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Austria’s Unique Survivors

Austria’s Unique Survivors

Austrian Emperor Franz Joseph I (1830 to 1916) was also the King of Hungary, Croatia, and Bohemia, and monarch of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. He’s a fascinating fellow if you care to dig around in the history files. Not least because quite a few of his closest and...
An Incriminating Cover

An Incriminating Cover

Just imagine you’ve received an envelope with a letter inside that would incriminate you and the sender. What would you do? Would you burn it? That seems the most sensible action to take. Burn it and the incriminating cover is gone forever. No need to worry anymore....
Take a Nile Trip

Take a Nile Trip

The best time of year to go on a Nile trip is apparently between October and April. The well informed reckon it’s not too hot then and given that the landscape of Egypt and surrounding areas, apart from the Nile Valley, is quite arid, the climate is similar to...
Top of the Olympic Table

Top of the Olympic Table

The trouble with ‘perspective’ is that you tend to evaluate events, such as the 1906 Olympic Games (later uncredited by the IOC), through the eye of your own understanding. That approach, as I’ve discovered, is destined to produce false starts, sprinting in the wrong...
Wrestling AKA ‘A Virtual Exhibition’

Wrestling AKA ‘A Virtual Exhibition’

If you’re into wrestling then here’s an ‘Inverted brainbuster’* for you. The world’s most valuable stamp is the ‘1856’ British Guiana One-Cent Magenta and, as you probably know, it was previously owed by the American philanthropist John duPont from 1980, before...