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Age of Steam – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day….” Pull the string and it will go wherever you wish.  Push the string, and it will go nowhere at all”.

“Success finds a way, failure finds an excuse”

Many people outside of Scandinavia have an idea that Sweden is modern, clean and efficient, with a well-developed social system.   Once you spend a little time there, and start to read the newspapers and watch TV, then you soon realize that Sweden is far from that image.   Immigration is a problem (there were riots again recently in the suburbs of the Swedish capital, Stockholm), with discrimination against immigrants increasing.  Swedes tolerate foreigners, but they do not accept them.   That is one reason that many immigrants are confined to certain areas of the larger cities.   You can see people sleeping on the streets, and even in the very centre of the Swedish capital, there are large numbers of beggars on the streets.  The number of people going through the rubbish bins in the cities shows that things are getting much worse.    The newspapers reveal stories of people sleeping in hospital corridors due to shortages of beds, waiting lists for operations and pensioners not receiving sufficient money for a good standard of living.    As for technology, Sweden is far behind some countries.   Some shops will not even accept credit cards, and the Swedes still demand paper forms and photocopies for almost everything official.   As for cleanliness, tourists are now surprised to see just how dirty parts of Sweden are.  The city centre in Stockholm is dirty, with rubbish, graffiti and general grime.  Public works seem to have been cut back far too much, and you keep noticing areas of decay and neglect.  Whereas Sweden might once have been something of a model to the rest of the world, it has changed, and it has changed a lot.   Some things have remained good, like maternity and paternity leave and benefits, but overall, Sweden has slipped a long way. Stories of Swedish trains halted due to snow and ice, recent bus strikes and increased bankruptcies also show things things have gone wrong in Sweden.  It is no longer a model society.

New made to look old for the photo today.   The photo is of a preserved steam train at Uppsala, Sweden on one of its weekend runs.   The original photo was taken in RAW, then converted to black & white, then changed to sepia.  Quite an impressive piece of machinery and nothing in the photo gives a clue that it was taken in 2013 instead of 1930.

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Photo of the day Wednesday 26th June 2013 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day…” A pat on the back is only a few centimetres from a kick in the butt.”

” If it was not for the last minute, then nothing would get done”.

”  Change is inevitable, except from vending machines”.

One of the complaints that you hear from foreign tourists in the Swedish capital, Stockholm, is about the cost of public toilets.  Not only are there not enough of them, but when you do find one, then you can pay up to 10 SEK (=1.15 euros) for the priviledge.      It is a similar story in Oslo, Norway and Helsinki, Finland, the public toilets are not so common and are expensive.   But in Japan at least some of the public toilets now have Sega Toylet, a urine controlled computer game which is affected by the users aim and the flow of liquid.   The world’s largest public toilet is reported to be in Chonquing, China, which can relieve 1000 people simultaneously.   This building has an Egyptian theme (even though it is in China) and also music and TV screens to entertain users.

Almost back in its home port of Stockholm, Viking Line ‘Cinderella’  is just a few kilometres from the terminal in this recent shot from Stockholm, Sweden.    The ship carries 2500 passengers, mainly on short 22 trips to Finland for dancing and drinking.

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Photo of the Day Tuesday 21st May 2013 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day…” Today is the oldest that you have ever been, and the youngest that you will ever be again”

” If you cannot convince them, confuse them”  Harry S. Truman

I read a very interesting article on the net about an experiment performed by some Danish school girls who discovered that cress seeds would not germinate in a room which had internet routers turned on.   No problem for the seeds in the room without the routers, so it appeared that the radiation from the routers was preventing the seeds from germinating.   More research is now going to be done on this surprising discovery by the schoolgirls, but again it raises the question of radiation levels.   Mobile phones and their radiation levels have been investigated several years but now it appears that routers may also be suspect.   More details about this story here;

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The photo today is from the archipeligo outside of Stockholm, and shows the village of Furusund, near the edge of the archipeligo.

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Photo of the Day Sunday 5th May 2013 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day…” Happiness is not a destination, it is a way of life”.

