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Were there some red faces recently?

Thought for the day…” A goal is a dream with a deadline”.

” When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it”

Now I am wondering if there are some very red faces at the American toymaker Hasbro over it’s ‘Play-Doh Sweet Shoppe Cake Mountain Playset’.    Red faces probably, not over the spelling of ‘shoppe’ but probably over the transparent plastic tube that is used to squeeze out Play-Doh to appear like cake frosting.   More than one person has commented that the plastic extruder appears to be very much like a sex-toy.  Remember that this item was sold in a set aimed at children, and was sold through reputable retailers.

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Something more serene and less controversial here…Lake Hawea in Otago, South Island New Zealand.   The photo shows the main highway which heads through the Southern Alps up to the Haast Pass, before dropping down to the West Coast.   Lake Hawea is a popular fishing spot, whilst Hawea village has a wonderful cafe and restaurant (Sailz), well worth a short detour off the highway to visit.  Highly recommended !!

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South to North…..Africa to Spitsbergen

Thought for the day….”  It costs nothing to dream, but are you prepared to pay the price to make it a reality?”

”  We learn the ropes of life by untying its knots”.

A photo of the largest land mammal for the photo today, and a scene from South Africa.   Elephants often live in herds of 20 or more, led by a dominant female called a matriarch.    They can live for up to 70 years, and curiously, cannot jump.    When they are born, they are blind, so rely totally on their mothers.  Adults will spend up to 16 hours a day feeding and need around 20 litres of water daily.   They sleep for only about 3 hours a day, and have 6 or 7 sets of teeth, unlike only 2 for humans.

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And another photo from the archives…..a storm approaches Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen

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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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Edge of the Sahara – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day….” Do not limit your challenges, challenge your limits”.

”  Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow”   (Albert Einstein).

Did you read the news story that the Bolivian president, Evo Morales gave the UN president (Ban Ki-moon) a cake for his birthday made with coca leaves?     The Bolivian president was earlier a coca farmer, and is an advocate of coca for its use in medicines and teas.     He even pulled out a bag of coca leaves and began chewing on them during a meeting of the UN Anti Drug group in Vienna in 2012.  Coca leaves are used in the production of cocaine, with Bolivia being the world’s largest producer of the drug.

The Sahara is the world’s hottest desert, and after Antartica, is the world’s second largest desert.  The name actually comes from the Arabic (plural) word for desert.  It has sand dunes up to 180m high, and its highest point is over 3414m high.  In summers, temperatures can rise to over 50 degrees.  Today’s photo was taken near sunset in Morocco, in a town on the edge of the Sahara.

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and a photo from the archives…..Mt. Aspiring (3033m), South Island, New Zealand.

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Sunset by the Sahara – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day….” Sometimes you have to take a leap at life and builds your wings on the way down”.

“Courage is the power to let go of the familiar.”

The Sahara Desert is the largest hot desert in the world, and touches 11 different countries.   In some parts, the highest sand dunes can reach 180m.  Today’s photos shows a town in Morocco on the edge of the Sahara, seen here in late evening sunlight.  Morocco has a population of around 33 million people and became independent from France in 1956.   Rabat is the capital, although Casablanca is the largest city.  Arabic, French and Berber are the main languages, and the money is called the Dirham.   The national drink is mint tea, which is found in every city, whilst couscous is the national dish.  Mining (especially phosphates), agriculture and tourism are the main industries.  Not many signs of life in the photo though….

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Street life in Mozambique – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day….” In the race for quality, there is no finish line”.

” If you look back when going forward, then you will trip up sometimes”.

Georgina Galloway was the winner of the 2013 Perfect Woman Competition, which as usual, was held in Wanaka, New Zealand.  In this competition, contestants (all women!!) have to perform a number of tasks, which this year included knife throwing, skinning a rabbit, jetboat driving,  reversing with a trailer and taking off bottle tops with a chainsaw.   Unlike many competitions, this annual perfect woman competition relies on skills rather than beauty.   The winner can choose either a pallet of beer or NZD 1000 cash instead.  Another wonderful tradition from New Zealand.

Some street life from Mozambique in the photo here.  Until 1975 it was a Portuguese colony, hence Porgutuese is still the official language.  The famous Zambesi river runs through Mozambique before entering the Indian Ocean.  Interestingly, the flag of Mozambique shows an AK-47 rifle!!  It has borders with 6 countries, and a population of about 24 million, with about 1.2 million living in the capital, Maputo.

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Face to face with a lion – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day…..” The secret of success and a rich life is to have more beginnings than endings”.

”  Men stumble over pebbles, never over mountains”.

Did you know that an ostrich’s eye is bigger than its brain?   Or did you know that the Hawaiian alphabet only has 12 letters?  Or that the word ‘dreamt’  is the only word to end in ‘mt’ ?   Or did you know that the word ‘stewardesses’  is the longest word that is typed with only the left hand?  Or that koalas sleep around 18 hours a day?   Or that the original name for Australia was New Holland?   And that the average human brain contains about 78% water?

A different sort of portrait for today’s photo and face to face with an African lion.  After tigers, lions are the second biggest members of the cat family, with an average male weighing 180kg (females 130kg).  They can sprint up to 80km/h but only for short periods,  Average lifespan is about 12 years.   They spend about 18 hours a day resting, and hunt mainly at night.   This one was seen in Zambia.

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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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Ethiopia travel – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day….” Beauty is in the eye of the beer holder’.                       ”   The Earth is the insane asylum for the universe”

No prizes for guessing the destination of the photo today……easy one.    With sometimes very slow local transport, then air is the easy way to travel around Ethiopia.    Ethiopia was the birthplace of coffee, and now it is the arabica coffees that are the most important crops for many farmers.   Due to the big differences in climate and altitude in Ethiopia, coffee is grown in 4 different zones.   Coffee is the most important export for Ethiopia, and the coffee industry is a major employer.   Often visitors to a home are welcomed with a traditional coffee ceremony, where the beans are roasted in a large wok-like pan before making the good, fresh coffee.   Most of the coffee beans in commercial production are dried in the sun for 3 to 4 weeks, which is said to give a much better taste over machine dried beans.   Ethiopian coffees also have less caffeine in them, as lightly roasted coffees contain less caffeine than dark-roasted ones.   The coffee tree is actually related to the cherry tree.    Coffee is the second most traded commodity in the world (oil is first).     So a combination of great scenery, good coffee and interesting culture, make Ethiopia a great place to visit.

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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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