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OTHER STUFF (non mine related):


I have compiled a short history of Stanwick-st-John from information that I found at various sources to try and clear some discrepancies, caused because of confusion with many family members having been called by the exact same name (including cousins etc).

The 18 page booklet covers the whole history from Roman settlement, right through to modern times with Ariel photography that shows the land marks of the impressive hall and other structures.

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Much that I'd love to mine for a living, I don't - I actually work as a mechanical engineer during the normal week to earn my keep.

I became involved in an amazing project for a local artist to manufacture pieces (N.E.R locomotive whistles) for the Great Exhibition of the North where by at exactly 1 pm every day, 16 whistles would fire around the city of Newcastle Upon Tyne in perfect unison being triggered by the atomic clock. The whole design and build process was filmed by several television production companies including the BBC, WeLove Media and Tyne & Wear TV all of which have now been broadcast.

WeLove Media has published the final 14 minute movie on YouTube and kindly allowed me to share on my website.


 I've tried all sorts of file sync and backup software in the past and all start off working brilliant, but over a couple of months will eat up space on your backup drive like nothing before. This is because most of the software 'solutions' seem to make a mirror file with 'instances' of the same files which enables you to go back to a previous version of a file (in case you edit it then change your mind - its another copy so you can go back to before you started).

I have problems with this system because with over 2TB of photographs from the mines this quickly becomes an issue to where to store all this information. I decided to write a simple batch file to automatically copy all my photos and movies from my internal SDD drive to an external HDD.

Here's the code (click here for new window)


When I lived at White Kirkley, Weardale - I had a rather large pack of information that arrived through the post along with my house deeds. Some of the texts were in very difficult to read hand written notes, over time we deciphered the texts and put re-wrote everything and added it to both wikipedia and also to a basic website with further information about the area:

History of White Kirkley and Low BishopleyHistory of White Kirkley and Low Bishopley

Latest update: More 360 degree places added!. Loads of movies recently added in the Weardale area including Groverake, Skears and Frazers Hush mines.

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