Sri Lankan Gastronomy Stamps

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Before you get your hopes up, there aren’t any. Yet. Hopefully this impassioned plea will fall upon the ears of the Philatelic Bureau and they will soon see the light.

I love food. Having lived in Sri Lanka my whole life, I have a special fondness for Sri Lankan cuisine. The spicier the better. Admittedly, I rarely cook to recipe and am often seen trying to put my favourite local ingredients like green chillie and coconut into EVERY POSSIBLE DISH and completely buggering it so no one except me can eat it but hey, its the thought that counts right? You should be grateful that I offered you any food in the first place.

Any stamp issue about Sri Lankan gastronomy should in my opinion feature the three signature dishes below. You might notice that they all include coconut. I make no apologies for that.

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Ra glorious ra

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For a nation that drinks as much as we do, I find it upsetting that Sri Lanka has yet to produce an alcohol themed stamp. We even have local equivalents in the form of Ra (also called Toddy) and Arrack so why avoid it? The arrack in particular has been referred to in legendary explorer Marco Polo’s 13th century travelogue, Il Milione – a fact to be proud of surely!? If it were upto me, I’d design a stamp with the dude sitting on a nice beach with his feet up, enjoying a bowl of arrack and use it to teach school children that drinking responsibly is more important than perfect abstinence (and you wonder why they won’t accept my calls at the Philatelic Bureau).
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Where are the Sri Lankan Royalty stamps?

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It just occurred to me that I have never seen a local king on a postage stamp. This dude was likely well on the way to commissioning his own but thank goodness for democracy eh?

I digress. We have so many local stamps featuring British monarchs but not a single one with our own. Yes okay, I know the British royalty stamps were due to the occupation or what have you, but STILL.

Any fan of philately would have seen those lovely stamp sets on the various royal houses issued by Great Britain. In case you haven’t seen them, take a gander because they are GLORIOUS.

So without further ado, here is my list of the top 5 royals of ancient Sri Lanka I would like to see featured on a future stamp.

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Today’s stamp idea: Sri Lankan Street Dogs

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Dear Sri Lankan Philatelic Bureau,

The notoriety that these free running street pooches bring to our country is well understood. No matter how many sterilisation campaigns those long suffering animal welfare organisations run, our streets continue to be infested with them. A local business woman even built a decent sized retail empire that made strays and stray related merchandise “cool”. I myself succumbed to the trend and adopted not one but TWO pesky (read: adorable) runts – not from her organisation though, but from these nice people.

So many countries have issued stamps on their abandoned mutts so why haven’t we? Let me point you to UK, Canada, USA and Australia all of whom mind you do NOT have dogs running loose on the streets but seem to care all the same. This will also give you the opportunity to donate, let’s say 60% of all stamp sales to a local animal charity and feel good about yourselves in the bargain. Can we agree that you need a win especially after that last pope fiasco?

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