I am a would be Electrical Engineer who studied Mechanical and Production Engineering at what is now the University of Central Lancashire. I ended up working as a Production Engineer in a couple of aircraft companies before moving on to the production of telephones for a large telephone and telephone exchange manufacturer. At this point I then decided upon a change and became a computer programmer.
I joined the now extinct IT company, Electronic Data Systems (EDS), on one of their graduate programmes. One of the biggest problems in the IT industry in particular and in the bespoke manufacturing industry in general, is actually understanding then building what the client really wants. For that of course you have to really understand just what the client is asking for….. you have to understand him and his business.
EDS had the ludicrous idea of not hiring IT specialists, but rather graduates in other fields who would be better able to understand the client requirements. What a silly idea right? They hired doctors, finance graduates, chemists, biologists and even mechanical and production engineers.
All in all I have travelled much in Germany due to work. I have been in the more industrial areas like Bochum or Dusseldorf. I have been to the historical and picturesque town of Heidelberg. I have even been to Berlin, before the wall fell and I crossed through the famous Checkpoint Charlie………..
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This recipe is for a cake, a German cheesecake to be presise. Germany is big on cakes. I have never been to a country with so many delicious cakes on offer in some many bakers and cake shops. They are also a large part of their birthday celebrations. If you have never been to a German birthday party, let me suggest you find yourselves a German friend and get invited to one! If you like cakes you will not be disappointed.
A birthday party is also a great way to relax, meet friends and family, catch up on people’s lives and share experiences. It is an occasion to meet people face to face and spend quality time with them. This is equally true in the home or work environments. In fact with the increased stress and pressures in the work environment, I believe it is very beneficial to take a few minutes out and celebrate someone’s birthday.
It was with disappointment, but I guess with little surprise, that I read that the killjoys in the UK are at it again….. A recent article on the BBC News website stated that “Office cake culture is a ‘danger to health’ ” and then they go on to say “Having cake at work to celebrate colleagues’ birthdays, engagements……… is a danger to health” according to a senior dentist.
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Another Christmas recipe this week. It wasn’t actually my intention but then a good friend, Ursula from Germany, sent me a recipe I felt I had to try.
I like Germany very much, and in particular the cakes and biscuits. Germany really is cake heaven. They serve up great slabs of loveliness in a never ending variety. You can expect to see some German inspired cakes on this blog at some point in the future. For now you will have to settle for some excellent biscuits that are typical at this time of year.
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