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The positive side of coronavirus

Thought for the day…”Curiosity will conquer fear even more than bravery will.”

“Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

Despite all the doom and gloom at the moment, there are some positive sides to coronavirus.   Staff in shops and cafes have become noticeably better recently, and are happy to serve you now.   Not only that but they have time to help and, with the lack of customers, are actually trying to help out.   Shops and cafes have become more polite, with people waiting patiently in spaced-out queues.    Cafes have started putting most items in plastic to prevent contamination, hand disinfectant is now common and for the time being, people are being very good at using disinfectants.  And another bonus, the enforced free time is giving some of us some a great opportunity to catch up on things that previously we never had time for.   So it is not all negative at the moment !!   Stay safe.

The southbound Oslo to Kiel ferry passing the coast of Norway at Drobak.

and another photo from the archives….sunrise captured with the Fuji X-T30

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Walking and texting, driving & texting, should be banned – moan for today.

Thought for the day…”Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face.”

“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.”

Are you one of those people who walk down the street with their head permanently fixed on their mobile phone??   I have given up moving out of the way for these people who walk with no regard for anybody else who is walking towards them.    Numerous videos on Youtube of people who have walked into fountains and off piers whilst they used their mobile phone.   Even worse are those people who you see cycling and driving whilst texting at the same time.   Asking for trouble.       The trend seems to be getting worse in cafes and restaurants too, where the mobile phone is THE centre of attention.     Full marks to the cafes and restaurants who are now trying to restrict the use of mobile phones.    One bar in Pembroke, New Zealand has a sign up saying “we do not have internet, TALK to each other “.   Let us hope that more cafes and bars follow suit.

And the photo today is from Sydney, Australia, where there used to be an ex-Russian MiG 15 fighter that you could go flying in.  Not much space in the cockpit !!   Despite being an early jet fighter, it could fly at over 1000 km/h and it could fly up to 2500km.  It could also climb to over 50 000 feet/15500m.

and another photo from the archives….sailing boats line up to start a race…..

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The Worm Has Turned.

Thought for the day…”If moderation is a fault, then indifference is a crime.”

“Power is like being a lady… if you have to tell people you are, you aren’t.” (Margaret Thatcher).

When I was 16 years old, I would always shop around for the cheapest (as students do), with little thought for quality or service.   But now it is the opposite.    I cannot understand why Ryanair (which is so often on the internet or newspapers for cancelling flights or upsetting passengers) is still in business.   There are so many people who will automatically go for the cheapest airline ticket, with no thought about quality or service.   Ryanair can upset thousands of passengers, yet still makes large profits.  When an airline upsets me (and many have) then they lose my business for good.  I vote with my feet.   Plenty of airlines out there, and those that mistreat passengers do not deserve business.  But why do people keep flying with Ryanair?    Cheap is not always good.    Service costs money to provide, but by paying more, you can often avoid problems.    Airlines such as Singapore Airlines are not the cheapest, but the service levels and reliability (and inflight experience) are FAR better.  If more people voted with their feet then average service levels would go up, as airlines such as Ryanair and Air Asia would be out of business.  Same thing with the airlines who are now putting 10 across seats into their Boeing 777 aircraft.  If more people refused to fly on these cramped aircraft then the airlines would be forced to go back to 9 across.  But too many people want the CHEAPEST.   But some of us are saying no, and are voting with our feet/money.

A photo from Aruba, in the Southern Caribbean for the photo today..

and another photo from the archives…beautiful coastline around Antigua, Caribbean……

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Buying local – the advantages

Thought for the day….”It’s better to be a lion for a day than a sheep all your life.”

“A certain amount of opposition is a great help to a man. Kites rise against, not with, the wind.”

There was a time in my younger days when I would spend hours looking for the cheapest price. Getting something for the cheapest price was the target, and an important one.  But gradually I have come around to looking at VALUE, rather than price.    I have just had delivery of my new camera.  I know that I could have ordered it online cheaper, but because my local photo shop (Photo & Video International, Christchurch, New Zealand) has given me such great service, then it was an automatic and easy decision to order from them.  True, I may have paid more for the camera, but when I need help or advice, the dealer will be there, and will be only too happy to help, even if there is no direct profit in it for him.   Not only that, but it makes trading much more friendly.    And it is good to know that when I need some extra bits, that he will supply them, even if there is little or no profit in it for the shop.    Previously I would have gone for the cheapest, but the value of personal customer service from a shop cannot be measured in money terms.     The best part is that at the end of the transaction, that both the buyer and the seller come away feeling satisfied and happy.   Too many negative experiences with online ‘shops’ located in far off places, who once they have sold you something, do not want to hear from you again.  Long live the friendly local shop !!!

