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Posts by The Fresh Prince of Portreath

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Topic: South Crofty
The Fresh Prince of Portreath

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 20/05/2019 08:14:35   Subject: South Crofty
They're looking for funding and they'll say whatever the current fashion is to get it.

There is a lot of government money coming to "get cornwall mining again" in the pipes, I gather. We'l
Topic: South Crofty
The Fresh Prince of Portreath

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 17/05/2019 09:31:04   Subject: South Crofty
Lots of exciting things happening at Crofty. Some very serious work being done and they really are doing stuff. They may be a bit behind with things, but read their announcements.

Anyone w
Topic: Clijah & Wentworth
The Fresh Prince of Portreath

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 13/05/2019 19:45:41   Subject: Clijah & Wentworth
Cormac doing the job. So it will be about 10x more expensive than anyone else and they probably won't do the job properly either.

Bloody cretins.
Topic: Wheal Wray (photo)
The Fresh Prince of Portreath

Forum: South West England   Posted: 03/05/2019 17:30:10   Subject: Wheal Wray (photo)
Looking at the plans, Engine Shaft is the nearest thing (but not mega near) the road. But I suppose it could have been widened.

Adit is shortish and straightish. No stoping shown.
Topic: Responsible Exploration / sensitive sites.
The Fresh Prince of Portreath

Forum: Exploration Chat   Posted: 11/04/2019 13:24:09   Subject: Responsible Exploration / sensitive sites.
The interwebs has changed exploration forever, much as it has changed everything.

We need to shape it's direction, rather than harking back to the razzle-in-the-hedge days.

Whe
Topic: Exporting latitude longitude data of mines
The Fresh Prince of Portreath

Forum: New recruits!   Posted: 29/03/2019 11:33:30   Subject: Exporting latitude longitude data of mines
Mindat is more impressive from a database point of view. Jolyon is the chap you need to contact.
Topic: Why do you like the underground (in Cornwall/Devon)?
The Fresh Prince of Portreath

Forum: New recruits!   Posted: 29/03/2019 09:35:36   Subject: Why do you like the underground (in Cornwall/Devon)?

Age: 42

Gender:Chap

Occupation: Old mining stuff, generally relating to holes, but sometimes the nasties that came out of holes.

How long have you been explorin
Topic: A talk by Dr. Keith Russ.
The Fresh Prince of Portreath

Forum: South West England   Posted: 16/03/2019 09:55:59   Subject: A talk by Dr. Keith Russ.
Is Keith bringing, or is there a half decent screen?

I remember first seeing this at Tremough and Keith did a run down of the material used to put his thing together and it was very intere
Topic: Weardie Beardies - Cornwall's Mining Oddball Meetup
The Fresh Prince of Portreath

Forum: South West England   Posted: 12/03/2019 00:11:48   Subject: Weardie Beardies - Cornwall's Mining Oddball Meetup
It was pretty well turned out. It was a shame that Mark put it out under the CBC banner, because that's like the Jimmy Savile to many people.

I'd like to make it a general open to everyone
Topic: Cornish Mining Items Auction
The Fresh Prince of Portreath

Forum: South West England   Posted: 05/03/2019 11:10:34   Subject: Cornish Mining Items Auction
Cornwall Auctions is where you go to get top top top money.

It's a brilliant place.

The report on Teague's Openwork would be interesting. I imagine it will go utterly silly. I
Topic: Tremar Mine
The Fresh Prince of Portreath

Forum: South West England   Posted: 03/03/2019 11:13:26   Subject: Tremar Mine
Hamilton Jenkin Maps may pinpoint it possibly.

Brooke says "It was said to have the same lodes as Trethevy Copper Mine" and "The mine adjoined south caradon"

They erected the 40
Topic: Wheal Sophia Copper Mine (mine)
The Fresh Prince of Portreath

Forum: South West England   Posted: 25/02/2019 20:59:48   Subject: Wheal Sophia Copper Mine (mine)
I've just had a look at the Brooke Index for those parishes and there is no such record. However, Brooke does get his parish boundaries exactly right. Nearby is not good enough

A county par
Topic: Historic photo archive
The Fresh Prince of Portreath

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 24/02/2019 12:03:33   Subject: Historic photo archive
I saw a picture of Consols/Carharrack which I believe to be in the cambridge 1946 archive. It is so good you wouldn't believe it. Engine houses at United Downs, etc.

