CALL IT a sheltered upbringing...I have been on a motorbike only once. This was on the back of my brother’s 1950-ish BSA Bantam when I was at primary school, or just into secondary. Goodness knows what I was thinking.
DUNDEE TOOK up the printing trade in fits and starts, but the Morison family of Perth brought great distinction to the town – not least by bringing out a Courier newspaper in 1809, seven years before this wee brother came along!
VINTAGE VEHICLES tend to be bypassed by the traditional auction house, with most historic cars finding their way to specialist dealers and sales.
Swann Galleries in New York inadvertently achieved one of the highest prices ever paid for a British poster last month when they knocked down a wonderful London Underground promotional example for the equivalent of £90,000.
There seems no end to the public’s love of Art Nouveau jewellery from the early years of the 20th Century. Sales are buoyant – yet some wonderful pieces can be secured for relatively modest sums.
MANY INVENTIONS are disputed. Yet I suspect we would all struggle to name anyone other than John Logie Baird as the individual behind television.
You’d have to have been holidaying in Timbuktu or Greater Lochee to be unaware that the World Cup kicks off in Russia in the coming week. Alas, no Scotland – again.
At times of political upheaval and crisis you could do worse than invest in gold.
Models and toys made by Dinky, Britains and Corgi have never lost their attraction – the world over – and a sale held recently by Old Toy Soldier Auctions of Pittsburgh drew global bidding.
I recall writing 70,000 words or so on the little-known Elizabeth Cromwell, Oliver’s wife of over 30 years, who was officially titled Her Highness the Lady Protectress when her husband became head of state in 1653.