THE COURIER’S Saturday ‘Menu’ supplement is proudly the Scottish Newspaper Supplement of the Year. It is not the first Dundee ‘menu’ to make waves, however.
It doesn't matter how many years I spend on this column, objects keep coming along which leave me bamboozled – and today’s item comfortably left me floundering.
IT IS timely that I dwell this weekend on another Rabbie who had a love affair with a wee mouse.
Book Week Scotland, the great annual celebration of reading, continues across the country today and tomorrow.
You may have read the news about the Jack the Ripper postcard which sold down south for £22,000. The card had been received by Ealing Police Station in 1888, written by someone claiming to be the Ripper. It was estimated to reach just £600-£900.
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.
MULLOCK’S IS an auctioneer famous for sales of historical documents.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.
FREEMAN’S of Philadelphia hosted a sale on January 23 which included a small painting which made my thoughts turn to the city collections in Perth and Dundee.
SOME AUCTIONEERS make the most of what they’ve got. In this respect, I can pick out Nick Burns of Lindsay Burns & Co in Perth, whose marketing skills often ensure high prices on special items. The national publicity created for a picture in his last sale, for example, helped it on its way to a London dealer for a whopping 20-times estimate £26,000.