Detecting Videos Part 2

6th October 2017 — 14 Comments

FROM AN AUSTRALIAN FRIEND: I don’t have the time/patience to watch/read what I consider to be a waste of time just for the sake of having something to whinge about. Same reason I do not go to blogger’s sites. It’s another point of view!

And another point. On occasions I fail to communicate. I know that, and sometimes have to explain myself. In my last blog I was at pains to get across the fact that I didn’t object to all videos produced by detectorists; only those made showing monotonous digs and having no merit whatsoever. I emphasised this fact in my penultimate green paragraph.

Productions by established detectorists who have real knowledge to share can be very useful. They KNOW what they are talking about and are a great help to newcomers to the hobby. Alas. You will have to learn how to discriminate and watch a load of crap before you find the treasure. Bit like metal detecting, really! 

I wonder if people’s ire is pumped up by what they read first and never reach the end? Although most readers and videographers agreed with me and had a chuckle, there were those who took offence. To them, I apologise, for it was never intended. Sometimes I can be mischievous and play at being the Devil’s Advocate. Well, that’s my excuse.

You may have also noticed in the notification sent be email I wrote Meal Detecting Videos. That was a mistake I regret, but goes to show that I am only human like the rest of you. Thank you to the subscribers who took great delight in pointing that out. My sub-editor was taking a well-earned holiday. And now for something different.

A Video That Shows Merit

In 2016 I blogged about Regis Cursan, a pastry chef who works in London and detects on the Thames foreshore. You can read about his interesting find by clicking HERE.

A bustling Oxford Street in London. Still from the video 3.8 Miles.

Regis left a comment on my last blog and wondered if the hobby can ever be filmed. He showed a short film made by students and one in which he participated. It is very interesting, So, before reading any further and in Regis’s immortal words, “Grab some popcorn and enjoy!”


If you are unable to view … watch on Vimeo

The video, entitled ‘3.8 Miles Away‘ was made by student Flammetta Luino and shows her memory a morning spent detecting on the Thames foreshore with Regis. I liked her approach, but found the opening music a little irritating.

The opening sequence shows shoppers in London’s Oxford Street … a mere 3.8 miles away from the activity on the Thames foreshore, where things look entirely different. Not absolutely clear, but hence the title. I had to ask. If this can be called a ‘detecting video’, it’s like no other I have seen … and by a ‘non-detectorist’.

She follows Regis, filming him as she asks questions. Once you get used to her accent and understood what is being said, the answers from Regis tells us a lot about him and the hobby.

Oxford Street just over three miles away …

“What would most people think about what you find; what keeps you coming back here?” Regis answers these questions – and others. In the process he tells us a lot about himself and the hobby in general … his obsession!


The video lasts just over five minutes and, even though there is room for improvement, is well-worth watching. I enjoyed it very much.


Seen on Facebook: Can’t be bothered to watch videos of others detecting; life’s too short so I’d rather be out detecting myself – without a camera …



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14 responses to Detecting Videos Part 2

  1. Much better than the normal “wannabe Youtube sensation” doing air tests in open holes in fields!

    The MD wielding clown running about trying to make THEM the main point of the video…NO NO NO.

    Although………. even some magazines end up employing such folk!

  2. It sounded like a good video John.. I wish that I could have seen it. Unfortunately, it would not play for me.

    I find some videos very well done.. I especially like Garys on the use of the Deus and the ‘how to’ aspect.

    But what I find is that unless there is ‘some’ aspect that can hold my attention, I cannot watch the video. Too many are just, meanderings and wanderings.. And I prefer to be doing that myself out in the field



  3. Thanks John I really like some of the shots she took .
    Diversity of London … Italian lady filming a French guy doing a Victorian trade ,scavenging artefacts left by other (probably),immigrants,sailors,and locals …………a repeating pattern, live ,lose, die, find…

  4. I do a bit of mud larking myself John on the banks of the river Tees. Eyes only though as there’s not a detector in the world would work there (too much scrap iron)
    Had a lot of complete clay pipes and many pipe bowls.Also a lovely Victorian brooch with cameo,a silver walking cane handle, many coins mostly Victorian & a mix of modern coins too.
    Also many bottles including Codds & stone ginger beers.
    Over a hundred years ago there were two ferries that transported workers across the Tees to Middlesborough & I search around where the landing jetties once where although only stumps remain now.
    Not for the fainthearted though as the wet mud does its best to suck you under.

  5. Thank you John. What a lovely man he is, totally modest, and at peace with his world.
    I have never done any foreshore detecting of this type, but, it looks fabulous.

    Looking forward to part three.

  6. I think the popular belief here in the U. S. is that you can’t just go out and detect over there. This video makes it seem that you don’t need permission to detect on public property.

    I can relate to his feelings about detecting and finding stuff. I would have to grid the area and try to detect every bit of it only once. He may do that and perhaps he was just giving his general thoughts for the interview.

  7. John from Ontario (AKA Geobound) 13th October 2017 at 5:29 AM

    Now that’s the type of video I enjoy watching.

    I was confused with the opening scenes, but your explanation cleared it up nicely.

  8. FROM Australian detectorist WARREN VANCE via FEEDBACK

    Hi John , I try to add a comment to your blog but no luck. Maybe you can paste this in as a response to your Detecting Videos article.

    As an Australian Detectorist I found “3.8 Miles” to be very Philosophical film about metal detecting. It is surely oppositional to the inane “Hey Guys I’ve just dug a 2 pence” type footage by social deprived individuals seeking ego endorsement for a life on the net. It juxtaposes the futility of mass consumerism against the lone individual “Regis”, with his experiential insights referring to “the quest and unattainable perfection” in his pursuit.

    Strategically almost devoid of any recovery and finds footage; this leaves you hanging on the metaphoric gems of reflection this simple Mud Larker can uncover.

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