I don’t know if anyone remembers the Flanders and Swann songs. Somewhere I have a vide of their performance in the USA with the song “The English, the English, the English are best, I wouldn’t give tuppence for all of the rest”. Their brand of musical humour went down well at that concert, as it did here in the UK. They had another song about the red London bus – that big six wheeler, scarlet painted, diesel engined 97 horsepower om-ni-bus. They parodied the fact that waiting for a London bus sometimes took a long time and then 3 for the same route turned up together “They always come in convoys, they’re most greg-ar-i-us!”
A week or so ago I showed a pretty common Japanese stamp that I had been looking for used for about 5 years, and at last I found one in this lot . The next week I got another lot with a stamp that had the top of the stamp under a postmark. I wanted a couple of the other stamps so I bought it, and low and behold there was another copy of that elusive stamp! 2 within a week when I had been waiting for 5 years! It reminded me of the Flanders and Swann London bus song.
Though I’m not sure if there is a lesson to be learned there.
Incidentally, I bought the initial lot for $33, and sold most of that lot
of early Japanese airs for $32, so taking all things into account, postage and fees etc, I reckon I got the first stamp I wanted for about $5, or £2.50, which wasn’t at all bad.
Colin the contented