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….” Do coffins have lifetime guarantees?” ” If heat rises then shouldn’t Hell be cold?”
Gladys Knight and the Pips had a big hit with the song “Midnight Train to Georgia”, but the photo today is of the 23.13 night train to Oslo, which is a long way from either Georgia the country or Georgia, USA. Not much sleep ahead for the drivers of the night train from Trondheim, Norway south towards the capital, Oslo. They still have about 495 km to drive through the mountains at night. I had forgotten that travelling by train could be so pleasant, especially when compared to air travel. Boarding the train is completely fuss free, no security goon worries if I am carrying a tube of toothpaste (which apparently, is dangerous now) and nobody at the station had a panic attack because I was carrying a Swiss army knife. I also did not have to stand in a line anywhere, nor did I have to undress to get onto the train. Once onboard the train, the coffee came in normal sized cups, and actually tasted like good coffee, unlike airline economy-class coffee. And was the train any worse off because the passengers had not been through security checks??? No. It even arrived in Oslo early. Almost forgot to mention that they were serving hot, fresh cinnamon rolls from the oven in the cafe onboard. Well done NSB ! Already sent an email to NSB to congratulate them, as it is good to give positive feedback when it is due.
And another photo out of the archives, and from the other side of the world……coral reefs surrounding the islands of Fiji.
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Thought for the day….” Keep smiling, it makes people wonder what you have been up to”
” I am going to stop putting things off, starting tomorrow”.
Coral is made up of small polyps, which are soft bodied organisms that are related to sea anenomens and to jellyfish. They live in shallow, warm waters, and get most of their food from the algae that grow on them. They also have tentacles that can catch plankton and very small fish. Due to pollution and global warming, an estimated 25% of coral reefs worldwide have disappeared. The longest coral reef in the world is the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, the second longest lies off the coast of Belize. The photo today shows an aerial view of some of the coral off the Yasawa Islands in Fiji. Parts of the coral reefs around Fiji have been suffering from bleaching, which is when the rise in sea temperatures kills off the algae that lives on the coral. For the time being, it remains a divers paradise though.
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Thought for the day….” Laughter is the best medicine, but if you laugh for no reason, then you need medicine”
“Happiness is no laughing matter”.
Off to the South Pacific for the photo today and to the Yasawa Islands west of Fiji. Lovely islands, great for island hopping, boating and swimming, and very easy to reach from Nadi, the main international airport. Lots of coral around the islands, as you can see in the photo. Coral is actually an animal that surrounds itself with a wall of calcium carbonate. Although corals can catch small fish and plankton using their stinging tentacles, they get most of their food from photosynthetic algae that live within them. The rise in the temperature of the oceans is a major threat to corals, a water temperature change of 2 degrees can kill corals. In the trees behind the beach, you can see a traditional Fijian village.