Thought for the day….” Taxes could be worse. Suppose we had to pay what we think we are worth”
” The greater the struggle, the greater the victory”. ” It does not have to glitter to be gold”
An amazingly stupid story on the TV news last night about Fjordline, which runs ferries between Hirtshals (Denmark) and Stavanger and Bergen (Norway). They have recently taken delivery of a new LNG (gas) powered ferry. The new ferry had already won a prize for energy efficiency and with stricter controls on ferry emissions, then LNG was seen as the way to go. BUT having just started, Fjordline now have a big problem. Norwegian law does not allow them to refuel the gas with passengers onboard, and the ship is only in port for a short time. So, after all the hype about saving the environment and energy efficiency, they are now sending 10 trucks by road each week, from Stavanger, Norway, via Sweden, then across to Denmark, to refuel there. The distance that the trucks have to drive is around 1600km, leaving from almost the same place as the ferry (Stavanger) and then driving 1600km to meet it in Denmark, where the ships refuels with LNG and sails back to Norway, where the gas came from in the first place. Very environmnentally UNfriendly. And also rather stupid.
So, staying on the subject of boats, here is a colourful photo of some fishing boats in Africa. Good light and bright colours make this photo.
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Thought for the day…” Live now, make now the most precious time. Now will never come again”.
” When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be’
Summer is a time for holidays, and that often means hotels. If you have a spare USD 18 716 then you can have night in the Royal Suite in the Burj Al Arab Hotel, Dubai. Or USD 24 550 will get you the Royal Suite at the Four Seasons George V Hotel, Paris. USD 26 300 will get you a suite in the Ritz Carlton Hotel Tokyo, although the room price does include individual “rain showers’ .
Going up in price (!!) then USD 45 000 will get you a night in the Presidential Suite in the Raj Palace Hotel Jaipur, India, but for that price you do get 1500 square metres to relax in. A roof terrace and private swimming pool are also included.
And even more expensive….the Royal Penthouse Suite in the Hotel President Wilson, Geneva. Bullet proof doors and windows, a Steinway piano, private lift and 12 rooms to accommodate you. It also has its own, private fitness area. The cost? A mere USD 65000 a night.
If that is not enough then Hurlingham Travel offer a round the world trip visiting every World Heritage site for around GBP 990 000
The photo today is of the guards at the Amailenberg Palace in Copenhagen, Denmark. The soldiers are the Royal Life Guards, seen here during the main changing of the guard ceremony which takes place at 1200.
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No way am I going to stay at the Quality Spa Resort Hotel in Norefjell again.
Thought for the day….” Silence and smile are two powerful tools. Smile is the way to solve many problems, and silence is the way to avoid many problems.”
“Don’t talk, just act, Don’t say, just show, Don’t promise, just prove”
“Athiesm is a nonprophet organization””
“If man evolved from apes and monkeys, then why do we still have apes and monkeys”
Another thought…” If practice makes perfect, and nobody is perfect, then why practice?’?
A hat shop in the centre of Copenhagen, Denmark is the photo today, and judging by the prices, not a cheap shop either. Apparently, the word milliner came from Milan, which was a centre for straw hats at one time. And Panama hats originally came from Ecuador, not Panama. Danes often come tops in surveys of the world’s happiest people, which is surprising given the high taxes there.
Happy not to be working at the Quality Spa Resort in Norefjell.
Thought for the day….” We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them”
C60 and C90……There is a whole generation now who will not understand the significance of these, but for anyone over about 30 years old, then they will bring back memories of the early Walkmans, which ran on CASSETTE TAPE. Some might even remember the C120 as well, a thin tape that was liable to jam up in the player.
And if you are over 30, then you will remember the constant battle of the Walkman to take enough batteries for it to last a long trip. But all is replaced now by the mp3 player……Nostalgia is a thing of the past.
Life is short,
Break the rules,
And never reget anything that made you smile.
And on the subject of nostalgia, a fine photo of a classic sailing boat, seen here at Molle, in Skane, Southern Sweden.
Thought for the day…” Coincidence is fate breaking a lock so you can open a door.”
The Danish capital of Copenhagen is today’s photo, and a row of terraced houses not far from the city centre. About 1.2 million people live in the city. It was originally a walled city, with entry possible in only three places (Vesterport, Norreport and Osterport). The city has been under siege twice (once by the Swedes, and once by the English). Copenhagen is often recognized as one of the cities with the highest quality of life, and also the happiest people. It is said to have one of the highest numbers of restaurants and bars per capita in the world.
Happy not to be working at the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.
Thought for the day….” What is worse than being blind? Having sight but no vision.”
A night shot of the famous Nyhavn area of Copenhagen, Denmark today. Many of the buildings along the canal here are from the 17th and 18th centuries. The canal was originally built by Swedish prisoners of war. The Danish author Hans Christian Anderson lived here for a time. In former times, it was notorious for beer, sailors and prostitution, although now it is a popular place for tourists and locals to dine out. The main pedestrian street of Copenhagen is only a short walk away.
Happy not to be working at the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell
Thought for the day…” If at first you don’t succeed, destroy all evidence that you tried ”
I had forgotten that train travel could be so pleasant. Just experienced the night train down through Europe to Switzerland, and spent some time thinking of how much better it was than flying. Nobody worried that I carried a Swiss army knife AND toothpaste AND shampoo. Nobody asked me stupid questions, and I was not subjected to the circus of security checks and queues. Neither was I herded through gates nor told to turn off my electronic devices. The coffee was considerably better, there was space, and the food onboard the train also considerably better. And the staff seemed to enjoy working as well. A huge contrast to flying, and I am glad that I took the train. Must do it more often…….
Staying on the theme of trains, here is a photo of Copenhagen train station, taken recently. About 5.4 million people live in Denmark, and apparently in Copenhagen, 37% of commuters cycle to work.
Thought for the day..” Ability is not a disability ”
Staying in Copenhagen, Denmark for the photo. Due to a noisy and poor city centre hotel, I was up early so watched the sunrise from my room on the 11th floor. Something good about being up at the crack of dawn, another day ahead…..
Thought for the day…” There are two ways to get enough. One is to continue to accumulate more and more. The other is to desire less”
Why can companies who make mistakes not admit that they have done wrong? I am still in a battle with GLS/DB Schenker over the delayed delivery of my cycle, but GLS/DB Schenker just refuse to accept that they have done wrong. I keep quoting their website to them, and that a delivery time of ’48-72 hours” does not mean 29 days, and that ‘door to door delivery’ does not mean that I have to collect it from their offices, but they continue to be stubborn. It will end up in a court, sad that it is necessary. Never be afraid to admit that you have made a mistake, but GLS/DB Schenker just try to avoid it. Lessons learnt, never using DB Schenker/GLS again.
In Scandinavia for the photo today, and to the Danish capital of Copenhagen. Every day at 1200 the guards are changed at the Royal Palace of Amalienborg, the winter home of the Danish royal family. The guards will be on duty for another 2 hours, until the next guards arrive. About 1.2 million people live in the city, and apparently, 36% of them commute to work by cycle.