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Photo of the Day Thursday 28th February 2013 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell

Thought for the day…”Why do they call a TV program “Who wants to be a millionaire?”  when they know that the answer is everyone?”

“Your right to speed is your power to stop”

A photo today of the cruise ship ‘Brilliance of the Seas’ belonging to Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines.  The cost of this ship was around USD 350 million for the 2500 passenger ship.   At around 90 000 tons, this is dwarfed by the mega cruise ships such as the RCL ‘Allure of the Seas’ at 225 000 tons and  its 6296 passengers.  At full speed, the 6 engines of the Allure will use about 27 000 litres of diesel an hour.

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Photo of the Day Tuesday 26th February 2013 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day…” If they develop a supersonic train, will they give it a whistle?”

“If ignorance is bliss then why aren’t more people happy?”

Did you know that light from the sun takes approximately 8 minutes to reach the Earth?  And did you know that the famous line in the film ‘Casablanca’ was not “Play it again, Sam” but was in fact “play it once, Sam, for old times sake”.   And did you know that the country of Kiribati is the only country that falls in all four hemispheres?

An icy scene from Helsinki, Finland here, mid winter.

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Photo of the Day Sunday 24th February 2013 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day….”  Why is there an ‘L’ in Noel?”

“Don’t cry over the past, its gone.   Don’t stress about the future, it has not arrived.   Live the present moment, make it beautiful”.

Did you know that the largest cell in the human body is the female egg?   And that the smallest is the male sperm?  And that the acid in your stomach is strong enough to dissolve a razor blade?  The strongest bone in your body is the femur (thighbone) and it is hollow.  Fingernails grow four times faster than toenails.  Kidneys filter about 1.3 litres of blood every minute.  The average male has 6.8 litres of blood, whereas a woman has an average of 6.3 litres.  Food takes 7 seconds to get from the mouth to the stomach.

And a colourful market photo today, plenty of choice if you want rope!!

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Photo of the Day Saturday 23rd February 2013 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day…” Success is the ability to go from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm’ (Winston Churchill)

” Do pyromaniacs wear blazers?”

“If you do not pay your exorcist, do you get repossessed?”

The world population is around 6 billion people.  Every second 5 people are born and 2 people die, a net gain of 3 people. At this rate, the world population will double every 40 years and would be 12 billion in 40 years.   The United Nations estimate that world population will stabilize at 12 billion in 120 years, due to family planning cutting the number of births.  Shanghai is now the world’s largest city by population (14.8 million), with around 6800 people per square kilometre.  If you count the metro area then Tokyo has over 32 million people.

Time for another portrait photo again, and somebody who is obviously very happy!!  As usual, taken with a cheap Panasonic camera, but still a great photo.

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Photo of the Day Thursday 21st February 2013 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day….” What we see depends on what we look for ”

“Great men are rarely isolated mountain peaks, they are the summits of ranges”

“Time is the coin of life, only you can decide how you spend it”.

Another Ethiopia photo here, and from the capital Addis Ababa.  The name means ‘new flower’.  The city has a population of about 3.5 million people.  Not as hot as you might expect for an African capital, as the city lies at 2300m.     Africa currently has around 1.1 billion people, with Nigeria topping the list of population growth in Africa.   The African country of Niger tops the fertility lists, with (2012) women having 7.1 children per woman.   The largest African cities are Cairo, Egypt, with around 11 million people, and Lagos, with around 10 million.  The highest point in Africa is Mount Kilimanjaro, which reaches 5895m.  Sudan has twice as many (223) pyramids as Egypt.

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Photo of the day Tuesday 19th February 2013 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel Norefjell.

Thought for the day…..” Don’t put the key to happiness in someone else’s pocket “.

“Good judgement comes from bad experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgement”.

Did you know that the first photograph is considered to be ‘The view from the window” taken in 1826.  The exposure time for the photo was 8 hours.  In 1839 Fox Talbot invented the negative, whilst the first colour photograph came in 1861, made by the British scientist James Maxwell.  The first digital camera came in 1973, and had a resolution of 100 x 100 pixels.   The most expensive camera sold at auction was a 1923 Leica which was sold for USD 2.8 million at auction in Vienna, Austria.  There are 12 Hasselblad cameras on the moon, they were left there after lunar landings so that more lunar rock could be brought back to earth.

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Photo of the day Sunday 17th February 2013 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day….” To admit that you were wrong is to declare that you are wiser now than you were before.”

Today’s photo was taken in a small village in Ethiopia.  Despite looking old, the photo was taken in 2011, life has not changed much in parts of Ethiopia for centuries.  Ethiopia is the only country in the world with 13 months.  It is also the only African country with its own alphabet.  It is said to be the place where coffee was discovered, by a shepherd.  The word ‘coffee’ may have come from the area of Southern Ethiopia called Kaffaa

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Photo of the Day Saturday 16th February 2013 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day…”  Live each day as if it was your first, with wonder and amazement.  Live in the past and you will fade in the future”.

The people working at Air France/KLM clearly do not want to stay in a job.   Still no reply from them, and they just do not answer my emails.   Apparently, they do not see that customers ultimately pay their salaries, and that unhappy customers will go elsewhere.  Not surprised that they are losing money, as I have found them to be such a terrible airline.     So Air France/KLM are on the no-fly list now.   When you have tried some of the Asian or Arab carriers, then you soon see just how bad Air France/KLM are.   They may have been good once, but not now.    So the advice is to avoid Air France/KLM if you want good service.

And on the subject of airlines, here is a photo of the cockpit of a Fokker 100 jet.  Nice, clear and uncluttered cockpit of this old aircraft. Built in the Netherlands, and introduced into service in 1988, it carried around 107 passengers.  Although owned by Daimler Benz Aerospace, the loss-making company closed down in 1997.

