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

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 18/09/2011 10:26:27   Subject: you know you're English when...
[quote="Roy Morton"]Sir Rowley Birkin......He reminds me so very much of someone I knew many years ago, now sadly departed, had tales of Schooldays at Repton, serving in the Indian Army on horseback,
Topic: you know you're English when...
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 17/09/2011 11:18:06   Subject: you know you're English when...
... or you are the only one NOT laughing at Benny Hill......
Topic: you know you're English when...
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 17/09/2011 07:37:26   Subject: you know you're English when...
for the expats amongst us....

you know you are English when you are the only person in the rec room laughing at Sir Rowley Birkin QC, the rest just look a bit puzzled...

Topic: Gleision Colliery accident 15/09/2011
derrickman

Forum: South Wales   Posted: 16/09/2011 11:35:08   Subject: South Wales colliery miners trapped
I'd like to suggest, on behalf of those members of the forum with varying professional involvements in the field, that all parties refrain from speculative comments

Thank you
Topic: Cornish Invasion at Cwmorthyn this weekend
derrickman

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 16/09/2011 07:32:09   Subject: Cornish Invasion at Cwmorthyn this weekend
seeing as I am currently occupied adding to the plague of windmills cluttering the shipping lanes of the North Sea, perhaps I shouldn't say too much.. although as Our Man Dave has just scrapped the Ra
Topic: 17thC. Lead Mines Near Eyam, Derbyshire
derrickman

Forum: Mining Heritage   Posted: 15/09/2011 18:21:24   Subject: 17thC. Lead Mines Near Eyam, Derbyshire
sounds a thankless task...
Topic: Cornish Invasion at Cwmorthyn this weekend
derrickman

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 15/09/2011 14:58:15   Subject: Cornish Invasion at Cwmorthyn this weekend
I'm sorry to say that during my last two visits, in 2007 and 2009, after many years away, I found Camborne largely unrecognisable and in some cases impossible to even work out where I was.

Topic: Cornish Invasion at Cwmorthyn this weekend
derrickman

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 15/09/2011 13:26:42   Subject: Cornish Invasion at Cwmorthyn this weekend
[quote="Roy Morton"][quote="derrickman"]what about an Ovenfresh one?[/quote]

Not much of a choice...........
Ovenfresh ? oxymoron springs to mind..... :angel:[/quote]

When
Topic: Cornish Invasion at Cwmorthyn this weekend
derrickman

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 14/09/2011 07:30:32   Subject: Cornish Invasion at Cwmorthyn this weekend
what about an Ovenfresh one?
Topic: Electon ladder - strength
derrickman

Forum: SRT Equipment & Training   Posted: 13/09/2011 11:57:06   Subject: Electon ladder - strength
I'm back home in about 2 weeks and I'll lend you some of my old caving books which have a lot of detail about ladder manufacture etc. 4C's used to make their own when I was a member there - it was don
Topic: Electon ladder - strength
derrickman

Forum: SRT Equipment & Training   Posted: 12/09/2011 19:22:33   Subject: Electon ladder - strength
[quote="blackshiver"]Regarding strengh and electon ladder I can assure you it's needed in copious amounts when ascending 300 foot of the stuff in a wetsuit when its hanging in the middle of a waterfal
Topic: Boots or wellies
derrickman

Forum: Exploration Chat   Posted: 12/09/2011 12:56:32   Subject: Boots or wellies
cheap work boots ( especially the fake-cordura sort ) and wet suit socks get my vote. Wellies are horrible.
Topic: Proposed Strike at Penhryn
derrickman

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 26/08/2011 22:37:42   Subject: Proposed Strike at Penhryn
I'm sorry to say that I'd have deep misgivings, whatever their sense of grievance
Topic: Boswin Mine
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 26/08/2011 08:37:17   Subject: Boswin Mine
I'm reminded by a CSM contemporary that the hamlet of Boswyn then consisted of two houses - a 19th-century cottage called Lower Boswyn and a later, larger house called Higher Boswyn.

Both
Topic: Boswin Mine
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 25/08/2011 18:09:31   Subject: Boswin Mine
the Boswyn between Troon and Blackrock was known as "Higher Boswyn" when I lived there in the 70s.
Topic: What's the toughest trip you've ever done?
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 25/08/2011 09:16:03   Subject: What's the toughest trip you've ever done?
[quote="kroca"]Maskgill oxlow on ladder in the 70s is a good one. :thumbsup:[/quote]

not a mine, but the once-notorious Dowber Gill Passage trip http://www.braemoor.co.uk/caving/dowbergill.
Topic: Parys Mountain mine - starting production?
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 23/08/2011 16:31:01   Subject: Parys Mountain mine - starting production?
This sort of thing goes on all the while. There is an unlimited supply of marginal deposits, worked-out old mines and "possibles and probables" of all descriptions. Price spikes for a while and they a
Topic: Sir Francis Level Entrance 2011 (photo)
derrickman

Forum: North West England   Posted: 29/07/2011 19:00:56   Subject: Sir Francis Level Entrance 2011 (photo)
personally, I like the entrance. I'm happy to think that the skills to do this sort of job are still available.

