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Topic: Going up Camborne Hill, getting nowhere..
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 23/02/2012 18:30:49   Subject: Going up Camborne Hill, getting nowhere..
there is a good bhodran player at a session I go to, lend him a mandolin and you won't see the round thing all evening :lol:
Topic: Going up Camborne Hill, getting nowhere..
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 23/02/2012 12:55:50   Subject: Going up Camborne Hill, getting nowhere..
I've seen bhodran players referred to as "goat-whackers" before now....

there was a comment lately on TheSession.org describing uileean pipes as " sounding like a brace of geese being eaten
Topic: going up Camborne Hill, one of them, anyway..
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 22/02/2012 21:19:25   Subject: going up Camborne Hill, one of them, anyway..
[quote="sinker"][quote="derrickman"]Camborne is quoted in some sources as being derived from the Cornish "Cambron" = crooked hill.[/quote]

Yep I believe that is correct. Cornish being very
Topic: going up Camborne Hill, one of them, anyway..
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 22/02/2012 21:15:44   Subject: going up Camborne Hill, one of them, anyway..
[quote="Trewillan"]There is a pub in the square at Beacon. I would have guessed Basset Arms, but seeing the Pendarves Arms mentioned earlier I'm sure that's right.

Launderette next door, I
Topic: Going up Camborne Hill, getting nowhere..
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 22/02/2012 21:12:08   Subject: Going up Camborne Hill, getting nowhere..
bhodrans forever... they are my friends, 'cos God invented bhodrans to give banjo players someone to be rude about, and that fiddlers hate even more than banjo players :thumbup:

there is
Topic: going up Camborne Hill, one of them, anyway..
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 22/02/2012 16:09:46   Subject: going up Camborne Hill, one of them, anyway..
yer 'tis..

http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?hl=en&rlz=1C1GGGE_en-gbGB457IT461&gs_upl=&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.,cf.osb&biw=1138&bih=555&ix=seb&ion=1&q=beacon+inn+camborne&um=1&ie=UTF-8&hq=&h
Topic: going up Camborne Hill, one of them, anyway..
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 22/02/2012 14:49:29   Subject: going up Camborne Hill, one of them, anyway..
Camborne is quoted in some sources as being derived from the Cornish "Cambron" = crooked hill. Considering the number and nature of Cornish facts previously unknown to man which have emerged in the la
Topic: Going up Camborne Hill, getting nowhere..
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 22/02/2012 14:19:47   Subject: Going up Camborne Hill, getting nowhere..
[quote="Dolcoathguy"]Suggest you e mail Camborne Town band.
If anyone knows, they will!

http://www.cambornetownband.com/ctb_contacts.html[/quote]

I've asked the question of
Topic: going up Camborne Hill, one of them, anyway..
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 22/02/2012 12:36:31   Subject: going up Camborne Hill, one of them, anyway..
Last time I was in Camborne I noticed that Fore Street now bore a plaque informing all and sundry that it was the famous "Camborne Hill" and I see there are also videos on youtube showing a traction e
Topic: Going up Camborne Hill, getting nowhere..
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 22/02/2012 12:14:21   Subject: Going up Camborne Hill, getting nowhere..
GInotYF in this instance, regrettably. There are numerous discordant and out-of-time versions using various incomplete lyrics for both songs on youtube, but I spent long enough at CSM to be able to do
Topic: Going up Camborne Hill, getting nowhere..
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 22/02/2012 10:00:02   Subject: Going up Camborne Hill, getting nowhere..
Some among the assembled company will know I play the banjo.. those who didn't, know now.

I've lately been experimenting with the tenor of the species, and whereas 5-string players tend to
Topic: Jumbo drilling rigs
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 08/02/2012 10:35:09   Subject: Jumbo drilling rigs
some names from the past there... I worked for Foraky in the late 70s and early 80s - the offshore sector was highly seasonal in those days and Foraky operated land rigs year round working mainly for
Topic: Nalunaq Gold Mine
derrickman

Forum: Rest of World   Posted: 07/02/2012 20:45:08   Subject: Nalunaq Gold Mine
[quote="scooptram"]just geting to greenland is a journey in its self .1 car 3 airplanes 1 helcopter 1 boat and a 4x4 trip over 2 days ::) [/quote]

don't be too heart-broken, takes me 2 days
Topic: Black Angel reopening
derrickman

Forum: Mining Methods & Techniques   Posted: 07/02/2012 16:06:14   Subject: Black Angel reopening
I don't know Black Angel.

