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  • 9 Nov 2012 - Book Review By Paul Lappage, Chairman of the East Midlands Egyptology Society

    Printed in Scribe Magazine

    “The second book I was privileged to review is very different from ‘Lordy!’ it is ‘The Pyramids of Egypt, How were they really Built?’ by Chris Massey.

    Now, before you say “Oh no not another barmy theory by some random nutter” please read on. Chris Massey is not an Egyptologist or even a dreaded Pyramidiot who believes spacemen built the pyramids. Indeed Chris had no interest in Egypt or its history before a surprise 40th birthday present found him on the banks of the Nile. So why the book and why should we read the book let alone take it seriously? Well, local man Chris, from Derby, is a construction engineer whose company specialises in installations of heavy concrete units using bespoke solutions to complete the task. It soon became apparent to Chris as he visited the sites that he had serious doubts about the age old generic bland explanations he was given by the local ‘expert guides’ about the construction techniques used by the ancient Egyptians. His often asked technical questions were dismissed or not answered to his satisfaction and he was left without any doubts that something was amiss.

    So Chris being an expert at solving construction problems set about trying to provide answers to his own questions. So whilst Chris’s family and fellow passengers enjoyed the ever changing scenery unfolding before them as they cruised down the Nile Chris was to be found pencil in hand his engineer’s brain in full gear. Unfortunately for Chris his innovative theories were met with ridicule and laughter by fellow passengers and guides alike. Things got worse not better when on arriving at the Giza Plateau Chris saw The Pyramids for the first time and had to listen to the accepted version of how they were made. Chris asked more question in vane then set about figuring our how in his mind the ancient Egyptians could and would have really built them.

    So what is Chris’s theory? Like all great ideas it is very simple and very plausible. In fact the more I read the more excited I got. I have always had my own doubts about the normal explanation given for the building of the pyramids and over many years have frustratedly read all the new definitive theories that have come along. Most have ranged from the daft to the idiotic and beyond but this by Chris was somehow different, a sort of light bulb moment and I’m really pleased he sent me his book to review. His idea? Basically it is all about water, Nile water. I won’t give too much away and besides Chris himself explains it far better than I ever could in his book, but instead of dragging the big heavy building blocks he postulates that the Egyptians did in fact float them into position. I know exactly what you are thinking, I felt the same until I read how, in Chris’s mind it could be done then it seemed so plausible I couldn’t believe no one has said it before. You need to read it to see what I mean.

    For those of you who can’t wait to read the book and have access to the internet simply type into your search engine ‘How were the pyramids really built’ then watch the You Tube explanation and video by Chris himself. Or got straight to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TJcp13hAO3U

    I have met Chris face to face for a chat and have put many questions about his theory to him all of which he answered easily and satisfactory. It is obvious that he is no Egyptophile with a mass of deep knowledge about the ancient Egyptians but is simply a very clever engineer with a very good theory. At the end of the day it might not be the right answer but it is certainly as good a theory I have read in a very long time. I believe that the fact that Chris has no Egyptology background or training is a good thing because he approaches the problem with no preconceived perceptions or prejudices on the normal accepted version of events. He looked at it purely as a construction engineer and came up with a very good explanation that will, frankly, upset a lot of academics who don’t like to stray too far from accepted ideas.

    Hopefully Chris is here today as a guest of The SSAE and will, I’m sure be happy to answer your questions. For those who unfortunately miss him today perhaps we can persuade him sometime in the future to bring along the model he built to demonstrate it for us, I’m sure we will all be impressed.

     ‘The Pyramids of Egypt, How were they really Built?’ by Chris Massey is Published by Book Guild Publishing, 19 New Road, Brighton BN1. ISBN 978 84624 7347.

  • 17 Jun 2009 - Core Bung Runner Up in British Precast Awards 2009

    At the British Precast Awards 2009, the Core Bung product from Beresford's Flooring was the runner up in the Innovation category.

