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Posts by Peter Burgess

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Topic: Devon Great Consols Railway
Peter Burgess

Forum: South West England   Posted: 22/11/2009 11:10:13   Subject: Devon Great Consols Railway
Possibly because they don't have the proceeds of an exceptionally profitable copper mine to fund the work?
Topic: Castle-an-Dinas
Peter Burgess

Forum: South West England   Posted: 20/11/2009 14:22:43   Subject: Castle-an-Dinas
Likewise. The broader the perspective, the better the view.
Topic: Castle-an-Dinas
Peter Burgess

Forum: South West England   Posted: 20/11/2009 13:42:31   Subject: Castle-an-Dinas
[quote="derrickman"]that's a matter of point of view. I don't actually get particularly excited about broken pipestems and clog prints, but a bloody big slot in a hill is the essence of what the place
Topic: Castle-an-Dinas
Peter Burgess

Forum: South West England   Posted: 19/11/2009 22:11:32   Subject: Castle-an-Dinas
Does it have a bucket?
Topic: Castle-an-Dinas
Peter Burgess

Forum: South West England   Posted: 19/11/2009 21:49:16   Subject: Castle-an-Dinas
Has anyone put the Kimmeridge oil mine in the database yet? Or is it a quarry? Actually, I know there is a shale mine there, but I mean the thing with the nodding donkey.
Topic: Castle-an-Dinas
Peter Burgess

Forum: South West England   Posted: 19/11/2009 19:50:29   Subject: Castle-an-Dinas
I was referring to fullers earth and ball clay, both of which have been mined. Have there been any subterranean china clay mines?
Topic: Castle-an-Dinas
Peter Burgess

Forum: South West England   Posted: 19/11/2009 17:15:02   Subject: Castle-an-Dinas
A bit like all the River Avons. Imagine the Saxons interrogating the wily local Brit.

"Excuse me, my good man, what do you call this?"

"That, my friend, we call 'afon'"

Topic: Castle-an-Dinas
Peter Burgess

Forum: South West England   Posted: 19/11/2009 16:12:24   Subject: Castle-an-Dinas
Just consider yourself lucky that all you have to really think about in Derbyshire is mines!
Topic: Castle-an-Dinas
Peter Burgess

Forum: South West England   Posted: 19/11/2009 14:32:53   Subject: Castle-an-Dinas
What about sand, clays, and maybe gypsum - none need (much) concentration, but all are/have been worked (in modern parlance) from mines as well as open pits.
Topic: Castle-an-Dinas
Peter Burgess

Forum: South West England   Posted: 19/11/2009 14:12:48   Subject: Castle-an-Dinas
All the sand and fullers earth excavations near Redhill were always called pits by us. Now they always seem to be referred to as quarries. It's very confusing when you google for Merstham quarry to be
Topic: Castle-an-Dinas
Peter Burgess

Forum: South West England   Posted: 19/11/2009 13:39:52   Subject: Castle-an-Dinas
Let's just call it a pit and be done with it.
Topic: Who has the oldest copy of Dines??
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 11/11/2009 17:15:44   Subject: Who has the oldest copy of Dines??
Ah - that makes sense now. The rampant inflation from 1968 to 1975 makes my purchase cheap in comparison, even though the cover price was the same. Mine is a Second edition, so anyone with a First edi
Topic: aller mine Devon
Peter Burgess

Forum: South West England   Posted: 11/11/2009 17:13:19   Subject: aller mine Devon
Hmm. Maybe that's what I paid too. Twas about 1975. It seemed cheap to me, and I was a student as well!
Topic: aller mine Devon
Peter Burgess

Forum: South West England   Posted: 11/11/2009 16:58:30   Subject: aller mine Devon
I bought mine in the early 70s from what was the Geological Museum at the original cover price in shillings. I can't remember how much, but it wasn't a lot!
Topic: The Thames Tunnel
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 11/11/2009 16:31:08   Subject: The Thames Tunnel
Another good find:

[url]http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=H4cOAAAAYAAJ&pg=PT10&dq=%22THames+Tunnel%22&as_brr=1#v=onepage&q=&f=false[/url]

Also, don't forget that Trevithick almo
Topic: The Thames Tunnel
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 11/11/2009 16:21:49   Subject: The Thames Tunnel
Maybe the J&B connection is not true - I can't find the ref I thought I had read recently. However, I did find this:

