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The Common Room / Re: Writing king Edward VIII out of children's stamp albums
« on: Sunday 18 July 21 09:20 BST (UK)  »
Yes its a Stanley GIBBONS album.circa 1968 that omits Edward

I'm sorry, I just don't buy the notion that the longest-established and most respected philatelic dealer in GB would publish an album deliberately omitting the stamps of a particular monarch.  To me (at any rate) it seems more likely that the album's owner carefully removed a page (that would be all it would need) and it is simple to remove a single sheet from a traditional binding.  That would create another missing page of course ?

The Common Room / Re: Writing king Edward VIII out of children's stamp albums
« on: Saturday 17 July 21 09:47 BST (UK)  »
The kings aren't in alphabetical order are they ?  :D

The Common Room / Re: Writing king Edward VIII out of children's stamp albums
« on: Saturday 17 July 21 09:21 BST (UK)  »
Edward VIII stamps were certainly issued, I have some for the UK, but I can't remember any for the 'Empire'.  I'm not sure about coinage though.

A more likely scenario for me would be that a previous owner of the album has carefully removed that page for personal reasons.  I'm sure Messrs Gibbons would not perpetrate an improper act  :o

The Common Room / Re: Old Maps
« on: Friday 16 July 21 09:48 BST (UK)  »
If these are based on OS maps, FP means Footpath, GP = GuidePost, and BM = Bench Mark with height in feet above sea level - it refers to a broad-arrow symbol close by, which points to a similar mark on a structure, usually a stone wall.
The curly 'f' means the areas separated by that line are part of the same property or area, for purposes of acreage.  Continuous or dashed lines on a track indicate the presence or absence of a fence or wall.

The Common Room / Re: A minor point on LDS "sealing"
« on: Tuesday 13 July 21 21:27 BST (UK)  »
If I were to label myself I would say I tend to prefer the deist point of view, as no one has yet satisfactorily explained what came from before "the big bang".

I think the whole history of supernatural beings (gods) arose from peoples attempting to explain the origin of what they found around them, especially things like thunderstorms and earthquakes.  If no rational cause presented itself, there must be an irrational one.

I agree about the Big Bang, but don't forget dear old Archbishop Ussher who calculated from the Bible that the Creation was completed in October 4004BC (IIRC)  ;D

The Common Room / Re: A minor point on LDS "sealing"
« on: Tuesday 13 July 21 09:33 BST (UK)  »
I get the impression that the LDS has some slightly oddball? ideas and therefore are not regarded as acceptable to the mainstream faiths.

As a trained scientist, and therefore (I hope) a rational person, I am in full agreement.  Although I have found Mormons to be pleasant people, I cannot take seriously the tale of Joseph Smith and those plates returning to heaven.  And the notion of inventing post-mortem links between people is faintly ludicrous too.

Despite attending a semi-religious school, over the years I have gradually become a confirmed atheist.  Religions which insist that the only Truth was defined more than 1000 years ago, impose it on their followers and encourage them to go to war about it, tend to confirm my opinion.  The LDS are not like that, of course, but I find a Victorian re-hash of the Bible rather amusing.

The Common Room / Re: victorian }british empire stamps } albums
« on: Monday 12 July 21 16:56 BST (UK)  »
I was quite a keen collector while I was a teenager.  I imagined that keeping up with new issues was a worthwhile aim, but the increasing flow of new cheese-labels mainly intended to extract money from collectors gradually lost its appeal.  Although I still have my collection, it hasn't changed much since then, as other interests have taken over.

Being so out of touch, I have no idea whether philately is as popular as it was.  One occasionally reads of the famously unique British Guiana stamp changing hands, and I suspect it may now be more a matter of investing in antiques than it was. These days only a small proportion of mail arrives bearing a stamp, with businesses using special envelopes, and private people communicating by more modern faster methods.

The Common Room / Re: Children after Fatherís Death
« on: Wednesday 16 June 21 11:03 BST (UK)  »
As above -

One possibility which occurs to me is that the 1899 child Arthur may not be hers, but perhaps one of her daughters' ?  If your dates are correct she would have been ~46 when Arthur was born, which while not impossible, would have been unusual; most large families stopped growing when the mother reached about 40.

Clearly there are no reliable statistics on this topic, but it's a very long-established scenario from a time when living was hard and contraception was non-existent or expensive.

The Common Room / Re: "Bucky" Nickname or short for something
« on: Thursday 27 May 21 11:56 BST (UK)  »
Although some given names can attract a particular pet name, others may have no better origin than a school or college fad.  Bucky sounds more transatlantic (I see you are Canadian) than English, where Bunny seems to be equally peculiar.

One recent example comes to mind which may seem equally hard to explain for future generations: the ex-cricketer Andrew Flintoff, who everyone knows as Freddie because his surname resembles Flintstone; that may already be meaningless to the young generation.

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