This is what I wrote on w/f's.com:
"This is indeed sad news, although much
of the work sold under their banner has recently been made abroad (Poland and the like), which I thought was particularly sad too, but a sign of the times in order to be competitive.
The names of Stuart and Edinburgh Crystal will also go if Waterford Wedgwood do not find a buyer, since they own them as well. This could
be the final death nell to a once great industry - what a disaster :cry:
I had been given a heads up on this toward the end of November when I was talking to the manager of the Waterford concession at one of the department stores. She also told me that 2-3 weeks prior Royal Worcester and Spode had gone into receivership. That one seemed to slip under the radar
Curently Dartington are holding on and Nazeing seem to be weathering the storm (their practice of niche marketing might just get 'em through) :
PS - Marcus, do please carrying on investing in glass young man - I need da' money
Seriously, this could well be a time we all look back on with some, dare I say, 'foundness' for the bargains that are bound to be around. (Yes, if
we have cash to spare).
BTB you missed out sex. I was listening to the radio before Christmas and in the programme they gave a run down on phone numbers that were 'in' and 'out' -
- at directory enquiries. Apparently, estate agents had gone down by (from memory) 95%, whilst requests for sex shops numbers had gone up by over 1000%