I’m really not sure how to approach this particular blog without sounding as though I’m foolish, inept and rather clueless about the outside world. Regular readers will have have picked up on the fact that I’m not a great lover of Facebook … and that’s where my story begins …

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The Golden Girl

25 July 2016 — 9 Comments

This month’s Searcher magazine features my story about Nettie Edmondson, a very successful detectorist who has found gold in every year of the ten in which she has been detecting.

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Excellent picture courtesy of Michael Crook (aka Novaboy)

In the past I’ve been accused of being a misogynist. It isn’t true of course, but I’ve learnt to be careful. When contemplating a story about the successful detectorist Annette (Nettie) Edmondson, I didn’t want to be seen as one with prejudices against the opposite sex. But I think I fell at the first hurdle. I asked the lady her age. My mother would have been mortified!

The September magazine is due in the shops on Friday 29 July. Subscriber copies should arrive earlier …

Twenty or so years ago it wasn’t so easy for a detectorist to get positive identifications on his finds. There was no World Wide Web; no metal detecting forum where knowledgeable swingers could give advice and it was a niche hobby with relatively few members.

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To be a Pilgrim

18 July 2016 — 7 Comments

There must be hundreds of reasons why people go on a pilgrimage. Some are seeking inspiration, others are deeply questioning their life’s purpose and some may be doing penance or just simply curious.

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On the 26 June I started a competition … full details HERE. I am pleased to announce that the winner of the booklet Britain’s First Coins was:


Although Dean’s guesstimate wasn’t the exact final bid, it was the nearest, so I will be contacting him for a postal address. Thank you to all my subscribers for taking part and commiserations to the losers. Thank you also to Liz Cottam of Chris Rudd for donating the prize. The final bid was  £1,100.

Have you ever written a comment on a detecting forum, little realising that it has sounded inappropriate to some readers? I have been writing in some capacity or other for over fifty years and have never resorted to smileys, emoticons, or emogees – whatever they are called – to make my meaning clear. On the odd occasion, just to show that I am ‘one of the lads’, I have used one of these ‘devices’ in a forum post, but I can’t be sure that I employed it correctly. 🙁

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© Zuma

Detectorists all over the country are finding souvenir medals of one description or another and Dave Widdop (aka Wickidee) on the Northern Relics forum is no exception. I’d forgotten about this but Andy (aka Zuma from the same forum) has jump-started my memory with a medal (shown above) found by his son.

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4 July 2016 — 20 Comments

In late June this year whilst the rest of us were worrying about Brexit, Alistair Milne, ‘Northonian’ on the DS forum, was out detecting on one of his permissions – He had a couple of interesting finds and then he says, “Bingo. Upped popped a Charles I half crown! After the usual pumping of air and daft dancing, I took a closer look and the word deflation does not come close. The coin was a (expletive deleted) forgery. Gutted to say the least. I blame Boris Johnson.

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