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

Thought for the day…” I do not know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody”  Bill Crosby.

“Two things define you….your patience when you have nothing and your attitude when you have everything”.

According to the news yesterday, Australia has again been voted as the happiest place in the world to live in, scoring the highest marks in the ‘Better Life Index’.  This is based on income levels, health, safety and housing etc., and for the 3rd year in a row, Australia has won it.   No doubt that the people of Australia are happier than churchgoers in Venezuela.  Not only is the country suffering from a shortage of toilet paper, but apparently the Catholic church there is running out of wine as well.    The only wine maker in the country has been forced to cut back on production, so has stopped selling wine to the church.   Interesting that Australia, now the world’s happiest country, has a surplus of good wine (and presumably, no shortages of toilet paper!!).

Another photo from the archives and from Ethiopia, a portrait of a man sitting by the roadside.

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Photo of the Day Tuesday 28th May 2013 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day…” Fate leads the willing, and drags along the reluctant”         ” Life begins at the end of your comfort zone”.

The shortest regular scheduled flight in the world is the 2 minute flight from Westray to Papa Westray.   In the news is the story that the 59 year old pilot, Stuart Linklater who has done this flight some 12 000 times, is to retire.   The fastest that the flight has ever been done is 53 seconds.   Singapore Airlines currently holds the record for the world’s longest flight, the 18.5 hour flight from Singapore to Newark, although this service will end this year.  The distance covered on this flight is over 15 296 km.

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

Thought for the day..” Tomorrow’s success depends on today’s effort”.   ”  Patience is something that you admire in the driver behind you, but not in the one in front of you”                                                      ” The best way to destroy an enemy is to make them a friend”

Nice story in the news about the 80 year old Japanese man who has just completed his THIRD summit of Mt. Everest (8848m).   As if this was not enough, he is already planning his NEXT summit attempt.   The name Everest came from George Everest, who was the Surveyor General in India in the 19th Century.  Mt. Everest is still growing, by between 3 and 6mm a year, and is also moving by about 5 cm a year.   The temperature at the summit can fall to -60 degrees C.  It was first summited by New Zealander Edmund Hillary, although the biggest ever climbing group was  a group of 410 Chinese in 1975.  The most people to summit on the same day was 40 on 10th May 1993.   Over 150 bodies of dead climbers are on the peak.

Another portrait photo today, and one from the archives, taken a long time ago although it still looks fresh.   Shows an African girl in a bus station market.

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

Thought for the day…” Life is the most difficult exam. Many people fail because they copy others, not realising that everyone has a different question paper”.                                                ” Happiness is the ultimate DIY project.”

I picked up a wonderful story in the news about the toilet paper shortage in Venezuela.   Apparently, the Venezuelan government is planning to import 39 million rolls to help with the serious shortage in Venezuela.   Reports say that people have been queuing to buy toilet paper, and in some places, people have had their hands ink stamped to prevent them buying more than their quota.  That got me to have a look at the Toilet Paper Encyclopedia (yes, there is one) where I discovered that in 1996 in the USA, that President Clinton imposed a 6 cent tax on each roll of toilet paper.   The USA is the world’s largest producer of toilet paper.   And did you know that toilegami is the art of folding toilet paper into elaborate shapes?

And for the photo today, a picture of a snowmobile jumping in the city centre, Helsinki, Finland.

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

Thought for the day..” Do not worry about those who talk about you behind your back, they are behind you for a reason.”

”  Blessed are the young, for they shall inherit the national debt”.

” Money cannot buy you happiness, but it can bring you a more pleasant form of misery”.

I picked up a wonder story in the news yesterday about a Belgium racing pigeon with the name “Bolt” which apparently has just been sold at an auction for 310 000 euros.   I did not know that pigeons, just like race horses were sold for such high prices.  The pigeon “Bolt’ is going to be used to breed more pigeons.  Apparently the buyers came from China and Taiwan, and in total, they paid 4.3 million euros for 530 birds.   Big money.

