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Lufthansa German Airlines group and Economy class travel

Thought for the day…”Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get.”

“A certain amount of opposition is a great help to a man. Kites rise against, not with, the wind.”

Too many companies are using coronavirus as an excuse now.   Often it is being used to cover up their own failures but the excuse of coronavirus is being overused.   Joining the bandwagon of companies blaming (conveniently) coronavirus is the Lufthans group (LH) airlines.    Now this is why I am getting angry…..according to Lufthansa, they are no longer giving ECONOMY class passengers tea, coffee or food on flights of less than 150 minutes.  This is to protect “your health and the health of our employees”

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BUT if you are travelling Business class then you will still get food and drink.   Now would the managers at Lufthansa like to tell me why Business class passengers are not seen as any risk whereas Economy class passengers are seen as a risk?   Or is the real reason that Lufthansa just wants to save money and is conveniently using coronavirus as an excuse to make further cuts to Economy class services?   I know which answer my money is on.   And also why do Lufthansa no longer service food when other airlines ARE still serving food to economy class passengers?

Companies should stop trying to blame coronavirus for everything.  Be honest with customers, and if you are going to cut out meals and drinks for Economy class passenger then BE HONEST and tell us the real reason….to save money.   Do not try and blame it on coronavirus.  We are not stupid.

And another photo from the archives, Ometepe in Nicaragua at sunset….

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Soon to be devloped – an area of outstanding natural beauty.

Though for the day…”Prepare for the worst; expect the best; and take what comes.”

“To different minds, the same world is a hell, and a heaven.”  (J.B. Priestley).

A panoramic photo from Glendu Bay on the South Island of New Zealand near Pembroke.    This area is on the edge of Mount Aspiring National Park, but sadly is being sold for development.  Already new roads are being put in and sections for houses laid out.    It is terrible that the local council is allowing an area of outstanding natural beauty to be developed.  As they say, “money talks”.     Sadly the politicians and officials in NZ have not learned from the mistakes that have been made in other places, and once this area is developed then it is gone forever.     Soon photos like this will be just a memory.   Progess??

And another photo from the archives, beautiful Wineglass Bay in Tasmania, Australia

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Flags of Convenience

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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Not doing it, not for fun anyway

Thought for the day..”You can’t expect to hit the jackpot if you don’t put a few nickels in the machine.”

“Words are often seen hunting for an idea, but ideas are never seen hunting for words.”

Just had an email from an online travel agency trying to encourage me to book some cheap HOLIDAY flights.   The prices were very good and the destinations interesting….Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), Entebbe (Uganda), Nairobi (Kenya) etc.    Stress the word ‘holiday’ for these flights.  But when you read the details, the flights arrive at around 0200 or 0300, returning at around 0300 or 0400.   Now on holiday, I like to enjoy normal sleep, so these cheap flights would ruin at least 2 nights sleep.   Arriving at 0200 in a foreign country (especially a place like Nairobi or Johannesburg) is not only no fun, but also dangerous too.      And the thought of a departure around 0300 or 0400 means another ruined night.   All of this for a HOLIDAY, which is supposed to be a time to relax and enjoy.    So this time, I will pass over these cheap offers….life is too short to have this sort of cruelty on holiday.    And the good thing….holidays are optional, so I can choose better flight timings.    Many birds do not fly at night, and for good reasons.   I like my sleep too !    And I like to enjoy my holidays too.   Good luck to those who choose these cheap offers…..arriving into somewhere like Nairobi (sometimes called ‘Nai-Robbery) at 0200 then they are going to need it.

A peaceful evening at this bay on Praslin island, Seychelles for the photo today….

and another photo from the archives…a railman looks on as a railtour backs into Penzance station, in the far west of England

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Oslo airport OSL does it again

Thought for the day…”If the world seems cold to you, kindle fires to warm it.”

“There’s a world of difference between truth and facts. Facts can obscure the truth.”

Oslo airport does it again…makes it unpleasant for passengers.   On Saturday I had the misfortune to use Oslo OSL airport again.   Even with their big, new extension, it is still the same unpleasant place as before.    Despite have a big new space, there are still almost no seats for passengers waiting to check in (WHY??) and even though they have put in a big new duty free shop (which they conveniently funnel passengers through whether or not you want to buy), they still have not got it right for passengers.  Why do their departure gates have seats for about 30 people when the aircraft using them take 170 passengers or more?   And can the managers at OSL not count?   Why on Saturday were most of the security check-points CLOSED ?, resulting in a long queue of people trying to get through security.    The managers at OSL must know how many flights are scheduled to depart, yet they seem unable or unwilling to put enough staff on the security checkpoints.  Bad management?   Of course, if you pay money then you can go ‘Fast Track’ through security, but this is merely an admission that the normal waiting times at security are too long.    And whilst the airport managers may be happy to see more and more (expensive) shops at Oslo airport, they still have not put in enough facilities for passengers.   Try finding a water fountain or a working electrical socket.   Try finding something to do whilst you are waiting at OSL.   And the worst thing……we passengers are actually paying a lot of money to use OSL airport.   Because it has a monopoly position then it can take our money without providing good services.   Flying from Oslo is not something to look forward to, especially if you have to wait there.   Perhaps the train from Oslo is the answer…….

