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Posts by Peter Burgess

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Topic: Google Book-club
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 01/02/2010 14:07:12   Subject: Google Book-club
Oh well - that's the end of that little competition then!
Topic: Google Book-club
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 01/02/2010 13:07:57   Subject: Google Book-club
So here is a challenge. What is the oldest item in Google Books that you have found with good mine-related information?
Topic: Borrowdale Graphite Mine
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 31/01/2010 11:47:19   Subject: Borrowdale Graphite Mine
[quote="Tamarmole"][
I seem to recall traversing over a bloody great 'ole clipped in to a ratty bit of in situ tat.[/quote]

You should take up writing rigging guides with such evocati
Topic: Google Book-club
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 30/01/2010 23:42:46   Subject: Google Book-club
I have found Google Books can turn up some interesting surprises. When searching, especially for older volumes, remember that the scanning software used will usually have read the old style letter s a
Topic: How deep was Grimethorpe Colliery?
Peter Burgess

Forum: North East England   Posted: 20/01/2010 16:28:47   Subject: How deep was Grimethorpe Colliery?
Did Alan get his information, and was it broadcast?
Topic: How deep was Grimethorpe Colliery?
Peter Burgess

Forum: North East England   Posted: 19/01/2010 15:13:58   Subject: How deep was Grimethorpe Colliery?
Let's hope that if someone says the workings extended for, say, a mile, we don't get the old chestnut "mile-deep workings". ::)
Topic: Swanage quarries, 1911 (photo)
Peter Burgess

Forum: South West England   Posted: 18/01/2010 23:42:08   Subject: Swanage quarries, 1911 (photo)
This is a quarr cart, like the one in the 1911 picture. The design of the wheels, which were all mounted separately ie each wheel was mounted in a pair of bearings with no axle joining them as a pair
Topic: Swanage quarries, 1911 (photo)
Peter Burgess

Forum: South West England   Posted: 18/01/2010 23:29:06   Subject: Swanage quarries, 1911 (photo)
The one close to the lighthouse track I think we knew as "New Vein Quarry" when we visited it.
Topic: Swanage quarries, 1911 (photo)
Peter Burgess

Forum: South West England   Posted: 18/01/2010 23:20:07   Subject: Swanage quarries, 1911 (photo)
No, I don't think it is. The preserved one I was privileged to be able to visit and survey for the country park when it was dug open. That is a quarry on the outcrop - the shaft follows the beds - the
Topic: Croesor & other mines on S4C (viewable online)
Peter Burgess

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 18/01/2010 23:12:00   Subject: Croesor & other mines on S4C (viewable online)
I've never heard it called that before - was that its official title?
Topic: Croesor & other mines on S4C (viewable online)
Peter Burgess

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 18/01/2010 23:00:04   Subject: Croesor & other mines on S4C (viewable online)
I was amazed to find that Dinas is not in the database! There are countless pokey little mines in Wales that are here, of which I doubt there are any remains left whatsoever, yet Dinas, working till t
Topic: Welsh Highland Railway
Peter Burgess

Forum: Mine Tramways and Railways   Posted: 15/01/2010 22:20:15   Subject: Welsh Highland Railway
[quote="AndyC"]I my opinion yes it is.

To take your example, it is highly unlikely that a road was fine to use by all vehicles, then someone put in an exceptionally steep hill, so causing
Topic: Welsh Highland Railway
Peter Burgess

Forum: Mine Tramways and Railways   Posted: 15/01/2010 21:59:30   Subject: Welsh Highland Railway
But why is it unreasonable? There are countless "Cyclists are advised to dismount" signs all over the country in places where there are permanent dangers, like exceptionally steep hills, for example.
Topic: Welsh Highland Railway
Peter Burgess

Forum: Mine Tramways and Railways   Posted: 15/01/2010 20:11:56   Subject: Welsh Highland Railway
If there are signs, in two languages, road markings, and goodness knows what else to advise and guide the cyclists where to go, then if they choose to ignore all of that, who should be accountable for
Topic: Rockshaw Quarry
Peter Burgess

Forum: South East England   Posted: 13/01/2010 23:42:17   Subject: Rockshaw Quarry
I have tried to be slightly vague with some Surrey sites so as to respect sensitivities of owners etc. A generic name like Merstham, Chaldon, Godstone allows interesting historical info and photos to
Topic: Rockshaw Quarry
Peter Burgess

