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4.0 out of 5 stars Life underground as it really was - read it!, 29 July 2013
This review is from: Seven Steps in the Dark: A Miner's Life (Paperback)
This is the story of a way of life that vanished into history twenty years ago. It was a hard and unforgiving job where death came too often and health and safety were usually ignored.Read this and you will understand what lay behind the attitudes of the miners who came out in 1984, and what they believed they were fighting for. Highly skilled and very tough professionals they knew their job and had no time for anyone who tried to tell them what to do and was not of their world. I lived in Lanarkshire and there are still a lot of men like the author around - too often coughing their hearts out with lungs clogged by coal dust - miner's lung as it was called.
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Initial post: 15 Dec 2014 14:56:44 GMT
Rattleshakti says:
Thank you for your review. Bob Smith was my father, he died seven years ago at the age of 83. Not bad for a miner I would say.
At the age of 60 he learnt Transcendental Meditation and used to meditate every morning. He was quite a remarkable man.

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Jan 2015 14:13:22 GMT
Indeed he seems to have been. I used to live in Strathaven - not far from one of the pits he mentions - and one of my workmates was an ex-miner from Burnbank. There was still a fair few of the people who remembered the pits and either worked them or were related to those who had. Until I read your father's book I had no idea about the hidden world that used to exist under the fields and the towns around me. His description of the old gallery that suddenly opened up and then just as suddenly closed was one I won't easily forget - I still get a shiver thinking of it.

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Mar 2015 08:36:59 GMT
Rattleshakti says:
Indeed. My dad said to me at age 16 when most of my pals were going to work in the mines. I don't care what you want to do son' but you're not going down that bloody pit. That was the best advice he ever gave to me and I'm grateful to this day.
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