Jeritilley A picture is worth a thousand words..

Archive for February, 2013

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.

LOW RES NZ Wanaka lakefront 6 Feb 2012


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.


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.


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 !!


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!!


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.