And a couple more photos from the old camera…….

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and another photo from the archives….the Finnish capital of Helsinki

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Handy new invention for photography

Thought for the day….” Learn to appreciate what you HAVE before time makes you appreciate what you HAD”

“To err is human, to arrrh is pirate”

The current craze of selfie photos is sure to get a boost with the latest invention, the arm selfie stick.   Instead of a basic pole or stick, users now have the chance of a friendly arm reaching out to them…just right for the photo…..

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I assume that you can purchase these from an armoury, or perhaps from a second-hand shop !!!  No ‘arm in asking though.

And for the photo today, Spring sunshine in Hankø, southern Norway.  Taken a few days ago, still quiet there before the summer rush in July.

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and another photo from the archives….a Cuban man ponders the future…..

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Wonderful Copenhagen – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day…” Happiness is not getting everything that you want.  It is enjoying what you have”.

”  The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet” (Aristotle).

Why is there a ‘fashion’ at the moment to make most running shoes in bright colours, or even white?   How long do white running shoes stay white?  Not long.    But it seems that nearly all the current offerings in the shops are just in bright, light colours, which if you are running off road (or even on road) are not going to stay looking good for very long.  Bring back darker running shoes!

Today’s photo comes from the waterfront area in central Copenhagen, Denmark.   Nyhavn, which means ‘new harbour’ in Danish.   The famous Danish author Hans Christian Andersen lived in Nyhavn for many years.   Copenhagen claims to have the world’s longest shopping street (Stroget).   With a population of around 1.2 million people the area has prosepered, especially after the opening in 2000 of the bridge joining it to nearby Malmo in Sweden.   It is said that  Walt Disney, after visitng the amusement park (Tivoli) in Copenhagen, was inspired to build his own version back in the USA.   Denmark is also the home of LEGO, and it is estimated that over the last 60 years, that more than 320 billion bits of Lego have been sold.   That works out at an average of 56 LEGO bits per person worldwide.    LEGO is an abbreviation of the Danish words “leg got’, which means ‘play good’.

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Environmentally UNfriendly, no common sense – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day….” Taxes could be worse.   Suppose we had to pay what we think we are worth”

” The greater the struggle, the greater the victory”.      ” It does not have to glitter to be gold”

An amazingly stupid story on the TV news last night about Fjordline, which runs ferries between Hirtshals (Denmark) and Stavanger and Bergen (Norway).    They have recently taken delivery of a new LNG (gas) powered ferry.   The new ferry had already won a prize for energy efficiency and with stricter controls on ferry emissions, then LNG was seen as the way to go.   BUT having just started, Fjordline now have a big problem.  Norwegian law does not allow them to refuel the gas with passengers onboard, and the ship is only in port for a short time.    So, after all the hype about saving the environment and energy efficiency, they are now sending 10 trucks by road each week, from Stavanger, Norway, via Sweden, then across to Denmark, to refuel there.   The distance that the trucks have to drive is around 1600km, leaving from almost the same place as the ferry (Stavanger) and then driving 1600km to meet it in Denmark, where the ships refuels with LNG and sails back to Norway, where the gas came from in the first place.   Very environmnentally UNfriendly.     And also rather stupid.

So, staying on the subject of boats, here is a colourful photo of some fishing boats in Africa.    Good light and bright colours make this photo.

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Photo of the Day Saturday 1st June 2013 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day…” Failure is not falling down, it is remaining where you have fallen ”

”  Follow your heart, but take your brain with you”

Mobile phone applications have gone too far.  Now being tested in Brazil by Kimberley Clarke is the Tweet Pie app.   This is a sensor which is placed in babies nappies/diapers, and when moisture is sensed, then sends a message to the parents’ telephone informing them that it is time to change the nappy/diaper.  Or how about iSteam, which covers your mobile telephone screen with vitual steam so that you can write messages on it.   Then there is the ‘Annoy A Teen’ app which sends out high frequency sounds to apparently annoy younger people.  Or if you really want to waste USD 1 then you can buy ‘Passion App’, and app that judges you whilst you have sex and then gives you a score out of 10.

