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Photo of the Day Tuesday 30th April 2013 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day….” He who laughs last thinks slowest”   ” A bartender is just a pharmacist with a limited inventory”.

Did you know that the world’s largest hotel, the Mecca Clock Tower Hotel in Saudi Arabia has 8000 rooms?  This beats the Izmailolvo Hotel in Moscow that has ‘just’ 7500 rooms.   And did you know that Saudi Arabia is the only country in the world that does not have any rivers?   Or that the shortest scheduled airline flight is from Westray to Papa Westray, in Scotland, UK, with a flight time of 2 minutes (or less, depending on the wind).  And did you know that Canada has the world’s longest coastline, 202 080 km.

And a photo of a priest in Ethiopia for the photo today.

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Photo of the Day – Sunday 28th April 2013 – Not the Quality Spa Resort, Norefjel.

Thought for the day….” Evening news is where they begin with ‘Good Evening’ then continue to tell you why it is not”

“You do not need a parachute to skydive, you only need a parachute to skydive twice”

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Photo of the Day Saturday 27th April 2013 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day…” Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice”

”  Happiness is not how much you have, but how you enjoy it”

“The mind is like a parachute, it only works when it is open”.

Helvetia is the latin name for Switzerland, and the Conferderation Helvetia is where the initials CH come from.  Switzerland borders 5 other countries, France, Austria, Italy, Germany and Liechtenstein.   Home to chocolate, the first chocolate bar was produced here by Francois Callier in 1819.   And the photo today is of a lake steamer on the Brienzersee, seen here at Iseltwald.

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Photo of the Day Thursday 25th April 2013 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day…” A people without knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.”

“The first wealth is health”.                     “Freedom is the oxygen of the soul”

A photo of the Awatere Valley in Marlborough, New Zealand today, showing part of the famous wine-growing areas.   Wine production is relatively recent in New Zealand, and is said to have been started by Dalmation settlers in the late 1900s.  By the 1970s the Marlborough region was becoming noted for its fine Sauvignon Blanc wines, with Cloudy Bay being one of the most famous brands. The alluvial soils are based on greywacke rock.  The wine regions in New Zealand stretch from 36 degrees South (in Northland) to 45 degrees south (in Otago).   That is the equivalent of Bordeaux in France.

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Photo of the Day Tuesday 23 April – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell

Thought for the day….” Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else, you are the one that actually gets burnt”.

”  The only difference between a rut and a grave are the dimensions”.

The first photo is said to have been ‘the view from the window’ which was taken in 1826 by Joseph Niepce.  The exposure for this photo lasted 8 hours !!   Fox Talbot is credited with inventing the photographic negative in 1839.  The first colour photograph was taken in 1861 by James Maxwell.  The first digital camera came around 1973, and made a photo of 100 pixels X 100 pixels.  There are 12 Hassleblad cameras on the moon, they were left there in order that more lunar rock samples could be brought back to earth.

And another photo out of the archives…taken a time ago, but showing the old town in Funchal, Madeira.

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

Thought for the day…”  Your time is limited but your imagination is not”

” If you do not fight for what you want then do not cry for what you lost”.

Did you know that, with an average height of 1.8m above sea level, that the Maldives are the nation most likely to disappear when sea levels rise?   And did you know that the Falkland Islands have around 350 sheep for every person, or that Canada is the country in the world with the most lakes?   The least densely populated country in the world is Mongolia, whereas Hong Kong is the most densely populated.   And did you know that Saudi Arabia has no rivers?  Or that the country Monaco is actually smaller than Central Park in New York.    And in Papua New Guinea, an estimated 820 different languages are spoken.   And finally, did you know that the world’s fastest train ride is from Shanghai city to Pudong airport, where the magnetic train travels at 430km/h.

The photo today shows the Lutheran Cathedral in the centre of Helsinki, Finland, with some spring sunshine.

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Photo of the Day Saturday 20th April 2013 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel Norefjell.

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

“If you want someone to remember you, just borrow some money from him”.

Another aviation photo today and a classic aircraft, the Lockheed Super Constellation.  It first flew in 1943 and was still in airline service up to the 1990s.   In 1947 Pan Am operated the first ever regular around the world service.  The Constellation was also the first pressurized airliner in service.  In 1957 a Constellation flew from Los Angeles to London in 18 hours and 32 minutes, and a Constellation flight for TWA from London to San Francisco stayed airborne for 23 hours and 19 minutes.     The aircraft in the photo today  is seen here at Zurich airport.

Connie-2

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Photo of the Day Thursday 18th April 2013 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell

Thought for the day…” Enjoy when you can, and endure when you must”

“Pick battles big enough to matter, small enough to win”.

The colour red can make you feel hungry, whilst the colour green makes you feel less hungry.  For the ancient Romans, red was a sign of battle, whereas in Russia, red means beautiful.   In South Africa, red is the colour of mourning, whilst in China red is the colour for good luck.   Only one national flag is a solid colour (green, Libya).   The ancient Greeks wore white to bed to ensure pleasant dreams.  About 8% of men have a problem to distinguish colours (colour deficiency).      With all the facts about colour, here is a colourful photo

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Photo of the Day Tuesday 16th April 2013 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell

Thought for the day…” An optimist thinks that this is the best possible world, a pessimist fears that this is true.”

“Opportunity may knock once, but temptation bangs on your door for years”.

Did you know that the first product to get a bar code was Wrigley’s Chewing Gum?   And that the liquid inside young coconuts can be used as a substitute for blood plasma?   And that Coca-Cola was originally green?   And that Icelanders consumer more Coca-cola per capita than any other nation.   Celery requires more calories to eat and consume than it contains.

