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  2. Coal Mining

    Hope my post above is readable and be able to understand! Lines not my doing...well,....not knowingly!
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  4. Coal Mining

    Thanks Merc for your kind comments,and Canny Lass......,Aa cudn't mek aal these stories up if a tried,noo a shudn't a sed "Stories"..[!],cos every single word aa type is,to the best of my memory,true and correct. One little snippet of info a missed oot,but ye's folks 'll probably knaa aalriddy,regarding lifting tubs back onto thi way,when they become de-railed,was what the lads at the shaft areas had, slotted through the belt haading tha breeks up..!.....an "A**se - Flapper",med oot o' a scrap biit o' aad conveyor belting,shaped like a Grandads old fashioned shirt tail, and placed as suggested......to prevent serious back damage due to lifting and pushing sets of tubs along the way, using thier backsides and legs to push with. Us lads on heavy transport and timber or girder -leading,inbye,never used a flapper,but the shaft lads could be lifting lots of times during a shift,they were dealing with sets of tubs every minute of the day! A pit-term dictionary would probably start with that term!When ye hear aad-timers,[of pit village origin!] sayin'...."Whey,it's time aa was in kip"....or....."Aam not ganna get nae kip wi aal that bliddy racket...".......then read on! "Kip" was the area leading to the shaft,as described above,and was formed by splitting the horizon of the roadway,usually aboot a hundred yards,sometimes less,so that the tubs ran slowly,free-fall,to the shaft ,after being detached from the haulage rope which brought them outbye from the conveyor belt loader-end. The creation of a lang, man-made, swalley,["The dish"],where the chummings could run into,from the shaft-sidings,ready to be coupled up into sets,meant that the "Dish-lad",hanging the sets onto the rope to go inbye,was working below the "Kip-lad",who was "Lousing-off" the sets [from the rope],and occasionally,dregging the tubs,and de-coupling them,so they would be sent singly to the shaft...... SO!...."Kip" refers to a raised area such as that which leads up thi wooden hill to thi bed-shed!.......Phew!,wat a thing ti try and describe to thi lay-person,withoot sending them ti sleep! At Choppington high pit,the kip and dish weren't separated by a great deal,so when you went inbye from the shaft,you were walking past full tubs of coal whizzing past you at approximately shoulder-height.[that was the wheels level with your face!!]. One of my marra's was working in the dish,hingin'-on,[attaching sets to the hauler rope to go inbye to be filled at the loader -end..],when he tripped and instinctively reached out to the kip to save himself from going down,....hand went onto the kip-rails.....tubs came by........fingers off....[have I not already told of that one?.....] That was in 1960-ish....other pits had a false floor laid,completely separating the kip,and the dish,with a small hatch through which the kip-lad would pass the clips........["Jockeys" ..as used in the High-Main at Bedlington A pit],down through the hatch,to the dish-lad. To describe the different types of rope-clips for anybody to understand,would take me a day,going at my pace! For reference,where google might be of assistance,here are some types.........:[1] Hambone [2] Jockey [3] Pigtail [4] Victor Dog-grips [5] Lashing-chain [6] Illegal [!!!] Improvisation....such as a "Belt-hinger" ....[a thin steel stranded wire sling]....or a short length of lighting cable [armoured..and very strong!!] ....or anything you could lay hands on that would work.....even a length of conveyor belt cut into narrow strips and half-hitched around the rope...!!! Howw!!,ya taaking aboot pitmen heor,ye knaa,thas nae cranes doon there ,or shops like lord tool hire......ye had ti get thi job done in stinking conditions,and if ye didn't have the proper gear,ye invented it!! Noo it's just come ti me,come on here, any aad pitmen who can say they remember,or used,the Victor Dog-grips...the most dangerous rope clip ever invented,and they were used on steep gradients ...[every Westerly roadway at Choppington high pit],and never failed to detach themselves and send sets of timber and girders and machinery,......amain![running back doon the bank at ninety miles an hour.....ripping the roadway girders oot and closing the place!!!] Most of the time,in mining,aal these clips were attached to the tubs,and to the haulage rope,[usually 1/2" or 5/8ths " ]....with the rope constantly in motion,so when ye put thi clip on,ye had ti jump oot thi way in a flash,cos the tub wud "click"away,suddenly,from a standstill! Imagine us kids,aged 15 years aad,down the training gallery,at Seaton Burn pit,learning from a supervising instructor,[mostly aad-timers who had health problems and had ti do light work...],hoo ti put a lashing -chain onto a moving steel rope and hing it onto a tub......straight from wor classrooms ye knaa!! Sum of us didn't reach the blokes elbow height!! Anyway....ya standing beside ya tub,ye have the chain ready in ya hands.the chain is heavy,and aboot 3 or 4 feet lang,with a big round link at one end,and an oval-shaped link at thi other end. The links are made from 1/2" steel bar,the moving rope runs on the floor through a deep groove in a wooden sleeper,put there for this purpose. The tub is standing back,aboot three feet from this grooved sleeper. Every now and then ye hear a click,it's okay,it's JUST a loose wire sticking up out of the rope [like barbed-wire!]...catching the wood sleeper. Right!....ye step forward,put ya boot OWA the rope on top of the groove,in effect trapping the rope under ya sole of ya boot.....[H&S....?] The rope is actually rubbing up against ya sole....ye bend doon,IN FRONT OF...ya tub,hold the big link up against ya boot side ti anchor it,slip the rest of the chain under the rope,[avoiding ya leather glove being caught on a loose wire and dragging ye away ....],catch ya chain and dae the same again three times forming loops of chain aroond the rope,which all the while is slipping through the loops up against ya boot.......[hoping all thi while a loose wire doesn't come alang and rip ya boot,and ya foot...!]. Noo!The smart bit,[authorised by Her Majesty's Inspector of Mines,and the Regulations....1954 M&Q Act...]........!! Quickly,ye slip the small oval lnk through the big round link,keeping it loose....mind......!!....then...get ya sheckle,[a "D" link with a threaded pin/bolt],and put it through the oval link and hook it onti thi cruk,[or chain...as the case may be..],of ya tub,keeping the chain slack or else it will click away and pull the tub over you! Once ye have the sheckle bolt in and screwed up tight,ye step back and tek ya foot off the rope and the chain quickly tightens on and yanks the tub set away,with no mercy or forgiveness for any mistakes made!!...[ye had ti quickly learn ti hae ya wits aboot ye!] All during that operation,you are bent double in front of a set of tubs,with a moving rope,and the possibility that other tubs might bump the set from behind ...knocking you under the tub wheels. Which brings me nicely to another old pitmatic saying........"Aye poor owld Billy bumped the set last neet....".....old Billy came into a misfortune of sorts,either in the pit,or even crossing the road.......you know what it means. "Divvent ye **** aroond wi me,son,or else ye'll bump the set.."!....[a different connotation!] Well folks,a ownly came on ti say thanks ti ye's aal!!! Little Black Jess [LBJ],is biting me leg ti gaan waakies.......and luk at thi time.....again!
  5. Thank You Mr President