A photo of the SR.N4 hovercraft taken in 1997 in Dover, England, from a scanned slide in my collection.   At that time, the SRN4 was the largest hovercraft in the World.  Top speed was 154 km/h and they could cross the English Channel in as little as 22 minutes.  The noise and vibration inside them was unforgettable, and if you crossed the English Channel on a rough day, then the ride inside them was ‘interesting’ !!  But they were a thrilling way to travel over the waves.

and another photo from the archives…by the sea in Cuba.

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Norway duo – the Fuji X-T10 camera at work

Thought for the day….”If we were meant to stay in one place then we would have roots instead of feet’

“Holding on to anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die’  (Buddha)

The photo today comes from Svolvaer, the ‘capital’ of the Lofoten Islands in Norway.   About 4500 people live in this town which was built on cod fishing.  Nowadays, summer tourism is very important with about 200 000 tourists visiting each year.   It is served by ferries from Bodo on the mainland and also by a regional airport.  Day trips operate from here to the nearby Trollfjord and also Rafsundet.  Being Norway, everything is VERY VERY expensive, making a holiday here a costly trip.   When a Norwegian is asked to name something that is cheap in Norway, they usually struggle to think of ANYTHING that is cheap.   The words ‘cheap’  and ‘Norway’  do not go together.

and another photo…..the very small village of Urke in the Norwegian fjords.  Both of the photos today were taken as jpegs using the Fuji X-T10 camera.

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A modern day folly, and at a cost of 285 million GBP

Thought for the day….” Do not look back, you are not going that way”

“Life is like riding a bicycle.  To keep your balance, you must keep moving”  (Albert Einstein).

The island of St. Helena is probably most famous with stamp collectors.   The tiny island in the Atlantic Ocean lies about 1950km west of the African coastline.   The population is about 4500 people, which makes the spending of 285 MILLION British pounds on a new airport rather surprising.   St Helena is a British territory but the spending of such a large amount of money was done without sufficient surveys.  The runway is subject to turbulent winds and wind shear, and operations have been judged to be dangerous.   So despite spending a huge amount, only 18 aircraft have been able to land there due to the turbulent wind condtions and wind shear.      So the British government is left with a huge bill for an airport that is considered too dangerous to fly into.   But what will happen to the officials who ordered the building of this white elephant?   I can guess.  Zero.   A modern day folly.

A photo from the South Island of New Zealand, and the state highway 8 over the Lindis Pass.   At this point the road climbs to 971m before dropping down to the Ahuriri or Lindis Valleys.   The special long, spiny grass which grows in this area is known as tussock grass (see lower right of the photo).

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and another photo from the archives….legs plus.  The legs on the far left are real.

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Paradise in photos – The Seychelles

Thought for the day…”Success comes in cans, not in can’ts”

“Failure is the tuition that you pay for sucess”

About 85 000 people live in the island nation of the Seychelles, which is situated about 1500km off the eastern African coast and north of Madagascar.    Around  115 islands make up the country, which have been controlled at times by both France and Britain.   The islands have also been used by pirates, and it is said that the treasure of Le Vasseur, a notorious pirate, is buried there somewhere.     Victoria, the capital, on the main island of Mahe,  claims to be the smallest capital in the world, although it is the outer islands where the real beauty is.     Island hopping is easy there, either on the local fast ferries or the domestic flights in Twin Otter aircraft.    Due to the restrictions on the number of tourists, it is not (yet) overrun or overcrowed, just peaceful and beautiful.    A couple of photos are worth a thousand words……..Both photos taken with the Fuji X-E1 camera.

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And another photo from the Seychelles….

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Hurtigruten sunset

Thought for the day…”Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it”

“You do not stop laughing because you grow old, you grow old because you stop laughing”.

