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Topic: Oldham tools sought...
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 30/06/2013 06:25:41   Subject: Oldham tools sought...
[quote="staffordshirechina"]I have never had the proper tool for headsets and always got by with a very small electrical flat bladed screwdriver to chase the screw around. Failing that, saw through th
Topic: True Cost of Britain's Wind Farm Industry Revealed
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 29/06/2013 02:07:19   Subject: True Cost of Britain's Wind Farm Industry Revealed
I've watched these things proliferating offshore for some years. I came to the conclusion long ago that they were an incarnation of the ideologically-driven faction fighting that our body politic has
Topic: Only 11 coal mines left in UK
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 22/06/2013 11:48:24   Subject: Only 11 coal mines left in UK
Is Milldam working now?
Topic: Victorian trip - 2013
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 17/04/2013 07:08:12   Subject: Victorian trip - 2013
I've had fidget pie and it's great. The pie I had was in a pastry case so it was like a pork pie, or maybe a pasty.
Topic: New Cooks Kitchen Headgear to be Restored
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 08/04/2013 08:06:53   Subject: New Cooks Kitchen Headgear to be Restored
The underlying issue, in many cases, is that there is an unstated presumption in favour of either an internal candidate ( who probably doesn't meet the job spec either ) or a local national, in the ca
Topic: New Cooks Kitchen Headgear to be Restored
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 07/04/2013 17:31:16   Subject: New Cooks Kitchen Headgear to be Restored
that's a general comment on heavy engineering disciplines. The miners' strike, various trends in the world markets and the oil price crash of the mid-80s resulted in massive, completely unstructured s
Topic: Tresavean - plans/maps?
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 07/04/2013 14:52:19   Subject: Tresavean - plans/maps?
[quote="Morlock"][quote="Roy Morton"]I think 'Unwatering Tresavean Mine, by Cyril Brackenbury is on here somewhere hidden away in the mining documents section probably.....anyone?

[/quote]<
Topic: New Cooks Kitchen Headgear to be Restored
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 07/04/2013 14:08:56   Subject: New Cooks Kitchen Headgear to be Restored
re somersetminer, above, there I would beg to differ.

I started at CSM in the early 1970s and you would begin Day One by being told that "the object of mining is to make a profit"

Topic: New Cooks Kitchen Headgear to be Restored
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 07/04/2013 11:33:04   Subject: New Cooks Kitchen Headgear to be Restored
I think the crucial problem with anything of this nature, is that mining pretty much closed down twenty years ago and the people who actually know what it's about, are dwindling fast.

Comb
Topic: New Cooks Kitchen Headgear to be Restored
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 07/04/2013 04:41:07   Subject: New Cooks Kitchen Headgear to be Restored
Digressing slightly, I've been on Baku these past few months. The powers-that-be here have been spending their oil and gas revenues turning the place into what is described as "the Dubai of the Caspia
Topic: New Cooks Kitchen Headgear to be Restored
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 07/04/2013 04:26:06   Subject: New Cooks Kitchen Headgear to be Restored
[quote="Knocker"]You're missing a zero there Scooptram. I've got to say fair play to the Sedgeman's, they need something like that, they got taken for a mint by ROK's downfall.[/quote]

That
Topic: Moel Fferna Trip - 11/05/2013
derrickman

Forum: Events   Posted: 02/04/2013 17:47:33   Subject: New event added 'Moel Fferna Trip May 2012' on 11/05/2013 at 10:00
I don't quite follow that?
Topic: Moel Fferna Trip - 11/05/2013
derrickman

Forum: Events   Posted: 02/04/2013 15:10:03   Subject: New event added 'Moel Fferna Trip May 2012' on 11/05/2013 at 10:00
how big is the pitch?
Topic: Porthtowan, Cornwall
derrickman

Forum: New recruits!   Posted: 01/04/2013 08:03:31   Subject: Porthtowan, Cornwall
I can only second lozz' post, particularly in the light of having a direct professional connection with the whole issue of long-term stability of old workings.

Those big Welsh caverns are
Topic: have we got any solicitors on here?
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 12/03/2013 12:33:22   Subject: have we got any solicitors on here?
I would have grave reservations about IVA and there are definitely a lot of people seriously misrepresenting what can, or can't be achieved.

However a friend of mine had a tax problem a wh
Topic: have we got any solicitors on here?
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 11/03/2013 12:01:11   Subject: have we got any solicitors on here?
there's another question here.

No-one should go bankrupt voluntarily for £4,000-odd. The complications are huge.

If you are adrift financially and £4,000-odd of lost wages will
Topic: cligga head Map
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 06/03/2013 10:37:21   Subject: cligga head Map
I've got some photos somewhere of that ore chute on 2 Level, taken about 1976. There was a "cunning plan" around that time, to pull or blow the chutes for bulk sampling of the contents by one or other
Topic: cligga head Map
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 28/02/2013 18:14:45   Subject: cligga head Map
I thought that back in the 70s, I'm surprised it hasn't collapsed entirely around the shaft, given the traffic in there and the poor state of much of it.

