Heard of “Throwback Thursday”? Well this is “Who Cares Tuesday”…

Nothing all that exciting to share but rain is in the forecast and when that happens I write and you lose.  Sunday evening we dodged a bullet and lucked out with only straight-line winds of 60-70 mph. A few folks southwest of here didn’t fare so well. The angst we feel when severe weather is forecast is over-the-top and will be from now on.  The joy of living in tornado alley…. Continue reading


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Detectors….My Take!

I get emails via the “contact me” link almost every week asking my advice on detectors. Which one to buy, which one do I use and which one is the best. I try to reply as best I can but it’s really difficult now given my limited in the field excursions.  Likewise as I’ve gotten older (okay senile) my views and my preferences have changed dramatically. Continue reading


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2017 – What’s Coming…


As we start the new year I wonder just what lies in wait for we tekkies. Will 2017 be a year where we see new innovation, new products or just more of the same ole, same ole, as in paisley pinpointers, unnecessary accessories, over-hyped searchcoils and cameras guaranteed to land you a TV series? Continue reading


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Wake Up Tekkies!

Do you think perhaps it might time to wake up and smell the roses? Maybe get a grip on things? Deal with reality? Or should we all just keep digging holes and making videos? You know, fame and fortune…. Well take a look at what is about to transpire across the pond because it’s coming soon to theater near you. Continue reading


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News for the New Year…

2017, we made it.  Not sure how but we’re here and hopeful that you will treat us a little kinder this time around.  Fay and I deserve it!



My doppelgänger in the UK John Winter just informed me that the SEARCHER magazine is now available here in the colonies, and to get a copy all you need to do is head to the closest Barnes & Noble book store. Continue reading


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Come on Now, it’s the Holidays…


You all know how much I love forums, but I must tell you I routinely check them to see what’s going on in this wacky world of detecting and from time to time I do learn something that helps me be a better detectorist. They’re also good for a few laughs. So since you didn’t ask….a few observations. Continue reading


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2016 – Looking Back…


2016 was a year like no other and one that I want to put behind me. It included a lot of firsts, a lot of heartbreak and it all started the day after Christmas 2015 when an F4 tornado took aim at our home. Continue reading


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Just a Little Sunday Morning Chat About Nothing…

Not much going on here at the Amesbury house this morning.  It’s a very cold 19° degrees (wind chill 4°), our faucets re dripping, the dogs have had their early outside business meeting, we’ve tackled breakfast and perused the extra-large Sunday paper.  Continue reading


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Treasure Clubs…a Dying Breed?

Over the past couple of days I worked on verifying the club websites I have listed above and was amazed at the how many had disappeared. Others were simply added to a generic site or page with little or any information offered. Apparently we are no longer interested in meeting like-minded folks face to face…just online.

FMDAC delegates, meeting 1987....greatest group of TH'ers ever

FMDAC delegates came from far and wide to organize the pastime in the mid-80s

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It’s Ho Ho Howland…

santabubbaMany will I’m sure be relieved to know that this is my final write-up for 2016 (emergencies excepted) and I suspect many of my US readers will already be thoroughly pissed-off with ‘that bloody Limey’ (me) again pleading for the unification of US hobbyists to get organised at national level. I make no apology. There has to be people out there with the balls and fire of Roger Barbrick. There has to be people out who won’t take shit off anyone. Surely? Continue reading


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