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PostPosted: 17-03-2013 00:22    Post subject: Reply with quote

We could visit! Very Happy

I'll wear my Burberry cap. Wink
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PostPosted: 17-03-2013 14:30    Post subject: Reply with quote

To my knowledge, it's all to do with who owns the tunnel 'entrances'. With the Williamson tunnels, which have multiple entrances some of which have not been opened for nearly 200 years it is a potential legal minefield.
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PostPosted: 20-03-2013 07:33    Post subject: Reply with quote

Poland miners: 19 rescued after earthquake

Emergency services in western Poland have rescued 19 miners who were trapped underground when an earthquake caused a tunnel to collapse.
The workers at Rudna copper mine in Lower Silesia were trapped for about eight hours while rescuers dug through earth and rock to reach them.

The mine is owned by Poland's largest copper miner, KGHM, and has operated since 1969.
A KGHM spokesman said the accident happened 600m (2,000ft) below ground.
He said the rescue operation was "difficult because huge amounts of rocks have to be removed".

The tremor that caused the tunnel to collapse lasted about 10 seconds, the BBC's Adam Easton reports from the capital, Warsaw.
One miner had a gash on his head, but all those who were rescued were fit enough to go home.

The mine is some 400km (430 miles) south-west of Warsaw. Accidents there are relatively uncommon.
Poland has a large number of mines, many of which are located in the industrialised Silesia region, which is rich in mineral and natural resources.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-21854873

Cornish copper mines suffered a few disasters down the years, although not earthquake triggered:
http://stjustvingoe.tripod.com/levant_mine_disaster.htm
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PostPosted: 23-03-2013 14:58    Post subject: James Herbert: A Celebration Of his Life And Work @ Tunnels Reply with quote

Don't mean to bang on but because it includes a famous horror writer I thought it would pass as something worth noting on this board:

James Herbert: A Celebration Of his Life And Work
Thursday March 14th, 2013


As part of the "In Other Words" literary festival taking place across Liverpool between the 23rd April 2013 and 19th May 2013 the Williamson Tunnels Heritage Centre is hosting 'James Herbert: A Celebration Of his Life And Work'
25th April 2013. 7.30pm

Sadly, James Herbert died on 20 March this year, shortly after he was billed as one of the star attractions of the In Other Words festival at an event called Terror in the Tunnels.

Instead we will take this opportunity with Ramsey Campbell, other horror writers and friends of James to pay tribute to the man, his work, and to discuss the undeniably huge impact he had on literature and the horror genre. There will be readings from his stories and audience members are invited to come and share their favourite experiences of reading James’ work and the lasting effect he has had on his readers.

Tickets: £7 or £5 concession
To book tickets for this event go to www.itsliverpool.com/culture

You can also take a pre-show tour of the Williamson Tunnels at the special rate of £3.50. Booking essential call 0151 709 6868 for tunnels.
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PostPosted: 10-04-2013 12:33    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Underground City Of Homeless People Discovered In Kansas City
http://www.opposingviews.com/i/society/underground-city-homeless-people-discovered-kansas-city!

By Evan Bleier, Tue, April 09, 2013

Police in Kansas City have discovered an underground city of homeless people built in a wooded area on the city’s northeast side. The camp contained a number of tents as well as tunnels that led to underground rooms.

“One of the tunnels probably went 20 to 25 feet underground towards the back and veered off in another direction about six feet or so, and there was some bedding and some candles,” said community interaction Officer Jason Cooley. “It was kind of in a little hill and probably four feet beneath the surface.” Some of the tunnels were so elaborate that they had PVC pipes installed to provide ventilation, according to The Inquisitr.

Police entered the camp last week to evict the people that lived there because of the deplorable and unclean conditions. Thefts at a nearby grain mill also prompted the visit.

“We’re working to find out if in fact they’ve got kids down here because this is not a safe environment for that,” Cooley said. Officers became concerned when they saw piles of soiled diapers, an indication that some of the homeless residents possibly had children living in the squalid conditions.

Homeless outreach groups say that the eviction from the camp will actually benefit its former residents. “By providing help for these people in this manner, maybe they won’t feel the need to go out and steal because they’re getting services they need to be able to live and survive,” said Carla Brewer of Hope Faith Ministries
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PostPosted: 10-04-2013 16:37    Post subject: Reply with quote

No interview with a pit dweller?

Shoddy Journalism
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PostPosted: 18-04-2013 22:49    Post subject: Reply with quote

A frequently hilarious look at British tunnels from Danny Baker tonight on BBC Four:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b01s1c4y/Brushing_up_on..._British_Tunnels/

Some great clips, not just for the footage but the strangeness that goes along with them, all gently lampooned by Mr Baker. Recommended.
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PostPosted: 09-05-2013 19:36    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yesterday I learned a fabulous fact about the Shrewsbury town centre branch of Macdonalds.