    Meddling Barack Obama BOOSTS numbers wanting to LEAVE EU, poll finds
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  7. St Cuthberts School

    From a business perspective, keeping the tree would have been the way forward. Even if they were *given* extra land for car parking/access. I like Lidl, and look forward to asupermarket in Bedlington, but there are plenty of sites where it could have been located if they couldn't work out how to plan/landscape around the tree. One thing we do have in the area is plenty of greenery, I look out of my window at work and enjoy what I see. How many more of these greenspaces are we going to lose? Call me a tree hugger all you like, but I enjoy nature, and want to enjoy our town Mind you, this pic I took yesterday makes it look like have lots of greenery! (tip: save and zoom in )
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  9. St Cuthberts School

    Ah. I can't confirm that myself as I'm only passing on information from a respected member of the community. Sign or no sign though, there was no need for the gesture she got in lieu of a polite reply. Surely these workmen knew beforehand that the removal of this tree was a sensitive issue? Anyway, here's what the site looked like tonight ...
  10. St Cuthberts School

    Webtrekker, any notices on the fence about the petition were not put there with my knowledge, and I was involved in the front line of the campaign.
  11. St Cuthberts School

    BULLSHIT!!! I heard from a 100% reliable source that a lady walked over to the fence from Morrison's (staff?) and pointed out that there was a notice on the fence informing them of the petition. She was answered with a 2-fingered salute by one of the tossers cutting the trees down. Bloody disgraceful!
  12. Help needed.

    Very true, Foxy (and one I wasn't at! Shame on me!) PS Tree which is no longer there!!
  13. Bedlington Grammar School to be demolished

    Facebook post by David Williams. Ex-BGS students: I have just received this from Mansel Dinnis, webmaster of the "Semper Sursum" website. I look forward to seeing some of you there: Hi Bedlingtonshire Community High School have now confirmed they are giving former pupils the opportunity to visit the school at two ‘looking back, moving forward’ events in June before the old grammar school building is demolished. For those former pupils who left the school before 2000 (ie: all Bedlington Grammar School pupils), the visit will take place at 7:00 pm on Thursday 16 June. The school are still finalising the programme for the visit. Admission is by ticket only. Tickets can be collected from Reception at the school. Please contact the school direct to order tickets. Here are the BCHS contact details. Bedlingtonshire Community High School Palace Road Bedlington Northumberland NE22 7DS Tel: 01670 822625 (choose option ‘0’ for Reception) Email: info@bchs.uk.net For those ex-pupils who do not live locally, tickets can be posted. I have email addresses for only a limited number of former grammar school pupils and I would ask you to pass on this information to anyone you think might be interested.
  14. Help needed.

