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Topic: Solar power farm at Wheal Jane
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 02/10/2010 08:29:33   Subject: Solar power farm at Wheal Jane
just highlights the basic problem, which is the overall constraints of any sort of green energy - ie the basic arithmetic is complete bollix.

Plus they are usually unable to produce power w
Topic: Port Talbot & Tata
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 30/09/2010 19:00:47   Subject: Port Talbot & Tata
that's because you aren't doing it properly. The benefits system in this country is designed to support people with nil assets indefinitely at levels at least equal to anything they could ever expect
Topic: Port Talbot & Tata
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 30/09/2010 13:12:22   Subject: Port Talbot & Tata
mining is an international business, always has been. A good number of my generation at CSM went to South Africa and a fair few of them are in Australia or Canada these days.

From what I sa
Topic: Port Talbot & Tata
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 27/09/2010 20:36:40   Subject: Port Talbot & Tata
I'm afraid I would be wholly unconvinced by anything said by Tata.

This would be the same Tata who closed a steelworks recently for a carbon credits scam, and repeatedly threatened the gov
Topic: Bryngwyn branch of WHR to be footpath
derrickman

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 25/09/2010 06:49:16   Subject: Bryngwyn branch of WHR to be footpath
I think that 'following a grant' is the key phrase.

I sometimes work as a surveyor on pipeline projects, and one thing which I do know is that proposed footpath routes are fairly common,
Topic: Lux, Lumens, bla bla explained
derrickman

Forum: Lamps & Lighting   Posted: 25/09/2010 06:43:12   Subject: Lux, Lumens, bla bla explained
yes, I remember that Skoda. I thought the Ford with the sheep skull on the front was good cavers' transport as well...

The Skoda Octavia is a common hire car these days, I had one in Germa
Topic: Lux, Lumens, bla bla explained
derrickman

Forum: Lamps & Lighting   Posted: 24/09/2010 17:54:34   Subject: Lux, Lumens, bla bla explained
somehow I'm not surprised that Skodas have lights less powerful than an Oldhams lamp :lol:
Topic: Lux, Lumens, bla bla explained
derrickman

Forum: Lamps & Lighting   Posted: 24/09/2010 13:35:52   Subject: Lux, Lumens, bla bla explained
[quote="ttxela"][quote="derrickman"]I just use the scale from 1 to 4 as previously explained. Tells you the things you actually notice.

ttxela's photos indicate that his new lamp from Roy s
Topic: Lux, Lumens, bla bla explained
derrickman

Forum: Lamps & Lighting   Posted: 24/09/2010 10:05:32   Subject: Lux, Lumens, bla bla explained
I just use the scale from 1 to 4 as previously explained. Tells you the things you actually notice.

ttxela's photos indicate that his new lamp from Roy scores about a 3.2 - ie noticeably st
Topic: Interesting - Reading chalk mine
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 23/09/2010 08:19:36   Subject: Interesting - Reading chalk mine
I'd be interested to see underground chalk mines, I've done tunnelling in chalk and there were various issues with blocks dropping out of the crown .. there was a nasty accident of this sort resulting
Topic: BELOWDA HILL Tin Mine
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 23/09/2010 06:13:38   Subject: BELOWDA HILL Tin Mine
let's put this in perspective. An old friend of mine lives in the Redruth area in a house which he has long since paid the mortgage for, and is currently valued at £275,000.

If you have pa
Topic: derrickman's comings and goings..
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 23/09/2010 02:50:29   Subject: derrickman's comings and goings..
to cut across the various PM threads I have going on with various people, my comings and goings for the next few weeks will be approximately as follows;

home for a few days over the weekend
Topic: Interesting - Reading chalk mine
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 23/09/2010 02:44:53   Subject: Interesting - Reading chalk mine
I've been following this, plus similar works in the Hemel Hempstead area, for some time - the consultant I was working for at Combe Down was bidding for them, but eventually it all seemed to be taking
Topic: Best innovations for the mine explorer...
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 20/09/2010 20:54:26   Subject: Best innovations for the mine explorer...
They ARE everywhere. What connection, if any, they have with Cornwall I couldn't say, but I like them too.

There is something called [i]pirogi[/i]they make here in Russia which are pretty
Topic: Best innovations for the mine explorer...
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 20/09/2010 16:34:40   Subject: Best innovations for the mine explorer...
actually, I'm not entirely sure about that "Ginsters are the work of Satan" schtick.

