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The end of the crop circle era?
As previously noted, crop circle quality has been plummeting and the most recent ones have just been embarrassing. See here  and here. At the same time, “expert” interpretations of what they are have become ever more bizarre and desperate …..  an illustration of Westminster Abbey, a polar clock and a symbolic doorway to another dimension…..
The only certainty is that whoever or whatever made them is a lot less good at it than whoever or whatever has been making them previously. So might this signal the beginning of the end of the phenomenon? Possibly not. As The Sun tells its readers:  “Experts still believe that one in five are the result of paranormal activity.”

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Golden gate fastener
In 1816, an antiquarian noticed something about the loop of wire fastening a Welsh farm gate. It was a gold torc, made in the Bronze Age – one of the earliest pieces of goldsmithing in Britain. You can see it in the superb exhibition of some 400 golden objects at the Goldsmiths’ Hall, London, until July 28.

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Beat this, Tescos! Out of the ground and sold to customers the same day!
The Loughborough Coin and Search Society’s “Detecting Liaison Officer” (yes!) has just revealed that providing a day’s detecting for his 50 club members will net a farmer £400. Or, a large weekend rally could earn him “up to £8,000”. Not half bad for opening a gate to a field that’s perceived by the customers to be “productive” (or “an unprotected archaeological site” as archaeologists would term it!)

But there’s more to the story than that. The club is merged with a coin collecting club and it lets the artefact hunting members take their finds back to club HQ to finds tables and flog them to the coin collector members. Tidy. Rumours that the operation is overseen by a gent called Fagin are yet to be denied. However, the fact the farmer doesn’t get to see the stuff but is later sent “a brief resumé of what was found” suggests it may not be Mr Brownlow, Oliver’s charming old grandfather.

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