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Topic: Archaeology project on Alston moor
derrickman

Forum: North West England   Posted: 20/10/2009 14:02:52   Subject: Archaeology project on Alston moor
what, you mean they will look it up on Google Earth, and pay the "your house from the air" bloke for a couple of fly-overs?

all they need now is an academic with a comedy haircut, tatty bu
Topic: Archaeology project on Alston moor
derrickman

Forum: North West England   Posted: 20/10/2009 10:33:06   Subject: Archaeology project on Alston moor
what he means is "I have managed to secure some funding for something I don't personally know about, and the funding committee don't know either"

isn't the "peer review" process supposed, a
Topic: Levant Mine Disaster 90 years ago today.
derrickman

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 20/10/2009 10:21:17   Subject: Levant Mine Disaster 90 years ago today.
this is quite a good point. It's easy to generate a quick flurry of interest in men who, after all, are long gone with no living relatives.

There is nothing to achieve by it, because it is
Topic: Timber line
derrickman

Forum: North America   Posted: 19/10/2009 22:59:21   Subject: Timber line
Homestake Mine typically worked very large stopes, sometimes using a variant of what is now called sub-level caving. I visited it in the late 1970s and if was using a backfilling process, I don't know
Topic: For sale Headlamp
derrickman

Forum: For Sale! (and wanted / for swap)   Posted: 19/10/2009 13:30:58   Subject: For sale Headlamp
[quote="Tamarmole"][quote="wawa"]it seems very hot here, bu I think the color headlamp would be paly , you need the not so good explorations[/quote]

I think that goes without saying
Topic: Delabole quarry
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 18/10/2009 22:22:27   Subject: Delabole quarry
a common problem with the then-common fixed-term lease system; there is no incentive to invest in improvements unless they will show a profit within the term of the lease, rather than be a benefit to
Topic: Encouraging more use of the site?
derrickman

Forum: Site Updates, Suggestions & Corrections   Posted: 17/10/2009 15:50:42   Subject: Encouraging more use of the site?
'scots' spelling, a right ball of snakes. Essentially a phonetic spelling of the scots pronounciation.

There has always been a certain amount of it about, usually as 'character' detail on a
Topic: Encouraging more use of the site?
derrickman

Forum: Site Updates, Suggestions & Corrections   Posted: 17/10/2009 08:48:00   Subject: Encouraging more use of the site?
AN may not have a Welsh or Celtic agenda, but Celts sometimes do.. anyway, since when were Anglo-Saxons, Celts? Plus, "quocumque jeceris, stabit" is Latin, not Manx, and is first person singular - "wh
Topic: Penrhyn Railway rebuilding to start
derrickman

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 16/10/2009 22:00:16   Subject: Penrhyn Railway rebuilding to start
I quite fancy the idea of having a narrow-gauge steam railway in the garden.... an aunt of mine knew the Rev Teddy Boston and once took me to see his 'garden railway', which I thought was quite amazin
Topic: Penrhyn Railway rebuilding to start
derrickman

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 16/10/2009 21:39:40   Subject: Penrhyn Railway rebuilding to start
I don't actually think it would make any difference at all to property prices, and I don't believe it would make any difference to the woods either.

The point I was trying to make is that a
Topic: Penrhyn Railway rebuilding to start
derrickman

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 16/10/2009 14:27:37   Subject: Penrhyn Railway rebuilding to start
this is, of course, the difference of viewpoints which you are bound to see, on a site like this.

I would be inclined to feel that the chap who is concerned about the resale value of his ho
Topic: Penrhyn Railway rebuilding to start
derrickman

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 16/10/2009 12:48:25   Subject: Penrhyn Railway rebuilding to start
been having a scoot about on the Penryn website, interesting stuff. Some controversy about the repatriation and subsequent movements of Edward Sholto...

out of curiosity, the original Penr
Topic: China tightens its grip on Africa
derrickman

Forum: Rest of World   Posted: 14/10/2009 09:03:03   Subject: China tightens its grip on Africa
this is pretty much the point. China has a huge population with no idea of democracy at all. They have a culture which is only at best, two generations from mass starvation, and are quite happy to set
Topic: China tightens its grip on Africa
derrickman

Forum: Rest of World   Posted: 13/10/2009 21:20:03   Subject: China tightens its grip on Africa
as a closing note on prize money, I find that it was last paid in 1918 in the Royal Navy, although the captain and crew of the USS Omaha became the last American sailors to receive it as late as 1941
Topic: China tightens its grip on Africa
derrickman

Forum: Rest of World   Posted: 13/10/2009 21:09:27   Subject: China tightens its grip on Africa
can't agree with the comments about piracy.

prize-taking was widely practiced and well understood by all concerned. The 'Jack Aubrey' novels of Patrick O'Brien have a constant backdrop of t
Topic: China tightens its grip on Africa
derrickman

Forum: Rest of World   Posted: 13/10/2009 15:24:30   Subject: China tightens its grip on Africa
my experience is that China isn't interested in cheap labour and no HSE regulations, they have an unlimited supply of their own on both counts.

