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Nostalgia

Five A Day, and colourful – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day…” Life is the art of drawing without an eraser”.

” Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like hard work” (Thomas Edison).

Another colourful market scene today, taken in bright sunlight which really made the colours stand out.    The idea was to get in closer and fill the shot with colour.   Certainly worked here.  The photo was taken a few years ago in a market in Split, Croatia.   At that time, the photos were taken as JPEG photos, which had the advantage of taking up less space on memory cards and also being ready to use without lots of editing.

The disadvantage of JPEG though is that it is a way of storing photos that compresses and loses quality, so every time that the photo is edited then it loses even more quality.    The big advantage of taking photos in RAW is that you get in effect a digital ‘negative’ so that you can make pictures from it and also edit it without destroying the original image data.    Once you get used to editing RAW images, then they are almost as quick as using jpeg pictures, albeit with larger file sizes.

I guess that anybody over about 20 years old will have missed out on the thrill and excitement of waiting for that envelope of photos to come back through the post from the processing laboratory, or the excitement (and frustration!) of waiting for the local Kodak or Fuji shop to process the photos.    Even one hour was a long time to wait sometimes……but now it is all instant and digital.

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New, looking old – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day….” Better to be a star rather than a spark.  Sparks are for the moment, stars are for the future”.

“Talent is the key to success, but you have to find the door”.

Update on the story about the refund from Air France.    I cancelled an air ticket with AF, and understood that the actual ticket was not refundable, as the conditions stated, but asked Air France to refund the taxes.  Things like departure taxes had not been incurred, as I had not travelled, so I expected a refund of these.  After many many emails to Air France, and to some very unhelpful customer ‘service’ departments, then finally I got a refund, minus a 20 euro ‘administration fee’.  Still very unhappy with Air France because I had to write so many emails to them, but at least I have got most of the taxes back.   So the moral of this story is that even if the airline says no in the beginning, then keep on at them as they ARE supposed to refund the taxes.

A new photo made to look old for today’s picture.  The shot comes from the museum at Ballarat in Australia, and started off as a colour photo, then was converted to black & white and finally was given the sepia touch to make it look old.    It was just a matter of waiting for the tourists to disappear out of the scene then an easy job to capture this scene, which could be from the 1800s but is actually quite recent.

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Lazing in Lesotho – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day…” Friends are the flowers in the garden of life”.

”  Love starts with a hug, grows with a kiss, and ends with a tear”.

Did you know that the first electricity power plant in the world was opened in New York in 1882 by Thomas Edison.  Edison also invented the world’s first electric voting system in 1868 (the Electrical Vote Recorder), and in 1876 invented the microphone, as well as the phonograph.   In 1879 he came up with the electric light bulb, which was called the ‘Edison modern incandescent lamp’, and later came up with the idea of gummed paper tape, switches, and demonstrated public street lighting, and by 1880 had installed the world’s first full sized electric railway for passengers and freight.  in 1891 he invented the motion picture system, which he later refined into the Kinetophone, or talking motion picture.     He ended up with over 1368 patents for his many inventions, including simple radio transmitters.

A little known country for the photo today, and to landlocked Lesotho.   Lesotho is surrounded by South Africa, and is the only country to be completely above 1400m (the highest point is 3482m).  It has a population of about 2 million, and was previously called Basutoland, until it became independent from the UK in 1966.   Wool, clothing and mohair are the main exports, although the harsh winters (down to -18 degrees sometimes) limit what can be grown here.   In 1967 a Basuto woman discovered a 601 carat diamond here.  Many of the locals work in South Africa for several months each year.  The capital, Maseru is home to about 200 000 people.  A typical rural scene showing local life….

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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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Photo of the day Saturday 19th January 2013 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day….”  Silence and smile are two powerful tools.  Smile is the way to solve many problems, and silence is the way to avoid many problems.”

“Don’t talk, just act,   Don’t say, just show,  Don’t promise, just prove”

“Athiesm is a nonprophet organization””

“If man evolved from apes and monkeys, then why do we still have apes and monkeys”

Another thought…” If practice makes perfect, and nobody is perfect, then why practice?’?

A hat shop in the centre of Copenhagen, Denmark is the photo today, and judging by the prices, not a cheap shop either.  Apparently, the word milliner came from Milan, which was a centre for straw hats at one time.   And Panama hats originally came from Ecuador, not Panama.  Danes often come tops in surveys of the world’s happiest people, which is surprising given the high taxes there.

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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 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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