Did you know that the British city of Birmingham has more kilometres of canals  (over 160km) than Venice?  The Kiel Canal is said to be the busiest canal in the world, and is 97 km long, and used by over 60 000 ships a year.   The world’s longest canal is the Grand Canal in China (over 1776 km long), with 24 locks along its length.  This leads nicely to a canal photo…….

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Very happy not to be working at the Quality Spa Resort Hotel in Norefjell.  Not missing it at all.


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

Thought for the day…” Today is the oldest that you have ever been, and the youngest that you will ever be again”

” If you cannot convince them, confuse them”  Harry S. Truman

I read a very interesting article on the net about an experiment performed by some Danish school girls who discovered that cress seeds would not germinate in a room which had internet routers turned on.   No problem for the seeds in the room without the routers, so it appeared that the radiation from the routers was preventing the seeds from germinating.   More research is now going to be done on this surprising discovery by the schoolgirls, but again it raises the question of radiation levels.   Mobile phones and their radiation levels have been investigated several years but now it appears that routers may also be suspect.   More details about this story here;

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The photo today is from the archipeligo outside of Stockholm, and shows the village of Furusund, near the edge of the archipeligo.

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

Thought for the day…” Success comes in cans, not in can’ts”     “The mind is like a parachute, it only works when it is open”

Did you know that 9 major planets orbit the sun?  Or that 109 planet Earths would fit onto around the surface of the sun, and that every 11 years that the sun reverses its polarity, so that the north pole becomes the south pole?  Or that it is around 150 million km away from the earth.  In the 16th Century Copernicus said that it was the Earth that travelled around the Sun, although a Greek philospher Aristarchus had claimed this much earlier.  So for the photo today, a picture of a sunset over the Baltic Sea……

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Photo of the Day Saturday 4th May 2013 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell

Thought for the day…” We all have stumbling blocks, the import thing is turning them into stepping stones”

” You do not know where you are going if you are always looking back”.

Built on more than 14 islands, Stockholm is the capital of Sweden lies at almost 60 degrees north, meaning cold and dark winters and a short summer.  The city has a population of around 900 000 people, although over 2 million live in the metropolitan area.  It is said to have one of the world’s most expensive public transport systems in the world.  Sweden is also said to have the highest number of Mcdonalds stores per capita in the world.

The photo today is from Stockholm, looking across the water towards the Gamla Stan/Old Town, on 1st May 2013

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Photo of the Day Saturday 27th April 2013 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day…” Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice”

”  Happiness is not how much you have, but how you enjoy it”

“The mind is like a parachute, it only works when it is open”.

Helvetia is the latin name for Switzerland, and the Conferderation Helvetia is where the initials CH come from.  Switzerland borders 5 other countries, France, Austria, Italy, Germany and Liechtenstein.   Home to chocolate, the first chocolate bar was produced here by Francois Callier in 1819.   And the photo today is of a lake steamer on the Brienzersee, seen here at Iseltwald.

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

Thought for the day…” Do not be afraid of moving slowly.  Be afraid of standing still”

“We all have stumbling blocks.  What is important is turning them into stepping stones.

Home to about 613 000 people and the capital of Norway, Oslo is growing by about 2% a year at the moment.   As in Swedish, there is no word for ‘please’ in Norwegian.    As in Finland and Sweden, you can only buy alcohol from the government owned alcohol shops in Norway, and at a high price too !   Norway is also home to the pop group ‘A-Ha’.   The photo today is from the sea, showing the Oslo City Hall (left) and the Akershus castle (right).

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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 Sunday 10th February 2013 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day…..” Wise people think all that they say, fools say everything that they think”

“The sooner that you fall behind, the more time that you will have to catch up”

A view of Lake Wanaka, New Zealand here today.  Got me thinking about water.  71% of the earth’s surface is covered by it.   96.5 of all water is found in oceans, with only 2.5% of all water being freshwater.   About 70% of the freshwater used by humans goes on agriculture.  On the top of Mt. Everest, water boils at 68 degrees centigrade.  The human body is between 55% and 78% water, depending on size.  Lake Wanaka was quite low when this photo was taken,  although in some years after heavy snowmelt and rains, it has been know to flood the town.

