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Those pics brought back some memories of days and night-shifts past, and made me instinctively scratch at an old cut scar. Hard, filthy hot, humid, dangerous work, but great camaraderie, and 'fierce craic' altogether at the time. Definitely a young mans job of work. You go down bulky and slack, but eighteen months or so down the line, you end up lean and hard and super fit at ground level. Our deepest working level was 420 fathoms, out man-riding shaft went straight down to 380 fathoms at sump. 'They' say that in ever mine you will find a Cornishman; maybe so, maybe not. You will however always find the 'Cornish Cut' sequence of starter sockets in every lateral drive shaft. We gave underground mining to the World; as well as pasties, cream teas, and holiday homes!!! :lol:
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Those old workings are more deadly now than back 'in their days'. 'Rotten ground' is a killer. Over the years water gets into hair-line cracks and eventually de-grades the strata. Exhibition mines are usually very well roof-meshed and bolted in 'iffy' areas, and the tunnels and stopes are barred- down super regulary. Once, whilst barring-down the back-wall (ceiling), in a drive tunnel, I came across a proper 'tocker' ( the sound of hollowness in the strata), I found a small fissure, got a good bite with the wedge-end on the 4' 6" 'pinch-bar' and gave it a firm prise. Approximately forty feet of back wall peeled off and collapsed in a 'flick'. Straight down BANG!  made me extra cautious about barring down after that close one, I can tell ya! The speed of fall cannot easily be described in words..." Very    ..quick"?

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