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Uncle B lost a spring in the long grass today, so I dug out my metal detector. It was pretty grubby after ten years in the closet, but a new set of batteries and – works!

By the time I’d got it together, he’d found his thing in the grass without my help, so I decided to do a pass around the garden. And look! I found – a big rusty bolt! It’s still got the nut!

Yes. Well.

Uncle B kindly bought me this detector when we first moved in (because, you know, Tudor farmhouse) and then I found out all the fields around me are protected land. No detectoring allowed. So I went up and down my own lawn like a sad person and found a lot of shit like this. Gosh, people have thrown out a lot of metal junk over the years.

Completely coincidentally, we’ve been re-watching one of our favorite programs from a few years back: the Detectorists. It’s seriously one of the best written and acted programs I’ve seen. I don’t think I’ve ever recommended it on the blog, though, because an awful lot of the humor is around modern English village life. I don’t know how well it would travel.

But what do I know? Uncle B loved MST3K.


Comment from BJM
Time: June 7, 2021, 7:26 pm

I’ve thoroughly enjoyed it too, but Toby Jones seldom fails to deliver. I would still rate Black Adder as my #1, and the early Midsomers as #2.

Comment from oldowan
Time: June 7, 2021, 8:00 pm

It travels very well. I LOVE the Detectorists! I re-watch it from time to time…
The scene in the pub where the guitarist plays the show’s theme song kills me every time…

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: June 7, 2021, 8:09 pm

We’ve been to so many events in village halls and scout huts just like the building the club meets in. Complete with tea in shabby mugs and stuff on folding tables. I’m so afraid the pandemic will have killed much of that stuff dead.

Comment from p2
Time: June 7, 2021, 8:36 pm

Try a yootoob channel called The Hoover Boys. I’m not a detector kinda guy; I live where it’s frozen 9 months a year and not much metally over about 100 years anyways, but it’s a pretty addictive channel…

Comment from durnedyankee
Time: June 8, 2021, 1:42 am

The Detectorists was a favorite here as well.

Though I kept expecting Andy (Mackenzie Crook) to pop his eyeball out.

Speaking of old stuff turning up – did you see that they discovered a Viking Candle Box under a melted glacier where the Vikings cleverly buried it ages ago to prove there was global warming?

Yeah! it was finally uncovered, like those bunkers they built in the Alps back in World War I that got uncovered recently because of global warming!

Those old tyme people, why did they go around burying things in snow and glaciers? I just don’t understand!

funny thing, the Vikings thought the world would end in Fimbulwinter, but we sure fooled them!

Comment from Drew458
Time: June 8, 2021, 2:33 pm

Good link Durned. I especially like the nonsense conjecture that the people in Norway – Vikings it says – needed candles to walk from one farm to the other, 500 years ago. Vikings, 400 years after the Viking era was over. And candles, because lamps or torches were unknown I guess. And this is a news item now, although the stuff was found 2 years ago. Which means this story will run in Weasel’s favorite “woo” site in about 4 years. Nope, I’m wrong. They ran this story even before the Daily Mail. It’s a miracle.

Interesting bit in there: all the stuff found dates back to the end of the use of the Lendbreen pass, including the leashed dog they either killed or left to die. Which means the glacier had been in retreat for a long time, but was growing again. And now it’s shrinking again. It’s almost as if nature goes in cycles!!

Comment from durnedyankee
Time: June 8, 2021, 4:06 pm

“Obviously as a source of illumination through these mountain passes” !

Yeah, they could have never just been carrying the box with a candle in it and dropped it for some reason.
Alas that assumes the snow covered it, which assumes at some point in the past there was LESS snow, and that kinda blows up the whole idea we’re melting the world and changing the climate, which is not socially acceptable.

Someone has never been through a mountain pass on foot and taken note of this thing called wind, or tried to navigate at night in a world without electric lights, indoors or out, using, NOT a lantern, but a freakin candle.
Torches (flame operated) well, those are clearly right out.

But since they managed to ignore the implications of finding the box in a place where the ice/snow had melted, I shouldn’t be surprised the writer is kinda clueless.

Comment from BJM
Time: June 8, 2021, 4:21 pm

@Drew458 It’s almost as if nature goes in cycles!!

That’s just crazy talk. Candles? Phhhttppp..the glacial retreat was obviously caused by Vikings roasting meat, smoking fish, and burning fish oil lamps.

Why would Vikings be walking between farms at night? Did the footie run late? Did they miss the last sled home?

Have none of these boffins read Beowulf or the Icelandic Sagas and Eddas? One simply did not venture out in the night. There be monsters.

Comment from durnedyankee
Time: June 8, 2021, 4:26 pm

But Weasy – here’s this.

Iron Age Chickens!

and more “sciency” conclusions.

Magically there were more cocks then hens.


@BJM, camping as often as I did/do, I’ve concluded the world is, in many places without reflected electric light pollution, darker than the inside of a cow unless you have a good moon. On an overcast or stormy night, one does not travel far without light because there ARE monsters.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: June 8, 2021, 7:30 pm

I didn’t even know they had chickens in the Iron Age. But the fact they were two years old doesn’t mean they weren’t eating them.

Comment from Durnedyankee
Time: June 8, 2021, 11:36 pm

But weasy , they have TOP men on this! EXPERTS!

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