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

Thought for the day…” Do not be afraid of moving slowly.  Be afraid of standing still”

“We all have stumbling blocks.  What is important is turning them into stepping stones.

Home to about 613 000 people and the capital of Norway, Oslo is growing by about 2% a year at the moment.   As in Swedish, there is no word for ‘please’ in Norwegian.    As in Finland and Sweden, you can only buy alcohol from the government owned alcohol shops in Norway, and at a high price too !   Norway is also home to the pop group ‘A-Ha’.   The photo today is from the sea, showing the Oslo City Hall (left) and the Akershus castle (right).

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Photo of the Day Saturday 13th April 2013 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day…” Do not judge each day by the harvest that you reap, but by the seeds that you plant”

“Thousands of candles can be lit by a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened.  Happiness never decreases by being shared.”.

Hot air ballooning dates back to 1783, when Pilatre De Rozier sent a sheep, duck and a rooster up in a balloon.   It was the Montgolfier brothers who took to the skies over Paris for 20 minutes.  The Breitling Orbiter 3 was the first balloon to go around the world, flying a total distance of 42 812km.

A clear evening in the Danish capital of Copenhagen, and a balloon drifts gently over the city in the last hours of the day……

Balloon

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Photo of the day Thursday 11th April 2013 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day….” The problem with the gene pool is that there is no lifeguard.”

” Talk is cheap because supply exceeds demand.”   ” Even if you are on the right track, you will get run over if you just sit there”

Africa is home to the longest river in the world (Nile, 6650km long), and also the world’s largest desert (Sahara). The Sahara desert is acutally larger than the size of continental USA.  Africa is also home to the world’s largest land animal (elephant), the world’s tallest animal (giraffe), and the world’s fastest animal (cheetah).  Home too for the world’s largest reptile (Nile crocodile), and the world’s largest primate (gorilla).   Also, it is estimated that around 90% of all malaria cases occur in Africa.  The largest war, the Second Congo War, which started in 1998 involved 8 African nations, and is estimated to have killed over 5 million people.

No sign of trouble in this Afircan market, but lots of colour.

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Photo of the Day Tuesday 9th April 2013 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell

Thought for the day….” The real man smiles in trouble, gathers strenght from distress, and grows brave by reflection”.

” A smile is happiness that you will find right under your nose”.

Good blue sky for the photo today and a shot of the RNZAF Red Checkers display team, flying as usual, their CT4 Air Trainers.   The pilots are made up of RNZAF flying instructors and are now based at Ohakea.   During the initial pull up of a loop, the pilots will experience about 3Gs, whereas at the top of the loop (as in the photo) 0.5 Gs are typical before the G forces increase again on the descent.    With practice a pilot can withstand around 6 or 7 Gs of force before ‘blacking out’, although fighter pilots will wear special suits to reduce the forces.   At around -3 G, most pilots will experience ‘red out’.

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

Thought for the day….” Change is the law of life.   Those who look only to the past or to the present are certain to miss the future”.

“Life consists not of holding good cards, but in playing those that you hold well”.

Off to the Southern Lakes of New Zealand today and to Lake Hawea, about 15km from Wanaka.   It is about 35km long and up to 390m deep, and in summer it is popular for fishing, boating and swimming.   Not busy on this summer’s day when the photo was taken from the main highway.    Wellington, capital of New Zealand, is the world’s southernmost capital city.  No part of New Zealand is more than 128km from the sea.   New Zealand also has the world’s longest place name ” Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateaturipukaka-pikimaungahoronukupokaiwenuakitanatahu”

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

Thought for the day….”Take care of your body, it is the only place that you have to live”.

“Practice puts brains in your muscles”.        “Good humour is the health of the soul, sadness is its poison”.

Off to Switzerland for the photo today, and to the Old Town in Zurich.  Switzerland has a population of around 8 million people, with about 63% of them speaking Swiss-German.  Around 20% speak French and around 6% speak Italian.   Apparently, there are more banks than dentists in Switzerland, and also more Starbucks coffee shops than banks.  Zurich is also home to Europe’s largest clock face.   According to Bilanz business magazine, the richest man in Switzerland is Ingvar Kamprad, the Swedish founder of IKEA.  The city of Zurich also has over 1200 fountains, with around 1.9 million people living in the Zurich metropolitan area.

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

Thought for the day…” The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination”  (Albert Einstein).

“It is fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure”    (Bill Gates)

SCAFFOLDING is a great word if you are playing Scrabble.   Over 150 million games are estimated to have been sold in over 121 countries, and it is produced in more than 29 different languages.   It was originally called ‘Lexico’.  Interestingly, Malaysian Scrabble contains 19 letter ‘A’s.   The record score for a single word is 392, for the word ‘caziques’, whilst the highest score in a game stands at 1049 points.   And on the subject of scaffolding, here is a photo of some African wood scaffolding.

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

Thought for the day…..”

Did you know that the national anthem of the Netherlands is actually the first and sixth verses of a poem in honour of the Dutch Prince William of Orange?   And did you know that the ostrich’s eye is the same size as its brain?  And that Kiribati is the only country that spans all four hemispheres?

New Zealand has around 200 different types of ferns, with the tallest being the 10m tall Tree Ferns.  They thrive in moist forests, and in good conditions, can grow at up to 80 cm a year.  When young, the leaves are tightly coiled into a spiral, called a Koru in Maori language, and very popular in NZ designs.   The Silver Fern is the national symbol of New Zealand, so called because of the silvery colour under the leaves.  A regular sight in NZ forests, just another part of the wonderful nature there.

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