    British Precast holds the annual award scheme to recognise the excellent work carried out by its members and provides another way of sharing best practice within the membership.

    Martin Clarke, Chief Executive of British Precast, said: “I am delighted with the high standard of entries in all categories this year. I congratulate the winners and all entrants. Competition between members to win our awards is intense and makes a major contribution to our improvement agenda.”

    Introducing Core Bung

    Core Bung is a very quick, lightweight and simple system that is used to make the cores in hollow core beams airtight to dramatically lessen energy/heat loss and reduce sound interference. Made from recycled plastic, the Core Bung consists of a very thin front face with an injection hole in the middle. They help a structure to comply with Part L and Part E of the building regulations.

     

    Contact: Christopher Massey

  • 8 Aug 2008 - Emergency Services Undertake Highly Successful Alimats Trial

    As part of an ongoing review into heavy lifting procedures, the Emergency Services have undertaken highly successful trial of the Alimats system.

    The nationwide special response units need to be ready for every eventuality and are equipped with a plethora of sophisticated equipment to ensure the highest levels of ability and safety in the field.

    Emergency Services trial of Alimats

    BFL has been working closely with the Emergency Services for several months to deliver a bespoke product to suit their performance specification.

    Emergency Services trial of Alimats

  • 14 Nov 2007 - BFL Success at Interbuild 2007 - Pictures

    Beresford's Flooring enjoyed great success at Interbuild 2007 - here are some pictures from the show.

    Beresford's Flooring enjoyed great success at Interbuild 2007 where their SLAPP Clamp product was announced as the New Product Awards Best Health & Safety Product Winner.

    Chris Massey recieves an award at Interbuild 2007

    In the picture above, Chris Massey receives the award for the Best Health & Safety Product for the SLAPP Clamp. Below is a picture of the Beresford's Flooring exhibition stand.

    The BFL stand at Interbuild 2007

    Contact: Christopher Massey

    e-mail: chris@bfl.uk.com.

     

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  • 30 Oct 2007 - Beresford's Flooring Scoop Best New Health & Safety Product at Interbuild 2007

    The Beresford's Flooring SLAPP Clamp has been announced Interbuild 2007 New Product Awards Best Health & Safety Product Winner.

    Beresford's Flooring is very pleased to announce that one of its products, the SLAPP Clamp, has won an award as the Best Health & Safety Product at Interbuild 2007.

    What Is It?

    Safe Lightweight Adjustable Pressing Palletlifter - the SLAPP Clamp is a safe, lightweight alternative to brick forks.

    SLAPP Clamp

    The SLAPP Clamp was one of four of our entries for the Interbuild New Product Award that was short listed. The other products were as follows:

    Best Health & Safety Category
    - Hole Cover

    Gadgets & Gizmos Category
    - Instant Pipe Shutter

    Tools & Equipment Category
    - SLAPP Clamp

    Further details about all short listed entries can be found on the Interbuild Website.

    Contact: Christopher Massey

    e-mail: chris@bfl.uk.com.

     

  • 22 May 2007 - New Inventions from Massolutions at SED 2007

    Beresford's Flooring has set up a brand new company called Massolutions to provide simple answers and innovative products to the problems encountered daily on sites around the country. The company will be officially launched at SED 2007.

    Company director, Christopher Massey, has designed and developed various products, which have made a huge difference to his business. The products have been so successful that requests have been flooding in to purchase his new inventions. This prompted Beresford Flooring to launch the new arm to the company.

    Massolutions - a division of Beresford's Flooring

    Crane lifting palletised loads requires large heavy brick forks, which are difficult to transport and use. Massolutions has invented a pallet lifting apparatus, which the company has named the SLAPP Clamp. It’s so small that fits into the back of a car and it’s also very portable and lightweight and has a SWL of 1.5T.

    Another invention is the Dispensing Tub, which was developed as a lightweight plastic alternative to steel concrete skips.

    Covering service holes and core holes in floors is now a requirement on most sites and are covered by a cutting and drilling piece of wood.

