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Posts by Peter Burgess

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Topic: Possible entrance / depression
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 21/11/2012 13:40:26   Subject: Possible entrance / depression
From Elmbridge Borough Council's leaflet "History of the Esher Commons"

"During the Second World War, trees were again felled for the war effort and the Commons were used for army training
Topic: Possible entrance / depression
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 21/11/2012 13:33:37   Subject: Possible entrance / depression
There was a brief respite from the rain today and I went over to look for this a second time, and found it. It looks like a classic shallow sand mine crownhole, and I think it would be a simple matter
Topic: Big Trouble Brewing at Sir Francis ?
Peter Burgess

Forum: North East England   Posted: 20/11/2012 14:19:10   Subject: Big Trouble Brewing at Sir Francis ?
The whole of Reigate Castle was scheduled many years ago. As there are underground features directly beneath the scheduled area, we asked English Heritage to advise on this, and the answer we received
Topic: Possible entrance / depression
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 19/11/2012 15:07:26   Subject: Possible entrance / depression
I went over there this lunchtime and had a look around but couldn't find this. What is the diameter? is it in a bank? What else is in the immediate area? I checked every holly plant I walked past - I
Topic: Cambrian Mines Trust
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 19/11/2012 10:59:55   Subject: Cambrian Mines Trust
Exactly! If nobody stood up to help preserve or improve access for fear of empire building, there would be far far fewer places to enter.
Topic: Liability Insurance - Zurich
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 14/11/2012 18:16:57   Subject: Liability Insurance - Zurich
Wealden Cave and Mine Society use them in respect to public access to Reigate Caves.
Topic: Possible entrance / depression
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 11/11/2012 20:30:13   Subject: Possible entrance / depression
This site is about 10 minutes drive from work so I can pop over to see what I think some time soon.
Topic: Possible entrance / depression
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 11/11/2012 19:37:14   Subject: Possible entrance / depression
One other possibility to consider: military origins. Sandy spots in various parts of Surrey have been used for military training in the past, and that would sometimes involve sapper training, digging
Topic: Possible entrance / depression
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 10/11/2012 23:59:47   Subject: Possible entrance / depression
All the borehole logs I looked at on the BGS site were in connection with the construction of the Esher Bypass. Not that I wish to dampen your enthusiasm, but if the ground is heavily marked by subsid
Topic: Possible entrance / depression
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 10/11/2012 23:53:12   Subject: Possible entrance / depression
Do let us know how you get on. If you would like some people to help let me know.
Topic: Possible entrance / depression
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 10/11/2012 23:41:46   Subject: Possible entrance / depression
All the boreholes made for the Esher Bypass at Round Hill seem to pass through sand.

http://www.bgs.ac.uk/data/boreholescans/home.html
Topic: Possible entrance / depression
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 10/11/2012 23:32:52   Subject: Possible entrance / depression
My guess is its a sand mine in the same beds as the one found in the village. A geological map would tell you if this is likely or not. The Thanet Sands have a number of sand mines in them.
Topic: Possible entrance / depression
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 10/11/2012 23:07:37   Subject: Possible entrance / depression
Sand mine or chalk denehole depending on the geology. I don't know Esher but I think the chalk is too far down for it to be a denehole. There does seem to be a signs of a passage at the bottom of that
Topic: Backup and restore wizard? yeah right!
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 10/11/2012 20:02:22   Subject: Backup and restore wizard? yeah right!
[quote="ChrisJC"]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Backup

The first purpose of a backup is to recover data after it's loss. Something RAID1 will do.
[/quote]Something that RAID will only do
Topic: Backup and restore wizard? yeah right!
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 09/11/2012 22:29:15   Subject: Backup and restore wizard? yeah right!
As a practical example of what I have written, I have only this week successfully restored my own laptop to full working order following a week of data problems. This was simply achieved using a relat
Topic: Backup and restore wizard? yeah right!
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 09/11/2012 22:21:21   Subject: Backup and restore wizard? yeah right!
Another simple way of thinking of a backup is that it is a static image of a set of data at a specific time and date. You can be confident that it never changes, and the various levels of complexity o
Topic: Backup and restore wizard? yeah right!
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 09/11/2012 22:00:49   Subject: Backup and restore wizard? yeah right!
[quote="ChrisJC"][quote="NewStuff"]MY problem is with RAID itself, and it's continued perception as a Backup solution.[/quote]

Depends which RAID.

