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Posts by Peter Burgess

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Topic: New Member
Peter Burgess

Forum: New recruits!   Posted: 06/10/2010 07:55:14   Subject: New Member
Obvious really! We should have known from your accent and rich tan :)
Topic: Kent Mining remembered
Peter Burgess

Forum: South East England   Posted: 05/10/2010 23:10:29   Subject: Kent Mining remembered
A bit old, but a good report.

[url]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=slJHVpcosAs&NR=1[/url]
Topic: Dover - Martin Mill Mineral Railway
Peter Burgess

Forum: Mine Tramways and Railways   Posted: 05/10/2010 22:55:19   Subject: Dover - Martin Mill Mineral Railway
And here's a film of the ropeway in action.

[url]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PLH00zaqs_s[/url]
Topic: Upper (Dinas) Silica Mine
Peter Burgess

Forum: South Wales   Posted: 05/10/2010 11:13:57   Subject: Upper (Dinas) Silica Mine
Have you been to Big Pit? Just off the Heads of the Valleys road and a good couple of hours needed.
Topic: New Member
Peter Burgess

Forum: New recruits!   Posted: 04/10/2010 14:00:47   Subject: New Member
Hello Robyn - what are your interests? Which mines do you visit?
Topic: Large artefact identification help please.
Peter Burgess

Forum: North East England   Posted: 03/10/2010 17:32:34   Subject: Large artefact identification help please.
Is it a retort of some kind?
Topic: Hidden Earth Mining Photo competition
Peter Burgess

Forum: Events   Posted: 29/09/2010 23:02:36   Subject: Hidden Earth Mining Photo competition
Sorry I couldn't get there this year, Les. Domestics, and all that, you know. :(
Topic: Port Talbot & Tata
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 28/09/2010 12:04:56   Subject: Port Talbot & Tata
It's worth remembering that this wouldn't be the first time that miners from Poland came to Britain to work in the mines. Were there not a significant number of Poles in Cornwall?
Topic: Port Talbot & Tata
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 28/09/2010 11:15:21   Subject: Port Talbot & Tata
Would you prefer to have no low-labour cost industry then? Because if we didn't grow the soft fruit here, it would be grown somewhere else. The profits from the trade are taxed so there is some benefi
Topic: Port Talbot & Tata
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 28/09/2010 10:26:22   Subject: Port Talbot & Tata
Well, if it isn't going to be pulled, here's my thinking.

1) I loathe the awful generalisations that are resorted to when some people make scathing comments about people on benefits, or who
Topic: Hidden Earth Mining Photo competition
Peter Burgess

Forum: Events   Posted: 27/09/2010 19:18:36   Subject: Hidden Earth Mining Photo competition
Amen! :thumbsup:
Topic: Lux, Lumens, bla bla explained
Peter Burgess

Forum: Lamps & Lighting   Posted: 23/09/2010 14:22:55   Subject: Lux, Lumens, bla bla explained
Thank you, that's nice and concise.
Topic: Access at Nenthead
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 23/09/2010 09:13:09   Subject: Access at Nenthead
[quote="moorlandmineral"]Simply talking about 'Gas Axes' as being a way to get into a blocked mine makes a basic assumption that any attempt to seal the mines would involve a gate. There are far more
Topic: Access at Nenthead
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 22/09/2010 16:37:23   Subject: Access at Nenthead
If all you need to open the gates is a spanner, then I would hardly call them "locked". Secured would be a more appropriate (and acceptable?) word.
Topic: Best innovations for the mine explorer...
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 07/09/2010 08:44:18   Subject: Best innovations for the mine explorer...
For me, without a doubt, the best recent(ish) innovation for use underground is digital photography.
Topic: Cononish Gold Mine
Peter Burgess

Forum: Scotland   Posted: 19/08/2010 22:00:31   Subject: Cononish Gold Mine
I guess we will just have to cut public spending a little bit more instead as generating wealth from mineral resources is clearly not going to be encouraged as a way to reduce national debt.
Topic: Support Caphouse Colliery - Problems on the horizon
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 19/08/2010 20:50:36   Subject: Support Caphouse Colliery - Problems on the horizon
I don't know about other MPs but I know for a fact that our new Tory MP is exactly the same as the previous Labour one. Any reply to a letter is a 'toe-the-party-line-cos-I-am-incapable-of-having-an-o
Topic: Heritage Open days
Peter Burgess

