Ra glorious ra


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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