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Happy New Year

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The sun is shining on the patio where we sit looking across the bay from Cadiz.  Here is a picture of a wooden ship in the local harbor, Sherry Bay.   All considered it has been a good year.  So to all let me wish a Happy 2015.

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2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

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The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 220,000 times in 2014. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 9 days for that many people to see it.

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Mallorca is an island to the east of Spain.  I am now at a Marriott resort in a fancy villa.  Today we swam in the biggest heated pool I have ever seen.  Then we went grocery shopping in Llucmajor in a grocery store full of hamon, turron, and cheap Spanish wine. We flew here from Jerez in southwestern Spain after a week in Rota in a house overlooking a perfect beach.  Back there at the end of the week for two more weeks of time with my son and his family. Took a tour around the naval base and saw the destroyer my son works on: the USS Ross.  Impressive in the mists of a cool morning.  They are in port to be refurbished. Also took a nativity trip around the city to see the many nativity scenes that are a staple of the Christmas decorations.  Here are a few photos of where we are and have been. (more…)

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Sometimes a blog is just that: a biographical log, a diary, a record of daily thoughts & doings. So here are a few random thoughts & doings from this weekend. No Mt Polley except yesterday’s ruminations on the inadequacy of bonds for mine closure.  Some good comments.  See previous posting. The weekend started with a lover: the blond hairs turned golden in the rays of the setting sun. And the rest is unrecordable. (more…)

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The numbers just do not add up. As I read the many sites on the web, I learn that British Columbia has about thirty operating mines. The BC government has about $172 million in closure bonds. Say about five or six million a mine. That seems grossly inadequate to me. I have just finished estimating closure of one mine and it came to nearly $60 million. Does this mean BC should have $1.7 billion in closure bonds? Here are some observations from various websites that may help you ponder this issue. (more…)

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While we in BC have been preoccupied by the Mt Polley situation, yet another tailings failure has occurred.  This time in Mexico.  That brings the number of failures this year to three:  Duke Energy, Mt Polley, and Cananea.  Just the right number if the probability of failure is one in five thousand. (more…)

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The hall of the parliament building in Ottawa

It does make a difference to your wages if you work on a Canadian metal or diamond or fossil fuel mine.  Here are some numbers to highlight the differences.  I quote from the new CostMine 2014 Survey Results- Canadian Mine Salaries, Wages and Benefits. Here are some average wages by mined commodity in Canadian dollars per hour.  The first number is for metal mines; the second for diamond mines; and the third for fossil fuel mines. (more…)

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