My mate Dave was detecting one day when he came across what looked like firecrackers. There were quite a few and even though they were clearly marked ‘explosive component. If found, place in bucket of water for 24 hours’, he collected every one and placed them in his finds’ pouch.
Who in his right mind would carry explosives in a pouch nestling close to his gentiles (sic) – especially on one of the hottest days of the year? The answer is … Dave.
Rope firecrackers are a slow burning rope with proper bangers woven in at intervals. Think of them as a self-burning rope of loud (very loud) bangs. They are also known as fuse- rope salutes. Because they are relatively inexpensive to buy, I think we can expect to see more and more being used by farmers.
When I berated Dave for being silly and ignoring the clear message on the banger he paused, thought a little and explained to me that he had removed the devices because they were close to an area where children played and he didn’t want them to get hurt. Oh, yes?
The moral of this story is if you come across these devices in the field, don’t pick them up, ignore – they are potentially dangerous! And Dyslexic Dave? After a spot of counselling and further gentle chastisement he’s finally admitted the error of his ways.
“Rope bangers are extremely effective both on pigeons during the day and geese during sunrise and sunset. Rope bangers are a useful addition to gas guns, hawks or kites, creating additional variation, for effective bird control. The Portek double bang rope has 18 bangers as opposed to the standard 12 to give a more realistic and effective variation to the pattern. The bangers are sequenced to give alternative single then double bangs every 6 hours. Please note: Due to shipping restrictions rope bangers are NOT available in Ireland, Isle of Man or the Channel Isles.”From the Portek Website
For years I have mentioned Dave in my scribblings and some of you are asking, “Who is this bliddy Dave?” Or words to that effect. Dave is a quiet man and seeks no publicity. Often I would have liked to include a photograph of my detecting mate, but he always said ‘NO’. Until now.
I’ve persuaded him to change his mind. It only took two packets of rolling tobacco, some Rizla papers and a little of a cannabis-based ‘medicine – for his bad back and gammy leg’. Unfortunately the picture he chose is in silhouette. Even so, he may still be recognised.
Just cottoned on. If everyone is named Dave, then that means you will not take a bullet for anyone? Stupid statement – saw it on a tee-shirt.