Friday 29 May 2015

578. Stamperija Features The Sacred and The Profane.

  On 2 June 2015 Australia Post will issue a set of 4 stamps and various other items as detailed in Blog 555 on the subject of "Islands of Australia". The featured sites are Bruny Island in Tasmania, Phillip Island in Victoria, Lady Musgrave Island in Queensland and the Buccaneer Archipelago in Western Australia:-

  The Gibraltar Stamps website has announced that it is now offering Collectors' strips of Post And Go labels for sale at a price of £6.24p and states that it is "now very proud to have joined the Post and  Go family". The website gives the date of issue as being 13 May 2015, the opening day of the Europhilex Stamp Exhibition 2015 in London, where Gibraltar Flag Post And Go labels were dispensed from IAR kiosk GI01 (see Blogs 570 and 574).
  The illustrations of the Collectors' strip show that the labels on sale on the website originate from the back office kiosk B002 which is situated in Bristol in England which is 1599.5 miles (by ferry and road) from Gibraltar. That's an awfully long distance for a Gibraltarian to travel if he or she wants to put a coin in the kiosk and buy a Post And Go label/stamp for use on a letter which of course has to be posted back home in Gibraltar (another journey of 1599.5 miles) and would not be valid for postage in Bristol.
   It really is complete nonsense. This really does seem like an Alice In Wonderland concept at least until a kiosk is established in Gibraltar itself - I have seen nothing to suggest that there is a prospect of that happening in the near future.

  The Cayman Islands postal service has released a set of 4 stamps and 4 accompanying booklets as the second in a series on the subject of local heroes. I do not yet know the precise date of issue:-

   Meanwhile Stamperija carries on regardless and has announced its latest release of philatelic products, this time with the name of Solomon Islands printed on them. There are the usual 10 sheetlets each containing 4 different "stamps" as well as 10 accompanying miniature sheets which feature an eclectic and random list of subjects which may or may not have anything to do with the Solomon Islands. For the record (and no other reason) the subjects featured in this latest outpouring are:- The Vietnam War, the Second World War, Alessandro Volta, the Wright brothers, Singapore 2015 World Stamp Exhibition, the Penny Black (see Blog 572), Taipei 2015 Philatelic Exhibition (wildlife of Taiwan - see Blog 576), Pope Benedict XVI, Mother Theresa and (presumably just to show Stamperija has a sense of humour and features on its products not only the Sacred - Pope and Mother Theresa - but also the Profane) Marilyn Monroe in a scantily clad and provocative state. The "date of issue" of these items is stated to have been 24 May 2015:-

Stamperija's latest offerings...

...the Sacred...

...the Even More Sacred...

...and the Profane...

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