Self Drive Camping

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"As campsites within game reserves and national parks are usually not fenced, it is important for campers to take necessary precautionary measures to ensure their safety, and to abide by the information provided by wildlife officers.

The following basic camping rules should be strictly heeded:

  • Only camp in designated campsites.
  • Always sleep in your tent, roof tent or vehicle. Make sure your tent zips up well.
  • Don’t sleep with legs or arms protruding from the tent.
  • Use rubbish receptacles at the campsites; if there are none, carry away all rubbish until you get to the next town.
  • Cigarette butts should be well extinguished and placed in a rubbish bag, not thrown on the ground.
  • Make sure the campfire is well extinguished at the end of the evening, or after use, and cover it with sand.
  • Don’t sleep on bridges or animal paths, particularly those of elephants and hippos.
  • Bury all faecal matter and burn all toilet paper.
  • Don’t bathe or drink from still bodies of water; there is the danger of bilharzia.
  • In the Okavango, don’t swim in lagoons or streams; there is the danger of crocodiles and/or hippos.
  • Children must be constantly supervised. Never leave them alone in the campsite. Never allow children to nap on the ground or in the open.
  • Don’t stray far from the campsite, or walk in the bush, unless with a qualified guide.

Driving is on the left side of the road. The national speed limit on tarred roads is 120 km/h and 60 km/h in towns and villages. Watch out for wildlife and domestic animals on the roads. In the National parks always stay on the established tracks in order to avoid the ugly scars left by off-road driving. Stay below the 40km/h speed limit for the safety of wildlife and yourselves.

The general rule of thumb for camping in Botswana is – take only memories,leave only footprints."

Oh Dear ...

Apparently it's triangular.

"A report to a meeting of the park authority next week states although there are “some uncertainties in both proposals that warrant further exploration with the proponents”, officers’ overall view was that both proposals could be supported on the basis that they unlock the opportunity of a devolution deal for York and North Yorkshire.

When asked to detail its uncertainties, the park authority said they related to working practices."

Best not mention Sunderland.

That Digger Hotel looks quite nice...

"The two parks have a lot in common, such as tourism and seeking to enhance the landscapes, and I’m sure the two working together in a unitary county would be to our advantage.”

Big Ears.

Bats n Swans, eh? Wots not to like...

"If I were to put “British”, though, it would feel like the end of an era."


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Quieter Areas

"The North York Moors National Park have updated their website to guide people to visit less used areas over the Easter weekend."

It's about time it rained...


"Democracy has always been important in Botswana and in all villages there is a meeting place where the villagers meet to discuss matters of importance. Known as a Kgotla this is a tribal court and no decisions are made until everyone has had a chance to have their say."

Foiled again ... ;-)



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The Red List

"Countries would be graded either green, amber or red, according to how well they are coping with the pandemic, reports suggest.  The additions mean a total of 39 countries are now on the "red list"."

There's no J on there...

"“Her Majesty also sends her warmest regards to whichever unfortunate soul currently acts as Mr Johnson’s girlfriend, fiancé or wife, and her best wishes to his five or six children.”"


"Garnets found in eclogitic xenoliths tend to have a deep orange colour. Diamonds in kimberlite come from both peridotitic and eclogitic xenoliths so the abundance of both types of garnet in this sample is noteworthy and this is supported by the recovery of diamonds from a relatively small drill sample."


"They have the distinction of being the oldest known fossils, more than 3.5 billion years old, in fact!"

Have a sensible day.

"“All we have in the hold is five hundred tons of Marmalade which we use to fight off scurvy.""

"The new note, called the “Tiger” in Botswanan slang, keeps the same design characteristics and green color of its paper and polymer predecessors, albeit with the new presidential portrait appearing on the face. The back shows the Parliament building in Gaborone. The watermark is of a running zebra and the number 10. The governor said that to extend the note’s usable life, the polymer has “ultra-post print varnish,” to provide protection against dust and liquid. It also has a new bio-guard substance to counter bacteria and virus propagation."

Big Ears.

