Thought for the day….”You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough” (Mae West)
“Ladies who play with fire must remember that smoke gets in their eyes” (Mae West)
Up to the top of Norway and the border with Russia for the photo today. Traders from Russia come across into Norway to trade and shop (despite the prices in Norway !). Some warm sunshine and good light helped to make a very colourful photo of a very typical Russian item, nesting dolls.
Nesting dolls (called Matryoshkas) were originally a Japanese idea, but are now a common souvenir from Russia. Sergei Maliutin is thought to have been the first Russian to produce the dolls, with the first sets representing a Russian peasant family of a mother and her 7 children. The world record is for a 51 piece set, with the largest doll being over 51 cm tall.
and another photo from the archives…Arrowtown on the South Island of New Zealand, a former gold mining town that is now a popular daytrip from nearby Queenstown.
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Thought for the day…” Success is when preparation meets opportunity.”
With all the problems in the world (climate change, recession, unemployment, malaria, Syria etc……) it is surprising to read that scientists in the USA in Portland University have been busy working on perfecting a coffee maker that will work in zero gravity (zero G) conditions in space. I may be missing the point here, but one, are there many people travelling in space? and two, could these same scientists have worked on something more useful?? Hopefully this ‘research’ was not paid for by taxpayers’ money.
Off to the small town of Arrowtown in New Zealand for the photo today. The town was previously a historic gold mining town once had more than 7000 residents, who were attracted by the lure of gold in the nearby Shotover and Arrow rivers. The Shotover river turned out to be one of the richest gold-bearing rivers in the world, and it is still possible today to pan for gold in it. The photo was taken late evening, when the day trippers from the nearby tourist mecca of Queenstown had returned and had left Arrowtown in peace again. A colour photo was converted to black & white, then to sepia, and the contrast was increased.
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