Sunday, 9 December 2018

1349. πŸ‡―πŸ‡ͺ Europa Birds And Chinese Pigs In 2019 From Jersey Post.

  πŸ‡―πŸ‡ͺ After reporting the vast number of new stamp issues to be released by Australia Post in the first 2 months of 2019 in Blog 1348, we now have news of the first stamps of the new year to be expected from Jersey Post. 
  Previously stated to have been due for issue on 5 March 2018 is a set which includes 6 Bird stamps to represent Jersey Post's contribution to this year's Europa theme which is 'National birds'. I don't think that Jersey officially has a 'national bird' so Jersey Post has got around that slight awkwardness by labelling this set 'Birds and Symbolism'. More details to follow. Rating:- **.

  Of no relevance at all to Jersey are the stamp and miniature sheet to be released on 4 January 2019 which commemorate the Chinese New Year, the Year of The Pig, unless perhaps they like to eat a lot of bacon sandwiches on Jersey. This issue was designed by Wang Huming of Beijing. Rating:- 0.

1348. πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί January And February With Australia Post.

  πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί Australia Post, with the prospect of its almost universally adversely criticised Sticker Stamps lurking just around the corner, has released the details of its vast outpouring of new issues planned for the first 2 months of 2019. Those who run Stamperija and IGPC have lessons to learn in exploitation from Australia Post and then some.

  8 January 2018 - Issue inscribed 'Christmas Island Australia' - Lunar new year, The Year of The Pig - 2 gummed stamps, 1 miniature sheet, 1 self-adhesive stamp with attached label for personalisation, 1 gold-foil miniature sheet on sale for $99 issued (naturally) in a limited edition of 500, 1 'Zodiac sheet' containing 14 different stamps on sale for $8, 1 'silk minisheet' pack containing 3 similar miniature sheets but each printed on different materials sold for $25 and 1 'Lotus sheet' containing 12 different stamps on sale for $11.20c. There is also a Peppa Pig pack containing 2 different panes of 10 x $1 Greetings stamps with attached labels on sale for $23 and inevitably there is a Prestige booklet containing several different panes on sale for $20.95c. There are also numerous other philatelic products related to this issue but the above details the various forms in which stamps have been prepared for this issue. According to my calculations 'one of each' will cost the collector a little short of $200 (approximately £113!). Rating:- 0.

  22 January 2019 - issue inscribed 'Norfolk Island Australia' - The original settlement of Norfolk Islanders by Pitcairners - 2 stamps and 1 miniature sheet. Designed by Jo MurΓ© and lithographed by Egotrade and perforated 14 x 14.5. Rating:- ***.

  17 January 2019 - Australian Legends - 5 gummed stamps and 5 self-adhesive stamps sold in individual booklets of 10 x $1 (total cost of booklets is $50). Details awaited.

  5 February 2019 - 'Moments To Treasure', Greetings stamps - 8 gummed stamps (7 x $1 and 1 x $2), 8 Self-adhesive stamps (from booklets of 10 x $1 [7 different booklets] and 1 booklet of 10 x $2, total cost amounting to $90), 1 gummed sheetlet containing 1 of each stamp and 1 Prestige booklet costing $32.95c containing 16 x $2 Weddding stamps with attached labels. Rating:- 0.

  12 February 2019 - Centenary of the Birth of Robin Boyd, architect and architectural commentator. Designed by Jo MurΓ© and lithographed by RA Printing and perforated 14 x 14.5. Rating:- ***.

  26 February 2019 - 150th anniversary of the 'Welcome Stranger' gold nugget by John Deason and Richard Oates at Moliagul. Designed by John White and lithographed by Egotrade and perforated 14 x 14.5. Rating:- ****.

  8 February 2019 - Stamp packs sold for $23 each. Each pack contains 2 panes each of which is made up of 10 x $1 stamps with attached labels (the packs are therefore sold at a premium of $3 each). The subjects have nothing to do with Australian culture - Mary Poppins, Popeye and Looney Tunes. Rating:- 0. 

Saturday, 8 December 2018

1347. πŸ‡²πŸ‡ΌπŸ‡ΏπŸ‡¦πŸ‡±πŸ‡° Malawi Vultures, South Africa Big Five And War In Ceylon.

