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Archive for May, 2014

Busy doing nothing – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day…..” Never let perfect be the enemy of better”     ”  It takes twenty years of hard work to become an overnight success”

A photo from a few years back, taken on the main railway station in Tallinn, Estonia.  Estonia has been independent from the Soviet Union since 1991, although there is still a lot of Russian influence there, with around 45% of the population speaking Russian.  It still shares a border with Russia, and another with Latvia.   Around 430 000 people live in the capital, Tallinn.   It has become known as the Silicon Valley of the Baltic due to the large IT industry there, with Skype being its most famous development.    More than 1.5 million tourists visit the city each year, with about 1/3 of them arriving by ship.   Plans to link Tallinn to Helsinki (Finland), some 80km away by an undersea tunnel have been put on hold, although they were part of the European Union plans to improve links to the area.

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And one from the archives, taken a few years ago, the rare Rothschild giraffe.

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Not even standing room – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day…..” If communication is the key, then why not open the door?”.

”  If you can never manage to be happy where you are at, you will never be happy wherever you go’.

A crowded colourful local bus in Apia, capital of Samoa for the photo today.   Samoa is made up of 7 main islands, and its residents (which number around 200 000) are known as ‘the happy people’.  It became independent from New Zealand (2900km away from Samoa)  in 1962, although still maintains strong ties.    Often hot and humid, it experiences frequent typhoons and earthquakes.   Buses leave when VERY full, and then stop anywhere.   And if you want to bring a large bag, then good luck !!

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Not a care in the world – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day…” We learn the ropes of life by untying its knots”.

“You cannot change your past, but you can begin a new future.  Restart your future”.

Around 7 million people live in the landlocked country of Laos, whose currency is called the Kip and whose capital is Ventiane.  It also has the distinction of being called the world’s most bombed country, as an estimated 2 million tons of bombs were dropped during the Vietnam war.  Between 1964 and 1973, the US dropped an average of one planeload of bombs every 8 minutes, or around 1 tonne of bombs for every person in Laos.  Estimates say that around 1/3 of Laos is still affected by unexploded bombs and landmines,  resulting in about 60 deaths each year, children included.

The photo today shows a happy boy in Lao, not a care in the world.

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And another photo from the archives….the lakefront in Wanaka, Otago, New Zealand.   As they say in Wanaka, ‘Life the way it should be’.

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Second smallest country in the world – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day…” Your mind will push your thoughts, your thoughts will push your actions, and your actions will push your life”.

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

A photo of the second smallest country in the world today, Monaco.  Vatican state is regarded as the smallest country in the world.   At only 1.95 square kilometres in size (about the same size as Central Park in New York), it has one of the largest population densities in the world (16 477 people per square km).  An odd trivial fact is that the flag is almost identical to the flag of Indonesia.   The name Monaco comes from Greek, and means ‘solo house’.   An average person can walk across the country in under an hour, and will enjoy a country free of income tax.   Strangely enough, despite being famous for the casino in Monte Carlo, citizens of Monaco are not allowed to gamble, and are also not allowed to enter the famous casino.  And you will be unable to land your private jet there, as it does not have an airport (but it does have a heliport).

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And here is a photo from the archives, already on the wordpress site a long time ago…..

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New, looking old – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day…’ Life was much easier when Apple and Blackberry were just fruits”.

“Every day may not be good, but there is something good in every day”.

The world gets more crazy.    Apparently, the Brightwater Wastewater Treatment centre (which is called a sewage works to you and me), near Seattle, USA is now promoting itself as the perfect place for weddings.  Advertising on its Facebook page, it lists the things that it can offer for your perfect wedding….lots of parking, dance floor and  full catering.   Renting the sewage works costs USD 2000 for 8 hours.   Apparently, there is no smell.