A couple of sunset photos from the deck of the Hurtigruten coastal steamer boats.    These boats travel between Bergen on the west coast of Norway and Kirkenes at the top of Norway, next to the Russian border, a journey of 5.5 days each way.   11 ships travel the route, and call at 34 ports along the way, including a trip up the famous Geirangerfjord in summer.    Interestingly, Norwegian Television did a live TV sending of the whole 134 hour trip.   The photos today were taken near the middle of the trip, just north of the Lofoten islands, again with the Fuji X-E1.

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North Norway duo.

Thought for the day…” The darkest night is often the bridge to the brightest tomorrow”.

“Life leaps like a geyser for those who drill through the rock of inertia”

Up to the Lofoten Islands in Norway for the photo today, and some typical Lofoten scenery.   These islands are situated at around 68 degrees north, and inside the Artic Circle.    Humans have lived in the islands for over 5500 years, despite the long, cold winters.  Fishing was traditionally the main industry here, mainly for cod.   The mountain peaks rise to over 1100m, whilst surprisingly, the sea here has a form of coral.   As Lofoten is above the Artic circle, then the sun does not set between 25th May and 17 July, meaning 24 hours of daylight.   It is also the home of the Lofoten Insomnia cycle race.

The photo was taken late evening, north of Svolvaer, Fuji X-E1 with the 18-55mm kit lens.

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And another photo from northern Norway, colourful houses by the sea…another triumph for the Fuji X-E1 camera.

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Handy new invention for photography

Thought for the day….” Learn to appreciate what you HAVE before time makes you appreciate what you HAD”

“To err is human, to arrrh is pirate”

The current craze of selfie photos is sure to get a boost with the latest invention, the arm selfie stick.   Instead of a basic pole or stick, users now have the chance of a friendly arm reaching out to them…just right for the photo…..

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I assume that you can purchase these from an armoury, or perhaps from a second-hand shop !!!  No ‘arm in asking though.

And for the photo today, Spring sunshine in Hankø, southern Norway.  Taken a few days ago, still quiet there before the summer rush in July.

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and another photo from the archives….a Cuban man ponders the future…..

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Last light of the day….peace and tranquility

Thought for the day…”  You are never too old to feel young”    ” Life is not a rehersal, it is the real thing”.

Rather nice story in the news on the BBC (and a good news one too) about a runner in Portsmouth, England who used a running app and GPS to propose to his girlfriend.     He used a running app to track his route, which spelt out the words “will you marry me” as a way of proposing to his girlfriend.     After posting the route online, his girlfriend said yes.     A novel way to propose !!

Peace and tranquility for the photo today….last light of the day in a small bay on Pralin, Seychelles.   Just a lone fisherman and the breeze, captured with the Fuji X-E1 and a 50-200m lens.  A good photo needs good light, and both these photos had it.   The high quality of the Fuji lens also made these photos.

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More blue skies….Seychelles again

Thought for the day…” Doing what you like is freedom.  Liking what you do is happiness”

” A negative mind will never give you a positive life”.

It is sad to read that the efforts of one Russian newspaper to lift spirits have failed.  The ‘City Reporter’ newspaper had decided to only print good news and happy stories for a day, but the result was far from happy, as it lost about two thirds of its readers.   It has gone back to ‘regular’ news now.     And despite it being almost Christmas, when you visit the shops and shopping malls at the moment, the bad tempers and stress are very evident.  Hard to believe that it is the season of joy and goodwill…..

Blue skies and uncrowded beaches from the Seychelles again…..no signs of Christmas stress here….And if you think that the colours look unreal, then just visit the Seychelles !!  Fuji X-E1 camera again.

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Sitting on the dock of the bay……

Thought for the day….” Vision is the art of seeing the invisible”        “Failures are stepping stones to success”

Another couple of photos from the Seychelles.    The Seychelles are the sort of place where you take photos, and take lots of them.  So many beautiful bays and beaches, and scenes like the ones below are so easy to find.     And for those people lucky enough to have waterproof cameras, the coral reefs, diving and tropical fish are amazing.    Sadly I have no photos from the diving, but hundreds of photos from dry land.    Next time I must take an underwater camera.   High standards of accommodation, relatively few tourists (so often the beaches are empty or almost empty) and around 155 islands to explore.  What a holiday paradise!!     I just hope that it does not become like some of the islands in Thailand, where tourism has taken away the very charm that made them popular in the first place.  But for now, Seychelles are still paradise.

PS.  Sitting on the Dock of the Bay    was sung by Otis Reading

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and another photo from the Seychelles.  This photo started as a normal colour photo, but was first converted to black & white, then converted to sepia to give it an old look.  See what you think…..