Sadly, the images are
Topic: Cornish Gold Centre and Tolgus Tin
The Fresh Prince of Portreath

Forum: South West England   Posted: 14/12/2018 20:58:45   Subject: Cornish Gold Centre and Tolgus Tin
Graham was there for a while and did a load of work and got quite a bit of the stuff working. I got drafted in to "make some tin for the jewelry" and got a load of concord ore (from their waste pile)
Topic: Number of working underground mines in the UK
The Fresh Prince of Portreath

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 12/12/2018 10:15:37   Subject: Number of working underground mines in the UK
The Geevor Adit worked for years with a nut and bolt keeping the wittle childwen out. Due to it being an active mine, it now has more chains on it than Mr T.

However, the local caving club
Topic: Number of working underground mines in the UK
The Fresh Prince of Portreath

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 12/12/2018 00:09:18   Subject: Number of working underground mines in the UK
Then a working mine like geevor wouldn't allow the local caving club up it's adit and when they made it very very secure like they have to, the local caving club wouldn't have keys and treat it like t
Topic: Number of working underground mines in the UK
The Fresh Prince of Portreath

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 11/12/2018 15:45:00   Subject: Number of working underground mines in the UK
You'd be better off stating the number of share pumping schemes.

Topic: Worlds daftest torch?
The Fresh Prince of Portreath

Forum: Lamps & Lighting   Posted: 10/12/2018 11:30:15   Subject: Worlds daftest torch?
Roy Fellows goes full beatles-fan over a torch.

I am all ears. Where's my wallet.
Topic: Farming in mines
The Fresh Prince of Portreath

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 04/12/2018 11:11:48   Subject: Farming in mines
Let's face it. These days it's all about having a semi-plausible idea, then getting a load of funding from everywhere and diverting it into adventurers pockets. It's the new capitalism.

Co
Topic: Cligga Head mine top level Portal
The Fresh Prince of Portreath

Forum: South West England   Posted: 03/12/2018 16:33:30   Subject: Cligga Head mine top level Portal
The entrance is wet (think over wellies) and there are some very deep holes up there. Be careful. Some of the old mens workings are lethal. Approach with care.
Topic: Oxygen meter contamination
The Fresh Prince of Portreath

Forum: Exploration Chat   Posted: 03/12/2018 16:32:27   Subject: Oxygen meter contamination
Bearing in mind the oxygen sensor uses some chemical magic to produce a potential and that is amplified and converted into a reading, there are a number of possibilities.

1. The sensor is
Topic: Fellows lamps forum.
The Fresh Prince of Portreath

Forum: Lamps & Lighting   Posted: 15/11/2018 10:54:44   Subject: Fellows lamps forum.
I will send it in at some point. I'm juggling lots of stuff at the moment (money wise) - aka scraping.

When you were looking at winding up the big bat cookers, I thought, "I'd better have
Topic: Fellows lamps forum.
The Fresh Prince of Portreath

Forum: Lamps & Lighting   Posted: 14/11/2018 20:48:56   Subject: Fellows lamps forum.
I see a lot of RF lamps out there.

I have been using my Scurion 1500 a lot, enough to consider the spot a bit more.