I am using RAID1 - i.e. exactly
Topic: Llanberis Graffiti
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 09/11/2012 17:20:28   Subject: Llanberis Graffiti
'ere we don't want you scummy provinsholes darn 'ere in Lundun ruinin' ar luvvly invarnment. Git back to yer 'ovels. :guns:
Topic: Backup and restore wizard? yeah right!
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 09/11/2012 10:14:21   Subject: Backup and restore wizard? yeah right!
I am proud of my signature! >:(
Topic: Backup and restore wizard? yeah right!
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 09/11/2012 08:32:39   Subject: Backup and restore wizard? yeah right!
[quote="NewStuff"] RAID is [b][i]not[/b][/i] a backup solution.
[/quote]

Spot on. I will add my confirmation of this too. I am told occasionally that I shouldn't comment on things that
Topic: Re-used timber from railway waggon (photo)
Peter Burgess

Forum: South Wales   Posted: 07/11/2012 08:06:44   Subject: Re-used timber from railway waggon (photo)
There are some more in this structure. Not the verticals, I don't think, but a few of the horizontal members at floor level are visible.
[link]Upper-Silica-Silica-Mine-User-Album-Image-66497[link
Topic: Re-used timber from railway waggon (photo)
Peter Burgess

Forum: South Wales   Posted: 05/11/2012 22:44:21   Subject: Re-used timber from railway waggon (photo)
Thank you everyone. As always on this forum, ask a simple question and get an enormous amount of very interesting information back. :thumbsup:
Topic: Re-used timber from railway waggon (photo)
Peter Burgess

Forum: South Wales   Posted: 05/11/2012 14:56:06   Subject: Re-used timber from railway waggon (photo)
Yes, that looks like I envisaged. There are a lot of these in the mine, and this one is in a better condition than many. I suppose they might have been a job lot from a breaker, as I would have expect
Topic: Re-used timber from railway waggon (photo)
Peter Burgess

Forum: South Wales   Posted: 05/11/2012 14:30:43   Subject: Re-used timber from railway waggon (photo)
I was always told these timbers were once parts of the frames of railway waggons. It was only recently that I wondered exactly what they were. Can someone confirm please? I suspect they are the end ti
Topic: Breaking news on the battle of Orgreave
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 24/10/2012 14:23:39   Subject: Breaking news on the battle of Orgreave
British Railways did the same thing - ran trains when nobody wanted them, and trains that never connected conveniently with main line services. Nobody uses the line? Might as well close it then.
Topic: Wheal Harriett or Dolcoath
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 24/10/2012 09:32:21   Subject: Wheal Harriett or Dolcoath
And of course there is nothing wrong with a mere amateur historian making it clear what actually happened, through his own intimate knowledge of an area over several decades. Because, as you imply, pe
Topic: Breaking news on the battle of Orgreave
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 23/10/2012 19:44:36   Subject: Breaking news on the battle of Orgreave
So do most forums. :lol:
Topic: Breaking news on the battle of Orgreave
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 23/10/2012 14:47:52   Subject: Breaking news on the battle of Orgreave
I knew that, thank you - so no need to "educate myself" as you put it.

My "involvement", as you also put it, is as an intelligent human being, capable of rationalising things that are said
Topic: Breaking news on the battle of Orgreave
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 23/10/2012 14:25:50   Subject: Breaking news on the battle of Orgreave
[quote="derrickman"]

To compare this to the miners' strike, a protracted and highly contentious series of events taking place on a number of levels, is absurd. [/quote]

