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

Thought for the day….” He who laughs last thinks slowest”   ” A bartender is just a pharmacist with a limited inventory”.

Did you know that the world’s largest hotel, the Mecca Clock Tower Hotel in Saudi Arabia has 8000 rooms?  This beats the Izmailolvo Hotel in Moscow that has ‘just’ 7500 rooms.   And did you know that Saudi Arabia is the only country in the world that does not have any rivers?   Or that the shortest scheduled airline flight is from Westray to Papa Westray, in Scotland, UK, with a flight time of 2 minutes (or less, depending on the wind).  And did you know that Canada has the world’s longest coastline, 202 080 km.

And a photo of a priest in Ethiopia for the photo today.

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Photo of the Day Thursday 28th March 2013 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day….” Many people live under the illusion that they have none”

“The limits of your mind define the boundaries of your world”. ” We never know the worth of water until the well is dry”.

Another one of the simple portrait photos that works so well, this time from a market in a small Ethiopian town.   The dark background is just what the photo needed, to focus all the attention on the subject.  It was just a matter of waiting until the subject turned his head towards the sun, then taking the photos.

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Photo of the Day Tuesday 26th April 2013 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell

Thought for the day…” The road to success is continually under construction”

“Life is like a camera, just focus on what is important and capture the good times, develop from the negatives, and if things do not work out, then just take another shot”.

Another portrait photo here, taken in Ethiopia in the town of Gonder.   Good light and a simple background makes this photo stand out.  Interestingly, the Ethiopian caldendar has 13 months, with the New Year starting on 11th September.  There are over 80 different ethnic groups there, with around 200 dialects.  It is also known as the Cradle of Mankind, with human fossils going back 3.5 million years being found there.

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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 Sunday 17th February 2013 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day….” To admit that you were wrong is to declare that you are wiser now than you were before.”

Today’s photo was taken in a small village in Ethiopia.  Despite looking old, the photo was taken in 2011, life has not changed much in parts of Ethiopia for centuries.  Ethiopia is the only country in the world with 13 months.  It is also the only African country with its own alphabet.  It is said to be the place where coffee was discovered, by a shepherd.  The word ‘coffee’ may have come from the area of Southern Ethiopia called Kaffaa

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Photo of the Day Tuesday 8th January 2013 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day…..”  The desire to succeed means nothing without the will to prepare”

I could almost give the photo today a title…”I am not sure’  as it looks like the child has to do some thinking about something.  Taken in a small village in Ethiopia, it is a timeless image.  Her expression, clothes and the light for the photo are all just right.   Now it is the start of 2013, but the Ethiopian calendar has 13 months, each with 30 days except for the last month (which has 5 or 6 days).   The New Year starts on September 11th, and the Ethiopian calendar is about 8 years behind the ‘regular’ calendar.  Ethiopia is also the only African country with its own alphabet.  It also has an unusual way of telling the time, with 0600 being the start, so 0900 becomes 3 o’clock in the Ethiopian system.

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Photo of the day Thursday 27th September – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day ….” Time may be a great healer, but it’s a lousy beautician.

Being a chocoholic, I found some interesting facts about chocolate…..

1.  One plain milk chocolate candy bar has more protein than a banana.

2. Ten percent of U.S. Recommended Daily Allowance of iron is found in one ounce of baking chocolate or cocoa. Chocolate also contains Vitamins A1, B1, B2, C, D and E as well as calcium, potassium, sodium and iron.

3. The botanical name of the chocolate plant is Theobramba cacao, which means “Food of the Gods.”

4. The melting point of cocoa butter is just below the human body temperature — which is why it literally melts in your mouth.

5. The Swiss consume more chocolate per capita than any other nation on earth. That’s 22 pounds each compared to 11 pounds per person in the United States.

6. Chocolate produces the effects of a mild anti-depressant by increasing serotonin and endorphin levels in the brain.

7. Chocolate helps prevent bad cholestrol.  Chocolate  is rich in phenolics, the same heart protective antioxidants found in wine.  In fact, 1.5 ounces of chocolate -the amount of a typical chocolate bar – has as many phenolitcs as a glass of red wine.  These chemicals help lower the risk of heart disease and prevent clot-like substances from clogging arteries.

8. Boosts the Brain – A brain imaging study on healthy women at Britain’s University of Nottingham found flavanol-rich cocoa increased blood flow to their brains for two to three hours. Researchers believe cocoa could benefit older adults with dementia and Alzheimer’s.

ALL good reasons to eat more chocolate !!!   And here is the photo of the day…..a bus passenger in Ethiopia.

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Photo of the Day Tuesday 25th September 2012 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell

Thought for the day…”  Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes: Oscar Wilde ”

Many people who ask me about my camera are suprised by my answer.  It is just a normal ‘consumer’ camera, although a good one made by Panasonic.    You do not need to spend 1000 euros on a camera to get good pictures, and even with an expensive camera, it does not guarantee good photos.    Have a look at the excellent website  www.dpreview.com   for LOTS of information on all types of cameras.    A good place to start if you are thinking of a new camera or want some photo ideas.

Ethiopia again for the photo, and a simple photo that works.  Just one of the 84 million people in Ethiopia shown here, wonder what he was thinking……

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Photo of the Day Monday 16th July – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel in Norefjell.

Thought for the day….” FRIENDS ARE ANGELS WHO LIFT US TO OUR FEET WHEN OUR WINGS HAVE TROUBLE REMEMBERING HOW TO FLY “

Down to Africa today for the photo and to Ethiopia.     The local markets are the place to find the local life and colour, and the photo shows a section of the market which was devoted to chillies.   The population is estimated at around 84 million, so the markets are usually big affairs.