David Bowie's musical output speaks for itself. I speak for the many people who were once teenagers who felt like they came from another planet. Bowie showed us it was just fine to be a bit weird.
I hereby apologise to rich people for suggesting that they are prepared to pay outlandish prices for things that rats have pissed on.
High-end philatelic auctions are a spectator sport. It’s old-school collecting at its jaw-dropping best, as well-heeled businesspeople and rich retirees flop out their chequebooks and aim them at each other, while thousands of children die of preventable diseases in the third world.
A baby was born on the other side of the world over three months ago and soon we will have stamps about it! This is the happiest day of my life!
Australia Post's graphic design department must draw straws to see who gets to design each year's Queen's birthday issue. "Crap, I've drawn the short straw. What's the brief?" "Same as the last 35 years: the Queen, some flowers and shit, pinks and blues, and try to not make her look like she hired MI6 to knock off Princess Diana."
Credit where it's due. How well does the United States Postal Service do portrait stamps? It's got a head start, being in America and all. With its entrepreneurial spirit, vibrant cultural scene, and comprehensive disenfranchisement of minorities, the USA is never short of an innovator, an envelope-pusher or a trailblazer to honour on a stamp.... Continue Reading →
You'd think I'd be watching the Oscars glamour today, wouldn't you? But no. I came across this blast from the past on the weekend, and I CAN'T TAKE MY EYES OFF THE HAIR! Nor the shoulder pads. Nor the open-necked shirt with the collars under the lemon pullover. Nor the tres eighties grey curtains in... Continue Reading →
Lately, Steve Carell has been creeping out moviegoers with his portrayal of John E. Du Pont in the film Foxcatcher. Academy voters even gave him a Best Actor nomination, hoping it would make him go away and stop haunting their nightmares. John E. Du Pont was an heir to the fortune of the American chemical... Continue Reading →
January 26 is Australia Day. (For foreign readers, Australia has no Independence or Revolution or Treaty in its history, so we just named our national day after ourselves.) Australia Post began marking Australia Day in 1978, usually with a theme of settlement, Aboriginal culture, art, or patriotic symbols. They were generally attractive designs, even if... Continue Reading →