I’ve been away on my travels again and found many things that have caused concern and annoyance . . . Firstly, I do like to buy folk back home the odd little gift or token of affection from the places I’ve been to. This gift buying is reall a carry over from the Victorian and Edwardian days – when little momentos were in the form of bone china miniatures with engravings of the location – Blackpool tower as an example. These giftware trinkets and novelties then expanded to include pretty lace handkerchiefs and head scarves. I have been bought quite a selection over theyears and have returned the favour whenever opportunity has presented itself. I look for items specifically made in the country or area I’m visiting. It was seriously disappointing to discover that out of all thegift choices in one particular market hall, only one style of winter hat was actually made in the country we were visiting. Almost everything was made in the far east and Turkey.