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What would you do if………?

Thought for the day….”The moral arc of the universe bends at the elbow of justice.”   Martin Luther King

“Keep your face to the sunshine and you will not see the shadows”

What would you do if you were on holiday and you were violently attacked and robbed?    An interesting question, and worth thinking about.   It just happened to me, and it is interesting to think about what happened, and what followed.   A few days ago I was in the highlands of Papua New Guinea.  As there was no flying that day, I took the chance to go for a walk in the villages.    PNG is dangerous, and I had read about the walks NOT to do, and opted to remain on a busy path between the villages.  I walked passed villagers every few hundred metres, so for a lot of the time I was always near other people.    A lovely summer day, cool up in the highlands so it was perfect for walking.  It was also great for me to see from ground level some of the areas in the hills that I had been flying over.   The villagers were friendly, and many of them stopped to talk, rural Papua New Guinea.     After a few hours I headed back to the main road, wanting to be back in the main town before it got too hot.     Even on the way back, I was passing many villagers heading to and from their homes in the hills.   Children playing in the yards, village people selling produce from small huts, and men and women walking back to their houses to rest.    All very quiet and peaceful.    As usual, I took lots of photos, especially early on when the light was perfect.

Almost back to the main road, and in good time too.    I crossed the final wooden bridge before the last stretch to the main road.    Walked up the hill the other side then started the descent towards the main road.     Suddenly behind me I heard a man shout.    I turned and then was attacked by a raskol (the local name for a bandit or criminal) who was using a bush knife (the blade was about 30-40cm long, with a long handle).    What was particularly surprising was that the bandit was so violent.  Normally when you are attacked then the advice is not to resist, but this time I had no chance to offer money, watch etc.   The bandit was intent on slicing me with the bushknife.   Using the daybag as a shield on my side, I deflected the slashes with my right arm.  Strangely enough, at the time I did not feel the cuts, and it was only afterwards that I saw all the blood.  It was a natural reaction for me to put my right arm up as defense.    Not that an arm is much resistance against a bush knife used by a violent bandit.    The bandit hacked the camera off me, then ran off.  For a moment, I thought about chasing him, but then thought that he was too violent and that he had already been trying to cut me up.  Despite being a fast and well-trained runner, I thought that it was better to let the camera disappear.

The bandit had been lucky.    About 100m before the attack there were people sitting and about the same distance in front of me there were 2 people as well.  So that is perhaps why he ran off when he got the camera.   He could have got more but the camera seemed to have satisfied him.

The attack was only about 700m from the police post on the main road.  After a visit to the local medical centre to get the right arm seen to, I visited the police station to report all the details.     One thing that I have learned about PNG is that many people are fearful of reprisals from the raskols, and fear attacks on their families.   So this means that even those people who saw the attacker will not describe him or reveal his name.    He will probably continue to do the same thing against others.  Violence is common in PNG, often involving neighbouring villages and groups.     Law and order has broken down, and in many areas, it is the locals who sort things out, sometimes violently.

A couple of photos from before the camera was stolen…

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And another photo, again from PNG,

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Colour in minature at the top of Norway

Thought for the day….”You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough”  (Mae West)

“Ladies who play with fire must remember that smoke gets in their eyes”  (Mae West)

Up to the top of Norway and the border with Russia for the photo today.   Traders from Russia come across into Norway to trade and shop (despite the prices in Norway !).   Some warm sunshine and good light helped to make a very colourful photo of a very typical Russian item, nesting dolls.

Nesting dolls (called Matryoshkas)  were originally a Japanese idea, but are now a common souvenir from Russia.  Sergei Maliutin is thought to have been the first Russian to produce the dolls, with the first sets representing a Russian peasant family of a mother and her 7 children.  The world record is for a 51 piece set, with the largest doll being over 51 cm tall.

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and another photo from the archives…Arrowtown on the South Island of New Zealand, a former gold mining town that is now a popular daytrip from nearby Queenstown.

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Afghan market trader

Thought for the day….” You may delay, but time will not”

“The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled”.

