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About HEM

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    Pontius the Pilot

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  • Location Schleswig-Holstein
  • Nationality British
  • Hometown Cheshire (Bramhall & Plumley)
  • Gender Male
  • Interests Gliding, Volcanoes, Cooking, Music (Vivaldi to Steeleye Span).
  1. Brexit, New residence permits

      In my case it will most probably be the first one - 2 weeks ago I got a letter giving me an appointment to turn up in person on the 19th May together with a list of what to bring.   When I went to local shop for a "Passfoto" the young lady there had a very English-looking name on her badge - married to an English guy who was going (or had been) through the same process.
  2. Coronavirus

    Google is your friend: https://www.sueddeutsche.de/politik/corona-aktuell-seehofer-corona-1.5289622  
  3. What's got you flummoxed today?

    Its difficult.  You must know the crew & they must be willing to take the risk.  In the end captain is captain - at least for LH.   I had hopes of at least a landing in FRA with an A380 but both times I knew I would fly with an A380 my captain friend had requested the flights but did not get them.  He subsequently took early retirement.  My last cockpit ride was FRA=>HAM where the first officer was a member of my club (& still is).  I did get to visit the cockpit of an A380 after the landing in FRA.   Currently a guy in my club is EW captain & TRI/TRE so maybe if he flies us to Ibiza or Mallorca there is a remote chance.
  4. What made you smile today?

    I recall watching (on TV) his 6-part "Royal Institution Christmas Lecture" in 1972.  "The Language of Animals".
  5. Brexit: The fallout

      or rather their leadership / policies.
  6. Brexit: The fallout

      I reckon that is a fair assesment.
  7. I did - and it was about the best financial decision I ever took (thanks I believe to @PandaMunich)
  8. Why are you unhappy today?

    So we dug a deep hole where an apple tree used to be, relaid the border stones and burried poor Scotty together with his favourite toy (a squeeky rabbit that he used to chase around the lounge) and some flowers - all in sunny weather.  Took all morning.  Flower seeds have been scattered over the grave.     The depressing thing was that it was so "Jekyll & Hyde":  he could run around with no issues but as soon as he laid down to rest he got no air.  Every time we went to vet they only saw a fully active dog.  Only at the very end did the chief vet from the clinic discover that with the Kehlkopf and there was nothing that could be done (or worked).
  9. Why are you unhappy today?

    Yorkshire - and quite a big one (6 kg).
  10. Why are you unhappy today?

      It was wife+daughter that initially visited the rescue centre & they said that he did select them. Ran to front of his cage (which he had kept clean unlike many others) to attract their attention.
  11. Why are you unhappy today?

    3:30 in the morning, I can't get much sleep & daughter (29) is crying in her bed.
  12. Why are you unhappy today?

    Late yesterday (Friday) evening we had to take the dog to the vet for the 3rd time that day & he was put to sleep.  SInce several days he could not get air when lying down & thus no sleep.  In the afternoon they did an endoscope examination & found that the larynx was staying shut rather than opening & closing.  Tried antibiotics and cortizone but to no avail.   He had 7 good years with us after we got him from the rescue centre.  R.I.P. Scotty.
  13.   She was a secretary in a hospital in the Manchester area.  Typewriters were the only thing available in those days.
  14.   So tell me about your research... What University did you study at: Manchester University, Department of Computer Science Who was your supervisor:  Dr. Hilary Kahn (RIP) How long was your thesis: Dunno - this was in the days before text processing & the whole thing was typed up by my aunt. How many sources did you use: Not many, 1973-75 was a bit at the forefront of Computer Science & CACD What grade did you receive:  MSc awarded.  You either got it or you didn't.   TBH although my 3rd year undergraduate project was a big success my MSc research wasn't so & I left & joined the Physics Department which a few years later started bringing me to the DESY lab in Hamburg...