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9,043. The MP for Bolton, who was a mine owner, argued that it would unjustly deprive children of their honest livelihood, and would drive them and their families into the workhouse. Others suggested that working from a young age was good and developed useful industrious habits ... Others said that the entire mining industry would collapse if it wasn’t allowed to use child labour. (Children & England & Work & Labour & Mining & Great Britain) Ian Hislop’s Age of the Do-Gooders II: Suffer the Little Children
31,493. At Heath’s moment of maximum weakness the Miners came back for more. (Great Britain & England & Politics & Coal & Mining & 1970s) Heath vs Wilson: The 10 Year Duel
31,494. Wilson immediately bought off the miners. (Great Britain & England & Politics & Coal & Mining & 1970s) ibid.
5,073. The miners are out of work ... Their problem is much more than a mining problem – it concerns the standards of living not only for themselves but in other parts of the world. (Trade Union & Labor & Mining) Eleanor Roosevelt
9,490. During World War II, labor leader John L Lewis called a coal miners’ strike just before Christmas. NBC opened its radio newscast with the words, ‘John L Lewis just shot Santa Claus’. In the next hour, thirty thousand calls inundated the network’s switchboards. A Texas boy despaired and downed a bottle of castor oil. So frightening was the reaction that NBC hurriedly staged an ‘interview with Santa Claus’ to reassure Americans that the jolly old elf was still alive. (Christmas & Christian & Santa Claus & Mining & Television & Children) Tom Flynn, The Trouble With Christmas
9,491. Reason #1: To Teach and Perpetrate the Santa Claus Myth, Parents Must Lie to Their Children. Reason #2: The Santa Claus Myth Exploits Characteristic Weakness in Young Children’s Thinking, Perhaps Obstructing Their Passage to Later Stages of Cognitive Development. Reason #3: To Buoy Belief, Adults Stage Elaborate Deceptions, Laying Traps for the Child’s Developing Intellect. Reason #4: The Myth Encourages Lazy Parenting and Promotes Unhealthy Fear. Reason #5: The Number of Characteristics that Santa Claus Shares with God and Jesus Verges on the Blasphemous. (Christmas & Christian & Santa Claus & Mining & Television & Children & Parent) ibid.
9,955. It’s the story about a group of men, some of whom worked in the same colliery where my dad was a miner. (Art & Mining) Jon Blair, Perspectives: Robson Green and the Pitmen Painters, ITV 2011
9,956. In those days they proudly called it [Ashington] the biggest mining village in the world ... What’s left behind is unemployment and a town looking for its soul. (Art & Mining) ibid.
9,957. Working men together deciding to do an art appreciation class, deciding to paint, deciding to improve themselves. (Art & Mining) ibid.
9,958. This was a tight-knit community. One that was killed when the miners died. Or were they murdered? (Art & Mining) ibid.
9,959. Imagine doing this for forty, fifty years of your life. Unbelievable. (Art & Mining) ibid.
9,960. At least there’s a record of how it once was thanks to the painters of the Ashington Group. (Art & Mining) ibid.
10,055. The miner’s harsh living conditions made a deep impact on Van Gogh. He decided to share their hardship. (Art: Van Gogh & Mining) Great Artists with Tim Marlow: Van Gogh
30,177. 1960: 533,000 textile workers; 1978: 209,000 textile workers; 1960: 700,000 miners; 1998: 9,000 miners in the UK. (Great Britain & England & Mining & Textiles) Michael Wood, The Great British Story: A People’s History 8/8
31,481. There are three bodies no sensible man directly challenges: the Roman Catholic Church, the Brigade of Guards, and the National Union of Mineworkers. (Great Britain & England & Coal & Mining) Harold Macmillan, cited Observer 22nd February 1981
31,515. They [miners] just wanted their fair share of Ted Heath’s brave new world. (Great Britain & England & 1970s & Coal & Mining) Dominic Sandbrook, The 70s I: Get It On 70-72 ***** BBC 2013
31,516. In early 1972 they woke from their slumber and voted to strike for a better deal. (Great Britain & England & 1970s & Coal & Mining) ibid.
31,517. Power cuts were becoming a fact of life. (Great Britain & England & 1970s & Coal & Mining) ibid.
31,594. Ted Heath had fatally underestimated the miners ... Heath hadn’t just been beaten, he’d been annihilated ... The victory of aspiration. (Great Britain & England & 1970s & Coal & Mining) ibid.
