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Topic: Dolgellau Gold Belt report
skippy

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 17/08/2016 20:31:05   Subject: Dolgellau Gold Belt report
Well if they are heading for Clogau - I was there with Jack Williams many years ago when he showed me the rich pillar under the creek. And told me it was the only place you'd get any grades. Methin
Topic: Camera Tripod found at Smallclough
skippy

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 10/06/2016 07:42:44   Subject: Camera Tripod found at Smallclough
perhaps if mike pm's me we can organise to catch up. I havent time to drive all over the country dropping things off. I'll be busy with visitors this weekend.
Topic: Camera Tripod found at Smallclough
skippy

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 26/05/2016 22:41:26   Subject: Camera Tripod found at Smallclough
A good friend of mine from Germany recently visited Smallclough mine, and when he came out of the mine, found this camera tripod outside the entrance. If anybody knows who this belongs to, my friend
Topic: Minerals
skippy

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 22/12/2015 11:57:10   Subject: Minerals
Bashing around with a hammer is fine... In the recent rains, millions of tons of rock was washed off the northern Fells of the lake district. There is a 'ban' on mineral collecting in this area. In o
Topic: Minerals
skippy

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 22/12/2015 10:23:25   Subject: Minerals
I should of course poke the fire here and say that mines were only dug in the first place for minerals :-P

There's a place for both - we run the Greenlaws mining project in Weardale that pr
Topic: Minco at Nenthead
skippy

Forum: North East England   Posted: 31/03/2015 09:20:02   Subject: Minco at Nenthead
Well there's at least two mining / exploration geologists on this forum who have experienced the whole process of running shares and rorting the stock market. I spent years in Australia in the middle
Topic: Minco at Nenthead
skippy

Forum: North East England   Posted: 30/03/2015 21:16:13   Subject: Minco at Nenthead
Make up some results, run the share price, mine a few thousand investors pockets, do another hole, and repeat the whole process. The whole thing is a farce from what I've seen of the results to date.
Topic: Carrock Wolframite Mine
skippy

Forum: North West England   Posted: 22/10/2014 19:22:42   Subject: Carrock Wolframite Mine
@Peregrine:
I've tracked Grant down - he's living in Devon now, managing a quarry - have his phone number if you like it. Noel still runs a walling company - based down near Barrow I think. I'd
Topic: Unknown old mine
skippy

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 20/10/2014 19:46:43   Subject: Unknown old mine
Thanks yet again - I've just emailed it all to him. He and his brother own the land - they aren't quite sure what to do with it all. If anyone fancies a look around, let me know and I'll put you in
Topic: Carrock Wolframite Mine
skippy

Forum: North West England   Posted: 19/10/2014 10:33:42   Subject: Carrock Wolframite Mine
Hmmm - fair enough - that's not on. I knew of a beautiful cavity of barite in one of the yorkshire mines that was well hidden. I used to take people down and show them -after looking round the cavit
Topic: Unknown old mine
skippy

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 19/10/2014 10:18:36   Subject: Unknown old mine
Brilliant guys, Thank you! Very much appreciated.. I'll give him the good news that he's an up and coming silver baron! He works for Hanson by the way, so if anyone has access issues, he seems open
Topic: Carrock Wolframite Mine
skippy

Forum: North West England   Posted: 18/10/2014 18:26:52   Subject: Carrock Wolframite Mine
As someone who has lived on the Caldbecks and collected down there with the miners when it was working - what the hell is the problems with someone collecting a few grubby flamin quartz crystals.... I
Topic: BBC Look North, fracking and lead mines.
skippy

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 18/10/2014 18:13:08   Subject: BBC Look North, fracking and lead mines.
As a geologist who has spoken with the BGS consultant expert on the issue - they do not expect any fracking to be successful oop north. There are simply too many major faults and disturbances that wo
Topic: Unknown old mine
skippy

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 18/10/2014 18:06:05   Subject: Unknown old mine
All
I've just done a building survey for a guy who works for a quarrying company. He owns a lead mine, but hasnt a clue what it is called or when worked. This is all he can tell me about it:
Topic: Cornwall
skippy

Forum: North East England   Posted: 17/02/2014 21:31:07   Subject: Cornwall
Just had an email:
Hi came across your pages whilst looking for answers to a puzzle me and my partner came across to day .We live just up the road from Port Quin North Cornwall and often go walki
Topic: Stanhopeburn Valley - Weardale
skippy

Forum: North East England   Posted: 13/03/2013 23:37:51   Subject: Stanhopeburn Valley - Weardale
Gentlemen - Hope Level and cottage is nothing to do with the caravan site. It is another property completely. It is fenced and protected because it is private property which was recently sold to new
Topic: Stanhopeburn Valley - Weardale
skippy