Forum: South East England   Posted: 13/01/2010 23:37:27   Subject: Rockshaw Quarry
No problem. Comments now added. That's what regional editors are for!
Topic: Rockshaw Quarry
Peter Burgess

Forum: South East England   Posted: 13/01/2010 23:31:53   Subject: Rockshaw Quarry
Er, no, but good idea. These are cavers names for sites that historically were probably only ever known as Merstham and Chaldon quarries.
Topic: Rockshaw Quarry
Peter Burgess

Forum: South East England   Posted: 13/01/2010 23:03:30   Subject: Rockshaw Quarry
Likewise Quarry Dene - part of Merstham Quarry
Topic: Rockshaw Quarry
Peter Burgess

Forum: South East England   Posted: 13/01/2010 23:01:45   Subject: Rockshaw Quarry
Likewise Football Field Quarry which is already there as Merstham Quarry.
Topic: Rockshaw Quarry
Peter Burgess

Forum: South East England   Posted: 13/01/2010 22:59:57   Subject: Rockshaw Quarry
I have just deleted this quarry which has just been added - it is already there as Chaldon Quarries.
Topic: Croesor & other mines on S4C (viewable online)
Peter Burgess

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 13/01/2010 19:31:04   Subject: Croesor - really?
[quote="royfellows"][quote="Peter Burgess"]Give credit to some film-makers, though. The BBC made a good effort filming underground for a series coming out soon on the Natural History Museum, as faithf
Topic: Croesor & other mines on S4C (viewable online)
Peter Burgess

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 13/01/2010 15:17:17   Subject: Croesor - really?
Give credit to some film-makers, though. The BBC made a good effort filming underground for a series coming out soon on the Natural History Museum, as faithful as they could be when visiting the WW2 s
Topic: Weather Lore and Superstitions
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 12/01/2010 15:35:21   Subject: Weather Lore and Superstitions
I have a book written about the 1891 blizzard. It concentrates on the SW but might give a more general picture.
Topic: Weather Lore and Superstitions
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 11/01/2010 22:16:28   Subject: Weather Lore and Superstitions
If it's sunny and raining at the same time, then it's a monkey's birthday.
Topic: Running out of road salt...
Peter Burgess

Forum: Scotland   Posted: 10/01/2010 14:25:25   Subject: Running out of road salt...
Some caution with the wich (or wick) ending - it can also just mean a farm. Sussex has a number of wick placenames, Gatwick being the well-known one (although this is historically in Surrey). Now, the
Topic: Running out of road salt...
Peter Burgess

Forum: Scotland   Posted: 10/01/2010 14:09:29   Subject: Running out of road salt...
[quote="ICLOK"]And those those that would seek to oppress us for their own ends namely power! >:( [/quote]... who we (some of us) vote for. Like I said .....
Topic: Welsh Coal Mines Forum
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 10/01/2010 14:07:45   Subject: Welsh Coal Mines Forum
Trust me to want to check something on the same day as it goes down!
Topic: Looking after the pit ponies
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 10/01/2010 14:06:52   Subject: Looking after the pit ponies
Sorry, I'm a bit thick sometimes on technical matters - I only work in IT. :)
Topic: Looking after the pit ponies
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 10/01/2010 13:42:57   Subject: Looking after the pit ponies
Are you both signed up to YouTube? I'm not, and I can't see any download options as a visitor.
Topic: Running out of road salt...
Peter Burgess

Forum: Scotland   Posted: 10/01/2010 13:41:51   Subject: Running out of road salt...
The only thing we need to fear is ourselves.
Topic: Looking after the pit ponies
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 10/01/2010 13:14:59   Subject: Looking after the pit ponies
No, I don't think so, but you can make three videos run together in sequence in YouTube somehow.
Topic: Running out of road salt...
Peter Burgess

Forum: Scotland   Posted: 10/01/2010 13:12:50   Subject: Running out of road salt...
I am aware that just a very few investigative journos have taken the trouble to read the whole lot, and the context in which they were written, and concluded that they were largely taken out of contex
Topic: Running out of road salt...
Peter Burgess

