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Posts by Dean Allison

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Topic: Good causes wanted for calendar profits!
Dean Allison

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 14/10/2009 19:11:19   Subject: Good causes wanted for calendar profits!
Another vote for COMRU from me.
Topic: For sale Headlamp
Dean Allison

Forum: For Sale! (and wanted / for swap)   Posted: 13/10/2009 18:14:51   Subject: For sale Headlamp
Haha! I come back to Aditnow after an injury forced me to stop mine exploring temporarily and this is the first thread I read, ZhenZhen you are crazy man but I like you. You cheered me up for sure :lo
Topic: 2010 Mine Exploration Calendar - Preview
Dean Allison

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 10/10/2009 15:57:33   Subject: 2010 Mine Exploration Calendar - Preview
Looks fantastic. Well done to everyone on the ace photography. I'll definitely be wanting a copy :)
Topic: Speleothems in UK mines
Dean Allison

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 13/09/2009 22:09:24   Subject: Speleothems in UK mines
Brilliant, thanks for posting this Vanoord. I know nothing about these things but love seeing them and taking pictures. Good to get some knowledge about it. Cheers :)
Topic: Hidden Earth - Mining Photo competition
Dean Allison

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 13/09/2009 21:54:10   Subject: Competition entry Sparty lea
What the devil is a speleotherm anyway. Is that some kinda spandex caving device??
Topic: Sten trouble
Dean Allison

Forum: Lamps & Lighting   Posted: 12/09/2009 17:34:10   Subject: Sten trouble
Thanks Simon. Should I just send the batteries or the lamp too? I was thinking of just upgrading anyway to the dual capacity batteries. I love the lamp and would hate to have to use anything else unde
Topic: Sten trouble
Dean Allison

Forum: Lamps & Lighting   Posted: 12/09/2009 17:01:57   Subject: Sten trouble
[quote="kate tyler"]No bother with mine...
Could just be the charger light, can you borrow another charger to check??[/quote]

No Kate I dont know anyone local with one. The light works
Topic: Sten trouble
Dean Allison

Forum: Lamps & Lighting   Posted: 12/09/2009 16:08:09   Subject: Sten trouble
I haven't been mine exploring since about May because of a back injury but finally got out again and when charging my Sten I noticed its acting odd. Instead of the charger light going to green when f
Topic: Competition entry Sparty lea
Dean Allison

Forum: The 2009 AditNow Photography Competition   Posted: 06/09/2009 23:09:35   Subject: Competition entry Sparty lea
All great stuff but that first shot is killer. Love it Helen.
Topic: Driving adits & shafts (was 'Hi')
Dean Allison

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 29/06/2009 22:36:17   Subject: Hi
[quote="markg"]Well, thanks for that. I will try not to make too much of a nuisance of myself.

Here's a couple of questions for starters that I have been thinking about.

Firstly,
Topic: Animal headgear
Dean Allison

Forum: North America   Posted: 26/05/2009 17:28:47   Subject: Animal headgear
I just had a look at the photo of my granda's pony that I posted in the Choppington B Pit archive album and it looks like it may have some kind of protection on its head, though its only half in the f
Topic: Tripods?
Dean Allison

Forum: Underground Photography & Video   Posted: 22/05/2009 23:06:54   Subject: Tripods?
[quote="royfellows"]Roy still has it and will be up in July[/quote]

Nice one Roy, cheers :thumbsup:
Topic: Tripods?
Dean Allison

Forum: Underground Photography & Video   Posted: 22/05/2009 22:33:25   Subject: Tripods?
Yes the Manfrotto is recommended for compacts etc but I used mine for all kinds of underground stuff and its really tough. I only got a new one because I left mine in Whitesike mine (Roy found it!)
Topic: Tripods?
Dean Allison

Forum: Underground Photography & Video   Posted: 22/05/2009 17:57:03   Subject: Tripods?
That tripod that I use is a Manfrotto Modo 785B. You can get them for about 29 quid now and they fold up to a small size considering they go quite high. Also have a ball head with a compact pistol gr
Topic: Long lasting coal fires.
Dean Allison

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 20/05/2009 17:34:44   Subject: Long lasting coal fires.
Thats a hell of a long time! The Fenwick Pit spoil heap a couple of miles from my house is still burning after about 30 years. Just found out as there are some teams working on it now, drilling holes
Topic: shilbottle
Dean Allison

Forum: Genealogy   Posted: 18/05/2009 18:05:44   Subject: shilbottle
I've asked a few local ex miners who worked with some of the Shilbottle lads but couldn't get any info, sorry :)
Topic: Breaker Boys
Dean Allison

Forum: North America   Posted: 14/05/2009 17:47:54   Subject: Breaker Boys
I agree, and the one in the album not shown here, with the boss man standing over them with a big stick is really disturbing too. Stuff like this really makes me appreciate the life I have now and gla
Topic: Breaker Boys
Dean Allison

Forum: North America   Posted: 13/05/2009 22:28:00   Subject: Breaker Boys
Wow thanks for posting these Carnkie. I didnt know anything about this. That photo at the top is really quite something.Wonder what the average age of death would have been due to respiratory diseases
Topic: favourite hard hat....
Dean Allison

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 12/05/2009 17:48:26   Subject: favourite hard hat....
I started with a centurion pit hat but didnt like having a peak (kept hitting my camera when I took a shot)
Now, I have the same as Simon was on about and its great and very cheap too.

