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.
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.
“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 …