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Posts by Peter Burgess

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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?
Topic: Magpie Mine 1846
Peter Burgess

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 28/09/2009 22:37:33   Subject: Magpie Mine 1846
John Taylor may have had something to do with it?
Topic: Hidden Earth - Mining Photo competition
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 28/09/2009 21:51:46   Subject: Hidden Earth - Mining Photo competition
Tony - take it from me, the joke has worn rather thin now. A sensible constructive discussion would be a good idea now, or maybe just congratulations to the winners?
Topic: Asbeostos Mine
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 28/09/2009 19:28:33   Subject: Asbeostos Mine
I'd always taken this to be a natural feature, extended slightly to check out the asbestos deposit as no more than a trial.
Topic: Hidden Earth - Mining Photo competition
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 28/09/2009 16:16:35   Subject: Hidden Earth - Mining Photo competition
Enough indeed. I am pleased Tony took my little dig seriously since it was posted in jest - so now things are even, as several of us thought he was being serious a week or so back. As for being a judg
Topic: Hidden Earth - Mining Photo competition
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 28/09/2009 10:39:17   Subject: Hidden Earth - Mining Photo competition
I think you are absolutely right.

Photos can portay lots of things, not just dramatic scenes.
Topic: Hidden Earth - Mining Photo competition
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 28/09/2009 10:25:30   Subject: Hidden Earth - Mining Photo competition
Excuse me Tony. What qualification do you actually have to be a judge? You can't even read the names on the entries. I entered NOTHING for the Hidden Earth competition whatsoever in any category. But
Topic: Trip Report - Mandale mine 24/09/09
Peter Burgess

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 25/09/2009 12:57:29   Subject: Trip Report - Mandale mine 24/09/09
Has the low water level anything to do with the river works upstream? Are they not trying to keep water in the river and out of the sough?
Topic: Cwmystwyth: Underground access
Peter Burgess

Forum: Mid Wales   Posted: 25/09/2009 10:55:59   Subject: Cwmystwyth: Underground access
Sometimes, and I am in no way implying this is the case here, negotiations can be left with each party expecting the other to be making the next move. This seems to have happened with a site I have be
Topic: Kirby thore gypsum mine
Peter Burgess

Forum: North West England   Posted: 25/09/2009 08:30:45   Subject: Kirby thore gypsum mine
WCMS tried to arrange a visit to Brightling Mine for NAMHO 2005 but were advised that such visits were only arranged nowadays (2005) for British Gypsum clients. Whether this also applied to other site
Topic: Hidden Earth - Mining Photo competition
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 24/09/2009 15:20:17   Subject: Hidden Earth - Mining Photo competition
[quote="rhychydwr1"][quote="Peter Burgess"]
You have forgotten the thirds rule ;D [/quote]

OK, I'll concede 3 and 1/3 out of 10 if it makes you feel better... :)
Topic: Hidden Earth - Mining Photo competition
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 24/09/2009 10:03:23   Subject: Hidden Earth - Mining Photo competition
[quote="rhychydwr1"][quote="royfellows"]Tony my old friend
I am following this with some puzzlement.
I think you may well need a holiday/drink/change of pills/BJ

Hope that you are
Topic: Hidden Earth - Mining Photo competition
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 23/09/2009 12:04:08   Subject: Hidden Earth - Mining Photo competition
Looks like an image from an endoscope pushed inside someone after a particularly bad curry night.
Topic: Competition entry martymarty
Peter Burgess

Forum: The 2009 AditNow Photography Competition   Posted: 22/09/2009 19:34:03   Subject: Competition entry martymarty
Just ignore the blethering idiot! :lol:
Topic: Rails Rails and More Rails
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 22/09/2009 19:21:22   Subject: Rails Rails and More Rails
Here it is. The rail is sitting on a later 20th century tramway.

[link]Godstone-Firestone-Quarry-Sandstone-Quarry-User-Album-Image-41867[linkphoto]Godstone-Firestone-Quarry-Sandstone-Quarry
Topic: Rails Rails and More Rails
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 22/09/2009 19:11:48   Subject: Rails Rails and More Rails
If you think about it, the blank ended plate that is, what could it do that a normal plate couldn't? Why cast such a plate? The only way it could be a mistake is if when preparing the mould, the bit o
Topic: Rails Rails and More Rails
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 22/09/2009 16:10:01   Subject: Rails Rails and More Rails
I'd be interested to hear about plateway gauges when found underground. The Surrey quarries had their gauge dicated by the size of the quarry carts used - it is assumed the carts came before the plate
Topic: Rails Rails and More Rails
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 22/09/2009 12:30:43   Subject: Rails Rails and More Rails
Size of rail used at Colley Hill Mine, as promised a few days ago.

