VISIT ANY high street and a Polish voice will seldom be far distant. With over 900,000 now living in the UK, Poles are Britain’s largest foreign-born community. Additionally, there are countless descendants of the over 200,000 Poles who settled here after the Second World War.
WE KNOW our High Streets are suffering. Retailers large and small are pulling down shutters and closing up. The service sector, however, often steps in to fill the gaps – particularly, it seems to me, fast-food outlets, hairdressers, nail bars and coffee shops.
UNLESS YOU count the Press & Journal staffer that accompanied me to the London Olympics, the only Aberdeen photographer known to me is the great George Washington Wilson – renowned, of course, for thousands of high-quality images of Victorian Scotland (now available online thanks to the University of Aberdeen).
THE LAST naturally occurring case of smallpox was diagnosed in 1977 and the World Health Organisation certified the global eradication of the disease in 1980.
STRAIGHT TO one of Britain’s premier provincial salerooms in the troubled town of Salisbury for one of the finest examples of Clarice Cliff seen at auction for many years.
THE LOWER ground-floor area of Perth Museum – my favourite place – is where the city’s permanent art collection finds a home. A handful of Old Masters grace the left-hand wall, including the magnificent maybe-Caravaggio Prometheus, while the free spirit right-hand surface is presently hung with oil paintings of Perth.
Dominic Winter of Cirencester staged a sale earlier this month which included the estate of the actor, author and historian Robert Hardy, best remember, of course, as the vet Siegfried Farnon on All Creatures Great and Small.
MULLOCK’S IS an auctioneer famous for sales of historical documents. It is less known for books, but a ‘local’ rarity appeared in its February sale.
APPEARING at Cavendish Auctions, Derby in the last week of February was a fine collection of postal material from a Perthshire source.
VINTAGE VEHICLES tend to be bypassed by the traditional auction house, with most historic cars finding their way to specialist dealers and sales.