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Hapless fiance, 26, set fire to flat when he spelt out ‘Marry Me’ using tea lights in proposal

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A hapless fiance accidentally burned down he and his partner’s flat when tea lights he had arranged to spell out ‘Marry Me?’ in a romantic wedding proposal set fire to their living room.

In a grand but ultimately ill-fated gesture, Albert Ndreu, 26, arranged 100 mini-candles on the floor of his flat so he could pop the question to his girlfriend Valerija Madevic.

The besotted waiter then left to pick-up his unaware sweetheart from work and planned to surprise her when they returned.

But Valerija had a very different surprise when the couple returned to their flat in Sheffield, South Yorks, and found smoke coming through the door.

The couple called the fire brigade who rushed three crews down to the scene.

Yet all was not lost for ambitious Albert, who, decided to get down on one knee anyway outside their burnt-out flat.

Remarkably, plucky Albert’s proposal paid-off when Valerija said ‘yes’.

In a grand but ultimately ill-fated gesture, Albert Ndreu, 26, arranged 100 mini candles on his floor to help him pop the question to his girlfriend Valerija Madevic (pictured with Albert in the burnt out flat)

In a grand but ultimately ill-fated gesture, Albert Ndreu, 26, arranged 100 mini candles on his floor to help him pop the question to his girlfriend Valerija Madevic (pictured with Albert in the burnt out flat)

Albert had arranged the surprise proposal, but Valerija had a very different surprise when the couple returned to their flat in Sheffield, South Yorks, and found smoke coming through the door

Albert had arranged the surprise proposal, but Valerija had a very different surprise when the couple returned to their flat in Sheffield, South Yorks, and found smoke coming through the door

He had used 100 tealights to spell out the words 'Marry Me?' as a romantic gesture to his girlfriend

He had used 100 tealights to spell out the words ‘Marry Me?’ as a romantic gesture to his girlfriend

All was not lost for ambitious Albert, who, decided to get down on one knee anyway outside their burnt-out flat.

All was not lost for ambitious Albert, who, decided to get down on one knee anyway outside their burnt-out flat.

The disastrous episode took place after Albert had spent two weeks meticulously planning his perfect proposal after buying a ring for Valerija.

He had decided to surprise his sweetheart by filling their living room with over candles and around 100 tealights and roughly 60 balloons.

Some of the lights he used to spell out ‘Marry Me?’ on the floor.

Albert then went out to pick up his love to bring her home for the surprise – but after he left it caught fire.

Three fire crews rushed to the scene at roughly 8.30pm after Valerija saw clouds of dark smoke emanating from their flat’s door.

But Albert was undeterred and got down on one knee and asked the love of his life if she would marry him.

With sirens wailing in the distance and their flat engulfed in flames, the love struck girlfriend said the all-important ‘yes’.

However the couple’s studio flat was gutted by flames and smoke damage.

Albert said: ‘I was planning the proposal for over two weeks – I kept struggling to find the right thing to do to mark the special moment.

‘I wanted to do something from my heart even if it didn’t go exactly as planned.

‘Valerija always says the most important thing is the small gestures every day – but I wanted to do something special for the proposal.

‘I bought the most important thing, which was the ring, and I just needed to make sure the day was perfect.

‘It didn’t go exactly as I thought it would but she said yes, so I think the day took an unexpected turn but ended up exactly how I wanted it to.’

Albert spent over four hours preparing his romantic setting – two of which were spent blowing up the 60 balloons and lighting up the candles.

Albert had left the tealights burning on the floor when he went to pick up Valerija from her work

Albert had left the tealights burning on the floor when he went to pick up Valerija from her work

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But when they returned to the flat it was ablaze after the tealights had set fire to the room (slide from left to right to see the flat before and after the fire)

He also had a bottle of Chianti waiting for them, and had a non-stop romance playlist playing on a speaker.

Of all the things that Albert worried could go wrong, he never expected to find his home left in ashes.

He said: ‘I put balloons and candles everywhere, I had to go all out.

‘I wanted to say something like she was the light of my heart, but maybe that was too much light.

‘I was so nervous, this was the first time I have ever proposed and I hope it will be the last.