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Hasta La Vista

"“It knocked pictures off our walls … I’m all up for silliness and whatnot, but that was extreme.”


"The six-tonne asteroid punched into Earth’s atmosphere at 37,000mph in June 2018 and broke apart above the central Kalahari game reserve, creating a fireball nearly as bright as the sun. Immediate searches of the presumed landing site found a small meteorite, which was named Motopi Pan..."

Oh, OK: - )


"Our portfolio of world-class competitive operations, development projects and undeveloped resources, provides many of the metals and minerals that enable a cleaner, greener, more sustainable world and that meet the fast growing consumer-driven demands of developed and maturing economies. With our people at the heart of our business, we use innovative practices and the latest technologies to mine, process, move and market our products to our customers - and to discover new resources - safely and sustainably.

As a responsible producer of diamonds (through De Beers), copper, platinum group metals, the steelmaking ingredients of iron ore and metallurgical coal, and nickel - with crop nutrients in development and thermal coal operations planned for divestment - we are committed to being carbon neutral across our operations by 2040."

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Moon Shine

"They've been seen smashing down doors, raiding shops, "stealing" food, playing around in the mud, taking a bath in a canal and napping in the middle of a forest."

"“We’re delighted to be backing this initiative to try and help people turn their business ideas into reality, as part of the economic development plans that sit alongside the Woodsmith Project.” 

“We continue to identify ways in which we can contribute to lasting positive impacts in the areas around our operations. This project is a fantastic opportunity for us to support local residents who have the drive to develop a new business but perhaps just need a helping hand."

"They've also been spotted hoovering up crops in their wake and moseying into people's houses - on one occasion, lining up in a courtyard to drink water, successfully turning on a tap with their trunks."

Elephants on the Moors..

Raking it in Darling, raking it in... ;-0

Desert Island Discs.

Hmmm ...

Next Generation Mining.

Thungela, moi?

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Some Anglo Movement

Anglo Woodsmith have updated their website on progress with some pictures.

"Member of the public asked for an update about the MTS shaft sinking.- MPo replied that this was set to start in June, although blasting could start some weeks later than this"

"Member of the public queried whether the geophysical survey plane was following the planned survey area and asked there were likely to be any changes to the area of interest because of the survey.-ES explained that the crew uses short flight paths to calibrate their instruments and confirmed that the area was being surveyed as planned.GE added that there would not be a change to the area of interest. "

"Member of the public asked what was happening with the first shaft sunk at Lockwood Beck, and also asked about the target distance for the TBM launched from Wilton.-MPo responded that the original shaft hadbeen backfilled with excavated material from the new shaft. He added that 27km was the target distance for the TBM."

That's a few feet short ...

"the North York Moors National Park Authority (NYMNPA) were currently dealing with phase 13 of the planning application"

Mebbe it stretched in the wash ...

More updates in the July half year results.... not sure which year.


""Please don't dig huge holes in the sand, sand is partial to collapse and the dry weight is around a ton per metre cubed.

"You wouldn't dig a hole in the garden and let your children climb in; please don't do it on a beach either.""

Where's Arnie gone ..

Ah, So :

Postcards ;-0


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Inside the Woodsmith Tunnel

"The next Liaison Group Forum meeting will be on Wednesday 21 July at 3pm.  It will be conducted via web conference.  To register your interest please email"

Hot Chief Solutions...

"Anglo American plc - Production Report for the second quarter ended 30 June 2021

Mark Cutifani, Chief Executive of Anglo American, said: "We have delivered a solid operational performance supported by comprehensive Covid-19 measures to help safeguard the lives and livelihoods of our workforce and host communities. We have generally maintained operating levels at approximately 95%(1) of normal capacity and, as a consequence, production increased by 20%(2) compared to Q2 of last year, with planned higher rough diamond production at De Beers, as well as strong plant performance at our Los Bronces copper operation in Chile and higher throughput at our Mogalakwena platinum group metals mine in South Africa.

