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Posts by Ben Cooper

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Topic: Nobel's explosives
Ben Cooper

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 07/08/2011 23:15:51   Subject: Nobel's explosives
This is probably completely unrelated, but there's a place called Casobel not too far from the Nobel's factory at Perranporth in Cornwall.
Topic: Nobel's explosives
Ben Cooper

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 07/08/2011 22:13:55   Subject: Nobel's explosives
The -obel suffix was applied to lots of gelatine explosives, not just permitted ones. For example Geobel was a special explosive for geophysical surveying.
Topic: Rockrift powder
Ben Cooper

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 29/01/2011 23:24:33   Subject: Rockrift powder
Rockite is briefly mentioned in a 1921 Nobel's booklet as a blasting powder, similar to Quarry Dynobel. I can't find any mention in any Nobel's literature of Rockrift...
Topic: Identifying Dinorwic inclines
Ben Cooper

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 25/11/2010 21:52:27   Subject: Identifying Dinorwic inclines
"Delving in Dinorwig" has a sketch map which shows what might be this incline - it's unnamed, but the small level it leads to is labelled "Ponc Wyilt" possibly.

There's a similar incline hi
Topic: Chimney maintenance - silly questions
Ben Cooper

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 17/10/2010 23:49:39   Subject: Chimney maintenance - silly questions
At Inverkip power station (a seriously big chimney, with five flues), the method was to hang a chain down the flue, connected at the bottom and attached to an electric motor at the top.

Run
Topic: Ystrad Einion Lead Mine - Planks?
Ben Cooper

Forum: South Wales   Posted: 01/10/2010 20:11:19   Subject: Ystrad Einion Lead Mine - Planks?
Pfft - shows I shouldn't believe what random people tell me online :)
Topic: Nobel's Trade Mark...
Ben Cooper

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 15/06/2010 22:03:17   Subject: Nobel's Trade Mark...
Fantastic, thank you :)
Topic: Nobel's Trade Mark...
Ben Cooper

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 13/06/2010 21:21:10   Subject: Nobel's Trade Mark...
That's a really good thought - I had assumed they would be explosive-related items, but it makes sense that they'd all be mining tools.
Topic: Nobel's Trade Mark...
Ben Cooper

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 13/06/2010 19:10:34   Subject: Nobel's Trade Mark...
Someone asked me what the items on the Nobel's Explosives trade mark were, and I wasn't sure - does anyone else have any ideas?

[img]http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2449/4064572441_28f136e14
Topic: Dating a Nobel Explosives box / Fron Boeth?
Ben Cooper

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 23/05/2010 22:18:11   Subject: Dating a Nobel Explosives box / Fron Boeth?
Ah, not Carbonite or Ardeer Powder, then - they were safety explosives for coal mining, and while they would have done the heaving nicely, black powder would be cheaper. The 1907 Nobel's book says tha
Topic: Dating a Nobel Explosives box / Fron Boeth?
Ben Cooper

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 23/05/2010 15:41:49   Subject: Dating a Nobel Explosives box / Fron Boeth?
It's definitely a Nobel's box - the logo matches, though I've not seen a version with "NOBEL" above the logo as well. On the cartridges, the type of explosive was printed above the logo in a similar t
Topic: Ystrad Einion Lead Mine - Planks?
Ben Cooper

Forum: South Wales   Posted: 21/04/2010 18:38:33   Subject: Ystrad Einion Lead Mine - Planks?
Unless whoever's responsible comes forward, I don't think there's much chance of getting an answer...
Topic: Ystrad Einion Lead Mine - Planks?
Ben Cooper

Forum: South Wales   Posted: 21/04/2010 16:48:42   Subject: Ystrad Einion Lead Mine - Planks?
This is the place:

[url]http://www.flickr.com/photos/cycleologist/3878506577/in/set-72157622084281679/[/url]

The planks have gone, I'm told - no sign of them.
Topic: Ystrad Einion Lead Mine - Planks?
Ben Cooper

Forum: South Wales   Posted: 20/04/2010 21:56:11   Subject: Ystrad Einion Lead Mine - Planks?
I heard from someone who was there yesterday and said that the planks were gone - I've pointed him to this thread so he might add his own info. Gone, not collapsed, apparently.
Topic: Ystrad Einion Lead Mine - Planks?
Ben Cooper

Forum: South Wales   Posted: 20/04/2010 21:23:05   Subject: Ystrad Einion Lead Mine - Planks?
Yup, combination locks are the best option - really just to keep random vandals out...
Topic: Ystrad Einion Lead Mine - Planks?
Ben Cooper

Forum: South Wales   Posted: 20/04/2010 20:50:30   Subject: Ystrad Einion Lead Mine - Planks?
Thanks - to be honest, I wouldn't be sad to see a lock - it'd too nice to leave wide open...
Topic: Ystrad Einion Lead Mine - Planks?
Ben Cooper

Forum: South Wales   Posted: 20/04/2010 20:28:37   Subject: Ystrad Einion Lead Mine - Planks?
I've heard that some planks over the pool at Ystrad Einon have been removed - sounds a bit odd, is someone looking after the place?

Thanks :)
Topic: Photography 101 - The Purple Fringe
Ben Cooper

Forum: Underground Photography & Video   Posted: 22/09/2009 19:19:36   Subject: Photography 101 - The Purple Fringe
It looks a lot like thermal blooming from the circuit board behind the sensor - my old Minolta 7D used to suffer from this on long exposures. Basically the sensor didn't cope well with being turned on
Topic: Competition entry - Ben Cooper
Ben Cooper

Forum: The 2009 AditNow Photography Competition   Posted: 17/09/2009 23:28:36   Subject: Competition entry - Ben Cooper
[link]Cononish-Gold-Mine-User-Album-Image-40719[linkphoto]Cononish-Gold-Mine-User-Album-Image-40719[/linkphoto][/link]

Pottering about in Cononish Gold Mine in the Highlands.

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Topic: Fenix problem
Ben Cooper

Forum: Lamps & Lighting   Posted: 17/09/2009 21:51:28   Subject: Fenix problem
Try running it in the sink - if it takes longer to shut off then it's a thermal problem ;)
Topic: Underground Reflections: an AditNow book
Ben Cooper

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 13/09/2009 15:54:40   Subject: Underground Reflections: an AditNow book - BUY NOW!
Put me down for a copy too, please ;)
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