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

Thought for the day….” Laughter is the best medicine, but if you laugh for no reason, then you need medicine”

“Happiness is no laughing matter”.

Off to the South Pacific for the photo today and to the Yasawa Islands west of Fiji.   Lovely islands, great for island hopping, boating and swimming, and very easy to reach from Nadi, the main international airport.   Lots of coral around the islands, as you can see in the photo.  Coral is actually an animal that surrounds itself with a wall of calcium carbonate.   Although corals can catch small fish and plankton using their stinging tentacles, they get most of their food from photosynthetic algae that live within them.  The rise in the temperature of the oceans is a major threat to corals, a water temperature change of 2 degrees can kill corals.   In the trees behind the beach, you can see a traditional Fijian village.

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Photo of the Day Tuesday 12th February 2013-Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day…”This is a story about four people named Everybody, Somebody, Anybody and Nobody.    There was an important job to be done and Everybody was sure Somebody would do it.  Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it.  Somebody got angry about that, because it was Everybody‘s job.  Everybody though Anybody could do it, but Nobody realized that Everybody would not do it.

It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody when Nobody did what Anybody could have done.”

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Photo of the Day Sunday 10th February 2013 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

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

“The sooner that you fall behind, the more time that you will have to catch up”

A view of Lake Wanaka, New Zealand here today.  Got me thinking about water.  71% of the earth’s surface is covered by it.   96.5 of all water is found in oceans, with only 2.5% of all water being freshwater.   About 70% of the freshwater used by humans goes on agriculture.  On the top of Mt. Everest, water boils at 68 degrees centigrade.  The human body is between 55% and 78% water, depending on size.  Lake Wanaka was quite low when this photo was taken,  although in some years after heavy snowmelt and rains, it has been know to flood the town.

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Photo of the Day Saturday 9th February 2013 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell

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

“Some days you are the dog, and some days you are the tree”

“Experience is something that you do not get until after you need it”.

Did you know that the record speed attained on a cycle on a flat, paved road was 133 km/h by Sam Whittingham in 2009?  That was unpaced (ie no vehicle in front to shield the wind off the cyclist), but the motor-paced records are quite something……Fred Rompelberg from Maastrict, Netherlands achieved 268 km/h at the Bonneville Salt Flats in the USA, cycling behind a dragster.   And Marcus Stockl has reached a speed of 210 km/h downhill on snow in 2007.

And the record for the distance cycled in 24 hours is also impressive.  Greg Kolodziejzyk set the land distance record at 1041 km in Eureka, California in 2006.  Pete Penseyres has cycled across the USA, a distance of 3107 miles or about 5000km in 8 days, 9 hours and 47 minutes.

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Photo of the day Thursday 7th February 2013 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day…”If the only tool you have is a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail.”

”Don’t be pushed by your problems.  Be led by your dreams.”

Yesterday, 6th February was Waitangi Day in New Zealand.  It is a public holiday held each year to celebrate the signing of the famous Waitangi treaty, which made New Zealand part of the British Empire.  There is still a lot of argument over the true translation of the treaty, and the celebrations at Waitangi have often been accompanied with minor troubles and protests.  Waitangi Day is also the same date as Bob Marley’s birthday.  As Waitangi Day falls in the hottest part of summer in New Zealand, then many people use the extra public holiday to visit the beach.

Some winter sunshine in the photo today of the Silja Symphony boat arriving in Helsinki Finland.  The temperature was around -15 degrees at the time.

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Photo of the day Wednesday 6th February 2013 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day….” When you are in the light, everything follows you, but when you enter into the dark, even your own shadow does not follow you”.

“Brains are awesome, I wish everybody would use them”.

“Great friends are hard to find, difficult to leave, impossible to forget”

Did you see in the news that the French government has now overturned a ban that stopped women from wearing trousers in Paris?   Apparently, it had been illegal for 200 years (from 17th November 1800), and was originally to stop women from doing certain jobs.

Nice portrait photo here today, although not a very high-tech. cycle !!

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Photo of the Day Sunday 3rd February 2013 – Not the Quality Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day…”Don’t take life too seriously, you will never get out of it alive’.

“I used to eat a lot of natural food, until I learnt that most people die of natural causes”.

“Life is sexually transmitted”

If anybody from the ‘Customer Service’ section at KLM/Air France is reading this, then would you please tell me how you got jobs in ‘customer service’.   Apparently, KLM Air France are unable to answer emails and also do not know the importance of customers.    But hey, hopefully KLM Air France will be out of business soon.    With customer ‘service’ as bad as they have, then I am surprised that they have lasted so long.    But the staff that KLM Air France have working now are lucky, they get paid for seemingly doing nothing.   Terrible airline!!

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

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

“Do not regret growing older.  It is a privilege denied to many.”

I could never understand why so many people stayed at the Quality Spa Resort in Norefjell.     For one thing, it is up on a hill, 13km from the nearest village of Noresund, and reached by driving up a toll road, including a section that is gravel.  Not only that, but in winter the drive up to the hotel is not easy, as the road is covered with snow and ice.     Then when people arrived at the hotel, they paid a small fortune to stay in what I would rate as an average 3 star hotel, and certainly nothing special.  I have stayed in many hotels that would knock spots of this hotel, but why do people drive up and pay high prices to stay here??   True, the hotel does have a small swimming pool and a limited skiing area around it, but if people travelled to the Swiss or Austrian Alps then they could find far better skiing areas.  Are the hotel rooms special at the Quality Spa Resort?  I would say not, and certainly nothing out of the ordinary.    And the food in the hotel?   Again, nothing that would make me drive up 13km into the hills for.   So if you are heading to Noresund then my advice would be to stay down in the valley, save some money but still be in the same area.

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