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Photo of the Day Thursday 13th June 2013 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell

Thought for the day…” If a farmer is an expert, does that mean that he is outstanding in his field?”.

” Nothing is impossible.  The word itself says I’m Possible”   (Audrey Hepburn).

” The habits that took years to build do not take a day to change”.

Unusually warm weather in Sweden recently led to some train drivers there wearing womens skirts.   Their employer, Arriva, refused them permission to wear shorts, so as a protest, some drivers wore womens skirts instead.    The logic was that if women were allowed to wear them, then of course, men would also be allowed to wear them.  But after 2 weeks of the protest, their employer has relented, so soon they will be allowed to wear shorts.

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A burst of colour for the photo today, and a photo of the market in Gonder, Ethiopia.   Did you know that yellow and orange colours stimulate the appetite?    Can you think of any fast food restaurants that have bright yelow and orange colours?  Red stimulates a faster heartbeat and faster breathing, and also stimulates appetite.   Chromatophobia  is the fear of colour.  Lots of colour in today’s photo to brighten the day.

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

Thought for the day..” I am the author of my life.  Unfortunately, I am writing in pen and I cannot erase my mistakes”.

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

Did you see the article in the news from NBC that Domino’s Pizzas are testing the use of drones to deliver pizzas.  Apparently, they are trialling a drone that has 8 propellors, called a Domicopter, that can carry 2 pizzas from shop to customer.   So far, Dominos have been impressed by the trials, and the speed at which the drones can deliver the pizzas.  How long will it be before robots are also delivering the mail?   Another story in the news that caught my eye was the story about HAI, or healthcare acquired infection.   Apparently, in the US, 1 in every 20 people admitted to a hospital will catch an infecton, or HAI.   Trials are now being carried out in the US of a special bracelet (called intelligentM ) which can monitor when/if healthcare staff wash their hands, and if they do it for long enough.   Using RFID, the bracelet can then record handwashing, and also upload information to let other staff monitor handwashing.   And according to the British newspaper Daily Mail, your computer keyboard is 5 times dirtier than your toilet seat.  This can lead to ‘qwerty tummy’.  A survey by ‘Which’ found that 1 in 10 of all people never clean their keyboards, which accounts for the millions of bacteria growing on them.  So keep the hand sanitizer ready !

New Zealand for the photo today and a photo from one of the few roads that goes through the Southern Alps.  Taken from the road between Makaroroa and Haast on a beautiful summers day.  In a few kilometres from where the photo was taken, the road will reach the highest point, 564m above sea level.    Haast Pass got its name from the 19th century explorer, Julius von Haast.

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

Thought for the day….”  ‘Opportunity only knocks once’   is one of the greatest lies of all time.   Opportunity is a constant drumming that, like any sound repeated too often, becomes only a noise we tend to ignore”

“A smile will be complete when it begins in your heart, reflects in your eyes, and ends with a glow in your face”

It is not easy to say how many countries there are in the world, but the number seems to be around 206 soverign states.    Counting is made more difficult because some countries do not recognize others, and also some ‘new’ countries have yet to be recognized (like Kosov0).   Countries such as Palestine, Taiwan, Greenland and Cyprus all have disputed or part separate status.    The UN has 193 member states and also 2 observer states, as well as 11 other states, so the true number of countries in the world is not easy to determine.

A scene from a local market in Myanmar today, and a portrait of one of the market sellers.  Until 1989 it was known as Burma, and has around 135 different ethnic tribes.  It was one of these tribes, Myanma, which gave the country its current name.   The currency there is called the Kyat.  In 2006 the capital was moved from Rangoon to Nay Pyi Taw.

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Still happy that I am not working at the Quality Spa Resort Hotel in Norefjell.   I do not miss the managers there at all.


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

Thought for the day…” One rotten apple will spoil the whole bunch, even if it does not know that it is rotten.  Treat your thoughts the same way”

” Beauty might bring happiness, but happiness always brings beauty. ”

Found another good story in the news about a woman called Dorothy Custer, who is 102 years old (!!), doing a base jump in Idaho, USA to celebrate her birthday.  The country with the highest life expectancy is Japan, where men live to an average of 79 years and women an average of 86 years (UN figures).   Second place goes to Switzerland, where men live 80 years and women 85 years (must be because of the good chocolate).  At the other end of the scale, Sierra Leone has life expectancy of 46 for men and 47 for women.    The oldest documented life was by Jeanne Calment from France, 1875 – 1997, a total of 122 years.    Jiroemon Kimura from Japan currently holds the record for the oldest man, now 116 years old.

Today’s photo shows a very quiet section of the Transvaal Coast in South Africa.  Not so many tourists in this part of SA, but some great scenery.

