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Posts by Tony Blair

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Topic: St Day Subsidence
Tony Blair

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 22/07/2016 13:27:20   Subject: St Day Subsidence
We have no experience working in an underground mine, like 99% of the other staff who are/work for consultants. Do some further digging and you'll see others who have partially relevant degrees. It is
Topic: St Day Subsidence
Tony Blair

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 22/07/2016 10:16:55   Subject: St Day Subsidence
Forums are not the place for anyone to wear their work hat.

WB has recently made some significant errors in it's hole-related reporting. I don't think anyone sensible would want to be tarre
Topic: St Day Subsidence
Tony Blair

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 09/04/2016 00:11:22   Subject: St Day Subsidence
If you put MRO-R18 over R245 and get it to line up properly, Muttrall Shaft corresponds to Muttrall West Shaft, which is sunk on the rather-stoped tin lode. There is a bit of a historic enigma which H
Topic: Potentially useful gadget
Tony Blair

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 06/04/2016 12:41:40   Subject: Potentially useful gadget
Very interesting. I imagine backfilled features will confuse it. Also many features close together, but perhaps covered/inaccessible.

I'm going to stick with a drill rig or digger for the
Topic: Much Around Hayle?
Tony Blair

Forum: South West England   Posted: 27/02/2016 19:14:33   Subject: Much Around Hayle?
Give me a shout when you're down. I'll drag you down some holes.
Topic: Crinnis mine
Tony Blair

Forum: South West England   Posted: 02/02/2016 16:52:54   Subject: Crinnis mine
When the gunnislake shaft collapse happened, smoke came out of the civic centre. (when they heard how much the shaft capping was going to cost).
Topic: Kong Speleagle
Tony Blair

Forum: SRT Equipment & Training   Posted: 04/01/2016 21:36:27   Subject: Kong Speleagle
Estwing pick and stubby spanner here. :thumbsup:
Topic: Maps
Tony Blair

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 02/01/2016 16:47:06   Subject: Maps
It's a shame the really high res lidar data wasn't released. Whilst it's quite good for highlighting oddities in fields (like tips and outcrops) it's not so great for smaller features.

Topic: Glynn
Tony Blair

Forum: New recruits!   Posted: 28/12/2015 18:49:14   Subject: Glynn
http://crocat.cornwall.gov.uk/DServe/searchpage.htm
Topic: Graffiti in DGC
Tony Blair

Forum: South West England   Posted: 28/12/2015 18:33:51   Subject: Graffiti in DGC
Stowes Shaft or the "hole"?

Topic: Graffiti in DGC
Tony Blair

Forum: South West England   Posted: 23/12/2015 17:04:54   Subject: Graffiti in DGC
I don't remember it being like any of those.

Did I also see it up the top of the pull through?

I remember it being in the main stope?
Topic: Graffiti in DGC
Tony Blair

Forum: South West England   Posted: 22/12/2015 16:09:48   Subject: Graffiti in DGC
I saw this the other day. (Went in with a key, for the record).
Topic: Tin dressing
Tony Blair

Forum: South West England   Posted: 15/12/2015 23:25:22   Subject: Tin dressing
[quote="Bill L"]Re. this: anyone know what is meant by 'beam tin'?[/quote]

I wonder whether it's more specific and concerned with or similar to the ore (coarse and pure and in a clay gangue
Topic: SRT set up conundrum.
Tony Blair

Forum: SRT Equipment & Training   Posted: 15/12/2015 17:44:21   Subject: SRT set up conundrum.
Handle-less is a left....you could probably use it as a right, but it would be a bit odd. The handled are handed and are mirror images. The left handle less one is a bit like the right handled one, fr
Topic: SRT set up conundrum.
Tony Blair

Forum: SRT Equipment & Training   Posted: 15/12/2015 12:35:17   Subject: SRT set up conundrum.
If you look at a left handed handled ascender and left handed non-handled ascender, they are different animals in terms of their catches. The handle-less one has a catch suited to right hand operation
Topic: Any Ideas?
Tony Blair

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 13/12/2015 10:35:29   Subject: Any Ideas?
I remember boiling some sulphuric acid in the kitchen to concentrate it when I was young (using one of mother's prestige stainless pans). It was going great and then there was this very vigorous react
Topic: What is under YOUR feet?
Tony Blair

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 11/12/2015 14:49:12   Subject: What is under YOUR feet?
Perranporth Airfield is very interesting. There are some sags in the tarmac associated with the outcrop of Good Fortune Lode. It isn't clear how the shafts are capped. I suspect they predate operation
Topic: Tin back on the agenda
Tony Blair

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 09/12/2015 12:19:14   Subject: Tin back on the agenda
It will be interesting to see how the China Crunch and metal demand crisis combines with the forthcoming supply crunch with tin. (2017).

