Ben has been awarded a chair

There has been some good news this past week, despite all my misery over the trees. Last week Ben was promoted to professor of pure mathematics. In the UK this means he now has a chair. I have no idea why they call it a chair but when Elizabeth was explaining it to Daniel she said, “It means he’s reached the highest level in the game” and Daniel immediately understood. In the UK, Australia, and New Zealand it goes lecturer, senior lecturer, reader, professor. There’s also sometimes two grades of senior lecturer, depending on the university. Congratulations to Ben. It’s definitely well-deserved.

In other good news I finally got a new iPhone. My old iPhone 4S is nearly four years old and I dropped it in Vienna and smashed the screen. I had hoped to get it to four years but almost four years is still pretty good. I’ll probably replace the screen and keep the phone for posterity but I now have a shiny new iPhone SE which I got to try today at Newton Dee. I think the photos are much better than my old one. What do you think?






I’m thinking of plastering Wapuu stickers all over my bike. Is that a good idea or not?


21 Replies to “Ben has been awarded a chair”

  1. Congrats to Ben and yes your photos look great on the SE!

  2. Excellent, finally got an SE as well up from a 3GS, the panorama function is brill as well as the other photo & movie stuff. Have fun.

  3. Is there a picture of Ben in his new chair? lol- Mastermind is back in NZ and Ben was in my ‘Its academic’ team at high school- perhaps he could make a guest appearance and use the rhymes from The Lord of the rings as his specialist subject…Hamish McDouall, the mastermind of our generation still has his, and lives in our city!

  4. Very enthusiastic and admiring congratulations to Ben for a wonderful achievement. Elizabeth’s explanation of Ben’s promotion was brilliant.

    The photo are lovely as usual. I love the one of the kids on the log.

      1. Thank you! And ongratulations are just as welcome as congratulations 🙂

  5. Congratulations to Ben, and your iphone takes better photos than my Lumix camera…

  6. Congrats to Ben. Very well done!

    Oh no, you smashed the iPhone 4s screen. But congrats on getting iPhone SE. It is really cool. I got one for my wife and they ran out of stock when I went to buy one for me. Now I am waiting for next iPhone release.

    The iPhone SE camera is miles better than iPhone 4S’s. SE camera is spec’d same as iPhone 6S’s and it is showing up in your photos.

    I smashed my iPhone 4’s back screen and replaced in India for like 8 NZD worth of Indian money.

    Yes, to the stickers on your bike. I see a lot of wasted real estate on Harald. Make use of it 🙂

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