I’m ashamed to say that I was a naughty boy … at the age of eleven or twelve I used to steal fags from my mother’s handbag. She was a ‘secret’ smoker and I knew that it was comparatively safe if ever caught in the act. It was a much different age then and female cigarette smoking was frowned upon. Regular readers knew about this, because I confessedon a previous occasion, but have more to add. It’s what old men do … repeat themselves. (post lost).
The alert amongst you will thinking – because of the date – that this is a spoof. Well, you’d be wrong! That’s what people thought way back in 1990 when the Solar Pinnacle ‘Leader’ metal detector was first announced. Perhaps that was understandable, because the publicity started long before any details or photographs of the machine were available.
On May 2nd this year Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, “was safely delivered of a daughter”. Cheers from die-hard royal fans outside the hospital greeted the announcement. Shouldn’t they have waited outside Buckingham Palace because that’s where the news was announced first? The relentless coverage outside the hospital by hysterical reporters with little to say was a total non-event.
All this kerfuffle reminded me of a piece I wrote in 2011. The royal couple (should that phrase be in capital letters?) was the catalyst for an article I wrote on royal souvenirs, the majority of them found by detectorists.
One of my mate Dave’s favourite sayings is that ‘every day’s an adventure’, and it’s especially true as you grow older. Maybe it’s a cliche, but I’m always learning something new. Perhaps I need to compose a listiclefor my readers – 10 Ways For Learning Something New Every Day! Except that I don’t wish to bore you with the details. Suffice to say that this old fart has come to realise how important knowledge really is … although I worry sometimes that my brain is eventually going to explode because it’s slowly filling to capacity.
The first paragraph or so is an important part of any story. The beginning is where the reader decides whether to keep reading. A weak first line and they might pass your story by. If you send your epic tale to a detecting magazine (for example), then it’s the editor’s attention that you are trying to attract.
The radio (wireless) played a big part in my formative years. In 1951 when I was ten years old I used to curl up on the chair to be literally ‘frightened to death’ listening to the sepulchral tones of Orson Welles as he introduced yet another story from the Black Museum.
Finding the Fakenham Hoard Luke Davies, one of four finders of this significant hoard describes a ‘detectorist’s dream of a day’ and Chris Rudd explains why the Iceni hoard of staters is of unique importance.