers earned their name after sticking a pin in a map of America, which landed on the Michigan city.

The photo today is of one of the world’s largest cargo planes, the Antonov An-124.    In May 1987, an An-124 set a world record, covering the distance of 20,151 km (10,881 nmi) without refuelling. The flight took 25 hours and 30 minutes; the takeoff weight was 455,000 kg.  It was seen here at Stockholm Arlanda airport.

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Photo of the Day Saturday 5th January 2013 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day….” Life is like a multiple choice question, sometimes the choices confuse you, not the question itself.”

Before Google launched Gmail, “G-Mail” was the name of a free email service Garfield‘s website offered to fans of the lasagna-loving cat.  And did you know that human arms have 32 bones each, while human legs only have 30.  And also did you know that the name for “piggy banks” comes from the use of family money jars in the Middle Ages made from a type of clay called pygg.

A photo from the Latvian capital of Riga today, and the Russian Orthodox church in the city centre.  Not a large country, with a population of around 2.3 million people, although it has been fought over many times (including by the Germans, Swedes, Russians and in parts, by Lithuanians).  Suprisingly, it has a high suicide rate, (8th highest in the world).

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Photo of the Day Friday 4th January 2013 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day…” Stop being afraid of what COULD go wrong, and focus on what COULD go right”

” Don’t Allow yesterday to spend too much of today “.

Did you know that divorce is legal in the world except for the Philippines and Vatican city.   And did you know that  the cashew is in reality a seed. Native to Brazil, the cashew is the seed of a cashew apple and contains a poison in its shell similar to poison ivy. So the shell has to be removed before it can be sold.   And more trivia….The Vatican Bank is the world’s only bank that allows ATM users to perform transactions in Latin.   Interestingly, Radio Finland broadcasts a program in the latin language as well.  That leads nicely to the photo of the day, the Tallink Silja Symphony ferry seen here in the ice in Helsinki harbour, Finland.  When new, it was the largest passenger ferry in the world, weighing in at over 58 000 tons.   It was photographed here shortly before its departure overnight to Stockholm, Sweden.

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Photo of the Day Wednesday 2nd January 2013 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day….” Are exit signs on the way out?”

Colour is actually when an object reflects light from a certain spectrum and the brain then interprets this as a certain colour.   Today’s photo is full of colour, and lots of bright, punchy colours too.    It usually works to fill the frame with lots of bright colours, as here.   Apparently, red and yellow colours stimulate appetites, pink subdues moods, and red is seen as the colour for power.  Yellow is also said to encourage movement.  Blue colour is good for concentration, and red is seen as the colour for arousal and passion.  Sadness is also associated with blue, whilst black and violet are associated with fear.

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Photo of the Day Tuesday 1st January 2013 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day….” Life is like a camera.  Just focus on what’s importantCapture the good timesDevelop from the negative, and if things don’t turn out, just take another shot.

Did you know that an ostrich’s eye is bigger than its brain?

Starting the year with a photo from the prettiest part of New Zealand, Lake Wanaka.  The photo is from the lakefront in the town centre, looking down towards Black Peak and the Southern Alps.  Just left of centre in the mountains at the back is the Treble Cone ski area.  The lake was originally called Lake Pembroke, and is 42km long, with several islands in it.  It is situated around 44 degrees south, and has an area of around 180 square kilometres.    Great place for watersports !!!

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