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Flags of Convenience

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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Why do they do it?

Thought for the day…” Some days there will not be a song in hour heart.  Sing anyway”.

“Shoot for the moon.  Even if you miss then you will end up among the stars”.

I have no sympathy or patience for the increasing numbers of people who are walking along pavements with their head down, concentrating on a mobile telephone, and oblivious to the outside world.    Now I refuse to move out of their way.  TMCnet.com is reporting that a poll of British doctors has shown that 37% of UK smartphone users have stumbled in the last 2 years.  The study also reported that 40% of Greek smartphone users damaged their phones in stumbling accidents over the last 2 years.    And sites such as youtube have videos showing mobile phone users walking off piers in the sea or into canals or fountains whilst texting. So why do people do it??   What is so important that it needs a text to be sent whilst walking???  Moan for the day.

A sunny day in the Croatian city of Dubrovnik for the photo today and a shot of the Costa Victoria cruise ship.  The ship carries up to 1928 passengers and a crew of 766, whilst about 42 000 people live in the city of Dubrovnik.

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Smiling Samoa – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell

Thought for the day….” The man who asks a question is a fool for only a minute.  The man who does not ask a question is a fool forever.”

“If you want to feel rich then just count all the things that you have that money cannot buy.”

Smiling Samoa for the photo today and a woman from the Samoan capital, Apia.  Great light for this photo, and despite being taken by a cheap Panasonic camera, the results were impressive.   Great place for a holiday, with wonderful sandy beaches, lots of local culture and some interesting Pacific Island scenery, including active volcanoes.  The people from Samoa (of which there are around 190 000) are known as happy people.  Until 1962, it was under the control of New Zealand.  It is made up of 7 main islands, and, interestingly, recently changed sides on the International Dateline so that it is now on the same day as Australia and New Zealand.LOW-RES-Samoan-woman and a photo from the archives…..summer reflections in Norway. Web-version-panorama ALL PHOTOS ON THIS SITE ARE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE. http://www.qualitysparesort.com                          www.qualityresortnorefjell.com                   http://www.norefjellspa.com


Party Time – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the Day….” Do coffins have lifetime guarantees?”

” Isn’t Disney world just a people trap operated by a mouse?”

Another happy scene today, this time from the Cook Islands in the Pacific.  Every year the local churches arrange a ‘Gospel Day’ in which the churches compete against each other to put on the best show.    The islanders dance, put on small shows, sing and also drink a lot of alcohol.  One play that the churches have performed was based on the attacks against the twin towers in New York.   Gospel days start early, sometimes around 0300 and go on long into the night.  Lots of flowers, dancing, singing and fun.  The next gospel day will be in October 2014.

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Wood carver in Espirito Santo – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day…” Do stairs go up or down?”      “If electricity comes from electrons, does morality come from morons?”

“If ignorance is bliss, then why aren’t more people happy?”.

Another curious story in the news this time from Venezuela.  Not toilet paper shortages this time making the news in Venezuela, but HAIR THIEVES.   The Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro has now promised to take action against the gangs who are stealing hair, sometimes at gunpoint, to sell to hair salons.    Venezuela has one of the worl’ds highest murder rates, although official figures are not published, as well as frequent carjackings, armed robberies and kidnapping.

And in Saudi Arabia, a man weighing around 610kg has been airlifted to hospital for treatment.   Apparently, the man was so big that part of the apartment had to be demolished so that a fork lift truck could carry him to a military aircraft.  He was flown to a hospital for treatment.

Another photo from the archives, and again from the island of Espirito Santo in the Pacific Ocean.   Lucky to capture a photo of this woodcarver in the forest, and lucky that the light was ok for the photo too.   I wonder how much things have changed since I was last there.     As usual, I wish that I had taken a lot more photos!!

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Native in the forest of Espirito Santo – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell

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

”  People say that motivation does not last.  Well, neither does bathing, which is why we recommend it daily.”

Did you know that the Pacific Ocean is the largest ocean on Earth?   The name came from the latin ‘Mare Pacificum’ which means ‘peaceful sea’.  It was named by the Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan.  The Pacific Ocean is larger than all the land area on Earth, and at its deepest point, the Mariana Trench, is over 10 911m deep, which is deeper than the height of Mt. Everest.    There are more than 25 000 islands in the Pacific, including Espirito Santo,

Another scanned slide here, and a photo from the jungle in Espirito Santo.   Only wish that I had a digital camera back in those days, as I would have taken a lot more photos.   With subjects like these, I missed lots of great photos.   And you can see that the quality of the photo is not up to digital standards either, but at least it shows how life was on Espirito Santo a few years ago.

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Village Life, Espirito Santo – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day…..” If you cannot give anything then you should not complain when you receive nothing”.

” We are all students of life.  It is how we handle it that gives us the degree.”

Off to the Pacific and to the nation of Vanuatu today, and the island of Espirito Santo.   A typical local village scene here,  and although an old photo (actually a scanned slide) things have probably still not changed much there.   The island is at 15 degrees south in the island group known as the New Hebrides, it became independant in 1980.  Copra (coconut) is the main crop here, although there is also a little tourism in addition to subsistence farming.    Villages are still ruled by chiefs and local customs are still very important.   Kava is the popular drug on the island, but alcohol is now becoming more prevalent.   The island got its name from the discoverer Pedro de Quiros who thought that he had discovered the fabled land of Australia.  Port Vila is the nearest international airport.

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Photo of the Day Tuesday 7th May 2013 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day….”  Keep smiling, it makes people wonder what you have been up to”

” I am going to stop putting things off, starting tomorrow”.

Coral is made up of small polyps, which are soft bodied organisms that are related to sea anenomens and to jellyfish.  They live in shallow, warm waters, and get most of their food from the algae that grow on them.  They also have tentacles that can catch plankton and very small fish.   Due to pollution and global warming, an estimated 25% of coral reefs worldwide have disappeared.  The longest coral reef in the world is the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, the second longest lies off the coast of Belize.   The photo today shows an aerial view of some of the coral off the Yasawa Islands in Fiji.   Parts of the coral reefs around Fiji have been suffering from bleaching, which is when the rise in sea temperatures kills off the algae that lives on the coral.  For the time being, it remains a divers paradise though.

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