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    Pinneberg, Schleswig-Holstein (Germany)
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    Gliding, cooking, volcanoes, Norfolk Broads

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  1. Not only is there the moon - but planet Venus is a brilliant light well into the evening in the West (& has been for some weeks).
  2. I actually got "O" level woodwork! Came in handy many years later building a set of very stable shelves in the cellar of the house we were moving into. Some of the skill helped in the years of aeromodelling. Totally missing at school. Same here - its now a co-educational Grammar School
  3. Here its said the waiting rooms at othopedic Drs. are full on a Monday morning with people who fell off their horse over the weekend.
  4. My last employment (for just short of 20 years) was with Sun Microsystems / Oracle where I ended up in Global Hardware Support (mostly involved with the introduction of new hardware products). Reached retirement age just over 2 years ago. I'm not sure when I started working from Home Office but it was for probably about 15 of those years. I have to say that none of my immediate colleagues were in the local office - I had one team guy (also a Brit) in Dusseldorf, two in Denver & managers either in Belgium or in the US. My children were already of school age & I had a separate room for work. The advantages: - Avoided the 30-45 minute drive each way through Hamburg traffic & could put that time to better purpose. - Able to concentrate much better on my work without being disturbed. - Flexible time-wise: could take a few hours in the morning for the fitness center & then be available in my evening for conference calls. My last manager was in San Francisco area with 9 hours time difference - we had a one-hour "meeting" every 2 weeks! The disadvantages: - One missed snippets of useful information that come from chance overhearing of conversations in the office. - Tendency to become a hermit & still be in pajamas at 11am. - When you do go into local office for quarterly work's council briefing or similar you get met with "oh - you are still here!"
  5. You would think so, particularly when flying solo. Even when training (I am not an instructor) there are only two on board. The poor winch driver is alone, the log-keeper usually also. But there is bound to be a small group at the take-off area (gliding is teamwork on the ground). However over here all sporting activities have been stopped & gliding is undeniably a sport.
  6. Same here - I feel most uncomfortable going up 3 or 5 rungs on a ladder cleaning the gutters on the house. Same here (& I am at the controls) - though I do sometime wonder "what am I doing here" when thermalling under a dark cloud at over 6000'. Currently we are all grounded due to this virus...
  7. HEM

    My Day

    That was in the morning. The last few hours have strong sunshine, clouds streets and a bitterly cccold NNE wind. Not so much the Siberian Blast - more like the Norwegian version - straight from Spitzbergen.
  8. HEM

    My Day

    First day of "Summertime" and the snowflakes are hitting the window panes.
  9. I'm 67 and its not that bad yet... and why not? At the beginning of March (i.e. just before the shutdown) I was in Budapest to attend the Plenary meeting of the International Gliding Commision as the deputy delegate forthe German Aero Club (how I as a British Citizen came to be in that role is a longish story). The Hungrian organisation was superb - led by Andras (in real life a Meterologist) and his wife Diana. They all spoke very good English. I nearly put my proverbial foot in it by asking Diana whether she got the opportunity to fly - she said she was lucky in that flying was her hobby & job. I thought maybe she worked at the airport - with a certain amount of pride in her voice: "I am captain B737 since 12 years". Given that she is 43 that means she was captain at 31. Not bad! Photo from Google...
  10. I worked from Home Office for about the last 15 years of my working life (which ceased just over 2 years ago). In the final years I had a company-supplied desktop workstation with a fairly large Dell monitor - I attached a second not-so-large monitor as I found it very useful to have the mail tool of browser on one device whilst working on text files on the main one. Also when comparing two documents to each other (one per screen)... Now that I work almost as much (just don't get paid) I have a similar setup attached to my own PC. Very handy when editting videos on the main screen & being able to search directories for photos etc. on the second one.
  11. How "big" is asparagus in the UK? When I lived there (until 1982) Asparagus mostly appeared in Beatrix Potter' Tale of Peter Rabbit. I can only recall once in the 30 years my father bringing asparagus home from the local market. Here in Germany asparagus is almost a religion where there is a race to offer (at exhorbitant price) the first shoots of the season. Often eaten with smoked ham (delicious). Actually we find frozen asparagus from Lidl to be just as good & saves the work of peeling. Similar problem here - with less water in the way. Asparagus farmers moaning about no slaves being available (& the asparagus is early this year).
  12. Good News at last: The Eurovision Song Contest has been cancelled.
  13. It was a doctor (a children's doctor at that) that first bought the virus to Hamburg - into the main hospital! Which is where my daughter works - but in a different department (forensics).
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