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Thought for the day….”One fails forward toward success”

“Life Always offers you a second chance. It’s called tomorrow”.

Off to the Himalayas and to Nepal for the photo today.    As usual, the porters were carrying extremely heavy loads, this time including the kitchen table.    Unusually though, these porters had good footwear, instead of the more common flip-flops or sandals.   Climbing up with such loads is even more difficult due to the thinner air and often harsh conditions.  The photo is from a scanned 35mm negative.

and another photo from the collection….Oslo city centre, which in parts is dirty, run down and full of beggars and drug-addicts.  Far from the image of Scandinavia that many people have.

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Oslo, Norway – Not the modern, organized place that you think…..

Thought for the day..”It is better to rust out than wear out.”

“We all have ability. The difference is how we use it.”  (Charlotte Wilton).

One of the great mysteries of life is why in Norway, the arrival of snow in winter causes such chaos.  Norway lies mostly above 60 degrees north (parts of it are over 70 degrees north) so is Artic or sub-Artic, yet the arrival in WINTER of snow seems to cause such chaos.   Do the Norwegians not expect snow in WINTER?   Are they not used to snow arriving in WINTER?   It appears not.    As anyone who has been in Oslo recently will have experienced, the streets have been extremely difficult to negotiate.   Pavements have alternated between sheet ice and deep snow, all of this in the CAPITAL of a country that is rich and that is supposed to be modern.     It sure shatters a lot of images when you work in Norway, those images that many people have of a modern, well-organized society soon change when you see how it really is.   And I just cannot but help wondering what the local council in Oslo is doing (or rather, not doing).     The one plus side to the chaos caused by the snow and ice is that is has forced many of the begging gypsies off the streets.   Again, the gypsy problem is something that the Norwegian government and police seem unable to deal with, same as with the heroin problem in Oslo.   Whilst drug sellers operate openly in the city centre, nothing appears to be done about the problem.   Oslo has been called the “heroin capital of Europe’, with the statistics showing the big problem with heroin addiction and deaths in the city, but the authorities do not seem to be doing enough.  Have a look at some of the videos of the problem on YouTube.    So if you have any ideas that Norway is a modern, clean and well-run society, then a short visit may change your views !!

One photo of the Norwegian capital, Oslo, taken before the snows arrived…..

and another photo from the archives Rafsundet near Svolvaer in the Lofoten Islands, Norway.

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Oslo (Norway) Gardermoen airport – Still a disgrace for Norway

Thought for the day…”The young man knows the rules, but the old man knows the exceptions.”

“Sooner or later, those who win are those who think they can.”

I have had the misfortune (and misfortune is the word) to travel through the enlarged Oslo airport.   It is still a national disgrace for Norway.   Despite earlier complaints, the airport managers in their infinite wisdom, have still ignored the needs of waiting passengers.   All very well to build a big new terminal, but the queues to check in and at security seem just as bad as ever.    Not only that, but those same airort managers have STILL not put in anywhere near enough seats for waiting passengers.   Before, their excuse was that they did not have enough space for seats (although apparently they did have enough space for stupid scultpures).  Now that the enlarged terminal is open (with more space), there are still not enough seats for waiting passengers.

And once you have negotiated the snake-like lines to go through the security controls, then you have another challenge to find enough seats whilst you wait for the flight.    If you want to find something to do while you wait, good luck, because there seems to be almost nothing for passengers to do (apart fro slow, restricted internet).   Good luck too if you want to charge your phone or computer…the search for a socket will keep you amused for some time before your flight.

So the recently enlarged Oslo airport is just as bad as before.  The queues are still there, the lack of seats is still the same, and the lack of things to do whilst waiting for your flight is just the same.    And the worst part…..we passengers are paying for the privilege of using these poor facilities.    A disgrace for Norway.

