The diaries of Ronald Baldwin, British Constable in the Palestine Police Force from 1946 to the termination of the British Mandate in 1948.
Thursday, 6 February 2014
23rd and 24th March, 1948 - Future plans and a touch of Art criticism
Tuesday, 23rd March,
This morning promised a continuation of the
warm weather of the last two days but the afternoon saw a change, the weather
reverting back to the drizzle and cold winds which we have endured all winter.
Once more today I handed my name into the
Billet Office with the other B/Cs under 21 years of age who have jobs to go
back to in England. I have not been worrying so much of late as
to what the future holds for me. In the
back of my mind I am still entertaining the idea of Estate Auctioneering. I mentioned this in a letter home a short
time ago and in an answer to it although mum approves of the idea dad withholds
Duty today was even more dull in the
rain. We now do a systematic search of
all the offices as on Saturday a cigarette packet was found containing
explosive enough to seriously injure a man.
This morning was dull but brightened for the
I started a letter to Joyce but was
interrupted so many times by visitors that I had to give it up for completion
some other time.
Shimmering Substance - Jackson Pollock, 1946 courtesy of www.moma.org/
The last few evenings we have spent in
discussions in the barrack room. The
subjects vary every night and cover all sorts of things. We had quite a heated argument last night
over the idea of Modern Art.
It is surprising how fast the usually long
evenings pass when such discussions develop.
I have a slightly sore throat this evening,
I hope I don’t have to go sick again before the 8th of next month.