‘I was so worried about everything going wrong I never imagined I could set the house on fire.

‘But it will always be an unforgettable day for us and a story which will be amazing to tell our children.’

Albert and Valerija have been together for just over a year after meeting on a dating website.

The pair say they believe strongly in destiny and they happened to log into the app for the first time on the same day.

He says she was his first match and after a short chat they exchanged phone numbers, organised a date, and he confidently deleted the app.

Albert and Valerija have been together for just over a year after meeting on a dating website

Albert and Valerija have been together for just over a year after meeting on a dating website

He said: ‘I believe that people have a destiny and there is someone you’re meant to be with – and for me that’s Valerija.

‘We found each other on an app and it was my first match and I immediately knew I didn’t need the app anymore.

‘We spoke for hours and hours and talked about anything and everything.

‘We got on like a house on fire, but maybe we took that a bit too literally..’

He added: ‘I hope this serves as a warning for others that maybe there is such a thing as too much love, or too many candles.’

Valerija says her fiance greeted her at her work with some flowers which led to her being suspicious that he'd done something stupid and was groveling

Valerija says her fiance greeted her at her work with some flowers which led to her being suspicious that he’d done something stupid and was groveling

Valerija says her fiance greeted her at her work with some flowers which led to her being suspicious that he’d done something stupid and was groveling.

She said: ‘When I got the flowers I thought he must have broken something or destroyed something in the house.

‘Little did I know he had destroyed our entire living room.

‘We walked up the stairs to the flat and there was smoke everywhere, I told him to call the firefighters because our house was on fire.

‘I was in total shock, I was shaking because it looked like it was really bad.’

But Valerija was about to get an even bigger shock after she walked down the stairs to find Albert down on one knee.

Valerija said: ‘He pulled out a box from his pocket and I was just speechless.

‘He said that he messed up – our house was literally in flames – but asked me if I would marry him.

‘And I said yes.’

The pair are currently bunking up at the home of Albert’s cousin and are waiting on more information relating to their insurance in the flat they moved in just a month ago.

Three fire crews rushed to the flat in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, after the couple called 999 to report smoke coming from their flat

Three fire crews rushed to the flat in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, after the couple called 999 to report smoke coming from their flat

The pair are currently bunking up at the home of Albert's cousin and are waiting on more information relating to their insurance in the flat they moved in just a month ago

The pair are currently bunking up at the home of Albert’s cousin and are waiting on more information relating to their insurance in the flat they moved in just a month ago

Though the studio flat was gutted by the fire, thankfully only a laptop, a speaker, and some books were lost

Though the studio flat was gutted by the fire, thankfully only a laptop, a speaker, and some books were lost

Thankfully only a laptop, a speaker, and some books were lost in the fire.

They’re not sure when it will be safe for them to return but said the most important thing was that they were together after the ‘most beautiful’ day in their lives.

She said: ‘It’s such a beautiful day, the most beautiful day in my life.

‘You can replace things in the house, but not our love for each other.

‘In the end we’re in good health and we’re together, and that’s all that matters.’

She added: ‘But Albert is banned from candles and balloons for a while, even with his birthday coming up.’

Albert insists that he’s normally ‘very responsible’ but was overcome by his love for his fiance.

The pair are hoping to tie the knot on the anniversary of the fire and said they’d invite the fire brigade as a special guest – both to thank them and as a preventive measure.

South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue service shared shocking pictures of the damage caused after tackling the blaze to warn people of the dangers of lit candles. 

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Experts provoke storm in a teacup by saying you should NEVER use boiling water to make tea 

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Hard day at work? There’s nothing like a reviving cuppa.

So put the kettle on, let the water boil, get ready to brew up… and stop! Don’t pour just yet.

New advice suggests using boiling water to make tea is a ‘myth’ which leaves it tasting ‘no better than cabbage water’.

Although it may cause traditionalists to turn a milky shade of white, experts have claimed the best way to make our national drink is to let the water cool down to 80 degrees.

The storm in a teacup was provoked by Martin Isark, a professional food and drink taster, who says boiling a kettle for tea was a relic of the past when it was needed to make sure the water was safe.

