Special Day – 23rd APRIL

22nd April 2018 — 2 Comments

The 23 April is St. George’s Day. It is also thought that Bill Shakespeare was born on this day in 1564. This blog – a reprise from two years ago – celebrates both and shows detectorists’ finds with George and Shakespearean connections.

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Talking Bloggocks

22nd April 2018 — 28 Comments


“This is my first rather hesitant foray into the blogosphere and I’m not sure what I am doing here. . . at this stage I am not absolutely sure what …  the content will be … is blogging simply an exercise in self-congratulation or something much more than that? Will anybody be interested in what I write? Only time will tell …”

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I’m considered to be some kind of expert in the field of detecting, but that is far from the truth. I receive at least two queries a week asking if I can identify an item. I sometimes can, but usually resort to asking a friend who actually knows what they are talking about.

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Message from the UKDFD

15th April 2018 — 2 Comments

Recent Changes to the United Kingdom Detector Finds Database

“Following comments received from members, we have altered the ‘Record View’ on the mobile version of our website. The view on a smartphone is now closer to that on our desktop website. It shows a gallery of thumbnails, each of which can be touched to display a complete high-resolution image. Below each high-resolution image there is a set of navigation buttons for moving backwards and forwards through the gallery or displaying them as a slide-show. Alternatively, the individual images can be swiped to move backwards or forwards through the gallery. The map view can be selected via the button below the thumbnail gallery, and can be enlarged to full-screen size via the ‘expand’ icon on the right-hand side.”

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The last time I discussed a token there wasn’t much information. The John Robertson example below provides us with a better commentary on our recent social history. Nothing much changes.

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My First Metal Detector

5th April 2018 — 21 Comments

Picture by Jeff Cohen

The Jackdaw

Oh no, I hear you say. Not again! My apologies if you’ve seen this before, but it was a blog post I lost and I think it deserves a reprise … especially for newcomers and is also representative of a type of blog post that I do. I thought it was on here; evidently not.

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Theft by Keeping?

1st April 2018 — 12 Comments

Last week I made a Tweet from the UK Daily Mirror newspaper in which they asked if you could legally keep money, jewellery or lottery tickets you might discover on the street. “Does the adage of ‘finders keepers, losers weepers’ actually stand up in court?” they asked.

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Les Sarkany refers to himself as a ‘bluenoser’ detectorist from Halifax in Nova Scotia who has visited the UK on a couple of occasions. He takes his nickname from the celebrated fishing and racing schooner ‘Bluenose’ built in Nova Scotia, which has since become an important icon for the province as well as Canada as a whole. In 2011 I commissioned him to write an article about his experiences for the UK Searcher magazine. what follows is uncut, but remember that it was written seven years ago and things change. For example, Les no longer works as a security officer at Halifax Airport.

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Les Graydon of County Fermanagh in Northern Ireland had been detecting for about two and a half years when he made a significant find of a Celtic brooch on boggy-type land – with his Garrett Ace 250. The discovery attracted a lot of attention, and for many reasons. “My friends and I often search in mud covered up to the eyeballs,” he ruefully commented.

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