Folkestone has an Arts Festival once every 3 years, and the next one starts 30 August 2014 until 2 November. A German artist called Michael Sailstorfer has created the perfect publicity stunt (he calls it an `Art event', of course) by saying that he has buried 30 24-carat gold bars, said to be worth £10,000, in the Outer Harbour beach, and telling the towns folk that they can keep any that they find. The first low-tide after that announcement brought more than 150 people on to the beach to dig.
Lewis Biggs, who is the curator of Folkestone Triennial, said that there were also a lot of metal washers buried together with the gold bars. Therefore, anyone using a metal detector would get an awful lot of washers first.
My prediction is that the next news story will be of a metal-detector-equipped JCB Digger getting caught by the tide on the beach. You heard it here first.
--------- Alex Kemp