[link]Colley-Hill-Hearthstone-Mine-Sandstone-Mine-User-Album-Image-41544[linkphoto]Colley-Hill-Hearthstone-Mine-Sandstone-
Topic: Rails Rails and More Rails
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 22/09/2009 10:43:30   Subject: Rails Rails and More Rails
Has anyone ever come across a plate rail, complete in all respects, but without a fixing notch at one end? I know of one such rail and being in excellent condition, it seems clear that this was a deli
Topic: Competition Entry - Peter Burgess
Peter Burgess

Forum: The 2009 AditNow Photography Competition   Posted: 22/09/2009 10:00:20   Subject: Competition Entry - Peter Burgess
Thanks Simon re Jug Holes. To be honest, that photo could have been taken in any number of muddy holes!
Topic: Competition entry martymarty
Peter Burgess

Forum: The 2009 AditNow Photography Competition   Posted: 21/09/2009 19:53:34   Subject: Competition entry martymarty
Indeed - they are called "scaling ladders". ;D
Topic: Competition Entry - Peter Burgess
Peter Burgess

Forum: The 2009 AditNow Photography Competition   Posted: 21/09/2009 18:59:54   Subject: Competition Entry - Peter Burgess
On the theme of "Start 'em young", or "young explorers are our future", here are my offerings.

[link]Mouldridge-Lead-Mine-User-Album-Image-39259[linkphoto]Mouldridge-Lead-Mine-User-Album-Im
Topic: Competition Entry ttxela
Peter Burgess

Forum: The 2009 AditNow Photography Competition   Posted: 21/09/2009 18:03:39   Subject: Competition Entry ttxela
... and Tony finds a big pile of do-dos to step in..... ::)
Topic: Rails Rails and More Rails
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 21/09/2009 11:11:11   Subject: Rails Rails and More Rails
Sounds like an interesting talk. See the photo below. This is a straight-flanged rail with no significant under-flange. The bulb of the foot is significantly larger than on the CMGIR rails. The slot i
Topic: Rails Rails and More Rails
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 21/09/2009 10:28:49   Subject: Rails Rails and More Rails
[quote="Peter Burgess"]I don't believe any SIR rails have ever come to light, or they are at least extremely rare. I think Baxter will have taken his sketch from earlier publications such as Charles L
Topic: Welsh language query
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 20/09/2009 21:56:48   Subject: Welsh language query
I think I'll ask my "man on the spot" - it will be interesting to see how a "local" would say it. Watch this space!
Topic: Welsh language query
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 20/09/2009 16:56:24   Subject: Welsh language query
Thanks, Gwyn. I suppose it is down to whether I use the word Nant or the word Stream.

Crossing "the Byfre stream", or Crossing "Nant Byfre". I prefer the latter as it is more "loyal" to the
Topic: Welsh language query
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 20/09/2009 15:27:50   Subject: Welsh language query
As there are one or two here familar with welsh, may I ask a question on how to refer to features named in welsh, in an english text?

If I want to describe a railway bridge, for example, th
Topic: Rails Rails and More Rails
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 19/09/2009 23:28:24   Subject: Rails Rails and More Rails
I would hazard a guess that these would have been the ultimate in plate design before the technology hit the buffers, and that the rails used 1800-10 would have been the simpler curved flanged rails w
Topic: Rails Rails and More Rails
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 19/09/2009 20:00:04   Subject: Rails Rails and More Rails
:smartass:

Indeed there is.
Topic: Rails Rails and More Rails
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 18/09/2009 14:32:42   Subject: Rails Rails and More Rails
Where is that from? Are they really Outram rails, or is that someone's assumption?
Topic: 30 protesters stop work at mine
Peter Burgess

Forum: South Wales   Posted: 18/09/2009 09:45:40   Subject: 30 protesters stop work at mine
Would they allow the coal to be delivered by horse and cart, I wonder.
Topic: I am sure this is a really stupid question - where does my roof come from?
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 17/09/2009 16:41:46   Subject: I am sure this is a really stupid question - where does my roof come from?
I think they say that even in today's age of movement and change, you can still find geographical concentrations of surnames that have been around for centuries. So, if that is so, I wonder whether th
Topic: AditNow is 4 today!
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 17/09/2009 16:31:51   Subject: AditNow is 4 today!
[quote="JohnnearCfon"]Looks more like you got a distant shot of the Holyhead ferry to me! ;D [/quote]

Wouldn't that make it a "fairy" cake, then? Sorry.
Topic: National Park.
Peter Burgess

Forum: Events   Posted: 16/09/2009 22:45:30   Subject: National Park.
"It is a lengthy process which can take many years," he added.

Too right it can. I have yet to see any evidence on the ground of the South Downs National Park. It was announced by Mr Presc
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