Mining isn't just old stones.
Topic: Williams Shaft, Dolcoath
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 29/07/2011 07:48:45   Subject: Williams Shaft, Dolcoath
I notice that the Great Flat Lode Trail website does not mention Dolcoath, but its piece on Crofty ( although not part of the trail ) only covers events up to 2006, states that it is unlikely to open
Topic: I want to learn about digging/timbering
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 26/07/2011 18:39:58   Subject: I want to learn about digging/timbering
I'd say that "having an experienced miner on the digging team" is the best approach by far.
Topic: I want to learn about digging/timbering
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 25/07/2011 07:24:41   Subject: I want to learn about digging/timbering
FWIW, I would suggest that you avoid this skilled and dangerous subject. Timbering was and is an art as much as a science.

I have to admit that much of what I see on digs makes me cringe o
Topic: Hemerdon Mine - Update
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 21/07/2011 12:34:34   Subject: Hemerdon Mine - Update
this is another hoary old chestnut which has spluttered along for decades; there was extensive sampling and a trial drift there in 1978-80 ( the drift was driven by Cementation, if memory serves? )
Topic: Latest South Crofty News
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 20/07/2011 20:51:33   Subject: Latest South Crofty News
surviving as a contractor in the oil industry is ALL about making the best assessment you can, and following what seems to be a logical course of action consistently.

The 'official' versio
Topic: Latest South Crofty News
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 20/07/2011 14:24:21   Subject: Latest South Crofty News
The last two posts would be very much consistent with the view I'd tend to take; that the Wide Formation has been long known to be very variable, rich in parts, barren in others and very difficult to
Topic: Bid to restore Penrhyn Hunslet
derrickman

Forum: Mine Tramways and Railways   Posted: 19/07/2011 23:17:28   Subject: Bid to restore Penrhyn Hunslet
isnt the rebuilt line 2ft gauge?
Topic: Bid to restore Penrhyn Hunslet
derrickman

Forum: Mine Tramways and Railways   Posted: 19/07/2011 05:56:48   Subject: Bid to restore Penrhyn Hunslet
depends on the demand for the loco and its current state. Welsh Pony comes to mind, along with the restoration of Palmerston, long thought beyond restoration but now back at work
Topic: Yet another for the train buffs... DOUBLE ARROWS!!!
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 19/07/2011 05:55:02   Subject: Yet another for the train buffs... DOUBLE ARROWS!!!
I'm not so sure about "illiterate".

I've had a fair amount of experience of vintage motorcycles over the years and it's nothing unusual to find sub-contracted castings with various generic
Topic: A Question for Those in Cornwall (and a few other places)
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 17/07/2011 14:09:17   Subject: A Question for Those in Cornwall (and a few other places)
I was a casual stage-hand for the Poldark filming for a few days, so I must know more about mining than anybody... except my wife, who managed to sit through the whole thing on tv, more than I ever ma
Topic: A Question for Those in Cornwall (and a few other places)
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 17/07/2011 10:45:03   Subject: A Question for Those in Cornwall (and a few other places)
Our whole system of governance has been saturated with liberal-left chatterati with soft-subject degrees which only make sense in their own terms.

They have no idea how to progress anythin
Topic: Latest South Crofty News
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 16/07/2011 14:54:46   Subject: Latest South Crofty News
ok that makes sense.

There definitely IS tin and other things in that area, it's been well known for decades. It certainly wasn't mineable by traditional methods.

I will read SE
Topic: A Question for Those in Cornwall (and a few other places)
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 16/07/2011 01:17:57   Subject: A Question for Those in Cornwall (and a few other places)
I saw a lot of blokes sidelined for months at Thames Tunnel by this nonsense and it put me firmly in the "dig it up before the Client sees it" camp...
Topic: Latest South Crofty News
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 16/07/2011 01:10:24   Subject: Latest South Crofty News
This is precisely my point - that the MQB Mine Surveyors' ticket, along with a number of other qualifications, is defined extremely narrowly, in terms of coal mining.

strictly speaking, it
Topic: Latest South Crofty News
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 15/07/2011 23:40:50   Subject: Latest South Crofty News
various detail from a number of sources there, covering my original point in detail - ie that traditional Cornish methods of total extraction, narrow vein mining using airlegs and Hudson tubs has been
Topic: Latest South Crofty News
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 14/07/2011 11:34:40   Subject: Latest South Crofty News
I'd be interested to know who the lecturer is- PM me if you like.