"We also successfully completed the demerger of our thermal coal operations in South Africa and announced the sale of our minority interest in Cerrejón in Colombia, marking the last stage of our transition from thermal coal operations, ahead of schedule. Our portfolio and growth investments are increasingly focused on those future-enabling metals and minerals that are critical to decarbonising energy and transport and to meeting consumers' growing needs, from luxury to everyday.""

Rookie of the Year:

"“The innovations we’ve had to apply and the speed of it make it unique. It’s rare that both mining experts and tunnelling experts come together in a single project. “The geology is good,” says Ioannis. “The progress is great. Everything is on our side at the moment.”"

"We were told to convert our ploughing fields to integrated farms to accommodate tourism related facilities, while they knew the licensing requirements will be the barrier for most of us. We are locked in the Pandora box, they think we don't see whats happening"

""There are no free lunches in engineering - you can't trick physics,""

Anyone know how to grow dog food?

Crawls back into Cave...

Up The Creek

"Anglo American’s Head of Environment, said: “We wanted Fauna & Flora International to see what we’re doing in the UK following the acquisition of the Woodsmith Project, so we arranged for their CEO Mark Rose to meet our CEO Mark Cutifani on site and also to meet a broader, wider group from both parties."

"In a statement, the agency said the recovery in the diamond sector would underpin the expected economic rebound. The country's main diamond producer, Debswana reported production of 10.7 million carats for the first half of the year, 43% higher than the corresponding period last year. "

"Getting to the 15% and 36% targets will depend on an Earth, Wind and Fire approach that seeks to leverage the wide, largely flat open spaces the country has as well as its abundant sunshine. The wide open and flat spaces (Earth) provide the perfect backbone for wind (Wind) and solar (Fire) renewable energy projects that will propel the country to a new cleaner and more sustainable energy era."

"De Beers, which equally co-owns Debswana with the Government of Botswana, recorded $2.6 billion (P28.5 billion) in rough diamond sales for the first six months of the year, more than one and a half times the level in 2020."

"Have you heard the joke about the internet-connected fridge that sent so many text messages it was like having a nagging partner?

It might not leave you in stitches but it is at the centre of a potentially landmark legal case between two standup comedians over who owns the rights to a comedy routine – and whether it’s possible to prove in a British court that a performer has stolen material from a rival."

"Sakatti is a copper-nickel-platinum group elements deposit in the far north of Finland, situated around 150 kilometers north of the Arctic Circle. It is owned by Anglo American."


As a matter of fact's purely a matter of

The Green Crackered

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A Gigital Detox

"It's the 12th edition of the annual event which is organised by the Scarborough Business Ambassadors and engineers Unison. They say that since the event started it has attracted more than 33,000 students, inspiring a future workforce into skill-based careers covering science, design, technology, engineering and mathematics.

The 12th anniversary event has attracted more than 2,000 young people aged from seven to 19, from schools across the coast and beyond.

Mark Cutifani says the engineering week event is a great way of sparking youngsters interest in engineering, something he thinks is important for a range of companies on the Yorkshire Coast and he's delighted that Anglo American can be involved."

"Cyber security is one of the world’s fastest growing sectors in the world. With cyber attacks against businesses increasing almost daily, and an estimated growth in cyber security roles of 31% by 2029.

The company say that to help it to meet the challenges posed by cyber threats it is introducing a Cyber Security Apprenticeship Programme based at their Scarborough office.

In this first round they are recruiting 7 Cyber Security Apprentices to start in September 2022. The two-year apprenticeship will provide a range of experience and qualifications relevant for a variety of roles with Anglo American and the broader Cyber Security sector and will provide cyber security training from front line cyber security professionals.

The company are holding an information event on October 21st at their Scarborough offices. It will run from 6pm-7:30pm and places need to be booked by emailing cropnutrientscyberapprentices@anglo etc

Applications for the Level 4 Cyber Security Apprenticeship are open until 31 December 2021."

Well spotted... ;-0

"Dinosaurs on the otherside of the planet celebrate "We are safe!""

About that technical review...

"The next Liaison Group Forum meeting will be on Thursday 21 October at 1pm. It will be conducted via web conference."