Sharing borders with 6 countries, Afghanistan (population 32 million) became independent from the UK in 1919.  Pashto (a form of Persian) and Dari are the two official languages.  Kandahar was the original capital, before it was moved to Kabul.  The national game is not football, but buzkashi, or goat grabbing, where people in two teams on horseback try to catch a goat.  Kite flying is also a popular sport.  The highest mountain, Nowshak, rises to 7485m.  It is the world’s largest producer of opium, and since the US occupation which started in 2001, opium production has been on the rise.   It is said to also be the largest producer of cannabis in the world.

Today’s photo is of an Afghan market trader, complete with the usual headscarf…..

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and another photo from the archives….a 747 of Singapore Airlines leaves Zurich, Switzerland….nearly 400 tonnes !

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Getting your pulse down – slow TV

Thought for the day…..” Life is 10% what you make it, and 90% how you take it.”  (Irving Berlin).

A mind once stretched by a new idea never returns to its original dimensions

Back in 2013 Norwegian TV NRK  broadcast a 12 hour, non-stop programme at prime time on a Friday evening showing a burning log fire.    Just a log fire, nothing more.  For 12 hours.   It did have some commentary, from wood ‘experts’ who gave tips on burning, stacking and slicing wood.   People sent messages to the TV producers, half of them complaining that the bark on the wood was facing up, and half sent messages to complain that the wood was facing down.   Reports said that 1 million people, or more than 20% of the entire population tuned in to watch the wood burning.    Fresh wood was added as needed, with viewers giving advice on where to place it.   Now in the news is the story that Icelandic television  has followed the trend, with a programme from a farm showing 24 hours of live lambing.  Icelandic TV said that it wanted to give viewers an ” unforgettable time for those able to see the little lambs being born into this world”.   Almost as bad as the 18 hours of salmon swimming upstream, shown live, again on Norwegian TV.   I wonder if they are planning a marathon TV programme showing paint drying?   It says a lot about Norway and Scandinavia !!

A happy scene from Cuba for the photo today.

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and another photo from the archives….market colour in the Netherlands….

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They are taking over….already

Thought for the day…”I will go anywhere as long as it is forward”  (David Livingstone).

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

More worrying news, this time from China.  The official Chinese news sources are reporting that in Dongguan, a factory there is replacing its workforce of 1800 workers with a new factory which is based on robots.  The new factory will employ just 200 workers, so around 1600 workers will lose their jobs to robots (that is about 90% of the factory’s workforce).   And when you consider things like self check-outs in supermarkets (=lost cashier jobs), automatic check-in at airports (= lost agent jobs) and automatic check in at hotels (=lost reception jobs) then the future looks bleak.    If you look at the videos of car production, then you can see how redundant that a human being can become.  So if the trend continues, then what are all the displaced people going to do for work?   A good question.  Technological unemployment is coming faster than we realize.

Off to Seoul, Korea for the photo today, and a busy street market.

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and another photo from the archives….the ultimate Swiss army knife…

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Thought for the day…” In the book of life, the answers are not in the back”         ” Happiness is no laughing matter”.

Some street photography for the photo today.     Some proof that you should always have the camera ready, because sometimes you only have a split second to grab the shot.   The world”s longest street is Yonge St in Toronto, Canada, which runs some 56km.   The world’s most expensive shopping streets, based on the rent per square foot is Fifth Avenue in New York, where rents reach USD 3500/sq foot.   Not far behind is Causeway Bay in Hong Kong and Bond St in London England.   And as for shops, one of the world’s smallest shop is said to be the shop called “Parks Are Zoos for Trees” in New York (where else?)  which apparently has the same dimensions as a closet.   But lots of colour and space in this shop view which is not the smallest in the world !…………..

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It’s There Somewhere…..but can you find it?

Thought for the day…” Do coffins have lifetime guarantees? ”        ”   Do fish every get thirsty ?”     ” Did Noah keep his bees in archives? ”

Did you now that in Arabic, that the Arabic name for ‘Morocco’ means extreme west, or that Morocco is only 13km from Europe at its nearest point?   And if you have visited Morocco then you will have experienced the national drink, Moroccan mint tea, which is green tea with lots of mint leaves and an even greater amount of sugar.   Also, in Morocco the liver, and not the heart, is considered a sign of love.   And in the seaside town of Essouria, the inventor of the first pedestrian crossing light, Leslie Hore-Belisha is buried.   Tourists are surprised to learn that Morocco gets snow, as its highest point is Jebel Toubkal at 4165m in the Atlas mountains.   Although Casablanca is the largest city, it is Rabat which is the capital city.     The photo today is typical of the kasbahs (walled fortified cities) in Morocco, and as usual, a crowded market street.

