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Crazy security checks…..

Thought for the day…..”Actions and consquences are a packaged deal”

” Life is a one-time offer.   Use it well”.

Travel has just got easier for me.     The USA, as usual paranoid about security has introduced rules which stop TOURISTS like me from getting the ESTA electronic visas.    If you have visited any of the countries on the USA list, then you are now ineligible for the ESTA visa.   This also means that you cannot transit the USA.     The American government cannot get it into their heads that there are TOURISTS who visit countries like Iran, Iraq and Sudan to learn more about the culture and life there.   But paranoid American officials now consider TOURISTS like these as a security risk.   So it is an easy decision for me, no more visits to the USA.  I will take my TOURIST dollars/euros/dirhams somewhere else.

And now I see that Australia is also becoming much like the USA.   Now at international airports in Australia, they have made the body scanner machines compulsory.   Of course they are saying that there is no danger to the public, but officials also said the same thing with the original body scanner X-Ray machines, until it was discovered that there WERE health dangers with the scanners.   So when they tell me that there is no danger (officials also said the same thing after the Chernobyl nuclear accident) then I do not believe them.   So I will not be compulsorily irradiated because I am innocent.    So now I will be avoiding Australia as well, including in transit.   And apparently, Australia wants to start trials of facial recognition technology at gateway airports to avoid the need for passports.    How much more big-brother is coming???       So two countries on the off list (USA & Australia).   Makes planning the next trip easier.   Their loss, my money will go to other countries.    And is it not about time that these stupid rules about liquids are abolished???    Since when has a 200ml tube of tooth paste or shampoo been dangerous??

And why do they make the pilots go through security checks as well?   Are they afraid that the pilot might get control of the aircraft??   Has no airport official ever seen the STUPIDITY of making pilots (who have full control of the aircraft) go through a security check?   I watched one pilot at Brisbane airport recently having to remove his mobile phone from his pocket to go through security again.  Yet no official has ever questioned the logic of such a stupid procedure.

Having been attacked and robbed recently by a bandit with a bushknife (see the previous post) I was searching around for a new Fuji camera.  I was amazed to see on a website with sample images from a Fuji camera, and advertisement for stab-proof jackets (see the screenshot below).   Either my internet is being monitored, or it was an amazing coincidence….

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and a photo from the now-stolen camera…..again great sharpness and colours from Fuji…..

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New looking old, historic New Zealand

Thought for the day…” It isn’t premarital sex if you have no intention of getting married.”   (George Burns)

“Dreams are not what you see in your sleep.  Dreams are the things that do not let you sleep”.

Nice photo of the historic Cardrona Hotel, Otago, New Zealand for the photo today.    Cardrona lies about 25km from the town of Wanaka, on the mountain road to Queenstown.    Cardrona was originally a gold rush town which grey up in the 1860s.   The historic hotel in the photo was used in advertisements by the Speights brewery in New Zealand.   Nowadays it is the nearby Cardrona ski area which attracts tourists, although now that the road to Queenstown is sealed all the way, then the route through Cardrona is much busier.  Occasionally you still see people panning for gold in the nearby river.   The photo was taken in colour, then selectively changed to black and white.

LOW-RES-hoteland another photo out of the archives…taken on safari in Kenya…..WORDPRESS-KENYA-Lioness

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Were there some red faces recently?

Thought for the day…” A goal is a dream with a deadline”.

” When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it”

Now I am wondering if there are some very red faces at the American toymaker Hasbro over it’s ‘Play-Doh Sweet Shoppe Cake Mountain Playset’.    Red faces probably, not over the spelling of ‘shoppe’ but probably over the transparent plastic tube that is used to squeeze out Play-Doh to appear like cake frosting.   More than one person has commented that the plastic extruder appears to be very much like a sex-toy.  Remember that this item was sold in a set aimed at children, and was sold through reputable retailers.

LOW RES cake extruderComments were posted on Facebook, including on Hasbro Inc. own pages about the ‘toy’.  More than a few parents have been upset by the shape of the ‘toy’.   And if you have time, then check out some of the comments and reviews that purchasers have left on Amazon.com.  Sure to bring a smile…….and good that most people can see the funny side of life.  Hasbro are replacing the item with an alternative design.

Something more serene and less controversial here…Lake Hawea in Otago, South Island New Zealand.   The photo shows the main highway which heads through the Southern Alps up to the Haast Pass, before dropping down to the West Coast.   Lake Hawea is a popular fishing spot, whilst Hawea village has a wonderful cafe and restaurant (Sailz), well worth a short detour off the highway to visit.  Highly recommended !!

