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Ubobo.R.O. wrote:Claude Jeremiah Greengrass.
28. No. Now you're just being silly!

In his/her day arguably the most famous Victorian after QV herself.

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Prince Albert

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Brunel?

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Florence Nightingale?

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satsuma wrote:Prince Albert
29. No

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fchd wrote:Brunel?
30. No

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ViccyVFU wrote:Florence Nightingale?
31. Was still alive in 1887, but sadly No.

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A writer?

George Bernard Shaw

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satsuma wrote:A writer?

George Bernard Shaw
32. Not a writer, No

33. Not GBS.

So we know this person, who was alive in 1887, was very famous, travelled widely and was not a politician, writer, scientist or engineer.

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Was this person British ?

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William Booth

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Elizabeth Garrett Anderson

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ebay wrote:Was this person British ?
34. Yes

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satsuma wrote:William Booth
35. No

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satsuma wrote:Elizabeth Garrett Anderson
36. No. Far more famous.

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satsuma wrote:Elizabeth Garrett Anderson
This person has a lot in common with EGA, though this may not help you at all.

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Elizabeth Garrett Anderson's Husband ?

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ebay wrote:Elizabeth Garrett Anderson's Husband ?
37. :roll: :roll:...........................................................No

What's he called then?

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ebay wrote:Elizabeth Garrett Anderson's Husband ?
37. :roll: :roll:...........................................................No

What's he called then?


James George Skelton Anderson

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ebay wrote:Elizabeth Garrett Anderson's Husband ?
37. :roll: :roll:...........................................................No

What's he called then?


James George Skelton Anderson
Not sure I meant that but I am at least learning. Managing director of the Orient Steamship Co, but not half as famous as my person who was known across the land and his/her image is still instantly recognisable even today.

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Alexander Graham Bell?

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ViccyVFU wrote:Alexander Graham Bell?

38. Nope. Not an inventor.

If nobody gets it in 2 more guesses I will have to give a stamp related clue.

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A murderer ?
Full time horse non-whisperer, post box searcher and lichen covered granite rock percher. Gee I'm handsome !
You gottem birds, butterflies, shells, maps, flags and heads on stamps ? Me wantem !

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An entertainer.

W S Gilbert

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Dr Barnardo



.... go on then, the stamp related clues ..... :D

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Ubobo.R.O. wrote:A murderer ?
39. Nope, I very much doubt it. In fact he saved lives.

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satsuma wrote:An entertainer.

W S Gilbert
40. Yes, an entertainer in the wider sense of the word.

41. W S Gilbert No.

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ViccyVFU wrote:Dr Barnardo



.... go on then, the stamp related clues ..... :D
42. Not Dr Barnardo.

I have decided to give a different clue. My googling reveals where you have all got these names from. My surprise was that my person was not named. I suspect that this is because the area in which this person excelled was not given the prominence that it would have today. Nevertheless this person was a true icon in his/her field.

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Francis Frith?

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ViccyVFU wrote:Francis Frith?
43. No

My person was a Captain and a Doctor.

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W G Grace, the cricketer?

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satsuma wrote:W G Grace, the cricketer?

IS THE CORRECT ANSWER


My last clue was designed to throw you off the trail but it didn't.

Thank heavens for that.
I will post a picture of the letter later today (other things permitting)

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goof wrote:I'm saying from the handwriting

Male early to mid 50's, confident but sometimes indecisive, not art based probably scientist, engineer or politician. so that narrows it down a bit.

But I'm still lost :shock: and this might all be totally wrong :lol: :lol:
Wasn't too far off in the end:

Male 40 years old, very confident, but he was indecisive, he was known to throw tantrums and have insecurities. He was a medical practitioner which I would argue is science based, but this would have confused things :D

Good guessing game though, thanks for helping pass the time here. He was an amazing larger than life man. A couple of items of mine.
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Here's the letter I promised

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Close ups of address and signature

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...and a picture of part of my cricket biography collection.