Who is co
Topic: Breaking news on the battle of Orgreave
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 23/10/2012 13:41:37   Subject: Breaking news on the battle of Orgreave
Don't be silly. I may be a useful idiot, but even I know that the whole sad saga is all interconnected, but it doesn't change the fact that the enquiry is about one specific day. Hillsborough investig
Topic: Breaking news on the battle of Orgreave
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 23/10/2012 12:59:54   Subject: Breaking news on the battle of Orgreave
... all of which is not really relevant, as this subject is about one specific day, and the particular actions that certain people undertook on that and on subsequent days. It could just as easily be
Topic: Breaking news on the battle of Orgreave
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 23/10/2012 11:44:13   Subject: Breaking news on the battle of Orgreave
Nice! By the way, I wear insults as badges of honour. :)
Topic: Breaking news on the battle of Orgreave
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 23/10/2012 10:14:01   Subject: Breaking news on the battle of Orgreave
Absolutely - provided it can be shown that the NUM falsified statements in order to get individuals put into prison for crimes that were not committed. Hmmmm.......
Topic: Breaking news on the battle of Orgreave
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 22/10/2012 21:19:47   Subject: Breaking news on the battle of Orgreave
A person's reputation is a very precious thing. If your reputation had been besmirched for political reasons, then exhonoration is the very least you should be entitled to. The phrase "truth will out
Topic: Breaking news on the battle of Orgreave
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 22/10/2012 20:37:56   Subject: Breaking news on the battle of Orgreave
Absolutely. What I said. Why use 95 words when 2 will do?
Topic: Breaking news on the battle of Orgreave
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 22/10/2012 20:25:48   Subject: Breaking news on the battle of Orgreave
How about a more accurate view of the historical record? As mine historians that's something we should all approve of. It should be the historian's job to record a factual record as best we can, and i
Topic: Wheal Harriett or Dolcoath
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 22/10/2012 18:56:07   Subject: Wheal Harriett or Dolcoath
[quote="derrickman"]I picked up a few scraps about this from colleagues. The names currently applied to the workings don't seem to have been used by the designers and contractors at the time, it would
Topic: Wheal Harriett or Dolcoath
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 22/10/2012 09:15:17   Subject: Wheal Harriett or Dolcoath
Not Godstone, Merstham. None of the Godstone workings pass under any motorway.
Topic: Wheal Harriett or Dolcoath
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 19/10/2012 21:57:38   Subject: Wheal Harriett or Dolcoath
[quote="lozz"]Better than Eastenders is this.

lozz.[/quote]That's not difficult!
Topic: Reopening a mine-?
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 15/10/2012 11:08:20   Subject: Reopening a mine-?
So please stop generalising. If you despise the "extreme" views of such people, then how does taking an extreme opposite view help anyone? I think John hit the nail on the head. I think that caricatur
Topic: Reopening a mine-?
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 15/10/2012 07:53:37   Subject: Reopening a mine-?
Well said, John. I too was tiring of the unnecessarily negative rhetoric expressed here which I find as unrealistic as the alleged attitudes being moaned about! Caricatures have their place in debate,
Topic: Clogs Underground
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 09/10/2012 21:29:36   Subject: Clogs Underground
I often see single shoes on the hard shoulder of the M25.
Topic: Reigate sand mines and tunnels - 2001-2012
Peter Burgess

Forum: South East England   Posted: 30/09/2012 17:58:05   Subject: Reigate sand mines and tunnels - 2001-2012
Here is a newly uploaded sequence of images showing how the caves have been partly transformed by WCMS between 2001 and 2012:

[youtube]mZVvO1Cd5og[/youtube]
Topic: To Petzl or not to Petzl? American Alternatives?
Peter Burgess

Forum: SRT Equipment & Training   Posted: 07/09/2012 15:32:52   Subject: To Petzl or not to Petzl? American Alternatives?
Reading that lot, I am still trying to work out where the greatest level of dogma really lies..... ;)
Topic: Darkplaces website
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 07/09/2012 14:28:18   Subject: Darkplaces website
The site is now back up.
Topic: Longest UK mine through-trip?
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 30/08/2012 16:13:10   Subject: Longest UK mine through-trip?
Its impossible to be sure. Possibly under the downs at Reigate, or east of Bedlams, at the other corner of the old Chaldon parish where another quarry is known to have been worked.
Topic: Longest UK mine through-trip?
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 30/08/2012 11:51:57   Subject: Longest UK mine through-trip?
[quote="dwarrowdelf"][quote="christwigg"]

Although if you start faffing about in a bord and pillar workings mine you can easily reach hundreds of (identical) miles.[/quote]


Topic: Darkplaces website
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 28/08/2012 09:45:19   Subject: Darkplaces website
I just found the Facebook page where all is explained! :)
Topic: Darkplaces website
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 26/08/2012 23:20:28   Subject: Darkplaces website
Do any other Darkplaces members know what the problem is with the Darkplaces website at the moment? Is it a scheduled outage?
Topic: Archive winge
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 20/08/2012 08:24:28   Subject: Archive winge
Is it just coincidence that the appearance of lucrative charges more or less coincided with the huge rise in interest in genealogy? My early dives into archive research at record offices were quiet an
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