Thought for the day…”It is better to walk alone than walk with a crowd going in the wrong direction”.
“You cannot hang out with negative people and expect a positive life”.
Winter is a great time to sit inside and sort out the thousands of photos. In the last century, in the days of 35mm film, you were very careful before you took a photo because you only had 24 or 36 exposures on each film (38 if you were very lucky when you put the film in). Now, with cameras that will take 8 or 10 photos a second, then sorting photos has become a mammoth task. Before, you sent the film away for processing, and the shop did all the work for you, whereas now you have to download the photos, label them and file them yourself, as well as editing them. One great advantage of the Fuji system is that the jpegs straight out of the camera are SO good, which means that much less editing is needed. Still got FAR too many photos though, but at least I am spending much less time on editing now. Two photos from the city centre in Bergen, Norway, both taken earlier this year with the Fuji X-T10 camera and standard 18-55mm kit lens.
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Thought for the day…” Enthusiasm is a power that can give dreams to the dreamless, life to the lifeless and hope to the hopeless”.
“Success is a three step journey. Planning, execution and bridging the gap between them”.
Despite being the 21st century, many people are still afraid of technology. Recently in Oslo, a cafe in the city centre (and in the capital city of Norway) refused to accept plastic cards. A government department also requested that I print out an email and post it to them, and many managers that I have been in contact with refuse to use video links as an alternative to meetings. The list goes on and on. The technology is here, yet so many people are afraid to use it. They can only bury their heads in the sand for so long. Whether they like it or not, technology is going to change the way that they do business. The Luddites that refuse to change will simply be left behind. Unfortunately, I am encountering a lot of Luddites at the moment.
Some apartments in the city centre of Yerevan, capital of Armenia, for the photo today. Armenia became independent from Russia in 1991 and has a population of around 3 million people, of which about 1 million live around Yerevan. It is famous for its cognac (which is actually a type of brandy) and for its apricots. Temperatures in Yerevan, which lies at around 900m, can fall to -20 degees in winter and up to plus 40 degrees in summer. Recently there has been a construction boom in the city, much of it funded with money from Russia. Many old, Soviet-style apartments have been demolished to make room for the new roads and business areas.
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Thought for the day…” The dictionary is the only place where success comes before work.”
” Life is not measure by the number of breaths we take, but by the moment that take our breath away”
Recently I was in a supermarket at the checkout, paying for my shopping. It was part of a large chain, and the assistant (who had obviously been instructed to tell all customers) advised me that the shop now had automatic self-service checkouts that I could use. No problem for me of course, as I had my credit card with me, but there was a very good reason NOT to use the self-service checkouts. There were already a row of unmanned, empty checkouts, as staff had been replaced by the self-service checkouts. I politely told the assistant that if everybody used the self-service checkouts, that so many jobs would disappear. They have already disappeared from airports (self-service check-ins), hotels are now going to self-service check-ins (fewer receptionists) and most bank counter staff have been replaced by ATMs. If this trend continues, then huge numbers of people are going to be out of work. So I am continuing to use manned checkouts. It may cause me to wait longer, but it will help to keep people in work. Something to think about.
Off to the capital of Iceland, Reykjavik for the photo today, and some modern apartments outside the city centre. Reykjavik, which means ‘smoky bay’ lies at 64 degrees north and has a population of around 200 000 people. Despite being so far north, more than 100 different nationalities live there.
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Thought for the day…” Sometimes the things we cannot change end up changing us”
“If you think that you are too small to make a difference, then you haven’t spent a night with a mosquito”.
Taking photos in the cold has proved challenging, with things like ice on the camera and batteries that die very quickly. Got me wondering about the world records for hot and cold temperatures, and there are some interesting facts. Although the -20 degrees Centigrade or colder recently experienced in Scandinavia are far from warm, those temperatures are a long way off the records…..
-89.2 degrees C. recorded at Vostok Station in 1983, or -82.5 degrees C recorded at Dome A, Antartica in 2005. Kitilla, in the Lapland area of Finland has been down to -51.5 degrees C (in 1999). Italy down to -48.3 degrees at San Martino during 2010. Even Australia has had some extreme cold, with -23 degrees being recorded at the Charlotte Pass in New South Wales during 1994. And the record for the most snowfall during a year goes to Mt. Rainer, Washington State, USA, which recorded 31.1 metres of snow from 1971-72.
Some modern waterfront apartments in Oslo,Norway for the photo today.
Happy not to be working at the Quality Spa Resort, Norefjell.