2013 has been another enjoyable year, catching up with old friends, meeting new contacts, and with a number of reunions with friends from the distant past.
In January, Barbara and I took the ferry across the River Fal to St. Mawes, to meet up with our old friends Terry and Pauline Veasey. Prior to his retirement, Terry was a popular lecturer at the University of Birmingham and one of the earliest members of the Minerals Engineering Editorial Board. Also in January Minerals Engineering celebrated its silver jubilee issue.
Another great reunion in February was with Bob and Jean Schofield. Bob had been my closest friend during our days at Leeds University, but we had completely lost touch after leaving Leeds, until Bob traced me via Google! We met up for dinner at Heathrow Airport, and spent a few hours catching up on how are lives had treated us in the intervening 43 years.
|Arriving in Denver|
Due to the weather and disruption of flights into Denver, the SME meeting got off to a relatively slow start, but on the next day the skies had cleared and people flocked into the convention centre to register for what turned out to be a record attendance of over 6800 delegates. Always a great meeting place, it was good to catch up with our old friends John and Donna Starkey, sponsors of Comminution '14, as well as many other MEI sponsors who had booths at the giant exhibition.
The highlight of our year was in March, with the birth of our 3rd grandchild, Josephine, to Jon and his partner Kathryn Hadler, who is with the strong flotation research team at Imperial College.
Another reunion in May, this time with an old friend from our youth club days, who we had not seen for over 50 years! Like me Roy Jeffrey was a metallurgist who left for Zambia after graduation. He also worked at Nchanga, on the high grade leach plant, and then the tailings leach plant, leaving Zambia in 1990. It was good to have lunch with Roy and his wife Pam in Falmouth.
Over 100 delegates from 17 countries were in Falmouth in June for Computational Modelling '13 and Physical Separation '13. MEI's small Falmouth conferences are always something special, the coastal path walks to the 17th century Chain Locker pub being particularly enjoyable!
|Computational Modelling delegates at 16th century Pendennis Castle|
|Welcome drinks at the Chain Locker in old Falmouth|
Despite the heavy rain during the Physical Separation walk, we managed to eventually dry out in the pub, and enjoy a convivial evening with the Cornish Mining Sundowner regulars, who meet here every month.
|A very wet coast path walk|
|Drying out at the Chain Locker|
|At King Edward Mine|
|At the Basset Mines, Carnkie|
Also in July I attended The AusIMM's Metplant '13 in Perth, surely one of the world's most expensive cities! Here I caught up with another of my old Zambia colleagues, Paul Piercy, who I had not seen for 42 years, and briefly with Precious Metals '15 consultant Mike Adams, recently appointed as an editor of Hydrometallurgy, who called in with his son Jonathan who is a mineral processor in his final year at Murdoch University.
|Paul Piercy with Karen Keet of Blue cube Systems|
|With Jonathan and Mike Adams|
|Reunion at the Basset Mines near Camborne|
While in Santiago, I enjoyed another reunion, this time with Roger Kelly, who I worked with at Nchanga, and who I had not seen since the early 70s. Another pleasant evening was spent at a reception hosted in downtown Santiago by Australia's JKTech.
|With Roger Kelley|
|At the JKTech reception|
|Dinner at the Vineyard with Elsevier's Dean Eastbury|
It was particularly good to see Xuming Wang looking so well at the conference. He and his University of Utah colleague Jan Miller were seriously hurt in a car crash in Tibet in July, from which Jan is still slowly recovering.
|With Xuming Wang|
|At the top of Platteklip Gorge|
|Amanda and Siva Jam on top of Table Mountain|
|Barbara and Amanda at Camp's Bay|
|CSM with Kathryn Hadler, Nick Wilshaw, Frances Wall, Jan Cilliers, Steve Barber and Pat Foster|