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Down the alleys of Stockholm

Thought for the day…”It is better to know some of the questions than all of the answers.”

“You can’t help getting older, but you don’t have to get old”

Am I missing the point?    Went into a local sports shop (part of a large international chain) and could not understand why a sports shop has escalators to go up and down between the different floors.   This is the same chain of sports shops which sells running machines and keep fit equipment, yet they have escalators between floors.  Am I missing the point?

Lovely photo of the alleys in the medieval part of Stockholm, Sweden.  This part of Stockholm (actually an island) is known as ‘Gamla Stan’, or Old Town, and dates from the 13th century.  In the 19th century the area was a slum, but from the 1970s the area was restored.   Fuji X-T10 camera & 18-55mm lens.

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and another photo from the archives….pondering the moment in Ethiopia…..

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They deserve to go out of business……Norwegian Post

Thought for the day…” Make your life a mission, not an intermission”.

Customers can forgive a lot, IF they see that a company is trying.    Mistakes will be made, that is natural, and customers will generally forgive IF the company is seen to be trying to resolve the problem.   But not Posten.no   (Norway Post).   Not once, but TWICE they have messed up a delivery coming from New Zealand to Oslo.   They delivered the letter to the WRONG address, then sent it back to New Zealand for a second time.     But the worst thing is that they do not want to try to put matters right.   They will not even give out the email address of the customer manager.     Try emailing them…..and you will wait a long time for a pathetic reply.  Try asking them for compensation, and again you will wait and wait.   They really are hopeless.    They deserve to go out of business with staff like that working for them.    Bad enough that they messed up the delivery the first time, but to do it TWICE and then send the letter back to New Zealand AFTER I had emailed them to advise them of the problem is unforgiveable.   Guess who will be avoiding Norway Post in future??     I hope that bankruptcy comes soon.

The photo today is from rural Ethiopia……..not sure what they were looking at……..

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

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250 million people – and more to come……

Thought for the day…” Tough times never last, but tough people do”.

I have been reading about the plans for the expansion of the second airport in Dubai, called Dubai World Centre.    Costing some USD 32 BILLION, the airport hopes to handle some 250 MILLION passengers a year, including up to 50 A380 aircraft at once. That cost, USD 32 billion is equivalent to about 3 times the total government debt of Bolivia  Each of the terminals will be 2.8 km/1.7 miles long and will have 100 gates (so a total of 400 gates).   If you have transitted the current Dubai (DXB) airport then you will know what a huge affair that airport is, but now with a second airport (Dubai World Centre) under way, huge takes on a new meaning.   But what sort of travel ‘experience’ will that offer if you are one of just 250 MILLION passengers using the airport?   I can imagine the queues, the wait for baggage and the sheer amount of walking that will be involved.

A smiling local in Samoa prepares fish for the photo today…..

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and another photo from the archives..an Ethiopian woman….

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It’s There Somewhere…..but can you find it?

Thought for the day…” Do coffins have lifetime guarantees? ”        ”   Do fish every get thirsty ?”     ” Did Noah keep his bees in archives? ”

Did you now that in Arabic, that the Arabic name for ‘Morocco’ means extreme west, or that Morocco is only 13km from Europe at its nearest point?   And if you have visited Morocco then you will have experienced the national drink, Moroccan mint tea, which is green tea with lots of mint leaves and an even greater amount of sugar.   Also, in Morocco the liver, and not the heart, is considered a sign of love.   And in the seaside town of Essouria, the inventor of the first pedestrian crossing light, Leslie Hore-Belisha is buried.   Tourists are surprised to learn that Morocco gets snow, as its highest point is Jebel Toubkal at 4165m in the Atlas mountains.   Although Casablanca is the largest city, it is Rabat which is the capital city.     The photo today is typical of the kasbahs (walled fortified cities) in Morocco, and as usual, a crowded market street.

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And another photo from the archives….keeping watch in Ethiopia…..

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The Strange World of Microsoft and Garmin

Thought For The Day…” If we open a quarrel between past and present, then we shall find that we have lost the future”  (Churchill).

”  Laughter is timeless, imagination has no age, and dreams are forever”   (Walt Disney).

It is a strange world.    Microsoft are now announcing details of the next operating system, which, hopefully will be better than the farce that Window 8 was.     If you are counting, what comes after 8??   According to Microsoft, it goes 8, then 8.1 then 10, which is the name of their next operating system.   What happened to 9?   Perhaps the same thing that happens to the missing row number 13 on aircraft.   Next strange thing – I have 2 Garmin GPS systems which through the miracles of technology can tell me my position within a few metres.  So why is it that when I change locations, the GPS asks ME if I have moved several hundred kilometres.  Having bought the thing, should it not be the GPS that tells me that I have moved, not the otherway around.  Strange world.     Stop the world, I want to get off!!

Today’s photo is of a backpacker and a local boy in Nepal.  Lovely candid shot, which is again from a scanned 35mm negative.

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And another photo out of the archives….a boy in rural Ethiopia…

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Heading to the Fjords, more blue skies

Thought for the day…” If at first you do not succeed then skydiving is not for you”.