   πŸ‡²πŸ‡Ό Malawi Post issued a set of 6 stamps sold in a sheetlet plus 5 single stamp miniature sheets on 3 December 2018 on the subject of Vultures of Africa. regret that Malawi Post is now issuing too many of these numerous sheet/miniature sheets combinations which are quite expensive even if they have, perhaps, a degree of appeal about them. Rating:- *.

  πŸ‡ΏπŸ‡¦ The South African Post Office issued a booklet of 10 stamps (2 x 5 different stamps) on 26 November 2018 on the subject of the Big Five, the five large mammals at the top of the list of animals to see by tourists visiting the country. This attractive issue was designed by Rachel-Mari Ackermann from photographs by Ross Couper and lithographed by Southern Colour Print on self-adhesive paper with simulated perforations. Rating:- ****.

  πŸ‡±πŸ‡° There are 3 new issues from Sri Lanka Post. The first, like the rest, is made up of a single stamp. This issue was released on 30 November 2018 and is of particular historical interest commemorating as it does the Bicentenary of the Uve-Wellassa Struggle otherwise known as the Great Rebellion of 1817-18 or the Third Kandyan War. 
  The British had annexed the Kingdom of Kandy having taken over control of Ceylon after the defeat of the Dutch in the Napoleonic Wars. The Kandyans rebelled against British rule after some antagonistic actions by British officials and the British sent Keppetipola Disawe to put down the uprising. Unfortunately for the British Disawe changed sides and took over the leadership of the rebellion. Disawe was eventually captured and beheaded and finding that his skull was wider than usual, the British sent it back to Britain for testing and the skull was not returned to Sri Lanka until the country eventually achieved independence.
  The rebellion spread in October 1817 and a British force using Malay troops marched on Uva. The uprising however involved other areas and with a dangerous situation growing worse the British set fire to some villages and homesteads. Captured rebel leaders were beheaded or exiled to Mauritius. Towards the end of 1818 the rebellion collapsed as the British brought in Indian troops to resolve the insurrection. Rating:- ****.

  A second stamp was issued on 2 December 2018 to commemorate the Most Venerable Rathmalane Sri Dharmarama Nayake Thero (1828 - 1885) who was a Buddhist monk who founded what was to eventually become the University of Kelaniya. Rating:- *.

 The third stamp was issued on 3 December 2018 to commemorate the visit of the Lions Clubs International president, Gudrun Yngvardottir, to Sri Lanka. Rating:- *.

Thursday, 6 December 2018

1346. πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί Australia Post To Promote US Culture On New 'Sticker Stamps'.

πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί According to my arithmetic Australia Post has so far issued 321 stamp items (stamps, miniature sheets, sheetlets, prestige booklets, items with the names of territories printed on them et al.) during 2018. But, it seems, those who are charged with screwing money out of collectors are not satisfied with that dubious achievement. The brilliant brains that plan Australia Post's offerings to stamp collectors have now come up with a new range of products which are to be called 'sticker stamps'.
  Rather like the products of the notorious Stamperija these are designed to appeal to the thematic market and will feature various subjects, many of which have no relevance to Australia, such as television programmes like The Simpsons or films such as Disney/Pixar productions or Star Wars (c.f. the products of the also notorious IGPC) all reflective of United States culture. I know there's an old joke which goes, "What's the difference between Australia and yogurt?", answer:- "Yogurt has a culture" but really if I were Australian I would be infuriated to see my national postal service behaving as though it served a United States colony. I can only suppose that Australia Post sees Australia as a United States cultural colony. Perhaps Australia Post is considering contracting out its new issue production to IGPC in the future.
  It is planned that these sticker stamps will all be self-adhesive with no gummed versions (which is a good thing I admit) and some of them will be unconventional shapes such as the example depicted below where the stamp takes the shape of 2 football jerseys.
  At the moment the plans for this new range of issues are out to consultation but we all know that no matter what the stamp-collecting public says, once some bright spark has come up with an idea like this there will be no stopping it. So is Australia Post aiming to release 500 new stamp items in 2019 placing it squarely among the serried ranks of the Stamperija clients?

πŸ‡«πŸ‡° The Falkland Islands postal service will issue a set of 4 stamps on 19 December 2018 to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Falkland Islands Government Air Service (FIGAS). The stamps were designed by Bee Design and lithographed by Cartor and perforated 13.5. This is an interesting and attractive set but I'm not sure that a 70th anniversary is a fully justifiable commemoration. Rating:- ****.

  Thanks to Juliet Warner of Pobjoy Stamps for information about this issue.