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Re: Caving Audio Archives
« Reply #75 on: February 10, 2012, 11:24:16 am »
http://caving-library.org.uk/audio/selected.php?id=186
If anyone had difficulty in hearing this owing to the low recording level, Sid has kindly boosted the volume. I  didn't have either the software or the expertise to do it myself (probably the latter).

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Re: Caving Audio Archives
« Reply #76 on: February 13, 2012, 07:53:25 pm »
Three new interviews have been added to the Audio Archives.

Frank Atkinson is best known for his work in founding the Beamish Museum, but when he was younger he was an active member of the BSA with a particular interest in geology and surveying in the late 1940s and early 1950s. He was involved in the original surveying of Lancaster Hole amongst other places.

The first two interviews are mainly concerned with his memories of Eli Simpson, but the second is concerned with the Penyghent Trip in 1951 during which John Williams died of exposure. Bob Leakey and Frank stayed with the casualty, whilst Ken Pearce, Trevor Shaw and Keith Braithwaite went for help.

http://caving-library.org.uk/audio/selected.php?id=187
http://caving-library.org.uk/audio/selected.php?id=188
http://caving-library.org.uk/audio/selected.php?id=189

Enjoy.

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Re: Caving Audio Archives
« Reply #77 on: February 14, 2012, 10:04:57 am »
Thanks God for that..thought it was my hearing :)

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Re: Caving Audio Archives
« Reply #78 on: February 26, 2012, 11:14:00 am »
On the afternoon of the 6th November 2011, the Bruno Kranskies Rising Sump dig in Notts 2 was connected to Lyle Caverns in Lost Johns' Cave, forging the final link in the Three Counties System. To celebrate the culmination of all the hard work put in by hundreds of cavers over several decades, a Three Counties System Connection Party was held on the 26th November 2011 in Burton-in-Lonsdale Village Hall. It was well attended by generations of cavers who had contributed to the project, some of whom gave short presentations about their own contributions.

Johnny Latimer had the far-sightedness to record the presentations, some of which are now available on the Audio Archives. Some made extensive use of visual aids, which obviously doesn't make good radio, but those published still make reasonable sense without the visuals.

The following are available:

Dave Brook: The Three Counties System Celebrations (1)
Alf Latham: The Three Counties System Celebrations (2)
Dave Cobley: The Three Counties System Celebrations (3)
Andy Walsh: The Three Counties System Celebrations (4)
Frank Pearson: The Three Counties System Celebrations (5)
Hugh St. Lawrence: The Three Counties System Celebrations (6)

We hope that you enjoy them.

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Re: Caving Audio Archives
« Reply #79 on: February 27, 2012, 11:24:03 am »
Because of the rapidly increasing number of interviewees represented in the Audio Archives, I have introduced the ability to drill down to a recording by interviewee. This new option is available from the right hand menu on the main audio archives page.

http://caving-library.org.uk/audio/intervieweelist.php

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Re: Caving Audio Archives
« Reply #80 on: May 01, 2012, 02:17:15 pm »
Three new interviews with Bert Bradshaw have been added to the Audio Archives. Gilbert Bradshaw started caving with the BSA during the war, but when the BSA splintered in the late 1940s he became a founder member of the Northern Pennine Club.

Bert is now in his 80s, but he has some great memories of caving in those early year, and gives a valuable insight into how Eli Simpson's old-school manner was found not to go down too well with those returning from the war.

http://caving-library.org.uk/audio/listbyinterviewee.php?interviewee=Bert%20Bradshaw

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Re: Caving Audio Archives
« Reply #81 on: May 02, 2012, 12:45:47 pm »
fantastic!

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Re: Caving Audio Archives
« Reply #82 on: May 02, 2012, 01:14:59 pm »
fantastic!

Nice to know that someone appreciates them! These interviews were primarily recorded for a film that Sid is putting together about Eli Simpson.

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« Reply #83 on: May 02, 2012, 01:59:51 pm »
I think I've listened to them all.....fantastic accounts.
The telling of the stream passage pot incident really has my toes curling.

And the best thing is I can listen to them and my manager thinks I'm working :thumbsup:

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Re: Caving Audio Archives
« Reply #84 on: May 02, 2012, 06:02:21 pm »
Nice to know that someone appreciates them!
I'm pretty sure there are quite a lot of people who consider the Audio Archives to be superb. Thanks to you, Sid and anyone else involved in them.

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« Reply #85 on: May 03, 2012, 01:07:28 pm »
Nice to know that someone appreciates them!
i cannot believe you think otherwise. they are interesting, informative, funny, personal, poignant, a great direct record that would otherwise soon be lost, and best of all they are freely available to all! thank you for all the work you are putting into this project, it's great benefit to speleology in this country can only grow over time.

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« Reply #86 on: May 03, 2012, 09:16:37 pm »
Very much appreciated ,inspiring stuff .

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Re: Caving Audio Archives
« Reply #87 on: December 05, 2012, 12:00:10 pm »
I have taken the plunge, and updated the Audio Archives technology to use the HTML5 <audio> facility to play back recordings. If the browser doesn't support the HTML5 audio facility for MP3 files, such as Firefox and Opera, Flash will continue to be used.

I haven't been able to test the implementation on any of these new-fangled computers (i.e. those without a CRT screen that you can carry around in your back pocket), so if anyone encounters any problems, would they let me know, please?

