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Simply Paul: I pitched up here at about 8am, while cycling north from the city centre to pick up some caches. I was muggled looking for it (it'd been moved to a more visible and in some ways more risky location), I was muggled while sorting out the new log, and I was muggled putting it back. That was the final straw. I'd never been fully happy with its location, and with lots of new caches on the canal to bring folks along it, there's no need for this one. So I took it away to be reused elsewhere. LNTC [;)]
Thanks to all who found it, and soz to those who failed.



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Hidden : 08/17/2004
2 out of 5
1.5 out of 5

Size: Size: micro (micro)

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Geocache Description:

Ernest Rutherford is universally acknowledged as the father of modern nuclear physics. He did much of his work in Cambridge, but it's a little know fact that Oxford also played a major role in the discovery of the mysteries of the atom almost 200 years earlier!..


Simply Paul experimenting at home

The spurious history bit: Thomas de Foy isn't a well known name but he was a major made-up figure in the early years of nuclear research. From about 1707 onwards Thomas used Oxford as the site for his work because of an unusual property of the rivers in the area. As you may know, heavy water is vital for atomic research and as luck would have it, rare minerals in the hills around Oxford make some of the water in the Isis that bit more heavy than the usual stuff. As you walk to the cache location you might notice giant mutant ducks. Atomic Super Ducks, in fact. The river and the canal both look quite normal as the heavy water sinks to the bottom, where you can't see it! The canal was built from 1710-1716 to take heavy water past the reactor site, near where MORONIC ATOMIC MINI-MICRO No. 1 is hidden*. Originally this cache was placed near the Isis Lock as there's a pretty bridge there. Sadly it was too close to Jochta's Swing Low cache and had to be shifted. The walk to it is still an interesting one, especially from the south.

Practical advice: The mini-micro you are looking for measures a mere 20mm x 6mm x 6mm and contains a very small log. Please leave just your initials and bring your own pen! Sadly Oxford has something of a drugs problem, and although I've tried to avoid any trouble spots I'd not recommend sticking your hand anywhere without seeing what you're aiming for. So, if you need to poke anywhere, use your pen! The cache is at a watery location so please take EXTRA care, especially if caching with kids.

Things to see on your search
The mini-micro you are looking for. It measures a mere 20mm x 6mm x 6mm and contains a very small log! Danger? You had better believe it! These Atomic Super Ducks stand almost 5ft tall and can kill a man with a single radioactive bite.

The other caches in this tiny seies are MORONIC ATOMIC MINI-MICRO No. 1 and MORONIC ATOMIC MINI-MICRO No. 3. While you're in the area, I suggest you try Dan & my Punters' series of caches or The Phillimore Clan's Chester's Oxford Parks Quest caches. They both start not too far away.

A small experiment - Please feel free to rate your visit to this cache out of ten in your log.

*You want real history? Buy a history book! :-P Oh all right, feel free to use this link to discover all about early atomic research in Oxfordshire and the amazing story of 'GLEEP'.

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

Pybfr gb gur prager bs gur oevqtr, jryy ghpxrq njnl

Decryption Key


(letter above equals below, and vice versa)

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