Probably everything staying approx the same.
Topic: Lost mining archive - Derbyshire, Cornwall, etc
Tony Blair

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 09/12/2015 09:44:48   Subject: Lost mining archive - Derbyshire, Cornwall, etc
I gather there was an incident where a load of plans from Cornwall Record Office were returned to the Coal Authority for perusal and these were "lost in transit" (on a train). They included R72, which
Topic: Any Ideas?
Tony Blair

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 08/12/2015 15:55:13   Subject: Any Ideas?
Oil of vitriol is Oleum....which is exciting stuff. A school I did TP in pipetted a winchester of it down a sink (with excess water) as they were not allowed it and the disposal costs were huge. I was
Topic: Lost mining archive - Derbyshire, Cornwall, etc
Tony Blair

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 08/12/2015 15:47:14   Subject: Lost mining archive - Derbyshire, Cornwall, etc
Cornwall and Devon Stuff. (A very quick check, it could take hours)

Treburgett, possibly MRO-855 or R44
Eursdon = Fursdon aka Ramsley. MRO-5945 (or similar) Fursdon plans referred to a
Topic: The end of deep coal mining in Britain, The Guardian
Tony Blair

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 06/12/2015 11:09:59   Subject: The end of deep coal mining in Britain, The Guardian
What a mess?

For those of you who are wondering what the hell Britain will be based on, may I suggest you get this and have a read?

http://www.amazon.co.uk/End-Work-Decline-Glob
Topic: Penpoll Tin Mine
Tony Blair

Forum: North West England   Posted: 02/12/2015 12:02:23   Subject: Penpoll Tin Mine
Also looks like it's got an elvis leg. :lol:
Topic: Penpoll Tin Mine
Tony Blair

Forum: North West England   Posted: 02/12/2015 10:23:04   Subject: Penpoll Tin Mine
I remember being quite close to some activity regarding this. One of the manufacturers of tin trinkets was/is running rather low on their stock of tin. Wind of this giant haul had been got and some of
Topic: Penpoll Tin Mine
Tony Blair

Forum: North West England   Posted: 01/12/2015 14:12:35   Subject: Penpoll Tin Mine
If it was off the SS Cheerful or whatever it was called, you'll be tracked down and shouted at by another vendor of those bars!

I recall a diving firm at Falmouth had recovered a load of th
Topic: Landjoff oversuit.
Tony Blair

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 01/12/2015 09:39:15   Subject: Landjoff oversuit.
Interesting idea about the wiring loom.

Landjoff are one of the best companies to deal with IMO. Their rope bags are excellent.

I'd be interested in knowing how Landjoff's over
Topic: Tin back on the agenda
Tony Blair

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 29/11/2015 20:28:01   Subject: Tin back on the agenda
There is nothing nuanced about it. Unless you have some sort of a viable storage scheme, the huge investment in windmills and wasting-good-land aka solar is just unworkable utopian rubbish.

Topic: Tin back on the agenda
Tony Blair

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 28/11/2015 15:15:02   Subject: Tin back on the agenda
I do wonder whether we are playing some sort of long game with coal. Listening to this eco-hysteria from the various true believers about carbon capture technology, I think not. I think these people h
Topic: Tin back on the agenda
Tony Blair

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 28/11/2015 13:14:18   Subject: Tin back on the agenda
[quote="Boy Engineer"]Welcome back. Good to hear the voice of reason entering the debate, rather than the rantings of some of the swivel-eyed loons that occasionally pop up on the interweb. Your image
Topic: Tin back on the agenda
Tony Blair

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 28/11/2015 12:31:52   Subject: Tin back on the agenda
I'll see it when I believe it.

I'd like to be able to bet against anything happening in Cornwall, because if it does, I will shave my own arse before smoking the clippings in a pipe.
Topic: Lamp Suggestion
Tony Blair

Forum: Lamps & Lighting   Posted: 26/11/2015 23:44:02   Subject: Lamp Suggestion
Having a RF 3500 a RF 1750 and a Scurion 1500, the 1750 is the best lamp in terms of amount of light, quality of light and value.
Topic: Gear review: Camp Turbochest
Tony Blair

Forum: SRT Equipment & Training   Posted: 14/11/2015 21:55:49   Subject: Gear review: Camp Turbochest
It's a nice piece of kit. I haven't used mine yet, but it has a feel of quality about it, which the Petzl gear lacks. It's very well made.

It would also make a good knee ascender. I don't
Topic: Carbis Bay disappearing one shaft at a time
Tony Blair

Forum: South West England   Posted: 04/11/2015 18:05:05   Subject: Carbis Bay disappearing one shaft at a time
I know someone who had a look at it in greater detail.

