The most-hated question in stamp collecting

ne of the questions I hate is that old standby “what do you collect?” Usually, I hear it in conjunction with a coin or stamp event, so I have some context. In most cases the other person is curious about what the editor likes, but I have to admit it is a good way to strike up a conversation with a relative stranger. The reason that the question bugs me is that I can’t really answer, except by saying “stuff.” Continue reading →

Macdonald’s legacy not stuff of idealistic mythology

As founding fathers go, Sir John A. Macdonald was not exactly a heroic figure. He drank too much, was pretty wilful, his entire military career consisted of a short time as a private soldier mostly conducting routine patrols, and he even got tainted with a massive political scandal just a few years after Canada was formed. I sort of like that about him. He’s colourful rather than heroic. Continue reading →

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