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Posts by Peter Burgess

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Topic: Decending 700 metres below South Crofty
Peter Burgess

Forum: South West England   Posted: 20/01/2021 20:38:33   Subject: Decending 700 metres below South Crofty
He took me (and others) on a tour of Levant. A nice chap as I recall - 1990.
Topic: T4 antidote - Mine History Talks Online
Peter Burgess

Forum: Events   Posted: 02/01/2021 13:27:03   Subject: T4 antidote - Mine History Talks Online
Whoever hosts each session will need access to an appropriate Zoom account, not a free one - even a basic one limits you to 100 guests, but 100 would almost certainly be OK - if we got 100 to a NAMHO
Topic: T4 antidote - Mine History Talks Online
Peter Burgess

Forum: Events   Posted: 02/01/2021 07:37:10   Subject: T4 antidote - Mine History Talks Online
Within the Wealden we have been doing this now and again. The last one we invited KURG members to join, and so if other groups are doing this, with their society Zoom accounts (or whatever platform th
Topic: HM Inspector of Mines learns about carbide lamps
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 28/12/2020 21:46:14   Subject: HM Inspector of Mines learns about carbide lamps
In 1929 the "Lux Solis Lighting Co." Earley Stn, Berks. wrote to the proprietors of the hearthstone mine at Betchworth, Surrey stating that they had not bought any carbide for a long time. I assume th
Topic: HM Inspector of Mines learns about carbide lamps
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 27/12/2020 15:35:41   Subject: HM Inspector of Mines learns about carbide lamps
While working on my diverse set of mining history notes for Surrey mines, I came across this short description of how Clement Le Neve Foster, HM Inspector of Mines for the North Wales and Isle of Man
Topic: Wheal Gorland yields a new mineral
Peter Burgess

Forum: South West England   Posted: 23/12/2020 10:11:47   Subject: Wheal Gorland yields a new mineral
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cornwall-55396421
Topic: Tips for abandoned mine exploration?
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 20/12/2020 12:36:20   Subject: Tips for abandoned mine exploration?
Which is sort of covered in the NAMHO advice

"7.5 Club Membership

NAMHO recommends that any person planning to visit abandoned and disused mines should become a Club member. M
Topic: Tips for abandoned mine exploration?
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 20/12/2020 07:50:33   Subject: Tips for abandoned mine exploration?
Never mind "tips" - please read the NAMHO guidelines as they cover just about everything you are asking about. If you have a short attention span, don't go exploring as you probably won't have read th
Topic: Walderslade Chalk Mine (mine)
Peter Burgess

Forum: South East England   Posted: 18/12/2020 19:00:18   Subject: Walderslade Chalk Mine (mine)
I have CSS record vol.10 here - p105

Walderslade chalkwell

"This was a perfect draw well with a short neck 3.5m in diameter and 3m long opening out in a circle to a total depth o
Topic: Walderslade Chalk Mine (mine)
Peter Burgess

Forum: South East England   Posted: 18/12/2020 18:51:57   Subject: Walderslade Chalk Mine (mine)
Yes, that's about it.

Perhaps you want to know things like "whose land is it on?"

"How deep is it?"

"Is it still accessible?"

and so on - but I don't have t
Topic: Protected River Lugg 'bulldozed' in 'wildlife crime'
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 11/12/2020 19:19:45   Subject: Protected River Lugg 'bulldozed' in 'wildlife crime'
I have heard the Cuckmere meanders called oxbows (which they aren't really I suppose) - they were isolated when the river was straightened. Technically they may not be "oxbows" - but they are static s
Topic: Protected River Lugg 'bulldozed' in 'wildlife crime'
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 11/12/2020 16:44:22   Subject: Protected River Lugg 'bulldozed' in 'wildlife crime'
Not sure it does actually. The bulk of major river management work in the past I suspect was for passage of boats and the like when water transport was the lifeblood of the economy. Plus land drainage
Topic: Smallcleugh vandalism
Peter Burgess

Forum: North East England   Posted: 11/12/2020 14:09:17   Subject: Smallcleugh vandalism
[quote="ttxela"]Didn't it used to be recommended to leave fabric arrows cut from your nans old curtains as you went in and retrieve them on the way out, I'm sure I've read that in various places. Chea
Topic: Protected River Lugg 'bulldozed' in 'wildlife crime'
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 11/12/2020 14:04:26   Subject: Protected River Lugg 'bulldozed' in 'wildlife crime'
[quote="JohnnearCfon"][quote="crickleymal"]If river meanders were going to straighten themselves they would have done by now. After all its been several millenia ;D[/quote]

