Thought for the day…”Every failure is a step to success.”
“There are many ways of going forward, but only one way of standing still.” (Franklin Roosevelt)
Today’s photo is of some rare winter sunshine in the Norwegian capital, Oslo. One thing that you will notice if you visit Oslo in winter is how bad the Norwegians are at coping with snow, even in the capital. For some reason, the arrival of snow in WINTER seems to surprise Norwegians, leading to travel chaos. It is also very surprising that the local council in Oslo seems to be so bad at treating the pavements. On some days, walking around is extremely dangerous due to ice on the streets, yet the Norwegians seem very bad at treating the pavements. Compared with cities such as Helsinki in Finland, Oslo is a long way behind. So why is it that the arrival of snow causes so many problems in a country that should be used to it? As most of the country lies above 60 degrees north (and some parts of it are over 70 degrees north) then snow and ice should not be a surprise to them, but it is. And with all the money that rich Norway has, then why are the pavements so dangerous because the local councils have not cleared or treated them?? It is another surprise in a country that many think of as modern and advanced. As an example of how much money Norway has, the Opera House seen in the photo below cost around 4.1 BILLION Norwegian kronor, or about USD 700 million. Just to the left of the Opera house, the large new building being built is a new library. Estimated cost of that is 1.8 BILLION Norwegian Kronor. So, with all this money, why are the pavements being neglected when it is icy ???
and another photo from the archives….the legs have it…
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Thought for the day…” We wander for distraction, but we travel for fulfillment.”
” Aircraft travel is nature’s way of making you look like your passport photo”
Switzerland has an excellent system whereby voters can call (and indeed, do call) for public referendums on any major issue. Five have already been held this year, with 4 more to come. Any Swiss voter can start a referendum by collecting 50 000 signatures. Even national laws can be challenged in this way, an idea that should apply in many countries, not just Switzerland. The Swiss have also started a competition to find a new national anthem, with the winning entry receiving a price of 10 000 SFr. Interesting, until 1891 the Swiss national anthem was sung to the same tune as the British national anthem. The current Swiss anthem is now seen as old fashioned, hence the search for a new one.
A long way from Switzerland for the photo today, and to an African market. Sometimes it is very good to fill the frame with colour and interest, and this shot is jam-packed both. As usual, it was taken with an ordinary Panasonc camera.
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