Dr Michael Hewitt Benn died in Calgary, Canada on Wednesday, December 21st at the age of 80. He was one hell of a guy. One of the nicest people I’ve ever met and the best boss anyone could ever ask for. He would do anything for anyone and was the epitome of kindness and generosity.
One of the last conversations I ever had with him involved him convincing me he had enough money to keep me employed for another three months. On pestering him about where the money was coming from, it turned out he was intending to make a trip to the bank and take my income out of his own personal account! I turned him down on that offer, but it is a shining example of how generous the man could be.
Mike, you will be sorely missed!
I worked for Mike at the University of Calgary 2004/2005. We published a paper about Lycoctonine … Lycoctonine revisited
I now have pins holding my shoulder together! You can see them clearly in this X-ray of my shoulder taken on December 15th 2011.
I took this Panorama of the Dunedin railway station on my friend Anna’s camera. We were walking around town while I helped her figure out how to use it. The railway station’s a block and a half from my apartment.
For those of you unaware, I had shoulder surgery last week. I recall finding it incredibly amusing watching @ninjalikescheez tweeting immediately following surgery, so I decided to follow suit and risk public embarrassment and shame by doing likewise. Some would call posting your inner thoughts on a public timeline whilst drugged out of your mind crazy and stupid. I don’t disagree … but I did it anyway because I figured it would be amusing 😀 I’ve posted highlights below for your amusement and so that I can reflect back on them in future without having to rifle through thousands of other tweets to find them.
Oh, and if you aren’t following me on Twitter already, please do so 😀
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I’m currently blobbing out on my bed at Mercy hospital after having a Laterjet procedure performed on m shoulder yesterday morning. I went for a walk earlier and took these photos out the ward windows on my phone.