A photo from the Baltic Sea today and the Tallink Galaxy boat, which travels between Turku, Finland and Stockholm, Sweden.   Although originally owned by Silja Line, the company was taken over by the Estonian Tallink Line.   Although once it was a pleasant way to cross the Baltic, now prices are higher, and customer service lower.    And if you are onboard with a lot of drunk Swedish or Finnish passengers (they go mad on buying the tax-free onboard) then the crossing can be far from pleasant. The boat is seen here heading towards Stockholm, near Oxdjupet,.

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Photo of the Day Saturday 4th May 2013 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell

Thought for the day…” We all have stumbling blocks, the import thing is turning them into stepping stones”

” You do not know where you are going if you are always looking back”.

Built on more than 14 islands, Stockholm is the capital of Sweden lies at almost 60 degrees north, meaning cold and dark winters and a short summer.  The city has a population of around 900 000 people, although over 2 million live in the metropolitan area.  It is said to have one of the world’s most expensive public transport systems in the world.  Sweden is also said to have the highest number of Mcdonalds stores per capita in the world.

The photo today is from Stockholm, looking across the water towards the Gamla Stan/Old Town, on 1st May 2013

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Photo of the Day Thursday 28th February 2013 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell

Thought for the day…”Why do they call a TV program “Who wants to be a millionaire?”  when they know that the answer is everyone?”

“Your right to speed is your power to stop”

A photo today of the cruise ship ‘Brilliance of the Seas’ belonging to Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines.  The cost of this ship was around USD 350 million for the 2500 passenger ship.   At around 90 000 tons, this is dwarfed by the mega cruise ships such as the RCL ‘Allure of the Seas’ at 225 000 tons and  its 6296 passengers.  At full speed, the 6 engines of the Allure will use about 27 000 litres of diesel an hour.

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Photo of the day Thursday 7th February 2013 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day…”If the only tool you have is a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail.”

”Don’t be pushed by your problems.  Be led by your dreams.”

Yesterday, 6th February was Waitangi Day in New Zealand.  It is a public holiday held each year to celebrate the signing of the famous Waitangi treaty, which made New Zealand part of the British Empire.  There is still a lot of argument over the true translation of the treaty, and the celebrations at Waitangi have often been accompanied with minor troubles and protests.  Waitangi Day is also the same date as Bob Marley’s birthday.  As Waitangi Day falls in the hottest part of summer in New Zealand, then many people use the extra public holiday to visit the beach.

Some winter sunshine in the photo today of the Silja Symphony boat arriving in Helsinki Finland.  The temperature was around -15 degrees at the time.

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Photo of the day Wednesday 16th January 2013 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day….” Every time that you subtract negative from your life, then you make room for the positive”

“Calories (noun) – Tiny creatures that live in your wardrobe and swe your clothes a little tighter every night”

“Sometimes you have to be your own hero, because sometimes the people you cannot live without, can live without you”

Did you know that the world’s largest shopping centre (based on total area)  is in Dubai (not surprisingly called ‘The Dubai Mall) with 1200 shops.  In 2011 it had over 54 million visitors. (As a comparison, Niagrara Falls receives an estimated 22.5 million visitors a year.)   It includes a 250 room luxury hotel, 22 cinema screens and also parking for 14 000 cars.   It also contains the world’s largest sweet shop (Candylicious).

A winter’s day in Stockholm, Sweden for the photo today with ice forming on the Baltic Sea.   From here, boats ferry passengers to the islands outside of Stockholm, although things are very quiet at this time of year.,   Temperatures in Sweden at this time can fall to below -30, although Stockholm was around -5 degrees when the photo was taken.

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Photo of the Day Monday 7th January 2013 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day….”  Those who say it cannot be done should not interrupt the people doing it ”

Apparently, a Cockroach can live up to two weeks without a head because its brain (or control center) is spread throughout its body.  And the Scottish band The Bay City Rollers earned their name after sticking a pin in a map of America, which landed on the Michigan city.

The photo today is of one of the world’s largest cargo planes, the Antonov An-124.    In May 1987, an An-124 set a world record, covering the distance of 20,151 km (10,881 nmi) without refuelling. The flight took 25 hours and 30 minutes; the takeoff weight was 455,000 kg.  It was seen here at Stockholm Arlanda airport.

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Photo of the Day Thursday 27th December 2012 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell

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.

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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,

Forgive quickly,

Kiss slowly,

Love truly

Laugh uncontrollably

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.

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