The Mark Weir philosophy: ‘Better to live a day like a tiger than life as a mouse’
Last updated at 21:12, Thursday, 10 March 2011
Mark Weir, the owner of Honister Slate Mine, once remarked that is better to live like a tiger for a day than a mouse for life.
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I second what the first poster has written. I grew up in a fishing village in cornwall. In 20 years its now a shadow of its former self as the local fishing industry has dwindled and its not likely you can introduce a new industry to such a location. Its an amazing achievement what he had done in 15 years. This zip wire was strand in the life line that Mark has created at Honister which it needs, the community needs and the lakes needs. So short sighted, so sad, so desperate.
I too watched the documentary last night, as a passionate walker and climber myself with many years spent up in the lakes, i was at first on the side of the parties concerned with regards the preservation of the paths and fauna that thrive on these hills, however, after seeing Mark's obvious love and understanding of his surroundings and the preservation of the mine and it's workforce i was very much firmly on his side by the end of the program, what a tragic shame it was not to be, could not even begin to imagine what it must have been like for his family, and to impose a Â£15,000 fine for the non removal of the Vera Ferrata AFTER he died to his widow is just outrageous at best, and downright wicked at worst, these groups and government bodies pertain to love and protect these areas of outstanding natural beauty, when in fact the REAL hard work and understanding is always best served in the hands of those that know the area in depth, the locals, volunteers, and all the hard working well meaning folk of the lakes, lose the mine and you lose another small part of a life and community under threat, conservation? they don't know the meaning of the word, God bless his family and workforce..............
I have just watched the documentary about Mark Weir and his endless fight against local bureaucrats. I was saddened when at the end of the documentary the viewer learnt that he had died in a helicopter crash. I am self-employed and see life in a similar way to him, but I have never reached the heights that he did. When a unique man like this dies the world that surrounds him comes to a standstill. Why are people like this taken so young? I am a tough guy but this documentary brought a tear to my eye. God bless and look after his family.