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Archive for December, 2007

My favorite 2007 photo

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Just to end the work year before leaving early this afternoon, here is my favorite 2007 photo: me and my youngest grandson at the Huntington Beach pier. 

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This being the final day of 2007, we recall the highlights of the year in mining.  The stories that interested me most and which, I submit, will set the course of mining for many years to come, are these:

  • Galore Creek, BC and the decision to put the project on hold as its costs soared, and raised the question about the viability of mining in British Columbia’s harsher environments.
  • Kemess North BC and the Scoble Report that branded the project a bad social and environmental bargain, and reset the way we think about sustainable development.
  • Bellavista, Costa Rica and the heap leach pad failure that shut a mine and probably killed mining forever in Costa Rica. 

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Christmas Report

This being a blog, I indulge the ultimate right and write about personal events on Christmas.  The best present was a sixth grandchild born about three pm Hawaii time on Christmas day at the Pearl Harbor naval hospital.  She is called Sydney Josephine.  Now that is a name for the 2000+ generation!

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Merry Christmas

A Merry Christmas to all the readers of this blog.  And for those who do not celebrate Christmas for what ever reason, a quiet and pleasant time. 

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I seem to have been celebrating the festive season for weeks already.  First a flight to Southern California and repair of my bicycles to ride the beaches and the sun.  Then Thanksgiving with my daughter and two grandkids: he of the massive will-power and she of the perpetual smile. 

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Seems that everyday we read of how successful a year in mining it has been.  New price highs; record production; mega takeovers; and spectacular finds.  In this time of Christmas bonuses and salary increases, it is interesting to take a look at where the money made in mining in 2007 is going.  The most unusual destination is  the following painting.  Take a look at the reproduction below, read the report, and ask yourself if this is what you would spend your mining-derived excess cash on?

Brett Whiteley's Arkie Under The Shower sold for $1.68 million at auction.

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The access statistics on this blog jump whenever I write about mining in the virtual world.  Players of games like World of Warcraft obviously keep a close watch on the real world of mining for tips on how to make a killing in the virtual world using the tricks of real mining.  Now at this site , we see some of the angst that characterizes virtual dealings.  The situation is explained thus: 

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