Thought for the day…” Success is when preparation meets opportunity.”
With all the problems in the world (climate change, recession, unemployment, malaria, Syria etc……) it is surprising to read that scientists in the USA in Portland University have been busy working on perfecting a coffee maker that will work in zero gravity (zero G) conditions in space. I may be missing the point here, but one, are there many people travelling in space? and two, could these same scientists have worked on something more useful?? Hopefully this ‘research’ was not paid for by taxpayers’ money.
Off to the small town of Arrowtown in New Zealand for the photo today. The town was previously a historic gold mining town once had more than 7000 residents, who were attracted by the lure of gold in the nearby Shotover and Arrow rivers. The Shotover river turned out to be one of the richest gold-bearing rivers in the world, and it is still possible today to pan for gold in it. The photo was taken late evening, when the day trippers from the nearby tourist mecca of Queenstown had returned and had left Arrowtown in peace again. A colour photo was converted to black & white, then to sepia, and the contrast was increased.
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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.