Thought for the day…”Reach for the stars, even if you have to stand on a cactus”
It is the set of the sails, not the direction of the wind that determines which way we will go.”
The joys of travelling….exciting new places and destinations. But it is not always fun. One of my pet hates (one of many) is that hotels often do not have a list of TV channels. Given that some hotels can have upwards of 100 channels, why can they not put a list in the room to save endless channel surfing trying to find the 5 or 6 interesting channels?? A simple card or print out listing the channels would be so good. And linked to this pet hate are hotel TVs that as soon as start them are at maximum volume, hardly ideal for a hotel when guests are trying to sleep.
Next pet hate……Many hotels are no longer giving the small bottles of shampoo and conditioner or individual soap, preferring to have dispensers on the walls instead. All very well IF the hotel refills them but so often just when you are in the shower you discover that the dispensers are empty.
And staying with hotels and pet hates…..the annoying habit that more and more hotels are only putting in one rubbish bin/trash can in the whole room and bathroom. Saves them a little money, but is hardly good for the guest experience.
Another hate….modern hotels whose managers have decided that THEY know the temperature that guests want the rooms to be at, and have removed individual temperature controls in the rooms….I am seeing this more and more and it is also not good for the guest experience.
Topping the list of pet hates for hotels…..any hotel that has slow internet or has a poor internet signal in the room deserves to go out of business….no excuse for this in the 21st century. Excuses such as “it is the number of guests in the hotel” or “it is the rainy weather” just get me irritated. It is not rocket science to get fast, reliable internet in a hotel, but it seems to be a major problem for some hotels.
The list goes on….to be continued………
Today’s photo is of the lakefront in Pembroke, South Island, New Zealand, on a perfect Summer’s evening. One man and his dog admire the view….
and another photo from the archives…..driving hazards on the roads of Scandinavia….these are a much bigger problem at night when they tend to freeze in the car headlights. A male elk can be over 300 kg, so can cause a lot of damage to a car.
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RESPECT, CONSIDERATION & FAIRNESS
Thought for the day….” Do not look back, you are not going that way”
“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving” (Albert Einstein).
The island of St. Helena is probably most famous with stamp collectors. The tiny island in the Atlantic Ocean lies about 1950km west of the African coastline. The population is about 4500 people, which makes the spending of 285 MILLION British pounds on a new airport rather surprising. St Helena is a British territory but the spending of such a large amount of money was done without sufficient surveys. The runway is subject to turbulent winds and wind shear, and operations have been judged to be dangerous. So despite spending a huge amount, only 18 aircraft have been able to land there due to the turbulent wind condtions and wind shear. So the British government is left with a huge bill for an airport that is considered too dangerous to fly into. But what will happen to the officials who ordered the building of this white elephant? I can guess. Zero. A modern day folly.
A photo from the South Island of New Zealand, and the state highway 8 over the Lindis Pass. At this point the road climbs to 971m before dropping down to the Ahuriri or Lindis Valleys. The special long, spiny grass which grows in this area is known as tussock grass (see lower right of the photo).
and another photo from the archives….legs plus. The legs on the far left are real.
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Thought for the day…”It is better to walk alone than walk with a crowd going in the wrong direction”.
“You cannot hang out with negative people and expect a positive life”.
Winter is a great time to sit inside and sort out the thousands of photos. In the last century, in the days of 35mm film, you were very careful before you took a photo because you only had 24 or 36 exposures on each film (38 if you were very lucky when you put the film in). Now, with cameras that will take 8 or 10 photos a second, then sorting photos has become a mammoth task. Before, you sent the film away for processing, and the shop did all the work for you, whereas now you have to download the photos, label them and file them yourself, as well as editing them. One great advantage of the Fuji system is that the jpegs straight out of the camera are SO good, which means that much less editing is needed. Still got FAR too many photos though, but at least I am spending much less time on editing now. Two photos from the city centre in Bergen, Norway, both taken earlier this year with the Fuji X-T10 camera and standard 18-55mm kit lens.
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