Forum: North East England   Posted: 13/03/2013 20:13:54   Subject: Stanhopeburn Valley - Weardale
The 'lone occupier' of the site at Stanhopeburn is the mine manager - Fang - otherwise known as Malcolm Brown, who developed Cammock Eals. His son owns the Bonny Moorhen in Stanhope.
Topic: Stanhopeburn Valley - Weardale
skippy

Forum: North East England   Posted: 13/03/2013 20:09:34   Subject: Stanhopeburn Valley - Weardale
Hope Level has recently changed hands and is now privately owned. The site is gated and fenced - there are guard dogs loose. There is an agreement in place between the owners and a group of miners t
Topic: West Cumbria Mines Research Society
skippy

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 11/01/2013 18:52:43   Subject: West Cumbria Mines Research Society
Not specifically Alston, Pete - but there were a lot of maps, diagrams and plans - rolls and rolls of them.. I had free access to everything in those days - had a corner of Pete Embreys office that I
Topic: south wales gold panning
skippy

Forum: New recruits!   Posted: 09/01/2013 00:12:47   Subject: south wales gold panning
The excuse was that the Natural History museum shared in the venture - its all about how to look official when you are raping the place! It was a big house too.... :-)

What the hell - you'
Topic: West Cumbria Mines Research Society
skippy

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 08/01/2013 23:21:37   Subject: West Cumbria Mines Research Society
A lot of the russell stuff is still in the natural history museum - I used to spend days down there looking through it when peter embrey was curator...
Topic: south wales gold panning
skippy

Forum: New recruits!   Posted: 08/01/2013 23:12:39   Subject: south wales gold panning
I have in front of me my copy of The Gold Rocks of Gt Britain and Ireland, by John Calvert - fairly famous book... 1854... He mentions Hochsetters grant from Elizabeth 1st, of the Mines Royal company,
Topic: Kalgoorlie Gold Mine
skippy

Forum: Australasia   Posted: 26/11/2012 09:09:40   Subject: Kalgoorlie Gold Mine
Hi there
A lot of english miners went out to Oz - Kambalda is a huge nickel mine to the south of Kalgoorlie, with a big town built by the mining company (Western Mining Corp.) I lived out there f
Topic: Cats Heads
skippy

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 23/11/2012 23:57:50   Subject: Cats Heads
We've found loads of them in the Greenlaws shaft project... Theres a collection of them in the window of the Bluebell Pub - big ones grading down to little tiny ones that we brought out earlier in the
Topic: Hat mounted video camera
skippy

Forum: Underground Photography & Video   Posted: 03/01/2012 12:56:01   Subject: Hat mounted video camera
Further to my short post...

The only problem with the Go Pro 2 is that if you leave the damn thing switched on, even if not filming, it goes flat almost immediately - battery life is nothi
Topic: Hat mounted video camera
skippy

Forum: Underground Photography & Video   Posted: 02/01/2012 20:55:56   Subject: Hat mounted video camera
Ive got a go pro 2... works really well down greenlaws dig in the shaft...... well worth having...

Topic: I want to learn about digging/timbering
skippy

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 27/07/2011 14:32:24   Subject: I want to learn about digging/timbering

[quote]Mine digging is a dangerous activity (fun though) a few years ago I was attempting to put in timber sets preparatory to spiling through some loose ground when the whole chamber ran, about
Topic: Drill recommendation
skippy

Forum: SRT Equipment & Training   Posted: 26/07/2011 14:27:17   Subject: Drill recommendation
We use Milwaukee 28 volt. 4 batteries will last me nearly all day drilling holes and hammering / chopping out slots for timbering and so on down the mine. They are amazing pieces of kit - the best o
Topic: I want to learn about digging/timbering
skippy

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 26/07/2011 14:24:29   Subject: I want to learn about digging/timbering
Stuey

You are more than welcome to have a look at our dig in the weardale - its ambitious - but the principles are the same - start the way you intend to finish, be slow, thorough, very car
Topic: Stolen Oldhams..
skippy

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 04/03/2011 11:44:58   Subject: Stolen Oldhams..
We'll see what happens next couple of days - cont want to let the trail go cold, but they seem to be slipping up at the moment.. More news when to hand..
Topic: Stolen Oldhams..
skippy

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 03/03/2011 18:53:34   Subject: Stolen Oldhams..
They are reckoning without me. I told them if they didnt raid one site, I would. We got to the site just as the police came down the other road, sirens going - you have to kick them into action and
Topic: Stolen Oldhams..
skippy

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 03/03/2011 17:24:35   Subject: Stolen Oldhams..
Hey - just logged back on now The Dog is back in one piece - thanks guys, for all the support. Much appreciated.
We think they are getting sloppy - West Mercia just sent enhanced images to West
Topic: Stolen Oldhams..
skippy