‘It’s time to debunk the myth that you should use boiling water,’ he said. ‘Having the water too hot will kill the desirable nuances of tea and all you are left with is a strong flavour of dry, astringent tannins. Overboiling your water and dunking teabags too long leaves tea tasting no better than cabbage water.’

The news could come as a shock to a character like Mrs Doyle, the tea-obsessed housekeeper in the Channel 4 sitcom Father Ted

The news could come as a shock to a character like Mrs Doyle, the tea-obsessed housekeeper in the Channel 4 sitcom Father Ted

The news could come as a shock to a character like Mrs Doyle, the tea-obsessed housekeeper in the Channel 4 sitcom Father Ted. In fact, for those without temperature-controlled kettles Mr Isark even suggests adding cold water on top of the tea bag before pouring the kettle, with milk and sugar going in last. 

He claims that boiling water cools down by roughly ten degrees for every 10 per cent of cold water added so to hit the 80 degree sweet spot the mug needs to be 20 per cent cold water.

Edward Eisler, a ‘tea master’ and founder of Jing Tea, agrees. He said: ‘It is simply not true that you need boiling water to make a cup of tea. Many teas taste better when made with cooler water.’

As a guide, breakfast tea and Assam should be made with water at 80 degrees, whereas Green tea is best at 50-65 degrees and Oolong at anything up to 95 degrees.

There are now several kettles on the market with variable temperature settings that allow users decide exactly how hot they want their water to be. Models include the Smeg KLF04, Sage Smart and Bosch Sky kettles.

Britons recoiled in horror in June when a video of an American woman making ‘hot tea’ went viral. In it, she microwaved a mug of cold water for a minute, filled a third of it with milk before adding the teabag and an overly-generous amount of sugar. 

It prompted Dame Karen Pierce, Britain’s ambassador to the US, to film her own riposte in which her ‘military advisers’ demonstrated how to make tea properly.

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Harry and Meghan’s US election intervention ‘violated’ terms of deal with Queen, say senior aides

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle‘s US election intervention ‘violated’ the terms of the ‘Megxit’ deal the couple have the the Queen, senior royal aides have claimed.

Their comments could further risk their links to the monarchy, with sources claiming that senior courtiers are discussing how to further distance London royals from the couple.

In their message, Harry and Meghan called on American voters to ‘reject hate speech, misinformation and online negativity’ in ‘the most important election of our life.’

Their comments, which came in a Time 100 video to go with the publication of this year’s list of the most influential people, have been widely interpreted to be a swipe at U.S. president Donald Trump. The list does not include the royal couple.

Members of the royal family are supposed to be politically neutral, and under the Sandringham accord – agreed in March when the pair quit their royal duties – the Sussexes vowed that ‘everything they do will uphold the values of Her Majesty’.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle spoke out about the upcoming U.S. election, in a stark break with British tradition that prohibits royal involvement in politics. Senior sources suggest that in doing so, the couple broke their agreement with The Queen

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle spoke out about the upcoming U.S. election, in a stark break with British tradition that prohibits royal involvement in politics. Senior sources suggest that in doing so, the couple broke their agreement with The Queen

However, according to The Sunday Times, royal aides have said that the couple’s comments last week have broken their promise from earlier this year.

‘The [royal] family are all wringing their hands, thinking: where is this going and does this abide by the deal to uphold the values of the Queen? The feeling is it’s a violation of the agreement,’ one source told the newspaper. 

The sources say that if the agreement is deemed to have been violated, Prince Harry’s chances of resuming his connections to the Royal Marines and other military posts he is said to hold dear could be under threat.

The arrangement the Sussexes have with the royal family will be reviewed after a year by The Queen, the Prince of Wales and the Duke of Cambridge.

The Times reports that the Queen agreed to keep the positions vacated by Prince Harry open during the review period so that he could return if it was deemed appropriate. One such position is the captain general of the Royal Marines.

‘The door was left open,’ said one aide. ‘There were some things that Harry hoped he could opt back into. He dearly wants to hang on to the Royal Marines and the military appointments. That will be harder now.’ This will likely come as a blow to the Prince. 

