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Posts by derrick man

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Topic: Novel, but fatal, use of a straw hat
derrick man

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 04/05/2020 12:39:56   Subject: Novel, but fatal, use of a straw hat
[quote="Peter Burgess"]I am using this time of "house arrest" to trawl the internet for archives relating to the various places of interest to me. In 1890, there was an appalling accident in the silic
Topic: United Downs copper
derrick man

Forum: South West England   Posted: 13/04/2020 19:08:51   Subject: United Downs copper
I don’t have the detail to hand, and I’ve forgotten most of what I knew forty-odd years ago about United Downs, but I find it extremely difficult to believe that the “old man” would leave a deposit of
Topic: Croesor Rhosydd TT - latest gear/boat situation?
derrick man

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 15/02/2020 15:00:55   Subject: Croesor Rhosydd TT - latest gear/boat situation?
[quote="JonK"]I am often puzzled why people bother with the boats. I have always worn a wetsuit and a buoyancy aid and swam across. Be warned however I once got tangled in one of the ropes across the
Topic: South Crofty - current situation?
derrick man

Forum: South West England   Posted: 14/02/2020 02:44:19   Subject: South Crofty - current situation?
[quote="The Fresh Prince of Portreath"][quote="waggy"]Just seen an update Strongbow are raising another $2 mil by private placement for more drilling at Crofty (always room for more!) and working capi
Topic: Construction Phase of 'Woodsmith Mine' Launched by Sirius Minerals
derrick man

Forum: North East England   Posted: 20/01/2020 21:42:06   Subject: Construction Phase of 'Woodsmith Mine' Launched by Sirius Minerals
I’m working at present at a Tunnelling job near Peterborough, and one of the managers was at Sirius before being chopped suddenly... he seems to be expecting a call...
Topic: South Crofty - current situation?
derrick man

Forum: South West England   Posted: 15/01/2020 09:03:28   Subject: South Crofty - current situation?
Tbh, in an area as small, and as thoroughly picked over as West Cornwall, I’d rate the chances of finding viable deposits which can be worked by historically used techniques as round about, three part
Topic: South Crofty - current situation?
derrick man

Forum: South West England   Posted: 15/01/2020 03:58:19   Subject: South Crofty - current situation?
[quote="Boy Engineer"][quote]and pointy shoes[/quote]

..... And the other thing, at the risk of taking us further off-topic, were the number of folk who pulled their shirtsleeves up at the
Topic: South Crofty - current situation?
derrick man

Forum: South West England   Posted: 15/01/2020 03:40:20   Subject: South Crofty - current situation?
Treliver was a new one on me. An interesting example of the power of the internet, in some ways.

Found some photos, which were an interesting look at this sort of low-level field operation
Topic: Report spam
derrick man

Forum: New recruits!   Posted: 04/01/2020 08:51:58   Subject: Report spam
Doesn’t this forum have a function to report spam? There is an obvious spambot, a few posts down..
Topic: Wheal Peevor
derrick man

Forum: South West England   Posted: 30/12/2019 14:40:03   Subject: Wheal Peevor
This is all a bit nostalgic. When I first saw the Great Flat Lode engine houses, in the 1970s they were pretty much inaccessible for the gorse and other overgrowth, like lost cities in the South Ameri
Topic: South Crofty - current situation?
derrick man

Forum: South West England   Posted: 30/12/2019 14:32:29   Subject: South Crofty - current situation?
I don’t doubt that I’ll regret asking this, but what is the current situation at South Crofty? I did a google search, having been put in mind of it by posts on here, and I get an impression of financi
Topic: Images of South Crofty Mine
derrick man

Forum: South West England   Posted: 30/12/2019 10:51:48   Subject: Images of South Crofty Mine
Those are quite tremendous, easily the best images of the last days of hand mining with airlegs to be seen anywhere.

The only comparable pictures I know, are Nadine Gordimer’s work depicti
Topic: Construction Phase of 'Woodsmith Mine' Launched by Sirius Minerals
derrick man

Forum: North East England   Posted: 12/11/2019 08:26:51   Subject: Construction Phase of 'Woodsmith Mine' Launched by Sirius Minerals
There is a repeated pattern of failed investment in major infrastructure projects, going back to the construction of the canal network in the 1700s; repeated in the “railway mania” of the 1840s and 18
Topic: Construction Phase of 'Woodsmith Mine' Launched by Sirius Minerals
derrick man

Forum: North East England   Posted: 12/11/2019 07:56:30   Subject: Construction Phase of 'Woodsmith Mine' Launched by Sirius Minerals
Read the last part of this piece - similar conclusions

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2019/11/11/desperate-government-ignoring-risks-selling-british-steel-chinese/
Topic: Construction Phase of 'Woodsmith Mine' Launched by Sirius Minerals
derrick man

Forum: North East England   Posted: 11/11/2019 16:39:16   Subject: Construction Phase of 'Woodsmith Mine' Launched by Sirius Minerals
... nothing would induce me to invest in a project of this nature, least of all my pension fund or life savings. Mark Twain’s aphorism to the effect that “a Western mine, is a hole in the ground, owne
Topic: The Archaeology of Underground Mines and Quarries
derrick man

Forum: For Sale! (and wanted / for swap)   Posted: 02/03/2019 17:16:46   Subject: The Archaeology of Underground Mines and Quarries
[quote="ttxela"]I'm definitely going to order a copy, however......

