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  1. The Old Ruminator

    Has Facebook Won ?

    This is typical of Facebook shite. Boots on the stal. Kneeling on the fragile edge of a crystal basin. I have complained and will likely get chucked off that group.
  2. The Old Ruminator

    Has Facebook Won ?

    Contentious as ever. At a recent Mendip cavers club meeting the assembled worthies were asked who visited this forum. Answer -- one. Very little seems to come this way now despite recent discoveries on Mendip. Of course its all over Facebook. Perhaps its indicative of the general decline in...
  3. The Old Ruminator

    Paying Homage to the Plank. The Pipe.

    Not that many will remember " The Plank " with Eric Sykes. Filmed, Directed and Acted by The Old Ruminator.
  4. The Old Ruminator

    Responsibility for Fixed Aids in Caves

    Now totally absolved.
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    Responsibility for Fixed Aids in Caves

    Just to clarify. This is not a fixed aid. Its just a very old ladder installed purely for decorative purposes. Not saying that I put it there of course but if I did I was definitely not sound of mind and have no recollection of that. A further practical usage might be a roosting platform for...
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    Responsibility for Fixed Aids in Caves

    Help me out here o legal eagles. I am adding a few fixed aids in my latest project. Lets say ladders for rhe moment. Referring to fixed vertical ladder regs not surpisingly I find that I am way out on those. So questions arising -- If my fixed aid fails can I be sued now or in the future ? Of...
  7. The Old Ruminator

    A Day in the Life of a Digger/Photographer

    Somebody has pointed out that they dont comply with vertical ladder regulations.
  8. The Old Ruminator

    For those who are scared..

    "Action conquers fear"
  9. The Old Ruminator

    A Day in the Life of a Digger/Photographer

    A special thanks to my long term mate Peter Glanvill ( Mr O'Doc ). What great fun and discoveries we have made over the decades. New pals as well. Long may it continue. The big boulder in the roof we call " The Elephant " ( The elephant in the room ). We try not to talk about it.
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    A Day in the Life of a Digger/Photographer

    Though not necessarily proficiant at either. Anyway to " celebrate " my 60 years in caving. Also maybe to celebrate a remarkable survival considering some events over the years. All of this from yesterday just after my 75th birthday.
  11. The Old Ruminator

    Photography Showcase 3 per week limit

    Self Portrait. Suffused with the warm glow from a job well done.
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    Photography Showcase 3 per week limit

    Getting complicated.
  13. The Old Ruminator

    Hypogenic Cavern Development on The Quantocks, Somerset ?

    Hypogenic caverns can be totally isolated from the surface and from further cave developments. All in the Quantocks and at Cannington have been revealed by quarrying. They can also form maze caves like Holwell. It might not be enough to call the Quantocks a caving area but what we have seen here...
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    Hypogenic Cavern Development on The Quantocks, Somerset ?

    The huge Jackdaw Cavern at Cannington. From my log 1968. The cavern. Possibly relating in formation to Pen Park Hole at Bristol. Looking towards the boulder pile noted in the plan.
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    Hypogenic Cavern Development on The Quantocks, Somerset ?

    Excavating mud and boulder fill Quantocks. The entire black space was filled to the roof.
  16. The Old Ruminator

    Hypogenic Cavern Development on The Quantocks, Somerset ?

    Cannington. https://ukcaving.com/board/index.php?threads/an-examination-of-bones-from-cannington-somerset.25529/
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    Hypogenic Cavern Development on The Quantocks, Somerset ?

    Holwell Cavern entrance some years ago.
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    Hypogenic Cavern Development on The Quantocks, Somerset ?

    More on Holwell Cavern. https://ukcaving.com/board/index.php?threads/holwell-cavern-merridge-quantock-hills-somerset.12008/
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    Hypogenic Cavern Development on The Quantocks, Somerset ?

    Porifera Stromatoporoidea ? Quantocks.
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    Hypogenic Cavern Development on The Quantocks, Somerset ?

    Cothelstone Hill Cave. Devonian slate roof over limestone.
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