The couples’ roles as president and vice-president of the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust is also expected to come under review, and conversations last week reportedly even included whether they could be stripped of their HRH titles.

Currently, Harry and Meghan still have these titles, but are not allowed to use them.

However, one source told The Times that the view is they couldn’t remove Harry’s title, pointing to the fact that even Edward VIII kept his HRH when he abdicated. 

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Royal sources claim that the Monarchy was embarrassed by the couple’s comments, with one senior aide questioning what The Queen would say to Donald Trump should he make another visit to the UK after her grandson and his wife spoke out against him

Buckingham palace sough to distance itself from their remarks, with royal sources saying that the monarch had been embarrassed by the comments, asking what the Queen is supposed to say should Donald Trump have another presidential visit.

‘If Trump is re-elected and makes another visit here, what is the Queen supposed to say when her grandson and his wife have effectively campaigned against him?’ said a source. 

A spokesman for the Sussexes said: ‘The duke’s message is not in reference to any specific political party or candidate, but is instead a call for decency in how we engage with each other.’     

Harry and Meghan, now ensconced in an L.A. mansion, made their remarks just weeks before the November 3 elections with Americans in some states already going to the polls.

The Duke of Sussex urged people to ‘reject hate speech’ while the Duchess called it the ‘most important election of our lifetime’ in remarks which made waves on both sides of the Atlantic. 

Royal insiders voiced concern in Britain where the Queen and her family are expected to remain politically neutral at all times, with one saying that Harry and Meghan had ‘crossed a line’. 

Buckingham Palace also distanced itself from Harry’s remarks by saying that ‘the Duke is not a working member of the royal family’ and describing his comments as ‘made in a personal capacity’. 

Trump slammed Meghan Markle from the White House podium after the video message was released, urging Americans to vote and hinting they support Democrat Joe Biden. 

‘I’m not a fan of hers,’ Trump said Wednesday to a question posed by DailyMail.com. ‘I would say this – and she has probably heard that – I wish a lot of luck to Harry because he’s going to need it.’ 

‘As we approach this November, it’s vital that we reject hate speech, misinformation and online negativity,’ said Harry – in a line some observers in Britain and the U.S. immediately took to be a plug for Joe Biden and a slap at President Trump. 

Harry is said to be hopeful that he can retain some military duties, but the video message is thought to have put his chanced of being allowed to do so at risk

Harry is said to be hopeful that he can retain some military duties, but the video message is thought to have put his chanced of being allowed to do so at risk

Said the California-born Markle, 39: ‘We’re six weeks out from the election, and today is Voter Registration Day. 

‘Every four years, we’re told the same thing, ‘This is the most important election of our lifetime. But this one is. When we vote, our values are put into action, and our voices are heard.’ 

For his part, Harry said: ‘As we approach this November, it’s vital that we reject hate speech, misinformation and online negativity.’ 

Harry urged Americans to be careful about what kind of content they consume online.

‘When the bad outweighs the good, for many, whether we realize it or not, it erodes our ability to have compassion and our ability to put ourself in someone else’s shoes. Because when one person buys into negativity online, the effects are felt exponentially. It’s time to not only reflect, but act,’ he said. 

While many viewers saw Harry and Meghan’s comments as a thinly-veiled endorsement of Biden, a source close to Harry insisted the Duke was not referring to Trump or any other individual.

‘The duke was talking about the tone of debate in the run-up to an election which is already quite febrile,’ they said.

‘He is not talking about any candidate or specific campaign. He is building on a lot of stuff that he’s said before about online communities, how we engage with each other online, rather than specifically making any political points.’ 

How British royals are expected to keep out of politics  

Under Britain’s constitutional monarchy, powers which theoretically belong to the Queen – such as appointing ministers and approving legislation – are exercised in her name by political leaders. 

This system means that political decisions are taken by the elected government rather than unelected royals, while keeping the monarchy as a symbol of the British state and its traditions. 

The royals’ political neutrality, which the Queen has scrupulously observed for 68 years, is key to maintaining this balance and to preserving the monarchy’s popularity. 

A YouGov poll earlier this year found majority support among both Conservative and Labour voters as well as Brexiteers and Europhiles for maintaining the British monarchy.  

