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Kicking the Property Ladder: Why buying a house makes less sense than renting - and how to invest the money you save in shares, gold, stamps and more by Robin Bennett

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Chapter 7. Philately Can Get You Everywhere

SOMETIME IN THE mid-1970s my father tried to get us interested in his stamp collection. By and large, my brother and I were unimpressed by bits of dirty-looking paper with indistinct pictures on and we went back to shooting imaginary Germans at the first opportunity.

However – a year or two later, when I was about ten – we went back to the two albums our dad had put together for each of us. In hindsight, three things had pricked our interest – first of all was the revelation that stamps were worth money (and could theoretically, therefore, be sold in order to purchase even more die-caste tanks and guns in the miniature arms war that was unfolding in our street in Berkshire). Secondly, they came ...

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