They also have language problems in that no-o
Topic: China tightens its grip on Africa
derrickman

Forum: Rest of World   Posted: 13/10/2009 14:42:11   Subject: China tightens its grip on Africa
[quote="ICLOK"]I agree... I have the same view after only 6 years working internationally. I got sick of seeing UK companies play by the rules to get caned by other countries who didn't give a toss ab
Topic: China tightens its grip on Africa
derrickman

Forum: Rest of World   Posted: 13/10/2009 12:33:14   Subject: China tightens its grip on Africa
I'm afraid that after 30-odd years in the expat oil and gas sector I have completely lost interest in the 'British sense of fair play'.

business is business, it's not a game.

th
Topic: China tightens its grip on Africa
derrickman

Forum: Rest of World   Posted: 13/10/2009 08:09:39   Subject: China tightens its grip on Africa
no news there, then

you don't see Chinese businessmen being dragged into court for laying on a Roller and some call-girls for a government official in some dodgy third-world country or othe
Topic: For sale Headlamp
derrickman

Forum: For Sale! (and wanted / for swap)   Posted: 12/10/2009 18:27:38   Subject: For sale Headlamp
there is that. It's not as though he is being offensive, and if anyone buys anything useless they have only themselves to blame.....

Topic: For sale Headlamp
derrickman

Forum: For Sale! (and wanted / for swap)   Posted: 12/10/2009 12:21:32   Subject: For sale Headlamp
[quote="ttxela"][quote="zhenzhen"]For Sale! (and wanted / for swap)
Things for sale... on topic please! Feel free to post your for sale and wants. [/quote]

I'd like to swap one of my L
Topic: For sale Headlamp
derrickman

Forum: For Sale! (and wanted / for swap)   Posted: 12/10/2009 09:54:19   Subject: For sale Headlamp
:ban:
Topic: Iinteresting object at Dorothea
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 09/10/2009 23:31:38   Subject: Iinteresting object at Dorothea
I'd agree that it doesn't look large enough to be a balance bob. I don't know enough about the details of the pump rod arrangements described to comment on that.

I would suggest that the 'h
Topic: Anyone fancy a job as an Ice Miner
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 09/10/2009 17:27:43   Subject: Anyone fancy a job as an Ice Miner
[quote="carnkie"][quote="ttxela"]Weren't the Russians seriously looking at mining Helium-3 on the moon?

Probably worth a bit more than water whilst you're up there with a shovel........ :)
Topic: Anyone fancy a job as an Ice Miner
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 09/10/2009 14:35:52   Subject: Anyone fancy a job as an Ice Miner
ice mining, or cutting, used to be practiced in the US and Canada - cut big blocks and store them in ice-houses for use during the summer.

bbrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr
Topic: From candles to ladders
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 09/10/2009 12:24:46   Subject: From candles to ladders
[quote="jagman"]My great uncle ran Plashetts Colliery up at Kielder for many years post war. He died long before I was born but both my mother and my aunt used to spend their school holidays up there
Topic: From candles to ladders
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 09/10/2009 10:15:57   Subject: From candles to ladders
this process has become much accelerated in quite recent times.

I first came to Cornwall in the early 70s, at that time it was nothing particularly unusual to meet old men showing various
Topic: Greens claim victory over coal power
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 08/10/2009 23:54:05   Subject: Greens claim victory over coal power
the substantive closure of British Coal was due to the Dash For Gas, rather than oil firing. I started working on gas pipelines in 1993 and it was my main source of work for the next ten years.
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Topic: Greens claim victory over coal power
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 08/10/2009 18:12:52   Subject: Greens claim victory over coal power
recession claims victory over new power station, more like.

Topic: Cwmystwyth: Underground access
derrickman

Forum: Mid Wales   Posted: 08/10/2009 18:10:32   Subject: Cwmystwyth: Underground access
I would wish Roy all the luck he would wish himself.

it's just that I have had past experience of the complex issues surrounding old mine workings, and my experience has tended to be that
Topic: Cwmystwyth: Underground access
derrickman

Forum: Mid Wales   Posted: 08/10/2009 16:16:59   Subject: Cwmystwyth: Underground access
Me? I don't have a problem. I don't have any connection with the project, or the site, and I've certainly got better things to do than argue with people on web boards.

I've simply made some
Topic: Cwmystwyth: Underground access
derrickman

Forum: Mid Wales   Posted: 08/10/2009 15:21:10   Subject: Cwmystwyth: Underground access
Crown Estates will have a legal responsibility to dispose of an asset, if such it can be called, of this scope and nature, to a credible purchaser.

If there are indeed problems such as it
Topic: Cwmystwyth: Underground access
derrickman

Forum: Mid Wales   Posted: 08/10/2009 14:26:38   Subject: Cwmystwyth: Underground access
I've just been reading the posts on this subject over at ME.

as has been rightly pointed out, some people view this through professional eyes and some, as enthusiastic amateurs.

