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OTHER STUFF (non mine related):

THE WHISTLE PROJECT

I don't mine for a living (much that I'd love to) but work within mechanical engineering during the normal week.

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.


MAKE AN AUTOMATIC FILE/PHOTO BACK-UP PROGRAM (in just a few lines of code):

 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 in 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!. Smallcleugh mine - Album and Movie added to the database, Ayton Banks Mine Trip added and updated to the movies section.

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