Thought for the day….”It is not the years in your life that count. It is the life in your years”
“Knowledge comes from learning. Wisdom comes from living”
One of the big challenges now is that we are never disconnected. People are now suffering an onslaught of information at all hours of the day, and with tables and mobile phones, this continues even when they are not at work. Internet is available almost everywhere, and the mobile phone means that people are still connected even when they are on the beach or walking in the park. Not only are people able to be online continuously, but there is also an overload of information now. Some scientists are now saying that this constant stream of data is making it hard to concentrate, and is also causing increasing levels of stress. There is also the problem of trying to juggle all the different forms of technology, and to cope with all that information that is now bombarding us. So rather than making life easier for us, this technology is actually making life MORE difficult and stressful. People now believe that they have to answer a mobile phone call immediately, and that the email that has just arrived must be read instantly, whilst at the same time they are still bombarded by information from the internet. Some hotels are now advertising that they do NOT have internet, and also are advertising digital detox breaks. Always connected, and not a good thing.
Today’s photo comes from the lakefront in Pembroke, New Zealand, where there is also internet. Who needs it though with a view like this?
and another photo, the waterfront at Picton, South Island, New Zealand. From here ferries depart for the 3.5 hour trip to the North Island.
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Thought for the day…”The only place that success comes before work is in the dictionary”
“It’s not that I am smart, just that I stay with problems longer” (Albert Einstein).
It is sad and also annoying to see how in New Zealand, that a MINORITY is now trying to take control of more and more. Many people believe that the Maori people were the original people of New Zealand (not to be confused with Australian aborigines) but in fact they are not. It was the Moriori who were the original people in New Zealand, later to be followed by the Maori, who arrived from Polynesia around 1250 or 1300. The census in NZ shows that about 600 000 people claim to be Maori, or about 15% of the total population of NZ. So it is extra annoying to see that a MINORITY is trying to claim more and more rights for a land that was not theirs to begin with. Currently in NZ, they are trying to get many place names changed to their names, despite the fact that they were not the original settlers. Names such as Mount Cook (New Zealand’s highest mountain) are being replace by Maori equivalents, and even the names of the two main islands in NZ are now appearing under their Maori names. They even are even trying to replace the words ‘New Zealand’ with their own names for the country. But many NZ people are forgetting that the Maori are a MINORITY and that most of them do not use Maori language as their first language. Politicians are giving in to the minority, and even government departments are being given Maori names to keep the minority happy. Look on the internet for a telephone number for Picton Department of Conservation (DoC) and you will see that the DoC offices are now listed under their Maori names. Gradually this MINORITY is trying to claim more and more land for themselves, despite the fact that they were not the original owners of the land. And the NZ government is giving in to them, costing the taxpayers millions of dollars. All wrong.
On a happier note, today’s photo comes from the Pacific Island of Niue, where a local is deep in thought…..
and another photo from the archives…..beautiful Picton in the Marlborough Sounds, New Zealand
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Thought for the day…” It takes both sunshine and rain to make a rainbow” ” The secret of getting ahead is getting started”
New Zealand is home to the longest place name in the world…
It became independent from Great Britain in 1907, and unusually, has 2 national anthems. Wellington, which is the capital (although Auckland is the largest city), is the southernmost capital city in the world. New Zealand also has one of the highest numbers of golf courses per capita in the world. You will not find any nuclear power stations or snakes in NZ, as NZ is snake and nuclear free. And in the far south, you may find the tuatara, the world’s oldest reptile, which is largely unchanged for the last 200 million years.
Too many tourists rush through the New Zealand town of Picton, which is situated at the top of the South Island. Many tourists only see it as the ferry port when they arrive on the 3 hour ferry trip from Wellington on the North Island. But this small town of about 4000 residents is a great holiday base, offering watersports (sailing, fishing, kayakking, diving), cycling and also the famous nearby Great Walk, the Queen Charlotte Track. And the famous Marlborough vineyards, including such famous wines as Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc, are only a short drive away. Some fine small cafes, wonderful fish & chips (a New Zealand tradition) and excellent accommodation make this an ideal stop on a tour around New Zealand.
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Thought for the day…” A people without knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.”
“The first wealth is health”. “Freedom is the oxygen of the soul”
A photo of the Awatere Valley in Marlborough, New Zealand today, showing part of the famous wine-growing areas. Wine production is relatively recent in New Zealand, and is said to have been started by Dalmation settlers in the late 1900s. By the 1970s the Marlborough region was becoming noted for its fine Sauvignon Blanc wines, with Cloudy Bay being one of the most famous brands. The alluvial soils are based on greywacke rock. The wine regions in New Zealand stretch from 36 degrees South (in Northland) to 45 degrees south (in Otago). That is the equivalent of Bordeaux in France.
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