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Topic: Gleision Colliery accident 15/09/2011
derrickman

Forum: South Wales   Posted: 20/10/2011 10:52:30   Subject: Gleision Colliery accident 15/09/2011
It does seem to me to be essentially an arse-covering exercise sent out by people lacking experience and primarily concerned with litigation avoidance.

That said, it's clear that some very
Topic: Devon and Cornwall industrial sites at Risk
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 20/10/2011 10:41:52   Subject: Devon and Cornwall industrial sites at Risk
It shows how out-of-touch the whole preservation and restoration scene is. Ask for £60,000 a year for a fairly senior management role in the civil engineering industry and they run away screaming.
Topic: Devon and Cornwall industrial sites at Risk
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 19/10/2011 13:18:02   Subject: Devon and Cornwall industrial sites at Risk
I have been to Geevor a couple of times and I find the general atmosphere quite unsettling, the smell of damp concrete, week-old newspapers, life-expired wellies and ancient drains in the dry is EXACT
Topic: "Coal" on Discovery Channel
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 19/10/2011 13:03:59   Subject: yee-haw....
oh, you saw it as well? :lol:

joking apart, from experience of rig-pigs and good ol' boys from Redneck County, South Texaco, it looked pretty familiar... right down to the continuous-mi
Topic: "Coal" on Discovery Channel
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 19/10/2011 08:52:53   Subject: "Coal" on Discovery Channel
watched the new "Coal" programme on Discovery last night. Basically a revisiting of the "rednecks with dirty faces" genre, along the lines of "Deadliest Catch" and "Ice Road Truckers".

Thi
Topic: Devon and Cornwall industrial sites at Risk
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 19/10/2011 07:45:35   Subject: Devon and Cornwall industrial sites at Risk
no disrespect to those members of the forum involved in the direct management of preserved mines and mining sites, but I long ago realised that preservation and "historical interpretation" are a self-
Topic: Endangered species?
derrickman

Forum: Rest of World   Posted: 16/10/2011 08:47:37   Subject: Endangered species?
I was in Tunisia a few years ago and there was a huge mountain of the stuff at Sfax, sending a fine drift of foul-tasting dust over the town at times.

Build more wind-farms!! At least till
Topic: Big Pit Blaenafon: mine manager post advertised
derrickman

Forum: South Wales   Posted: 16/10/2011 06:39:26   Subject: Big Pit Blaenafon: mine manager post advertised
best time to go, while they are young enough to accept it.

Securing wife's agreement is rarely possible! Present them with a fait accompli and lots of chocolate. Tell them Australia is whe
Topic: Big Pit Blaenafon: mine manager post advertised
derrickman

Forum: South Wales   Posted: 14/10/2011 10:04:34   Subject: Big Pit Blaenafon: mine manager post advertised
Since you mention Combe Down, it would be relevant to point out that this project had two Mine Managers plus a Deputy Manager.

Of the three, One Manager and the Deputy Manager were NCB qua
Topic: Black Park coal mine opening
derrickman

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 11/10/2011 22:08:18   Subject: Black Park coal mine opening
I thought that post was long enough already :). The point I was making was that recovering a vessel of any size, from any significant depth, using airbags simply isn't feasible.

I wasn't in
Topic: Black Park coal mine opening
derrickman

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 11/10/2011 14:42:20   Subject: Black Park coal mine opening
doesn't much suprise me that there is a history of open-cast coal mining around there.

In passing, the airbags used in conjunction with the [i]Rainbow Warrior[/i] were apparently auxiliary
Topic: Black Park coal mine opening
derrickman

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 11/10/2011 13:56:45   Subject: Black Park coal mine opening
this is all getting a bit wierd.

I'd assume that the source for John Pierce finding the [i]Titanic[/i] was this http://www.paullee.com/titanic/titanicfound.html or one of several similar p
Topic: Big Pit Blaenafon: mine manager post advertised
derrickman

Forum: South Wales   Posted: 11/10/2011 11:46:35   Subject: Big Pit Blaenafon: mine manager post advertised
Things will undoubtedly move towards unification. CSM now do a "mining surveying" module which counts towards RICS membership; once you are RICS or CEng, that can be progressed to Eur Ing registration
Topic: Amazing cliff collapse....
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 11/10/2011 08:57:25   Subject: Amazing cliff collapse....
"highlight of his career"? Tells you quite a lot about geologists... ::)
Topic: Booze, Beer and the Gutter
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 11/10/2011 00:15:56   Subject: Booze, Beer and the Gutter
... and the pig got up and slowly walked away....
Topic: Big Pit Blaenafon: mine manager post advertised
derrickman

Forum: South Wales   Posted: 10/10/2011 12:24:44   Subject: Big Pit Blaenafon: mine manager post advertised
surveyors are even worse.

