The Grey Cup and the Mud Bowl

The 1st Grey Cup game was played on December 4, 1909, between the University of Toronto Varsity Blues and the Toronto Parkdale Canoe Club. The University of Toronto won the game, 26-6. The Grey Cup (Coupe Grey in French) is the name of both the championship game of the Canadian Football League (CFL) and the trophy awarded to the victorious team playing Canadian football. It is contested between the winners of the CFL’s East and West Divisional playoffs and … Continue reading The Grey Cup and the Mud Bowl

Victoria #169 (1890)

Victoria, a state of Australia and former British colony, was still under the control of New South Wales when its first post office was opened, at Melbourne in April 1837. Offices at Geelong and Portland opened soon after, and by 1850 there were fifty post offices. Currently, the southeastern Australian state of Victoria is that country’s most densely populated state and its second-most populous state overall. Most of its population lives concentrated in the area surrounding Port … Continue reading Victoria #169 (1890)

William Shakespeare

To be perfectly honest, I have never been able to “get into” Shakespeare, despite many attempts in high school and outside. The beauty of Shakespeare’s use of the English language is undisputed but I simply cannot understand it in the original form. I enjoy a number of his works as adapted for the screen, but only if “translated” into modern English. I do recall referring … Continue reading William Shakespeare

Congo Free State #24 (1894)

The Congo Free State (État indépendant du Congo,  meaning “Independent State of the Congo”, in French, or Kongo-Vrijstaat in Dutch) was a large state in Central Africa from 1885 to 1908, which was in personal union with the Kingdom of Belgium under Leopold II. Leopold was able to procure the region by convincing the European community that he was involved in humanitarian and philanthropic work … Continue reading Congo Free State #24 (1894)

Tristan da Cunha #16 (1954)

Tristan da Cunha, colloquially Tristan, is part of the British overseas territory of Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha. This includes Saint Helena and near-equatorial Ascension Island, some 2,318 miles (3,730 kilometers) to the north of Tristan. It is the most remote inhabited archipelago in the world, lying in the South Atlantic Ocean 1,200 miles (2,000 km) from the nearest inhabited land, Saint Helena, … Continue reading Tristan da Cunha #16 (1954)

Tripolitania #B20 (1927)

Tripolitania #B20 (1927)

Tripolitania or Tripolitana (طرابلس‎‎ — Ṭarābulus — in Arabic, Ṭrables in Berber, from Latin Regio Tripolitana) is a historic region and former province of Libya. Originally, it included Tripoli, the capital city of Libya, and a vast northwestern portion of the country; later, the sha’biyah of Tripoli became much smaller than the original Tripolitania, including merely the city of Tripoli and its immediate surroundings. Because the … Continue reading Tripolitania #B20 (1927)

Peru #378 (1938)

Peru #378 (1938)

The Republic of Peru (República del Perú in Spanish, Piruw Republika in Quechua or Piruw Suyu in Aymara) covers 496,225 square miles (1,285,216 km²) of western South America. It borders Ecuador and Colombia to the north, Brazil to the east, Bolivia to the southeast, Chile to the south, and the Pacific Ocean to the west. The Andes mountains run parallel to the Pacific Ocean; they define … Continue reading Peru #378 (1938)

Gibraltar #97 (1931)

Gibraltar #97 (1931)

Gibraltar is a British Overseas Territory located on the southern end of the Iberian Peninsula. It has an area of 2.6 square miles (6.7 km²) and shares its northern border with Spain. The Rock of Gibraltar is the major landmark of the region. At its foot is a densely populated city area, home to over 30,000 Gibraltarians and other nationalities. An Anglo-Dutch force captured Gibraltar from … Continue reading Gibraltar #97 (1931)