I was at CSM when they moved from Fore St to Trevenson, which put them opposite the Ovenfresh bakery. E
Topic: Unusual wagon - Dinorwic slate quarries
derrickman

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 17/09/2010 16:55:11   Subject: Unusual wagon - Dinorwic slate quarries
it's an incline slab wagon, called a car cyrn, see here

[url]http://www.penmorfa.com/Slate/rolling%20stock.html[/url]
Topic: Mine telephones?
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 17/09/2010 04:41:32   Subject: Mine telephones?
most mine phones and tannoys are self-contained affairs with no other cabling, mainly for gas-proofing reasons. There are versions which can be plugged into external power supplies to keep the battery
Topic: Roofing slate from China
derrickman

Forum: Scotland   Posted: 16/09/2010 10:03:36   Subject: Roofing slate from China
the simple fact is that bulk transport is cheap. If you are prepared to work without any regard for health and safety or environmental considerations, within a society where people live at a very low
Topic: Best innovations for the mine explorer...
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 14/09/2010 17:56:20   Subject: Best innovations for the mine explorer...
Ginsters??... :blink: :thumbdown:
Topic: Best innovations for the mine explorer...
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 14/09/2010 05:33:19   Subject: Best innovations for the mine explorer...
for those wishing to pursue this topic to its (il)logocal conclusion I would suggest the following background reading;

1) Stephen Fry, "The Liar" ;- "two sheets; one to wipe, one to polish"
Topic: Best innovations for the mine explorer...
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 13/09/2010 20:43:24   Subject: Best innovations for the mine explorer...
thank'ee koindly, yung zurr.....
Topic: Best innovations for the mine explorer...
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 13/09/2010 19:14:55   Subject: Best innovations for the mine explorer...
I've always carried a handkerchief inside my helmet, I don't suppose that's eligible as an innovation but it's very useful


... how about office laminating machines?
Topic: Best innovations for the mine explorer...
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 13/09/2010 18:49:58   Subject: Best innovations for the mine explorer...
you take bogroll on trips? :thumbdown: Ttxela gets snotty with me just for suggesting I use a carbide lamp in case I leave spent carbide behind.....
Topic: Chatterley Whitfield on Country Tracks
derrickman

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 12/09/2010 10:01:50   Subject: Chatterley Whitfield on Country Tracks
this isn't confined to mining remains by any means. I pass the Bennie Lifts tower in Northampton from time to time, and it's clear that there is no coherent plan and more important, no funding for thi
Topic: Chatterley Whitfield on Country Tracks
derrickman

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 12/09/2010 07:49:37   Subject: Chatterley Whitfield on Country Tracks
I'm afraid that very few of the people involved in the preservation and restoration of these structures and locations have any idea what they are really taking on.

Bill L at Geevor, and Tam
Topic: Best innovations for the mine explorer...
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 11/09/2010 16:00:02   Subject: Best innovations for the mine explorer...
[quote="royfellows"]Your as old as you feel Mr Derrickman.

[/quote]

things are worse than I thought, then....
Topic: Best innovations for the mine explorer...
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 11/09/2010 14:36:58   Subject: Best innovations for the mine explorer...
[quote="royfellows"]If only I could go back to my youth with any bloody camera.

The places where 'I was there' but never bothered to take photographs.

Wasted youth![/quote]
Topic: North Roskear Headgear
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 11/09/2010 10:45:43   Subject: North Roskear Headgear
I would be sorry to see it go, but on the other hand I doubt if the new South Crofty venture would have much enthusiasm for spending money on it unless it was going to be used.

a new, 21st
Topic: North Roskear Headgear
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 11/09/2010 04:47:16   Subject: North Roskear Headgear
Pendarves was always one of those locations that looked as though it should have been good, but never really justified itself and closed when it was no longer able to attract investment.

Th
Topic: dear oh dear oh dear...
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 09/09/2010 18:06:02   Subject: dear oh dear oh dear...
considering there is a statue of Trevithick outside the library, that doesn't say much.. or don't schools have library afternoons any more?
Topic: dear oh dear oh dear...
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 09/09/2010 16:41:46   Subject: dear oh dear oh dear...
I hate to think what revelations are about to follow.... last time I went to Truro, it was to sign on, riding an untaxed, uninsured Panther big single which I had bought from Williams the breakers in
Topic: dear oh dear oh dear...
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 09/09/2010 14:53:31   Subject: dear oh dear oh dear...
[quote="stuey"]Yep, valid point. However the best place to start is outside your own door. [/quote]

well, yes. You could start on Carn Brea so that you can see the North Coast and across to
Topic: dear oh dear oh dear...
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 09/09/2010 11:59:01   Subject: dear oh dear oh dear...
really, the history of the Cornish mining industry doesn't make much sense outside the wider history of the 18th and 19th centuries.

