Thought for the day…”Every failure is a step to success.”
“There are many ways of going forward, but only one way of standing still.” (Franklin Roosevelt)
Today’s photo is of some rare winter sunshine in the Norwegian capital, Oslo. One thing that you will notice if you visit Oslo in winter is how bad the Norwegians are at coping with snow, even in the capital. For some reason, the arrival of snow in WINTER seems to surprise Norwegians, leading to travel chaos. It is also very surprising that the local council in Oslo seems to be so bad at treating the pavements. On some days, walking around is extremely dangerous due to ice on the streets, yet the Norwegians seem very bad at treating the pavements. Compared with cities such as Helsinki in Finland, Oslo is a long way behind. So why is it that the arrival of snow causes so many problems in a country that should be used to it? As most of the country lies above 60 degrees north (and some parts of it are over 70 degrees north) then snow and ice should not be a surprise to them, but it is. And with all the money that rich Norway has, then why are the pavements so dangerous because the local councils have not cleared or treated them?? It is another surprise in a country that many think of as modern and advanced. As an example of how much money Norway has, the Opera House seen in the photo below cost around 4.1 BILLION Norwegian kronor, or about USD 700 million. Just to the left of the Opera house, the large new building being built is a new library. Estimated cost of that is 1.8 BILLION Norwegian Kronor. So, with all this money, why are the pavements being neglected when it is icy ???
and another photo from the archives….the legs have it…
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Thought for the day “The finest steel has to go through the hottest fire.” (Richard Nixon)
“Laughter is the sensation of feeling good all over and showing it principally in one place.”
One of the problems at the moment is that New Zealand is getting too many tourists, resulting in overcrowding and an experience that is far from the idea that many people have of NZ. With over 3.6 million tourists a year now (versus a population of 4.7 million), the country just cannot comfortably cope with the large numbers of tourists. Queenstown for example, often called ‘The Adventure capital of the World’ has a population of around 16 000 locals but receives over 2.5 MILLION tourists a year (try finding a local person in Queenstown !) and the airport has plans for a 2nd terminal to handle up to 5 MILLION tourists a year (remember just 16 000 locals). Part of the problem is that airfares to NZ are incredibly cheap at the moment, less than half the price that they were a few years ago. Flights from Europe to NZ are being offered for around 500 euros return for the 18 000 km trip, with specials sometimes below 400 GBP return. So whilst NZ is breaking records every month for tourist arrivals, the country is suffering, with overcrowded national parks, fully booked accommodation and crowded tourist towns. Cheap airfares are not always a good thing.
One of my older photos here, but a historic one showing the now bankrupt Air Berlin. Seen here at full power climbing out of Innsbruck Airport in Austria on a winters Saturday. Now Air Berlin are history.
and another photo from the archives…deep thought on the face of this man…..
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Thought for the day…” If you think that a minute goes by very fast, then you have never been on a treadmill”
“Life has no remote, get up and change it yourself”
The average temperature in Helsinki, Finland in January is minus 10.3 degrees Centigrade. The coldest ever recorded there (in 1987) was -34.3 degrees C. Cold !! At around -4 degrees the sea freezes, although the Baltic Sea has a lower salt content, so it freezes from about -2 degrees. The photo today started as a colour photo, then was changed to Black & White, and then converted to sepia. Works very well, as did the long exposure. Nothing to do with the cold, but Finland hosts the annual world wife-carrying competition, where contestants carry a wife over a 250m course with hurdles. An Estonian couple holds the ‘world record’ with a time of 55.5 seconds. The next competition is on July 6th.
Happy not to be working at the Quality Spa Resort, Norefjell.