Author Archives: John C

Easter Island pledges to Chile

Easter Island was another of those isolated islands that has to decide whether to pledge themselves to outsiders for protection or just go it alone. Easter chose to go with Chile but so late there was almost no one left to pledge. So slip on your smoking jacket, fill your pipe, take your first sip […]

Niue 1979, A “Savage Island” remembers Cook’s landing at “Traitor’s Head”

Discoverers don’t just have trouble with mother nature, sometimes the natives are not overjoyed to see them. So slip on your smoking jacket, fill your pipe, take your first sip of your adult beverage, and sit back in your most comfortable chair. Welcome to todays offering from The Philatelist. I like this stamp a lot. […]

Recovering from the hyenas, Ethiopia 1998

Since Ethiopia mostly avoided colonization, it should be an example of how an African country can succeed on it’s own. Well they do try. So slip on your smoking jacket, fill your pipe, take your first sip of your adult beverage, and sit back in your most comfortable chair. Welcome to todays offering from The […]

Philippines 1964, remembering the brains of the 1898 revolution

Mabini checked all the boxes for a revolutionary leader. Up from poverty, educated locally, handicapped, so even more challenges to overcome and steadfast. The revolution in the Philippines was ultimately unsuccessful but is a vital backdrop to the independence that eventually came. So slip on your smoking jacket, fill your pipe, take your first sip […]