When Karen Woolley from Nottinghamshire mislaid her diamond ring she suspected that her puppy Barney, a cocker spaniel cross miniature poodle, might have something to do with the disappearance. But how could she prove it? Karen and husband Steve hunted high and low for the diamond-encrusted ring after which Steve suggested that they used an old metal detector – the one they’d acquired ages ago and never used.

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The note on the left (top and bottom) was first issued in 1948 and ceased to be legal tender in 1962. The one shown on the right (top and bottom) was first issued in 1961 and withdrawn in 1970. This was the first and only issued Bank of England 10 Shilling note to carry a portrait of the monarch. COURTESY BANK OF ENGLAND

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THE CLICKER – An update – April 2018

“Only recently, clickers were brought to notice again when the film The Longest Day showed American paratroopers using clickers as a means of identification … “

A desperate bid has been launched to track down devices which were a lifeline for British soldiers during the D-Day landings.

The Acme Clicker

Have you seen a a genuine D-D Day clicker like the one above? If so contact Ben by clicking HERE and reading the article.

This is an update to an earlier post of mine. Please click HERE to see original …


Four Holes In my Button

27th April 2019 — 31 Comments

Some of Mrs John’s buttons pictured by JW

I know that I haven’t been well but my subject today is a subject many of you will find uninteresting and you may think that this old duffer has finally lost the plot. On the contrary. Today I tell of the finding of a (mundane) button and the cleaning and research … but then I go off on a tangent

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The making of mosaics

I made a few notes and exchanged stories with Anne as the work slowly and painstakingly continued. The pattern magically beginning to appear was a distinctive geometric design, although a vase and flowers were later visible.

IMG_0599Photograph © JW

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