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The two books on WG are extremely entertaining and paint him in a slightly different light. He was without doubt the first great of the game and stood head and shoulders above his peers. I read the other day that by the time he scored his 50th first class hundred at the age of 27, it was the same number of hundreds scored by the 20 next best batsmen put together over the equivalent period. Unfortunately the invention of film was not soon enough to capture him in his prime so the footage we have is of an old fat man. He liked a drink. Fortunately there are some early photographs of him which show him as the exceptional athlete he once was.

If anyone would like me to recommend any other good cricket biographies let me know.

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It looks like a lot of members were stumped,

David B.

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George Townsend Oldham was known for cricket tutoring.

One of his ideas which led to an improvement in batting skill was to have bats cut down to an appropriate size for schoolboys. This allowed them to learn to use a straight bat and develop good style from the very beginning of their sporting careers.

Previously the boys had to use full size bats which meant they tended to play across the ball as that was the easiest way to swing the bat when it was to big for them.

Cricket was very strong when Oldham was at Elstree school and perhaps that's why WG Grace was a correspondent with him.

Here's an interesting read which mentions Oldham
https://archive.acscricket.com/cricket/1905/55/#zoom=z

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I hope you enjoyed my little quiz. Thanks to those who contributed and particular thanks to satsuma regarding the recipient of the letter. WG was a qualified medical doctor as well as an amateur cricketer, though he made more money as an amateur cricketer than he did as a doctor. I was hoping the doctor clue would throw you off the trail.

Anyway, for those of you still alive, back to the usual. Firstly one of my favourite countries, the Bahamas

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There's just something about the design which I like

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They have some subtle shade differences

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Here's are a couple of pictures showing most of what I have. The range is relatively small. The earlier stamps have no watermark and the later ones have the Crown CC and CA watermarks. Some of the later stuff is relatively inexpensive but there are some fairly pricey early stamps, hence a few gaps

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I'll have to think about where to go next. Maybe I should just spend a day in the garden tomorrow and not bother ??…………….or maybe not. To be continued??

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A cold but dry day in the garden. Had to get the hosepipe out. Anyway back to the collection. Let's go for British Guiana. A very good country to collect. A very extensive range. Here they are

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I have never been entirely sure about the left hand stamp. Is it right?

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No problems with these

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A little bit rough at the edges but good value I thought at £50

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Still a few gaps here and there

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The perf 15's are at the top of the next page. Still looking for a 24c in dark green

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I've got as far as the officials. They can wait until tomorrow. To be continued

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Lovely warm day today. Plenty to do in the garden. Plenty still to do. Pruning the mulberry tree will have to wait until next weekend.

Anyway here are the fiscals of B Guiana I mentioned in my last post

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Interesting stamps

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Another close up

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These come next I think

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Then these

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...and finally

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As you can see, it was not until the stamps of GV that the monarch's portrait appeared on the stamps of B Guiana. I hope you enjoyed the trip through this country's stamps. I will be heading east next weekend I'm sure, but I haven't decided where just yet. To be continued.

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Just in case you didn't believe me, here's a picture of the tree. Delicious fruits if a little messy. Large leaves which cast a little too much shade so judicious pruning required.

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I've cut a couple of the inward growing branches out to open the crown since taking the picture. How far do I go? Dilemma. To bring matters back on topic, I don't have any stamps with mulberries on. Do you?

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Best i could find.

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ebay wrote:Image

Best i could find.
Me too. I think I will change the format for a while. I will still post stamps at the weekend. During lean times in between I will post pictures of some plants from my garden. You lot have to guess what the plant is and then find it on a stamp. Here's a starter

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I would imagine this one appears on many stamps??
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thats a fern......

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ebay wrote:thats a fern......

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Not a fern, and you're not a botanist!

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Much to my surprise one of the 2 countries whose stamps I can find this plant on is …….England.

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Looks like a fern !! :shock:

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Cycad plant 8)

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I'm voting for #2. That squared cancel just seems odd and appealing.
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ebay wrote:Image

Looks like a fern !! :shock:
A certain amount of imagination required but you're right. Cycas revoluta, the sago palm. This is the only other one I could find - North Borneo

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Easy one today. Name the plant and find the stamp

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A particular favourite

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