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Topic: Help Create a monument for miners and Power workers
Boy Engineer

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 30/07/2014 18:15:09   Subject: Help Create a monument for miners and Power workers
Matchsticks are appropriate when you consider how often these two groups were striking.
Topic: Jumilhac
Boy Engineer

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 28/07/2014 12:30:35   Subject: Jumilhac
Off shortly for holiday in Dordogne. Anyone on the site care to share info on Jumilhac, re gold-panning and mines in area?
Topic: Llechwedd Theft (Another One!)
Boy Engineer

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 21/07/2014 19:13:55   Subject: Llechwedd Theft (Another One!)
[quote]3.1415 Keys[/quote]

Gippo to 4 decimal places. Nice.
Topic: New Mine in North Staffordshire?
Boy Engineer

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 11/07/2014 21:37:27   Subject: New Mine in North Staffordshire?
"What's happened Skippy? Someone trapped in the old mine?" Though not the only Australian trapped inside a wire cage at the moment.
Topic: Rescue in Germany's deepest cave
Boy Engineer

Forum: Europe   Posted: 10/06/2014 21:43:23   Subject: Rescue in Germany's deepest cave
The German TV programme/video link on the UKC (wash my mouth out) link above is really good, and I now know how to take a DNA sample from a marmot.
Awe-inspiring cave; all good wishes to those in
Topic: Pumping the polluted water from mines
Boy Engineer

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 04/06/2014 12:20:51   Subject: Pumping the polluted water from mines
In the role of a correspondent from 'up country', is it time to alter the definition of a mine to a hole in the ground into which you pour public money? Anyone care to speculate on overall costs to th
Topic: The end of the road for Ordnance Survey?
Boy Engineer

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 23/04/2014 10:02:30   Subject: The end of the road for Ordnance Survey?
[quote]From a pleasure point of view it's so much nicer to view a whole map rather than a small screens worth.[/quote]

Completely agree. One of the pleasures of a large map (particularly an
Topic: The end of the road for Ordnance Survey?
Boy Engineer

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 23/04/2014 06:35:48   Subject: The end of the road for Ordnance Survey?
[quote="Trewillan"][quote="ttxela"]I thought that the sage advice was to always have a paper map along with you in any case to revert back to when your batteries run out, your screen cracks, you drop
Topic: The end of the road for Ordnance Survey?
Boy Engineer

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 20/04/2014 17:44:55   Subject: The end of the road for Ordnance Survey?
[quote]just yesterday the Satnav on my French hire car directed my to an airport but was 4 kms away from the actual airport,[/quote]
If you fly with a well-known Irish budget airline, that's a lo
Topic: Tin Mine in Sardinia
Boy Engineer

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 09/04/2014 20:06:38   Subject: Tin Mine in Sardinia
[quote="Roger the Cat"]Ahh No. Colin's post is an existentialist comment on the fatuousness of folk humour. Besides, Boy Engineer's post was 17 minutes 03 seconds too early so it doesn't count![/quote
Topic: How big is yours ?
Boy Engineer

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 09/04/2014 19:05:26   Subject: How big is yours ?
[quote]do you mean 4 3/4" wide?[/quote]
I presume he means 120,65mm if it has a mass of 3kg. ;)
Topic: Tin Mine in Sardinia
Boy Engineer

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 31/03/2014 23:42:57   Subject: Tin Mine in Sardinia
I'm looking for information on a small tin mine on the west coast of Sardinia. I visited it on holiday almost a year ago but have only just found the photograph. There is some evidence of a Cornish-st
Topic: New event added 'See How They Run - Working Machinery Day' on 23/03/2014 at 10:00
Boy Engineer

Forum: Events   Posted: 13/03/2014 09:39:24   Subject: New event added 'See How They Run - Working Machinery Day' on 23/03/2014 at 10:00
[quote]Pit pony talks (with our two Welsh Mountain Ponies)[/quote]

Genuinely? Talking horses? Would make a great tabloid head line.
Topic: Proposed Project
Boy Engineer

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 11/03/2014 14:31:40   Subject: Proposed Project
[quote="ttxela"]Something sort of similar is being considered in Cambridge at the moment.[/quote]
My father-in-law worked on a feasibility study for this in the 1950s when he worked in the Cambri
Topic: Kiruna: How to move a town two miles east
Boy Engineer

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 06/03/2014 09:47:16   Subject: Kiruna: How to move a town two miles east
[quote]Kiruna's inhabitants have been living in a "subliminal state" for almost 15 years, Walldin says, unable to make major life decisions such as buying a house, redecorating, having a child or open
Topic: Botallack in the storm
Boy Engineer

Forum: South West England   Posted: 11/02/2014 12:17:16   Subject: Botallack in the storm
Wow. Fantastic image.
Topic: perfect xmas present for this year :p
Boy Engineer

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 26/01/2014 22:33:17   Subject: perfect xmas present for this year :p
[quote="Morrisey"]Cool. How many times have you walked into the garage door? ;D

Just out of interest, what did the printing cost?[/quote]

Answer 1. Zero, thus far, but we'e onl
Topic: perfect xmas present for this year :p
Boy Engineer

