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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 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 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 30th April 2013 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day….” He who laughs last thinks slowest”   ” A bartender is just a pharmacist with a limited inventory”.

Did you know that the world’s largest hotel, the Mecca Clock Tower Hotel in Saudi Arabia has 8000 rooms?  This beats the Izmailolvo Hotel in Moscow that has ‘just’ 7500 rooms.   And did you know that Saudi Arabia is the only country in the world that does not have any rivers?   Or that the shortest scheduled airline flight is from Westray to Papa Westray, in Scotland, UK, with a flight time of 2 minutes (or less, depending on the wind).  And did you know that Canada has the world’s longest coastline, 202 080 km.

And a photo of a priest in Ethiopia for the photo today.

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Photo of the Day Tuesday 26th April 2013 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell

Thought for the day…” The road to success is continually under construction”

“Life is like a camera, just focus on what is important and capture the good times, develop from the negatives, and if things do not work out, then just take another shot”.

Another portrait photo here, taken in Ethiopia in the town of Gonder.   Good light and a simple background makes this photo stand out.  Interestingly, the Ethiopian caldendar has 13 months, with the New Year starting on 11th September.  There are over 80 different ethnic groups there, with around 200 dialects.  It is also known as the Cradle of Mankind, with human fossils going back 3.5 million years being found there.

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

Thought for the day….” What we see depends on what we look for ”

“Great men are rarely isolated mountain peaks, they are the summits of ranges”

“Time is the coin of life, only you can decide how you spend it”.

Another Ethiopia photo here, and from the capital Addis Ababa.  The name means ‘new flower’.  The city has a population of about 3.5 million people.  Not as hot as you might expect for an African capital, as the city lies at 2300m.     Africa currently has around 1.1 billion people, with Nigeria topping the list of population growth in Africa.   The African country of Niger tops the fertility lists, with (2012) women having 7.1 children per woman.   The largest African cities are Cairo, Egypt, with around 11 million people, and Lagos, with around 10 million.  The highest point in Africa is Mount Kilimanjaro, which reaches 5895m.  Sudan has twice as many (223) pyramids as Egypt.

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Photo of the day Sunday 17th February 2013 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day….” To admit that you were wrong is to declare that you are wiser now than you were before.”

Today’s photo was taken in a small village in Ethiopia.  Despite looking old, the photo was taken in 2011, life has not changed much in parts of Ethiopia for centuries.  Ethiopia is the only country in the world with 13 months.  It is also the only African country with its own alphabet.  It is said to be the place where coffee was discovered, by a shepherd.  The word ‘coffee’ may have come from the area of Southern Ethiopia called Kaffaa

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

Thought for the day…..”  The desire to succeed means nothing without the will to prepare”

I could almost give the photo today a title…”I am not sure’  as it looks like the child has to do some thinking about something.  Taken in a small village in Ethiopia, it is a timeless image.  Her expression, clothes and the light for the photo are all just right.   Now it is the start of 2013, but the Ethiopian calendar has 13 months, each with 30 days except for the last month (which has 5 or 6 days).   The New Year starts on September 11th, and the Ethiopian calendar is about 8 years behind the ‘regular’ calendar.  Ethiopia is also the only African country with its own alphabet.  It also has an unusual way of telling the time, with 0600 being the start, so 0900 becomes 3 o’clock in the Ethiopian system.

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Photo of the day Thursday 27th September – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day ….” Time may be a great healer, but it’s a lousy beautician.

Being a chocoholic, I found some interesting facts about chocolate…..

1.  One plain milk chocolate candy bar has more protein than a banana.

2. Ten percent of U.S. Recommended Daily Allowance of iron is found in one ounce of baking chocolate or cocoa. Chocolate also contains Vitamins A1, B1, B2, C, D and E as well as calcium, potassium, sodium and iron.

3. The botanical name of the chocolate plant is Theobramba cacao, which means “Food of the Gods.”

4. The melting point of cocoa butter is just below the human body temperature — which is why it literally melts in your mouth.

5. The Swiss consume more chocolate per capita than any other nation on earth. That’s 22 pounds each compared to 11 pounds per person in the United States.

6. Chocolate produces the effects of a mild anti-depressant by increasing serotonin and endorphin levels in the brain.

7. Chocolate helps prevent bad cholestrol.  Chocolate  is rich in phenolics, the same heart protective antioxidants found in wine.  In fact, 1.5 ounces of chocolate -the amount of a typical chocolate bar – has as many phenolitcs as a glass of red wine.  These chemicals help lower the risk of heart disease and prevent clot-like substances from clogging arteries.

8. Boosts the Brain – A brain imaging study on healthy women at Britain’s University of Nottingham found flavanol-rich cocoa increased blood flow to their brains for two to three hours. Researchers believe cocoa could benefit older adults with dementia and Alzheimer’s.

ALL good reasons to eat more chocolate !!!   And here is the photo of the day…..a bus passenger in Ethiopia.

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Photo of the Day Tuesday 25th September 2012 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell

Thought for the day…”  Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes: Oscar Wilde ”

Many people who ask me about my camera are suprised by my answer.  It is just a normal ‘consumer’ camera, although a good one made by Panasonic.    You do not need to spend 1000 euros on a camera to get good pictures, and even with an expensive camera, it does not guarantee good photos.    Have a look at the excellent website  www.dpreview.com   for LOTS of information on all types of cameras.    A good place to start if you are thinking of a new camera or want some photo ideas.

Ethiopia again for the photo, and a simple photo that works.  Just one of the 84 million people in Ethiopia shown here, wonder what he was thinking……

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