Thought for the day..”Public opinion is no more than this: what people think that other people think.”
“Courage is fear holding on a minute longer.” (George Patton)
What is the world coming to? News on the internet is that the Swiss town of Bergun in the Graubunden area has voted to ban photography in it’s area. People taking photos will be fined CHF4 under the new bylaw. Apparently, the local council has already taken down publicity photos from the internet. So many places in the world are restricting photography, you have only to think of the USA where photographing public buildings is now likely to lead to trouble with the authorities, and in many places in the world, taking photos near an airport is also likely to lead to problems. It is amazing that the central government in Switzerland has allowed the town of Bergun to introduce the new photography ban. It would certainly change my decision to visit any town if it had a photography ban. What has happened to freedom? And what is the town of Bergun so afraid of??? Surely any town should be please that people want to visit and take photographs. And because Switzerland is usually a civilised country, then the photography ban is even more surprising. Recently Sweden introduced a complete ban on filming from drones/quadcopters without special permission, and other countries are gradually introducing more restrictions as well.
Today’s photo is a scan of a slide taken many years ago, a local train from St. Ives passes the beach at Carbis Bay in Cornwall, England.
and another photo…..a scanned slide photo from the 1990s. A Penzance to London train in the Glynn Valley near Bodmin Road in Cornwall, England.
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RESPECT, CONSIDERATION & FAIRNESS
Thought for the day….” Vision is the art of seeing the invisible” “Failures are stepping stones to success”
Another couple of photos from the Seychelles. The Seychelles are the sort of place where you take photos, and take lots of them. So many beautiful bays and beaches, and scenes like the ones below are so easy to find. And for those people lucky enough to have waterproof cameras, the coral reefs, diving and tropical fish are amazing. Sadly I have no photos from the diving, but hundreds of photos from dry land. Next time I must take an underwater camera. High standards of accommodation, relatively few tourists (so often the beaches are empty or almost empty) and around 155 islands to explore. What a holiday paradise!! I just hope that it does not become like some of the islands in Thailand, where tourism has taken away the very charm that made them popular in the first place. But for now, Seychelles are still paradise.
PS. Sitting on the Dock of the Bay was sung by Otis Reading
and another photo from the Seychelles. This photo started as a normal colour photo, but was first converted to black & white, then converted to sepia to give it an old look. See what you think…..
Thought for the day…” You are only young once, but you can be immature forever”.
” When it comes to thought, some people stop at nothing”.
Standards are very high in Switzerland, and things work as they should. Had a trip to Kandersteg recently and was very lucky to stay in The Hayloft, which is a traditional Swiss chalet now operating as a B&B (www.thehayloft.ch). The building is almost 500 years old, and has fantastic views of the waterfalls and mountains nearby. Not only that, but the hosts that run the chalet were excellent, so the hospitality was great too. Just what you want when you are in Switzerland !! Kandersteg (altitude 1200m) is a great base for hiking, and with the network of cable cars and gondolas, it is very easy to reach the higher valleys. About 7.3 million people live in Switzerland, with around 70% of the country being mountainous. The famous Swiss army knives were originally all red so that they could be found easily in the snow. The Swiss are also famous for having the highest chocolate consumption per capita in the world.
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Thought for the day..” When you talk, you are only repeating what you know, but if you listen, you may learn something new”
“If you want to feel rich, just count all the gifts that you have that money cannot buy”.
About 70% of the earth is made up of ocean, with an average depth of around 3700m. It is estimated that the world’s oceans contain around 97% of the earth’s water. Interestingly, the speed of sound in water is 5 times as fast as it is in air. The highest tides in the world (16.3m) are in the Bay of Fundy, in Nova Scotia, Canada. No sign of a large tide in this photo of a rather nice beach!!
Thought for the day…” Anxiety is the space between the ‘now’ and the ‘then’ ”
” The doorstep to the temple of wisdom is a knowledge of our own ignorance.”
“Common sense is like deodorant, the people who need it most never use it”.
A photo today of a German ICE express train, seen here at Interlaken station in Switzerland. Something of a success story for Siemens who build the train, as similar versions are now used in Spain, Russia and China. At one time, an ICE train held the world train speed record of 406.9 km/h. Between 1991 and 2006 ICE trains have carried over 550 million passengers, and have perhaps Europe’s most comfortable interiors.
Thought for the day….” We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them”
C60 and C90……There is a whole generation now who will not understand the significance of these, but for anyone over about 30 years old, then they will bring back memories of the early Walkmans, which ran on CASSETTE TAPE. Some might even remember the C120 as well, a thin tape that was liable to jam up in the player.
And if you are over 30, then you will remember the constant battle of the Walkman to take enough batteries for it to last a long trip. But all is replaced now by the mp3 player……Nostalgia is a thing of the past.
Life is short,
Break the rules,
And never reget anything that made you smile.
And on the subject of nostalgia, a fine photo of a classic sailing boat, seen here at Molle, in Skane, Southern Sweden.