THE ROMAN fortress at Inchtuthil on the banks of the Tay near Blairgowrie was excavated from 1952, and subsequently the site provided the only complete plan of a legionary fortress anywhere in the Roman empire.
“SEND ME my pistolls…”
MARGARET ORR was 82 when I interviewed her for The Courier in 1995. I had asked her to cast her mind back to when she was just 10 and had witnessed an event in 1922 that had stunned the world – the opening of the tomb of the boy king Tutankhamun.
SPORTING MEMORABILIA has a large following. I could almost offer an A-to-Z – autographs, boxing gloves, cricket bats, and on to wrestling, xtreme sports and z-z-zzzz, the closest to exercise I get!
FORGIVE ME if I suggest Dundee has always been European in outlook; its soldiery enlisted for the Sun Kings of France, its learned folk studied at Leiden and Leipzig, its medieval merchants traded with the Baltic ports, and Juteopolis exported its wares to the Continent.
ENGLISH COIN Auctions of Scarborough recently sold an exceptionally rare British coin – one bearing the portrait of a king familiar to us from schooldays.
GLASGOW AUCTION house McTear’s held their final picture sale of 2016 on December 14.
I RECALL the excitement in The Courier office in the 1990s when an envelope was found containing original negatives and contact prints of The Beatles’ performances in the Caird Hall in 1963/4. Worldwide interest followed.
AS THE minutes and seconds tick down to 2017, it is timely to illustrate a watch that is truly out of this world – a rare stainless steel prototype Omega Speedmaster made for NASA in the early 1970s to survive in extreme temperatures.
(COME INTO my brackets, I want to whisper. When Prince Charles was in town in 2013 and viewed a special exhibition of D. C. Thomson treasures at Kingsway – early Beanos, Hotspurs, Wizards and the first Courier of 1816 – he whispered to me privately that, actually, as a boy he read The Eagle.)