Forum: Scotland   Posted: 10/01/2010 12:31:26   Subject: Running out of road salt...
At the risk of starting a political debate, have you actually read through the suspect emails or are you just happy to believe what the media tell you?
Topic: Welsh Coal Mines Forum
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 10/01/2010 12:27:27   Subject: Welsh Coal Mines Forum
Is there any more news on this? Thanks.
Topic: Looking after the pit ponies
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 10/01/2010 09:44:03   Subject: Looking after the pit ponies
Thank you Carnkie. Films like that are rare and this one is a gem.
Topic: Running out of road salt...
Peter Burgess

Forum: Scotland   Posted: 09/01/2010 21:15:01   Subject: Running out of road salt...
Thanks for this, Sougher. There are some other wich places I can think of near salt water. Sandwich and Woolwich are two that come to mind immediately. But what about Bromwich?
Topic: Running out of road salt...
Peter Burgess

Forum: Scotland   Posted: 09/01/2010 17:36:52   Subject: Running out of road salt...
It's a rubbish picture, and would never win a competition since there is nobody in it for scale.
Topic: Looking after the pit ponies
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 08/01/2010 22:22:05   Subject: Looking after the pit ponies
OK, it's the shape of the white "blaze" (is that the right word?) on the horse's head.
Topic: Running out of road salt...
Peter Burgess

Forum: Scotland   Posted: 08/01/2010 22:17:42   Subject: Running out of road salt...
Brilliant! I can go to bed now. :thumbsup:
Topic: Running out of road salt...
Peter Burgess

Forum: Scotland   Posted: 08/01/2010 22:11:25   Subject: Running out of road salt...
I've been trying to find the hi-res copy of that image I was looking at on Wednesday (?). I think it was on NASAs site. If I find it, I'll post the link - that's the one to look at!
Topic: Running out of road salt...
Peter Burgess

Forum: Scotland   Posted: 08/01/2010 21:47:53   Subject: Running out of road salt...
I love that photo. You can just about make out one or two places where there is no snow.
Topic: Running out of road salt...
Peter Burgess

Forum: Scotland   Posted: 08/01/2010 21:26:46   Subject: Running out of road salt...
[quote="royfellows"]If you are refering to me Peter, we are in complete agreement.

Yes, its politics.

NOT science.[/quote]

Only if you want it to be, Roy.
Topic: Running out of road salt...
Peter Burgess

Forum: Scotland   Posted: 08/01/2010 21:21:02   Subject: Running out of road salt...
Personally, I'd rather those who like screwing up a good message board with politics did so somewhere else. This site is a breath of fresh air where we can all be real anoraks together.
Topic: Running out of road salt...
Peter Burgess

Forum: Scotland   Posted: 08/01/2010 21:16:06   Subject: Running out of road salt...
The ignorant masses? You mean those who have no concept of what constitutes good science, or bad science, and can't see how manipulative people with every incentive to do nothing will do or say anythi
Topic: Looking after the pit ponies
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 08/01/2010 21:01:06   Subject: Looking after the pit ponies
Can you see why he was called Stockings?
Topic: Looking after the pit ponies
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 08/01/2010 20:45:29   Subject: Looking after the pit ponies
Here is Stockings, Surrey's last pit pony.

[img]http://www.wcms.org.uk/images/colley_hill_hearthstone_mr.jpg[/img]

© Michael Ross
Alfred Turrell and Stockings the horse haul
Topic: Looking after the pit ponies
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 07/01/2010 11:29:36   Subject: Looking after the pit ponies
Who cared for the ponies during strikes and lock-outs?
Topic: Weather Warning
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 06/01/2010 14:44:18   Subject: Weather Warning
Apart from the stations like Tyndrum, does anyone recognise any of the locations? I saw a bit of third rail but it could have been anywhere on the Southern.
Topic: Weather Warning
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 06/01/2010 13:21:49   Subject: Weather Warning
This seems like an opportune moment to post up again one of my favourite Youtube films, for anyone who didn't catch it last time:

[url]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cl4pJwcE7JI[/url]
Topic: Weather Warning
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 06/01/2010 13:17:11   Subject: Weather Warning
Perhaps he was remembering snow ploughs on the railways, which were far more important than the roads at that time?
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