They do - someti
Topic: Protected River Lugg 'bulldozed' in 'wildlife crime'
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 11/12/2020 11:27:09   Subject: Protected River Lugg 'bulldozed' in 'wildlife crime'
It seems I was not entirely correct - the concept was (or is) to bow to the inevitable, and restore the area that contains the cut off meanders as estuary, as sea levels slowly rise, it becomes more a
Topic: Protected River Lugg 'bulldozed' in 'wildlife crime'
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 11/12/2020 11:20:17   Subject: Protected River Lugg 'bulldozed' in 'wildlife crime'
I believe there were plans to reinstate the classic Cuckmere meanders, but then the pandemic struck. I'd like to see that.
Topic: Mine exploring drone
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 11/12/2020 08:16:59   Subject: Mine exploring drone
Get back to me when they make one that can dig through filled passages.
Topic: Protected River Lugg 'bulldozed' in 'wildlife crime'
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 11/12/2020 08:13:12   Subject: Protected River Lugg 'bulldozed' in 'wildlife crime'
If the Lugg is going to unstraighten itself, it begs the question, why straighten it in the first place?
Topic: Youtube Mining Videos
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 10/12/2020 20:04:37   Subject: Youtube Mining Videos
It is a very difficult thing to predict, whether it would be a good thing or not. Locally to me, there have been a number of antisocial activities, mainly petty nuisances. These include taking people'
Topic: Protected River Lugg 'bulldozed' in 'wildlife crime'
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 09/12/2020 18:31:29   Subject: Protected River Lugg 'bulldozed' in 'wildlife crime'
.... mention of which prompted me to see what is out there about Dawson. Here is some lazy-time reading material for another day.... What a scoundrel.

https://www.researchgate.net/publicati
Topic: How do you organise photographs?
Peter Burgess

Forum: Underground Photography & Video   Posted: 09/12/2020 17:43:00   Subject: How do you organise photographs?
One thing you can try is having two sets of folders - one with the images sorted by date (by year and month for example), and the other by location. The location folders just contain shortcuts to the
Topic: Protected River Lugg 'bulldozed' in 'wildlife crime'
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 09/12/2020 17:37:00   Subject: Protected River Lugg 'bulldozed' in 'wildlife crime'
That was an interesting read. Dawson's work springs to mind. You know, the piltdown Man man. But his name also pops up in connection with excursions by the GA to mining sites in Sussex, and the excurs
Topic: Protected River Lugg 'bulldozed' in 'wildlife crime'
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 09/12/2020 10:50:32   Subject: Protected River Lugg 'bulldozed' in 'wildlife crime'
I wouldn't worry about drifting topics in this case. I would stick it under the category of enlightened debate - just the sort of thing we all need sometimes, and especially this year.
Topic: Protected River Lugg 'bulldozed' in 'wildlife crime'
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 08/12/2020 23:13:51   Subject: Protected River Lugg 'bulldozed' in 'wildlife crime'
Potentially, yes, if mining sites are "tidied up" even though they may have some statutory protection.
Topic: Protected River Lugg 'bulldozed' in 'wildlife crime'
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 08/12/2020 16:01:33   Subject: Protected River Lugg 'bulldozed' in 'wildlife crime'
Falsifying data in order to obtain funding (unless I am interpreting things wrongly) would be a basic case of fraud, even without regulations on scientific data etc.
Topic: Protected River Lugg 'bulldozed' in 'wildlife crime'
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 07/12/2020 22:49:40   Subject: Protected River Lugg 'bulldozed' in 'wildlife crime'
[quote="royfellows"]
We had the Enron business, the banking crisis, the 'cash for honours' with a serving prime minister interviewed by the police while under caution, it goes on and on.
[/q
Topic: Protected River Lugg 'bulldozed' in 'wildlife crime'
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 07/12/2020 17:52:15   Subject: Protected River Lugg 'bulldozed' in 'wildlife crime'
I suppose it is possible there are people in this discussion thinking this damage is borderline acceptable who are well-versed scientists in the matter of land and river management, but, I suspect the
Topic: Calling COMRU
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 30/11/2020 10:18:04   Subject: Calling COMRU
Found it - I'll message you Simon.
Topic: Calling COMRU
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 30/11/2020 10:15:32   Subject: Calling COMRU
Our club made a donation to COMRU recently (in the last 12 months I think) - I'll see if I can find out what contact info we used.
Topic: 2021 Calendar
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 29/11/2020 20:12:14   Subject: 2021 Calendar
I'll recycle the 2020 one then. The pictures will be worth admiring even if the dates on it will all be wrong.
Topic: Youtube Mining Videos
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 27/11/2020 10:45:53   Subject: Youtube Mining Videos
Would the shaft of eternal tiers simply refer to the countless levels leading off it?
Topic: Roman/Ancient Mines! Request for sites
Peter Burgess

Forum: Mining Heritage   Posted: 26/11/2020 11:54:41   Subject: Roman/Ancient Mines! Request for sites
I have the following extracts from "Subterranean Britain" (1979) - quite an old reference now. A paper by G.D.B. Jones "The Roman Evidence" contains the following locations, mentioned as having Roman
Topic: Roman/Ancient Mines! Request for sites
Peter Burgess