31,522. Miners: it was a showdown that divided the nation ... The miners raised the stakes as their overtime ban became an all-out strike. (Great Britain & England & 1970s & Coal & Mining & Division & Strike & Industrial Action & Dispute) Dominic Sandbrook, The 70s II: Doomwatch 73-74
44,877. During the miners’ strike a few years later television took on an almost Falklands role, with the miners often cast as the Argies. Picket line violence was the main media issue. When the strike was over the Council on Civil Liberties produced a report on the role of the police. The report said: ‘Contrary to the impression given by the media, most of the picketing during the strike had been orderly and on a modest scale’. This was not reported. (Media & Strike & Mining) John Pilger, lecture July 1996 ‘The Hidden Power of the Media’
48,638. Since mining began in South Africa 69,000 have been killed in accidents. It’s been estimated that the human cost of every ton of gold mined is one life and twelve serious injuries. (Mining & South Africa) John Pilger, Apartheid Did Not Die
48,639. The most devastating cost to these men remains hidden. A third of all black miners have succumbed to deadly lung disease with little compensation. This continues today. (Mining & South Africa) ibid.
48,034. Thomas Newcomen invented a brand new type of steam-engine which was designed solely for one purpose: to pump water from deep mine shafts. The first one was installed here at Staffordshire at a colliery, and it proved to be the world’s most successful steam-engine. (Steam & Engine & Mining & Coal & England & Great Britain & Industrial Revolution) Fred Dibnah’s Age of Steam e1: The Early Pioneers, BBC 2003
48,037. Mining was still a difficult and dangerous business. Sometimes it was the steam-engine itself that made it dangerous. (Steam & Engine & Mining & England & Great Britain & Industrial Revolution) ibid.
112,415. This is my garden and of course over the last forty years I’ve amazed a grand array of antique machinery and shed … But now I’ve got an even bigger project on the go – it is really a bit unusual to have a pit-head-gear in your back garden … I’ve got a grand plan … to build a replica coal mine in my garden … My idea is to build a working replica of a mine to show just what it were like. This programme really is about steam, coal and our industrial heritage, and my attempts to preserve some of it here in my back garden. (Engineering & Garden & Coal & Mining) Fred Dibnah, Dig With Fred, BBC 2004
112,416. It were steam that drove the coal industry. (Engineering & Garden & Coal & Mining) ibid.
112,417. Every mine needs to have three things: 1) a mine shaft which of course is a big hole in the ground that goes all the way down to where the coal is buried; 2) the winding engine which really is a winch which lowers the men down to the coal and winds up the spoils of the digging operation; 3) the pit-head gear. (Engineering & Garden & Coal & Mining) ibid.
112,418. So, you lay the bricks on the iron ring a few feet at a time which provides a sort of foundation, and you brick up the gap to the underside of the brickwork where you last left off. (Engineering & Garden & Coal & Mining) ibid.
112,419. We’ve got to build a railway from the top of the shaft … (Engineering & Garden & Coal & Mining) ibid.
112,420. It’s time we set up the health and safety aspect of it. (Engineering & Garden & Coal & Mining) ibid.
112,421. Trouble. Big problems … Another visit from the Council. (Engineering & Garden & Coal & Mining) ibid.
48,075. Today fewer than five hundred people work in the quarrying and mining industries combined. (Steam & Engine & Coal & Mining) Fred Dibnah’s Made in Britain e2: Collecting the Coal, BBC 2005
48,084. Between 1710 and 1712 Thomas Newcomen invented a brand new type of steam-engine – the atmospheric engine which was designed solely for one purposes – to pump water from deep mine shafts. (Steam & Engine & Mining & Industrial Revolution & Great Britain & England) Fred Dibnah’s World of Steam, Steel and Stone e3: The Machines that Changed the World, BBC 2006
48,076. It’s all very sad really that it’s practically all gone. (Coal & Mining & Engineering & Great Britain & England & Industrial Revolution) Fred Dibnah’s World of Steam, Steel and Stone e8: Riches Beneath the Earth
48,077. It was the growth in iron production that led to the great increase in the demand for coal. (Coal & Mining & Engineering & Great Britain & England & Industrial Revolution) ibid.
48,078. It is really a bit unusual to have a pit-head gear in your back garden ... I’ve got this plan to actually build a replica coal mine in me garden. (Coal & Mining & Engineering & Great Britain & England & Industrial Revolution) ibid.
48,079. Real mining men. (Coal & Mining & Engineering & Great Britain & England & Industrial Revolution) ibid.