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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RESPECT, CONSIDERATION & FAIRNESS
Thought for the day….” Some days you just have to create your own sunshine”.
“If opportunity does not knock then build a door”.
Is it my imagination or are the shops even more crazy this year than in previous years? Just had ‘Black Friday’ and ‘Blue Monday’ and now the shops seem to be in overdrive for Christmas. And yet it seems that each year that there is less actual Christmas spirit and just more and more Christmas panic. Hard to concentrate on Christmas when the shops are starting it earlier and earlier each year. As usual, it will be madness in the shops in the last couple of weeks. Happy to see it over !!
Couple of photos to show just how good the Fuji jpegs are. Slowly going through the masses of photos and I am trying to delete lots, but it is fun to see some of the better photos. With the great colours from the standard Fuji jpegs, then I can save a lot of time in not editing RAW files. Much easier to get a good jpeg that is just as I want it, instead of hours of editing RAW files. Purists will argue that there is more detail in the RAW files, and that you can adjust them more, but for me, the Fuji jpegs are just right. Have a look at two photos below and see what you think of the colours…….
and another photo from the archives….. colours of the Caribbean (Antigua)
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Thought for the day…”Dreams do not work unless you do” “Do not wish for it, work for it”.
One of the great bonuses of the Fuji X-E1 camera is that the photos straight out of the camera are so good, even in jpeg form. Previously I would spend many hours with RAW files, adjusting and ‘developing’ the RAW image into finished JPEG photo, but now things are so much easier (and quicker). The standard jpegs straight out of the camera are so good…..have a look at the 2 photos below. Great colours, great sharpness and great contrast. Not quite ‘point and shoot’ but certainly much faster and much easier than previous digital cameras. And having been so impressed by the quality of the glass in the Fuji lenses, then another lens purchase might just be on the horizon..but will I be able to bring myself to pay the 2000 euros for the new zoom lens?????? Quality costs.
and another photo from the archives…night train to Oslo from Trondheim….
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Thought for the day…” Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen. ” (Winston Churchill).
So the new cycle has been sent back to Germany by the idiots at DB Schenker, who refused to deliver it the last few kilometres in Sweden, and who have now transported it all the way back to Germany. Off to court next week to get the matter into court, hopefully then DB Schenker/GLS will reply to emails and to court papers.
Staying in Central America for the photo today, but in Guatemala this time. Nice photo of the famous ‘chicken buses lined up in Antigua, Guatemala. They get their name because often chickens and other live animals are also transported on them, not only on the roof but also inside the buses. The buses also drive at high speed, and it is not uncommon to see a crashed bus by the side of the road. Antigua is surrounded by volcanoes and coffee plantations and is now a popular tourist destination. Also popular in this area are the chocolate shops, as Antigua produces some very good chocolate and cocoa.
Happy not to be working at the Quality Spa Resort Hotel in Norefjell, and not missing the managers there at all.