Friday, March 11, 2011

Street Where the Riches of Ages are Stowed

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As that catchy tune from Bedknobs and Broomsticks promises, Portobello Road is the "street where the riches of ages are stowed." And here are some of them. Antiquities for a few bob apiece.

At the risk of sounding preachy, if you go in for this kind of thing, please make sure that you know exactly where the pieces are coming from. Many of them are illegally dug up or looted and smuggled into the country; important artifacts and works of art ripped from their contexts and shipped over to adorn some middle-class Brit's living room. The illicit trade in antiquities is disturbing and disgusting and alive and well. So there's my tuppence.

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