high pit wilma :- After working for years at other pits,in low seams,these roadways seemed massive,at first...
high pit wilma :- This is a 14' wide x 10' high roadway,using 3-piece arched girders to support the roof and sides.
At Choppington high pit,all main roads were 12' wide x 8' high,but at the Beaumont seam,where there was a tremendous amount of roof and side pressure ,some roadways were crushed down to about 4 or 5' high,and narrowed right in,so you had difficulty getting your pit pony through the workings,and it was bloody hard work transporting anything in.
jojojood :-We used to drive levels for a retreat wall using a dosco dintheader,14 ft roof rails,6ft 8in. legs,at the end of the shift we would use 8 to 10 in wooden center props in heavy roof areas,many times we find them the next day broken in the middle like match sticks.Only then would management take our advice and give us steel center props.
high pit wilma :- Hi jojojood!
Yeah,it was always the same here,management knew the "bookwork",but they knew absolutely NOTHING about "pitwork",as we did..!
We had several coalfaces,longwall,advancing,that would take one shear off,with an A.B. Longwall Shearer,then it would take three weeks to "bump" [advance] the face chocks...the face was broken heavily throughout,and it would take all day to advance and timber up ONE
face support,[six-legged dowty chocks]
This went on at Bates pit,for a year or two,losing millions of pounds,deliberately,so they had a "justifiable" reason for closure..!
When one face was installed with braced-leg "Rev-lem" chocks,it went away like hell,MAKING millions of pounds,but the Director of mining at Teem Valley,Gateshead,wouldn't sanction our Manager to buy in more installations of REV-LEMS,cos HE wanted the pit closed,so he kept sending full sets of inferior,[for the job],dowty chocks,and in the process,risked all our lives,completeley unnecessary!
AND this is a well-known fact!
AND THEY DID CLOSE THE PIT!!
high pit wilma :- Now it's more than 3 years since i posted the comments above,and i notice no'one has disputed my words......
Today,on the National TV news ,on 28-12-12,archive secret documents have been released ,that show how thatcher - the -hatcheter sent our troops to the Falklands to re-take the islands by force,against strong appeals by President Reagan to hand the situation over to international peace-keeping forces....with absolutely NO AIR-POWER WHATSOEVER.
She risked our lads lives to save her face..FULL STOP.
What hasn't been released is the FACT,that she later brought our lads back to England in 1984,and dressed them in police uniforms,to literally beat the Miners into submission during the 1984 Miner's strike...and i kow this as a fact...due to a good friend who's Son was one of those Soldier's who had to obey commands and go against his own Father on the picket line,by a sheer billion-to-one chance meeting,as they were marching with absolute precision past the pickets one day.
....This begs two qustions to be answered by the government.
1 Are our police force normally trained up to the hilt,to march up to six abreast...or whatever number abreast is required....with military precision?..[ which takes weeks of square-bashing....!]
2 Where did the literally thousands of "Policemen" disappear to immediately after the strike was over?........there has been calls for an increase in the Police force to combat crime,how come we don't have enough?.......watch any old documentaries about the strike.......you can't see the trees for the cops........millions of the buggers....!
That's my rant for the end of the year 2012.........and i think it's a very justifiable rant!
....now,with regards to the above comments,she was again risking our lads lives,including my own,by sending inferior equipment onto our coalfaces for us to work under.......she has a lot to answer for,but fortunately for her,or should i say....conveniently for her.......she is now dementia'd,which i bet a lot of it is manufactured considering how we are now in culture of claims,and police raking up skeletons in cupboards.....minister's expenses,Saville....etc.
It should be investigated as to the legality of her government sequestrating the N.U.M.'S
FUNDS,during the 1984 strike,amounting to millions of pounds,and also the fact that she stopped CHILD BENEFIT,to the wives of striking miners,creating suffering to those children who were totally innocent of the world around them.......my blood is starting to boil thinking about it..............
bewildebeeste :- From what I know about the US position regarding the Falklands....The US administration was split in half...half wanting to support Maggie, the other half not wanting to cause what they saw as unneccesary tension in South and Central America (who still view the US with a degree of suspicion - i'm thinking of Chavez in Venezuela for one). There is self interest in every political decision unfortunately.
high pit wilma :- Aye,a agree totally wi yi there beeste!!!!!
high pit wilma :- Well well well...!....she's rotting in hell!!!!!!!!
The celebrations are over now she's gone,and now that it's 30 years since the Miner's 1984 strike to try and save the industry from destruction by this evil thing,,,,[I cannot bring myself to say.."woman"...cos she was, I think, a man in drag..!]... .....,Documents are being released which clearly state that thatcher-thi-hatcheter,planned over 70 pit closures,[whilst blatantly denying it in the press and tv reports!],and also planned to bring in troops onto our streets....which of course,we already know that she did that anyway. Scargill was demonised for his stance,and I am sick of hearing people who know nowt aboot thi industry whatsoever,saying he should have had a ballot. Are these people so gullible and literally stupid to suggest one man could call a National strike,of the biggest,most powerful union,in the country,single-handedly,with no votes at all,and no instructions or support from the National Executive Committee?
They all live in COOKKOO....COOKOOO....COOKKOOOOOOOOOOO-LAAAAAND!!!!!!!!!!!!
OF COURSE WE VOTED! UNLESS I DREAMT THAT ONE DAY I WENT TO WORK,AT BATES PIT,AS USUAL,AND THERE WERE THESE FUNNY-LOOKING BIG BLACK BOXES,IN FUNNY-LOOKING BOOTHS,WITH FUNNY-LOOKING MEN HANDING OUT FUNNY-LOOKING BITS OF PAPER AND ADVISING ME TO GO INTO ONE OF THESE BOOTHS AND PUT A FUNNY-LOOKING CROSS....LIKE A CHILD WOULD,ON THIS BIT OF PAPER....AND FOLD IT UP.....AND PUT IT IN THE FUNNY-LOOKING BLACK BOX......!
WHAT COULD THIS ALL MEAN.....I WONDER....WAS THIS A VOTE TAKING PLACE....OF JUST FUNNY MEN ACTING SILLY FOR A LAUGH?
FUNNY THING WAS,.........I HEARD THAT EVERY PIT IN THE UK ......YES....NATIONALLY......THEY ALL DID THE SAME FUNNY THING......WHAT A FUNNY LOT US MINERS MUST HAVE BEEN.......!
high pit wilma :- I forgot to add that the above comment ,and this one, were posted on this day,Saturday-20th of September,2014,at 00.50.am
high pit wilma :- 13-11-2015...and the news of the leak about thatchers plans were conveniently swept aside..or under the carpet...so to speak!