Garbology and Curling Tools

I understand that all the stroppy people read The Guardian. I was once a regular subscriber, but gave it up because I became weary of reading about single-parent families, third world issues and life-style preferences. In my local Waitrose they have several national newspapers, including the The Guardian and the Daily Mail, all available for customers to read whilst quaffing their Americano or Skinny Latte. With super owners and a reading list of such standards ?? it was no surprise when such an enlightened establishment raced away with the local ‘Supermarket of the Year’ title! But I digress.

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Never did I think that as the son of a coal miner growing up in a County Durham pit village in the 40s and 50s, that the experience and local knowledge gained would help a fellow detectorist over 60 years later. A cousin currently living in the same village contacted me and mentioned that he was finding an unusual number of Victorian and the later Georgian coins in one particular area, and asked if I could I explain why this was the case. The answer was easy.

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Son of the Soil


In the days of antiquity when we were full of vim and vigour Mrs John and I gave talks about the hobby to organisations like retired Unison workers, University of the Third Age, Women’s Institutes, schools and others. We subsequently wrote about the experience in a detecting magazine.

Bob Batten of Kings Norton in Birmingham was inspired to write after reading ‘John and Lynda’s great article’ on giving such a talk. Bob said that he identified with our wonderful experience of sharing the hobby with others.

He continued: “A change of career ten years ago as a gardener radically changed my life. I came to the sudden realisation that the past was to be found in the soil.”

On holiday in Majorca Bob found a seven hundred year old hammered coin of Peter IV just lying on the surface and, nearer to home, a Victorian toothpaste lid half hidden on the canal towpath. As a gardener, he was very aware and always looked out for objects when working the soil.

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