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South to North…..Africa to Spitsbergen

Thought for the day….”  It costs nothing to dream, but are you prepared to pay the price to make it a reality?”

”  We learn the ropes of life by untying its knots”.

A photo of the largest land mammal for the photo today, and a scene from South Africa.   Elephants often live in herds of 20 or more, led by a dominant female called a matriarch.    They can live for up to 70 years, and curiously, cannot jump.    When they are born, they are blind, so rely totally on their mothers.  Adults will spend up to 16 hours a day feeding and need around 20 litres of water daily.   They sleep for only about 3 hours a day, and have 6 or 7 sets of teeth, unlike only 2 for humans.

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And another photo from the archives…..a storm approaches Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen

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Lazing in Lesotho – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day…” Friends are the flowers in the garden of life”.

”  Love starts with a hug, grows with a kiss, and ends with a tear”.

Did you know that the first electricity power plant in the world was opened in New York in 1882 by Thomas Edison.  Edison also invented the world’s first electric voting system in 1868 (the Electrical Vote Recorder), and in 1876 invented the microphone, as well as the phonograph.   In 1879 he came up with the electric light bulb, which was called the ‘Edison modern incandescent lamp’, and later came up with the idea of gummed paper tape, switches, and demonstrated public street lighting, and by 1880 had installed the world’s first full sized electric railway for passengers and freight.  in 1891 he invented the motion picture system, which he later refined into the Kinetophone, or talking motion picture.     He ended up with over 1368 patents for his many inventions, including simple radio transmitters.

A little known country for the photo today, and to landlocked Lesotho.   Lesotho is surrounded by South Africa, and is the only country to be completely above 1400m (the highest point is 3482m).  It has a population of about 2 million, and was previously called Basutoland, until it became independent from the UK in 1966.   Wool, clothing and mohair are the main exports, although the harsh winters (down to -18 degrees sometimes) limit what can be grown here.   In 1967 a Basuto woman discovered a 601 carat diamond here.  Many of the locals work in South Africa for several months each year.  The capital, Maseru is home to about 200 000 people.  A typical rural scene showing local life….

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Photo of the Day Saturday 8th June 2013 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day…” One rotten apple will spoil the whole bunch, even if it does not know that it is rotten.  Treat your thoughts the same way”

” Beauty might bring happiness, but happiness always brings beauty. ”

Found another good story in the news about a woman called Dorothy Custer, who is 102 years old (!!), doing a base jump in Idaho, USA to celebrate her birthday.  The country with the highest life expectancy is Japan, where men live to an average of 79 years and women an average of 86 years (UN figures).   Second place goes to Switzerland, where men live 80 years and women 85 years (must be because of the good chocolate).  At the other end of the scale, Sierra Leone has life expectancy of 46 for men and 47 for women.    The oldest documented life was by Jeanne Calment from France, 1875 – 1997, a total of 122 years.    Jiroemon Kimura from Japan currently holds the record for the oldest man, now 116 years old.

Today’s photo shows a very quiet section of the Transvaal Coast in South Africa.  Not so many tourists in this part of SA, but some great scenery.

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Photo of the Day Tuesday 14th August 2012 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell

Thought for the day…”  Growing old is mandatory; growing up is optional. ‘

Did you see on the news that Poland is holding the European Dog Frisbee Championships in the city of Poznan?   Thrilling stuff, especially coming right after the Olympics !!

South Africa for the photo today and the Transvaal Coast.  Previously this was the area in which the Boers settled, to get away from the British further south.    The area boomed after 1885 when gold was found here until the Second Boer War which saw the Boers against the British.  The war was eventually ended after a blockade, after which the area became part of the British Empire.   Although Pretoria is considered to be the capital of South Africa, the country actually has three capitals: Pretoria (executive), Cape Town (legislative), and Bloemfontein (judicial).  It also has 11 official languages, and is the world’s third largest exporter of fruit.

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