A photo from the Finnish capital of Helsinki for the photo today.   It started as a colour photo, but was then converted to black and white and then finally to Sepia, to give it an old look.  On the skyline is the Lutheran cathedaral, and below that on the left is the Helsinki town hall.   Much of the centre of Helsinki Iincluding the Lutheran Cathedral) was designed by the German architect, Engel and has a Russian style.   Indeed, parts of Helsinki look so much like Russia that in the 1970s and 1980s it was used as a copy of Russia when making films.   With faster trains to Russia now, then there are many more Russian visitors, as well as day trippers from Sweden who arrive on the overnight ferries.

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Five A Day, and colourful – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day…” Life is the art of drawing without an eraser”.

” Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like hard work” (Thomas Edison).

Another colourful market scene today, taken in bright sunlight which really made the colours stand out.    The idea was to get in closer and fill the shot with colour.   Certainly worked here.  The photo was taken a few years ago in a market in Split, Croatia.   At that time, the photos were taken as JPEG photos, which had the advantage of taking up less space on memory cards and also being ready to use without lots of editing.

The disadvantage of JPEG though is that it is a way of storing photos that compresses and loses quality, so every time that the photo is edited then it loses even more quality.    The big advantage of taking photos in RAW is that you get in effect a digital ‘negative’ so that you can make pictures from it and also edit it without destroying the original image data.    Once you get used to editing RAW images, then they are almost as quick as using jpeg pictures, albeit with larger file sizes.

I guess that anybody over about 20 years old will have missed out on the thrill and excitement of waiting for that envelope of photos to come back through the post from the processing laboratory, or the excitement (and frustration!) of waiting for the local Kodak or Fuji shop to process the photos.    Even one hour was a long time to wait sometimes……but now it is all instant and digital.

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Mass living. Yerevan apartments – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day…” Enthusiasm is a power that can give dreams to the dreamless, life to the lifeless and hope to the hopeless”.

“Success is a three step journey.  Planning, execution and bridging the gap between them”.

Despite being the 21st century, many people are still afraid of technology.    Recently in Oslo, a cafe in the city centre (and in the capital city of Norway) refused to accept plastic cards.   A government department also requested that I print out an email and post it to them, and many managers that I have been in contact with refuse to use video links as an alternative to meetings.  The list goes on and on.  The technology is here, yet so many people are afraid to use it.   They can only bury their heads in the sand for so long.    Whether they like it or not, technology is going to change the way that they do business.   The Luddites that refuse to change will simply be left behind.    Unfortunately, I am encountering a lot of Luddites at the moment.

Some apartments in the city centre of Yerevan, capital of Armenia, for the photo today.   Armenia became independent from Russia in 1991 and has a population of around 3 million people, of which about 1 million live around Yerevan.  It is famous for its cognac (which is actually a type of brandy) and for its apricots.  Temperatures in Yerevan, which lies at around 900m, can fall to -20 degees in winter and up to plus 40 degrees in summer.  Recently there has been a construction boom in the city, much of it funded with money from Russia.  Many old, Soviet-style apartments have been demolished to make room for the new roads and business areas.

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Wonderful Copenhagen – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day…” Happiness is not getting everything that you want.  It is enjoying what you have”.

”  The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet” (Aristotle).

Why is there a ‘fashion’ at the moment to make most running shoes in bright colours, or even white?   How long do white running shoes stay white?  Not long.    But it seems that nearly all the current offerings in the shops are just in bright, light colours, which if you are running off road (or even on road) are not going to stay looking good for very long.  Bring back darker running shoes!

Today’s photo comes from the waterfront area in central Copenhagen, Denmark.   Nyhavn, which means ‘new harbour’ in Danish.   The famous Danish author Hans Christian Andersen lived in Nyhavn for many years.   Copenhagen claims to have the world’s longest shopping street (Stroget).   With a population of around 1.2 million people the area has prosepered, especially after the opening in 2000 of the bridge joining it to nearby Malmo in Sweden.   It is said that  Walt Disney, after visitng the amusement park (Tivoli) in Copenhagen, was inspired to build his own version back in the USA.   Denmark is also the home of LEGO, and it is estimated that over the last 60 years, that more than 320 billion bits of Lego have been sold.   That works out at an average of 56 LEGO bits per person worldwide.    LEGO is an abbreviation of the Danish words “leg got’, which means ‘play good’.

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