Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Who's Who?

Having been at Halley for getting on five months, I suppose I'd better introduce the rest of the team and explain what they do. I would have done this earlier, but getting everyone together for a group photo was much like hearding cats.

From the left, we are:

Me (Met); Andy (Generator Mechanic); Alex (Data Manager); Tom (UAV Meteorologist/Engineer); Pete (Base Commander); Neil (Atmospheric Chemist);
[Back] Sune (Field Assistant); Ant (Chef); Mat(Vehicle Mechanic); Brian (Plumber); Mark (Sparky); Tamsin (Met); James (Chippy); Chris (Radar Engineer)
[Front] Richard (Doc); Dean (Coms Manager); Jules (Piggott Engineer); Kirsty (Met)

Phew. As you can see, there's about a 50/50 mix of science and support staff. In the past there has apparantly been some clique-iness, but that's not the case this year as we all get along well. The only time division between the departments becomes evident is at the Monday night pubquiz, where teams "Met", "Piggott", "Tech Support" (the trades) and "Life Support" (Chef, Doctor, Field Assisant (holiday planner) and Coms (Internet provider!)) do serious battle. It's a close run thing, with each team having a different specialist in their ranks. Brian's football knowledge in unsurpassed, my music is pretty good and Dean's "general crap I read on the internet" is bottomless. This always makes for a fun evening and we look forwards to playing Pete's local once the coms are sorted.


Anonymous Skinny D said...

Nice leopard skin muffs you have there Dave...

1:48 pm GMT  
Blogger David Vaynor Evans said...

Fantastic aren't they!? Julia would love them...

But don't worry, it's not real leopard.

3:20 pm GMT  
Anonymous WaterDon said...

'course not, they're kitten fur! U.S. ice people have footwear called "bunny boots" named such because the synthetic insulation looks like rabbit. What type of boot do you wear in the depth of winter?

8:56 pm GMT  
Blogger David Vaynor Evans said...


For working on base we use industrial footwear proven in the Alaskan oil industry. I've got a pair of Baffins while Kirsty across the office is sporting a pair of Black Diamonds. They've got five layers of insulations and have been warm enough down to -45C using only normal sport socks!

For field trips it's plastic mountaineering boots with thicker liners. Crampons are very effective heatsinks though.

9:27 am GMT  

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