Topic: Old mens workings
Dean Allison

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 10/05/2009 16:04:54   Subject: Old mens workings
[quote="spitfire"]A word of caution on those sources, do not upload from them could court trouble[/quote]

I was thinking that Spitfire, what with copyright issues etc. It would just be for
Topic: Old mens workings
Dean Allison

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 10/05/2009 14:59:06   Subject: Old mens workings
Thanks Carnkie. Actually I just found out that Woodhorn Colliery museum up here in Northumberland holds national archives. I looked at the index and there are lots of interesting mining documents avai
Topic: shilbottle
Dean Allison

Forum: Genealogy   Posted: 10/05/2009 12:14:04   Subject: shilbottle
Did he work anywhere else after Shilbottle? A lot of the guys from those places like Shilbottle, Whittle, Scremerston, Longhirst etc went to Bates and surrounding pits when the pits were gradually bei
Topic: A Reminder
Dean Allison

Forum: North West England   Posted: 10/05/2009 00:36:22   Subject: A Reminder
[quote="sparty_lea"]I've never felt the need to leave my name in a mine and don't intend ever to do so, but It's cool to see miners graffiti. Some of the stuff left by explorers isnt too bad I guess b
Topic: Here's one for health & safety
Dean Allison

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 09/05/2009 23:48:04   Subject: Here's one for health & safety
[quote="sparty_lea"]This pic of a guy sat on a bath of mercury always intrigued me.
[url]http://www.neatorama.com/tag/mercury/[/url]

probably not too healthy either but looks great fun
Topic: Old mens workings
Dean Allison

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 09/05/2009 23:30:29   Subject: Old mens workings
This is great. Where do you guys find all these old photos? I keep looking for stuff like this but can never find anything.Any tips guys? :)
Topic: The blind miner
Dean Allison

Forum: South West England   Posted: 05/05/2009 00:13:59   Subject: The blind miner
Quite an amazing story that, thanks! I have heard about miners my dad worked with who had limbs missing but having no sight is something else entirely.I cant imagine being blind and working in a mine
Topic: Weather forecast web sites
Dean Allison

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 01/05/2009 00:43:17   Subject: Weather forecast web sites
[quote="royfellows"]Hi Stuey, I knew that you would come and stand by my side!

Advice to everyone, and its non political.
It’s still a free society, unless of course you stand up and h
Topic: More off the peg LED lamps.
Dean Allison

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 29/04/2009 17:34:12   Subject: More off the peg LED lamps.
Just reading the applications list, it says aquarium lighting. Does this mean they can be submerged in water? I dont know much about lamps and batteries but I assume you could run one of these off a S
Topic: Wide angle SLR lenses
Dean Allison

Forum: Underground Photography & Video   Posted: 24/04/2009 23:23:02   Subject: Wide angle SLR lenses
Good to hear nice things about the Sigma 10-20. I am getting some money soon and am after buying one of these for underground photography. Would be interested to know how they perform in low light. :)
Topic: Didn't we have a lovely time - Colliery Day Trips
Dean Allison

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 24/04/2009 18:49:52   Subject: Didn't we have a lovely time - Colliery Day Trips
This is very interesting. I haven't heard of this happening in Northumberland. I wonder if it was just a Notts thing or if there were similar things arranged in other parts of the country.
Topic: Devon Great Consols (photo)
Dean Allison

Forum: South West England   Posted: 21/04/2009 17:33:14   Subject: Devon Great Consols (photo)
I'm curious about those tubs. I have seen ones the same as this up here and wondered if that was a fairly standard design at most mines throughout the country?
Topic: Museum List Project
Dean Allison

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 16/04/2009 19:18:09   Subject: Museum List Project
Woodhorn Colliery Museum
Queen Elizabeth II Country Park
Ashington
Northumberland
NE63 9YF

Tel: 01670 52 80 80

Local colliery museum, holds various events and
Topic: Damage in Smallcleugh
Dean Allison

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 15/04/2009 17:45:21   Subject: Damage in Smallcleugh
PeteJ, thanks for that link. I have just written a cheque to join the NPHT, hope to get involved in some events soon :) :thumbup:
Topic: Graphite Mine
Dean Allison

Forum: North West England   Posted: 14/04/2009 19:11:43   Subject: Graphite Mine
[quote="Colonel Mustard"]I particularly liked this bit :

[i]The lowest adit, guardhouse and associated spoilheap lie within a mixed plantation established during
the 1960’s to ‘hide’ t
Topic: Damage in Smallcleugh
Dean Allison