    Massolutions has devised Hole Filler, which are plastic, bright yellow, anti slip, reusable, and quick to install - needing no power tools.

    These are just a few innovations on the Beresford's Flooring stand in the Concrete Zone. Other products include stacking shims, pre-formed pipe shutters, and quick steel shutters.

    Contact: Christopher Massey

    e-mail: chris@bfl.uk.com.

  • 17 May 2007 - Massolutions Advert - Profit From Our Bright Ideas

    Introducing the equipment the construction industry has been waiting for...

    Massolutions - a division of Beresford's Flooring

    Established to bring bright ideas to reality, Massolutions has launched a groundbreaking new product line-up to revolutionise working practices on the building site.

    Its acclaimed Pipe Shutter, Hole Filler, Stacker Packer, Alimat and SLAPP (Safe Lightweight Adjustable Pressing Pallet Lifter) systems provide simple solutions to increase efficiency, improve safety and boost productivity. Everyday problems become a thing of the past.

    The result is a safer, slicker working environment with faster cycle times, reduced waste and increased profit.

    Set to make a massive impact, Massolutions has become the first company in history to scoop two SED Awards for Excellence in the same year. The instant Pipe Shutter and versatile Hole Filler products were announced as winner and runner-up respectively in the Concrete Innovation category of the coveted awards announced prior to the show.

    Come and see us on Stand 698, Avenue D of the Concrete Zone at SED to find out why!

    Massolutions, New House Farm, Belper Road, Bradley, Ashbourne, Derbyshire, DE6 1LP.

    Tel: 0800 0234555
    Email: info@bfl.uk.com
    www.bfl.uk.com

     

    Massolutions is a division of Beresford’s Flooring Ltd.

    Full Advert in PDF (900K)

  • 7 May 2007 - Beresford's Flooring Succeeds at SED 2007 Awards

    Chris Massey, Director of Beresford's Flooring, was presented with two trophies at a celebration lunch held at the SED headquarters in Sutton, Surrey.

    The Awards For Excellence winners were presented with their trophies at a celebration lunch held at the SED headquarters in Sutton, Surrey hosted by Mark Bresnahan, exhibition director.

    The awards were given to the most innovative new products introduced to the UK market during the past year, judged by an independent panel of industry experts. The awards are an accolade to the very best in plant, construction machinery, support products and applications. All of which will be on display at SED 2007 Rockingham Motor Speedway, Corby Northamptonshire from 22nd – 24th May.

    Chris Massey receives an award on behalf of Bereford's Flooring Ltd

    In addition to the overall winners, there were a number of companies who have been shortlisted and received a special commendation for their contribution to industry innovation. The shortlisted companies will be presented with a plaque in recognition of their exceptional efforts.

    The winners, commended and short listed companies in their winning categories are as follows:

    Earthmoving equipment Overall Winner
    Spillard Safety Systems for its Vehicle Collision Avoidance System

    Earthmoving Commended
    - Neuson Ltd Mobile Excavator 9-10 ton (9503)

    Cranes and Access Overall Winner
    Ranger Equipment Ltd for its Teupen LEO50GT

    Cranes and Access Shortlisted
    - Effer Cranes for its Hydraulic Lorry Loader Crane

    Non-Operated Plant/ Support Products Overall Winner
    - Damar International Ltd for its Slide Sledge

    Non-Operated Plant/ Support Products Commended
    - Rampco for its Aluminum Loading Ramps & Bridges
    - Vision Alert Automotive System for its Warning Safety Products – Reversing Alarm

    Concrete Innovation Overall Winner
    - Beresford’s Flooring for its Instant Pipe Shutter

    Concrete Innovation Shortlisted
    - Beresford’s Flooring for its Hole Cover

    Recycling Overall Winner
    - Dig-A-Crusher for its Bucket Crusher

    Recycling Shortlisted
    - Global Recycling Solutions Ltd for its Tana Shark Slow Speed Shredder