I think the main thing about engineering consultants is that much of what they do, and the assumptions and goals that it is
Topic: Latest South Crofty News
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 13/07/2011 22:13:03   Subject: Latest South Crofty News
well, yes. Proper consultants are professionally qualified by recognised institutes, the rest are just shysters

I'm also used to hearing the word 'consultant' applied in the sense of 'freel
Topic: Latest South Crofty News
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 12/07/2011 11:40:08   Subject: Latest South Crofty News
it's a general comment on the deal-driven mentality which pervades our management practices.

Look at the Deepwater Horizon affair and draw your own conclusions, bearing in mind that prior
Topic: Ffestiniog Gravity train
derrickman

Forum: Mine Tramways and Railways   Posted: 12/07/2011 02:47:50   Subject: Ffestiniog Gravity train
Her Majesty's Inspector of railways covers ALL railways, and the regulations are the same. Anyway, the railways were denationalised a long while ago... so all railways are privately owned.
Topic: Ffestiniog Gravity train
derrickman

Forum: Mine Tramways and Railways   Posted: 11/07/2011 21:45:52   Subject: Ffestiniog Gravity train
I'm sue the various regulations relating to railways and their management would provide ample choice....
Topic: Latest South Crofty News
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 11/07/2011 11:30:23   Subject: Latest South Crofty News
I was in Cornwall at a time when the opening of Pendarves, Wheal Jane and Mount Wellington was quite recent history, and I knew people involved in the subsequent closure and re-opening of Wheal Jane.<
Topic: Latest South Crofty News
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 11/07/2011 02:12:50   Subject: Latest South Crofty News
[quote="stuey"]It was always the case with "Wise men of the East".

I have noted a lack of Cornish people in various public sector workplaces in Cornwall. I have nothing to draw from that o
Topic: GPS
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 10/07/2011 17:42:24   Subject: GPS
depends what you want to do with it.

I have the predecessor to the GPG62 and use it for route assessments for pipelines and the like. It gives good results - repeatability typically within
Topic: Latest South Crofty News
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 10/07/2011 17:36:37   Subject: Latest South Crofty News
[quote="scooptram"]see they have apointed the new boss of the place from up london way so much for local jobs and there are loads of mines in london so they know what its all about![/quote]

Topic: Latest South Crofty News
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 10/07/2011 13:01:08   Subject: Latest South Crofty News
would you like to rephrase that last post in some intelligible form?
Topic: hello! caves for children to explore??
derrickman

Forum: New recruits!   Posted: 07/07/2011 14:59:30   Subject: hello! caves for children to explore??
I've never known either of my sons take the least interest in caving or for that matter, what I do at work.

I grew out of football when I was about 13.....
Topic: Resposability for cost Of mine shaft capping
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 07/07/2011 07:34:36   Subject: Resposability for cost Of mine shaft capping
oh yes, I remember [i]that[/i] going on, I was at CSM at the time, which is where quite a bit of the actual assaying was done ( which is why the Min Pro lab was the first part of the Trevenson campus
Topic: Electric trolley riding
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 06/07/2011 19:59:13   Subject: Electric trolley riding
nothing new though.. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Sliding,_Mt._Washington_Railway.jpg
Topic: Resposability for cost Of mine shaft capping
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 06/07/2011 19:55:46   Subject: Resposability for cost Of mine shaft capping
[quote="spitfire"]The removal of dumps in this area would not be permitted, as it is within The World Heritage Site. This was tried at South Dolcoath about a year ago and they were instantly stopped.
Topic: Resposability for cost Of mine shaft capping
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 06/07/2011 03:21:07   Subject: Resposability for cost Of mine shaft capping
that about sums it up. Note also that ( as at Combe Down ) there may not be a "mineral owner" as such, which is to say, no known owner or lessee of those rights, in which case ( by default ) it ends u
Topic: favourite hard hat....
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 14/06/2011 13:21:43   Subject: favourite hard hat....
no, I wasn't at Drakelow. I was on the list for Faulds and also Cwmorthin but in the event, commitments didn't allow either.

Germans do like glow-in-the-dark hats, it appeals to their sense
Topic: favourite hard hat....
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 14/06/2011 11:08:33   Subject: favourite hard hat....
If JSP hard hats have a lamp bracket version, it's news to me. They do have an LED lamp which clips under the brim ( and slips down over your eyes, I'm told ) and an elastic-strap lamp, but no actual
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