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Christmas Fireworks in Bergen, Norway

Thought for the day…” You will never know your limits unless you push yourself to them”

”  Life is not a matter of holding good cards, but rather playing a bad hand well”.

Two photos of the Christmas fireworks in Bergen, on the west coast of Norway.  About 275 000 people live in Bergen, which is the second largest city in Norway after Oslo, the capital.   Shipping, oil industry and touristm are the main industries here.  It is known as the city of 7 mountains, one of which was used to get the photos of the Christmas fireworks.  These mountains mean that Bergen gets a lot of rain, with about 2.25m a year.   In the lower part of the photo you can see the lake in the city centre from where the fireworks were launched, complete with a large Christmas tree.   Fireworks are believed to have originated in China over 2000 years ago, from where 90% of all fireworks now come from.   Interestingly, on New Year’s Eve in 2002 in Zurich, Switzerland, a chocolate firework was fired containing 60kg of  Callier Swiss chocolates !! No such luck for the citizens of Bergen, Norway though!

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Colorful happy woman – Not the Quality Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day…”  Life begins at the end of your comfort zone”.

”  You may not know what is going to happen when you try, but if you do not try, then nothing will happen”.

Around 1/5 of the world’s population (1.3 billion people)  lives in China, which is said to have invented paper, gunpowder and ice-cream, as well as the world’s first mechanical clock.   And tea is thought to have been discovered in China around 2700 BC.

Today’s photo comes from the border between Tibet and China.   Not the interesting yellow and red symbol on the woman’s belt.   Very interesting that in China, 20th September is ‘National Love Your Teeth Day”.  Not sure what date I took this photo (many years ago) but she has some interesting dental features!

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Face with a story – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day…”Life is not measure by the number of breaths we take, but by the moment that take our breath away”

“Don’ t tell me sky is the limit when there are foot-prints on the Moon”

Did you see the story from Switzerland that Starbucks are going to open an outlet on a Swiss train?     Starbucks is growing very fast (over 3000 new outlets planned in the US alone), and already has over 18000 shops.   There are even 255 in New York alone.   The coffee served onboard Swiss trains from the mobile trolleys is good already, so I wonder how well Starbucks will go down.

Another China photo today, but this time from Yunnan province and a shot from the weekly market in Shaping.   Very easy to get photos like these at these markets, as there are so many people in different tribal costumes, and it does not take long to get a shot like this.   The background was deliberately made out of focus to concentrate interest on the face.   A cloudy day produced bright, even light, and a bit of cropping has removed distractions from the edge of the photo.   How long will it be before it becomes impossible to get photos like this?

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Happy moment near Tibet – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day…” Fear is the father of courage and the mother of safety”.

”  Do not waste time looking back.  Your eyes are in the front of your head”.

Did you see that alarming story on the internet about the British retail chain, Tesco is planning to use computers to scan the faces of customers filling up with petrol (gas) at its petrol stations, then target them with appropriate advertisements, based on their age, sex and demographic profile?   If successful, it plans to introduce the scanning of faces into supermarkets as well.  Is this not Big Brother in real life?   With the supermarket shopper cards, it already has a massive amount of information about personal buying habits, but the thought that it plans to now scan faces is taking things too far.

On a happier note, here is a photo of a happy trader in China, not far from the border with Tibet.  Something was obviously amusing here, but it captures the moment well.   Good lighting and a long lens helped to catch the shot, which was taken during the weekly market.  A simple, uncluttered background finishes off the photo well.

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Photo of the day Wednesday 26th June 2013 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day…” A pat on the back is only a few centimetres from a kick in the butt.”

” If it was not for the last minute, then nothing would get done”.

”  Change is inevitable, except from vending machines”.

One of the complaints that you hear from foreign tourists in the Swedish capital, Stockholm, is about the cost of public toilets.  Not only are there not enough of them, but when you do find one, then you can pay up to 10 SEK (=1.15 euros) for the priviledge.      It is a similar story in Oslo, Norway and Helsinki, Finland, the public toilets are not so common and are expensive.   But in Japan at least some of the public toilets now have Sega Toylet, a urine controlled computer game which is affected by the users aim and the flow of liquid.   The world’s largest public toilet is reported to be in Chonquing, China, which can relieve 1000 people simultaneously.   This building has an Egyptian theme (even though it is in China) and also music and TV screens to entertain users.

Almost back in its home port of Stockholm, Viking Line ‘Cinderella’  is just a few kilometres from the terminal in this recent shot from Stockholm, Sweden.    The ship carries 2500 passengers, mainly on short 22 trips to Finland for dancing and drinking.

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Photo of the Day Thursday 27th December 2012 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell

Thought for the day….” We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them”

C60 and C90……There is a whole generation now who will not understand the significance of these, but for anyone over about 30 years old, then they will bring back memories of the early Walkmans, which ran on CASSETTE TAPE.  Some might even remember the C120 as well, a thin tape that was liable to jam up in the player.

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And if you are over 30, then you will remember the constant battle of the Walkman to take enough batteries for it to last a long trip. But all is replaced now by the mp3 player……Nostalgia is a thing of the past.

Life is short,

Break the rules,

Forgive quickly,

Kiss slowly,

Love truly

Laugh uncontrollably

And never reget anything that made you smile.

And on the subject of nostalgia, a fine photo of a classic sailing boat, seen here at Molle, in Skane, Southern Sweden.

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Photo of the Day Sunday 22nd July 2012 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell

Thought for the day…..” Life is a great big canvas, and you should throw all the paint on it you can.”

I am still battling with DBSchenker/GLS to have my new cycle delivered.   Some of the people working there should really not be working in anything that involves dealing with customers.  The way that things are going, then it is going to end up in court.  Not hard I would have thought to deliver a cycle to correct address, but apparently it is.   So DB Schenker are now on the off list too.

Hong Kong for the photo today and a shot of the streets by night.   7 million people live in this small area, making it one of the most densely populated areas in the world.  Surprisingly, it has the second longest life expectancy in the world.   Probably it is at its most crowded during Golden Week, the first week in October, when the city is really packed.   A good stopover though.

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Photo of the Day Friday 20th July 2012 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell

Thought for the day….”Did you ever notice: The Roman Numerals for forty (40) are  XL. “

I am not surprised that so many companies are going out of business.  I am now trying to get 2 parcels delivered by GLS/DB Schenker, and if their so called customer service is anything to go by, then they are not going to be in business very long.  Hopeless and VERY frustrating, and people who clearly do not want to sort delivery delay problems out.

Off to China today fir the photo, and to the far western city of Kashgar, which is not far from the border with Tajikstan.   About 350 000 people live in the city.  Despite being in China, there are many mosques here, as well as a large Sunday market.

Happy not to be working at the Quality Spa Resort Hotel in Norefjell, and not missing the managers there at all.

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Photo of the Day Friday 22 June 2012 — Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel in Norefjell

Thought for the day…” Better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak and remove all doubt. ”

Here is a personal moan.    Why is it that when a mobile phone rings, that people think that they have to answer it immediately??   Too often now when you are talking to somebody, and their mobile phone rings, then they immediately want to answer it.  Is this not rude? Surely face-to-face should take priority over a mobile phone call??

Today’s photo comes from Yunnan province in China, and from the village of Shaping near Dali.  An early morning start at the local market meant that I was lucky to capture this quick shot of a Chinese man smoking.   Again, although it might look posed, it was just a lucky shot that caught the moment.   And as usual, it was taken with just a normal consumer camera, not a DSLR.

Happy not to be working at the Quality Spa Resort Hotel in Norefjell, and not missing the managers there at all.

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