Down here in remote Cornwall, the first two months of the year (postings of 7th January, 5th February, 8th February) were dominated by fearsome Atlantic storms which caused widespread destruction, including devastating floods, and closure of the main railway line from London to Penzance which effectively turned Cornwall into an island.
|Jan Miller with Jan Laskowski|
and Jan Cilliers
Although total delegate numbers, almost 6000, were down on last year's meeting in Denver, there was a record number of exhibition booths, over 800. Unfortunately I missed catching up with University of Utah's Prof. Jan Miller, who made a brief appearance, the good news that he was slowly recovering from his horrific car accident in Tibet last year.
Comminution '14, attended by 226 delegates from 27 countries. One of the highlights for me was presenting Dr. Rodrigo Carvalho, of the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro with the 2013 MEI Young Person's Award. Other great memories are of the very enjoyable conference dinner at Cape Town's Gold Restaurant, and the hike with hardy delegates to the top of Table Mountain. Congratulations to the 10 who made it to the top, including our oldest ever Table Mountaineer, John Starkey.
Process Mineralogy '14 was 6 months away in May, so it was good to receive visits from Will Goodall and Al Cropp of conference sponsors MinAssist and Carl Zeiss respectively, and to catch up with keynote lecturer Prof. Pertti Lamberg at the Chain Locker.
|SRCR '14 delegates in Falmouth|
|Above Kynance Cove with Mauricio and Ana Torem|
|With Drakeland's metallurgical staff|
Jon represented MEI at the AusIMM's Mill Operators Conference in Townsville, Queensland at the beginning of September, so missed a wonderful week in Falmouth culminating in the start of the Tall Ships race to London Greenwich.
|Tall Ships leaving Falmouth|
|Final farewells to Santiago|
In mid-November we were back to Cape Town for Process Mineralogy '14, which included dinner at an exciting new venue in Kirstenboch Botanical Gardens, only a few minutes coach journey from the Vineyard Hotel, and after the conference an easy hike with delegates on the Table Mountain contour path.
|On the Table Mountain contour path|
|Hiking in Reunion Island|