Collector’s dogged determination
ADRIAN Franklin is to collecting what Dr Karl Kruszelnicki is to science: both are tall, bespectacled and great storytellers.
British by birth but a Tasmanian since 1991, Prof Franklin sits alongside Andy Muirhead on The Collectors panel each Friday and discusses all things collectable.
Franklin, like Kruszelnicki, has an insatiable appetite for knowledge. And it stretches well beyond the boundaries of collecting.
Franklin is researching the precise nature of the relationships humans have with dogs.
He feels dogs are adept at creating friendships and relationships. They can, and do, ‘‘train’’ us.
They can read human facial expressions much better than humans and can read facial expressions upside down— something we struggle to do.
‘‘We already know that if you have a dog, your chances of recovery from a heart attack are much greater than if you don’t and you’ll spend less time going to the doctor.
‘‘Having a dog lowers our blood pressure and stress.’’
According to Franklin’s calculations, if everyone had a dog, there would be a 7 per cent reduction in health costs.
‘‘Our relationships with humans are ‘until further notice’. Statistically you are going to split up with the next person you meet, but that’s not the case with dogs.’’
Franklin, who lives with a standard poodle, Coco, the ‘‘love focus’’ of everyone in his family, is also immersed in his work on Collectors.
He has immense respect for those who collect and is quick to reject the notion that a collector is a polite way of describing a hoarder.
‘‘There’s a big difference. A hoarder is someone who buys things in the usual way, but can’t throw anything away,’’ Franklin says.
Collectors, he says, have quite clearly defined parameters.
Anything can be collected and he delights in seeing people become ‘‘mini professors’’ in their area of interest.
‘‘Even seemingly mundane items can tell us a story about our history and culture, and together it becomes something great,’’ he says.
My favourite things: Adrian Franklin loves collectors and dogs.