    Which sums up a recent photoshoot at the tree !
  15. loathe muslims

    I think, Canny Lass, the reference is to the oft-quoted fact that the Prophet married a nine year old girl.
  16. Help needed.

    Fair point; I shall do my best to be there. As for the noise on social media, surely that's a good thing? Of course, it's far easier to sit in the comfort of your own home and type stuff on a computer than it is to actually get out and do something.
  17. St Cuthberts School

    I thought Loose Women would be more up your street, Monsta! As it is, we're currently deciding what to campaign about next, just to annoy you!
  18. St Cuthberts School

    Litter picking isn't that what we pay the council for. Oh sorry it's for there cars and vacantions and this isn't ashington Weyit's to late it's gone thank f**k now these part time tree huggers can get back to jeźza and loose women.
  19. Help needed.

    I'm looking forward to see how many turn up at this meeting. Perhaps we'll see how passionate people are about the town, they're making a lot of noise on social media sites.
  20. Post Office 1993.

    From the album Days Gone Around the Town

    © foxy

  21. St Cuthberts School

    With so many people unhappy with the state of our streets and open spaces a group has come together to see just what can be done to help. They are holding an open public meeting at the Bedlington Community Centre on Front Street next Wednesday 4th May at 6.00pm. If you are concerned about the way our Town looks at times and want to actually do something about it please come along. You may already do a bit of litter picking in your particular area, if so we would like to hear about that too so we can make a map of the areas residents are already helping out with and areas which might need some sort of concerted community effort to get back into a good state.
  22. Help needed.

    With so many people unhappy with the state of our streets and open spaces a group has come together to see just what can be done to help. They are holding an open public meeting at the Bedlington Community Centre on Front Street next Wednesday 4th May at 6.00pm. If you are concerned about the way our Town looks at times and want to actually do something about it please come along. You may already do a bit of litter picking in your particular area, if so we would like to hear about that too so we can make a map of the areas residents are already helping out with and areas which might need some sort of concerted community effort to get back into a good state.
  23. St Cuthberts School

    Monsta, nobody was or is whinging. All we asked was for Lidl to consider the tree. They did, which is commendable, and replied with sensible reasoning as to why the tree has to go. We accept that. Once again, this wasn't about the tree OR Lidl, because we want Lidl, and others,to invest in the town. It was a last chance attempt to save a beautiful tree. Of course, that's of no interest to you. I doubt, in fact, you care at all about the regeneration of the town or of community spirit.
  24. St Cuthberts School

    Nothing lasts forever Oh, yeah Mmm Still don't know what I was waitin' for And my time was runnin' wild A million dead end streets and Every time I thought I'd got it made It seemed the taste was not so sweet So I turned myself to face me But I've never caught a glimpse of How the others must see the faker I'm much too fast to take that test Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes Turn and face the strange Ch-ch-changes Don't want to be a richer man Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes Turn and face the strange Ch-ch-changes Just gonna have to be a different man Time may change me But I can't trace time Mmm, yeah I watch the ripples change their size But never leave the stream Of warm impermanence So the days float through my eyes But still the days seem the same And these children that you spit on As they try to change their worlds Are immune to your consultations They're quite aware of what they're goin' through Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes Turn and face the strange Ch-ch-changes Don't tell them to grow up and out of it Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes Turn and face the strange Ch-ch-changes Where's your shame? You've left us up to our necks in it Time may change me But you can't trace time Strange fascination, fascinatin' Ah, changes are takin' The pace I'm goin' through Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes Turn and face the strange Ch-ch-changes Oh, look out you rock 'n' rollers Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes Turn and face the strange Ch-ch-changes Pretty soon now you're gonna get older Time may change me But I can't trace time I said that time may change me But I can't trace time
  25. St Cuthberts School

    He was the King of Trees Keeper of the Glade Beneath his leaves he gave Shelter from the rain we used to meet by him far from the bustling town We loved him Now they,ve come to cut him down!!!
  26. Old days

    I know theseareGoogle street view 2009 images but the building that was Barclays building on Station street is still standing, and as Monstat says it's now a flat but I don't know if it is in use or still on the market, what was Martins on Palace Road still shows as Hot Millions on Google 2009
  27. Old days

    It says 4 Palace Road on the bank's website, which is the address of Big Mama's I believe, and the Chinese next door is 5-6 Palace Road. Not that it matters much in the grand scheme of things though!
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