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U.S. Edition

First The Family

Returning back to the white house on the Cam in 2005

A Second Term Mandate
We had to stay on an extra year to act as impartial international observers of the U.S.
election. Our second term will end in June 2005, but it gave us an up-close-and personal view of the democratic process, American-style.

The Californian wine-bars were awash with sobbing Democrats on Nov 3 as the Bush machine rolled on. The presidential election campaign lasted all year, reaching astonishing depths of divisiveness and negativity.

Taxation but no Representation

Of course, we have no vote in the States but plenty of opportunity to wind-up colleagues. Andrew won several bets on the outcome.

Henry and Blair's chopper

Eyeing the White House - Tony Blair (and Henry) visited on the same day....

Washington was monumental!

The new administration in Washington embraces the Kaye family values

Alice ran a successful PR campaign for the Kerry candidate in her school's mock election. Helen gave counselling to distraught Berkeley colleagues.

Two Americas

We watched an intense debate between a country split in two ('metro' vs 'retro' etc.) on foreign policy and economic strategy.

The world's superpower was in no mood for compromise.

Political Party

On election night we partied at the Schatzes and watched the results come in - helping them all celebrate that early Kerry lead. But it was all a dream. When we woke up the new boss was the same as the old boss. Oh well - here's to that special relationship until 2008.


Re-entry Trajectory

The Coburn family are moving back to Cambridge, UK, in June 2005. The move is totally unrelated to the U.S. election results. And will probably be too late to influence the UK election either.




View From the Spy Glass

We love living in California. Thanks for all those who came to visit, including Martin & Kate, Joy & Jeffrey etc., and remember - only six months left if you're still planning to visit the Coburn's Hotel California.
This year we enjoyed swimming at our club across the road, and shared many a cocktail watching the sun set behind the Golden Gate. We saw deers rutting outside our front door (leaving us with a souvenir antler) and had an encounter with a raccoon at our back door.

Alice & Henry at the gates of Bentley School

School schmool...

Alice became a teenager in June, and won a distinction in a talent search competition by Johns Hopkins University. Her school year at Bentley was full of tests, papers and boring stuff like that, enlivened only by the occasional school dance.

Master C gets an A

Henry (10) enjoyed his science projects and math at school but mainly battling his friends at video games on playdates. His birthday was spent blasting pals and parents with laser guns.

Down on the Farm

Alice and Henry went off to camp together in the summer at Full-Belly Farm - our organic veggies supplier - where they swam in the creek, milked cows and hunted rattlesnakes in the long grass (we found out later).

Bumps 2004 Group throws their hats in the air

The traditional hat-tossing event.

The Hattest Party in Town
This year's Bumps Party was wet, and sunny, and wet...

A couple of terrential downpours certainly put a bit of a dampener on proceedings from time to time, but bursts of sunshine also made the rowing races glorious. Simon saw St. Cats get close to going Head but Caius held on. Helen Walter rowed valiantly for Christ's Women's 1st boat. Hats were spectacular - thanks to all.






The Coburn & Mulligan
Bumps & Carnage Party
will be on
Saturday 11 June 2005
at Ditton Corner,
Fen Ditton, Cambridge

Put it in your calendar now and welcome us home ...


New York New York
So Good We Went There Twice

We met up with Grandma Edna for a visit to the Big Apple and did all the tourist things, like the Statute of Limitations, and the Umpire Snake Building. We loved the new Skyscraper museum. Highly recommended.

Empire State Building lobby

Going up! Next stop, the 86th floor


Opening Wide...

Hippo Potty Mouths at the Natural History Museum

Henry & Andy viewing the Statue of Liberty from the Statten Island Ferry

Lady Liberty reopened to visitors



Talking HeadDad's on TV

Explosive Program

The Discovery Channel produced a program on the Beirut barracks bombing of 1983 in their series 'Unsolved Histories'. Andrew and Hemant Shah were talking heads. A day of filming for a few minutes of footage...


Catastrophe, Injury and Insurance

RMS published a study of the impact of catastrophes on life and health insurance. Authored by Coburn and Alie Cohen it looked at earthquakes, terrorism industrial accidents and contagious diseases, like flu.

Catastrophe, Injury and Insurance report

Report available on


RAND Center

RAND and RMS raised the funding needed for their Center for Terrorism Risk Management Policy. Andrew has a position on the Advisory Board.


