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Posts by Peter Burgess

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Topic: The Archaeology of Underground Mines and Quarries
Peter Burgess

Forum: For Sale! (and wanted / for swap)   Posted: 02/03/2019 06:58:54   Subject: The Archaeology of Underground Mines and Quarries
I am happy to put a review up on Darknessbelow.co.uk at no cost, please get in touch whoever wants to write one. We have a rather different ethos to getting interesting information out to cavers and m
Topic: NAMHO Conference 2019
Peter Burgess

Forum: Events   Posted: 04/02/2019 18:53:06   Subject: NAMHO Conference 2019
That's just what I need to know - thank you.
Topic: NAMHO Conference 2019
Peter Burgess

Forum: Events   Posted: 04/02/2019 15:57:41   Subject: NAMHO Conference 2019
Are trips on Thursday, Friday and Monday down to delegates to arrange for themselves, or will they be organised as led groups?
I was hoping to do two full days of lectures and a few trips on the
Topic: NAMHO Conference 2019
Peter Burgess

Forum: Events   Posted: 23/01/2019 10:41:39   Subject: NAMHO Conference 2019
I am not sure if Roy's NAMHO conference/field meet experiences go back many years but I expect they do, like mine. In the past, the event alternated each year from Field Meet only, to Conference only.
Topic: Fellows lamps forum.
Peter Burgess

Forum: Lamps & Lighting   Posted: 23/01/2019 09:50:25   Subject: Fellows lamps forum.
I have had only one occasion when grit caused an issue with my new lamp, Roy. It was in Ogof Ffynnon Ddu and I pressed the button with a very muddy/gritty gloved finger. Some grit stopped the button r
Topic: Merry Christmas 2018!
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 25/12/2018 15:38:46   Subject: Merry Christmas 2018!
Santa's given Roy another mine to play with;D
Topic: DOCUMENTARY: Hidden Wales with Will Millard
Peter Burgess

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 25/12/2018 08:53:22   Subject: DOCUMENTARY: Hidden Wales with Will Millard
All the outtakes are being kept safe for "it'll be alright on the night"
Topic: Tony Oldham RIP
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 18/12/2018 18:50:41   Subject: Tony Oldham RIP
See relevant thread on UKC----g for the latest news.
Topic: Tony Oldham RIP
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 18/12/2018 18:49:02   Subject: Tony Oldham RIP
It seems his demise was a spoof story, so I feel comfortable suggesting that his body is to be used for cloning, but without his permission. :lol:
Topic: Number of working underground mines in the UK
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 18/12/2018 10:39:39   Subject: Number of working underground mines in the UK
This was the situation 20 years ago:

http://www.wcms.org.uk/cgi-bin/wcmsarchive.pl?archid=british_mines_and_quarries_apr1999
Topic: Number of working underground mines in the UK
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 12/12/2018 11:42:41   Subject: Number of working underground mines in the UK
Brightling gypsum
Topic: Hidden Wales: Cwmystwyth
Peter Burgess

Forum: Mid Wales   Posted: 04/12/2018 18:19:01   Subject: Hidden Wales: Cwmystwyth
I have found newspaper archive relating the trial of Mountaineer in 1870 confirming this. Thanks for the help. It seems that photo used in the TV program is most likely of this loco. The Neath and Bre
Topic: Hidden Wales: Cwmystwyth
Peter Burgess

Forum: Mid Wales   Posted: 04/12/2018 17:36:16   Subject: Hidden Wales: Cwmystwyth
Thanks Euros! That's fascinating as I had concluded that it was the Neath and Brecon that tried a double fairlie or two, one being named "Mountaineer" - The landscape around that photo in the second l
Topic: Hidden Wales: Cwmystwyth
Peter Burgess

Forum: Mid Wales   Posted: 04/12/2018 13:50:01   Subject: Hidden Wales: Cwmystwyth
I wish they had broadcast more of Cwmystwyth, it felt they only touched the surface of the place. The rest of the programme was good though, I liked the fort section.
Topic: Hidden Wales: Cwmystwyth
Peter Burgess

Forum: Mid Wales   Posted: 04/12/2018 13:44:20   Subject: Hidden Wales: Cwmystwyth
I would be pleased just to have it confirmed or otherwise that this is Llanelli. Documentaries are notorious for using historic images of unrelated locations! I bet half those archive films of mining
Topic: Hidden Wales: Cwmystwyth
Peter Burgess