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Photo of the Day Thursday 6th June 2013 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day…” Dreams do not work unless you do. ”                   ”  There is no failure except giving up”.

” Success is not final, failure is not fatal, it is the courage to continue that counts”  (Winston Churchill).

I read on the BBC news that Germany has now lost its longest word, all 63 letters of it (Rindfleischetikettierungsueberwachungsaufgabenuebertragungsgesetz)   which meant ‘law delegating beef monitoring’.     Luckily, there is no need anymore for the word, so it has disappeared.   The longest word in the German dictionary will now be “Kraftfahrzeughaftpflichtversicherung’    which means automotive liability insurance.  Very useful if you are playing Scrabble.  The world record score in Scrabble is for the word CAZIQUES, which scored 392 points.   The highest total score in a game of Scrabble is 830 points.  In 1984, Peter Finan and Neil Smith played Scrabble for 153 hours.

Today’s photo shows boats in a harbour in Morocco.  If you look closely, then you will spot a single figure hopping from boat to boat.

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

Thought for the day..” Time heals all wounds, but only wisdom keeps them from reopening”

” We may all have come on different boats, but we are all in the same boat now” (Martin Luther King)

I was not surprised to read recently that airlines are topping the list for bad customer service.  If the ‘service’ that I have experienced with Air France is anything to go on, then the bad reputation is well deserved.   Not only is the onboard service poor, but the ground ‘service’ from Air France is just as bad.    The good thing is that I can vote with my wallet, so Air France have not seen any of my money for a good long time.   I thought that the French were famous for good food until I flew with the French airline.   Also near the top of the bad airline service list would probably be SAS, another airline whose staff seem to forget that it is the customer who is actually paying their wages.  Again, SAS lost out a long time ago, the experience before Christmas turned me off them for life.  That said, there are some airlines that are FAR better and whose staff do take care of passengers properly.   Airlines like Qatar Airways show just how it should be done.  I just hope that Air France and SAS go out of business fast, life it too short to experience bad airlines.

Sunset over Lake Wanaka, New Zealand for the photo today, with some magical light.   Magical light for a magical place, and as they say there, ‘life the way it should be.’

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

Thought for the day…” Live now, make now the most precious time.  Now will never come again”.

” When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be’

Summer is a time for holidays, and that often means hotels.  If you have a spare USD 18 716 then you can have night in the Royal Suite in the Burj Al Arab Hotel, Dubai.   Or USD 24 550 will get you the Royal Suite at the Four Seasons George V Hotel, Paris.   USD 26 300 will get you a suite in the Ritz Carlton Hotel Tokyo, although the room price does include individual “rain showers’ .

Going up in price (!!) then USD 45 000 will get you a night in the Presidential Suite in the Raj Palace Hotel Jaipur, India, but for that price you do get 1500 square metres to relax in.   A roof terrace and private swimming pool are also included.

And even more expensive….the Royal Penthouse Suite in the Hotel President Wilson, Geneva. Bullet proof doors and windows, a Steinway piano, private lift and 12 rooms to accommodate you.  It also has its own, private fitness area.  The cost?   A mere USD 65000 a night.

If that is not enough then Hurlingham Travel offer a round the world trip visiting every World Heritage site for around GBP 990 000

The photo today is of the guards at the Amailenberg Palace in Copenhagen, Denmark.  The soldiers are the Royal Life Guards, seen here during the main changing of the guard ceremony which takes place at 1200.

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

Thought for the day…” Failure is not falling down, it is remaining where you have fallen ”

”  Follow your heart, but take your brain with you”

Mobile phone applications have gone too far.  Now being tested in Brazil by Kimberley Clarke is the Tweet Pie app.   This is a sensor which is placed in babies nappies/diapers, and when moisture is sensed, then sends a message to the parents’ telephone informing them that it is time to change the nappy/diaper.  Or how about iSteam, which covers your mobile telephone screen with vitual steam so that you can write messages on it.   Then there is the ‘Annoy A Teen’ app which sends out high frequency sounds to apparently annoy younger people.  Or if you really want to waste USD 1 then you can buy ‘Passion App’, and app that judges you whilst you have sex and then gives you a score out of 10.

Did you know that the British city of Birmingham has more kilometres of canals  (over 160km) than Venice?  The Kiel Canal is said to be the busiest canal in the world, and is 97 km long, and used by over 60 000 ships a year.   The world’s longest canal is the Grand Canal in China (over 1776 km long), with 24 locks along its length.  This leads nicely to a canal photo…….

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Very happy not to be working at the Quality Spa Resort Hotel in Norefjell.  Not missing it at all.