What I do know, is that pillar-robbing may be a short-term method of extracting a limited total production whilst spending little or nothing on development and re
Topic: Jumbo drilling rigs
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 07/02/2012 14:56:19   Subject: Jumbo drilling rigs
I heard stories of this mythical beast from CSM graduates who worked at Geevor for Thyssens and stayed on, mainly working on development drives. Nigel Barnes comes to mind but there were others.
Topic: International Mining games in Cornwall
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 01/02/2012 21:21:38   Subject: International Mining games in Cornwall
I would be interested to see how the current generation of CSM students cope with such things. The British ex-pats, Australians and South Africans in their mid-20s, drop-outs from NCB courses, and oth
Topic: Luxembourg Slate Mines
derrickman

Forum: Europe   Posted: 01/02/2012 21:05:41   Subject: Luxembourg Slate Mines
Luxembourg, land of surprises! I did know about the iron mines, I visited one on an international weekend from CSM in the 70s, but slate is a new one on me.

Then again, I'm currently on a c
Topic: Flat rope on incline tramways
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 31/01/2012 19:27:48   Subject: Flat rope on incline tramways
chains were early on, recognised as very dangerous because they have many, many wear points and virtually any failure is catastrophic ( in the technical sense of "causing complete failure" ).
Topic: Maenofferen Bagnall Saddle Tanks
derrickman

Forum: Mine Tramways and Railways   Posted: 31/01/2012 14:26:04   Subject: Maenofferen Bagnall Saddle Tanks
I wasn't familiar with this particular loco but it seems to be a generic Bagnall 0-4-0ST.

They don't have the same recognition as the Hunslet "Quarry Tanks" but were much more numerous in
Topic: Flat rope on incline tramways
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 31/01/2012 14:11:54   Subject: Flat rope on incline tramways
I don't see why it shouldn't be but Welsh remains http://www.penmorfa.com/Slate/Inclines.htm show round ropes being the norm there.

One thing about flat rope is that it isn't suitable for
Topic: International Mining games in Cornwall
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 31/01/2012 13:56:19   Subject: International Mining games in Cornwall
the Mining Games have a long and sporadic association with CSM. In my days there, they didn't exist.

It seems to be a mainly American invention with limited but enthusiastic participation
Topic: International Mining games in Cornwall
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 26/01/2012 06:30:42   Subject: International Mining games in Cornwall
don't know. Link works for me... you could just google "International Mining Games", that's all I did
Topic: International Mining games in Cornwall
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 25/01/2012 16:45:16   Subject: International Mining games in Cornwall
yer 'tiz.. http://www.34iimg.com/

Topic: Big Pit Blaenafon: mine manager post advertised
derrickman

Forum: South Wales   Posted: 20/01/2012 05:50:17   Subject: Big Pit Blaenafon: mine manager post advertised
I've been there, about 10 years ago, and it was well worth visiting. There are various short-term expediencies by which they can keep the ball in the air, but they definitely need a Manager sooner rat
Topic: Big Pit Blaenafon: mine manager post advertised
derrickman

Forum: South Wales   Posted: 19/01/2012 20:29:07   Subject: Big Pit Blaenafon: mine manager post advertised
The crucial problem with trying to attract Mine Managers made redundant in the 90s is that they simply aren't there. Arithmetic suggests that there is a pool of candidates, albeit not a large one, but
Topic: Big Pit Blaenafon: mine manager post advertised
derrickman

Forum: South Wales   Posted: 19/01/2012 07:28:54   Subject: Big Pit Blaenafon: mine manager post advertised
The French can convey a whole lexicon simply by shrugging their shoulders and tipping their head to one side.
Topic: Big Pit Blaenafon: mine manager post advertised
derrickman

Forum: South Wales   Posted: 18/01/2012 19:04:12   Subject: Big Pit Blaenafon: mine manager post advertised
BSL is indeed British Sign Language, if my occasional contact with archaeologists on site is any guide. How you can have a deaf manager in an industry which uses tannoys and sounds a horn as a warning
Topic: Big Pit Blaenafon: mine manager post advertised
derrickman

Forum: South Wales   Posted: 18/01/2012 15:48:53   Subject: Big Pit Blaenafon: mine manager post advertised
... which is why one possible candidate told me he wasn't interested;

(1) given his pension settlement, occasional contract work and likely actual earnings, less travel costs, he saw little
Topic: Big Pit Blaenafon: mine manager post advertised
derrickman

Forum: South Wales   Posted: 18/01/2012 08:27:55   Subject: Big Pit Blaenafon: mine manager post advertised
This does rather beg the question if what museums are FOR, and how they are expected to be sustained. I could name at least two candidates for this role, but at least one has told me informally that h
Topic: 'Period costume trip' - 14/01/2012
derrickman

Forum: Events   Posted: 14/01/2012 10:26:21   Subject: 'Period costume trip' - 14/01/2012
I did a trip of this sort some years ago, you could soon tell the old-school cavers used to carbide lamps from the rest :)
Topic: Speculation on off-road access.
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 07/01/2012 16:39:12   Subject: Speculation on off-road access.
I've driven in countries where I've relied very largely on sat navs, usually because I don't speak the language, can't read the signs, or both. I've also guided local drivers who were supposed to know
Topic: Most worrying place you've ever been in a mine...
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 07/01/2012 10:20:35   Subject: Most worrying place you've ever been in a mine...
I can't, or won't comment on dodgy situations in old mines, although those who know me will be aware of my approach to the matter.

