Friday 4 April 2014.I've not been out detecting for a while now due to doing 'in house' things like decorating. It was looking promising yesterday to get out today, but alas, while putting on the final coat of gloss paint down on the skirting boards my back went leaving me hobbling about today. Hoping it eases up so I can get to work tonight.
So as I am 'resting up', I've been doing a lot of reading around the internet and one thing I did notice, (not that I could have missed it), was that a program I was looking forward to watching concerning metal detecting had been pulled. What makes me laugh is that this program was pulled because of objectors who only watched a one minute clip, no one had seen the program yet, but all that fuss over a one minute clip got it pulled.
I grant you that the one minute clip looked wrong and I think was shown for publicity that back-fired. So what was the rest of the program like, who knows now, may never know, it just would have been nice to have made up my own mind. Lets face it, it couldn't have been any worse than what we watch on our TV screens now can it. At least if we were allowed to watch it we could have made a conscience decision as to the rights and wrongs of it instead of just being left in limbo.
There's talk now of a forthcoming comedy TV program regarding metal detectorists. Already to some there are signs that it could harm our hobby of metal detecting. I'm wondering now if even this program will get pulled lol.
Just one thing I do want to get off my chest is that metal detecting is legal in this country. Its governed by laws, and not only laws made by fellow detectorists, but laws made by our people in power. Now there's another laugh, even some of those in power have been known to break the very laws they make us adhere to as we have seen recently. But being a responsible metal detectorists and abiding and respecting the laws put in place upon us we are legally persuing our hobby.
In fact, and you may have seen this somewhere around the net yourselves, there's even been 10 Commandments written regarding metal detecting. Now I'm not sure if these Commandments were given by God to Moses, but they came from somewhere:
These are the statutes, judgments and edicts which
must be obeyed by all those who wield detectors of metal:
1. Thou shalt not leave behind unfilled excavations.
2. Thou shalt not trespass or defy in any way the lawful decrees of thy city, county, state, province or country.
3. Thou shalt not harm vegetation, the creatures of the field, natural resources or the personal property of others.
4. Thou shalt not covet the finds of thy companion. Nor shall ye covet his metal detector, digging tool or the hallowed place in which he diggeth.
5. Thou shalt not ignore nor neglect thy family and friends whilst in the endless pursuit of thy hobby.
6. Thou shalt assist the distraught owners of lost goods and the archeologists and the enforcers of law and all others who may need thy skill as a metal detectorist.
7. Thou shalt return found treasures to the proper owners whenever their true identity can be rightfully determined.
8. Thou shalt report to the proper authorities any find relating to criminal activity or of archeological significance.
9. Thou shalt be considerate of others on the beach and in other public places whilst waving thy search coil and digging holes in the sand and the soil.
10. Thou shalt speak out against the unjust laws and stand firm against the Philistines who would cast out all those who would use detectors of metal.
And if thou dost not abide by these Commandments,
may you be plagued with mineral-bearing rocks,
hard packed soil, pestilence, serpents, locusts,
poisonous vegetation and great multitudes of pull-tabs,
bottlecaps and rusty nails. May ye spend
the remaining years of thy wretched life digging
signals of false origins. For thy iniquities shall
surely bring the overzealous wrath of the ignorant,
heathen bureaucrats down upon those of us who are innocent.
For we are the righteous and the just and ye who do not obey the
Ten Commandments of Metal Detecting are doomed to bad luck.
- by Jim Lewellen
So there you go, enjoy your hobby and Happy Hunting