Sunday 20 December 2020

Irresponsible Movement Between Tiers in UK - Metal Detectorists of Course [UPDATED]

'Christmas cancelled by surging mutant virus' read the headlines. Part of my family in Britain are in the newly-created Tier Four. They were not planning to meet the other part in tier two on Dec 25th anyway, and now to do so would not only be irresponsible, but against the new regulations that came in today. Yet today Let's Go Digging are holding another Fancy Dress commercial metal detecting rally in Gloucestershire, and two others are also planned and going ahead in Gloucestershire next Sunday and the following Saturday. "Heritage heroes" from Wales and London have had to cancel, but there are still plenty of "PhDs" going

Anyway, as an acquaintance notes, after Britain has finished dispatching mutant Covid to the rest of England, they just have Brexit to get through this weekend, and then they can all have a well-earned Christmas break.
Where the zones are this morning (Gloucestershire in blue)

Update 25th Dec 2020
Metal detectorist John Howland has commented to me "You really do spout bullshit [...] but [...] you might find someone who gives a fuck...". I rather think that this post was indeed about the fact that so-called "responsible metal detectorists" travelling around the country between tiers to go metal detecting are displaying an extreme case of "couldn't give a f**k about anybody else", which is why we see this: 

Fit in yourselves the period when UK metal detectorists were asked to stay inside, and when they started going out again in increasing numbers. 

TAKE A GOOD LOOK at this behaviour, for these are precisely the sort of people the PAS wants to grab more and more millions of public quid to make into the "partners" of the British Museum, archaeological heritage professionals and to whom they want us all to entrust the exploitation of the archaeological record. Take a good look and decide what you think about that as a "policy".  


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