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In the 1950's Brian decided to make a daring career move based on almost total ignorance of the facts. This was to work underground in one of the deepest coal-mines in Lancashire. Like a number of things in life, it seemed to be a good idea at the time. Sadly, he had failed to consider the implications of working in pitch darkness among folk who spoke a language unheard of in Knotty Ash and whose pet of choice was a thing called a Whippet.

What he did learn was that miners were keen to stay alive, loved beer, rugby, assorted lasses and considered dynamite to be a labour saving device.

Having spent some nine years underground he arrived, blinking in the light, to lecture other unfortunates in the art of mining engineering. He utterly refutes accusations that his leaving in any way hastened the demise of what was once a great British industry.

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