The last one qualified several years ago. There is one doing an apprenticeship and that's it. The last scheduled exam, in 2009, was cancelled when all three candi
Topic: Amazing cliff collapse....
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 09/10/2011 12:32:13   Subject: Amazing cliff collapse....
they were quite likely filmed over a period of time, to monitor the ongoing development of the crack, this would be quite usual. So it's probably fortuitous that the fall was actually caught on camera
Topic: Amazing cliff collapse....
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 09/10/2011 10:35:43   Subject: Amazing cliff collapse....
cliff failures in Cornwall are hardly unknown, and the sequence of events is well known. I'd heard on the grapevine that this one had been under scrutiny for quite some time.
Topic: Black Park coal mine opening
derrickman

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 09/10/2011 09:50:55   Subject: Black Park coal mine opening
[quote="staffordshirechina"]From memory, I think there is a minimum quantity that is below the need for a licence. So if you had a well in your garden and pulled domestic water out then you wouldn't e
Topic: Black Park coal mine opening
derrickman

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 08/10/2011 17:11:33   Subject: Black Park coal mine opening
[quote="staffordshirechina"]There is no such thing as free water!
You still have to have an abstraction licence and pay the Environment Agency a fee.
Even if you have to pump the water to ke
Topic: Black Park coal mine opening
derrickman

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 08/10/2011 11:22:09   Subject: Black Park coal mine opening
does this mean that the true function of the "mine" is to provide free, or at least un-metered for the cost of pumping, water for agricultural use?
Topic: Big Pit Blaenafon: mine manager post advertised
derrickman

Forum: South Wales   Posted: 08/10/2011 07:08:59   Subject: Big Pit Blaenafon: mine manager post advertised
I've never seen black powder used in a commercial mine so I don't know how it would have been ignited. Orwell refers to "blasting powder" in "Down The Mine" ( describing events set in 1935-7 ) http://
Topic: Big Pit Blaenafon: mine manager post advertised
derrickman

Forum: South Wales   Posted: 08/10/2011 00:08:02   Subject: Big Pit Blaenafon: mine manager post advertised
This thread seems to be straying in a number of directions and a number of red herrings have been introduced. Perhaps a measure of clarification would be valuable.

Firstly, the Mine Surveyo
Topic: Big Pit Blaenafon: mine manager post advertised
derrickman

Forum: South Wales   Posted: 07/10/2011 06:37:43   Subject: Big Pit Blaenafon: mine manager post advertised
I think anyone applying for a post at a coal mining museum would probably work out for themselves, that they needed a coal mining ticket.

I had a similar experience regarding the Mine Surve
Topic: Big Pit Blaenafon: mine manager post advertised
derrickman

Forum: South Wales   Posted: 06/10/2011 20:31:21   Subject: Big Pit Blaenafon: mine manager post advertised
really, it is a retirement job for someone who is no longer interested in running a production mine but still fit for a job requiring experience, or has given up the idea of becoming a production mana
Topic: Big Pit Blaenafon: mine manager post advertised
derrickman

Forum: South Wales   Posted: 06/10/2011 18:28:01   Subject: Big Pit Blaenafon: mine manager post advertised
"1st class certificate of competency" is specifically a coal-mining qualification. It could not be otherwise because that's what the law says.
Topic: Big Pit Blaenafon: mine manager post advertised
derrickman

Forum: South Wales   Posted: 06/10/2011 07:07:04   Subject: Big Pit Blaenafon: mine manager post advertised
the dinosaurs at the Ministry will fight to the last to keep it a closed shop for ex-NCB men, you may be sure of that.

Topic: Vanoord's a Joke
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 05/10/2011 09:55:12   Subject: Vanoord's a Joke
how many Cheltenham Ladies' College girls does it take to change a lightbulb? Just one... she stands and holds the bulb and the world revolves around her....
Topic: New Opencast in Newcastle City Centre
derrickman

Forum: North East England   Posted: 05/10/2011 03:20:43   Subject: New Opencast in Newcastle City Centre
[quote="Ty Gwyn"]Makes sense to extract the coal if the ground is collapsing from shallow workings,

But strange ,they did nt think of this before building around this site,some of them buil
Topic: Cwmorthin - FoC statement 28/09/11
derrickman

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 03/10/2011 08:09:51   Subject: Cwmorthin - FoC statement 28/09/11
to be honest, I can see why the various rumours and grumblings about "hidden agenda" etc have become current.

It's difficult to see how things could otherwise have progressed, but I have
Topic: Cwmorthin - FoC statement 28/09/11
derrickman

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 01/10/2011 13:58:22   Subject: Cwmorthin - FoC statement 28/09/11
[quote="jagman"][quote="Vanoord"]
I don't entirely understand the relationship between the forthcoming commercial operation in Cwmorthin and FoC, so it's difficult to expand the comparison.[/quot
Topic: Cwmorthin - FoC statement 28/09/11
derrickman

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 01/10/2011 08:03:47   Subject: Cwmorthin - FoC statement 28/09/11
I think the real point of the matter has now been aired. "Commercial adventure tours" - presumably along the lines of the ones at Corris? Is this what the accusations of "politics" and "hidden agendas
Topic: That Vauxhall Frontera
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 01/10/2011 06:29:00   Subject: That Vauxhall Frontera
I assume that's one of the later, Isuzu-type Fronteras, not the original "Cavalier-on-steroids" joke?

how about this? ... http://metro-novyafon.narod.ru/
Topic: Cwmorthin - FoC statement 28/09/11
derrickman

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 01/10/2011 05:57:10   Subject: Cwmorthin - FoC statement 28/09/11
actually, I don't really care [i]what[/i] the politics are, as long as I don't have to get involved in them... I've never known a group of any sort with [i]none[/i], least of all a group with funds of
Topic: Cwmorthin - FoC statement 28/09/11
derrickman

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 30/09/2011 08:27:03   Subject: Cwmorthin - FoC statement 28/09/11
reverting a bit closer to the OP, personally I'd much rather have access without involving myself in the sometimes complex and contentious internal politics of clubs.

