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Photo of the Day Tuesday 19th March 2013 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day…” Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn”  (Benjamin Franklin)

“Laziness is nothing more than the habit of resting before you get tired”                             “Sanity is madness put to good use”

CHOICE.   Not something that Microsoft seems to offer a lot of.   Just been trying to get their new Outlook mail to work properly.   For some reason, Microsoft decided that everybody using Hotmail would like to use Outlook instead (=wrong).   No choice given, it was just changed automatically.  Benefits…none that I can see.  Disadvantages…..lots experienced so far.  So why did Microsoft not think to give people the CHOICE to stick with Hotmail?    What was wrong with Hotmail as it was?  If so many people were using it, then it could not have been too bad.   But the ‘experts’ at Microsoft decided otherwise.  No choice offered.  How is that for customer ‘service’?

A wintry scene from the Finnish capital of Helsinki, with the President’s Palace on the right, and the Hotel Torni visible at the end of the Esplanaden.

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Photo of the Day Sunday 17th March 2013- Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day….” How is it that one careless match can start a forest fire, yet it takes a whole box to start a campfire?”

“A bus station is where a bus stops, a train station is where a train stops.  On my desk, I have a work station……..”

A photo of the Estonian capital of Tallinn, bathing in some clear winter sunshine.  With a population of about 420 000 people, it was previously called Reval until 1917.  About 50% of the population speak Estonian, and around 46% speak Russian.  It became independent from the Soviet Union in 1991.  Skype originated here, and has a software development centre in the city.  Estonia ranks as number 2 in the world for adult literacy, with a figure of 99.8%.    Interestingly, only 46% of the population of Estonia is male, so there is a shortage of men there !!

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

Thought for the day…” If they develop a supersonic train, will they give it a whistle?”

“If ignorance is bliss then why aren’t more people happy?”

Did you know that light from the sun takes approximately 8 minutes to reach the Earth?  And did you know that the famous line in the film ‘Casablanca’ was not “Play it again, Sam” but was in fact “play it once, Sam, for old times sake”.   And did you know that the country of Kiribati is the only country that falls in all four hemispheres?

An icy scene from Helsinki, Finland here, mid winter.

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Photo of the day Thursday 7th February 2013 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day…”If the only tool you have is a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail.”

”Don’t be pushed by your problems.  Be led by your dreams.”

Yesterday, 6th February was Waitangi Day in New Zealand.  It is a public holiday held each year to celebrate the signing of the famous Waitangi treaty, which made New Zealand part of the British Empire.  There is still a lot of argument over the true translation of the treaty, and the celebrations at Waitangi have often been accompanied with minor troubles and protests.  Waitangi Day is also the same date as Bob Marley’s birthday.  As Waitangi Day falls in the hottest part of summer in New Zealand, then many people use the extra public holiday to visit the beach.

Some winter sunshine in the photo today of the Silja Symphony boat arriving in Helsinki Finland.  The temperature was around -15 degrees at the time.

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Photo of the Day Saturday 26 January 2013 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day…” Change is inevitable, except from a vending machine’.

Excellence is to do a common thing in an uncommon way.”

We live in a moment of history where change is so speeded up that we begin to see the present only when it is disappearing.”

I am still waiting on a reply from KLM/Air France, from their ‘customer service’ section.   They just ignore email after email, and do not want to sort things out.  The good thing is that they will lose out, as no further bookings will be made with them until they do sort it out.   Bad customer service drives customers away, precisely what KLM/Air France are doing.  I look forward to reading about them in the bankruptcy courts.   I will vote with my money.

A cold day in Helsinki, Finland for the photo today, and  photo of the Tallink Silja (an Estonia company) Silja Symphony arriving through the ice.  Sea water freezes at between -2 and -4 degrees, depending on how much salt there is in the water.     The ship (built in 1991) is 58 377 tons and carries up to 2852 passengers between Stockholm, Sweden and Helsinki, Finland, and has a top speed of about 43 km/h.

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Photo of the Day Saturday 12th January 2013 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day…” If you think that a minute goes by very fast, then you have never been on a treadmill”

“Life has no remote, get up and change it yourself”

The average temperature in Helsinki, Finland in January is minus 10.3 degrees Centigrade.  The coldest ever recorded there (in 1987) was -34.3 degrees C.  Cold !!   At around -4 degrees the sea freezes, although the Baltic Sea has a lower salt content, so it freezes from about -2 degrees.   The photo today started as a colour photo, then was changed to Black & White, and then converted to sepia.  Works very well, as did the long exposure.     Nothing to do with the cold, but Finland hosts the annual world wife-carrying competition, where contestants carry a wife over a 250m course with hurdles.  An Estonian couple holds the ‘world record’ with a time of 55.5 seconds.  The next competition is on July 6th.

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Photo of the Day Saturday 5th January 2013 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day….” Life is like a multiple choice question, sometimes the choices confuse you, not the question itself.”

Before Google launched Gmail, “G-Mail” was the name of a free email service Garfield‘s website offered to fans of the lasagna-loving cat.  And did you know that human arms have 32 bones each, while human legs only have 30.  And also did you know that the name for “piggy banks” comes from the use of family money jars in the Middle Ages made from a type of clay called pygg.

A photo from the Latvian capital of Riga today, and the Russian Orthodox church in the city centre.  Not a large country, with a population of around 2.3 million people, although it has been fought over many times (including by the Germans, Swedes, Russians and in parts, by Lithuanians).  Suprisingly, it has a high suicide rate, (8th highest in the world).

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

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

Thought for the day…” Stop being afraid of what COULD go wrong, and focus on what COULD go right”

” Don’t Allow yesterday to spend too much of today “.

Did you know that divorce is legal in the world except for the Philippines and Vatican city.   And did you know that  the cashew is in reality a seed. Native to Brazil, the cashew is the seed of a cashew apple and contains a poison in its shell similar to poison ivy. So the shell has to be removed before it can be sold.   And more trivia….The Vatican Bank is the world’s only bank that allows ATM users to perform transactions in Latin.   Interestingly, Radio Finland broadcasts a program in the latin language as well.  That leads nicely to the photo of the day, the Tallink Silja Symphony ferry seen here in the ice in Helsinki harbour, Finland.  When new, it was the largest passenger ferry in the world, weighing in at over 58 000 tons.   It was photographed here shortly before its departure overnight to Stockholm, Sweden.

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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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