Well, I got the first day cover that commemorates the 35th anniversary of the establishment diplomatic relations between China and Malaysia that I mentioned a couple of posts ago. Except that it's not a first day cover, it's a commemorative cover, which is a slightly different beast. I guess I should read the news article properly next time! The difference between the two is that first day covers are specially-designed envelopes stuck on with specially-designed stamps, and marked with a specially-designed postmark. A commemorative cover is a specially-designed envelope... and that's it. All in all, it's an unremarkable affair, especially if you're used to well-designed first day covers (not that Malaysian first day covers are well-designed... but I digress). Oh sure, a commemorative cover has a stamp printed right on to it but that's just like an overglorified aerogramme. Lame. On the whole, what a disappointment. I haven't been collecting first day cover
Thanks for the vid - a Scottish setting, who knew. 100% Perfect Girl is one of my favorites, but there are far too many of his short stories that I love to just choose one.ReplyDelete
I'd have to agree. I've got a lot of favourites myself: Hanalei Bay, Chance Traveller, Second Bakery Attack, Super-Frog Saves Tokyo... I could go on and on and on...ReplyDelete
Glad you liked the vid!
The short film is well done, and of course, being a fan of the original source, what could be better than to see it in another medium?ReplyDelete
Interesting how universal the love theme of the story is, such that it could be transported into another geography effortlessly.
Hallmark of great story, yes?
Indeed! Also, perhaps Murakami's oft-touted "Westernised" persona helped in bringing over the story. There really isn't much in the way of Japaneseness in the original story.ReplyDelete