Thought for the day..”Millions saw the apple fall, but Newton was the one who asked why.”
“It is not the strongest of the species which survives, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change” Charles Darwin
Oslo harbour and the ferry which goes between Norway and the Danish capital, Copenhagen. Prices onboard this boat have gone up a lot, and the journey time has also been increased, making the trip now more expensive and also slower. This boat was previously owned by Viking Line, and sailed from Sweden to Finland. Whilst the ferry was previously a good option, with the high prices onboard and also with the improved road connections to Denmark, it is no longer a good option. Quite why the company thought that slowing the trip down was a good idea is a mystery, as is the logic of increasing the prices onboard. Just like the airlines, DFDS have started to charge for things (eg. internet onboard and the bus connections to/from the boat) that used to be included in the ticket price. It appears that nearly all the public seating onboard has also been removed, presumably to try and force people into the bars and restaurants onboard to spend more money. Sad to see the decline in standards on these ferries now, and the need to pay extra for so many things. The kayakkers had a great view of the ferry though……
and another photo…A dramatic sunrise over the hills of Pembroke, New Zealand. Great cloud formations are not unusual on the South Island of New Zealand due to the prevailing winds crossing the Southern Alps, which often leads to banding and wave clouds. Add that to the first sun of the day and the result is a great photo.
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RESPECT, CONSIDERATION & FAIRNESS
Thought for the day…”Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.”
” Better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak and remove all doubt.”
It is estimated that at least 1 TRILLION plastic bags are used each year, and that China alone uses more than 3 billion everyday (3 per person). If you consider that it takes around 1000 years for a non-biodegradeable bag to completely disappear, then it is bad news for the environment. The bad news goes further, many of these bags end up in the sea, creating even more problems. One big surprise (but a good one) is that Rwanda banned plastic bags completely, no manufacturing, importing or selling of plastic bags. And the results of this are VERY easy to see when you travel around the country. The Rwandans decided that charging for plastic bags in shops was not an option, as the bags would still be dumped around the countryside, so there would still be a problem. Medical use is one of the few exceptions in Rwanda. The results of the plastic bag ban are very clear to see when you visit the country, is is surprisingly clean. Rwanda also has a monthly community cleaning morning, called “Umuganda”. This is compulsory for every citizen aged between 18 and 65 who is able to work. On the last Saturday of every month, citizens carry out public works to clean and tidy the country. Things like cutting hedges, mowing grass and clearing paths to keep the country clean and tidy. Tourists often are surprised that Rwanda is so clean, and the frequently-heard comment is that Kigali is the cleanest capital that they have been in. Some other cities around the world are following this idea of banning plastic bags, but the Rwandans have shown that it can be done and that it works. Full marks to them !!!
Copenhagen for the photo today, and a cruise ship competes with apartment blocks for the views.
and another photo from the archives…..Caribbean sunset in Marigot Bay, St. Lucia…..
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