Monday, 5 December 2016

875. Exotic Birds Of India.

  India Post issued 6 stamps and 2 miniature sheets on the subject of "Exotic Birds" on 5 December 2016. The colourful stamps were issued in sheetlets of 15 - 2 different sheets each containing 5 strips of 3 different stamps (in vertical format in one sheet and in horizontal format in the second). This is one of India Post's best issues of 2016 and brighten up a collection which has generally been rather dull during the year. Rating:- *****.

  Sri Lanka Post issued a single stamp on 1 December 2016 to commemorate the Centenary of Lions Clubs International. The rather unexciting stamp was designed by Isuru Chathuranga. Rating:- **.

  In Blog 866 I detailed the latest "Post and Go" issue from Guernsey Post - a Christmas issue in which the decidedly unchristmassy Guernsey Flag design is additionally inscribed "Bouan Noue". The "Collectors strip" was put on sale at Envoy House in St. Peter Port in Guernsey from kiosk GG02 on 1 December 2016. Rating:- 0.

Sunday, 4 December 2016

874. Happy Christmas For BFPO Post And Go Kiosk Users.

  Illustrated at the top of this blog is the latest label to be dispensed from Post and Go IAR kiosk A003. Going on sale from 1 December 2016 the label bears the additional inscription "Seasons Greetings/From all at BFPO" and well may they celebrate as the highly restricted accessibility of the kiosk ensures that anyone with access to it can put these labels on sale on internet auction sites at highly inflated prices. Collectors strips of these are being sold for £35 and anyone selling a few of these will be guaranteed a very merry Christmas, me thinks. Caveat emptor. Rating:- 0.

  As detailed in Blog 863 kiosk A003 sited at the Fleet Air Arm Museum in Somerset began to dispense specially inscribed "Union Jack" and "Machin Head" labels from 3 December 2016 to commemorate the first carrier jet landing by Captain Eric "Winkle" Brown on 3 December 1945. The Vampire jet in which he flew is displayed in the museum. The kiosk will continue to dispense the labels with these particular inscriptions until 3 January 2017. This issue seems to commemorate the 71st anniversary of the first landing which seems like an odd anniversary to commemorate and therefore the rating for the issue is:- 0.

  Also having a merry old Post and Go Christmas is the Royal Gibraltar Post Office which is dispensing Post and Go stamps with special Christmas inscriptions from both kiosk GI03 in the territory's Parcel Office and GI02 in the Main Post Office. There are no new designs for Christmas 2016 and instead the "Year of the Monkey" and "Christmas tree" (introduced in 2015) are reemployed, presumably therefore at very little cost to the Gibraltar Post Office but at some cost to collectors if they choose to buy "Collectors strips" of each design from both sites. No thanks. Rating:- 0.

  Barbados Postal Service will issue a set of 20 stamps and a miniature sheet containing another 7 stamps on 8 December 2016 on the subject of centenarians who live in Barbados. Things are not quite as bad as they sound as each stamp will only have a face value of 65c making a total face value of $16.50c which is equivalent to £6.48p which is less than many of the multitude of Royal Mail, Jersey Post and Isle Of Man Post Office stamps which have flooded on to the market during 2016.

  A presidential election has just been held in The Gambia, which left The Commonwealth in 2013, and in a shock result the current president Yahya Jammeh was defeated by the relatively inexperienced leader of a coalition of the 7 opposition parties, Mr Adama Barrow. Jammeh has ruled The Gambia in a tyrannical manner in recent years and has said in the past that if God wills it his presidency could go on "for a billion years". If Jammeh allows his victorious opponent to take power the hand over should take place in January 2017 and Barrow has said that he will support Gambia's rejoining of The Commonwealth which means that I shall have to consider collecting the country's stamps again. Perhaps the new president will change the philatelic agents which produce the country's postage stamps (hopefully not replacing IGPC with Stamperija!). 

Saturday, 3 December 2016

873. Jersey Post Cock A Hoop.

  Jersey Post will get its programme of new issues for 2017 off the ground on 5 January with a single stamp and accompanying miniature sheet on a subject of little relevance to the island  - the Lunar new year which will be the Year of the Rooster which used to be called the Year of the Cock. The issue was designed by Wang Yuming and lithographed with additional gold metallic printing. At least the total face value is relatively conservative (£1.48p). Rating:- 0.

  Sri Lanka Post issued a sheetlet of 12 different stamps and 3 miniature sheets on 2 December 2016 on the subject of "Unseen Sri Lanka" with some interesting and attractive designs showing sites of tourist interest in the country. Rating:- *****.

  Singapore Post issued a pack of 2 My Stamp sheetlets of stamps with attached labels on 29 October 2016 on the subject of the character "Hello Kitty" which originated in Japan. The issue is said to tie in with the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Singapore and Japan. The packs were released in a limited edition of 3000. The price of the pack is $21.80c. Rating:- 0.