It corresponds to an adit shaft on the plans, which following inspection, appears to have been sunk on the outcrop of something. As I
Topic: Blackett Level Oxygen Level Warning
Tony Blair

Forum: North East England   Posted: 31/10/2015 19:09:37   Subject: Blackett Level Oxygen Level Warning
I've got an old Williams one mum picked up in a lot at an auction sale. It is quite bashed up and has a crab on it in addition to the hook. I've experimented with using it with all different sorts of
Topic: Mine working in Sandy Lane, Redruth?
Tony Blair

Forum: South West England   Posted: 29/10/2015 12:19:51   Subject: Mine working in Sandy Lane, Redruth?
Sandy lane is the problem end of Redruth. It's also very old.

1. The Ordnance Survey maps only give you a part of the picture as many of the earlier shafts were obliterated.

2.
Topic: Tailings dam spills 3 million gallons.
Tony Blair

Forum: North America   Posted: 23/10/2015 15:31:34   Subject: Tailings dam spills 3 million gallons.
Closer to home, it would be interesting to know what's going on at Wheal Jane. The adit portal has been totally and utterly obliterated. They can't just go on pumping forever, as the water is now gett
Topic: Tailings dam spills 3 million gallons.
Tony Blair

Forum: North America   Posted: 23/10/2015 11:50:49   Subject: Tailings dam spills 3 million gallons.
Things like this are inevitable. You don't maintain abandoned mines and this will continue to happen, it's the very nature of them.

They've got a choice. Maintain the drainage levels, or p
Topic: Hot Cornish Mines
Tony Blair

Forum: Member Projects   Posted: 30/09/2015 11:43:56   Subject: Hot Cornish Mines
I think the idea was to use the water largely as the heat reservoir/medium, rather than the rocks themselves (mine wallrock in the more normal groundsource. It would probably be cheaper to bore a 90m
Topic: Rope ?
Tony Blair

Forum: South West England   Posted: 29/09/2015 21:13:16   Subject: Rope ?
Bogey knights is awesome. Whether you want some frigate paint or a space suit or a 8" spanner.

I'll have to pop by at some point Lozz.
Topic: Great wheal busy 90" engine
Tony Blair

Forum: South West England   Posted: 19/09/2015 19:44:17   Subject: Great wheal busy 90
In 1910.
Topic: What is under YOUR feet?
Tony Blair

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 02/09/2015 13:29:13   Subject: What is under YOUR feet?
It will be interesting to see how the coal authority changes it's remit with the ongoing and final looking demise of UK Coal. They do have a commercial arm involved in consultancy and activities relat
Topic: Oxygen detector
Tony Blair

Forum: Exploration Chat   Posted: 19/08/2015 19:58:17   Subject: Oxygen detector
The chap I was doing this mucking around with was a medical doc. The next step was to repeat all of the previous experiments, but directly measure arterial oxygen saturation. At this point he became a
Topic: Oxygen detector
Tony Blair

Forum: Exploration Chat   Posted: 18/08/2015 22:39:15   Subject: Oxygen detector
A long time ago, when I started exploring Cornwall's Central Mines, my attention was initially pipped by United and Consols. 2 of the biggest copper mines of the old world, United having an unlined ru
Topic: Oxygen detector
Tony Blair

Forum: Exploration Chat   Posted: 14/08/2015 18:37:36   Subject: Oxygen detector
Disposable O2 meter (keep it in a fridge, with a O2 stripper and the sensor will last longer). Unit fails when O2 sensor fails.

Or half decent 4 gas meter like a BW with individual sensors
Topic: Riley mine.
Tony Blair

Forum: South West England   Posted: 22/07/2015 00:12:52   Subject: Riley mine.
Badgers have setts.

I think I have a section of Riley Mine somewhere. Not on this computer though.
Topic: mine shaft
Tony Blair

Forum: South West England   Posted: 09/07/2015 22:15:28   Subject: mine shaft
I make a point out of being on the scene of anything that opens up and getting down it, if it goes.

That's been open a few years.
Topic: mine shaft
Tony Blair

Forum: South West England   Posted: 09/07/2015 18:25:09   Subject: mine shaft
Looks like North Wheal Busy engine shaft IIRC. The adit is blocked there and water is about 8ft down the shaft. There are several collapse features in fields around there, all of them will be water-up
Topic: Carn Brea Castle tunnel
Tony Blair

Forum: South West England   Posted: 12/06/2015 11:04:23   Subject: Carn Brea Castle tunnel
I'm up for this. It's a good project and CSL is up the road.
Topic: Carn Brea Castle tunnel
Tony Blair

Forum: South West England   Posted: 11/06/2015 22:44:07   Subject: Carn Brea Castle tunnel
Or you have the pleasure of ordering 3 documents and get 3 pieces of A6 tracing paper with a line on and then it's lunchtime. DRO are better in this respect.

Then there is the other. "This
Topic: Carn Brea Castle tunnel
Tony Blair

Forum: South West England   Posted: 11/06/2015 22:00:43   Subject: Carn Brea Castle tunnel
No it was a half sarcastic comment regarding shortcutting the huge amount of work involved.

The Cornwall Archaeological Unit were behind many of the reports, which are now accessible from
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