Thought for the day…”Chocolate is ground from the beans of happiness.”
“The man who is swimming against the stream knows the strength of it.”
Free Speech. Something that is very important, but something that is disappearing fast in Europe. Political correctness has already gone far to far, but now the online travel agency (OTA) Booking.com is also at it.
I recently stayed in some accommodation in Zurich which I booked online via Booking.com The property was not good (badly run, dirty and with poor facilities) with poor security. Not only was the property not clean, but it appeared to have many problems, one of which was what appeared to be asylum seekers in the accommodation. So after my stay, I wrote a TRUTHFUL review to help other people in deciding whether or not to book. One of the things that I wrote in the review was that the property appeared to house asylum seekers. I did not make any statements about the rights or wrongs of this, nor did I mention nationalities, skin colour or race. No references were made to immigration policies or criminality, just a statement that there appeared to be asylum seekers housed in the property.
But Booking.com refused to publish my review because I had used the words ‘asylum seekers’ which they said could cause offense to some some people. I would argue that the words described (truthfully) a situation, and were just reporting what I had seen and experienced. Despite emails to Booking.com the review did not get published. So it seems that Booking.com also want to be politically correct, even if this means distorting the truth.
The result of this….I cancelled a lot of future bookings with Booking.com and now try to book direct with hotels etc. where this is possible. I am not going to have Booking.com tell me what I can and cannot say in a review. It also makes me think that the other reviews on their website may also have been edited too. So if you are reading reviews there then be aware that the reviews may have been edited for suitability. George Orwell’s 1984 is here, just a bit late. Booking.com is in the same group as Priceline.com and Agoda.com
Today’s photo comes from Glendhu Bay on the South Island of New Zealand. The valley in the photo was until recently one of the homes of the Canadian country-pop singer, Shania Twain. Nearby is Mt. Aspiring National Park and the Southern Alps.
and another photo from the archives….a SRN-4 hovercraft seen here in Boulogne in France. These hovercraft had a top speed of 154 km/h and crossed the English Channel in as little as 22 minutes. The record is held by the hovercraft in this photo, the Princess Anne.
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Thought for the day…”Well done is better than well said.” (Benjamin Franklin).
“To read without reflecting is like eating without digesting.”
A wonderful story in the news at the moment from Washington, DC, about ‘Steve’, the security robot who fell down some steps into a water fountain. The high-tech robot was fitted with ultra-sonic sensors, infra-red sensors and HD video, yet still managed to fall down the steps and into the water below. His makers, Knightscope, have been providing updates on his ‘condition’ from ‘hospital’. The security robot is quoted as thanking his human helpers for saving him, and he is also quoted as saying that he did not see the ‘No Swimming’ sign before entering the water. Apparently the water has played havoc with his electronics (natually). His condition was reported as ‘critical’. So despite all the high technology, the ‘intelligent’ robot still managed to end up wet and useless. And this is supposed to be the future !!
Not a nuclear explosion, but sunset over the Baltic Sea near Sweden for the photo today…
and another photo…Lake Hawea on the South Island of New Zealand, another Fuji X-T20 photo..
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Thought for the day…” Turn your face to the sun and the shadow falls behind you”
“You cannot live a positive life with a negative mind”
When was the last time that you printed a photo??? Nowadays it seems to be the trend to take a photo with a mobile phone, then only share it via Facebook or Instagram. The photo is only a temporary thing, shared then forgotten. Previously photos were printed out, then passed around at meetings of friends. Far easier to look at a printed photo instead of an image on a mobile phone or tablet. Photos printed out mean more. Much nice to look at a printed photo then a mobile phone screen. And photos will be treasured more than an image on a mobile phone screen for only a few seconds. Many of those images on a mobile phone will only last as long as the phone lasts, whereas photos that are printed out will last a long longer. And printing photos is fun too !!
Today’s photo was taken with the Fuji X-T20 camera and the Fuji XF 100-400mm lens. The quality of the lens is amazing, and with 5 stops of stabilisation, photos like this can be taken hand held. The lens is big and heavy (almost 1.4kg) but the quality of the photos speaks for itself.
and another photo….Lake Hawea on the South Island of New Zealand. An early morning photo….
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