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Five A Day, and colourful – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day…” Life is the art of drawing without an eraser”.

” Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like hard work” (Thomas Edison).

Another colourful market scene today, taken in bright sunlight which really made the colours stand out.    The idea was to get in closer and fill the shot with colour.   Certainly worked here.  The photo was taken a few years ago in a market in Split, Croatia.   At that time, the photos were taken as JPEG photos, which had the advantage of taking up less space on memory cards and also being ready to use without lots of editing.

The disadvantage of JPEG though is that it is a way of storing photos that compresses and loses quality, so every time that the photo is edited then it loses even more quality.    The big advantage of taking photos in RAW is that you get in effect a digital ‘negative’ so that you can make pictures from it and also edit it without destroying the original image data.    Once you get used to editing RAW images, then they are almost as quick as using jpeg pictures, albeit with larger file sizes.

I guess that anybody over about 20 years old will have missed out on the thrill and excitement of waiting for that envelope of photos to come back through the post from the processing laboratory, or the excitement (and frustration!) of waiting for the local Kodak or Fuji shop to process the photos.    Even one hour was a long time to wait sometimes……but now it is all instant and digital.

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Summer in Croatia – Not the Quality Spa Resort, Norefjell.

Thought for the day….” Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies”.

” If knowledge can create problems, it is not through ignorance that we can solve them”.

There is a strange story in the news at the moment about Brent Council in London, England.  They have installed a hologram ‘receptionist’, a moving human image who ‘answers’ questions from visitors.  Brent Council says that the hologram will save GBP 17000 a year.    This is after they spent GBP 90 million on a new civic centre, which opened this year.   And perhaps they forget, that one less (real) person will now not have a job, and will presumably have to be supported by the government there.    False economy??   And in these hard economic times, should any local government be spending GBP 90 million on a new civic centre??   Surely hospitals and schools come first, well before any civic centres.   Perhaps we should ask the hologram receptionist for the answers?     Stop the world, I want to get off……………………………………

Off to Split, Croatia for the photo today, and the harbourside in the city centre.   Situated on the Adriatic Sea, Croatia was the home of the famous traveller Marco Polo..   It was formed in 1991 when it became independent from the former Yugoslavia, and it has recently become a member of the European Union.    It has more than 1000 islands along its coast.   An interesting fact is that the White House (Washington, USA) is built of Croatian stone, as is the Austrian Pariliament building in Wien, Austria.   Croatia was also the site of the world’s first hydro electric power station in 1895 (Sibenik).  The town of Hum in Istria is said to be the world’s smallest town, with just 23 citizens.

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Photo of the Day Sunday 23rd June 2013 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day..”  On the keyboard of life, always keep one finger on the escape key”.

” Needing someone is like needing a parachute.  If they are not there the first time, chances are you will not be needing them again”.

With all the publicity at the moment for the 787 and the Paris Air show, there are some interesting facts about the world’s longest flights.  On 9th November 2005, a  Boeing 777 -200LR flew from Hong Kong to London  eastwards, covering 21 602km in 22 hours 22 minutes.  The aircraft carried 8 pilots for this flight.   But the overall record flight is surprisingly still held by a propellor driven aircraft, the Lockheed Starliner.   The TWA flight from London to San Fransisco via the Polar route on 1 October 1957 flew for 23 hours 19 minutes non-stop.  Between 1943 and 1945, Qantas operated a Catalina flying boat between Western Australia and Sri Lanka, with a flight time of between 28 hours and 33 hours, called the Double Sunrise service.   Until November this year, the Singapore Airlines flight from Newark to Singapore (15 345 km) holds the current record for the longest flight, with a flight time of 18 hours 45 minutes.

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