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Thought for the day….”Winning is not everything, but it beats anything in second place”.

“Some people are alive only because it is illegal to kill them”

Part of the thrill of travelling is in the planning.   Several years ago, a collection of airlines offered a fantastic ticket called the ‘Navigator Ticket’.    You were given a large, fold-out map of the world, with lots of airline routings marked out in different colours (representing the different airlines), and you were free to map out and plan your own route.  Rules were simple, you could make unlimited stopovers provided that you kept going in the same direction (ie eastwards or westwards).   You were allowed to backtrack if the routes needed it, but basically you could plan a route with as many zig-zags as you could manage.   Such fun to plan a trip and work out an exotic route.  Then the final excitement. was when the ticket arrived in the post.   In those days, airline tickets were messy, carbon paper affairs, but it was great to receive though the post, a stapled bundle of carbon paper tickets.    Sadly the navigator ticket is no more.

Fast forward to today, with buying an airline ticket a frustrating challenge.  Fares seem to change at will, from day to day and at the whim of the airlines.    I will never understand why the same flight on the same aircraft can change price from day to day.    Buying a cheap air ticket now involves so much planning that surely a computer programme is needed for it.   Bring back the navigator ticket !!!

They say that the best camera is the one that you have with you at the time.   Up early for the sunrise near North Cape, at the top of Norway and at 71 degrees north.    Good to have the camera ready for this quick photo….just as the sun came over the horizon to start another day.

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and a photo from the streets of the Danish Capital, Copenhagen….

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And it does not work for them either…….Windows 10

Thought for the day….” Real happiness is cheap enough, yet how dearly we pay for its counterfeit”.

Its not that I’m so smart, just that I stay with problems longer”  (Albert Einstein).

Well I am wondering if there is any hope for the rest of us, if the experts cannot get it to work…..At a recent presentation of the features of the new Windows 10 operating system, the chairman of Microsoft, Satya Nadella could not get the Cortana (the ‘personal assistant’ contained in the new system) to work.    After asking the ‘personal assistant’ Cortana to identify most at risk activities in business, the ‘intelligent’ system replied with details of where he could buy milk.   Further attempts to get the system to work as promised also failed, which led to the Microsoft chairman uttering words such as ‘oh, come on”, and ‘no, this is not going to work’.   He was finally helped by some behind the scenes experts, but it was hardly a good endorsement for the new system.   And especially if you are the chairman of the company that makes the product and are supposed to be promoting it at a large event.   So if the chairman of Microsoft cannot get it to work properly, then what can the rest of us expect????   Bring back Windows XP !!!!

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and another photo from the archives….southern Oman….

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Colourful Copenhagen

Thought for the day…” Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if you remember to turn on the light”.

” A negative mind will never give you a positive life”.

Today’s photo comes from the Danish capital, Copenhagen.   Around 474 islands make up Denmark, but there are also the islands of the Faroes and Greenland, which also belong to Denmark (although are autonomous).  The highest point in Denmark is only 170m (Mollehoj).   Some Danes joke that summer in Denmark is different to winter in Denmark because the rain is warmer.     And did you know that the fairy tale books from the author Hans Christian Anderson have been translated into more languages than any other author? And more Danish trivia….Walt Disney, after visiting the amusement park Tivoli in Copenhagen, gained the inspiration to start his own park, Disneyland?  The famous Sydney opera house was designed by a Danish architech too.   And that famous children’s toy, LEGO comes from the Danish words ‘leg gott’  which means ‘play well’.     As an estimated 320 BILLION Lego bricks have been sold then it works out that every human being in the world owns/has owned 56 Lego bricks.   According to the Lego website, it would take around 40 billion lego bricks to make a column tall enough to reach the moon.   Not made of lego bricks are these colourful buildings in the city centre of Copenhagen…..

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and another photo from the archives….arriving at Nadi, Fiji.  Early morning sunshine, but before it got too hot…..

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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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Happiness, Lake Wanaka, New Zealand – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day….” The right angle to approach a difficult problem is the try-angle”.