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Re: Caving Audio Archives
« Reply #88 on: May 05, 2013, 11:27:40 am »
Sid Perou has 'created' an additional interview with Bob Leakey which has now available on the BCRA Audio Archive, in which Bob talks about his Mossdale explorations in the early 1940s. The reason for the word created, is that the whole of the interview lasted about two rambling hours, and Sid has managed to extract the snippets relevant to Mossdale.

http://caving-library.org.uk/audio/selected.php?id=207

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Re: Caving Audio Archives
« Reply #89 on: May 05, 2013, 07:14:17 pm »
Interesting listening.

Re: the note about "new fangled computers" - I used an Android phone and the play/time bar showed up as a black box (with JW Player at the top and a play icon in the middle) - I clicked, it said playing video, I got a black screen with the audio playing fine, so no problems for me via that route.

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Re: Caving Audio Archives
« Reply #90 on: May 05, 2013, 10:33:15 pm »
Re: the note about "new fangled computers" - I used an Android phone and the play/time bar showed up as a black box (with JW Player at the top and a play icon in the middle) - I clicked, it said playing video, I got a black screen with the audio playing fine, so no problems for me via that route.

Thanks, Dunc - I must be clever than I thought!

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Re: Caving Audio Archives
« Reply #91 on: October 23, 2013, 08:54:14 am »
Has anyone any photographs of Jochen Hasenmayer I may use for the Audio Archives, please?

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Re: Caving Audio Archives
« Reply #92 on: October 23, 2013, 11:25:24 am »
There is a picture here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jochen_Hasenmayer

and probably a picture here:

FASZINATION BLAUTOPF Vorstoss in unbekantne Höhlenwelten by Arbeitsgemindschaft Blautopf (HG)  2009  136 pp, 75 colour plates, mainly whole page.  The Blautopf is a Vaclusian Spring in Southern Germany.  It is every cavers’ dream.  Cave diver eventually found dry passage at the end of the sump.  Then even better, dug into cave.  Exploration continues.  HB DW in German. 

Problen is, I sold my copy years ago.  You could try BCA Library.

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Re: Caving Audio Archives
« Reply #93 on: October 24, 2013, 01:31:47 pm »
There is a picture here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jochen_Hasenmayer
Thanks - I had that one earmarked as a last resort seeing that it is in the public domain. I was hoping for one in his diving gear, though, rather than in his wheelchair.

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and probably a picture here:

FASZINATION BLAUTOPF Vorstoss in unbekantne Höhlenwelten by Arbeitsgemindschaft Blautopf (HG)  2009  136 pp, 75 colour plates, mainly whole page.  The Blautopf is a Vaclusian Spring in Southern Germany.  It is every cavers’ dream.  Cave diver eventually found dry passage at the end of the sump.  Then even better, dug into cave.  Exploration continues.  HB DW in German. 

Problen is, I sold my copy years ago.  You could try BCA Library.
Again, thanks - but one has to be sensitive to copyright issues.

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Re: Caving Audio Archives
« Reply #94 on: October 24, 2013, 10:00:24 pm »
I can't believe I haven't come across this superb site before, but now I have, thanks to all who put it together!

Just one thing - does anyone know what I need to do to make it work in Chrome?  Works fine in Firefox, but I tend to use Chrome, so would be nice to have it from there...

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Re: Caving Audio Archives
« Reply #95 on: October 24, 2013, 10:17:45 pm »
Just one thing - does anyone know what I need to do to make it work in Chrome?

Interesting - it has always worked fine in Chrome for me (I use Windows on a desktop).

By default, it uses the HTML 5 audio markup to play back the recording, but it reverts to Flash if the facility isn't supported by the browser. It does, however, require JavaScript to be enabled. If it isn't the following message will be displayed: "Sorry, the embedded MP3 player is unavailable as either JavaScript is disabled or the Flash plugin is not installed. Click here to download the recording."

What device and operating system are you using?

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Re: Caving Audio Archives
« Reply #96 on: October 24, 2013, 10:27:07 pm »
On chrome at work it doesn't work, at home it does if that's of any help.

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Re: Caving Audio Archives
« Reply #97 on: October 24, 2013, 11:29:49 pm »
Looks like I must have been unlucky - the first interview I chose was this one: http://caving-library.org.uk/audio/selected.php?id=186 which doesn't seem to respond in Chrome, but having picked several others, they all spring into life no problem  :-\

For the record, I'm using Windows XP on a bog-standard PC, but I seem to be sorted now, so no worries.

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Re: Caving Audio Archives
« Reply #98 on: October 25, 2013, 12:20:37 am »
Same as Jason C here. http://caving-library.org.uk/audio/selected.php?id=186 does not play using Chrome on a Mac.

All the others I have clicked on appear to work.
www.ogof.org.uk/ South Wales Cave Mapping

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Re: Caving Audio Archives
« Reply #99 on: October 25, 2013, 08:21:00 am »
Looks like I must have been unlucky - the first interview I chose was this one: http://caving-library.org.uk/audio/selected.php?id=186 which doesn't seem to respond in Chrome, but having picked several others, they all spring into life no problem  :-\
Thank you - that was useful information.

I have played back that specific recording with Internet Explorer, Safari, Opera, Firefox, and Chrome and it only fails on the latter. When I force Chrome to play the MP3 file using Flash it also plays the recording without any problems, so it looks as if there is something in the Chrome implementation of the HTML 5 Audio markup that doesn't like something about this particular MP3 file.

It seems to me as if the problem is actually within Chrome rather than with the implementation or with the file, and as such is outside my control.