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Old and new in Helsinki, Finland – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day…”Life is an echo.  Whatever you give, you get back.  Love others and they will love you.  Abuse others, and you will be abused.  So behave yourself according to you”

” Time is like money.  You should not spend it all in one place”.

A little work photo editing today to give a new photo an old look.   The photo is of the main harbour in Helsinki, Finland, with the Uspenski Cathedral visible in the background (the black building visible behind the front of the ship).   It is said that Finland has 1.8 million saunas, for a population of around 5.4 million people.   Finland was the first country in the world to allow women to vote.   Helsinki is also unusual in that it has more women than men, around 53% woman and 47% men.  Another unusual fact is that the tap water is so good in Helsinki that it is bottled and sold to Saudi Arabia.   The water reaches the city through the world’s longest rock tunnel.  Finland also has the honour of being the biggest coffee drinkers per capita in the world, perhaps due to the long, dark and cold winter nights.

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Stairs from below – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day….’ Heaven on earth is a choice you  must make, not a place that you must find”

” Just because you are not sick does not mean that you are healthy”.               ” Follow your heart, but take your brain with you”.

I was very happy NOT to be at Scott Amundsen base in Antartica on 2nd July.   According to the weather site, Wunderground, the warmest that it reached (and warmest is probably not the word to use, rather the least cold) was -61 degrees Centigrade.  It did go down as low as -67 degrees during the day, so probably NOT the place to be.  Apparently, Americans have occupied the geographic South Pole since 1956.   The research base there is at 2835m on an ice sheet that is around 2700m thick at that point.  As the ice sheet is moving, then the station moves by about 10m a year.   The temperature there has gone as low as -82 degrees centigrade.  Due to the low humitidy in the air, it only receives around 20cm of snow a year.  It is currently so cold there that the webcam is disabled!!

And a photo of a staircase today, just to show the interesting curves.   Converted from colour to BW for the best results.

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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 Tuesday 18th June 2013 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day…” In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure”‘.

” Coming together is a beginning, keeping together is progress, working together is success”.

I read an interesting story in the news about the  ‘T-Rex Burger’ that Wendy’s in the USA was offering.  They were offering the burger which contained 9 (!!) quarter pound beef patties (that makes over 1kg in the new money), 9 slices of cheese, tomatoes,, onion, lettuce and pickles, although it has now been removed after adverse publicity.    A truck stop in the USA is also offering ‘The Heart Attack Burger’ whilst in Las Vegas (of course) the “Heart Attack Grill” served the infamouns “Triple Bypass Burger’ which contained 6000 calories.    One man is reported as suffering a possible heart attack after eating one of these burgers in one sitting.  If you are still hungry after that, then you can try Sonic’s 1200 calorie ‘Bacon Shake’, which contains 82 grams of sugar,  and 79 grams of fat.   Fancy Japanese instead?  Then how about Burger King’s Kuro Burger, which comes with a bamboo charcoal bun and squid ink ketchup.  But what actually goes into a fast food burger??

A photo from Finland today, and icebreakers laid up for the summer, with nothing to do until the winter ice returns.

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Photo of the Day Tuesday 28th May 2013 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day…” Fate leads the willing, and drags along the reluctant”         ” Life begins at the end of your comfort zone”.

The shortest regular scheduled flight in the world is the 2 minute flight from Westray to Papa Westray.   In the news is the story that the 59 year old pilot, Stuart Linklater who has done this flight some 12 000 times, is to retire.   The fastest that the flight has ever been done is 53 seconds.   Singapore Airlines currently holds the record for the world’s longest flight, the 18.5 hour flight from Singapore to Newark, although this service will end this year.  The distance covered on this flight is over 15 296 km.

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Photo of the Day Saturday 25th May 2013 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day…” Life is the most difficult exam. Many people fail because they copy others, not realising that everyone has a different question paper”.                                                ” Happiness is the ultimate DIY project.”

I picked up a wonderful story in the news about the toilet paper shortage in Venezuela.   Apparently, the Venezuelan government is planning to import 39 million rolls to help with the serious shortage in Venezuela.   Reports say that people have been queuing to buy toilet paper, and in some places, people have had their hands ink stamped to prevent them buying more than their quota.  That got me to have a look at the Toilet Paper Encyclopedia (yes, there is one) where I discovered that in 1996 in the USA, that President Clinton imposed a 6 cent tax on each roll of toilet paper.   The USA is the world’s largest producer of toilet paper.   And did you know that toilegami is the art of folding toilet paper into elaborate shapes?

And for the photo today, a picture of a snowmobile jumping in the city centre, Helsinki, Finland.

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Photo of the Day Thursday 16th May 2013 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day….” Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forwards”

” Experience is not a skill, it is an attitude’      “Life is the art of drawing without an eraser”

I read on the news today that the European Union is going to give 520 MILLION euros to Mali to help rebuilding there.  Is that not crazy when the European Union is suffering from huge financial problems, with several EU countries bankrupt?    Why give away money that they do not have?   That money should be spent IN Europe, not given away.   The EU has huge debt problems, so giving away over 1/2 billion euros is wrong.  I hope that the voters do something about it.

Another photo from Helsinki today and an unusual photo of the seats in the famous Church in the Rock, which is called  Temppelliaukio in Finnish.  It is a very popular tourist attraction, receiving over 1 million tourists a year, as well as hosting weddings and also music concerts.

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

Thought for the day….” You do not know where you are going if you are always looking back”.

” You can give without loving, but you cannot love without giving”.

Off to Helsinki for the photo today and to the harbour market.  The market is around the South Harbour, which handles 5.4 million passengers a year, mainly on the ferries to/from Sweden and Estonia.   The market is year round, so even during the coldest and darkest days of winter, there is a market here.  Temperatures can fall to -30 degrees in winter and the sea is often frozen.  Add to that the darkness and it is not a very pleasant place to be in winter.

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

Thought for the day…” Happiness is not a destination, it is a way of life”.

A photo from the Baltic Sea today and the Tallink Galaxy boat, which travels between Turku, Finland and Stockholm, Sweden.   Although originally owned by Silja Line, the company was taken over by the Estonian Tallink Line.   Although once it was a pleasant way to cross the Baltic, now prices are higher, and customer service lower.    And if you are onboard with a lot of drunk Swedish or Finnish passengers (they go mad on buying the tax-free onboard) then the crossing can be far from pleasant. The boat is seen here heading towards Stockholm, near Oxdjupet,.

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

Thought for the day…”  Your time is limited but your imagination is not”

” If you do not fight for what you want then do not cry for what you lost”.

Did you know that, with an average height of 1.8m above sea level, that the Maldives are the nation most likely to disappear when sea levels rise?   And did you know that the Falkland Islands have around 350 sheep for every person, or that Canada is the country in the world with the most lakes?   The least densely populated country in the world is Mongolia, whereas Hong Kong is the most densely populated.   And did you know that Saudi Arabia has no rivers?  Or that the country Monaco is actually smaller than Central Park in New York.    And in Papua New Guinea, an estimated 820 different languages are spoken.   And finally, did you know that the world’s fastest train ride is from Shanghai city to Pudong airport, where the magnetic train travels at 430km/h.

The photo today shows the Lutheran Cathedral in the centre of Helsinki, Finland, with some spring sunshine.

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