Cnut and Boadicea

27 September 2016 — 14 Comments

cnutOnce upon a time there was an English king known as Cnut. I vaguely remember my history teacher referring to Canute in his long, rambling and boring lessons, but I don’t remember much about him; wasn’t he the king who turned back the tide? In retrospect I suppose teachers changed the name because of naughty schoolboys like myself … or was Canute simply the Anglicised form of his name?

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coinWrinklies like myself are immersed in nostalgia. And so are most older detectorists who can be a fount of knowledge when it comes to teaching the young’uns about coins and artefacts found whilst detecting. We have our uses, but are sometimes taken for granted. The assumption by some commentators is that our store of knowledge is commonplace and understood by younger detectorists. It isn’t.

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1st XP European Gold Rally

19 September 2016 — 27 Comments


If you are expecting a typical rally report with details on what was available at the chuck wagon, the high prices for bacon butties, the condition of the fields, and a selection of the finds, then this blog post isn’t for you.

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A Noble Queen

16 September 2016 — 19 Comments

queenMy ‘best’ ideas for blogposts usually occur around 3 o’clock in the morning, and are responsible for keeping me awake. I have placed the word best in inverted commas, because in the stark morning light those musings usually turn out to be rubbish and not worth considering. What follows is a piece that had its genesis in such a nocturnal brain fart.  Tips hat to Dick Stout, master of all farting fundamentals and blasting techniques, (Texas branch) for that evocative phrase.

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The ‘Guillotine Lock’ on the Stratford upon Avon canal near Bob Burton’s home in Kings Norton is dramatically impressive, full of graffiti – and has been stuck in the raised position since the 1950’s. I advise you to be careful if passing under it!

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In 2012 a television programme, Britain’s Secret Treasures, was launched on ITV1. The theme of the show was to review the top 50 archaeological finds discovered in Britain by members of the public over the last 20 years. One of those finds, found by detectorist Regis Cursan, was quite unique and very interesting and experts believe that it was the first of its kind ever discovered in Britain. You may have read about it at the time.

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Nutcracker or Thumbscrew?

3 September 2016 — 14 Comments

The demand for nutcrackers has decreased in recent times; I last used one when I was very young. When older detectorists unearth them, some types are sometimes mistaken for sugar tongs. Younger diggers don’t recognise them at all. They are used to supermarket nuts being pre-shelled and packaged.

So, I was delighted to come across a Victorian example at a local car-boot sale, hiding in a box amongst several broken and rusty tools. I paid a whole pound coin to make it mine.

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August Bank Holiday Monday 2007

The catalyst for my blogs sometimes come from unexpected sources. I was idly looking on Facebook when I came across a cover picture that surprised me:


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