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The Southern Alps of New Zealand

Thought for the day..”Success is when preparation meets opportunity”

“The trouble with not having a goal is that you can spend your entire life running up and down the field and never score”

Two photos from yesterday, taken on a flight around the Southern Alps on the South Island of New Zealand.   Unusually there was absolutely no wind over the mountains, meaning absolutely no turbulence, so I was able to fly closer to the mountains than normal.    The photos are screenshots from the video camera (the video will go up on Youtube later), and show Mt. Aspiring (3033m high) in the Mt. Aspiring National Park.  In the first photo, on the horizon left of the wing, you can see New Zealand’s highest mountain, Mt. Cook, which is now 3724m high.   To the right of Mt. Aspiring is the large Bonar Glacier.   Unfortunately there is a movement in New Zealand to rename many of the places and mountains with minority names, however the official names of the mountains are still Mt. Aspiring and also Mt. Cook.   So here is Mt. Aspiring below the wingtip….

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and another photo, again a screenshot from the video camera..The normal climbing route is up the long snow covered face (about 60 degrees) on the left, then along the ridge to the summit at 3033m.

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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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The Power of the Internet

Thought for the day ” What the wise do in the beginning, fools do in the end”

” You never know who is swimming naked until the tide goes out”   (Warren Buffett).

Having just written about the problems with Cyberphoto and the difficulties in getting money back from them, suddenly, after writing on the internet, the money was repaid.    Once again, the internet has shown that it is a powerful tool.

Today’s photos were both taken with the Panasonic FZ-150 camera.  The first photo is of leaf cutter ants in Colombia, and the second photo (out of the archives) shows a lake and mountain scene from Norway.   You have to look very closely at these photos to see that they were not taken with an expensive DSLR, just a normal ‘bridge’ camera.   Leaf-cutter ants form very complex societies and live in underground nests that be up to 30m wide and can go as deep as 6m.   The colony is divided into different castes based on size, with different castes carrying out different tasks.   The largest ants can be up to 16mm long.  They cultivate fungi in their nests, and collect leaves to feed the fungi.  Adult ants feed on the leaf sap, and also use the fungus to feed ant larvae.  Apart from humans, it is very unusual for any other creatures to cultivate their own food.   The ants also operate an efficient waste management system from their nests.

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and a photo from the archives…..early morning reflections in Haglebu, Norway………

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Photo of the Day Wednesday 9th January 2013 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day….”  “If it weren’t for electricity we’d all be watching television by candlelight.”

Spring is nature’s way of saying, “Let’s party!”

The cure for boredom is curiosity.  There is no cure for curiosity.

Fascinating to read some of the items that have been left behind in the Travelodge group of hotels.  They have published a list of the things that have ended up in their lost property departments.  Unbelievable in fact what some people will leave behind in a hotel room…..

  • A winning EuroMillions ticket
  • Keys to a Bugatti
  • A stamp album worth £250,000
  • A box of 200 Queen Elizabeth masks
  • A valuable set of Olympics tickets
  • A trunk of Cadbury chocolate bars
  • A diamond encrusted wedding ring
  • A Persian Chinchilla kitten worth £600
  • A suitcase of vinyl records
  • A set of false teeth with diamonds
  • A Rolex watch worth £50,000
  • A Tiffany engagement ring
  • A pilot’s training manual
  • A Kenwood Magimix worth £600
  • Joseph’s Dreamcoat
  • A pantomime horse
  • 7,000 copies of Fifty Shades of Grey (not all in the same room !)
  • 76,500 teddy bears
  • breat implants owned by a woman who had brought them from America for an operation.
  • and a person who left a $975 Persian cat in the hotel room, despite the fact that she was on her way to a cat show.

The list goes on, amazing  !!

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Happy not to be working at the Quality Spa Resort Norefjell, and not missing the managers there at all.

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