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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.

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Reminder of the Great War

John —  16 April 2013 — 5 Comments

NSSAt the end of 2011 Sam Veich, a member of the Northumbrian Search Society based in Durham UK, was looking for land on which to detect. Despite all his efforts, the quest had been unsuccessful.

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Seals of Merit

John —  15 April 2013 — 11 Comments

I recently made out my last ‘Will and Testament’, an important document that required a signature. In earlier times, a formal document such as this would have carried the seal of those who issued or witnessed it. Just such an artefact happens to be on the ‘wish list’ of most detectorists. I now present for your delectation two such seals – one a personal impression and the other . . . well, I thought you might be able to help me on that one . . . both of these seals have been recorded on the United Kingdom Detector Finds Database (UKDFD) In late 2007, detectorist Dean Crawford found a vesica-shaped lead seal matrix near the village of Castlemorton in Worcestershire. He described it as, “Not exactly the crown jewels, but it’s the type of find that does it for me!” Continue Reading…

I need to let off steam. So what has poked my particular goat with a sharp stick and enraged it so? The price of fuel, that’s what! Pouring fuel into my car is guaranteed to pump up my blood pressure, but the soaring price is just one factor in my frustration.

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I was quite naive in the 50′s and remember falling for a spoof broadcast by the BBC when they reported that Swiss farmers were enjoying a bumper spaghetti harvest. You can view it below. The sound doesn’t start until a few seconds after the titles.

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Maundy Money

John —  28 March 2013 — 11 Comments

Today is Maundy Thursday, the beginning of the three day celebration of Easter and when Christians remember the Last Supper. During the Last Supper, Jesus washed his disciples’ feet. This act has sometimes been followed literally in history as a good way of reminding rulers that they are here to serve their subjects.

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Funny Money

John —  27 March 2013 — 7 Comments

The Best Fiver Ever

The George Best five pound note was issued by the Ulster Bank in 2006 as a commemorative on the death of George Best, one of the greatest football players of all time.There were 1 million issued in various presentation pack formats.

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Scrap Metal Art

John —  23 March 2013 — 23 Comments

I REALISE THAT I HAVE POSTED SOME OF THESE PICTURES ON A PREVIOUS OCCASION, AND I APOLOGISE FOR MY INEPTITUDE. HOWEVER, IN MITIGATION, THIS VERSION HAS EXTRA INFORMATION, IS MUCH LONGER … AND STEVE DESERVES A REPRISE ANYWAY!

Normal service will resume as soon as possible. Doh!

I saw an unusual request on a detecting forum recently. Steve Halward, a detectorist from Lincoln, was imploring people not to throw any of their unwanted finds. He was asking for any scraps (or bits and bobs as he put it) and specifically said that broken stuff was best – the more corroded the better! He even promised to leave a bucket by his car when attending organised digs for people to discard their unloved and unwanted objects. Naturally, this strange plea resulted comments like, “I can find you loads of rubbish if you will help dig it” and, “You can have my detector – I can’t find anything with it!”

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