” A journey of a thousand miles begins with a cash advance”.

Staying in Norway for the photo again today, and a shot of the famous Oslo to Bergen train.   The train still has over 400m vertical to climb at this point, but the views will be fantastic as it reaches the summit at over 1237m.   It has just passed the half way point of its 493 km journey from Oslo to Bergen.   The opening of the line in 1907 was delayed due to snow (often a problem on this route due to the altitude and exposed nature of much of the route), but the full route opened in 1908.   Despite several new tunnels, the route is still one of the great railway journeys, and is highly scenic.  About 5 trains cover the full route each day, including a night sleeper service.   Soon the passengers on the train will get their first views of the glaciers, as the train will shortly be above the tree line before it starts its long descent towards the fjords and Bergen at seal level.   Highly recommended if you are in Norway !!

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and another photo out of the archives….a timeless scene from rural Ethiopia…..

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Sultan’s Palace Oman (and a toothbrush) – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell

Thought for the day…” Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forwards”.

“Life is the art of drawing without an eraser”.

Another photo from the capital of Oman, Muscat, and part of the grounds of the Sultan’s Palace.  Unfortunately, the palace is not open to the public, who would probably love the chance to escape the very hot summers that Muscat experiences.   Temperatures in Oman can reach almost 50 degrees in summer.  The sultan, Qaboos Bin Said is said to have wealth of  over USD 700 million.  Interestingly, in Oman, any citizen who has an appeal or request is allowed to appear before the Sultan, who regularly conducts tours around the country.     The sultan is also the owner of 8 luxury yachts.  Perhaps he would be interested in buying all 85 metres of the luxury superyacht ‘Cakewalk’, which owner Charles Gallagher of Denver is selling for a reported USD 159 million.  14 guests can travel for up to 5000 nautical miles whilst being looked after by the 24 crew onboard.

If that price is too high for you, then a toothbrush from the Apollo 13 mission may be more affordable.   An auction house in Los Angeles recently sold an Oral B toothbrush used by command module pilot Jack Swigert for USD 11 794.   That was the price for a used toothbrush.     My toothbrush is for sale (used)  if anybody is interested, and I will throw in a free tube of toothpaste too.

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and one from the archives – a boy in Ethiopia

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Ethiopia travel – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day….” Beauty is in the eye of the beer holder’.                       ”   The Earth is the insane asylum for the universe”

No prizes for guessing the destination of the photo today……easy one.    With sometimes very slow local transport, then air is the easy way to travel around Ethiopia.    Ethiopia was the birthplace of coffee, and now it is the arabica coffees that are the most important crops for many farmers.   Due to the big differences in climate and altitude in Ethiopia, coffee is grown in 4 different zones.   Coffee is the most important export for Ethiopia, and the coffee industry is a major employer.   Often visitors to a home are welcomed with a traditional coffee ceremony, where the beans are roasted in a large wok-like pan before making the good, fresh coffee.   Most of the coffee beans in commercial production are dried in the sun for 3 to 4 weeks, which is said to give a much better taste over machine dried beans.   Ethiopian coffees also have less caffeine in them, as lightly roasted coffees contain less caffeine than dark-roasted ones.   The coffee tree is actually related to the cherry tree.    Coffee is the second most traded commodity in the world (oil is first).     So a combination of great scenery, good coffee and interesting culture, make Ethiopia a great place to visit.

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Photo of the Day Thursday 30th May 2013 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day…” I do not know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody”  Bill Crosby.

“Two things define you….your patience when you have nothing and your attitude when you have everything”.

According to the news yesterday, Australia has again been voted as the happiest place in the world to live in, scoring the highest marks in the ‘Better Life Index’.  This is based on income levels, health, safety and housing etc., and for the 3rd year in a row, Australia has won it.   No doubt that the people of Australia are happier than churchgoers in Venezuela.  Not only is the country suffering from a shortage of toilet paper, but apparently the Catholic church there is running out of wine as well.    The only wine maker in the country has been forced to cut back on production, so has stopped selling wine to the church.   Interesting that Australia, now the world’s happiest country, has a surplus of good wine (and presumably, no shortages of toilet paper!!).

Another photo from the archives and from Ethiopia, a portrait of a man sitting by the roadside.

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Photo of the Day Thursday 23rd May 2013 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day..” Do not worry about those who talk about you behind your back, they are behind you for a reason.”

”  Blessed are the young, for they shall inherit the national debt”.

” Money cannot buy you happiness, but it can bring you a more pleasant form of misery”.

I picked up a wonder story in the news yesterday about a Belgium racing pigeon with the name “Bolt” which apparently has just been sold at an auction for 310 000 euros.   I did not know that pigeons, just like race horses were sold for such high prices.  The pigeon “Bolt’ is going to be used to breed more pigeons.  Apparently the buyers came from China and Taiwan, and in total, they paid 4.3 million euros for 530 birds.   Big money.

I went past this boy in the photo on several different days, but he never appeared to get any work.  Just sitting there, all day.  Another timeless shot from Ethiopia, a fascinating country to visit.

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Happy not to be working at the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.