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Last light of the day….from above

Thought for the day…”I’ll try anything once, twice if I like it, and three times to make sure” (Mae West).

“Sex is emotion in motion”  (Mae West).

Up in the air……Who is the biggest?  The largest airline in the world (in terms of revenue, profit and fleet size) is the American Airlines group.   In terms of passengers, Delta is the world’s biggest private airline, with around 129 million passengers a year.   Emirates Airlines (UAE) is government owned, but their revenue last year was around USD 24.2 BILLION.  It used to be fun at one time, but now the security checks, check-in procedures and overcrowded airports have certainly taken the gloss away.    I often wonder who actually votes for the airlines that ‘win’ the awards for the world’s best airlines, but Singapore Airlines get my vote…..as does Singapore Airport (SIN) for the world’s best airport.    Norway’s Oslo (OSL) airport certainly deserves an award, not for comfort or for convenience, but for the lack of facilities and unpleasant surroundings.    Every time that I fly into or out of OSL I am struck by what a DISGRACE it is for Norway.  It does not get any better either.

Work means that I fly more than I would like but occasionally there are some perks….like this sunset last month, seen from an aircraft window in Norway….

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and another photo from the archives…an unlucky weekend motorist (Ferrari) gets a ticket in Stockholm, Sweden….

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Crown Range road in New Zealand

Thought for the day…” A mind is like a parachute.  It does not work unless it is open”

“Teamwork – Coming together is a beginning, keeping together is progress, working together is success”  Henry Ford.

If you are fortunate enough to be cycling in New Zealand, then the road linking Queenstown with Wanaka, the Crown Range is going to test the legs.  The road climbs up to 1119m, including a section with zig-zags and also some great downhill sections.   Easy to get up to around 80 km/h on the downhill sections, although the bends will make higher speeds difficult.  Great views down into the Gibbston Valley below, and also towards Queenstown and Arrowtown.  The road is the highest sealed main road in New Zealand, winter snow and ice make the road difficult in winter time, but summer it is a joy to cycle.   On the Pembroke-Wanaka side of the pass, there is the small settlement of Cardrona, which was once the site of a gold rush.  Nowadays Cardrona is more known for its pub (in the second photo) , which has featured in advertisements, and also for the nearby bra-fence.  The bra fence has been moved from the main road due to repeated theft of the bras and the problems caused by too many cars stopping to admire this New Zealand curiosity.

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New, looking old – more classic cars

Thought for the day….”  It is better to be looked over than overlooked”   (Mae West).

“If you focus on results, you will never change.  If you focus on change, then you will get results”.

Lucky timing with the camera recently and a case of being in the right place at the right time.    There has been a rally of Ford Model A cars in the Otago region recently, and I just happened to be at the village of Cardrona when the cars were also there.   Over 4.8 million Model A cars were made between 1927 and 1932 , the car being a replacement for the famous Ford Model T.    One version of the car even featured a V8 engine.   Prices ranged from USD 385 up to USD 1400.   Interestingly, it was the first car to feature safety glass in the windshield.

Two of the cars are seen here, outside the famous Cardrona Hotel.  Originally a gold-rush village, it now sits at the base of a ski resort.  A disused (gold) mineshaft can be seen inside the hotel bar.   From here, to the left of the photo, the road climbs up the Crown Range, reaching a height of 1119m, before descending towards the tourist town of Queenstown.       Due to the bad light that day, the photo was converted to black and white, then changed to sepia, to give it a 1930s look.

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and another photo….some of the 20 000 plus runners in the Stockholm marathon…

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Classic car – Jaguar Mk2

Thought for the day…” The only difference between a rut and a grave are the dimensions”

“Happiness is always an inside job”.