Plenty of space for these 2 people on the beach near Surat Bay, on the Catlins Coast of New Zealand..

and another photo from the archives….black and white lines and modern architecture…

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Both from Bergen, buildings & bridges

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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Curious marketing, or is it crazy marketing???

Thought for the day…”Success is when preparation meets opportunity”

“When life changes to become harder, change yourself to be stronger”.

I have received an email from Lonely Planet advertising some new books.  I am wondering if I am missing something here.   One of the book titles is ‘The Best Things in Life Are Free”, but there is a ‘buy now’ button.   Now that does not seem right to me, but perhaps I am wrong…..

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Almost as bad was the email sent to me by Amazon.  Having ordered some wine for a friend, the confirmation email from Amazon went on to suggest other items that I might be interested in purchasing.   On the list was….Andrex Toilet tissue!!   I cannot see that people ordering wine would be interested in ordering toilet tissue at the same time, but maybe I am wrong.    But who orders toilet paper online anyway???    Strange marketing.

Lovely sunrise at Floro, Norway on the 15th October for the photo today, captured with the Fuji X-T10 camera and standard 18-55mm lens.

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and another photo….modern architecture in Baku, Azerbaijan.

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Black & White or colour….which is best ?????

Thought for the day…” Broken pencils are pointless”       “Jokes about German sausages are the wurst”

Lots of fun to go back through the photo collections and re-edit the photos….and also get rid of a lot of earlier attempts.   Two versions of the same photo today, from the Spanish island of Menorca.  All photos from the Fuji X series….with the standard 18-55mm kit lens.    See which you like the best.  Same photo but one is converted to B & W.     My vote goes to the black & white version….

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and another photo from the archives….the lake at Geilo, Norway in early autumn…

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If you are feeling hungry…fast food….

Thought for the day….”You cannot live a positive life with a negative mind”

“Success is a ladder that you cannot climb with your hands in your pockets”

If you are feeling overfed after the Christmas indulgence, then spare a thought for Nela Zisser (New Zealand).  This woman has undertaken the challenge of eating to excess and is posting on YouTube.  Her latest attempt failed.   She was attempting to eat 100 MacDonald burgers in a row.  Not surprisingly, the attempt fails, and she ‘only’ managed to eat 45 burgers.  Apparently, after eating 45 of them, she said that the taste got to her.     The record is held by a Japanese, Yuka Kinoshita, who managed to eat 62 burgers at one sitting.   Also in the news this week is that the world’s heaviest man, Andres Sepulveda (Mexico) had died at the age of 38.  His weight had been as high as 450kg.  What will your New Year’s Resolution be????

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and another photo from the archives…fireworks over the Norwegian city of Bergen…..

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Are you one?

Thought for the day…” For sleep, riches and health to be truly enjoyed, they must be interrupted.”

Are you one?   Are you one of the annoying people who walk down the pavements (sidewalk for the Americans) glued to their mobile phone??   I am so tired of these people who have no consideration for others walking towards them.   Now I am refusing to move out of their way.   Videos on Youtube show people walking into fountains and falling into rivers because they are fixated on their mobile phone.  They deserve it.   Almost as bad as those who text whilst driving.  Perhaps there is an app for people like these……..

Two photos from the Norwegian coastal town of Alesund.  This town was destroyed by fire in 1904, and was rebuilt in the Art Nouveau style.  This means that most of the buildings in the centre date from 1904 to 1907 and share the same style.  Around 45 000 people live here, with fishing, tourism and a small oil-support industry being the main occupations.  The first photo was taken at the top of the 488 steps which lead up from the town to the viewpoint.

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wordpress-riverside-finaland another photo from the archives….riverside in the Paraguayian capital of Asuncion

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Wonderful Copenhagen – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day…” Happiness is not getting everything that you want.  It is enjoying what you have”.

”  The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet” (Aristotle).

Why is there a ‘fashion’ at the moment to make most running shoes in bright colours, or even white?   How long do white running shoes stay white?  Not long.    But it seems that nearly all the current offerings in the shops are just in bright, light colours, which if you are running off road (or even on road) are not going to stay looking good for very long.  Bring back darker running shoes!

