15 January 2017
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JOHN CUMMINGS MP
5 January 2017
I was fortunate to receive several Christmas gifts, several which surprised and pleased me. One was a bottle of Chardonnay left in the porch, wrapped up in festive guise, and wishing Mrs John and me a ‘Happy Christmas’. The sender was anonymous apart from a single letter with a kiss and an enigmatic tally that read: Remembering with fondness old friends. Still trying to work out the kind philanthropist, but the gift was graciously received!
1 January 2017
WARNING – METAL DETECTING FREE
I have an idea, but as I’m writing this in that eerie interval between Christmas and New Year, I’m not sure whether I’ll achieve my goal. Let’s see how it pans out now that the grandchildren have left, the recycling is overflowing with torn wrapping paper, the cupboards are full of leftovers and food specially bought for Christmas that will never be eaten. I estimate that I have enough fancy cheeses and bottles of Pinot to last until the middle of March. And now I’m unwinding by composing a blog post!
22 December 2016
One of my overseas subscribers suggested that I should retell stories I have written in the past. I often use snippets of articles in my blog, but they are usually edited to suit the format. Magazine articles are sometimes rather long. I prefer my blog to be relatively short and pithy! However, on this festive occasion, I have chosen a story first written nearly ten years ago in 2007. Lots of pictures! Settle down in your favourite space and enjoy! It’s a long ‘un.
18 December 2016
THE ROOKIE DETECTORIST
It’s always a pleasure to write about the success of the ‘rookie’ detectorist, the first time guy who discovers something magnificent after a few weeks – or just days – searching. I think the last one I highlighted in my scribblings was David Booth who found four Iron Age torcs in a Stirlingshire field. This was a magnificent find and even more remarkable when we realise that the hoard was found with a so-called entry-level detector, the Garrett Ace 250!
13 December 2016
The first time I came across the coin known as a ducat was after reading Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice. The play begins with the loan of 3000 ducats made by the moneylender Shylock to Antonio. That was a substantial amount of money in Elizabethan England, and each coin would be worth over £100 today, but prices vary.
The ducat was a gold or silver coin used as a trade coin in Europe from the later medieval centuries until as late as the 20th century. Many types of ducats had various metallic content and purchasing power throughout the period. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ducat
7 December 2016