Forum: Events   Posted: 19/08/2010 10:18:32   Subject: Heritage Open days
[quote="derrickman"]
I'd suggest you discourage the whole issue. Any job I've ever been on that was visited by a Cabinet Minister was closed or cancelled a week later....[/quote]

[b]FO
Topic: Heritage Open days
Peter Burgess

Forum: Events   Posted: 18/08/2010 14:09:40   Subject: Heritage Open days
Straying off topic, but salmonella infected eggs would have been more apt last Saturday!
Topic: Heritage Open days
Peter Burgess

Forum: Events   Posted: 18/08/2010 13:31:40   Subject: Heritage Open days
Would you like to carry the board about again next time?

PS. Any ex-cabinet ministers reading this, please come and see us - but let us know so we are ready for you next time! :angel:
Topic: Heritage Open days
Peter Burgess

Forum: Events   Posted: 17/08/2010 15:11:15   Subject: Heritage Open days
Barons' Cave Reigate, although not a mine, is opened by WCMS under the scheme (donations instead of entry charge), on the same day as the sand mines in Tunnel Road Reigate (entry charge), which are no
Topic: Can you identify this mine?
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 12/08/2010 20:34:20   Subject: Can you identify this mine?
[quote="derrickman"]don't agree. You could take a very similar picture at any number of coal mines. There are various details which appear to differ, others have been omitted or have been so altered
Topic: When Britain Went to War - 4OD
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 09/08/2010 21:23:32   Subject: When Britain Went to War - 4OD
Could it happen today, what with mobile phones/cameras, ubiquitous camcorders, Twitter, etc etc. G20 riots last year showed that public dissemination of images cannot be ignored. Miners' strike footag
Topic: MOFP
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 09/08/2010 15:21:20   Subject: MOFP
Obvious really! Thanks.
Topic: MOFP
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 09/08/2010 14:18:44   Subject: MOFP
That's them! I am only curious because one of the people who had one yesterday collects lamps, and he didn't know.
Topic: MOFP
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 09/08/2010 13:45:22   Subject: MOFP
Someone will know this. I was shown a couple of old hand-held electric mine (?) lamps yesterday with the initials MOFP on them. Does this mean Ministry of Finance and Planning? In which case why would
Topic: Mushroom Growing at Godstone
Peter Burgess

Forum: South East England   Posted: 04/08/2010 15:04:45   Subject: Mushroom Growing at Godstone
I don't for one moment expect any of the current AditNow members to be able to help with this, but by posting it up I like to think that one day somebody doing an internet search might pick it up and
Topic: Pits, Mines and Collieries
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 04/08/2010 10:44:45   Subject: Pits, Mines and Collieries
[quote="Peter Burgess"]A very few underground sites also were referred to as 'pits' but probably by association with an openwork. Godstone Village sand-pit had some underground workings but I am strug
Topic: Pits, Mines and Collieries
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 03/08/2010 15:12:29   Subject: Pits, Mines and Collieries
.... and although a [b]collier[/b] can be variously defined as someone who produces charcoal, or someone who mines coal, or a ship that carries coal, a [b]colliery[/b] seems to be simply a coal mine.
Topic: Pits, Mines and Collieries
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 03/08/2010 14:59:41   Subject: Pits, Mines and Collieries
The iron mines in the Brendon Hills were named 'pits', possibly because of their association with the Ebbw Vale Company that owned them.
Topic: Pits, Mines and Collieries
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 03/08/2010 14:52:50   Subject: Pits, Mines and Collieries
A very few underground sites also were referred to as 'pits' but probably by association with an openwork. Godstone Village sand-pit had some underground workings but I am struggling to think of anoth
Topic: Pits, Mines and Collieries
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 03/08/2010 14:46:08   Subject: Pits, Mines and Collieries
The South East is full of chalk-pits, clay-pits, sand-pits, marl-pits, mine-pits, fullers earth pits, gravel-pits - virtually all open works for miscellaneous "minerals". The name is specific to loca
Topic: Book Con!
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 23/07/2010 20:36:06   Subject: Book Con!
You can have the quiet satisfaction of knowing that when it arrives, they will have the inconvenience of disposing of it.
Topic: Book Con!
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 23/07/2010 19:48:48   Subject: Book Con!
Back to the original post - didn't you think it odd that the website doesn't tell you who the author is? Most of the genuine books listed have an author, editor or compiler. Something else to trigger
Topic: Book Con!
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 23/07/2010 13:11:50   Subject: Book Con!
ISBNs only require a payment to the appropriate agency. They are allocated in blocks to publishers.
Topic: Anybody doing anything this weekend?
Peter Burgess