Today’s photo comes from the waterfront area in central Copenhagen, Denmark.   Nyhavn, which means ‘new harbour’ in Danish.   The famous Danish author Hans Christian Andersen lived in Nyhavn for many years.   Copenhagen claims to have the world’s longest shopping street (Stroget).   With a population of around 1.2 million people the area has prosepered, especially after the opening in 2000 of the bridge joining it to nearby Malmo in Sweden.   It is said that  Walt Disney, after visitng the amusement park (Tivoli) in Copenhagen, was inspired to build his own version back in the USA.   Denmark is also the home of LEGO, and it is estimated that over the last 60 years, that more than 320 billion bits of Lego have been sold.   That works out at an average of 56 LEGO bits per person worldwide.    LEGO is an abbreviation of the Danish words “leg got’, which means ‘play good’.

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Downtown Funchal, Madeira – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day….” Life will not give you anything better than you give it.  Give life the best, and you get the best out of life”.

”  If the going seems easy, then check if you are going backwards”.

Off to the islands of Madeira for the photo today.  The islands are about 480km off the African coast in the Atlantic Ocean, but have an extremely pleasant year-round sub-tropical climate.     Madeira was offically discovered by the Portuguese in 1419, and Portuguese is still the main language spoken there today.  Today around 1 million tourists visit it each year, including by cruise ship.   The photo here is of the main street in the capital, Funchal.   Funchal has a population of about 111 000 people, and after Lisbon, is the richest part of Portugal.

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Summer in Croatia – Not the Quality Spa Resort, Norefjell.

Thought for the day….” Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies”.

” If knowledge can create problems, it is not through ignorance that we can solve them”.

There is a strange story in the news at the moment about Brent Council in London, England.  They have installed a hologram ‘receptionist’, a moving human image who ‘answers’ questions from visitors.  Brent Council says that the hologram will save GBP 17000 a year.    This is after they spent GBP 90 million on a new civic centre, which opened this year.   And perhaps they forget, that one less (real) person will now not have a job, and will presumably have to be supported by the government there.    False economy??   And in these hard economic times, should any local government be spending GBP 90 million on a new civic centre??   Surely hospitals and schools come first, well before any civic centres.   Perhaps we should ask the hologram receptionist for the answers?     Stop the world, I want to get off……………………………………

Off to Split, Croatia for the photo today, and the harbourside in the city centre.   Situated on the Adriatic Sea, Croatia was the home of the famous traveller Marco Polo..   It was formed in 1991 when it became independent from the former Yugoslavia, and it has recently become a member of the European Union.    It has more than 1000 islands along its coast.   An interesting fact is that the White House (Washington, USA) is built of Croatian stone, as is the Austrian Pariliament building in Wien, Austria.   Croatia was also the site of the world’s first hydro electric power station in 1895 (Sibenik).  The town of Hum in Istria is said to be the world’s smallest town, with just 23 citizens.

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Age of Steam – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day….” Pull the string and it will go wherever you wish.  Push the string, and it will go nowhere at all”.

“Success finds a way, failure finds an excuse”

