Sunday, May 18, 2008

Gas, Salt and Some Place in Kansas

This one's interesting. (Well, it's interesting if you're running on Broadband at any rate. If you're still on Dial-Up with its dodgy pilot-lights and its little men in peaked caps waving red flags in front of it, it's going to be exteremely boring. In fact the chances are you'll still be waiting for it load in tomorrow morning.) It's a video that was made to raise concerns over the American company Canatxx's proposals to re-use the Stalmine Saltmines (try saying that quickly after four pints) for gas storage.
The proposal (in case you're not familiar with the story, in which case you're either not a local or you've been locked in a cellar by a mustachioed German for the last fifteen years) was thrown out of Parliament some time ago (following God knows how much wastage of public and private expenditure) so this is an historic video in its own right.
More than that, though, it also provides us with a potted history of Salt Manufacturin in the Over Wyre district (and, of course, the subsequent disasters), so it's got two Fylde and Wyre Antiquarian veins running through it for the price of one.
Anyhow, here it is, roughly ten minutes in length if you ignore the two or three minutes right at the end dedicated to some town in Kansas exploding dramatically ("There's no place like home...There's no place like home..."). So crank up the volume, sit back with a brew and enjoy:


Ann O'Dyne said...

so Stalmine's original name was Saltmine

and there's a TYPO in The Domesday Booke ?

bwah hah ha.

but wait, that's not all, you've dug up a book meme.

I caught it in Hackney and I'm bloody well sending it back to the Kingdoms

peaceand love

Jayne said...

Holy heck! Thank the good lord that got thrown out!
It looks completely reprehensible, who in their right mind could have ever entertained the idea long enough to propose it in the first place?!

Brian Hughes said...


It's an odd coincidence I must admit, but the salt mines don't date back that far so, presumably, it's just that. And be careful where you sit in's easy to catch all sorts of stuff.


I'll second that.

"...who in their right mind could have ever entertained the idea long enough to propose it in the first place?!"

Some self-serving greedy little so and so who didn't live within the six mile danger zone but who had a self-invested financial interest in it, I've no doubt.

Ozfemme said...

They look like they be midgets... I'm so not going to press that arrow....

Brian Hughes said...


That's because I had to shrink the video player down to fit it on the page. They're not midgets Over Wyre. In fact most of 'em suffer from headaches because they keep banging their heads on the lintels in the pub.