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…” Live now, make now the most precious time. Now will never come again”.
” When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be’
Summer is a time for holidays, and that often means hotels. If you have a spare USD 18 716 then you can have night in the Royal Suite in the Burj Al Arab Hotel, Dubai. Or USD 24 550 will get you the Royal Suite at the Four Seasons George V Hotel, Paris. USD 26 300 will get you a suite in the Ritz Carlton Hotel Tokyo, although the room price does include individual “rain showers’ .
Going up in price (!!) then USD 45 000 will get you a night in the Presidential Suite in the Raj Palace Hotel Jaipur, India, but for that price you do get 1500 square metres to relax in. A roof terrace and private swimming pool are also included.
And even more expensive….the Royal Penthouse Suite in the Hotel President Wilson, Geneva. Bullet proof doors and windows, a Steinway piano, private lift and 12 rooms to accommodate you. It also has its own, private fitness area. The cost? A mere USD 65000 a night.
If that is not enough then Hurlingham Travel offer a round the world trip visiting every World Heritage site for around GBP 990 000
The photo today is of the guards at the Amailenberg Palace in Copenhagen, Denmark. The soldiers are the Royal Life Guards, seen here during the main changing of the guard ceremony which takes place at 1200.
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No way am I going to stay at the Quality Spa Resort Hotel in Norefjell again.