It's too spotty. You have a number of intensities which you
Topic: Anything interesting around Dartmoor?
The Fresh Prince of Portreath

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 08/11/2018 15:19:49   Subject: Anything interesting around Dartmoor?
Given it's usually mineral collectors upsetting cavers, it's worthy of noting the best way of chonking a padlock off is with a pair of estwing picks!
Topic: Presser Mine shaft planning application
The Fresh Prince of Portreath

Forum: North East England   Posted: 08/11/2018 15:18:15   Subject: Presser Mine shaft planning application
If we were in Cornwall, this would all be decided on the golf course with a brown envelope.
Topic: Odd structure, North Cornwall near Trevalga
The Fresh Prince of Portreath

Forum: South West England   Posted: 03/11/2018 16:30:04   Subject: Odd structure, North Cornwall near Trevalga
Not sure. Bossiney and Benoath Cove to the SW have got mineralisation present, but it was not economic.

My guess is that it was some sort of loading platform for something. Not slate, but
Topic: Gilson's Cove Mine
The Fresh Prince of Portreath

Forum: South West England   Posted: 03/11/2018 11:51:08   Subject: Gilson's Cove Mine
I have a feeling Pat and Ben did. One went into a sea cave, the other went into "stuff". I think Ben did a survey of the workings.
Topic: United Downs Deep Geothermal Project
The Fresh Prince of Portreath

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 31/10/2018 21:45:19   Subject: United Downs Deep Geothermal Project
As we know, there are some funny things going on with the adits in the area. Tingtang being flooded to shallow adit.

I would have thought the pH and lack of oxygen in the water would have
Topic: United Downs Deep Geothermal Project
The Fresh Prince of Portreath

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 30/10/2018 10:24:07   Subject: United Downs Deep Geothermal Project
So, all of the fluccans (in killas) are going to go down into granite, where they will be uncemented fracture zones with a massive area for heat exchange.

It's a shame with all of these th
Topic: Tywarnhayle area.
The Fresh Prince of Portreath

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 24/10/2018 14:51:09   Subject: Tywarnhayle area.
There are a significant number of people poking around workings. There are a few "public ones" which are really dangerous.

There isn't the money for an operation minecap 2, but there is pr
Topic: Presser Mine shaft planning application
The Fresh Prince of Portreath

Forum: North East England   Posted: 23/10/2018 22:26:00   Subject: Presser Mine shaft planning application
If it was in Cornwall/Devon, there would have been a whole load of mining stuff present in the associated docs.
Topic: Tywarnhayle area.
The Fresh Prince of Portreath

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 22/10/2018 22:29:40   Subject: Tywarnhayle area.
I heard from RogerW that the owner (a Mr W) would probably dynamite the entrances if he got wind of a liability on his land.....a liability which was previously not a problem...
Topic: Hemerdon
The Fresh Prince of Portreath

Forum: South West England   Posted: 12/10/2018 00:05:00   Subject: Hemerdon
I heard from some mineral processing beards on site that they were having problem with their primary crusher (gyratory?) clogging up.

Topic: Tywarnhayle area.
The Fresh Prince of Portreath

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 07/10/2018 23:09:26   Subject: Tywarnhayle area.
RSM.
Topic: 4 Gas Monitors
The Fresh Prince of Portreath

Forum: Exploration Chat   Posted: 20/09/2018 16:45:57   Subject: 4 Gas Monitors
My lamp goes out at 15%.

I will go down to 11% O2 if the going is ok. I tend to draw the line at 13%, which is when a butane lighter fails. SRT is a difficult animal. I have dropped and go
Topic: 4 Gas Monitors
The Fresh Prince of Portreath

Forum: Exploration Chat   Posted: 12/09/2018 22:57:36   Subject: 4 Gas Monitors
Yes. I use a BW Microclip. It is smallish and has separate sensors and the IR link enables you do do stuff with a computer, including stats as well as set alarm points and calibration intervals etc. <
Topic: Dog rescue from mineshaft
The Fresh Prince of Portreath

Forum: Mid Wales   Posted: 05/09/2018 00:04:18   Subject: Dog rescue from mineshaft
Put the fire brigade in charge and this is what happens.

Put enough people together and call them mine rescue and they will start ripping chunks off each other.