  India Post issued a single stamp on. 3 December 2016 to commemorate the All India Institute of Medical Sciences. The design depicts a rather unexciting picture of a building - more imagination is badly needed in Indian stamp design. Rating:- *.

Friday, 2 December 2016

872. Pakistan Commemorates Rotary Centenary.

  Pakistan Post issued a single stamp on 20 November 2016 to commemorate the centenary of Rotary. The issue was designed by Mahru Arif Ali and lithographed by Pakistan Security Printing Corporation Karachi and perforated 13. The inclusion of an attractive flower makes this a pleasant design. Rating:- ***.

  Nampost, the postal service of Namibia, has announced its programme of stamp issues for 2017. As usual, it is relatively conservative with many excellent designs and beautifully produced stamps.

17 February - Centenary of Scouting in Namibia - 1 single stamp miniature sheet. Designed by Helge Denker.

9 March - Barbets (birds) of Namibia - 3 stamps. Designed by Helge Denker.

15 April - Hares and rabbits of Namibia - 2 stamps in a se-tenant pair. Designed by Helge Denker.

12 May - Quincentenary of Luther's Reformation - 1 single stamp miniature sheet. Designed by Helge Denker.

15 June - Flame lilies of Namibia - 3 stamps. Designed by Helge Denker.

18 July - Diamond trains of Namibia - 4 stamps. Designed by Elke le Roux.

1 August - Rollers (birds) of Namibia - 5 stamps. Designed by Helge Denker.

29 September - Small canines of Namibia - 5 stamps. Designed by Helge Denker.

  Pictured below is the Intelligent AR kiosk A009 which was installed recently in the gift shop at the birthplace of William Shakespeare in Stratford upon Avon in Warwickshire. On 1 December 2016 the
 kiosk was dispensing Post and Go stamps in the form of the "Union Jack" design and the "Machin
head" design with the code MA15 both with the additional inscriptions which were detailed and illustrated in Blog 855.

  It's that time of the week again when Stamperija rears its ugly head again, this time with 9 "sheetlets", each containing 4 different "stamps", and 9 "miniature sheets" all with the name of Sierra Leone inscribed on them. The mixture of subjects has little if anything to do with Sierra Leone but there's no surprise in that I suppose. The featured subjects are Henri Dunant who founded the Red 
Cross, Paul Harris who founded Rotary International, Sir Winston Churchill, World Youth Day, Mother Teresa, European Football competition 2016, Cybathlon 2016 and Polo. With a total face value of Le456,000 or £64.34p these highly desirable items have a stated "date of issue" of 29 September 2016. Rating:- 0.

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

871. Speaking Pitcairner. Netherlands To Post And Go.

  Bounty Post, the postal service of Pitcairn Island, will issue a colourful set of 8 stamps, produced in a sheet with a number of labels, on the subject of the "Pitcairn language" on 7 December 2016. The set was designed by Denise Durkin and lithographed by Southern Colour Print and perforated 14. This is an interesting and attractive set. Rating:- *****.

  For those who collect Royal Mail new issues, Ian Billings' Norvic Stamps Blog is the first and last word on the subject and is completely indispensable. After being away for a few weeks during the autumn, Ian Billings has got the Blog up and running again (the weeks he was away seemed a long time without his up-to-date information on British stamps) and he has recently updated his information on this year's Machin Head stamps which have been put out by Royal Mail. His Blog of 18 November 2016 revealed that a total of 39 new definitive stamps with 2016 security codes have appeared during the year and a number of these new varieties were due to the change in colour of the Ist Class rate definitive to a dark red shade. Ian Billings has now updated the Norvic Philatelics Security Machin Checklist to include all the new varieties which is an enormous help to those of us who find that keeping up with all the stuff seeping out from Royal Mail to be almost impossible to follow.

  Bhutan Post has issued a sheetlet of 6 different stamps to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the country's establishment of diplomatic relations with Japan and the designs of the stamps feature scenes of the King of Bhutan's visit to that country. The stamps were issued on 5 September 2016. Rating:- ****.

  Another foreign country is to begin using Intelligent AR Post and Go kiosks - at a philatelic exhibition in Hilversum on 28 and 29 January 2017, the Dutch postal service, PostNL, will introduce kiosk NL01 and this kiosk will make appearances at subsequent philatelic exhibitions. From 30 January 2017, kiosk NL02 will dispense stamps at the Collect Club store in Bossum while NL03 will come into use at the Koninklike PostNL at The Hague while machine-printed stamps will be produced by the "production kiosk", NL00 and sold over the counter from stamp outlets in the Amersfoort region from 30 January 2017.
  The first reels of stamps will be on the subject of butterflies with a second which will depict tulips. 
A busy time ahead for Post And Go collectors and collectors in The Netherlands, it would seem.