the great copper mines were based on the demand for bras
Topic: dear oh dear oh dear...
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 09/09/2010 09:45:27   Subject: dear oh dear oh dear...
true.. 'upcoming workforce' does increasingly appear to be an oxymoron, like 'military intelligence' or 'Microsoft works'

it was the 'Cornish rap' at the end that really curled my toes up..
Topic: dear oh dear oh dear...
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 09/09/2010 06:58:53   Subject: dear oh dear oh dear...
yes, doesn't stick to the bath like that messy tin stuff :blink:

the most depressing thing is that someone probably got public money to produce that. Paul Whitehouses' 'brilliant!!!' char
Topic: dear oh dear oh dear...
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 08/09/2010 22:04:59   Subject: dear oh dear oh dear...
strikes and soot, dear oh dearie me...
Topic: dear oh dear oh dear...
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 08/09/2010 15:58:34   Subject: dear oh dear oh dear...
this was apparently shown at the Cornwall Festival... whatever that might be.... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oUEBZMBp9Rs&feature=related

Topic: After hard hats, my 2p worth!
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 08/09/2010 06:12:26   Subject: After hard hats, my 2p worth!
treason? Probably get a medal for it from the last lot...

UK coins have not, historically, been ferro-magnetic, and nor have those of other countries. There are various reasons for this bu
Topic: North Roskear Headgear
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 07/09/2010 21:32:55   Subject: North Roskear Headgear
my employer at Combe Down have been fishing for design work at South Crofty for quite some time, did they have any input?
Topic: Best innovations for the mine explorer...
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 07/09/2010 15:15:55   Subject: Best innovations for the mine explorer...
[quote="Vanoord"][quote="lipsi"]I think AditNow must be a serious contender. I've discovered and shared lots since I got involved :thumbsup: [/quote]

This man will be the proud recipient o
Topic: Maen Offeren - Danger! A Warning
derrickman

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 06/09/2010 21:09:31   Subject: Maen Offeren - Danger! A Warning
I am on the same side as the 'local chap'

I look at a mine or quarry and the first thing I see is work, turnover, profit, wages

the rest is secondary
Topic: After hard hats, my 2p worth!
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 06/09/2010 19:44:13   Subject: After hard hats, my 2p worth!
it is illegal, full stop

[mod]part of this post has been removed - srl[/mod]
Topic: Has anybody ever seen one of these - KSE Lights
derrickman

Forum: Lamps & Lighting   Posted: 06/09/2010 13:37:15   Subject: Has anybody ever seen one of these - KSE Lights
[quote="Mr.C"][quote="derrickman"]I have always worked on the following categories of lamp;

1) about the same as a carbide - ok for things less than 6ft away, low-level illumination of area
Topic: Has anybody ever seen one of these - KSE Lights
derrickman

Forum: Lamps & Lighting   Posted: 05/09/2010 15:04:54   Subject: Has anybody ever seen one of these - KSE Lights
actually another 'category 2-and-a-half' lamp would be 'hand torches from Woolies with 9v square batteries'

so category 2-and-a-half might be defined as 'you'd think it would be nearly as g
Topic: Snailbeach Railway
derrickman

Forum: Mine Tramways and Railways   Posted: 05/09/2010 12:23:59   Subject: Snailbeach Railway
ok fair enough, I'm not on the Nat Pres forum so I missed that little gem.

suffice to say that from my contacts in Oz, the only Baldwin 4-6-0 known to have been rebuilt in the SoPac region
Topic: Has anybody ever seen one of these - KSE Lights
derrickman

Forum: Lamps & Lighting   Posted: 05/09/2010 08:52:45   Subject: Has anybody ever seen one of these - KSE Lights
I have always worked on the following categories of lamp;

1) about the same as a carbide - ok for things less than 6ft away, low-level illumination of areas up to about 15 or 20m, can just
Topic: Snailbeach Railway
derrickman

Forum: Mine Tramways and Railways   Posted: 05/09/2010 06:12:49   Subject: Snailbeach Railway
my reading of the published material, and I have no other source of information, is that the Snailbeach 'group' ( for want of a better description ) claimed to be purchasing this locomotive at a time
Topic: Snailbeach Railway
derrickman

Forum: Mine Tramways and Railways   Posted: 05/09/2010 04:08:51   Subject: Snailbeach Railway
I would say, it is a working example of a rare historic locomotive doing the job it was designed for!

I can't say I much approve of the overall appearance either, but I'm a great believer
Topic: Snailbeach Railway
derrickman

Forum: Mine Tramways and Railways   Posted: 04/09/2010 20:43:15   Subject: Snailbeach Railway
from personal contacts in Oz, it has been suggested that this is the locomotive in question [url]http://www.australiansteam.com/sugar/baldwin45215.jpg[/url]

it was extensively rebuilt for
Topic: Snailbeach Railway
derrickman

Forum: Mine Tramways and Railways   Posted: 04/09/2010 08:57:46   Subject: Snailbeach Railway
join the SO2 yahoo group and read for yourself, and draw your own conclusions.

there are various mentions of the loco, scattered about the web. A number of such locos appear to have come to
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