This post has a little of everything from a 9/11 remembrance to John Howland’s recent stroll on the beach…hope you find it interesting….
Tomorrow is September 11th, and a date that America will always remember. I decided to once again share my post of previous years here. It is how Fay and I remember that day and how grateful we were and are to be Americans…
JEEZUS, HOW TO HURT A GUY!
I loved hunting the beaches of France, especially along the Mediterranean coast but now it looks like my next trip there will be without a sand scoop. As if things were bad enough already! Poor me….
NO CAN OPENER?
Well a few of you were amused by the shoe method of opening a wine bottle so I thought I post the following for all you unedified tekkies out there (save this one Howland).
BUBBA HITS THE BEACH
John Howland sent me his latest update to the Malamute Saloon and decided to share it here as well. The guy always make me laugh and it’s truly a blessing that we are not living on the same continent, hunting together. If you sometimes think his stories are way out there, hard to believe, far-fetched….you are wrong. I cannot ever remember hunting with him where the laughs weren’t a mile a minute, the oddball situations a common occurrence and the local pub the perfect place to rehash it all. In fact if there were not a bar within a reasonable driving distance he would not go detecting.
We’ve both aged some (John a little more gracefully than I) and we’ve not seen each other (except for Skype) for some time. If and when we do get together again I will remember to bring a video camera and share the adventure, uncensored…..
MORE CASH FOR THE PAS – MORE RECOGNITION FOR UK DETECTORISTS
In a recent Press Release, the Portable Antiquities Scheme announced a further cash injection from the Heritage Lottery Fund:-
The British Museum announces today a new Portable Antiquities Scheme (PAS) initiative that will greatly increase volunteer involvement in archaeological heritage across the UK. PAS Explorers is a five-year project that will create a national network of up to 500 trained volunteers who will participate in archaeological finds work in their local areas, sharing information through the PAS database and within their local communities. The project is generously supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) with a grant of £792,000 over five years.
Roger Bland, Head of the Portable Antiquities Scheme said:
Volunteers have always been vital for the success of the Portable Antiquities Scheme and this generous grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund will mean that we can not only provide many more volunteering opportunities, but also give them the chance to develop their skills. This will enable us to meet our core aim of increasing our knowledge of the history and archaeology of England and Wales for the benefit of all.
Carole Souter, Chief Executive of the Heritage Lottery Fund added:
This wonderful project will help spread the reach of the Portable Antiquities Scheme even further across England and Wales. Enthusiastic and dedicated volunteers are the life blood of the scheme: without them it would falter. In recognition of this, individuals will be given further opportunities to widen their knowledge and involvement which in turn will improve the recording of archaeological finds and raise awareness at a grass-roots level.
The PAS Press Office advises in its ‘Notes to Editors’:
The Portable Antiquities Scheme
Thousands of archaeological objects are discovered every year, many by members of the public, particularly by people while metal-detecting. If recorded, these finds have great potential to transform archaeological knowledge, helping us understand when, where and how people lived in the past.
The Portable Antiquities Scheme (www.finds.org.uk) offers the only proactive mechanism for systematically recording such finds, which are made publicly available on its online database. This data is an important educational and research resource that can be used by anyone interested in learning more.
The Portable Antiquities Scheme is managed by the British Museum, and funded by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport through a ring-fenced grant, the British Museum and local partners. Its work is guided by the Portable Antiquities Advisory Group, whose membership includes leading archaeological, landowner and metal-detecting organisations.
Here’s one for the rabid archaeo-bloggers:-
“Moral indignation is jealousy with a halo”…H. G. Wells
I’ll see y’all in the bar…