If someone or some gr
Topic: Cwmorthin - FoC statement 28/09/11
derrickman

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 29/09/2011 22:29:20   Subject: Cwmorthin - FoC statement 28/09/11
[quote="simonrl"][quote="derrickman"][quote="Llion"] Being a local, Llan, if ever the place got working again, somehow i dont think us "locals" would find employment up there !! Having worked at Oakel
Topic: Cwmorthin - FoC statement 28/09/11
derrickman

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 29/09/2011 22:00:29   Subject: Cwmorthin - FoC statement 28/09/11
[quote/] Being a local, Llan, if ever the place got working again, somehow i dont think us "locals" would find employment up there !! Having worked at Oakeley i know what goes on; such as the latest a
Topic: Cwmorthin - FoC statement 28/09/11
derrickman

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 29/09/2011 19:16:32   Subject: Cwmorthin - FoC statement 28/09/11
[quote="rufenig"]I understand that nothing much above lake level was any good after the Welsh Slate Co. left it.
Remember they caused "The Great Fall" in Oakley quarry by leaving the lower quarry
Topic: Cwmorthin - FoC statement 28/09/11
derrickman

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 29/09/2011 19:11:18   Subject: Cwmorthin - FoC statement 28/09/11
then again, I hear much the same thing about some Cornish mines.. one in particular....

That's just how things work. People have the opportunity to do something, no-one else is doing it so
Topic: Cwmorthin - FoC statement 28/09/11
derrickman

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 29/09/2011 15:19:53   Subject: Cwmorthin - FoC statement 28/09/11
Old workings attract a steady stream of speculative drilling, sampling, jockeying for position, buying rights in the hope of selling them on at a profit, all sorts of odd jobs to dispose of small sums
Topic: Cwmorthin - FoC statement 28/09/11
derrickman

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 29/09/2011 12:59:55   Subject: Cwmorthin - FoC statement 28/09/11
[quote="JohnnearCfon"][quote="derrickman"]It has to be borne on mind that Cwmorthin was and remains, a mine and not a cave. If the landowner wishes to lease it for exploratory drilling, he would be qu
Topic: Williams Shaft, Dolcoath
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 28/09/2011 22:34:02   Subject: Williams Shaft, Dolcoath
.. then report it to the police and see how you get on, they will not give a fishermans' fart.
Topic: Cwmorthin - FoC statement 28/09/11
derrickman

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 28/09/2011 22:32:42   Subject: Cwmorthin - FoC statement 28/09/11
It has to be borne on mind that Cwmorthin was and remains, a mine and not a cave. If the landowner wishes to lease it for exploratory drilling, he would be quite justified in doing so; it was original
Topic: Hand Drilling
derrickman

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 27/09/2011 18:44:21   Subject: Hand Drilling
I've done it. Hard, slow, it's not easy to find the right steels either. Various references typically indicate a single-edge or cruciform bit about 20mm in diameter, smaller than modern steels because
Topic: Perranporth Adits
derrickman

Forum: South Wales   Posted: 21/09/2011 07:43:37   Subject: Perranporth Adits
it's been a long time and the grey cells are faded a bit, but Blue Hills and Turnavore's Shaft come to mind?
Topic: you know you're English when...
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 19/09/2011 14:45:10   Subject: you know you're English when...
.. I would say that was top-slice, production-grade techno-babble :smartass:
Topic: you know you're English when...
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 19/09/2011 09:23:26   Subject: you know you're English when...
sorry, old chap, I'm afraid I don't understand your banter (qv)

surely you mean "[i]interploate a data patch"[/i] ? :thumbsup:
Topic: Tin Streaming mills and Stamp mills, Difference??
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 18/09/2011 19:02:00   Subject: Tin Streaming mills and Stamp mills, Difference??
the streaming plant on the Brea road was Whear Tin at one time. It was owned by a chap called Peter Whear who had a number of houses in the Fore Street area which were let to CSM students.
Topic: you know you're English when...
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 18/09/2011 18:41:13   Subject: you know you're English when...
I thought you were making that up, but... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freddie_Frinton

sounds like "Arthur Atkinson" on The Fast Show....

Topic: you know you're English when...
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 18/09/2011 16:04:07   Subject: you know you're English when...
ah, German humour....... HO!HO!HO!

I was in Germany not so long ago. In the course of an evenings' ( paralysingly boring ) tv while waiting for an early flight, I saw The Harry Enfield Show
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