” Smile.  It improves your face value”

Wonderful news!   Venezuela has appointed its first vice minister for happiness.  Not only that, but it has also started a government section to encourage social happiness.    The UN now publishes a world happiness report, and Bhutan has its index of happiness.   But as usual, Denmark comes top of the world’s happiest countries, despite having high taxes, followed by Norway (even higher taxes) and then Switzerland.  Bottom of the happiness table (or perhaps top of the UNhappy countries) was Togo, although Rwanda and Burundi were not far behind.   Happiness is no laughing matter !!

Another view of the stunning Lake Wanaka in New Zealand here, and near Glendu Bay.  The water comes from the glaciers, and Mt. Aspiring National Park is visible in the background, with the snow-capped 3033m Mt. Aspiring on the right.

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

Thought for the day….” Happiness is felt by making other people happy”.

” Every day is a gift.  That is why they call it the present”.

Colourful Copenhagen today, and another photo that took a little extra time to get.    A cold front was going over Denmark, and in the late afternoon, some very clear air and autumn sunshine made the colours of this cinema really shine out.   The tall building at the back is actually the Radisson Hotel, one of the worst hotels that I have ever stayed in anywhere in Scandinavia.   Not only were the staff there unpleasant, but the rooms were also poor, so never again !!     But the cinema building nearby is very colourful, and when the sun catches it, is great for photos.   The photo is actually the back of the building, the front is equally colourful.     Copenhagen has a population of around 1.2 million.  During the 20th century, the city planners introduced the finger system, whereby the city would grow out in ‘fingers’ with green areas in between.   It is said that after Walt Disney visited the Tivoli amusement park in Copenhagen, that he was inspired to build his own Disneyland in the USA.

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Mirror reflections in Norway – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day..”  Happiness is no laughing matter”      ” Give up for a second and that is where you will finish”.

Are you happy?  Perhaps, if you are living in Denmark.  Interesting to read the 2013 World Happiness Report, which came from the Columbia University’s Earth Institute, and paid for by the UN.   Top place goes to DENMARK, second place goes to Norway and third place Switzerland.  At the bottom of the list were Benin and also Togo, both in West Africa.      All of the countries at the top of the list are expensive places to live, but this does not stop the residents being happy.     Suprisingly, high taxes also do not make people unhappy, as in the top countries, the high taxes pay for high standards of public services.  And another surprise is that in 8th place is Bhutan, where despite a low GDP per capita (USD 1400), the people are extremely happy.    And as for the world’s happiest people, according to the Gallup 2012 survey of about 150 000 people,  then the top place goes to Panama, followed by Paraguay.

I was happy with this photo that I took one morning recently in Norway.  It took a little bit of planning, and a lot of good luck to get it, but after several attempts, this was the final shot.  For those who are interested, it was taken in RAW and then converted into jpeg, using a wide angle setting on the camera (Panasonic Lumix)

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Environmentally UNfriendly, no common sense – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day….” Taxes could be worse.   Suppose we had to pay what we think we are worth”

” The greater the struggle, the greater the victory”.      ” It does not have to glitter to be gold”

An amazingly stupid story on the TV news last night about Fjordline, which runs ferries between Hirtshals (Denmark) and Stavanger and Bergen (Norway).    They have recently taken delivery of a new LNG (gas) powered ferry.   The new ferry had already won a prize for energy efficiency and with stricter controls on ferry emissions, then LNG was seen as the way to go.   BUT having just started, Fjordline now have a big problem.  Norwegian law does not allow them to refuel the gas with passengers onboard, and the ship is only in port for a short time.    So, after all the hype about saving the environment and energy efficiency, they are now sending 10 trucks by road each week, from Stavanger, Norway, via Sweden, then across to Denmark, to refuel there.   The distance that the trucks have to drive is around 1600km, leaving from almost the same place as the ferry (Stavanger) and then driving 1600km to meet it in Denmark, where the ships refuels with LNG and sails back to Norway, where the gas came from in the first place.   Very environmnentally UNfriendly.     And also rather stupid.

So, staying on the subject of boats, here is a colourful photo of some fishing boats in Africa.    Good light and bright colours make this photo.

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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 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……

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