Aoparently, once you've collected your 'food' you can go down the cellar to the ancient basement, which is actually part of the castle foundations. Like a dungeon.

It's easy to reach on the train. I'm soo going there. Very Happy
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PostPosted: 09-05-2013 20:47    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dunno about that - Shrewsbury is FULL of ghosts though Shocked

Google Maps link

EDIT: H-u-g-e link shortened by WJ.
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PostPosted: 09-05-2013 21:19    Post subject: Reply with quote

We need a trip over there. Cool
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PostPosted: 25-05-2013 11:46    Post subject: Reply with quote

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The Fake Townhouses hiding Mystery Underground Portals

Every city has its secrets, it’s just a matter of finding them…

On a street in Brooklyn that takes you towards the river, where the cobblestones begin paving the road, there is a townhouse that deserves a second look. Despite its impeccable brickwork, number 58 Joralemon Street is not like the other houses. Behind its blacked out windows, no one is at home; no one has been at home for more than 100 years. In fact, number 58 is not a home at all, but a secret subway exit and ventilation point disguised as a Greek Revival brownstone.


Next, we head to London in Bayswater where an up-market residential street just a few minutes walk from the vast greens of Hyde Park cleverly masks another portal to the city’s underworld and the world’s first underground railway.

In the 1860s, a tube line passing through Paddington and Bayswater was constructed and incidentally ran its path directly under 23 and 24 Leinster Terrace. The two five story houses had to be demolished in order to dig through the tunnels but once the finished tunnel was covered, it was decided that the houses wouldn’t be rebuilt … entirely that is.

Today, you’ll see these rather smart looking townhouses in place next to each other, but if you wander round the back of 23 and 24 Leinster Terrace and look over the wall, you’ll find the buildings are nothing more than 5-ft thick facades that disguise a massive gaping hole into the underground.


Includes photos and a couple of Parisian examples!

http://www.messynessychic.com/2013/01/29/the-fake-townhouses-hiding-mystery-underground-portals/
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PostPosted: 25-05-2013 11:58    Post subject: Reply with quote

What a great Blog! Thanks for posting that. Smile

I especially enjoyed Ghostly Nightclubs of the Belle Epoque
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PostPosted: 25-05-2013 15:21    Post subject: Reply with quote

sherbetbizarre wrote:
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The Fake Townhouses hiding Mystery Underground Portals

Every city has its secrets, it’s just a matter of finding them…

On a street in Brooklyn that takes you towards the river, where the cobblestones begin paving the road, there is a townhouse that deserves a second look. Despite its impeccable brickwork, number 58 Joralemon Street is not like the other houses. Behind its blacked out windows, no one is at home; no one has been at home for more than 100 years. In fact, number 58 is not a home at all, but a secret subway exit and ventilation point disguised as a Greek Revival brownstone.


Next, we head to London in Bayswater where an up-market residential street just a few minutes walk from the vast greens of Hyde Park cleverly masks another portal to the city’s underworld and the world’s first underground railway.

In the 1860s, a tube line passing through Paddington and Bayswater was constructed and incidentally ran its path directly under 23 and 24 Leinster Terrace. The two five story houses had to be demolished in order to dig through the tunnels but once the finished tunnel was covered, it was decided that the houses wouldn’t be rebuilt … entirely that is.

Today, you’ll see these rather smart looking townhouses in place next to each other, but if you wander round the back of 23 and 24 Leinster Terrace and look over the wall, you’ll find the buildings are nothing more than 5-ft thick facades that disguise a massive gaping hole into the underground.


Includes photos and a couple of Parisian examples!

http://www.messynessychic.com/2013/01/29/the-fake-townhouses-hiding-mystery-underground-portals/


Great stuff! Have seen the fake doorway before but will definitely add the false building front to my list of places to check out.
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PostPosted: 25-05-2013 15:23    Post subject: Reply with quote

JamesWhitehead wrote:
What a great Blog! Thanks for posting that. Smile

I especially enjoyed Ghostly Nightclubs of the Belle Epoque


I've hunted for more info in the past on the Cabaret d'Enfer. Pictures seem to show it up as far as the 50s but then it seems to have disappeared. As far as I can tell the spot where it used to stand is now a Monoprix supermarket - a different kind of hell altogether!
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PostPosted: 25-05-2013 16:16    Post subject: Reply with quote

sherbetbizarre wrote:

http://www.messynessychic.com/2013/01/29/the-fake-townhouses-hiding-mystery-underground-portals/


That's a time vacuum!

Thank you nonetheless.
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