The Queen’s uncle King Edward VIII had to abdicate in 1936 because the government refused to support his planned marriage to American divorcee Wallis Simpson – fatally compromising his neutrality.   

While there is no law explicitly preventing the royal family from voting in UK elections, doing so would be an unacceptable breach of protocol.   

The Queen holds weekly conversations with her prime ministers and she is entitled to ‘advise and warn’ them when necessary, but the nature of her advice is never made public.  

Even her guarded comment that voters should ‘think very carefully about the future’ ahead of the 2014 Scottish independence referendum was seen as an unusual intervention.  

Prince Charles is known for writing lengthy letters to ministers on policy subjects such as agriculture, some of which were made public in 2015. 

William and Kate have also spoken out on the environment, launching a prize to tackle climate issues last year. 

Princess Diana – who like Harry and Meghan became semi-detached from the monarchy – was known for her campaigning on land mines, once allegedly describing the UK government’s policy as ‘hopeless’. 

Her involvement sparked criticism from some Conservative MPs, but the Labour government that took office shortly before her death was more favourable to her campaign.  

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Remarkable new footage shows the Hindenburg Disaster in vivid color 83 years after it exploded mid-air and caused 63 near New Jersey.

More than 80 years after the Hindenburg Disaster became one of the most infamous aircraft failures in the world, a group have used artificial intelligence to improve and add color to the original news coverage that captured the crash.

Neural Networks and Deep Learning first shared the altered footage on their YouTube channel, as well as their Instagram page and Patreon, in February.     

They used Gigapixel AI, a standalone application that uses artificial intelligence to improve images, and DeOldify, an open-source artificial intelligence tool for enhancing images. 

In the video, the 804-foot-long zeppelin has just traveled nearly 4,000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean from Frankfurt, Germany, to the United States on May 3, 1937.

The massive airship, which had completed 63 successful trips, floated over New York City with relative ease as it prepared to touch down at its mooring mass at Naval Station Lakehurst in New Jersey.

LZ 129 Hindenburg (pictured) traveled from Frankfurt, Germany, with nearly 100 people aboard to the Naval Station Lakehurst in New Jersey in May 1937

LZ 129 Hindenburg (pictured) traveled from Frankfurt, Germany, with nearly 100 people aboard to the Naval Station Lakehurst in New Jersey in May 1937

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Pictured: a side-by-side photo comparison showed how the footage had been altered by Neural Networks and Deep Learning to add spectacular color to 83-year-old footage

As the Hindenburg prepared to land at Naval Station Lakehurst in New Jersey, the airship exploded into flames and fell 200 feet from the sky

As the Hindenburg prepared to land at Naval Station Lakehurst in New Jersey, the airship exploded into flames and fell 200 feet from the sky 

But suddenly, the Hindenburg erupted into into a horrifying inferno that quickly engulfed the airship in scalding flames and billowing dark smoke. 

The hulking airship fell 200 feet from the sky onto the grassy fields below.

The colorized footage captured the sheer ferocity of the crash as the fire crawled along the Hindenburg’s exterior and burned it to its bare bones. The Hindenburg eventually collapsed from the extensive damage. 

Radio journalist Herb Morrison had arrived to report on the Hindenburg’s landing, but when the Hindenburg went up in flames he famously exclaimed, ‘Oh, the humanity!’ 

The colorized footage captured the sheer ferocity of the crash as the fire crawled along the Hindenburg's exterior and burned it to its bare bones

The colorized footage captured the sheer ferocity of the crash as the fire crawled along the Hindenburg’s exterior and burned it to its bare bones

The Hindenburg eventually collapsed into itself after the inferno burned through much of its exterior covering and the interior of the airship

The Hindenburg eventually collapsed into itself after the inferno burned through much of its exterior covering and the interior of the airship

Pictured: Upgraded images from Neural Networks and Deep Learning show the Hindenburg Disaster in shocking detail and color more than 80 years after it crashed in New Jersey

Pictured: Upgraded images from Neural Networks and Deep Learning show the Hindenburg Disaster in shocking detail and color more than 80 years after it crashed in New Jersey

The U.S. Commerce Department determined the accident was caused by a leak of the hydrogen that kept the airship aloft. It mixed with air, causing a fire

The U.S. Commerce Department determined the accident was caused by a leak of the hydrogen that kept the airship aloft. It mixed with air, causing a fire

Firefighters and emergency crews approached the ‘twisted, white hot,’ steel as they attempt to save the 36 passengers and 61 crew members.

