Author Archives: John

About John

Dia Duit! Hello. My name is John. I am retired. I live in Ireland. I am on a five year mission to visit every city, town, village and place of historic and scenic interest in Ireland.

117 Countries (So Far)

Successful Stamp Collecting is all about learning from mistakes. It seems odd that I used to take stamps off foreign letters and postcards. They are often more interesting when they are not soaked off. The easiest way of obtaining international … Continue reading

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From Croatia…

Thanks to Claudio in Croatia who sent me some German stamps. A great exchange.

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My Travels in Ireland

Now that I am retired and aged 66 …I have held a travel pass that entitles me to free travel on public transport, train, coach bus and tram on the island of Ireland. I have been in every town and … Continue reading

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Stampa 2018

The Irish National Stamp Exhibition will take place from 5th October to 7th October.

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New Issues 2018: August

Only one issue of stamps this month A four-stamp set for the RDS (Royal Dublin Society) on 2nd August. I have the set in mint and used condition. There is also a souvenir sheet for the World Meeting of Families … Continue reading

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A First Day Cover isn’t a First Day Cover

Earlier this week, Rudy Guiliani, personal counsel to United States President (has he been impeached yet?)¬†Donald Trump said that “Truth isn’t the Truth”. Employing the same logic, I can say that a “First Day Cover Isn’t a First Day Cover”. … Continue reading

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Glasgow Stamp Shop 2018

Last week (Wednesday) I went on my annual pilgrimage to the Glasgow Stamp Shop. The annual trip is long and tiring. A start at 5.15am and my wife drives me 25 miles to Belfast to catch a coach (6.30am) for … Continue reading

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