August 29th, 2004

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I've got a hobby: rereading Lady Chatterley

Yes, the World Stamp Championship 2004 is on, and for the first time it's in Singapore! Actually, it's the first World Stamp Championship at all, not merely first in 2004, but promotional materials at Suntec City slightly misstate what they want to claim. Philately's an interesting hobby in that I think everybody who ever received a letter from a foreign country wants to save the stamp, but to collect with any sort of system immediately turns you into Comic Book Guy. There might be in the world someone with a larger collection of 1867 Bolivian ``Condor'' stamps, but I suspect the record-holder was showing his off at this exhibition, which runs to 1 September.

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Finally, there was a section which I didn't have time for devoted to ``Maximaphily,'' which sounds like something we get into at the Giants Club.

I missed the stamp races and the rhythmic stamp gymnastics. The Stamp Champion's to be declared Wednesday.

Trivia: Until 1925 astronomers reckoned the day as beginning at noon. Source: Mapping Time: The Calendar and its History, E.G. Richards.

Currently Reading: Rutgers: A Bicentennial History, Richard P. McCormick.