Mind you, things were different th
Topic: south crofty progress
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 21/02/2013 07:42:18   Subject: south crofty progress
being firmly of the opinion that there really is no substitute for real productive industries producing real wealth, I will just wish them all the best and leave it at that.

Between this a
Topic: 127 Hours
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 18/02/2013 04:52:29   Subject: 127 Hours
just watched this on tv last night .... eeeewwwwww..... :P
Topic: Mountfield Gypsum Mine - Queries!
derrickman

Forum: South East England   Posted: 16/02/2013 17:50:43   Subject: Mountfield Gypsum Mine - Queries!
I'd be interested to see Mountfield. I worked there in 1986-ish on a contract to stabilise the drift through a zone of bad ground and excavate floor pockets for the forthcoming conveyor system. I also
Topic: Professional Lamp suggestion
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 16/02/2013 13:10:25   Subject: Professional Lamp suggestion
what he said.

I'm a professional contractor and I never bother taking a lamp anywhere that requires any sort of specification. They will always provide them and in all likelihood, won't acc
Topic: Is large scale tin mining on the verge of a return in Cornwall?
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 15/02/2013 15:12:36   Subject: Is large scale tin mining on the verge of a return in Cornwall?
Re the defence of charity work by one poster above, I've been working in various Third World countries for many years and from what I can see, for all the money that has been expended on the same old
Topic: Requirement for Mine Plans
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 13/02/2013 15:21:45   Subject: Requirement for Mine Plans
It was always my understanding that MASHAM was and is, a consolidation of previous legislation under various headings having the effect of law and the ACOPS served as clarifications of certain aspects
Topic: Requirement for Mine Plans
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 13/02/2013 10:09:08   Subject: Requirement for Mine Plans
[quote="sinker"][quote="derrickman"]

I'd say that MASHAM 1993 referred to above, was the definitive answer.

[/quote]

Yes, however you can't be prosecuted under MASHA
Topic: Requirement for Mine Plans
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 13/02/2013 07:53:04   Subject: Requirement for Mine Plans
I'd say that MASHAM 1993 referred to above, was the definitive answer.

Combe Down was required to keep Mine Plans, both working and abandonment, under MASHAM although it had no history of
Topic: Is large scale tin mining on the verge of a return in Cornwall?
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 07/02/2013 13:22:42   Subject: Is large scale tin mining on the verge of a return in Cornwall?
One thing you learn travelling as I do, is the sheer scale of operations of the whole charity/third sector/yuman rights parasite operations.

Read Paul Theroux's "Dark Star Safari" for more
Topic: Is large scale tin mining on the verge of a return in Cornwall?
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 07/02/2013 12:56:49   Subject: Is large scale tin mining on the verge of a return in Cornwall?
that's why air receivers all have a tap on the bottom.... job for the banksman on any tunnel site ;)

Brea Tin, there's a name from the past. The owner there had a father-and-son operation w
Topic: Time Team Coniston Copper Mines
derrickman

Forum: North West England   Posted: 05/02/2013 23:43:21   Subject: Time Team Coniston Copper Mines
[quote="droid"]Worth watching Mark williams' Industrial revelations for a good description if ore concentration.

Filmed in Cornwall I believe.
[/quote]

better than Rory McGr
Topic: Time Team Coniston Copper Mines
derrickman

Forum: North West England   Posted: 05/02/2013 20:20:12   Subject: Time Team Coniston Copper Mines
I don't really see why Portillo's series would have much of a budget. Most of it consists of pieces to camera and the camera gear is clearly hand-portable and small enough to go on trains.I doubt that
Topic: Time Team Coniston Copper Mines
derrickman

Forum: North West England   Posted: 05/02/2013 09:43:22   Subject: Time Team Coniston Copper Mines
Ah, I know that one! I have a niece who is a qualified archaeologist and has one one occasion been involved. Her opinion is that no useful work is, or could be done under the conditions. of course, yo
Topic: Time Team Coniston Copper Mines
derrickman

Forum: North West England   Posted: 03/02/2013 13:21:51   Subject: Time Team Coniston Copper Mines
will never get Time Team past the domestic authorities, not enough people rushing in and out yelling at each other. Not enough homosexuals, or that vet with a shaved head who looks like a pig as a res
Topic: Nice head/cap lamp for a 'newbie'?
derrickman

Forum: Lamps & Lighting   Posted: 18/01/2013 08:08:59   Subject: Nice head/cap lamp for a 'newbie'?
[quote="RJV"]You'll get a Raptor/Chinese Mining Lamp type lamp for the budget you're talking about.

Had one for years and they do the job perfectly well. Can also whack an insert in one at
Topic: Stuff on the move ????
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 09/01/2013 08:31:31   Subject: Stuff on the move ????
I think the changes in the weather, especially rainfall patterns, in recent years have a lot to do with it.

