Jeritilley A picture is worth a thousand words..


Flags of Convenience

Thought for the day….”A true friend never gets in your way unless you happen to be going down.”

“The hardest arithmetic to master is that which enables us to count our blessings.”

There is an interesting story in the news in Norway at the moment about Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) overselling seats for the summer.   SAS has set up an Irish based division (SIAL)  and uses cheaper, Irish contracts to avoid Norwegian taxes.   But the plan seems to have backfired, as many staff have left the new Irish division because of lower pay and also having to work longer hours.    It is unfair that companies like SAS can use ‘flags of convenience’  to circumvent local procedures.   Same job, same aircraft and same routes, but different levels of salary for the same work, all because of flags of convenience. So SAS have been left in a position where they have sold many more seats than they have staff to operate because of a lack of staff.  I hope that all those passengers persue claims under the EU 261/2004 regulations.    The same thing happened in shipping previously, now it is spreading to other areas too.   Cheapest is not always best, and the same work should get the same pay.

Two colourful photos from Fiji for the photos today….

and another photo, a Fokker 100 aircraft seen here in Papua New Guinea, about to fly from Mount Hagen back to the capital Port Moresby.



Photo of the Day Thursday 14th February 2013 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day….” Laughter is the best medicine, but if you laugh for no reason, then you need medicine”

“Happiness is no laughing matter”.

Off to the South Pacific for the photo today and to the Yasawa Islands west of Fiji.   Lovely islands, great for island hopping, boating and swimming, and very easy to reach from Nadi, the main international airport.   Lots of coral around the islands, as you can see in the photo.  Coral is actually an animal that surrounds itself with a wall of calcium carbonate.   Although corals can catch small fish and plankton using their stinging tentacles, they get most of their food from photosynthetic algae that live within them.  The rise in the temperature of the oceans is a major threat to corals, a water temperature change of 2 degrees can kill corals.   In the trees behind the beach, you can see a traditional Fijian village.


Photo of the Day Wednesday 26th December 2012 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

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

” Life does not get easier, you just get stronger”

A photo of a Hindu temple in Nadi, Fiji today, the colorful Sri Siva Subramaniya Temple. About 38% of the population of Fiji are Indo-Fijians, with around 30% of the total population being Hinki.   Fiji has about 333 islands, although only about 106 of them are inhabited.  Fiji became independent from Britain in 1970, although there are still many traces of Britain left behind, such as on the money or national flag.  On New Year’s Eve, many Fijian village women play a game called veicaqe moli (loosely translated as “kick the orange”), in which the winning team is required to present a gift of new clothes to the losing team.

When people suck the life out of you, wouldn’t it be nice if they took some fat too??

Why is Monday so far away from Friday, and Friday so near to Monday??

http://www.qualityresortnorefjell.comWORDPRESS FIJI Nadi Indian temple 4 March 2012 (1)

Photo of the day Monday 10th December 2012 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day…” The surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that it has never tried to contact us.”

Off to Fiji for the photo today, and a child on a bus on the main island.  Not a very happy child either, judging by the expression.  Only about 106 of the 322 larger islands in Fiji are inhabited.  The population of Fiji is around 827 000, with sugar and tourism being the biggest industries.  Kava, a peppary drink made from a root is popular here, and is mildy intoxicating. On the island of Taveuni, a marker indicates a spot where you can stand with one foot in one day and one foot in the day before!

Happy not to be working at the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

WORDORESS FIJI Sigatoka bus station 2 Mar 2012 (67) corrected

Photo of the Day Wednesday 4th July – Not the Quality Spa Resort in Norefjell

Thought for the day….” If at first you don’t succeed, skydiving is not for you. “

The year is flying by, and now it is already July.  What happened to the first 6 months of 2012?????      Off to somewhere warm and sunny for today’s photo, and another photo where timing was everything.   The photo comes from Nadi airport in Fiji, and shows the morning arrival from Korea, just about to touch down.    Good thing that I was there early because the flight arrived ahead of time.  The early morning light and the angle was just right for this shot.    About 850 000 people live in Fiji, which is made up of over 330 islands. Tourism and sugar are the main industries, and the airport at Nadi is busy day and night with international arrivals, with about 1.2 million passengers a year.


Photo of the Day – SATURDAY

I really hate companies that send out emails with a ‘Do not reply’ email address.  Airlines are especially bad at this.    If they can send out emails then they should accept emails.   Just plain annoying to receive an email, then have to go searching around on the net to find an email address that you CAN send an email to.     Down with ‘Do Not Reply’ email addresses.   And will these same companies (again often airlines) stop sending out replies saying that they will not accept emails.   

Todays photo comes from April of this year, and is of the islands west of Fiji’s main international airport.   Great coral there for diving and snorkelling and water that is a perfect temperature.  And Fijiian hospitality too.   Only a short helicopter flight or boat ride from Nadi, lots of islands to explore and if you get the right time of year, some great sunsets.   The stuff that holidays are made of.    Quality Spa Resort Norefjell – happy not to be working there any longer.