Sunday, 14 July 2013

Weekend in Perth

I arrived in Perth shortly after midnight on Saturday morning, after a 31 hour journey from Falmouth. Sitting across the aisle from me on the BA flight to Singapore was Rob Morrison, from the JKMRC in Brisbane. Rob was at last month's Falmouth conferences, after which he and his wife Lindy toured Ireland and the Lake District.

After the heat of Falmouth (yes, seriously) I had a pleasant day yesterday relaxing in a cool and sunny Perth, and spending a fortune on food, in what must be one of the world's most expensive cities.

I called in at the conference hotel this morning to say hello to The AusIMM's dynamic duo, Allison McKenzie and Tara Hicks, who were hard at work preparing delegate packs for this afternoon's registration for Metplant '13.

After registration there was a good turnout for Prof. Graeme Jameson's G.D. Delprat Distinguished Lecture on Flotation, an excellent talk which will feature in my report on Metplant next week.



It was good to see many familiar faces in the audience, including Dr. Ebenezer Oju Aliu Damisa, of the Nigerian Institute of Mining & Geosciences, who was a mining student at Camborne School of Mines, graduating in 1985.



Also good to see Mike Adams of Mutis Liber, MEI Consultant to Precious Metals '14 and now an editor of Hydrometallurgy. He was accompanied by his son Jonathan, who has had 10 years experience in metallurgical testwork, now with ALS Metallurgy, and is also in his 3rd year in Extractive Metallurgy at Murdoch University, Perth.

After a quick beer with Mike and Jonathan, it was back to the hotel to listen to the end of the incredible England v Australia Test Match from Nottingham, won by England by 14 runs in the most dramatic finish imaginable! I look forward to rubbing, sorry, discussing, this with the Australians at the conference tomorrow!

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