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And another photo from the archives….keeping watch in Ethiopia…..

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Two Heads Are Better Than One

Thought for the day…” The greater danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it”

” The secret of getting ahead is getting started”   (Mark Twain).

Excuse the low technical quality of today’s photo, because it is from a 35mm film photo which has been scanned.    It was taken in a market near  Cuenca, Ecuador, which lies at about 2500m altitude.   Ecuador has a population of over 15 million, and lies on both sides of the Equator.   Oil and bananas are the main export, with Ecuador being the number 1 producer of bananas worldwide.   Surprisingly, the currency in Ecuador is the US dollar.  The famous Panama hat was not invented in Panama, but in Ecuador.   And for the photo…two heads are better than one…..

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and another photo out of the archives….early morning balloon flight in Goreme, Cappadocia, Turkey….

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Helsinki duo – Two from Helsinki, Finland

Thought for the day…” The difference between genius and stupidity is…..genius has limits”

” The secret of getting ahead is getting started (Mark Twain).

Two photos today  from Helsinki, capital of Finland.   Helsinki is one of those cities that you have to discover, for there is a lot that is not obvious on arrival.   For one thing, Finland is number one on the world for coffee consumption per capita, and the coffee is good, strong and available everywhere. (Try ‘The Roastery’ on Alexanderkatu for some really good coffee). And to go with the great coffee….some Fazer chocolate (although Karl Fazer was actually originally from Germany).   It is also the only city in Finland to have trams and a subway (metro) and is said to have the world’s most northerly metro station.     The language is horribly difficult for a foreigner, in winter is is very cold (-25 is not uncommon) and also dark for most of the day, but to make up for this there are some excellent sports facilities, wonderful architecture, good eating places, and the feeling that you have left Europe behind and have crossed into Russia (like when you see the Russian Orthodox churches in Helsinki, with their onion domes).  Indeed, parts of Helsinki look so much like Russia that Helsinki used to be used instead of Russia when making films (such as ‘Gorky Park’) until the city council decided that it was not a good idea and stopped promoting it.    And if you explore the indoor markets, then you may find things like bear meat for sale as well as the more common reindeer and moose meat.  But perhaps give another tradional (but popular) Finnish sweet, salty liquorice, a miss.   The city has about 53% women (versus 47% men), and after Reykjavik, Iceland, is the world’s most northerly capital city.  More trivia….it was the first country in the world to give women the vote and also the first country to make broadband a legal right for citizens.

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and another photo out of the archives….taken just a couple of hundred metres from the previous photo, but months apart….a new photo converted into Black & White, then converted into Sepia to give it the old-fashioned look.

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The Streets of Pakistan – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day…” Artificial intelligence is no match for natural stupidity”

” If you want to shine like the sun, then you have to burn like it”.

Off to Pakistan for today’s photo, and to Peshawar, the capital of the Khyber area of the North West Province.   This area is a centre for tribal groups, and because it is not far from the Khyber Pass into Afghanistan, then traders from Afghanistan are often seen on the streets there.   Once part of the British colony, it became part of the newly created Pakistan in 1947, although due to its position on the routes into Afghanistan and northern Pakistan, then it has seen conflicts for centuries.   Hot and dusty, with temperatures reaching into the 40 degrees during the summer.  Despite a population of around 2.5 million people, it is mostly men that are seen on the streets of Peshawar (as in much of Pakistan).  Pakistan is still very much a male orientated country, except in the Hunza province in the far north, where things are much more equal.    Seen here in the photo are Afghani street traders, a common sight on the pavements in Peshawar.

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and a photo out of the archives….a Ground Eagle seen in Zambia……..

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Faces 4 + 1, Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day…..” To fail to prepare is to prepare to fail”

A photo from the harbourside market in Helsinki for the photo today.     Nice comparison between the real face and the plastic models.    Even in the depths of winter (when temperatures can easily fall to below minus 20 degrees C) and when the nearby sea is frozen, the harbourside market is still there.   Finland is number one in the world for coffee consumption per capita, perhaps helped by the long, cold winters.    Around the harbour in winter, people sit for coffee in heated tents,  and occasionally fish through the ice using a saw.     In the depths of winter, daylight is scarce (around 5 hours, although it remains gloomy all day) but around the middle of June, it is light almost 24 hours a day.

