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  1. The value of salt in the middle ages led to the title of this album:
  2. I partly experienced the 1978/79 "Schneekatastrophe" (Snow Catastrophy) in Northern Germany. This was whilst we were commisioning the JADE High-Energy Physics experiment at DESY. I'd been in the UK over Christmas & New Year, returned early January to Hamburg to find 1metre of snow at the side of the roads. After another spell in UK I was back when in mid February a strongy icy wind (=gale) blew from the East which later added fresh snow (-18 C). The only things that could move on the streets were army tanks! Mid-March there was a third massive snowfall with temperatures around freezing. My future father-in-law (I hadn't yet met my GF at that stage) was the police chief in the town of Husum which was cut-off from the rest of Germany & he had to organise supplies to farmers in Nordfriesland who were totally cut off.
  3. HEM

    My Day

    It "warmed up" to minus 6.5 C during the daytime here. We had sunshine & no clouds all day but with a biting easterly wind. There was a report on the TV this morning from the Mittellandkanal with an icebreaker running up & down breaking the frozen surface which was claimed to be up to 10 cm thick.
  4. HEM

    My Day

    If its any consolation we had minus 12.5 C this morning (to the North-West of Hamburg). Not much snow (about 1") but nearby there has been considerably more. I have to take the train to the South-West corner of the country tomorrow (Black Forrest area). Could be interesting.
  5. Brings back memories of when I "did" O-Level woodwork at school (and passed).
  6. My mother used to do that - she was a WREN on the Mumbles (Swansea) during part of WWII.
  7. I believe that if you type an ampersand followed by a username that person is notified by e-mail viz: @JennyMorgan At least that works on another forum which appears to use the same or similar software.
  8. I've had car hire firms in the UK try that one on me when I have come with an all-costs-covered hire contract from within Germany. Try to take advantage of people not able to defend themselves in the English language. Failed in this particular case. Hertz in Seattle tried it once as well.
  9. Some time ago I read an article about the difficulties family members have removing the deceased's various accounts (even supposing they are aware that such accounts exist). The suggestion was to maintain a list with login details and keep somewhere safe. Good idea I thought - but there must only be a small handful. Currently at 1 1/2 pages of an A4 document. Depressing I suppose.
  10. I grew up only a few miles away from Woodford aerodrome (Cheshire) where the Vulcan & others were built. Many times when walking home from school in the 60's I'd hear the sound of a Vulcan departing after maintenance and see the delta at the head of a column of smoke. Woodford used to have the largest 1-day airshow in the country - had to walk there as the roads in all Cheshire snarled up. Concord 002 appeared only 4 weeks after its first flight. From home also occasionally saw a glider on a winch launch, do a few circles & land thinking "whats the point". Approx 50 years later I have over 1200 hours on high-performance sailplanes!
  11. After various pets my wife/daughter found a Yorkshire Terrier in the Hamburg animal rescue place. Claimed to have "been found on the street" which cannot be true as he runs in front of every car. Said to be "about 10 years old". We have him now for just over 3 1/2 years. Behaves perfectly at home (does not beg at table,) & sleeps a lot but good for fairly long walks. OK with everyone except very small children (bad experience?). Photo taken shortly after he came to us:
  12. Just a heads-up (I'm not interested in shares as I'm too far away, , have other things on my plate etc.). Your link does not work - at least not if you just click on it. Copy/paste of the link does work...
  13. Also... avoiding (probably won't succeed) watching Dinner for One. A sketch in English recorded in 1963 in Hamburg before a German audience that belongs to tradition here & is still virtually unknown in the UK.
  14. Sat listening to the rain drumming on the window - together with fireworks going off. It really erupts at midnight here. We have none due to (a) believing the weather forecast which turned out to be true and (b) we'll be walking to the nearby stables where "our" horse** is to help the owners calm all the nags down - they don't like the noise you know. **Horse is owned by the wife; ridden daily by daughter who mostly finances the running costs.
  15. I challenge anyone to do what John Profumo did after his fall. From Wikipedia:
  16. I can't really match that (started Computer Science undergrad course at Manchester University in 1970). Just coming up to retirement. Remember ATLAS or even Mercury? I had my fun with the HMRC site (for my UK state pension). Its set up to allow a non-UK mobile phone number but the special PIN just doesn't arrive. Only way out - enter my brother's mobile phone number in the UK, check hes available & then he resends me the PIN. Only the other day my wife was saying that her handwriting had deteriorated due to just not writing any more. I can't spell properly either but I blame that partially on being outside the UK for so long (intention was "one year").
  17. This is the Föhn effect as sometimes experienced in the Munich area (said to cause headaches etc.) When I visited the Denver area they talked about the Chinook Wind which is the same thing (the URL I give here has a reasonable piccy of how it works). Certainly on the East side of their mountains the temperatures can vary wildly within a short period of time.
  18. Of course I am aware of that - back in my days it used to be one of the exam questions!. Where I fly we are not allowed into clouds (in fact we are supposed to keep 1000' / 300m vertical separation from clouds) & hence only the dry adiabatic lapse rate was quoted.
  19. At times (eg Springtime) its advisable to wear thermal undies (plus suitable trousers) as it can be damned cold up there (1 degree C per 100m cooler). Thus if its +10C on the ground & you get to 2000m altitude its around -10 C. Since there should be some sunshine (at least part of the time) this can partially mitigate the cold... Flying through a snow shower just causes a hissing sound - in a rain shower its as if being machine-gunned. I've experienced both.
  20. Thats what I & my flying friends hope for but little chance around here until late March at the earliest...
  21. IIRC Red Barbara did not have a driving license (which is of course irrelevant to this thread).
  22. Right at the beginning of the book the author writes that he was told in his early days that Prisoners, Property and Prostitutes were the 3 things that could get a policeman into trouble - but I don't think he was in Clacton! One scene involves recruits visiting the local forensic medicine department. My daughter works in the toxialogical lab of the forensic medicine department of the major Hamburg university clinic & says that they also have the police recruits visiting. I suspect they don't play tricks though...
  23. Frankly a boat like that should be spending the Summer in the Med - like achored off Formentera hosting a few scantily un-clad maidens... Disclaimer: I've never been to Formentera (Ibiza 13 times, Menorca twice & Mallorca 3 times).
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