Monday, January 30, 2006

Confessions of a former stamp collector

Cute article in The Age (Melbourne, Australia) about a former stamp collector who, for the first time in a great many decades, has been thinking about stamps and stamp collecting.

"I've come out like a gay cowboy. I was once a stamp collector," says Alan Attwood. "I seem to recall being big on images of Winston Churchill. And the Queen, of course, also a regular on Australian stamps."

According to the Attwood stamp collectors have an image problem these days, who goes on to say, "Stamp collecting and trainspotting are hobbies. However, no one wants to date anyone who does either of these. Somewhere there must be a philatelists' association with something to say about this."

Why did he quit?

"Why? The oldest reason of them all. The money ran out. I couldn't afford to keep up. .. my meager pocket-money was diverted to other things. Girls, quite likely. Girls who looked nothing like the Queen. "

To read the entire article, click here.

To learn more about trainspotting, click here.
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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 PM