Forum: Mining Heritage   Posted: 26/11/2020 11:07:39   Subject: Roman/Ancient Mines! Request for sites
I am confident I have heard of an example of this waterwheel system in use somewhere in the British Isles.
Topic: Roman/Ancient Mines! Request for sites
Peter Burgess

Forum: Mining Heritage   Posted: 26/11/2020 10:17:30   Subject: Roman/Ancient Mines! Request for sites
There are very few proven Roman mining sites, but pretty good evidence that there was a lot of Roman mineral extraction going on. Mendip lead is a good example - all the infrastructure of roads, settl
Topic: Roman/Ancient Mines! Request for sites
Peter Burgess

Forum: Mining Heritage   Posted: 25/11/2020 21:15:12   Subject: Roman/Ancient Mines! Request for sites
[quote="DaveM"]I'd assume Senacre woods in Maidstone is an old ragstone quarry, though probably not going back as far as Roman times.[/quote]There is a very informative video of this roman industry, w
Topic: Roman/Ancient Mines! Request for sites
Peter Burgess

Forum: Mining Heritage   Posted: 25/11/2020 18:48:27   Subject: Roman/Ancient Mines! Request for sites
How wide-ranging is this study? Would it include iron extraction in the Weald? Or stone quarrying (either "mined" or opencast). The roman ragstone quarries near Maidstone have been identified, and the
Topic: Youtube Mining Videos
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 25/11/2020 09:32:30   Subject: Youtube Mining Videos
The primary purpose of a parody should be to entertain. If it makes people smile that's all to the good. It demonstrates to those who see it that there is an alternative view and puts things into a ne
Topic: Youtube Mining Videos
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 24/11/2020 20:59:18   Subject: Youtube Mining Videos
Supermarket shopping with Fighters.
Baby-sitting with Fighters.
Washing the car with Fighters.
Vacuuming the house with Fighters.
Weeding the garden with Fighters.
Going for a
Topic: Youtube Mining Videos
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 24/11/2020 19:45:51   Subject: Youtube Mining Videos
[quote="ttxela"][quote="NewStuff"]

I would wholeheartedly agree on very high production values as well, [/quote]

That's me out then....:lol:[/quote]Yes, young Alex, back to "Airb
Topic: Youtube Mining Videos
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 24/11/2020 18:41:56   Subject: Youtube Mining Videos
I have just typed "exploring with" filtered on title, into the YouTube search field. I had to stop after five minutes scrolling before I became suicidal.
Topic: Youtube Mining Videos
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 24/11/2020 15:39:46   Subject: Youtube Mining Videos
Maybe there is scope for someone with the various skills required, to make a series of EWF parody videos. I would definitely watch them!
Topic: Youtube Mining Videos
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 23/11/2020 11:44:50   Subject: Youtube Mining Videos
It demonstrates two attitudes.

1) exposure to danger in extreme places will generate adulation and respect (and cash from monetised content) so self-glorification is the most important fact
Topic: Boxed Off
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 19/11/2020 17:23:56   Subject: Boxed Off
It really isn't that simple - change the fundamental dynamics of air flow in a cave/mine, and it has a big impact on the suitability of a site for bats. Plus, the better sites tend to be those that ha
Topic: 28DL loves Roy
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 18/11/2020 14:44:41   Subject: 28DL dont like Roy
[quote="royfellows"]Well, they have never given me any problems and therefore I have nothing against them. And they do show a more responsible attitude than the YouTube clickbaiters, thats my take on
Topic: 28DL loves Roy
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 18/11/2020 14:21:46   Subject: 28DL dont like Roy
I can understand why they would ban you, but I don't understand why you want to sign up :lol:
Topic: Ventilation in mines and caves
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 14/11/2020 19:37:17   Subject: Ventilation in mines and caves
While this thread has been developing, I have been doing some research into the Paris mushroom farms and how they operated. I came across a fascinating but rather gruesome tale of a murder which invol
Topic: Vent shaft stacks
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 12/11/2020 16:03:24   Subject: Vent shaft stacks
Rather in the style of the top of an oast house in South East England, for drying hops.
Topic: Ventilation in mines and caves
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 12/11/2020 15:59:10   Subject: Ventilation in mines and caves
My goodness, this takes me back to my uni days learning about the design of flue stacks! It will also help with raising the top of the column of ventilating gas above a potential inversion on cold sti
Topic: Ventilation in mines and caves
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 12/11/2020 14:13:09   Subject: Ventilation in mines and caves
Underground fires were lit at the base of shafts with chimneys at the top to ventilate the old quarries at Godstone adapted as mushroom farms about 1900. The quarrymen never needed the extra ventilati
Topic: Vent shaft stacks
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 11/11/2020 12:10:33   Subject: Vent shaft stacks
I have been pondering this point over "laziness". This may be a bit philosophical, but there is nothing wrong with asking for information as a valid research method. Sure, there are books and papers a
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