Sri Lanka 1970 New UPU HQ Stamp

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Look I think its great that the Universal Postal Union (UPU) got a brand new building way back in 1970 and that Sri Lanka felt the need to issue a completely unimaginative stamp to commemorate this glorious event but why on earth did they mark the face value in the red stamp using fractions?

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Poetry on Stamps

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I admire poetry in the only way someone who can’t actually write poetry, can appreciate poetry. I may not notice if a piece is written badly or well, but judge purely based on the “feels” it generates. So it’s bad enough that this new set of no less than SIX miniature sheets from the United Nations (who allowed them to issue stamps in the first place?) celebrating World Poetry Day is completely extravagant but NONE of the included snippets seem to justify the expense of trying to collect them.

You are not just a drop in the ocean
You are the mighty ocean in the drop.
— Rumi

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Maybe it’s a good thing that I can’t actually read this shite.

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Slovakia’s 2015 Easter stamp

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Jesus H. Christ Slovakia, what’s up with your new Easter stamp? What happened to Easter being about chocolate eggs and bunny rabbits? I have never seen such a miserable looking picture of the overhyped martyr in my whole life. Shouldn’t he look happy to be back among the living and not like he’d burst into tears any minute? Does this being imbued with an eucalyptus fragrance supposed to help?
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The Head of Christ – image courtesy of Slovak Post-Slovenská

As a long suffering misanthropist, I do have some sympathy for the poor bugger. Being born is bad enough. Why the dead can’t be allowed to stay dead is beyond me.

Blessed pink flamingoes

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So I just noticed that The Bahamas issued three stamps in honour of the World Day of Prayer last Friday.

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Whilst I remain sceptical of prayer and religion in general, what I REALLY can’t understand is the presence of “Blessed” pink flamingoes in the second one. Feels like something from Under the Dome if you ask me.

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And yes, I also find the first one rather demeaning. It’s all fine and dandy that Mary Magdalene felt like washing Jesus’ feet and wiping them with her hair that one time, but putting it on a postage stamp and labeling it “Never Forget How to Serve” is like saying women should be washing men’s feet all the time.

As if.

The Pope Stamp

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When my first package from the local Philatelic Bureau arrived I was so excited that I nearly pissed myself. Well, no not really, although holding it in is getting gradually more difficult at my age.

Behold my disappointment when they turned out to be TWO really ugly stamps of his Catholic Holiness. I could have photoshopped that blue one better seriously. And why god forbid have they put him in front of a stupa?

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