Dan leaving, babes, film look-a-likes and Liverpool.

Dan on the train to London fixing a server remotely

Well, today marks the last week for Dan here at Phonak.

Dan has assisted me ably for the last 3 years. I’ll be sorry to see him go, but optimistic about his plans for the future (and look forward to seeing the new van he’s been promised).

In the picture above, Dan and I were traveling down to London, and there was a problem with our Sharepoint server.

We connected the laptop, to the trains wifi and remoted back into the office to fix it (one of the cool tricks you can do with computers and the reason I love this industry so much).

Dan putting rubbish into the skip without being asked

I’ve been a team leader for over 20 years.

Before that, I always said I would treat my team fairly, have a rota for tea making and such like.

Dan has, on occasion forced me to question that, with his near constant back chat.

It is, and has always been motivated to deliver the best possible outcome and not (as I occasionally think) to get on my nerves 🙂

In the photo above, Dan had just installed a pc, and, not realising he was being watched, has put the rubbish into the skip without being asked or reminded.


Over and above our work in Warrington, and the construction of our new building, this photo (for me) captures our finest hour.

We were asked to assist one of our customers with a sensitive technical problem, which affected small children (but manifested itself in a complex pc problem).

Visiting London for the day, we were honored to visit one of the best hospitals in the world and resolve the problem to greatfull thanks from the staff.

On the way home, we had some burgers and pints, and stopped by the Thames for this shot.

Plans are afoot for his leaving do on Friday so get in touch if you want to come along.

The next week will be bitter sweet for me. Best wishes for the future Dan, you’ll be missed by everyone at Sonova and johnsunter.com

Gru from dispicable me.

I was at a friends house a little while ago.

Their daughter Amy was watching a film called Despicable me, featuring a character called Gru.


Setting up some dashboard monitors the other day Craig walked into the shot.

I hadn’t met him before, but he instantly reminded me of Gru.

Glenn with some hot babes in the Townhouse in Chester

Glenn and I were out on Wednesday Chester IVC to catch up with our friend Andy, who we met there.

After all the sensible pubs had shut, we went to the Town house, a favorite venue, we visited on Glenn’s birthday.

Here Glenn is photographed with some hot babes who we met on the evening.

View from Liverpool Museum

Last Saturday, we were out to see a band.

We decided to go over earlier, and see a bit of the town. Of special interest was the Museum of Liverpool.

I’ve seen it a few times, and always wondered why it was designed that shape. Once inside, the answer is obvious.

As well as a museum, its a sort of viewing area for the 3 famous Liverpool landmarks, The Liver building, the Qunard building and the Port of Liverpool building.

In the 50's and 60's, people used to rent kettles from the council !

There were just too many interesting things in the museum to list here, but take my word, you could easily spend a day in there.

One thing that did jump out of all the excellent exhibits, was this kettle.

Most of us can remember when the post office ran telephony before BT, and that we used to rent the telephone.

Did you know, that during the 50’s and 60’s, some people were so poor, that they actually rented kettles and other appliances from the council.

A bit more of a wander around, and a visit to Bridewells for a drink (its a converted prison, and the old “cell’s” have ingeniously become booths for watching sport and suchlike).

Although its been around for a while, the 1 center, is still quite new to me, so I love wandering around there.

We went for dinner at Browns. I had pie, and I loved the way there burned a capital B into the crust of the pie (unfortunately, my phone was dead and I haven’t been able to find a picture anywhere on the internet.

Went to see Big Country at Erics on Mathews Street

We finish our dinner, and head to the unlikely named “Erics”.

Its a music venue on the internationally famous Mathews Street.

I hadn’t realised, but Big Country were in their heyday, nearly 30 years ago. I always remember them from the soundtrack to Restless Natives and trekking across the Alps for 20 miles with a heavy rucksack, with their greatest hits playing on a cassette Walkman.

Again, sadly, with a phone dead, I couldn’t take any photos, so I got this one off the internet.

A can of Carling listening to Big Country on stage was pretty superb. Thanks to Nikki for organizing it.

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