[quote="Moorebooks"]
Every county in England has a network of mine and quarry workings, a little-seen underground wo
Topic: Craig -y -Dinas Upper Silica Mine
derrick man

Forum: South Wales   Posted: 29/12/2018 18:09:03   Subject: Craig -y -Dinas Upper Silica Mine
Just found this on the Industrial Railways Society website, obviously the same report

https://www.irsociety.co.uk/Archives/7/dinas_quarzite_mine.htm
Topic: Ron Hooper ACSM
derrick man

Forum: South West England   Posted: 19/07/2018 05:42:17   Subject: Ron Hooper ACSM
[quote="B175"]As for the Survey plan the two things I recall that would really get Ron's goat were triangulation sightlines drawn through buildings and lurid crayon-like topography colours instead of
Topic: Ron Hooper ACSM
derrick man

Forum: South West England   Posted: 18/07/2018 15:12:28   Subject: Ron Hooper ACSM
I last met Ron about 20 years ago. He was much amused to learn the role that surveying had played in my subsequent career, not having been distinguished in the field in my time at CSM.

One
Topic: Surveying weekend re GIS & Cave Surveying
derrick man

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 17/03/2018 07:20:49   Subject: Surveying weekend re GIS & Cave Surveying
Sketchfab is a very useful app..
Topic: Surveying weekend re GIS & Cave Surveying
derrick man

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 17/03/2018 07:04:37   Subject: Surveying weekend re GIS & Cave Surveying
I was involved with mapping the outside and inside of a derelict industrial chimney using laser scanners and a drone, a few years ago. Fascinating stuff.
Topic: Communicating in shafts
derrick man

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 17/03/2018 07:01:08   Subject: Communicating in shafts
You have a new van?
Topic: Communicating in shafts
derrick man

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 17/03/2018 06:59:56   Subject: Communicating in shafts
I’ve used those Mitek ones for communicating at motorcycle race events, very useful. They aren’t the best around but they are good value and have a good range and battery life.
Topic: Bad air in ironstone mines
derrick man

Forum: New recruits!   Posted: 15/02/2018 05:33:31   Subject: Bad air in ironstone mines
When I was a student, one of my contemporaries died in Wheal Jane. In company with an experienced miner, the two of them passed behind a ventilation brattice (a temporary barrier, serving the purpose
Topic: Whitehaven redevelopment
derrick man

Forum: North West England   Posted: 13/11/2017 08:58:04   Subject: Whitehaven redevelopment
This is a new one on me - anyone shed any light on this?

http://www.westcumbriamining.com
Topic: 3D Drone Survey
derrick man

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 30/01/2017 00:03:19   Subject: 3D Drone Survey
I was involved with surveying a historic (i.e., derelict) chimney in Baku a couple of years ago, using a drone, photogrammetry and external laser scanning. Worked extremely well.

There was
Topic: Lithium Mining in Cornwall
derrick man

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 29/01/2017 23:49:48   Subject: Lithium Mining in Cornwall
[quote="RAMPAGE"]Sorry Stuey, what's a tah-tah?[/quote]

Small crappy Indian car...
Topic: Lithium Mining in Cornwall
derrick man

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 29/01/2017 23:48:56   Subject: Lithium Mining in Cornwall
[quote="RAMPAGE"]
Why would you put it on a mistress?

Not very erotic, is it?[/quote]

You might be surprised.. takes all sorts, so they say. Just make sure you can tell butt
Topic: Lithium Mining in Cornwall
derrick man

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 24/01/2017 06:58:10   Subject: Lithium Mining in Cornwall
Being old enough to recall the "Hot Rocks" programme at Rosemanowse in the 70s, and given the extensive research done over the years into mine discharges, I'm sure that if payable lithium values in mi
Topic: Remote exploration developments
derrick man

Forum: Europe   Posted: 18/12/2016 12:23:50   Subject: Remote exploration developments
Hope this is readable

http://www.iom3.org/materials-world-magazine/news/2016/mar/02/drones-explore-flooded-mines-europe
Topic: PUB - Morning coffee and WHAT!
derrick man

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 17/12/2016 12:06:13   Subject: PUB - Morning coffee and WHAT!
An old favourite

http://www.bpmlegal.com/wpschitt.html

Topic: 1779 Chamber (photo)
derrick man

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 16/11/2016 21:39:56   Subject: 1779 Chamber (photo)
[quote="ttxela"]That all makes sense.

