Olla Podrida…


Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving and that the recovery process is going well. I don’t care how much you promise to pace yourself,  it’s damn difficult when you are looking at Turkey, stuffing, potatoes, green beans, cranberry sauce, rolls, pecan pie, cheesecake and mucho wine!  Someday I will learn.  As for today?  Nada… It’s “Black Friday”, and if you want to shop, have at it.  Go crazy.  Fight the crazies, buy a zillion gifts and then just think….you can have fun all over again in January when you have to actually pay for them.




Just saw John Winter’s post about the forthcoming Searcher magazine and was very impressed with the cover photo. Clear, detailed and well presented. Why can’t the magazines over here do the same?  Seems they beg for cover photos, and then when they get a good one, they plaster it over with type and hype.  JMO.


“Never fart in a Mini Cooper”



Well the promise of a new WWATS website for December 1 has now been changed to a “coming soon”.  Oh well, at least now they don’t have to keep changing the date.  With all the “free” website and blog programs out there I have no clue why is this proving so hard?



Many thanks to Dave McMahon and  Inside Detecting for mentioning Stout Standards on his show of November 25th.  My post of November 7, Through These Old Eyes, was mentioned a couple of times, and it’s nice to know that every once in a while I actually scribble something that people relate to.  Thanks Dave.



Since I am not getting out much anymore I decided that over the coming months I will share bits and pieces from my books as well as  articles I did for Western & Eastern Treasures magazine.  I will do my best to find those that might still be useful and pertinent today.


from “Coin Hunting in Depth”

When you decided to purchase a metal detector you surely had places in mind to search. You kept thinking of that vacant lot across town where you played ball as a kid. You thought about the house and home site where you grew up that is now nothing more than a field, and you had visions of riches when you thought you were the only one to remember the old carnival area just outside town. All good and very noble reasons to buy a metal detector, but chances are few of these sites proved productive.

“Your best teacher is your last mistake”….Ralph Nader

These assumptions and/or dreams of wealth achieved a purpose. They got you involved in a pastime that was fun, and that made you learn how to use a metal detector. They taught you that old coins are only there for the taking if you do your homework, and they taught you that you must find newer and more productive areas to detect. Most important they taught you never to assume you were the only one privy to a given area or site. You were not the only one with a metal detector and dreams of riches!!

The question now is what are you going to do to correct this situation? You can continue to hunt the school yard or the corner lot, but don’t you long for those very old and often valuable coins? Of course you do! So what’s stopping you? The answer of course is you are reluctant to put forth the effort to find them. Why? Because you’re lazy!

We’re all creatures of habit, and one of our most popular habits is opting for the path of least resistance, the most obvious……. the most accessible! If it’s simple and easy we do it. If it involves effort we put it off. Well my friends, that doesn’t work when it comes to coin hunting. Every time you put off doing your homework you lose another site to the detectorist ho has done his! Continue this pattern and you will surely be left in the dust!

“The dream is free but the hustle is sold separately”….author unknown

If you think that by reading this book you will discover some overlooked, obscure, long secreted, metal detector setting or technique that will let you find those deeper coins, forget it!! Such information is not within these pages, or for that matter in any other metal detecting book I’ve read over the past twenty years. Metal detecting….coin hunting is hard work! What makes it palatable is that it’s fun, and if you want to work a little and have fun at the same time….read on.

Forget about your first forays in the field…..they are history. Accept the fact that you must find new areas to detect. Also accept the fact that you need to know more about your town, your county and your state, and that you must get more from your equipment. You remembered the early sites, you took what they had to offer, but now you must move on. It’s time for greener pastures!

A productive coin site is not that difficult to define. It’s an area that was used by hundreds or maybe even thousands of people for a long period of time, and has never been searched with a metal detector. A fantastic scenario right? Maybe, but such sites do exist, and they are your goal! Are there many like this out there? Absolutely! Finding them however is up to you. The process is not easy, but with a little fortitude, dedication, good research and hard work you will be successful!






Over on Paul Barford’s detector-hating and collector-cursing blog, size apparently matters if his latest offering is anything to judge from.


“Friday, 28 November 2014

Peter Tompa and his Childish Penis-Measuring Competition

To further illustrate the problems with ascertaining accurate figures on heritage matters (like those behind the current hounding of Michael Danti by the antiquities trade), in reply to my question, Peter Tompa not only differs markedly from the information supplied on his behalf by Wayne Sayles, but decides to use the Chasing Aphrodite blog to compare penis size […].”


The rest of the blog lurches on ad nauseum in Barford’s typically turgid schoolboy prose style. It’s Nembutal in the written form….zzzzzzz.

However if the renowned Washington attorney and widely respected numismatist, Peter Tompa, really is organising a competition to find the largest male organ, I nominate two possible candidates; Paul Barford himself and his pal, Nigel Swift, widely regarded as a couple of p****s (to use the vernacular of the obscene). Neither I nor Dick Stout will be entering the competition as we are not in Barford and Swift’s league when it comes to prickery.


Barford obviously reckons he’s in with a title chance since his blog carries a picture of the Cerne Abbas Giant, a figure of antiquity carved into the hillside above the village of Cerne Abbas, Dorset. Beneath the picture he’s written…. “Mine’s bigger Than Yours”.



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4 responses to “Olla Podrida…

  1. Bob

    Hope you had a terrific Thanksgiving!! On to Christmas!

  2. wintersen

    Another stimulating blog, Dick. I see that some towns in the UK are celebrating the day. It all started with American ex-pats and tourists as well as friends and relatives. I don’t think it’ll catch on and take over from our Harvest Festival.

    There is a link. Legend has it that the Pilgrims and Puritans were thankful for a good harvest in 1621. That was in Plymouth (Massachusetts).

    Thank you for your kind words re The Searcher and linking to my site. Yes, there is quite a difference between American and English front covers.

  3. Big Tony From Bayonne

    Thanks Dick, for the common sense to MDing and the memories that you brought to mind about Scotland. My good friend Ernie Zimmerman was a member of “Mold” a MD club in Wales. He visited it many times over the years and enjoyed the hunting and friends he made.
    Their club newsletter shows amazing finds all of the time! I am certain that the Searcher will be a huge hit.
    I have found a cure for the after Thanksgiving feast —- don’t have a second plate on Thanksgiving 🙂

  4. Tony, the “Searcher” is not a new publication. It’s been around as long as I can remember. Great magazine…..

    As for not having a second plate…..easy for you to say!

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