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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).


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



On offer in your local supermarket

Thought for the day…” Failure is just success postponed”.

“If you want to make your dreams come true, then the first thing that you must do is to wake up”.

The local supermarket has a noticeboard which is usually full of for sale items.    But not always.    An advert seen recently amongst the items for sale….


It is the bit about being used to living without hot water that worries me the most.  Would you offer a home to people who were not used to hot water and who did not want to pay rent?    Judging by their spelling, they are also not used to using a dictionary either.

Today’s photo comes from Otago, New Zealand, and is of the view from the Lindis Pass.   The main road from Queenstown north towards Christchurch climbs up to 971m at this point, passing through an area famous for the special grass called tussock grass.  From here, the road is heading down towards Omarama and the Lindis Valley.   Despite being summer, the road was remarkably quiet when the photo was taken.   Taken with the Fuji X-E1.