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And one from the archive……sunset over the Baltic Sea.

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Colourful healthy eating – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day….” If you cannot return a favour, then pass it on “.

”  Miracles start to happen when you give as much energy to your dreams as you do to your fears”.

Always good to fill the frame with lots of colour, and today’s photo is another shot from a local market….always a good place to find lots of local colours.  Nice contrast here between the dark skin and the colourful fruit.   Again this photo shows what you can do with an ordinary, cheap consumer camera.  Who needs 24 mega pixels and lenses costing thousands of dollars???

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Happy moment near Tibet – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day…” Fear is the father of courage and the mother of safety”.

”  Do not waste time looking back.  Your eyes are in the front of your head”.

Did you see that alarming story on the internet about the British retail chain, Tesco is planning to use computers to scan the faces of customers filling up with petrol (gas) at its petrol stations, then target them with appropriate advertisements, based on their age, sex and demographic profile?   If successful, it plans to introduce the scanning of faces into supermarkets as well.  Is this not Big Brother in real life?   With the supermarket shopper cards, it already has a massive amount of information about personal buying habits, but the thought that it plans to now scan faces is taking things too far.

On a happier note, here is a photo of a happy trader in China, not far from the border with Tibet.  Something was obviously amusing here, but it captures the moment well.   Good lighting and a long lens helped to catch the shot, which was taken during the weekly market.  A simple, uncluttered background finishes off the photo well.

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Market Colour – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day…” Vision is the art of seeing the invisible”

“If communication is they key, then why not open the door? ”

Some unusual news on the internet at the moment, like the story that the music of Britney Spears (such as ‘Hit Me Baby One More Time) is being used onboard ships to scare off Somali pirates.   Apparently, hearing the songs remind the pirates of western culture, and the sound of her singing is enough to deter an attack !!   Also in the news on the internet are the reports of an AirNewZealand aircraft skidding off the runway at Auckland airport on a short flight to Taupo.   The only ‘injuries’ reported were to a passengers strawberries!!!   And did you know that the characters in the ‘Simpsons’ shows only have 4 digits on their hands instead of five?

Some colour from the market for the photo today, and a close up.   Sometimes it pays to fill the viewfinder with colour, and to also get in close.  As always, good light makes a difference, as do the unusual shapes in this picture.  And getting in close has helped to cut out a lot of the distractions around the outside.

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Moroccan woman – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day…..” Knowledge talks, wisdom listens”

” When one door closes, another one opens, but we so often look so long and so regretfully at the closed door,  that we do not see the ones that will open for us’  (Alexandra Graham Bell).

More on stupid people.   Saw a story in news about a man in Wisconsin, USA who was arrested when he demanded a refund from a Walmart shop on a computer printer that he claimed he had bought instore.   A shop worker examined the printer, and noticed fake USD 100 bills which the man had been trying to print, still inside the printer.   And if you are bored, then you can pay a visit to the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, which has an exhibition entitled ‘my beautiful chair’ where you can lie down next to a lethal injection chair and experience the countdown  (all 3 minutes and 15 seconds of it) until ‘death’ arrives.   The time corresponds to the time that the lethal injection drugs take to work.  Stupid.

Captured by the camera in a Moroccan market, this woman has the traditional dyed hands.   Henna (a plant) powder is mixed with water to produce a paste which is then painted onto the hands, often in intricate patterns.    Henna is also used as a hair conditioner and a hair dye.   It is believed by the local people that henna will protect against illness, as well as offering protection against the evil eye, and that it will bring joy.   Most major festivals in Morocco involve the use of Henna.  Around 32 million people live in Morocco, with the main languages being Arabic, Berber and French.

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Mozambique Mother – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day…” If your feet smell and your nose runs, then are you built upside down? ”

” If communication is the key, then why not open the door? ”

A rather unnerving story on the internet today about scientists in the USA (Washington) who have been able to make the thoughts of one person move the hand of another person.   An experiment, using electrodes on the head of one person, and a magnetic cap on the head of the other person, proved that the thoughts of one person could be used to control another person’s movements.  Frightening!

The photo today comes from Mozambique, rather a nice mother and child photo, again captured with a normal ‘consumer’ camera and not by an expensive DSLR.