Cornwall Mine R
Topic: 'Authentic' Welsh slab truck coffee table?
The Fresh Prince of Portreath

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 29/08/2018 21:37:28   Subject: 'Authentic' Welsh slab truck coffee table?
It looks like it's been nicked out of someone's yard, or off a roundabout feature.
Topic: Mining claims for sale in Canada
The Fresh Prince of Portreath

Forum: For Sale! (and wanted / for swap)   Posted: 19/08/2018 21:50:26   Subject: Mining claims for sale in Canada
If you're going to advertise something at least try harder.
Topic: Fellows lamps forum.
The Fresh Prince of Portreath

Forum: Lamps & Lighting   Posted: 15/08/2018 16:42:26   Subject: Fellows lamps forum.
[quote="royfellows"]The MagnumStar is ridiculously heavy but is was the platform which was the first caplamp to put 1000 lumens on someones head.
Since then things have moved forward a lot.
Topic: Fellows lamps forum.
The Fresh Prince of Portreath

Forum: Lamps & Lighting   Posted: 14/08/2018 23:54:21   Subject: Fellows lamps forum.
The Trigon still blows my 1500 Scurion clean out of the water. It's a hell of a thing. It is possibly the best lamp ever made.

It has performed flawlessly and just works after I have left
Topic: Fellows lamps forum.
The Fresh Prince of Portreath

Forum: Lamps & Lighting   Posted: 14/08/2018 21:12:48   Subject: Fellows lamps forum.
My Trigon and MS both need some love. At some point, I'll have to send them.
Topic: Fellows lamps forum.
The Fresh Prince of Portreath

Forum: Lamps & Lighting   Posted: 11/08/2018 17:56:28   Subject: Fellows lamps forum.
Last of the big bat cookers :(

A sad sentence to read.

It's like saying you are exiting the world of building dragsters and getting a job at your local ford garage.
Topic: Housing developments at Wirksworth.
The Fresh Prince of Portreath

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 07/08/2018 23:14:55   Subject: Housing developments at Wirksworth.
One of the jobs I have on is looking at the footings for 140 houses going in on an "is it, or isn't it" plot. The lenders/insurers want to see paperwork, otherwise they aren't touching it. The amount
Topic: Can Abandoned Mines Heat our Future?
The Fresh Prince of Portreath

Forum: Geology & Mining   Posted: 06/08/2018 15:31:00   Subject: Can Abandoned Mines Heat our Future?
Small scale water should be everywhere.

Sadly, there is no gravy train potential or MPs with a stake in firms.
Topic: Can Abandoned Mines Heat our Future?
The Fresh Prince of Portreath

Forum: Geology & Mining   Posted: 06/08/2018 12:15:13   Subject: Can Abandoned Mines Heat our Future?
Geolsoc seem to have "lost their way" a bit. The also entertained the total snake oil nonsense of Cornish Lithium recently. I was tempted to go and see whether any attendees decided to call him out on
Topic: Housing developments at Wirksworth.
The Fresh Prince of Portreath

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 04/08/2018 16:31:30   Subject: Housing developments at Wirksworth.
These days site investigation and remediation is taken very seriously. It's also a condition of planning and they'll want to see the work has been done prior to sign off.

Just because ther
Topic: Thievery at Nenthead
The Fresh Prince of Portreath

Forum: North West England   Posted: 26/07/2018 17:38:17   Subject: Thievery at Nenthead
[quote="TheCret!n"]My place of work was burgled.
We knew who had done it.
The police knew who had done it.
They were caught on camera.
The police couldn’t do anything about it - no
Topic: Mineral rights legal advice
The Fresh Prince of Portreath

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 25/07/2018 21:35:57   Subject: Mineral rights legal advice
Everyone loves to make a money mountain out of a molehill. Legals are the worst. You'd think with conveyancing, it's done by typewriter, horse and cart or carrier pigeon.

The sooner they a
Topic: Mineral rights legal advice
The Fresh Prince of Portreath

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 25/07/2018 15:36:44   Subject: Mineral rights legal advice
That's a bit of an exciting thing.

I am involved in a job which started 3 years ago and has been held up by solicitors investigating this very subject. They haven't got to the bottom of it
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