I went past this boy in the photo on several different days, but he never appeared to get any work.  Just sitting there, all day.  Another timeless shot from Ethiopia, a fascinating country to visit.

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

Thought for the day…” Today is the oldest that you have ever been, and the youngest that you will ever be again”

” If you cannot convince them, confuse them”  Harry S. Truman

I read a very interesting article on the net about an experiment performed by some Danish school girls who discovered that cress seeds would not germinate in a room which had internet routers turned on.   No problem for the seeds in the room without the routers, so it appeared that the radiation from the routers was preventing the seeds from germinating.   More research is now going to be done on this surprising discovery by the schoolgirls, but again it raises the question of radiation levels.   Mobile phones and their radiation levels have been investigated several years but now it appears that routers may also be suspect.   More details about this story here;

http://www.geek.com/science/school-experiment-discovers-garden-cress-wont-germinate-near-a-router-1555577/

The photo today is from the archipeligo outside of Stockholm, and shows the village of Furusund, near the edge of the archipeligo.

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Photo of the Day Sunday 19th May 2013 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel Norefjell.

Thought for the day…” Follow your heart, but take your brain with you”
“If Something is important then you will find a way, if not then you will find an excuse”. ” One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar”

On the news we read that the European Union is to give Mali (AFRICA, so not part of the EU) 520 MILLION euros to help it rebuild.  Could this be the same EU that is struggling with financial problems in places like Cyprus, Greece, Italy and Spain?    Could this be the same EU that is now forcing people to wait so long for operations that some of them die?   Could this be the same EU that is cutting jobs, benefits and reducing the living standards of its citizens?   What is the EU doing giving EU taxpayers money to Mali anyway?    The EU has severe financial problems so cannot afford to give away money that it does not have.  It is an insult to every tax-payer in the EU.   It is just another example of how bad the EU has got, especially with the severe hardships that some of its citizens are now facing.  Politicians have a lot to answer for, but I bet that the EU politicians will get away with this.

And with that, I will end with a photo of a monkey.   Very appropriate.

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Photo of the Day Saturday 18th May 2013 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day….” Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former” (A. Einstein).

” The superior man understands what is right, the inferior man understands what will sell”

Did you know that the chicken is the closest relative to Tyrannosaurus Rex?   Or that the smallest bird egg comes from the Hummingbird?  Or that there are 9865 different species of birds?  The largest bird is the ostrich, which also produces the largest bird egg.

Nice photo of a Ground Eagle today.  Interestingly, the female of the eagle family is always larger than the male.  Their fantastic eyesight is the key to their hunting success.  The Bald Eagle holds the record for the heaviest load carried by any bird, when it was verified as carrying a 6.8 kg mule deer fawn.

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

Thought for the day….” Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forwards”

” Experience is not a skill, it is an attitude’      “Life is the art of drawing without an eraser”

I read on the news today that the European Union is going to give 520 MILLION euros to Mali to help rebuilding there.  Is that not crazy when the European Union is suffering from huge financial problems, with several EU countries bankrupt?    Why give away money that they do not have?   That money should be spent IN Europe, not given away.   The EU has huge debt problems, so giving away over 1/2 billion euros is wrong.  I hope that the voters do something about it.

Another photo from Helsinki today and an unusual photo of the seats in the famous Church in the Rock, which is called  Temppelliaukio in Finnish.  It is a very popular tourist attraction, receiving over 1 million tourists a year, as well as hosting weddings and also music concerts.

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

Thought for the day…” Nature always sides with the hidden flaw”    ” Every solution breeds new problems”

”  The attention span of a computer is only as long as its electrical cord”.

Another New Zealand photo today, and Mount Aspiring which rises to 3033m.   It is often called the Matterhorn of the South, due to its similarity.  The first recorded ascent took place in 1909, although now it is frequently climbed as it is not too technical.  It lies at the junction of 3 glaciers, the Volta, Bonar and Therma Glaciers.  The tallest mountain in New Zealand is Mount Cook, at 3753m.

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