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Hats off – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day…..” Pay attention, it is free !”    ” There is more than one door into wonder”.

“If anger is your most frequently used outlet, then try unplugging it for a while”.

Air France/KLM deserve to go out of business.   I am still arguing with their so called ‘customer service’ for a refund of taxes on an unused ticket.    Their ‘customer service’ staff clearly have no interest in trying to resolve matters, and seem intent on just annoying even more passengers.   I am not surprised that Air France/KLM group is making big cutbacks.  At one time, KLM used to be a good airline (probably Air France too), but not anymore.    Far too few staff working in their check-ins/ground staff, and also old, tired aircraft and crews that also seem to have lost interest.    Even if their fares may appear cheaper, life is too short to have unpleasant flights, unpleasant staff, and a customer service section that appears to be ANTI customers.   Had Air France/KLM processed (or even agreed to the refund) in a reasonable time, then possibly more bookings would have been made with them.    But their ‘customer service’ has just been so bad over the last flights that they are now no longer an option.   The good thing is that some of the Eastern/Middle Eastern Airlines (for example, Qatar Airways) are FAR superior to Air France/KLM.    The unhelpful replies from their ‘customer service’ have done it now.   No more flights with Air France/KLM.  Not just one flight that has led to this decision, but a series of poor flights and poor experiences with them.   I could write a long story about some of the incidents, over many flights.   Life is too short to endure the poor treatment by Air France/KLM.  I hope that they are soon bankrupt.  They deserve to be.

And for the photo today…..some hats on a market stall.   But can you guess from which country?

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Carnival in El Salvador, carnival dancer – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day….” Life is like a good book.   The more that you get into it, the more that it makes sense”.

” If a cluttered desk is the sign of a cluttered mind, then what does an empty desk mean?”     ” Minds are like parachutes, they only function when they are open”

Did you know that because the speed that the Earth is turning, that the days are getting longer, but 55 billionths of a second each day?   And did you know that at the North and South Poles, that there is no time (as all the time zones coincide there)?   And did you know that Nepal and also the Chatham Islands have time zones that include a 15 minute difference (UTC plus 5.45 hours and UTC plus 12.45 hours).    And in each day there are  86 400 seconds.

Another colourful photo today, of a woman preparing for a carnival in El Salvador.   El Salvador (population 7 million) is the smallest country in Central America, and also the only one not to have an Atlantic coastline.   It has some very active volcanoes, and also gets many earthquakes each year, over 12 000 people were killed in one earthquake in 2001.   It also went to war with Honduras after a soccer match.   Carnivals in El Salvador go on into the night, with dancing, floats, street food and lots of music, together with firecrackers and fireworks, and of course, lots of colour.   A tradition is the throwing of sweets/candy to the spectators from the passing floats, and also the crowning of the carnival ‘queen’.

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African market colour – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day…” We wander for distraction, but we travel for fulfillment.”

”  Aircraft travel is nature’s way of making you look like your passport photo”

Switzerland has an excellent system whereby voters can call (and indeed, do call) for public referendums on any major issue.   Five have already been held this year, with 4 more to come.  Any Swiss voter can start a referendum by collecting 50 000 signatures.   Even national laws can be challenged in this way, an idea that should apply in many countries, not just Switzerland.  The Swiss have also started a competition to find a new national anthem, with the winning entry receiving a price of 10 000 SFr.   Interesting, until  1891 the Swiss national anthem was sung to the same tune as the British national anthem.  The current Swiss anthem is now seen as old fashioned, hence the search for a new one.

A long way from Switzerland for the photo today, and to an African market.   Sometimes it is very good to fill the frame with colour and interest, and this shot is jam-packed both.  As usual, it was taken with an ordinary Panasonc camera.

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Waiting for the Bus – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day.. ”  Coincidence is fate breaking a lock so that you can open a door”

” Dwelling on the past will only change you in the future”.     ” Doing your best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment”

Another company has joined the list of companies that I will never use again, Booking.com         What some companies are not realizing is that poor service will actually cost them money.   To make matters worse, the managers at Booking.com   just will not admit their mistakes, and nobody at that particular company will do anything about the problems.    So they will lose out, and if you want good service, then I cannot recommend this company.   No problem when a company makes a mistake (we all do that) but when nobody will do anything about the mistakes, then that shows that a company is not good.

