I've just had a comment posted to another text from Andy Baines with a request. I am sure he will not mind me posting it here too:
Hi again Paul, I have created a little video to try to raise awareness for the PAS plea to raise money through donations for their funds. I know a lot of detectorists read your blog to see what your writing and you reach a far bigger audience than I can. Would it be possible for you to link a post to my video? I don't even mind if you write it taking the p*** out of my video just as long as it drives detectorist traffic to it and raises some money. Its about time we put something back in the pot. Regards Andy BainesNow, as if I'd take the michael... Moi? What I will say about the video is nice beginning, but the format was a bit too "Deep Digger Dan-ish" (I'd advise getting rid of the "Let's get started" and the talking head on a sofa). Andy gave 5 quid. If sixteen thousand UK metal detectorists each gave a fiver, that'd be 80,000 quid. If they gave a fiver a month (so the equivalent of a few Roman grots added to the value of their growing collection), that'd be 960,000 pounds a year, not far short of what the taxpayer gives the PAS. I've plugged the video, now it's up to artefact hunters to do their bit to help keep their "partner" in the black.