Thought for the day…..”Actions and consquences are a packaged deal”
” Life is a one-time offer. Use it well”.
Travel has just got easier for me. The USA, as usual paranoid about security has introduced rules which stop TOURISTS like me from getting the ESTA electronic visas. If you have visited any of the countries on the USA list, then you are now ineligible for the ESTA visa. This also means that you cannot transit the USA. The American government cannot get it into their heads that there are TOURISTS who visit countries like Iran, Iraq and Sudan to learn more about the culture and life there. But paranoid American officials now consider TOURISTS like these as a security risk. So it is an easy decision for me, no more visits to the USA. I will take my TOURIST dollars/euros/dirhams somewhere else.
And now I see that Australia is also becoming much like the USA. Now at international airports in Australia, they have made the body scanner machines compulsory. Of course they are saying that there is no danger to the public, but officials also said the same thing with the original body scanner X-Ray machines, until it was discovered that there WERE health dangers with the scanners. So when they tell me that there is no danger (officials also said the same thing after the Chernobyl nuclear accident) then I do not believe them. So I will not be compulsorily irradiated because I am innocent. So now I will be avoiding Australia as well, including in transit. And apparently, Australia wants to start trials of facial recognition technology at gateway airports to avoid the need for passports. How much more big-brother is coming??? So two countries on the off list (USA & Australia). Makes planning the next trip easier. Their loss, my money will go to other countries. And is it not about time that these stupid rules about liquids are abolished??? Since when has a 200ml tube of tooth paste or shampoo been dangerous??
And why do they make the pilots go through security checks as well? Are they afraid that the pilot might get control of the aircraft?? Has no airport official ever seen the STUPIDITY of making pilots (who have full control of the aircraft) go through a security check? I watched one pilot at Brisbane airport recently having to remove his mobile phone from his pocket to go through security again. Yet no official has ever questioned the logic of such a stupid procedure.
Having been attacked and robbed recently by a bandit with a bushknife (see the previous post) I was searching around for a new Fuji camera. I was amazed to see on a website with sample images from a Fuji camera, and advertisement for stab-proof jackets (see the screenshot below). Either my internet is being monitored, or it was an amazing coincidence….
and a photo from the now-stolen camera…..again great sharpness and colours from Fuji…..
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Thought for the day….” Do not look back, you are not going that way”
“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving” (Albert Einstein).
The island of St. Helena is probably most famous with stamp collectors. The tiny island in the Atlantic Ocean lies about 1950km west of the African coastline. The population is about 4500 people, which makes the spending of 285 MILLION British pounds on a new airport rather surprising. St Helena is a British territory but the spending of such a large amount of money was done without sufficient surveys. The runway is subject to turbulent winds and wind shear, and operations have been judged to be dangerous. So despite spending a huge amount, only 18 aircraft have been able to land there due to the turbulent wind condtions and wind shear. So the British government is left with a huge bill for an airport that is considered too dangerous to fly into. But what will happen to the officials who ordered the building of this white elephant? I can guess. Zero. A modern day folly.
A photo from the South Island of New Zealand, and the state highway 8 over the Lindis Pass. At this point the road climbs to 971m before dropping down to the Ahuriri or Lindis Valleys. The special long, spiny grass which grows in this area is known as tussock grass (see lower right of the photo).
and another photo from the archives….legs plus. The legs on the far left are real.
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Thought for the day…” Why is the man who invests all your money called a broker? ”
” The cure for insomnia is to get more sleep”. ” If a book about failure does not sell, then is it a success”.
Not the words from one of the hits of the Eagles music group but a peaceful scene from Norway for the photo today. One of the early photos from the Fuji X-E1 camera here, taken whilst I was still trying the camera out. Early morning in the hills of Norway, with some light mist starting to appear over the lake and the first signs of autumn on the trees. Did you know that in the Swedish and Norwegian languages, that there is no word for ‘please’. It always sounds very strange (and impolite) to a non-Scandinavian to simply demand things (eg. give me a coffee.) instead of saying please. Finnish is another language which does not have a direct word for please (although it does have some polite ways to ask for things, such as Saisinko (=can I have). And perhaps because of the long, dark winter and cold winter nights, Norway is number 2 in the world for coffee consumption per capita, around 142 litres (or about 9.5kg of coffee beans) a year for each Norwegian citizen. Finland still tops the list.
and a photo from Brazil, with a storm approaching Sao Paulo airport……
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