Many people outside of Scandinavia have an idea that Sweden is modern, clean and efficient, with a well-developed social system.   Once you spend a little time there, and start to read the newspapers and watch TV, then you soon realize that Sweden is far from that image.   Immigration is a problem (there were riots again recently in the suburbs of the Swedish capital, Stockholm), with discrimination against immigrants increasing.  Swedes tolerate foreigners, but they do not accept them.   That is one reason that many immigrants are confined to certain areas of the larger cities.   You can see people sleeping on the streets, and even in the very centre of the Swedish capital, there are large numbers of beggars on the streets.  The number of people going through the rubbish bins in the cities shows that things are getting much worse.    The newspapers reveal stories of people sleeping in hospital corridors due to shortages of beds, waiting lists for operations and pensioners not receiving sufficient money for a good standard of living.    As for technology, Sweden is far behind some countries.   Some shops will not even accept credit cards, and the Swedes still demand paper forms and photocopies for almost everything official.   As for cleanliness, tourists are now surprised to see just how dirty parts of Sweden are.  The city centre in Stockholm is dirty, with rubbish, graffiti and general grime.  Public works seem to have been cut back far too much, and you keep noticing areas of decay and neglect.  Whereas Sweden might once have been something of a model to the rest of the world, it has changed, and it has changed a lot.   Some things have remained good, like maternity and paternity leave and benefits, but overall, Sweden has slipped a long way. Stories of Swedish trains halted due to snow and ice, recent bus strikes and increased bankruptcies also show things things have gone wrong in Sweden.  It is no longer a model society.

New made to look old for the photo today.   The photo is of a preserved steam train at Uppsala, Sweden on one of its weekend runs.   The original photo was taken in RAW, then converted to black & white, then changed to sepia.  Quite an impressive piece of machinery and nothing in the photo gives a clue that it was taken in 2013 instead of 1930.

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Photo of the Day Saturday 25th May 2013 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day…” Life is the most difficult exam. Many people fail because they copy others, not realising that everyone has a different question paper”.                                                ” Happiness is the ultimate DIY project.”

I picked up a wonderful story in the news about the toilet paper shortage in Venezuela.   Apparently, the Venezuelan government is planning to import 39 million rolls to help with the serious shortage in Venezuela.   Reports say that people have been queuing to buy toilet paper, and in some places, people have had their hands ink stamped to prevent them buying more than their quota.  That got me to have a look at the Toilet Paper Encyclopedia (yes, there is one) where I discovered that in 1996 in the USA, that President Clinton imposed a 6 cent tax on each roll of toilet paper.   The USA is the world’s largest producer of toilet paper.   And did you know that toilegami is the art of folding toilet paper into elaborate shapes?

And for the photo today, a picture of a snowmobile jumping in the city centre, Helsinki, Finland.

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Photo of the Day Sunday 14th April 2013 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day…” Do not be afraid of moving slowly.  Be afraid of standing still”

“We all have stumbling blocks.  What is important is turning them into stepping stones.

Home to about 613 000 people and the capital of Norway, Oslo is growing by about 2% a year at the moment.   As in Swedish, there is no word for ‘please’ in Norwegian.    As in Finland and Sweden, you can only buy alcohol from the government owned alcohol shops in Norway, and at a high price too !   Norway is also home to the pop group ‘A-Ha’.   The photo today is from the sea, showing the Oslo City Hall (left) and the Akershus castle (right).

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Photo of the Day Saturday 9th February 2013 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day…”The first to apologise is the bravest, the first to forgive is the strongest, the first to forget is the happiest”.

“The only real mistake is the one that we learn nothing from”.

Melbourne, Australia and St. Petersburg, Russia have the largest tram systems in the world, but the photo today shows a preserved tram in the southern Swedish city of Malmo.  Interesting to read that at one time, Milan had hearse trams which were used for funerals up until 1920.  Also, at one time, Melbourne had a dog car tram, which was used to transport dogs to the showgrounds.  As well as the usual restaurant trams, they have also been used as a mobile library ((Munchen, Germany) until 1970, and also as cargo trams.  Amsterdam has again experimented with using trams for moving goods inside the city.  And a few cities still use double-decker trams, such as Hong Kong.

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Photo of the Day Thursday 21st February 2013 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day….” What we see depends on what we look for ”

“Great men are rarely isolated mountain peaks, they are the summits of ranges”

“Time is the coin of life, only you can decide how you spend it”.

