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.

New Issues 2018: October

Not many issues. A single stamp to mark the centenary of the sinking of RMS Leinster which was sunk by a German UBoat in the closing weeks of the First World War. A total of 567 people were killed. This … Continue reading

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The Joy of Kiloware

“Kiloware” is the buying and selling of stamps by weight. It is a long established practice in Stamp Collecting. I first became involved as a school child, collecting used stamps from local businesses and passing them on to a local … Continue reading

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Stampa 2018 (National Stamp Exhibition)

The Irish National Stamp Exhibition took place from Friday 5th October to Sunday 7th October. I attended on two days (Friday and Sunday). This is my seventh successive “Stampa” since I returned to Stamp Collecting in March 2012. Maybe five … Continue reading

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New Issues 2018: September

A quiet month. Just one issue…four stamps on 6th September. to mark Irish Scientific Discoveries. A Prestige Booklet due to be issued at the same time was actually issued a few days late.  

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Portadown Stamp Show 2018

A short journey (4 miles) to Portadown. The annual stamp show was as much about Postcards as Stamps. I did not buy much. About ten album pages of stamps from Belgium, Kenya, Tanzania, Pakistan and some other countries. I spent … Continue reading

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149 Post Offices Will Close

On 1st October 2017, I blogged a newspaper headline indicating that 400 post offices in the Republic of Ireland. As I indicated at the time this was a scare tactic or negotiating position between an Post and its local postmasters/mistresses. … Continue reading

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Two Good Stamp Blogs

For those of you who like reading Stamp Blogs, I recommend: The Punk Philatelist This is an Australian blog. It is quirky and not reverential (which perfectly describes Australians….Irish people with a  suntan and a criminal record). Almost a … Continue reading

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