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

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Australia New issue 28 July - Micro Monsters

Hello, yes been away.. first time in over two weeks had any time to write. Thought you might like to see these. Due for issue on Monday, tomorrow, but my friendly Post Office guy sold them to me yesterday. The stamps feature an Ant (inspiring stuff eh!!), a jumping spider (that is, they could not find one doing dressage ha ha ha ha) and a jumping castle didn't quite fit the theme, ok no more jumping jokes, a weevil, a hatchet wasp, a ground beetle and a dead leaf mimic mantis aka a praying mantis.

Now if you collect such thematics this is the issue you have been waiting for, right :-) The miniature sheet itself shows a detail of a common cabbage white butterfly's wing photographed with a scanning electron microscope, that is with magnification well over one million times.

Awesome when you think about. If you don't, well at least I hope you enjoyed seeing the stamps :-) They are rather cute don't you think, Nice for the children and if that encourages them to collect and enjoy stamps then all well and good.

Will try to write again soon but I fly out again tomorrow and will likely have no time until next weekend..... write me and tell me how much you miss me :-) it may, if I get back from work in time, motivate me to write from my hotel room :-)

Have a great week .. Best wishes.. Michael

Saturday, July 11, 2009

just saying hello ..

Hello, sorry not been writing but have been away and I have no time for stamps or even writing the blog.

I wrote a piece earlier on my aviation and aerophilately blog so you can find more about my adventures there. This Presentation pack is a prize to the first correct answer to whoever tells me what airline I flew the Embraer E170 on :-) email me at

Thanks for your emails and comments. Re the previous piece I wrote: I suspect the person who listed the stamp was not lying but was ignorant of the correct quality description of the stamp. One reason why, in my humble view, when(if)you are buying from auction sites you really should have some understanding of who you are buying from, be it a person that knows stamps, or some individual who thinks it easy to make a few dollars selling off some stamps they found lying around. Too many of the later I think :-) And don't be mislead by the number of positive feedbacks they have.. they may not all be stamp sales !!! And even if they are.. well looking at some sellers I would not go near them, however many positive results they have But hey such is life :-) Enjoy your stamps and have a great weekend. .. Michael

Saturday, July 04, 2009

A reminder about quality

Hello, although I may be repetative I think it is worth pointing this out yet again.

This described as "fine used" on a very well known auction site. I think not. This is a space filler. Oh, and FYI, the SG cat 2009 is 85p for a fine used copy.

Enjoy your good stamps as well as your space fillers :-) Michael

Friday, July 03, 2009

Azerbaijan IYA 2009

Here is a lovely MS I received a few days ago. A country I am not familiar with if I am honest. I have said many time that there is so much more to collecting stamp than just collecting stamps. You might enjoy reading this link, as I did. The first paragraph is copied below to get you started :-)

.... "Today, we would like to talk about a miraculous country of Azerbaijan with its unlimited natural resources, centuries-old culture, history and ancient people, whose lifestyle presents a unique and harmonious combination of the traditions and ceremonies of different cultures and civilizations.

Azerbaijan is a geographical name. On the one hand this name is linked with the population, which lived in this region for thousand of years before our era, and who were mostly fire-worshippers. Local population considered that fire was their God and so they worshipped the fire. "Azer" means fire. read this for more .. Azerbaijan
Enjoy your stamps and have a great weekend ... MIchael

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