Many detectorists have adopted techniques for cleaning their finds and these methods have often been passed down as good practice. Sometimes the results can be impressive, but professional conservators tell us that they can do more harm than good. I’m not here to pass judgement, but to state facts. I’ve never cleaned a find in several year’s detecting; Mrs John was my cleaner and conservator. From what I observed, the main tools she used were a tooth pick and a soft brush.

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The Canadian Collector

16 February 2017 — 11 Comments

Twelve years ago I made friends with a Canadian detectorist who frequented an English forum. His nom-de-plume was ‘Dean ( Whitby ), but his real name was Dean Owen. I have lost touch with him. The last I heard he was living with his partner in Ajax in the Durham region of Southern Ontario. Continue Reading…

Silver York Token of 1811

11 February 2017 — 13 Comments

Detectorist Brian Ridley, a detecting forum friend of mine, is very skilled in restoring Dinky-type toys found by detectorists. He also dabbles in creating ‘trench’ type items. He also goes out searching occasionally! In the early 90’s, on one of his permissions, he found an interesting six pence token, which I’d like to share with you.

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Throughout the year, the Oxford English Dictionary adds newly popular words to its lineup, and in 2016 it introduced over 1000, including phrases, many of which originated and were made popular online. In 2013 The ‘word of the year was ‘selfie’.

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In 2008 I penned a story about Steve Brooker and mudlarking on the Thames foreshore. This was resurrected in a blog sometime in  2012, but was subsequently lost. Today I am pleased to say that I have recovered most of the material and am able to re-tell most of the original story. Just remember that things have changed in nine years; Steve, with co-presenter Johnny Vaughan, has gone on to bigger and better things. For example he is now looking forward to a 4th series of Mud Men, on the History Channel. Facebook page HERE.

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My recent blog about Spam spawned a surreal post on one forum about the haggis, especially as a form of meat. One poster said in its defence: Haggis is fine as a lot of goodness by using the lungs, heart and liver with oatmeal and onions. Not a bit of mechanically extracted or steam blasted meat anywhere nor any added chemicals.

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I was born in the bedroom of a mining village house nearly 76 years ago … and what a wonderful childhood I had! In retrospect it seemed to me that summers were scorching hot and winters were very cold with plenty of snow. I can’t remember who said that I wasn’t born, but knitted by the Women’s Voluntary Service (WVS), and pushed through the letterbox when my mother wasn’t looking!

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It is a fact that amongst the legion of detectorists, there are some very intelligent and talented individuals, and in varying disciplines. I have been privileged and delighted to tell some of their stories. The last was detectorist stonemason Mr. Patrick Law.

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The World Wide Web is vast and my blog is viewed all over the world. You never know who is watching. My simple analytics give me some idea. I know, for example, that a guy based in Warsaw checks me out every day looking for some negative spin he can put on my blogposts. He’s best ignored.

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John Cummings

6 January 2017 — 22 Comments

JOHN CUMMINGS MP

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