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Curious Customs

Curious Customs

Issued on July 9, 2019

Julian14/07/2019 23:27:25
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Well because I am so young I do not know any of these and was not Halloween an American tradition which crept over here? I am assuming it must be with regard Ireland why it is considered British?

I think these are hilarious though, as well as informative with the description here but I wonder what anyone would know about these events by the stamp it self. I do not even think they teach WW2 in Schools these days let alone medieval times.

COMMEMORATIVE WORTH 1 / 5 I disagree, "they epitomise British eccentricity" I think not.

QUALITY OF DESIGN 4 / 5 I found them very amusing and eye catching but how the heck can someone make them playful? I also have to say with the world today when I first saw them I thought they were to do with LGBT movement!

WOW FACTOR 4 / 5 I think anyone getting ANY stamp though the door will think "A stamp, what is one of those" Awe yes this could be British eccentricity!!!

Alex15/07/2019 07:03:18
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Hello Julian, so nice to have you back. You've been truly missed.

Good personal review on these stamps.

I think that they do a good job making folk aware of British customs (I was aware of half of these events). The stamp designs remind me of advertisings of the early 1960s, including some Post Office material of that era.

Sorry Julian, I think that you'll find that Halloween isn't an imported American tradition. In fact, the word Halloween itself comes from the Scottish dialect.


Carmen15/07/2019 12:08:57
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Actually I really DO think they are a great show of British Eccentricity - when I lived in London, I remember hearing someone say that London is the only city in the world where someone can walk around with a toilet on his head and no one bats an eyelid. laugh

As for having heard of them before, I actually KNOW about the Viking heritage in the Shetland Islands... because of Geoff Childs' daily postmark postings in this very forum. THANKS GEOFF!

Gillian Hutchinson17/07/2019 09:43:20
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Hi Julian and everyone else - welcome back Julian! Just to inform you, Londonderry is in Northern Ireland, which is part of the United Kingdom and therefore British!


Neil Barrett 322/07/2019 09:12:41
18 forum posts

Y'know Gillian - there are plenty in Derry who would glare (or worse) at you for calling them British... It's the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

Alex is right - many of the "traditions" of Hallowe'en are Scottish in origin - they were taken to the US by immigrants and then evolved there and came back to UK by television. Since Northern Ireland also has a distinct community of Scottish origins - they have always had more of the Celtic flavour.

As for the stamps - the subject is interesting but I dislike the designs. I can see what Alex means about the retro feel but it doesn't work for me.

Carmen27/07/2019 12:53:00
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I'm with you Neil... I thought the subject choice interesting but the stamp designs themselves don't really do anything for me.

Gillian Hutchinson03/10/2019 11:29:48
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Posted by Neil Barrett 3 on 22/07/2019 09:12:41:

Y'know Gillian - there are plenty in Derry who would glare (or worse) at you for calling them British... It's the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

That location is often referred to here in Northern Ireland as Derry/Londonderry, with some people just calling it 'Stroke City'. Looking back over the thread, I can't see where I read that Julian thought it was somewhere other than Northern Ireland.


Neil Barrett 309/10/2019 12:51:36
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Off-topic a bit here... I was reading your statement, Gillian, to imply that Stroke City is British - when many inhabitants of that fine city would insist they were Irish and not British.

Would have made more sense to pick a custom that was unique to "Norn Iron" wouldn't it?

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