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How lucky is lucky ??

Thought for the day…”Talent does what it can; genius does what it must.”

Did you see the story in the news about a survivor of the recent air crash in Dubai?    Mohammed Khadar was returning to Dubai from India when the Emirates 777 aircraft crashed on landing.  All 300 passengers got off the aircraft, which later burnt out.  Mr. Khadar, who works in Dubai, purchased a lottery ticket in the duty free shop in airport, and won a USD 1 million cash prize.   Commenting on his win, he said that his escape from the crashed aircraft was a miracle, but that the money would make enemies.   Lucky !!

The photo today comes from the famous dye pots in Fez, Morocco.


and another photo from the archives…..the night sleeper train from Trondheim, Norway to Oslo.




Fast and Slow, Albania to China

Thought for the day…” Life is like riding a bicycle.  To keep your balance, you must keep moving”  (Einstein).

” If you do not know where you are going, any road will get you there”.

Around 3.2 million people live in Albania, which borders Greece in the south and Montenegro in the north.  Italy is just 72km away across the sea, yet Albania remains one of the poorest parts of Europe.   One strange difference in Albania is that shaking your head means ‘yes’ whilst nodding your head means ‘no’.  Today’s photo shows the train from the Albanian capital, Tirana arriving at the second largest city of Durres.    At the time the photo was taken, trains ran all the way from the capital, however now the main train has been demolished to make way for new roads !  Even when it was operating all the way, average speeds were extremely poor, with the 38km journey taking around 90 minutes.   Compare that to the world record for a conventional train, held by the French TGV which reached a top speed of 574.8 km/h in April 2007.    Up to July 2011 (when its top speed was limited to save energy) the Chinese CRH2 Harmony train covered the 922km from Wuhan to Guangzhou at an average of 313 km/h.

LOW-RES-Albania-Durresand another photo from the archives….boats in Essiouria, Morocco.  Spot the man on the boats….



Sunset in the Sahara

Thought for the day…..” The optimist seems opportunity in every danger, the pessimist sees danger in every opportunity”

“Kites rise highest against the wind, not with it”.

Said to be the World’s largest sand desert, the Sahara is about the same size as the USA, and covers about 30% of Africa.  Antartica and the Artic are larger deserts, but the Sahara is the largest hot desert.  Temperatures in summer can reach up to 57 degrees and some of the sand dunes can reach up to 180m, although the Sahara also includes volcanic mountains as well (the highest point is 3415m at Emi Koussi).     The name ‘Sahara’ comes from the Arabic plural word for deserts.   Seen here is the edge of the Sahara at sunset in Morocco.   The photo was taken with an early digital camera (Olympus) many years ago.

LOW-RES-Moroccoand another photo out of the archives…..a beautiful winter’s morning in Haglebu, Eggedal, Norway…..wordpress-haglebuALL PHOTOS ON THIS SITE ARE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE.             

It’s There Somewhere…..but can you find it?

Thought for the day…” Do coffins have lifetime guarantees? ”        ”   Do fish every get thirsty ?”     ” Did Noah keep his bees in archives? ”

Did you now that in Arabic, that the Arabic name for ‘Morocco’ means extreme west, or that Morocco is only 13km from Europe at its nearest point?   And if you have visited Morocco then you will have experienced the national drink, Moroccan mint tea, which is green tea with lots of mint leaves and an even greater amount of sugar.   Also, in Morocco the liver, and not the heart, is considered a sign of love.   And in the seaside town of Essouria, the inventor of the first pedestrian crossing light, Leslie Hore-Belisha is buried.   Tourists are surprised to learn that Morocco gets snow, as its highest point is Jebel Toubkal at 4165m in the Atlas mountains.   Although Casablanca is the largest city, it is Rabat which is the capital city.     The photo today is typical of the kasbahs (walled fortified cities) in Morocco, and as usual, a crowded market street.


And another photo from the archives….keeping watch in Ethiopia…..

LOW RES ETHIOPIA Bahir Dar 3 Oct 2011 (10)


Edge of the Sahara – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day….” Do not limit your challenges, challenge your limits”.

”  Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow”   (Albert Einstein).

Did you read the news story that the Bolivian president, Evo Morales gave the UN president (Ban Ki-moon) a cake for his birthday made with coca leaves?     The Bolivian president was earlier a coca farmer, and is an advocate of coca for its use in medicines and teas.     He even pulled out a bag of coca leaves and began chewing on them during a meeting of the UN Anti Drug group in Vienna in 2012.  Coca leaves are used in the production of cocaine, with Bolivia being the world’s largest producer of the drug.

The Sahara is the world’s hottest desert, and after Antartica, is the world’s second largest desert.  The name actually comes from the Arabic (plural) word for desert.  It has sand dunes up to 180m high, and its highest point is over 3414m high.  In summers, temperatures can rise to over 50 degrees.  Today’s photo was taken near sunset in Morocco, in a town on the edge of the Sahara.



and a photo from the archives…..Mt. Aspiring (3033m), South Island, New Zealand.