LOW-RES-roadand another photo from the archives…the rare Rothschild giraffe…WORDPRESS-ZAMBIA-South-Luan

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Photo of the Day Saturday 11 May 2013 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day….” Some minds are like concrete,  thorougly mixed up and permanently set”.

” Obstacles are what you see when you take your eyes off the goal”.

Did you know that a lion may sleep for 20 hours a day?   Or that you can judge the age of a male lion by the darnkess of his mane?  And did you know that a lion’s heels do not touch the ground when it walks.  The average male lion weighs around 180kg and the average female weighs around 130 kg.   A lion can sprint for a short distance at up to 81 km/h, and in the wild, have an average life span of 12 years.  Lionesses do most of the hunting, as in the photo here shot in Kenya a few years ago.  Not a good day for the wildebeest !!

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Photo of the Day Saturday 29th December 2012 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day…” An apple a day will keep ANYONE away if thrown hard enough”.

” If you want to fly then you have to let go of the things that hold you down”.

Amazing what you can find on the internet.   Apparently there is one man who visited the moon, and who stayed there.   In 1999, following his death in a car accident, the ashes of Dr. Eugene Merle Shoemaker, a planetary geologist who discovered comets and asteroids, were left at the south pole of the moon by an ‘unmanned’ space mission, so he became the only person to have stayed on the moon!!

Also more trivia from the internet….did you know that there is a species of ant and also a species of spider named after Harrison Ford, the actor?  And did you know that 7-Up once contained Lithium?  Originally called “Bib-Label Lithiated Lemon-Lime Soda” it was marketed as a hangover cure, before the name was shorted to 7-Up.  Lithium was removed from the drink in 1950 though.

Into Rwanda for the photo today, and to the town of Gisenyi, where the water delivery is arriving.  Rwanda is mountainous and hilly (the highest is 4507m), with coffee and tea being the main export crops.  The population is abour 11.5 million people, and is apparently the most densely populated country in Africa.

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LOW RES RWANDA Gisenyi 23 Nov 2012 (4)


Photo of the Day Friday 28th December 2012 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell

Thought for the day….” Most of the problems in life are because of two reasons, we act without thinking, or we keep thinking without acting”.

Did you know that the world’s longest place name is in New Zealand….Taumata­whakatangihanga­koauau­o­tamatea­turi­pukakapiki­maunga­horo­nuku­pokai­whenua­kitanatahu     Wonder how many points that would get if you could use it in Scrabble.   The word that has scored the most points in Scrabble is “BENZOXYCAMPHORS” which, when placed on the edge of the board (to use triple word scores) earned a whopping 1970 points.    For a single word, try caziques, which earns 392 points.

And for the photo today, a male baboon in Zambia.  Baboons can live up to 30 years, and live in large groups which are called “troops”.  Lions and hyenas are their main predators.

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LOW RES ZAMBIA South Luangwa Nat Park 10 Nov 2012 (118)


Photo of the Day Sunday 16th December 2012 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day…” Always and never are two words you should always remember never to use.”

Did you know that the name ‘elephant’ comes from the Greek words for ‘oblique sided tooth”, and that a bull elephant can weigh up to 6000kg?   African elephants will also have 6 sets of teeth during their lifetime, and once it has had its final set of teeth, then it will probably starve to death.  It also comes with a brain that weighs in at around 5kg.  The photo comes from the Liwonde National Park in Malawi.

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WORDORESS MALAWI Liwonde National Park 23 Oct 2012 (66)


Photo of the Day Wednesday 12th December 2012 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell

Thought for the day….” Blessed are the young, for they will inherit the national debt.”

Rather nice story in the news at the moment about the monkey who turned up in Ikea in Toronto wearing a sheepskin coat and a nappy.  Happy ending to this story, as the monkey is being sent to a sanctuary.   Some great photos on the internet of this monkey, bet that it made people visiting IKEA look twice.

And on the subject of animals, a safari photo from Africa today.

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WORDPRESS SWAZILAND Mlilwane pm 6 Oct 2012 (174)CROP


Thought for the day….” Live now. Make now always the most precious time.  Now will never come again.”

Another animal photo today…..this time a lioness.   Apparently in the wild they live for up to 15 years, with males weighing up to 250 kg (females up to 180kg).  Their territory can be up to 250 square kilometres.   It is mainly the females that do the hunting, often at night.

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