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 01/03/2011 22:26:54   Subject: Stolen Oldhams..
landy stolen at petrol station - organised crime. took my collie dog too the bastards.. bloody gypos
Topic: Stolen Oldhams..
skippy

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 01/03/2011 12:56:23   Subject: Stolen Oldhams..
Stolen from landrover Discovery in the Midlands last weekend - 3 Oldham T6 sets with Mr Mikes LED conversions - one with the new one. Two lamps have distinctive red webbing belts with them, one has a
Topic: Hodbarrow Iron Mine
skippy

Forum: North West England   Posted: 05/12/2010 13:46:12   Subject: Hodbarrow Iron Mine
I recently acquired a magnificent specimen of kidney haematite ore from Hodbarrow from the Hext family, who owned the mine for many years apparently. Captain Hext recently died, and a lot of papers w
Topic: Alderley Edge
skippy

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 28/11/2010 17:49:29   Subject: Alderley Edge
Hard one. The guy who was in the photo was a local resident in Alderley - they were a group of friends who lived there most of their lives, and gave me the photos to copy when we met them in the pub
Topic: Mapping software - any suggestions?
skippy

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 28/11/2010 17:01:51   Subject: Mapping software - any suggestions?
Anyone got a copy of arcview or arcinfo :-)
Topic: Mapping software - any suggestions?
skippy

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 28/11/2010 17:00:25   Subject: Mapping software - any suggestions?
Paul
Mr Mike has already pretty much done this - why not pm him and see what he can do.. You still managing to survive up there? Helen says she's almost snowed in at cherrytree..
pete
Topic: Alderley Edge
skippy

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 28/11/2010 16:52:28   Subject: Alderley Edge
That i couldnt tell you. did he live in alderley?
Topic: Kalgoorlie
skippy

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 28/11/2010 14:02:13   Subject: Kalgoorlie
Sorry folks - getting a bit reminiscent here..

This photo is one I took one night shift, on the 1200 level in North Kalgurli mine, Kalgoorlie, Western Australia while I was shaft geologist
Topic: Alderley Edge
skippy

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 28/11/2010 13:53:31   Subject: Alderley Edge
No worries - pm me an email addie - I've a lot more taken of Steve and Nige in Stump shaft too - I thought that Steve had a set of these pics - I got several sets done at the time. It was an old boy
Topic: Alderley Edge
skippy

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 28/11/2010 12:52:28   Subject: Alderley Edge
I've been going through old photos today. Thought these were rather good - we were given them by an old boy in Alderley many years ago, and photos show a group of explorers in the 1950's, in the Houg
Topic: Access at Nenthead
skippy

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 22/09/2010 19:25:58   Subject: Access at Nenthead
What wont work?

Anyway - trust you, Roy, mmmm... not sure about that...
Good luck with cwmystwyth - friend of mine is vicar around there, and tells some amazing stories about the old t
Topic: Interesting - Reading chalk mine
skippy

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 22/09/2010 19:11:27   Subject: Interesting - Reading chalk mine
Historic Reading chalk mine investigations
September 22nd, 2010

Work is due to start early next year on a £4.3million project to carry out further investigations and stabilisation wor
Topic: Access at Nenthead
skippy

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 22/09/2010 19:10:11   Subject: Access at Nenthead
Thin end of the wedge - bureaucratic bulldust. Difference between lifting a bloody great heavy gate and unscrewing a bolt - zero. Next will be locks and keys. Get your angle grinders out guys..
Topic: Gold Prospectors endanger rare mussels near Dolgellau
skippy

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 09/07/2010 09:57:50   Subject: Gold Prospectors endanger rare mussels near Dolgellau
Thats the one! The guys in the BGS geochem dept gave me info about the place - who was it leased by ???? I met the landowner and he was very accommodating - only let me pan for a day, but boy - was
Topic: Welsh Slate fraud
skippy

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 01/07/2010 13:35:41   Subject: Welsh Slate fraud
And this one - presume you locals all know about it...

[url]http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/north_west/8040648.stm[/url]

Pete
Topic: Cwm Rheidol
skippy

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 01/07/2010 13:33:52   Subject: Cwm Rheidol
Just came across this when looking for something else ..

[url]http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/mid/8057388.stm[/url]

Dont know if of interest..

Topic: Low Slit Mine (Weardale) - Restoration
skippy

Forum: North East England   Posted: 23/06/2010 17:53:59   Subject: Low Slit Mine (Weardale) - Restoration
Unfortunately I think they are blocking access to the shaft... we had an opportunity to go in before they started messing with it, but not a lot of time to do so. I suspect its a case of 'look' but d
Topic: English Heritage draft consultation.
skippy

Forum: Mining Heritage   Posted: 18/06/2010 15:17:53   Subject: English Heritage draft consultation.
Fair comment! Methinks we need more of this attitude...
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