Sunset by the Sahara – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day….” Sometimes you have to take a leap at life and builds your wings on the way down”.

“Courage is the power to let go of the familiar.”

The Sahara Desert is the largest hot desert in the world, and touches 11 different countries.   In some parts, the highest sand dunes can reach 180m.  Today’s photos shows a town in Morocco on the edge of the Sahara, seen here in late evening sunlight.  Morocco has a population of around 33 million people and became independent from France in 1956.   Rabat is the capital, although Casablanca is the largest city.  Arabic, French and Berber are the main languages, and the money is called the Dirham.   The national drink is mint tea, which is found in every city, whilst couscous is the national dish.  Mining (especially phosphates), agriculture and tourism are the main industries.  Not many signs of life in the photo though….



Head to head – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day….’ Maybe it is better to bend a little than to break altogether”.

” Do not stay in the past, it will hurt in the future”.

Did you see the story in the news about the jacket that the chocolate manufacturer, Cadbury, has commissioned which react when the wearer consumes certain chocolate products?   Apparent, as the chocolate carrying-hand is raised to the mouth, LED lights in the jacket light up to show the mood of the consumer.     Did you know that 16 of the top 20 chocolate-consuming countries are in Europe?  Switzerland is number one, with an average annual consumption of around 11.3 kg/person.  Austria, Germany and Ireland are also high on the list.

Walking around the streets of Morocco, and found this shop selling different parts of animals.   Certain that I would not try any of these heads!  If heads are not your thing, then the same stall had everything from feet to other less appetising parts.   Perhaps it is good to be vegetarian sometimes!



Moroccan woman – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day…..” Knowledge talks, wisdom listens”

” When one door closes, another one opens, but we so often look so long and so regretfully at the closed door,  that we do not see the ones that will open for us’  (Alexandra Graham Bell).

More on stupid people.   Saw a story in news about a man in Wisconsin, USA who was arrested when he demanded a refund from a Walmart shop on a computer printer that he claimed he had bought instore.   A shop worker examined the printer, and noticed fake USD 100 bills which the man had been trying to print, still inside the printer.   And if you are bored, then you can pay a visit to the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, which has an exhibition entitled ‘my beautiful chair’ where you can lie down next to a lethal injection chair and experience the countdown  (all 3 minutes and 15 seconds of it) until ‘death’ arrives.   The time corresponds to the time that the lethal injection drugs take to work.  Stupid.

Captured by the camera in a Moroccan market, this woman has the traditional dyed hands.   Henna (a plant) powder is mixed with water to produce a paste which is then painted onto the hands, often in intricate patterns.    Henna is also used as a hair conditioner and a hair dye.   It is believed by the local people that henna will protect against illness, as well as offering protection against the evil eye, and that it will bring joy.   Most major festivals in Morocco involve the use of Henna.  Around 32 million people live in Morocco, with the main languages being Arabic, Berber and French.



Moroccan woman – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day….” Life is not measure by the number of breaths we take, but by the moment that take our breath away”

“Failures are stepping stones to success”

Amazing to realize that plants have the ability to count, and also have a memory.   David Attenborough showed in his series ‘The Secret Life Of Plants’  that the Venus Fly Trap plant (a carnivorous plant) actually had the ability to count and some form of memory.    This week I read of more studies which have shown that plants have the ability to do mathematics as well, as scientists have shown that plants have been working out how much starch to consume overnight (when there is no sunlight available) so as not to use up all their reserves too fast.  Scientists say that this shows that plants have the ability to perform simple mathematics.  There is even a laboratory in Italy investigating plant intelligence, LINV near Florence (International Laboratory of Plant Neurobiology).  One of their studies was into the effects of music in vineyards.

Another Moroccan photo today, but this time a portrait of a woman in a market in the seaside town of Essouraira.  Arabs and Berbers make up most of the population in Morocco.   Surprisingly, the lowest point in Morocco (Sebkha Tah) is -55m  and the highest (Jbel Toubkal) 4165m.  Around 45% of the population work in agriculture.



Morocco – Fez dye pots – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day…”  If people from Poland are called ‘Poles’ then why are people from Holland not called ‘Holes’ ?? ”

” A conscience is what hurts when all your other parts feel so good.”

The famous dye pots in Fez, Morocco for the photo today.  Luckily, you cannot smell this scene from the photo, as the place stinks.   The dye pots are used to tan the leather hides, using lime, urine, berries and water.  Morocco became independent from France in 1956, although French is still widely understood, in addition to Arabic.  The capital is Rabat (although Casablanca is the largest city) and the country has a population of about 32 million.  The dye pots in the photo are in the Medina, or old town, a mass of narrow passages and small shops.  Well worth a visit if you are in Morocco.   Remember that bargaining is the rule !   Mint tea is the national drink, and couscous the famous national dish.