16 February 2017
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…
11 February 2017
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.
5 February 2017
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’.
30 January 2017
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.
24 January 2017
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.
19 January 2017
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!
15 January 2017
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