The South China Sea is LIT

The South China Sea is a tinderbox in which one spark threatens to set off World War Three. Bad news: the stamp collectors are getting involved

Busy Punk!

Whoa, where have I been? One moment I'm slapping stamp posts up on the internet like a '60s actor slapping bums on a bus full of French nurses, and the next, I've gone AWOL. The truth, dear readers, is that I work in a freelance world, and sometimes, a punk's just gotta drop everything to... Continue Reading →

Culturally Revolutionary Stamp of the Day

Last week I posted a thank you stamp featuring an art by Degas of a ballet dancer. It reminded me of this 1973 Chinese issue that I saw recently in a club book. (That's philatelist talk. Best not to ask.)   It depicts a ballet called The White-Haired Girl, one of the Eight Model Plays engineered... Continue Reading →

Riding the sheep’s back… or is it a goat?

Once upon a time, the Lunar (or “Chinese”) New Year was just a thing that Asians did. Whitey went to Chinatown to watch the firecrackers and eat yum cha, but that was about it. But a funny thing happened on the way to the 21st Century. Asia got richer, and China boomed. As the Chinese... Continue Reading →

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