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 26/01/2014 09:42:38   Subject: perfect xmas present for this year :p
[quote="staffordshirechina"]
Looks rather like one of those drug smuggling tunnels to me....[/quote]
Well, that could be handy for my mild hypertension and back pain pills, with prescription
Topic: perfect xmas present for this year :p
Boy Engineer

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 25/01/2014 19:12:25   Subject: perfect xmas present for this year :p
[link]Personal-Album-1509-Image-92993[linkphoto]Personal-Album-1509-Image-92993[/linkphoto][/link]

Couldn't resist it. Image from Shutterstock, printed by a firm in Holland, pasted onto the
Topic: Underground Visitor Trips to disused Mines.
Boy Engineer

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 23/01/2014 12:03:34   Subject: Underground Visitor Trips to disused Mines.
[quote]Often these trips are part of so-called rehabilitation/character building etc programmes[/quote]

I can't say that 37 years+ of trips have had much effect on me.
Topic: perfect xmas present for this year :p
Boy Engineer

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 03/01/2014 18:18:29   Subject: perfect xmas present for this year :p
[quote]How can i sell this idea to the other half?[/quote]

With difficulty if she doesn't speak Polish. Given me an idea for the back of my garage door. Not sure it will look quite as good
Topic: Most unusual mines?
Boy Engineer

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 15/10/2013 09:34:53   Subject: Most unusual mines?

Surprised not to see a nomination for the famous workings at Knotty Ash.
Topic: True Cost of Britain's Wind Farm Industry Revealed
Boy Engineer

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 29/06/2013 08:43:10   Subject: True Cost of Britain's Wind Farm Industry Revealed
[quote="Roger the Cat"]The Telegraph's Fatwa against wind farms continues.....

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/environment/10146081/Twitchers-flocking-to-see-rare-bird-saw-it-killed-by-win
Topic: A new horizon for Dorothea??
Boy Engineer

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 27/06/2013 14:03:40   Subject: A new horizon for Dorothea??
That waterfall is going to require a heck of a pump, unless the hotel has a limited life.......... Having dived in Stoney Cove, one imagines that the view from the underwater rooms is going to be a bi
Topic: Chrome mining on Peristera
Boy Engineer

Forum: Europe   Posted: 27/06/2013 12:06:39   Subject: Chrome mining on Peristera
http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=qYTsqXV0gScC&pg=PA61&lpg=PA61&dq=peristera+chrome+mines&source=bl&ots=rjlZvsqIHy&sig=akr-if9eEmOpWa1JOXAmIBl9RRY&hl=en&sa=X&ei=URzMUeafCaib0wWb3YGQCA&ved=0CDoQ6AEwAg
Topic: Oldham tools sought...
Boy Engineer

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 25/06/2013 12:08:16   Subject: Oldham tools sought...
[quote="christwigg"]

I'm sure i've got a key that used to open the bog roll dispenser at work that might fit.[/quote]

On ours you just pull it out at the bottom (so to speak). Re
Topic: what length denominmations for my rope?
Boy Engineer

Forum: SRT Equipment & Training   Posted: 13/06/2013 09:43:26   Subject: what length denominmations for my rope?
[quote="Trewillan"][quote="Boy Engineer"]Assuming that you need around 1m for a knot, either at the top end or to join (so allowing 2m per length to be on the safe side), pieces of 3,5,6,19,17,32 and
Topic: what length denominmations for my rope?
Boy Engineer

Forum: SRT Equipment & Training   Posted: 10/06/2013 12:35:52   Subject: what length denominations for my rope?
Assuming that you need around 1m for a knot, either at the top end or to join (so allowing 2m per length to be on the safe side), pieces of 3,5,6,19,17,32 and 52m will allow you to do anything of up t
Topic: South Crofty
Boy Engineer

Forum: South West England   Posted: 31/05/2013 12:28:49   Subject: South Crofty
[quote]awful Canadians[/quote]
I only know of one, a Mr Michael Bublé. Are there others?
Topic: Potash mine to hit visitor numbers by 15%!
Boy Engineer

Forum: North East England   Posted: 16/05/2013 09:42:44   Subject: Potash mine to hit visitor numbers by 15%!
[quote]One day I'd like to go to Maine. But I see it ranks 9th for aquaculture in the US. So I've decided not to go because it's clearly going to smell of fish[/quote]
Better avoid Florida (7th)
Topic: Long time coming Uk Coal
Boy Engineer

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 02/05/2013 07:56:43   Subject: Long time coming Uk Coal
[quote] Tilley lamps need paraffin, where you goin to get it??[/quote]
We get ours from a caravan shop across town. :)
Topic: Statfold and Snow
Boy Engineer

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 25/03/2013 13:41:22   Subject: Statfold and Snow
Cracking second image.
Topic: Post Blast Proceedure
Boy Engineer

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 21/03/2013 20:48:20   Subject: Post Blast Proceedure
The 9 hole burn cut had parallel holes, all on equal spacing. The middle hole on each side was uncharged.
Topic: Drilling a Raise
Boy Engineer