[url]http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/obituaries/article5785502.
Topic: The Thames Tunnel
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 11/11/2009 16:11:24   Subject: The Thames Tunnel
[quote="JR"]With the talk of Brunel's involvement the point needs to be made that the project was undertaken by Isembard's father Marc Brunel (and bearing in mind the recent thread re. the BNP an immi
Topic: The Thames Tunnel
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 11/11/2009 15:19:21   Subject: The Thames Tunnel
Fair enough, but I wondwr if there was insufficient dialogue between the parties in advance of the work. It's not as if the historical importance of the site was not recognised. Or maybe it wasn't?
Topic: The Thames Tunnel
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 11/11/2009 14:34:57   Subject: The Thames Tunnel
I quite agree with much of what you say, but perhaps don't blame the conservation lobby for your loss of earnings but the project managers (or whoever) who might not have allowed sufficiently for the
Topic: The Thames Tunnel
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 11/11/2009 13:58:46   Subject: The Thames Tunnel
[quote="derrickman"]at this point a major problem occurred; the structure was cursed with some kind of Listed status, and the yoghurt knitters and Guardian-readers from EH descended in force :guns:
Topic: Divining-rods
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 06/11/2009 16:59:36   Subject: Divining-rods
You are not wrong.... ;)
Topic: Divining-rods
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 06/11/2009 10:58:11   Subject: Divining-rods
What I loathe about the smug Dawkins is that some people revere him like some kind of deity....
Topic: Good causes wanted for calendar profits!
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 02/11/2009 19:54:13   Subject: Good causes wanted for calendar profits!
Good idea. I'll get all WCMS members to register on the site and vote for their favourite charity of which they are proud to be a member. ;D
Topic: General view (photo) Portquin antimony
Peter Burgess

Forum: South West England   Posted: 02/11/2009 19:52:19   Subject: General view (photo) Portquin antimony
I can't recall where my identification came from, but I would think it was Hamilton-Jenkin. I can check if you like.
Topic: General view (photo) Portquin antimony
Peter Burgess

Forum: South West England   Posted: 02/11/2009 11:46:47   Subject: General view (photo) Portquin antimony
...replace this line with your message...

Photograph:

[link]PORTQUIN-ANTIMONY-Mine-User-Album-Image-43154[linkphoto]PORTQUIN-ANTIMONY-Mine-User-Album-Image-43154[/linkphoto][/lin
Topic: Llangollen Query
Peter Burgess

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 22/10/2009 20:03:29   Subject: Llangollen Query
My first thought was a foundry but I have no knowledge of the area to follow up the theory.
Topic: Levant Mine Disaster 90 years ago today.
Peter Burgess

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 20/10/2009 11:39:43   Subject: Levant Mine Disaster 90 years ago today.
One way to remember is to try and appreciate the event at a human level. Technology moves on, employment standards change, business methods are superceded, but one thing that does not change is the hu
Topic: Penrhyn Railway rebuilding to start
Peter Burgess

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 16/10/2009 19:03:01   Subject: Penrhyn Railway rebuilding to start
[quote="derrickman"]... while I don't believe it would make much difference given the number of trains actually likely to run, it certainly won't benefit the woods. ...
[/quote]

Having
Topic: Penrhyn Railway rebuilding to start
Peter Burgess

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 16/10/2009 18:47:57   Subject: Penrhyn Railway rebuilding to start
[quote="JohnnearCfon"]The current timetabled journey time for a round trip from Caernarfon to Hafod-y-Llyn and back is 4 hours, and that only includes a minimum time running round at Hafod-y-Llyn.[/qu
Topic: For sale Headlamp
Peter Burgess

Forum: For Sale! (and wanted / for swap)   Posted: 13/10/2009 18:29:09   Subject: For sale Headlamp


Novel carbide lamps? Look no further. [url]http://www.wcms.org.uk/pages/u2nl1986_2.shtml#novel_carbide_summer1986[/url] Don't forget to click on the image for construction details. Warning
Topic: Here we go again..
Peter Burgess

Forum: South West England   Posted: 12/10/2009 15:51:39   Subject: Here we go again..
The geothermal set up in Southampton doesn't get much attention. That particular source is limited, unfortunately.
[url]http://www.utilicom.co.uk/documents/SGHCBrochure211107.pdf[/url]

Topic: Encouraging more use of the site?
Peter Burgess

Forum: Site Updates, Suggestions & Corrections   Posted: 12/10/2009 14:09:25   Subject: Encouraging more use of the site?
Hmmm. I must change my sig sometime 8)
Topic: Anything interesting around Dartmoor?
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 09/10/2009 19:21:24   Subject: Anything interesting around Dartmoor?
If you need something to do on a day that is just too wild to go up onto the moors, take a walk down the Tavistock Canal from Tavistock towards Morwell Down. There might even be a nice warm teashop op
Topic: Cwmystwyth: Underground access
Peter Burgess

Forum: Mid Wales   Posted: 08/10/2009 18:29:54   Subject: Cwmystwyth: Underground access
[quote="royfellows"]Just a thought....
It has been commented on that my nature is often to do things and then tell people about them afterwards.