Forum: Mid Wales   Posted: 04/12/2018 13:25:08   Subject: Hidden Wales: Cwmystwyth
This image was used in the programme during the slot about Llanelli Docks. I noticed the double fairlie loco which got me wondering. Is this really Llanelli? If it is, then might this possibly be a do
Topic: Farming in mines
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 04/12/2018 11:28:07   Subject: Farming in mines
Like the first projects to dig a tunnel to France. And now there is one.
Topic: Farming in mines
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 03/12/2018 16:57:47   Subject: Farming in mines
I imagine the first person to suggest sticking windmills in the middle of the North Sea was laughed at too. :)
Topic: Farming in mines
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 03/12/2018 13:47:39   Subject: Farming in mines
[quote="Bodger"]Yep you are totally correct! This is blatant fake news... BBC should be ashamed of themselves for posting this kind of nonsense! There is no real academics or 'experts' behind this :gl
Topic: Farming in mines
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 03/12/2018 13:11:23   Subject: Farming in mines
https://www.wsset.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/Deep-farms-Article.pdf
Topic: Lamp cable failure
Peter Burgess

Forum: Lamps & Lighting   Posted: 21/11/2018 13:23:58   Subject: Lamp cable failure
My Duo failed for exactly this reason after well over 10 years good service. A temporary repair allowed me to continue using it, however with a tighter shortened cable, there was probably even more st
Topic: Grove Rake PDHMS meet 1989 (probably) (photo)
Peter Burgess

Forum: North East England   Posted: 14/11/2018 14:02:26   Subject: Grove Rake PDHMS meet 1989 (probably) (photo)
That's fascinating. I only learnt this year that the so-called marcasite nodules found in the chalk may well be pyrite after all. I don't know how true this is.
Topic: Wales online newspapers
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 13/11/2018 12:06:15   Subject: Wales online newspapers
I am not sure if this has been mentioned before.

The Wales online newspaper archive is a good resource. It is also free, unlike the British equivalent!

http://newspapers.library.
Topic: Penwyllt research
Peter Burgess

Forum: South Wales   Posted: 12/11/2018 20:55:49   Subject: Penwyllt research
All these years later, I can add to this story, thanks to online newspaper archives.

South Wales Daily News 22nd August 1885

[b]Penwyllt Mountain Railway[/b]

This rail
Topic: Anything interesting around Dartmoor?
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 09/11/2018 12:58:15   Subject: Anything interesting around Dartmoor?
[quote="Chalcocite"]You're lucky to be able to get onto druids workings. I've heard the owner is a right miserable ******!

The speleologists get a bit funny too when you go in poking aroun
Topic: Interesting video
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 01/11/2018 13:20:43   Subject: Interesting video
https://www.irishtimes.com/life-and-style/people/last-of-the-navvies-irishman-who-dug-all-night-tube-line-1.2762215

Article that mentions miners getting the bends and a few fatal accidents.
Topic: Pedantry corner: Festiniog or Ffestiniog?
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 28/10/2018 18:10:00   Subject: Pedantry corner: Festiniog or Ffestiniog?
Ask the railway what they would use and simply go with that. If anyone complains refer them to the railway.
Topic: Penarth Odd Metal work; any ideas
Peter Burgess

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 26/10/2018 12:15:46   Subject: Penarth Odd Metal work; any ideas
Like a lot of this sort of thing, one day someone will see one in context and all the light bulbs will light up.
Topic: Tywarnhayle area.
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 24/10/2018 14:05:33   Subject: Tywarnhayle area.
I can just about remember how we found mines to visit before the internet. We searched books like Dines, or other more popular mining histories and managed to find places somehow. We got in touch with
Topic: Hi from Shropshire,
Peter Burgess

Forum: New recruits!   Posted: 11/09/2018 22:02:44   Subject: Hi from Shropshire,
Big Pit is a very well presented "show" mine, and to be able to look around a coal mine is a rare opportunity these days. I would happily visit it again. Go while the guides are still retired miners w
Topic: Can Abandoned Mines Heat our Future?
Peter Burgess

Forum: Geology & Mining   Posted: 07/08/2018 09:22:59   Subject: Can Abandoned Mines Heat our Future?
I forgot about the flat earthers. Apparently they have expressed delight that their numbers are on the increase around the globe.
Topic: Can Abandoned Mines Heat our Future?
Peter Burgess

Forum: Geology & Mining   Posted: 06/08/2018 17:57:28   Subject: Can Abandoned Mines Heat our Future?
[quote="ChrisJC"][quote="Praada"]You know what boils my blood, we are an island surrounded by water and the government keeps shunning attempts at researching and testing hydroelectric generators in th
Topic: Old Village of East Hetton
Peter Burgess

Forum: New recruits!   Posted: 26/07/2018 19:22:20   Subject: Old Village of East Hetton
There is a Welsh equivalent, which IS free!

http://newspapers.library.wales/

Topic: Old Village of East Hetton
Peter Burgess

Forum: New recruits!   Posted: 26/07/2018 19:19:44   Subject: Old Village of East Hetton
The British Newspaper Archive is a good source of local tittle tattle. Things like applications for licences, prosecutions of those who get caught drinking out of hours, that sort of thing.

