Thought for the day….”A true friend never gets in your way unless you happen to be going down.”
“The hardest arithmetic to master is that which enables us to count our blessings.”
There is an interesting story in the news in Norway at the moment about Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) overselling seats for the summer. SAS has set up an Irish based division (SIAL) and uses cheaper, Irish contracts to avoid Norwegian taxes. But the plan seems to have backfired, as many staff have left the new Irish division because of lower pay and also having to work longer hours. It is unfair that companies like SAS can use ‘flags of convenience’ to circumvent local procedures. Same job, same aircraft and same routes, but different levels of salary for the same work, all because of flags of convenience. So SAS have been left in a position where they have sold many more seats than they have staff to operate because of a lack of staff. I hope that all those passengers persue claims under the EU 261/2004 regulations. The same thing happened in shipping previously, now it is spreading to other areas too. Cheapest is not always best, and the same work should get the same pay.
Two colourful photos from Fiji for the photos today….
and another photo, a Fokker 100 aircraft seen here in Papua New Guinea, about to fly from Mount Hagen back to the capital Port Moresby.
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RESPECT, CONSIDERATION & FAIRNESS
Thought for the day…” Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if you remember to turn on the light”.
” A negative mind will never give you a positive life”.
Today’s photo comes from the Danish capital, Copenhagen. Around 474 islands make up Denmark, but there are also the islands of the Faroes and Greenland, which also belong to Denmark (although are autonomous). The highest point in Denmark is only 170m (Mollehoj). Some Danes joke that summer in Denmark is different to winter in Denmark because the rain is warmer. And did you know that the fairy tale books from the author Hans Christian Anderson have been translated into more languages than any other author? And more Danish trivia….Walt Disney, after visiting the amusement park Tivoli in Copenhagen, gained the inspiration to start his own park, Disneyland? The famous Sydney opera house was designed by a Danish architech too. And that famous children’s toy, LEGO comes from the Danish words ‘leg gott’ which means ‘play well’. As an estimated 320 BILLION Lego bricks have been sold then it works out that every human being in the world owns/has owned 56 Lego bricks. According to the Lego website, it would take around 40 billion lego bricks to make a column tall enough to reach the moon. Not made of lego bricks are these colourful buildings in the city centre of Copenhagen…..
and another photo from the archives….arriving at Nadi, Fiji. Early morning sunshine, but before it got too hot…..
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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.
Thought for the day…” The desire to succeed means nothing without the will to prepare”.
” Life does not get easier, you just get stronger”
A photo of a Hindu temple in Nadi, Fiji today, the colorful Sri Siva Subramaniya Temple. About 38% of the population of Fiji are Indo-Fijians, with around 30% of the total population being Hinki. Fiji has about 333 islands, although only about 106 of them are inhabited. Fiji became independent from Britain in 1970, although there are still many traces of Britain left behind, such as on the money or national flag. On New Year’s Eve, many Fijian village women play a game called veicaqe moli (loosely translated as “kick the orange”), in which the winning team is required to present a gift of new clothes to the losing team.
When people suck the life out of you, wouldn’t it be nice if they took some fat too??
Why is Monday so far away from Friday, and Friday so near to Monday??
Thought for the day…” The surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that it has never tried to contact us.”
Off to Fiji for the photo today, and a child on a bus on the main island. Not a very happy child either, judging by the expression. Only about 106 of the 322 larger islands in Fiji are inhabited. The population of Fiji is around 827 000, with sugar and tourism being the biggest industries. Kava, a peppary drink made from a root is popular here, and is mildy intoxicating. On the island of Taveuni, a marker indicates a spot where you can stand with one foot in one day and one foot in the day before!
Happy not to be working at the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.
Thought for the day….” If at first you don’t succeed, skydiving is not for you. “
The year is flying by, and now it is already July. What happened to the first 6 months of 2012????? Off to somewhere warm and sunny for today’s photo, and another photo where timing was everything. The photo comes from Nadi airport in Fiji, and shows the morning arrival from Korea, just about to touch down. Good thing that I was there early because the flight arrived ahead of time. The early morning light and the angle was just right for this shot. About 850 000 people live in Fiji, which is made up of over 330 islands. Tourism and sugar are the main industries, and the airport at Nadi is busy day and night with international arrivals, with about 1.2 million passengers a year.