I wonder why..........................[
Topic: candle light trip
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 07/10/2009 23:04:21   Subject: candle light trip
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 was trying to find you
Topic: Encouraging more use of the site?
Peter Burgess

Forum: Site Updates, Suggestions & Corrections   Posted: 06/10/2009 18:53:18   Subject: Encouraging more use of the site?
[quote="Digit"]Could I suggest that perhaps the current quiet phase is because many of the existing registered users have completed the task of uploading their stock of existing material. I would exp
Topic: Rails Rails and More Rails
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 02/10/2009 00:30:09   Subject: Rails Rails and More Rails
Thanks SBT for your interesting ideas.

Re 1805 - it is just as likely that the plan, which was entirely a private venture remember, failed through lack of investment. I think there are reco
Topic: Rails Rails and More Rails
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 01/10/2009 22:35:02   Subject: Rails Rails and More Rails
I have replaced the photo of the rail with one notch with a new one taken since, which shows the end much better. See above.
Topic: Good causes wanted for calendar profits!
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 30/09/2009 18:10:34   Subject: Good causes wanted for calendar profits!
Looks like you are spoilt for choice! I'd hate to have to make the decision now. ;D
Topic: What's your favourite book?
Peter Burgess

Forum: South West England   Posted: 30/09/2009 18:08:14   Subject: What's your favourite book?
I honestly can't decide which book would be the most "essential".

If it were a choice of what single book to take away for 6 months, I might choose "Cheltenham Stone , The Whittington Quar
Topic: Asbeostos Mine
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 30/09/2009 12:14:40   Subject: Asbeostos Mine
[url]http://www.wcms.org.uk/cgi-bin/wcmsgallery.pl?imgno=412[/url]

Is this the place we are talking about? The cave that is, not the level.
Topic: What makes a good photograph?
Peter Burgess

Forum: Underground Photography & Video   Posted: 30/09/2009 10:29:08   Subject: What makes a good photograph?
For a photo to be good, it has to be considered in the context in which it is being judged. If there was a competition where the title was "The Human Element", then the way the subject was lit might t
Topic: What makes a good photograph?
Peter Burgess

Forum: Underground Photography & Video   Posted: 30/09/2009 10:06:57   Subject: What makes a good photograph?
Admin - please tidy up this topic or delete it. ;(

[mod]Done: hopefully the poster concerned will take the hint!

Just for the record, I don't want to see any more references to
Topic: What makes a good photograph?
Peter Burgess

Forum: Underground Photography & Video   Posted: 30/09/2009 09:03:11   Subject: What makes a good photograph?
Just came across this by casual browsing -

OK it's not underground, but its the sort of thing I was thinking of. It has a sense of abandonment, while also recording an interesting feature o
Topic: What makes a good photograph?
Peter Burgess

Forum: Underground Photography & Video   Posted: 30/09/2009 00:02:41   Subject: What makes a good photograph?
[quote="Vanoord"]Decent lighting ;)[/quote]

In most cases I'd agree with this. But if a poorly lit photo is nevertheless evocative of something, is it not a good photo from an artistic poin
Topic: What makes a good photograph?
Peter Burgess

Forum: Underground Photography & Video   Posted: 29/09/2009 23:03:05   Subject: What makes a good photograph?
Tony, I thought you would respect what I politely asked. You really don't give a damn do you? PLEASE keep your cr4p out of this discussion. You are a b****y disgrace to the website. If you have the me
Topic: What's your favourite book?
Peter Burgess

Forum: South West England   Posted: 29/09/2009 19:17:19   Subject: What's your favourite book?
Or if you were going away for 6 months and could only take one book with you, which would it be?
Topic: What makes a good photograph?
Peter Burgess

Forum: Underground Photography & Video   Posted: 29/09/2009 19:08:55   Subject: What makes a good photograph?
Sparty_lea said recently:

[quote]You guys are entitled to judge on whatever criteria you like and I expect whatever won was an excellent picture.
But one thing that strikes me about c
Topic: Good causes wanted for calendar profits!
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 29/09/2009 10:16:13   Subject: Good causes wanted for calendar profits!
West Brecon Cave Rescue Team. They cover mid-Wales mines as well as South Wales caves.
Topic: Kirby thore gypsum mine
Peter Burgess

Forum: North West England   Posted: 28/09/2009 23:14:40   Subject: Kirby thore gypsum mine
I've heard that plasterboard from Sussex is grey, from the Nottingham area (where is that exactly?) is pink and from the power stations is white. What colour would it be from Cumbria?
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