A New Era

Of some interest is that Anglo American were not represented at the 'vote' and have been very quiet on their future for the Woodsmith mine, and indeed Boulby mine.

I guess they have been busy with Effectiveness Efficiency & Delivery : https://www.angloamerican.com/~/media/Files/A/Anglo-American-Group/PLC/m...

With a view that Sirius Minerals is a 'compelling fit and opportunity' with a clear 'strategic fit', 'competitive product' and 'well progressed project' it would seem, to some that Anglo's engagement with the local community since the offer has been accepted is quite 'deafening'. 

It may appear they have some more pressing 'issues'...

“Sea of Mud, Never Again”


It would be rude not to:




Polyhalite Woodsmith Project

Anglo Takeover Complete:


First order of business funding... to:

Secure current contractors & employees 

Testing of technical functions

Tunnel & shaft progress

£1mil into the Community Foundation today

Create more jobs

$300mil investment over the next two years

$3.5bil to complete to production

To work as hard as can to better communicate ...


"We have made an exciting step in our journey to support a cleaner, greener, more sustainable world after securing the Woodsmith Project in North Yorkshire – the world’s largest known high-grade polyhalite deposit.

The Woodsmith Project is a natural fit for our portfolio as it supports our transition towards those metals and minerals that will meet the world’s evolving needs – including infrastructure and food – to support a fast-growing global population.

Polyhalite is used in fertilisers and can be mined through a relatively simple, low-energy, non-chemical production process. POLY4 is the product name of the fertiliser which will continue to be produced at the Project."

About that theme tune... ?


Insert your own ;-))

Sustaining the future:


OOh...  A Sing Along


Exciting, innit.

Real life is about putting food on the table for the next generation.

Long may they Blossom.

Pirate Mudstone

"As a responsible miner – of diamonds (through De Beers), copper, platinum group metals, iron ore, coal and nickel – we are the custodians of what are precious natural resources. We work together with our business partners and diverse stakeholders to unlock the sustainable value that those resources represent for our shareholders, the communities and countries in which we operate, and for society as a whole. Anglo American is re-imagining mining to improve people’s lives."




"In line with the British Government’s measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, Anglo American is in the process of pausing most construction and development activity on its Woodsmith polyhalite project. Appropriate action is being taken to enable safe and swift resumption of work.

Production from Anglo American’s major operations in other countries has not been impacted materially to date and we are taking all appropriate preventative measures to reduce the probability of the virus spreading, including by reducing the density of people on our sites."

Stella Rose should be on the straight to Lockwood by now...




Oh, OK..

What is Mars made of?


OOh a Starship Users Guide :-0




Keep Busy.



'Executive Orders'

"It is unclear whether the president actually thinks the moon is a part of Mars but the two are in fact quite far apart – the moon, which orbits Earth, is around 238,000 miles away from our planet while Mars, which is itself a planet, is an averag of 140m miles away from Earth..."


Oh Dear ...



"Trump claims that the World Health Organization has gotten the pandemic "wrong". The WHO must "get its priorities right", he says, adding that the US is going to do "a study, investigation" to determine if it will continue to fund the agency."



"Trump responds to reports that Turmp's son-in-law Jared Kushner is developing a national coronavirus tracking system for patients who have been diagnosed.

"It doesn't sound like a bad idea, actually, but I haven't heard about it," Trump says. "I have to see it."

"It sounds very scientific... but it also has to do with rights and lots of different constitutional questions."

"I would have known about it," he adds."


"Trump says his administration has begun distributing the drug hydroxychloroquine in "large amounts". He says there are 30 million doses in the national stockpile.

Trump has touted the drug as a potential treatment for the novel coronavirus, though studies are inconclusive. Tablets containing chloroquine have long been used in the treatment of malaria, and there is hope that they can inhibit the virus that causes Covid-19.

"I hope it works," Trump says. "I’m not a doctor but I’m a person with common sense.""


""The daring and determination of our people in this crisis reminds us that no matter how hard it gets, no matter what obstacles we must overcome, Americans will keep on fighting to victory and we will secure the glorious future that our citizens so richly deserve, especially after going through this nightmare, this evil beast.""


Oh ..  is that it?


Trump has left the Podium ...


"Distancing is “the best tool,” Dr. Anthony Fauci said.“We know that this is something that is a strain on the American public,”


Vice President Mike Pence is speaking now...

"Pence is asks whether deaths are being “padded” – whether those who died after having underlying conditions made worse by coronavirus are listed as deaths from coronavirus, which “inflates” the number of deaths...

"Dr. Fauci says “you will always have conspiracy theories when you have challenging [public health crises] he says. They are just distractions.”

“Have somebody write a book about it later. Not now.”


Cabin Fever ...  No visitors allowed, huh?

Anyhoos ... (tis a private 'family' matter, wise head & young shoulders n all that  ;-)



Touch Wood


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Time Flies

"The next Liaison Group Forum meeting will be on Wednesday 1 July 2020 and will be conducted via web conference.  To register your interest please email cropnutrients.info@angloamerican.com."



Still trying to get my heard around the fundamentals:


Mind Blowing...

Where is the TBM?

Have the shafts moved?

How is the two year review going?

Don't you have a seven year window from approval to completion?

Oh, OK ;-0


"bats are fastidiously clean creatures and have a plan to avoid this sticky situation. When the time comes bats flip round and hang from thumb claws like fluffy trapeze artists."


Wise words:

"This is not an easy time to be making your way in the world so a crash course in positive decision-making, a chastening blast of reality and discovering the value of expanding options rather than shutting them down"

Anglo have $6bil + reserves + revenue


Anyone might think they wood make a long term commitment...

This is the Coast ...

“A spectacular programme is being lined up for the 11th Scarborough Science & Engineering Week – as a totally-digital event for the first time.


“”The decision to press ahead with the new mine, Woodhouse colliery, has been made despite protests by climate campaigners including Extinction Rebellion who have argued that the new coalmine, which will reportedly emit 8m tonnes of carbon annually, contradicts the UK’s pledge to be carbon neutral by 2050.

A judicial review brought by campaign groups – after councillors had twice unanimously approved the plans – forced the application to be amended. The £160m mine must now shut by 2049.”


“He will be missed enormously by everyone who worked with him and our condolences go to his friends and family.”

Elvington was an RAF station until 1992, and has become a popular motorsports venue since entering private ownership. It has hosted dozens of world record attempts, and is also used as a filming location.”



“Going by the disaster films we watch back on Earth (Gravity, Deep Impact, the rest), the ultimate human nightmare about space seems to be floating off, adrift, while our air supply runs out. Were you ever trained for such a thing, that slow death?

Peake doesn’t hesitate. Apparently other morbid types have tried this one before. “We don’t dwell on things that are outside of our control. So if that was the scenario, where we’re tumbling off, and there are things we can do about it, then absolutely, we’ll train for it. But if it’s a case of there being no way of recovering the situation, it’s something you accept as a catastrophic malfunction. And that’s not going to be a very pleasant, y’know, day and a half or whatever.”






""It was the grace and peace of flight that had first appealed to this softly spoken man. At the start of his career, he says, “it was all about a passion for flying, the act of flying. And then suddenly I found myself sitting down in America and being taught to be a gun pilot. At which point it was less about flying and more about what you’re flying, why you’re flying it.”"

"The Wolf of Woodsmith..." ;-00


Exciting, innit ;-0



Zoom, moi?