Topic: Thievery at Nenthead
Peter Burgess

Forum: North West England   Posted: 25/07/2018 09:02:00   Subject: Thievery at Nenthead
Oh- I sent it to myself! Resent to Roy :)
Topic: Thievery at Nenthead
Peter Burgess

Forum: North West England   Posted: 25/07/2018 09:00:00   Subject: Thievery at Nenthead
Sorry - I thought it had gone - I'll check. I didn't want to start a public argument about the points I was making until you had thought it over.
Topic: Thievery at Nenthead
Peter Burgess

Forum: North West England   Posted: 24/07/2018 12:06:25   Subject: Thievery at Nenthead
Nothing sinister - I'll message you :-)
Topic: Thievery at Nenthead
Peter Burgess

Forum: North West England   Posted: 24/07/2018 11:36:32   Subject: Thievery at Nenthead
I fully sympathise Roy. But I can't help but see how your policy as stated could backfire. Which would be an immense shame.
Topic: Hidden Earth 2018
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 22/07/2018 23:11:12   Subject: Hidden Earth 2018
I wasn't thinking of you Mike! Sorry if you thought I was.
Topic: Hidden Earth 2018
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 22/07/2018 19:56:02   Subject: Hidden Earth 2018
Indeed Droid.

Those that feel bad about coming south so many times need to step up to the plate and help sort it out. I fully sympathise with those that are left to sort things out by them
Topic: Hi I'm Jacob I'm new can someone help :)
Peter Burgess

Forum: South Wales   Posted: 22/07/2018 14:16:53   Subject: Hi I'm Jacob I'm new can someone help :)
Isn't there a line in "Hitchhiker" - something like "A message to all the undeveloped civilisations out there - the clue is in banging the rocks together".

Looks like you are on the way!
Topic: Llanberis near miss
Peter Burgess

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 11/07/2018 09:23:38   Subject: Llanberis near miss
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-wales-44770345/cliff-jumping-lucky-escape-for-boys-after-llanberis-rock-fall
Topic: Peter Hay RIP
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 21/06/2018 11:46:30   Subject: Peter Hay RIP
I met Peter regularly on Sub Brit field trips in the 1980s and 90s. These events were always enlivened by his presence.
Topic: Members' Journal - Peter Burgess
Peter Burgess

Forum: Member Journals   Posted: 19/06/2018 19:23:56   Subject: Members' Journal - Peter Burgess
Results of the radiocarbon dating are now published:

https://darknessbelow.co.uk/news-chaldon-quarries-surrey-radiocarbon-dating-results/

Intriguingly, the samples suggest that t
Topic: NAMHO Conference 2018
Peter Burgess

Forum: Events   Posted: 19/06/2018 18:28:24   Subject: NAMHO Conference 2018
My conference lecture review here:

https://darknessbelow.co.uk/namho-2018-lecture-review/
Topic: NAMHO Conference 2018
Peter Burgess

Forum: Events   Posted: 05/06/2018 09:36:15   Subject: NAMHO Conference 2018
Nobody checked or collected the faddle tickets, so you could have come in and nobody would have noticed. Not that this information is of any use to you now, Roy!
Topic: NAMHO Conference 2018
Peter Burgess

Forum: Events   Posted: 16/05/2018 15:10:48   Subject: NAMHO Conference 2018
Thanks Alex. I suppose I am too used to getting confirmation emails for everything I buy, even down to phone top ups.
Topic: NAMHO Conference 2018
Peter Burgess

Forum: Events   Posted: 16/05/2018 14:01:33   Subject: NAMHO Conference 2018
I paid by transfer at the end of February. I have never received anything to confirm the booking, no detailed joining instructions, nothing at all. Maybe I am a delegate. Maybe I am not. Maybe I will
Topic: Western Cyffty via Parc. Anyone been lately?
Peter Burgess

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 09/05/2018 18:20:00   Subject: Western Cyffty via Parc. Anyone been lately?
I'd just tell you to sod off, Roy. :lol:
Topic: Damage at Carrs Mine at Nenthead
Peter Burgess

Forum: North West England   Posted: 08/05/2018 20:57:06   Subject: Damage at Carrs Mine at Nenthead
It's the result of a perverse form of self-entitlement that some people have. It gets worse as each year passes.
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