Topic: A polite request regarding using abbreviated initials
derrickman

Forum: Site Updates, Suggestions & Corrections   Posted: 08/10/2009 13:59:35   Subject: A polite request regarding using abbreviated initials
to be fair though, this is quite a specialist forum and most people know what most things mean, most of the time.

with all due respect to newbies everywhere, I don't post things for their p
Topic: candle light trip
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 08/10/2009 10:12:05   Subject: candle light trip
that's true. I've noticed this at Combe Down, where I walk down the stairs into the roadways and go abruptly from daylight to caplamp.

civil engineering tunnels don't give this impression,
Topic: candle light trip
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 08/10/2009 09:09:19   Subject: candle light trip
[quote="Peter Burgess"]It's an excellent idea. I did this once with my two sons. We went into a mine with caplamps and when it was time to leave, we held a candle each and experienced how different it
Topic: candle light trip
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 07/10/2009 19:54:22   Subject: candle light trip
I've never looked at the small print but I would rather suspect that it wasn't consistent with BCA insurance.

it would be interesting as an experiment for a little while but more trouble th
Topic: Rock Hill Mine St Austell area.
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 07/10/2009 12:46:08   Subject: Rock Hill Mine St Austell area.
that may well be the origin of RH's trip, it is the sort of thing he would have concerned himself with in his consulting capacity
Topic: Rings
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 07/10/2009 09:32:15   Subject: Rings
there are always rings about, the question is what size and how many do you want?

a few years ago, the old-style bolted rings were cheap as chips because no-one wanted them any more, but t
Topic: Rings
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 07/10/2009 01:51:01   Subject: Rings
entirely a matter of cost. You can buy them from either Charcon http://www.tarmac.co.uk/Precast/charcontunnels.aspx or C V Buchan http://www.buchanconcrete.com/underground.htm if your budget runs to
Topic: Ingleborough Lead mines
derrickman

Forum: North East England   Posted: 06/10/2009 13:50:14   Subject: Ingleborough Lead mines
from recollection of walking around there, all there is to be seen is a jumble of overgrown rocks and crags, with some minor potholes. The area has a history of minor lead mining in the 18th-19th C
Topic: 'Proper' SRT Training Sessions
derrickman

Forum: SRT Equipment & Training   Posted: 05/10/2009 16:39:13   Subject: 'Proper' SRT Training Sessions
[quote="ttxela"]Somewhere in the Peak would be good but please don't arrange anything around me, I'm astonishingly busy the next few months and now it looks like I'm moving house too! :surrender:
Topic: Rock Hill Mine St Austell area.
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 05/10/2009 11:04:05   Subject: Rock Hill Mine St Austell area.
[quote="Imageo"]Even back in the mid-late 1970s most, if not all of the mine appeared to have been chewed up by the Rocks clay pit. I only had one trip down the pit around that time and did find a wi
Topic: Cwmystwyth: Underground access
derrickman

Forum: Mid Wales   Posted: 30/09/2009 13:03:14   Subject: Cwmystwyth: Underground access
I don't fully agree about the respective positions of carts and horses.

my suggestion would be, that to transfer a liabilty of this nature without a fully worked out plan of action to follo
Topic: Cwmystwyth: Underground access
derrickman

Forum: Mid Wales   Posted: 30/09/2009 08:44:51   Subject: Cwmystwyth: Underground access
I would suggest that "no public access other than legitimate explorers" is a phrase which would have little or no meaning in the eyes of the law.

there are clearly significant differences
Topic: What's your favourite book?
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 29/09/2009 19:21:15   Subject: What's your favourite book?
one book which I found at a jumble sale many years ago - G E Sandstrom's "History of Tunnelling", very interesting read. Never seen another copy.
Topic: Cwmystwyth: Underground access
derrickman

Forum: Mid Wales   Posted: 29/09/2009 18:17:22   Subject: Cwmystwyth: Underground access
from NAMHO;

5.3 Mining History/Caving Groups - development activities
[b][i]If activity at a mine includes a programme of restoration, conservation, maintenance or development affectin
Topic: Kirby thore gypsum mine
derrickman

Forum: North West England   Posted: 28/09/2009 17:45:59   Subject: Kirby thore gypsum mine
that's a general comment on gypsum mining. It's very dependent on he building trade, which of course is dead in the gutter at present.

production mining is the high-cost alternative to recy
Topic: Cwmystwyth: Underground access
derrickman

Forum: Mid Wales   Posted: 25/09/2009 23:37:19   Subject: Cwmystwyth: Underground access
my reading of MASHAM, from experience at Combe Down and elsewhere, is that ANY work would open the possibility of HMIM regarding the mine as 'working' if they saw fit to.

If you paid £1 for
Topic: Cwmystwyth: Underground access
derrickman

Forum: Mid Wales   Posted: 25/09/2009 12:11:29   Subject: Cwmystwyth: Underground access
I'm not sure about that. I've acted before now as Mine Surveyor for parties who simply wished to register and maintain an interest, and never even accessed the place.

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