Forum: Exploration Chat   Posted: 23/07/2010 11:31:17   Subject: Anybody doing anything this weekend?
Did Paul Fairman return the favour, then? ::)
Topic: Asbestos - hazard underground
Peter Burgess

Forum: Exploration Chat   Posted: 23/07/2010 11:20:36   Subject: Asbestos - hazard underground
I actually was thinking of surface activities, but of course it equally applies underground. I was thinking of stuff like restoration of mine sites where boilers and engines were sited (engine houses)
Topic: Book Con!
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 23/07/2010 10:11:32   Subject: Book Con!
The "book" appears on ABE many times. Another "description" is:

[quote]Format: Other. Brand New, Perfect Condition. We Ship From Our Fulfillment Centers in the US, Canada, Europe, and Japan
Topic: Book Con!
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 23/07/2010 09:09:11   Subject: Book Con!
I just searched ABE for cwt y bugail and think I found the "book" in question. The description is

[quote]Brand New Book with Free Worldwide Delivery ***** Print on Demand *****. Bookseller
Topic: Finding a buried manhole.
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 22/07/2010 18:30:24   Subject: Finding a buried manhole.
One suggestion that hasn't come up yet: tell Channel 4 that there is an as yet undiscovered Roman fart there, and the Time Team will be down like a shot. They'll dig it up until the manhole comes to l
Topic: Asbestos mining
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 22/07/2010 16:02:29   Subject: Asbestos mining
I do wonder sometimes how many of us have put ourselves at risk messing about with old engines and boilers without realising it. :(
Topic: Finding a buried manhole.
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 22/07/2010 14:58:37   Subject: Finding a buried manhole.
Re Dowsing. Would you recommend M&S hangers or would Primark ones do?
Topic: Finding a buried manhole.
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 21/07/2010 20:26:05   Subject: Finding a buried manhole.
If it is a cast iron lid and not a flimsy thin steel cover, then a Suunto compass will be deflected by it. Perhaps by only a degree or so, so you would need to know what you were doing. It would take
Topic: Ghost Croft Mine Mullion Cornwall
Peter Burgess

Forum: South West England   Posted: 09/07/2010 09:13:23   Subject: Ghost Croft Mine Mullion Cornwall
I'd need to check, but I have read something about this site. I think it was in Hamilton-Jenkin's volume on the Lizard.
Topic: English Heritage draft consultation.
Peter Burgess

Forum: Mining Heritage   Posted: 16/06/2010 20:46:41   Subject: English Heritage draft consultation.
I don't think it's luck.
Topic: English Heritage draft consultation.
Peter Burgess

Forum: Mining Heritage   Posted: 16/06/2010 20:32:17   Subject: English Heritage draft consultation.
The principal source of annoyance I find in the EH-bashing is that it has identified for me a risk that we could alienate a very helpful body which could do a great deal on our behalf in recognition o
Topic: English Heritage draft consultation.
Peter Burgess

Forum: Mining Heritage   Posted: 16/06/2010 20:17:31   Subject: English Heritage draft consultation.
I am the coordinator for my club's activities in the underground sites in Reigate, which are primarily public tours. Two of these sites are SAMs, one being medieval. EH have always taken a hands off a
Topic: English Heritage draft consultation.
Peter Burgess

Forum: Mining Heritage   Posted: 16/06/2010 17:53:25   Subject: English Heritage draft consultation.
There's nothing like making up your mind before the event to scupper the chances of an initiative working. Fun, isn't it?
Topic: English Heritage draft consultation.
Peter Burgess

Forum: Mining Heritage   Posted: 16/06/2010 17:00:34   Subject: English Heritage draft consultation.
Let's start a scare-mongering thread, shall we?
Topic: English Heritage draft consultation.
Peter Burgess

Forum: Mining Heritage   Posted: 16/06/2010 13:15:43   Subject: English Heritage draft consultation.
This forum has its fair share of keyboard warriors, and it's not unique in that respect. It's all so easy to put a body like EH down, not so easy to pull your finger out and find a way to use powerful
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