cddstamps on stamps

my thoughts on stamps, stamp collecting, philately in general and maybe a few other topics !

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Hello, as I guess you know, yesterday was World Post Day. This is the lovely Miniature Sheet that Hong Kong Post issued.

World Post Day marks the anniversary of the Universal Postal Union's establishment and is annually held on October 9. The union aimed to create and maintain a structure for the free flow of international mail around the world.

If anyone wants to send me images of the stamps issued by their country I will show them over the coming week.

Have a great weekend    Michael

PS  entries still being received to the GB Honey Bee competition. Entries close next Saturday.

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Hello, one of things I enjoy so much about stamp collecting is that one meets some really nice people. This from someone - only met online - who reads me. How nice to receive this in the mail today. A lovely MS issued in 2005.  I do hope you enjoy seeing it as much as I did receiving it.

Many thanks...Michael

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Hello, well I am back in Hong Kong after a lovely few days in the UK. Weather was very nice and I even managed 9 holes of golf.  I also managed to find a few stamps and they should arrive soon, hopefully with some clean postal cancels for me to show you in future posts.

The above is a Miniature sheet I had not read about and I hope you like seeing it.

I said I might do a competition with some new GB stamps if I got some. Ok, how about this for a prize.

So, here is the competition question, four parts   - I have to make it harder and fun and perhaps cryptic for a prize this special don’t I  J  Hope you enjoy the research.

  1)   Many years ago I used to enjoy a pint at a pub near Manchester Airport,  What was the name of the Pub?

  2)   What was the name of the band that recorded a piece of piano music that reached number 21 on the USA charts in 1961

   3)    Who said, “That buzzing noise means something. Now, the only reason for making a buzzing noise that I know of is because you are... a bee! And the only reason for being a bee is to make honey. And the only reason for making honey is so I can eat it”

  4)    I rarely go near these but I pray a lot when I do. (answer is a 6 letter word)

I will draw a winner from all entries received 09:00 Saturday 17th October here in Hong Kong,  – to give you time to think these questions through.

Email answers to me at and include your mailing address (I do not keep previous addresses and will not use the mailing address for anything else except this competition)

Have fun


Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Hello, finally making some time to write. I received this in the mail today, along with the really stunning Miniature Sheet. I expect many of my readers will have seen that sheet  so thought I would just show the Booklet.

It too is really nice in my view. A lovely new colour for a Machin. For details I recommend reading Ian Novics blog from 9th September. He is the man when it comes to reporting on GB issues.  Enjoy

Am off to London tomorrow and don't expect to have much access to a computer, but you never know. There could be a competition  with some new GB stamps?   Keep reading.

Best wishes..


PS  yes I know my web site is down again.   I thought the last re-write was going to be good..... turns out not to be the case.Any really decent web developers with Wordpress CMS talent please apply!

Friday, September 25, 2015

Hi, TGIF, what a wonderful feeling :-)   and tonight back to a couple of stamps from Canada, as I am still sorting the stock to put into the Bidstart Store. Golf will take a back seat for a while. Next trip is Macau in late November. The Christmas Classic trip as our club call it. Two days planned at the moment.  we played there last year and the Macau Country Club is well worth the visit.

Anyway, these are from the Writers series, the 3rd series in fact, issued in 1979. Are you familiar with the writers I wonder. Emile Nelligan and Fredrick Philip Grove. Grove was renowned, so it is said, because he constructed his entire life as an intricate web of fact and fiction. Don't we all I thought!    Nelligan, a poet actually, and another interesting character, is speculated to have gone insane because of the vast cultural and language differences between his mother and father.  Well who wouldn't!

Back to golf and the more simple life, or just enjoy your stamps and learning about the people and themes presented.

Have a great weekend.   Michael where you can buy  at competitive prices to fill a few gaps in your collection.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Hello, I am back in Hong Kong after a wonderful few days playing golf in Hua Hin, in Thailand. Hard to get back into the swing of things at work, excuse the pun!  Three very enjoyable courses in three days.

So, a golf stamp theme just came to mind and I thought these might be nice to show.  They are from the 1994 Scottish Golf Courses issue from Royal Mail. The stamps were issued to commemorate the the 250th anniversary of golf's first set of rules produced by the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers.

Hope you enjoy seeing these.

Best wishes   Michael

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

It is the night before............I go to play golf in Hua Hin in Thailand with the guys,  and stamps are really not my top priority tonight. But, since I just finished filing away the last few I loaded into the Bidstart Store - visit me at  to get details of countries I stock and access to the Store - I thought I would show this one as it is rather nice I think. GB, obviously, SG 263

Anyway, just also to say all orders will be packed and mailed next Monday. Apology for a slower than usual mailing of orders.

Have a great weekend..  see you next week.    Michael

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