History.com reports that 13 passengers, 21 crew members and one civilian died that day as a result of the crash. 

Many of the survivors suffered severe injuries from the crash and had to undergo additional medical treatment for months afterwards.

Just last year, the last remaining survivor of the Hindenburg Disaster died at the age of 90.

Werner Gustav Doehner passed away in Laconia, New Hampshire in November, more than eight decades after the German airship caught fire and was destroyed while docking in Lakehurst. 

Doehner, who was just eight years old at the time of the crash, was on the airship with his parents and older brother and sister. 

‘He did not talk about it,’ his son Bernie Doehner told The Associated Press on Friday, adding that his father took him to visit the naval station years later, but not the Hindenburg memorial, itself. 

At the time of its completion in 1936, the LZ 129 Hindenburg was the largest aircraft ever built, and was the pride of Germany’s Third Reich. 

‘It was definitely a repressed memory. He lost his sister, he lost his dad.’

Back in 2017, Doehner gave a rare interview with the Associated Press, recalling the moment flames began to flicker on top of the air ship as hydrogen, exposed to air, fueled an inferno.

A total of 13 passengers, 21 crew members and one civilian died that day as a result of the crash on May 3, 1937, at Naval Air Base Lakehurst in New Jersey

A total of 13 passengers, 21 crew members and one civilian died that day as a result of the crash on May 3, 1937, at Naval Air Base Lakehurst in New Jersey

Doehner: 'I remember lying on the ground, and my brother told me to get up and to get out of there,' he recalled. Their mother joined them and asked a steward to get her daughter, whom he carried out of the burning wreckage'

Doehner: ‘I remember lying on the ground, and my brother told me to get up and to get out of there,’ he recalled. Their mother joined them and asked a steward to get her daughter, whom he carried out of the burning wreckage’

Werner Gustav Doehner was the last surviving passenger from the Hindenburg Disaster before he passed away in November 2019. Pictured: Fire crews and witnesses watched at the Hindenburg burned

Werner Gustav Doehner was the last surviving passenger from the Hindenburg Disaster before he passed away in November 2019. Pictured: Fire crews and witnesses watched at the Hindenburg burned 

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Pictured: a side-by-side comparison of photos shows the Hindenburg flying over New York City on its way to New Jersey in May 1937

‘Suddenly, the air was on fire,’ Doehner recalled.

‘We were close to a window, and my mother took my brother and threw him out. She grabbed me and fell back and then threw me out,’ he said. 

‘She tried to get my sister, but she was too heavy, and my mother decided to get out by the time the zeppelin was nearly on the ground.’

Doehner added: ‘I remember lying on the ground, and my brother told me to get up and to get out of there,’ he recalled. Their mother joined them and asked a steward to get her daughter, whom he carried out of the burning wreckage.

He would remain in the hospital for three months before going to another facility in New York City in August for skin grafts.

Pictured: the moment the Hindenburg went up in flames and crashed in New Jersey in 1937

Pictured: the moment the Hindenburg went up in flames and crashed in New Jersey in 1937

The U.S. Commerce Department determined the accident was caused by a leak of the hydrogen that kept the airship aloft. It mixed with air, causing a fire. 

 ‘The theory that a brush discharge ignited such mixture appears most probable,’ the department’s report said. 

Doehner and his family – who were German citizens – were on their way back to Mexico City, where his father was a pharmaceutical executive. Funerals were held for his father and sister there.

Doehner was born in Darmstadt, Germany, and grew up in Mexico City. In 1984, he moved to the United States to work for General Electric as an electrical engineer, according to his obituary. He also worked in Ecuador and Mexico. He retired from New England Electric System in Westborough, Massachusetts, in 1999.

He moved to Parachute, Colorado, in 2001. He and his wife of 52 years, Elin, moved to Laconia in May 2018.    

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