I'm Ken Lodge and have been collecting playing cards since I was about eighteen months old (1945). I am also a trained academic, so I can observe and analyze reasonably well. I've applied these analytical techniques over a long period of time to the study of playing cards and have managed to assemble a large amount of information about them, especially those of the standard English pattern. PLEASE NOTE THAT THE IDEAS, OPINIONS AND VIEWS EXPRESSED IN THIS BLOG ARE MINE AND MINE ALONE. THEY DO NOT NECESSARILY REPRESENT THOSE OF ANYONE ASSOCIATED WITH THE WORLD OF PLAYING CARDS SITE, THE ENGLISH PLAYING CARD SOCIETY OR ANYONE ELSE.