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Last light of the day….from above

Thought for the day…”I’ll try anything once, twice if I like it, and three times to make sure” (Mae West).

“Sex is emotion in motion”  (Mae West).

Up in the air……Who is the biggest?  The largest airline in the world (in terms of revenue, profit and fleet size) is the American Airlines group.   In terms of passengers, Delta is the world’s biggest private airline, with around 129 million passengers a year.   Emirates Airlines (UAE) is government owned, but their revenue last year was around USD 24.2 BILLION.  It used to be fun at one time, but now the security checks, check-in procedures and overcrowded airports have certainly taken the gloss away.    I often wonder who actually votes for the airlines that ‘win’ the awards for the world’s best airlines, but Singapore Airlines get my vote…..as does Singapore Airport (SIN) for the world’s best airport.    Norway’s Oslo (OSL) airport certainly deserves an award, not for comfort or for convenience, but for the lack of facilities and unpleasant surroundings.    Every time that I fly into or out of OSL I am struck by what a DISGRACE it is for Norway.  It does not get any better either.

Work means that I fly more than I would like but occasionally there are some perks….like this sunset last month, seen from an aircraft window in Norway….

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and another photo from the archives…an unlucky weekend motorist (Ferrari) gets a ticket in Stockholm, Sweden….

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I get that peaceful, easy morning feeling

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.

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and a photo from Brazil, with a storm approaching Sao Paulo airport……

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Queen of the Skies leaves Zurich – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day…” When opportunity knocks, please answer the door.  Don’t keep asking who it is”.

”  Your trust account is more important than your bank account”.

Another photo today of the ‘Queen of the Skies’, the Boeing 747.   The 747 series has now logged more than 77.8 BILLION kilometres, which is the equivalent of 101,500 trips to the moon and back.   An estimated 5.6 billion people (or 80% of the world’s population) are said to have flown in a 747.   The aircraft in the photo, the 747 400 series has around 274km of wiring in it, and can fly up to 13 500km non-stop.  It can carry 215,745 litres of fuel.  Interestingly, the Wright brothers’ first flight could have been performed within the length of the economy section of this aircraft (45m).   The photo shows a departure from Zurich, Switzerland bound for Singapore Changi, a distance of 10 318km.  This service has now been replaced by a daily Airbus A380.   Zurich airport, apart from being a pleasant airport to fly from, is also very photographer-friendly, even arranging special trips to the best photo spots around the airport.

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Waiting in the market – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day….” If you cannot be thankful for what you achieve, then be thankful for what you escape”.

”  The more that you live, the less that you die”.

There are good airports in the world, and there are bad airports.  Singapore (Changi) must rate as the best airport in the world, and changing aircraft there or just waiting is actually a pleasant experience.   Well managed, clean and also lots of good facilities for travellers, such as free cinemas, gardens and even a swimming pool.   And plenty of comfortable seats.  Compare that to the Oslo Gardermoen (OSL) airport.    They have taken away most of the seats in the terminal now, so that often the only option (apart from sitting in an expensive restaurant (which may be closed at night/early morning) is to sit on the floor.   Their reply to my complaint was that it was due to pressure of space, so their answer is to take seats out.   But it will be reviewed again in 2017 (yes, you read correctly, 2017!!).   What are travellers supposed to do if they have to wait before they are able to check in?    I sometimes wonder about the people managing airports such as Oslo Gardermoen.   Not only is the lack of seats bad, but if you arrive off a long flight, then try getting a shower in the airport.   Oslo Gardermoen (OSL) airport has facilities more like a 3rd world country, instead of a Scandinavian capital.

Staying in El Salvador again for the photo today, and a photo from the market in the town of Naza.   Again, a very expressive face.  The photo also makes a good crop as well, have a look at the small photo below and see if you like it better.

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Finals to land Thomson 757 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day….” Never allow your mind to be a garden for negative thoughts.  If you do, then you will only harvest tears”.

” Without bad days, who would know what a good one way?”

A sad story in the news today from London, UK.  The police there have seized a Lamborghini  Aventador (the latest model) worth USD 450 000 for having no insurance (!!) and may end up being crushed shortly.  The car was seized near the famous Harrods department store in London, UK, and is owned by one of the Qatari ruling family.   The same fate has also happened to Ferrari and Porsche cars previously, but it is thought that it will be the first Lamborghini that has been seized and scrapped in this way.     I wonder why they do not try and sell it, instead of just crushing it???

I was watching passengers in a busy train/bus terminal recently and was struck by the huge number of people online, even when they were walking or waiting.    This made me think that we are never properly ‘away’, as we are now always connected and receive almost instant news from friends even when we are thousands of km away.   Previously (say 20 years ago) you got mail once every few months when you were travelling (how exciting to go to a main post office and collect a bundle of mail, which you read over and over again).    Apart from those occasional letters, you were out of touch for months at a time, save for the occasional (expensive) telephone call.   Now people are never really away, as there is almost always a constant connection to home.   Even on aircraft now there is wifi, ships have sea have wifi via satellite and trains and buses now also have the connection.    So we do not get ‘away’ anymore.

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Photo of the Day Saturday 16th March 2013 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day…” Make peace with your past so it will not mess up the present”.

“Light travels fast than sound.  This is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak”

Up into the air for the photo today and the queen of the skies, the 747 (actually a 747 400 in the photo).     It first flew in 1969 and more than 1450 ‘jumbos’ have been built.   It cruises at 920 km/h and has a range of 13 450km.   The list price of a new 747 800 (the latest model) is USD 351 million.   Interesting, the early versions carried URANIUM as ballast to stop a problem with wing flutter, not good in the even of a crash, as did an El Al 747 at Amsterdam in 1992, carrying 282 kg of uranium in the tailplane.  In 1991, one 747 took off with 1087 passenger aboard as part of Operation Solomon.

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Photo of the Day Monday 7th January 2013 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day….”  Those who say it cannot be done should not interrupt the people doing it ”

Apparently, a Cockroach can live up to two weeks without a head because its brain (or control center) is spread throughout its body.  And the Scottish band The Bay City Rollers earned their name after sticking a pin in a map of America, which landed on the Michigan city.

The photo today is of one of the world’s largest cargo planes, the Antonov An-124.    In May 1987, an An-124 set a world record, covering the distance of 20,151 km (10,881 nmi) without refuelling. The flight took 25 hours and 30 minutes; the takeoff weight was 455,000 kg.  It was seen here at Stockholm Arlanda airport.

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Photo of the Day Wednesday 4th July – Not the Quality Spa Resort in Norefjell

Thought for the day….” If at first you don’t succeed, skydiving is not for you. “

The year is flying by, and now it is already July.  What happened to the first 6 months of 2012?????      Off to somewhere warm and sunny for today’s photo, and another photo where timing was everything.   The photo comes from Nadi airport in Fiji, and shows the morning arrival from Korea, just about to touch down.    Good thing that I was there early because the flight arrived ahead of time.  The early morning light and the angle was just right for this shot.    About 850 000 people live in Fiji, which is made up of over 330 islands. Tourism and sugar are the main industries, and the airport at Nadi is busy day and night with international arrivals, with about 1.2 million passengers a year.