Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Morganization (Re: Buffy the ham Pie Slayer)

Apart from guffawing British “metal detectorists”, „Buffet the Ham Pie Slayer”s has a pal Julian Morgan “a damn fine chap and an educationalist by trade”. I wonder if this is him: Julian Morgan is a writer and Classics teacher at Derby Grammar School and also is one of six partners in CIRCE, a Classics and ICT Resources Course for Europe. I wonder how Mr Morgan would feel about some twerp from the other side of Europe, who he has never met and who has other views on the teaching of "Classics", starting up a “Julian Morgan and Morganization” blog.
Confessions of a Classics teacher, Julian Morgan, British Classics teacher living and working in a Grammar school in Derby. For a long time a primary interest has been correcting the grammatical mistakes made in a dead language by confused pupils”.
I do not expect Mr Morgan or his literary agent would appreciate it very much. Especially if he finds the author of this personal attack masquerading as a contribution to the discussion on a serious issue has equipped it with "search engine optimalisation tags" clearly deliberately aimed at damaging his professional reputation.

Does Mr Morgan have a metal detector and go out after work to denude local Roman sites of coins to collect or maybe use in his teaching?

[If he sees this Mr Morgan may consider it would save us all a lot of trouble if he would write to me to divulge the name of his fellow but cowardly-anonymous Buffet admirer so suitable action may be taken in response to the manner in which he has chosen to respond to me].

UK Metal Detecting COWARD declines to "respond" to the issues

We find that since 25th February this year there has been no action over on the misnamed “paul-barford-blog-response” blog (“Paul M Barford and Barfordisation” run by some anonymous "metal detecting" coward from Monmouth (or so he claims) who is afraid to post under his own name. Anyway, he has apparently decided (‘Capitulation over erudition’ ) he actually has nothing much to say except to splash a lot of personal comments all over the web and claims that “Judging by Mr Paul M Barfords recent posts and also from correspondence I have been getting, it seems this Blog has effected change within Mr Barfords, previously less than pleasant Blogstyle”. Really? Peter Tompa does not think so. Anyway Buffy the cowardly metal detectorist announces that “So, for now Paul, you can get up from the naughty step”.

He writes something quite remarkable. “View this blog is a sort of Re-hab for archaeologists who have lost thier (sic) moral compass along the way”. Frankly as far as I am concerned, it is archaeologists who support artefact hunting and portable antiquity collecting in any form that have lost their compass bearings.

Buffy the Cowardly Metal Detectorist seems to think that it is his RIGHT to be accepted and lauded by all archaeologists BECAUSE he is a metal detectorist… by what rights Mr “Buffy”? What rights have you to attempt to dictate what I think or say about artefact hunting and collecting and those who engage in it and those that accept, encourage and aid and abet them? Why should you attempt to place me on any kind of "naughty step" (whatever that is) because I think differently about the archaeological heritage from you and your guffawing metal detecting mates?