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More photos from a paradise holiday destination – Seychelles

Thought for the day….”It is the road that you take that decides your destiny, not your destiny which decides which road that you take”.

” You are not wealthy until you have something that money cannot buy”.

Situated just south of the Equator and in the Indian Ocean, the Seychelles are made up of 155 islands which were controlled by both Britain and  France until independence in 1976.   About 92 000 people live there (lucky them!), with many of them being employed in the main industry-tourism.     Unlike the Maldvives, the Seychelles have some wonderful inland scenery too, ranging from deep valleys to tropical rain forest, which makes the Seychelles a far more interesting holiday destination.  The beaches (some of which are said to be the best in the world) are uncrowded and extremely beautiful, the sea temperature perfect for swimming and diving (especially around the many coral reefs) and when you tire of sitting on the beach under a palm tree, the tropical rain forests are quite beautiful.  Add to that some fantastic quality hotels and they are really a perfect holiday destination.

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and another from the same area…..

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Holidays which do live up to expectations…..Seychelles

Thought for the day….”  A journey of a thousand miles starts with a single cash advance? ”

” Problems are not stop signs, they are only guidelines”.

So often a holiday destination does not live up to the promises.   So often the views once you arrive do not live up to the pictures in the brochures or online.    But sometimes they do.     The latest holiday was one of those trips where the actual views were even better than the brochures had promised.  The beaches were more fantastic and the sea even more perfect.   The new camera has been VERY busy…..more than 16 GB of photos and videos……it really is beautiful…….

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and another from the same group of islands…the colours really are that incredible…

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Wonderful colours, wonderful beaches and some superb scenery…..what a fantastic holiday destination…..Seychelles.   Photos taken with the Fuji X-E1

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Cape Verde Islands – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day…”  They talk about the speed of light, but what is the speed of darkness?

“The cure for love at first sight is often to take a sober look”.

I sometimes wonder if airlines are playing games.  I have been looking for air tickets, and also looking for the cheap offers.   Saw some good prices, but of course, when you try to book they are not available.   Then I tried one of the online websites that collects and compares airfares, found some prices that were ok, but between looking and going to the next stage, the prices had gone up by about 60 euros.    Not only that, but there were huge differences in the prices depending on what day of the week that you flew.   I cannot see the logic when the airlines are using the same aircraft on the same route why the prices should be SO different.   And I cannot understand why the price of the ticket depends on what time I look at the website and also which browser I am using.   I am tired of these games.  Clear, simple pricing would be much better.   And those airlines that are now charging for CARRY-ON baggage (as well as all the other extra charges) will not see me onboard either.

Off to the Cape Verde islands for the photo today…a group of 10 main  islands in the Atlantic Ocean about 575 km of the coast of Africa.   They were originally a Portuguese colony, and were an important stopover on the slave trade routes.   Around 500 000 people live in Cape Verde, with about a quarter of them living in the capital, Praia.   About a half million tourists visit every year outnumbering the number of locals.   The photo is of the harbour in Mindelo, on the island of Sao Vincente.

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Downtown Funchal, Madeira – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day….” Life will not give you anything better than you give it.  Give life the best, and you get the best out of life”.

”  If the going seems easy, then check if you are going backwards”.

Off to the islands of Madeira for the photo today.  The islands are about 480km off the African coast in the Atlantic Ocean, but have an extremely pleasant year-round sub-tropical climate.     Madeira was offically discovered by the Portuguese in 1419, and Portuguese is still the main language spoken there today.  Today around 1 million tourists visit it each year, including by cruise ship.   The photo here is of the main street in the capital, Funchal.   Funchal has a population of about 111 000 people, and after Lisbon, is the richest part of Portugal.

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Photo of the Day Tuesday 21st May 2013 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day…” Today is the oldest that you have ever been, and the youngest that you will ever be again”

” If you cannot convince them, confuse them”  Harry S. Truman

I read a very interesting article on the net about an experiment performed by some Danish school girls who discovered that cress seeds would not germinate in a room which had internet routers turned on.   No problem for the seeds in the room without the routers, so it appeared that the radiation from the routers was preventing the seeds from germinating.   More research is now going to be done on this surprising discovery by the schoolgirls, but again it raises the question of radiation levels.   Mobile phones and their radiation levels have been investigated several years but now it appears that routers may also be suspect.   More details about this story here;

http://www.geek.com/science/school-experiment-discovers-garden-cress-wont-germinate-near-a-router-1555577/

The photo today is from the archipeligo outside of Stockholm, and shows the village of Furusund, near the edge of the archipeligo.

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Photo of the Day Thursday 14th February 2013 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

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.

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