Pat Pending

RMS applied for a patent (Number 10/797.143 for you trivia buffs) for its accumulation algorithm in its software. The patent cites Coburn and two colleagues, Weimin Dong and Han Chen, for developing the idea, which 'spiders' a portfolio.



Expanding Horizons: Shrinking Cities

Helen is teaming up with other members of her department at Berkeley in a poly-dimensional, multi-national study of shrinking cities. First milestone: a round-table session to be held in Vienna in July 2005.


Solar panels being fitted on roof

Photovoltaic and solar thermal panels being installed in Freiburg, Germany

New Under The Sun

Helen presented her research on low-energy buildings in California at the EuroSun conference in Freiburg and sneaked a mini-research trip in Germany and Switzerland. Merci bien for their French hospitality to Fathia & Christian, Carol & Etienne, Jean et Jeanne.


Screenwriting Evenings

Two people sit cradling drinks...


So - gotta script ready for the Screenwriter's meeting tonight?


Oh yeh! Too #*@&ing right! 'Bigfoot and Ricochet' - romantic comedy set in Enron. You?


Yup. 'Boiled Frogs'. Y'know - action thriller. Hey Look Out!

Loud explosion. Helen dives and pushes him under the table.


Darling - You saved my life!


Only because it's your round.

They kiss, passionately.


Godzilla training for new RMS recruits

Monster Year
for RMS

At the risk of sounding like a Soviet communiqué, Risk Management Solutions had another great year. Earnings were up 62% and all the other business metrics were very positive (iron-smelting quota up 26% etc...). 80 new employees were hired to meet the demand for products and services. Dr. C's contribution to their training (poor things) consisted of a hands-on exercise to develop a Godzilla catastrophe model.

Terror Now A Fact of Life

Terrorism risk models were in demand. More than 100 companies now model their terrorism risk using the RMS model, reflecting an adoption by the marketplace and perhaps a recognition that it is a fact of life to be lived with. Andrew helped develop a new global terrorism model that covers every country in the world.

Modeling More Risk

RMS also has a strategic objective to embrace a wider range of risk for clients. The Research team explored new areas of modeling risk with articles and analysis of computer viruses, industrial accidents, power outages and environmental disasters. Further nightmares coming soon...


Administrative Affairs

Ever the sucker for punishment, Helen signed up for an evening programme - Berkeley's MBA Foundation Course. She's now halfway to a Certificate in Business Administration.








Theatrical Review

Christmas in Kensington

The cast of 'The Final Curtain' a Christmas Day 1920s murder mystery

Sheer Murder

The Gathering of the Clans for Seasonal Slaughter

Christmas 2003 saw us gathering with a rather extended family in Kensington, London for our festivities. The house was a great place to murder various unfortunate hangers-on. Who-dunnit? That scheming parlour maid Grandma Sylvia of course.




Alice in the dress she designed and made

Halter-neck dress designed and made by the House of Alice.



Nah, That's not workin', that's the way to do it...

RANT: Nick on drums, Paul on lead and Lobo on bass guitar.



Uncle Nick's band RANT ( burst onto the music scene. We caught them in fine form at the Chester Fringe Festival.


...and Roll

Family takes a ride on the London Eye

Eyeing London encapsulated

Whiner Gets Birthday Treat

After years of whingeing that nobody celebrated his Xmas-eve birthday, Andrew was shut up by a trip on the Eye, an afternoon watching Return of the King and a surprise drinking party with old friends. Perfick!


Soccer 1

Sirens Signal Victory

The Sirens followed a tough league season with a great tournament victory after a penalty shootout in the final. Left Back Alice Coburn said "our keeper Emma was awesome!".

Alice and teammates with their winners medals

Sirens celebrate tournament success


Mulligan Bends Coach's Ear

The secret behind England's European cup progress was finally revealed at Tussauds.

Helen gives advice to Sven-Goren Eriksson, England Coach

Sven my son - forget the ladies and get Rooney up front in the diamond.

Soccer 2

Henry sets off on one of his long runs

The boy done good: Striker Coburn

Tsunamis Swamp League

Henry played a blinder with his team, the Tsunamis, banging in a couple of hat-tricks, being leading goalscorer and receiving an award for being 'most explosive player'.

Henry receives his soccer trophy

Henry receives his trophy from Tsunamis' coach John Hightower




Cheshire Cat Productions 2004