Archives For April 2016

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St George slaying the dragon

St. George’s day April 23, is supposedly England’s special day. Actually, we have no official national day and it largely goes uncelebrated, which is a shame as George is our patron saint. His emblem, a red cross on a white background, is the flag of England and part of the British flag. It is believed that George was a brave Roman soldier who protested against the Romans’ torture of Christians and died for his beliefs. The popularity of St George in England stems from the time of the early Crusades when it is said that the Normans saw him in a vision and were victorious. His image appears on many of our UK coins.

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CoverFor your delight and delectation, I present my latest effort – on behalf of the Northern Relic Hunters – of their online magazine, simply called DETECTORIST. I have bowed to pressure from several sources and discarded the term ‘newsletter’. We have ‘grown up’, and it seems like only yesterday that I was working on the embryonic issue number one. As before, I hope that all detectorists will find it interesting reading … whether they belong to a forum, or not.

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Annular Brooch – © Rob Fallen – Click to enlarge

This blog was originally posted in February 2014. I have managed to retrieve the bulk of what was lost and added new content.

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title1In a UK Searcher magazine of 1993, I stumbled across a story penned by detectorist Colin Hennell about Alan Turing, the brilliant mathematician and wartime code-breaker. Turing, the father of the computing age, is reputed to have also buried silver bars! This is how it happened.

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Untitled 4Almost a year ago on the memorable but inauspicious date of the 13th April 2015, I told you that after resisting for eleven years, I had eventually joined the ‘popular’ social networking site known as Facebook. As I said at the time, it was Martha Lane-Fox who had cajoled, caressed and, (metaphorically) beaten me into submission. You can read about it HERE. Although I suffer from paraskevidekatriaphobia, the date didn’t worry me too much, as the13th fell on a Monday that year. It’s now time to report back.

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solar-energyThe 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.

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