'And finally, not everyone’s being doing topical. In fact, here’s the rather lovely 6 Oxgangs Avenue devoted to the history of the development of the area, this week highlighting how the block of flats came into being. Could have been prompted by Who do you think you are? Or just a timely reminder that not everything worth blogging about is in the here and now.'

Kate Higgins, Scottish Roundup 26/08/2012

Monday, 26 November 2012

Pedlars; Hawkers; and Salesmen-An Update!


'PREPARE FOR THE RETURN OF THE DOOR-TO-DOOR SALESMEN'  ran the imposing headline on page eleven of Saturday's Daily Telegraph.

For a brief moment I thought it might be return of the invaders from outer space-or aliens or even the return from the planet of the apes. But no, it was to do with one of my favourite topics from the past-our old friends, pedlars, hawkers and salesmen.

Jo Swinson from the Lib-Dems is trying to fast-track the scrapping of the outdated requirement for pedlars to abide by the 1871 Pedlars Act which she deems to be too restrictive; it requires pedlars to have a fixed address and to be of good character. Also children under the age of seventeen will be able to sell trinkets for the first time. Part of the rationale is to encourage and promote entrepreneurship in these tougher economic times.

So while for most of us we can look forward to a new influx of colourful visitations, those at Morningside are busy even now dusting down and polishing up their No Hawkers, Pedlars or Salesmen signs-sorry to disappoint you Liz, but nae such visitations for you in Melbourne-Oz is doing too well economically compared to the rest of us in the home country!

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