Another Ethiopia photo here, and from the capital Addis Ababa.  The name means ‘new flower’.  The city has a population of about 3.5 million people.  Not as hot as you might expect for an African capital, as the city lies at 2300m.     Africa currently has around 1.1 billion people, with Nigeria topping the list of population growth in Africa.   The African country of Niger tops the fertility lists, with (2012) women having 7.1 children per woman.   The largest African cities are Cairo, Egypt, with around 11 million people, and Lagos, with around 10 million.  The highest point in Africa is Mount Kilimanjaro, which reaches 5895m.  Sudan has twice as many (223) pyramids as Egypt.

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Photo of the day Wednesday 16th January 2013 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day….” Every time that you subtract negative from your life, then you make room for the positive”

“Calories (noun) – Tiny creatures that live in your wardrobe and swe your clothes a little tighter every night”

“Sometimes you have to be your own hero, because sometimes the people you cannot live without, can live without you”

Did you know that the world’s largest shopping centre (based on total area)  is in Dubai (not surprisingly called ‘The Dubai Mall) with 1200 shops.  In 2011 it had over 54 million visitors. (As a comparison, Niagrara Falls receives an estimated 22.5 million visitors a year.)   It includes a 250 room luxury hotel, 22 cinema screens and also parking for 14 000 cars.   It also contains the world’s largest sweet shop (Candylicious).

A winter’s day in Stockholm, Sweden for the photo today with ice forming on the Baltic Sea.   From here, boats ferry passengers to the islands outside of Stockholm, although things are very quiet at this time of year.,   Temperatures in Sweden at this time can fall to below -30, although Stockholm was around -5 degrees when the photo was taken.

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Photo of the Day Monday 14th January 2013 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

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.

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Photo of the Day Friday 11th January 2013 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day…”  The greatest advantage of speaking the truth is that you do not have to remember what you said”

“Life is not a rehersal, it is the real thing”

I just read on MSN news about a good, fun job, a water slide tester.  “An employment opportunity as a resort chain’s waterslide tester has fired up the interwebs. First Choice has a Facebook page dedicated to the available role of “Slide Tester” that will see the chosen one test water parks for a living for six months as they visit SplashWorld resorts across Europe and North Africa. This is one job application where describing yourself as “fun-loving” is actually relevant. Five shortlisted applicants will compete in a final challenge at a SplashWorld resort for the gig, which certainly beats the usual final job interview hell. [Source] ”

Not a bad job there.!!!!

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The streets of Tbilisi, Georgia for the photo today, a dreary scene from the streets below the parliament.  Not much colour and not much life, but a city scene.

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Photo of the Day Saturday 5th January 2013 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day….” Life is like a multiple choice question, sometimes the choices confuse you, not the question itself.”

Before Google launched Gmail, “G-Mail” was the name of a free email service Garfield‘s website offered to fans of the lasagna-loving cat.  And did you know that human arms have 32 bones each, while human legs only have 30.  And also did you know that the name for “piggy banks” comes from the use of family money jars in the Middle Ages made from a type of clay called pygg.

A photo from the Latvian capital of Riga today, and the Russian Orthodox church in the city centre.  Not a large country, with a population of around 2.3 million people, although it has been fought over many times (including by the Germans, Swedes, Russians and in parts, by Lithuanians).  Suprisingly, it has a high suicide rate, (8th highest in the world).

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Photo of the Day Sunday 22nd July 2012 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell

Thought for the day…..” Life is a great big canvas, and you should throw all the paint on it you can.”

I am still battling with DBSchenker/GLS to have my new cycle delivered.   Some of the people working there should really not be working in anything that involves dealing with customers.  The way that things are going, then it is going to end up in court.  Not hard I would have thought to deliver a cycle to correct address, but apparently it is.   So DB Schenker are now on the off list too.

Hong Kong for the photo today and a shot of the streets by night.   7 million people live in this small area, making it one of the most densely populated areas in the world.  Surprisingly, it has the second longest life expectancy in the world.   Probably it is at its most crowded during Golden Week, the first week in October, when the city is really packed.   A good stopover though.

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