The GoPro saga continues.     Customers can forgive a lot if they see that a company is trying, but when a company tries to avoid admitting an obvious problem, then customers rapidly lose confidence.    So far, customer services at GoPro have been far from brilliant and also far from helpful.   There are already a lot of unhappy GoPro 4 Hero Black users on the internet, many of whom have had issues with the camera overheating when recording 4K video (which was the sole reason that I bought that particular camera).   So what would you or I do if you had a product that you knew had a problem??   Continue to sell it?    No.    Offer to refund the money?    Yes.    But so far, GoPro have not offered anything.      The user manual acknowledges the problem, and suggests recording only short video clips at 4K.  Not practical if you are doing action sports, as you can hardly pause the action just to wait for the camera to cool down.     So the emails to GoPro customer service go back and forth.   The GoPro camera sits in its case, no longer used due to the overheating issue.   I would like very much for GoPro to refund my NZD 732 that I paid for it.    My action sports continue, but will be unrecorded !!   Come on GoPro.   You have admitted in the user manual that there is an issue, now do the right thing.

Two photos of an immaculate 1961 Jaguar Mk2 car, seen here in Alexandra, New Zealand.  These cars were built in Coventry, England between 1959 and 1967.   Engine sizes ranged between 2.4L and 3.7L, with up to 220 bhp.     Top speed for the 3.7L engined version was about 201 km/h, although with a high fuel consumption of around 14L/100 km.  The TV detective, Inspector Morse drove a Jaguar Mk 2.

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Buyer Beware – caught out again !

Thought for the day…” If we open a quarrel between past and present, we shall find that we have lost the future”  (Winston Churchill).

”  Laughter is timeless, imagination has no age, and dreams are forever”  (Walt Disney)

We all make mistakes, that is only human.  But what is wrong, and perhaps even criminal, is when companies make mistakes then are unwilling to put them right.    The latest example is by a Swedish based company called Cyberphoto, who trade online around Scandinavia.   Having ordered a new camera from them, I was told that it was on its way to me.  First mistake, as it was not.    So Cyberphoto had raised my expectations that I would soon receive my shiny new camera, but it was not to be.    When it did finally arrive, I saw that Cyberphoto had charged my card twice for the purchase.   I returned the camera due to the poor lens quality (Sony A6000, but the Sony 55-210mm kit lens was just too low a quality for the camera) but I am still waiting on Cyberphoto to refund my money.    It would not be so bad if Cyberphoto replied to emails promptly, but that seems to be too much for them.    So, at the moment, they have both my money and the camera.    And they seem to have gone very quiet too.

Making a mistake is not the problem, we all do that.  But what is wrong is when a company fails to put things right promptly.    Do Cyberphoto think that I would ever order from them again??    Indeed, unless they refund all my money very quickly then they are going to find a court summons landing on their doorstep.    Having been to court before (only as a plaintiff I must add) then I am not afraid to do it again, but it is a sad state of affairs when you have to do this.    But the way that this company is behaving, then it deserves to end up in court.  And they may well do.  Let the buyer beware.  And in this case, let Cyberphoto beware, because this particular consumer many just bite back, and bite back hard.

And today’s photo….some Austin Healey cars seen here in Wanaka, New Zealand.

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And another photo out of the archives….rope stall in a market in Mozambique….

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The fun stops now – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day….” You cannot have what you do not want”.

“Take time to recharge your batteries.  It is hard to see where you are going when the lights are dim”.

The fun stops now !    Just imagine being out in your Ferrari on a Sunday afternoon.  You just HAVE to drive a Ferrari fast.   Today’s photo was taken Stockholm, Sweden.   The driver of the Ferrari had been driving up and down Strandvagen (an expensive waterfront street in the Swedish capital), a street where a Ferrari does not look out of place.   Clearly he was enjoying the drive UNTIL the flashing blue lights came on behind him.   The famous prancing horse on the badge of Ferraris was originally a symbol of Count Francesco Baracca, who was a pilot in the Italian Air Force.  A Swiss motorist who was caught in 2010 driving his Ferrari near St. Gallen at 137 km/h in a 50 km/h zone received a speeding ticket of USD 290 000.  The fine had been increased because he was a repeat offender.

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