The whole issue of ad-hoc car parks in the SW is going to continue to be a probl
Topic: Moscow??? , anyone there ??
derrickman

Forum: New recruits!   Posted: 19/12/2012 05:26:00   Subject: Moscow??? , anyone there ??
the bit about "going places never seen before" on a weekly basis sounds a bit Trekkie, too....
Topic: Moscow??? , anyone there ??
derrickman

Forum: New recruits!   Posted: 18/12/2012 16:08:25   Subject: Moscow??? , anyone there ??
I was in Sakhalin earlier this year and gold-digging is thriving there! I don't mean the sort you do with a pan, either....

Same goes for "ugly counterparts", the main difference I can see
Topic: Moscow??? , anyone there ??
derrickman

Forum: New recruits!   Posted: 18/12/2012 07:39:04   Subject: Moscow??? , anyone there ??
I've known a fair few blokes who have acquired Olgas and Svetlanas, both words appear to be Russian for "large hole in wallet", "boyfriend in Mafia" "buy me a flat/car/passport" or some combination o
Topic: Moscow??? , anyone there ??
derrickman

Forum: New recruits!   Posted: 17/12/2012 10:08:39   Subject: Moscow??? , anyone there ??
doing what in Moscow? Moscow is a city the size of London with chaotic public transport and significant security issues for expats.

Most things in Russia are a secret of some sort and the F
Topic: Golden Age Of Steam.
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 12/12/2012 05:55:32   Subject: Golden Age Of Steam.
From recollection, Charlie Daniels was the quiet one because he stammered when he spoke?

Tony Brooks joined CSM during my time there, one of the new staff who appeared as part of the move t
Topic: Golden Age Of Steam.
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 11/12/2012 17:20:14   Subject: Golden Age Of Steam.
Dave Kneebone was one of the CSM instructors when I did my induction course at Holman's Test Mine for CSM... 1974....

I knew Robin Daniels at British Gypsum in Mountfield in the mid-80s. I
Topic: Bomb Sight
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 10/12/2012 15:07:21   Subject: Bomb Sight
interesting site. I'm sitting here in Baku waiting for the local, steam-driven internet to load it... there were two bomb-damaged houses in the street I was born in and I can see a "strike" shown that
Topic: Anyone fancy going Ghost Hunting at a Secret Mine? £17.50
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 09/12/2012 19:59:52   Subject: Anyone fancy going Ghost Hunting at a Secret Mine? £17.50
I think we are in Phineas T Barnum territory here.

I've been on "ghost walks" in York and Whitby and they were quite amusing and worth the fiver. The "Whitby Dracula walk" is also quite go
Topic: Glynrhonwy - the saga continues
derrickman

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 09/12/2012 17:22:45   Subject: Glynrhonwy - the saga continues
the only thing that really needs saying is to look at EDF's Chinese investors. Their eggs are in the basket marked "nuclear" and sooner or later they will get on with it and build their much-delayed,
Topic: caving accomodation
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 09/12/2012 15:57:23   Subject: caving accomodation
various views on the subject!

http://ukcaving.com/board/index.php?topic=8547.0

http://ukcaving.com/board/index.php?topic=8155.0

I only wore the Whernsides ( which wer
Topic: been there, done that..
derrickman

Forum: Lamps & Lighting   Posted: 09/12/2012 11:36:35   Subject: been there, done that..
I have an ex-Geevor fibre helmet in my loft.

photo here http://www.bbc.co.uk/nationonfilm/topics/tin-mining/background_clip_commentary.shtml of what is claimed to be Cornish miners, I see
Topic: caving accomodation
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 09/12/2012 11:14:06   Subject: caving accomodation
chickens... what about the "Chicken Shed" at Whernside Manor? Still got my "Whernside welly" caver's boots from the 1970s..... rubber lace-ups with vibram soles. Wore them about 3 times, gave up and h
Topic: Glynrhonwy - the saga continues
derrickman

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 08/12/2012 15:49:42   Subject: Glynrhonwy - the saga continues
there is a lot of money to be made in "green" energy scams if you have your hands in the right pockets in the House of Knaves; I think the chances one brick being laid on another in any foreseeable fu
Topic: caving accomodation
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 08/12/2012 15:19:53   Subject: caving accomodation
I remember the "goat barn", we once used it as a base for a 3 Peaks walk.
Topic: caving accomodation
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 08/12/2012 09:38:25   Subject: caving accomodation
.. seems to have been an issue lately.

Partly because I've just moved my caravan from its site in the Peaks as it was really not getting used and anyway, ttxela insists the Orpeus hut is mu
Topic: been there, done that..
derrickman

Forum: Lamps & Lighting   Posted: 08/12/2012 09:21:35   Subject: been there, done that..
I see the claim here http://ukcaving.com/board/index.php?topic=12192.0 that the Caving Supplies helmet was/is a variant of the Edelrid UltraLite - is this true?
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