Hello everyone and welcome to the new Stamp Magazine Blog! It's been an honour to be asked by Stamp Magazine to start blogging for them and I only hope I can live up to their expectations! I suppose I'd better dedicate this first post to introducing myself so that you all know who you are dealing with.
My name is Adrian Keppel, I'm 46 years old and I live in the southwest of Bonnie Scotland. I was born in the Netherlands, where I spent the first 35-odd years of my life. With a father, an elder brother, an uncle and many of my school chums collecting stamps it was no wonder that I, too, started collecting stamps at an early age. At the tender age of 9, I was the very proud owner of a proper preprinted album for the Netherlands, even though it had so many gaps and so few stamps in. I also had an 8-page stockbook which proudly housed my "All World" collection. My fascination for Britain must have started there and then, for I still vividly remember the British stamps in that collection. I had a few Machins (and was totally flummoxed by the p's and d's), the Tutankhamun stamp (which I didn't like) and the 3p value from the 1972 Village Churches set, which I loved. It still is my favourite set from the early 1970s!
Always wanting more, I often dreamed about how it would be to be able to turn my hobby into some sort of career. So when Stamp Magazine advertised their "My Collection" feature, I jumped on the occasion and my Queen Wilhelmina collection duly appeared in the September 2007 issue. That was the start of my "philatelic career" which is where you find me now.
I hope I'll be entertaining you with this blog and, who knows, every now and then I may even be able to tell you some things you didn't know! Next week, we'll start properly, but until then, if you're curious about what's awaiting you, why not have a look at my previous blog, which you can find here. I promise I'll be a bit more professional (well, hopefully, anyway) and I hope you'll come back here often!
See yous later!