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Wednesday, 13 October 2010


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They must be looking forward to giving their wives a good seeing to.

No doubt true but not quite in the spirit of the occasion, Gorilla!

Don't know about anyone else, but I really do not consider these guys 'heroes' or anything remotely similar.

For instance, not one of them, as far as I am aware, had the simple guts to state that where they were supposed to be working was both dangerous and outside any rules which may, or may not, have been established by the Authorities.

Not one had the guts to state that he and his friends were being asked to travel into the guts of a mine without even an escape route possibility!

On the other hand, not many people have said much about the engineers who planned and carried out this remarkable rescue! Nothing about the tunnelling expertise required not only to hit the spot, but to have available all the kit ready to extricate the 33!

And before anyone asks, yes, I have worked underground, yes, I have placed safety complaints before management; and yes, the problems were resolved!

Bit harsh, Mike! These are impoverished people taking on a risky job presumably for the money in order to keep their families. No doubt in time the true story of what went on underground will come out, and human nature being what it is, some will have behaved better than others. On the whole they seem to have remained phlegmatic, resolved and resourceful in a situation in which I, myself, would have been reduced to quivering, shivering uselessness. And actually, I saw today on Fox News, the return of the American mining engineers who set up the rig which eventually got through to the men.

Anyway, what the hell were you doing down a mine - don't you know it's dangerous!!

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