I think the grille on the connection is clearly visible from the showcave if I remember correctly.

The gate is mostly hidden from showcave v
Topic: Helmet Tips
derrick man

Forum: Mining Heritage   Posted: 13/11/2016 21:31:17   Subject: Helmet Tips
I've never worn one with a lamp, I've got a couple of miners helmets and they serve for me.

The Centurion is a good hat, though, robust, cheap, easily available and the lowest and snuggest
Topic: Helmet Tips
derrick man

Forum: Mining Heritage   Posted: 13/11/2016 19:02:32   Subject: Helmet Tips
They are a cheap version of the Petzl type helmets, for wind farm work. So, I suppose they are much like wearing a Petzl

Topic: Helmet Tips
derrick man

Forum: Mining Heritage   Posted: 13/11/2016 17:59:15   Subject: Helmet Tips
Try this

http://mammothworkwear.com/deltaplus-granite-peak-abs-safety-helmet-p3540.htm

Climbing style helmet and less than 25quid!
Topic: Has Anyone any tips on emptying rubbish-filled mine shafts, please?
derrick man

Forum: South West England   Posted: 26/03/2014 08:26:43   Subject: Has Anyone any tips on emptying rubbish-filled mine shafts, please?
[quote="Maggot"]Clear it from below?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tm1-fJetlw4[/quote]

That is insane. I have to ask, what did they expect was up that raise and what was the outcome?
Topic: Poldark Mine in administration
derrick man

Forum: South West England   Posted: 25/03/2014 19:02:29   Subject: Poldark Mine in administration
Ok, then add Morwellham to the list. The mine tour is pretty good and the rest of the site is definitely something you won't see anywhere else
Topic: When did cages come into use
derrick man

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 25/03/2014 17:29:35   Subject: When did cages come into use
[quote="ICLOK"][quote="davetidza"]You need to have a look at the engineering works of John Curr. John Curr was engineer to the Duke of Norfolk at his collieries around Sheffield from about 1776. He in
Topic: Poldark Mine in administration
derrick man

Forum: South West England   Posted: 25/03/2014 17:25:21   Subject: Poldark Mine in administration
What did happen to Morwellham, being rather off the pace about events in UK these days?

I visited the place in the mid-90s and remember my daughter loving the "Victorian schoolroom"
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Topic: Latest news on Whitby Potash Poject
derrick man

Forum: North East England   Posted: 18/03/2014 12:04:41   Subject: Latest news on Whitby Potash Poject
Regarding the "45m wide trench" this may be a misinterpretation. Pipeline projects have an easement, or "spread" as it is usually known.

This consists of a fenced or demarcated strip of la
Topic: Proposed Project
derrick man

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 11/03/2014 07:12:39   Subject: Proposed Project
Having worked on the Cambridge Sewer Renewal Tunnel in the early 90s, I very greatly doubt the technical feasibility of this, or anything like it.

And that's before you start crossing swor
Topic: Oh Gawd, not another one!
derrick man

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 19/02/2014 19:13:22   Subject: Oh Gawd, not another one!
I remember some of the team at Combe Down applying for jobs at a chalk mine backfill project in Herts, but I don't recall any of them having any success
Topic: russian salt mine article
derrick man

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 10/02/2014 17:42:01   Subject: russian salt mine article
I assume the circular shapes were left by a Dosco or something similar?
Topic: Shaft Filling
derrick man

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 27/01/2014 12:00:32   Subject: Shaft Filling
[quote="spitfire"][quote="Peter Burgess"]Why are some members so determined to drag this forum down into politics? PLEASE keep the forum clean of this rubbish. I enjoy the mining chat, but hate it whe
Topic: Blasting powder wagons
derrick man

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 21/01/2014 02:55:35   Subject: Blasting powder wagons
Does anyone know how the powder wagons used by Welsh narrow gauge lines like the Festiniog, would have been painted in service? I'd understood they were owned and operated by the railway and painted i
Topic: South Crofty Ore Bins
derrick man

Forum: South West England   Posted: 17/01/2014 07:45:20   Subject: South Crofty Ore Bins
What work is actually in progress on site?
Topic: .... except I'm not...
derrick man

Forum: New recruits!   Posted: 11/01/2014 17:50:56   Subject: .... except I'm not...
Well, so it is. I just scrap my laptop and reconnect to the groups I want to keep. The main issue is to scrap my IP address at regular intervals, and that's best done by not carrying addresses, links
Topic: .... except I'm not...
derrick man

Forum: New recruits!   Posted: 11/01/2014 11:26:56   Subject: .... except I'm not...
Those who know me, know I spend a good deal of time in places where internet security isn't what it might be, by which I don't mean that dodgy Internet cafe in Aberdeen, near the docks.... well, not o
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