I'm not sure that working mines are more dangerous objecti
Topic: Mining Dial
derrickman

Forum: New recruits!   Posted: 31/12/2011 08:15:31   Subject: Mining Dial
[quote="AdM Michael"]good explanation, just scroll down to 'Graduations':

http://www.bruntontransit.org/[/quote]

what he said
Topic: Zip wires for Penrhyn quarry?
derrickman

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 23/12/2011 19:24:56   Subject: Zip wires for Penrhyn quarry?
no sense advertising for German tourists if it won't....
Topic: Hemerdon Mine
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 22/12/2011 05:11:09   Subject: Hemerdon Mine
for the benefit of non-English speakers real and self-proclaimed, it's an alternative reference to a well-known two-word phrase involving sex and travel..... you can find pretty much anything in the B
Topic: Hemerdon Mine
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 21/12/2011 12:11:42   Subject: Hemerdon Mine
In a merry festive spirit, my reading for the day for these souls would be taken from the Book of Genesis, Chapter 9, Verse 7 ; "go forth and multiply"

Real mining of real product for real
Topic: Limited Liabilty Insurance
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 18/12/2011 12:46:40   Subject: Limited Liabilty Insurance
Limited Liability is a great way of doing just that PROVIDING, and only providing, that the Directors stay within the bounds of their expertise and/or the suitably informed advice they seek regarding
Topic: Limited Liabilty Insurance
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 18/12/2011 07:22:42   Subject: Limited Liabilty Insurance
I have been a member of the Vintage Motorcycle Club for years and they long ago made this move, quite a few clubs in the motorcycle racing scene have done it.

It's a good move if you do it
Topic: Wildlife in mines..
derrickman

Forum: North East England   Posted: 05/12/2011 12:01:50   Subject: Wildlife in mines..
BAAAAAAAAAAATTSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ( hides behind box in corner, adopts brace position against imminent deluge of paperwork and invasion of earnest-looking young ladies with those South
Topic: Tregembo Tin Mine
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 04/12/2011 10:06:04   Subject: Tregembo Tin Mine
a classic example of the sort of death-by-minor-injury once very common, before the advent of antibiotics.

The diagnosis of "erysipelas resulting from a minor injury" would probably not be
Topic: Labor Abuses in Zambia's Chinese State-owned Copper Mines
derrickman

Forum: Rest of World   Posted: 13/11/2011 17:30:47   Subject: Labor Abuses in Zambia's Chinese State-owned Copper Mines
.. and these are the same people that were expected to prop up the failing Euro out of the goodness of their hearts. I have seen Chinese economic imperialism in Africa and it isn't pretty.
Topic: Doe lea drift mine (Dominic's)
derrickman

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 12/11/2011 18:27:14   Subject: Doe lea drift mine (Dominic's)
http://www.aditnow.co.uk/community/viewtopic.aspx?t=5630

obviously I had time to refresh my memory or look in my notes between those two threads.

also this http://www.aditnow.co
Topic: Shotholes
derrickman

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 11/11/2011 09:54:13   Subject: Shotholes
there is also a relationship between the rotation speed and frequency of blows which may, under certain circumstances, result in an approximately triangular excavation due to the blow falling at the s
Topic: Shotholes
derrickman

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 11/11/2011 07:11:00   Subject: Shotholes
Shaped charges are completely unrelated to non-circular drill-holes. The only application I know for tracing the outline of non-circular shapes with rotating polishers is final machining and polishing
Topic: Shotholes
derrickman

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 10/11/2011 23:42:39   Subject: Shotholes
I can only say that I have never seen a hole drilled by any kind of rotary or rotary percussive drill that was anything but round in section.

Hand-drilled shot-holes are often triangular-is
Topic: Excavating tunnels from World War I
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 09/11/2011 20:25:52   Subject: Excavating tunnels from World War I
Robert Graves was writing about Loos, the passage about "discharge the accessory" is a reference to the use of gas in that battle
Topic: Latest South Crofty News
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 29/10/2011 07:02:38   Subject: Latest South Crofty News
I'm all in favour of people getting real wages for doing actual work that the can put on their CVs, and I'm no great enthusiast for letting the "heritage" nerds turn the whole county into a blue-and-o
Topic: Latest South Crofty News
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 28/10/2011 17:29:01   Subject: Latest South Crofty News
it's certainly interesting to see some actual information.
Topic: Yorkshire Potash Project
derrickman

Forum: North East England   Posted: 28/10/2011 17:26:59   Subject: Yorkshire Potash Project
I'm afraid that I would file this whole project under "if, as and when".
Topic: Yorkshire Potash Project
derrickman

Forum: North East England   Posted: 28/10/2011 09:46:57   Subject: Yorkshire Potash Project
Boulby have a polyhalite development of their own.
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