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 14/04/2009 18:53:27   Subject: Damage in Smallcleugh
Sorry to get slghtly off topic again, I know we are discussing minerals here but someone mentioned rubbish in Smallcleugh which is something annoys me. I always collect a bit if I am down there but us
Topic: Rebel 100 StenLight
Dean Allison

Forum: Lamps & Lighting   Posted: 14/04/2009 17:22:19   Subject: Rebel 100 StenLight
Thanks! Thats not a bad turnaround...birthday next month too, maybe I will have to ask the missus for a Sten mod :thumbsup:
Topic: New site navigation system - now live
Dean Allison

Forum: Site Updates, Suggestions & Corrections   Posted: 12/04/2009 23:49:29   Subject: New site navigation system - now live
I agree with everyone else. Its slick and pro looking and works like a dream :thumbup:
Topic: Rebel 100 StenLight
Dean Allison

Forum: Lamps & Lighting   Posted: 10/04/2009 19:25:35   Subject: Rebel 100 StenLight
Simon, that upgrade looks just the thing. Have you a rough idea of how long it takes from sending off to getting it back? Cheers :)
Topic: Wider page
Dean Allison

Forum: Site Updates, Suggestions & Corrections   Posted: 10/04/2009 15:59:58   Subject: Wider page
Thanks Simon I like it, it looks nicer on my widescreen monitor now. Cheers :thumbup:
Topic: Damage in Smallcleugh
Dean Allison

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 09/04/2009 18:35:08   Subject: Damage in Smallcleugh
Ben I cannot remember, it was in a couple of places, I am sure up in the Smallcleugh Flats, and also somewhere in the same vicinity there was deep narrow cuts into the rock as well, where it had been
Topic: Damage in Smallcleugh
Dean Allison

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 08/04/2009 22:05:26   Subject: Damage in Smallcleugh
[quote="simonrl"]What's been drilled / damaged? I've not been to Nent for a year or so and don't like to think it'll look appreciably different when I go back :([/quote]

Theres a bit I saw
Topic: Damage in Smallcleugh
Dean Allison

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 08/04/2009 21:17:31   Subject: Damage in Smallcleugh
I know how you feel mate. Saw the same thing when we were down a couple of weeks back and found some new drill bits as well. Its a terrible shame. :(
Topic: Weardale/Teesdale this weekend anyone?
Dean Allison

Forum: North East England   Posted: 08/04/2009 19:34:09   Subject: Weardale/Teesdale this weekend anyone?
Hope it is ok posting here, just I'm at a loose end this Easter weekend, wondered if anyone fancies a trip underground somewhere non-SRT around Co. Durham or nearby areas. Am getting withdrawal from
Topic: LED lighting and Photography
Dean Allison

Forum: Underground Photography & Video   Posted: 03/04/2009 17:54:24   Subject: LED lighting and Photography
I just use a Fenix T1 torch, I think its about 200 lumens, discontinued now but I think the TK10 is the same, combined with a Stenlight. Also I use cheapo Tesco led torches for positioning in tunnels
Topic: Prototype StenLight waterproof battery
Dean Allison

Forum: Lamps & Lighting   Posted: 01/04/2009 22:56:33   Subject: Prototype StenLight waterproof battery
[quote="royfellows"]Ha!
This has started Roy athinking[/quote]

I look forward to what you come up with. Your remote controlled flashgun device was genius!
Topic: Miners' Strike 25th Anniversary
Dean Allison

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 09/03/2009 17:39:14   Subject: Miners' Strike 25th Anniversary
[quote="Tezarchaeon"][img]http://img407.imageshack.us/img407/2156/thatcher.gif[/img][/quote]

Haha!! Excellent man, well done :)
Topic: Ayle Colliery Coal Mine
Dean Allison

Forum: North West England   Posted: 02/03/2009 22:42:27   Subject: Ayle Colliery Coal Mine
Thanks Buckhill, this is actually on the other side of the river from Clarghyll, so I assume it must be Ayle. I should have taken a wider angle photo to show the surrounding area but didnt think to at
Topic: Ayle Colliery Coal Mine
Dean Allison

Forum: North West England   Posted: 02/03/2009 17:55:15   Subject: Ayle Colliery Coal Mine
Could anyone tell me if this is ventilation for Ayle colliery? Saw it whilst having a look near Clarghyll colliery but I wasn't sure if it was part of Ayle or not as I am not certain for sure the exac
Topic: What is it?
Dean Allison

Forum: North East England   Posted: 16/02/2009 22:37:25   Subject: What is it?
Could it be an old bell pit? Theres quite a lot of them where I live and they look just like this. Just a guess mind.
Topic: Should I just give up mine exploring?!?
Dean Allison

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 11/02/2009 21:24:09   Subject: Should I just give up mine exploring?!?
Thats weird about the cops at Groverake. I don't understand why anyone would call the police for someone parked on a public road. Is the mine actually visible from any dwellings round there?
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