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About HEM

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

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  1. At the age of 9 or 10 in the 2nd-to-final year at junior school (this was in the 1960s) I chanced upon a well-worn hardback in the classroom library: Coot Club. I read this from cover-to-cover. This sparked an interest in sailing & the Norfolk Broads. Over the years I aquired the whole set (mostly as hardbacks) and still have them in the loft of our house now in Germany. Sadly these books don't fit into modern life - consider Pigeon Post: any kid nowadays would ask why they didn't use a cell phone.
  2. We didn't have a television at home back in those days, however 50 years ago we were on a sort of work/vacation in Switzerland, staying in the Kilchberg (south side of Lake Zurich) appartment of a scottish colleague of my father whilst they were visiting family in Scotland. Thus we watched the landing on their B&W TV, trying to understand the swiss commentator in his efforts to speak high German. Once they had landed the plan was for the crew to rest before the walk so we all went to bed - waking to find they had cancelled the planned rest & had gone walkies whilst we slept. Back home I think we got our first TV in time for the final(?) landing on the moon.
  3. Its a true statement! I retired at the end of January 2018 after 43 years working in IT (first as part of the High-Energy Physics research group at Manchester university, then witha German software house & the final 19 years & 9 months for a global IT manufacturer. Now my wife complains that I spend even more time sat at my desk working with the PC (that what one gets from being involved with a sport at local, national & international level on a voluntary basis - same amount of work - just no pay). It wasn't exactly planned that way. I have a whole list of things I wanted to do around the house before I get too decrepit to do things. Am not making much progress.
  4. A bit O.T. but the converse is even more true (says he having retired early last year - one month before my global IT employer would have put me out to grass).
  5. HEM

    My Day

    Saturday: Drove to local airfield giving 2 14yr-olds a lift (they recently joined the club). Specialist sailplace weather forecast predicted quite good soaring weather over Northern Germany but you can never be certain if they smoked the right stuff. Got trailer out of garage & assembled sailplane. Checked everything, selected same task (511km) as on previous Monday & took off at 11am. Departing to the North taking care not to infringe on Hamburg airport airspace, up North to the first turnpoint then course Southeast to an Autobahn exit in former East Germany. Having navigated around Lübeck airspace we ran out of clouds - had to "park" until the sky developed - then off to the 2nd turn point & then Southwest across the river Elbe and to the 3rd TP on the Autobahn just North of Hannover. At this point it was getting a bit murky & the easterly wind was freshning. Now just the remaining 100kms or so in Northerly direction home which was quite a struggle due to not all clouds "working". Finally the navigation system said I was on "final glide" home but it tends to be a bit optimistic & the margin melted away. Finally managed to add about 100m altitude over Stade airfield which gave sufficient margin to glide across the river Elbe and home. Had some difficulty getting out of the cockpit after 7 1/4 hours in there! Flight took 3/4 hour longer than same task did the previous Monday. Our CFI (flies same plane type as I do) just managed 600kms but hes younger...
  6. Although I don't live that far from Berlin (we live on the Northwest outskirts of Hamburg) I have only been to Berlin a couple of times. A few times before the wall fell; the last time was to the Deutscher Segelfliegertag at the end of October 2016 where I was lucky to find my way there & back through the rail & underground systems. Can't say Berlin is my favourite city - can get rather hot & sticky (& thundery) in the Summer.
  7. Normally I only eat two small slices of toast for breakfast. But during our recent visit to Northern England** (3-10 April) I had excellent English breakfasts when we stayed at B&Bs (Mobberly, Keswick, Buxton). Suprisingly that together with sizeable pub dinners had not caused my to put on weigth - its just more unfortunately distributed. Back to 2 slices toast now (can't get the bacon out here you know)... ** Intended to be a last pre-Brexit visit - foiled again.
  8. I have documented (i.e. made a video) of my flying club's Summer camp over the past few years. When my family gave me a DJI Phantom 3 drone for my 64th birthday it took me some time to get used to controlling it (and that with previous experience flying model R/C aircraft before I moved on to full-scale). Once I got the hang of it I have inserted drone-sequences into these videos which certainly have given an additional perspective. The quality of the drone footage (including how stable the clips are) is quite impressive.
  9. Looks like a Grunau Baby but cannot be sure. I had a circuit in a Grunau Baby once - I did not feel at all at home in it!
  10. As one who is affected in a way different to most on this forum since I live in mainland EU... But you have probably already seen this.
  11. Nope - thats due to flying too fast...
  12. My father owned a Ford Corsair - bought in 1966 - we took it with us when we lived in Munich for a year. He sold it just before I got my license. It had automatic transmission (also on the steering column) but that wasn't so much of a problem.
  13. I never treated cars as a status symbol to try to impress people with - they are just a convienient way to get from A to B in reasonable comfort. I was 57 when I took delivery of this - which turned a few heads at our local airfield, particularly when it gave me a significant improvement in cross-country flying: This is the image that appears on our old TomTom when switching it on.
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