1. Profile photo of shalinivv says

    What happened to the boring machines used to build the Chunnel?
    In late 1990, the service tunnel was almost complete. The moles had approached each other closer to the British end. France, however, didn’t gloat in its accomplishments. Both countries had come together for a common good. This isn’t to say that some friendly competition hadn’t fueled the tunnel’s construction. When the two tunnel boring machines were about 50 meters from each other, the English moles drove off-line to the right into the narrow gap between the service tunnel and the running tunnel south (Fetherston, p. 342). The British machine stopped once it lay parallel and head to tail with the French machine. The English mole was stripped of anything salvageable. It was then entombed within concrete. The French tunneling machine than was hollowed out. Its outer shell would serve as the tunnel lining. Two workers, one from each side, were chosen at random to be the first to cross over from their respective tunnels and into the other. On December 1, 1990, British construction worker Graham Fagg and his French counterpart, Philippe Cozette, each with an air spade, drilled through the final piece of rock which stood between them (See Appendix C). Once the hole grew big enough, Cozette poked his head through to a frenzy of photographers, reporters, and a small handful of privileged spectators. Fagg repeated Cozette’s actions to the French side. News soon spread across the world. The United Kingdom and France were now linked for the first time in 8,000 years (Guterl, p. 25). This gala event had come at the objection of TML. They felt as though the tunnel was already over budget, and the last thing Eurotunnel needed to do was celebrate. This single event, however, did appease skeptical investors in the project.

    I just wanted to find out what happened to the machines lol! This is what i found on the web.

    • Profile photo of MikeLittle says


      Being English, I prefer the story that says the French machine was buried!

      I still don’t understand why the British machine could not come back in line and exit into France (or even dig a U turn and come back to England)

  2. Profile photo of Swati says

    Dear Sir,

    I have a small confusion about when to start charging the depreciation? Its a June 2013 Dipifr question:

    The question says:
    Construction work commenced on 1 November 2012. The factory was completed on 31 May 2013 and production began on 1 August 2013. The overall useful life of the factory building was estimated at 40 years from the date of completion. Year ends on 30 Sept 2013.
    And the Total depreciable amount came out to be $ 10,000

    In the solutions, they have charged it for 4 months ( I think its 1st June to 30 Sept 2013)

    But shouldn’t it be charged when the ‘production’ has begun i.e from 1st August 2013 (means 2 months?). Doesnt it mean it was ready for use from 1st August 2013?


    • Profile photo of MikeLittle says

      I presume the cost of the factory was $1,200,000 – you never said!

      From the information you have given I can understand why you would wish to depreciate for only 2 months. That COULD be acceptable if you were to charge 2 months out of a remaining useful life of 39 years 10 months

      The factory is complete as at the end of May and from that time it has “a useful life of 40 years”. The question does NOT say that it has “a useful productive life of 40 years”

      Nasty trick :-(

      • Profile photo of Swati says

        Ahh okay.. i understood.. Thanks!

        And by writing ‘Total depreciable amount came out to be $ 10,000′, i meant that the total factory cost worked out to be 10,000 on which depreciation was charged in the solutions.. Well, i understood how they got this ‘10,000’ :)

        So, thanks once again!

  3. Profile photo of uzo2011 says

    Dear sir,
    I’m finding it difficult to watch F7 lectures on my tablet, it is displaying Error loading skin: Error loading file for the past 2 days. I’ve watched open tuition lectures from my tablet in the past. So I don’t know what’s happen now. Can you please help me out


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