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 21/03/2013 19:41:41   Subject: Drilling a Raise
Funny how watching this removed much of my hankering to be back working underground. The last time I was in a raise was in 1988 in one being put up by the Daniels, and I remember thinking that it wasn
Topic: Geevor Recollections.
Boy Engineer

Forum: South West England   Posted: 17/03/2013 20:42:03   Subject: Geevor Recollections.
Fascinating stuff and (dare I say it?) perhaps more important than a photographic archive. Let's hope that others "in the trade" put their recollections down in print too.
Topic: Pit head gear and winding engines
Boy Engineer

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 10/03/2013 17:15:42   Subject: Pit head gear and winding engines
[quote]Boulby Potash Mine at NZ 761180 at present has three headgears but only two shafts.[/quote]
Erm, actually 3 shafts, if you include the one on the cliff. Sorry, need to get out of the Day C
Topic: McPherson brothers oral history
Boy Engineer

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 06/03/2013 19:47:51   Subject: McPherson brothers oral history
Apologies if this has been posted previously. Fascinating accounts of mining here and elsewhere in the world.

http://www.ebooksread.com/dl2.shtml?id=233139&ext=txt&f=brothersinmining00mcph
Topic: West Cumbria Mines Research Society
Boy Engineer

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 03/01/2013 19:32:00   Subject: West Cumbria Mines Research Society
[quote]This raises the possibility that somewhere in the county there is a large chest of interesting material![/quote]
Erica Roe joke anyone?
Topic: Still here?
Boy Engineer

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 21/12/2012 12:09:59   Subject: Still here?
[quote]Pic de Bugarach[/quote]
Looking like Pic de Bugarall at the moment
Topic: Anyone fancy going Ghost Hunting at a Secret Mine? £17.50
Boy Engineer

Forum: South West England   Posted: 11/12/2012 22:18:12   Subject: Anyone fancy going Ghost Hunting at a Secret Mine? £17.50
[quote]I've heard about the brown note[/quote]
I think I may have just emitted one, judging by my wife's comment as she passed by the toilet door. Some suggestion that the "smallest room" may not
Topic: Locating an individual miner
Boy Engineer

Forum: Genealogy   Posted: 11/12/2012 12:09:40   Subject: Locating an individual miner
[quote] he seems to think its a bit of a stab in the dark, especially as he died in the limestone mine/quarry.[/quote]
Not too surprised that he died, having been stabbed ;) A warning to us all.
Topic: Crofty Headgear "makeover"
Boy Engineer

Forum: South West England   Posted: 29/11/2012 12:27:07   Subject: Crofty Headgear
[quote]However I'm sure that "well and truly rogered by Brussels" will prove to be the same in Welsh, Gaelic or Cornish...[/quote]

Google Translate anyone? ;)
Topic: The LED is 50!
Boy Engineer

Forum: Lamps & Lighting   Posted: 10/10/2012 19:47:14   Subject: The LED is 50!
:happybday:
Topic: Animation of Mine Sites
Boy Engineer

Forum: Mining Heritage   Posted: 04/09/2012 20:48:03   Subject: Animation of Mine Sites
[quote]Are there any other animations of mines or heritage sites? Can anybody point me at similar animations. I am particularly interested in seeing sites that have atavars of the people at work. Than
Topic: Which tourist mine was it ?
Boy Engineer

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 31/08/2012 07:36:27   Subject: Which tourist mine was it ?
[quote]Location: Derby. Late return from the pub. Expert knowledge of sheep. Hmmm.[/quote]
Lawyers will receive instructions once the headache has cleared. Expect a writ. ;)
Topic: Which tourist mine was it ?
Boy Engineer

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 30/08/2012 23:39:34   Subject: Which tourist mine was it ?
Classic quote that "all the sheep in the area would be at risk from the excessive traffic". Good to see that the ovine interests were taken into account, if implausible. Even sheep must have some in-b
Topic: Anyone know what this is?
Boy Engineer

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 21/08/2012 19:58:31   Subject: Anyone know what this is?
[quote]Apparently it was dug up by a potato harvester.[/quote]
Is it a potato? They sell red potatoes at our local Morrisons that look a bit like that and they take some boiling. ;)
Topic: Asturian Coal Mining Museum
Boy Engineer

Forum: Europe   Posted: 15/08/2012 21:15:16   Subject: Asturian Coal Mining Museum
[quote]Did you check out the iron mining museum in Suisse-Normande?[/quote]
Regret not; there are limits to the patience of the female member of the party.
Topic: Asturian Coal Mining Museum
Boy Engineer

Forum: Europe   Posted: 15/08/2012 18:35:27   Subject: Asturian Coal Mining Museum
I'd second that. The 'mine' bit is really well done.
I've just visited the mining museum at Molay-Littry in Normandy which also has a Womble mine (underground overground, for the avoidance of dou
Topic: Latest news on Whitby Potash Poject
Boy Engineer

Forum: North East England   Posted: 06/07/2012 20:11:24   Subject: Latest news on Whitby Potash Poject
[quote]They've obviously never met up with an array of vibrators on country roads before!! VERY wide and VERY slow.[/quote]
I can't be the only one wondering if this was the result of an Ann Summ
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