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Photo of the Day Sunday 3rd February 2013 – Not the Quality Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day…”Don’t take life too seriously, you will never get out of it alive’.

“I used to eat a lot of natural food, until I learnt that most people die of natural causes”.

“Life is sexually transmitted”

If anybody from the ‘Customer Service’ section at KLM/Air France is reading this, then would you please tell me how you got jobs in ‘customer service’.   Apparently, KLM Air France are unable to answer emails and also do not know the importance of customers.    But hey, hopefully KLM Air France will be out of business soon.    With customer ‘service’ as bad as they have, then I am surprised that they have lasted so long.    But the staff that KLM Air France have working now are lucky, they get paid for seemingly doing nothing.   Terrible airline!!

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Photo of the Day Saturday 2nd February 2013 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day……” You cannot make your candle glow brighter by blowing out the other guys’.”

“Do not regret growing older.  It is a privilege denied to many.”

I could never understand why so many people stayed at the Quality Spa Resort in Norefjell.     For one thing, it is up on a hill, 13km from the nearest village of Noresund, and reached by driving up a toll road, including a section that is gravel.  Not only that, but in winter the drive up to the hotel is not easy, as the road is covered with snow and ice.     Then when people arrived at the hotel, they paid a small fortune to stay in what I would rate as an average 3 star hotel, and certainly nothing special.  I have stayed in many hotels that would knock spots of this hotel, but why do people drive up and pay high prices to stay here??   True, the hotel does have a small swimming pool and a limited skiing area around it, but if people travelled to the Swiss or Austrian Alps then they could find far better skiing areas.  Are the hotel rooms special at the Quality Spa Resort?  I would say not, and certainly nothing out of the ordinary.    And the food in the hotel?   Again, nothing that would make me drive up 13km into the hills for.   So if you are heading to Noresund then my advice would be to stay down in the valley, save some money but still be in the same area.

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Photo of the Day Tuesday 29th January 2013 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day…” Critics are like eunuchs in a harem; they know how it’s done, they’ve seen it done every day, but they’re unable to do it themselves.”

“Happily ever after happens day by day”.

“Never go to a doctor whose office plants have died”.

A wonderful summer’s day on the lakefront in Wanaka, New Zealand, with the start of the southern Alps in the background.  With an average depth of 300m and a length of 42km, Lake Wanaka is one of New Zealand’s larger lakes.  New Zealand is home to about 40 million sheep (the numbers change depending on the time of year), or about 9 sheep for every person in NZ.  And no part of New Zealand is more than 128km from the sea.  New Zealand also has the world’s southernmost capital city, Wellington.

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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 Monday 14th January 2013 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day…” Sometimes the things we cannot change end up changing us”

“If you think that you are too small to make a difference, then you haven’t spent a night with a mosquito”.

Taking photos in the cold has proved challenging, with things like ice on the camera and batteries that die very quickly.  Got me wondering about the world records for hot and cold temperatures, and there are some interesting facts.   Although the -20 degrees Centigrade or colder recently experienced in Scandinavia are far from warm, those temperatures are a long way off the records…..

-89.2 degrees C. recorded at Vostok Station in 1983, or -82.5 degrees C recorded at Dome A, Antartica in 2005.   Kitilla, in the Lapland area of Finland has been down to  -51.5 degrees C  (in 1999).  Italy down to -48.3 degrees  at San Martino during 2010.   Even Australia has had some extreme cold, with -23 degrees being recorded at the Charlotte Pass in New South Wales during 1994.  And the record for the most snowfall during a year goes to Mt. Rainer, Washington State, USA, which recorded 31.1 metres of snow from 1971-72.

Some modern waterfront apartments in Oslo,Norway for the photo today.

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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 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 Tuesday 1st January 2013 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day….” Life is like a camera.  Just focus on what’s importantCapture the good timesDevelop from the negative, and if things don’t turn out, just take another shot.

Did you know that an ostrich’s eye is bigger than its brain?

Starting the year with a photo from the prettiest part of New Zealand, Lake Wanaka.  The photo is from the lakefront in the town centre, looking down towards Black Peak and the Southern Alps.  Just left of centre in the mountains at the back is the Treble Cone ski area.  The lake was originally called Lake Pembroke, and is 42km long, with several islands in it.  It is situated around 44 degrees south, and has an area of around 180 square kilometres.    Great place for watersports !!!

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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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