Off to the capital of Mozambique today, Maputo, and a typical photo of a bus queue there.   Situated just 120 km north of the South African border, and on the Indian Ocean, this ugly, neglected city is home for about 1.7 million people.    Originally ruled by the Portuguese, it became independent in 1975, although Portuguese is still the main language in this part of Mozambique.    Until 1992 the country had a long civil war,  with an estimated 1 million people killed due to the war and famine between 1977 and 1992.    Mozambique has a high fertility rate, with around 5.3 children born per woman.  Transport in Mozambique is often a problem, with irregular and unreliable buses, so the queues seen in the photo today are very typical.

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Moroccan woman – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day….” Life is not measure by the number of breaths we take, but by the moment that take our breath away”

“Failures are stepping stones to success”

Amazing to realize that plants have the ability to count, and also have a memory.   David Attenborough showed in his series ‘The Secret Life Of Plants’  that the Venus Fly Trap plant (a carnivorous plant) actually had the ability to count and some form of memory.    This week I read of more studies which have shown that plants have the ability to do mathematics as well, as scientists have shown that plants have been working out how much starch to consume overnight (when there is no sunlight available) so as not to use up all their reserves too fast.  Scientists say that this shows that plants have the ability to perform simple mathematics.  There is even a laboratory in Italy investigating plant intelligence, LINV near Florence (International Laboratory of Plant Neurobiology).  One of their studies was into the effects of music in vineyards.

Another Moroccan photo today, but this time a portrait of a woman in a market in the seaside town of Essouraira.  Arabs and Berbers make up most of the population in Morocco.   Surprisingly, the lowest point in Morocco (Sebkha Tah) is -55m  and the highest (Jbel Toubkal) 4165m.  Around 45% of the population work in agriculture.

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Photo of the Day Saturday 15th June 2013 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day…” Before you judge others, make sure that you meet the requirements’.

” LIFE – it is about the journey, not the end”.

Another nice story in the news about a German bank clerk who fell asleep at work with his finger on the ‘2’ key whilst transferring money.  222,222,222 was almost transferred, although another employee spotted the mistake.   He is very welcome to do this to my bank account. Reminds me of the story from New Zealand about a garage owner who ‘accidentally’  got an overdraft from Westpac Bank for NZD 10 million, or about USD 7 million.   The bank had approved is overdraft request for NZD 100, ooo but input a figure 100 times this amount by mistake.  In less than 1 month Hui and his partner withdrew almost NZD 7 million and transferred it to Hong Kong, and then promptly fled there from New Zealand.  Hui Gao and his girlfriend were caught in 2011 but the bank only managed to recover about NZD 2.9 million.  He received 4 years and 7 months in prison, although if he still has the NZD 3.8 million somewhere, then he will probably still be happy.

A typically crowded African boat in the photo today, and another photo from the archives.     The boat here is seen in Malawi heading out to Likoma Island on Lake Malawi.   At least 47 people died in June 2012 when a boat capsized on the lake, and judging by this photo, you can see why they capsize.  The smaller boats are just as crowded and are just as overloaded.

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Photo of the Day Sunday 9th June 2013 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day….”  ‘Opportunity only knocks once’   is one of the greatest lies of all time.   Opportunity is a constant drumming that, like any sound repeated too often, becomes only a noise we tend to ignore”

“A smile will be complete when it begins in your heart, reflects in your eyes, and ends with a glow in your face”

It is not easy to say how many countries there are in the world, but the number seems to be around 206 soverign states.    Counting is made more difficult because some countries do not recognize others, and also some ‘new’ countries have yet to be recognized (like Kosov0).   Countries such as Palestine, Taiwan, Greenland and Cyprus all have disputed or part separate status.    The UN has 193 member states and also 2 observer states, as well as 11 other states, so the true number of countries in the world is not easy to determine.

A scene from a local market in Myanmar today, and a portrait of one of the market sellers.  Until 1989 it was known as Burma, and has around 135 different ethnic tribes.  It was one of these tribes, Myanma, which gave the country its current name.   The currency there is called the Kyat.  In 2006 the capital was moved from Rangoon to Nay Pyi Taw.

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Still happy that I am not working at the Quality Spa Resort Hotel in Norefjell.   I do not miss the managers there at all.


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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